Pringle was the highest-scoring local the past season putting up 21 points-per-game in a backcourt that was largely his responsibility, but just like his team’s previous season things are about to change for the MVP candidate.Joining Pringle in the NorthPort backcourt is third overall pick Robert Bolick whom Jarencio already gave high praises to.ADVERTISEMENT The Batang Pier already had a decent campaign in the 2017-18 season, going into the playoffs twice and only missing out in the Governors’ Cup when star guard Stanley Pringle played just eight games due to national team duties.That string of exits, though, may be a thing of the past for NorthPort once the new year starts with head coach Pido Jarencio expecting bigger things ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I have a positive outlook for this team, the players aren’t giving up easily, the winning attitude’s there,” said Jarencio in Filipino after his team’s 102-90 victory against Rain or Shine in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Things are starting to look up for NorthPort for the upcoming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Bolick’s an intelligent player, an A1 player, and he’s really a good complement for Stanley,” said Jarencio.Bolick is a proven winner with San Beda after he helped the Red Lions to three titles during his stay with the NCAA powerhouse.Jarencio just now has to see if Bolick’s performance in the NCAA, where he averaged stellar numbers of 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, could translate to the professional game.“Stanley likes players who understand his style so these two really complement each other,” said Jarencio who basically has two floor generals who can play off one another.“We’re still a run-and-gun team but I told them that we should have patience,” said Jarencio whose Batang Pier led the league in fastbreak points with 18.38 a game the previous season. “We can’t just attack relentlessly, we have to execute well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Novak Djokovic: ‘I’d be lying if Roger Federer record not on my mind’ View comments
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In its pursuit to promote research findings by doctors at the post-graduate level, the Institute of Health Sciences Education (IHSE) held its tenth Annual Medical-Scientific Conference at the Ramada Princess Hotel at Providence, East Bank Demerara on Sunday.A section of the participants at the 10th Medical-Scientific ConferenceThis allowed doctors the opportunity to present their research findings to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) administration and those responsible for managerial changes.Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education, Dr. Alexandra Harvey, said she was happy to be able to continue providing a forum for local healthcare practitioners to present their research findings.“We (IHSE) are continuing to work to improve this whole culture of researching in the medical environment, because we feel (that) in order to improve healthcare delivery, it should be based on evidence, to allow for sustainable practices, thereby delivering quality healthcare to our patients.” Dr. Harvey explained.This, she opined, would boost the credibility of healthcare delivery among peers and the public alike.Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education, Dr Alexandra HarveyDr. Harvey noted that research papers presented at the meeting promoted the use of local materials, as opposed to importing these supplies.“We had the papers relating to things that can be used practically here in Guyana. Using local materials for shielding people that are getting their x-rays, instead of importing the barriers normally used to prevent our patients and ourselves from getting the bad effects of the x-ray. It is possible to use materials that are made here,” Dr. Harvey said.In addition to the use of local alternative material as a structural shield for diagnostic radiological facilities, some of the other topics discussed during the conference dealt with team-building exercises for doctors and nurses working in the Accident and Emergency units, and educating the GPHC female patients on the correct approach and practices in relation to cervical cancer.According to the Department of Public Information, the conference, hosted under the theme “Transforming Health Care: Celebrating 10 years of residency education and research in Guyana”, attracted more than 200 local medical practitioners and overseas associates.
