Pakistan Cricket Board chief apologises to Waqar Younis over leaked report

Pakistan’s outgoing coach Waqar Younis has received an apology from the PCB for the leakage of his confidential report on the team’s poor performance in therecently-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in India.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has confirmed that he had met Waqar on Monday and apologised to him. (Also Read: Waqar Younis steps down as Pakistan coach after disastrous World T20 campaign)”Waqar might not have been able to produce desired results with the national team but he remains one of our top players and has big status in cricket. It was unfortunate that his confidential report was leaked to the media from the board,” Shaharyar said.”I apologised to Waqar and wished him the best after he informed me and had decided to resign as head coach. But the meeting was held in a good environment and I have promised him the board will hold an inquiry to find out how a confidential report was leaked,” he said.Waqar’s two-year coaching stint was due to expire in May and sources aware of the developments said that he was keen to continue until the tour to England this summer. (Also Read: Shahid Afridi quits T20I captaincy, but says he’s not retiring)”But apparently it was conveyed to Waqar that the board has decided to act on the recommendations of the fact-finding committee and hunt for a new coach,” one source said.He said Waqar then decided to resign himself although he lost out on a compensation payment of around 4.8 million rupees which the board would have paid him if they had sacked him before the completion of his contract period.advertisement”Money is not everything. I am just satisfied that the board chairman called me and listened to me patiently to what I had to say. He also apologised for the leakage of my report and said an inquiry would be held to find out who is responsible for this,” Waqar said.Waqar said he would have resigned later but after the leakage of his report he wanted to make a point and get the board officials to listen to him. (Also Read: Sarfraz Ahmed replaces Shahid Afridi as Pakistan’s T20 captain)”I have said it if they want they can also use the dues payable to me (around six million rupees) now for improving the domestic cricket structure. At the end of the day it is all about improving things in Pakistan cricket and not about individuals,” Waqar added.The former Test captain had blasted the PCB chairman and his close aide Najam Sethi for refusing to meet him last week at the board offices soon after the report was leaked in the media.”You can’t be successful every time. I know I couldn’t deliver what the nation expected of me. But to me what hurt is that Najam Sethi, who initially appointed and backed me, didn’t bother to take my calls after the World Cup when I wanted some reforms to be made in the team and selection policy,” he said. read more

Parineeti Chopra’s dresses have been so bad of late, we wonder why she’s doing this to herself

first_imgWith the release date of Meri Pyaari Bindu coming closer, actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra have been busy with numerous promotional events. While we understand that attending all these events is a task, we do not approve of Parineeti wearing bedsheets around to save time. Parineeti’s fashion game is growing weaker by the day, and these outfits are justifying the fall.Parineeti Chopra donned a candy-pink collared jersey dress, and reminded us of the nurse-Barbies we loved as kids–ONLY as kids. The sad blue cut-out belt was mismatched, but it wasn’t as painful a sight as that embroidered colourful flower. If you haven’t already compared her Sonal Verma attire to a pink gift wrapping sheet, the metallic-blue, flower-like brotch (read decoration) on the shoulder will point your thoughts in that direction. Parineeti dressed like a gift, but this sure was a shocking surprise.Photo: Yogen Shah Parineeti’s melodious voice might have left the audience mind-blown, but her over-the-top pretentious-rockstar outfit made us want to look away. We have no idea why Parineeti was trying to pull off a bedsheet-like Krishna Mehta cape in those weird colours.Photo: Yogen ShahAlso Read: Sridevi’s daughter, Jhanvi, looks like an Indian princess in this dressLike the combination of an orange top and multi-coloured cape wasn’t bad enough, she donned a lot of shabby-looking accessories–maybe she was trying to have her own Bappi Da Day. The makeup was so loud, it almost drowned her beautiful voice. And we recommend you do not take a look at her shoes.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagaram/sanjanabatra Parineeti wore a pink dhoti-kurta, and a belt–no, we’re not making this up. The silver, chunky choker and earrings were a bad pick for the Indo-Western ensemble, but we guess the tan-coloured waist-belt ruined it further.She teamed a pair of floral-print juttis with the Jade by Monica & Karishma outfit, leading to us losing faith in juttis. The metallic handcuff she sported was absolutely unwanted, like the rest of her accessories. We haven’t seen an Indo-Western this imbalanced in the longest of time.Picture courtesy: Instagram/sanjanabatraAlso Read: Sushmita Sen’s tiny black dress is giving us so many goals, our heads are spinning To add more insult to injury, Parineeti wore a net, star-printed black top. The unflattering black top by Madison was teamed up with a pair of black ill-fitted, flared pants by Quo. The outfit did not do justice to Parineeti’s perfectly toned body, and our screen-time.Picture courtesy: Instagaram/sanjanabatra Parineeti wrapped herself in a neon-green cape (read bedsheet) top by Payal Khandwala, and teamed a pair of embellished jeans–needless to say, she mastered the art of complicated-dressing again. The black print on the cape (bedsheet) looked like a dead tree.Picture courtesy: Instagaram/sanjanabatra For a change, we liked her neat pair of strappy heels–that’s all we’ve liked about Parineet’s ensembles during these promotions.Parineeti, we really hope you up your fashion game sometime soon.last_img read more

Indonesia celebrates heritage, traffic and world peace at energetic Asiad opening ceremony

