WITH late afternoon rains affecting the playing of most of the senior games in the second round of the ISSA Urban Schoolgirl Netball Competition, action will continue today at the Leila Robinson Courts with five rescheduled games starting at 1:30 p.m.Among the games today will be the top-of-the-table Group 2 encounter between defending champions Camperdown and Gaynstead High in a clash of unbeaten teams.While both teams have virtually booked their spots in the semi-finals, today’s encounter will be very crucial as the winner will meet the second-placed team in Group 1.VERY IMPRESSIVEBoth have been very impressive so far this season, getting by their opponents with ease. Camperdown got the better of Tivoli 53-17 in their first game in the second round before stopping St Catherine High 38-16 and former champion St Hugh’s 32-18.Gaynstead, who are having their best results ever in the senior competition, easily got the better of St Hugh’s 42-24 in their first game. It was the sane in their next two encounters as they put away Tarrant 37-14 then stopped St Catherine High 50-34.The other matches on today will see Excelsior meeting Norman Manley, The Queen’s School going up against Wolmer’s, St Catherine facing Tivoli Gardens, Penwood battling Immaculate and St Hugh’s and Tarrant squaring off.One rescheduled junior match will also be played today as defending champions Gaynstead, who have already topped Group 2 with four wins in a row, will meet Camperdown.
Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Gutsy Rain or Shine keeps San Miguel winless with OT win China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Tuesday is judgment day for San Miguel import Troy Gillenwater.With Gillenwater failing to impress in his first two outings for the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen, coach Leo Austria said the team is now in the process of evaluation, especially after the squad reeled to its first 0-2 start in three years after a 123-119 overtime defeat to Rain or Shine on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We’ll have to think about it. We have to evaluate. Any player is subject for evaluation if they are helpful or not. It should be a collective decision,” Austria said.Through two games, Gillenwater averaged only 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEven Austria admitted that he wasn’t blown away with Gillenwater’s performance.It also didn’t help that the 29-year-old was ejected late in the first half against the Elasto Painters after making physical contact with referee Rey Yante. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Compared to the other imports, we’re not impressed,” he said. “His first quarter is very impressive, but that’s just the first quarter. He should last at least 40 minutes per game and we saw that he’s so frustrated.”Austria shared that San Miguel is now pressed for time to make a decision quick, with the duel against Alaska set on Saturday in Dumaguete.But if the Beermen decide to make a change, they are still left with a tough decision to make with last season’s Best Import Charles Rhodes or San Miguel Alab Pilipinas reinforcement Renaldo Balkman both available.“Hopefully, we’ll have a decision soon. The sooner the better,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It would really be unfair to individuals who are smart enough to get themselves a lawyer to draw some inference that they need a lawyer because they did something wrong,” Terwilliger said. WASHINGTON – Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has hired a high-powered Washington lawyer to represent him in investigations of mismanagement of the Justice Department. George Terwilliger, a white-collar crime defense attorney and the Justice Department’s No. 2 in the early 1990s, was on the White House list to replace Gonzales. Now he’ll be Gonzales’ defender as federal investigators look into allegations that the former attorney general lied to lawmakers and illegally allowed politics to influence hiring and firing at the Justice Department. In an interview Wednesday, Terwilliger said Gonzales maintains he did nothing wrong or illegal – and the fact he has hired an attorney should not signal any guilt.
