Anti-doping lab in Thailand shut down, leaving gap in system

first_imgA WADA crackdown on substandard testing led to the suspension of the lab in India in August and the complete shutdown of a facility in Kazakhstan in 2017.That leaves Asia with only five laboratories and large distances between them. They are in Turkey and Qatar in the west, and Japan, China, and South Korea in the east.Shipping substances long distances generally means higher costs for national anti-doping agencies. Many Southeast Asian countries’ agencies already struggle for funding and conduct a fraction of the tests done by European countries.The Bangkok lab tested 3,429 samples in 2017, the last year for which statistics are available, ranking it among the world’s smaller facilities.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees View comments WADA’s statement late Wednesday didn’t specify the lab’s exact shortcomings.“Relevant samples must be securely transported to another WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis,” WADA said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“This is in order to ensure continued high-quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes’ confidence in this process and the wider anti-doping system.”That leaves the nearest authorized lab in Beijing, nearly 3,300 kilometers (2,050 miles) away. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MONTREAL — The only authorized anti-doping laboratory in Southeast Asia has been forced to suspend operations, leaving a gap in coverage for much of the region.The World Anti-Doping Agency has ruled the National Doping Control Centre in Thailand can’t test samples for up to six months because of “non-conformities” found during inspections.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistcenter_img 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Luzon Cup under-12 football kicks off with 16 teams Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Car buyers find Web crucial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsFive years ago, 73percent of online auto buyers visited the maker’s Web site. “What’s happening is the manufacturer sites have gotten very good over the past few years,” said George Peterson, president of the consulting firm Auto Pacific in Tustin. “They are really coming to the party. They have made more information available, and many of them have car comparisons with other brands.” Browsing a manufacturer’s Web site first, before visiting other sites, greatly increases the chance that shoppers will buy that brand, the Power study showed. In a study of drivers who had not previously owned a Chevrolet, about 64percent of shoppers who looked at the company’s homepage first ended up buying a Chevrolet. But if shoppers stopped by other Web sites first, that figure dropped to 26percent. Just 2percent of Chevrolet buyers did not visit the company’s Web site before purchasing one of their models. WESTLAKE VILLAGE – Web sites are becoming a crucial part of the car-buying process, especially those hosted by auto manufacturers, according to a survey released Tuesday by J.D. Power and Associates. The survey showed a shift in the focus of online shopping from finding the right price to finding the right vehicle. And consumers are visiting several manufacturing sites during the shopping process. Two out of every three people research cars and trucks online before they buy, and, of those, 87percent check out the manufacturer’s homepage during the process, according to the study. But buyers should be aware that data on a manufacturer’s site is mixed with spin. “It’s hard to twist specifications, power ratings, dimensions,” Peterson said. “Those are measurable facts. But when … you see the flowery adjectives, you know you’re in the spin zone.” Buyers are visiting more manufacturers in their search, on average 3.2 sites up from 2.1 in 2001. The flip side of those increases is that visits to independent Web sites have slipped to 77percent in 2006 from 80percent in 2004. Sites such as carsdirect.com and autobytel.com are not getting as many visits by people purchasing new wheels while consumer focused sites such as cars.com, consumerreports.org and edmunds.com, are holding steady or getting more visits. Some indie sites might not be as popular as manufacturers’ are, but they have another aspect of the market cornered, said Jim Riesenbach, chief executive officer of autobytel.com. Two out of every three online requests to dealers for auto quotes come through independent sites, he said. Autobytel.com has a network with 6,000 dealers that can respond to offers. Indies losing visitors should focus on helping potential buyers who don’t know what type of car is right for them, Power executive Dennis Galbraith said. “Many independent sites start by asking the shopper, `What make and model are you looking for?’ in exchange for pricing information,” Galbraith said. “The problem is that many shoppers need help determining which vehicle is right for them.” [email protected] (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

