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CARIFESTA 2019 to be launched in T&T this week

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first_imgThe 2019 edition of the Caribbean festival of Arts (CARIFESTA), the region’s premier arts festival, will be launched in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday next week, the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has announced.It said that Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and his Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby and the Program Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown, will address the launch of CARIFESTA XIV.The Secretariat said that the roving Caribbean Festival of Arts will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from August 16-25 next year under the theme ‘The Tangible and Intangible – Connect, Share, Invest’.It said planning for the Festival started in late 2017 and a meeting of the Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) was convened by videoconference in April 2018, followed by a meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) in Guyana in June 2018.“Directors of Culture as well as representatives from various Regional Cultural stakeholders converged at the CARICOM Secretariat to discuss cultural matters, chief of which was CARIFESTA XIV. Issues such as leveraging CARICOM’s cultural assets, Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, Animation and financing culture, were also on the agenda,” the Secretariat said.It said that the 16th meeting of the Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) and a meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) Working Group will also be convened in Port-of-Spain.last_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Southampton 2

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first_imgGoals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon put Southampton in control in the all-important clash between the Premier League’s bottom two.In the match dubbed ‘El Sackico’ because of the pressure both managers are reported to be under, Nigel Adkins’ side boldly took the game to Rangers.They almost took the lead when Puncheon’s right-wing cross ended up clipping the post after the unmarked Adam Lallana was just unable to connect.The Saints have struggled this season but, unlike Mark Hughes’ expensively-assembled team, they do not lack spirit.And that was summed up by Lambert, who put himself in harm’s way to bundle the ball home from close range after Puncheon’s shot had been blocked on the line by Jose Bosingwa.Rangers spent much of the first half effectively playing with only two men, Ryan Nelsen and Adel Taarabt, with the latter offering their only real attacking threat.Taarabt was denied by a near-post save from keeper Paulo Gazzangia after evading three challenges on his way into the box.But Southampton continued to press and doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, when the unchallenged Puncheon cut inside onto his left foot and fired in from 25 yards.QPR (4-2-3-1): Cesar; Boswinga, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore; Faurlin, Diakite; Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett; Cisse.Subs: Green, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Dyer, Fabio, Ehmer. Click here for the QPR v Southampton quiz   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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Blackpool player ratings

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Warriors report: Kevin Durant says he will remain a Washington fan even if they pass on Colin Kaepernick

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first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.MILWAUKEE – Lots of Warriors news to digest.Draymond Green might play tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing 13 of the past 15 games because of a sprained right toe in his right foot. DeMarcus Cousins plans to practice with the Warriors’ G-League team in Santa Cruz as part of his rehab on a torn left Achilles tendon. And Damian Jones is expected to sit out the …last_img

Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: Personalization

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first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#e-commerce#Features#NYT#Recommendation Engines#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Open Web: More Data About You, Better PersonalizationAnother aspect of personalization is the increasing prevalence of open data on the Web. A lot of companies make their data available on the Web via APIs, web services, and open data standards. And as we discussed in the first post in this series, much of that data is structured – allowing it to be inter-connected and re-used by third parties.How does open data lead to personalization? Simply put, the more data about you and your social graph that is available to be used by applications, the better targeted the content and/or service will be to you. There are non-trivial privacy issues about this, however the personalization benefits can be significant.There are a whole host of open data standards on the Web now. They include:Data portability – taking your data and friends from one site to another.OpenID – portable identity; single sign-on.OpenSocial – Google initiative for social networks, enabling developers to create widgets with one set of code; MySpace a member, Facebook isn’t.APML – growing ‘Attention’ standard; Your Attention Data is all the information online about what you read, write, share and consume. Recommendation EnginesMany consumer products on the Web aim to recommend you things that you may like. A couple of years ago, Alex Iskold outlined what he saw as the 4 main approaches to recommendations:Personalized recommendation – recommend things based on the individual’s past behaviorSocial recommendation – recommend things based on the past behavior of similar usersItem recommendation – recommend things based on the item itselfA combination of the three approaches above Amazon is probably still the best example of recommendations on the Web, but an example of something new from 2009 was Netflix launching better personalization features in March. They included new taste preferences, allowing users to (for example) choose between movies that are romantic, suspenseful, or dark. Other additions included a personalized homepage and a feature enabling users to mix and match genres.ConclusionPersonalization has shown slow but steady progress in 2009. It hasn’t been as wild a ride as Structured Data or Real-Time Web, but we consider personalization to be a key facet of the evolving Web.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of ThingsImage credit: davepatten richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This week ReadWriteWeb is running a series of posts analyzing the five biggest Web trends of 2009. Our first post was about Structured Data, our second about The Real-Time Web. The third part of our series is on Personalization. Personalization has long been a buzzword on the Internet. With the glut of information on the Web circa 2009, personalization in this era means providing effective filters and recommendations. Ultimately personalization is about websites and services giving you what you want, when you want it. That’s the long-standing dream anyway. Let’s see if the products of 2009 are fulfilling it.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!All of the trends that we’re profiling overlap. This is particularly so with personalization, as we’ll see.Filtering the Real-Time FirehosePersonalization is often used to provide an organization layer for users on top of real-time data. As Ken Fromm put it in his primer on the Real-Time Web: “The Internet is shifting from discrete units of websites and Web pages to discrete units of information […] organized in ways that are relevant and personal to each individual, using data gleaned from social graphs as well as recommendation and personalization services that allow users to set their preferences.”If you use a dashboard product like TweetDeck, Seesmic or Peoplebrowsr to use Twitter, then you’re able to group people, keywords and topics. This is effectively personalization at work. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

