CPI(M)-led Left Front on Tuesday announced its list of candidates for the coming assembly elections in Tripura without major changes. While all Ministers and prominent MLAs had been renominated again, 12 new faces also figured in the list. .Surprisingly, the smaller constituents of the front such as the CPI, RSP and the Forward Bloc had altogether been allotted three seats Except Forward Block, the other two were allotted two seats each in the last elections.CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar along with senior leaders of the front announced the list of nominees at the party head office. However, none of them explained why smaller left parties were given just three seats in the 60-member assembly.Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s candidature from Dhanpur assembly seat came as no surprise though rumours were doing round that he might change his constituency. CPI(M) Rajya Sabha member Jharna Das Baidya was named for Badharghat constituency in Agartala city outskirts. With her and Krishna Mazumder, Mayor of Agartala Municipal Council, seven of the candidates were women.CPI(M) front DYFI’s state president Amal Chakraborty had been nominatedfrom Banamalipur seat. Current MLA Gopal Roy of Congress had won the seat for three successive terms.CPI(M) also nominated three Muslim candidates and one from Manipuri community.
In a reflection of the slump that India went through last year, no cricketer from the financial powerhouse of the game managed to find a place in the ‘ICC Test Team of the Year’, which was dominated by South African and English players.India were whitewashed by England and Australia in back-to-back away series last year, a free-fall from the number one position that the side held before that.The list announced here on Thursday, along with the nominees for the ICC annual awards scheduled on September 15 here, featured five South Africans (including the 12th man) and three Englishmen.In fact, South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn made the side for the fifth year running.The team was chosen by a selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend Clive Lloyd.”Six countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and South Africa’s Dale Steyn has earned a place in the ICC Test Team of the Year for the fifth successive year,” the ICC said in a statement”It is the third year in a row that South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara feature in the side, while England’s Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad appear for the second year in a row,” it added.Australia’s current captain, Michael Clarke, was named the skipper of the team.”Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and well deserving of the recognition they receive as great cricketers of their era,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.advertisement”The quality of the Test cricket played over the course of the year has been exceptional and I did not envy the selectors in their task of selecting the best. Congratulations to those who have made it. They make a formidable team,” he added. Lloyd said it was difficult line-up to pick given the vast international talent.”It is always tough to decide on the Test team with so many worthy candidates to consider based on performances between 4 August 2011 to 6 August 2012. The team once again has a strong batting line-up, while the bowlers are a tough combination of pace and spin who could dismiss any line-up on any surface.”The process of selection was a difficult one, with a lengthy debate between the panel on all the top performances during the voting period and various combinations were considered,” he said.”The selectors did utilise a vast amount of statistics from the period under observation, but we also took into account all other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation etc. But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out.”Lloyd was joined on the panel by former Sri Lanka batsman Marvan Attapatu, former England women’s captain Clare Connor, former West Indies all-rounder Carl Hooper and Australia’s World Cup winner Tom Moody.Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily the overwhelming factor in the choices made.The ICC Test Team of the Year is one of two teams selected by the ICC selection panel along with the ODI line-up which will be announced a day before the LG ICC Awards.The ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order): Alastair Cook (Eng), Hashim Amla (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Jacques Kallis (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus, captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Matt Prior (Eng, wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad (Eng), Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Vernon Philander (SA), Dale Steyn (SA), 12th Man ? AB de Villiers (SA).
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Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Venus, who won her only Rome title 20 years ago, defeated Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4) after more than three hours, requiring nine match points before eliminating her Belgian opponent.The Williams sisters’ last match on red clay came in the 2002 French Open final won by Serena. In their last match in Rome, Venus won their second career meeting way back in the 1998 quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s crazy,” Serena said. “I vaguely remember that, so I don’t really remember. … We play each other a lot. Seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. It is what it is.”Serena is now a 37-year-old mother and Venus is 38. 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(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Serena Williams looked sharper than in her previous match two months ago as she opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday.Next up at the Italian Open: Sister Venus Williams in the siblings’ first meeting on European clay in nearly 17 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.When Serena ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for 5-2 in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.In the final game, Serena served two aces and saved two break points before closing out the first-round match.Serena finished with 28 winners to Peterson’s eight, and committed only two more unforced errors than the 58th-ranked Swede, 22-20.Serena was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match in Miami because of a left knee injury. The last time Serena played in Rome was in 2016 when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies.Serena is playing only her fourth tournament of the season and was unable to finish her last two due to physical ailments.“I haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” Serena said. “But I did everything I could to stay fit and to keep my cardio up. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.”In men’s action, Italy’s top player Fabio Fognini wore a shirt featuring a design of Rome’s skyline during a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; and Borna Coric rallied past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in a matchup of two of the top young players on tour. Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve, hitting seven double-faults to Coric’s one.Also, Karen Khachanov overcame a partisan crowd to beat Italian wild card Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3; while last year’s French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato was inspired by the home fans to beat Alex Di Minaur 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1; and Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (5). “It doesn’t change at all. We’re just as fierce, Venus is just as fierce,” Serena said. “We both really want to get some match play. We’ll both do the best that we can.Serena leads the career series 18-12.“I know that she’s going to play really well and compete really well,” Venus said. “That’s a given.”In March at the Miami Open, Serena needed three sets to beat Peterson.“It’s been a while. I haven’t played a ton of matches this year,” Serena said. “Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh is surprised that England One-Day captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Alex Hales have pulled out of their forthcoming tour.Morgan and Hales decided not to be a part of the tour party due to security concerns in the wake of a militant attack on a Dhaka restaurant that left 22 people dead in July, reports bdnews24.com.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will lead the one-day side in Morgan’s absence. But, Walsh, who flew in on September 3 to take up the job of the team’s bowling mentor, is not amused. (Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales pull out of England’s tour of Bangladesh)”Well, a little bit surprised with the tour going ahead – but they’ve got their personal reasons I’m sure,” Walsh told BBC on Tuesday.”But in terms of cricket, as long as the tour is going ahead, you want to have everyone involved and the best people on the tour.””I’m sure the Bangladesh fans will be a little bit disappointed and probably some England fans as well, but as long as the tour goes on everybody will be happy,” he added. (Eoin Morgan slammed after pulling out of Bangladesh tour)The Caribbean legend thinks an incomplete squad on a tour is hard to appreciate for the rest of the players in the team.”If I’m going on a tour and some of the guys pulled out – you’re going to feel a bit disappointed that not everybody is going on the tour together.”advertisement”Obviously from a team perspective, the team would like everybody selected to go on the tour to have a full squad of those who were selected.”The Jamaican, however, is confident that Bangladesh can provide the tourists with proper security arrangements.”Yeah, I received reassurances over safety and security. I felt safe and confident.” (England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour after risk assessment)”When you weigh up against what’s happening in the world – I mean things are happening all over and you weigh your options and your chances – they gave me reassurances of security of the highest level and that’s one of the reasons I’m there,” he added.
