ICC World T20: Marlon Samuels takes a dig at Shane Warne after steering West Indies to second title

first_imgAdjudged Man-of-the-Match for his stupendous 66-ball 85 in the final of the World Twenty20, West Indies batter Marlon Samuels took a dig at spin legend Shane Warne who recently criticised him on television for not scoring runs. (West Indies outgun England for second World T20 title )”I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. Shane Warne has been talking continuously and all I want to say is ‘this is for Shane Warne’. I answer with the bat, not the mic,” Samuels said at the post match presentation ceremony.Later in the press conference, where he had his padded legs up on the microphone table, the Jamaican said: “I play a Test series in Australia and Shane Warne has a problem with me. I don’t know why he disrespects me, I have never done that. Seems like he has all the wrath inside him that needs to come out. I would appreciate if he did not continue to talk about me. I don’t know why he does it, may be because my face is real and his is not.”He also lambasted England allrounder Ben Stokes whom Carlos Brathwaite in the ultimate over of the game smashed for four consecutive sixes to gift West Indies a four-wicket victory. (Gayle, Sammy blast West Indies Cricket Board ) “Stokes is a nervous lad. I told Brathwaite to hold his pose and he will bowl a couple of full toss and as always it did work in our favour,” Samuels said.”He does not learn. I keep telling him whenever he plays against us, ‘do not speak to me’ because I am going to perform. He did not even face a ball and had so much to say today. He did that again. That’s what I strive on. That is why I have been here for so long.”advertisementThe 35-year-old said West Indies might not be a side which does well in One-Day Internationals or Tests, but in T20s they have been quite successful and therefore deserve respect.”A lot of negative stuff, not just in the last couple of weeks but prior to that as well. We want to improve in Tests and One-Day cricket. We have been a force to reckon with in the T20 version. But still when we were coming into this tournament a lot of people were saying negative things. Now people should respect us and give credit to what we do,” Samuels stated. (Brathwaite’s sixes seals the deal for West Indies )”We are a wonderful team and we play not for ourselves but for the Caribbean people. Cricket means the world to them just as cricket in India.”Speaking about the thrilling chase, where West Indies got over the line with just 2 balls to spare, Samuels quipped, “I don’t need to use much words to explain that. We have done it on many occasions. We believe in ourselves, we believe in each other. When the next player goes out to bat we believe he can get it done as well. So we stay calm and don’t panic in any situation.”last_img read more

Niese, Mets Beat Braves, 4-2

first_imgATLANTA — Freddie Freeman had seen this game before. It looked so very familiar to the first baseman and the sliding Atlanta Braves.“It’s the same story, different day,” Freeman said. “It’s hard to win ballgames when you only score two runs. That’s the name of the game for us the last few weeks.”Freeman and the Braves were shut down by Jonathon Niese and lost 4-2 to the New York Mets on Saturday night, damaging their flickering playoff hopes.Atlanta has lost seven of eight to drop to 4-13 in September. Any combination of two Pittsburgh wins or Atlanta losses will eliminate the Braves from the NL wild-card race.Niese (9-11) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. The left-hander also struck out five and walked one while improving to 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three starts.“That’s the Jon Niese we know,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s the guy who pitches to contact, makes pitches, locates it, moves it around, changes speeds. He pitched a nice game.”Dilson Herrera and Curtis Granderson homered for New York, which has won three of four.Niese, who was just 2-4 with a 5.65 ERA in his previous six road starts since June 21, retired nine straight batters before loading the bases on consecutive singles with one out in the eighth.Collins brought in Josh Edgin, who gave up a two-run single to Freeman. But Carlos Torres retired Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to end the threat. Jenrry Mejia then worked the ninth for his 27th save in 30 chances.Braves starter Mike Minor lasted just one inning, leaving with left shoulder discomfort after the Mets went up 1-0 on Lucas Duda’s sacrifice fly.Minor (6-12) dropped to 0-8 in his last nine September starts. He said he will be evaluated by doctors over the next couple of days.Minor missed the first 27 games of the season with shoulder tendinitis.“Yeah, it’s the same thing, so it’s kind of frustrating because I don’t feel like it’s anything serious,” Minor said. “It’s nagging pain that won’t go away. It’s there every pitch. I felt it the last couple of starts more and more. Tonight was worse than the others.”David Hale came in and fell behind 3-0 in the second on Herrera’s third homer, a two-run shot just inside the left-field foul pole.Granderson’s 19th homer, coming off David Carpenter, made it 4-0 in the eighth.The Braves (76-78) fell two games under .500 for the first time since they were 2-4 on April 12, 2012. “It’s just one of those weeks, months, years that nothing’s going our way,” Freeman said. “It’s kind of getting repetitive.”(GEORGE HENRY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Delving deeper into dotdot — ZigBee’s new ‘Universal Language for the IoT’

