New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) A book on history of women’s cricket in India will hit the stands on November 30, announced Westland Publications on Monday. The book, titled ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’, is co-authored by sports journalists Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Pathak. Claiming to provide an elaborate narrative of the game, right from its origin to the present day, the book, as per the author, would be peppered with rare photographs in a bid to re-iterate the highs and lows of the early years of women’s cricket. It would talk about the numerous “twist and turns” of women’s cricket, including the early days of pioneers like Diana Eduljee and Shantha Rangaswamy in the early ’70s and the stars of today like Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.”Women’s cricket in India has been built on the hard work and a wonderful can-do spirit of some incredible, multi-faceted women. “Their journeys are inspiring and entertaining. At a time when the game is changing, and the understanding of women’s voice in society itself is changing, we wanted to celebrate their lives and remember their achievements beyond what the scorecards did,” Karuna Keshav, co-author of the book, said. The book will be launched as part of the publishing house’s new imprint, Westland Sport.”This is the first comprehensive history of women’s cricket that documents the entire gamut of the women’s game starting from its humble beginnings, its spirited journey through its early years to the present-day when truly, the game has come of age,” Associate Editor (WestLand) Karthik Venkatesh said. PTI MGadvertisement MG MAHMAH
Grant Wistrom/InstagramFormer Nebraska standout Grant Wistrom has an impressive ring collection.Grant Wistrom dominated the football field during his time at the University of Nebraska and he has the rings to prove it. The former No. 6 overall pick from the 1998 NFL Draft showcased his ring collection from his tenure with Nebraska. With the help of his wife, Melissa, Wistrom’s 14 rings can be seen on display.During Wistrom’s four years with the Cornhuskers, Nebraska won three national championships (1994, 1995, 1997). So that accounts for three of Wistrom’s rings, but what about the other nine?The other rings came from bowl games, conference titles, and individual awards, according to Wistrom.For players and coaches with four championships, “one for the thumb” is a popular phrase. Well, Wistrom has enough rings for all ten fingers, and then some.
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Tom Brady may be 41, but he hasn’t shown many signs of aging. He also doesn’t seem like he’s ready to quit any time soon.For the last few years, people have speculated about how much longer Brady will play. He’s already the most accomplished quarterback of all-time, so it isn’t like he has anything left to prove.However, anyone who was hoping Brady might ride off into the sunset after next week’s Super Bowl will be disappointed. The future Hall of Famer will return in 2019.When asked today by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington if there’s any chance he will retire after Super Bowl LIII, he answered with a firm no.Asked if there’s any chance that Super Bowl LIII is his last game, Tom Brady told @JeffDarlington, “Zero.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 27, 2019Brady returning in 2019 ensure one thing: win or lose, New England is going to be the Super Bowl favorite heading into next season.With a win over the Los Angeles Rams, Brady would have as many rings (six) as the Pittsburgh Steelers do as a franchise.Pittsburgh currently holds the lead for the most Super Bowls with six. The Patriots, Cowboys and 49ers have won five each.
Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 11:28 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan has filed a case of domestic violence against the India cricketerAlipore Court had ordered Shami to surrender within 15 days from September 2 or face arrestShami had challenged the ACJM order in the District and Sessions CourtThe order by the Alipore Court in Kolkata that needed India pacer Mohammed Shami to surrender within 15 days from September 2, no longer holds good as his lawyer Salim Rahaman has obtained a stay from a higher court.Speaking to IANS, Salim said that the move was in any case against the legal process and there was no way that Shami could have been asked to surrender. The first move had to be that of summoning either Shami or his representative.”The order didn’t hold much ground because while you can summon a person, you cannot issue a surrender notice. We have got a stay on the matter from a higher court and the rest of the plan of action you will get to know tomorrow,” he said.Shami might have left for the US from the tour of the West Indies, but he has been in constant touch with his lawyer as well as the BCCI.A case of domestic violence filed against him by his wife, Hasin Jahan, had seen the Alipore court in Kolkata order the India pacer to surrender within 15 days.Speaking to IANS, a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary had said that the fast bowler would return to India on September 12, and till then he was in touch with his lawyer Salim Rahaman.”Shami has gone to the US after the tour of the West Indies got over and he will be back in the country on the 12th. He has been in constant touch with his lawyer on the court matter and has also spoken to the relevant people within the board on the matter,” the functionary had said.advertisementThe BCCI had on September 2 — the date of issuance of the court order — made it clear that no action will be taken against the bowler till they see the charge sheet. While it was initially thought to be an arrest warrant, his lawyer had clarified that it was a note of surrender.Also Read | District court stays arrest warrant against Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | Mohammed Shami in touch with lawyer from US, returns on September 12Also Read | Mohammed Shami thinks he is too powerful, says his wife Hasin JahanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Hasin JahanFollow BCCIFollow Mohammed Shami arrest warrant The order didn’t hold much ground: Mohammed Shami’s lawyer on cricketer’s arrest warrantMohammed Shami left for America from the tour of the West Indies, but he has been in constant touch with his lawyer as well as the BCCI.advertisement
zoom The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which starts on 31 March, will seek to make progress on the development of a global system of monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships.This is supported by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which has made a detailed submission on the issue to the MEPC meeting on behalf of its member national shipowners’ associations.In Ålesund, Norway, at a seminar organised by ICS for senior officials of maritime administrations, ICS explained that it supports a global system, provided that the mechanism is simple to administer, is primarily based on fuel consumption and that the system itself will not be used for the development of a full blown Market Based Measure.ICS supports the ‘three phase’ approach to the development of a global system proposed by the United States.ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett said: “ICS believes that the question of whether IMO should eventually develop a mandatory system of energy indexing for existing ships – to which ICS is currently opposed – should be left open until after a mandatory CO2 emissions reporting system has been established, trialed, and the results evaluated.”He added: “The priority of ICS is to assure the primacy of IMO as the industry’s global regulator. The successful development of a global system will require the support of all IMO Member States, including nations such as China. In order to make progress and discourage regional regulation, we think that the MEPC should initially focus on how information about emissions should be collected before launching into detailed discussions about efficiency indexing of ships, on which there is little global consensus. If they so wish, IMO Member States can always return to the question of ship indexing once a CO2 monitoring system has been established.”Mr Bennett remarked: “It is unfortunate that the debate has been complicated by the parallel proposal from the European Commission, now being considered by the European Parliament, for a unilateral regional system of CO2 reporting. In order that the systems can be compatible, it will be helpful if EU Member States could defer reaching agreement on any regional EU regulation until IMO has had time to make progress on a global system.”ICS made the remarks at a seminar for members of the Consultative Shipping Group (CSG) of maritime administrations, organised with the assistance of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in Ålesund on 20 March.ICS, March 24, 2014
IRC Voice Morena Baccarin, Ben McKenzie, Patina Miller, Deborah Ayorinde, Laura Osnes and Nikki M. James were just a few of the many supporters who joined the International Rescue Committee this week for their annual GenR Summer Party at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzieCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesGenR, short for Generation Rescue, is a group of young and influential humanitarians who have joined forces with the IRC to help people affected by crisis to survive and rebuild their lives.Deborah Ayorinde attends the 2016 International Rescue Committee GenR Summer PartyCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesProceeds from this event support the IRC’s critical humanitarian work. Additional guests included Michelle Collins, Lauren Adams, Jackson Harris, Eric West, Brad Raider and Tashiana Washington.Patina Miller attends the 2016 International Rescue Committee GenR Summer PartyCredit/Copyright: Getty Images
The United Nations Security Council has nominated António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General to succeed current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting on January 1, 2017.The UN General Assembly will next need to approve the recommendation. Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, released the following statement.“António Guterres is well-positioned to be a great United Nations Secretary-General – one of the most important jobs in the world. He has the experience we need: He has been the leader of one of the world’s foremost humanitarian agencies, and he would be the first Secretary-General to have also previously served as a head of government. He understands what it takes to lead, and he knows how to get things done. He’s an impatient humanitarian who will be a tireless diplomat for the hopes of people everywhere for a better future.“Creating the UN Foundation to support the UN was the best investment that I have ever made. I’m proud of my work with the UN, and I am proud to step up now to support the next Secretary-General however I can. We can’t turn away from today’s global problems, and I believe the UN is the place where we can all come together to make change happen.”
