In an effort to reform the economy in order to close the budget deficit, the Egyptian government has increased prices of drinking water and sewage fees up to 50%, the Associated Press reports.Egypt’s water and sewerage agency spokesperson Mohi el-Serafi says the decision that takes effect in August, saves L.E. 1 billion in subsidies.Egyptians will be paying between L.E. 00.30 and L.E. 00.45 for the consumption of up to 10 cubic meters (13.08 cubic yards) of water and from L.E. 00.70 to L.E. 1.20 for up to 20 cubic meters (26 cubic yards)Egypt is taking steps to reform its economy including flotation of the currency. The measures meet demands by the International Monetary Fund, which secured a $12bn bailout loan to Egypt.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — When you draft two future Hall of Fame players with the first two picks in franchise history, the standard is going to be impossible to live up to.But that didn’t stop general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens from coming very close for the better part of the next decade. After Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in that franchise-defining 1996 draft came Peter Boulware, Chris McAlister, Jamal Lewis, Todd Heap, Ed Reed (another future Hall of Famer), Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, and Ben Grubbs in first rounds over the next 11 years, all of them Pro Bowl selections.Sure, there were a couple misses along the way, but you simply expected the Ravens to find a Pro Bowl player in the first round of the draft every year. Those emphatic early hits began to dissipate, however, and Baltimore has seen just one first-round pick — C.J. Mosley in 2014 — make the Pro Bowl since 2008.The previous home runs and triples have been replaced by more singles and doubles — and a few more strikeouts — in recent years, which are still better than other teams in the NFL, but that decline came into focus this past year when a lack of playmakers and a rash of injuries led to a 5-11 season.“If you look at [recent] drafts compared to ’96 to 2004, I would say that they didn’t measure up to those drafts,” Newsome said. “From ’96 to 2004, we drafted three Hall of Famers, but I will also say that during that time early on when you’re picking in the top 10 of the draft, you have a chance to be a lot more successful than it is when you’re picking anywhere from 20 to 32, which [are] the positions that we’ve been in.“But I would say it was not up to my standards.”Newsome’s point is fair as the Ravens have been a victim of their own success in that way after making the postseason 10 times in the last 16 years. They haven’t picked in even the first half of the first round in a decade and the sixth overall pick in this month’s draft will be the organization’s earliest since 2000.As much as the Ravens were blessed to be able to land Hall of Fame talent when they took Ray Lewis 26th overall in 1996 and Reed 24th in 2002, the final 10 picks of the first round and the early second round typically aren’t littered with All-Pro talent everywhere you look. As if Lewis and Reed weren’t enough, the Ravens also found future Pro Bowl selections in Heap and Grubbs very late in the first round, but such success shouldn’t fool anyone into assuming you should find a Pro Bowl player that late every single year.Yes, there have been some ugly first- and second-round picks in recent drafts as Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Matt Elam, and Arthur Brown immediately come to mind, but other maligned choices such as Michael Oher and Courtney Upshaw were still more positive than not — even if they weren’t Pro Bowl players.The drafts haven’t been all bad as Pernell McPhee, Brandon Williams, Crockett Gillmore, and Rick Wagner have been impressive middle-round finds over the last five years, but they just need to be better, especially in the early rounds. Recent drafts have been solid — for the most part — but rarely special.“Have we drafted a ton of Pro Bowlers? No, we haven’t, but I’m proud of the players we’ve drafted,” said assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, who cited the big free-agent money other teams have spent on Ravens picks such as McPhee, Torrey Smith, Arthur Jones, and Kelechi Osemele in the last few offseasons. “I think we’ll get back to being a really good team soon. I’m not going to stress out about it.“Can we do better in certain instances? Of course we can. You’re dealing with human emotion people, but I think our scouts and coaches have done a really good job. I think we’ll get back to prominence.”If serious contention is in the cards for 2016, the Ravens need to hit a couple long balls and triples, not just with the sixth overall pick but with their six other selections in the top 134 spots. A successful draft isn’t only about the first round as Newsome has shown in finding Pro Bowl-caliber players and starters in the middle and late rounds over the years.Expecting the Ravens to find their next future Hall of Famer later this month would be unfair, but they do need to find the next pillar around which to build. If it isn’t a Ray Lewis, Ogden, or Reed, drafting the next Suggs, Ngata, or Jamal Lewis is a reasonable expectation when picking so early.DeCosta acknowledged Tuesday that the money in Vegas would be on the Ravens taking a defensive player with the sixth pick as there are five or six “elite” ones in his mind, but the executive also said there are three or four offensive players who might be the best fit depending on how the first five picks play out in a few weeks.Whether it’s a player like Jalen Ramsey of Florida State unexpectedly falling into their laps or a regular mock-draft target such as Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, UCLA’s Myles Jack, Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, or Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley or even another name being discussed less frequently such as running back Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State, the Ravens must come away with a special talent.They need to find the next player who will one day be in the Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium.That would go a long way in not only helping them bounce back from a 5-11 season, but such a player would be a good step in preventing the Ravens from being back in this position for another 16 years.
