World Cup: Team India to take two-day break after Pakistan win

first_imgIndia will next take on Afghanistan on June 22 at Southampton A jubilant Indian team, led by skipper Virat Kohli, will take a couple of days off to relax and rejuvenate after their dominating win over Pakistan in the World Cup here.Two-time former champions India dished out yet another professional performance on Sunday to outwit arch-rivals and 1992 winners Pakistan by 89 runs to stay on course for a semifinal spot. “Indian team will now have a two-day break,” the Indian team management said.India will next take on Afghanistan on June 22 at Southampton. India have a couple of injury concerns with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar sidelined with a hamstring injury for at least next two World Cup games. Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had suffered a hairline fracture on his thumb during a match-winning 117 against Australia on June 9, has also been ruled out of three matches. cricket × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hardik Pandya celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.   –  Reuters COMMENTS Published on Hardik Pandya celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.   –  Reuters COMMENT SHARE June 17, 2019last_img read more

Chris Smalling’s instagram account may have been hacked!

first_imgAdvertisementEither Chris Smalling has learnt Turkish and become a Galatasaray fan overnight or his instagram account has been compromised.Someone or some people by the name ” IBRAHIM ONLINE ” seem to have taken over the Manchester United defender’s instagram and the entity has been using Smalling’s 2.3M follower reach to promote their own propaganda. Funnily enough , the only 2 posts that have been visibly uploaded are photos of Fatih Terim in action.Fatih Terim is the manager of Istanbul based Turkish club Galatasaray S.K. He is 65 years old and has managed Galatasaray in 4 spells : 1996-2000, 2002-04, 2011-13 and 2017 to present. The legendary manager has also managed Turkey national team in 3 spells as well : 1993-96, 2005-09 and 2013-17.The Turkish manager has seen multitude of footballing era’s. He has seen the rise and fall of Turkish football and has himself taken Turkey to up among the elites when Turkey became 10th ranked FIFA team in 2010. No wonder he’s got such a celebrity level fan following and hacker groups are using their abilities to promote the man himself!But who knows? Chris “Mike” Smalling could have become a Fatih Terim fan himself! Advertisementlast_img read more