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 18 (PTI) A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games here today. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams. The footage, played out on the stadium’s giant screen, had Widodo grabbing hold of a motorbike to whiz past the stranded vehicles and take the narrow lanes to make the stadium in time. A helmet-clad biker, presented to be the President, eventually appeared at the stadium before Widodo revealed himself at the dignitaries stands amid loud cheers from the crowd. Raising the emotional quotient was the unified Korean delegation, repeating the touching images from the Winter Olympics, to once again deliver the message of world peace amid the recent diplomatic breakthroughs. The two Koreas will field a united team in three events — lightweight rowing, dragon boat racing and women’s 5×5 basketball. The flag was a unity banner, a light blue representation of the Korean peninsula on a white background. It was first seen at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also at the Asian Games staged in the South Korean city of Busan in 2002 and in Doha in 2006. “We are all here to celebrate diversity, we are all here to celebrate differences, we are all here to celebrate humanity,” Organising Committee President Erick Thohir said in his speech.advertisement Young Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the flag bearer, led the Indian contingent with players arriving in blue suits, smiling and with small flags in their hands, waving to the crowd. Much to the relief of Kuwait athletes, they were allowed to participate in the athletes’ parade under their own flag after International Olympic Committee lifted their suspension, just 48 hours ago. The government interference had forced IOC to suspend their NOC. The loudest cheers, however, were reserved for the host nation, who arrived last, led by swimmer Gede Siman Sudartawa and basketball player Arki Wisnu. Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah then addressed the packed stadium and was delighted that his own country Kuwait participated under country’s flag. He also appreciated the harmony between the two Korean nations. Widodo then declared the Games Open. In Palembang, which will host shooting and tennis disciplines among others, the athletes watched the opening ceremony on a giant screen, installed at the main football arena. A team of visual artists from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java transformed the stadium’s front area into a huge stage, designed to look like a lush mountain surrounded by the country’s unique plants and flowers. The ceremony opened with the traditional ‘Saman’ dance, which has been listed by UNESCO in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The dance has its origins in the Gayo ethnic community of the Aceh province. Performed by over 2200 school children, it welcomed the athletes from the region for a sporting extravaganza which is considered second to only Olympics in participation even though the countries involved stand at 45. The athletes involved in the two-week long show will be over 11,000. The musical extravaganza’s highlight tonight was Indonesian singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi, whose popularity graph has been on the rise in the country. Along with Anggun, renowned local musicians Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen also enthralled the jam-packed stadium with their performances on a spectacular stage. Legendary Indonesian athletes, who have been carrying the torch across the country, brought it to its final destination during the ceremony which is believed to have cost the organisers USD 55 million. The relay had begun on July 15 at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi and came to the Indonesian capital after being carried in 53 cities across the country in the past month. Former shuttler Susi Susanti, who won the women’s singles gold for Indonesia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, lit the cauldron which marked the opening of the Games amid the trademark fireworks. Red was the dominant colour of the ceremony where Indonesia showcased its origins in a spectacular song and dance show which never lacked in energy. PTI AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

Costa Rica drawn with Brazil in Group E

first_imgCosta Rica Costa Rica drawn into Group E with Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 00:01 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Costa Rica celebrating WC Qualifying CONCACAF 10072017 AFP Costa Rica World Cup The Ticos are hoping to repeat their stunning run from the 2014 tournament but must again get past a World Cup winner to do so Costa Rica has been drawn into Group E for the World Cup alongside Brazil and Switzerland.The Ticos will open the tournament against Serbia before facing Brazil in Saint Petersburg and closing out the group agianst Switzerland in Nizhny Novgorod. Costa Rica returns to the World Cup for the fifth time in history and will look to match or improve upon its quarterfinal finish in 2014. On draw day four years ago, Costa Rica largely was written off. Once the tournament started, though, the Ticos were able to beat Uruguay and Italy and draw with England to win a group that contained three World Cup winners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “History says that every time we face European teams we’ve had our best World Cups,” manager Oscar Ramirez told FIFA’s official site before the draw. “With what happened in 2014, nothing really scares us now so we have our head on a series with Europe and another team from this continent would be the best.”Here are all the groups of #WorldCup2018. What do you think?#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/t0XqgsfwcB— Goal (@goal) December 1, 2017Ramirez was especially bold to say that after a frustrating pair of November friendly matches. Costa Rica was embarassed by Spain, falling 5-0 to La Roja in Malaga. Days later against a Hungary team that failed to qualify for the World Cup, the Ticos fell by a more respectable 1-0 scoreline. In fact, Costa Rica closed the year out with five matches without a victory. The Ticos’ last victory came Sept. 1 against the United States.Group EThe team will take heart, though, in the fact that many of the key players from the 2014 tournament are set to return in 2018. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas is back on the field for Real Madrid and will be key for Costa Rica. Celso Borges, a 29-year-old who also plays in La Liga, also needs to have a tremendous tournament for Costa Rica if the Ticos are going to get out of the group.Captain Bryan Ruiz, whose two goals led the Central Americans in scoring at the World Cup, will be back as usual but needs to make a winter move to find regular playing time at the club level. He has played just 18 minutes for Sporting this season. Joel Campbell, who scored once at the 2014 World Cup, recently returned from injury for Real Betis but also has struggled to break through and find regular playing time. Center back Oscar Duarte also returned from a long-term injury absence recently, playing in both November friendly matches, but Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores is waiting until he can play more minutes before giving him his club recall.last_img read more