first_img “Indeed, they are extensive!” “”The link to the cluster library is broken. It goes to a 404 page.”nnI just changed the link in the article (it may take a few minutes for the change to ripple through the cache) — thanks for pointing this out” davidewing says: Meet dotdot The ZigBee Alliance recently announced a new “Universal Language for the IoT,” and — in an arguably brilliant and daring display of marketing moxie — they’ve named it dotdot . As a long-time observer (and sometime partaker) of the IoT hype cycle, I wasn’t too surprised to see “yet another” standard being promoted.We’ve all become accustomed to a seemingly unending stream of new protocols, initiatives, and alliances, all aiming to usher in the era of ubiquitous sensing and control. You know — the IoT we’ve all been waiting for, with tens of billions of devices! For over 10 years now, ZigBee has been a prominent player in the IoT standards game. As the ZigBee family of specifications evolved through numerous revisions, I would from time to time quip: “Nobody really knows what technology will ultimately win in the IoT, but whatever it is they’ll call it ZigBee!” So, what’s with the new name? Let’s delve a bit deeper into dotdot and explore what’s really happening here.Application layer interoperability Head over to Zigbee’s dotdot promo website , and you’ll soon learn that it’s all about the application layer . That is to say, dotdot comprises the “upper” layer of ZigBee’s technology stack — the part that defines the objects and actions. Consider, for example, how an interoperable digital light switch would talk to a light. Some “smart lighting” devices might support only simple on/off control, while others may also include dimming, color, power measurement, etc. Defining those attributes and interactions is key to interoperability. Without a common application layer specification, even devices with connectivity can’t interoperate. Consider sending an email to a colleague: irrespective of whether you’re on the same LAN or connected via multiple intermediate networks (Wi-Fi, GSM, fiber, etc.), the fact that you’re using the same application layer protocol (SMTP — email) makes the messaging work.(Source: ZigBee Alliance) The important thing that’s going on here is the separation of these application layer definitions from the networking and physical-layer connectivity concerns. Prior to this, having a “ZigBee Certified Product” meant that it complied at the application layer and at the ZigBee network and physical layers. Now, there is the possibility of having dotdot -compliant devices that are compatible at the application layer but with differing physical layers.Let’s get physical — Connecting the “things” ZigBee has long been associated with its 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4-based network stack, now called “ZigBee PRO.” In 2013, they added “ZigBee IP” as an option. This is based on 6LoWPAN and aimed at the smart-grid market. And then there’s “ZigBee RF4CE,” and… But this is not just a case of ZigBee being fickle; the rest of the world doesn’t seem to be satisfied to converge on a common connectivity standard for IoT either. Pick up your smartphone and you’re holding a device with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular radios. All three of these radio types are often used for connectivity in IoT applications. The IEEEE802.15.4 market is growing both in 2.4 GHz and sub-GHz implementations, and there are proprietary as well as emerging standards like Thread competing with ZigBee to provide IoT connectivity.By now, you’d think we’d have settled on a common connectivity layer for IoT devices. Is this just a bad case of “not invented here” syndrome? Maybe a little, but — in fact — there are some technical factors that have posed quite a challenge to finding a common interoperable solution to connectivity. It comes down to tradeoffs among cost, radio range, data rate, and power consumption. Throw in global compliance concerns and antenna size for good measure, and you can see the difficulty in finding a one-size-fits-all answer. So, what’s an “IoT Standards” alliance to do? We already know the answer: head for the high ground — to the application layer where everything is software and the laws of physics don’t apply!ZigBee’s magnificent cluster A very impressive accomplishment that ZigBee has achieved over the past 10 years is to amass a large collection of “Application Profiles.” This catalog of objects and attributes covers a broad range of industries and device types. Download the ZigBee Cluster Library (ZCL) specification, and you’ll find a very fine-grained breakdown of device attributes across a wide variety of application areas. The usual suspects like lighting and HVAC are here, but also voice, text-chat, and a long list of generic as well as industry-specific sensing and control interfaces. Following our “smart lighting” example, basic control functions would fall under the General.Basic cluster, which provides On/Off and Level control clusters respectively, as illustrated below. Many additional lighting-specific clusters are also defined for advanced features such as color temperature and ballast configuration.(Source: ZigBee Alliance) The ZCL is mature and comprehensive, representing years of work defining and cataloging how “things” will interoperate. Decoupling this standards specification from the connectivity layer makes sense, and that’s exactly what dotdot represents.Begun, the application layer war has: Alliance vs. Foundation While the ZCL legacy of dotdot gives ZigBee a substantial head-start in defining the application layer, with the fate of billions of devices at stake and the IoT hype-cycle in full swing, the ZigBee Alliance is not alone in this game. For example, do you remember Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)? Back in 2013, the UPnP Forum re-branded their Sensor Management services as the IoT Management and Control Architecture . Check out their interoperability diagram below — this certainly crossed over into ZigBee territory when it was published.(Source: Open Connectivity Forum) Similar efforts at application layer standardization were underway in the Allseen Alliance, led by Microsoft and Qualcomm. Separately, at that time, we had Intel, Broadcom, and Samsung leading the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) to establish the standards for how the IoT interoperates. All these competing camps with overlapping standards call to mind a favorite quote that’s still relevant 30 years after it was published in Tannenbaum’s Computer Networks text:“The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from; furthermore, if you do not like any of them, you can just wait for next year’s model.” — Andrew Tanenbaum Last year, things got even more interesting, with rapid consolidation among these players. Here’s a breakdown of the action in 2016:January 2016: The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) acquired the assets of the UPnP Forum.February 2016: The OIC changes its name to the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).October 2016: The Allseen Alliance merges with the OCF.So now we have the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), which is well-positioned to promote their IoT vision. It’s like Star Wars with the Alliance (ZigBee) facing off against the Foundation (OCF) in an epic battle to control the universe (the “Things”)!Show me your clusters! In contrast to Zigbee’s Britannica model, with committees deliberating for years in hallowed halls to catalog all the possible application interactions, you might say OCF is taking more of a Wikipedia approach.OCF’s oneIoTa is an online data modeling tool that provides both a catalog of device models and a forum for the crowd-sourced development of new ones. Let’s stay with our simple lighting example and see what OCF has to offer.