Jonty Rhodes in awe of Jemimah Rodrigues. Her mother shares throwback photo

first_imgTeenager Jemimah Rodrigues struck an unbeaten 77 to help Supernovas beat Velocity by 12 runs and enter the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge at the Sawai Mann Singh stadium in Jaipur on Thursday.Sent into bat in their must-win match, the Supernovas scored 142 for 3, thanks to 18-year-old Rodrigues’ 48-ball 77 not out and then restricted Velocity to 130 for 3 to win the final round-robin league match of the tournament.Rodrigues hit the only six of her unbeaten knock off the bowling of Jahanara Alam (0/34) in the 18th over. Her knock earned her the player of the match award.Supernovas won the match and Twitterati applauded Rodrigues’ brilliant innings in the form of tweets. Among them was Jonty Rhodes, former South African cricketer, who praised Jemimah.He said, “Have heard so much about Jemimah Rodrigues and awesome to watch her play those drives. No surprise when internet search reveals she is also a top hockey player.”To that, Jemimah’s mother Lavita Rodrigues replied by posting an old picture of her daughter receiving an award from Rhodes. She wrote, “Hi Sir. This is Jemimah’s mom. I’m sure you’d be delighted to see my 9-year-old Jem receiving an award from you and a happy selfie she took shortly after.”Hi Sir. This is Jemimahs mom. Im sure you’d be delighted to see my 9 year old Jem receiving an award from you and a happy selfie she took shortly after (: @JemiRodrigues pic.twitter.com/AIEZ85FtSu Lavita Rodrigues (@LavitaRodrigue1) May 9, 2019In reply, Rhodes said: “Thank you, Lavita Rodrigues and Jemimah Rodrigues. I certainly enjoyed my 9 seasons with the highly talented Mumbai Indians players, but it is opportunities like this one, that motivates me to give back to this incredible game!”advertisementThank u @LavitaRodrigue1 @JemiRodrigues ; I certainly enjoyed my 9 seasons with the highly talented @mipaltan players, but it is opportunities like this one, that motivate me to give back to this incredible game! https://t.co/CWeTW1ooQ2 Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 10, 2019After Thursday’s result, all the three teams ended on two points each after one win by each side but Velocity and Supernovas ended with plus 0.25 and plus 0.045 net runs rates respectively while the Trailblazers secured minus 0.305.Supernovas and Velocity will again face each other in the summit clash on Saturday as the third team, Trailblazers, who also secured the same two points, finished third on the basis of net run rate.Also Read | On-drive boosts my confidence the most: Jemimah RodriguesAlso Read | Veda Krishnamurthy defends defensive approach as Velocity qualify for final on NRRlast_img read more

People of Touch – Graham Goodwin

first_img Last Affiliate* Role* People of Touch – Contact Namecenter_img First Email Name: Graham GoodwinAffiliate: Taree Touch Association (NSW)Position: PresidentWhen did you first get involved with Touch Football?I first started playing back in 1981 in the Parramatta Touch competition. The games were played on Sunday mornings and it was a great way to keep the fitness levels up.After I had moved up the coast to Taree I started playing and refereeing in the Taree Touch Competition eventually joining the committee to help out and in 2003 the outgoing president spoke to me and recommended I become the next President of the Association as he believed I had the makings of a good leader within the sport and the town. Since then I have enjoyed every minute of the Presidents role. It allows me to give back to the community, assist the committee with their specific roles and help out with bits and pieces within the association whether that be in the canteen or coaching.What improvements and Initiatives have you seen at Taree Touch Association during your time?During my time at Taree we have really looked to improve our coaching methods. We have all coaches on the same page and ensure there is fairness with selections in all our teams which can be difficult to manage as we send 10 teams away to Junior State Cup.We have really looked to highlight the involvement of Referees and the fact here is a genuine pathway for our referees at Representative events. Having experienced referees like our Regional Referees Director Phil Rainger come and help out at our affiliate has seen referees both young and mature join our referee ranks.What is your Touch Football Highlight(s) so far?I have three Highlights during my years of being involved with Touch Football:I was selected to play for NSW country back in the mid 1990’s. To go into camp with a group of blokes from the country and represent where you come from was a terrific highlight and something I will remember for years to come.Coaching my Daughters Under 14 team to the NSW Junior State Cup Title back in 2004. Winning the State Title is not an easy accomplishment when you think about the hours of organising, training and of course playing over the entire weekend.In December 2018 I attained my Level 4 Referees Badge. This is the highest Referee Badge Level you can achieve through your state and your performances over the entire 12 months not just at a one off tournament. It took a lot of work but it was definitely worth it!The NRL Touch Premiership Kicks off this weekend who is your pick to take out the Women’s and the Men’s competitions?This is a hard one to pick especially with the Roosters and Warriors coming into the competition this year there will be some really close matches.I can’t go past Parramatta in both the Men’s & Women’s competitions and I can assure you Growing up in Parramatta has nothing to do with it (well maybe a little bit).If you want to be featured or know someone who should fill out the form below!last_img read more

