National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “My job at [University of] Illinois was to be aggressive and take over the game, I want to carry that on the professional level,” said Hill. “Coach [Chito Victolero] told me that he wants me to be aggressive.”And Hill did just that as he sunk back-to-back clutch baskets for Hotshots that effectively became the metaphorical haymakers the Aces absorbed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFirst it was the jumper from the top of the key with 1:34 left in the clock to give Star a 97-91 lead then he did the same thing once more 23 seconds later to put the Hotshots up 99-91.“Coach told me in the middle of the set, ‘Hill get the ball’ and he wanted me to shoot the shots and I did,” said Hill who finished with 28 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and 11 boards. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Players will think I’m soft because I’m young and fresh out of college,” said Hill. “I played in the Big 10 and I think it’s one of the best college leagues, the most physical, and the most defensive oriented, so the physicality doesn’t bother me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESStar import Malcolm Hill was a bystander during his NBA Summer League stint with Oklahoma City, but in his first PBA game the lanky swingman immediately became the talk of the town.As the Hotshots tried to fend off the gutsy Alaska Aces, Hill took it upon himself to play savior and bring Star to a 101-92 victory for a 2-0 card in the Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES And at 21-years-old, Hill is considered young within the PBA circle that usually gets rookies who are 22 or 23-years-old.Hill, however, doesn’t see his age as a detrimental factor in his game and he’s also not surprised with the league’s physicality.In his four years as a Fighting Illini, Hill accumulated 1,846 points, 647 rebounds, and 281 assists in a packed Big 10 conference.University of Illinois shared the conference with powerhouses Indiana University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania State University.Physicality is nothing new to Hill, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amid transfer boom, UEFA eyes stricter club spending rules
functional in an yearSrinagar, May 30 (PTI) Two 200-bed maternity hospitals, one in Srinagar and another in Jammu, would become functional in an year while three Medical colleges in Anantnag, Baramulla and Rajouri are expected to come up in two years, the Jammu and Kashmir government said today.The building of the maternity hospital at Jammu is complete and final finishing work is going on. Similarly, the building for the maternity hospital in Srinagar would be ready for use by early next year.This was disclosed at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here.The meeting was informed that work is in progress on the Rs 25 crore Childrens Hospital at Srinagar while 114 major works at the hospitals across the State are underway on which Rs 275 crore were expended last year, an official spokesman said.In the meeting, Mufti stressed on rigorous monitoring and continuous evaluation of the progress and that costs should not be allowed to escalate.She directed that regular monitoring of works at the three Medical Colleges being constructed at Anantnag, Baramulla and Rajouri should take place.She also directed that all the pending issues regarding medical colleges at Kathua and Doda, should be settled.In the Higher education sector, the spokesman said 22 colleges are under construction across the State and out of these 16 would be completed within coming few months.Also the two Cluster Universities set up in the State recently would be moving to their campuses by September this year, he said.He said that the IIM in the state would start functioning from makeshift arrangements from this year while faculty has been shortlisted for the two Architectural colleges and two Nursing Colleges started by the Higher education Department.advertisementIt was also given out that the Higher Education Department would be constructing seven girls hostels for which Rs 10 crore have already been released, the spokesman said.In the Tourism sector, Mehbooba directed developing Baglihar lake as a water sports destination and fast pacing of facility upgradation at Suchetgarh to promote border tourism there.The meeting was informed that Rs 60 crore Jammu Ropeway project is slated to be completed by March 2018 while as the first phase of Patnitop Ropeway would be completed by September 2018, the spokesman said.In the horticulture sector, the spokesman said 650 kanals (32.8 hectares) of land have been targeted in Kashmir province to be covered under High Density Apple plantation this year. PTI MIJ TA ADS
Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has been stripped of his BCB central contract as punishment for assaulting a fan during a first-class match.According to reports, Sabbir has also been fined Tk 20 lakh ($25,000 approx). He won’t be playing domestic cricket for the next six months.Falling under Grade B in the BCB’s list of contracted cricketers, Sabbir is the first cricketer in Bangladesh to be punished in such a manner.After the disciplinary committee’s hearing on Monday, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan spelled out these punishments.Sabbir, according to the committee’s Vice Chairman Sheikh Sohel, apologised for his actions during Monday’s hearing.”We felt that he didn’t learn anything from his past two punishments,” Sohel said.”We have meted out a heavy punishment. He is out of the national contract, which is a huge blow. He is also fined Tk 20 lakh. But this is his last chance. If he has another brush with indiscipline, he will be permanently suspended.”The incident apparently took place on the second day of Rajshahi Division’s National Cricket League game against Dhaka Metropolis.Media reports state that a fan “made a noise” directed at Sabbir during the innings break after which the cricketer lost his cool.Sabbir then went off the field after taking permission from the umpires and physically assaulted the young boy behind the sight screen.Reserve umpire saw Sabbir breaking into a scuffle with the fan and reported the matter to the match referee who then told BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan and from there the board’s disciplinary committee was informed.advertisementAccording to reports, Sabbir was also quite “aggressive” with match referee Showkatur Rahman, when he called him in on the third day of the game to investigate the incident.(With IANS inputs)