For the last several years, ultra-short bond funds have served as a higher-yielding alternative to money market mutual funds, but the gap in returns has rapidly been closing. With taxable money funds currently offering yields averaging about 3.4 percent, according to the Money Fund Report, savers and investors who want to keep some liquid cash are enjoying better returns than they’ve seen in a long time. The current average is the highest it’s been since July 2001, when it stood at 3.5 percent. Short- and ultra-short bond funds are still yielding a little more, but their advantage as a place to invest cash has definitely narrowed from the days when they delivered twice the returns of money market funds, as they did from 2002 to 2004. A quick glance at Fidelity’s offerings shows the company’s cash reserve fund (FDRXX) yielding 3.70 percent, while the Fidelity Ultra-Short Bond (FUSFX) yields 4.02 percent and the Fidelity Short-Term Bond (FSHBX) delivers 4.29 percent. Both have below-average expenses, an important factor in investments with low returns. What you decide to do with your cash depends on when you plan to use it, said Scott Berry, an analyst with Morningstar Inc. With the yield landscape changing so rapidly, it makes sense to evaluate all the alternatives. Money market funds hold great appeal because they offer increasingly attractive yields with little to no risk to principal. That said, if you don’t plan to touch your cash for at least a couple years, or if you need a place to stash an emergency fund that you hope never to tap, ultra-short funds still make good sense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “If you look at performance of money market funds versus ultra-shorts, ultra-shorts have really held up well,” Berry said. “They’ve done what they were designed to do: They’ve preserved principal and provided more yield than the money market. And even though the gap has narrowed, they’re still yielding more … and over time that little bit can add up to a lot.” What definitely doesn’t make sense these days when it comes to fixed income investing is taking on added risk with longer durations. Strange things are afoot in the bond universe when two-year Treasurys and five-year Treasurys deliver almost the same yield – both are hovering just above 4.3 percent, not much above the yields on six-month Treasurys. Normally, investors expect higher yields for committing their money over longer periods, but the market is spooked by questions about the economy, inflation and possible changes in the policies of the Federal Reserve after Chairman Alan Greenspan retires early next year. This has resulted in a flattening of the yield curve, which some observers believe will eventually invert – meaning shorter-term Treasurys will start to yield more than those with longer durations. Some market watchers say this would signal an economic downturn, but others argue the economy is doing just fine. The market is still absorbing the last hike in short-term interest rates, issued Nov. 1, and anticipating the next one, expected when the Fed meets Dec. 13. This very likely will push average money market rates close to or past 4 percent, said Peter Crane, managing editor of iMoneyNet, publisher of the Money Fund Report, which has tracked money market funds since 1975. What remains to be seen is how much closer yields will edge toward 5 percent – something cash investors haven’t seen since 1999 and 2000. “The old saw is the Fed hikes until something breaks,” Crane said. “Cash has been the place to be, and it likely will be the place to be over the turn into 2006, but then the question is will the Fed be done raising rates at the end of January? Nobody is really sure what’s going to happen.” If yields continue to move higher in 2006, chances are more long-term money will move into the money market, which already holds $1.957 trillion. That would continue a trend already in progress – this past week alone, $13.19 billion poured into money market funds, according to iMoneyNet. If you’re looking for a new money market fund, shop carefully, and pay close attention to the time frame when comparing yields. With rates rising sometimes three times a quarter, money market yields can easily surge by a full percentage point. In weeks when the Fed meets, bank rates may tick up by a quarter percentage point and yields on money market funds might jump by 10 to 15 basis points. “It’s all good news for savers,” Crane said. “I’ve been trying to paraphrase Mark Twain’s quote about the weather in New England; if you don’t like the rates on your savings, wait a week.” Some money funds are already paying close to 4 percent. The top-yielding money market fund last week, according to the Money Fund Report, was PayPal Money Market Fund (PAPXX), with a 7-day simple yield of 3.99 percent. Among the giant retail money market funds, Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund (VMMXX) was yielding 3.78 percent, while Fidelity Money Market Fund (SPRXX) offered 3.71 percent. It’s easy to get caught up in the quest for the most competitive yields, but don’t allow yourself to get hypnotized by it. Stay appropriately diversified, always make sure your investment matches your purpose and resist the urge to time the market. Chances are you’ll get it wrong. “Money funds look very good at the moment, but you don’t want to move everything into cash and at some point next year, when the rate hikes are over and the Fed starts cutting, find you’ve missed your chance to lock in higher long-term rates,” Crane said. “That kind of thing requires impeccable timing, and that’s something most people don’t have.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving forward with plans to install red-light enforcement cameras at the intersections where crashes and most of the traffic violations have occurred. Its also retraining drivers of the 60-foot-long Orange Line buses to ensure they are operating under all directives, including one to travel just 10 mph through major intersections. That restriction could be lifted in 30 days. “We have pretty well determined that we need photo enforcement,” said Richard Hunt, general manager of the MTA’s San Fernando Valley sector. “This is a consistent pattern … People just won’t obey the traffic signals.” Enforcement cameras could be operating by January or February, officials said. Some residents continue to advocate railroad-style crossing gates at the intersections. The MTA wants to install red-light cameras at 12 Orange Line intersections after another crash Wednesday, this one caused by a driver on a cell phone who ran a red light and collided with a passing bus, authorities said. Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after the crash between the bus and the sport-utility vehicle, whose driver told police her brakes failed when she tried to stop on northbound Balboa Boulevard. It was the sixth crash on the Orange Line since it opened Oct. 31. All have been minor and caused by drivers failing to heed traffic signals. “In the collisions we have seen, the motorists, not the bus drivers, have not stopped for the lights,” Los Angeles police Detective William Bustos said. “They’ve got to do something… something more than lights,” said Camille Saso, who works near the site of Wednesday’s crash. Since the first crashes on the busway, crews have been reconfiguring signs and lights to improve safety – and removing traffic lights in areas where motorists said they were confusing. Other items remain under consideration, including lights in the pavement and new “Busway” signs. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Local election candidate John Watson questions whether people receiving a bad quality water service should be liable to pay the new water charges.The Fianna Fail candidate says he is totally against these water charges, but like most people he must accept they are here for the foreseeable future.“I have visited many homes over the past six weeks where I have found the water quality to below an acceptable standard. In some instances the water is discoloured, in other cases the water smells and in a lot of cases I found the water is causing major damage to domestic appliances. “Homes connected to the borehole supply from Rockhill outside Letterkenny are especially effected. Most homeowners on this supply will not drink the water, with many buying bottled water for drinking,” he revealed.In one case he visited the home of a woman in the Lismonaghan area of the town, she informed him that she had the water tested and was told it was not fit for consumption.This women has since spent €2000 on a new filter system for her home.“How is it fair to now ask this women to pay €240 per year in water charges,” asked Mr Watson. At another home he was poured a glass of water, there appeared to be an oily film floating on top of the water.“I was shown kettles that has been destroyed by this oily substance.“I have spoken to a local solicitor who informed me that there may be a case for not paying the water charges if the supply is not up to standard.“Under consumer protection legislation goods must be up to merchantable quality and fit for purpose if you are to pay for them.“I believe the water from the borehole supply and is substandard and not fit for purpose. I say that people should not be charged until the supply is brought up to a decent standard. “If elected on this Friday I will take this fight to Irish Water on behalf of all residents who are not receiving a top quality water supply.”ELECTION 2014: WATSON QUESTIONS IF PEOPLE WITH BAD WATER QUALITY SHOULD PAY NEW CHARGE was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalelectionJOhn Watsonwater charges
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9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… marshall kirkpatrick Some people believe that Augmented Reality (AR), the class of technologies that place images or data on top of other views of the physical world, could be the web browser of the future. AR has rocketed out of the research labs and is catching mass market interest fast – from mobile phones displaying restaurant reviews when you look through your phone’s camera to next month’s Esquire Magazine, which you’ll be able to hold up to your webcam to see marker-based 3D “holograms” in your hands telling you jokes. The International Symposium on Augmented and Extended Reality this month had major sponsors from all around the world, including Qualcomm, Volkswagon, Intel and Nokia. Despite all this energy, media darling startup Layar is reported to have raised…a mere $1 million investment from venture capitalists. Why are VCs not investing more in Augmented Reality? Here are three reasons why we think investment in this sector has been slow so far.Layar is the media darling in this space, thanks to the company’s easy-to-use consumer product and dazzling demonstration videos. Earlier this week, VentureBeat broke the news of the company’s funding by European investors. (Layar declined to comment for this story.)Total Immersion, the company that made those awesome interactive 3D baseball cards (video below) has raised two rounds of funding over the last eight years. Metaio has forthcoming consumer apps but is a major B2B business in AR already – it wouldn’t be a surprise if they’ve raised some money.But for all the hype, this doesn’t seem to be a field that investors are rushing to fund. Why is that? There are a number of theories.AR is Just Hype, It’s Not UsefulLots of people are excited about AR, but is it just eye-candy? Mobile AR, the implementation most accessible to consumers today, is a little disappointing to use once you get past the initial Wow-factor.Not everyone agrees, though, that there’s no utility here. IT analyst firm Gartner named Augmented Reality one of its Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for 2008-2012.It is early days. People have been hoping that AR will help with things like auto repair for years and the US Marines have seen big efficiency gains in tests of AR vehicle repair with an Android phone hooked up to a pair of goggles. Advertising and marketing seem like the low hanging fruit but there’s interest in medicine as well. Imagine anatomical models you could hold in your hand, turn around to look at and interact with or read about.“The real impact of AR on business,” consultant Tracy Sheridan says, “is money saved in manufacturing, training, etc. [and that] has been overshadowed by its role in digital marketing.”Since when have investors been shy about backing advertising technology, though? None the less, the perception that AR lacks real utility is undoubtedly mitigating some enthusiasm. There are other arguments that are more compelling, though.It’s a Feature Not a ProductCompanies like Yelp and UrbanSpoon have seen a lot of press coverage for adding AR views of data on top of their existing customer review iPhone apps. Companies in all kinds of verticals where location data is used will no doubt roll out AR features in coming months.This critique makes sense. 