JCF Launches Campaign against Criminals During Lent

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has launched a campaign encouraging members of the public to ‘give up’ criminals for Lent. Speaking with JIS News, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, said the operation, which is themed ‘What Are You Giving Up for Lent… how about a wanted person’, was launched via social media on Sunday, February 25 and will end on Friday, March 30, 2018. “This campaign is trying to target primarily the top-20 persons on the Police Wanted List, and, so far, we have had persons calling in to give information on others who are not on this existing list,” ASP Garrick noted. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has launched a campaign encouraging members of the public to ‘give up’ criminals for Lent.Speaking with JIS News, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, said the operation, which is themed ‘What Are You Giving Up for Lent… how about a wanted person’, was launched via social media on Sunday, February 25 and will end on Friday, March 30, 2018.She explained that the campaign is an unusual phenomenon of the JCF, but added that one of the aims is to grab the interest and support of many Jamaicans.“This campaign is trying to target primarily the top-20 persons on the Police Wanted List, and, so far, we have had persons calling in to give information on others who are not on this existing list,” ASP Garrick noted.The Commanding Officer said the JCF’s efforts to publicise ‘wanted persons’ has led to an increase in the public’s willingness to share information, and noted that the agency is confident that this campaign will further encourage the reporting of crime.“We hope that this will get people on board. If you know of anyone involved in criminal activities, give up the person. Share whatever information you have. It does not matter how simple you think it is, let this be your contribution to restoring this country,” ASP Garrick said.She said all information is vital to the process of getting criminals prosecuted, and is encouraging the public to use the various reporting platforms to share the information.“We have a wide array of spaces where you can make your report, all of which maintain your anonymity. Crime Stop has a track record of keeping a person’s identity while paying over monetary reward if someone is arrested and charged, so this is a good incentive to share information. There is the 811 Tip Line, and even the Stay Alert App which allows you to share via voice, text or video,” ASP Garrick said.She pointed out that the JCF will be rolling out other activities that will be focused on ensuring the public’s input in helping the police.last_img read more

Falck Safety Services Accredited STCW Refresher Trainers

first_imgJune 5, 2014 zoom Only one month after the implementation of the new Dutch Ship Manning Act, Falck Safety Services is the first training institute in the Netherlands accredited to provide STCW refresher training.The first STCW refresher courses are scheduled for June 30, 2014. As of this date the refresher training will be offered weekly at the training centre at the Maasvlakte-Rotterdam.The refresher training is offered in two variations: single refresher modules and refresher combi courses.The single refresher modules are based on the initial training modules of the STCW training, but with less exhaustive content. Therefore the duration is shorter, only 1 or 2 days per module. All 4 modules, offered separately, add up to 7 days in total.Seeing that it’s not desirable to occupy crew members with training for more than one week, the company has developed refresher combination courses.In these refresher combi courses the various training elements are combined in a very efficient way making it possible to complete all four modules in less time.In developing the training programmes Falck Safety Services has been consulted by and cooperating with various Dutch shipping companies, sector associations and interest groups to create programmes that fit the wishes and needs of the industry.Both the single refresher module training and the refresher combi courses are officially approved by the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (ILT).last_img read more

Provinces Fifth CEC Providing Better Care Sooner in Annapolis Royal Area

first_img Between 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., a team, including a primary care paramedic and a registered nurse, staff the centre to ensure patients get the care they need. An oversight physician provides assistance by phone. “The collaborative emergency centre is a direct reflection of what we heard in the community – needing access to emergency care, as well as primary care,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO, Annapolis Valley Health. “We’ve put our people at the heart of this model of care, ensuring same-day, next-day primary care appointments and the community now has comfort in knowing they have a 24/7 safety net.” Betty Mattson, Annapolis Valley Health board chair says the centre is a great example of innovative care at work in the community. “This shift in care delivery has been a change for the better in this community and we’re proud to say that the feedback has been positive.” For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner. The centre was officially opened today, Nov. 9, by Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. More than 1,000 patients from this area have already benefitted from the care of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and paramedics since the centre opened in September. “What a difference,” said Ms. Gregory, of Young’s Cove, who has used the new centre. “I got into my appointment on time and the doctor I saw really took the time to go over everything with me and answer my questions. I wasn’t rushed and everyone was really supportive and friendly at the centre.” The new collaborative emergency centre is keeping the emergency room open, reducing patient wait times and providing a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This will ensure patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue becomes a health crisis. Nova Scotia has opened four other collaborative emergency centres since 2011 in Parrsboro, Springhill, Tatamagouche and Pugwash. One has also been announced for Musquodoboit Harbour. Other provinces are following Nova Scotia’s progressive and innovative approach to health care. Saskatchewan announced it will implement a similar model after visiting the one in Parrsboro. “One of government’s most important commitments is to ensure better care sooner for Nova Scotians and their families. Opening Nova Scotia’s fifth collaborative emergency centre in Annapolis Royal further delivers on that commitment,” said Mr. Wilson. The services at the collaborative emergency centre in Annapolis Royal include: HEALTH AND WELLNESS–Province’s Fifth CEC Providing Better Care Sooner in Annapolis Royal Area ————————————————————— Nova Scotians like Wanitta Gregory in the Annapolis Royal area now have access to same or next-day medical appointments and 24/7 emergency care at the Collaborative Emergency Centre at the Annapolis Community Health Centre. access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care.last_img read more

