Will decide on an extra spinner after Australia-Pakistan match: MS Dhoni

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has said whether India play an extra spinner in their final Super Eights game against South Africa will be decided only after seeing the preceding Australia-Pakistan game at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday.”We have to see how the wicket behaves. We have a bit of liberty because the first match starts at 3.30 pm. We can watch the match on TV and see if it is turning or not, because all teams have good spinners. That will have an impact on the playing XI we decide to put out,” the India captain said.While the victory over Pakistan was a morale-booster, Dhoni is not counting his chickens and wants his team to take things as they come.”Yes, it’s the last match of the Super Eights, it could also turn out to be our last match of the tournament. It will be important to win. But if there is an equation about margins, it will be tricky. It will also depend on how the wicket plays on the day.”Dhoni is wary of the threat South Africa pose, despite their lacklustre effort so far in the Super Eights. “They are a very good side. Their bowling line-up looks a very complete one with quality fast bowlers. They also have batsmen who can really score runs at a good pace right from AB to Kallis to Amla and JP Duminy,” he said.South Africa coach Gary Kirsten downplayed the fact that he can give his players insights into his former team’s strengths and weaknesses. “There is enough information available on every player to be analysed at length. There is the internet, there are recordings of matches available. Our focus should be to understand each other and play well,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Smashed fingers

first_imgSmashed fingers, causing direct trauma to one or more fingers, should initially be treated with ice to reduce swelling. If blood builds up under a fingernail, a heated wire may be used to burn a hole through the nail.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Pune,HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Pune

first_imgKings XI Punjab choose Dharamsala as second home venue April 20, 2016 COMMENT null MCA moves apex court against shifting of IPL matches from Maharashtra COMMENTS Published on IPL 2016: Cargill to co-sponsor Rising Pune Supergiants × Bengaluru to host IPL final; Pune, Mumbai given home options ipl The Bombay High Court today permitted BCCI to hold the May 1 IPL match between the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune, days after it ordered shifting to other venues all post-April 30 matches planned in drought-hit Maharashtra.A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and M S Karnik granted the permission while hearing an application filed by BCCI’s General Manager (games development) Ratnakar Shetty urging the court to let the cricket body hold the May 1 IPL match as scheduled in Pune.The application was filed following an order passed by the High Court on April 12 directing all IPL matches from April 30 onwards to be shifted out of Maharashtra due to the severe drought situation in the state.By the High Court order, 13 matches were to be shifted to other states.Shetty, in his application, sought the court to grant permission to allow the cricket board to hold the May 1 match in Pune between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants as they would not be able to make arrangements to shift the match in a single day.According to the application, the Pune team is scheduled to play a match against Gujarat Lions on April 29 in Pune, and hence, it is “practically impossible” for BCCI and the Pune franchise to shift the May 1 match to another venue outside Maharashtra and “make all arrangements for the same in just a single day”.The High Court after hearing the arguments of BCCI allowed the application and said this was as an “exception”.Shetty’s application stated that its request is “bonafide and is being made in the interest of justice” and if the court does not grant relief then severe prejudice, grave hardship and irreparable damage and injury will be caused to BCCI and the Pune franchise.The application further stated that if the May 1 match is shifted to any venue outside the state then the team members and its crew can travel only in the afternoon of April 30 as the match on April 29 will get over only late in the night. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra due to drought: BJP RELATED cricket ipl Court bouncer for IPL sponsors and brands IPL 2016 SHARE Punelast_img read more

Avnet Abacus to demonstrate technology expertise at electronica 2018

first_imgAvnet Abacus will participate at this year’s electronica as part of a consolidated Avnet EMEA presence. Avnet Abacus is one of four major business units that will each host a dedicated area of the stand, demonstrating the capabilities and support provided by the Avnet ecosystem.Showcasing the diverse technology expertise and leading-edge capabilities available from the business unit’s Europe-wide engineering support operation, Avnet Abacus has selected six new and highly innovative products to be highlighted at its dedicated space. Each of these has been developed with the advice and support of technical experts at Avnet Abacus, in conjunction with its strategic franchise partners.One key product demonstration in the Avnet Abacus space will be ParceLive – Hanhaa’s live parcel-tracking service, which allows users to determine the exact location and condition of their parcel in real time anywhere in the world. The development of this application is a perfect example of the close cooperation between Avnet Abacus and its franchise partners, helping customers to turn ideas into commercial successes by bringing their products to market quickly.The Avnet Abacus team comprises more than 50 product specialists who can provide application guidance across many sectors of the industry, including the internet of things (IoT), robotics, industrial and consumer technologies and more. The team provides to customers a wide range of technical expertise and resources from initial design to the prototyping stage to final production and covering every step in the process. The team is also able to help customers with the product selection process, prototype adoption for volume production, or support with advanced supply chain solutions and logistics.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Moxa: IIoT Edge gateway for Microsoft Azure IoT EdgeNext Renesas: radiation-hardened precision current source for sensing applicationslast_img read more