March 15, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the three enemies of user experience, find out how web broke the web, discover how to disable WordPress plugins on specific pages/posts, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekI’m taking a 30-hour journey with @webfoundation to celebrate the web’s 30th birthday.First stop @CERN — where it all began.We’ll be visiting London, UK today and finishing in Lagos, Nigeria tomorrow.Follow the celebrations at #Web30 #ForTheWeb. pic.twitter.com/utQlJC8bNj— Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) March 12, 2019User ExperienceMake it easier for users to make a decision with these 5 techniques to make mobile call to action buttons intuitive. Avoid using color alone as a visual cue. In So you want to be a UX manager?, Chelsey Glasson shares the top five things that surprised her when she took on a new management role at Google.My hope is that my reflections will drive more informed discourse for those considering management as a career ladder transition.We often get caught up in semantics. What do other industries call information [email protected] goes on to suggest maybe we don’t use the word “information architecture” and call it “findability.” What do other industries call how they handle information? It’s a marketing issue. #IAC19— IAC – information architecture conference #iac19 (@theiaconf) March 15, 2019What keeps us from delivering great user experiences? Lee Duddell and Chris Lockhart take a closer look at the three enemies of user experience and how to defeat them. From my work as a college web developer, I’m very familiar with HiPPOs (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion). AccessibilityThe WebAIM accessibility analysis of the top one million website home pages caught the attention of the web accessibility community and has everyone talking. On how we failed and how we broke the web. For images missing alternative text, Chrome has a solution (now available only in the Chrome Canary experimental version)Coming later this year: Screen reader users can ask Chrome to get automatic image descriptions from Google when an image is missing alt text. Get a sneak preview now using Chrome Canary, just open the context menu! #a11y #CSUNATC19— Google Accessibility (@googleaccess) March 14, 2019 Why decrease site performance by loading a plugin on all pages/posts on your site, when you only need it installed on one page or post? Learn two methods you can disable WordPress plugins form loading on specific posts and pages. CSS and HTMLChallenged with convincing your team to adopt CSS Grid? Here’s one excellent reason:Because Grid is just native CSS, there’s no risk that it’s going to break and you’ll have to refactor your project in a year’s time.Steve Faulkner gives a brief description of how to use the abbreviation element, with a reminder to provide explanation of the abbreviation with plain text, not with the title attribute (which is problematic). Works in all browsers, except Internet Explorer (still a usable experience).you can make images dark mode friendly if you apply mix-blend-mode: multiply; to them because what’s the point of a dark mode if you have a huge bright image in itcourtesy to @SaraSoueidan blog pic.twitter.com/ZvNfk0HLra— Nadir Seghir (@se_nadir) March 11, 2019Rachel Andrew explains what an aspect ratio unit of CSS is and how it will work. Think of a div with content inside it. It has no size until you assign a width and height. Currently, there is no option to say you want the div to maintain a 16/9 aspect ratio. Have a long data table and need to make the table headings sticky as users scroll? Try this method of combining position: sticky; with overflow: scroll.What I Found InterestingHave some fun playing the Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego game online. I spent a few minutes traveling to London and Tokyo, searching for the world’s greatest super thief.With weekly, almost daily, news about another privacy breach, it’s important to guard what private information you share online. Find out what Google knows about you, and steps you can take to limit what Google gathers. If you have a free Dropbox account, you will now be limited to connecting only three devices to your Dropbox account. In the past, Dropbox allowed you to connect an unlimited number of phone, tablets, and computers. Fun, animated video from Microsoft Enable on how a screen reader user navigates a website with landmarks, headings, and tabs [five-minute video]. I’m honored to included as an accessibility advocate in Kim Krause Berg’s top web accessibility resources for digital marketing companies post. You’ll find useful information about accessibility testing tools, manual testing, accessibility guides, accessibility companies, courses, and resources. WordPressReleased this week, WordPress 5.1.1 patches a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability.Looking to increase your WordPress knowledge? WordCamp Miami is livestreaming their workshops, sessions, and trivia contest this weekend, March 15th through March 17th. The latest version of Easy WP Guide has been released, with support for WordPress 5.1. One of my favorite WordPress resources! If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedMarch 1, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to design content to create better user experiences, find the results of an accessibility evaluation of the top 1,000,000 websites, discover how to size grid content using keywords, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”November 8, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create online experiences that work well for older people, find a recap of the annual WordPress State of the Word, discover new underline CSS properties, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”August 9, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about seven different inspection methods for user research, find out why the WordPress community is upset with the latest Jetpack version, discover how to use a CSS selector to target an empty element, and more. If you’re new to…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Smartphones Begin to Replace Hotel Keycards

