Former NBA player Chauncey Billups DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman. Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.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 stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READ
By Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT, Ont.-It’s -20C in Attawapiskat First Nation.And as November turns to December, it’s only getting colder.Many people here live in shacks with no insulation, in over-crowded trailers and dilapidated housing built decades ago.People do what they can to stay warm.While this may shock many Canadians in other parts of the country, here, this is the way of life.This is a life where many go without running water and the bathroom is a slop bucket.“People think we’re so rich on. On paper we are, but in reality we wouldn’t be in this crisis right now if we had a good deal,” said Chief Theresa Spence, who lost control of administering the band’s finances after the Conservative government put the community under the management of an outside consultant called third-party management.While life is not easy here, people maintain their dignity and friendly manner.People here want a better life for themselves and for the next generation.Stella Wheesk and her newborn daughter live in a trailer complex with ninety other people – and only four bathrooms.“When they open that door, there’s a big draft coming in. In the winter time there’s no heater in the hallway and the drafts come in through and the baby gets sick.”Many of the buildings here are not fire safe and toxic mould creeps up the walls and ceilingsThe elderly and the young are hit hardestShort term relief has comes with Canadian Red Cross volunteers handing out sleeping bags and heaters.But long term solutions are caught in the slow moving gears of Aboriginal affairs“This is Canada’s Haiti, except it’s -20 right now,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community.Angus, who has almost single-handedly made Attawapiskat a household name, visited the community this week with NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel.Spence says Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan should come to the community and see for himself what things are like on the ground.“He needs to come visit our community and get the true colour picture of what’s going on with the First Nations,” she said. “It’s not just Attawapiskat, it’s all over First Nations. He needs to really improve the funding, if he doesn’t our situation is going to get worse.”email@example.com
More information: John L. Hoogland et al. Prairie dogs increase fitness by killing interspecific competitors, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0144AbstractInterspecific competition commonly selects for divergence in ecology, morphology or physiology, but direct observation of interspecific competition under natural conditions is difficult. Herbivorous white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) employ an unusual strategy to reduce interspecific competition: they kill, but do not consume, herbivorous Wyoming ground squirrels (Urocitellus elegans) encountered in the prairie dog territories. Results from a 6-year study in Colorado, USA, revealed that interspecific killing of ground squirrels by prairie dogs was common, involving 47 different killers; 19 prairie dogs were serial killers in the same or consecutive years, and 30% of female prairie dogs killed at least one ground squirrel over their lifetimes. Females that killed ground squirrels had significantly higher annual and lifetime fitness than non-killers, probably because of decreased interspecific competition for vegetation. Our results document the first case of interspecific killing of competing individuals unrelated to predation (IK) among herbivorous mammals in the wild, and show that IK enhances fitness for animals living under natural conditions. (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Maryland, the other the University of Tulsa, has found that white-tailed prairie dogs living on the North American prairie, sometimes kill ground squirrels that live in the same area. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, John Hoogland and Charles Brown describe their multi-year study of the prairie dogs, their observations of squirrel killing, and why they believe it occurs. Prior to this new effort, there had never been an observation of a mammalian herbivore killing another herbivore without eating it—and it was not a one-off situation. The researcher pair recorded multiple instances of squirrel killing over the course of their study covering the years 2003 to 2012 which consisted of sitting in tree-stands watching the activities of the creatures below. They report that they were astounded to witness a prairie dog killing a squirrel four years into their study and thereafter made it a priority to look out for another such instance.They did not have to wait long, squirrel killing, it appeared was a natural part of the lives of prairie dogs. Over the course of the remainder of their study, they witnessed 101 instances of prairie dogs intentionally killing ground squirrels, and noted the carcasses of another 62 squirrels they believe were the victims of prairie dog attacks. They also identified 47 individual prairie dogs that killed squirrels—11 male and 36 female, and 19 of the animals that killed squirrels multiple times.The researchers suggest that the prairie dogs kill the squirrels because they see them as a competitor for the same resources, not as a threat. Prairie dogs and squirrels eat the same foods, and in many cases squirrels take over abandoned prairie dog tunnels. Taking their study further, they found evidence that showed that mother prairie dogs who killed squirrels tended to have more offspring than did those that did not and that their overall ‘fitness’ levels were much higher than non-killing females.The researchers also note that it is surprising that the killing of squirrels by prairie dogs has gone unnoticed for so long, which suggests that it is a possibility with other mammalian herbivores as well. Multiple mates worth the risk for female prairie dogs © 2016 Phys.org Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels (2016, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-prairie-dogs-squirrels.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Researchers have found that those who suffer defeat or are in negative emotional states tend to crave sweets more than those in a positive frame of mind.The research published in the journal Appetite focused on how a person’s emotional state—particularly in the competitive world of sports — affects the perception of taste.“We found how emotions arising from the outcome of college hockey games influenced the perception of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami (savory) taste. In addition to hedonic responses—or how much they liked or disliked the foods,” said Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science at Cornell University in the US. Emotions experienced in everyday life can alter the hedonic experience of
