Computer Game Reveals ‘Space-Time’ Neurons in the Eye

first_imgYou open the overstuffed kitchen cabinet and a drinking glass tumbles out. With a ninjalike reflex, you snatch it before it shatters on the floor, as if the movement of the object were being tracked before the information even reached your brain. According to one idea of how the circuitry of the eye processes visual data, that is literally what happens. Now, a deep anatomical study of a mouse retina—carried out by 120,000 members of the public—is bringing scientists a step closer to confirming the hypothesis.Researchers have known for decades that the eye does much more than just detect light. The dense patch of neurons in the retina also processes basic features of a scene before sending the information to the brain. For example, in 1964, scientists showed that some neurons in the retina fire up only in response to motion. What’s more, these “space-time” detectors have so-called direction selectivity, each one sensitive to objects moving in different directions. But exactly how that processing happens in the retina has remained a mystery.The stumbling block is a lack of fine-grained anatomical detail about how the neurons in the retina are wired up to each other. Although researchers have imaged the retina microscopically in ultrathin sections, no computer algorithm has been able to accurately trace out the borders of all the neurons to map the circuitry. 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The game was created and launched in December 2012 by a team led by H. Sebastian Seung, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Players navigate their way through the retina one 4.5-micrometer tissue block at a time, coloring the branches of neurons along the way. Most of the effort gets done in massive online competitions between players vying to map out the most volume. (Watch a video of a player walking through a tissue block here.) By last week, the 120,000 EyeWire players had completed 2.3 million blocks. That may sound like a lot, but it is less than 2% of the retina.The sample is already enough to reveal new features, however. The EyeWire map shows two types of retinal cells with unprecedented resolution. The first, called starburst amacrine cells (SACs), have branches spread out in a flat, plate-shaped array perpendicular to the incoming light. The second, called bipolar cells (BPs), are smaller and bushy. The BPs come in two varieties, one of which reacts to light more slowly than the other—a time delay of about 50 milliseconds. The SACs and BPs are known to be related to direction sensitivity, but exactly how they sense direction remains to be discovered.Seung says the EyeWire map of how SACs and BPs are wired together holds the answer: a time-delay circuit. Because of the arrangement of BPs, the movement of an object across the surface of a SAC should make it fire up only in reaction to movement in one direction. The key insight is that BPs are not connected to the SAC branches willy-nilly, as was thought. Instead, the faster variety of BP clusters far out on the edges of the SAC, while the slower firing variety clusters close to the SAC center. Only if the light from an object moves from the center of the SAC outward does the signal from the innermost BP sync up with the faster outer BP, and that combined signal is required to activate the SAC. If instead the movement is in the opposite direction, those signals are out of sync and the SAC does not fire. Though it has yet to be confirmed experimentally, this mechanism could account for how the neurons in the retina detect the direction of movement of a moving object long before the information reaches the brain, the team reported online yesterday in Nature.The study is “truly amazing,” says Alexander Borst, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany. Last year, Borst led the effort to map out a similar arrangement of neurons in the eye of a fruit fly. “This mechanism seems to be almost identical with the one proposed for direction selectivity in the insect visual system,” he says. If true, then some of the built-in functionality of the eye was likely invented more than 500 million years ago, when insects and vertebrates shared a common ancestor.last_img read more

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Seven injured after bus overturns in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgSeven people were injured after a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus overturned in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district on Sunday, a police spokesperson said. The accident took place near Gokhla village in Kotli tehsil, Mandi Deputy commissioner Rugdev Thakur told PTI. According to the spokesperson, a total of 10 people were in the bus. The seven injured people were rushed to a nearby hospital, he added.last_img

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STX Heavy Industries Eyes Capital Increase

first_imgzoom South Korean STX Heavy Industries has decided to launch a new capital increase scheme that will involve share offering and debt to equity conversion.The offering will see a total of 171, 495 of common stock issued at KRW 25,000 per share.The new shares are expected to be listed on February 1, 2018, the company said in a regulatory filing.STX Heavy Industries, which specializes in the design, manufacturing, and selling of diesel engines and other equipment for ships, went into court receivership in August 2016.The company suffered a major financial blow due to the shipbuilding industry slump.The engine manufacturer’s prospects worsened even further when its parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding went into court receivership in 2016. The parent company accounted for the bulk of the company’s sales.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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December Proclaimed the Month of the Lobster