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melansoncenter_img Related Posts The smartphone is always taking on new roles – from credit cards to MP3 players and digital cameras to airline boarding passes. Now, your smartphone will begin opening new doors for you, quite literally.Two Holiday Inn hotels have begun using iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones as room keys, meaning guests don’t even need to stop at the front desk on their way in the door. With the new system, which will be in testing through December, hotel guests can reserve their accommodations online. A text message is sent to their phone on the day they reserved with a room number and a link to unlock the door. No more friendly banter with the front-desk clerk when you’re late for a meeting, just get in and go – it sounds great.The program began earlier this month at Holiday Inns in Chicago and Houston. According to USA Today, hotel patrons can sign up for the pilot program by making online reservations and enrolling through an email that receive prior to the check-in date. It is also careful to mention that smartphones “will always be an option for guests rather than a replacement for all keycards” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Back to the front

first_imgThe seeds of future successes are often sown by failures and disappointments. For Indian hockey, not making the grade for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the blow that forced the powersthat-be presiding over the fate of the national game to wake up and smell the astro turf.With eight Olympic gold medals, six of them in succession between 1928 and 1956, India had developed the bad habit to rest on past laurels, even as the rest of the world raced by. Be it Pakistan, the European heavyweights or Australia, they all first caught up with the erstwhile powerhouse and then left it far behind.But never did India fear that it will lose its seat at the high table. We believed that a spot in the Olympics will always be there for us. That is why the 2008 debacle at the qualifiers in Santiago, Chile, came as such a shock to the system.”We realised that we cannot continue to make the same mistakes,” forward Tushar Khandker, who was part of that team and will make his first Olympic appearance next month, said at the Pune camp. “The disappointment of Chile made us more determined to turn the corner.”One major point of view that needed to be changed was that pure skill and stickwork were enough to beat the top sides in the modern game. First under Spanish coach Jose Brasa and now with Aussie Michael Nobbs, much more emphasis was laid on the physical aspect of the game and technological inputs such as video analysis. “Just skill was never enough. The rest of the world realised that long ago. We are just catching up now,” Nobbs said in between warmups in Pune.advertisementOf course, a floundering India was not good news for the world game, so FIH, the international hockey federation, also did its bit by arranging for its master coaches to work in India and bringing major events to the country. The latter initiative not only maintained the enthusiasm for the game despite poor results, but also swelled the world body’s coffers.A look at the present bunch of players shows that they have bulked up considerably over the last 12 months. That is the demand of the modern game which lays great emphasis on power, speed, fitness and endurance. “It has become a power game now. Apart from working on the skills, one needs to spend quality time at the gym as well,” coach Clarence Lobo said.Devices such as the hypoxic chamber, which simulate conditions likely to be faced during matches in the laboratory, are a relatively new addition to the training regime. The team thus was well prepared for the high altitude and rarefied atmosphere when it went for the Champions Challenge I in Johannesburg last December.The players went through the chamber once again recently in an effort to have an edge in endurance at the Olympics, which will be held in much cooler conditions. “Previously, we used to concede late goals because of lack of fitness. But now we have turned the tables and regularly score in the final few minutes,” forward Danish Mujtaba said.One factor that has also worked in India’s favour is the relatively settled look to the side. Players such as Sandeep Singh, Sardar Singh, Khandker, Bharat Chetri, Shivendra Singh, Ignace Tirkey and Gurbaj Singh have been together for a long time. Some of them have matured with experience and are now at their peak while others are keen to give their best at what could be their last shot at the Olympics. Only Sandeep and Ignace have prior Olympic experience.Add to the lot, talented youngsters like S.K. Uthappa, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra and goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh, and one has a pretty formidable line-up.Though Nobbs and his coaching staff believe that a top-six finish will be a very good achievement, several of the players have made no secret of the fact that they are eyeing a spot in the semi-finals and a podium finish.The authorities have also stepped up and provided the necessary support. Frequent exposure to top teams has boosted the team’s confidence and the Sports Authority of India has provided all the facilities asked for. It must be said that most of the equipment was available, but was not used due to lack of technical know-how. “The hypoxic chamber costs crores of rupees and was there for a long time, but was not used till three or four years ago,” Nobbs said.Financial security has been a major concern for the players, and this is where Hockey India has stepped up to the plate. After the top players refused to turn up for the rival Indian Hockey Federation’s league, Hockey India has announced retainerships and annual contracts for the players. A similar system is on the anvil for the juniors. Also, it is starting its own league next year, promising higher earnings than those in the Federation’s league.advertisementIt has taken a sustained effort from all stakeholders to get the national game back on track. After the ignominy four years ago, the entire nation is hoping that its heroes will ensure that the Tricolour gets its moment of glory in London.last_img read more

