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India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Indian juggernaut up against Kiwi grit at Wankhede

first_imgHardly challenged in a dominating run this season, India will once again start overwhelming favourites when they take on an inconsistent-but-gritty New Zealand in a three-match ODI series, starting here tomorrow.The Indians are on a high after comprehensively thrashing world champions Australia earlier this month. And the Black Caps will have to come up with really a special effort to make a mark against the rampaging hosts.Banking on settled batting and bowling combinations with most of the columns ticked, the hosts appear to be too well-groomed a unit for the comfort of the visitors.Although India suffered a resounding loss to South Africa on a belter of a track at this very venue three seasons ago, they went on to win three series on the trot in their backyard and are now a force to reckon with in the upcoming series.In fact, since surrendering to Australia back in 2009-10, India have lost only to Pakistan (2012) and South Africa in 16 bilateral rubbers, a clear indication of how dominant they have been in familiar conditions.Considering that the 4-1 result over Australia was achieved without skipper Virat Kohli being in top form and despite the absence of prolific opener Shikhar Dhawan, it was a huge achievement.Vice-captain Rohit Sharma scored 296 runs, including a century and two fifties at an average just below 60. The ever-dependable Ajinkya Rahane hit 244 runs that included four half-centuries, while all-rounder Hardik Pandya amassed 222 runs. The ever-reliable Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a subdued time with the bat against Australia.advertisementIf they continue to fire with the same intensity, it would be difficult for New Zealand to contain the home team on a Wankhede track, which is expected to provide the ideal pace and bounce for the batsmen to go for the shots.With a new-look spin attack with Chinaman Kuldeep Singh and orthodox leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, along with the left-arm orthodox Axar Patel as the back-up, India’s slow bowling too sports a supremely challenging look.Among the pacers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are expected to trouble the Kiwis in the opening as well as at death overs.However, New Zealanders will bank on their senior-most batsman and former captain Ross Taylor, who scored a cracking century at the Brabourne Stadium against the Indian Board President’s XI in their second practice game.The form of Taylor, opener Martin Guptill and captain Kane Williamson are going to be crucial in the Kiwis trying to match the Indian batting might.Tom Latham, who also warmed up with a ton in the second practice game along with Taylor, offers some big-hitting option in the middle. But overall, the visitors’ batting pales in comparison to the home team’s, especially in sub- continental conditions.The experienced pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee will have to take up the responsibility of getting quick wickets at the top. The spinners in left-arm orthodox Mitchell Santner and leggie Ish Sodhi may have a tough time against the Indian batsmen in the middle overs.This will be the second series for India with the new ODI playing conditions after the one against Australia.Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker and Ish Sodhi.Match commences at 1:30 pm IST on Sunday.last_img read more

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48MP Xiaomi phone could be a Redmi device and not Mi 9, to feature in-screen selfie camera

first_imgBesides in-display fingerprint sensor, another trend that’s going to rule the smartphone space in 2019 will be the punch hole display phones. Samsung was among the first phone makers to announce this kind of in-display front camera display at the conpany’s Developers Conference last month. The newly launched Galaxy A8s comes with the in-screen hole for the selfie camera or what Samsung calls the tech — Infinity-O display. After Samsung, Huawei sub-brand Honor also announced its first punch hole display phone, Honor View20, which the company has confirmed to make it globally available in January 2019. Xiaomi is seemingly following the trend.Xiaomi President Lin Bin recently shared an intriguing teaser image of a phone with a 48MP primary camera on the rear panel. Besides announcing the smartphone, Bin also confirmed that the 48MP Xiaomi phone — which is yet to get a name — will be launching in January next year, 2019. Some previously leaked rumours suggest that the 48MP Xiaomi phone could actually be the Mi 9, but new reports now reveal that won’t be the case. The 48MP Xiaomi phone will actually be a part of the Redmi series.Now, this might surprise a lot of people, considering Redmi series have always been about affordability. The new report further suggests that the 48MP Xiaomi will leave no stone unturned to garner popularity. The phone is said to come with Galaxy A8s, Honor View20 and Huawei Nove 4-like punch hole display or in simple words — in-screen selfie camera display. This Xiaomi phone will reportedly also be the first Redmi device to comes with all glass design.advertisementSo far Redmi phones have always been about the budget-friendly price, but with the 48MP phone Xiaomi is seemingly planning to change the company’s strategy. Unlike the usual Redmi phones, this upcoming 48MP device is tipped to come with a glass cover on the back, while the front panel will see pretty thick bezels unlike most premium phones these days. Reportedly, the Xiaomi phone will sport an LCD display which is being supplied by BOE, a Chinese company. On the glass back cover, the 48MP Xiaomi phone will sport three cameras. The primary sensor is said to of 48MP, while one of the three cameras will be a wide angle lens. The report further reveals that on the hardware front, the Xiaomi phone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset.ALSO READ | Xiaomi confirms it will launch phone with 48-megapixel camera in JanuaryThere’s still a lot to know about the 48MP Xiaomi Redmi phone, but some rumours have already predicted the price of the phone. The smartphone — if the rumours are taken into consideration — will be price more than CNY 2,000. As of now, there’s no report whether or not the phone will come to India. We expect Xiaomi to reveal new details about the phone very soon.last_img read more