zoom German-Danish ferry operator Scandlines has seen an increase in the number of transported vehicles during the high season in 2016 following the delivery of its new hybrid ferry the M/V Berlin in May.Following delivery, the new vessel, which combines traditional diesel power with battery power, was put into service on the Rostock-Gedser route.Featuring a space for 460 cars or lorries and capable of accommodating 1,300 passengers, M/V Berlin broke its record numerous times in July and August, according to Scandlines.In June alone, the ferry transported 39,451 cars, while it carried its highest number of cars on one crossing at the end of August when it transported 351 cars.“Now with the high season coming to an end Scandlines can look back at a great season with good volumes in all areas,” Scandlines said.Later this year, M/V Berlin’s sister ship, the M/V Copenhagen, will be put into service on the Rostock-Gedser route.The two new hybrid ferries will then be able to transport up to 2,600 passengers, 920 cars, 192 lorries between Rostock and Gedser, doubling Scandlines’ current capacity on the route.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is giving special training to its doctors on cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes and hyper tension that are on the rise in the city.The doctors are being given training by the specialists attached to state-run hospitals and Public Health Foundation of India. The civic doctors will treat patients at the Urban Primary Health Centres situated in every ward. There are 144 such centres, with one in every KMC ward. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe civic authorities had earlier given training to the doctors on COPD. The doctors who have received training will function as specialists and will be treating the patients in better ways. A senior KMC doctor said that the number of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes and hypertension is skyrocketing and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that India will be the main centre of coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer and depression within the next couple of years. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayEarlier, it was believed that only the affluent people suffered from heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, but now people from economically challenged background are found to be suffering from these diseases as well. Many of these patients visit the Urban Primary Health Centres and the doctors with training will be able to treat them in a better way. The KMC gives costly medicines to the patients suffering from diabetes and kidney ailments, free of cost. 300 ml Insulin, worth between Rs 700 and 800, is given to the patients free of cost. Senior KMC officials regretted that though the medicines are given free of cost, people from well-to-do background do not come to the clinics as the treatment, including medicines is provided free of cost. “It is a tragedy that the people are ready to pay the visit fee to doctors in private clinics and buy medicines at high cost, but will not come to the KMC clinics where treatment is free,” an official said.
TORONTO – First Quantum Minerals Ltd. says a worker has died at its Cobre Panama construction site.The company says the worker fell while working on an electrical transmission line and that a second worker was injured in the same incident and transferred to hospital.The massive construction project in Panama had a workforce of 11,051 as of March as the company works to have the copper-focused mine start processing ore this year.First Quantum has seven operating mines in Europe, Africa and Australia as well as several development projects.The company reported three fatalities in total last year, one in 2016, and four in 2015 including one at Cobre Panama.A union disrupted work at the Cobre Panama site for more than a week in March as part of a labour dispute.Companies in this story: (TSX:FM)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the amounts of rain experienced for most of the summer in Fort St. John and surrounding areas, it looks like farmers are now getting a break in the weather.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, the crops and fields were affected by the steady rain but are now ready for harvest, starting on canola by the end of this week.“They didn’t mature as fast as we wanted them to because of all the rain and everything but they’re coming along now. We should have some canola start getting swathed down by the end of this week.” As for the peas, Kassian says they will be a bit delayed as they need more sun and time to dry up and mature before they are ready to harvest.According to Kassian, some of the fields were hit hard by the unfavourable weather as some had wet spots and even crops knocked down.Environment Canada is calling for mostly warmer temperatures and sun this week, with a chance of showers on the weekend.