17 February 2012 A declaration signed on Thursday between South Africa and Turkey will see the two countries boost relations in areas including infrastructure development, mining and energy, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). At the end of the second session of the Turkey-South Africa Joint Economic Commission meeting in Ankara on Thursday, the two countries recommitted themselves to further enhance trade and economic relations. The Joint Economic Commission (JEC) promotes trade, investment and economic co-operation between the two countries. Turkish Minister of Energy and National Resources Taner Yildiz and South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who co-chaired the JEC, signed the declaration on behalf of the two countries on Thursday.Deepening economic relations Infrastructure development, small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) development, special economic zones, mining and energy, jewellery making and agriculture are some of the areas in which the declaration seeks to develop cooperation. The work around the designated areas of cooperation will go a long way towards deepening economic relations between Turkey and South Africa. “For example, cooperation in infrastructure development could help to make the logistic system in South Africa more efficient and contribute positively to job creation,” the DTI said in a statement. “Similarly, it is expected that cooperation in SMME development would lead to positive job creating outcomes.” Davies said the signing of the declaration coincided with Turkey’s search for expanding its trade relations with the African continent. This search, he said, was not misguided, as the International Monetary Fund projected over 5% economic growth for the continent. Source: BuaNews
Related Posts HTC remains focused on sound quality, offering two front-facing stereo speakers and Beats Audio. HTC calls this package “BoomSound.”From a first-look perspective, it’s hard to think how the One could be improved upon. We’ll have a better idea when we get our hands on the device for a full review, but it seems that HTC really set the bar pretty high. HTC has been beaten down for more than a year as it tries to turn heads away from the like of Samsung and Apple. If any phone can get people to pay attention, it has to be the HTC One. Then again, quality doesn’t always win the war. We’ll know by the middle of 2013 if the HTC One is the company’s savior… or its last gasp.Event photos by Dan Rowinski. Product photos courtesy HTC. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … HTC may have a winner on its hands – if only people will pay attention.The Taiwanese smartphone maker announced its new flagship device, the HTC One, at launch events in New York City and London. The events themselves were a little anti-climatic – short, full of corporate cheerleading and lacking anything of real substance. Good thing the quality of the One makes up for HTC’s lack of verve on its own.HTC president Jason Mackenzie shows off the One.Hardware DetailsWith the One, HTC has officially raised the bar for smartphone design, hardware and aesthetics. It is a trim, 4.7-inch device with an aluminum body and a 1080p screen that features 468 pixels per inch (ppi). By comparison, the iPhone 5’s “Retina” display offers 326 ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 features 306 ppi. The One runs a quad-core, 1.7 GHz processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, and 2GB of RAM. It will come in two varieties – with 32GB or 64GB of storage – and will start at $199 in the United States on a two-year contract from Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. The HTC One will begin shipping in late March, according to executives.HTC One aluminum body caseSo, that’s the HTC One from a physical standpoint. From a broad perspective, the One will be the best smartphone on the market when it ships later this spring. Nothing from competitors, major or minor, really comes close… yet. We will see how the likes of Samsung, LG, Nokia and Apple compare with their major flagships as the year goes along, but HTC has fired the first salvo in the 2013 Smartphone Wars, and it’s an impressive one.A Content PerspectiveThe One is more than just a beautiful body and hardcore specs. HTC thought a lot about experience with its new flagship and for once, a smartphone-manufacturer skin laid on top of the base Android operating system doesn’t interfere with a quality user experience. HTC lead designer Jonah Becker tells the crowd about the OneHTC has updated its Android skin Sense by building on top of successful features from its previous flagship smartphones, the One X and One X+. The One is running Android 4.1.2, which will disappoint many Android enthusiasts hoping that HTC would get in gear and release a smartphone running the most current version of the operating system (Android 4.2.2). Either way, the One still technically runs Android Jelly Bean and most, if not all, users will be hard pressed to figure out the difference. The One introduces a unique feature called “BlinkFeed” on the One’s home page that serves up social media updates, calendar events, news and other feeds in one area. HTC has partnered with 1,400 media brands that produce up to 10,000 articles a day, including ESPN, Reuters and others.A glance at BlinkFeed might lead you to think that HTC is aping Microsoft’s “Hub & Tiles” from Windows Phone or the new app panels in BlackBerry 10. That’s not really the case. Think of BlinkFeed as a kind of real-time Pulse news reader that updates automatically on one home screen. The One still lets users set up Android widgets and app icons on other home screen panels. What The Heck Is An UltraPixel? Finally, An AnswerHTC has introduced what it calls an “UltraPixel” camera that features a new sensor with larger pixels the company claims can capture 300% more light than traditional smartphone cameras, allowing it to take better low-light photos. Of course, “UltraPixel” is a marketing gimmick, although if it even comes close to working as advertised, it would be a decent achievement. HTC also announced a feature it calls Zoe, which allows users to take pictures that includes motion before and after the shutter was snapped. This isn’t exactly a new innovation, as both Samsung and BlackBerry offer something like it. But that’s not going to stop HTC from emphasizing it anyway. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#HTC The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Phantom blue Honor 8X is pure eye candy The Honor View 20 may be Huawei’s only new phone at CES 2019 (and, in fact, the only satisfying phone of the entire show), but the company threw in a bonus device. Or rather, a bonus color for the Honor 8X: Phantom Blue. Take a look at the photos below — it’s pretty.What makes the color “phantom” is the shifting quality of its finish, which changes from blue to purple and pink when it catches the light. It’s a technique that Huawei and other Chinese rivals have used on phones in 2018 to eye-catching effect. The Huawei P20 Pro was one particularly successful example, with a similar color gradient to the new Honor 8X shade. $174 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2:58 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Dazzling Honor View 20 has you in its thrall at CES 2019 14 Photos Mentioned Above Huawei Honor 8X (black) CES 2019 0 Huawei Honor 8X See it Preview • The Honor 8X is like a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways Dazzling Honor View 20 phone will dazzle you Phones Tags 28 Photos Huawei has sold 6 million Honor 8X phones, the company announced ahead of CES 2019.The Honor View 20, which we also saw here at CES, comes in Phantom Red and Phantom Blue, which are equally mesmerizing. See what I mean in the gallery below. Huawei Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Colors may not seem like the last thing people should care about when buying a new phone, but bright hues and eccentric finishes are one surefire way for companies to grab buyers’ attention in a crowded marketplace. While Huawei is struggling to sell its phones in an increasingly hostile global environment that questions the company’s close relationship with the Chinese government, it nevertheless continues to push phones in friendly markets and innovate on features, software and design.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. ReutersMyanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday.UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis.The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement.“Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship could be provided,” it added.More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled an offensive by Myanmar troops launched nearly a year ago in reprisal for attacks on border posts by Rohingya rebels.UN rights officials have documented allegations of mass killings, rape and torching of villages at the hands of Myanmar’s military, which the Myanmar authorities have denied.The United States, Britain and France as well as the United Nations have described the military campaign as ethnic cleansing.Schraner Burgener, who was appointed in April, said Bangladesh needs more international aid to host the Rohingya and tackle the risk of landslides from monsoons that have already killed 12 people near the camps.The envoy will deliver her first briefing to the Security Council on Monday, which will be held behind closed doors.
“Through our successful fabrication of ultrathin perovskite oxides down to the monolayer limit, we’ve created a new class of two-dimensional materials,” says Xiaoqing Pan, professor of materials science & engineering and Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering at UCI. “Since these crystals have strongly correlated effects, we anticipate they will exhibit qualities similar to graphene that will be foundational to next-generation energy and information technologies.” Credit: Xiaoqing Pan / UCI Explore further Growth and transfer of ultrathin freestanding SrTiO3 films. a, Schematic of a film with an SAO buffer layer. b, The sacrificial SAO layer is dissolved in water to release the top oxide films with the mechanical support of PDMS. c, New heterostructures and interfaces are formed when the freestanding film is transferred onto the desired substrate. d, e, Atomically resolved cross-sectional (d) and low-magnification plan-view (e) HAADF images of a two-unit-cell freestanding STO film transferred to a silicon wafer and a holey carbon TEM grid, respectively. f, g, Atomically resolved cross-sectional (f) and low-magnification planview (g) HAADF images of a representative four-unit-cell freestanding STO film, showing the excellent flexibility of ultrathin freestanding films. Credit: Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1255-7 More information: Dianxiang Ji et al. Freestanding crystalline oxide perovskites down to the monolayer limit, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1255-7Press release © 2019 Science X Network Birkhölzer and Koster point out that the work done by the combined Chinese and American team demonstrated that it is possible to produce at least some transition-metal oxides in a thin film format. Their research also allayed fears that such a film would collapse, making it unusable. Birkhölzer and Koster point out that many new materials are made by going to extremes—making them really big or really small. Making them small has led to many recent discoveries, they note, including a technique to make graphene. One area of research has focused on ways to produce transition-metal oxides in a thinner format. It has been slow going, however, due