President Maithripala Sirisena issued a gazette notice declaring fuel storage and distribution an essential service from today.A tense situation arose in Kollonawa today as trade unions attempted to prevent the military and police from carrying out the distribution of fuel with the assistance of some petroleum employees. Fuel storage and distribution was today declared an essential service and the army was deployed to take over distribution from the Kollonawa oil refinery. The move followed a continuous strike launched by petroleum unions since Monday severely affecting fuel distribution in the country. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) trade unions have called of their strike following talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena late this evening.The CPC trade unions said that they had suspended their strike till August 1st. The Army said that 15 bowsers had been dispatched from Kollonawa with the assistance of troops to distribute fuel to fuel stations.Several people who attempted to prevent fuel distribution from taking place were arrested by the Police but were later released on bail. (Colombo Gazette)
Federal Reserve leaves key interest rate unchanged, citing global problems and low inflation by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 12:11 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve ended weeks of speculation Thursday by keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.But at a news conference after a Fed policy meeting, Chair Janet Yellen said a rate hike was still likely this year. A majority of Fed officials on the committee that sets the federal funds rate — which controls the interest that banks charge each other — foresee higher rates before next year. The Fed will next meet in October and then in December.“Every (Fed) meeting is a live meeting,” Yellen said. “October, it remains a possibility.”In maintaining its policy, the Fed is keeping its benchmark short-term rate near zero, where it’s been since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. A higher Fed rate would eventually send rates up on many consumer and business loans.The ultra-low loan rates the Fed engineered were intended to help the economy recover from the Great Recession. Since then, the economy has nearly fully recovered even as pressures from abroad appear to have grown.In a statement it issued after its meeting ended, the Fed that while the U.S. job market is solid, global pressures may “restrain economic activity” and further slow inflation.Signs of a sharp slowdown in China, the world’s second-largest economy, and other emerging economies have intensified fear about the U.S. and global economy. And low oil prices and a high-priced dollar have kept inflation undesirably low.“We’re focused particularly on China and emerging markets,” Yellen said at her news conference. “We’ve long expected, as most analysts have, to see some slowing in Chinese growth over time as they rebalance their economy. The question is whether or not there might be a risk of a more abrupt slowdown than most analysts expect.”China’s economy has slowed for four straight years — from 10.6 per cent in 2010 to 7.4 per cent last year. The International Monetary Fund expects the Chinese economy to grow just 6.8 per cent this year, slowest since 1990.Stocks ended mostly lower after a volatile day as traders tried to decide on the path of interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 65 points, or 0.4 per cent. It had rallied shortly after the Fed’s statement came out, then drifted lower. But bond prices rose, sending yields lower, as traders reacted to the Fed’s prediction that inflation will remain subdued.Financial markets had been zigzagging with anxiety as investors tried to divine whether the Fed would start phasing out the period of extraordinarily low borrowing rates it launched at a time of crisis.At her news conference, Yellen stressed that even after the first increase from zero, interest rate policy will be “highly accommodative for quite some time.” She has stressed that any rate increases will likely be modest and gradual.The Fed’s action Thursday was approved on a 9-1 vote, with Jeffrey Lacker casting the first dissenting vote this year. Lacker, president of the Fed’s Atlanta regional bank, had pushed for the Fed to begin raising rates by moving the federal funds rate up by a quarter-point.Instead, the Fed retained language it has been using that it will be appropriate to raise interest rates when it sees “some further improvement in the labour market” and is “reasonably confident” that inflation will move back to the Fed’s optimal inflation target of 2 per cent.The Fed’s preferred measure of inflation was up just 1.2 per cent in the latest reading and has been below 2 per cent for more than three years.In an updated economic forecast, 13 of the 17 Fed policymakers said they see the first rate hike occurring this year. In June, 15 Fed officials had predicted that the first rate hike would occur this year.The new forecast significantly lowered the expectation for inflation this year to show the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge rising just 0.4 per cent, down from a 0.7 per cent forecast in June. The change takes into account the further rise in the value of the dollar, which makes imports cheaper, and a recent drop in oil prices. The Fed’s forecast still foresees inflation accelerating to a 1.7 per cent increase next year, still below its 2 per cent target.The new forecast has unemployment dropping to 5 per cent by the end of this year, down from 5.3 per cent in June. The unemployment rate in August dropped to a seven-year low of 5.1 per cent.The anxiety that gripped investors before Thursday’s decision stemmed in part from concern that once the Fed starts raising its key rate, other rates — for mortgages, car loans, business borrowing — will eventually rise. Some fear the economy might suffer.Yet the Fed’s influence on many consumer and business rates is only indirect. In the short run at least, those rates could continue to stay low, held down by low inflation globally and by a flow of money into U.S Treasurys.___AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.___Watch an animated video explaining the federal funds rate: https://youtu.be/xas89KxsYyk___Interactive: The Fed, interest rates and the economy: http://interactives.ap.org/2015/federal-reserve/
Four out of five parents can’t estimate tuition costs, CIBC poll says by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 5:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock photo) TORONTO – A new CIBC poll suggests four out of five parents aren’t able to accurately estimate university tuition fees, with many also not understanding how RESPs work.The survey found that only 20 per cent of parents correctly gauged the cost of post-secondary education tuition at between $6,000 to $9,999.On average, tuition for an undergraduate degree costs $6,191, according to the most recent data from Statistics Canada.Moreover, 37 per cent of parents said they had no idea how much to budget for non-tuition expenses, such as books, supplies, groceries and accommodation.Kathleen Woodard, senior vice-president of retail and business banking at CIBC, says parents looking to send their child to college or university for four years should count on a total cost of at least $100,000, or $25,000 per year.The poll did find that 76 per cent of parents saving for their child’s post-secondary education had set up a Registered Education Savings Plan account, but many of them lacked basic knowledge about how RESPs actually work.No matter what your family income is, the federal government will match eligible annual contributions to an RESP account by 20 per cent, to a maximum of $500 per year for each child under age 18 and a lifetime limit of $7,200.Those government incentives, called Canada Education Savings Grants, can also be carried forward but $1,000 is the maximum grant parents can receive in any one year.Of the respondents in the CIBC survey, 31 per cent of them said they were not aware they can catch up on claiming CESG in another year.The poll released Thursday also said 53 per cent of respondents believed that RESP contributions were tax deductible, which they are not.Another 45 per cent thought that RESPs can only be used to pay for their child’s tuition, when in fact, they can be used for any purpose related to university costs, including general living expenses.CIBC’s survey was conducted online from Aug. 19-24 among 1,004 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid panellists with children in the household planning on attending, are currently attending or have attended a post-secondary institution in the past two years.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.
For more than a decade, Brock students and staff have been working to show local kids why reading rocks.Through a partnership with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR), volunteers from the University have been helping Niagara youths to improve their literacy skills.The two groups began working together when Professor John McNamara, Chair of Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies (CHYS), introduced LDANR to a literacy support intervention called Reading Rocks.“He brought the program and all the research behind it to our agency so we could take that on as one of our projects,” says LDANR Executive Director Samantha Sendzik (BSc ’13, BEd ’13, MA ’15). “That sparked a really strong partnership that’s grown since then.”Samantha Sendzik, LDANR Executive Director; Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Officer for the Centre for Lifespan Development and Chair of the Board of Directors for LDANR; Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success; John McNamara, Professor of Child and Youth Studies; and Christopher Lytle, Brock’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Co-ordinator.LDANR offers programs focused on literacy, coping and math skills.The non-profit celebrates its many volunteers, staff, community partners and funders with an annual Appreciation Night held each spring. At this year’s April 5 event, LDANR presented Brock with the Outstanding Contributor Award to formally recognize the University’s role in the organization’s success.“While our fantastic volunteers and instructors are crucial to the success of our program, we would not be where we are as an agency without our partnership with Brock,” says Sendzik.McNamara describes the relationship as symbiotic. “I don’t know that either of us would be able to work as effectively without the partnership,” he says.Children from across Niagara who are having trouble reading can be referred to the organization. Kids in the Reading Rocks program then get paired up with volunteer tutors.“The tutors — and we’re talking about hundreds every year — are almost exclusively Brock students,” says McNamara.Sendzik herself started at LDANR as a student volunteer in McNamara’s class. Seeing the impact that Reading Rocks made in the lives of kids with learning disabilities inspired her to change career paths. Originally intending to be a high school math and science teacher, she decided instead to return to Brock to complete her Master of Arts in Child and Youth Studies under McNamara’s supervision.Reading Rocks tutors work one-on-one with vulnerable readers developing trust and inspiring confidence while building literacy skills.McNamara’s students appreciate being able to apply their textbook knowledge to a real-life situation. “Children in our programs often face challenges when it comes to learning, and their parents are looking for something that’s critical to the overall health of their family,” McNamara says. “It’s our students who are going to help them by using the knowledge and skills they’ve learned at Brock. This really is where the rubber hits the road.”Because learning disabilities are invisible, these children are vulnerable to being left behind, says Sendzik. “And, because their needs are not obvious, their accommodations are sometimes not being met.”Brock student and volunteer tutor Zuha Ather (right) plays a sight-word board game in a recent Reading Rocks session with a local participant.Research shows the popular program works but, according to Sendzik, the testimonials from families who’ve experienced Reading Rocks are what really affirms its success.“Parents talk about their child’s attitude before coming into the program and how their child felt stupid, that they couldn’t do it and that they were less than their peers. They lacked motivation and confidence,” she says.By the end of the program, parents and teachers often describe “a completely different child,” she says. “Not only are the kids almost up to grade level in their literacy and reading skills but also their motivation and confidence in reading is off the charts.”Over the years, LDANR’s partnership with Brock has expanded to encompass many departments, Faculties and services.“We’ve started to branch out to other areas of the University that are looking for community partners to provide students with an experiential learning component,” Sendzik says. A communications intern from the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film is currently doing a placement with LDANR.“Students gain the experience they need for their careers. We gain that expertise and support through volunteerism and research,” says Sendzik. “The University is also moving forward in its strategic plan of supporting students to gain that experiential component while supporting community partnerships and building networks.”The partnership between Brock and LDANR also “fits with the strategic priorities of the University, including improving equity, accessibility and diversity both within and outside the University,” says Ingrid Makus, Dean of Social Sciences.“Building community partnerships is a large part of Brock’s strategic mandate,” says McNamara. “One of the ways to do that is through having our students working with community agencies such as the LDANR.”“The work also exemplifies the Faculty’s commitment to teaching, research and service that addresses the needs of individuals in the Niagara community,” Makus says.Graduates of Reading Rocks typically work their way back up to grade level, setting them up for future success. Some have spoken at LDANR events. At least one is now enrolled in college.McNamara figures “it’s only a matter of time” before a Reading Rocks participant comes to study in CHYS. “That will be great to see,” he says.Information on the programs and volunteer opportunities at LDANR is available on the organization’s website or through the CHYS website.
The women’s volleyball team is ready for its biggest match this season. After finishing fourth in the Big Ten, the women’s volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will face Cincinnati, No. 2 in the Big East, in the first round. The Buckeyes have made immense improvements since last season, when they finished 10th in the conference with an overall record of 12-20.The success of the Buckeyes, who were not expected to make it to the NCAA Tournament this season, has surprised many.“We put a lot of work in the offseason and we were ready to prove people wrong,” middle blocker Kristen Dozier said. Dozier and the rest of the team understand there is never a guarantee of going to the NCAA Tournament. She was a contributor on the 2006 team that reached the field of 64 tournament. “As a freshman I think I took it for granted and I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do this year,” Dozier said. “Now I really just want to make a statement in the tournament.” Although the Buckeyes fell short of the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 this week, they received 39 votes, their most this season.Coach Geoff Carlston acknowledged that the tournament has higher stakes than the regular season, but the team is treating it like every other match. “The goal is the same as we have had all year, to stay in the moment and have no regrets,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes are thriving off of 3-0 sweeps against Michigan and Michigan State and hope to carry the momentum into the tournament.“[Competing in] the Big Ten prepares you for everything, every match this year was a complete battle,” Carlston said. Cincinnati is expected to play aggressively with big serves and swings. “We will not be taking them lightly in any way, shape or form,” Carlston said. “There just aren’t any weak teams at this stage in the season.” Carlston said the Buckeyes want to make the most out of the NCAA Tournament opportunity for their three seniors, Kristen Dozier, Ashley Hughes and Chelsea Noble.“We stress upon them to enjoy the experience, to play to the best of their ability, to not waste the gift,” Carlston said. “Emotions are always high but our goal is for them to not take the opportunity for granted.”Along with the team receiving the at-large bid, several Buckeyes earned individual accolades this week.Dozier received an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. She has a team-high 83 assist blocks and is second in points and kills. Junior Katie Dull was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten team. She leads the team in both points and kills and ranks third in the conference in both categories.The Buckeyes hold an all-time record of 23-15 in 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. Ohio State will host the first and second round matches at St. John Arena on Friday and Saturday.The Buckeyes will play Cincinnati Friday at 8 p.m., following the California-Lipscomb match.First round winners will play Saturday at 7 p.m. for the regional semifinals, held Dec. 11 in Gainesville.
Three-month-old Prince George at his christening today (Image: John Stillwell/PA).WORLD#UNITED STATES: The Director of National Intelligence said the US didn’t spy on the French, the French said they don’t believe him and Angela Merkel has been on the phone to Obama about it. [AFP]#BRITAIN: A couple was jailed for trafficking a deaf-mute girl from Pakistan, with the husband repeatedly raping her for nearly a decade. [AFP]#AUSTRALIA: It has been confirmed that the massive wildfires in the country were started by an army training exercise. [The Sydney Morning Herald]#ROYAL BABY: Prince George was christened and he has seven godparents.INNOVATIONAstronomers have detected a new galaxy that is the most distant yet at 30 billion light-years away. [BBC]Facebook removed a controversial beheading video following yesterday’s controversy. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTThese images have been around for a good while, but they’re making the rounds today so we thought we’d share them again. A photographer in the US photographed every stage of his girlfriend’s battle with cancer, up until her death. We have to warn you, some of these images, while beautiful, are extremely distressing.First published 21:00Here’s What Happened Yesterday> Tallaght Garda Station where officers had been investigating the true identity of a Roma child (Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland).IRISH Updated: 22:52NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news DNA tests have proven that a girl taken from a Roma family this week is related to them and has now been returned.It has emerged that the family of the Roma girl in Tallaght have been victims of racist attacks in the area.A little boy taken from a Roma family in Athlone was also returned to them.Enda Kenny heard ideas from Senators on reforming the Seanad.Train, bus and Luas fares will be higher next week.The HSE withdrew, then reinstated, the medical card of a 6-year-old girl with Down syndrome.The HSE also projected a year-end deficit of €105 million.17 prisoners declined the opportunity of a parole review last year.There are 175 jobs up for grabs at Argos this Christmas.An Irish construction company applied for an examiner.