By Nassim Chaoui GhaliRabat – Nowadays, we hear of Sufism often. While many claim that the word “Sufism” is invented, others claim that the origin of the word traces back to Roman and Greek culture. Nevertheless, the concept of Sufism, at times translated as mysticism, refers to everyone following the path of the prophet’s companions who used to meet at the prophet’s mosque. These followers read the Holy Qur’an, discussed law and remembered God. According to Ab¬ Hurayra, the Messenger of God (may God give him blessings and peace), said: God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says: “I am with my servant when he remembers me and when his lips move in mention of Me.” Sufism is an honorable science or the so-called science of truth. It is love for others; Sufism purifies our souls from soils, polishes our hearts from rust, and connects servants with their creator. Its essence is to follow the religious law (Sharia) and resort to God in every situation, without neglect of obligation or approach toward a wrong deed. Sufism is the status (Maqam) of perfection (Ihsan) in Islam. It displays the third floor of the Islamic building which consists of three floors, namely: Islam, faith and perfection (Ihsan). The proof of this is explicitly stated in the famous Hadith of Gabriel. A narration attributed to Abu Hurairah reports:“One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is Islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing withothers in the construction of tall buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that angel (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.” Sahih al-Bukhari, 1:2:48Sufism (TASAWWUF) indicates the spirituality of Islam or in other words the interior truth (HAQIQAH). This is why the interior reality of Sufism characterizes the practices of the ascetics of the first generations even though the term ‘Sufism’ was not then in use. It is consequently easy to understand the remarks of Hujwiri; ‘Today Tasawwuf is a name without a reality whereas it was a reality without a name.’ Hujwiri adds: ‘at the time of the Companions [Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) Companions] and their successors this name did not exist, but the reality which it indicates was known by each one of them.’ (Abu Hassan Al-Fushunji (Died 318)Sufism is based on the religious law (Sharia) and Sunna as Imam Al Junaid Al Baghdadi once said: “Our path to Allah is regulated by Sharia and Sunna, whilst the way to Allah is closed before his servants, except for those who follow the traces of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him”. Besides, Sid Hamza, the master of the Tariqa Qadiriya Boutchichiya, defines Sufism using the following verse: Sufism is enjoying what the prophet orders to do, and avoiding what he forbade.Last but not least,, people who are responsible for Sufism, have set pillars which allow people to recognize, and there are three: companionship, love and remembrance. God, ever exalted is He, says: “He who pretends to love me and neglects me is a liar. Does not every lover seek to be secluded with his beloved? “I am He who is completely aware of my lovers when they picture me before them, address me in contemplation and speak to Me in My Presence. “Tomorrow I shall make their eyes delight in My Gardens.”Ultimately, the Tariqa Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya is a continuation and a renewal of living Sufism today, which:1- Guides people to know their Creator.2- Urges people to be more merciful and tolerant.3- Spreads love and respect amongst people.4- Strengthens the links of Brotherhood and Peace amongst people.5- Instils higher moral values, thereby improving people’s behaviour.Edited by Sahar Kian. Photos by Moroccan Photographer Omar Chennafi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
By Jonathan WalshRabat – Human Rights Watch released a report showing that tens of thousands of terminally ill patients in Morocco suffer from debilitating pain and other symptoms that are completely avoidable.The 77-page report, titled, “Pain Tears Me Apart”: Challenges and Progress in Ensuring the Right to Palliative Care in Morocco, explains how an estimated 62,000 patients are currently suffering under circumstances that in many other countries would be met with pain-reducing treatment known as “palliative care”. Only two public hospitals in all of Morocco are currently able to offer this treatment, one being in Casablanca and the other in Rabat. Even here, the treatment is only available to cancer patients. The fact that these cities are in such close proximity to each other also causes problems, as patients in other areas of the country are faced with the choice of either making a long, arduous journey, or going without treatment altogether.By enlisting the help of 85 patients and health care workers from throughout the country over a period of six months last year, the study found that conditions for patients, especially those suffering from illnesses other than cancer, are grim.There are currently 40,000 known patients that fit this category in Morocco, and there is no palliative treatment available to them under these circumstances.“Because of the pain I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t talk to my friends,” said a one patient suffering from tumors in his leg and abdomen without access to palliative care, “I wanted to crush my head against the wall.”In 1979 Morocco ratified the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, which includes the obligation of the government to ensure treatment by means of medications such as morphine, the most common form of palliative care. Yet, this most recent study shows that only one in fifty doctors are permitted to administer the drug.There were hints that the situation was progressing in the report, albeit slowly. In 2010 and 2012, there were encouraging developments in health policies regarding services offering palliative care. By 2015, Morocco became one of the first countries in North Africa and the Middle East to require its universities to include modules on pain and palliative care in their undergraduate medical curriculum.Edited by Andrew Mines
