17 Nov

Asia Cup 2018 Final: India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh

first_imgSo, there will be no India vs Pakistan final in the Asia Cup. There will be no revenge for Pakistan, who were decimated by India in the two matches the arch-rivals played in the tournament.A day before their final Super Four match against Bangladesh, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had spoken like he was sure of the result already. “Pakistan will win their last Super Four game against Bangladesh on Wednesday,” Geo TV quoted Arthur, as saying. “They will then take revenge for the two losses against India by beating them in the final,” he added.A little over 24 hours later, Arthur was distraught while his captain Sarfraz Ahmed had to front up to the media and admit that his team played horrible cricket throughout the tournament.Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Afghanistan stars console heartbroken young Indian fanBangladesh, who were beaten soundly by Afghanistan in the group stage and India in the Super Fours, had managed to stay afloat with a thrilling three-run win over Afghanistan in their first Super Four game.Another day, another match, another dominating performance. #TeamIndia seal the game against Bangladesh by 7 wickets #AsiaCup2018 #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/Fntb9xt05XBCCI (@BCCI) September 21, 2018Pakistan were far from impressive against India and even in their victory over Afghanistan. Bangladesh was always going to be a banana peel and on Wednesday, Pakistan slipped sensationally. They had reduced Bangladesh to 12/3 before Sarfraz’s poor choices on the field allowed them to post a competitive total.Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match report | HighlightsadvertisementAnd once Pakistan lost those early wickets and Shoaib Malik was brilliantly caught by Mashrafe Mortaza, it was always going to be an uphill task even for a determined Imam-ul-Haq.Bangladesh were clinical with the ball and their inspired fielding meant Pakistan had no breathing space.Also read – We were poor in all departments, my own performance bad: Sarfraz AhmedAnd it is this charged-up Bangladeshi outfit that will take on India, who have been superb after an insipid start against Hong Kong. They brushed aside Pakistan (twice) and Bangladesh in the Super Four before resting five of their key players in the dead rubber against Afghanistan. The match ended in a tie.Also Read – Innings vs Pakistan will be in my top five, says Mushfiqur RahimIndia, therefore, are the only unbeaten team in the tournament. And their best players are fresh. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal last played on Sunday and they would be raring to go after a four-day break.Also read – India best side in the world, we need to learn from them: Shoaib MalikIndia’s batting has looked solid even without Virat Kohli. Some experts believed his absence will give Pakistan a psychological advantage but that was not to be. Dhawan and Rohit have been brilliant while Ambati Rayudu, filling in for Kohli at No.3, has been rock-solid.Also Read – Mashrafe Mortaza lauds ‘quality’ fielding against PakistanRavi Shastri presents the Hitman & Gabbar Show.What happens when coach @RaviShastriOfc turns presenter and does a rendezvous with captain @ImRo45 & @SDhawan25 ? You wouldn’t want to miss this – by @28anandhttps://t.co/M8N2oSkwhN pic.twitter.com/gkP4PaKDQJBCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2018Dinesh Karthik has played a couple of fluent knocks while KL Rahul made an impact in the only game he played (vs Afghanistan).The bowlers, as usual, have been India’s heroes. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have been reletnless while Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja have spun a web around the opposition batsmen. Kedar Jadhav has been useful too, with his part-time off-spinners.In short, India have been brutal and ruthless. They adjusted pretty quickly to the unrelenting heat of Dubai after three months in England and asserted their authority over the other Asian teams.On the other hand, Bangladesh were a little disappointing before they turned on their A-game against Pakistan. Yes, they defeated Sri Lanka but the crushing defeats against Afghanistan and India must have left them emotionally drained. A nail-biting win over Afghanistan must have helped soothe some nerves before a virtual semi-final against an unpredictable Pakistan.But up against India, it won’t be easy. Bangladesh will be without Tamim Iqbal and Shakib-al-Hasan, who were ruled out of the Asia Cup due to injuries at different stages. And then there’s the matter of confidence.The India-Bangladesh rivalry really gained momentum after the World Cup quarterfinals in 2015. Shortly after, India toured Bangladesh and lost a three-match ODi series. Bangladesh were on top of the world and their joy knew no bound when they came close to upstaging India in the 2016 World T20, However, harakiri by their batsmen with only a handful to get allowed India to walk away with a one-run win.advertisementWant to know where @imjadeja’s love for quirky hairstyles comes from?Watch the full conversation between #TeamIndia’s fielding coach @coach_rsridhar & comeback star Ravindra Jadeja – by @28anand.Full interview here https://t.co/sXiIbq3qm5 pic.twitter.com/VJxoBqxw2aBCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2018The two teams met again in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy – there was plenty of hype around the game but India romped home by nine wickets.In the Nidahas Trophy earlier this year, India defeated Bangladesh thrice including the final where Dinesh Karthik clobbered 29 off just 8 balls.Bangladesh are no pushovers by any means now but India are the clear favourites. India have all their boxes ticked – the openers have been brilliant and the bowlers disciplined.It still promises to be a humdinger of a match on Friday. There is no doubt Bangladesh will win the bragging rights if they do manage to upset the mighty India team. But no matter what the result is on September 28, another glorious chapter is set to be added to the India-Bangladesh rivarly.last_img read more