(Source: oneIoTa.org) As you’ll see, at present, oneIoTa ‘s level of comprehensiveness and detail is not on par with ZCL. However, through the sponsorship of the open source software project, IoTivity , the OCF appears to be pursuing a strategy to grow a user base that will flesh it out quickly as real-world applications are fielded.Other players Naturally, Google, Apple, and Amazon all have their respective IoT initiatives. From an application layer standardization perspective, Google’s Weave project stands out. The Weave developer site presents a few “Device Schemas,” including an HVAC Controller and a Light Device. There’s not much content there yet, but the fact that they’re starting to define schemas puts them in the game.(Source: google.com) What about Bluetooth? At the consumer level, Bluetooth-enabled devices are the most prevalent example of application layer interoperability among “Things” (if we define a “Thing” as a highly-constrained device — say a microcontroller with just a few kbytes of RAM).Bluetooth has its own set of application layer profiles that currently revolve around the familiar “peripheral” roles traditionally fulfilled by Bluetooth classic (headsets, speakers, mice) and Bluetooth Smart (fitness trackers, etc.). While there are Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-controlled lighting products on the market today, there is no standardized application layer protocol to provide multivendor interoperability. But Bluetooth Mesh is due out any day now, gunning for the same IoT network use-cases as Thread and ZigBee, and with it will surely come an expanded set of standard application profiles including lighting, HVAC, etc.(Source: bluetooth.com) Layers and logos Zigbee has begun to demonstrate dotdot ‘s interoperability across different connectivity stacks, with an initial demonstration of Thread -based devices using dotdot at CES 2017. Conceivably, then, a consumer could have Thread devices interoperating with Zigbee devices at the application layer — even though they don’t use the same connectivity technology. In practice, achieving this would require some sort of gateway device(s) at the TCP/IP level to adapt dotdot to each connectivity layer being used. This pattern of “protocol convergence at the TCP/IP level” is a common theme of application layers.An interesting consequence of separating the application layer interoperability from the connectivity layer is “logo confusion.” For example, our hypothetical smart-lighting product would need two certifications: one for “Thread Certified Component” and another for “dotdot.” If we expect a light switch to communicate directly with a light fixture, we’d have to look for both logos to match. It remains to be seen whether or not this “dual logo” situation will totally confound the market.So, where is all of this going? Imagine how difficult it must have been for Tim Berners-Lee and the rest of the Internet pioneers to painstakingly catalog and codify all the application protocols we use today. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… Did they think of everything back then? Of course not. No one could have anticipated all of the useful applications that have evolved through the years (not to mention the popular but utterly useless ones!). The Internet as we know it today evolved by virtue of programmable devices that dynamically adapt via software — “apps,” if you will.Looking just a few years into the future, will Britannica win, or will Wikipedia emerge triumphant? Or will you just download the latest apps to control your “Things”? Your smart lighting application may be connected, but will it be using Twitter or Facebook for its posts and status messages?For the present, we don’t have an “app ecosystem” for “Things,” and it may be some years until that’s feasible with low-cost, low-power devices. Each of the application layer specifications (dotdot , oneIoTa , Weave , and others) has its strengths and weaknesses, which we as designers must consider carefully as we develop new IoT products.David Ewing  has a 25-year track record of innovative product development and commercial success with technology startups in the electronics, software, communications, and IoT sectors, and he holds more than 20 patents. Joining telecom startup ADTRAN in 1992, David helped launch the company to IPO in 1994. Following that, David led engineering teams at DiscoveryCom, Nokia, and Teracruz. Most recently, as part of the founding team of IoT startup Synapse Wireless, David was CTO and the principle architect of its core technology, SNAP — creating software and wireless hardware modules as well as development tools for microcontrollers. David currently serves as President of Firia, Inc., an IoT focused design firm helping companies achieve their product development goals through software and hardware consulting services. April 17, 2017 at 11:04 am Log in to Reply Log in to Reply April 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm Max The Magnificent says: Log in to Reply “”Zigbee Cluster” bout right (giggle). The link to the cluster library is broken. It goes to a 404 page.nnHow is this any different than a cluster and device specification? New, cuter name?nnHas any effort been made to improve the quality of the Zigb “This is really more than just a “rebranding” of ZCL. Some very interesting work will need to be done at the edge-gateway level to map the various underlying protocols to a common application layer. Even simply mapping the addresses of Things to a common April 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm April 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry davidewing says: “Yes, it seems Zigbee did a major website reorg just as this article posted. ZCL is a bit harder to find, but it’s still available for download here:nhttp://www.zigbee.org/non-menu-pages/zigbee-cluster-library-specification-download/n” dougwithau says: Log in to Reply 6 thoughts on “Delving deeper into dotdot — ZigBee’s new ‘Universal Language for the IoT’” Max The Magnificent says: April 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. April 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm davidewing says: Continue Reading Previous Webinar: What’s Happening in Embedded Space?Next Med tech enhances wearables “@David: “Show me your clusters!”nnROFLOL” Log in to Reply last_img read more