Addressing the opening of a new Paediatric Cardiac Centre at the Hospital on Monday (April 15), Dr. Tufton said the new Cardiac Ward will consist of 20 beds to support the pre- and post-care of children’s cardiac operations at the hospital. Story Highlights He also noted that the Government will partner with other stakeholders for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has announced that a new Cardiac Ward will be constructed and equipped on the grounds of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, at a cost of between $90 million and $100 million.Addressing the opening of a new Paediatric Cardiac Centre at the Hospital on Monday (April 15), Dr. Tufton said the new Cardiac Ward will consist of 20 beds to support the pre- and post-care of children’s cardiac operations at the hospital.He also noted that the Government will partner with other stakeholders for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility.“In the spirit of demonstrating the Government’s commitment to this cause, I’ve asked both the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund to contribute a total collectively of $20 million to that effort,” Dr. Tufton said.“I’m committing that we will deliver this building within a year after approvals are given, which normally takes three to four months,” he added.The cardiac ward will offer support to the new Paediatric Cardiac Centre, as patients will be transferred there for recovery after surgeries.The Paediatric Cardiac Centre currently offers treatment and surgeries for children living with congenital heart defects. It is the only one of its kind in Jamaica, and is complete with a 10- bed intensive care unit and a state-of-the-art biplane catheterisation lab. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has announced that a new Cardiac Ward will be constructed and equipped on the grounds of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, at a cost of between $90 million and $100 million.
zoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korea plans to spend another KRW 70 billion (USD 60.1 million) to support local shipbuilders’ recovery efforts, the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.The financial support would be aimed at helping local shipyards in attracting orders for environmentally friendly vessels, such as LNG-fuelled ships, as they struggle to recover from an industry wide slump.The latest development is a follow-up to a major funding, revealed in November 2018, for the South Korean shipbuilding industry.At the time, South Korea said that it would create KRW 1.7 trillion (USD 1.46 billion) fund to support shipbuilders.Additionally, the country would invest KRW 2.8 trillion (USD 2.4 billion) in infrastructure, a move which could see a total of 140 LNG-fuelled vessels ordered at the yards by 2025.World Maritime News Staff
“Alerts can provide valuable information and notice, but individuals also have to do their part,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “As you ensure your devices have up-to-date software and are compatible for the alerts, also take the time to prepare your emergency kit and create a plan for hazards.”The emergency alerts will be issued, alongside routine television and radio tests, to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones. The test message will read: “This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.” VICTORIA, B.C. – At 1:55 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2018, a test of the new wireless alerting system will be conducted for a second time as part of the national Alert Ready system to improve public safety in the event of an emergency.“The key to emergency alerting is to reach as many people on as many communication platforms as possible,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The addition of emergency alerts on wireless devices is another valuable way to reach out to the public in an emergency. These alerts will be issued alongside routine television and radio tests as an added complement to these and other emergency alerting mediums already in use.”The expansion of the existing radio and television alerting system to include cellular devices was launched in B.C. on April 6, 2018, and an initial test was conducted on May 9, 2018. Emergency Management BC is responsible for issuing emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system in the province and will initially use wireless alerting for tsunami threats only, with plans to expand to other emergencies and hazards in the future.
Taroudant – A study conducted by the Reputation Institute in collaboration with the Moroccan Royal Institue for Strategic Studies (IRES) shows that Morocco enjoys reputation among Russians and Americans.Morocco obtained a score of 53.7 points on a scale of 0-100 in the general indicator of the country’s reputation “Country RepTrak® Pulse.”According to the Moroccan institute, which analyzed the country in terms of its reputation around the world based on the findings of Country RepTrak® Pulse, Morocco ranked 36 among 70 countries evaluated. Morocco’s reputation is at an intermediate level, within just 1.3 point of the global average.The North African country managed to be among the 36 countries with the best reputation, ahead of many others in the MENA region.Overall, Morocco enjoys a good reputation among G8 countries with Russia, the U.S. and the U.K, which gave a high rating to the country.Analyzing the scores given by G8 countries, Russia was the country that best perceived Morocco with a reputation of 63 points, followed by the United States with 61.1 points, and the U.K., which gave it 55.8 points.Italy was the G8 country that gave the lowest score (below 50 points) to Morocco.Among the criteria assessed, Morocco received good results in terms of “Quality of Life.” Morocco garnered high scores in four categories: Natural Environment (67.5 out of 100 points), Friendliness of residents (61.6), Leisure and entertainment (61.5), and Style of life (54.4).Conversely, Morocco received low scores in five “Development Level” categories: Education (49.8 out of 100 points), Culture (49.7), Quality of products and services (49.6), Name Brands and companies (44.9), and in Technology and innovation (44.5 points).G8 countries ranked Canada as the most admired country with the best reputation worldwide.Based on an online panel of more than 48,000 people representing the G8 countries, the survey measured 16 qualities, such as safety, beauty, friendliness of residents, progressive social and economic policies, and effectiveness of government among others.
Rabat – Moroccan-American Reyhan Lalaoui is the youngest university student in the United States to have been awarded the Hudson University’s (HCCC) Valedictorian Academic Award for best performing students.Reyhan made the headlines of several newspapers, including The Jersey Journal which qualified the 16-years-old as a “genius.” The young valedictorian’s academic tenure can only be described as impressive. Homeschooled by her mother since the fifth grade, Lalaoui managed to skip from the 5th to 12th grade an enroll at HCCC at just 14 years old. The first of her family to earn a college degree, Lalaoui says she owes everything to her Moroccan-born father and her mother who helped her through what has been an unorthodox academic journey. “I am lucky to have family who supports me and shows me how to take the initiative and work hard to achieve my goals and build lasting relationships,” she said.“She is one of the hardest working young people that I know,” said Melinda Vickerman, Lalaoui’s mother—who was her homeschool teacher—and currently homeschools her 11-year-old brother as well. An aspiring writer and filmmaker, the English major wants to create works about “city kids and trying to tackle the issues that we have to face, issues like addiction, violence, mental health issues.” The young graduate plans to complete her bachelor’s degree at New York University or Saint Peter’s University.“All of us at the college are extremely proud of Reyhan and what she has accomplished,” HCCC President Glen Gabert said in a statement. “She is a brilliant example of the determination and diligence of Hudson County Community College’s students, and we congratulate her and the entire Class of 2017 on their achievements.”