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of the Interior, Mohamed Hassad, and Minister Delegate, Charki Driss, offer their condolences at house of fish seller crushed inside garbage truck.The two ministers offered condolences on behalf of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to the family of Mohsen Fikri, whose tragic death sparked outrage throughout Morocco. The visit took place Sunday while preparations for the funeral were underway.Video of the visit shows the two ministers being received by the father of the victim upon their arrival to his house. After greeting each other, the father invited the ministers inside his home. Authorities confiscated Mohsen’s merchandise and threw it into the back of a garbage truck. He was attempting to retrieve his merchandise from the truck when he was crushed.Immediately after the news of the incident broke, the Minister of Interior launched a series of investigations to determine who was responsible for the death of Mohsen.Abdelilah Benkirane, Morocco’s Head of the Government, also called the victim’s father yesterday, according to a report from the Arabic-language news source Alyaoum24.A massive social media uprising followed the tragic death of the fishmonger, and protests are scheduled today in all Morocco’s major cities, including Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, and Tangier. Currently, thousands of people are attending a massive funeral for Mohsen in the northern city of Hoceima.Edited by Daniel Shaffer
NICOSIA, Cyprus — The foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Armenia say they have laid the foundations to forge closer ties and help promote stability and prosperity in the region.The three men said in their first three-way talks in the Cypriot capital Tuesday that they’re exploring ways to boost relations on sectors including the economy, crisis management, health care and tourism.The ministers of Greece and Cyprus, which are European Union members, also said they’d help to strengthen Armenia’s links with the bloc.They said their talks also prepared the ground for the first trilateral summit of the three countries’ leaders in Armenia in the near future.Cyprus and Greece have in the last few years promoting similar partnerships with regional neighbours including Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon.The Associated Press
by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 9:22 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock index falls in broad-based decline, loonie little changed TORONTO – Losses in several sectors resulted in a moderate decline on Canada’s main stock index Thursday while the loonie was little changed.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 73.67 points to 15,191.96, with energy, base metals, industrials and financials the biggest losers.One bright spot for the energy sector was Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ), which reported higher second-quarter profits compared with a year ago. Its stock rose $1.31, or 3.39 per cent, to $39.90.Otherwise, crude prices have stalled, weighing on oil and gas stocks, said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.The September crude oil contract gave back 56 cents to US$49.03 per barrel. It settled above the US$50 mark on Monday, but has since retreated.“Energy is having a tough time cracking the $50 threshold,” said Mattina.In New York, markets were generally flat. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 9.86 points to 22,026.10, its seventh straight record close, while the S&P 500 index slipped 5.41 points to 2,472.16 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 22.31 points to 6,340.34.The quiet trading day came as the Institute for Supply Management delivered a disappointing report on how U.S. services companies did in July. The group said its services index slipped to its lowest reading in 11 months as production, orders and hiring all slowed down.On Friday, stock markets will look for direction from two important reports when both Statistics Canada and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics release the jobs figures for July.“A lot of investors are looking to those reports for signs of where the economic cycle is going and how that might influence the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada in their next interest rate decision,” said Mattina.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.50 cents US, down 0.12 of a cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the September natural gas contract lost one cent at US$2.80 per mmBTU, December gold was down $4.00 to US$1,274.40 an ounce, and September copper was unchanged at US$2.88 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
– / 10 In January 2018, Liberians and the international community watched the first democratic transfer of power in the country in decades – thanks in no small part to Nigeria and other troop and police contributing countries.Liberia’s new President, George Weah, recently commended UNMIL for its longstanding support to peace and stability, saying: “The Liberian people will forever remain grateful to you for your bravery and service to our great nation… Remember Liberia is your home.”Nigeria was one of the first countries to provide troops in Liberia in 2003, and was among the last to leave, its final troops flying out just last week.Below is a snapshot of Nigeria’s active participation in UN peacekeeping around the world over the years.