Ten Things Career Changers Need On Their Resume

first_imgIn the last few years, executive resume writer Mary Elizabeth Bradford has noticed more of her clients seeking a career switch, even after having built successful careers in another field.Nowadays, mid-level career changers — such as software developers who now work in finance or entrepreneurs who come back into corporate life — make up more than 45% of her practice. Many struggle to create an attention-grabbing resume, she says.“The ability to objectively match up relevant skills to the position of choice is invaluable,” Bradford says.Eager to switch careers? Here are 10 ways to improve your resume:Do a Comprehensive RewriteMost job candidates make a few quick changes to their resume before submitting it for a new role. If you are switching careers, re-analyze your skills during the editing process and include every area of the business that you’ve been able to impact, says Jill Smart, chief human resources officer at Accenture, a management consulting and technology firm with employees in 120 countries.“People changing careers need to make sure their resume shows the full breadth of their skills — operations, leadership, management, communication,” explains Smart.For example, Accenture hires former doctors to work in their health and public service practice. Their resumes need to demonstrate not only their relationship-building skills but also how they’ll fit into the new business setting.Use the New Job Description to Write a Summary ParagraphExperts’ opinions are mixed on the need for a resume summary or objective for those looking to stay in their field, but it’s an important feature for a career changer, says Bonnie Marcus, a New York-based business coach and founder of Women’s Success Coaching, a career coaching firm targeting women.Include a summary paragraph at the top of your resume and tie “everything in the job description with everything you’ve accomplished in the past,” she says.For example, if the new position calls for online marketing expertise, make sure any marketing or Web experience is mentioned in this opening paragraph. Since most managers spend less than a minute scanning your resume, make sure the first thing they read ties directly to the job description.Know What to ExcludeWhile conveying your skills is important, your resume shouldn’t be a dumping ground for every minor accomplishment in your career, says resume expert Alesia Benedict, president of GetInterviews.com.“Don’t list tasks that are not relevant to the new career or you will simply reinforce that you should only be considered for your current type of position,” Benedict says.For example, an accountant shouldn’t list certain routine bookkeeping duties if they are eager to leave accounting. Also avoid using specific company or industry terms or acronyms that are only known to those in your field.Demonstrate Accomplishments With NumbersInclude bullet points that show how you’ve contributed to the bottom line. Numbers, especially those given in dollars, can quickly give hiring managers an idea of your contributions — even in an unrelated field, says recruiter Craig Libis, founder of Executive Recruiting Consultants based in Dell Rapids, S.D.While important on all resumes, for a career changer, numbers can be a simple way for hiring managers to relate to an unfamiliar work history. “Specific numbers [allow] the hiring company the ability to apply what the applicant can do for their company in the future,” Libis says.Add Relatable Job Title DescriptionsAdding a short descriptor after the official job title can help hiring managers easily identify your transferable skills.“For example, if your job title was ‘software engineer,’ but you want to transition to project management, consider demonstrating the job title as ‘Software Engineer (with a heavy emphasis on Project Management)’,” Feldberg explains. But be careful not to exaggerate the truth. “You only want to use this approach if you can do it honestly,” she adds.Match up KeywordsWhen it comes to resume writing, keywords help you move past the electronic filters. For a career changer, that’s the first potential barrier in stepping into a new role; a resume full of accounting keywords, for instance, will have a hard time getting past filters for a job in marketing.Bradford recommends using job aggregator sites like Indeed.com to identify applicable keywords. Find several job postings for your ideal job, paste the job descriptions into a document and find keywords by highlighting any terms that are job descriptors or mention specific needed skills. Then pick out those keywords that match up with your previous experience and include them throughout the first page of your resume, says Bradford.“Most job seekers are surprised how many matching and relevant skills they find in these job descriptions,” she says.Use a Mixed FormatWhen working with career switchers, resume writer Robyn Feldberg creates a functional-style resume on the first page and includes the traditional chronological format on the second page. “In other words, the first page looks like a glorified profile,” says Dallas-based Feldberg who runs Abundant Success Coach, a career coaching and resume writing service.Since the functional format focuses more on skills, you can use it to draw the hiring manager in with relevant experience without worrying about the chronology. Combining both resume formats helps to highlight the various transferable skills while still providing a look at the job history, she adds.Drop Names to Show Previous SuccessShowing that you’ve been able to succeed and work with established industry leaders in your previous career shouldn’t be saved for the interview; instead, weave it into your resume to get a hiring manager’s attention, says Theresa Szczurek, chief executive Radish Systems, a Boulder-based software firm. A bullet point may read: “Closed $2 million in new sales in 12 months with industry leaders XYZ,” she explains.Especially when applying for a position where you don’t have prior experience, it’s important to show that you’ve have the support of top industry leaders and were able to make a difference in your previous role.Highlight Non-Work Related ExperienceAs a career changer, the extracurricular activities on your resume will carry more weight, say experts. Be sure to include activities that relate to your desired role like professional association memberships, volunteering, internships or part-time consulting.For example, “if you’re looking to move into Web or database development, volunteer [your] time … creating a website or database for schools, churches, non-profits,” and then highlight your role on your resume, suggests Mike McBrierty, chief operating officer of the technology staffing division of Eliassen Group, an IT recruiting firm based in Wakefield, Mass.Find Natural AlignmentsFrom a human resources perspective, there are certain accomplishments that are similar across different management structures and firms.“Look for things about your current position that would have meaning to the person considering you for the new position,” says Luke Tanen who left the music industry to work as the director of the Chicago Innovation Awards. For example, Tanen’s mention of closing sponsorship deals was similarly impressive in both fields. “In seeing that the Chicago Innovation Awards were [free] in the job posting, I was quite certain that sponsors play a big role in this program. So I made a point to highlight it as my top bullet point from my past experience securing music sponsorships.” – Originally Posted on FINS by Alina Dizik.last_img read more