OnePlus 6: More details leaked, here is everything we know about this phone launching on May 17

first_imgIts happening folks! OnePlus 6 is coming to India on May 17, and fans and tech enthusiasts cant stop talking about the upcoming flagship phone from the OnePlus ahead of its launch. There is a reason for that: OnePlus is popular in India. In fact, India is the biggest market for OnePlus. And then there is the argument that for the last two years, OnePlus has been the company that has sold, arguably, the best value-for-money smartphone in India in the form of OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3. Expectations are that, once again, the OnePlus 6 will be a phone that will give consumers a flagship Android phone experience but at a more affordable price.Leaks, reveals and rumours too hint at the same. Even though OnePlus has been teasing us with details about the smartphone from its official Facebook and Twitter handles, industry insiders are going an extra mile just to get more scoop on the device. The latest is a full OnePlus 6 render that some enterprising folks have revealed in a video. It shows that the OnePlus 6 will have a different design compared to the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T. The render also shows that the OnePlus 6 is going to come with the USB C port (it was kind of obvious though).What else? A lot. As far as the official confirmation is concerned, some details have already been affirmed by OnePlus, while we will know about others only when the company officially unveils the phone at its global launch event on May 16 in London and on May 17 in India and China.advertisementHere is everything we know about OnePlus 6 so far:Processor and core hardware: As mentioned earlier, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has already confirmed that OnePlus 6 is going to be the company’s fastest smartphone so far. It will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the same processor that is inside this year’s top and most expensive phones, and will sport up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB internal memory.Screen: While not much is known about the exact screen size and resolution, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will feature an iPhone X-like notch. However, reports suggest that it could feature a 6.28-inch screen with an AMOLED display.Design: It has been confirmed that OnePlus 6 will come with a water and dust-resistant body. OnePlus earlier confirmed that the OnePlus 6 would sport a glass back, which would give it a more premium look. The feature is also likely to give it wireless charging capabilities. But of course, we wont know anything for sure until the launch.Software: OnePlus 6 will run on the latest version of the company’s proprietary Oxygen OS which will be based on Android 8 Oreo.Key features: Based on the reports that have come out so far, the OnePlus 6 will come with improved versions of features found in the OnePlus 5T. These features include Face Unlocking, Dash charging, and a fingerprint sensor. The OnePlus 6 retains the 3.5mm jack.Camera: OnePlus has kept camera details under wraps so far. Both the company and industry insiders have been tight lipped about spilling the beans on OnePlus 6s camera performance, or even its hardware. It is certain that the OnePlus 6 would feature a dual camera setup on the rear and a selfie camera in the front. We also know that the camera in the OnePlus 6 is probably good because recently, one of the photos clicked with it was good enough to be featured on the cover of Vogue magazine!Battery: Another mystery about the upcoming device is its battery. OnePlus 5T featured a 3,300mAh battery. While there is no official word on OnePlus 6s battery capacity yet, it is likely to offer a better battery life as compared to what users get with the OnePlus 5T.Price: OnePlus has not confirmed anything about the pricing of the phone yet. But word on the street is that the device could come with starting price of Rs 36,999, which means that the lower memory variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage would be available at the above mentioned price, while the higher memory variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal memory is likely to be priced around Rs 40,000.Availability: The OnePlus 6 will be launched in India on May 17. Once it is unveiled, it will go on an early — and special but limited — sale on May 21 and May 22 in 8 Indian cities. OnePlus is calling it the pop-up sale. The wider and full sale should start in the last week of May.As far as the online channels are concerned, we know that the OnePlus 6 will be available exclusively on Amazon India. Those who are interested in the OnePlus 6 can already go to Amazon and asked to be notified when the phone goes on sale. The OnePlus 6 will also be available from OnePlus online store as well as offline OnePlus experience stores which are in cities like Bangalore and Noida.advertisementALSO READ: Exclusive: OnePlus 6 Avengers Infinity War Edition may come with exotic Kevlar finish, hints retail boxThe OnePlus 5T launch event was the first to offer community members the opportunity to attend the event. The OnePlus 6 launch is to be its biggest community event till date. Fans are already vying for entry vouchers to the launch event, which will be available from 10:00 am IST on the 8th of May, 2018. The entry voucher will provide the community member with exclusive access to the venue. All fans attend the launch event will be the first to experience the OnePlus 6 and receive a gift hamper full of super add-ons and exclusive Marvel Avengers merchandise.last_img read more