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WA State Champs This Weekend

first_imgThe 2009 Be Active WA State Championships are here again, at Lightning Park in Noranda Park, starting Friday 27 February until Sunday 1 March.44 teams from all over WA are playing across seven divisions.In the Men’s Open division, Fremantle will look to add to their Super League Title, which was their first in 20 years. They will face a challenge from Perth Brothers, Tompkins Park and last years champions Southern Stars.In the Women’s Open, the Northern Spirit will look to go for three titles in a row, with players such as Zoe Daley and Shelley Matcham, who has moved from Southern Stars, to boost an already strong side. The Perth Brothers will challenge. Northern and either Southern or Brothers will most likely meet in the Grand Final.The Mixed Open division looks a lot more open, although Perth Brothers will start favourites. Three new teams will contest the division, with Peel Districts, the Brighton Beach Titans and Tompkins Park Sharks all joining.In the Women’s 27’s, last years champs Rosalie will start favourites, but they will face competition from Goldfields, who are based 700km away and Karratha, who by coming from 2500km away, are not just there to make up the numbers.Rosalie are also favourites for the Men’s 30’s division, with many of last years Mixed Opens players moving to Men’s 30’s and will bolster the side. Last years champions Northern will look to go back to back and be stiff competition for Rosalie.The Women’s 35’s is a very open contest, with Southern looking to go back to back and put in a strong performance.In the Men’s 40’s, Fremantle will be tough to beat, although it will be made tough from teams such as Geraldton, who are looking to build on a successful 2008 campaign.Good luck to all those participating.For more info, please visit the website – www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more

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24 days agoReally? Bayern Munich chief Rummenigge coy over Sane pursuit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Really? Bayern Munich chief Rummenigge coy over Sane pursuitby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was coy when asked about the club’s interest in Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.The Bundesliga giants will reportedly re-visit a move for Sane in January after their summer pursuit was derailed by a serious knee injury to the Germany international.”To be honest I have no eye on him at all because I don’t speak about players that are still under contract at other clubs,” he said.”FIFA rules don’t allow that and I will always stick to that.” last_img read more

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8 Mental Health Apps to Help Guys with Anxiety, Stress, and Heartbreak