I will never forgive this – Two men found guilty in murders

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Relatives of three members of a central Alberta family who were murdered and their bodies burned lashed out at the two men convicted of first-degree murder in their deaths Wednesday.Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank were found guilty on all three charges by Justice Eric Macklin.The bodies of Gordon Klaus and his daughter, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse near Castor, Alta., in December 2013. Sandra Klaus was never found, although police believe her body was also in the house.The victims were Jason Klaus’ father, mother and sister.His aunt, Marilyn Thomson, said she was sickened when she watched the two men confess to an undercover RCMP officer during the trial.“Jason is also dead to me. The whole family is gone,” Thomson said outside court.“My hatred is immeasurable. I was absolutely devastated to hear and watch the arrogance, the bragging, the conceit — the cockiness and the sheer happiness of Jason and Josh who are obviously buddies and proud of what they had done.”Nicole Thomson said her Uncle Gordon and Aunt Sandra were almost second parents to her.“Part of me will always live in a state of devastation because of what you’ve done,” she said to her cousin Jason, choking back tears.“You are not worthy of the Klaus name. May God have mercy on you two depraved souls. To forgive you would be to sully their worth and I will never forgive this.”During the trial, Klaus and Frank each blamed the other for the murders and gave different versions of what happened.Macklin said he was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of their guilt.“Together they planned and carried out the three murders,” he said. “Each one played a crucial role in executing the plan.”Macklin said if the Klaus family dog hadn’t been shot, police may never have known the victims had been murdered. Fire crews arrived at the farm and found the brown Labrador retriever dead.RCMP found two shell casings outside the burning home and two bodies inside. Macklin said police later found the handgun in the Battle River — it belonged to Klaus and matched the bullets found in the family dog.During the trial court heard that Klaus was having problems with his father and offered Frank money to kill the family.Klaus had a cocaine and gambling addiction. He forged cheques on his parents account, promising to pay them back.Macklin said the men’s confessions “fit together like a puzzle and together they form the big picture.”“Mr. Frank intentionally shot Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus on Dec. 8, 2013, and set the house on fire to conceal the crime. Mr. Frank knew exactly what Mr. Klaus expected of him and he carried out the murders in accordance with their plan,” Macklin said.“Mr. Klaus did not actually shoot the Klaus family members. However, the Crown has established beyond a reasonable doubt that he planned and deliberated the murders.”Macklin wanted to move immediately to sentencing arguments, but the defence requested more time because the Crown is seeking no chance of parole for 75 years.Life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years is automatic for first-degree murder, but there are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders.Crown prosecutor Doug Taylor said he hopes the family and friends of the dead can find some peace once the case is over.“I struggle with this because it’s not my role as a Crown prosecutor to characterize the offence. That’s the role of the court,” Taylor said.“With that said, the word that comes to mind to me and it always has since I learned of the case and got involved is this is a despicable crime.”Follow BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

UN mission in Côte dIvoire deplores murder of 5 people urges support

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) issued a statement today deploring the crimes committed on Friday in Dieouzon village, near Bangolo, where the dead were discovered by a joint patrol of UNOCI and the French Licorne forces.The incident “resulted in the movement of the inhabitants of the village,” according to UNOCI, which said impartial forces reinforced monitoring in the area by additional mixed patrols aimed at restoring confidence among the local population.An investigation is underway to identify the perpetrators. “UNOCI invites all witnesses to collaborate so as to assist in stopping these criminal acts and calls on the inhabitants of the area to remain calm, recalling that violence does not resolve ethnic or economic conflicts,” the mission said.In a related development, on Friday, UNOCI’s Acting Force Commander, General Fernand Amoussou, called on the Ivorian Chiefs of Staff to resume their military dialogue. Speaking in Abidjan during the mission’s weekly press conference, Gen. Amoussou said that the resumption would make it possible for the chiefs of the national Defence and Security Forces and the rebel Armed Forces of the Forces Nouvelles to agree on accords they had signed jointly. Giving a brief assessment of the mission’s activities, he said that since the beginning of this year there had been approximately 9,000 day and night patrols by battalions as well as military observers throughout Côte d’Ivoire.While these activities “contribute to the security of the country,” he said stability in Côte d’Ivoire was the responsibility of its authorities. “These patrols also help with reconciliation at the local level, more precisely in the villages where people always lived together, so as to bring back a climate of fraternity and serenity.” Gen. Amoussou explained that the presence of the Force in the zone of confidence was justified by the mission’s wish to prevent any resumption of hostilities. He said UNOCI would support the Government of National Reconciliation in all the operations aimed at restoring peace and holding elections. Meanwhile, in Bouaké, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, Pierre Schori, on Thursday inaugurated a UNOCI-financed Quick Impact Project run by a non-governmental organization (NGO) called “Notre Enfance,” which helps women and the children. read more