ISL 2018-19: 10-man NorthEast United FC hold Kerala Blasters to goalless draw

first_imgTen-man NorthEast United FC stood firm to play out a goalless draw and deny Kerala Blasters FC a chance to end their Indian Super League campaign with a win, here Wednesday.Having already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final.FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in the other semi-final.Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches.After a tentative first few minutes, a powerful shot from Courage Pekuson got Kerala going.Twelve minutes into the game, Matej Poplatnik dribbled forward down the left and chipped the ball to Pekuson at the edge of the box. The Ghanaian midfielder chested it down before hitting a fine volley that flew inches wide.Kerala pushed forward and threatened to take the lead. In the 21st minute, Seiminlen Doungel ran clear down the right and sent a dangerous cross into the box which was almost turned in by Slavisa Stojanovic.NorthEast coach Eelco Schattorie was forced to field a weakened side and his woes were compounded when centre-back Gurwinder Singh was sent off in the 23rd minute.Pekuson dashed forward on a counter-attack and fed Poplatnik through on goal. The Slovenian striker was brought down on the edge of the box by Gurwinder, who happened to be NorthEast’s last man in defence, and promptly received the marching orders.Rowllin Borges slotted in at right-back as the visitors sat back and hoped to catch the hosts on the break. Pekuson went close again before the break as he shimmied away from Borges and cut in from the left flank but his low driven shot ricocheted off the inside of the post.advertisementDoungel was sent clear on goal at the stroke of half-time but an excellent save by Pawan Kumar kept the scoreline unchanged.Despite the numerical disadvantage, NorthEast had the Blasters defence in a spot of bother early on after the break.Panagiotis Triadis crossed from the left and found Lalrempuia Fanai inside the box whose shot was kept out by a diving Dheeraj Singh. The forward latched on to the ball on the rebound but Anas Edathodika got in the way to make the block.Blasters found it easier to counter and used the space in behind the opposition’s defence. Pekuson darted forward and crossed for Seiminlen Doungel who chested it down for Stojanovic to shoot in the 58th minute.The effort was parried away bravely by the NorthEast custodian who kept the visitors in the match.The goalkeeper was called into action again in the 69th minute when a Stojanovic shot took a deflection off Shouvik Ghosh and swerved in towards the goal. A fantastic finger-tip save by Pawan helped the ball onto the crossbar.last_img read more

Report: Frankfurt 1 Dortmund 1

first_imgBorussia Dortmund extended their lead at the Bundesliga summit despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt.Lucien Favre’s side were made to work hard for a share of the spoils, which proved a point gained in light of Bayern Munich’s loss at Bayer Leverkusen. Marco Reus​ and Luka Jovic – two players battling it out to be the division’s top scorer – exchanged first-half goals at the Commerzbank-Arena, but Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic was particularly profligate.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dortmund now boast a seven-point advantage at the top of the table.pic.twitter.com/iDeWo99wIz— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 2, 2019Having survived some early pressure, Dortmund almost forged ahead when Paco Alcacer got on the end of Jadon Sancho’s cross, but Makoto Hasebe made a timely intervention. The breakthrough arrived after 22 minutes, Reus applying the simplest of finishes after a determined run from Raphael Guerreiro.Reus should have doubled his tally a couple of minutes later but he dragged his effort wide when he had only Kevin Trapp to beat, with the Germany forward then striking the crossbar. The hosts stuck to their task and Rebic saw two chances go begging in quick succession, first volleying wide and then failing to find a way past Roman Burki from a tight angle. Dortmund failed to heed the warning signings, though, and Jovic levelled from Danny da Costa’s delivery just after Rebic had headed onto the bar. Burki was at full stretch to keep out Rebic’s powerful effort after the interval and Achraf Hakimi saw a speculative long-range drive fly over the top.Ultimately neither side could find a second goal as Dortmund strengthened their position in the title race despite dropping points.  read morelast_img read more