Sri Lanka doesnt need foreign armies Minister

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka has no requirement to bring in the US Army or armies of other countries in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. His comments came as the country witnessed a spate of attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops as well as mosques following the April 21 killings by Islamist militants on three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations which claimed over 250 lives. The carnage was blamed by the Sri Lankan government on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath which is believed to have ties with the Islamic State (IS) terror group. The IS claimed the attacks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “We have no need to bring in the armies of the US or any other country. However, when taking measures against an international terror outfit, US intelligence agencies have vast experience and so do intelligence agencies of England, Europe and Australia,” Samaraweera was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror on Wednesday. He said only the intelligence expertise of foreign countries was sought to contain the terror situation in the country. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Minister also claimed that security had been restored in the country. “If we love the country, we should allow students to go to schools and get back to our day to day life to restore normalcy. Not only Sri Lanka, even developed countries such as the US, the UK, New Zealand, France and Germany have faced international terror threats.” Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Air Force spokesman Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said that helicopters would be deployed day and night to assist in controlling illegal assemblies and acts of violence in the country. “We have already taken measures to obtain aerial photographic evidence of those involved in such (violent) activities and to direct such evidence for legal action against lawbreakers,” he said, adding that helicopters would also be used to airlift troops for rapid response.last_img read more

Runners complete monster Sahara marathon in UN bid to focus on global

26 February 2007Exhausted, sore, sun-scorched, dehydrated, satisfied and proud, three young athletes have completed a remarkable ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert, running the equivalent of two traditional marathons a day for 111 days over 7,300 kilometres (4580 miles) in a United Nations-backed bid to raise awareness of the burgeoning global water crisis. “I’m tired and stiff, but happy to be done; it was an incredible experience,” Ray Zahab of Canada said after reaching the Egyptian Red Sea coast last week with his two fellow-runners, Charlie Engle of the United States and Kevin Lin from Taiwan, province of China, after pounding over endless sands and camel tracks, past towering dunes, stark rock mountains and mud-brick mosques, through oases and nomad settlements.The odyssey of the three, who left St. Louis in Senegal in early November and passed through Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Libya before entering Egypt, will be the subject of a feature documentary film, “Running the Sahara,” directed by Oscar winner James Moll and narrated by another Oscar laureate, Matt Damon, who is also executive producer, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as co-producer. The 90-minute film is slated for international release in late 2007.In addition to the Saharan temperatures, the three battled blinding sandstorms, biting and stinging insects and other pests, and the many physical afflictions that accompany a run across an entire continent. UNDP supported the project, and the runners during their saga visited UNDP anti-poverty and community-development projects and Global Environment Facility work in North Africa.These included water-management, governance and peace-building efforts in Mali and Niger, a conservation project for medicinal plants in Egypt, dam construction in Mauritania, and a school in Senegal. The three stopped to talk to villagers and nomads about the challenges they face living with the scarcity of water live in the 5.6 million square kilometres of the Sahara.“For the runners, water is a daily necessity,” Irena Mihova, a UNDP co-producer for the project, said. ”For the people of the Sahara, and throughout the developing world, it is a lifelong concern.”According to UNDP’s 2006 Human Development Report, lack of clean water and sanitation causes nearly 2 million child deaths every year. Mr. Damon is partnering with the H2O Africa Foundation to raise funds and awareness to address the scarcity of clean drinking water in Africa. The report calls on the Group of Eight (G-8) developed nations to spearhead an urgent global action plan to resolve the world’s growing water and sanitation crisis. read more

WestJet names new carrier Swoop says ticket orders will begin in early

CALGARY — WestJet says that its new no-frills, lower-fare airline will be named Swoop.The Calgary-based company (TSX:WJA) has been gradually revealing details of its new carrier since April.Last month, WestJet said the new airline would begin service next summer, rather than late this year as initially announced.The airline said on Aug. 1 that it didn’t expect to get regulatory certificates until the first quarter of 2018.It also said that the new carrier would reveal its schedule early next year and begin flights next June.Besides announcing the new name, WestJet said Wednesday it plans to start advance ticket sales in early 2018. read more