UN partners complete first aid delivery in months to Syrias warbattered east

“Whilst this development is welcome, it is absolutely insufficient. The people reached represent 2.6 per cent of the 272,500 people in need in east Ghouta,” the Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a statement Friday.The supplies were delivered on 14 February. Aid workers have had no access to the besieged city for 78 days.However, other supplies, including much-needed water and sanitation, education materials and non-food items, such as kitchen sets, blankets and plastic sheets, were not allowed to be loaded in the convoy, added the UN official.As to the situation on the ground, the convoy – comprising UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent – reported that the months-long isolation has left the local population “tired and exhausted.”“Families are forced to skip meals, some only having one meal a day. A young ailing girl informed the team she has been eating yogurt and nothing else,” noted Mr. Al-Za’tari.In addition, the stocks of basic commodities in the market are running dangerously low and prices are prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of people.The rations delivered by the convoy will be shared among families, with five families sharing one basket.This is not enough to sustain them for long and the impact of increasing levels of food insecurity – especially on children and pregnant women – is evident.Whilst this development is welcome, it is absolutely insufficient. The people reached represent 2.6 per cent of the 272,500 people in need in east Ghouta — Humanitarian Coordinator Al-Za’tariThe UN team witnessed a number of cases of severe acute malnutrition amid growing reports of an impending crisis. Healthcare workers at Shofiniyeh hospital reportedly screened 317 children under five in the last two weeks with 69 cases of acute malnutrition and 127 of children at risk.Furthermore, caesarean-sections (C-sections) now account for 25 per cent of all births, likely caused by malnutrition among women and their lack of strength to give birth.Paucity of medicines and health supplies taking a tollThe UN team also saw expired anaesthetics, the use of which has resulted in two deaths; and with vaccines running low, hundreds of children are feared to be at risk of disease.Reports of cases of communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis, typhoid fever and scabies have emerged. Furthermore, with flare up of hostilities the number of people in need of urgent medical evacuation have also increased significantly.The fighting has resulted in a surge of new displacement, with reports of hundreds of families desperate enough to seek refuge in other parts of east Ghouta – many of which are not safer – than the places they were forced to flee.“People in need must be served, wherever they are. If Nashabiyeh is a sample of communities in need, then the situation is far graver than imagined,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari, calling on all parties to the conflict, and those with influence over them, to allow immediate, safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to all in need – particularly those in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.“To do so, we repeat our call for an urgently required one-month cessation of hostilities. We will continue appealing for access to all those in need, and remind those responsible of their obligation to grant it under international humanitarian law,” he added. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State takes down Iowa for third straight win

Ohio State freshman midfielder Talani Barnett (4) scores a goal off a header in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-4, 3-1 Big Ten) extended its three-game winning streak Thursday, prevailing 2-0 over Iowa (5-5-2, 1-3-1 Big Ten) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr continued her scoreless streak, recording four saves against the Hawkeyes for the fifth shutout of the season. In the past three games, she has recorded 16 saves, bringing her total to 42 saves in nine games this season. Ohio State has not won a game without a Kerr clean sheet.Freshmen defender/midfielder Talani Barnett notched the Buckeyes first goal of the night on a header off a corner kick with the assist by sophomore defender Izzy RodriguezRodriguez was not done. She scored the second and final goal of the match on a penalty kick late in the match. “I think our performance was pretty good,” Rodriguez said. “We took advantage of the moments we had and were just going to have to get better for Sunday.”The Buckeyes came off a victorious weekend prior to the match, taking down Illinois and No. 21 Northwestern with two consecutive shutouts. After three consecutive wins, head coach Lori Walker-Hock said she is glad that the team gets to play at home this weekend. “We’ve been on the road so much that there’s a great energy about the team,” Walker-Hock said. “I thought they came out with the right energy, we really pinned Iowa in, got to the end line a ton of times and created a bunch of corners, so we figured out a way to win.”Ohio State was also able to hold a 4-2 advantage over the Hawkeyes in corner kicks in the first half. The Buckeyes return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to play Nebraska on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. read more

NMA greets proposed carbon capture legislature as an accelerated pathway to energy

first_imgNational Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement in support of the “Carbon Capture and Sequestration Act of 2010” introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia) and George Voinovich (Ohio). The measure would help the private sector accelerate development and early deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the US by providing a wires charge-funded $20 billion over 10 years, expanding the Department of Energy’s loan program and establishing a regulatory framework to monitor and govern geological storage of CO2.“With the world’s largest reserves of secure domestic coal meeting half the nation’s electricity needs, the US has a strategic interest in developing advanced clean coal technology. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology will enable US power plants to not only neutralize carbon emissions from coal combustion but also to continue providing American households and industries with affordable electric power and high wage employment from coal production.“Senators Rockefeller and Voinovich have taken an important leadership role in providing the necessary financial incentives and a much-needed regulatory framework to facilitate the development and early deployment of this vital technology. The bill not only provides a pathway for continued energy independence in meeting our electricity needs, it also will create much-needed jobs across America. The National Mining Association looks forward to working with Sens. Rockefeller and Voinovich on this important legislation.”The text of the bill may be found here: Carbon Capture and Sequestration Act of 2010last_img read more

Google wants to make web pages load faster for a price

first_imgYou can try out the service by visiting the Compare page which lets you type in the URL of any website and get some feedback. Expect to wait a while though, as demand has meant you will get a time slot 10-15 minutes in the future at time of writing.Google can offer this service due to the scale of its existing network and data centers located around the world. Page speed is affected by bandwidth, geographic location, the web broser being used, and the content on your pages. Google can optimize the page, filter it to multple locations to serve each page faster for that area of the world, as well as offer a lot more bandwidth than you typically get with a hosting plan.Although at the moment Google is offering Page Speed Service completely free for some websites, it will become a paid service in the near future. The only thing left to announce is how much Google wants each month for optimizing your pages.Read more at The official Google Code blog Website owners around the world realize how essential a fast loading website is for people visiting and sticking around for any length of time. If your pages load slowly people get bored of waiting and leave. There are many optimizations that can be done in the CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and the Flash objects used on each page to speed up loading, but they all take time and knowledge to implement.Google has decided to offer a shortcut to speedier page loads by introducing a new serviuce called Page Speed Service.By using Page Speed Service any website can automatically speed up its page loads according to Google. All they have to do is sign up to use the service and point the site DNS to Google’s servers. Google then goes to work optimizing the pages on your site before serving them directly from Google servers.Although your pages are being redirected, visitors should notice no difference other than a faster page load. As to how fast, Google is touting between a 25% and 60% speed up with examples to back up the claim.last_img read more