Peter J. Thompson/National Post Peter J. Thompson/National Post FP: But the amendments to PIPEDA came into effect last fall, and the federal privacy commissioner says that it’s still way behind what the Europeans are doing, and there’s major holes in it. There’s…BAINS: And that’s why we launched the data and digital consultation, to see what those gaps are.FP:Sidewalk Labs, specifically, is an interesting project because I hear from people in the tech sector who say if we can’t get this project off the ground, then it sends a terrible signal about whether you can do innovative things in Canada.BAINS: First of all, I beg to differ in terms of (focusing on) just one project to define Canada. We have to be very careful not to take things out of context.FP: But this is a really high-profile project.BAINS: There’s no doubt this is high profile. But when you look at our innovation report, for example, you’ve seen significant investments that I highlight in venture capital, for instance. People are investing in Canada. There’s 28 companies that have the potential to become unicorns in Canada. Our diversity is also pretty profound.FP: Innovativeness is not that easy to measure. What’s the metric for you that people should look at to know if you’re succeeding?BAINS: We talk about innovation and, frankly, people don’t know what that means. And that’s part of the object of this report, to highlight what that means. It means an economy that works for everyone. It’s about jobs, it’s about companies scaling up, it’s about companies staying in Canada. And that’s really what people will judge us on. How is innovation having a positive impact on their day-to-day lives? How is it dealing with anxiety of the uncertainty around the job prospects and their kids and how is it creating growth? And how is that growth benefiting the vast majority? Because if we don’t get that right, we’ve seen anti-globalization, anti-trade, anti-immigration populism and nationalism rise, because people feel that they have not been benefiting from economic outcomes that have occurred in the past. We do not want to replicate that with innovation, because they will fall behind in this global innovation race.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.Financial Post• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: FP: Okay, but that’s really broad and expansive. What are the nuts and bolts?BAINS: Okay, so nuts and bolts, our artificial intelligence supercluster, in Quebec, for example. They recognize that AI is going to represent $15.7 trillion with the economic opportunities in the coming years. We want a slice of that pie.FP: Can you give me one example of a problem you expect them to actually solve?BAINS: There’s many problems. For example, if you’re a company and you’re in the supply chain, how do you minimize inventory? Inventory cost is a significant operational challenge for many businesses. How do you deal with that? They’re going to use, for example, artificial intelligence throughout that process on the operational side, on the customer side. And it’s not only me saying this, but they’re going to come forward with projects and initiatives to demonstrate that in a very transparent way. But we have to get the governance right. The challenge of the superclusters is it’s doing things differently. You’re promoting people to work together. You have to work with others to align priorities to make sure there’s a better understanding of what those projects are and to work together. And that’s when the magic occurs.FP: In the Building a Nation of Innovators report you describe the superclusters as an experiment. Is there a chance this experiment fails?BAINS: Well, the way it’s designed, we’re really fortunate it’s not based on one company or one academic institution, or one idea. It’s really a reflection of many companies. If one company decides to walk away or is not financially stable, there’s other players as well. It’s really set up for success. It’s really about that ecosystem.FP: Let’s switch to 5G, because that’s an area where the government is already being criticized about being slow on auctioning off spectrum. And there’s the whole issue of whether or not to allow Canadian telecom companies to use Huawei equipment in their networks. Are you worried that a decision to block Huawei puts Canada further behind on this transition?BAINS: That would mean that I’m prejudging a decision. We haven’t come to that point yet. We are examining national security issues. Minister (Ralph) Goodale and his team of experts, he’s got incredible men and women behind the scenes, are doing a lot of good work to look at all the issues related to national security.(Innovation is) about jobs, it’s about companies scaling up, it’s about companies staying in Canada FP: But is economic development part of the decision?BAINS: Of course, we’re going to be working with the telecommunication companies. I have already been engaged with them. They’ve already spoke with Minister Goodale and his team as well and indicated their challenges, their opportunities. The fundamental premise for us is, yes, we’re going to look at national security. Yes, we will engage the telecommunication sector. We’re also working with our allies as well. But we’re going to make a decision, ultimately, that’s going to benefit Canadians and make sure that Canadians’ privacy is protected.FP: I wanted to ask you about open banking, something that my colleague Kevin Carmichael wrote about recently. We have a really strong financial sector in Canada, but this is something that other parts of the world seem to be ahead of us in embracing. Are you engaged on open banking? Is that something that you think Canada needs to embrace?BAINS: My colleague (Bill) Morneau, as the minister of finance, is very closely engaged with the banks to look at regulations — fintech, as some refer to it — to see what that means. He’s still engaged in a process with them. For me, I think of the broader issues of trust. When we talk about fintech or if we talk about technology, do Canadians feel that we have the appropriate legislation, programs and policies in place to protect their privacy? That’s what we’re focused on in the coming months. You will see us put forward a set of principles that will really establish a benchmark of trust with Canadians so that they understand the government is taking their privacy very seriously.FP: You mention trust and privacy, let’s talk Sidewalk Labs. That was something that when it was announced in 2017 was really us taking a global leadership role and doing something interesting: building a smart city project affiliated with Google on Toronto’s waterfront. Since then, there have been resignations, privacy concerns and a significant backlash. Does the government need to take a more active role in terms of defining what sort of data is acceptable to be collected? Where it gets used? Who benefits from it? Defining those standards before these projects are already underway?BAINS: The data questions that you raised are very thoughtful questions that Canadians have been raising for quite some time, and they go beyond just one project. These are fundamental questions all companies are facing, because all companies are becoming more and more data oriented. What we’re saying to Canadians is education and awareness are important. We will come forward with legislation that protects your privacy, and we will also create an expectation for the private sector. We’ve done so through PIPEDA (the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), for example, in the past with the principles-based approach.The Sidewalk Labs “307” building in Toronto, which serves as a combination office and community space for its proposed development project on the city’s waterfront. FP: Something as simple as educating businesses on the importance of intellectual property — teaching them that if you’re going to exist in the 21st century, you need to have intellectual property — seems pretty basic. What do you think it says about the country that we need