first_imgThis totally free app is bare bones in the best way. Set the timer and meditate (the practice of focusing on your natural breath and noticing thoughts that arise and letting them pass). In the background of these sessions, eight polyphonic overlay bells (reminiscent of traditional Eastern meditation) ring in intervals for a deeper meditation. The cool community of Insight Timers practices everything from meditation to tai chi, chanting, prayer, walking, and yoga.The result: No distracting content, just real-deal meditation. Basis is a fairly new mental wellness startup founded on the idea that keeping your brain healthy and happy should be a practice that fits into your busy day. Listen (and talk!) during 45-minute focused conversations with someone who is trained to guide you into a better mental space. That’s a full 45 minutes dedicated solely to you, where you can talk through your worries, fears, and frustrations with an objective, and a real person, but without judhement. Basis research has shown the service’s method is more useful than spilling to a friend.The result: You feel a little lighter, more listened to, and your thoughts are normalized. Plus, you’ll learn tools to use immediately when you face setbacks, confrontation, or negative self-talk.CalmIf relaxing music and sounds help you chill out To begin, Calm prompts you to pick a goal — reducing anxiety, improving focus, building self-esteem, or sleeping better — but the app is really designed best to help you sleep and meditate to relaxing music. Much like Headspace, Calm’s library of meditation sessions ranges in topic and duration (we’re partial to Headspace’s British accent), but the sleep category on Calm has amazing stories that will lull you into slumber without boring you to deeper levels of anxiety. Plus, you get tons of nature sounds and mellow music.The result: The sounds, music, and stories will distract your mind and transport it.Worry WatchIf you worry about the future Happify does a tremendous job at helping us understand the complex nature of happiness and how easy it can be to cultivate a happy state of mind. First, the app asks your gender; age; and relationship, employment, and kid status; as well a slew of questions to understand your unique mental attitude toward skill-building. Happify likes to focus on recognizing positive emotions instead of over-explaining the negatives, and the main avenue its uses is games. Correction: cience-backed games to make you feel more inspired, thankful, and empathetic. There’s also character-strength assessments and community posts to engage with.The result: Focusing on the positive makes you see it more in yourself and the outside world, plus you get to game. (Sorry, Red Dead Redemption, we’ll play you later.)MendIf you’re going through a breakup Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree For only $2.99, Worry Watch will help you track all the events looming in the future that cause you to lose sleep, then report on whether they were really that bad or if all the worry was in your head. So much of anxiety is living in the future, while depression is living in the past. If you’re anxious, you may be projecting outcomes for future meetings, dates, trips, or milestones.The result: By writing down what we’re worried about, then revisiting what actually happened, you’ll come to see that you’re strong, capable, and don’t need to overthink the future. Even if your boss emails, “Come to my office on Monday morning.”HappifyIf playing games is more interesting than deep reflection Heartbreak can make you depressed, sick, and anxious mentally and physically. That’s why Mend has focused completely on getting through a break-up — the healthy way! Mend takes the approach of being a best friend who happens to know the latest research on love and relationships. The holistic program of daily audio training, easy tips, and community engagement is designed to literally help you heal faster. They also offer amazing article content, a break-up assessment, and cool city guides.The result: Mend gets you back to living your life and doing you.What’s UpIf you like to self-analyze Name five countries that are cold right now. This What’s Up question secretly helps get you grounded and distracts a racing mind. Not to be confused with WhatsApp, What’s Up is designed to put your thoughts into perspective, showing that there’s no reason to be scared, worried, or self-conscious. Enter mini-notes about how the day went, make comparisons on their catastrophe scale, and play Freud by self-analyzing your thinking patterns.The result: Dimple and distracting (in a good way) systems based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods that make your tendency to get really sad or crazy angry lessen more and more.Insight TimerIf you don’t want a bunch of goofy programming After the passing of Anthony Bourdain in June 2018, a lot of us were forced to take a real, exposed look at our own mental health. Words like anxiety and sadness may scare a lot of men who have been raised in a culture where feeling is equated with weakness and emotions should be packed down and swallowed like pills.The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says men die from suicide 3.53-times more often than women and Mental Health America explains that 6 million American males are affected by depression each year — even rich and famous athletes like NFL players Brandon Marshall and Terry Bradshaw, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, and NBA ballers Larry Sanders and Keyon Dooling.It’s normal to feel sad. And angry, anxious, worried, and fearful. The trick is learning how to recognize the fleeting nature of these emotions and move on. The mind is powerful, so let’s harness that power. As we enter the holidays — which, for many, is the most stressful time of year — crush your fear, understand your sadness, and get comfortable with your mind by using one (or multiple) of these amazing mental health apps.We tested a ton of apps; spent hundreds of hours trying new meditations, therapies, and gaming methods; and, yeah, we actually feel a lot better than we used to. Here are the best mental health apps.HeadspaceIf you want a tranquil mind Editors’ Recommendations The Top 5 Best Note-Taking Apps Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health The first 10 meditation sessions on Headspace are free, but to reap real Jedi-level mental peace, I recommend subscribing to their monthly charge ($12.99), giving you access to all programming. Most people think of meditation as hokey hippies singing “kum ba yah” but it’s really just the practice of sitting down and focusing on your breath. A nice British man guides you through your meditations and you pick the duration (three, five, 10, 15, 20 minutes, etc.).The result: You learn to be an observer instead of pairing a narrative with every action or feeling.BasisIf you’d like to speak to a real person Why an Emotional Support Animal Is So Beneficial (and How to Qualify)last_img read more

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Festival Song Competition Revamped