Neymar & CR7 lead CL Team of Group Stage

first_imgUEFA Champions League Neymar and Ronaldo lead the Champions League Team of the Group Stage Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 06:44 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Neymar Monaco PSG Ligue 1 26112017 Gettyimages UEFA Champions League Real Madrid PSG Celtic Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Beşiktaş Kevin De Bruyne Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Kylian Mbappé Harry Kane The PSG striker is living up to his record price-tag so far at Parc des Princes, while his Portuguese counterpart leads the goalscoring charts ALPHONSE AREOLA | PSGAlphonse Areola, PSGIt must be easy playing behind a defence as watertight as PSG’s, but in six games 24-year-old Areola conceded just four times, against Scottish champions Celtic, and kept a clean sheet against Bayern Munich.KIERAN TIERNEY | CELTICKieran Tierney Celtic 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 Aged just 20, Tierney has become a star for Celtic. Linked with Manchester United, the left-back provided an assist against Anderlecht and appeared to shock his Bayern counterparts with a lung-busting, dynamic display against the German giants. He is sure to make the move to bigger things soon enough, and it is all the more remarkable that he has yet to find his best position – he has been deployed at right-back, centre-back, left-back and on the left wing during his short career thus far.  JOHN STONES | MANCHESTER CITYJohn Stones Manchester CityStones has come on leaps and bounds since falling under the wing of Pep Guardiola, and he showed just what he can do with an exceptional group stage as Manchester City qualified with ease. Stones not only defended impeccably in his four appearances, but also got up the other end to score on three occasions – proving his talents as an all-round defender.DAVINSON SANCHEZ | TOTTENHAMDavinson Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur 09132017Sanchez has become an integral part of Tottenham’s backline in recent months. The summer signing, recruited from Ajax, particularly impressed in each tie against Real Madrid, as he successfully nullified Karim Benzema both in Madrid and London.LAYVIN KURZAWA | PSGLayvin Kurzawa PSG AnderlechtA left-back who scored a hat-trick absolutely merits inclusion in a team such as this. Kurzawa netted thrice against Anderlecht in a 5-0 win for PSG, and has also provided two assists, each against Celtic. It helps, too, that PSG have conceded just once in the competition.KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITYKevin De Bruyne Premier League Team of the WeekThe most in-form midfielder in European football currently, De Bruyne has grown to dominate games under Pep Guardiola. Dynamic, incisive and capable of the absolutely sublime, the Belgium international has provided three assists and scored once as Manchester City won Group F.PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOLSadio Mane Coutinho FirminoA marvellous hat trick on the final group match-day sees the Brazilian push his way into contention among the best of this first round. Coutinho netted five times and added two assists to send Liverpool through to the knockouts at the top of their group, and no team on the continent will want to face them with him, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in top formCRISTIANO RONALDO | REAL MADRIDCristiano RonaldoRonaldo has been going through something of a slump domestically, but he has scored nine goals in the Champions League, and is the leading scorer in the leading competition on the continent. He has scored in every single European game Real have played this season, including four over two ties against APOEL Nicosia.KYLIAN MBAPPE | PSGKylian Mbappe PSG Celtic Champions League 22112017Mbappe may well be the most amazing prospect to emerge since the Brazilian Ronaldo in the 1990s. Mbappe has dominated games in the European top-flight, even with Neymar hogging the left flank alongside him, and drew ever more admiring glances after an incredible performance in the 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich. Four goals and three assists in six games is a tremendous return; Mbappe will surely add to that tally as the competition progresses.NEYMAR | PSGNeymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017Maybe the best player in the competition this season, Neymar has transformed the Ligue 1 side into one of the most feared sides on the planet. The Brazilian, the most expensive footballer of all time, has contributed to 10 goals in just six games – six goals, four assists – as the club have progressed from Group B.HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAMHarry Kane TottenhamThe Tottenham striker has long been tipped as one of the best strikers in Europe, but, prior to this season, he hadn’t proved it against the best on the continent. This season, that’s all changed – a dynamic, hungry display against Real Madrid inspired Spurs to a 3-1 win at Wembley, while he also scored home and away against Borussia Dortmund. Tottenham have won their group, and Kane has subsequently become one of the most feared strikers on the planet.UCL TEAM OF THE GROUP STAGETeam of the Group Stagelast_img read more

15 days agoWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impact

first_imgWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Prediction For Alabama-Oklahoma

first_imgA closeup look at the pylon at the Orange Bowl.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: A detailed view of Capital One Orange Bowl signage on pylon before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)It’s finally here, the College Football Playoff kicks off in just a few hours with No. 2 Clemson facing off against No. 3 Notre Dame. However, we’re here to talk about the match-up that will settle things tonight: Alabama vs. Oklahoma.The Crimson Tide and Sooners don’t kick until 8:00 p.m. ET tonight, but there will be plenty of lead-up and other college football games to keep fans occupied. Nick Saban and Lincoln Riley hope to lead their programs to a national title, but they’ll have to get by each other tonight first.Before the game begins, ESPN gave its final prediction for the contest.The Worldwide Leader gives Alabama a 73.3-percent chance to win the game.The Crimson Tide enter the game as a 14-point favorite to win the contest, and the over/under is set at 77.5 – the highest of any bowl game this season.Get ready to see two high-flying offenses on Saturday night.last_img read more