something like that?BAINS: It really is a partnership model. It’s not about us dictating this. It really reflects what we heard from Canadian businesses, academics, researchers, different communities from across the country before we came forward with the Innovation and Skills Plan. Our objective is to really help those businesses understand the value, because for every company that promotes IP, for example, they on average pay 16 per cent more to their workers. For us, it’s about better-quality jobs.FP: But if the preponderance of our small and medium-sized companies don’t understand IP, if the culture just doesn’t get that, isn’t that a massive problem?BAINS: That’s the thing we’re trying to accomplish, really create this culture of innovation, saying we want a country full of innovators.FP: We’ve been looking into the superclusters as part of our Innovation Nation project. They have been in the works for quite a while, but, still, I don’t think a lot of people really know what these things look like. And in a couple cases it’s a bit of a mess …BAINS: It’s about jobs. It’s a job magnet, and it’s about the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow. And really, fundamentally, what did we do? We used our convening power to bring businesses together — large, but primarily a lot of small businesses — breaking down the silos, promoting collaboration and saying, look, work together to solve problems.Bains during his interview with the Financial Post. Peter J. Thompson/National Post Navdeep Bains wants Canadians to know that things are happening. Lots of things. The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister has a big job on his hands, hauling Canada’s economy into the 21st century by embracing artificial intelligence and a panoply of digital technologies to boost productivity and keep us globally competitive.But the federal government’s innovation agenda is still very much a work in progress. One of its pillars, the five marquee superclusters spaced evenly across the country, is mostly just an idea at this point, although $950 million in funding is beginning to flow. Does Canada feel more innovative than it did four years ago? Are we future-proofing our economy and seizing the jobs of tomorrow?Bains certainly thinks so and that belief will probably be part of the Liberal’s pitch to voters when the country goes to the polls later this year. Next week, he will release a 100-page government report called Building a Nation of Innovators that mostly serves as a collection of the various policies, programs, plans and funding mechanisms the government has undertaken under the auspices of innovation. A robot in every factory: The $230-million bid to help automate Ontario’s manufacturing sector Canadian tech companies are attracting more overseas talent, but brain drain to U.S. continues It will take much bigger thinking if Canada is to compete with giants in the ideas economy In advance of the report’s release, Bains sat down with the Financial Post to talk about innovation and the economy.FP: With the Innovation Nation series we’ve been doing, one of the themes that is emerging is that Canada has a real opportunity to seize the future economy. But we may be missing that opportunity if we’re not really proactive. We could be falling behind. As a country, are we innovative enough?BAINS: Well, I beg to differ a bit. I think we have turned the corner. I think we are starting to create this culture of innovation in Canada where we have an economy that works for everyone. The key part is that it’s benefiting the many, not just a few, and it’s creating good quality jobs. And we’re really focused on making sure that it’s also inclusive, that it benefits people living in rural Canada, that it benefits young people who are getting coding. That’s really our goal.Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. FP: In reading through Building a Nation of Innovators it seems like it’s mostly looking back at the last two or three years since the Innovation and Skills Plan. Is this an election (campaign) thing?BAINS: This is a report back to Canadians. In 2015, we said, look, we realize the economy is struggling. We put forward a plan and said we’re going to invest in a set of policies and programs to really benefit many Canadians and have it work for many Canadians. And so this is a report to Canadians on what those investments look like. What does it mean for Canadians living in Toronto, or if you’re in Red Deer? It’s telling Canadians, we made these investments. We ran on a campaign to invest in Canadians, to invest in their skills, to invest in companies so they can grow. We’re highlighting those in tangible ways in communities across the country.FP: That does sound like campaigning.BAINS: No, it’s a report card, because people need to know as a government you made promises, are you living up to those promises? And what does it mean to them, to their communities, for their own prospects and for their kids’ prospects? The speed and scope of change is phenomenal, and that creates anxiety and concerns that Canadians have. And we’re dealing with that and saying, look, we want you to succeed.FP: How do you manage that pace of change? The people who are losing their jobs at the Oshawa GM plant are not going to start coding iOS apps overnight. How do you make sure people aren’t left behind as you make the shift?BAINS: Well, that’s a key part. It’s really about making sure the economy, as I said, works for everyone. We’re promoting lifelong learning. Coding is an example to teach young kids critical skills, problem solving, how to work in teams, understand and develop digital literacy. But we also have programs for individuals mid-career. If there’s a change in their work, they can go to school through a grant, they can go to school with an interest-free loan and get the digital skills that they need.FP: But do you actually believe that the people who lose their jobs to automation or shifts in global supply chains will take up coding and pursue those kinds of jobs?BAINS: It’s not about coding only. That’s just one example. We recognize that all these sectors in every region are going through a major transformation. It’s about making sure people have the broad skill sets they need for those job opportunities.FP: Why is the government’s responsibility so broad in this? It’s striking in reading the Building a Nation of Innovators report that there’s money for fundamental research, incubators, scale-ups, every stage along the way. Why does the government need to be dragging the economy into innovation? Can’t we just get out of the way and let this happen?BAINS: We’re in a race. We’re competing with other jurisdictions. We want to level the playing field. Do you think China is getting out of the way? You think Europe is getting out of the way? You think the United States is getting out of the way? No, they’re all playing an active role. Why would we take a hands-off approach? The Conservatives clearly presented that as an option in 2015 — that laissez-faire approach. But it’s about creating the conditions of success for Canadians to get more job opportunities and, more importantly, for companies to grow and stay here in Canada.I think we are starting to create this culture of innovation in Canada where we have an economy that works for everyone