first_imgThe Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will be implementing a number of initiatives to breathe new life into the annual Festival Song Competition.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the programme for the selection of the winning song will start earlier in the year in order to facilitate several activities, including the staging of a series of development workshops across the country.“These workshops will address writing, performance and publishing rights, intellectual property rights as well as image and branding,” she noted.She was speaking at the launch of Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2018 at @TwentyThree, J. Wray & Nephew Corporate office in New Kingston, on November 30.Ms. Grange said further that the new programme will feature a series of road shows and special appearances, which will give the performers the necessary exposure and give members of the public the opportunity to get to know the songs and the artistes.“We will also court the participation of members of the Jamaican diaspora in the selection of the winner, through the production of music videos, social media postings and live streaming of road shows and special appearances,” she indicated.She noted that the winning entry will be announced early in July going forward.  This, she said, will allow the Festival Song to serve its purpose as the musical backdrop for Emancipation and Independence, while helping to bring the nation together in a time of celebration and national pride.Ms Grange said the Ministry has also undertaken a serious review of the prizes for the Festival Song competition.“We are going to have a total prize package of $10 million. We are going to make sure that there are prizes for the performer, songwriter and producer… (and) the 10 finalists will benefit from participating in the competition,” she pointed out.She invited corporate Jamaica to partner with the Ministry, noting that “we’re not only rebuilding the vibes and returning excitement to our Festival Song Competition, but we are also creating several opportunities to promote brands and products to a global audience”.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange informed that the Jamaica 55 Commemorative Album, which features re-recordings of some of the country’s most beloved Festival Songs, as well as commissioned tracks, has been completed.The proceeds from the sale of the album will go towards an insurance and welfare fund for the music industry.“The Ministry has a $10-million grant that is going to seed this insurance plan,” said Ms. Grange.“We have an insurance plan for athletes, and so we are developing a similar insurance plan and welfare fund for the music industry. So with the $10-million seed money from the Ministry, the proceeds from this album and other productions that we intend to do, we will be able to give the industry a sound footing in relation to the welfare of the artiste, writers, musicians, related and affiliated artiste,” she explained.The inaugural Festival Song Competition was held in 1966, with the group, Toots and The Maytals copping the honours with their seminal composition titled ‘Bam Bam’last_img read more

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Hiking income tax appeal limit to reduce litigation help govt focus on

first_imgNew Delhi: The finance ministry’s decision to significantly increase the limit for the income tax department to appeal disputes in higher forums will reduce litigation and ensure smoother transition to the proposed direct tax code, say experts. The monetary limit for an appeal before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has been increased to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 20 lakh by the CBDT. In case of high courts, the limit has been doubled to Rs 1 crore and in case of Supreme Court, the revised limit for filing appeal has been increased from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore It is for the second time that the limit has been raised within a year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The CBDT has once again increased the monetary limits for the filing of income-tax appeals by the Tax Department before the Tribunal, High Courts and Supreme Court. “This will further help in de-clogging the courts and also help the Department in focussing its resources on high value/complex appeals. Reducing the pending litigation under the existing income-tax law would also ensure smoother transition into the new Direct Tax Code,” said S Vasudevan, Partner, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan Attorneys. Experts opined that one of the reasons to raise the monetary limits could be that the revenue department has fared poorly in the appeals filed by it, which is evident from the Economic Survey of 2017-18. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostVasudevan said the survey had stated that while the departmental appeals account for 85 per cent of the total number of appeals, the department was found to have a failure rate of more than 65 per cent. Frank D’Souza, Partner & Leader – Corporate and International Tax, PwC India, said the tax administration’s step to increase the thresholds for filing of appeals by the revenue department continues on its series of similar measures that it has been undertaking over the past 4-5 years. “This is a welcome move. However, the administration should put some serious thought behind a litigation withdrawal scheme along the lines that has been recently introduced in relation to indirect taxes,” D’Souza said.last_img read more

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Political commentary on court verdicts hurts views of justice system lawyers

first_imgVANCOUVER – The public perception of political interference in criminal trials places the independence of Canada’s judiciary system at risk, lawyers say.Concerns have been raised following federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s comments on the acquittal of a white farmer charged in the death of an Indigenous man in Saskatchewan.Edmonton-based criminal lawyer Tom Engel said when politicians, especially the justice minister, appear to criticize verdicts, the public may believe that future decisions by the courts are influenced by the remarks.Wilson-Raybould said in a tweet that Canada “can and must do better,” after a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in at a news conference Saturday, saying Canada has “come to this point as a country far too many times.”Engel said if the case is appealed, he doesn’t believe the politicians’ comments would colour the decisions made by the appeal courts or Supreme Court of Canada.The problem, he said, is that the public may perceive that there is an influence.“You can’t have even that kind of appearance in our justice system,” he said.Michael Lacy, a partner in the criminal law group Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP in Toronto, also said politicians “have no business at all” in commenting on the outcome of a trial.“It undermines the independence of the judicial branch,” he said in an email.“Saying anything that amounts to commenting on the correctness of the verdict, to improve your public image or ensure an appropriate approval rating, should be criticized in Canada,” Lacy said, adding public figures should stick to offering sympathies over the tragic loss of life.Rallies were held across the country Saturday to show support for, and solidarity with, the Boushie family.The trial heard that Boushie was shot in the head while he was sitting in an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Sask. Stanley testified that he was trying to scare off Boushie and the others in the vehicle. He said the fatal shot occurred when he reached into the SUV to grab the keys out of the ignition and his gun “just went off.”The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and Boushie’s family have raised concerns about the trial because there were no visibly Indigenous jurors selected.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Saturday that the courts are rife with systemic racism and the justice system is in need of an overhaul.Engel said the case does raise questions about the diversity of a jury and how members are selected. He said politicians could use this an opportunity to look at how legislative changes can improve those processes, while steering clear of discussing the verdict.The use of peremptory challenges to eliminate certain people from juries is a procedure that needs to be reconsidered, he said, adding it’s understandable that people are questioning the apparent whiteness of the jury in this case.“You can’t go from that fact to say the verdict was wrong. Nobody knows that,” Engel said. “I think the perception that’s been created here is just awful in terms of the integrity of that trial and whether racism played a part.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents 25th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