BCs First Nations leaders suspect high rate of overdose deaths

first_imgVANCOUVER – First Nations leaders in British Columbia say they suspect the deadly opioid fentanyl is having a disproportionate impact on their communities but they can’t get the numbers to prove it.Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit said he’s been asking the First Nations Health Authority and other provincial authorities for the data since last fall but nothing has yet been delivered.“I don’t even know how to feel, we need to have that information and we shouldn’t wait to act,” he said.Over 900 people died in the province from illicit overdoses last year. John said although he doesn’t know what proportion of those who died are indigenous, he knows plenty of families and communities that have fallen victim to the crisis.“All I hear is the anecdotal information from communities where funerals are taking place,” he said “People are dying needlessly.”The First Nations Health Authority said it’s working with the BC Coroners Service to develop an approach to collect the data that would identify deceased individuals as aboriginal.Current data collected by the agencies is based on self-identification and must first be compared against the B.C. Ministry of Health’s First Nation client file, which includes data from the federal government.“We want to ensure that any publicly released aboriginal specific data is as accurate as possible,” said Dr. Shannon McDonald, deputy chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority, in an email statement.“Once the data matching is completed and there’s greater confidence in the numbers, it will be available for release,” she said, adding that numbers may not be available for a few weeks at least.In the meantime, the health authority said it’s addressing the overdose crisis by educating the public about the harmful potential of opioids and distributing naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug.More than 70 First Nations health centres have received naloxone kits and the health authority said it held over 110 public training sessions on how to use the kits last year.Despite these efforts to get ahead of the crisis, the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council declared a state of emergency after seeing too many deaths in its communities. The council represents a collection of First Nations bands in the B.C. Interior.Tribal Chief Wayne Christian said in the days leading up to the declaration in March, five band members were buried in the span of a week.“Any death is an emergency,” he said. “The grief and loss, compounded by the intergenerational trauma, people just said we have got to do something about this, enough is enough.”Christian said the council is using the declaration to draw attention to the issue and educate people of all ages about addictions and drug use.More people seem to be aware of the crisis now, he said, but the history of residential schools and abuse still leave many vulnerable to addiction and other health issues.Terry Teegee, tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, said another problem rural and remote communities face is the proximity to health care services.He said the closest doctors for his people in the Takla Lake community are in Fort Saint James in north-central B.C., which he added is an area struggling to recruit and keep physicians. His people travel 5 1/2 hours to reach Prince George if they need a specialist, he said, or at times have to go even farther to Kamloops or Vancouver.“Just the distance is, I suppose, you could define it as a health detriment in terms of accessing proper health care,” Teegee said.There are 10 treatment programs with a total of 239 beds available to indigenous people in B.C. through the health authority, including one youth program. The health authority said some programs offer immediate treatment while others have a 10 to 12 week waiting list.If there is a shortfall for services, John said overdose data could help First Nations leaders advocate for better resources when it comes to health care and addictions treatment.Christian, who has worked with one of the addiction treatment programs, said even without data, there are many areas where health care can improve. He said there is a need for post-treatment services that prevent people from relapsing and for programs addressing the trauma that leads to addictions.“Addictions is a system. The person comes out of a family, and yeah you can treat the one individual, but it’s the whole family system that needs to be treated,” he said.Any data released can’t represent the effect overdose deaths are having on communities, he said.“The hard part for me, when people talk statistics … those numbers aren’t numbers to us, those are our relatives,” Christian said.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Two rail companies appealing ministers order for handbrakes usage on stopped trains

first_imgCALGARY — Canada’s two biggest railways are appealing Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s order requiring them to immediately use handbrakes on all trains stopped on mountain slopes.Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway both say they will comply with the order during the appeal process.CP Rail CEO Keith Creel says the company is focused on safety, but the application of handbrakes introduces additional risks and will have unintended consequences.In a news release, he adds that safer options are available and “we must get this right.” Three C-P Rail employees were killed in early February after a Vancouver-bound train that was parked for two hours with its air brakes started moving on its own and sped up to well over the limit.Then 99 cars and two locomotives hurtled off the tracks.last_img read more

Prime Minister announces advisory committee aimed at promoting skilled trades

first_imgHALIFAX — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the creation of a new advisory committee to help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada.Trudeau made the announcement today before a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, N.S.The advisory committee is to lay the groundwork for a national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career.It will lead consultations, explore partnerships and provide advice to the federal minister of employment, workforce development and labour.Members named to the committee include Mandy Rennehan, founder and CEO of Freshco, Jamie McMillan, ironworker and founder of Kickass Careers, and Matt Wayland, executive assistant with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.The federal government announced $6 million over two years in the 2019 budget to create a national campaign to promote skilled trades to young people.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Inquiry into alleged abuses crucial for Sri Lankas recovery – UN rights