first_imgLobster’s value and importance to Nova Scotia was acknowledged today, Nov. 30, as December was proclaimed the Month of the Lobster. At a breakfast with fishermen on Cape Sable Island before the southwestern season opening today, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau read the proclamation on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter. “Lobster fishing is a way of life for many who live in rural coastal communities throughout Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Including crew members, the number of people employed in the fishery alone is around 10,000 and it is a significant economic engine. “Nova Scotia lobster has tremendous value as a high-quality seafood that is appreciated by many and served on dinner tables around the world.” Fishing seasons alternate from now until August in a dozen lobster fishing areas around the province. The proclamation states lobster is worth $400 million to the economy of Nova Scotia the largest lobster-supplying province in the country. It also says Nova Scotia lobster is managed in a sustainable manner. “Lobster is critical to the lifeblood of rural Nova Scotia.The economic impact of this resource is incredible, fromharvesting to exporting,” said Stewart Lamont, managing director at Ferguson’s Lobster Ltd. in Tangier. “Those of us in the industry are grateful for the worldwide popularity of Nova Scotia lobster as a premium-quality food.” In 2008, more than 20 million kilograms of lobster were caught, $353 million of which was exported to more than 50 countries. The lobster industry supports many spinoff sectors, including boat builders, trap builders, marine supplies, engine repair, shipping, bait, marketing, legal, insurance and fuel.last_img read more

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Charges dropped against one of three British sailors accused in sex assault

first_imgHALIFAX – Charges have been dropped against one of three British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base in 2015.The Crown told Nova Supreme Court on Thursday that it would not proceed with the charges against Joshua Finbow.The decision comes after Judge Patrick Duncan ruled in September that Finbow’s statement to police was inadmissable.Public Prosecution Service spokeswoman Chris Hansen says the Crown reviewed the decision and concluded there was no prospect of conviction.Duncan says Finbow’s Charter rights to consult counsel immediately and in private were violated after he had to wait almost an hour and a half to see a lawyer.Finbow, Darren Smalley and Simon Radford were charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015.Their trial was supposed to take place this fall in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, but was adjourned and is set to start in September 2018.last_img read more

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Sir Chris Hoy Supports Wheels For Change

first_imgUNICEF UK and Wheels for Change are encouraging 10,000 cyclists to saddle up. The 100km routes will start and finish at Barclays Premier League affiliated venues, including: 

• Cardiff City stadium;
• Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park;
• Fulham’s training ground at Motspur Park, South West London;
• Liverpool FC’s Family Park, Anfield Road 
• Manchester United’s Old Trafford;
• Newcastle United’s training ground at Darsley Park; and
• Birmingham Road, outside West Bromwich Albion’s The Hawthorns. To register and find out more including how your money could help, visit the Wheels for Change website: www.wheelsforchange.co.uk. Cyclists across the UK can register for the Wheels for Change fundraising challenge. 

Seven 100km cycling events are taking place simultaneously on Saturday 24 May 2014, from multiple Barclays Premier League sites, promising to provide sports fans with a fantastic challenge, as well as the opportunity to raise funds for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

Wheels for Change, in aid of UNICEF and supported by Barclays, is aiming to raise more than £500,000. The money will help young people in some of the world’s poorest countries build a brighter future for themselves and their communities. UNICEF will use the funds raised to provide start-up funding and grants to help disadvantaged young people get their small businesses started.center_img Funds raised through Wheels for Change will enhance the work of the Barclays and UNICEF Building Young Futures partnership. The global partnership, which began in 2008, provides disadvantaged young people with the employability, enterprise and financial skills they need to find work, or set up their own small business.Sir Chris Hoy said: “As a UNICEF UK Ambassador, I’m proud to support Wheels for Change.
“Cycling transformed my life and now through this fundraising event we have the chance to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people across the world, to turn their business dreams into a reality.”

Catherine Cottrell, Deputy Executive Director of Fundraising, at UNICEF UK said: “Wheels for Change is an excellent fundraising challenge which will have a hugely positive impact on some of the world’s most disadvantaged young people. It is fantastic that this is kicking off at Barclays Premier League grounds, so register now to make a difference and boost your fitness levels at the same time.”Shane Hawkins, Founder of Wheels for Change and a Managing Director at Barclays said: “Wheels for Change will help disadvantaged young people to build stronger futures for themselves and their communities. What better reason to get on your bike – I encourage you to sign up to the Wheels for Change challenge and help make a difference.” last_img read more

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Canary in a coal mine Melting Arctic open for business

first_imgAPTN National NewsPart of one of the three-part series ‘Canary in a coal mine’ Monday introduced Michele Thrush.The Cree actress was on board the Greenpeace ship Espirenza.The vessel toured northern Norway and showed celebrities and media about the realities of climate change.Tuesday’s story looks at how these changes affect the rest of the planet and how global warming has the Arctic open for business.APTN’s Tom Fennario now with part two.last_img