UN launches International Year of Deserts and Desertification

The United Nations today launched its International Year of Deserts and Desertification to raise global public awareness of the advancing deserts, of ways to safeguard the biological diversity of arid lands covering one-third of the planet and protecting the knowledge and traditions of the 2 billion people affected by the phenomenon.The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) stressed the importance of recognizing that in addition to the human and environmental cost of the degradation that contributes to the problem, the drylands are the location of some of the most magnificent ecosystems of this world: the deserts. Summarizing the treaty’s goals, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said: “I look forward to working with Governments, civil society, the private sector, international organizations and others to focus attention on this crucial issue, and to make every day one on which we work to reverse the trend of desertification and set the world on a safer, more sustainable path of development.” Desertification and drought cause an estimated loss of $42 billion a year from agricultural production, contribute to food insecurity, famine and poverty and can give rise to social, economic and political tensions that can cause conflicts, further impoverishment and land degradation, according to the Convention’s Secretariat. “It is widely recognized that environmental degradation has a role to play in considerations of national security, as well as international stability. Therefore, desertification has been seen as a threat to human security,” UNCCD Executive Secretary Hama Arba Diallo added.At the same time, these natural habitats with their incredibly diverse fauna have been home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations and the Convention’s Secretariat hopes the Year will also celebrate the fragile beauty and unique heritage of the world’s deserts, which deserve protection.The Convention’s 10th anniversary will be marked in December 1996. Currently, the Convention counts 191 states parties, making it one of the most representative instruments on environmental protection stemming from the 1992 Rio “Earth Summit.”Prominent among the international celebrations will be a weeklong film festival in June in Rome, called “Desert Nights,” with documentaries and feature films on people in the drylands. The best fiction films from countries affected by desertification within the five regions of the convention – Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Northern Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe – will win awards. The honorary spokespersons for the year are Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai of Kenya, Environment Minister Cherif Rahmani of Algeria and Bulgarian international football star and Golden Boot winner Hristo Stoitchkov. read more

Orthopedic device maker Zimmer buying Biomet in cashandstock deal valued at about

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Orthopedic device maker Zimmer buying Biomet in cash-and-stock deal valued at about $13.35B by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 5:36 am MDT WARSAW, Ind. – Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately-held Biomet in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $13.35 billion. Zimmer says the deal will expand its product offerings and services.Zimmer will pay $10.35 billion in cash and issue shares of its common stock valued at $3 billion to Biomet Inc.’s equity holders.The companies say the transaction’s total value includes the assumption of an unspecified amount of debt.Zimmer stockholders are expected to own about 84 per cent of the combined company, with shareholders of Biomet targeted to own approximately 16 per cent.Zimmer Holdings Inc. anticipates annual savings of about $270 million by the third year after the transaction’s closing.The combined company will be based in Warsaw, Ind. The deal is expected to close in 2015’s first quarter.Zimmer’s stock surged more than 9 per cent in premarket trading. read more

Emery Telcoms Fiber Deployment Expands Connecting Rural Utah

Emery Telcom continues to expand its network in an effort to bring high speed broadband to all of southeastern Utah. Emery Telcom has been engaged in a full fiber-to-the-home deployment in Carbon and Emery counties for the past five years. During this time, it has expanded fiber deployments in Hanksville, Moab, Monticello and Blanding.In addition, Emery Telcom is now partnering with various agencies to expand even further. Emery Telcom is working with the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) to bring fiber to the communities of White Mesa, Bluff, Montezuma Creek, Monument Valley and Navajo Mountain. These projects will focus on bringing high-speed broadband to the schools in those communities, but will result in future fiber deployments for each of the communities. These projects will result in over 200 miles of additional fiber and will allow remote schools like Navajo Mountain High School to have access to additional online resources and classes.“We are very excited about our partnership with UETN to provide advanced fiber resources to the students in these communities,” said Brock Johansen, CEO of Emery Telcom. “We are additionally excited because it expands our fiber footprint down into Arizona and provides access to networks going to Albuquerque, NM and around to Page, AZ. This route could eventually provide fiber redundancy to the entire southern portion of the state of Utah.”Emery Telcom is also working with the USDA to bring fiber to the communities of Castle Valley, La Sal, Mexican Hat and Halchita. These projects are full fiber-to-the-home projects. The USDA program is designed to bring fiber connectivity to remote, rural communities. The Castle Valley project is in the bid phase, but the other projects are still in the permitting phase.In addition, Emery Telcom is working with the Utah Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Transportation and other industry partners to place a new fiber route from Salt Lake City to Denver, CO. This route will be the first high-count, low-latency fiber connecting the two cities on the I-70 route.“The key to all of these projects is permitting. These projects have short funding windows, and cross a lot of government and tribal lands. We are working with our partners at the BLM and Forest Service, and with various tribal agencies. If we are unable to get some of the permits in a timely manner, then we will lose the funding for the projects, which would be devastating for those communities. Emery Telcom really appreciates the support it has received from Representative Curtis and Senator Romney on every aspect of these projects.” Johansen said.Utah Senator Mitt Romney urged the Bureau of Land Management to expedite the fiber projects through a letter sent last week.“The project timeframes are set by the funding agencies, such as Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),” Romney said in the letter. “It is my understanding that each project requires permitting from federal agencies, including BLM. It is critical that any permitting delays be avoided to ensure that Emery Telcom can complete the builds on time and prevent the loss of federal dollars supporting these projects.”Romney continued by encouraging the BLM to work with the permitting agencies involved and with Emery Telcom to complete permitting for the three projects within their respective deadlines. “This will ensure continued federal funding to deploy essential broadband fiber facilities in rural Utah,” Romney said. read more