Were the Warriors just unlucky? Their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were not a particularly good defensive team during the regular season, either overall or against perimeter shooters, although they may be better with Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson getting more minutes because of injuries. The Cavs forced the Warriors into some bad possessions, but the Dubs also missed on some good looks, shooting just 2-for-11 on corner threes.But there’s also the old adage: Live by the three, die by the three. If your shooters are going to get crazy hot on some nights, isn’t it inevitable that they’ll shoot a bunch of bricks on another, rendering a team’s offense more inconsistent and making it more upset-prone?Let’s look at some data from the 2014-15 regular season. In the chart below, I’ve sorted teams by the percentage of their field goals that were taken from 3-point range. Then I’ve looked at their game-by-game scoring, calculating their scoring range (as I’ll describe it throughout this article) as the span including the middle 80 percent of their games (that is, throwing out their top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent of performances).The Warriors, for instance, averaged 110 points per game in the regular season, while their scoring range ran from 98 points (at the 10th percentile) to 126 points (at the 90th percentile), a 28-point difference. That seems like a wide range … but it’s perfectly normal. The average NBA team this season had a 27-point scoring range. The average range since 1979-80 (when the 3-point shot was introduced) is 28 points.The Warriors weren’t the league’s most three-happy team, however. They were just seventh — behind the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. So maybe the Dubs were pretty steady, but were those other teams inconsistent?The Cavaliers were inconsistent: Their scoring range spanned 33 points, tied for the second-highest total in the league after Oklahoma City.2Like the Thunder, who dealt with injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Cavs went through numerous lineup changes and new “looks” over the course of the regular season. So that may reflect personnel changes more than inconsistency per se. But Houston, which took 39 percent of its attempts from long range (easily an NBA record), had a scoring range of just 25 points, below the NBA average. The three-happy Atlanta Hawks had a scoring range of just 24 points.What’s going on here? Are teams that shoot a lot of threes actually more consistent than others? (Maybe they’re more resilient when facing different types of defenses or benefit from having better floor spacing?)Actually, it’s mostly just because this data is pretty noisy. I ran a regression on all NBA teams since 1979-80 to predict their scoring range based on (i) the percentage of their field goal attempts that came from behind the arc and (ii) their per-game scoring average. Both variables have a positive and highly statistically significant relationship with a team’s scoring range. Teams that score more points have a wider scoring range, and, once you control for that, teams that shoot more threes do also.But statistical significance is not the same thing as practical significance. In the context of an actual basketball team, this result will make very little difference.Suppose, for instance, that a team scores 100 points per game and that 40 percent of its field-goal attempts are 3-pointers — higher, even, than this year’s record-setting Rockets. Its scoring range, according to the regression analysis, projects to be 29.7 points.What about a team that scores 100 points but does so with only 10 percent of its shots being threes? No team has shot such a low percentage of 3-pointers since the 1999-2000 Philadelphia 76ers, but we’ll run the numbers just for fun. That team, according to the regression, would have a scoring range of 28.0 points. So it’s more consistent, but only barely so; its scoring range is only 6 percent narrower. This just really doesn’t matter much.What matters a lot more, of course, is how effective a team is at scoring overall. The Oklahoma City Thunder, as I mentioned, had the most inconsistent offense in the regular season. But their 10th percentile score, 88 points, was still better than two-thirds of the league because they had a high per game scoring average.And Golden State’s 10th percentile score, 98 points, was better than what almost a third of NBA teams scored on average per game. The Warriors will have better shooting nights than they did Sunday, but their bad nights aren’t indicative of a fundamental problem — they’re just bad nights.CORRECTION (June 9, 11:45 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that if the Golden State Warriors had made 3-pointers at their regular-season accuracy rate, they would have won Sunday’s NBA Finals game 117-95. They would have won 111-95. “You’ll shoot your eye out,” I kept thinking while watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Warriors hoisted 35 3-point attempts and made only eight of them en route to scoring just 93 points. It was a maddening, sloppy game full of what-ifs. So … what if the Warriors had sunk threes at their normal accuracy rate?1The Warriors shot .398 on 3-pointers during the regular season, which would equate to making 14 of 35 shots. They would have won 111-95.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team couldn’t have been more inconsistent last season. OSU returns 20 letter winners from last year’s squad that went 15-15-5, tying for eighth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and losing in the first round of the conference tournament. The team has six newcomers, all freshmen. The Buckeyes’ combination of youth and experience has OSU coach Mark Osiecki optimistic for the upcoming season. “I think after last year and the experience we gained, I think that the youth that we have, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and excitement,” Osiecki said. The team’s growth, along with a number of other topics, including leadership, the CCHA, and the NHL lockout, were discussed heavily at OSU’s media day Oct. 1. Learning from 2011-12 OSU was one of the most inconsistent teams in the country last season. The Buckeyes were predicted to be a conference cellar dweller prior to the 2011-12 season but climbed to the top of the college hockey world by January, winning 14 of their first 19 games. OSU then fell off the face of the collegiate hockey earth, winning only one game in the final two-and-a-half months of the season. As disappointing as that was for OSU, it has them motivated to be better this year. “This year, having another year under our belt, we went through some of those highs and lows (last season) and we know what it takes to be consistent through the whole season,” said sophomore forward Max McCormick. What went wrong last season, according to junior forward Chris Crane, was a little bit of everything. One thing stood out though: poll watching. “I think we looked at (the rankings) a little bit too much, but I think the best thing we can take is it is something we can learn from,” Crane said. Osiecki has made sure that will not occur with this year’s squad. “At one of our preseason meetings, coach (Osiecki) talked about how to handle winning, and how to handle being successful. I think it’s something that we have to learn. There’s a process to it,” said senior defenseman Devon Krogh. Who’s going to wear the ‘C?’ For now, the Scarlet and Gray ‘C’s stitched to the sweaters of the OSU captains don’t have permanent homes. OSU had two captains all last season: former defenseman Sean Duddy and former forward Cory Schneider. This season, captains have yet to be named. “It’ll be interesting to see in terms of leadership. I think that’s one area where it’s going to be a team effort,” Osiecki said. “We’ve told them since day one … we’re going to continue evaluating it.” The Buckeyes have only four seniors, and Osieckisaid even the sophomores could be players that step up and lead. Rah-rah, in-your-face type leadership isn’t OSU’s style this season, though. “I think I’m a big believer in leading by example. They’re pretty big guys already – like grown up. So it’s little things like giving them advice before games,” Krogh said. Getting offensive Along with returning 20 letter winners, the Buckeyes also bring back five of their seven top scorers from the 2011-12 team. Crane and sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel led OSU last season with 24 points, and Osiecki wants his team to be more aggressive inside the blue line this year. “We want them to be more offensive and really put the pressure – I don’t want to say pressure, because pressure’s a bad word – but hold them accountable. We