to their crystalline nature. Unlike some materials, transition-metal oxides do not naturally form into layers with a top layer that can be peeled off. Instead, they form in strongly bonded 3-D structures. Because of this, some in the field have worried that it might never be possible to produce them in desired forms. But now, the researchers with this new effort have found a way to produce two transition-metal oxides (perovskite oxides strontium titanate and bismuth ferrite) in a thin-film format.The process developed by the researchers involved using molecular beam epitaxy to apply a buffer layer onto a substrate followed by a layer of perovskite. Once the sandwich of materials was made, the researchers used water to dissolve the buffer layer, allowing the perovskite to be removed and placed onto other substrates. The researchers report that their process worked so well they were able to extract films of perovskite near the theoretical limit—one square unit cell (with approximately 0.4-nanometer sides). Citation: Researchers find a way to produce free-standing films of perovskite oxides (2019, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-free-standing-perovskite-oxides.html Journal information: Nature A team of researchers from Nanjing University in China, the University of Nebraska and the University of California in the U.S. has found a way to produce free-standing films of perovskite oxide. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the process they developed and how well it worked when tested. Yorick Birkhölzer and Gertjan Koster from the University of Twente have published a News and Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Inorganic perovskite absorbers for use in thin-film solar cells This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Rijiju said Home Minister Rajnath Singh had already said in Parliament that government will leave no stone unturned to bring back Dawood, believed to be hiding in Pakistan with the patronage of ISI.“Indian government is committed to bring back Dawood,” Rijiju told reporters.The Minister of State for Home was replying to a question on when Dawood will be brought back to India to face law for his various crimes, including 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, in the wake of Rajan’s arrest. Asked how soon Rajan would be brought back to India from Indonesia, where he was arrested two days ago, Rijiju said the laws in Indonesia and India were different and both countries were exploring them.“We are exploring all provisions of law and bilateral agreement between India and Indonesia. The process is on to bring back Chhota Rajan to India soon,” he said.Chhota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted gangster, was arrested in Bali, Indonesia, on a Red Corner Notice.
Register Now » August 4, 2014 The only way that human beings could ever have survived as a species for as long as we have is that we’ve developed another kind of decision-making apparatus that’s capable of making very quick judgments based on very little information. — Malcolm GladwellThis explains why the horizontal layout doesn’t work. Its construction implies closure and a pattern more typical of the bottom of a page. When we see the closed horizontal structure, Gestalt’s Law of Closure kicks in and we experience a complete closed shape. As a result, we do not look for more information and end up overlooking the remainder of the page.Other problematic layouts. The horizontal layout is just one example of website design that conflicts with our natural object recognition processes. For example, here is a recent redesign of the Pinterest homepage:As you can see, it shows us an iPad and iPhone that are both cut off at the bottom of the page, creating the impression that the rest of the images (and potentially additional content) are hidden below the fold. This automatically cues us to scroll down — but there is nowhere to scroll down to, leaving us frustrated and anxious. Had the page been longer, this would’ve been an excellent way to cause visitors to scroll down, as everyone wants to see a complete shape. Pinterest has since updated the page to a very nice, sleek and dynamic look, resolving this issue.Our minds are similarly confused when we encounter elements on a page that look clickable due to their button-like shape (for example, a small rectangle with text that looks like a call to action). When the element is not clickable and turns out to be just a simple image, we are inevitably annoyed.We are easily capable of filling in the gaps and working out the surface meanings of elements when we understand the underlying pattern. The problem is that website interfaces often lack any visual cue indicating what patterns are being employed. Helping your visitors understand the surface meaning of your site’s elements will affect how they interact with the page — and more importantly, how they feel about it. Therefore, it is crucial that you make your visitors feel good about interacting with your products by ensuring that the surface elements can be quickly and accurately interpreted.The way you design your interaction experiences must take into account the limitations of our cognitive systems. The more you use established interaction design patterns on your website, the better your visitors’ understanding will be and the more satisfying an experience they will have.Udi Zisquit is a customer-experience consultant for ClickTale.Related: How to Keep Customers Focused on Your Website 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Co-authored by Udi ZisquitIt’s natural for companies to experiment with new website designs that promise to boost the effectiveness of their online presence. But one popular new trend is having the opposite effect for many of the organizations employing it.You have probably run across a new breed of sites