New York Governor Raises Alarm About New Virus Hot Spots

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented more than a quarter of the state’s new infections in recent testing.New York has reported just over 11,500 new COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks, according to state figures.A disproportionate number of new cases have come from a handful of communities in New York City and its northern suburbs that are home to many Orthodox Jews, who on Monday were marking the high holiday of Yom Kippur.Of the 834 new cases reported Sunday, 27% were in a group of 10 ZIP codes that included several Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens and in several Hasidic communities in Rockland County. The state also reported an unusual number of positive tests in an area north of Binghamton in New York’s Southern Tier, a region Cuomo has warned is seeing clusters stemming from a Steuben County nursing home, a church gathering in Chemung County and a pub in Broome County.Health officials in the city and in Rockland and Orange counties have previously raised concerns about rising rates in Hasidic communities, which saw students at religious schools return to in-person learning in early September. Public schools in the city are rolling out in-person learning this week.Cuomo declined to single out any particular group for the spike.“Whatever the population, the answer’s going to be the same — it’s compliance,” Cuomo told reporters Monday afternoon.He urged school leaders to put in requests now for rapid testing machines, which Cuomo said have a 15 minute turnaround for results. The governor said the state has 200 rapid testing machines available for those communities.“The key with these clusters is to jump on them quickly, attack on all sides,” he said.Cuomo also called on local government officials to better enforce COVID-19 restrictions in bars, restaurants and other gatherings.New York City health officials have said they are considering re-imposing restrictions on gatherings in select city neighborhoods where the virus was spreading.Cuomo acknowledged people are getting sick of wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart, but cautioned, “You’ll offend them even more deeply if you start doing close-downs, and that’s what’s going to happen.”Statewide, about 1.5% of people who sought COVID-19 tests wound up testing positive in results reported Sunday. Cuomo warned though that in a handful of ZIP codes, that rate is now up over 20%.Cuomo warned his administration could close schools in areas where too many people are testing positive for the virus.Still, New York’s rate of new infections is far lower than many states: the state reported about four new cases per 100,000 New Yorkers over the past week. That seven-day average reached nearly 50 in April.New York hospitals reported 543 COVID-19 patients as of Sunday, the most since Aug. 18 but only a fraction of the nearly 19,000 who were in the hospital at the pandemic’s April peak.last_img read more

ZigZag, the first integral hotel in Croatia, changes its name to Irundo

first_imgFour years ago, in 2014, the first integral hotel ZigZag was opened, and today, after successful growth and positioning, ZigZag changes its name to Irundo.ZigZag, a domestic company, a pioneer in the segment of professional management of apartments for short-term rent, will now operate under the name Irundo. It is a top tourist service that offers its guests the best of private and hotel accommodation. Apart from the guests, the advantages of this business were also recognized by the apartment owners, so under the Irundo brand, in six cities and three countries, over 200 apartments found their place.By changing the name ZigZag to Irundo, it wants to position itself as a modern company for all adventurers who expect top-class accommodation, but with a sense of home. The branding agency Fabular is responsible for the development of the new brand strategy, new name, slogan and brand concept, while the Manasteriotti DS studio has created a new visual identity.“Based on the new brand strategy, we realized that a name change was necessary to communicate our new story more strongly. Our brand is named after the swallow (lat.hirundo) migratory bird that always returns home to its nest, and can also be read I-run-do because we always want to encourage guests to go out and get to know the city through the eyes of its inhabitants. Our guests are looking for a warm feeling of home, to which they return with pleasure after an exciting day spent in the adventure of exploring a new city. We have united exactly these wishes of the guests in our new slogan “Be adventurous. Feel at home. ” explained Igor Kordić, COO Irundo.Urban adventure Irundo, at the moment, has about 70 employees, but it will not stop there. Since 2011, when the company started operating, until now, over 10 million kuna has been invested in the company. New accommodation capacities and the creation of new jobs are also planned. The success of this business model is confirmed by the fact that they are filled almost all year round, with an average of over 75 percent, and are visited annually by people from all over the world.Services of this type of accommodation are used by different profiles of people. Irundo guests are families, groups of friends, business people, musicians, directors, young and old. They all have one thing in common, they want to have the feeling of home on the trip, and still be located in the city center and know that they will get a standardized and quality service.Owners of the integral hotel Irundo (ZigZag Apartments) Igor Kordic and Tomislav Zovko.Photo: Petar Glebov / PIXSELL”Through our access to the apartments, we have created a “golden mean” between typical private accommodation and a hotel. This is what more and more guests are looking for. This is exactly what Irundo presents and offers to all its guests. This year, in addition to rebranding, we also introduced other news. We have improved and standardized internal processes. We provide our guests with top customer service support that offers all useful information and support 0-24. We are also expanding our accommodation capacities. Irundo dictates the industry standards in Croatia, which put us alongside similar foreign companies in Western markets and world capitals”Said Tomislav Zovko, CEO of Irundo, adding that the interest in this type of accommodation is growing every year, which confirms the continuous growth.In just seven years of operation, the young company has confirmed continuous growth and prospects for all employees and partners, as well as confirmation of the success of the business model. The plan is to continuously invest in the quality and development of the company in order to further strengthen its organizational structure and be ready for new expansions and acquisitions in the future, concludes Zovko.last_img read more