The GAA have confirmed that Corofin’s Liam Silke is the inaugural winner of the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the year award. Silke was selected at corner back on the football team and claimed the Footballer of the Year award in recognition of his massive contribution to the Galway champions in their march to AIB GAA club championship glory.Cuala’s Seán Moran had been picked at centre back on the hurling team and was honoured with the overall Hurling award in recognition of his immense leadership role in Cuala’s impressive defence of the AIB GAA All-Ireland club title.The awards, which were voted on by a selection of GAA media, were presented by Uachtarán CLG John Horan, and Head of Retail Banking in AIB Denis O’Callaghan.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The announcement was made last night at the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards banquet at Croke Park which honoured a team selected from outstanding club championship player performances in both codes.
The Serbian tactician, the brains behind the Tornadoes’ epic sweep of Petron in the best-of-three title series on Saturday, was quick to shrug off credit for Foton’s second title.Instead, Branislav will be sitting back for some much-needed rest while awaiting a call to return calling the shots for the league’s newest toast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTS‘It’s his turn’: Kiefer Ravena named Gilas captainSPORTSWe are young“I like every time that I win a championship,” Branislav said after the celebration on the court died down following a 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17 decision of the gritty Tri-Activ Spikers at Philsports Arena.“This is my life. I’m just a coach, this is a normal job for me and I always like to [finish] first.” MOST READ Branislav though, bared something that is out of the usual.“But tomorrow, I will just drink coffee and wait for a proposal [to return] to work,” he said after winning his 21st championship coaching in 12 different countries.Branislav admitted to not yet hearing from Foton executives about a contract renewal, though team owner Rommel Sytin said that “most likely, [Branislav] will be back next year.”The fiery coach, after all, wants to stick it out with the team to help make it better.“In my opinion, give this Foton team maybe five more months and it will be better for the next PSL conference,” Branislav said.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine So breaches Elo 2800, climbs to world No. 4 We are young EDITORS’ PICK Magical could be the only way to describe how Foton played in the finals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.Coach Moro Branislav, though, sees it as just another day in the office.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Coronavirus case in HK building becomes game changer for Filipinos working there Behind the exploits of the courageous and prolific Lindsay Stalzer, the Tornadoes fought back from two sets down and 3-8 behind in the fifth set of Game 1 to gather all the momentum they needed for the dominating second game performance.Branislav deserves credit as much as Stalzer and the other players do.But in the meantime, while he awaits what his part in the future of Foton in particular and Philippine volleyball in general would be, getting a tan doesn’t sound to be a bad idea.“I don’t know what will be next for me [because] I have not yet received any information [if I will still coach the team],” he said. “Maybe I will go to Boracay for three days, I don’t know.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: What’s the truth about VFA termination? Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments
Photo: United. United Airlines has joined other ultra-long-haul operators in the battle against jetlag by partnering with an app designed by top sleep scientists.The US airline has teamed up with an app called Timeshifter that tells users the best time to see and avoid light, sleep and enjoy caffeine to adjust quickly to a new time zone.The app is targeted at passengers flying across three or more time zones and was developed, United says, by top researchers in sleep and circadian neuroscience.These include Dr. Steven Lockley, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School’s division of sleep medicine.READ: Wine for breakfast on second Qantas Sunrise trialThe airline is making a jetlag plan available to all MileagePlus members and giving its top tier Premier 1K members a complimentary annual subscription with unlimited plans.The plan available to MileagePlus members is in addition to a complimentary trial plan from the company, giving the airline’s frequent flyers a total of two free flight plans.Users enter their travel schedule information, their normal sleep pattern and individual preferences into the app.It gives them a personalized jet lag alleviation plan that includes when they should prioritize exposure to bright light and when to avoid it as well as a personal sleep and napping schedule.There is also a plan to optimize caffeine intake for alertness and sleep as well as a schedule for taking melatonin where travelers choose to do so.