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AAP kickstarts Jansampark Abhiyaan in South Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Aam Aamdi Party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha along with Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh kickstarted the Mega Jansampark Abhiyaan in Kalkaji legislative assembly. With this campaign, the AAP seeks to carry out a door to door campaign educating people about how Delhi can attain full statehood and how the people of Delhi would benefit from its full statehood. An individual and personalized appeal for votes and support is also made during the visits. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaghav Chadha said, “It gets very hot in the month of May and with summer vacations, many families plan outstation trips but I urge you to exercise your democratic right and duty and cast your vote in the upcoming elections on May 12, 2019. You can leave for your grandmother’s place right after elections.” He said, “With this, we are reaching out to each and every voter in our constituency and engaging with their families and talking about the work done by Delhi government under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal in the past 4 years. We are urging people to to cast their vote for AAP in the upcoming elections.”last_img read more

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Paranoid Algerian Officials Order a Ban on Moroccan Music

Washington D.C – In a bizarre decree, the director of Algeria’s National Radio ordered all local and national channels to stop airing Moroccan songs, reported the pro-government website Algerie Patriotique. This decision is the latest chapter in Algeria’s “media war” to portray Morocco as the source of its political woes .It is indeed a sign of anxiety and anguish that has engulfed the Algerian government facing uncertainty and economic difficulties. Observes would expect to encounter such diktat in North Korea or a Taliban Republic but not in a “progressive” republic like Algeria. Citing a source within the National Radio, the Algerian website reported that a note distributed to all local stations reminds “producers and technicians that it is totally prohibited to disseminate Moroccan songs.” Algerie Patriotique talks of an on-going covert Moroccan music” invasion” of the Algerian national waves to further the Kingdom’s interest.  This “artistic assault” has promoted the Monarchy’s agenda and has hampered the success of national artists, claims the website. What the Algerian censorship gurus fail to understand is that most of music listeners nowadays are using the Internet as a venue to satisfy their taste.The same website maintains that pro-Moroccan elements have infiltrated the National Radio in an attempt to broadcast Moroccan songs during prime times, suggesting a “pro-Moroccan” campaign to influence Algerians.Is Moroccan music deemed such a threat to the point of banning its broadcast? An attempt to prohibit music based on national origin is a desperate move by a panicking leadership looking for scapegoats to cover its political and economic failures.This pronouncement is reminiscent of Iran’s’ Ayatollah Khomeini condemnation of Western music, because it is “manipulated by foreign cultures.” The difference, however, is that Moroccan and Algerian music have so much in comment that it is hard sometimes to differentiate between the two types.Several Algerian singers and artists are tremendously popular in Morocco and are constantly invited to the major international concerts that the Kingdom hosts every year. In fact, the local public always gives Algerian musicians warm and special welcome when they perform.Algerian Rai music is appreciated and embraced by Moroccan youth without prejudice or complex. Algerian singers such as Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami and the late Warda hold a special place in the Moroccan public’ heart.These ridiculous decisions will likely back fires as most of the Algerian listeners start asking the logic and lucidity of their leaders. For now, Moroccan would keep enjoying Algerian Rai as Algerian listeners will take to the Internet to find their Moroccan favorite artists. Music does not have a nationality.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

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TSX flat as oil price rises European concern lingers

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market started Tuesday relatively flat as oil prices gained some traction and housing data from the United States gave traders a small dose of optimism.The S&P/TSX gave back 13.95 points at 11,316.44, while the TSX Venture Exchange inched up 0.63 of a point to 1,176.28.In commodities, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 41 cents at US$79.62 a barrel, helping to send the energy sector up 0.03 per cent.Gold stocks were the lead gainer, down 1.3 per cent, as August gold was down $8.90 at US$1,579.50 an ounce, while July copper rose nearly half a cent to US$3.32 a pound.On Wall Street, traders digested home prices data which rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March. The Dow Jones average rose 20.13 points to 12,522.79, the Nasdaq lifted 14.17 points to 2,850.33 and the S&P 500 increased 4.58 points to 1,318.30.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.23 of a cent at 97.39 cents US. read more

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UN officials call for stronger global measures to counter nuclear terrorism

