TIP-INSHornets: G Nicolas Batum (bruised left elbow) was unavailable after being re-injured Wednesday against Washington and is day to day. He has only played in five games because of elbow injuries. Lamb returned to the starting lineup in Batum’s spot. … Charlotte’s only road win came against Memphis on Oct. 30.Cavaliers: Rose sustained his injury while driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points in his first season with Cleveland. … G Iman Shumpert (sore left knee) could return Monday after missing his third straight game.UP NEXTHornets: Host San Antonio on Saturday.Cavaliers: Travel to Philadelphia on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Smith split a pair from the line, both teams missed 3-point attempts and Charlotte called time with 11.1 seconds left. Jeremy Lamb missed a 3-pointer after the Hornets inbounded at midcourt and the rebound was tapped out to Kemba Walker, but his 3-point attempt fell well short.For Black Friday, the Cavaliers wore black uniforms. Cleveland also wore black jerseys when it won the first championship in franchise history, but the current edition is minus the sleeves from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneJames also switched from yellow to black shoes after scoring six points in the first half.Smith had 16 points, while Kevin Love had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives past Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 27 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists, J.R. Smith made the tiebreaking free throw with 48 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to seven straight with a 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.James had season highs in rebounds and assists in his 57th career triple-double. He’s 41-6 in the regular season against Charlotte and the Cavaliers have won 12 of 13, including eight straight against the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Tim Tebow working out, preparing for Year 2 in pro baseball OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which fell to 1-8 on the road. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams scored 17 points for the Hornets, whose three-game winning streak ended.Howard’s free throw broke a 93-all tie after Love was called for a blocking foul. Love thought he established position in the lane and waved his hand in disgust following the call.Howard added two free throws and Kidd-Gilchrist’s layup following James’ turnover pushed the lead to 98-93.James made a foul shot and converted a three-point play, cutting the lead to one. Kidd-Gilchrist hit a free throw but James scored on a drive that tied the game with 1:48 left.Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. Coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose, who has played in just seven of Cleveland’s 19 games this season because of a left ankle injury, to return to the team.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments
Work on the office to house the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) which began last year, has been completed.The NDIA office, which is situated alongside the Headquarters of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), will seek to upgrade the drainage system and make better provisions for drought in the Region.The soon-to-be commissioned Region Five office of the NDIAActing NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Hicks said recently, “The NDIA knows that farmers anywhere, who have a 50 per cent fear of losing their crops or livestock to floods or drought, will not bother to farm. So the NDIA in Region Five, in particular, will work and support the agencies in doing whatever is necessary to boost farmers’ confidence in the D&I system and have them feel encouraged to cultivate and even expand their production of crops and livestock within the Region.”According to Hicks, all that is required to get the office up and running is the installation of connections for electricity to the building.The office will be manned by a senior engineer of the NDIA assisted by ancillary staff and he will support the MMA/ADA; the Regional Democratic Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in the Region to implement and monitor projects aimed at increasing the discharge capacity of rain-flood waters and the provision of irrigation for agricultural purposes during El Niño (drought) weather conditions.NDIA projects for 2018Among the projects the Region Five NDIA office will spearhead and support in 2018 are the upgrading of resuscitated sea sluices along the West Berbice Coast; the establishment of additional sluices and the provision of another electrical pump for drainage of West Berbice at Trafalgar. The NDIA will also look to increase the hydraulic efficiency of the tertiary and secondary drainage systems in Region Five with the provision of nine excavators. These machines will be at the disposal of the Regional Administration for routine remedial and emergency works along the Region Five coast.The NDIA’s office will also seek to boost the efficiency of drainage in the riverine areas. Projects to be undertaken in this area this year will include extending the polder behind Pine Ground to Gordon Table along the right bank of the Mahaicony River to protect cultivation plots from water coming in from the backlands; and installing a dual purpose pump at Mora Point, Mahaicony River, to provide either drainage or irrigation when necessary. The pump is to be acquired from India. Other projects include infrastructural upgrades for replenishment of the Abary Conservancy with water from the Berbice River and the drawing down of water from the upper reaches of the Mahaica River at Kuliserabo to supply the Perth/Biaboo Main Canal for the benefit of low-risk rice production aback Mahaicony.The NDIA will also fund the replacement of tail regulators for all the high-level irrigation canals within the MMA/ADA project area in West Berbice. This is to ensure better management of irrigation water supplies and less stress on the drainage system from free-flowing water into canals without tail gates.Hicks said the NDIA was assisting the MMA/ADA since that agency did not have the financial resources at the moment.