Safety reminders for the new school year

Keeping the campus safe is everyone’s responsibility. With the start of the new school year underway, Health, Safety and Wellness is reminding you of the following important safety information.EmergenciesIn the event of an emergency, call 911, or Campus Security at ext. 3200. There are numerous emergency phones located across campus that can be used when assistance is required. Campus Security recommends that the Brock Mobile Safety app be downloaded to your mobile device. This mobile application provides Brock University students, staff and faculty with quick access to campus and local resources 24-7.Slips, trips and fallsBe aware of your surroundings both indoors and outdoors when travelling around campus by scanning the areas in your path and avoiding any materials or walking surfaces that could contribute to a slip, trip or fall. Wearing appropriate footwear for the weather, avoiding rushing or taking short cuts will also help prevent such incidents. You can help maintain a safe campus by avoiding, addressing and reporting all slip, trip and fall hazards online or by e-mailing besafe@brocku.ca.Mobile device distractionPeople walking on campus while operating mobile devices can be hazardous, distracting and may lead to trips, falls and collisions. To avoid injuries and incidents, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Always check traffic when crossing street and keep headphone volumes low. If you must talk or text on a phone, move out of the stream of pedestrian traffic and stop walking.Unmanned aerial vehiclesAn unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard. UAV is a broad term that can include a wide variety of piloted or autonomous aircraft of any size and design. Please be aware that due to Transport Canada regulations, drone use is not permitted on Brock University property. read more

Fake or Fortune art expert confronted with £2m Constable masterpiece he sold

first_imgHowever, new forensic techniques and two corroborating sketches of the same river-side cottage have now convinced experts to allow the painting into the official Constable cannon.Alongside co-presenter Fiona Bruce, Mould traced the commercial provenance of the painting back to Constable’s son, via a socialite who lived in the Savoy and a Scottish whisky baron, which further helped Mr Reid’s claim.The work is now estimated to be worth at least £2 million. Constable's Hay Wain: the world-famous painting depicts Willy Lott's cottage from a different angle The real thing? Scholars authenticated the new take on Willy Lott’s cottageCredit:Prudence Cuming Constable’s Hay Wain: the world-famous painting depicts Willy Lott’s cottage from a different angleCredit:The National Gallery Despite missing out on the colossal sum, Mould was magnanimous.“Despite my best efforts, I failed to prove it, so I was obliged to sell it on,” he said.“I had a conviction, a dream, that it was possibly right, but art dealers can’t afford to put money into a picture and hope and wait.“I’m really happy to know that I was not deluded.“I’m thrilled for Henry, its owner.”Mr Reid, who bought the painting from Mould in 2000, pledged to make it publically available.He said he purchased the work on the basis that it might be a Constable, adding: “It was a bet worth taking.”“I’m thrilled; I always loved the painting. But I had the uncertainty as well.”The painting is believed to have been composed around 1820, just before the Hay Wain, which was finished in 1821. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Fake or Fortune: scholars authenticated the new take on Willy Lott's cottage I had a conviction, a dream, that it was possibly rightPhilip Mould, art dealer Every week, Philip Mould breaks the hearts of fellow art dealers as he reveals the disguised masterpieces they let slip through their fingers on the BBC’s Fake or Fortune?But on Sunday night it was the presenter himself who was forced to face up to what might be described as a £2 million mistake when the art detective show discovered an authentic Constable he had previously sold for just £35,000.For 17 years, a depiction of Willy Lott’s Cottage on the River Stour has hung – with dubious provenance – on the wall of Gloucestershire businessman Henry Reid. Analysis of the work in question revealed a crude painting-over of the original bucolic Suffolk scene – later removed – which may have deterred the scholars Mould consulted in the 90s. Now, using groundbreaking technology and an investigation that ranged from Los Angeles, Perthshire to London’s Savoy Hotel, the work has been confirmed as a prototype of the iconic Hay Wain, which depicts the same scene.Constable scholars have described the discovery as “very important indeed”.Yet when Mould, then a fledgling dealer, owned the painting on two separate occasions in the 1990s, he could find no one prepared to authenticate it.Experts are acutely cautious of potential Constables, as the artist was the most prolifically forged of the 19th Century.last_img read more