“The prospect of terrorists acquiring nuclear materials is one of the most unnerving threats imaginable. Yet some have already stated their hopes of obtaining nuclear weapons. Still others may be working in the shadows to achieve this goal,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the high-level meeting on countering nuclear terrorism, held on the margins of the 67th session of the General Assembly. “We must use all our tools to contain this nuclear genie. As we confront other challenges relating to nuclear disarmament, we cannot allow these arms to proliferate to non-State actors or terrorists.” Mr. Ban noted that countries have already taken steps to address this threat, namely through the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and Security Council resolution 1540. The Convention, which has been ratified by 82 States, enhances international cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism and to prosecute and punish perpetrators of such acts. Resolution 1540 imposes binding obligations on all States to establish controls preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and their means of delivery. Mr. Ban urged all countries that have not done so to become party to the Convention and fully comply with resolution 1540, and emphasized that nations must build on these foundations by adhering to international instruments and a rigorous review mechanism, as well as by increasing their capacity to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related materials. The Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, underlined that international cooperation is vital, and reiterated the IAEA’s readiness to help countries improve nuclear safety and its role in coordinating international efforts on nuclear security. “Terrorists will exploit the weakest link in any security system. The challenge is global, so the response must be global. Continued shortcomings in nuclear security need to be addressed urgently,” Mr. Amano said. While there are mechanisms in place to make it more difficult for criminals to traffic nuclear and radioactive material, there are still key risks such as the possibility of terrorist detonating a dirty bomb using conventional explosive and a quantity of nuclear material, which would have serious consequences, Mr. Amano said. “This would not be a fully-fledged ‘nuclear bomb’, but such an attack could lead to mass panic and cause considerable economic disruption. We must therefore maintain the utmost vigilance in protecting nuclear and other radioactive material and nuclear facilities.” Mr. Amano encouraged countries to work with the IAEA to establish networks of nuclear security support centres and improve nuclear security. In addition, he urged countries to take part in the International Conference on Nuclear Security, which will take place in Vienna next July. “The IAEA is committed to intensifying cooperation with all of you in this room to help make the world safer from nuclear terrorism,” he said. read more

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Iraq UN envoy calls for demonstrations to be carried out peacefully and

“We call on the protesters to refrain from violence and to maintain the peaceful character of their demonstrations and on the security forces to show the utmost restraint in maintaining law and order,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler. In a news release from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which he heads, the UN official also called on all sides to engage, without delay, in a “peaceful and constructive” dialogue in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution and law. The protestors have voiced a number of grievances they see as violations of their human rights and have also raised a number of demands, according to UNAMI, which noted that the Government has acknowledged that peaceful protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right of all citizens of Iraq. “UNAMI is committed to support the political and human rights of all Iraqi citizens, as well their social, cultural and economic rights, in the framework of the rule of law,” the UN mission added. Established as a political mission by the UN Security Council in 2003, UNAMI is mandated to help with advancing inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, as well as assisting in the electoral process, among other duties. read more

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December van and truck registration figures

Trucks up, vans down at December and for the year too Registrations: down 22.0% in December and 10.7% to 346,873 in 2008.Trucks: up 5.8% in December, up 13.1% to 57,410 for the year. Vans: down 26.6% for the month and down 14.3% to 289,463 for the year. “The year ended well for truck registrations, while vans continued down, but not as fast as in November,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “After the abrupt end to buoyant registrations in 2008, we’re looking to the year ahead with caution rather than trepidation. Consumer and business demand will be low as we see the first big recession since the early 1990s. We hope spending will stabilise in the second half of the year; with costs falling, credit markets recovering and government policies supporting recovery. Confidence to invest in new vehicles should then return, but the revival may be slow, taking some years to repeat recent record volumes.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The Bucks Need To Solve Their HalfCourt Offense And Quickly