PREMIUMApp seeks to crowdsource data on land use change, damaged forests

first_imgTopics : Log in with your social account Indonesian-forests mobile-application satellite-imagery forestry land-use LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Youths in South Sumatra have been encouraged to take part in efforts to replant degraded forests through a mobile application that crowdsources data on land use change across the country.Hidayah Hamzah, the project manager of RESTRORE+, the organization behind the initiative, said the app, called Urundata, was available on the Google Play store.Hidayah said the project had started in November and would run until March. Participants, she said, would receive a status as #PahlawanData (data heroes).“At the moment, we are aiming for 1.8 million participants, especially youths or university students,” she said, adding that the activity was conducted in four other provinces as well.The data collected, she said, would form the basis for a land and forest restoration map that the government and other parties could use for restoration efforts.She… Googlelast_img read more

Serena and Murray headline day four of US Open

first_imgMurray will then take to the famous court to try to progress into round three at the expense of 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.The Scotsman came back from two sets down to win a thrilling five-set match first-round match against Japan’s 49th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday.Murray is playing in the singles at a Grand Slam for the first time since a first-round exit at the Australian Open in 2019.The 33-year-old is trying to rebuild his injury-ravaged career with a new metal hip that was installed last year. Serena Williams and Andy Murray are back in action on day four at the US Open in New York on Thursday.Williams, the tournament’s third seed, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th singles Grand Slam against unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan.The second-round match kicks off the evening session inside the main Arthur Ashe Stadium. Topics :center_img Williams’ chances of matching Margaret Court’s record for the all-time number of Grand Slam singles titles were handed a boost on Wednesday when top seed Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the tournament.The Czech was stunned in straight sets by France’s world number 50 Caroline Garcia.The women’s draw is missing a host of top players, either because of coronavirus fears or through injury, including top-ranked Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep.It has been more than three years since Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia.The 38-year-old has come close since, reaching four major finals only to come away empty handed.Also on court Thursday is second seed Sofia Kenin who plays Canada’s Leylah Fernandez for a place in the third round.In the men’s draw second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria goes up against Sumit Nagal, who is the first Indian man since 2013 to reach the second round of a Grand Slam.Third see Daniil Medvedev is also gunning for a spot in the third round Thursday, taking on Australia’s 116th-ranked Christoper O’Connell.last_img read more

Local Roundup: HSU’s McCay wins CCAA heptathlon, breaks school record

first_imgChico >> Humboldt State University track and field athlete Marissa McCay scored a whopping 5,128 points en route to a California Collegiate Athletic Association heptathlon title and an HSU school record to boot at the CCAA Championship meet in Chico on Friday.McCay won six of eight events en route to a near 400-point win over Chico State’s Melanie O’Brien (4,735).McCay also finished third in the women’s long jump with a mark of 19-feet and one-quarter inch.HSU decathlete Teigan Eilers was …last_img read more

