Round 1: Vargas starts things off against Pacquiao

first_imgValdez stops Osawa in 7th round to retain WBO title 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Boxers Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, and Jessie Vargas, USA, pose together during their official weigh-in at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 4, 2016.Pacquiao will challenge Vargas for the WBO Welterweight Title Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIChampion Jessie Vargas was the first to assert his offense as the challenger Manny Pacquiao returns to boxing after he announced his retirement back in April.Vargas used his reach advantage over the shorter Pacquiao at Thomas & Mack Center to start things off in the fight for the WBO World welterweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

Officials frustrate Rodgers as St Mirren hold Celtic

first_img“But before the second one there is an incident when Olivier makes contact with the ball and wins the ball, but the referee gives a free-kick against us.“Then when you see it in the corner Olivier is running across to block the ball up the line and the St Mirren player is falling over as he plays it and at the same time Olivier slides but doesn’t have contact with the player.“So from that – and it’s in the corner which makes it lively – then the referee falls for it and he gets a second yellow. For me it wasn’t a second yellow or a sending-off.“Listen, it’s simple – I don’t think they were good.”While Rodgers was unhappy with his evening, new St Mirren manager Oran Kearney was delighted to begin his time in Paisley with an eye-catching result. Kearney gave debuts to Ryan Edwards and Anton Ferdinand, with the latter only having signed a couple of hours before the game. The former Coleraine boss reflected on a positive result, performance and first week in the job. “It is a massive point, one we wanted and one we are delighted to have,” he said.“We wanted a performance first and foremost and I am delighted with the manner the players have gone about their business, that was the key.” Brendan Rodgers criticised the match officials after Olivier Ntcham was sent off in the Celtic’s 0-0 draw with St Mirren.The French midfielder received his marching orders from match referee Andrew Dallas after picking up a second yellow card in the 37th minute of the stalemate in Paisley.Ntcham’s challenge on St Mirren captain Stephen McGinn saw the visitors reduced to ten men and forced to reorganise. Despite having the better of the second half, they couldn’t find their way through a resolute St Mirren defence, leaving Rodgers frustrated.Asked about the performance of the match officials, the Celtic boss said: “Not very good, to be honest. “I never like to focus too much on the referees but I think for both teams I didn’t think any of the four officials were very good at all.“I don’t know if it’s a mark of all the attention that’s around them at the moment.“But there were lots of incidents he got wrong, and for St Mirren as well. The sending-off, for me, is not a second yellow card.“If you watch it again, the first one is a booking and we take that.last_img read more

Christmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests

first_imgTwo very special guests are coming to Letterkenny Shopping Centre to launch the beginning of the festive season this weekend.Celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon and Christmas celeb Mr Santa Claus are both arriving for great events that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.Letterkenny Shopping Centre is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday 24th November, make sure to time your weekly shop with Gary O’Hanlon’s Christmas food demonstration which is on in the centre from 2pm – 4pm.Ramelton man Gary is well known as one of Ireland’s leading TV chefs. He will run through his top tips for preparing and serving Christmas dinners which will help to make the big day as stress free as possible.  Enjoy the craic with Gary and some tasty samples at the end of the demo.Black Friday offers are running in a lot of Letterkenny Shopping Centre stores all weekend, so if you are ready to start your Christmas shopping, this is the weekend to do it. Christmas truly begins with the arrival of Santa Claus. Visit the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2pm this Sunday when the big man in red will arrive and take his place in a magical grotto until he has to return to the North Pole on December 23rd. There will be fun, face painting, games and no doubt lots of smiling happy little faces to greet Santa. Letterkenny Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community, so why not join in the festive fun this weekend and let your ‘Christmas Memories Begin’.Check out @LetterkennyShoppingCentre for more!Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully letChristmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chef gary o hanlonCHristmasLetterkenny Shopping Centre.retailSANTAlast_img read more