“We want to do everything we can to help improve the experience of traveling across time zones, whether it’s a business trip to Tel Aviv or a vacation to Tahiti, our customers should arrive feeling fresh and ready to hit the ground running,” said MileagePlus president Luc Bondar.“Timeshifter takes all the guesswork out of avoiding jet lag and instead uses science and algorithms to design a customized, step-by-step trip across time zones.“I was a believer the first time I used the app and I think our customers will love it too.”United flies some of the longest routes in the world, including the two longest flights operated by a U.S. carrier with non-stop service between Houston and Sydney and between San Francisco and Singapore.
Vint Cerf, a “father of the Internet” and now Google Vice President, is warning that we’re at risk of losing massive amounts data to future generations. Our current culture might well become a “digital dark age” mystery to historians.Cerf said that “when you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives that is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, and all of the World Wide Web, it’s clear that we stand to lose an awful lot of our history. We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realizing it. We digitize things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artifacts that we digitized. If there are photos you really care about, print them out.”‘Bit Rot’ may be part of the problem. As hardware and software continues to evolve at a breakneck speed obsoleting older less-efficient technologies, data not migrated forward to be stored with newer technologies are at risk of being irrecoverably lost. Storage media and today’s proprietary file formats may not be accessible in the future.In 2007, the Storage Networking Industry Association offered a plan to build a “100 year archive”, but it was never implemented. The problem is that right now the problem doesn’t seem urgent and no company, group or agency that sees any incentive for funding such a project.Cerf said that “we don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future.”
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero collapsed in the dressing room at halftime before they lost 4-2 to fellow World Cup qualifiers Nigeria after taking a two-goal lead in a friendly in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday.The Argentine Football Association (AFA) said in a statement that Aguero, who scored in the first half, was taken away for routine examinations but added: “The player is well”.His Premier League club Manchester City said the 29-year-old Aguero had been cleared by doctors to return to England as planned after he suffered what they called “a dizzy spell”.”Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks,” City said on their official website (www.mancity.com).Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli rested Lionel Messi following the 1-0 win over next year’s World Cup hosts Russia on Saturday and it seemed that they could cope without him.Ever Banega curled in a free kick, awarded after Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi picked the ball up outside his area, in the 28th minute and Aguero finished off a sweeping counter-attack eight minutes later.But Kelechi Iheanacho inspired Nigeria’s fightback.First, he emulated Banega by scoring from a free kick on the stroke of halftime and then set up the equaliser by pulling the ball back for Alex Iwobi to net seven minutes after the re-start.The Super Eagles took the lead two minutes after that when Brian Idowu sidefooted home from the edge of the area to finish off a counter attack.A superb goal by Iwobi completed the comeback in the 73rd minute as he collected the ball, slipped it between Javier Mascherano’s legs and fired past Agustin Marchesin.advertisementArgentina staggered through their World Cup qualifying campaign, only clinching their place at the finals with a 3-1 win in Ecuador in their final match.”It’s a difficult game to explain,” said Sampaoli. “We could have been 3-0 or 4-0 ahead in the first half and we went in with a 2-1 lead.”My biggest worry was the way the team played when we were behind. I know we are capable and have the individual talent to be able to get out of these situations and I’m worried about what happened tonight.”We played an incredible first half but we lost our way in a match which could confuse a lot of people.”Aguero will be assessed by Manchester City’s medical team ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.