16 Nov

World Cup 2019: The more you see, the more you like it- Ben Stokes catch leaves cricket world in awe

first_imgThis is World Cup 2019, and you will witness a lot of unbelievable moments here. The first one of the tournament was provided by England hero Ben Stokes in a crushing win for the hosts over South Africa.After producing a phenomenal show with the bat in the World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa, England all-rounder Ben Stokes followed it up by pulling off one of the greatest catches in the history of the tournament.ENG v SA, CWC 19 opener – Report | HighlightsIn South Africa’s run chase of 312, Andile Phehlukwayo slog swept off Adil Rashid in the first delivery of the 35th over – it looked certain the ball was headed over the mid-wicket fence but a flying Ben Stokes intervened it by throwing himself backward and outstretching his arms to the maximum limit to pluck the ball out of air in one hand.For a moment, Ben Stokes himself looked amazed with his show of athleticism and also left others in wonderment.”I had a bit of a panic on, I was a little further in than I should have been, but I’ve the nickname, “The Claw”, and luckily it stuck,” Stokes spoke of his catch.In the commentary box, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said, “The more you see, the more you like it,” said in Stokes’s praise during the Commentary.”Ben Stokes went on to win the Man of The Match for his 79-ball 89 runs and 2 scalps as hot favourites England kicked off their World Cup campaign by 104 runs against South Africa at The Oval.advertisementAfter being put in to bat first, England scored 311 runs in their 50 overs with the help of half-centuries from Jason Roy (54), Joe Root (51), Eoin Morgan (57) and Ben Stokes (89). Jofra Archer picked 3 wickets, while Stokes and Liam Plunkett shared two apiece to bundle out South Africa for 207 with 10 overs left to play.Cricket fans were awestruck!This match belongs to Ben Stokes. Runs with the bat. Catchesincluding a stunner. Run-Out. England starting the #CWC19 with an emphatic victory.Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 30, 2019Great grab @benstokes38 ??Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) May 30, 2019Stop it! #stokesmark butcher (@markbutcher72) May 30, 2019OH MY STOKESEngland’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) May 30, 2019How do you hold on to that? UnrealPeter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) May 30, 2019OMG Ben Stokes!! What. A. Catch. #ENGvSA #CWC19Alexis Nunes (@alexisenunes) May 30, 2019WHAT DID WE JUST WITNESS?! ??@benstokes38 #WeAreEngland #CWC19Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 30, 2019Stokes inspiring. That’s the best I’ve seen. Ever.Alex Barrow (@ABarrowCoaching) May 30, 2019Yep, that’s the best catch I’ve ever seen. Then just casually kicking it away after coming down to Earth. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/qyDnwZZECYAdam Collins (@collinsadam) May 30, 2019Oh my word! Stokes! #ENGvSA #CWC19Neil Dutton (@ndutton13) May 30, 2019Whaaaaaaat STOKES!!!! #ENGvSA #CWC2019 #CWC19Andy Barrow (@AndyBarrow2012) May 30, 2019Wow… what about that Ben Stokes … what a catch !!! You can’t practise those #CWC19 #ENGvsRSA One of the best you will ever seeRussel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) May 30, 2019Call off the catch of the tournament competition ???????????? #CWC19James Whaling (@jjwhaling) May 30, 2019Also Read | Warner, Archer and Rashid the players to look out for in World Cup 2019: TendulkarAlso See:last_img read more

24 Oct

A Cargo Bike That Cares: The Naço Tricycle

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read You Need a Vacation: 5 Midwestern Camp-Style Lodges Where You Can Unplug Beard Straighteners Are a Thing. Here’s Why You Might Want One 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations When Naço Architecture developed their Tricycle, they asked, “How do you move large loads around a city without using any gas?” What the global firm — which has offices in Paris, Shanghai and Buenos Aires — came up with was the Tricycle, a cargo bike that serves as an alternative to large vehicles, such as buses, electric trams and utility vehicles usually used to move heavy items from one point to another. The environmentally friendly Tricycle enables users to transport things without using any of the quickly depleting fossil fuels.The Tricycle comes in a modular arrangement, so that you can put the caddy in the front or back of the bike, so that users get to choose which option is the most sensible for the things they need to move. Peddle furniture, clothes you need to donate, refrigerators, a washer — anything that fits in the caddy really, and go back and forth. We’re sure it will be a lot quicker than when Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen were bike movers on that Portlandia skit.Did we mention? The Naço Tricycle is also a great workout. There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground last_img read more

24 Oct

Damen Nets State-of-the-Art OCV

first_imgMarch 11, 2014 zoom A charter agreement between expanding subsea contractor DeepOcean and Maersk Supply Service has triggered an order for a Damen Offshore Carrier DOC 8500 – the second order for this new ship design from Damen Shipyards Group.The DOC 8500 will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, representing a new focus on Interconnector projects, in addition to oil & gas sector and renewables work. The specially-equipped vessel will be delivered from the Damen Galati yard in Romania.Owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service, the vessel will become the latest addition to the 60-plus strong Maersk offshore support vessel fleet.René Berkvens, Damen Shipyards Group Chief Executive Officer, says: “We really believe in the new design, a result of our continuous R&D efforts. Because of the flexibility of the concept, the customer can incorporate a large number of purpose-specific demands to suit his specific needs. This particular vessel has been adapted in close cooperation with our clients, drawing on the expertise of all three companies to create a state-of-the-art Offshore Construction Vessel.”Lasting relationshipMaersk Supply Service Chief Executive Officer Carsten Plougmann Andersen says: “This project builds on our long lasting relationship with DeepOcean, supporting their subsea operations. We look forward to expanding our cooperation with this highly valued customer and entering into a close working relationship with Damen Shipyards Group. We are convinced that the cooperation between all three parties will result in an efficient, reliable and very competitive vessel.”Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK Managing Director, says: “This next generation cable lay vessel in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets. The versatile new vessel will be well suited for installation and burial projects using its 7,000 tonne carousel from land-fall to deepwater and also in remote geographical locations. The vessel is designed to meet the high standards demanded by North Sea Oil and Gas customers.”Flexible platformRemko Bouma of Damen Shipyards Bergum, who is overseeing vessel construction, describes the DOC 8500 as a “semi-customised, modular” design. For DeepOcean, the ship-to-ship rule compliant vessel has been configured to accommodate 90 personnel, mostly in single occupancy cabins.“The DOC 8500 has been developed as a flexible platform for both transport and installation work offshore,” says Mr Bouma. “Its bow and slender hull optimise sea keeping in rough seas and suppress slamming. The ship will run on either MGO or HFO and has DP2 capabilities in line with offshore market preferences. Its high on-deck cable carrying capacity makes it particularly competitive as a cable layer, while the vessel has also been optimised for shallow water operations, coming complete with a seven-point mooring system and the ability to take the ground fully loaded.”The 138m length, 27.5m breadth DOC 8500 features 2,200 m² of unobstructed deck of 20T/m2 load capacity with ro-ro capability. The 9,300 dwt vessel will have a top speed of 12 knots.Related:An animation of the original Damen Offshore Carrier conceptlast_img read more

22 Oct

Midwifery Act Effective March 18

first_imgMothers-to-be in Nova Scotia will have access to publicly-funded midwifery services as the province begins the integration of midwives to primary maternity care teams. The Midwifery Act comes into effect Wednesday, March 18. “We are moving towards teams of health-care professionals working together to provide care to Nova Scotians in their communities,” said Health Minister Karen Casey. “Midwives are key team players in providing the right care to mothers and their families.” The integration process will begin with three model sites — Guysborough Antigonish Strait District Health Authority, South Shore District Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre. There are seven full-time equivalent positions that will be funded. Two full-time positions each have been assigned to South Shore and Guysborough Antigonish Strait district health authorities and two full-time and two part-time positions will be at the IWK. Each model site has started putting their program in place, including recruiting midwives to join their maternity care teams. Each model may look different depending on the needs of the community. This initiative will directly contribute to government’s priority of providing Nova Scotians with healthier, safer communities. “There has been excellent collaboration with existing teams in the three model sites to determine how midwives will be working there,” said Maren Dietze, president of the Association of Nova Scotia Midwives. “Regulating midwifery will ensure safe, high-quality midwifery care. Regulation will protect the public. We have been working towards this for a long time.” The Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia has been established. This council is comprised of three midwives recommended by the Association of Nova Scotia Midwives, a registered nurse recommended by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, a physician recommended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and three public members, and the registrar. Midwives are members of collaborative practice teams. In 2008-09, the Department of Health invested $3.9 million in interdisciplinary teams, which in addition to midwives includes nurse practitioners, family practice nurses, dieticians, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, within primary health care. It is anticipated that each full-time midwife will attend to the care of about 40 women each year. In 2007 there were 9,104 births in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

22 Oct

Traffic advisory Canso Causeway

first_imgA tractor trailer is stuck and blocking the Canso Causeway. Lights are out on the causeway, as well. Drivers are advised to avoid travel in and near Cape Breton, if possible. Visibility is poor and drifting snow is covering roads. Call 511, visit http://511.gov.ns.ca, or follow @NS_TIR on Twitter for road condition updates. -30-last_img

17 Oct

Alberta town says no to Pride flag province says can fly at

first_imgTABER, Alta. – A southern Alberta town has turned down a request from a community group to fly a rainbow Pride flag.Taber Council has also approved a motion that calls for only the Canadian, Alberta and Taber flags to be flown on town-owned designated community flagpoles except in special circumstances.Mayor Andrew Prokop says no requests to fly any other flags will be considered.He declined to explain what was behind the decisions, including the specific request from the Taber Equality Alliance.Last June, Taber attracted publicity after a Pride flag was stolen during the town’s first Pride event and a replacement flag was reportedly burned.Prokop says people are free to fly any flag they want on their own flagpoles in Taber’s Confederation Park.“We look forward to the Taber Pride Celebration occurring in June and wish the Taber Equality Alliance every success for their event,” Prokop said Wednesday in a release.NDP Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen invited the alliance to fly its Pride flag at the provincial building in Taber.“Dear Taber, Your 1st flag was stolen, 2nd burned. It would be an honour to fly your next Pride flag from the Taber prov building,” Jansen said on Twitter.Someone challenged Jansen, wondering why the equality group doesn’t fly the flag on its own flagpole.“They don’t have to,” Jansen responded. “The Gov of Ab recognizes the Pride flag as a powerful symbol of equality & Inclusion. Proud to raise it for Taber.”last_img read more

15 Oct

Lisa LeBlanc pushes past a breakup with wit and raucousness

first_img“I Love You, I Don’t Love You, I Don’t Know.” “Why Does It Feel So Lonely (When You Are Around).” “Eh Cher (You’ve Overstayed Your Welcome).” “Dump the Guy ASAP.”We’re cautious about probing too deeply into Lisa LeBlanc’s personal life, but it seems fair to ask, given certain recurring themes in the lyric sheet to — nay, roughly half the song titles on — her new album, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, if perhaps these tunes were a means of working through and moving past a few things.“Oh, for sure. They always are,” she laughs over a midday meal on King West, waving off the notion that she might be inhabiting fictional characters in her songwriting. “I have to live it.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement This isn’t to say that Runaway Queen, the banjo-toting Rosaireville, N.B. native’s second full-length record, is a maudlin affair. It’s actually a pretty raucous, rousingly bad-tempered little gem and a more polished realization of the raunchy folk-rock sound she pursued to much acclaim on 2014’s interstitial EP, Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted. And, as breakup albums go, it’s a fairly good-humoured one. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

12 Oct

Re-audit, fix blame by evening: Fadnavis on FOB collapse

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday asked for an immediate probe to “fix primary responsibility by the evening” on all those behind the foot-overbridge (FOB) collapse that claimed six lives. He also sought a “revisit of the safety audits”, which had declared the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) bridge “safe” but it collapsed here on Thursday at 7.40 p.m. injuring 32 others, some critically. Visiting the injured at various hospitals in south Mumbai, a grim Fadnavis said “it was an extremely serious matter” that the bridge which had already undergone a structural audit had crashed suddenly. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “This also raises questions on the audits conducted on the city bridges… The structural and safety audits carried out on all the bridges need to be revisited. “I have also ordered the Municipal Commissioner to affix the ‘primary responsibility’ on the officials and police will lodge separate first information reports against them,” Fadnavis assured. The Mumbai Police have registered cases against BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with negligence and culpable homicide in the bridge which crashed barely six months after the structural audit cleared it suggesting minor repairs. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Late last night Fadnavis announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia each to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured, besides a high-level probe into the incident. Connecting the CSMT’s suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily suburban commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line. Although the debris below the bridge has been cleared, traffic restrictions continued on the busy D.N. Road, a traffic official said.last_img read more

12 Oct

Moroccan Schools Lacking in Inspirational Speakers

Marrakech – School is not only a place of knowledge, but a place of motivation, inspiration and creation. If teachers are able to look at students as people before coming to school, they will be able to recognize that it’s not the school’s purpose to make students make something of their lives. Teachers will then see the need to inspire students to be creative and successful instead of bombarding them with lectures and homework.To help students along their desired life path, teachers and adults in general need to encourage and inspire them by providing them with appropriate help in achieving their goals. However this should be done only when necessary in order to foster independence in each individual student.Teachers discouraging students with fierce words can be as harmful as swords, converting teachers from inspiration and assistances into obstacles towards students’ goals. Some teachers highlight negative points and shortcomings in students without recognizing their strong and positive attributes. So it’s time for some Moroccan teachers, or rather people in general, to appreciate the good in others while shifting their focus away from shortcomings in their personalities.To better express this message, take the analogy of a bee eye over a fly eye as an example. That is to say, a bee eye, which is stemmed from the hardworking nature of bees, is appreciated more than a fly eye. As we know, bees are attracted to beautiful things like flowers and nectar and are never drawn to foul smelling rubbish. On the contrary, flies always choose rubbish and dirty things. Therefore, if people have a bee eye they will highlight the positive attributes in others and encourage them to go forward. Those with a fly eye will only see shortages in others.In several countries, people have started to realize and embrace the role of inspirational speakers in life and recognize that no one can benefit from pessimism and discouragement. Systems in some countries, like the United States, invite inspirational speakers into their schools to speak about reaching their goals despite life’s difficulties.They invite them not to teach, but simply to speak. To speak about success in life to others may be more important than teaching them how to succeed in life because it is motivational and inspirational.It then becomes appropriate to mention one of the most famous inspirational speakers, Nick Vujicic. This speaker is known for having no arms and no legs and has given inspiring speeches in several universities and schools in the United States. He talks frequently to students on how they can overcome difficulties and live up to their potentials. One of his videos is posted at the end of the article to provide an example of the extent to which inspirational speeches can actually work.Thus, when dealing with our friends, students, and members of our families, we should make sure that we encourage their efforts and support them in following their plans for a successful life, for individual success is not personal, but social. The success of an individual is at the same time the success of the society.To pave the way for a supportive society and a successful system of education that caters to an individual’s psychological health, schools should develop programs that invite inspirational speakers from around the world to Moroccan schools and institutions to talk to students about their experience with success and the way they can fight against hopelessness and discouragement.Instead of inviting thousands of singers, it’s better to invite hundreds of inspirational speakers, be it Moroccans or foreigners, to inspire students and encourage them to live up to their fullest potential.Edited by Jack Stanovsek read more

12 Oct

Words must be put into action to fight human trafficking – Assembly

Despite United Nations-backed agreements and initiatives, “there remains a vast gulf between the letter of the law and the situation on the ground,” he told a thematic debate convened by the Assembly on the issue.Despite such pacts as the landmark UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, roughly 2.5 million people worldwide – mostly women and children – are believed to be victims of human trafficking. Additionally, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has identified 127 countries as sources of trafficked people and 137 nations as destinations for these victims.Mr. Kerim told participants at today’s debate that increased global interdependence has “provided new avenues for criminal networks to operate on a global scale,” adding that trafficking affects all regions of the world and does not discriminate between developed and developing areas.He urged Member States to act on their commitments, to enhance protection and assistance for victims and to prosecute traffickers.Furthermore, the Assembly President stressed the need to boost the economic and social conditions to minimize people’s vulnerability to trafficking, and also appealed for stepped up cooperation among the private sector and nations.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro called on all countries to ratify the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.“For millions of people around the world, the fight against human trafficking is a matter of life and death,” she told the debate. “To reunite families that have been torn apart, to restore childhood to kids who have been robbed of their youth, to bring back dignity to all those violated by these abuses – we must act now.”Last year, the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), an initiative launched by UNODC and several UN partners last year to bring governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and the media together to combat a practice that is viewed as modern-day slavery, was launched.Anwar Gargash, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said that the Gulf nation, which has been a strong supporter of UN.GIFT since its inception, is endeavouring to address the problem.The country’s “wake-up call” came in the form when it was discovered that camel jockeys were being exploited, he said at a press conference today and convinced the UAE that global partnerships were key to tackling the problem of trafficking due to its transnational nature.“We understand that it is not a stigma to have human trafficking but the stigma is not to do anything about it,” Mr. Gargash said, adding that the UAE is leading the fight in the region against human trafficking.The other keynote speaker at today’s Assembly debate was United States actress Ashley Judd, who, as an active member of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Population Services International (PSI), has toured 12 countries to visit brothels, slums, hospices and other facilities.“My objective was to bring the UN into the ‘sacred circle’ of sharing because I know that the unheard are helped when they are heard. I know that compassionate listening helps me and my goals was to help them,” she told reporters, referring to the victims of trafficking she has met in her visits to different nations.Today’s event comes on the heels of the first-ever global forum to address human trafficking in 2007 convened by UN.GIFT, which brought together more than 1,000 experts, government authorities, law enforcement officials, business leaders, people who had been trafficked from over 100 countries, and others. 3 June 2008Global and regional pacts must be put into action if the world is to tackle the scourge of human trafficking, a $32 billion annual industry, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today in New York. read more

3 Oct

Ohio Star Fair reopening kiddie other lowimpact rides

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rides at the Ohio State Fair’s Kiddieland and some elsewhere in the amusement park reopened Friday with the OK of inspectors two days after the governor shut them all down following a thrill ride malfunction that killed a teen who had recently enlisted in the Marines.The 18-year-old man’s girlfriend was among seven other people who were injured when the Fire Ball flung riders — some still strapped in their seats — through the air Wednesday night. A few people on the midway were hit by debris.The ride’s Dutch manufacturer has told operators of the attraction at fairs and festivals worldwide to stop using it until more is learned about what caused the malfunction. Ohio Gov. John Kasich shut down all rides for new inspections after the accident.Agriculture Department spokesman Mark Bruce said Friday that 28 rides were cleared to resume operations Friday afternoon. Those reopened include the children’s carousel, bumper boats and other “low-impact” attractions including the Giant Slide and SkyGlider.More than half of the fair’s rides remained closed. It runs through Aug. 6 .Federal and state investigators have begun working to find what caused the wreck on the fair’s opening day.Video taken by a bystander of the swinging, spinning Fire Ball ride in action captured a crashing sound. A section holding four riders came apart, and screams could be heard as at least two people were ejected and plunged toward the ground. Other riders were still in their seats as they fell.Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, was thrown about 50 feet (15 metres) and pronounced dead on the midway. The Marine Corps and school officials said Jarrell enlisted last week and was to begin basic training after his high school graduation next year.“That was just this past Friday. Then he goes to the state fair and he is involved in this horrible tragedy. It’s just devastating,” said Capt. Gerard Lennon Jr., a naval science instructor in the Junior ROTC program at Jarrell’s high school.Jarrell’s family has hired a law firm to look into the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.The injured ranged in age from 14 to 42. At least two were listed in critical condition.Jarrell’s girlfriend, Keziah Lewis, doesn’t remember the accident and has pelvis, ankle and rib injuries, her mother told The Columbus Dispatch.Lewis, a University of Cincinnati student, underwent one surgery and faces a second.“She kept asking for her boyfriend,” Clarissa Williams said. “I had to tell her he was the one who was deceased.”Inspectors looked over the ride while it was assembled and signed off on it hours before it flew apart, according to authorities and records released Thursday.The ride’s manufacturer, KMG, said the one at the Ohio fair was built in 1998. Forty-three of the rides, also known as the Afterburner, are in use around the world, 11 of them in the U.S., according to KMG. None has had a serious malfunction before, the company told the AP.The Fire Ball swings 24 riders back and forth like a pendulum 40 feet (12 metres) above the ground while they sit facing each other in four-seat carriages that spin at 13 revolutions a minute, according to the company’s website.Ohio Department of Agriculture records provided to The Associated Press showed passing marks on inspections of about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.All rides at the fair are checked several times when they are being set up to ensure the work is done the way the manufacturer intended, said Agriculture Director David Daniels.Michael Vartorella, Ohio’s chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride before it opened.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating. It estimates there were 30,900 injuries associated with amusement attractions last year that required an emergency room visit.It said there have been at least 22 fatalities associated with amusement attractions since 2010.The Ohio State Fair is one of the biggest state fairs in the U.S. It drew 900,000 people last year.___AP writers John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio; Dan Sewell in Cincinnati; Mark Gillispie in Cleveland; Denise Lavoie in Boston; Mike Corder in Brussels, and news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this story. An Ohio State Highway Patrol cadet patrols the midway at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were injured when the thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) Ohio Star Fair reopening kiddie, other “low-impact” rides by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 1:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

2 Oct

Worldleading transport systems catapult centre to be located in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes has been chosen as the location for the UK’s new £150 million Catapult centre for integrated transport systems – one of the first of its kind in the world.Milton Keynes was selected following an extensive nationwide search based on a range of criteria including ease of access for the transport community, a skilled talent pool with the relevant expertise, travel times from locations across the UK and abroad, and the availability of high quality business space to set up the world-class centre.The Transport Systems Catapult will provide a national hub for transport modelling and monitoring – testing latest theories on how transport systems interact and function against real-world demonstrators.  This will help UK businesses to develop effective and sustainable solutions to our transport needs – for both freight and people.The Catapult will be funded by up to £50 million over five years through the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. With private sector business and collaborative R&D projects the total funding for the centre over 5 years is expected to be around £150 million.Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said, “The Transport Systems Catapult will put Milton Keynes at the forefront of exploiting the huge growth opportunities in a sector estimated to be worth up to £900 billion by 2025. The Catapult will establish the UK as a world leader in transport systems, creating new technologies that can be exported across the world, boosting growth. New systems will also help businesses get access to real time information so they can travel more efficiently, reduce lost time and save money.”Steve Yianni, CEO designate of the Transport Systems Catapult said, “An efficient transport system that can move people and goods in a cost effective way is vital to the success of the UK economy. The Transport Systems Catapult will ensure that new and emerging technologies are harnessed to meet the growing requirements for transport systems of the future.“Milton Keynes is the UK’s fastest growing city, with a proactive council focused on innovation and success. As well as being an ideal place to live and work, Milton Keynes provides a great platform to demonstrate the work of the Transport Systems Catapult.”Click through for further detail on the Transport Systems Catapult.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

25 Sep

One in seven pupils uses drugs to sit GCSEs first ever study

Although the concentration-boosting drugs have been used by university students, it is the first evidence of children taking them to improve performance. Thousands of teenagers are risking their health by using powerful illicit prescription drugs to boost their performance in their GCSE exams, a study has found for the first time. One in seven children, aged 13 to 16, have admitted taking the drugs which are typically prescribed to people with conditions like ADHD, narcolepsy and alzheimers. In what head teachers described as a “shocking” discovery, GCSE pupils were found to be twice as likely as A-level students or undergraduates to be taking the drugs Adderall, Ritalin and Modafinil, according… read more

25 Sep

IPL Frazzled Sunrisers squeeze home in lastball thriller

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHeartbreak for Kohli’s RCB as Sunrisers crowned IPL 2016 championsMay 29, 2016In “Sports”IPL: Pant’s epic ton in vain as Sunrisers reach playoffsMay 10, 2018In “Sports”Faf du Plessis pulls off great escape to lead CSK into IPL finalMay 22, 2018In “Sports” Sunrisers Hyderabad 151 for 9 (Dhawan 44, Hooda 32*, Markande 4-23) beat Mumbai Indians 147 for 8 (Lewis 29, Pollard 28, Sandeep 2-25, Kaul 2-29) by one wicket (ESPNcricinfo) Mumbai Indians wove magic yet again at the venue of their unprecedented third IPL triumph to come back from the dead, but still they were pipped at the finish line by Deepak Hooda, the man whom Sunrisers Hyderabad doled out INR 3.6 crore (USD 562,000 approx) for at the auction.His unbeaten 32 included a sensational final-over six off a wide yorker off Ben Cutting that reduced the equation to five off five balls. A wide and three singles reduced it to one needed off the final delivery. Billy Stanlake, the No. 11, nervously examined the closed-in field, contemplated his options and then hoicked the slower delivery to the midwicket fence to script a one-wicket win and send a strong crowd of 30,000 into delirium.Dhawan wicket triggers collapse A slap to the extra-cover boundary off his first delivery set the tone for yet another dominating knock. Without scoreboard pressure early in the chase, Shikhar Dhawan simply trusted his instincts and hit everything through the line to bludgeon his way towards a second successive half-century. The first one, against Rajasthan Royals, came off 33 deliveries. He was set to shade that by muscling his way to 45 off 27 balls, before falling off his 28th when he top-edged a sweep to Jasprit Bumrah at fine leg. This triggered a sensational collapse.Markande and Mustafizur take it down to the wireAt 20, Mayank Markande’s confidence to execute his variations has been impressive. He foxed Wriddhiman Saha with a shortish googly that beat the inside edge to hit the pad, with an lbw appeal given out on review. Dhawan holed out to fine leg and Manish Pandey’s ugly hoick resulted in a leading edge taken by Rohit at short mid-off. There were nerves in the Sunrisers camp now, and Shakib had them biting off their fingernails when he chopped on. They had sensationally slipped from 73 for 1 to 107 for 5.This was still very much Sunrisers’ game, but there were more twists to come. Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda brought them to within 12 runs of victory, before Bumrah delivered two vital strikes. Yusuf mistimed a skiddy bouncer to Kieron Pollard at midwicket and Rashid Khan was snuffed out by a full delivery that took the edge to the keeper.Mustafizur Rahman then delivered a stellar penultimate over, taking two wickets and conceding just one to leave Hooda a herculean task. Mustafizur’s modus operandi was simple: varying his length to cutters. Sandeep Sharma’s attempted scoop resulted in a catch to short fine, while Siddarth Kaul chipped one back as Mustafizur held on to a superb reflex-action catch. Now, with 11 needed off one over, Hooda exhibited tremendous calm to see the game through.Sunrisers’ awesome bowling line-upIn Sandeep, Sunrisers had Bhuvneshwar’s like-for-like replacement. Handed a debut for Sunrisers after being picked up for INR 3 crore (USD 468,000 approx) at the auction, he didn’t let them down.In his very first over, he got the ball to dart back in and then straighten to beat Rohit. This would be a recurring theme for the evening as he troubled the batsmen with his zip off the pitch. His reward were the wickets of a well-set Suryakumar Yadav, the lone batsman to show any sort of fight for Mumbai in the middle overs, and Pradeep Sangwan, at the death.In Kaul, Sandeep’s state-mate at Punjab, Sunrisers have an equally effective bowler. He may not set the speed guns crackling, but is capable of hurrying the batsmen with his skid. His knuckleball to dismiss a dangerous-looking Evin Lewis, who had smashed three fours and two sixes in his 17-ball 29 as an opener, set the tone for Sunrisers’ domination. The pair finished with combined figures of 4 for 54 between them off eight overs.Rashid Khan’s chokeIf the seamers were not stifling enough, Mumbai Indians were slowly choked by Rashid Khan, who bowled 18 dot balls, the most by a spinner in the IPL, to finish with figures of 4-0-13-1. This meant Mumbai were devoid of any sort of momentum through the innings, with the highest partnership being the 38-run stand for the sixth wicket between Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav. Rashid, as usual, varied his googlies and fast legbreaks with subtle changes in length on a surface where there was true bounce to keep Mumbai quiet. Losing a wicket every time they looked for a release resulted in the batsmen having to buckle down and delay their slog. This played right into Rashid’s hands. When it got to a stage where the batsmen had no choice but to slog, Rashid got his only wicket of the night as a charging Ben Cutting misread a googly and was bowled in the 18th over.Too many shots hurt MumbaiSure the format demands belligerence, but Mumbai hovered between uber-aggressive and reckless. Ishan Kishan’s dismissal, slicing an attempted heave to third man in the sixth over, demonstrated this. In the very first over, Rohit too was guilty of trying to slog the ball, but was lucky to be reprieved by Hooda, who put down a catch running backwards from midwicket. Fortunately, this didn’t cost Hyderabad much as he eventually failed to keep a flick down and was caught at square leg by Shakib Al Hasan.Krunal Pandya, promoted to No. 5, chipped a simple catch to cover while Pollard set himself up for the end overs but ended up checking his shot to be caught at deep cover for a 23-ball 28 with 5.1 overs to play. Mumbai were 110 for 5 then, possibly looking at 160. That wasn’t to be. With their bowling attack, 147 may have still been enough on another night. read more

22 Sep

Uwe to stay or to go Lions more optimistic now

German handballhandballhandball transfersRNLTHW KielUwe Gensheimer ← Previous Story DANISH DERBY: Skjern – BSV Silkeborg 31:20 Next Story → Ready for THW Kiel: Kielce’s warm-up against Stal Mielec! The biggest question in German handball, but also on European handball market is whether Uwe Gensheimer stays in Rhen Neckar Lowen or sign for THW Kiel or FC Barcelona? Even some handball media asked fans about that, but what is more important is what will decide fantastic German left wing who is “son of the club” from Mannheim. Some rumours speaking about that Uwe is close to sign a new deal with the “Lions”:– I am optimistic that he will choose us. I believe that he realized what he means for us. He is the key person here – said Lions’ manager Thorsten Storm. read more

22 Sep

RNL 5 of 5 in Gummersbach – Balingen beat HSV

15.TSV GWD Minden2:6-10 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen10:0+35 14.TuS N-Lübbecke3:7-10 3.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten7:3-6 9.Füchse Berlin4:2+10 HBW Balingen took another big scalp in the season in which they supposed to be in the second Bundesliga. HBW beat HSV Handball 22:21 after week in which this team won points against THW Kiel!HBW Balingen-Weilstetten: Ristanovic (0) Asanin (10 saves) M. Strobel 6, Vasilakis 5, Nyokas 4, Djozic 2/2, W. Strobel 2, Böhm 2, Ilitsch 1, König, Foth, Wilke, Theuerkauf, RußHSV Handball: Bitter (7 saves); Herrmann (4 saves) Lindberg 6/3, Pfahl 4, Toft Hansen 3, Feld 2, Schmidt 1, Jansen 1, Flohr 1, Hanisch 1, Mahé 1, Hens 1, Schröder, Dominikovic, Herbst n.e., Brauer n.e.Rhein Neckar Lowen have won the fifth match in a row against VfL Gummersbach 32:27 (15:16) after tough first half…VfL Gummersbach: Carsten Lichtlein (12 saves), Matthias Puhle (3 saves); Simon Ernst (1), Christoph Schindler, Julius Kühn, Magnus Persson (2), Joakim Larsson (3), Gunnar Stein Jonsson (1), Srdjan Predragovic (n. e.), Florian von Gruchalla (4/2), Mark Bult (4), Alexander Becker (1), Andreas Schröder (5), Raul Santos (6/1).Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Niklas Landin (10 saves), Roko Peribonio (); Andy Schmid (11/2), Uwe Gensheimer (2), Stefan Kneer, Tim Suton (n. e.), Stefán Sigurmannsson (n. e.), Bjarte Myrhol (5), Mads Mensah Larsen (1), Patrick Groetzki (5), Harald Reinkind (n. e.), GedeonGuardiola, Alexander Petersson (4), Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz (4). 5.MT Melsungen6:4+12 BalingenhandballHSVRNL HANDBALL 12.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf3:50 6.THW Kiel6:4+1 10.HSG Wetzlar4:4+9 7.SC Magdeburg5:3+5 19.HC Erlangen1:7-27 2.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen7:1+9 8.VfL Gummersbach5:5-1 4.SG Flensburg-Handewitt6:2+14 11.TBV Lemgo4:4+1 17.SG BBM Bietigheim2:6-19 13.Bergischer HC3:5-4 18.HSV Handball2:8-4 16.TSG Lu-Friesenheim2:6-15 ← Previous Story SEHA week: Vardar win in Banja Luka – Draw in Serbian derby Next Story → Ad hoc referee pairing model completely operational in Slovenia read more

22 Sep

Banks fail to identify risk of awarding bonuses for higher sales

first_imgIRISH BANKS HAVE been criticised for a ‘failure’ to recognise that awarding sales-related bonuses could led to customers being sold inappropriate products.Following a review of practices in a number of organisations, the Central Bank is warning against placing an emphasis on awarding higher amounts of sales rather than ‘achieving suitable consumer outcomes’.This invovled around a focus on quantity rather than quality, and a conflict of interest between sale managers and their staff.In this situation, the staff who were setting the guidelines for bonuses were also in receipt of the bonuses themselves.It has now asked that all banking, insurance, and investment firms review remuneration arrangements before the start of next year.“The Central Bank is following up on all specific issues identified directly with investment firms and banks inspected, having already done so with insurance firms,” the report said.It notes that all organisations only implemented approved incentive schemes, but there was a “failure to recognise the inherent risks in remuneration arrangements and to mitigate those risks accordingly”.It warns that this could result in customers being sold packages that would negatively affect their financial situation but would result in high commission for the seller.There was also little to deter staff from following poor sales practices.Other findings included: Widespread use of branch targets in the banking sector as a means of focusing on the bank’s goalsIncentives earned on an ‘all or nothing’ basisRegular and robust sales quality monitoring not performed consistently.The Central Bank’s director of consumer protection Bernard Sheridan said that monitoring these arrangements will remain a priority.“The Central Bank expects that, when firms remunerate sales staff on a variable basis, these arrangements focus on encouraging the right culture and behaviour in sales staff, while actively discouraging poor practices,” he said.It is important that remuneration arrangements are structured in such a way as to ensure that employees, individually and collectively, are acting in the best interests of their customers and providing suitable products which meet their needs.last_img read more

21 Sep

I just cant understand why they have kidnapped me away from you

first_img‘I just can’t understand why they have kidnapped me away from you’: Ibrahim Halawa’s letter to Ireland Ibrahim Halawa has been awaiting trial in an Egyptian jail for three years. Share824 Tweet Email Ibrahim’s letter Source: Soama Halawa“Dear IrelandI really don’t know what to say, I have been taken away from you for so long. But I miss you dearly. It’s really out of my  hands. I can’t understand, I just can’t understand why they have kidnapped me away from you.So young I was while you were teaching me how to live, laugh, love and care. But they have taken me away before you had the time to teach me how to struggle, how to deal with evil and hatred.When I was young I used to run to you whenever I was sad and needed to complain about my humongous kiddie problems. The time my mum delayed getting me the latest playstation game when all the other friends had it. Or when I wasn’t allowed stay out late at night And when I entered secondary school and exams were much tougher than before. Or that time I came to complain about my first teenage love.‘Go back to your own country’Do you remember when I came running to you craying about the kid who screemed at me saying “go back to your country” and as usual you were crying rain and I was relieved because you were sharing my crying.   But now that I’m growing up away from you and banned from talking to you, who am I supposed to complain to now that my kiddie worldly problems turned out to be just a drop in the ocean.Ireland, I really need to complain to you about how one human enjoys torturing another human, the continues injustice, the oppression and the killing of the innocent. Ireland I’m lusting to walk on the sand of Bray beach, scramming freedom from the top of cliffs moher, your rainforest trees to hug me tight and make me feel safe again and that kind bus driver on the daily commute, smiling at me even thought he does not know me.BeggingIreland I really want to complain to you about the people my parents voted for, to protect me in any land and under any sky, and have failed to bring me back to you. Now I understand that you were not crying this rains with me but you were crying because of what the world holds fore me one final wish, I beg from if I die away from you take me back from them to be buried in your soil and feel your goodbye tears.”Read: Job losses ‘unavoidable’ at UTV Ireland as merger with TV3 is finalised >Read: Gardaí investigate alleged sexual assault on teenage boy in Dublin school > 20,850 Views Dec 1st 2016, 1:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IBRAHIM HALAWA HAS written an impassioned letter to Ireland describing his three year captivity and his desire to return home to Dublin.The 20-year-old has been jailed since August 2013 after he was arrested and detained at a protest in Cairo. The demonstration was in support of the Muslim Brotherhood which had been ousted from power by the Egyptian military.The Egyptian authorities have chosen to try Halawa in a mass trial along with almost 500 other people, a decision that has either deliberately or indirectly led to the repeated postponements.In the letter, he details how simple he thought his life was. From crying over his first love to not getting a computer game, Halawa told how his life has now changed forever as he tries to understand “how one human enjoys torturing another human”.He has also said that, if he dies in jail, he wants to be buried in Ireland.Here is his unedited letter in full.center_img http://jrnl.ie/3113721 Short URL Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 1:59 PM By Garreth MacNamee 122 Comments last_img read more

21 Sep

EU sets Albania on road to membership

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Union set Albania on the road to membership, agreeing to give the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of the government’s recent reform efforts.Years of political polarisation have slowed democratic reforms in Albania and kept it behind some of its ex-Yugoslav peers. But a change of government last September opened the way for an EU-backed reform push.“Congratulations on candidate status just agreed,” EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said on Twitter. “(It is an) acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more.”A NATO member of some three million people, Albania will have to meet further reform conditions to actually start negotiations on entry, a lengthy process that aims to bring the candidates’ laws in line with EU rules and can take many years.It will also have to overcome a reluctance among many EU members towards any enlargement of the bloc, fuelled by concerns over economic costs, rising euroscepticism and disappointment with democratic progress in the EU’s latest members, Romania and Bulgaria.As in those two Balkan countries, corruption and organised crime are major problems in Albania.Having shed a Stalinist dictatorship, Albania escaped the wars that embroiled its northern neighbours in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, but a chaotic transition to capitalism has left the country mired in poverty and corruption.Albania joins Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia as official candidates for membership. Source: Reuters.last_img read more