Better Engineering Empowered by the Cloud

first_imgServant, Dunbrack, McKenzie & MacDonald Limited (SDMM) provides innovative, sustainable design through surveying and engineering consultations. Traditional surveying methods take three to five days just to capture the topography of a site, and often require working with out-of-date photos and limited 2-D maps.These traditional methods have become too expensive and time consuming for both consultants and their clients to maintain, spurring innovation across the industry. There have been rapid advancements in many surveying and engineering tech tools in just a few years, and SDMM has become a leader in the industry by making ongoing investments in technology to innovate its service offering.“These are heavy data sets, and the workstations we use for data and content creation need to be powerful,” explains Chris Foran, vice president of innovation at SDMM. The company needed a whole suite of powerful, collaborative hardware, both in the field and in the office, that could handle extremely high-resolution photos and 3-D maps flawlessly. The right tools for the jobSDMM upgraded their technology and now controls their unmanned aerial vehicle with a tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor. The raw data is processed either on site by SDMM or by Autodesk on its cloud service hosted by Intel cloud partner Amazon Cloud Services. The team is now armed with Pix4D desktop software running on a high-end workstation equipped with Intel Xeon processor E5 technology and mobile solutions featuring the Intel Core i7 processor family. With this new approach, Foran estimates it takes 30 percent less time than traditional surveying, but provides millions more data points. It would take a person a lifetime to collect the same information collected by a laser scanner in just two hours.“These are disruptive technologies. They have a ‘wow factor’ and deliver things customers didn’t know were possible,” adds David Males, director of sales and marketing. Once customers see how the technology can be applied, they realize it can not only save them money, but also allows them to make faster decisions.“Our whole experience has been with Intel-based platforms, which tells us the hardware works and is solid,” says Males.Better, safer in every wayBecause much of the work in the field is done on uneven and dangerous ground, SDMM’s upgrade is about more than wowing customers — it’s about keeping employees safe. Using laser scanning technology, SDMM can now scan 360 degrees, while mapping millions of points of data and creating an image of those data points called a point cloud.“This technology allows us to do things we never could have dreamed of doing before,” says Foran. “We get a high level of complete data safer because we don’t have to access the dangerous areas of the site. As long as we can see it, we can get the information we need.”Now that they’ve made the upgrade, SDMM’s customers are thrilled with the results and realize they’ll never again have to put up with outdated or incomplete data. SDMM can now confidently give their customers immersive 3-D representations of the land. Learn more about SDMM’s new technology and how the right hardware upgrades could boost your small business. Have you upgraded recently? Comment below, and tell us what’s helped your small business compete! And join us on Twitter!last_img read more

Urban Meyer Says “Everything Is Fine” And There’s “No Issue” With Braxton Miller’s Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller promotes Advocare products.Last week, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted a photo on Instagram that was believed by some to possibly be an NCAA violation. Miller, a rep for Authentik Fitness, promoted the nutritional products in the photo and listed his email as a point of contact for potential buyers. Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes are not allowed to use their likeness to help companies profit. According to Urban Meyer, though, “everything is fine” and there is “no issue.” Urban Meyer answers @CantonRepdotcom ? About Braxton Miller NCAA endorsement issue “everything is fine. No issue.”— toddporter (@toddporter) March 30, 2015That’s, obviously, good news for Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes open their 2015 season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. Will Miller be the man behind center?last_img read more

Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to Feature the ‘Gov’t at Your Service’