More Underwater Wonders Revealed

first_imgThese news items will awaken the marine biologist in everyone.In ancient times, people didn’t know much more about sea life than what they dragged up in fishing nets (or what they saw on the way down to Davy Jones’ locker, where dead men tell no tales). Pondering the bones and muscles of fish while eating seafood undoubtedly sparked some curiosity about their form and function. A few took more than a casual interest in studying fish. Wise King Solomon “spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish” (I Kings 4:33). A psalmist included in his list of awesome creations “the sea, great and broad, in which are swarms without number, animals both small and great.” (Psalm 104:25). Sailors told tales about sea monsters. Those living by the sea undoubtedly saw ocean-going mammals like seals or sea lions, and some probably saw dolphins at play. Only a lucky few ever witnessed a whale.Today, we have ships and boats of all kinds, scuba gear, submarines, robotic vehicles, scientific instruments, satellites and detailed maps of ocean currents and the ocean floor. If anyone should be awestruck by sea creatures, it’s us. And yet the sea is still at the frontier of scientific knowledge. Illustra’s film Living Waters featured just a few cases of amazing marine animals: dolphins, sea turtles, salmon and humpback whales. Here, now, are some of the latest findings from marine biologists about life under the water, where the vast majority of animals on the planet live out their complex lives.Which Way Is Up?Salmon eggs in stream, courtesy Illustra Media.Some of the stars of Illustra’s film were Pacific salmon, which migrate from fresh water out to sea, travel thousands of miles, then return. A few scenes, very cute, showed the little hatchlings emerging from their gravel nests or “redds” dug out for them by their mothers. If you picture yourself as a hatchling just beginning independent life after using up your yolk sac, you have a problem: which way is up? It’s not as easy as it might seem. Knowing that hatchlings rise up unerringly day or night, scientists at Oregon State wanted to figure out how the hatchlings know to swim upward as they emerge from the nests for the first time. They know that adult salmon have exquisite magnetic sensing out at sea. Could the tiny hatchlings also be using the earth’s magnetic field?They ran experiments in a lab with controlled lighting and magnetic field generators. Sure enough, the hatchlings could use magnetic information alone, even in pitch darkness, to figure out which way is up.One group of salmon were exposed to the normal magnetic field in Oregon and another group of salmon to an inverted magnetic field. Fish in the normal magnetic field moved significantly further up the tubes than did those that experienced the inverted magnetic field. The team ruled out the possibility that fish were simply startled by the sudden change in electromagnetic conditions by running the same amount of electric current required to invert the magnetic field in the opposite direction.“Given that only inverting the magnetic field influenced fish movement, it seems salmon use the direction of field lines to orient vertically during their emergence from gravel – our findings are difficult to interpret in any other way,” said Nathan Putman, senior scientist at LGL Ecological Research Associates in Bryan, Texas, and co-lead author on the study.What’s required to sense the earth’s magnetic field? Humans can use a compass, but have very little sensation of its presence otherwise. Like the adult fish, these tiny hatchlings can not only sense the field, but determine its intensity and direction enough to figure out which way is up.Invisibility ActCuttlefish can disguise themselves within seconds to look like coral, evading any predator that might come looking for them. How do they do it? Scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory of the University of Ohio studied the phenomenon in cuttlefish (not fish, but cephalopods related to octopus and squid). They were amazed to watch the animals raise little spikes, called papillae, from their skin and hold them in that position for more than an hour. You can watch it happen in some embedded video clips. The scientists wondered how the cuttlefish were able to lock the papillae in place without spending excess energy, then unlock them later, to resume their smooth-skinned normal appearance. It reminded them of how clams can slam shut at the sight of a predator, and lock shut with a catch mechanism that works against the prying fingers of predators and children.“The catch mechanism allows a bivalve to snap its shell shut and keep it shut, should a predator come along and try to nudge it open,” says corresponding author Trevor Wardill, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge and a former staff scientist at the MBL. Rather than using energy (ATP) to keep the shell shut, the tension is maintained by smooth muscles that fit like a lock-and-key, until a chemical signal (neurotransmitter) releases them. A similar mechanism may be at work in cuttlefish papillae, the scientists found.The story caught the attention of Veronique Greenwood of the New York Times, who calls the cuttlefish the “master of camouflage” and the “chameleons of the sea.” Side-by-side photos show the remarkable difference in appearance with papillae raised (see more photos on Phys.org). For the ultimate disappearing act, the creature can also change its color, and then bend its body to the reef to mimic the shape of coral as well as its texture. Octopuses have been known to do this, too, but “This is the first time anyone has seen anything like this in cuttlefish,” Greenwood says, “a reminder that even much-studied species still have some surprising secrets.”The SurvivorDid you know that some fish can reproduce asexually? The BBC News shows a photo of an Amazon molly, a freshwater fish that can save a lot of trouble by doing away with males and reproducing directly. While this costs less energy, it has the downside of accumulating mutations more rapidly. According to a principle known as Muller’s Ratchet, asexual species should go extinct faster because they lack the mutational sponge of sexual species. “The Amazon molly had been around for half a million generations – far in excess of what theory would suggest,” Jonathan Ball writes. This leads to a conundrum for Darwinism: “Evolutionary theory suggests that species favouring asexual reproduction will rapidly become extinct, as their genomes accumulate deadly mutations over time.” Scientists are not sure how this fish beat the odds.Underwater TroubadoursHumpback whale with calf, courtesy Illustra Media / Dave AndersonIllustra’s film showed a memorable segment about singing humpback whales, but those aren’t the only whale species with a song to sing. Blue whales—the largest animals in the ocean—are talented singers, too, but little has been known about the music of these secretive beasts. National Geographic reported on a 14-year effort by Scripps Institute in California to decode the vocalizations of 100 blue whales. Since the sound travels for miles, they could pick up the sounds remotely with underwater microphones, but they also synced the sounds with individual whales by outfitting them with suction-cup trackers. The results were surprising, changing assumptions about blue whale behavior:The biggest animal to ever live is also the loudest, and it likes to sing at sunset, babble into the night, talk quietly with those nearby, and shout to colleagues 60 miles away.The blue whale, which can grow to 100 feet long and weigh more than a house, is a veritable chatterbox, especially males, vocalizing several different low-frequency sounds. And for years scientists had only the vaguest notion of when and why these giants of the sea make all those sounds.Both sexes vocalize, but only the males ‘sing’, the researchers found. They’re also the loudest. The reasons for all the noise are not well known, but the males seem to begin their “deep melodic songs” around sunset, serenading into the night probably to attract mates. “But no one has ever witnessed blue whale reproduction,” one researcher commented. For all the research effort, scientists are only beginning to decipher this underwater performance.The more details you learn about living things, the less excuse you have to chalk it up to evolution. (Visited 599 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Million-year-old artifacts found in South Africa