Farmers Urged to Capitalise on Alex Platform

first_img Mr. Bartlett said the platform, which was set up to facilitate the purchase and exchange of goods between farmers and buyers within the hotel industry, will result in an increase in the use of local produce in tourism enterprises, and support the national thrust to reduce imports. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has urged Jamaican farmers to capitalise on the Agri-linkages Exchange (ALEX) platform, which he says will be a huge catalyst in equipping them to reap the benefits of tourism’s success.Mr. Bartlett said the platform, which was set up to facilitate the purchase and exchange of goods between farmers and buyers within the hotel industry, will result in an increase in the use of local produce in tourism enterprises, and support the national thrust to reduce imports.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the ALEX platform at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on December 13.“With the help of ALEX, we are leveraging technology to bring hoteliers in direct contact with the farmers, and in turn reduce leakages and retain more of the economic benefits of tourism in Jamaica,” Mr. Bartlett said.“When you think that about one-third of all visitor spend is on food, it makes sense to target agriculture to reduce imports and increase the use of locally grown fruits and vegetables,” he further explained.The Minister also implored farmers to seize the opportunities which abound, by providing a reliable supply of high-quality food “every day of the year” to players in the industry, as the “phenomenal growth in the tourism sector” has created a larger market for fresh produce.He said the synergy between the agriculture and tourism sectors underscores the Government’s commitment to bring all segments together to ensure responsible tourism that brings benefits to the “wider society” by deepening the linkages among agriculture, manufacturing, gastronomy, health and wellness, sports and others.Agriculture and tourism, in particular, he argued, offer the best opportunities for inclusive economic growth.“The launch of ALEX represents my Ministry’s continuing efforts to build resilience and sustainability in the industry by ensuring the economic benefits of tourism reach communities and positively impact more Jamaicans,” he said.Mr. Bartlett said the Ministry of Tourism, through the Linkages Network, will be driving several initiatives to build the capacity of local farmers in their bid to meet the needs of the hospitality and tourism sector.The initiatives include an Entrepreneurial Training and Coaching Programme, and a berry farming development project geared at preparing farmers to support hoteliers’ needs for fresh, high-quality strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.He indicated that an updated Tourism Demand Study, which will provide the empirical data to allow for the effective planning and identification of goods and services in the tourism sector, is being prepared and will be ready for release in March 2018.Mr. Bartlett expressed confidence that the Gastronomy Network, under the leadership of former Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) President, Nicola Madden-Greig, will achieve its set goals, as its recent initiatives, which include the launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Tour and the Taste of Jamaica mobile app, will help to position the country as a “first-class tourist and gastronomic destination”.“Jamaica is fortunate to be blessed with gastronomic offerings born out of the rich diversity of our heritage, which make us ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing phenomenon of culinary travel,” the Minister said. The Minister also implored farmers to seize the opportunities which abound, by providing a reliable supply of high-quality food “every day of the year” to players in the industry, as the “phenomenal growth in the tourism sector” has created a larger market for fresh produce. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has urged Jamaican farmers to capitalise on the Agri-linkages Exchange (ALEX) platform, which he says will be a huge catalyst in equipping them to reap the benefits of tourism’s success.last_img read more

Caterpillar Performs First Dual Fuel Engine Retrofit in Hull

first_imgzoom Caterpillar Marine has completed the commercial marine industry’s first dual fuel engine retrofit conversion in hull  onboard the Coral Anthelia, an Anthony Veder LNG carrier vessel.The MaK M 43 C diesel engine was retrofitted to the 6 cylinder M 46 dual fuel platform, with each cylinder offering 900 kW of rated power. As a result of performing the retrofit within the hull, no modifications had to be done to the ship’s structure and no docking was required, according to Caterpillar.“Caterpillar is firmly committed to providing sustainable, flexible solutions that enhance our customers operations. We’re proud of the collaborative effort between Anthony Veder, Cat dealer Bolier and our engineering team to successfully achieve a beneficial industry milestone,” said Karl Vollrath, Caterpillar Marine customer service manager. “As an LNG carrier operating in waters impacted by SECA regulations, the Coral Anthelia will be able to optimize its performance utilizing LNG, heavy fuel oil or diesel.”With a bore of 460 millimeters and stroke of 610, the M 46 dual fuel engine was designed for electric drive propulsion systems as well as mechanical propulsion systems.The M 46 DF was engineered to allow for the retrofitting of current M 43 C engines. Additionally, existing M 32 C engines can be retrofitted to the MaK M 34 DF dual fuel platform.As a result of the synergies between the two platforms, Caterpillar can perform in hull retrofit conversions without having to move the engine block or perform extensive machining. “The benefits of an in hull retrofit for our customers are incredibly significant,”Axel Hausmann Caterpillar Marine customer service managersaid. “In addition to preserving the integrity of the vessel, an in hull retrofit saves the customer time and money in an industry driven by the bottom line.”Press Release; Image: Lyselast_img read more