Slideshow The 7 masterpieces stolen from Dutch Kunsthal museum

first_imgONE OF THE largest ever art heists in the Netherlands took place last night, when art thieves stole seven masterpieces from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. The painting are by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, Meyer de Haan and two from Claude Monet.The Kunsthal museum, which means “art gallery” in Dutch, is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own. The heist happened while the private Triton Foundation collection was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time.Police in Rotterdam, Netherlands are reviewing surveillance footage of the museum and have released these pictures of the paintings to help with their inquiries:last_img read more

From Google IO 2011 Android fragmentation questions answered

first_imgFor those that were unable to catch the Google I/O 2011 Day One Keynote, the volume of information that Vic Gundotra and crew had on hand was more than can be coherently covered in a single article. That being said, we here at Geek.com will be itemizing the critical themes to the keynote over the course of the day and offering you a detailed biopsy of the state of Android. Among the most important changes coming to the Android ecosystem is a collaborative effort being organized by Google to tackle one of the biggest issues in Android’s brief history: Fragmentation.We’re all familiar with the sad story. A really nice phone comes out, and you buy it. Out of the box you have a great experience. The phone’s got the newest of everything and it makes you happy to own the latest shiny thing. Then, out of nowhere, Google launches the next update to Android with tons of amazing new features. You wait, patiently at first, in hopes that these new features will soon be delivered to your brand new device. Weeks pass, then months, then a year later you find that you’re ready to have that update as Google announces their next updated OS! Granted, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Nexus owners get updates, and they get them FAST. The rest of the Android ecosystem, however, has been suffering, and at today’s keynote Google announced that they probably had the cure.AdChoices广告A collaboration of carriers, manufacturers, Google, and members of the Open Handset Alliance have come together in the hopes to resolve this issue. The plan with these collaborators, including Verizon, LG, Samsung, T-Mobile and more are meeting to create an update and release “fragmentation plan” to deal with the issue from as many angles as possible. As it stands right now, the only concrete part of the plan Google was ready and/or willing to release was to ensure that all Android devices would be supported under this plan for 18 months. Beyond that, we know that Google plans to announce more details as they become solidified.Supporting a device for 18 months may seem like a great way to go for some, but I can’t help but wonder about Android users on carriers around the world that have 3 year contracts. Support for most of a 2 year contract, which is nearly all that’s offered in the US, sounds great, but it feels like the global audience isn’t receiving the appropriate attention. As new details come in, the picture will become much clearer, and hopefully we’ll see the ugly “F” word fade into obscurity.last_img read more

JAMAICA Construction Industry Members Urged to Ensure Quality of Buildings

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 12, 2017 – Kingston – Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, is encouraging members of the construction industry to continue to ensure that quality buildings are constructed across the island.Speaking at a Construction Conference hosted by JSIF at Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew on December 5, he noted that the quality of construction projects being executed, especially those done in partnership with JSIF, have been of good quality, and if members of the construction industry continue on this path, the country will be able to achieve its national goals regarding improvements in infrastructure.“I want to underscore the fact that you are important to JSIF.   That’s why we are here.   You form such a great part of our success in completing more than 1,500 projects over the last 20 years.   Let us make the industry one where we can be considered the best,” Mr. Sweeney told the major construction-industry players who were present at the conference.“The delivery of quality infrastructure requires a seamless coordinated participation of a number of building professionals, each playing an important role to ensure that the infrastructure meets the requisite standards and that it can come in on time and below budget,” he added.The Managing Director pointed out that the JSIF invests close to 70 per cent of its money in infrastructure, including roads, water supply systems and schools.Mr. Sweeney said one of the objectives of hosting the conference is to discuss the issues that members of the construction industry face, in an effort to improve the quality of buildings they will be constructing in the future for underserved communities across Jamaica.“The conference will explore understanding building contracts and overruns; the building code, which is so important in our dialogue; health and safety in construction, and ethics,” he noted.Mr. Sweeney thanked the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for partnering with JSIF to host the conference.“The Caribbean Development Bank has been one of our greatest supporters in terms of financing support to the construction industry in general.   We’ve put on workshops for contractors, consultants [and] quantity surveyors; we’ve introduced new costing tools, all financed through the Caribbean Development Bank, so I certainly recognise their contribution to the industry,” he said.The CIC is the umbrella organisation for the building and construction sector.   It represents the views of architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, master builders and land surveyors.JSIF has been entrusted with the mandate of improving the social and economic infrastructure of the nation’s most underserved communities.   Some projects that have been undertaken by JSIF include the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) and the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP).Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