“There’s going to be a significant number of services that will not be available,” he said.The BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) served notice that teachers will begin phase one of strike action effective Sept. 6. While teachers will not be picketing outside of schools at this time, they will not be taking part in non-instructional activities, including participating in meetings with, or accepting any written or electronic communications from, school or district administrators; preparing or distributing report cards; collecting money from students or participating in fundraisers; or meeting with parents outside of instructional time.Dennis said whether or not activities such as field trips, school photos and even Christmas concerts will be able to go ahead without the participation of teachers is unknown. However, he said he is not aware that the job action would prevent teachers from coaching after-school sports at their discretion.- Advertisement -He said school and district administrators will attempt to fill the role of student supervision during school breaks and before and after school. However, he said they will be counting on the assistance of parents who can help by dropping their children off shortly before classes begin instead of earlier in the morning, as supervision may not be available during those times.Dennis said regardless of the outcomes of the job action it is important that teachers and administrators don’t allow the dispute to become personal, as those relationships will need to carry on beyond the strike.More information on the school district’s response to the strike action can be found at www.sd59.bc.ca.Advertisement
THE HSE has told management at Letterkenny General Hospital to slash almost €5M from its budget – taking more than a €1M out of running costs between now and Christmas.The cuts are set to hit a range of services and will also lead to the closure of the gynaecology ward.Tonight TD Thomas Pringle has condemned the announcement of the closure of the gynaecology ward at Letterkenny General Hospital calling it a “very worrying situation” and claimed management have been told to axe millions from their budget. This, he said, would cost €5M before the end of the year – taking total annual budget cuts to €13M.Speaking on the matter today following a meeting with hospital management the Independent TD for Donegal South West told donegaldaily.com: “In order to facilitate the opening of the new Emergency Department and Medical Unit with no additional funding it has been decided to close the gynaecology ward at LGH. This is an integral specialist ward which also accommodates cancer patients.“I understand that there are some concerns that the risk assessment conducted which led to the decision to close the gynae ward was done without an onsite visit to the ward – and additionally, that no members of staff were consulted as part of this assessment either.“Management at the meeting today stated that this was not the case but any possible oversights would raise serious questions for me and are something which I will be looking into as a matter of urgency. It is essential that such processes must be given the upmost attention, particularly when people’s health and wellbeing is at stake. “The outcome of this decision means that there will be 2×6 unisex bed rooms in Surgical Ward 2 allocated to gynaecology patients, with management making a commitment that ‘no woman will be without a single room if required’, while gynae outpatient clinics will continue in the same location as at present,” added Pringle.“Earlier this week the Regional Director of Operations for HSE West visited the hospital and told management that the budget must now be cut from €8.8m per month to €7.7m per month. This will amount to an astonishing budget cut of €13.2 million per year.“I understand that hospital management must work within its allocated budget but the budget cuts and recruitment embargo is putting a massive strain on the delivery of key services. There are many problems arising at LGH as a result of these cuts and the opening of the Emergency Department and Medical Unit without any additional resources is a threat to the provision of key services there. This could leave the hospital in a position where it will not be able to meet the HSE required quality standards in the future.“Letterkenny General Hospital has had many major achievements over the years which have never been acknowledged. But the decision to close the gynaecology ward cannot be ignored.“The people of Donegal deserve a health service which they can rely on and where they can expect to receive the care they need without fear of further closures and cutbacks. This is one closure we cannot allow to happen and I am calling on Minister Reilly and the HSE to reverse this decision as a matter of upmost importance,” stated Pringle. SHOCK AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TOLD TO SLASH €5M FROM BUDGET was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SHOCK AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TOLD TO SLASH €5M FROM BUDGET