Expanding Access to Regulated Child Care for Families

first_imgGovernment will help more families across the province by creating up to 1,000 new regulated child care spaces as part of a $8.9-million investment. “An investment in the child care sector is an investment in children and families, and an economic investment in our communities,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “It is our priority to make regulated child care more affordable, accessible and inclusive for children and families.” Up to 500 new child care spaces will be created in the home-based regulated child care setting. The other 500 spaces will be part of 15 new regulated child care centres being created in communities in need of child care. A portion of this funding will be used to support a new infant incentive for child care providers across the province. This will account for $6.9 million over the next two years. The remaining $2 million has been designated as a one-time grant in 2018-2019 to support existing centres to convert their space to meet the changing child care needs of their communities. “The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia continue to work together towards a long-term vision where children and their families have access to high-quality early learning and child care in their communities,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Municipalities identified to receive new centres include: “As an operator of a child care centre and a family home day care agency, I am happy to see the release of a plan that will support more child care spaces in areas of our province with identified need,” said Donna Buckland, operator of Giant Steps Childcare Centre in Upper Tantallon. “This funding will help ensure long-term, sustainable, high quality, inclusive child care programs for our families and children.” In January 2018, the province signed a three-year, $35 million early learning and child care funding agreement with the federal government. A portion of that funding has been designated to increase the number of spaces and set up the one-time grant funding. Cape Breton Regional Municipality Colchester County Halifax Regional Municipality Hants County Inverness County Kings County Lunenburg County Pictou County Queens County Shelburne County Yarmouth Countylast_img read more

Jonathan And Drew Scott Named Habitat Humanitarians

first_imgEntrepreneurs, TV personalities, best-selling authors and world-renowned construction and real estate experts Jonathan and Drew Scott have been selected as Habitat Humanitarians in recognition and furtherance of their dedication to Habitat For Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.Receiving the highest recognition offered by Habitat for Humanity, the Scott brothers join former President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood as the fifth and sixth Habitat Humanitarians named by the organization.“We’re honored to take on this role as Habitat Humanitarians to help build a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to live,” Drew Scott said. “Building or buying a home is not easy work for anyone, and a Habitat home is no different. Rather than a handout, Habitat offers a hand up by partnering with homeowners to build homes and pay down an affordable mortgage.”“We have seen firsthand how affordable homeownership changes lives,” Jonathan Scott said. “A home is more than four walls and a roof. It’s a safe place to sleep at night, a place for children to play and grow, and a place for families to build brighter futures.”As Habitat Humanitarians, the Scott brothers will serve as ambassadors for Habitat for Humanity, raising awareness of the challenges facing affordable housing and supporting Habitat’s mission.“We are honored to have Jonathan and Drew take on this role and continue to use their voices to lift up the cause of affordable homeownership,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Anyone who has seen them in action knows Jonathan and Drew’s dedication to helping people turn their houses into homes, and stretching every dollar to realize their dream. We are inspired by their passion and privileged to have them join the Habitat family.”Buying, selling, building and renovating homes for more than 15 years, the Scott brothers have also long participated in Habitat builds in the United States and Canada. As Habitat Humanitarians, the brothers will volunteer on Habitat build sites, speak out for affordable housing and help fundraise so that more families can achieve their dreams of homeownership.For more information, visit habitat.org/humanitarians.last_img read more

One Refugee to Host Human Rights Advocate Ishmael Beah

first_imgOne Refugee, a nonprofit organization supporting refugees in Utah through education and career initiatives, will host an evening of inspirational storytelling with New York Times bestselling author and human rights advocate Ishmael Beah on August 17, 2018.The public is invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. at the LDS Conference Center Theater, sponsored by LDS Charities.A former child soldier in Sierra Leone during the Sierra Leone Civil War, Beah was rescued by UNICEF in 1996. He has since gone on to become a New York Times bestselling author of two books, a memoir titled “A Long Way Gone” and a novel, “Radiance of Tomorrow.” A UNICEF Ambassador and advocate for Children Affected by War, Beah is also a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee.“Ishmael is an incredible example of overcoming a history of violence and poverty, and acting as a vehicle for change across the globe,” said One Refugee CEO Steve Ostler. “He has made an impact on countless lives by sharing his story, and we are lucky to be able to learn from him. I hope our own community of refugees within Salt Lake are able to draw from Ishmael’s experience as they look towards building their own lives and careers.”Prior to the event, Beah will spend the day at O.C. Tanner at One Refugee’s fifth-annual conference that is expected to be attended by more than 120-150 student refugees within the One Refugee program. There, Beah will discuss the practice of storytelling and share his experience as a boy soldier. The initial welcoming will begin at 10 a.m., with remarks from One Refugee’s Steve Ostler and Amy Wylie, and continue until 4 p.m. with workshops on storytelling, writing practice and a discussion led by Beah. The evening event will go from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. More information can be seen here.last_img read more