Indian textiles and fashion-wear has been receiving accolades from all over the world, since the ancient times. To give the foreign exporters a closer experience of the same, Greater Noida saw an elaborate arrangement for domestic textile manufacturers to showcase their art, this weekend. A two-day mega exhibition was organised by Surat Dreams at the Expo Mart to promote Indian textile. The motto of this event was to uphold Indian textiles in the foreign market and as well as throughout the country as a contribution to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ mission. With 108 exhibitors from all over the country participating in the event, a perfect blend of art and commerce took place at the Expo Mart this weekend. Over 3300 domestic and international buyers from UK, USA, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and the Gulf countries were present, who helped in generating an estimated amount of Rs 700 crore MOU. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition enabled manufacturers to reach their target sellers for women’s wear and spread their creation worldwide without the menace of middlemen. The collection exhibited were all women’s wear, from stylish dresses to bridal wear; every woman’s dream wardrobe collection was presented for the domestic and the international buyers. The exhibited fashion clothing was not only ethnic but also had some western wears. Traditional lehengas, suits, sarees and fusion dresses were also for display. The exhibition served as a great platform for all the manufacturers and buyers to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and styles. This platform had been a meeting of dealers, traders, exporters as well as fashion designers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also showcased high profile fashion shows featuring top models endorsing the latest ensembles from the ethnic couture presented by 30 textile manufacturers in the two-day event.One of the four co-founders of Surat Dreams, Hitesh Jain said, “This is the first time that we are doing our textile exhibition at Greater Noida, and the splendid response from the foreign buyers made it the most successful event of Surat Dreams. With this exhibition we hope to create history in the coming years of fashion industry by going a step ahead to promote export of textiles.” Similar events had been structured by the company since 2010 but the first event in Greater Noida has proved to be splendidly effective.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The flaw was first noted by a security researcher who blogs under the name “pod2g.” “The flaw (has) exist(ed) since the beginning of the implementation of SMS (text messages) in the iPhone, and is still there …” the researcher wrote.Related: Keeping Passwords Out of the Hands of HackersApple, meanwhile, urges customers to “be extremely careful” when receiving text messages, and recommends using its iMessage instant messaging service instead because it verifies the addresses of senders.With business owners becoming increasingly dependent on their mobile devices for business communications, iPhone users should be on the lookout for any type of messages, including text, email, and messages over social media networks, that contain suspicious links or ask for personal information. Even if a link appears to be sent from someone you know, if it doesn’t immediately appear legit, don’t click on it. Contact the sender to find out what it is.In addition to malicious links, some scammers will try “phishing,” which involves phony texts or emails that appear to have come from your bank asking to verify business or personal account numbers and passwords. If you receive a potentially suspicious message like this, contact your bank directly to alert them about it. While the message could be real, it might also be a sign that you’ve been hit by a scam. Related: How to Avoid One of the Biggest Email Hacking Threats Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global ShutterstockThe software that powers Apple’s popular iPhones may have a flaw that enables scammers to send users bogus messages asking for banking and other personal information.The software glitch is said to allow scammers to send messages from impersonated accounts specifically to iPhone users. Because iPhones only display the “reply to” address of incoming text messages, iPhone users can potentially receive messages that look as though they’re from friends or other trusted sources but are actually fraudulent, asking you to share passwords or to wire money. min read August 20, 2012