Capcom Home Arcade ready to pummel you with nostalgia this October

first_img 28 Photos 4 Comments First published April 16 at 9:41 a.m. PT.Updated April 17 at 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds full game list. Capcom has packed an entire arcade machine into the just the controller, including on-board Wi-Fi. You connect it to a TV or monitor via HDMI. Capcom licensed the rights to the Austrian games publisher Koch Media, which manufactures the hardware.It has “a pair of competition-class Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with eight-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons,” according to the company.And before you start assuming that the games are reworks of the existing titles, they’re actually the original ROMs. Capcom will also host a global leaderboard — you can upload your single-player or co-op multiplayer scores to compete.Capcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the US release or pricing. Share your voicecenter_img The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Capcom Revisit your arcade days with classic games like Street Fighter 2, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and Final Fight with the Capcom Home Arcade, an arcade-style controller shaped like the developer’s famous logo.It’s slated to ship this Oct. 25 and is available for preorder now, (only in Europe for the moment), via Capcom’s online store. It’s priced at 230 euros, which converts to about $260, £200 or AU$360, and comes with these games:1944: The Loop MasterAlien vs PredatorArmored WarriorsCapcom Sports ClubCaptain CommandoCyberbotsDarkstalkersEco WarriorsFinal FightGhouls and GhostsGiga WingMega Man: The Power BattleProGearStreet Fighter 2: Hyper FightingStriderSuper Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo Consoles Video Gameslast_img read more

Full Show Sex Abuse And The Church And Protecting Seniors From Scams

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:33center_img X On Monday’s Houston Matters: Religious leaders are holding key meetings this week amid newly-uncovered allegations about sexual abuse and misconduct and how they’ve been addressed in their churches.First, the Southern Baptist Convention holds its annual meeting starting Tuesday for the first time since the Houston Chronicle uncovered widespread abuse by hundreds of pastors, employees, volunteers, and missionaries. We hear from a survivor, and from a pair of Chronicle reporters.Then: We talk with a spokesman from SNAP – the Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests – about why that organization wants Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, to step down as head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is also meeting this week.Also this hour: Protecting Houston’s seniors from scams. Answers to your dog and cat care questions from veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller. And a preview of the women’s World Cup soccer tournament and its Houston connections.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Leonard Replaces Tonga As Upper Marlboro Mayor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe capital of Prince George’s County has found its next mayor after the untimely resignation of her predecessor.  Wanda Leonard officially replaced Tonga Turner, who resigned last month to spend more time with her family and to focus on her professional career outside politics.Leonard was elected as President of the Board of Commissioners, which is the official designation for the position of mayor in the Town of Upper Marlboro, during a special meeting July 1.  Leonard has served as a Town Commissioner for the past 18 months and becomes only the second African American woman to be elected in its 313 year history.Wanda Leonard became the second Black woman to serve as Mayor of Upper Marlboro replacing Tonga Turner who resigned to spend more time with her family. (Courtesy Photo)“I am humbled and honored to have been elected as the town’s new Mayor,” Leonard said in a public statement after she was sworn in. Leonard previously ran for public office in January 2018 after realizing that Upper Marlboro needed visionary leadership and fresh perspectives to transform a town which has seen businesses leave and has been mysteriously absent amidst the economic revitalization that is occurring throughout the County. She also plans to focus on what town residents need to enhance their living experience, and what matters are truly important to the community.Her predecessor began with the same plans to restore the town’s economy and develop its brand to make it more attractive to corporate partnerships.  Upper Marlboro is the home of the Prince George’s County government. The town also hosts the county’s municipal courts, and the public school system.  When Turner announced her plans to relinquish the position in early June she took pride in her accomplishments during her truncated leadership. In her resignation letter the former mayor cited her achievements that include securing $800,000 in grants for the town, economic growth legislation, and restructuring during her two years in office.Tonga had been subjected to various racial attacks although she said that wasn’t the reason for her resignation.  However, it was well documented through various accounts that some of her constituents used racially incendiary words in email attacks. The tires on her car were reportedly slashed and a former town commissioner was caught by a resident drawing swastikas on a notepad during a town meeting.“My goals are two-fold. I certainly want to continue the great work started by my predecessor, Tonga Turner. I also want to continue to move Upper Marlboro forward with my own vision of what we can become by working together.” Leonard graduated from the University of the District of Columbia earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with an emphasis on management and a minor in finance.  She is a United States Army Reserve veteran and has an extensive record of public service.   The new mayor of the Prince George’s County seat has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in the District of Columbia.  She has also served as a member of the board for Family Advocacy and a Donate Life Ambassador with Washington Regional Transplant Community. In addition Mayor Leonard is an alum of the Prince George’s County Police Citizens Academy and a Prince George County Police Volunteer in Police Services.  She also served as president of the Greater Upper Marlboro Maryland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).Leonard is also described as a seasoned leader in the healthcare industry.last_img read more