first_imgSir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.The gala event is supported by Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.For a fifth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 89th Academy Awards. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $56 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.Audi, BBVA Compass, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits will be presented by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.This year’s event co-chairs are Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoe Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.last_img read more

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Chain closes North Carolina stores over racist receipts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A national chain has closed two of its North Carolina stores and two workers were fired after racist names were added to two customer receipts.News outlets report Smoothie King announced that it closed the stores in Charlotte after the receipts were issued Sunday.Photos of the receipts were posted on Twitter. In one instance, an employee listed the n-word as the customer name on a receipt. On the other, a Korean customer was listed as “Jackie Chan.”A company statement said both workers were terminated and the two stores involved will be closed “until the franchisees and their respective teams complete further training” to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The company also said it is continuing to investigate to ensure that anyone else involved has been fired.The Associated Press read more

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Pakistan joins UN programme for treatment and care of drug users

Pakistan is joining an initiative of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Office for Drug Control (UNODC) promoting the treatment and care of those with substance abuse disorders. The programme will support ongoing national efforts to enhance access to services for preventing and treating drug-related problems.“In many countries, drug dependence treatment can be a low priority on the political agenda, and this needs to change, particularly when we look at how people’s health can be impacted by drug dependence,” said Vladimir Poznyak, WHO’s coordinator of substance abuse disorders.“Drug use is one of the top 20 risk factors to health worldwide and drug use disorders are associated with increased risks of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, suicide, overdose deaths and cardiovascular diseases,” said Mr. Poznyak, who is visiting Pakistan as part of a joint WHO-UNODC mission.A 2006 national assessment of drug use in Pakistan estimated that there were 628,000 opiate users in the country, with around 482,000, or some 77 per cent, heroin addicts. The number of injecting drug users in 2006 was estimated at 125,000, double the 2000 figure.“We applaud Pakistan for taking this action to improve the lives of people with substance dependence,” said Guido Sabatinelli, WHO’s representative to Pakistan. “Providing treatment to people suffering from this disease and small investments in treatment services can have large impacts for the drug users, their families and society at large,” he added.Drug dependence and illicit drug use are associated with health problems, poverty, violence, criminal behaviour, and social exclusion, according to Gilberto Gerra, the chief of UNODC’s Drug Prevention and Health Branch.The WHO-UNODC Joint Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care has already been launched in Albania, Haiti and Serbia. It aims to promote and support evidence-based and ethical treatment policies, strategies and interventions for drug use and dependence. 11 March 2011In an effort to reduce the health and social impact of drug use in Pakistan, the United Nations and the country’s authorities are working together on a new project to ensure addicts have access to appropriate treatment and care. read more

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Probe launched on prison assault video being leaked

The date stamp on the CCTV video shows as November 11, 2018.While an investigation on the assault has been launched, the Justice Ministry said today that an investigation has also been launched as to how the video was leaked. (Colombo Gazette) The Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights released the video at a media conference this week. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> An investigation has been launched on how a CCTV video of an assault on inmates of the  Agunukolapelessa prison was leaked recently.The leaked video had revealed an incident at the Agunukolapelessa prison where several inmates had been lined up and assaulted by prison guards. The Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights said that the assault had taken place following a protest staged by the inmates. read more

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Recent ORS workshop gives top tips for writing successful grant applications