need Dzingel, Crane, McCormick, (sophomore forward Tanner) Fritz – they need to be offensive and they need to get looks at the net,” Osiecki said. Team speed should be an improvement this season as well, with freshman forward Anthony Greco – the team’s quickest player, Osiecki said – leading the bunch. “I think we’re a better skating team now than we were last year. We’re going to try to be a more pressure team, a more transition (team),” Osiecki said. On the road again OSU opens the season with six straight contests on the road: two at Minnesota Duluth, two at Quinnipiac and two at Bowling Green. Ten of the Buckeyes’ first 14 games are away from the Schottenstein Center. As young as OSU is though, with 17 freshmen and sophomores, going on the road early could be a benefit. “I think with a young team, it’s good to get on the road. It certainly brings you closer together,” Osiecki said. OSU concludes its regular season with eight of 12 games at home. The end of the season is when you want to be at home, in front of a raucous crowd gaining momentum for the postseason, Krogh said. “That’s when you really want to play well, going into the playoffs. So I think that’ll help,” he said. Goodbye CCHA, hello Big Ten The CCHA is disbanding after this season. Starting in 2013-14, OSU, along with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin, will form the first-ever Big Ten men’s hockey conference. Osiecki said OSU is already starting to reap the benefits of being a Big Ten hockey school, most notably in recruiting. “Especially if you’re in the state of Minnesota, or if you use recruiting differently in certain areas, but in Minnesota, it helps us get in the door of a household,” Osiecki said. “Does it help us land a kid? Maybe not yet, but it certainly opens the door now.” NHL lockout Columbus is home to another major hockey team: the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. For the time being, though, OSU is the only squad that Ohioans will be able to watch play. The NHL lockout has delayed the start of the Blue Jackets’ season, which means OSU could be featured more prominently in Columbus’ hockey spotlight. “Are we going to have a few more fans come in? I’m not sure. It’s a different style, a different brand. It’s obviously a little bit more affordable for families (than the NHL),” Osiecki said. One thing NHL fans that stop by the Schottenstein Center to watch OSU play can expect, Osiecki said, is an effort unlike that in the NHL. “College guys give it every single game. There’s two games a weekend. That’s it. They’re not playing 82 games. It’s such a different brand of hockey,” Osieck said. Building a program Osiecki, a Minnesota native and former NHL defender, is entering his third season at the helm of the OSU men’s hockey program. Despite the Buckeyes’ struggles at the end of last season, OSU’s coach and his staff are pleased with the way their program is developing. This season’s team, more than the previous two squads Osiecki has led at OSU, truly displays what college hockey should be about, the coach said. “When they step on the ice, or stepping in the locker room, they’re ready to go. The mentality of being a hockey player has really changed. It’s been fun to see that growth,” Osiecki said. OSU players have been itching to get on the ice as much as possible since last season ended, Osiecki said, and it’s something the coach loves to see. “You’ve got guys coming in this year – for the first time in the three years we’ve been here – you’ve got guys asking, ‘There’s open ice, can we go out and skate? Can we just go out and shoot pucks?’ No one ever asked that question before,” Osiecki said. OSU, with a storied football program and elite men’s basketball team, likely will never be a typical “hockey school.” It’s getting closer to being one, though. “My first year coaching at North Dakota, it was a great experience for me. The ice was there all day and kids came in periodically throughout the day and skated. They wanted to be a hockey player. I think we’re getting closer to that when kids are coming here, wanting to be a hockey player,” Osiecki said. OSU opens its season with an exhibition game Sunday against Waterloo at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes open the regular season Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. against Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn.
Indigenous to the Amazonian basin, the piranha is a freshwater fish which can range in size from 5in to 20in depending on the species.They have been characterised in films and the media as extremely predatory due to their powerful jaws and feeding frenzies but in fact are omnivorous and pose a relatively low threat to humans. A water company has pleaded with householders not to flush exotic animals down the toilet after a piranha fish was discovered in a sewer in Chichester.The flesh-eating creature was found by a startled member of staff at Southern Water who was carrying out checks at the West Sussex treatment works.The South-American river predator, which normally hunt in packs, can rip flesh to shreds in a matter of seconds.Although the newly discovered piranha was dead and posed no threat, having most likely been flushed away after dying naturally in its tank, water bosses said that only ‘p’s that should go down the toilet were ‘pee, poo and paper.’Southern Water spokeswoman Nicola Crichton said: “Obviously someone who owns exotic animals must have flushed it down the toilet, I don’t think it managed to migrate all this way.”People will flush anything down their toilets, we once found a bed sheet at the waterworks, and find all sorts of strange things.” Alligators have been reported in the New York sewers And in the 1800s, a strange story circulated around London that the sewers of Hampstead were home to a population of black pigs. It was claimed that a pregnant sow had fallen into a drain and been unable to find its way out.On the 10th October 1989, The Daily Telegraph reported that ‘the Hampstead sewers shelter a monstrous breed of black swine, which have propagated and run wild among the slimy feculence, and whose ferocious snouts will one day up-root Highgate archway, while they make Holloway intolerable with their grunting.” A page from The Telegraph in October 1989 Strange animals living in the sewers have been a part of urban legends since modern drainage began. There have been tales and anecdotes about alligators living the sewers of New York since the New York Times ran a story in 1935 claiming youngsters shovelling snow had found a creature writhing in a storm drain and dragged it out.New Yorkers are now so proud of legend that on February 9th they celebrate ‘Alligators in Sewers Day’.In 2008, the Eastbourne Herald reported that sewer workers at Southern Water’s treatment plant in Eastbourne, East Sussex, claimed to have seen a strange humanoid shadow in the underground passages, which would follow staff.They also reported muffled conversations emanating from behind the tunnel walls. Speaking of the latest sewer dweller, Southern Water communications officer Simon Fluendy said: “Our campaigns normally focus on stopping people flushing plastic-based materials such as wet wipes, sanitary products, condoms and nappies down the toilet.”There’s only the three Ps which should go down the loo – pee, poo and paper. Piranhas are not one of them.”We like to make it clear, we do not believe that there is any risk of shoals of piranhas swimming around our sewers – this would be highly unusual.”We would like to reassure our 4.6 million customers that it is safe to use their toilets as normal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