In many ways, Thursday’s pivotal Game 5 between the Raptors and Bucks embodied the topsy-turvy nature of this Eastern Conference finals series as a whole. Milwaukee, the winner of the first two games, dominated the early portion of the contest, only for Toronto, which took Games 3 and 4, to come storming back.But down the stretch, three things broke what had been a stalemate in both the series and the game: the Raptors’ ability, once again, to grind Milwaukee’s fast-paced offense to a halt in the half-court; Leonard’s playmaking reaching new, impressive heights; and Toronto’s knack for repeatedly winning a handful of key 50-50 plays during the final five minutes. Those factors lifted Toronto to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series as things head north for Game 6 on Saturday.Early on Thursday, it looked like the Bucks might run Toronto out of the gym, with Milwaukee taking an 18-4 advantage before closing the first quarter with a 10-point lead.But even in winning that quarter, the reality was that the Bucks still hadn’t solved their biggest issue. While Milwaukee generally scored at will when it managed to get out in transition — where Giannis could have his way, Eurostepping around people like a Lamborghini making aggressive lane changes — the club still wasn’t productive enough when forced to run its half-court offense.According to advanced stats site Inpredictable, Milwaukee’s offense is scoring a dismal 96 points per 100 possessions when forced to take the ball out after a basket in this series — way worse than the 114 points per 100 plays the Bucks get following a defensive board, and way way worse than the 132 points per 100 plays they score after forcing a Toronto turnover.The Bucks can score in the half-court much of the time, but it has been far more of an uphill climb when Toronto throws down its trump card by deploying neutralizer Kawhi Leonard on Giannis. The Bucks have been almost 29 points less efficient per 100 possessions this series1From 114.4 points per 100 possessions to 85.6 points per 100 possessions. when Antetokounmpo is guarded by Kawhi, according to data from Second Spectrum. (There were hints in the regular season that Leonard — a break-in-case-of-emergency defensive option because of all the offensive weight he shoulders for the Raptors — could limit the Greek Freak. According to the NBA’s matchup data, the likely MVP took just three shot attempts in the 31 regular-season possessions Leonard guarded him.)Milwaukee again got nothing out of Nikola Mirotic, who’s been ice cold this series at just 19 percent (6-for-31) from deep and is a -37 through five games. (The Bucks are +37 in the series with Mirotic on the bench.) It also didn’t help to get a bad shooting night from Khris Middleton, who finished with 10 rebounds and 10 assists but had just 6 points after scoring 30 in Game 4.By contrast, the Raptors got another great performance from reserve Fred VanVleet, perhaps feeling less burdened now after the birth of his child; VanVleet hit seven triples, all uncontested.If Toronto comes back from its 2-0 hole to win this series — something that’s only happened five times in 72 tries since the conference finals moved to a best-of-seven format — VanVleet will have played a huge role in the feat. In the last two games alone, he’s hit more threes than he did over his first 15 games of this postseason. And after shooting just 28.6 percent from deep in last year’s playoffs, and 20 percent from three over the first two rounds of this year’s playoff run, he’s hitting better than 52 percent of his attempts (12 of 23) in the Eastern Conference finals.Speaking of 3-pointers, Kawhi hit five Thursday night, including a couple late, where he punished the Bucks for switching (something they don’t often do) center Brook Lopez onto him at the top of the key.More noteworthy than Leonard’s triples, though, were the career-high nine assists he logged — every single one of which led to a Raptors’ 3-pointer. (Toronto finished with a franchise playoff record 18 threes on the night.) Those nine threes he assisted are tied for the most by a single player in a playoff game over the last 20 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2With Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams and Blake Griffin.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/KAWHI-2.mp400:0000:0002:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On some level, that assist total — along with VanVleet’s scoring — is perhaps the toughest box-score stat for Milwaukee to swallow, given that Leonard’s play-making for others was the one area that seemed safest to test. He also finished with 35 points of his own, making him just the sixth player in NBA postseason history to log seven 35-point games before the NBA Finals.Despite all this, though, the Bucks still had a chance at the end. But Toronto seemingly made every big play down the stretch. Over the last five minutes alone:The Raptors nabbed two offensive rebounds before capitalizing on the extra chances with a Marc Gasol triple, which put Toronto up by 7 points, 92-85, with 4:54 left.VanVleet hit a wide-open 3-pointer that Middleton couldn’t contest because of a great back-screen Gasol set on him during a kick-out pass from Kawhi. The shot broke a tie game with 2:21 left.Kawhi missed a three but then raced in to get his own board while Gasol was grappling with Antetokounmpo. The play resulted in Kawhi getting fouled and getting two free throws out of it.Confusion between Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon on who had VanVleet in the corner. Middleton, guarding Kawhi in a 1-on-1 scenario, pushed Leonard to his left, thinking he had sufficient help behind him at the rim. But because Lopez had moved toward the corner to cover VanVleet, the help wasn’t there, and Leonard got to the line again, where he made one of two.Kawhi missed an end-of-clock jumper, which glanced off the rim and somehow ended up in the hands of Gasol, who was subsequently fouled by Lopez with about 35 seconds left in the game. (It’s worth mentioning here that the Raptors were elite at coming up with loose balls all season.)Down by 3 points, the Bucks blew their last opportunity to tie things up when Brogdon dribbled the ball off his leg, and out of bounds, with just under 27 seconds left.The result, of course, was the 60-win Bucks — who hadn’t had a three-game losing streak all year, and entered Thursday 33-0 when leading going into the fourth quarter — snapping both those streaks at the worst possible time. Now they’ll head north, with their backs against the wall, while the Raptors seek to make history by clinching a spot in the NBA Finals on their home floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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UConn And Gonzaga Are Very Different Kinds of NCAA Favorites