Last summer, Mozilla shared a glimpse at their plans for an updated Firefox interface. Originally thought to be shaping up for a debut in Firefox 9, Australis turned out to be more of a long-term project that will surface gradually in upcoming versions.Perhaps the most obvious change is the disappearance of the oft-maligned big orange button. The Firefox menu button was one of the more contentious changes introduced in Firefox 4, but its tenure may be short-lived. Its removal — when coupled with the curvier tabs — has Firefox looking more like Google Chrome than ever.There are plenty of differences, of course. Mozilla has opted for a more user-friendly graphical drop-down menu instead of a text-based laundry list like the one in Chrome. The download progress bar has also been smartly integrated into the main toolbar, and a bookmark menu is available, too. That’s an option Chrome still lacks, much to the chagrin of some power users.The Firefox new tab page is also set for an overhaul, taking cues from Opera and allowing users to add new pages to the dashboard by clicking on an empty cell. Firefox will offer up suggestions based on browsing habits. Web apps can be pinned, too — such as those you’ll be able to install from the Mozilla Marketplace.There’s also a new configuration page in the works. Pull up firefox:customize and you’ll be presented with a one-stop shop for tweaking your browser. In addition to a handful of themes, the updated Australis design also integrates menu and toolbar customization options — which are currently presented in a pop-out window.It also looks like Firefox will be getting built-in translation, another Chrome-inspired feature. Mozilla plans to put a different spin on things, however, by allowing users to translate either the entire page or a specific block of text (by way of the right-click context menu).So, Geek readers, what do you think of Australis? Is it a step in the right direction, or does it look like Firefox is losing its identity?More at Soeren Hentzschel’s Blog (translated)
(WSVN) – Gillette is pulling some of their Venus razors off of shelves due to misaligned blades.Close to 88,000 Venus Simply3 disposable razors have been recalled due to the blades posing a higher risk of cuts during regular use.The razors were sold in a Venus Simply3 pack of four and Daisy Venus Simply3 pack, which included an additional free razor.The four pack has a lot number of 9003A17400 or 9007A17400 and a UPC code of 047400315358.The Daisy pack has a lot number of 9009A17400 and a UPC number of 047400300712.Customers who have purchased the razors can contact the company at 800-362-1258 for a full refund.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Aston Martin Aston Martin’s DBX SUV throws snow all over the place More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante: A good reason for sunburn 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 10 Photos This December, Aston Martin will welcome its first SUV into the world known as the DBX. The British luxury brand delivered the news in a teaser video (embedded above) for the DBX SUV on Monday without providing a more specific date. Previously, we knew the luxury SUV was coming in the final quarter of this year, but Aston Martin is going to wait until the very last month to unveil its SUV. Not only that, but the brand wants us to know that just because this is an SUV, it doesn’t mean it’s not a true part of the DB family. The designation dates back decades and sits as a prefix to some of the most iconic Aston Martin models.This teaser focuses specifically on the grille, which takes a familiar shape from the DB line of cars. Today, that encompasses the DBS Superleggera and DB11. As is all too familiar a story, people dig utility vehicles these days, which has led to an insurgence of ultraluxurious SUVs. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and more have recently cropped up. The DBX will do its best to capture the same market, though more than likely, owners will park it next to another Aston Martin in the garage.Aside from the small shot of the grille, we do get a rough look at the headlights and daytime-running lights as the teaser closes. However, prototype photos already give us a good idea as to what the SUV will look like when we see it later this year. The biggest mystery remains the rear end, which we don’t see at all in the teaser. Even in the previously released prototype photos (see the gallery below), the DBX’s back end was pretty well camouflaged. Do expect a Vantage-esque look with the taillights.While the original idea was to make the DBX an electric vehicle, Aston Martin scrapped that plan as the Lagonda came back into the picture. As for powertrains, it’ll likely stick to V8 and V12 engines, but we’ll know for sure in a few months. The Rapide AMR has the last-ever naturally aspirated… 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Post a comment More about 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante 4:39 Tags 0 SUVs Luxury cars Aston Martin
William Wells lives and works at what may be the nation’s most remote weather station. It’s 300 miles off the west coast of Alaska (and 500 miles off the east coast of Siberia) in the Bering Sea. Even by St. Paul Island standards, his station is remote: it’s off by itself, a few miles away from the village of 400 people who call St. Paul home.Download AudioWilliam Wells releases a weather balloon on Alaska’s St. Paul Island. (KUCB/John Ryan photo)Each afternoon, he walks from his office into a two-story-tall garage to fill up a six-foot-wide balloon with hydrogen gas.“You wouldn’t be able to use your equipment while I would be inflating,” Wells says afterward. “We would have to do this interview outside in the wind because of the risk of static electricity that would create a potential explosion hazard.”“But we’re no under threat right now because it’s contained safely within that latex,” he assures me.Helium would be safer but more expensive, especially with shipping to the middle of the Bering Sea. So the St. Paul National Weather Service station generates its own hydrogen on site.Once the big latex balloon is inflated, Wells takes a string and ties a small gadget known as a “radiosonde” to the balloon.“It tracks the temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed and wind direction as it goes up through the atmosphere,” Wells says.He pulls on a heavy chain to open the double-tall garage door. Then he grabs the balloon’s string in one hand and checks his watch with the other. When the clock strikes three, he sprints out the door in a mad dash: across a patch of tundra toward the gravel road in front of the station.As the balloon above him clears the high garage door, a 30-knot wind whips it hard to the east. The wind that strafes low, treeless St. Paul Island pummels the balloon into a shape basically like a 3-D comma.Wells needs to get far enough away from the weather station’s buildings that the wind doesn’t plow the balloon or its electronics into the side of one of them.Once he reaches the road, he releases the balloon, and it shoots away. In this wind, the balloon takes off more like an airplane than a balloon.Wells returns to the garage and quickly closes it up.“Now, I’m going to apologize, but I’m going to take off almost at a full-bore sprint,” he says before doing just that.He sprints the 100 yards back to his office to make sure the radiosonde is transmitting data in real time. It is. No need for a second launch today.William Wells runs back to his National Weather Service office. (KUCB/John Ryan photo.)Hundreds of BalloonsIt’s a daily routine for Wells. For the balloon, it’s a one-time affair. As it rises 20 miles into the sky, it swells to about 40 feet in diameter. Then it bursts and returns to Earth as debris, most likely somewhere in the Bering Sea. But not before it has sent back valuable data.“We are such a remote location,” Wells says, “Our data is pretty precious.”That data gets used within the hour in the 4 p.m. NOAA weather forecasts that mariners and others rely on in the Bering Sea and beyondTwice a day, like clockwork, balloons are released from hundreds of locations around the world at noon and midnight Universal Time (3:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time). Before they burst in the upper atmosphere, they help weather forecasters pinpoint what’s going on overhead.In a report on the impacts of released balloons, marine biologist Jan van Franeker with Wageningen University in the Netherlands says, even if made of natural latex, they are a danger to wildlife, especially seabirds. He says remains of weather balloons can be found regularly on European beaches.“The risk of wildlife suffering or dying from balloons may be best balanced against usefulness or necessity of balloons released,” van Franeker writes. “Latex weather-balloons are an essential element for reliable weather forecasts to the extent that human life may be affected. But the short joy of a mass of party balloons disappearing into the sky?”Each National Weather Service radiosonde includes a self-addressed envelope encouraging anyone who finds it to mail the gadget back for reuse.A National Weather Service radiosonde awaiting launch on St. Paul Island, Alaska. (KUCB/John Ryan photo)A Century in St. PaulThe St. Paul weather station has been collecting data since 1915. It’s been successfully sending balloons into the sky, in winds up to 50 miles per hour, since 1948.Wells says he’s always loved the weather, especially the meat and potatoes of gathering the raw information needed to make a forecast.“It takes a lot of skill and hardiness to do it, and I’m proud to do it,” he says.William Wells prepares a weather balloon for launch. (KUCB/John Ryan photo)The National Weather Service is testing an automatic balloon-launching device at its station in Kodiak in November. Some day, human launchers like Wells could be replaced by machines at the 13 weather stations in Alaska and those across the country.Far From HomeFor now, Wells is a continent–and 300 miles of Bering Sea–away from his native North Carolina, but he doesn’t mind.“I feel privileged to be doing this,” he says. “I’d always wanted to work for the weather service and now I am working for the weather service, and I couldn’t be happier.”Some St. Paul residents dislike it when their home is described as “the middle of nowhere.” And in some ways, the Pribilof Islands are centrally located: St. Paul is home to the world’s largest Aleut community; Trident Seafoods claims to run the world’s largest crab-processing plant there. Nearly half of all seafood harvested in the United States is hauled up from the Bering Sea.Still, travel to St. Paul from almost anywhere else (it’s a three-hour, thrice-weekly flight from Anchorage on planes so small they ask you what you weigh before assigning you a seat), and you realize that St. Paul is on the distant outer perimeter of the Last Frontier.Wells says his quiet life on the outskirts of St. Paul, on the outskirts of America, is lacking in some creature comforts, but it’s been good for him.“I lost 25 pounds after moving up here because I didn’t have the temptations of fast-food restaurants about me,” he says.It’s a different career path than his classmates who get dressed up and made up and sweep their arms in front of maps on TV news. Jobs like his make their forecasts possible.“They can have the TV and the radio,” Wells says. “I’ll stick with this.”William Wells, about to launch a weather balloon on St. Paul Island, Alaska. (KUCB/John Ryan photo)
Parigi: CITU and anganwadi workers organised a protest by burning copies of GO No.8 near the ICDS project office here.Addressing the gathering, the anganwadi workers leaders said, “It is a good news to increase the number of leave days from 90 to 180 but it is not acceptable that the payment for 180 days will not be given and also handing over anganwadi centers to IKP office is not fair.” Furthermore, they added, “The protest is conducted all over the State near the ICDS project offices and if the GO is not cancelled, a ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme will be organised by anganwadi workers on August 19.”