Mediterranean the deadliest sea for refugees and migrants says UN agency

31 January 2012The Mediterranean Sea has become the deadliest stretch of water in the world for migrants and refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. According to the UN agency’s estimates for last year, more than 1,500 people drowned or went missing while attempting to cross the sea from Africa to reach Europe, making 2011 the deadliest year for this region since UNHCR began recording the statistics in 2006.“Our teams in Greece, Italy, Libya, and Malta, warn that the actual number of deaths at sea may be even higher,” UNHCR spokesperson Sybella Wilkes told reporters in Geneva.Ms. Wilkes added that the UNHCR estimates were based on interviews with migrants who reached Europe by boat, telephone and e-mail communication from their relatives, as well as reports from Libya and Tunisia from survivors whose boats either sank or were in distress.Since pro-democracy protests erupted across North Africa and the Middle East early last year, large numbers of people have taken to boats to try to reach Europe, with Italy and Malta bearing the brunt of the displacement and migration.Survivors have recounted harrowing stories of being forced onto unseaworthy vessels by armed guards, particularly during April and May in Libya. Some have even reported cases of abuse and torture experienced at the hands of other passengers during the journey.Ms. Wilkes noted that despite poor weather conditions and high seas, UNHCR was disturbed to learn that three boats had already attempted the crossing in 2012, with one going missing at sea.On that note, she also welcomed the efforts of the Italian, Maltese and Libyan authorities to rescue distressed boats in the Mediterranean.“We renew our call to all shipmasters in the Mediterranean, one of the busiest stretches of water in the world, to remain vigilant and to carry out there duty of rescuing vessels in distress,” Ms. Wilkes stated.Of last year’s arrivals by sea, 56,000 landed in Italy while Malta and Greece received 1,574 and 1,000 respectively. In addition, according to the Greek Government, an estimated 55,000 irregular migrants crossed the Greek-Turkish land border. read more

EYEWITNESS Railroading…

…PPP officialsThe DPP’s supposed to review all cases the Police – or in this case SOCU – wants to prosecute. In the case of long-trumpeted accusations by the PNC/APNU and AFC of the PPP government “siphoning off billions and billions”, it took them over two years after their “forensic” audits of dozens of agencies to bring charges against two PPP Administration officials – Brassington, CEO of NICIL and Singh, Minister of Finance.And what charges!! It was as if the mountain strained – and produced a mouse!! Criminal “Misconduct in a public official” – an English medieval charge coterminous with burning folks at the stake! – that was long thrown out there. And what actions deserve possible “drawing and quartering”? That Singh and Brassington knowingly sold Government land far below the market value. Matters not that “market value” is a very slippery notion, and even if proven, there might’ve been extenuating circumstances for their decision.Anyhow, SOCU made no accusations that Brassington and Singh took a piece of the action or anything like that – just that they gave away the store. So, even if SOCU’s right, there was no ‘siphoning” from the Treasury, just that the Treasury could’ve been further fattened. But in the latest charges against the PPP’s financial mavens, it’s clear the PNC Government’s clutching at straws to satisfy their constituents, who’d been promised PPP blood.They’ve added the sale of the Sanata Complex — with facts so dodgy they prove someone’s either sleeping at the DPP’s office or else they’re singing for their supper!! That SOCU brought the charges we can understand – they’re directly under POLITICAL control.The gist of the charge, like your Eyewitness said, is that Brassington and Singh knowingly and deliberately gave away the (Government) store.Now, in these sales, how’d you determine “fair” value? Well, you go to qualified and certified “valuators” – which both the Government agents and the buyer did. The facts show NICIL first got a valuation of $245 million; the buyer got one for $350 million; and then NICIL got another one for $1 billion!Right off the bat, this shows NICIL was batting for the Government!! The final agreed price was the average of the buyer’s valuation and the HIGHER NICIL one.And this was giving away the store? Oi vey!!… CSMEAnother mountain that rumbled and strained to only produce a mouse was the CariCom “stakeholders” forum, at the Princess last week to consider the status of the CSME. The consensus was it wasn’t the fault of the Secretariat the CSME’s moribund, but of the Heads of Government (HOGS). Well…duh!!…wasn’t this always the case? Do we need a CDB-funded meet to tell us this??Whatever gap there’s been between the promise and achievement of CariCom has been the handiwork of the Little Caesar HOGS, who won’t concede an iota of their executive authority to a CariCom body to implement their decisions. So what we have is: these HOGS merrily pontificating about “what is to be done” at their “Summits” (which is so named to suggest their elevated statuses!!) but then returning “home” and sitting on their hands! So, what’ll change at the HOGS “special summit” next month? Absolutely nothing!The ever-candid St Vincent PM, Gonsalves, however, singled out Barbados and TT for preventing the CSME’s “free movement of peoples”.But since their economies have collapsed, that’s now moot, ain’t it??!!…G-7Trump threw a spanner into the G-7 meet when he refused to endorse the final communique, and called Canada’s PM, Justin Trudeau, “dishonest and weak”!!Now onto his Singapore meet with N Korea’s “Rocket man”!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Trimble launches new technology at 2016 Dimensions User Conference

first_imgTrimble concluded its 8th International User Conference with more than 4,400 registered attendees representing over 80 countries. Trimble Dimensions was held November 7-9 at The Venetian in Las Vegas and provided insight into how information technology can transform the way professionals work to achieve success.“Each year, Trimble Dimensions has set new records for attendance—and this year we have done it again,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble Vice President. “Dimensions is truly a celebration of technology—a unique conference focused on how advanced solutions are transforming the way the world works. With its well-deserved reputation as one of the industry’s most comprehensive educational events, Dimensions provides a stimulating and informative experience for industry professionals.”Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction division made several announcements at the event.Trimble announced a partnership with Engcon that enables Trimble’s GCS900 Grade Control System to be used with Engcon’s tiltrotator excavator attachments, which can result in time and fuel savings for contractors. Trimble and XCMG Excavator Machinery Business Division (XCMG) also announced a commitment to work together to integrate Trimble machine control solutions with XCMG excavators. Integrating Trimble machine control will allow XCMG customers to take advantage of Trimble Connected Site Solutions such as 3D constructible models and as-built data.Trimble also announced that the GCS900 Grade Control System is now available with xFill™ technology to sustain Real Time Kinematic (RTK) positions during correction outages. xFill uses Trimble RTX™ technology, delivered via satellite, to “fill in” for RTK corrections in the event of temporary radio or Internet connection outages. This means contractors can experience fewer interruptions and less machine downtime.Also at Dimensions, Trimble introduced its DPS900 Machine Control System for Dynamic Compaction, which increases worker safety by eliminating the need for surveyors to work in close proximity to large machines. The number of drops per location and the depth of the hole can be accurately and automatically tracked and recorded using the DPS900 system, which helps reduce errors from the manual reporting method used today.Trimble has also made improvements to its site positioning systems for small contractors. Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software has introduced two new capabilities, EZ Level and BaseAnywhere. EZ Level replaces traditional laser transmitters with GNSS or total stations for easy elevation checking when no design is available. BaseAnywhere allows contractors to quickly set up their Trimble SPS585 GNSS Smart Antenna as a base station anywhere on the site, with no survey control necessary. In addition, corrections can now be streamed to the SPS585 using BaseAnywhere and Wi-Fi. No radio is needed, so smaller contractors have a very affordable way to receive GNSS corrections on site.last_img read more

Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union consider next steps after Folau meeting

first_imgRugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union ‘consider next steps’ after Folau meeting The Wallabies fullback is set to have his contract terminated over an ‘unacceptable’ Instagram post. RUGBY AUSTRALIA AND the New South Wales Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau following his latest controversial social media posts.The Australia and Waratahs fullback sparked outrage with his opinions on homosexuality and gender earlier this week.He had avoided punishment for similar statements last year. Rugby Australia responded with a statement, revealing that it had not been able to contact Folau about the ‘unacceptable’ comments.The union added that it planned to sack the player ‘in the absence of compelling mitigating factors’.A meeting with Folau followed on Friday and the NSW Rugby Union stated that the discussion would be relayed to board members to ‘consider next steps’ but its position ‘is unchanged’.The statement read: “Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau in Sydney today.“As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting.“Following today’s meeting, the two organisations will update their respective boards on the matter to consider next steps. Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged.”Folau posted a message on Instagram that stated “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters along with “REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES”.He added: “Those that are living in sin will end up in hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”The post remains online, and has attracted more than 29,000 likes.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday called his comments ‘terribly insensitive’.“You know it’s important that people act with love and care and compassion to their fellow citizens and to speak sensitively to their fellow Australians,” Morrison said.Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Friday 12 Apr 2019, 9:33 AM Short URL Folau broke Super Rugby’s all-time try-scoring record last weekend. 28 Comments https://the42.ie/4588645 By The42 Team Folau broke Super Rugby’s all-time try-scoring record last weekend. Image: Andrew Cornaga/INPHOcenter_img Subscribe 13,097 Views Share Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Image: Andrew Cornaga/INPHO Apr 12th 2019, 9:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Videos from NXT Ohno vs Ciampa EC3 in action War Raiders vs