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Mar. 28, 2017), we preview the Final Four in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments. Next, is Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by the NFL? We investigate. Finally, we preview the American League and ponder who might take down the Red Sox, Indians and Astros. Plus, a significant digit on the Oakland Raiders’ upcoming move to Las Vegas.As promised, a photographic throwback to Kate Fagan’s days as a professional basketball player for the Colorado Chill.In the aftermath of the latest round of the men’s NCAA tournament, Neil explained why this year’s Final Four is built on defense.ESPN notes that the men’s Final Four is full of unfamiliar faces this year.FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris says UConn’s path to perfection has become much easier.ESPN’s Dan Graziano argues that no matter which side of the Colin Kaepernick debate you’re on, you’re wrong.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s chats previewing the AL East, AL Central and AL West.Significant Digit: $750 million, the public subsidy that was offered to the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. According to The New York Times, Las Vegas politicians raised taxes to supply this new funding. read more

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President accredits United Arab Emirates Morocco Ambassadors

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 new Ambassadors and High Commissioners accreditedOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”Guyana accredits first Sahrawi Arab AmbassadorDecember 11, 2013In “Politics”President urges Qatar to invest in oil as new Ambassador accreditedJanuary 17, 2018In “Business” New Moroccan Ambassador accreditedNabil Adghoghi accredited as the new Moroccan Ambassador to GuyanaAs Guyana and the Kingdom of Morocco celebrate five years of cordial diplomatic relations, President Granger on Wednesday also accredited Nabil Adghoghi as the new Moroccan Ambassador to Guyana. The two countries established formal diplomatic ties on December 14, 2012.President Granger said that Morocco’s efforts to balance economic development and the protection of the environment can provide valuable lessons for Guyana. Moreover, he lauded Morocco’s global leadership on issues such as climate change and the protection of the environment manifested in its hosting of the Conference on Climate Change in Marrakesh November 2016, which he attended.“I had the opportunity to participate in that event and to iterate our support for the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions, including through the increased generation and use of renewable energy. Guyana is in transition towards becoming a ‘green’ state. The ‘green’ state will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the generation of energy from renewable sources. Guyana looks forward to cooperation with Morocco in advancing its ‘green’ development agenda,” the Head of State said.The new Ambassador said that there is potential for significant cooperation between Guyana and Morocco, noting that his country has a keen interest in developing partnerships in agriculture, fisheries, maritime transport, professional training, water management, student exchanges.“Guyana has been playing an important role in regional and international relations especially in the formulation of development policies… Morocco launched in November in Brasilia, negotiations for free trade agreement with Mercosur [Common Market of the South] to which Guyana is an associated member. This framework will automatically impact the development, economic and commercial ties between our two countries,” he said. Guyana gets new Bahamian High Commissioner Reuben Rahming (center) accredited as the new High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Guyana Moreover, President Granger reaffirmed Guyana’s support for The Bahamas in their reconstruction process even as they work to recover from the recent catastrophic hurricane season and said that there is much scope for strengthened cooperation between the two states especially in the areas of agriculture, education and tourism. The Head of State made these remarks on Wednesday when he accepted Letters of Credence from Reuben Rahming, accrediting him the new High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Guyana.“Guyana and The Bahamas are members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a community where every citizen can be secure and has the opportunity to realise his or her potential with guaranteed human rights and social justice… Our two countries have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations on August 10, 1973. Guyanese teachers and lawyers continue to contribute to The Bahamas’ public services,” President Granger said.Meanwhile, High Commissioner Rahming said that the new administration in The Bahamas has a lot in common with the Government of Government as both are committed to fighting corruption and climate change and pursuing greater economic prosperity for the peoples of their respective countries.He also spoke of The Bahamas’ high food import bill, which he said that his country is seeking to reduce through increased production and the strengthening of the agricultural sector. In this regard he said that, “there is much that we stand to learn from Guyana and look forward to engaging in discussions at the technical level towards this end.”The Bahamas is a leader in tourism and the new High Commissioner said that he will work to increase the tourism exchange between the two countries. He noted too, that given the diversity of the two countries’ respective tourism products, there is much they can learn from each other so as to keep the tourism in the region strong and vibrant.   …Guyana also gets new Bahamian High CommissionerPresident David Granger said that he notes the offer by the United Arab Emirates to support the participation of developing countries in the World Expo 2020, which that country will be hosting and added that Guyana will work towards being represented at the event. Ms Hafsa Abdulla Mohammed Sharıf al Ulama being accredited as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to GuyanaThe Head of State made this announcement on Wednesday when he accredited Ms Hafsa Abdulla Mohammed Sharıf al Ulama as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Guyana, adding that there is much Guyana can learn from that country’s renewable energy development commitments.“Guyana is about to become a producer of petroleum. The United Arab Emirates is already a prosperous petroleum producing peninsula but, notwithstanding its hydrocarbon resources, has demonstrated a firm commitment to renewable energy development. We look forward to learning from the experience and expertise of the Emirates as we develop the petroleum sector of the economy,” the President said.He noted, also, that Guyana will not be swayed from its objective of becoming a ‘green’ state, which will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the generation of energy from renewable sources.The President reminded of Air Services Agreement, which the two countries signed in 2015. This agreement, he said, can become a catalyst for the development of tourism and can increase contacts between the peoples of Guyana and the United Arab Emirates. “Guyana looks forward, also, to continued collaboration between our two countries within the ambit of the Organisation of Islamic States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations,” he said.Meanwhile, the new Ambassador said that she has been given a mandate by President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to develop the relations between the two countries.Guyana and the United Arab Emirates have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on February 6, 1995.  read more