Will Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni feature in ECB’s 100-ball tournament?

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are likely to give the nod to top Indian cricketers including skipper Virat Kohli and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni to feature in a 100-ball cricket tournament slated to be held in in England in 2020.According to a report in the dailymail.co.uk, the BCCI, which doesn’t allow its players to play in overseas T20 tournaments to protect their market-leading Indian Premier League, are understood to be considering making an exception for the Hundred because it is played over 100 balls compared to 120.The report further goes on to claim that BCCI’s decision to let Indian cricketers take part in the 100-ball tournament would pave the way for negotiations around an IPL franchise in London.”Having Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and other top Indians playing would be an immense boost for the Hundred in its inaugural year, especially when England’s Test players will not be involved.””It would also be a helpful bargaining chip for future negotiations around an IPL franchise in London,” the report said.Earlier, the BCCI had given its approval to the women cricketers for participating in the Kia Super League T20, starting in England this summer.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK appointed as High Commissioner

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#NASSAU, The Bahamas – October 12, 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sidney S. Collie as Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America and as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. Mr. Ellison E. Greenslade, Former Commissioner of Police, has been appointed as High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.Appointed as Consuls General are Mr. Theo J.P. Neilly to head the Consulate General in Washington, DC; Ms. Astra Armbrister-Rolle to head the Consulate General in Atlanta, GA; Ms. Linda Treco-Mackey to head the Consulate General in Miami, FL; and Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Cartwright to head the Consulate General in New York, NY.Press Release: Bahamas Information Services Recommended for you Related Items:#greenslade, #MagneticNewsMedia, #RoyalBahamasPolice, #ukhighcommission # TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Govt calls Desarrollos Hotelco Public Meeting, EIA ready Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

El Shaarawy proud of Romas hardfought win

first_imgStephan El Shaarawy has urged his teammates to continue their fight for a top-four finish after beating Torino 3-2.Roma went 2-0 up thanks to strikes from Nicolò Zaniolo and an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty but Toro levelled back to 2-2 before El Shaarawy’s decisive finish.The win continued a three-game winning streak as they continued the march towards the Champions League spots.“It was an important and hard-fought victory. We had done well in the first half, it’s a pity that we conceded those two goals, but always tried to push for the win,” the Little Pharaoh told Roma TV and Football Italia.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“It was a win we earned with heart. Torino had never lost away from home this season, so we knew it was going to be tough, but we created numerous scoring opportunities.”El Shaarawy was a substitute after just six minutes, as Cengiz Under pulled up with a thigh strain.“I had no time to warm up, so it wasn’t easy and I had cramp towards the end, but with help from the team we were able to bring home the points.“We hope Cengiz Under can recover as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Thousands of potholes creating major problems around the county

first_img February 21, 2019 Posted: February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- With all the rainy weather this winter, you’re likely to notice even more potholes.  Although Mayor Kevin Faulconer has made a pledge to repair more streets, it looks like the City of San Diego is still falling short in fixing many potholes.We talked to drivers who complained that the rough roads riddled with cracks and holes cause alignment problems. Some drivers noted that the holes are a safety hazard, when cars try to swerve around them.Since January of last year, more than 13,000 requests for pothole repairs were sent to the City of San Diego’s “Get It Done” app.After the request is made, the City can take action, but that doesn’t always occur quickly. City data shows the average repair request takes 22-32 days to resolve. Thousands of potholes creating major problems around the county Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more