Robert PorterRobert Porter of Grant-Winners Seminars and former Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee was at Brock University last month to share his expertise in the competitive field of successful grant writing.During his full-day workshop, he provided researchers, faculty members and staff from Brock tips for success. “To be successful you have to adopt a tough mental attitude, and you have to stick with it,” Porter told the gathering.Here are 10 tips from Porter’s presentation for writing successful research grants:• Before you begin writing, make sure your proposal matches the program. As much as sixty per cent of applications are rejected because the researcher’s goals do not match those of the granting agency; be certain that you are applying for the right grants.• Contacting a program officer before starting your proposal can help to ensure that your proposed research is a suitable fit for the program. It also gives you an opportunity to make connections and ask about alternative funding sources.• Make time for grant writing as part of your job. Conduct your own funding alert searches regularly and become well acquainted with the process. It also helps to read a few successful grant applications.• Follow the application instructions exactly. Missing a signature or having the wrong sized font could mean your application will be rejected.• Consider what reviewers are looking for. To start, make sure your topic is significant, creative and explained clearly.• Ensure that your writing style is appropriate. Academic writing and grant writing are very different so be prepared to adopt a different style for your proposal. In general you want a future oriented, succinct, persuasive writing style that conveys excitement, novelty and importance.• Assume an uninformed but intelligent reviewer! Don’t forget to use clear accessible language and an active voice. For example, instead of “It has been demonstrated that” try “research shows that”.• Give yourself triple the time as you think you’ll need to write, review and submit your grant. as late applications are almost always grounds for immediate rejection.• Ask colleagues for comments and suggestions before you submit your application. Ideally ask peers who have been successful in their own grant writing endeavours.• Treat the whole process like a game. If your application gets rejected keep trying and don’t give up. Be prepared to submit, revise and resubmit as many times as you need too!For more information, tips and assistance applying for research funding, contact the Office of Research Services at orsadmin@brocku.ca read more

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The Latest Massachusetts panel OKs ban on vape sales

BOSTON — The Latest on a ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts: (all times local):5:05 p.m.The Massachusetts Public Health Council has unanimously approved a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state.The call came from Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who also declared a public health emergency Tuesday.Baker’s order appears to be the first of its kind in the nation.His announcement comes amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products, including deaths.The administration said that as of Tuesday, 61 cases of potential cases of lung disease related to the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping in Massachusetts have been reported to the state.___3:25 p.m.The governor of Massachusetts is declaring a public health emergency and ordering a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state.Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s order Tuesday appears to be the first of its kind in the nation. The ban must be approved by a health council that is nearly certain to do so.His announcement comes amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products, including deaths.The administration said that as of Tuesday, 61 cases of potential cases of lung disease related to the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping in Massachusetts have been reported to the state.Three confirmed cases and two probable Massachusetts cases of vaping-associated pulmonary disease have already been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Associated Press read more

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Annan condemns Palestinian attack in Jerusalem as utterly reprehensible

A statement issued by a UN spokesman said Mr. Annan also believed the Israeli attacks in Gaza today, following the suicide bombing which killed at least 16 Israelis and injured dozens more, only contributed to a renewed cycle of violence.”The Secretary-General calls on the leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples not to be deterred from the path to peace through the Quartet’s Road Map by this (Hamas) attack,” the statement, Mr. Annan’s third in as many days on the Middle East crisis, said in reference to the latest peace initiative. “He urges Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas to work assiduously to fulfil his pledge to end the armed intifada. The Secretary-General calls on both sides to act with restraint in the face of this terrorism.”On Monday he deplored violence by Palestinian groups over the weekend and yesterday he voiced “serious concern” over Israel’s attempted extra-judicial killing of a Hamas political leader in Gaza.”The Secretary-General remains firm in his belief that security for both Israelis and Palestinians can best be achieved through the resolution of this conflict through the two-state solution called for in the Road Map,” today’s statement concluded.The Road Map is the plan drawn up by the diplomatic quartet – UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation – calling for Israelis and Palestinians to take a series of parallel and reciprocal steps over the next three years towards the vision of establishing two states living side by side in peace and security. read more

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With 1 million Somalis in need of urgent aid UN launches 174