Google, yesterday, released an archive of political ads purchased on its platforms. The new library of political ads reveals how much money is spent on these ads across different states and congressional districts, along with a list of top advertisers. Political ads feature federal candidates or currently elected federal officeholders. Google has been modifying its transparency report by adding different sections over the years due to European privacy laws, encryption adoption on websites i.e. HTTPS, among other evolving policy and user expectations. Read also: EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine for the Android antitrust case The latest archive is another newly added section in the company’s regular transparency report This report shares data revealing “how the policies and actions of governments and corporations affect privacy, security, and access to information. This is Google’s efforts to make things more transparent when it comes to online political advertisements. Now, for any advertiser purchasing election ads on Google in the U.S., they have to “provide a government-issued ID and other key information that confirms they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law. We also required that election ads incorporate a clear “paid for by” disclosure”, says Google. The new election ad library is searchable, downloadable and provides information about the ads with the highest views, the latest election ads running on our platform, and specific advertisers’ campaigns. The data from the Ad Library is publicly available on Google Cloud’s BigQuery. This data is particularly helpful for researchers, political watchdog groups and private citizens as they can leverage this data to develop charts, graphs, tables or other visualizations of political ads on Google Ads services. Apart from Google, Facebook and Twitter are other tech giants, who launched ad archives in recent months. Twitter ad archives are a part of the company’s increased transparency efforts. “We clearly label and show disclaimer information for federal political campaigning ads,” says Twitter. Facebook has been under a lot of controversy regarding advertisements, especially after an outcry over Russians’ alleged purchase of political ads during the 2016 elections. Also, A.G., Bob Ferguson, last month, proved Facebook guilty of providing discriminatory advertisements on its platform. Facebook, now has its own political ad archive that shows information about who paid for these ads along with other details. Google seems to be following Twitter and Facebook’s footsteps when it comes to political and issue-based advertising on its platform. Whether this comes at a right time, with the election season coming up soon, is another matter to be debated. The new database is updated every week and anyone can see the newly uploaded ads and the advertisers uploading these ads. Google mentioned in their blog that despite the Ad Library providing many new insights, it’s still “working with experts in the U.S. and around the world to explore tools that capture a wider range of political ads—including ads about political issues (beyond just candidate ads), state and local election ads, and political ads in other countries”. Google’s aim with this is to protect these campaigns from digital attacks. “We hope this provides unprecedented, data-driven insights into election ads on our platform,” says Google. For more information regarding Google’s new political ad archive, check out the official Google blog post. Read Next Facebook must stop discriminatory advertising in the US, declares Washington AG, Ferguson Google’s new facial recognition patent uses your social network to identify you! Google is missing out $50 million because of Fortnite’s decision to bypass Play Store
ORLANDO — The magic of Disney strikes again, this time for a young boy who lost his beloved toy at Walt Disney World.Wes Ramsaran, who recently embarked on a Walt Disney World vacation with his parents, was devastated after leaving behind his new Slinky dog toy on a park bench. Slinky (of Toy Story fame) was given to Wes by his mother, Kelly Grzech Ramsaran, for being a good listener while on vacation, and was intended to be brought home to join Buzz and Woody in Wes’ toy collection.Facebook: Kelly Grzech RamsaranHowever, while Wes was busying himself with pirate toys inside the gift shop, his father absentmindedly left Slinky on a bench. The family only realized the toy dog was missing on the drive home.In an attempt to get Slinky back (and cheer up her son), Kelly made many phone calls to Disney, eventually connecting with an employee who heard all about the family’s woes. Later that day, another Disney cast member called Kelly to tell her that Slinky had been found and that he would be shipped back to Wes in about 10 days.Facebook: Kelly Grzech RamsaranTrue to their word, Slinky arrived back on their doorstep – with some company. Disney had mailed him back with a bucket of toy soldiers and an additional Woody doll for Wes. Not only that, the package also contained a note from Disney’s Boardwalk Resort Merchandise Team as well as a bunch of photos that highlighted Slinky’s epic adventures while out on his own.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySlinky was snapped playing video games at the resort, shopping for candy with Woody, driving in a car and visiting stuffed toys at a gift shop. Judging from the pics, it looks like Slinky had just as good a time at Disney World as Wes did!Kelly wrote about the package and posted the photos to Facebook to let others know the lengths Disney will go to bring movie magic to life and make its youngest fans happy. Well done, Disney!Facebook: Kelly Grzech Ramsaran Posted by Little boy loses his Slinky toy at Disney World and what happens next will give you all the feels Thursday, March 22, 2018 Tags: Disney Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
IT magnate and The Apprentice star Lord Sugar has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at UK connected TV platform YouView.Sugar, founder of pioneering electronics brand Amstrad, will step down from his position at the broadcaster-backed IPTV service over the next few weeks, with a replacement chairman to be announced in due course.He was first drafted in to replacement Kip Meek, who had resigned from the joint venture platform following a series of pre-launch hitches in 2011. The platform – which is backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, telco TalkTalk and television infrastructure firm Arqiva – finally went on sale last summer.“When I joined YouView in 2011, my brief from the shareholders was to use my experience in the electronics industry to get the product to market and into the homes of consumers. Having done that successfully, my job is complete and I will now focus my time and attention into my other businesses.“I’d like to thank all those who are part of the YouView project, including its suppliers, staff and shareholders and I wish them every success for the future,” said Sugar.