first_img28 July 2014 South African and Canadian archaeologists have uncovered tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools, estimated to be up to one-million years old, at a site at the town of Kathu in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The scientists, from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Toronto, published the first detailed information on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, in the journal PLOS ONE last week. The Kathu Townlands site, which is estimated to be between 700 000 and one-million years old, is one component of a grouping of prehistoric sites known as the Kathu Complex. Other sites in the complex include Kathu Pan 1, which has produced fossils of animals such as elephants and hippos, as well as the earliest known evidence of tools used as spears from a level dated to half-a-million years ago. According to the study, the latest research results confirm the “remarkably high artefact density” of an extraordinarily rich archaeological deposit whose full extent has yet to be determined. Such is its richness, workmen in the area have reportedly used gravel “composed primarily of artefacts” in order to repair roads. “We need to imagine a landscape around Kathu that supported large populations of human ancestors, as well as large animals like hippos,” Professor Michael Chazan, director of the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto and one the co-authors of the study, said in a statement issued by the two universities on Friday. “All indications suggest that Kathu was much wetter, maybe more like the Okavango than the Kalahari. There is no question that the Kathu Complex presents unique opportunities to investigate the evolution of human ancestors in southern Africa.” But the scientific challenges posed by the density of early human traces in the area are outweighed by the more immediate challenges posed by development in what is, today, a major iron mining centre. “The site is amazing and it is threatened,” the lead author of the journal paper, Steven James Walker from the Department of Archaeology at UCT, said on Friday. “We’ve been working well with developers as well as the South African Heritage Resources Agency to preserve it, but the town of Kathu is rapidly expanding around the site. It might get cut off on all sides by development, and this would be regrettable.” The South African Heritage Resources Agency designated the Kathu Townlands site as a Grade 1 National Heritage site in 2013, but according to the researchers the threat to deposits beyond the declared area remain acute. For Walker, the fact that such an extensive prehistoric site is located in the middle of a zone of intensive development poses a unique challenge for archaeologists and developers to find strategies to work cooperatively. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 18th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moderate rainfall limited planting for many but above normal temperatures helped advance crops in the ground in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 17th. Most of the state saw some precipitation, with heaviest amounts falling in the northwest. High humidity limited field drying between showers, creating additional obstacles to planting. Pastures and hay benefited from conditions, and some cutting of hay took place where conditions permitted.  Planting of processing tomato planting was underway along with other specialty crops.View the full report herelast_img read more