that are moving away from the old-fashioned vertical layout towards a neat and elegant, modern-looking horizontal layout. We are seeing this layout more and more as web designers invest their time and resources to stay up to date with what they see as important changes in the industry. But how effective is this horizontal layout?Related: Drive Sales With a Website That’s Adapted for an Evolving Online SpaceWhen a certain large content and information website recently unveiled its new horizontal design, I absolutely loved it. The layout was modern and elegant, and I intuitively assumed that it would be far more engaging and successful than the previous “old-fashioned” vertical layout of the page. However, by reviewing heatmaps of customer activity before and after the transition, I discovered that I was completely mistaken.The company’s objective is to have visitors read as many articles as possible and be exposed to large amounts of content. The site hosts no advertisements, so all metrics reflect directly on visitors’ engagement with the actual articles and content on the page.As shown below, the original homepage had laid out the articles in a long vertical list, while the new layout — displayed to 50 percent of traffic as part of an A/B test — contained the same articles laid out horizontally.Interestingly, visitors were far less engaged with the new horizontal layout than they’d been with the original vertical one. The heatmaps below show users’ mouse moves and scroll reach, revealing that visitors scrolled 34 percent further down on the original homepage than on the new horizontal one, and were therefore also hovering, interacting and clicking on more articles in the original layout than in the new one. In fact, visitors were hardly even exposed to the articles that were laid out horizontally. Why was this happening?Original vertical layout:New horizontal layout:Let’s take a closer look at the two variations. Below are screenshots of the “Average Fold” for each version, showing us what visitors to the website see on their screen upon landing on the page, before scrolling down:In the original version on the left, visitors received a glimpse of the vertical columns, indicating that there is more content waiting below and a full scrolling experience to be explored. In comparison, the newer horizontal layout gives no indication that there is more to scroll down to — visitors assume that this is the end of the page and leave the articles below hidden and unexplored. Furthermore, even when visitors do scroll down, every horizontal row that is revealed at any point of the page could be mistaken for the end of the page, whereas a vertical encapsulation always indicates that more content waits below.This behavior can be explained at both an observational and a psychological level. The example above demonstrates the difference between a vertical layout, which encourages scrolling (and thus uncovering and engaging with more content), and a horizontal layout, which doesn’t trigger scrolling. Related: The 10 Most Deadly Mistakes in Website DesignPsychological insights. The term “Object Recognition” denotes the way we interpret the meaning of an object. The recognition of objects is crucial for our survival, as we must identify objects before we can infer their relevant characteristics and features. Once we identify an apple, we immediately know that it is edible. Once we identify a wolf, we know not to disturb it.Our brains like to recognize patterns that have previously led to successful interactions. In How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer writes that our brains produce a pleasure-inducing neurochemical, dopamine, when we recognize familiar patterns in the world around us. When we act on these patterns and are successful in whatever we are trying to do, we get an additional burst of this pleasing chemical.Our recognition of objects relies mainly on their shapes. In the very early stages of recognition, our perceptual system uses information on the retina to identify the object by primitive features such as lines, edges and angles. Later stages of recognition include matching the object descriptions with the most prototypic shape definitions stored in our memory, thus constituting a top-down process in which the higher order cognitive levels flow down to lower level functions like our senses. Only small amounts of input are required for this process to take place. Our system seeks confirmation by “template matching,” allowing us to immediately identify the letter “B” as part of the alphabet, and not as an abstract shape.One of the most famous theories on how we visually perceive elements is the Gestalt principle, a psychological concept originally introduced in the late 19th century in Germany. “Gestalt” literally means “form” or “configuration,” and the theory of Gestalt explains that there are inherent mental laws that dictate how we visually perceive objects — specifically, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, when we look at the figure below, we automatically interpret it as a triangle, and not as three individual angles. This indicates that our brain first sees the overall form of an object, and only afterwards begins picking out the details.Based on Gestalt’s “Law of Closure,” our mind tends to complete incomplete shapes and create mental objects even if only a small part of the shape is displayed. Our mind does this by ignoring gaps and completing contour lines to form shapes already represented in our minds.A great example of the Law of Closure is the Kanisza Triangle, seen below. This illusion, originally explored by Italian psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa in the 1950s, demonstrates how we see two overlapping triangles even though no complete triangles are present in the image. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.