first_img The ‘Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference’, which is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will be held under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. Visiting participants in the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 in Kingston, will experience the benefits of the ‘Government at Your Service’ one-stop shop facility, which will be utilised at the event.This provision will see 11 State agencies collaborating to provide their services to attendees.They include the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); National Housing Trust (NHT); National Insurance Scheme (NIS); and Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ), among others.Scores of persons from the main diaspora locations of Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, as well as other non-traditional locations, are expected in the island for the biennial conference, which will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.It is anticipated that many of these persons will use the opportunity to transact engagements, including passport renewals and updating birth certificates, for which they are expected to benefit from speedy and efficient service delivery with the various agencies engaged.Chair of the Government at Your Service Committee and RGD Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, says the participating agencies will be endeavouring to meet the needs of the visiting delegates, in recognition of the conference’s duration.” We will be there from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. offering whatever services they require. We’ll have individual booths, and they can come and conduct the business there,” she says.Miss Whyte, who outlined some of the services to be offered, notes that persons who, for example, may have black and white versions of their marriage certificates that they want upgraded to the new coloured format, whose documents may have errors for correction or might want additional copies will be accommodated by the RGD.“So we (will) offer those services… in such a way that they can transact business on Monday and pick up the certificates on Tuesday.  So they are able to come to the conference and transact business, go back to their sessions and when they are ready to leave the conference, they are in possession of what they paid for,” she adds.National Housing Trust Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Sales, Joyce Simms-Wilson. Photo contributed by the National Housing TrustMiss Whyte says while certain activities cannot be done overnight, participants can be assured of efficient service delivery from all participating agencies, adding that “it’s really about providing a convenience and all of these (entities) are here to make doing business with the Government easy for them”.Director of Citizenship at PICA, Carol Hammond, tells JIS News that the agency welcomes the opportunity to be a part of Government At your Service, noting that services will be available in three areas.“We will be offering the services for persons who wish to renew their Jamaican passport, for persons who are eligible for unconditional landing to make their application and for persons who wish to apply for citizenship,” she outlines.Additionally, Mrs. Hammond says if delegates’ family members travel to the conference, they, too, can apply for the benefit by submitting the requisite documents.  These include the original of both sets of certificates.She advises that conference participants who intend to change their documents or have them adjusted can submit an application to the Embassy or Consulate closest to them, which will then forward it to the relevant agency, thereby allowing for adequate time for processing and delivery when they get to Jamaica.Mrs. Hammond says persons who intend to take advantage of the express service while at the conference should be prepared to come in early.“They should come in before 10:00 a.m. on day two of the conference so that the passport can be delivered on the following day (day three) of the conference.  If the application is made after 10:30 a.m., other arrangements will have to be made for the passport to be delivered here at our office, or we (will) have it delivered to them at the mission closest to them wherever they live,” she statesThe NHT’s Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Sales, Joyce Simms-Wilson, says the agency considers its participation in the conference key to the entity’s business, as it offers an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue with Jamaicans living overseas to discuss the voluntary contributions programme.She says there are three categories that the Trust is interested in. One is those interested in owning homes in Jamaica or in helping persons in Jamaica to own homes but have never registered with the Trust, hence the agency will be using the opportunity to broaden the contribution network Chair of the Government at Your Service Committee and RGD Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, says the participating agencies will be endeavouring to meet the needs of the visiting delegates, in recognition of the conference’s duration. Story Highlightscenter_img Visiting participants in the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 in Kingston, will experience the benefits of the ‘Government at Your Service’ one-stop shop facility, which will be utilised at the event. Chair of the Government at Your Service Committee and the Registrar General’s Department Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte. Photo contributed by the Registrar General’s Department“The other set are those who were contributing and are now no longer contributing. We want to encourage them to continue contributing. There are also mortgagors whom we want to come forward so we can give them the status of their accounts. We also want to target the millennials to let them be a part of the Jamaican landscape, to own something,” she says.Mr. Simms-Wilson also notes that the NHT will be endeavouring to learn more about Jamaicans in the diaspora, in order to understand what it is they want and what are their expectations.  To this end, she says the Trust will be carrying out a survey, so as to understand the participants.The ‘Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference’, which is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will be held under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’.Its schedule also includes church services to launch the week; the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards to recognise Jamaicans for outstanding service in their communities of residence overseas; a conference dialogue to facilitate an exchange of views and ideas on building a better and prosperous nation; a marketplace exposition to highlight the best of Jamaica’s culture and entertainment; and a youth forum that engages second-, third- and fourth-generation diaspora members.The activities will culminate with the Diaspora Day of Service, which will see members being mobilised in projects that enable them to give back to their communities.last_img read more

Growth in Mining and Quarrying Sector

first_img For the 12-month period, dating back to July 2017, the manufacturing industry index increased by 8.5 per cent. The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately. Story Highlights The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively.This was noted by STATIN’s Deputy Director General, Leesha Delatie-Budair, during the Institute’s media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 30).Ms. Delatie-Budair said the movement in the mining and quarrying index resulted from a 4.5 per cent increase in bauxite mining and alumina processing, and  0.7 per cent in the ‘other mining and quarrying’ category.She pointed out that the manufacturing industry’s out-turn was mainly attributed to an increase in the index for the ‘refined petroleum products’ group.Additionally, the Deputy Director General said the highest weighted group – food, beverages and tobacco – moved up by 0.1 per cent, while chemicals and chemical products increased by 0.9 per cent.For the 12-month period, dating back to July 2017, the manufacturing industry index increased by 8.5 per cent.This was influenced by a 39.4 per cent increase in refined petroleum products, and growth of 2.3 per cent in food, beverages and tobacco.However, the out-turn for the mining and quarrying index declined by seven per cent.Ms. Delatie-Budair said for the fiscal year to date, from April to July 2018, the index for mining and quarrying increased by 3.3 per cent, and by 3.7 per cent for manufacturing.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product and consumer price index.last_img read more

Canadian rental company bans marijuana in its buildings

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A major Canadian landlord has decided it plans on snuffing out cannabis use in its rental properties once pot becomes legal.Boardwalk has 22,000 properties across Alberta, 5,500 units in Calgary alone.It will be prohibited in their units – even once marijuana is legal in Canada on October 17th. Boardwalk Director of Community Development David McIlveen says they made this decision with the safety of others in mind.“Our buildings like most multi-family residential buildings were not designed for cultivation that requires a lot of hydration and moisture. Moisture buildup can lead to mold and has in the past.”McIlveen says the fact that it’s a drug and there are children around also presents challenges.“Smoke escaping and the fact that it is a drug and there are children around.”In terms of enforcement, he says they will ask tenants to stop, they’d provide a series of warnings and if that doesn’t work, they can evict.“We’re going to respond to the neighbour concerns, the same way we would with an excessive noise complaint or something like that.”Medicinal marijuana users will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