François Jacob, un biologiste d’exception qui a ouvert la voie au génie génétiqueLe célèbre biologiste français François Jacob, connu pour ses recherches sur la génétique bactérienne et les circuits de régulation est décédé vendredi 19 avril à l’âge de 92 ans. Le président François Hollande lui a rendu mercredi un hommage solennel dans la Cour d’honneur des Invalides.”Un homme d’exception, animé par l’amour de la liberté”, c’est avec ces mots que François Hollande a rendu mercredi un hommage solennel au biologiste français François Jacob décédé vendredi dernier à l’âge de 92 ans. Devant une quinzaine d’académiciens en grande tenue emmenés par Madame le Secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie française Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, le président a prononcé l’éloge funèbre de cet “homme d’exception” au cours d’une cérémonie d’honneurs militaires tenue dans la Cour d’honneur des Invalides.Au moment de l’annonce de son décès, l’Élysée avait déjà commenté la triste disparition en soulignant que François Jacob était “une grande figure scientifique qui aura honoré la France”. Mais il n’était pas qu’un scientifique comme l’a précisé Matignon qui a salué “l’homme de science, le passionné de lettres et le résistant, Compagnon de la Libération”. “Tout au long de sa vie, il aura su allier le courage de ceux qui ont combattu, notamment au sein des Forces françaises libres, à la passion qui anime ceux pour qui la connaissance ne peut avoir de limites”, a t-on encore ajouté.Un génie de la génétique Entré à l’Institut Pasteur en 1950, François Jacob est surtout connu pour ses travaux sur les mécanismes génétiques entre les bactéries et les virus qui les infectent (bactériophages). C’est grâce à lui et à sa collaboration avec le généticien français Élie Wollman qu’on a pu mieux comprendre comment les bactéries échangeaient du matériel génétique entre elles. Il a également réalisé des travaux fondamentaux sur les mécanismes responsables du transfert de l’information génétique, ainsi que sur les circuits de régulation qui ajustent la synthèse des protéines avec le biochimiste français Jacques Monod. La découverte de l'”opéron” lactose de la bactérie Escherichia coli notamment a permis d’expliquer l’expression des gènes bactériens et a donné naissance à ce qui est devenu le génie génétique. Ces découverte lui vaudront (avec André Lwoff et Jacques Monod), de recevoir en 1965, le prix Nobel de physiologie et de médecine a seulement 45 ans. Pourtant, la carrière du généticien aurait pu être sévèrement compromise par le début de la guerre qui l’a poussé à rejoindre en juin 1940 les Forces Françaises Libres à Londres. Quelques années plus tard, en août 1944, il sera grièvement blessé par des éclats d’obus durant la campagne de Normandie. Ces blessures lui interdiront une station debout prolongée, et lui fermeront de ce fait les portes d’une carrière de chirurgien, à laquelle il se prédestinait en entrant en école de Médecine, raconte le NouvelObs. C’est finalement là que François Jacob a décidé de se tourner vers la biologie. Membre de l’Académie des Sciences et de l’Académie française À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirs”Il a été l’un des pionniers de la génétique. Il fait partie de la longue chaîne des chercheurs ayant participé aux révolutions de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle de la biologie fondamentale”, a rappelé François Hollande. Au cours de sa carrière, François Jacob était ainsi successivement devenu Compagnon de la Libération, membre de l’Académie des sciences (1977) et de l’Académie française (1996). Il avait également été, de 2007 à 2011, chancelier de l’Ordre de la Libération, 16e personnage de l’Etat dans l’ordre protocolaire. La ministre de l’enseignement supérieur, Geneviève Fioraso a quant à elle rendu hommage à “une personnalité d’exception, celles dont le parcours et l’engagement font la fierté de notre pays” en rappelant que “l’Institut Pasteur lui a dédié, en novembre 2012, son nouveau centre consacré aux maladies émergentes”.Le 25 avril 2013 à 18:08 • Maxime Lambert
Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now Stay on target E3 is full of huge new video games all jockeying for attention. But of course a brand new Star Wars game will make everyone stand up and take notice, which is funny because Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is all about you playing as a Jedi Padawan trying not to get noticed. After its first reveal at Star Wars Celebration a few weeks ago, E3 2019 gave us our first extended gameplay demonstration of the single-player Star Wars action adventure coming this November.While the player character Cal Kestis isn’t doing much for us (he seems about as about generic as that Starkiller dude from The Force Unleashed) some of the other faces in this demo did excite us. They put Debra Wilson in this game playing a Jedi master. You’re being hunted down by one of Darth Vader’s Sith Inquisitors apprentices The Second Sister. And Forest Whitaker returns as rebel extremist Saw Gerrera, who famously made the jump from The Clone Wars cartoon to the movie Rogue One.The time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is still one of the most fertile when it comes to Star Wars storytelling possibilities. Just what was everyone doing while the Empire established its domination? Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will tell more of that story. And here are some other character cameos we hope to see.Ahsoka TanoAnakin Skywalker’s secret apprentice Ahsoka Tano is arguably the most important character to originally come from the cartoons. And Star Wars Rebels already showed us she was plenty busy during this time period separate from the rest of the Jedi. Speaking of Rebels, we’d love for Ezra and that whole crew to pop up, too.Darth MaulAs cool as he was in The Phantom Menace, I think we were all ready to be done with Darth Maul after he literally got sliced in half. But then he made a hilarious surprise cameo in Solo as like a crime boss with robot legs? Sure! Show me some more of that in this game.Sheev PalpatineEmperor Sheev Palpatine, the most beautiful dastardly bastard boy in all of Star Wars, is set to return somehow in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this holiday. Putting him in this game, at the height of his powers, is a no-brainer.Iden VersioWhile the single-player campaign of Star Wars Battlefront II had its problems, like an over reliance on playing as famous faces no matter how nonsensical, we ultimately dug its lead character Iden Versio, an elite Imperial soldier who undergoes a bit of a redemption arc. Putting a young version of her here could create a neat kind of continuity between Star Wars video games specifically, plus we’d love another Janina Gavankar performance.WattoI looked up what happened to greasy flying desert slavemaster Watto after The Phantom Menace and apparently Darth Vader slaughtered him in revenge? Honestly, that’s one of the most honorable things Vader ever did. Put that scene in this game!Grand Admiral ThrawnThe sinister Grand Admiral Thrawn grew in popularity thanks to his starring role in some of Timothy Zahn’s beloved Star Wars novels. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, those books and original Expanded Universe characters became non-canon. Fortunately, we now know those characters are eligible for showing up again in new, canon Star Wars projects. Thrawn was a major antagonist in Star Wars Rebels, so put him in this game, too. We don’t have much hope for Mara Jade, though.Kyle KatarnAnd speaking of EU characters, I suspect if Cal Kestis was just named Kyle Katarn people would be way more excited for this game. But developer Respawn can make up for this mistake by using their new canon Star Wars game to reintroduce the Dark Forces hero back into official continuity.An Evil Senator Who Wants To Outlaw GamblingArguably the biggest reason why folks are excited for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is that since it’s a single-player game hopefully EA won’t cram it full of the same microtransactions that turned Battlefront II into a borderline illegal casino for children. With the actual U.S. Government breathing down their necks, why not go full meta and introduce an Imperial Senator who foolishly wants to outlaw the galactic equivalent of loot boxes.For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers.