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Brian ODriscoll I love playing for this team

first_imgBRIAN O’DRISCOLL WAS in humble form as he accepted his man of the match award after Leinster’s emphatic 40-7 win over Northampton in Pool 1 of the Heineken Cup.The 34-year-old reeled back the years with a try-scoring performance that had everything. A moment of genius that saw the centre pass the ball between his legs in the build-up to Luke Fitzgerald’s second try was a highlight, but there was more to his game than flashy skills.O’Driscoll displayed an energy and desire that belied his age. However, in accepting his post-match award, the Ireland international told Sky Sports that he felt one of his teammates was more deserving of recognition. I’ve got the man of the match but I find that amusing when I saw performances like Luke Fitzgerald’s today. I thought he was outstanding. Besides the tries, I thought his energy was fantastic. There were lots of those sort of performances.”O’Driscoll did admit that there would be great pleasure taken from this six-try outing by Leinster. Matt O’Connor’s men utterly dominated the Saints and there were many positives for the Australian coach to take, as O’Driscoll pointed out.“I think we’re very pleased. Obviously we set the foundation with a very good first half performance. It was probably a bit more stop-start in the second half, but I think we won both halves, didn’t we?“I think that was a big emphasis at half time, to make sure we went out and treated it as a 0-0. We scored a couple of good tries and there were a couple of big performances from guys.”O’Driscoll collects his prize after being named man of the match. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.There was a ruthless aggression in Leinster’s display, particularly at the breakdown. O’Driscoll and his teammates won the vast majority of the collisions over the course of the 80 minutes, meaning Northampton had few chances to create scores.“I think it’s very satisfying. I think you know when you come to places like Franklin’s Gardens, you have to be very physical and your accuracy has to be spot on. I think we managed that.We were pretty good, pretty efficient at ruck time, not committing huge numbers but the guys that were there were doing the appropriate job in putting the ball on a plate for Eoin Reddan. I think we were able to get our momentum off the back of that.”O’Driscoll himself was full of spark in attack and defence, and looked 24 rather than a decade older than that. The iconic centre said he had enjoyed his 72 minutes on the pitch and stressed that he is focused on creating more history with Leinster this season.“Listen, I had fun today. I have yet to finish 80 minutes this season. They’re looking after the old guy, but I’m enjoying it and it’s only my second game in blue this year. I love playing for this team.“We’ve managed to build a relatively good history in recent years and now it’s about trying to build on that again.”Seventh heaven as Ulster whitewash terrible TrevisoBernard Jackman: Perpignan are too inconsistent on the roadlast_img read more

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A kick in the teeth for the community Another 235 student beds