“A generous response from the international donor community will ensure an integrated approach by humanitarian organizations in meeting the needs and building the capacity of Somalia’s most vulnerable communities,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Maxwell Gaylard, said at the launch in Nairobi, Kenya. Beyond those in “acute crisis,” 200,000 others are classified as “experiencing a humanitarian emergency” and a further 370,000 to 400,000 are internally displaced in the impoverished country, where 14 years of protracted civil war and persistent fragmented conflicts have eroded livelihoods.Displacement, prolonged drought, flooding, human rights abuses, unemployment, market disruptions and disease outbreaks have torn the socio-economic fabric of society apart too, all contributing to the current grave humanitarian crises.“I could not stress enough the need and the urgency to provide a safe operating space for humanitarian agencies to reach these people,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonsény Fall, said, warning that insecurity was blocking relief deliveries and jeopardizing the lives of those in need.A recent series of serious security incidents, including a wave of assassinations in Mogadishu, the capital, and Kismayo, as well as piracy off the southern coast, has worsened access. Last month, the UN Food Security Analysis Unit issued an early warning alert for southern Somalia indicating that the failed rains and mounting insecurity could drastically increase the number of those in need of immediate aid. Somalia’s people live in extremely poor conditions. Livelihoods are broadly based on subsistence farming and pastoralism with limited opportunity to earn wages. Infant, child and maternal mortality rates are amongst the highest in the world. One in four Somali children dies before the age of five, and 1,600 Somali women die for every 100,000 live births. Average life expectancy is 48 years. The county has one of the lowest primary school enrolment rates in the world.The appeal is focused on improving access to education and especially for girls. It also seeks to rectify the underlying cause of child morbidity in the country by improving and increasing access to safe drinking water. read more

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Global Goals simple answer to delivering results world so desperately needs –

Even as he hailed the progress made in implementing the year-old Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which he called a “transformative masterplan,” and the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Peter Thomson noted that millions of people around the globe are suffering the brutal effects of war.Indeed, the crisis in Syria continues to bring immense human suffering to the country’s people; both for those who have fled in search of sanctuary and those who have stayed under inhumane conditions. “I strongly condemn the attacks on a UN aid convey, seeking to bring desperately needed food and medical supplies to people in need. The deliberate targeting of humanitarian personnel is a flagrant violation of international law, and totally morally unacceptable,” he said.Among other global ills, the Assembly President noted that more than 60 million people are on the move, many risking their lives to flee conflict and disaster; week after week, innocent people are falling victim to despicable acts of violent extremists; and the gap between rich and poor; between women and men; and between developing countries and advanced economies, remains stubbornly high.Moreover, at a time when collaboration and partnership are needed more than ever, the international community is witnessing rising xenophobia, divisive rhetoric, and attacks on our human rights and fundamental freedoms. Meanwhile, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise; incredible damage is being done to our oceans and seas; and the window of opportunity to avert catastrophic climate change is rapidly closing.“Taken together […], it is clear the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is not yet producing the results that our world so desperately needs,” said Mr. Thomson, and as such: “There is simply only one answer. We must do better to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Developments Goals.”“We need to teach our young people about the SDGs, because for the required transformation to occur, it must first take hold in our minds and in our values. It is our children who will be the inheritors of the Agenda’s results, so every classroom around the world should be teaching the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said, encouraging the delegations present to achieve this reality.He went on to say that greater public resources must be dedicated to achieving the SDGs, either directly through domestic finance, or through official development assistance (ODA), such as climate finance. He also called for better regulatory environments, and to require the international financial system to ensure finance is increasingly focused on productive, green and socially responsible investment.“We must support greater access for poor and marginalized communities and countries to science, technology and innovation; to trade opportunities; and to more sustainable debt solutions. We can and must work better on sustaining peace, on preventing and responding to conflict, and in managing the global humanitarian and refugee crisis,” said Mr. Thomson, underscoring that: “Collective action by Member States must be advanced.”“Strategic and inclusive partnerships must be forged to meet the global challenges we face – from climate change to conflict, from violent extremism and terrorism to the contagious diseases that threaten our kind” he said, pledging that as President of the 71st UN General Assembly, he would support Member States in addressing those issues and is committed to a universal push for implementation of all 17 SDGs.Highlighting some of his coming efforts to that end, he noted that in response to the crisis facing the world’s oceans, he would oversee the preparations for the UN Conference on SDG 14 on Oceans, to be held in new York from 5 to 9 June next year. “We are building this conference to be the game-changer for the way we ensure our Ocean’s well-being, and I hope to see as many of you as possible in attendance.” He also noted that in collaboration with Member States and the wider UN community, it would also prove possible over coming months to take steps to advance other pressing agendas for the Organization, including:To strengthen the UN’s peace and security pillar by enhancing the UN’s ability to prevent and respond to conflicts and threats; To advance the ‘sustaining peace’ agenda as fundamental to the UN’s engagement across peace and security, development, and human rights – there can be, after all, no sustainable development without sustainable peace; To combat discrimination, and to further the realization of human rights, so that all people are able to live free and equal in dignity and rights;To strengthen the UN’s counterterrorism architecture, and to protect the lives of the vulnerable and those most at risk of mass violations; and To work towards transforming the UN itself, by addressing the need for gender equality and parity, and better geographical balance; Encouraging UN work practices that are flexible, innovative, and coherent; and making the UN more effective, efficient, accountable, and fit for purpose. read more