We may be Washington state, but this display of fiddling prowess will be full-on Texas.New at this year’s 149th annual Clark County Fair is the Washington State Fiddle Championship — which is actually an all-welcome, nationwide fiddle contest in what’s called the Texas style. That means lots of improvisation, lots of drive and excitement — lots of fire, according to organizer and champion fiddler Denice Carter.The Pendleton, Ore., native has been fiddling for four decades and teaching for three. She was long based in Denver, where she taught both fiddle and violin, and was the driving force behind the Colorado State Fiddle Championship, now in its 16th year at the National Western Stock Show and known as one of the top fiddle contests in the nation.Carter left Colorado and moved to Fisher’s Landing six years ago, she said; she was excited because “the Pacific Northwest has sort of become the hotbed of fiddling, with people like Mark O’Connor,” a Seattle native, leading the way for a whole new crop of fantastic players. “I know a lot of fiddle players in this part of the world,” she said. (Her daughter is Aarun Carter of Portland, who recently won the title “2017 Northwest Regional Fiddle Champion.”)And yet Carter, the founder and president of the still-busy Colorado Old Time Fiddlers’ Association, was disappointed to discover that the Washington Old Time Fiddlers’ Association appears to have slowed to a stop. (Nobody from the group responded to messages from The Columbian.) “Fiddling as an art form ebbs and flows,” Carter said.It took a few years of flirting, but organizers of the Clark County Fair eventually convinced Carter to start a new fiddling contest as part of their annual festivities. “It’s a lot of work, but I finally got talked into it,” Carter said. “We want to put fiddling back in the public eye, as much as possible.”
India and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, which included setting up Chinese industrial parks and flood data of Brahmaputra River, to facilitate more Chinese investment in India.Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the first meeting in China and raised India’s concerns regarding the trade deficit which averaged over $ 35 billion a year in a talk with her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng.The MoU was signed in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari and Chinese Premier Li Yuanchao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.This place has witnessed one more Indo-China deal last year, where the border defense cooperation agreement was signed in a meeting between the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, about soothing tensions on the borders.The commerce minister is a part of Vice President Hamid Ansari’s delegation, who will try to get into a greater access for Indian goods like gems, jewellery, grey cotton fabric, and services in China, according to the Mint report.In last year, the trade between the two countries totaled to $ 65.47 billion and currently China has invested $1.1 billion in India, according to Chinese officials.India has asked China to open Indian IT and Pharmaceuticals, and expecting four industrial parks in different states from the latter.There is a vast scope of Chinese investment in India’s manufacturing and other sectors, thus wants to encourage more Chinese investment in the country, according to Sitharaman, reports the Mint.”The larger backdrop with which we are working is that there is definitely a big imbalance with China. We are importing lots more than we are exporting,” said Nirmala Sitharaman in the meeting.”The scope for Chinese to come to India to somewhat redress the imbalance to get their investments in India to set up manufacturing several goods to do some justice to redress the imbalance,” she added.Chinese investment into India would fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intension to expand manufacturing and regain the country’s economy, as per the Reuters report.The MoU is signed in accordance with relevant domestic laws and regulations of each party, agreed to cooperate to invest in each other’s economy mutually, says the TOI report.An Industrial Park Cooperation Working Group will mutually set up to identify and agree upon the detailed modalities for implementing cooperation and will review the progress accordingly, according to an official.According to TOI, the three key agreements include:China’s investment in Chinese Industrial parks in India.Flood data sharing will help India in flood forecasting as the country will be provided with 15 days more of hydrological data of river Brahmaputra.The MoU will bring a better connectivity and framework between the two countries for regular interactions among the officials.
Chinese police have busted an underground banking network that handled $4.5 billion worth of illegal transactions at Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) alone, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday, 25 November.14 suspects in four gangs were arrested by police in the northeastern city of Dalian in Liaoning province, in the latest crackdown in the country’s fight against outflows of “gray capital”.Each gang’s daily illegal transactions exceeded $100,000.The police found illegal transactions amounting to 28.8 billion Yuan ($4.51 billion) from 1.4 million foreign exchange trading records, after investigating more than 2,000 accounts at AgBank, China’s third-biggest lender by assets, the state agency said.China’s economic slowdown and market volatility have sparked a wave of capital outflows running into hundreds of billions this year, triggering alarms for China’s foreign exchange management system.Beijing started cracking down on underground banks in April and has so far uncovered more than 170 cases of money laundering and illegal fund transfers, involving more than 800 billion Yuan and arresting more than 400 suspects.Earlier this year, Chinese police, the central bank and the foreign exchange regulator busted the country’s biggest-ever underground banking case involving transactions totaling $64 billion.In the Dalian case, suspects worked with criminal groups spread in Beijing, Shandong province and Jilin province to conduct illegal foreign exchange trading across China and offered gambling services in Macau and South Korea to obtain illegal gains, Xinhua reported.
Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe condition of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), has improved, said AL deputy office secretary Biplab Barua, reports UNB.”There has been a significant improvement in his physical condition. He has gotten back his full consciousness. Doctors are also now optimistic about his full recovery,” he said.Biplab Barua shared the updates on Quader’s health condition through a Facebook post.He urged the party leaders and activists not to crowd the hospital premises.However, the minister is now at Critical Coronary Unit (CCU) and physicians did not said that he is completely out of danger, he added.Obaidul Quader was admitted to the CCU of the hospital on Sunday morning following his breathing complications.Later, physicians found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram.