Bristol: Australia has warned Chris Gayle and company to be ready for for ‘chin music’ when it takes on West Indies in its second ICC World Cup game at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile said they are ready to give West Indies a taste of its own medicine — bouncers — to keep Gayle and company in check. “You’ve got to give it (bowl bouncers) to the Windies, otherwise they just get on the front foot and pogo you everywhere,” said the right-arm quick after Australia’s seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in its World Cup opener here on Saturday. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “We’ll definitely give it to them – we give it to every team. You’ve got to use your two (permitted bouncers per over). “The grounds are so small and the wickets are generally pretty flat, so you’ve got to use bouncers when you can,” he added. In Coulter-Nile, Mitchel Starc and Pat Cummins, Australia boast of a fiery pace battery. Coulter-Nile’s statement came close on the heels of West Indies’ devastating fast-bowling display against Pakistan, bundling out the opposition for just 105 in 21.4 overs. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Coulter-Nile said Australian bowlers need to be aggressive upfront against a batsman of Gayle’s calibre. “Oh Starcy (Mitchell Starc) will knock his off pole out. It will be easy,” he said jokingly about the 39-year-old Gayle. “You know he’s going to hit your good balls for four and hit your bad balls for six. Just keep as bowling as many good balls as you can we’ll stick a few up him. “I think you just need to be aggressive at him. He’s still smacking them but he is getting older. I don’t know if he’s faced too much of Starcy and Paddy (Pat Cummins) recently but they’re bowling quick. So we’ll see how he handles that early,” Coulter-Nile added.
Kolkata: The state government is contemplating to go for rainwater harvesting mandatory in Bengal to tide over the drinking water crisis, Firhad Hakim, urban development minister said on Thursday.He said: “Though we are fortunate to have River Hooghly from where water is being lifted and treated before supplying to individual households but steps should be taken to stop wastage of drinking water. The government is contemplating to make rain water harvesting mandatory,” he said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaExperts have pointed out that by 2050, 40 per cent of the Indian population will be affected by drinking water crisis. Already drinking water scarcity has been reported from Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. He said awareness campaign to conserve drinking water will be launched. Drinking water is used to wash cars, water the roadside trees, cleaning, flushing and gardening. Moreover, in many areas filtered water is wasted through the roadside taps. Around 40 million gallons of filtered water is wasted every day. Many people said as there is no water tax in Bengal people waste drinking water. The KMC supplies 44.50 crore gallon of filtered water daily. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be recalled earlier, the KMC used to supply unfiltered water to clean the city streets and it was supplied to individual households from Mullickghat pumping station. There was separate overhead tanks to store unfiltered water. This water was used for flushing. The system of cleaning the city roads with unfiltered water was stopped following outbreak of Cholera in the mid 1960s after some slum dwellers consumed unfiltered water. If rainwater is harvested, then this water will be used for cleaning, flushing, gardening and washing cars. It may be mentioned that Shanta Sheela Nair, Commissioner of Chennai Municipal Corporation was first to make rainwater harvesting mandatory in India. Later, it was used by the Rajasthan government. It may be mentioned that in New Town, a pilot project on rainwater harvesting has been introduced. Around 2000 litres of rainwater is harvested and the water is used for water organic farming which is being carried out of the roof top of a commercial market. Also, the water I the Sewage Treatment plants in Sector V in Salt Lake and New Town is recycled and this water is used for watering roadside plants and tall tree gardens.
Angelina Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict, for the G8 meeting in London today.During the meeting, the G8 foreign ministers agreed to boost efforts to seek justice for victims of abuse and rape in conflict, and announced a £23 million ($35.5 million) pledge to fund prevention and response efforts.“Hundreds of thousands of women and children have been sexually assaulted, tortured or forced into sexual slavery in the wars of our generation,” said Jolie following the meeting. “International political will has been sorely lacking, but today I believe their voices have been heard and that we finally have some hope to offer them. I welcome the long overdue stand that the G8 has taken. Wartime rape is not inevitable. This violence can be prevented, and it must be confronted.”Angelina Jolie is a Special Envoy for the UN Human Rights Council.
By Nirit Ben-AriDo land, seeds and crops have a gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). For crops such as rice, wheat and maize, make up about 90% of food consumed by rural dwellers, it is women who mostly sow the seeds, do the weeding, cultivate and harvest the crops and sell surpluses.And for secondary crops such as legumes and vegetables, says the FAO, “Women’s contribution…is even greater,” adding that it’s as if only women are involved in producing these crops. What’s more, they make and tend the gardens that provide much-needed nutritional and economic well-being. Feeding the continentWhile women farmers are essentially feeding the continent, they have remained largely in the background, calling little attention to themselves and receiving little help. But this situation is changing as they spearhead efforts to transform Africa’s agricultural landscape. Take for example Grace Kamotho, a lecturer at Karatina University in Nairobi, Kenya, where she also trains farmers in new farming technologies and practices that lead to higher productivity. “Being an African woman,” she told Africa Renewal, “I recognize the fact that women are more associated with food preparation and care of the family than men, and I understand the importance of feeding families with appropriate and balanced diet.”Ms. Kamotho recently participated in a training workshop on vegetable production in greenhouses, at Volcanic Institute’s Centre for Agricultural Development and Cooperation in Israel. Here she gained knowledge about seed and vegetable seedling cultivation, among other subjects. She said the training’s focus on vegetables was necessary because in rural Africa, vegetables supplement meals of maize, rice, potato, cassava or yam, and are a good source of proteins.“Women tend to shop or procure food for their families, which in some cases means growing it in kitchen gardens,” she says. But women farmers go beyond tilling the soil: they also ensure prudent food management—deciding what to keep for the household and what to sell. “When a drought or economic crisis hits, women feel the pinch most, as they have to find ways to provide for their families,” says Ms. Kamotho.Comparing men and women farmersDespite the role and impact of women in African agriculture, there’s still an unsettling disparity in the support they receive compared to men. A World Bank report states that in Nigeria, for example, while women constitute about 60% to 80% of the agricultural work force, men generally make key farm management decisions. “As a result, agricultural extension services throughout the country have traditionally focused on men and their production needs.”In their book Transforming Gender Relations in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promising Approaches, authors Marion S. Davis, Cathy Farworth and Melinda Sundell argue that women’s productivity is lower than that of men because they have limited access to resources such as land, credit and other production inputs. In an interview with IRIN, a UN humanitarian news service, Ms. Sundel said that in Kenya, the value of female farmers’ tools was about one fifth that of their male counterparts’.Credit is undoubtedly necessary to acquire land, machinery, fertilizers, irrigation and high-quality seeds, and to hire labour. Moreover, when women’s access to finance is restricted in comparison to men’s, it creates a power imbalance that affects women’s ability to negotiate their role within households, according to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Some banks set up roadblocks to getting the necessary capital, such as the need for a male guarantor or the requirement that a beneficiary must be literate, notes the World Bank in its 2009 Gender in Agriculture Resource Book. Makhtar Diop, the World Bank vice-president for Africa, warns that “the status quo is unacceptable and must change so that all Africans can benefit from their land.”Financing problemsThe ICRW believes that women farmers who own property and have access to finance will have greater bargaining authority and control over their incomes. In addition, studies show that women are more likely than men to spend their incomes on their families’ food, education and health. Lawson Lartego Late, director of the economic development unit at Care USA, a humanitarian organization, told the US magazine Forbes that “when it comes to finance, we need to apply a gender lens. When you look at how people get access to financial services, especially here in Africa, agriculture is underserved.”The UN and other non-governmental organizations are investigating and implementing projects that provide greater access to micro-credit for women farmers. The Hunger Project (THP), a US-based international NGO with offices across the world, has created a micro-finance programme that involves giving training, financial advice and credit to African female farmers. THP has to date loaned about $2.9 million to women farmers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda. As a result, beneficiaries raised their production levels.Soro Yiriwaso, another micro-finance institution based in Mali, supports women in the southern part of the country in boosting food security. Women represent 93.5% of Soro Yiriwaso’s borrowers, while two thirds of its loan portfolio goes to agriculture. Between 2010 and 2012, under its Prêt de campagne scheme, the institution gave agricultural loans to women members of recognized cooperatives in 90 villages at the start of the planting season. These loans are repaid with interest after harvest.African leaders’ lifelineAfrican leaders have also pledged to help women farmers under the 2003 Maputo Declaration (the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme), which is intended to increase support for smallholder farmers. ActionAid, an international aid agency, has urged these leaders to fulfil that pledge lest farmers be unable to maintain the fight against hunger. “If women are given equal access to land, seeds, as their male counterparts, we can reduce hunger in the world by 140 million people, which is about 17% of people who are living hungry.”One reason African women are largely excluded from decision-making in their homes and communities, and underrepresented in leadership roles, is their high rate of illiteracy. But according to the Swedish Agricultural International Network Initiative (SAINI), when women are given the chance, the farms they run perform just as well as those headed by men—or even better.In a study of western Kenya, SAINI found that female-headed households had agricultural yields that were 23% lower than those of male-headed households, and attributed the difference to less secure access to land and lower educational levels. A male farmer from Zambia told SAINI that “there were men who have died and left their spouses and children. Their farms are still functioning and are even better after their deaths. This is because the women were involved in planning and decision-making.”Bright futureFortunately, the future is bright for women farmers. They are benefiting from more training opportunities, incentives and other programmes designed to equip small-scale women farmers with information, skills and other inputs to improve crop quality and quantity. For example, in the Mbeya region of Tanzania, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing women farmers with agronomy training that addresses gender-related norms and attitudes that discourage them from engaging in coffee production. These farmers learn how to improve coffee quality and quantity, which in turn increases their incomes.The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization that promotes the productivity and livelihoods of smallholder farmers, has teamed up with Tanzania’s agriculture ministry to launch the Integrated Soil Fertility Management programme to promote improved soil health through intercropping cereals with legumes. Under this programme, women receive information on soil fertility through community radios, mobile phones and agriculture extension workers.Any transformation in Africa’s agriculture will depend on women’s participation. “Investing in women’s economic empowerment is a high-yield investment, with multiplier effects on productivity, efficiency and inclusive growth for the continent,” says Kathleen Lay from ONE, an organization campaigning to end global poverty. The International Fertilizer Development Center, an organization that focuses on enhancing agricultural productivity in developing countries, puts it succinctly: “The African farmer is primarily a woman farmer. And she is a good farmer who can feed her family and her continent if she is given the tools and the opportunities to do so.”Photo: Arne Hoel. Africa Renewal
He urged all sides to consider being more flexible before the talks resume again in Mexico next month. The next round starts Nov. 17, three weeks later than the original anticipated Oct. 27 start date.Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded a marginally more diplomatic note. But she made it clear Canada believes others at the table are preventing progress from being made.“Vice-President Mike Pence (said this summer) that he believed a win-win-win outcome would be achieved in these negotiations. Canada believes that too,” she said.“But that cannot be achieved with a winner-take-all mindset or an approach that seeks to undermine NAFTA rather than modernize it… We’ve … seen a series of unconventional proposals in critical areas of the negotiations that make our work much more challenging.“We have seen proposals that would turn back the clock on 23 years of predictability, openness and collaboration under NAFTA. In some cases these proposals run counter to WTO rules. This is troubling.”The ministers even disagreed on stage about the economic importance of trade deficits. The Trump administration insists reversing the matters to U.S. prosperity, and although NAFTA partners represent only a small share of that global U.S. deficit he said they must accept that change.The U.S. has surprised its neighbours by proposing things like a sunset clause that could end NAFTA in five years, along with plans to gut the agreement’s enforcement mechanisms.That’s made it explicitly clear the U.S. does not envision the easy negotiation other countries had hoped for, and which some Americans themselves had hinted at — including President Donald Trump, who recently said he only wanted a few tweaks to trade with Canada.Mexico’s Economic Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo acknowledged that the talks would be difficult. He said obstacles to progress remain and that all sides need to work towards constructive solutions.He urged countries to pursue a “win, win, win” — not a “lose, lose, lose.”“We must understand that we all have limits,” Guajardo said. “We must ensure the decisions we make today do not come back to haunt us tomorrow.” AP Photo/Marco Ugarte WASHINGTON — The NAFTA countries aren’t breaking up. But they are publicly bickering. They are delaying their next get-together date. And they appear to have agreed they won’t be resolving their differences by the end of this year.The tensions at the negotiating table have exploded into public view.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says NAFTA talks are being extended into 2018, and the next negotiating round is being pushed back almost three weeks in a tacit admission that negotiators aren’t going to meet their original deadline for a deal by year-end.The proposals tabled at the latest round have revealed huge chasms in negotiating positions, on everything from dairy and autos to even the basic architecture of an agreement — and the tone of Tuesday’s news conference made clear the talks have turned downright frosty.Lighthizer said other countries are struggling to accept the reality that the U.S. wants to rebalance its trade agreements. He said other countries and industries must stop counting on easy export access to the U.S. market.“Frankly I am surprised and disappointed by the resistance to change from our negotiating partners,” he said, with his Canadian and Mexican colleagues standing at his sides.“We have seen no indication that our partners are willing to make any changes that will result in a rebalancing.”Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, from left, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
The Foreign Ministry said that establishing diplomatic relations corresponds to the interests of both states, and will help to consolidate international peace and security and uphold the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. The agreement under the United Nations charter and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations was signed at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York between Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Prof. Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the government of the Togolese Republic. (Colombo Gazette) Togo situated in West Africa is bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. Sri Lanka has established diplomatic relations with the Togolese Republic, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.These ties would strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic and cultural fields.
The one-day workshop, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and held on Wednesday, aimed at encouraging NGOs and civic groups active in Sudan to build a network through which they could share information, develop a collaborative approach, strengthen their capacities and promote a concrete and sound Millennium Development Goal (MDG) strategies that could be implemented in cooperation with official agencies.“By organizing this workshop, UNDP is initiating a series of meetings and events designed to help NGOs and [civil society groups] working in and for Sudan to adopt a common strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said Afaf Rehiman, Project Manager of UNDP/MDGs for Sudan. The Goals are a set of ambitious targets, ranging from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and to providing universal primary education, all by 2015.With Sudan just taking tentative steps towards recovery after the signing in May of a peace deal that ended a 14-year war between southern-based rebels and the Government, but still struggling with a separate two-year civil conflict that has killed 180,000 people and displaced millions more in the Darfur region, all UN specialized agencies throughout the country are working towards achieving the MDGs. According to UNDP’s human development index (which did not include rebel-held areas in the South) Sudan ranked 138th out of 175 countries in 2003. UNDP is taking the lead on supporting the Government’s initiative to adopt the MDGs as a development-planning framework to meet Sudan’s Millennium commitment. UNDP says that the Government and UN agencies’ efforts are backed by national and international NGOs work. Over 250 national and international organizations, including NGOs and community-based organizations are active in different fields of humanitarian assistance, providing support in emergency relief rehabilitation, education, orphan sponsorship, mother and child care, health services, environment, supply of water and sanitation among other development activities in Sudan.
Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers FILE – This June 22, 2012 file photo a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A well-financed campaign whose backers include billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, medical groups and organized labor has collected enough signatures for a ballot measure to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack, officials said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File) by Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2016 8:16 pm MDT Last Updated May 17, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN DIEGO – A campaign to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation’s most populous state.Backers hope the higher cost of cigarettes would discourage young people from smoking while raising money for anti-smoking campaigns and research on tobacco-related illnesses.The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in California is now about $5.50. The $2-a-pack increase would bump that to about $7.50 — an increase of about $750 a year for people who smoke a pack a day — if cigarette makers pass along the full amount to consumers.“This is going to make smokers pay their fair share” of health costs, said Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager who has contributed $1 million to the ballot campaign.Steyer said his mother had a three-pack-a-day habit and died of lung cancer 14 years ago.“I think everybody in California has a family member, a close friend, whose lives have been tragically affected by tobacco,” he said.Backers of the measure delivered their first box of petition signatures to the San Diego County registrar of voters. They said a million signatures have been gathered and will be delivered to counties throughout the state.A total of 585,407 signatures of registered voters must be verified for the measure to appear on the November ballot.The increase would make California’s tax the ninth-highest in the nation, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy group. New York has the nation’s highest state tax at $4.35 a pack, and Missouri is lowest at 17 cents.Nationwide, the weighted average cost for a pack of cigarettes is $5.96. The highest combined state-local tax rate is $6.16 in Chicago, with New York City second at $5.85 per pack. California does not allow local taxes on tobacco.The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says studies have shown that a 10 per cent price increase generally lowers consumption between 3 per cent and 5 per cent, and slightly more among children.Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation to make California the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Beginning June 9, it will be a crime to sell or give tobacco to anyone under 21 — except military personnel.The tax increase would apply to electronic cigarettes and other products with tobacco or nicotine.David Sutton, a spokesman for tobacco company Altria Group Inc., said it opposes large targeted tobacco and e-vapour taxes. Altria is reviewing the California initiative and considering options, he said.The American Vaping Association said it would work to defeat the measure but was undecided about how much it would spend on the effort.“Public health benefits every time a smoker switches to vaping,” said Gregory Conley, the group’s president. “By recklessly campaigning to equate the taxes on deadly cigarettes with smoke-free vapour products, it is clearer than ever that so called ‘anti-smoking’ activists have officially gone off the rails.”Backers of the tax increase contend that vaping lures young people to smoking tobacco.The tobacco tax campaign reported this month that it had spent $2.8 million during the first three months of the year and had more than $4 million in cash on hand. Major backers include the California Medical Association, California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and the Service Employees International Union.The union represents the largest number of health care workers in California and has “a deep interest in building healthy communities and a healthy economy for working families,” said David Garcias, president of SEIU Local 221.The tobacco tax joins four other measures, including a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana, that are pending signature verification.___This story has been corrected to say the number of measures pending signature verification is four, not three; that Missouri, not Virginia, has lowest cigarette tax in nation and that the president of the American Vaping Association is Gregory Conley, not George Conley.
TORONTO – Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is reporting a $13-million net profit in its fiscal third quarter, as cost savings more than offset an 11.1 per cent decline in overall revenue.The Toronto-based media company says the profit, worth 14 cents per share, was primarily the result of one-time, non-cash items including a $22.8 million gain related to changes in the company’s employee benefit plans.Revenue dropped to $194 million for the quarter ended May 31, down $24.3 million from the same time last year.The owner of the National Post and several other major Canadian newspapers continued to experience lower revenue from its print operations, only partly offset by higher revenue from digital media.Print advertising revenue was down $22 million and print circulation revenue fell $5.5 million, though digital revenue rose by $3.9 million from the same time last year.The company also announced Thursday that Brian Bidulka has been named its new chief financial officer, effective July 17, after Doug Lamb, who held the position since Postmedia was created in 2010, departed earlier this year.Postmedia announced last month after the quarter ended that it has signed a deal to sell its Infomart media monitoring division to Meltwater News Canada Inc. for $38.25 million. Proceeds from the sale will be used to repay debt. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2017 9:41 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Postmedia turns a $13M net profit in third quarter after cutting costs
Peat is made up of decaying organic matter and, crucially, is able to absorb harmful carbon deposits which would otherwise add to carbon dioxide emissions, if released into the atmosphere.UNDP Ukraine/Taylor ReesMany of the bogs in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, have been drained so the land can be used for commercial development, but when dry, the peat becomes highly combustible. If it catches fire, then dangerous levels of greenhouse gasses are released.Now, local people with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and European Union, are restoring the peatlands and setting up small businesses which can operate sustainably alongside.It’s estimated that the 30 million tons of carbon has been kept in ground thanks to their efforts, the equivalent, UNDP says, of closing 140 coal-fired energy plants.Read more here about how the conservation of peatlands is contributing to fighting climate change, and go here to our new UN.org climate change website, for the latest information across the UN, including the crucial upcoming COP 24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland.
Steve Miller has officially signed on to join the Ohio State men’s ice hockey coaching staff as associate head coach under Steve Rohlik, the school said Friday. Miller spent the past two seasons with Air Force as the director of hockey, and was an assistant coach on the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Championships — a team that featured Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski.“Steve is one of the most respected coaches in college hockey,” Rohlik said. “He is outstanding at developing players and brings a great deal of championship experience to our team. We are thrilled to have him as a Buckeye. We can’t wait for the season to start.”A coaching veteran with 28 years of experience under his belt, Miller was rewarded in 2008 with the American Hockey Coaches Association’s Terry Flanagan Award, an honor recognized to an assistant coach for a career’s worth of coaching success.The bulk of Miller’s career was spent coaching the University of Denver where he spent 20 seasons, the first 17 of which as an assistant coach and latter three as associate head coach. While working with the Pioneers, Miller helped guide the team to back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005, three Western Collegiate Hockey Association titles and four WCHA tournament titles. Regarded as a premier player-developer in the nation while at Denver, Miller coached 41 players to selections in the NHL draft, 55 All-WCHA honorees, 15 All-Americans and a pair of Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winners (given to the player deemed the best men’s collegiate hockey player in the nation).Miller began his coaching career with his alma mater, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota after playing three seasons of varsity hockey for the program. As a coach, Miller’s team immediately found success as it won the 1989 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff championship and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament that year.He then spent two years at Miami under George Gwozdecky — whom he followed to Denver — where he helped the program win its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association title. After his time spent at Denver, he worked at Providence as an associate head coach during the 2014-15 season when the Friars won the NCAA Championship.Miller brings his history of success to an Ohio State program on the rise after finishing 21-12-6, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. “I am honored and humbled to join such a prestigious institution and build on what Coach Rohlik and the student-athletes have achieved,” Miller said. “There are great things on the horizon for this program. I am excited to get going.”Miller’s careerOhio State associate head coach: 2017 – presentAir Force director of hockey: 2015-17Providence associate head coach: 2014-15University of Denver associate head coach: 2011-14University of Denver assistant coach: 1994-2011Miami University graduate assistant coach: 1992-1994St. Mary’s Univeristy of Minnesota: 1989-1992
IRELAND USUALLY TROT out a loyal soldier for a Captain’s Run press briefing the day before an Test match – Rory Best, Rob Kearney and Paul O’Connell have all filled this role at stages in the past few years.Today, with Declan Kidney at his side, Jamie Heaslip fielded questions and insisted that a win against France was a realistic goal.Ireland have been making plenty of statements since the tournament began and this was the latest – this is your captain and this is what he plans to do to beat the French.Heaslip told TheScore.ie during the week that he has not read the rugby section of a newspaper since 2008. “When I’m playing I don’t really pay attention to [critiques] to be honest,” he said.“I’m quite happy with how the game went, very happy with the way I played, but disappointed, for the team, that we didn’t win and didn’t take our chances when we had them.”Losses to Simon Zebo, Gordon D’Arcy, Craig Gilroy and Jonny Sexton have greatly altered the backline that started against Wales in February but a ball-carrying blunderbuss like Stephen Ferris has been dearly missed in the back row.“Injuries don’t help but I can’t blame injuries for the Scotland game,” Heaslip admitted. “We had three really good scoring opportunities that we weren’t clinical on.” Heaslip talks the talk before the England game. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)He admits that defeat ‘weighs on your shoulders a little more’ and says he is ‘always learning’ in captaincy and, he adds, in life.Heaslip was the subject of criticism following that Scotland defeat for appearing to defer to former captain Brian O’Driscoll when penalty calls needed to be made in the closing stages.Kidney, the man that traded O’Driscoll for a newer model, told TheScore.ie, “No, there are no indecisions at all. Those decisions are being made and what we need to do is execute them that bit sharper than what we have been doing.”Leading from the front, and backMarc Lievremont was reduced to monosyllabism and cramming 60 journalists into tiny hotel rooms near the end of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.Here was a coach that had led his country to the brink of their first ever World Cup win while appearing to throw his hands up at the whole coaching process.Talk emanated from the French camp in New Zealand that captain Thierry Dusautoir had began to exert his influence on affairs after a tight win over Canada in New Plymouth.Defeats followed to the All Blacks and, famously, Tonga but France scrapped through to the quarter-finals. By the time Les Bleus defeated England at Eden Park, Dusautoir was calling most if not all of the shots.Imanol Harinordoquy was recalled at Dusautoir’s behest and the French managed to squeak by 14-man Wales into the final.Dusautoir was immense for France in the RWC knock-out stages. (©INPHO/Photosport/Dave Linott)When Philippe Saint-Andre took over as France coach, he signalled a new dawn by inserting Pascal Pape as captain for the Six Nations.An away loss to Italy followed, Pape was injured and Dusautoir is back.L’Equipe declared on Thursday that France were a team without a boss. You can be sure that, if Saint-Andre is trying to exert his influences with swingeing XV changes, Dusautoir will step into that leadership void without hesitation.Speaking about the need to avoid a fourth straight loss in this year’s competition, the French captain said, “I prefer not to think about it. It is something we do not want to consider and we will do everything to ensure this will not happen.We have a lot of pride and must show that we are a good team. In the past, France has been criticised for winning ugly but she still won.“We realise that victory by any means [against Ireland] is vital. We want to win at any cost.”Heaslip knows how the Frenchman is feeling and will be aware of the increased focus on his captaincy. Expect to see the Irish No. 8 being vocal with his troops and taking his first ‘penalty or touch’ decision without outside interference.Learning on the job is never easy, though, and Dusautoir will be keen to put the squeeze on as he seeks an ugly win.French media declare Brian O’Driscoll is ‘dreaming of a winning farewell’
Surprise nomination Delia Brennan pulled out of the ALP’s preselection ballot for the Hindmarsh electorate last week, giving former MP Steve Georganas a clear road to re-contest the Adelaide seat he held for nine years at the next federal election.In 2013 Liberal Matt Williams defeated Georganas with a 7.97 per cent two-party-preferred swing, but holds Hindmarsh with a wafer-thin majority of just 1.89 per cent, making it the most marginal seat in South Australia.Widely tipped to return to the political arena when an opportunity arose, SA Labor Party sources described the hugely popular former MP as the party’s “number one candidate” and said that he effectively had “never stopped campaigning” for re-election since losing the seat.Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos that he was grateful to the ALP’s Hindmarsh branch members “for their overwhelming support and for once again putting their confidence and trust in me to be their candidate”.The veteran parliamentarian said it was a “great honour and privilege” to have been chosen to fight the next election. “I look forward to campaigning and doing all I can to ensure that Hindmarsh has the representation it deserves.”Having experienced four terms as Hindmarsh’s elected member, a return to Canberra would be a familiar experience for one of Labor’s most popular operators.“I’ll work hard, as I’ve always done, to ensure that Hindmarsh residents have a voice in the federal parliament, and to have their views and aspirations represented.”High on Georganas’ agenda is the furore over the Abbott government’s position on the Future Submarines Project tender process, worth $20 billion to Adelaide’s naval shipyards.Japan is considered the favourite to win the contract in a competitive tendering process against French and German firms who are keen to build the submarines in Adelaide. Bids close in November and the government is expected to decide a preferred partner early next year.Georganas has called the process hypocritical and a “sham” that “was never based on facts or merit”.“Industry experts have said unequivocally that anything less than a commitment to build both the Future Frigates and Future Submarines in Australia will put jobs at risk.”South Australia’s unemployment rate is running at almost 8 per cent, the highest of any state in Australia, and is likely to be a central factor for voters at the 2016 election. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Liverpool star defender spoke wonders of his goalkeeper Alisson but urged his teammates to remain focused.Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk praised Alisson’s “fantastic” goalkeeping after their Champions League victory over Napoli to reach the knockout stage of the tournament. Mohamed Salah scored a first-half goal to beat Napoli 1-0 at Anfield, but Alisson had an amazing save to keep them in the lead.“You don’t think too much because it happens in a quick second,” the centre-back told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.“[It was a] fantastic save, very important for all of us and fantastic keeper.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Despite coming up with a big win on Tuesday, Van Dijk warned his teammates to not become overly confident since they have a lot more to go. Losing the UCL final against Real Madrid last season is still burning a fire under the whole Liverpool squad.“We didn’t achieve anything. We didn’t achieve anything. We won the game, we’re through to the next round and that’s just the next step for us,” he said.“We want to achieve big things this season, like every year I think, and we’re on a good way.”
Updated: 3:47 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 23, 2018 FacebookTwitter SDG&E offers customer credits for energy conservation July 23, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With record heat expected to send local electricity demand surging this week, San Diego Gas & Electric is activating a program that rewards customers for conserving power.Participants in the utility’s Reduce Your Use program who conserve energy Tuesday through Thursday are eligible to earn a bill credit of 75 cents to $1.25 per kilowatt hour, according to SDG&E.To qualify for the rewards, customers must lower their power usage below the average of the three highest-use days among the five days immediately preceding the Reduce Your Use period.Information on how to sign up for the program are available online at sdge.com/reduceuse.SDG&E offered the following tips to save energy at home and help relieve stress on the regional power grid over the course of the hot spell:— Use a ceiling or portable fan instead of air conditioning if possible.— Set the thermostat at 78 degrees at home, health permitting.— Run the air conditioner early in the morning to pre-cool the home prior to the peak heat of the day, and close blinds, shades or drapes to block out the sun’s heat.— Run major appliances early in the morning or late at night.— Unplug TVs, cable boxes, DVD players and gaming devices when they are not in use, or use a smart power strip.— Turn off pool pumps between 2 a.m. and 6 p.m.Though SDG&E does not anticipate any problems serving the needs of its customers during this week’s heat wave, conditions could change due to unexpected situations out of its control, the utility company advised. Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom
Around a quarter (24%) of respondents believe improved employee benefits would make them feel happier about their place of work, according to research by recruitment firm Adecco.Its survey of 1,054 workers also found that around half (48%) of respondents believe that a salary increase would make them feel happier, while a quarter (25%) claim that flexible working practices would improve their negative feelings towards the workplace.The research also found:16% of respondents say that better recognition from their co-workers would make them feel happier about their place of work.Around a third (28%) of respondents have called in sick because of anxiety about the workplace.29% of respondents spend each Sunday dreading the coming working week.36% would consider leaving an organisation due to severe anxiety.57% of respondents name a heavy workload as their cause of stress and anxiety, while 33% cite a lack of managerial support.56% find it difficult to switch off from their day-to-day working life when they are on holiday.44% feel depressed, anxious or stressed ahead of a new working week.Alex Fleming, managing director at Adecco, said: “A good office dynamic is crucial for happy and productive workplaces. The prevalence of office politics as a cause of such severe stress is an indication that many organisations are struggling to manage their office culture.“It is also worrying that so many workers spend their weekends and holidays full of anxiety and dread about their return to work on Monday morning.”
A man was stabbed to death allegedly by a pizza delivery boy over a petty issue in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar, police said on Monday. The deceased was identified as Ankit Kumar, a resident of Tilak Nagar, police said. Police have arrested the accused, Ravi Singh, a resident of Nihal Vihar, and recovered the knife used in the crime. Rohit Kumar, elder brother of the victim who worked at a photography shop, alleged that Ankit Kumar had gone to a shop to get his phone repaired on Sunday and did not return home till night, police said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Around 10.30 pm, when Rohit reached Mahavir Nagar, he heard cries and saw people gathered there. Later, Rohit saw that Ravi Singh had attacked his brother, Ankit, with a knife, police said. Rohit Kumar rushed Ankit Kumar to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said. A case had been registered and the investigation was on, police added.
State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, is the second bank to announce a 0.15 percent cut in lending rates following a new system of computation. This means there could be an additional fall in borrowing costs before the buying season.Private sector bank ICICI Bank was the first one to announce a trim of 0.10 percent in its marginal costs of funds based lending rate (MCLR), Press Trust of India reported. According to the new figures, the lending rate for SBI home loans is 8.90 percent and the new rates will be effective from November 1.The announcement comes after regulators expressed displeasure as the benefits of rate cuts were not passed on to the borrowers. The cut comes ahead of a busy season during the second half of the financial year when there is an increase in demand for loans. The MCLR was introduced in April this year by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after the banks refused to pass over benefits of the rate cuts to the borrowers.The revised rate structure stands as:One year MCLROne year MCLR8.95%8.95%One year MCLROne month MCLR8.95%8.75%One year MCLRThree month MCLR8.95%8.85%One year MCLRSix month MCLR8.95%8.90% One year MCLR8.95% Three month MCLR8.85% One month MCLR8.75% Six month MCLR8.90% The banks have been told to follow a set formula for deriving the MCLR based on costs of funds and are required to review the costs on a monthly basis.”I agree that the transmission through bank lending has been less than anyone of us would have like to. We are hoping that over the next quarter or two, keeping in mind the government has also reduced the small saving rates, the MCLR itself will now throw up more transmission,” Urjit Patel told the media.Since the beginning of the year, the RBI has reduced repo rate by 175 basis points, including the recent cut.Two weeks ago, the State Bank of India (SBI), along with its subsidiary banks, blocked 6.52 lakh debit cards of its customers following a suspicious malware-related security breach in the ATM network. Later the bank said it would replace all the debit cards.
Share Kathy Willens, APA security guard stands at attention as New York Police Department officer Miosotis Familia is memorialized before the start of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Familia was killed in an “unprovoked attack,” in the Bronx borough of New York, according to the NYPD Commissioner.A New York City police officer was shot to death early Wednesday, ambushed inside a mobile command post by an ex-convict who had ranted online about his treatment in prison and about officers getting away with killing people, authorities said. The gunman was killed by police about a block away.Miosotis Familia, a 12-year member of the force, was writing in her notebook in the front seat of the RV-like vehicle when the killer strode up to it in a Bronx neighborhood around 12:30 a.m. and fired one round through the passenger-side window, striking her in the head, authorities said.“PO Miosotis Familia has been assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops assigned to keep NYers safe,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted.Her partner radioed frantically for help, and police caught up to 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, who was gunned down after pulling a revolver, police said.Witness Jay Marzelli told the Daily News that he was getting a sandwich at a bodega and thought the shots were Fourth of July fireworks at first.“All of a sudden there was all this running and stuff going on, and I look out, probably 40, 50, 60 cops screaming, ‘Call a paramedic, clear the block!’” he said. “It looked like there was a riot going on, and two seconds later I hear gunshots, ‘Bam, bam.’”Familia, 48, had been stationed inside the mobile command post, which had been set up in the high-crime neighborhood since March after a triple shooting and was manned around the clock.Bonds was sentenced to six years in Attica prison in an armed robbery case out of Syracuse and had been paroled in 2013. He had other prior arrests, including one in 2001, when as a teenager he was accused of attacking an officer with brass knuckles.In a video posted on Facebook in September, the Bronx man ranted about the treatment of people by officers and talked about how hard life was behind bars.“Don’t think every brother, cousin, uncle you got that get killed in jail is because of a Blood or Crip or Latin King killing them. Nah, police be killing them and saying that an inmate killed them,” he said in the video.At another point, he said into the camera: “I’m not playing, Mr. Officer. I don’t care about 100 police watching this.” And: “It’s time for people to wisen up.”Aside from the police rant, Bonds’ Facebook page mostly consisted of inspirational quotes and quizzes.Police said they were trying to identify the motive for the shooting.While tensions have been running high between police and black people around the country, there was little or no immediate indication the killing had a racial dimension. Bonds was black; Familia was black and Hispanic, her family hailing from the Dominican Republic. She apparently had no previous contact with Bonds.The shooting recalled the 2014 ambush killings of two New York City officers who were shot in their cruiser by a man who approached the passenger window. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, then killed himself. Brinsley had announced online in the moments before the attack that he was going to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.In the latest shooting, Bonds was caught on video leaving a convenience store, then moving tightly along the wall, pulling his hoodie over his head and walking purposefully toward the police vehicle. The video didn’t capture the shooting itself but showed him running away with a gun in his hand, police said.Familia, a mother of three, including a set of twins, lived with her mother and worked the midnight shift in the Bronx. Family and friends said she became an officer to help her community, and her family was heartbroken.“Put it this way: She’d give you the shirt off her back. She was the sweetest person you ever want to meet,” downstairs neighbor Tom Ritter said. He said his son, now 22, played with Familia’s children, and she practically “adopted” him.When he heard that she had been shot, he said, “My heart dropped.”Officers stood at attention and saluted as an ambulance carrying her body left the hospital.___This story has been corrected to show that Bonds said people should “wisen up,” not “rise up.”___Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz, Tom Hays and Karen Matthews in New York contributed to this report.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Twitter beat Wall Street financial expectations for fourth-quarter 2018, but the company’s stock fell on a weak Q1 revenue outlook — and after Twitter said it’s going to stop reporting monthly user counts, in favor of “monetizable” daily active users.The social network’s Q4 revenue totaled $909 million, up 24% year-over-year, with video ads again representing more than half of its ad sales. It was the fifth quarter in a row Twitter reported a profit: Net income was $255 million versus $91 million in the year-prior period, or adjusted earnings per share of 31 cents. Analysts on average expected revenue of $869.5 million and adjusted EPS of 25 cents.For the first quarter of 2019, Twitter expects total revenue to be between $715 million and $775 million (compared with the Wall Street consensus estimate of $762 million), with operating income of $5 million-$35 million. In addition, the company said it expects full-year 2019 operating expenses to be up 20% year-over-year as it increases investment in areas including improving safety and eliminating spam and other bad actors, as well as product, sales and platform. That disappointed investors, with Twitter’s stock dropping as much as 8% in premarket trading. Twitter also is changing the user metrics it reports to Wall Street, and will report only “average monetizable daily active users,” or “mDAU,” in the future. That’s partly because its daily active user base continues to grow — while monthly user counts have stalled or declined, as Twitter continues to purge fake and other suspect accounts.For the fourth quarter, Twitter reported 126 million mDAU, compared with 115 million in the same period of the previous year and 124 million in Q3 of 2018. Average monthly active users for Q4 fell 5 million sequentially to 321 million, which is down from 330 million in the year-earlier period.Twitter’s 126 million mDAUs for the most recent quarter, the first time it’s reported an actual number for daily users, is well below Snapchat’s 186 million DAUs for Q4 — but Twitter says the comparison isn’t apples-to-apples. “Our mDAU are not comparable to current disclosures from other companies, many of whom share a more expansive metric that includes people who are not seeing ads,” Twitter said in its letter to investors.In announcing the decision to disclose monetizable daily active users, Twitter said, “We want to align our external stakeholders around one metric that reflects our goal of delivering value to people on Twitter every day and monetizing that usage.”Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed the full-year 2018 results are proof the company’s long-term strategy is working.“Our efforts to improve health have delivered important results, and new product features like a single switch to move between latest and most relevant tweets have been embraced by the people who use Twitter,” Dorsey wrote in announcing the Q4 results. “We enter this year confident that we will continue to deliver strong performance by focusing on making Twitter a healthier and more conversational service.” Twitter ended 2018 with over 3,900 employees, growing its global headcount by 16% (or nearly 550 employees).One of Twitter’s biggest problems has been dealing with bad actors on the platform — and specifically, curbing abusive behavior on the platform. Dorsey again reiterated that the platform’s “health” is the No. 1 priority for Twitter. The company touted a 16% decrease in abuse reports last year from users “who had an interaction with their alleged abuser on Twitter.”In 2019, Twitter said, it will take “a more proactive approach to reducing abuse and its effects on Twitter, with the goal of reducing the burden on victims of abuse and, where possible, taking action before abuse is reported.” It’s also planning to beef up login and sign-up processes to make it “more challenging for bad actors to take advantage of accounts for abusive or malicious purposes.”