A disqualified driver is to appear in court after being arrested at a checkpoint in Bundoran for driving under the influence of drugs.The motorist was caught driving under the influence of cocaine and cannabis during a roadside test on Friday, May 10.The vehicle was first stopped by the Donegal Town Roads Policing Unit at a Mandatory Intoxication Testing (M.I.T.) checkpoint. The driver was subsequently tested for the presence of drugs and the test came back positive. The driver has been ordered to appear in court in the near future.Disqualified driver arrested at checkpoint after testing positive for drugs was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Nearly inside the Arctic Circle along the Yukon River, thousands of dinosaur tracks have been found – one of several surprising discoveries about dinosaurs.The facts: Live Science and Alaska Public published the story; see also NBC News. The tracks are in the form of “casts” in which cemented mud formed within the hollowed-out footprints. A great diversity of dinosaur types were found during a 500-mile expedition along the Yukon River. Some of them show claw marks at the tips of the toes. In addition, the area yielded fossils of “a lot of plant fossils, leaves from broad-leaved trees and different types of conifers.” In some places, the explorers were able to find 50 specimens in 10 minutes. None of the local villagers were aware of the tracks. “This and all of the other material that we found was just a complete surprise, because no one expected anything like this was out there,” Pat Druckenmiller, curator of earth sciences at the Museum of the North, said.The interpretations: The discoverers believe the tracks are 25 to 30 million years older than other tracks found in Denali National Park and along the Colville River in Alaska, which are considered 65 to 80 million years old. The tracks are believed to be from both carnivores and herbivores, some from ankylosaurs. The discoverers say Alaska was farther north when the tracks were made, but was in a warming period at the time. Druckenmiller commented that a find of this magnitude is rare in the 21st century.Other dinosaur newsVirtual reality: Science Daily reported that a re-analysis of Psittocosaurus dinosaur skulls shows that three ‘species’ are actually one. They looked different because of the way they had been buried and compressed in the strata; they were “apparent” species, not “biological” species. A member of the Penn State team said, “how an animal’s body was crushed as it fossilized – from the top, from the side or twisted – could lead to inaccurate species determinations.”Evolving reality: PhysOrg announced, “Research is challenging basic assumptions about dinosaurs—and greatly expanding the number of known species.” Within the city of Edmonton, Alberta—a hotspot region for dinosaur remains—students from the University of Alberta are unearthing bones from a dozen species of dinosaurs in a fossil graveyard.Work by researchers based at the U of A has challenged many basic assumptions about dinosaurs—proving that some had feathers and that even the giant predators sometimes travelled in herds—while greatly expanding the number of known species and, occasionally, even pruning and grafting the dinosaur family tree.Nothing more was said about the feathers in the article, except an illustration of Anchiornis fully fledged out with colorful feathers and a caption that said U of Alberta paleontologist Phil Currie helped identify them. What the article doesn’t say is that Anchiornis was discovered in China, not in Canada.It’s so, so, so very important to learn to distinguish the facts from the interpretations. Evolutionists toss around millions of years like confetti, merely assuming that natural selection will use all those years to create amazing and wonderful creatures. They’re basically stuffing their ignorance into vast dark spaces of unobservable assumptions.This last article was very misleading. It said scientists “proved” dinosaurs had feathers, sneaking in a bird from China! Even Wikipedia says the one pictured is a bird: “As in other early paravians such as Microraptor, Anchiornis had large wings, made up of pennaceous flight feathers attached to the arm and hand (as in modern birds) as well as flight feathers on the hind legs, forming an arrangement of fore and hind wings.” This was no dinosaur! We have skin impressions from many dinosaurs, and they were scaly, not feathery. The fuzzy impressions around some dinosaur fossils could be flayed collagen, some researchers believe, disputing