26 May 2009Investigating human rights abuses allegedly committed against civilians by both the Government of Sri Lanka and Tamil rebels will help the country transition into a new future, the United Nations human rights chief stated. “There are strong reasons to believe that both sides have grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians,” Navi Pillay said in a video message to the Human Rights Council’s special session on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.Today’s meeting in Geneva takes place one week after the Government announced that its military operation against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had ended, and on the heels of a visit to the South Asian island nation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several of his top aides. Ms. Pillay said an “independent and credible international investigation into recent events should be dispatched to ascertain the occurrence, nature and scale of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as specific responsibilities.”The LTTE has been accused of purposefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict zone, forcefully conscripting people, and using civilians as human shields. “There were even alleged cases of the LTTE firing on civilians as they sought to flee, or targeting with suicide attacks checkpoints as the [internally displaced persons] IDPs left the area,” Ms. Pillay said.For its part, the Government reportedly utilized heavy weapons on the small and densely-populated area of conflict in Sri Lanka’s north, she noted, in spite of assurances that it would take precautions to protect civilians. Further, Government forces allegedly shelled a hospital several times in the last weeks of fighting, and accusations that the army may have killed LTTE members as they were trying to surrender would constitute violations of the laws of war.“Establishing the facts is crucial to set the record straight regarding the conduct of all parties in the conflict,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed, with victims and survivors to the conflict entitled to justice and remedies.In her message to the 47-member Council, she reiterated the call issued by Mr. Ban to tackle the root causes of the conflict.“A new future for the country, the prospect of meaningful reconciliation and lasting peace, where respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms can become a reality for all, hinges upon such an in-depth and comprehensive approach,” she said.During his visit, Mr. Ban urged the Government to undertake certain confidence-building measures to “clearly and unmistakably” signal its good intentions in addressing root causes of Tamil and Muslim grievances, warning that if issues of reconciliation and social inclusion are not dealt with, history could repeat itself.Mr. Ban also visited IDP camps, an experience he called “very sobering,” and flew over the former conflict zone.In the camps in Menik Farm, one of the largest IDP sites, the Secretary-General was “able to see from himself that while a lot as been done, there is still long way to go,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who accompanied Mr. Ban on the trip, told a press briefing today in New York.Regarding the flight he took over the former area of conflict, the Secretary-General could “imagine just by looking at it what kind of hell it must have been,” Mr. Holmes noted.In his “useful” discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mr. Ban discussed humanitarian issues, including greater Sri Lankan-UN cooperation to improve conditions in the camps. Mr. Ban pressed upon the Sri Lankan leader the need for unimpeded access – for both people and for vehicles – to the camps.Also accompanying Mr. Ban to Sri Lanka was B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, who told reporters that although the military part of the conflict is over, the Sri Lankan Government must lead the humanitarian, reconstruction and political aspects of the recovery process.The international community must also play a role, he stressed, adding that “we don’t want to see a recurrence of the difficulties and problems that have occurred in the past.” read more

EU presidentelect praises Croatia as blocs role model

ZAGREB, Croatia — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has praised Croatia as European Union’s “tremendous success story,” saying the bloc’s newest member state serves as a “role model” for many other countries.Von der Leyen on Tuesday met with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. The former German defence minister who takes up her post in Brussels on Nov. 1 also has visited Berlin, Paris and Warsaw and travels next to Spain and Italy. Croatia had backed her candidacy to replace Jean-Claude Juncker.Von der Leyen has hailed Croatia’s efforts to join the eurozone and the border-free Schengen area after becoming an EU member in 2013. The bid needs unanimous backing within the EU and von der Leyen says “I am at your side to proceed in that.”The Associated Press read more

Spanishspeaking Univision tops its English brethren in key demographic

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 4:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spanish-speaking Univision tops its English brethren in key demographic NEW YORK, N.Y. – For the first time, the Spanish-language Univision network will have a larger audience than its English counterparts for a full month in the youthful demographic that television advertisers are most eager to reach.Univision’s average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18-to-49 so far in July tops Fox, NBC and CBS, who are all clustered just under 1.5 million, the Nielsen company said on Tuesday. ABC has 1.15 million. Nielsen’s calendar is different than the real one; its July ratings period ends Wednesday.Univision has been quick to tout the accomplishment, buying a full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Monday saying that “Numero Uno is the new Number One.”“It’s a milestone for Univision and for Hispanic media in general,” said Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks. “More importantly, it speaks to the growing influence of the Hispanic community here in the United States. It’s a great day for our team.”Univision outrated NBC in the young demographic in February, but that was depicted more as a sign of NBC’s weakness than Univision’s strength. This month, Univision has continued to air all original programming while more reruns dot the schedules of English broadcasters.The youth awards show, “Premios Juventud,” had a duet between Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull at its opening and reached nearly 5 million viewers. Univision also benefited from some popular soccer matches and its 9 p.m. EDT telenovela, “Amores Verdaderos.”While the industry looks at the inroads that cable networks are making against English-language broadcasters, Univision has gradually improved its standing, said Brad Adgate, an analyst for Horizon Media.“It wouldn’t surprise me in a few years if Univision isn’t the top 18-to-49-year-old network during a season,” Adgate said.The demographic plays to Univision’s strength. The median age of the network’s viewer is 37 while CBS, NBC and ABC’s median ages are clustered in the mid-50s. Figuring in viewers of all ages in July, CBS leads with a 5.3 million average in prime-time and Univision is fourth with 3.6 million viewers, Nielsen said.Among all viewers in prime-time last week, CBS led with an average of 5.5 million viewers. NBC had 4.6 million, Fox had 4.3 million, Univision had 3.71 million, ABC had 3.67 million, Telemundo had 1.43 million, ION Television had 1.38 million and the CW had 1.1 million.The Disney Channel had bragging rights with the success of its “Teen Beach Movie.” The 8.4 million viewers who watched the movie’s debut on Friday made it the top-rated television movie of the year. Among kids aged 2 to 14, it was the second most-watched TV event of the year behind the Super Bowl.It was a welcome development — and the birth of a potential franchise along the likes of “High School Musical” — for Disney, which has slumped slightly with its movies over the past couple of years.The movie made The Disney Channel the most popular cable network of the week, averaging 3.2 million viewers in prime time. USA had 2.6 million, TNT had 2.3 million, History had 2 million and TBS had 1.9 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6 million viewers.For the week of July 15-21, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 11.18 million; “Under the Dome,” CBS, 11.13 million; Baseball: All-Star Game, Fox, 10.96 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.06 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.76 million; Movie: “Teen Beach Movie,” Disney, 8.39 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.79 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 7.65 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.23 million; “Big Brother 15” (Sunday), CBS, 6.91 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more