25 years later Exxon Valdez spill still lingers

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation’s largest oil spill.The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water. Storms and currents then smeared it over 1,300 miles of shoreline.For a generation of people around the world, the spill was seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline in Prince William Sound, of sea otters, herring and birds soaked in oil, of workers painstakingly washing crude off the rugged beaches.Twenty-five years later, most of the species have recovered, said Robert Spies, a chief science adviser to governments on the oil spill restoration program from 1989 to 2002. But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling.Here’s a look at what’s changed since the spill:FishermenBernie Culbertson was preparing to fish cod when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. With oil in the water, fishing came to a standstill and life for he and other fishermen drastically changed.last_img read more

DOD Changing Hiring Rules to Improve Spouse Employment Opportunities

first_img ADC AUTHOR DOD has changed some rules in its on-base hiring practices to improve employment opportunities for active-duty spouses, Military.com reported Tuesday.A statement from DOD last week detailed that its Priority Placement Program will now allow active-duty spouses to use employment preference for one offer of permanent employment per duty location.It covers positions funded by non-appropriated funds, such as daycare facilities, bowling centers, golf courses and other base facilities with self-generated funding. DOD said the employment preference will also apply to positions at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.DOD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program also changed its rules allowing military spouses to apply for as many positions slated for military spouses as they wish, with no application limits.DOD civilian positions open to military spouses are now listed with other federal positions on the USAJobs website, SECO announced.Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Folkerthlast_img read more

The Cultural Highlight

first_imgThe weekend witnessed a cultural treat at the all the three Dilli Haats in the Capital. The second week of the weekend festival Dilli Haat Utsav marked the next level of entertainment and fun. Artistes from diverse backgrounds geared up to deliver a captivating performance at the three Dilli Haats that engrossed everyone. Dilli Haat, Janak Puri witnesses the Bhangra and Gidda  dance performaces organised by Punjabi Academy on Saturday and Sunday’s evening was marked by the musical performance of Ashok Mastie (Glassi Fame). Dilli Haat, Pitampura saw the Maithli/Bhojpuri performances that captivated the audience. Dilli Haat, INA featured Urdu’s Poet Meet (Mushaira) by Urdu Academy on Saturday.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The six shayars of the meet were – Saleem Kashif, Sarfaraz Ahmed Sarfaraz, Sartaj Amrohvi, Samar Noorpuri, Qasir Sehswani and Rashid Baqui. Sunday witnessed performances by All Assamese Student’s Association, where folk songs and Assamese remix melodies delighted the audience.Delhi, often termed as mini-India has found an expression to its heritage with these series of weekly festivals at all three Dilli Haats till 31 March, 2015. Delicious and delectable food items from various cuisines in the country are being served at your platter. An elaborate presentation and sale of handicraft and handlooms items will be accompanying to satisfy your shopping appetite. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDelhi Tourism and Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi have jointly brought this series of weekend festivals. Institutions like Sahitya Kala Parishad, Hindi Academy, Urdu Academy, Punjabi Academy etc. will be hosting cultural shows, that include celebrity performance, Mushaira (Urdu Poet’s Meet), musical performances, Kavi Sammela and dance shows. The utsav that started on 13 September attracted a large number of audiences at all three venues. The first week of the festival featured qawali show oranised by Urdu Academy and folk dances from Rajasthan that engrossed the audience present there. This initiative by Delhi Tourism is to make every weekend a happening weekend and also gives a platform to new and seasoned artistes to showcase their talent.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank to cut 1900 jobs as profits drop

first_imgAt its investment banking division, for example, income fell as fewer companies came to the bank requesting its services to issue shares, or for advice on buying or merging with other companies. Those activities can earn lucrative fees for banks.Revenue from trading debt securities _ one of the investment categories most affected by the crisis _ was also down. The company said that was partly due to the company taking “deliberately lower levels of risk” due to subdued trading volumes. It said it would continue shedding risky assets in the months ahead.Overall, Deutsche Bank’s corporate banking and securities division, where share underwriting and debt trading are located, saw revenues fall by (EURO)451 million to (EURO)3.5 billion.“The European sovereign debt crisis continues to weigh on investor confidence and client activity across the bank,” the bank said.European governments such as Spain and Italy are struggling with high levels of debt, and the prospect they might default or need bailouts has unnerved markets. The debt crisis has made companies and consumers reluctant to borrow, spend and invest.The bank said about 1,500 of the job cuts will be in the investment banking business and in related infrastructure areas. The cutback will contribute some (EURO)350 million to an overall target of (EURO)3 billion ($3.8 billion) in savings. Shares in the bank were up 0.4 percent at (EURO)24.94 in late afternoon trading in Europe.The earnings statement was the first reported under new co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen, who took over from Josef Ackermann in May.Jain, who had run the investment banking unit before taking over as CEO, said during a conference call with stock market analysts that the debt crisis had developed “more towards our more grim scenario than our good scenario.”The bank said it was looking to change its ethics policy and compensation practices to meet the expectations of regulators, government and the public. Discussing the conduct policy, Jain said the bank would “make sure that the tone at the top is crystal clear.”The bank is facing uncertain consequences from an investigation into the alleged rigging of benchmark interest rates known as Libor, or London Interbank Offered Rate, by employees of different banks. Deutsche Bank has said it is cooperating with investigations from authorities including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. financial market regulator.Bank officials did not take questions about the Libor investigation during the conference call. Chief Financial Officer Stefan Krause said the bank has found the questionable activities were limited “to a small group of individuals who were acting on their own initiative” and have already been sanctioned. The bank has said that one trader left the firm last year. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Deutsche Bank said Tuesday it plans to cut about 1,900 jobs, most of them outside Germany, as Europe’s debt crisis hurt profits at its investment banking business.Germany’s largest bank, which employs nearly 101,000 people, said second quarter earnings slid 46 percent to (EURO)661 million from (EURO)1.233 billion in the same three months a year ago.Market turbulence and subdued client activity due to Europe’s problems with too much government debt were behind the decline, with revenues down 6 percent to (EURO)8.0 billion. Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Genting Hong Kong celebrates Crystal Skyes sold out