the notion they are “protofeathers.” True flight feather impressions are only found on fossil birds.As usual, none of the articles discussed the most dramatic discovery about dinosaurs of the last century: soft tissue in dinosaur bones. Have you seen dinosaur hunter Jack Horner’s response to Mary Schweitzer’s surprise discovery of stretchy blood vessels and red blood cells in a T. rex bone? Watch it on a 60 Minutes episode on YouTube. It says a lot about human nature when facts confront belief. In CMI’s documentary, The Voyage that Shook the World. Phil Currie remarked that scientists tend to see what they expect to see,and can miss seeing unexpected facts right before their eyes. It has happened to him, he said.Since Schweitzer’s spectacular, surprising, “impossible” announcement, other soft tissue remains have been found in dinosaur bones even older. Mark Armitage just published a paper about osteocytes and other bone cells he found in a Triceratops horn using electron microscopes. Nobody had found this material before, because scientists just “knew” dinosaur fossils were too old to leave any tissue remains. Some of the Colville River dinosaur remains were found unfossilized. Mummified dinosaur skin has been unearthed. Some dinosaur remains contain carbon-14. Any one of these finds should be impossible for millions of years. The reasonable interpretation is that the dinosaurs perished catastrophically not that long ago. In spite of multiple falsification-scale anomalies, the Darwinian story of dinosaur evolution over millions of years survives, a testimony to the power of academia’s chosen belief in secular naturalism, buttressed by a fawning, obedient press. (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Springbok fans turned out in droves on 1September to say farewell and good luck to the national rugby team at an event in Nelson Mandela Square.(Image: Ray Maota) The anthem:Download 1 (MP3, 1.6MB)Download 2 (broadcast quality, 20.1MB)Rugby World Cup bookmark:Download (PDF, 48KB)Phonetic guide to singing the anthem:Download (PDF, 364KB) RELATED ARTICLES • Pumping up Bok support for the World Cup • Playing a part to back the Boks • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Rugby World Cup – back the Boks • New drive to spark local sports frenzyNow that the Springboks have departed for New Zealand to do battle at this year’s Rugby World Cup, the call has gone out to South Africans to brush up on their rendition of the national anthem.The beloved tune merges two anthems and five languages:Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, Yizwa imithandazo yethu, Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho, O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika!Uit die blou van onse hemel, Uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes, Waar die kranse antwoord gee,Sounds the call to come together, And united we shall stand, Let us live and strive for freedom, In South Africa our land.TranslationThis is the official translated version of the national anthem. The first stanza is in isiXhosa and isiZulu, the second is in Sesotho, the third is in Afrikaans and the last stanza is in English.The translation is as follows:God Bless Africa Raise high her glory Hear our prayers God bless us, we her childrenGod protect our nation End all wars and tribulations Protect us, protect our nation Our nation South Africa – South AfricaRinging out from our blue heavens From the depth of our seas Over our everlasting mountains Where the echoing crags resoundSounds the call to come together… Brief history of the national anthemIn 1994 then-State President FW de Klerk proclaimed that South Africa would have two national anthems. They were the unofficial anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and the official The Call of South Africa, which also had an Afrikaans version titled Die Stem van Suid Afrika.Two years later a condensed and combined version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and The Call / Die Stem became the country’s national anthem.Die Stem van Suid-Afrika is a poem written in 1918 by CJ Langenhoven, and set to music in 1921 by the Reverend ML de Villiers. It was adopted as South Africa’s official national anthem in May 1957, five years after the English version had been accepted for official use.The first verse and chorus, as well as the music, of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika were composed in isiXhosa in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist teacher and lay preacher. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi, and a Sesotho version was published in 1942 by Moses Mphahlele.The song has since been translated into numerous African languages, including Swahili, and is a part of the national anthems of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.
Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Comcast Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT By: Comcast’s Shuvankar Roy, vice president, Xfinity Home and Neeraj Grover, director of business analytics and reporting, Xfinity HomeQ: Why are analytics right to use to drive business decisions?A: Analytics can help to identify the actual pain points in many parts of the business, including the customer journey. By using analytics, it’s easy to prioritize initiatives and avoid making decisions based on hypothesis, with no evidence to back up your work. Data offers significant insights into your business and can help you to course correct, as needed. Additionally, data can help you to define goals, make forecasts based on trends, patterns or the season.To give an example, we here at Comcast are hyper-focused on customer satisfaction. For us, it is imperative to gain insights into our customers’ interactions with our front-line employees, such as technicians and customer service representatives, to help serve them better. Measuring the net promoter score or NPS at all levels including transactional, products, and employees help us to identify pain points that customers may experience from our service and products. Without these insights, we would not be able to improve or change processes and better serve our customers at every level. Q: What type of analytics are essential?A: To a large extent it depends on the maturity of the organization. To start with, you need Business Intelligence tools to identify and measure leading and lagging indicators. With this level of analysis, you will be able to understand what is driving an uptick and what may be causing a downward spiral.With Business Intelligence, your organization will be able to start predicting what is happening and provide corrections as needed.As the organization matures and starts collecting more and better quality data, consider digging deeper beneath the numbers by using machine learning algorithms. These can provide further insights into top factors impacting your KPIs and help come up with a few “if-then” solutions that may help improve your metrics. We recommend testing each solution separately to see if the outcome actually enhances the indicators you want to influence. The tests help foray from predictive into prescriptive analytics.A particular type of Analytics can also be used for specific applications. For instance, Artificial Intelligence when paired with chatbots can offer your customers immediate access to assistance, and the text analytics can also help provide insights into areas that may need improvement.Adoption of technology that leverages analytics to solve issues could become the critical differentiating factor to improve service delivery.Q: With so much data/analytics that exist within a company, what are some best practices to narrow down the data that matter the most?A: We see three factors of success for any projects: rely on extensive domain knowledge, be very skeptical of visible past trends and don’t overanalyze,Providing enough domain knowledge at each step of the way is key to identifying the most relevant data for any analytics study. The structure that works the best for us is having the analytics and business intelligence teams work carefully (or at times embedded) within the business units. This ensures that there is participation from subject matter experts to provide real-time feedback as insights are provided. The input and validation from SMEs ensure that the right data elements are being considered.The other factor is to be very skeptical of apparent past trends as market conditions evolve. Lastly, avoid over analysis. In some cases getting 80 percent, accurate data is sufficient to understand directional and correct patterns which can help you make timely decisions. Avoid the pitfall of ensuring 100 percent accuracy as you may miss the opportunity to course correct in time.Q: What type of business decisions can be made based on analytics?A: Many decisions can be made based on analytics, but it’s important to look at the whole picture such as market conditions and what’s going on in the world. As you begin to make decisions based on analytics keep in mind these key points:Analytics may be wrong sometimes as correlation is different from causation so take immediate corrective actions when you realize the change that was implemented is not working. Don’t be afraid to pivot and move on to another solution.Prioritize analytics initiatives based on business goals. You can get a lot of data, and there may be many areas that need to be fixed, but you can’t do it all so narrow in on the few that will make the most significant impact to your business and go from there.At times, be sure to complement data with other approaches. Sometimes it’s essential to conduct a few focus groups or review processes to find the triggers leading to the lagging data.Q: Can you share an example where you made some critical business decisions based on the analytics?A: Losing customers or churn is a measure that is key to most businesses. A while back our team leveraged decision trees and other machine learning algorithms to predict the type of customers that may have a high propensity to churn, and we identified key factors that led to it. The outcome of the machine learning algorithms identified customer engagement – the lack of activity and usage with the service – as the most impactful predictor of customer churn.The importance of this factor led our teams to dig deeper into customers’ engagement with their services, their tenure, the services they have subscribed, and their preferred channels of engagement with us. This led to further insights into how our customers engage with each product and what service delivery steps could help drive customers to have a better experience. Ultimately, we found that customers who participate with or used the product(s) regularly led to more satisfaction with their service, which lowered churn.As the IoT space expands with more and more devices in a secured and connected home, the value for AI to help further improve customer service will be imperative. Machine learning supported chatbots will become more sophisticated as they can scan for any system issues or other similar customer issues and quickly help to resolve and respond to customers. This level of customer care and service can be provided at an increased scale and response time will be quicker without adding to the cost of operations –the cost to provide the best customer service may even decrease.