Oversight Audit Program ManagerQuality Systems Manager

Please note that this vacancy is for SMMT Oversight (http://www.smmtoversight.co.uk/)Purpose of the Post:The Audit Program Manager / Quality Systems Manager’s main responsibility is for the management of the witness audit program to ensure that all nonconformities raised against certification bodies during witness audits are effectively corrected and independently verified.  In addition the Audit Program Manager / Quality Systems Manager is responsible for the Certification Body Wavier program. The main outline of the job involves the followingEnsuring all certification body witness audit nonconformities are effectively corrected by the Certification Body within the defined timings as established by the IATF Rules.Management of the SMMT Oversight nonconformity data base.Holding quarterly performance meetings with all UK reporting Certification Bodies to review their nonconformity statusProviding technical answers to waivers received from Certification BodiesSupporting IATF projectsQualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Strong knowledge of latest Automotive Tools & TechniquesAutomotive Quality Management System Auditing ExperienceA detailed working understanding of the ISO/TS16949 requirementsA detailed working understanding of the IATF scheme RulesIATF Qualified Witness AuditorA high level of IT skillsAbility to communicate effectively internally within SMMT / IF and externally with other Oversight Offices, Certification Bodies and auditorsGood verbal and written communication skillsAct as an ambassador for SMMT Oversight at all times both internally and externallyA strong intellect capable of rapidly assimilating dataAbility to produce and present performance data in the required formats to the required to the agreed timing requirementsWillingness to travel frequently overseasMain duties include:Witness audit processConduct a number of witness audits per year as requiredVerify closure of witness audit nonconformities with Certification Bodies to ensure implementation of effective corrective actionsHold quarterly witness audit performance meetings with each Certification BodiesManage the SMMT Oversight witness audit nonconformity data baseProvide detailed analysis of nonconformities for the SMMT Oversight ManagerCertification Body Waiver processProvide technical responses (approve / reject) to certification body waiver request within the agreed 15 day maximum timing window.Manage the SMMT Oversight waiver data baseProvide data analysis of the areas of waiver request quarterly to the SMMT Oversight Manger for provision into the quarterly Certification Body feedback meetings. Certification Body auditor training and evaluation coursesSupport the course evaluation session in the role of proctorMark examinations and provide the results to the certification bodiesSalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers.Deadline for Applications:17 April 2015Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Austrias Schmidhofer wins womens downhill World Cup at Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria won her second women’s World Cup downhill in as many days Saturday.Schmidhofer was even faster Saturday than she was in Friday’s season opener with a time of 1 minute 47.68 seconds.Her teammate Cornelia Hutter was second, 0.44 seconds back.Michelle Gisin of Switzerland was third, 0.47 seconds back.Roni Remme of Collingwood, Ont., was the top Canadian in 36th.The Canadian Press

Crime pays thrillers and detective novels now outsell all other fiction

first_imgJacks Thomas, London Book Fair director, said: “Television adaptations bring in new audiences. If you turn on your TV, there are so many crime dramas and thrillers, and lots of them are based on books.“Netflix is a great enabler, and these days there are whole channels dedicated to crime – you can pretty much watch Poirot on a loop.”Others had different theories on why crime novels are having a moment. “We have seen a surge in the popularity of psychological suspense brought about by a melding of the women’s relationship and detective genres,” said Selina Walker, publisher of the Century and Arrow imprints at Penguin Random House.“We are getting strong female characters, often but not always written by women, and that seems to have hit a note.”David Baldacci, the best-selling crime author, said the genre fits the turbulent political times. “People inherently don’t like folks who do bad to get away with it. In real life they do. But in novels, evil is punished and the good guys mostly win,” he said. 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. David Baldacci Crime novels and psychological thrillers are outselling other types of fiction for the first time, after a glut of television dramas boosted interest in the genre.In 2017, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold, up 19 per cent since 2015. General and literary fiction titles, which have led the market for the past 20 years, sold 18.1 million copies.Women are driving the boom, accounting for 53 per cent of crime and thriller sales. The market last year was worth £117 million, according to figures unveiled at the London Book Fair by Nielsen BookScan.Among the books topping the best-seller lists last year were Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard, first published in 2013 but re-issued to tie in with a BBC adaptation starring Emily Watson.The BBC also adapted JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels, written under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. David Baldacci, who was awarded the Specsavers Nielsen Bestseller Award at the London Book FairCredit:Andrew Crowleylast_img read more