How Donald Trump boosted Nova Scotias lucrative lobster industry

first_imgHALIFAX — Canada’s largest and most lucrative lobster fishery is slated to get started Saturday off Nova Scotia’s southwest coast, where about 5,200 fishermen are geared up for what is expected to be another profitable season — thanks in part to Donald Trump. “The market keeps increasing, especially in China,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association, based in Yarmouth, N.S. “From a fisherman’s perspective, we’re expecting a good shore price … It looks like a very positive outlook.”Berry, a fisherman for 39 years, has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.Demand from Canada’s largest export market, the United States, remains strong, thanks to a healthy U.S. economy and a weak Canadian dollar.As well, the industry is benefiting from the American president’s ongoing trade war with China, which prompted the Chinese government in July to impose a 25 per cent import tariff on many U.S. goods — including lobster.“It makes it very hard for the Americans … to get their product into China,” said Berry, whose group represents fishermen aboard 970 boats in Lobster Fishing Area 34, which extends off the western edge of Nova Scotia.His group decided Thursday to start setting their traps Saturday after rough weather delayed the start of the season, which was supposed to open on Monday. Another 700 boats from LFA 33, which extends from the Halifax region to the province’s southwestern tip, are also ready to drop their traps on Saturday.In economic terms, it’s difficult to overstate the value of the industry, which tops every other Canadian seafood business in terms of landed value. It employs about 30,000 harvesters in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, where there are about 40 lobster fishing areas.However, the two zones off southwestern Nova Scotia are by far the biggest producers.Together, they accounted for 35 per cent of the $1.4-billion worth of Canadian lobster harvested last year.They hauled in 31,800 tonnes in 2017-18, generating a landed value of $502 million — the second-largest landed value on record. In 2015, they caught 39,000 tonnes valued at a record $567 million.In 2016, auto dealerships in southwestern Nova Scotia reported strong sales, with at least one dealer saying it wasn’t unusual to see lobster fishermen paying $65,000 in cash for a new pickup.As well, local boat builders have reported a growing backlog on orders for vessels worth upwards of $500,000.Even though landings in southwest Nova Scotia have doubled since the late 1990s, demand for the tasty crustaceans has kept pace and the lobster population appears to be in good shape — thanks in part to a lack of predators, like cod.Last year, Canada exported 21-million kilograms of live lobster to the United States, and about 10-million kilograms to China.Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada, said the Chinese tariff on U.S. lobster has provided a big boost for the Canadian industry.“The Chinese, basically, stopped buying U.S. lobster,” said Irvine, whose advocacy group represents harvesters, live shippers, processors and First Nations. “They needed lobster, and they started buying (more) from Canada. That has caused quite a dramatic jump.”Published reports have suggested some American lobster buyers are shipping their lobster into Canada, where they are being labelled as a Canadian product to avoid the Chinese tariff.Meanwhile, Canada’s year-old free trade deal with the European Union, which reduced an eight per cent tariff on live lobster to zero, has led to a 55 per cent increase in exports to Europe, according to federal figures.“In Europe, we have a very strong advantage over the Americans,” said Berry, noting that the tariff remains in place for U.S. lobster.Amid all of this good news, fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia are expecting a good price at the dock for their catches. When two other lobster fishing areas opened in the Bay of Fundy earlier this fall, fishermen were getting at least $7 per pound, Berry said.“That bodes well for us,” he said, adding that prices at this time last year were hovering around $5.50 — a price that allows fishing boat captains to turn a profit.Earlier this month, Nova Scotians were reminded of the growing importance of live lobster exports to China when a Boeing 747 cargo jet operated by SkyLease Cargo overshot a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. No one was seriously injured, but a 120-tonne shipment of live lobster had to find another flight to Asia.In August, airport officials announced SkyLease would be operating two flights a week for First Catch, a Chinese-owned seafood freight forwarding company.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

42 million spent on drilling license near Halfway River First Nation at

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C.’s coffers will be getting just over $42 million from a drilling license that was auction off in the provincial petroleum and natural gas land rights sale this week.Landsolutions GP Ltd. paid $42,052,202.00 for a 1,847-hectare drilling license in the provincial auction, which was held on Wednesday, June 13th. The parcel, which overlaps the Halfway River First Nation and the proposed Tsaa Nuna Conservancy on the other side of the Halfway River from the First Nation, went for a whopping $22,767.84 per hectare.Scott Land & Lease Ltd. purchased two of the other three parcels that were up for auction in the sale for a combined $22,952.16. The last parcel of land to fetch such a high cost was a 5,542-hectare drilling license bought by Scott Land & Lease Ltd. Last July. That license brought in over $77 million, though the cost per hectare was lower, at just under $14,000/hectare.June’s sale saw by far the most amount of money spent by companies on acquiring land rights this year. In May companies spent just $1.3 million, though that number is higher than the lowest tally of the year in April when companies spent just over $200,000.So far this year, the Province has generated $59.4 million from land rights sales, which is higher than the $33.4 million that was spent in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.last_img read more