13 players show up as Gilas opens World Cup qualifiers buildup

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Herndon motivated to play alongside league’s top guards at Star Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirteen players were present in the first day of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ training camp for the first leg of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, and Calvin Abueva spearheaded the attendees at Meralco Gym on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Also present were longtime national team members Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood, mainstays Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Allein Maliksi, as well as cadets Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz.Assistant coaches Jong Uichico, Jimmy Alapag, Josh Reyes, and Ryan Betia assisted Head Coach Chot Reyes in the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines is preparing for its game against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before going back home where it will take on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Rhanzelle Yong solid in debut for Zark’s-Lyceum

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first_imgThe 6-2 forward had a solid game for the Jawbreakers in their 91-85 loss to CEU, finishing with with nine points and five assists outing in 20 minutes of play before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the game.Yong, who is nephew of Magnolia slotman Ian Sangalang, had to take over with Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu limited due to an ankle sprain sustained in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m OK. I’m happy with how we competed even though we were missing some of our key players like Mike and (MJ) Ayaay,” said Yong.Putting the nightmares of the ACL injuries which sidelined him over the past two years behind, the Kapampangan stalwart is excited for this new beginning with a familiar face in Topex Robinson guiding him anew. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:06Lyceum Pirates on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s been almost two years since Rhanzelle Yong was last seen playing in a competitive setting.But on Tuesday, the 22-year-old finally made his way back to the hard court, suiting up for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “I’ve known coach Topex for a long time and it’s great here because we’re like a family,” he said as they continue their partnership forged in San Sebastian to now in Lyceum. “The players here are disciplined and I’m just excited to play with them.”Yong is using the opportunity in the developmental league to get into top shape for the upcoming NCAA season.“We’ll continue working hard in our D-League games so that I can recover. I’m also looking at this as my preparation for the NCAA because that’s my priority. Hopefully, I can continue to play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Read Next View commentslast_img read more

IMF Official Outlines Positives of Debt Reduction

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first_img International Monetary Fund (IMF) Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, says that as Jamaica’s debt is reduced, more money will become available to invest for the development of the country. Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal at Eden Garden Wellness and Spa, Lady Musgrave Road, on February 11, Dr. Ngouana pointed out that reduced debt will also lead to increased investor trust. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, says that as Jamaica’s debt is reduced, more money will become available to invest for the development of the country.Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal at Eden Garden Wellness and Spa, Lady Musgrave Road, on February 11, Dr. Ngouana pointed out that reduced debt will also lead to increased investor trust.“Jamaica was paying something like 500 basis points above other emerging markets in terms of how much the market was charging Jamaica [for loans]. Today, when Jamaica wants to borrow, they charge 150 basis points below the emerging market,” he noted.Jamaica has made significant progress in reducing its debt from 147 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and is projected to fall below 100 per cent by the end of the current fiscal year, in March 2019.Dr. Ngouana also said that the less Jamaica pays for interest, the more money will become available to fight crime and invest in education.“That’s what it is all about. So, it’s not just reducing public debt for the sake of it; this is reducing public debt to open up fiscal space to fund all the beautiful things that you can think of – roads, hospitals and so on,” he explained.“You also want to lower debt because in bad times, when you have those disasters you want the Government to have fiscal space… to assist the citizens [and that is] the way it should,” he added.Meanwhile, Dr. Ngouana noted that if Jamaica were to bring its murder rate “to the world average, GDP [would] grow by 0.4 per cent every year”.“Putting things into perspective, the average growth rate of Jamaica since 2013 has been 0.9 per cent, so this is half the GDP growth of Jamaica over the time frame. This is not a small number by any stretch of the imagination. So, fighting crime is certainly one area of priority,” he emphasised.He also reiterated the need for public-sector transformation, noting that a more efficient public sector will facilitate the private sector, by allowing the resources to flow to growth-inducing areas.“It also means that the wage bill has to come down. The Government has some plans in terms of redefining where it ought to be involved… and for public bodies, the Government is deciding to either divest, merge them or simply reintegrate them in their line Ministry to avoid so many different entities,” Dr. Ngouana said. Story Highlights “Jamaica was paying something like 500 basis points above other emerging markets in terms of how much the market was charging Jamaica [for loans]. Today, when Jamaica wants to borrow, they charge 150 basis points below the emerging market,” he noted.last_img read more

Mitsubishi calls for dismissal of trade secrets lawsuit launched by Bombardier

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first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., calling the allegations of trade secret misappropriations “baseless and without merit.”The Japanese jet maker filed a motion to dismiss Bombardier’s case in a U.S. federal court in Seattle on Thursday, saying the lawsuit aims to “disrupt development” of a rival jet.Bombardier sued Mitsubishi in October over allegations that some of the Quebec company’s former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.Bombardier’s complaint also targets Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC), which supports the Japanese multinational in the development of its regional jet, as well as several ex-Bombardier employees. Bombardier alleges Mitsubishi Aircraft and AeroTEC recruited no fewer than 92 of its former employees from Canada and the United States.The former workers named in the lawsuit allegedly forwarded documents regarding the certification process to Transport Canada and its U.S. counterpart, the Federal Aviation Administration. The process is essential to ensuring newly developed planes are given permission to fly.None of the allegations has been proven in court.last_img read more