Srinagar, Aug 13 (IANS): Police in Jammu and Kashmir has shot a letter to Twitter asking for details of one of its accounts that has been spreading “rumours through his tweets very frequently which are leading to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley”. The Superintendent of Police, Police Component Srinagar demanded details of the Twitter handle registered as “WSK” “@WajSKhan” having Twitter User ID: “74964902” Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The letter to Twitter, Inc, Corporate secretary in 1335 Market Street Suite 900 San Francisco, CA94103 US said: “@WajSKhan is spreading rumours through his tweets very frequently which are leading to law and order situation in Kashmir valley which in turn is a threat to lives of general public and that of security forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley to maintain law and order in view of recent developments. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “The tweets of the abovementioned twitter handle could lead to clashes between various communities and hence have the potential toa aggravate the situation further endangering lives of general public. “As such, it is requested to kindly provide below mentioned details of Admin/User of above mentioned Twitter account and report thereof including the following details be submitted to this office immediately for further necessary action. Advertise With Us “The URL of the said account is: https://twitter.com/WajSKhan Registered Email Id. Registered Mobile number of user. Registration/Creation IP with Date and Time. Login IP’s.” And asked for “any other access details”. This came a day after four Twitter handles run by the ISI or the Pakistan Army were removed for circulating fake news on the Kashmir situation, the micro-blogging platform on Tuesday said it does not comment on the deletion of individual accounts
DhakaBangladesh’s capital city has grown rapidly without urban development proper, and lack of adequate planning has led to congestion in Dhaka city and its poor livability.This was observed in a new World Bank analysis that was shared at a high-level international conference at a city hotel on Wednesday.Many residents, including the 3.5 million slum dwellers, often lack of access to basic services, infrastructure and amenities, said the analysis.It mentioned that with 36 per cent of the country’s urban population living in greater Dhaka, the capital city has become one of the world’s most densely populated cities.The global agency insisted that Bangladesh must manage Dhaka’s urban growth to achieve its vision of becoming an upper-middle income country by its 50th birthday.The WB recommended taking full advantage of East Dhaka – where there is ample availability of land near the core of the city – to increase the city’s economic opportunities and livability.In its analysis, the WB pointed out that in the past 10 years, average traffic speed has dropped from 21 km/hour to 7 km/hour, only slightly above the average walking speed.Congestion in Dhaka also eats up 3.2 million working hours per day, according to the analysis.“Based on current trends, Dhaka will have more than 35 million people by 2035. A productive and livable city of this scale can make enormous contribution to its citizens and the economy,” said WB country director Qimiao Fan.“However,” he added, “Dhaka must seize the opportunity to properly plan, coordinate, and invest for the future to achieve its full potential. As Bangladesh’s long-term development partner, the World Bank looks forward to supporting the city’s ambitious transformation.”Martin Rama, WB chief economist for South Asia, cited the examples of Eastern Shanghai’s Pudong District and some others that demonstrated proper planning and execution could encourage economic vibrancy, improve livability, and ease congestion.“With Dhaka’s huge and increasing population, developing East Dhaka in a sustainable manner is more effective and economical than attempting to retrofit over-built and over-congested areas. The time to act is now,” he said.Sheila Dikshit, former chief minister of Delhi, India, and Qizheng Zhao, former vice mayor of Shanghai, China shared their experiences on transformations in Delhi and in Eastern Shanghai’s Pudong district, respectively.Both cities gained greatly from public-private partnerships as well as coordination efforts from multiple ministries and agencies, said a WB news release.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain delivered the keynote speech.Policy makers, senior government officials, mayors for Dhaka North and South, urban planners, civil society representatives, and private sector leaders also joined the conference.