Playa del Carmen police reach out to local communities with sports talks

first_imgThe objective was to develop a culture of participation, prevention, self-protection and respect for legality. “In the Municipal Police, we are convinced that closeness to citizens and joint work is an important factor for security,” said the manager of the Office of Public Security and Transit Solidarity, Jorge Robles. Playa del Carmen, Q. R. — With the participation of more than 4,000 families, the General Directorate of Public Safety of Solidaridad completed a 22-day program, Together Police and Society Overcome Insecurity, in neighborhoods and subdivisions of the municipality. He explained that the program helped to strengthen the relationship between the police and citizens to generate trust and address problems that affect the community. Various legal branches of Solidaridad participated in the program including the Directorate of Citizen Participation and Crime Prevention, the Traffic Directorate, the Canine Unit and the Fire Department. Each area took part in various sports and recreational activities with children, youth and adults in order to focus their energy on healthy activities. Other activities such as self-defense workshops for kids and talks with parents were held on issues of prevention, family violence, home robberies and vandalism.center_img Kids were invited to check out the inside of the units of police, fire and motorcycles to learn about their operations and missions. The program also included an exchange of toy guns for a different new toy to encourage young kids to understand violence is not a game. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Muslims get ready for Ramadan fast in summer heat

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Many clerics say that’s OK. Islam already gives exemptions from the fast for those in certain circumstances _ the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, children and travelers.Religious authorities in the United Arab Emirates allow laborers to break their fast if the temperature exceeds 122 Fahrenheit (50 Celsius). Other Muslim scholars say, regardless of the temperature, laborers can break their fast if they feel weak or thirsty. They have to make up the days later, said Sheik Mohammed Ali, an Iraqi Shiite cleric.“They should have the little food and drink that can make them able to work,” he said.Dr. Sarmad Hamid, a physician in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, said people should use common sense and stay out of the sun _ and those who work outdoors, such as traffic police, should not be expected to fast.Observing the fast is a particular challenge in Gaza, a tiny sliver of land between Israel and Egypt, ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. After years of strife and border blockades, Gaza is propped up by U.N. food aid and suffers daily hours-long blackouts.Gazans have to make do without fans to cool sweltering, crowded apartments, without TVs to distract children and unemployed husbands, without ovens to cook and without water because the electric pumps are idle. As summer heat rises, some have taken to sleeping on floor tiles, the coolest part of their house. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Arab television channels broadcast their best soap operas, betting on a captive audience feeling lethargic after a heavy meal.Impoverished Gaza women said they are planning ahead to feed their families.Umm Alaa, 52, who relies on U.N. food donations for her seven children, three daughters-in-law and grandchildren, plans to cook whenever the power switches on _ even at 3 a.m. She has a cool corner in the house, where the food doesn’t go bad. Her husband, a peanut seller making $7 a day, can’t afford a generator.Governments are trying to ease hardship.The Pakistani government has promised to prevent blackouts during key food preparation times.Iraq’s Electricity Ministry promised to provide 12 to 14 hours of electricity a day in Baghdad and other areas. Minister Karim Aftan al-Jumaili also said the government would give free fuel to private generators. Despite billions of dollars spent to rebuild Iraq’s dilapidated electrical grid, Iraqis still suffer through chronic power outages that have led to sometimes violent protests.Gaza’s militant Islamic rulers Hamas promise eight-hour rotations of power and blackouts.The Tunisian government has stockpiled eggs, milk, meat, poultry and other staples to avoid shortages and says it will fight price gouging. Tunisia’s Social Affairs Ministry said it would distribute food or money to some 235,000 needy families. Top holiday drink recipes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Despite the hardship, for many Muslims it’s the most anticipated part of the year _ a time of family togetherness and religious devotion, a break from routine. Muslims believe God revealed the first verses of their holy book, the Quran, to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan.The Muslim lunar calendar moves back through the seasons, so Ramadan starts 11 days earlier each year under the Western calendar. The last time Ramadan started in mid-July was in 1980. Winter fasts are easier because of cooler temperatures and shorter days. This year, Ramadan starts in most parts of the Muslim world on Friday, though some mark the beginning on Saturday.“There’s no choice but to bear the heat,” shrugged Jalal Qandil, 38, a sun-browned, sweating construction worker in Gaza City, father of five school-age children. “If I don’t work, we won’t eat this Ramadan. But God will help us.”Other laborers said they would quietly break their fast, trusting that God understands.“Sometimes it’s so hot, that we can’t touch the metal poles on the scaffolding without gloves,” said Munir, a 26-year-old Pakistani laborer in Dubai. “You cannot work in these conditions without water. I am religious and respect Ramadan, but it also is not intended to make you sick or put you in danger.”center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Now, they’ll go through all that hungry and thirsty.For many exhausted housewives, their biggest enemy will be boredom and exhaustion that erode family relations and the joy of this usually festive month.