first_imgGenting Hong Kong celebrates Crystal Skye’s sold outGenting Hong Kong celebrates Crystal Skye’s sold outGenting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure corporation, today celebrated the much-awaited inaugural Asian flight of Crystal Skye, the world’s newest, most ultra-luxurious and spacious private tour jet developed exclusively for highly discerning individual and group travelers around the world. As she prepares for her fully-booked maiden voyage on 1 October to the exotic and tropical islands of Fiji and Tahiti, Genting offered a rare first-hand preview of the luxurious onboard features that await guests.“We are extremely pleased and encouraged by the outstanding response for Crystal Skye’s maiden voyage from Asia – a fully-booked, all-inclusive journey to Fiji and Tahiti – signaling strong demand from the region’s most discriminating travelers,” said Mr. Colin Au, Group President of Genting Hong Kong. “We are also delighted to finally welcome Crystal Skye in Asia, a new milestone for Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises, setting an even higher benchmark in global luxury travel and pushing the boundaries of bespoke vacation experiences.”The sold out inaugural Asian journey departing from Hong Kong on 1 October, will take guests on a 7-night/8-day voyage to the idyllic islands of Fiji and Tahiti. Competitively priced at US$18,000, the all-inclusive Crystal Skye experience features the finest hotels and accommodations in Fiji and Tahiti, unique cuisine, all beverages, entertainment, private plane transfers and the exclusive service of the world’s first “Air Butlers”.In response to the overwhelming reception of the inaugural AirCruise to the South Pacific, Crystal Skye will embark on a fantastic, all-inclusive six-night, Masa Mara, Kenya Safari adventure this February for the Lunar New Year holidays.“Crystal Skye takes the spirit of cruising to the clouds with seamlessly indulgent luxury and comfort, combining Crystal’s award-winning personal service with innovative design showcasing an opulent interior highlighted by elegant, world-class amenities,” added Mr. Au.The exquisitely outfitted Boeing 777-200LR has a spacious design for up to 88 guests, and is appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private jets. During the special showcase, travel agents, partners and media got to experience the spacious dedicated social lounge with a stand-up central bar designed to foster friendly camaraderie during non-stop bespoke journeys to any destination around the world.Visitors also got the chance to sit back and relax on customized Crystal Exclusive Class seats, fully-reclining, flatbed Welsh handcrafted sleeper seats designed for ergonomic comfort and equipped with sophisticated in-flight amenities and entertainment. Attended by a team of dedicated Crystal Skye Butlers, guests were served Michelin-inspired hors d’œuvres especially prepared by the onboard Executive Chef, François Van Zyl, in collaboration with Master Chef Chan Kwok Keung, “World Champion of The Chinese Cuisine” and paired with the finest selections of champagnes and premium wines from the Crystal SkyCellar.In addition to pre-planned, all-inclusive itineraries, Crystal Skye is also available for private charters for personal holidays with extended family and friends or for the ultimate in business trips.Crystal Skye, the only twin-aisle private jet, can be privately chartered for 1 to 28 days. With the ability to fly non-stop for 19.5 hours, travellers can explore the far reaches of the earth while enjoying the personalized service for which Crystal is renowned worldwide. Guests will be able to create custom journeys from a selection of diverse points around the globe, ranging from the cosmopolitan (London and New York City), to the exotic (Igauzu Falls, Argentina and Tashkent, Uzbekistan), to the scenic (Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aries), and a host of other dazzling destinations in between. A collection of interchangeable “Destination Experiences” also allows guests to curate personalized itineraries in each destination.Source = Genting Hong Konglast_img read more