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That’s a whole new story that may offer plenty of technical challenges.Either way, the “feature not a product” concern was something we’ve heard from several people, including one VC who preferred not to be quoted.It’s Too EarlyDavid Hornick of August Capital offered perhaps the most convincing explanation why VCs aren’t investing more in AR.“I’d be happy to invest in the space if there was a near term opportunity,” he told us. “The challenge for investing in emerging markets is to not get too far out ahead of the market (there was a ton of money lost getting too far ahead of the mobile market, etc.). And I think that venture firms are being particularly cautious about getting out too far ahead of trends these days.”That makes sense. AR isn’t new, it’s been developing in academic labs for ten years or more, but effective commercial applications of it really are. These are the very early days of a new paradigm. User experience, utility and monetization strategies remain in their infancy.The market has evolved a lot over the last 12 months, though, and answers to some of these questions will likely emerge soon. What better time could there be for daring investors to get in early? Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Analysis#Augmented Reality#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
The mega Kumbh Mela, which began on January 15 and will continue till March 4, is expected to generate a revenue of ₹1.2 lakh crore for Uttar Pradesh, according to apex industry body Confederation of Indian Industry. Although the Kumbh Mela is spiritual and religious in nature, the economic activities associated with it generate employment for over six lakh workers across various sectors, CII said in a report. The Uttar Pradesh government has allocated ₹4,200 crore for the 50-day Kumbh Mela this year, which is over thrice the budget of the Maha Kumbh in 2013, making the mega pilgrimage perhaps the costliest ever.Around 12 crore people are expected to visit the Kumbh between now and Maha Shivratri on March 4, when the Mela will come to a close on Maha Shivratri day. The hospitality sector aims at employing 2,50,000 people, airlines and airports around 1,50,000 and tour operators around 45,000. The employment numbers in eco-tourism and medical tourism are being estimated at 85,000, says a CII study. Apart from this there will be around 55,000 new jobs in the unorganized sector comprising of tour guides, taxi drivers, interpreters, volunteers etc. This will lead to increase income levels for government agencies and individual traders. Attracting a massive number of foreign tourists from various countries like Australia, UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, the Kumbh is a festival of the world. “The ‘mela’ is expected to generate a revenue of Rs1,200 billion for Uttar Pradesh, the state where it is being held, while neighbouring states like Rajasthan, Uttarkhand, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh will also benefit from the enhanced revenue generation with a large number of national and foreign tourists expected to explore other destinations. The Uttar Pradesh government has allocated a hefty amount of Rs 4,200 crore for the Kumbh Mela held in Allahabad, which has become the costliest pilgrimage till date. “The UP government has allocated Rs 4,200 crore for 2019 Kumbh Mela. The previous state government had spent around Rs 1,300 crore for the Maha Kumbh, which was held in 2013,” state Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal said. The area of Kumbh Mela has also been doubled to 3,200 hectares as compared to 1,600 hectares in the previous melas. The Kumbh is a unique and massive gathering of both rural and urban population and also has a huge dispersal factor as people travel long distances across the country. In order to house this multitude, authorities have erected a mini-city of more than 4,000 tents. The city is being lit by installing over 40,000 LED lights, say local authorities. Overhauling of key infrastructure is being done, including upgrading nine railways stations and construction of a new airport terminal in Allahabad. The setting up of this new city in the huge Mela area involves 250 km roads and 22 pontoon bridges, which will make it the largest temporary city in the world. The Kumbh, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage, is thus expected to generate direct and indirect business activities, the fruits of which would hopefully benefit the economy not only of Uttar Pradesh, but that of India as a whole, the CII document says. The Kumbh at Sangam city Prayagraj, as Allahabad is now known, dates back to a hoary past, whose first mention of was made some 2,000 years ago by the Chinese traveler Hsuan Tsang who visited India during the reign on King Harshvardhana. Based on a complex astrological calculation, the alignment of the stars determines the time and place of the ‘Kumbh’ in one of the following four river-sites: Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nasik and Ujjain. It is a celebration of an ancient tradition — a dip in the holy waters where the mythical Saraswati, Ganga and Yamuna meet. These riverside festivals and the city that springs up around them are attended by millions, making the ‘Kumbh Mela’ the largest religious gathering, perhaps the oldest, and the largest temporary city in the world. Learned seers believe that a dip in the waters would endow an individual with religious merit. Masses of devotees gather on the riverbank to attain spiritual enlightenment, some in the belief that doing so will lead them worldly success, others simply to purify their souls. The Kumbh Mela gets its worldwide reputation as a mega-event not only because of the sheer number of people who attend the fair but also for a widespread display of cultural traits of a nation, which is bound by ties of faith and traditions. Around 12 crore people are expected to visit the Kumbh between now and Maha Shivratri on March 4, when the Mela will come to a close on Maha Shivratri day.
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