Hanley Woods Journey to Customer First Explained

first_img So the skeptic might say, that’s terrific, sounds great, but what’s “customer first” really mean?  There was a time, about seven or eight years ago, when B2B media companies were clamoring to position themselves as “digital first.” The idea was that print was old school and declining, while digital represented the future and offered more ways to engage with audiences in more ways—all in real time.Peter Goldstone But in 2017 that sounds like an artificial distinction. Everything’s digital—even print content. Also added was a point person for these mega accounts—someone to represent all the media brands, plus coordinate all marketing-service and data efforts. “You need one big corporate representative for the whole company to manage the relationship,” Goldstone says. “This is where the integration of the company is playing out. A media salesperson couldn’t do this. A lead-gen person couldn’t do it. A marketing-services person couldn’t do it. You need an integrated approach.” “The third stage,” Goldstone says, “was to become customer first. Now we leverage digital and data to really get into the workflow of our customers. Those are the three steps in the transformation of our company.” Since then, Goldstone relates, the company has been through a series of transformations, arriving, finally, at what he thinks is where all future-oriented media companies should be: customer first. Goldstone’s perspective—whether you agree with him or favor a different approach—is a valuable lesson in approach and context for any media executive.  Here’s a synopsis. But as valuable as the Metrostudy data is, says Goldstone, without the HW customer list it’s incomplete. “The database would be a fraction of what it is with just Metrostudy—the media assets make it what is,” he says. “Media gets you much deeper within the firms. The media gives you much more depth and engagement.” In 2012 current CEO Peter Goldstone came back to Hanley Wood. He had been the longtime president there, but spent two intervening years at Government Executive Media (both companies are based in Washington, D.C.). Which leads, says Goldstone, to the customer-first part. If you’re a supplier serving the housing market, all this information is at your fingertips, but Hanley Wood can do more: It can help you sell and help you produce qualified leads. “We don’t participate in just one piece of the funnel activity—like advertising,” Goldstone says. “We can participate in every stage—right through to purchase. We don’t have to stop at advertising, we don’t have to stop at leads. We can actually serve as a call center for our customer.” Metrostudy tracks everything from population movement to demographic changes, plus land availability, absorption rates, sale processes, vacancy rates, and the types of products that are going into new housing properties. It tracks deeds, permits and mortgages—publicly recorded data. Essentially, Metrostudy provides builders with intelligence on where to build and what to build based on population and demographic demand.center_img As this part of the Hanley Wood business reaches major scale, Hanley Wood had to restructure its sales operation. Two years ago, Goldstone says, Hanley Wood had four customers spending in excess of $1 million. This year, there are 12. And there are 100 customers in what the company calls its corporate list, big enough to qualify for central management. The company has a database management product called DataScale, which, among other things, allows marketers to outsource their data operations. “They’re turning to us to manage their databases for them,” Goldstone says. “Why? Because they’ve invested millions in tech, most notably a CRM platform, and sometimes they find that they don’t have the resources to do it well. So they outsource the management of their CRMs to us, and we counsel them on how to leverage their databases for advertising, lead gen and marketing services.” It’s a reflection of the modern world of B2B that companies have forced themselves through various transformations in a compressed time period—all while facing unprecedented new forms of competition and macroeconomic challenges. That’s what happened at Hanley Wood in the first years of the current decade. The epicenter of the Great Recession was financial services—mortgages, specifically—which hit the residential construction market as hard as any sector of the economy. “The progression of Hanley Wood has produced a different go-to-market strategy,” Goldstone says. “In 2012 when I came back, we implanted a full-blown digital-first transformation. In 2013 we bought Metrostudy, and became powered by data, essentially data first,” he says. (Metro Study is a research and business-intelligence company focused on the residential housing market.) What that means practically, according to Goldstone, is that now the company’s most important asset is its database, not its individual brands. Brands offer credibility and access to audiences, and produce content that drives engagement. But the database is the core. Customers can select names across the database, and that—not isolated verticals—is what they want, Goldstone says. “If you want to brand yourself, that’s how you do it. If you want insights, that’s where you find them. And if you want to generate leads, you leverage our database,” he adds. Metrostudy is at the heart of the data operation at HW, Goldstone says, but it’s not nearly the whole thing. “Every quarter we track 95 percent of all the available lots and land people are building new communities on,” he says. “That’s 36,000 existing developments and 11,000 future housing developments.” Goldstone’s response: “This has dramatically transformed our company and our customer interactions. Our content teams have overhauled how they approach their work. Our relationships with marketers are stronger and deeper, as we are now in their work flow. Our own knowledge and insights of our markets is second to none. And we’ve grown by more than $35 million directly as a consequence of being customer-focused, digitally driven and powered by data.”last_img read more