Gardaí appeal for help finding Dublin man missing since before Christmas Stephen Lawlor was last seen on 23 December. http://jrnl.ie/3191798 GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a missing man.43-year-old Stephen Lawlor was last seen when he left his home at South Brown Street, Dublin 8 on 23 December. He is described as 5ft 7” in height with brown eyes, of thin build with short dark hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01-666 9400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Share35 Tweet Email Short URL Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 9:12 PM 19,310 Views By Paul Hosford Image: Garda Press Office 3 Comments Image: Garda Press Office Jan 17th 2017, 9:12 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Australia captain Mark Milligan has praised Martin Boyle following the striker’s international debut.Milligan and Boyle both play their club football with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs and the former was impressed with the way the latter handled his first appearance in an Australian shirt.“I think Martin’s a wonderful player and I think he did show his qualities when he came on,” he said, according to official Socceroos website.“He loves getting at goal as we mentioned beforehand and he had a big hand in the equaliser in the end.”Australia’s golden generation might be coming to an end Manuel R. Medina – January 27, 2019 Mark Milligan is considering retiring and if he does, he will be the last remaining 2006 FIFA World Cup player for Australia to call…“Your debut is always a very nerve-wracking time and I think he came on and he did very well.”“I look forward to see what he does offer going forward.”Meanwhile, Milligan also revealed a mixture of the Socceroos’ fighting spirit and their new-look attacking style should really encourage Australian fans.“I think you couple that [spirit] with the things that we’ve been working on, which we’ve still got some time to fine tune and I think we’ll be very dangerous at the Asian Cup,” he added.
A puppet playby Nori Art and Puppetry Centre at Lamakaan. This play was first performed in various prestigious venues, it travelled to Chennai for the Niram Thiram Festival at Kalashetra in 2016. Above all it travelled to UAE countries, sponsored by the ICCR. 15 shows in ELite schools and prestigious theatres in DUbai, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon and Algeria.What: A puppet playbWhere: Lamakaan When: 29 June Time: 7 pm
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Spotify is giving its premium experience on iOS and Android a new look: The company started to roll out changes to its mobile apps with a new focus on recommendations, discovery and artist radios Thursday.The company said in a blog post that it streamlined the navigation of its mobile apps to give users quicker access to personalized recommendations. This includes paring down the options in its main menu bar from five to just three: home, search and your library.Spotify also revamped the app’s search page, which now prominently features a user’s favorite genres, as well as direct access to radio stations, playlists, podcasts and more.Finally, Spotify also introduced new endless artist radio playlists. “These offer an endless listening stream personalized to the listener’s own musical tastes,” the company said. “They’re updated regularly to keep things fresh—and what’s more, they’re even downloadable and available to play while offline.“Spotify rolled out a new user interface for its ad-supported tier on mobile earlier this year. The company has said in the past that the majority of its listening happens on mobile, and disclosed in its IPO filing earlier this year that it now makes around 50% of its ad revenue on mobile platforms. Popular on Variety
Robots have known how to walk and run for years now. Just play a Metal Gear game or check out what Boston Dynamics is up to. So it’s about time they learn how to crawl. Sound backwards? It won’t after you check out this new robotics breakthrough. As published in a paper by Science Robotics, researchers can now make robots that crawl just like (solid) snakes.If you’ve been too repulsed to look up how snakes move with just their bellies, I’m sorry that I’m about to make you think about that. Snake skin is covered with tons of interlocking scales, and the special scales beneath them cling to the ground and push the animal forwards or backwards through friction as muscles expand and contract. Play the game Snake Pass for a more interactive