first_img WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE posted the following video highlights from this week’s episode of NXT.Heavy Machinery vs. War RaidersEC3 makes his NXT TV debut against Raul Mendoza Twittercenter_img Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Stocks fall on worries about Chinas economy

first_imgNEW YORK — Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil Wednesday. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy’s reported weaker sales.An unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech giant Tencent surprised investors and added to some recent concerns about the health of China’s economy. Tencent, a gaming and messaging company, is the most valuable technology company in China.Earlier this week, reports on growth in factory output, consumer spending and retail sales in China were all slower than expected.Large technology companies including Alibaba and Baidu of China and U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Microsoft fell.Oil prices sank and copper plunged to its lowest price in a year as investors worried about the health of the global economy. The S&P 500 index had its biggest decline since late June while traditionally safe investments like bonds and high-dividend stocks rose.“This year we’ve seen slower growth. Everyone expected that,” said Kate Warne, an investment strategist for Edward Jones. “Over the last couple of months it looks like growth has been slower than everyone expected.”The S&P 500 slid 21.59 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,818.37. Earlier it fell as much as 1.3 percent.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 137.51 points, or 0.5 percent, to 25,162.41. The Nasdaq composite dropped 96.78 points, or 1.2 percent, to 7,774.12. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks sank 21.91 points, or 1.3 percent, to 1,670.67.last_img read more

Mourinho only has one goal to win Thiago Motta

first_imgThe former Internazionale Milan footballer worked under the Portuguese in the Italian Lega Serie A and knows him very wellBrazilian midfielder Thiago Motta played with Internazionale Milan from 2009 to 2012.During that time he worked closely with Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, and he knows him very well.“He’s a winner. In his head, there’s only one goal: winning. Entertaining doesn’t interest him,” Thiago Motta told Goal.“Mourinho has two sides: one happy when he wins, one p*ssed off when he loses. His mood changes depending on the result.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If the team plays well, but loses, he can’t find anything positive,” he added.“But if he wins playing badly, he’s overjoyed.”“Mourinho doesn’t look for beauty, he looks for an enemy. If he doesn’t have one, he’ll create one,” he commented.“With Inter, we had an 11-point lead in the league, we lost a game and then drew one. The Monday, he held a 15-minute press conference where he attacked everyone: Galliani, Milan, Roma, the referees, Juve. He needed to refresh the atmosphere.”last_img read more

McCain to Seek Sixth Senate Term

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday he will run for a sixth term in the Senate, paving the way for Congress’ most ardent defense hawk to remain at the helm of the chamber’s Armed Services Committee beyond 2016.McCain, who will be 80 on Election Day in 2016, likely will face a more conservative opponent in the Republican primary but with his long-standing popularity and strong fundraising ability, it will be difficult to topple him, reported Stars and Stripes.“The reality is I think it is going to be very hard to push him out,” said Gordon Adams, a professor of foreign policy at American University.On Tuesday, McCain touted his position at the head of the defense committee. “I’ve never been in a better position to help our military defeat our enemies and secure our nation,” he said.The biggest threat to McCain losing his chairmanship could be a loss of the Senate majority by the GOP. The Republicans have more seats up for election in 2016 than the Democrats, according to the story.Adams pointed out that McCain’s influence on defense issues can be overstated. While McCain has led the charge by defense hawks in the House and Senate to reverse the statutory caps on defense spending, so far Republicans appear ready to pass a fiscal 2016 budget resolution that retains the limits. The two resolutions create the possibility that the caps could be overridden by adding billions to DOD’s war funding account, but it still is not clear whether appropriators will allocate the extra funds in next year’s spending bill.“I think he is a key voice. I am not so sure he is going to move the traffic when it comes to cutting a budget deal,” Adams said.last_img read more