SpiceJet shares soar after airline records highest load factor in January

first_imgSpiceJet’s stock soared over 4 percent Friday after industry data showed that the budget carrier had recorded the highest load factor among Indian carriers in January.SpiceJet shares were trading Rs 68.60 at 2.15 p.m. on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), up 4.8 percent compared to the previous closing price of Rs 65.70.Ajay Singh-led SpiceJet recorded the highest passenger load factor of 92.1 percent in January, followed by GoAir and IndiGo, at 84.9 percent and 84.7 percent, respectively, according to data released Thursday by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.SpiceJet posted a net profit of Rs 238.40 crore in the Oct-Dec quarter, as against a loss of Rs 275 crore in the corresponding quarter a year earlier.  The carrier plans to buy airplanes worth Rs 75,000 crore either from Boeing Co or Airbus Group, but wants the delivery of the aircraft to be on time.Overall, domestic air passenger traffic increased 22.58 percent to 76.55 lakh passengers in the month, compared to the 62.45 lakh registered in January 2015.IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, remained the largest carrier in the domestic air traffic market in January, followed by Jet Airways and state-owned Air India. IndiGo’s share stood at 35.6 percent, followed by Jet Airways and Air India with 18.7 percent and 16 percent, respectively.InterGlobe Aviation’s stock price was down 0.3 percent to trade at Rs 846, while Jet Airways shares rose 2.5 percent to trade at Rs 556.Jet Airways shares surged following the reports of stake sale in the airline to Eithad Airways. A report by the Financial Express said Eithad Airways has finalised a deal with Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways to raise its stake in the airline by 25 percent to 49 percent.last_img read more

Copa America 2019 Brazil vs Venezuela Preview TV listings and how to

first_imgBrazil will take the field on June 18 against Venezuela for their second group-A match of the 2019 Copa America in Salvador, Brazil. A Neymar-less Brazil defeated Bolivia in their first match of the tournament 3-0 with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace and Everton Soares adding another one in the dying minutes.Neymar who is held as Brazil’s greatest footballer in recent times suffered an injury just before the start of the tournament and it was a major setback for the Brazilian side. But the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Everton Soares and Gabriel Jesus have filled in for him and Brazil is actually playing better without Neymar. The Yellow and Green brigade played a dominating game over Bolivia enjoying 75 per cent of the possession.Venezuela, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw against Peru playing a man down in the last 15 mins. The hosts are the favourite to win the match, while the Vinotinto would be thrilled if they can squeeze out a point from the match.On the other hand, the other match of the night is between Bolivia and Peru. After getting humiliated by the Selecao in Sao Paulo the Bolivians will try to keep their hopes alive of qualification to the next round. Peru, who defeated Australia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will look forward to win as they are the favourites in the fixture.The Brazil-Venezuela match will start at 9.30 PM on June 18 according to local time and 6 AM, June 19 according to IST. The Bolivia-Peru match will start at 6.30pm on June 18 according to local time and 3 am, June 19 according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecasted in the country. Fans can watch the live stream via internet and also via using free VPN services and apk’s like Navixsport. Brazil will look forward to win. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Hasina govt wants improved gen elections