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Mens tennis Justin Kronauge named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year

For the second time in as many days, an Ohio State tennis coach has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.OSU men’s tennis assistant coach Justin Kronauge was named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year Wednesday, coming just a day after Buckeyes’ women’s tennis head coach Melissa Schaub was named Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.Kronauge is one of two assistant men’s tennis coaches to receive the honor in 2017, along with Virginia assistant coach Dustin Taylor. He was also named ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Under the leadership of Kronauge, the Buckeyes made an NCAA tournament run to the semifinals, where they lost to UVA 4-2 in 2017. His team also finished the year undefeated in Big Ten play (11-0), and came away with both its 12th straight conference regular season title and 12th overall conference tournament title. read more

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Des scientifiques créent un rayon tracteur pour attraper des objets avec du

first_imgDes scientifiques créent un rayon tracteur pour attraper des objets avec du sonLes ondes peuvent déplacer des objets, mais est-il possible de le faire en sens inverse de leur propagation ? Une équipe écossaise a mis au point un véritable rayon tracteur acoustique capable de déplacer des cibles un million de fois plus grandes qu’avant.L’arme préférée des aliens kidnappeurs de vaches bientôt mise au point ? La science-fiction connait de très nombreuses occurrences du fameux rayon tracteur. Il est présenté comme un faisceau lumineux qui permet de soulever et d’attirer à soi divers objets. Le principal écueil à cette innovation repose sur le fait que, dans l’immense majorité des cas, si la lumière peut déplacer de faibles quantités de matière elle ne le fait que dans sa direction de propagation, et non pas en sens inverse. Toutefois, une équipe internationale, centrée sur l’université écossaise de Dundee, a tout de même réussi à fabriquer un rayon tracteur, en faisant appel à un autre procédé : les ondes acoustiques. Les chercheurs sont parvenus à déplacer des objets d’une taille de l’ordre du centimètre, des cibles qui s’avèrent un million de fois plus grandes que celles qu’il avait jusqu’alors été possible d’attirer. Ces travaux ont été publiés le 2 mai dans la revue Physical Review Letters.De nombreuses applications médicalesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette prouesse est possible grâce à un phénomène lumineux découvert dans les années 70 : la pression négative de radiation. Elle a pour effet d’attirer des éléments microscopiques de matière vers la partie la plus intense de l’onde. Appliquée aux ondes acoustiques, cette pression agit avec efficacité sur des objets triangulaires mais a plus de mal avec les objets plats.Pour ce qui est de son application future à bord d’un vaisseau spatial, un problème de taille se pose. Les ondes sonores ne se propagent en effet pas dans le vide, il restera donc impossible de capturer et d’attirer un vaisseau ennemi en plein vol intersidéral grâce à ce principe. D’autres utilisations restent néanmoins possibles, en particulier dans le domaine médical. Les chercheurs espèrent s’en servir pour manipuler des cellules de manière précise et individuelle. Comme le mentionne IFLscience, cela pourrait également permettre d’opérer des caillots, calculs, kystes et tumeurs par ultrasons, ce qui ouvre la porte à des procédures non invasives, c’est-à-dire qui ne nécessitent pas d’ouvrir le patient. De quoi largement consoler les fans de science-fiction.Le 18 mai 2014 à 19:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Newly discovered parasite gets presidential nod

first_img Flatworm/Blood Fluke (Baracktrema obamai)1/7Discovered by Thomas R. Platt while studying turtles in Malaysia. Platt is also a 5th cousin, twice removed, to Obama.<><> Earlier this week President Obama had a parasite named after him. This might seem a bit harsh, but it’s really an honor to have anything in the realm of science and nature named after you. And this isn’t the first time his name has been given to a parasitic creature!In April 2012 he earned his first honor by way of a hairworm discovered in Kenya, birthplace of Obama’s father. Our President has now lent his name to a tiny flatworm found in Malaysia. The blood fluke, called B. obamai, resides in the blood vessels of the lungs of freshwater turtles.Last year biologist and turtle expert Thomas Platt discovered the parasite and in no way meant this as an insult when he chose to use Obama’s name. Platt has named many of the species he’s discovered after family, friends, and even colleagues. He told the press he usually uses the names of people he greatly admires, hence the President.Obama has long been an advocate for conservation and committed to science, research, and STEM programs. In this community having an organism named after you is quite an achievement.Digging further I learned the President has had several discovered species named after him. What a compliment! Below you find all the amazing critters he’s lent his iconic name to.last_img read more

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