“Frankly, men, women and children, everybody is sick of each other,” said a 52-year-old mother of 10, who would only be identified as Umm Mohammed. “Especially the men: They just sit at home and harass the children.”Her three sisters-in-law nodded in agreement.And yet, they said they are looking forward to the season.For believers, Ramadan is meant to be a time of reflection and worship, abstaining from swearing, gossip and bursts of anger, remembering the hardships of others and being charitable.In mosques across the Muslim world, volunteers will serve free evening meals for the community. Those who can afford it prepare elaborate dinners for “Iftar,” or the meal that breaks the fast. In Morocco, the sunset meal is light, consisting of a traditional spicy thick tomato soup with chickpeas, followed by milk, dates and a croissant. Several hours later, Moroccans eat a full dinner.Tunisian economist Ridha Gouia estimated that household consumption in his country goes up 1.5 times during Ramadan. Many gain Ramadan pounds, particularly through snacking all evening on cream-and-nut stuffed fried pancakes soaked in syrup, a traditional favorite. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   ___With contributions by Bouazza ben Bouazza in Tunis, Brian Murphy in Dubai, Rebecca Santana in Islamabad, Paul Schemm in Rabat. In Baghdad: Bushra Juhi, Sinan Salaheddin and Sameer N. Yacoub.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Muslims from Morocco to Afghanistan are steeling themselves for the toughest Ramadan in more than three decades. No food or drink, not even a sip of water, for 14 hours a day during the hottest time of the year.The test of self-restraint is made only harder by daily power cuts in some parts of the Muslim world such as Iraq, Pakistan and tiny Gaza.With temperatures in the region routinely climbing above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and days at their longest of the year, governments are trying to alleviate the hardships of the monthlong sunrise-to-sunset fast. Morocco resets the clock so believers can break the fast an hour early. Pakistan promises to reduce daily blackouts, which can last up to 22 hours. Public servants are allowed to work fewer hours.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A shift happened at the beginning of March.Quarterback Kyler Murray committed to a football future and looked like the best fit for the Arizona Cardinals and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but that the team was dead set on selecting him was an assumption.Then came the NFL Draft Combine, in which Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim hardly, and purposefully, left the door open for the team to pick Murray — and even trade current quarterback Josh Rosen. By that point, it was certainly obvious that those within the NFL community believed the Cardinals were heading toward a selection of Murray with the first pick in the draft. But 10 days out from the draft, reality is setting in.Related LinksHere are all of the teams that Kyler Murray has visited withNFL Mock Draft TrackerWhat if Arizona passes on Murray?That realization is hitting home. While the Cardinals haven’t tipped their hand either way, how teams drafting behind them are acting is telling as prospects make official visits. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Despite #Sooners QB Kyler Murray being pegged at No. 1, teams further down the #NFL draft have been doing added due diligence on not only Murray but other QBs. Thought being If Murray gets past 1, some guys may trickle. Lock, for example, with visits to #Packers and #Chargers.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) April 15, 2019We don’t need long-time NFL reporter Peter King of NBC to explain to us that the Cardinals could still be deliberating over all of this.But here it was leading his weekly column on Monday:• I don’t believe there is unanimity inside the Cardinals building today either to take Murray, trade down for a passel of picks to a Murray-loving team, or to sit at one and take an impact player for the defense like edge-rusher Nick Bosa. Then again, if GM Steve Keim and Kingsbury both want Murray, that’s going to be the pick.• The Cards’ personnel brains—led by Keim and VP of player personnel Terry McDonough—are extremely confident people. If you run a team’s player-acquisition department, of course you should be confident. But Keim and McDonough are at the upper end among NFL personnel people in belief in their ability to pick players. I think Keim wouldn’t blink about trading the first pick. Keim won’t be scared to buck conventional wisdom.King threw out the Raiders as a potential trade partner. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim joins Doug & Wolf for an interview on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Feb. 13, 2019. (Arizona Sports/Matt Layman) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 112 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jeremiah isn’t the only NFL analyst wary about the eventuality of Murray to Arizona.Yahoo! senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson is taking the same evidence seriously. Not only are Murray’s visits to the New York Giants (No. 6) and Washington Redskins (No. 15) telling about his own status; other quarterbacks and players are setting up additional visits in preparation that Murray falling past Arizona creates a domino effect. April 1st confidence meter: Kyler Murray will be 1st overall pick(90%)April 15th confidence meter: Kyler Murray will be 1st overall pick (60%)— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 15, 2019NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout, doesn’t have inside sources on the matter, but he does know the business.The public business of other teams is telling him that, as Keim and his team build a firm draft board, there remains fear outside the Cardinals facility that they haven’t made a hard decision on drafting Murray, drafting someone else or trading the first pick.So many team visits. If it’s an inside job (understood between player, team & agent), why take all of the visits? A couple in top 5…I get. Not the rest. Just a hunch. Doesn’t feel like a done deal.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 15, 2019 All along, they were the most obvious option because Oakland owns three first-round picks this year and two more next year. Trading veteran Derek Carr has always looked like a valid option despite coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock calling him their franchise quarterback.Speaking of the obvious things we’ve forgotten to mention since Kyler-mania began: Arizona needs a lot more than a quarterback.If Keim and McDonough are so confident in their drafting as King suggests, there would have to be a really good reason for them to be giving up on Rosen after his rookie season. The Cardinals have holes all over the roster they could fill by trading down for a package of picks.Maybe Murray will be the pick after all.Keim and Kingsbury might view him as a transcendent talent, making whatever evaluation of Rosen only a side note.The reality now is like it’s been. Nobody really knows what Arizona is thinking. It seems that remains apparent in NFL circles, too.last_img read more

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