Internet media platform provider Blinkx has launched a dedicated app and open source HTML5-based Blinkx video player for Tizen-based mobile devices.The Blinkx app, available through the Tizen store, will replicate the look and feel of the recently re-launched blinkx.com portal, giving access to over 35 million hours of online video and over 800 media partnerships.Tizen is Linux’s open source software platform for mobile devices. Backed by Samsung and Intel, Tizen released version 2.0 of its platform earlier this year, with Samsung expected to bring devices to market later in 2013.“The blinkx Video Player is an outstanding addition to the Tizen ecosystem and community,” said Christopher Croteau, Tizen Association board member and managing director of Intel’s system software division. “Developers will be able to access the open source HTML5 code and manufacturers utilizing Tizen will be able to more easily include video in mobile devices.”
21st Century Fox’s US FX Networks unit has teamed up with cable giant Comcast to launch a new premium ad-free service subscription video-on-demand service for Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers.The new service, FX+, will provide current seasons of all FX and FXX original series and every season of a number of current and catalogue titles of FX originals without adverts for US$5.99 (€5.08) a month.The service will launch on September 5. Fox claims that the initiative will made FX Networks the first ad-supported cable networks group to offer all seasons of the majority of its original series available at once. Shows available include American Horror Story, Damages, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legion, Louie, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy and Terriers.FX+ will provide over 1,100 series epioseds in total. The shows will be rolled out progressively, with the complete roster expected to be available next year.FX+ subscribers will be able to access the FX+ content via Xfinity On Demand, the Xfinity Stream app and website, and FXNOW. In the future, FX+ will also offer select series in 4K as well as temporary downloads of current season episodes.John Landgraf“This is an exciting day for FX Networks, because it represents the next step in building a consumer experience as good as our original programming brand. We have been diligent about recapturing the in-season stacking rights for all current original programming and recapturing the rights to all seasons of a large portion of our legacy of great original series,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions“Since changing the course of basic cable TV with The Shield, over the past 15 years FX amassed a roster of dramas, comedies and limited series that is unequalled in ad-supported television – and in quality and breadth has few rivals anywhere. This initiative represents the first of its kind for an ad-supported cable network, and begins to put us on equal footing with premium networks and streaming services. We appreciate our partnership with Matt Strauss and everyone at Comcast who had the vision to support the creation and launch of FX+, which adds significant value for Comcast and its subscribers.”Matt Strauss, executive vice-president and general manager, video and entertainment services, Comcast Cable, said: “FX has built a brand known for high-quality, award-winning original content and we are pleased to partner with John Landgraf and the team at FX to offer premium experiences like FX+ to Xfinity TV customers, and explore what it means to be a network in the future,” said Strauss. “Our innovative platforms and technology enable us to collaborate with our partners to experiment with new ways to super-serve our customers, provide them with more choice and access to new content and experiences, and continue to add value to the Xfinity TV subscription.”
The BBC has launched its first multiplayer online game in beta to get feedback from users ahead of a full launch.The game, Nightfall, is targeted at 8-13 year-olds.The game begins when the players fall asleep, challenging young people and their friends to take on the role of Nightfallers – guardians of light fighting against darkness, and battling to banish every last nightmare from the dream world.Once in the Nightfall dream world, players can take part in solo play while they find their feet and build their skills, but to make progress in the game, they need to work together to stand against the tougher ‘Nightmare’ challenges, according to the BBC.The broadcasters already offers a range of games on CBeebies and CBBC online and in its children’s apps, intended to enable younger audiences to interact and play with their favourite BBC programmes and characters“To date, those games have served great purpose in bringing our show brands to the ‘gamers’ in our audience. Building on that success, Nightfall is an exploration of how gaming is evolving as an entertainment format for younger audiences. Young players are becoming savvier than ever before and in response to this shift, one of our key focus points has been around the format of gaming itself. We want to talk to the audience in the most genuine language possible, a language, which now is for many, a native one,” said Will Storer, senior product manager, design and engineering, in a blog post.Storer said that Nightfall was intended to combine elements of gaming that felt genuine to the gaming audience with the BBC’s mission to inform, educate and entertain.The game includes social elements like Emojis, but in an environment that is designed to be safe. Unlike other BBC games, Nightfall is not linked to a single programme or character but is able to integrate a range of other BBC brands.The beta trial will see a limited audience group playing the game, and players will be able to sign up to play via the existing BBC iD system.