Why 2018 Might Be a Cruel Summer for Homebuyers

first_img Days on Market Home Prices homes HOUSING Inventory Listing market Mortgage Rates RE/MAX National Housing Report Supply transactions 2018-06-19 Alison Rich Rising prices notwithstanding, homes in May sold like hotcakes, this according to RE/MAX’s latest National Housing Report, which covers data from 54 U.S. metros. Crimped inventory and crushing demand from homebuyers slashed days on market (DOM) to 46, the second-lowest monthly amount in the report’s 10-year history, the report says. May sales outdid April’s by 14.5 percent; they fell 2.8 percent from May 2017. The median sales price: $251,673, up 7.8 percent from May 2017 and 2.1 percent from April of this year. Eleven metro areas saw double-digit year-over-year percentage increases, the biggest in San Francisco, California, at 19.3 percent; Boise, Idaho, at 16.8 percent; Las Vegas, Nevada, at 16 percent; and Augusta, Maine, at 14 percent.Homes sat on the market an average of five more days (51) in May 2017, 12 more (58) in May 2016, and 18 more (64) in May 2015. The metros boasting the lowest DOM were San Francisco and Seattle, Washington, at 19; Denver, Colorado, at 21; and Salt Lake City, Utah, at 25.“Even with low inventory and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, homes are going from ‘for sale’ to sold 28 percent faster than three years ago,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos.As for closed transactions, 16 of the 54 surveyed metros reported a gain in year-over-year sales, including Burlington, Vermont, at 14.2 percent; Boise, at 11.3 percent; Trenton, New Jersey, at 7.7 percent; and Anchorage, Alaska, at 3.8 percent. What’s more, the number of for-sale homes in May marched ahead 4 percent from April but slipped 9.5 percent from May 2017. Based on this May’s home sales rate, months’ supply of inventory stayed flat from April at 2.5 months and contracted a tad compared to 2.6 months in May 2017. This May, all 54 metros tallied months’ supply of inventory at or less than six months—a figure indicative of a seller’s market. Markets reporting the lowest months supply of inventory were San Francisco, at one month, and Boise, Denver, and Seattle tying at 1.1 months. Amid such a sizzling market, house shoppers should plan on competing with other would-be buyers when making an offer on a property, Contos advises. “Be prepared—that’s my message to potential homebuyers in this summer selling season,” he said. “Make sure you are pre-approved with a lender, try to make a clean offer with no contingencies, and, if possible, consider offering favorable concessions to the seller such as a flexible closing date.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Why 2018 Might Be a Cruel Summer for Homebuyerscenter_img June 19, 2018 552 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_img(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Last season, Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and completed more than 70 percent of his throws. He had 43 touchdowns with only six interceptions.Arizona will be one stop of Mayfield’s tour, which will take him to Cleveland, Buffalo, both the Giants and Jets in New York, Miami and Denver, according to MMQB.Related LinksBaker Mayfield met a psychic who predicted him going to the CardinalsThe Cardinals may need to trade up if they want to draft Mayfield. All six of the other teams he is visiting have a pick before Arizona.Mayfield is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft in a list that includes USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.If any fall to the middle of the first round, though, it could be Mayfield. Fox NFL’s Charles Davis said it’s not unprecedented, citing players including Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta.“It’s a matter of who might be that one this year,” he said.The most-likely culprits, in his opinion, are Mayfield and Allen. He also included Rosen, but to a lesser extent “in case everybody doesn’t like his personal interviews” or medical issues.“Mayfield could be, height concerns,” Davis said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Charles Davis, NFL Network analyst Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will visit the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, the last day teams can bring draft prospects to their facilities, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.MMQB’s Robert Klemko first reported Mayfield would visit Arizona in March.Mayfield, the 2018 Heisman winner, is one of the players Arizona is considering drafting No. 15 overall in the NFL draft, though he is expected to be picked well before the Cardinals pick. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img And on Allen: “A big thrower, but is accuracy going to be an issue for him?”This doesn’t necessarily reflect Davis’ beliefs of what will happen. In his mock draft 2.0, Davis predicted Rosen would go No. 2 to the Giants, Mayfield No. 3 to the Jets and Allen No. 12 to Buffalo.He has the Cardinals taking offensive tackle Connor Williams from Texas.If Arizona goes the quarterback route at No. 15, they could pick Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who Davis thinks will be available in the middle of the first round.The Fox analyst doesn’t think the poor Wonderlic score that got leaked should negatively impact perception of Jackson.“There’s some guys who are wearing gold jackets that if you knew their Wonderlic score, you would’ve questioned why anyone would even put them on a roster,” Davis said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 7 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more