first_img PLANNING PERMISSION HAS been granted for 235 student bed spaces and 37 build-to-rent apartments in the Liberties despite numerous concerns being raised by local residents and politicians. An Bord Pleanála granted permission to the development at a site bounded by Mill Street, Sweeney’s Terrace and Clarence Mangan Road in Dublin 8. The purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) will be provided by international firm Global Student Accommodation. GSA already manages several PBSA units in The Liberties and across the city through its Uninest brand. It currently provides over 2,200 student beds in Dublin including 700 at its New Mill and Blackpitts facility, which will be located alongside the new development. GSA and other providers have been criticised in the past for the high prices of its student accommodation, with councillors and representatives saying that the prices are out of reach of many typical students.At the New Mill complex, standard ensuite rooms with a shared kitchen start at €254 per week. A recent report commissioned by Dublin City Council found that 79% of students living in PBSA in Dublin city were international students. GSA has defended the high rents in the past, saying that council building regulations and high land costs constrained it from offering cheaper accommodation.The new development Permission was granted for GSA’s newest student accommodation last week by An Bord Pleanála. The application was lodged directly to ABP under planning rules introduced in December 2016, which allow developments of over 100 residential units or 200 student beds to bypass city planners and go straight to ABP for a decision.The complex will be known as Sweeney’s Corner and will consist of 235 student bed spaces and 37 build-to-rent apartments. Previously, planning permission had been granted for a nursing home on the site. The student units will be spread over four connected blocks ranging from three to seven storeys in height, while the apartments will be contained in a separate block.A commercial unit, café and a garden area next to the River Poddle – which runs through the southern region of the site – will also be built. There were 33 third-party submissions received by ABP raising concerns about the proposed development. These came from local residents, community groups and councillors and TDs.PBP TD Bríd Smith, Councillor Tina McVeigh, Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan and Sinn Féin councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh all submitted objections to the development. Among other issues, the submissions raised concerns around an overconcentration of student accommodation in the area, the cost of the accommodation, the continuing negative impact that “transient” accommodation was having on the community and the lack of consultation with local residents. There are currently 1,058 student bed spaces approved or proposed within 250m of the new development and a total of 3,752 approved or proposed student beds within 1km of the site.There have been a number of protests in recent months by Liberties residents over planning decisions in the area.Locals are concerned over the number of hotels and student accommodation units being granted planning permission, while public or affordable housing isn’t being built.Críona Ní Dhálaigh told TheJournal.ie that the ABP decision was a “kick in the teeth for the community”.“All that’s being built [in the area] is transient accommodation – student and tourist accommodation,” she said. https://jrnl.ie/4595849 Friday 19 Apr 2019, 6:05 AM Apr 19th 2019, 6:06 AM Share Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34,346 Views center_img ‘A kick in the teeth for the community’: Another 235 student beds approved for The Liberties The new beds will be operated by Global Student Accommodation. Short URL 45 Comments It’s one of the oldest living communities in Dublin. It’s taking the heart out of the Liberties community by just building for a transient population.Ní Dhálaigh said that she and others had no problem with student accommodation being built in the area, but that it needed to be balanced with family homes and affordable housing. Ní Dhálaigh said that concerned parties would now look into lodging an appeal over the decision.  By Cormac Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

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Nevada rancher defends remarks loses supporters

first_imgLAS VEGAS — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.Republican politicians from around the country who have rallied to Cliven Bundy’s defense in recent weeks denounced the comments and distanced themselves from the rancher, including potential 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller. Democrats were quick to pounce on the comments and label Bundy a racist.Bundy has gone from a little-known rancher and melon farmer in rural Nevada to a national political star since he resisted the federal government’s attempts to round up his cattle from federal land because he hadn’t paid grazing fees for two decades. His supporters, especially those on the right, have praised him for standing up to what they believe is a heavy-handed federal government, and several armed militia members traveled to his ranch to back Bundy.His comments were first published in The New York Times on Wednesday, but he did little to tamp down the controversy as he sought to address the public outrage on Thursday. Bundy was quoted in a Times story referring to black people as “the Negro” and recalling a time decades ago when he drove past homes in North Las Vegas and saw black people who “didn’t have nothing to do.” He said he wondered if they were “better off as slaves” than “under government subsidy.”last_img read more

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Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited awards detailed project report work

first_imgHyderabad: Aarvee Associates was awarded the work for preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (EBRTS) project.Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) managing director NVS Reddy said Aarvee Associates was awarded the work for preparation of DPR at its quoted rate of Rs 106 lakh. He said that the firm has to submit the DPR for the project within three months, which includes alignment fixation, location of stations, traffic studies and ridership estimation, soil investigation, social and environmental impact assessment and financial model. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Two firms namely RITES, a PSU of Indian Railways, and Aarvee Associates participated in the tenders called by Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited (HAML) for preparation of DPR for EBRTS project. After technical evaluation, both firms were found qualified and their financial bids were opened on Wednesday. Aarvee Associates quoted Rs 106 lakh, while RITES quoted Rs 129 lakh for preparation of DPR. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Based on the combined technical and financial score, Aarvee Associates was awarded the work for preparation of DPR at its quoted rate of Rs 106 lakh. According to urbantransportnews.com, the corridor mostly runs along the KPHB Metro Station – KPHB Hitec City Road – MalaysianTownship junction – Hitec City MMTS Station – Hitex – Hitec City Phase-II – Mindspace – IIIT – Financial District Road – Financial District. The preferred alignment is proposed to be well integrated with major public transport systems as follows: Advertise With Us KPHB Metro Station, HMRL Metro Line-1 (Existing).Hitec City MMTS Railway Station (Existing).Mindspace Metro Station, HMRL (Corridor-3 Upcoming)Hyderabad Airport Metro Rail Link at Raidurg (Proposed).Hyderabad Metro (Phase-2) at its junction with Gachibowli – Miyapur Road (Proposed)The proposed corridor will be fully elevated of 17 kms long with stations located at a spacing of around 500 to 600 meters for easy accessibility. It shall have depots in at-grade position both at terminals and one in between for operational convenience and non-fare revenue generation, added the portal.last_img read more

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