Man who changed his name to Michael Jackson wants to revert it

A man who changed his name to Michael Jackson now wants to revert it in the wake of claims aired in the Leaving Neverland documentary.John Lomas, 38, altered his name to “John Michael Jackson” by deed poll because he was a superfan of the singer during his childhood.But the factory worker, from Malvern, Worcestershire, now fears his name will cause him havoc when applying for jobs since Jackson was accused of being a paedophile in the TV documentary, which aired in Britain this month.He is now crowdfunding to change his name back by deed poll, which costs £120.He said: “During my childhood I had various obsessions and special interests growing up and one of those has been Michael Jackson.”A few years ago I went to LA and soon after that I changed my name to Michael Jackson legally.”I have supported him blindly for years and but it has come to a point with everything recently that I’ve thought, ‘no more’. “There is too much doubt and I’m now left with this name that I need to get rid of.”I’m trying to get into the care profession but every time I do a DBS check I have to disclose my full name and if I’m going for a job like that it looks really bad that I’ve chosen to change my name to that of an alleged and believed paedophile. 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. “I’ve asked for legal advice and there is nothing I can do to change my name back by deed poll without paying a £120 fee, which I can’t afford.”I just want to put this behind me, I can’t have this name hanging above me anymore, I just want a fresh start.”Leaving Neverland published stories of men who alleged they were molested by the star as young boys. read more

Papal Visit To Cuba – 3522 Prisoners Pardoned Includes Nine Bahamians

first_img At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma More Than 100 prisoners escaped in British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma Related Items:cuba, papal visit, pardoned, prisoners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHavana – The Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, has agreed to the release of 3522 prisoners.The Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas received the good news on Friday afternoon 11th September, 2015 when Ambassador Adams was officially notified by Ms. Anet Pino, Deputy Director of International Law and Multilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba that nine (9) Bahamian inmates were also pardoned.Among the 3522 pardoned, included inmates over 60 years of age, younger than 20 years with no criminal record, chronically ill, women, those set for conditional release in 2016, and some serving and working in open conditions, as well as foreigners, provided that the country of origin guaranteed repatriation.With few exceptions for humanitarian reasons, this did not include persons sanctioned for the crimes of: Murder, Homicide, Rape, Pederasty with Violence, Corruption of Minors, Theft and Illegal Slaughter of Cattle, Drug Trafficking, Robbery with Violence and Intimidation against persons in their aggravated forms, nor those crimes committed against the security of the State.The decision took effect on Wednesday, 16th September 2015.On Wednesday, Ambassador Adams including Consul Saunders and Attaché Carey bade farewell to the nine (9) happy inmates as they boarded the flight carrier, Bahamasair at 1:15 p.m. destined for Nassau, Bahamas.The functionaries at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in both Cuba and The Bahamas as well as the Ministry of National Security in The Bahamas and the Embassy Staff networked to guarantee swift action in returning those nine (9) Bahamian men, who are now free from all of their sentences in the Republic of Cuba.The Bahamas government thanks the government of Cuba for this gesture of goodwill that stands as a symbol of our good and cordial relations and our Ambassador to the Vatican, HE Sean McWeeny has conveyed the country’s appreciation to his Holiness the Pope. Cuban military crash leaves 8 deadlast_img read more

In The Trade War With China Texas Is On The Front Lines

first_img Share “There are businesses in Texas that have been quite clear that the additional costs they’re going to face from these tariffs will mean they’re going to have to curtail investment, they will have to potentially lay off workers, and ultimately, they’ll have to pass on those prices to consumers in some form or fashion,” Banning says.But the effects will be felt beyond businesses who trade with China, Banning says.“Really, no corner of Texas is going to be untouched by this,” he says “if this trade conflict lingers.”Written by Shelly Brisbin. U.S. Department of Lbor/Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)Toyota’s Texas manufacturing plant.U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods took effect at midnight, Friday. China immediately announced its own tariffs in response. As a trade war between the U.S. and China heats up, Texas meat producers and other exporters are due to take a hit.KUT-Austin’s Mose Buchele reports on how a good deal for consumers is a bad one for sellers of Texas beef and pork. He says Texas doesn’t export much beef to China, because U.S. beef was banned there until last year. But China does eat a lot of pork from the U.S. With China levying tariffs on U.S. pork, less of the meat will be exported, and its domestic price will go down. Cheaper pork means a good deal for consumers, especially in comparison to beef. If we eat more pork, we’re likely to buy less beef, and that’s bad for Texas cattle producers.Tom Benning, Washington bureau reporter for the Dallas Morning News told Texas Standard Host David Brown that it’s worth remembering China has taken actions in the past that have hurt U.S. businesses and earned enmity across the political spectrum.“In recent years, China has flooded the global market with excess steel,” Banning says “and that’s where we get these steel and aluminum tariffs that have been in effect for a few months now. And we’ve documented the impact on Texas and beyond. Second… Most everyone agrees with President Trump that China has long flouted conventions on trade practices, whether it’s with intellectual property rights or other issues.”Despite Chinese provocation, many, including Gov. Greg Abbott, oppose the new tariffs on Chinese goods. And at least one Texas company, Sim-Tex, is suing the Trump administration over the tariffs.Banning says Texas is the number one exporting state in the U.S. Harris and Tarrant counties are among the five counties nationwide with the greatest exposure to fallout from the trade war.last_img read more