lesson.This new research paper “Kirigami Skins Make a Simple Soft Actuator Crawl,” authored by Harvard mechanical engineer Ahmad Rafsanjani, argues and demonstrates with diagrams that the same principles can be cleverly applied to air-powered soft robotics. Using a 3D printer, the researchers created their own snake skin and wrapped it around a tube. As the tube inflated and deflated itself it then moved just like its scaly inspiration.AdChoices广告Reaching this point took more experimentation than just looking at a snake and saying “That but a robot.” Researchers had to determine which scale shapes would be more efficient, with trapezoids ultimately winning. They also looked at Japanese kirigami paper-cutting for tips on creating the skin itself. And while snakes may have been a starting point, ideally these robots would be able to move in ways snakes cannot in order to perform tasks like invasive surgery or tight construction work.So if you’re keeping a list of what cool new robots you can expect to see in the future, it’s time to add robot snakes. And if you’re keeping a list of what terrifying new robots you can expect to see in your nightmares, it’s time to add robot snakes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target
(L -R) Justin Francis of responsibletravel.com &Kathy Gill of Biosphere Expeditions Source = Biosphere Expeditions Australia Biosphere Expeditions’ work in wildlife conservation has been recognised in the prestigious Responsible Tourism Awards 2010. It took the accolade in the ‘Best Volunteering Organisation’ category after impressing a panel of 13 judges, chaired by Professor Harold Goodwin, who heads up the International Centre for Responsible Tourism in the UK. Commenting on Biosphere Expeditions the judges said: “Biosphere has continued to show its strength in combining strong tourism experiences with solid scientific research. Their commitment to transparency sends a clear message about the value of volunteering, where 66 per cent of a volunteer’s money goes directly to the project.”In 2010 almost 1,800 individual nominations were made for the Responsible Tourism Awards in 13 categories. Biosphere Expeditions director Kathy Gill said: “We are delighted that our achievements have been recognised by the high-profile judging panel, and feel that we share this honour with everybody who has been with us on expedition. Thanks to our team members’ commitment, hard work and financial contributions we are able to make a difference in wildlife conservation. Our whole philosophy is that ordinary people from all types of backgrounds can take part in scientific research. For one or two weeks they become an extra pair of legs, or eyes, enabling the scientists to cover more ground and see more things, hence helping to collect more invaluable data.”Biosphere Expeditions takes around 500 volunteers a year, with a maximum of 12 on any one project. It is currently running a range of expeditions from helping with research into the snow leopard in the Altai Republic to coral reefs off the coast of Oman.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-05-31 Tory Barringer The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) reported a slight bump in contract mortgage interest rates throughout April.[IMAGE]FHFA’s interest rate survey shows the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.77 percent in April, an increase of 3 basis points month-over-month. The average loan amount was $266,500, up $3,100 from March.[COLUMN_BREAK]The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders index was 3.56 percent for loans closed in late April, up 0.02 percent from March, according to an index of new mortgage contracts.The effective interest rate–which accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage–was 3.69 percent, up 4 basis points.Interest rates are typically locked in 30-45 days before a loan closes, so the late April data reflects market rates from mid-to-late March. Data for April was based on 6,447 reported loans from 30 lenders and does not include refinances, balloon loans, or federally insured mortgages.While rates didn’t move much in April, May’s report (scheduled to be released toward the end of June) should show more movement–Freddie Mac reported an “”increase””:https://themreport.com/articles/mortgage-rates-rocket-as-analysts-foresee-end-to-fed-activity-2013-05-30 of nearly half a percentage point for the 30-year fixed average throughout the month. FHFA: Mortgage Rates Stable in April May 31, 2013 419 Views in Origination Share