first_imgSheikh Hasina.File photoNoting that the voting right is the people’s basic right, prime minister Sheikh Hasinaon Monday said her government wants the national election to be improved further in the country.”The voting right is the basic right of people. We want them [people] to exercise it properly. We want the national election to be improved further in our country,” she said asking members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to be careful so that people can exercise their constitutional rights.The prime minister was addressing the 38th national rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at Ansar-VDP Academy in Shafipur, Gazipur.”Your (Ansar and VDP) every member will have to be always ready for the arrangement of upcoming election in a fair and peaceful manner,” she said.Mentioning that Ansar and VDP men are the members of a disciplined force, Sheikh Hasina asked them to maintain peace and discipline at any cost as it is their sacred duty.She directed the Ansar and VDP members to sincerely perform their duty following the chain of command.Hasina said the Ansar and VDP members have been contributing to the country’s socio-economic development working at the grassroots level.She thanked all members of the Ansar and VDP for playing a strong role in preventing arson attacks on railway and buses by BNP-Jamaat men.Stating that Bangladesh is now a global role model for its development, Hasina said her government took Bangladesh to the highway of development governing the country from 2009 to till now.In this connection, she referred to Digital Bangladesh campaign, construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, launching Bangabandhu Satellite in March next, construction of Padma Bridge, and increasing the national budget to Tk 4 trillion from only Tk 610 billion in 2009.Hasina assured that no one will remain homeless and hungry in the country and everybody will get healthcare services and education facilities.Turning to the Rohingya issue, she said Bangladesh’s image has been brightened in the international arena for giving shelter to over 1 million Rohingyas as they fled their home in Rakhine amid persecutions by Myanmar military.Reiterating that there will be no place for militancy and terrorism on Bangladesh, the prime minister urged all, including guardians, teachers, Imams (Muslim clerics) and leaders of other religions, to remain alert so that the youths cannot be engaged in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.On the occasion, an attractive parade of different contingents of Ansar-VDP was arranged with parade commander deputy director Amzad Hossain.Earlier on her arrival at the parade ground, Sheikh Hasina was received by home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan and Ansar and VDP director general Major General Sheikh Pasha Habib Uddin.The prime minister also handed over medals to total 127 members of Ansar and VDP for their outstanding performance in service.Of them, Bangladesh Ansar Medals were given to six members, while the president’s Ansar Medals to 20, the president’s VDP Medals to nine, Bangladesh Ansar Services Medals to 12, the president’s Ansar Services Medals to 33, Bangladesh VDP Services medals to 10, the president’s VDP Services Medals to 37 members.last_img read more

Neo4j rewarded with 80M Series E plans to expand company

first_imgOn 1st October, Neo4j was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market. This could possibly be the companies last private fundraise. In 2016, the company got a $36 million Series D investment. Neo4j has been successful with around 200 enterprise customers to their credit including Walmart, UBS, IBM and NASA with customers from 20 of the top 25 banks and 7 of the top 10 retailers. The round for series E was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from existing investors Creandum, Eight Roads and Greenbridge Partners. As reported in Techcrunch, this is what he has to say: “If your mental framework is around building a great company, you’re going to have all kinds of options along the way. So that’s what I’m completely focused on,” Eifrem explained. This year, the company was focussed on expanding into artificial intelligence. Since Graph databases help companies understand connections in large datasets and AI involves large amounts of data to drive the learning models, both of them used hand-in-hand will benefit the organization. Eifrem has expressed intentions to use the money to expand the company internationally. He also plans to provide localized service in terms of language and culture wherever their customers happen to be. This news seems to have gone down well with Neo4j users: Source: y combinator Head over to Techcrunch to know more about this news. Read Next Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible From Graph Database to Graph Company: Neo4j’s Native Graph Platform addresses evolving needs of customerslast_img read more