Balotelli backed by Nice team-mate amid overweight claims

first_imgNice striker Mario Balotelli has been backed by midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou after reports that the former Manchester City star reported for pre-season training overweight.Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 games for the Ligue 1 club last season, as they finished eighth.However, reports claimed that he returned from his holidays weighing 103 kilograms, with his ideal weight said to be nearer to 86kg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Balotelli took to social media to rubbish the rumours, writing on Instagram: “Fined for being overweight? Look at my physique! It makes me laugh hearing things like that about my weight. “P*** off with your invented rubbish.”And Lees Melou has now echoed his team-mate’s sentiments, insisting that he is training well.”He is doing well and he is working a lot,” said the 25-year-old midfielder, per RMC Sport.”If you see him, you’ll see him for yourself. He works very well, he is very fit and very sharp, so I do not worry about him.”Balotelli missed the first three games of the season through suspension but was left out against Rennes because of a calf injury after featuring in the 1-0 win over Lyon.”Of course, we all know Mario,” Melou added.”We know the good he has done in the different clubs he has played, and also in Nice, but he is coming back.”last_img read more

Caio replaces injured Thiago Silva

first_imgBrazil Brazil’s Caio replaces injured Silva Ante Jukic 10:17 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) caio-cropped Getty Images Brazil Brazil v Chile Chile WC Qualification South America The Sao Paulo defender has been recalled to the Brazil squad, following the PSG man’s injury against Bolivia on Thursday Rodrigo Caio has received a late call-up ahead of Brazil’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier with Chile, replacing Thiago Silva.The 24-year-old Sao Paulo defender joined the squad in their Friday training session, after tests confirmed a right thigh muscle injury for Silva, sustained in the Selecao’s 0-0 draw with Bolivia on Thursday.In an otherwise chaotic finish to CONMEBOL’s qualification cycle, Brazil have already secured a place in Russia next year, leading second-placed Uruguay by 10 points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Despite his side having already qualified, Brazil coach Tite named a full-strength starting XI in La Paz.On the other hand, Chile need a win in Sao Paulo, with only two points separating them and seventh-placed Paraguay.last_img read more

Path to democracy

first_imgA power-sharing agreement signed between the ruling military and a coalition of pro-democracy protestors and opposition groups in Sudan after months of protests and political uncertainty seems to be the first step towards democratic transition in the country. Under the deal reached last Friday, both sides agreed to set up a joint military-civilian sovereign council that will rule the country by rotation for a period of three years until elections, the main demand of protestors. The military would lead the sovereign council for the first 21 months after which a civilian dispensation would take over for the remaining period. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe governing council will have a total of six civilians and five military representatives. The six civilians will include five from the umbrella group of unions that is orchestrating the protest–Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC) that includes also the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), the main organiser of protests. The countrywide protests that began early this year eventually led to the ouster of the tyrant military dictator Omar Al Bashir on April 11 after 30 years of his rule. The agreement also proposed the creation of a 300-seat transitional legislature, 67 per cent of which would be lawmakers from the protest movement that had already been agreed in previous talks. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) led by Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the civilian leaders also agreed to launch a “transparent and independent investigation” into violence that began on June 3 when scores of pro-democracy demonstrators were killed in a brutal military pre-dawn crackdown on a protest camp in the capital Khartoum. TMC, which had assumed power after Bashir’s ouster, had earlier stubbornly refused during weeks of negotiations to accept majority civilian control of a proposed interim government, as a result, peaceful street protests continued. The deal, which came after intense mediation by Ethiopia and the African Union, is a positive step in bringing political stability but getting the ruling military generals to deliver on it remains a challenge. In view of the June 3 crackdown, analysts doubt whether the military will keep its part of the agreement. Also, there is question whether the military or the security set-up will cooperate fully with the civilian members of the council. They feel that the intent of the security set-up to accept the civilian control will determine whether the country can move to a fully civilian rule in future. Bashir’s authoritarian rule had relied heavily on the military. Many top military brass that allegedly squandered the country’s resources, fear arrests once the power goes to civilians. How far the military goes in yielding power to a civilian body is anybody’s guess. There is a possibility of a dispute over the eventual formation of a transitional parliament. Any difference on this could result in a new impasse that would not be in the interest of the country. The success of the deal will very much depend on TMC as its actions over the past months has shown that it is not serious about giving up power to civilians, although TMC head Burhan has promised to implement the deal and work in close cooperation with the protest leaders. TMC deputy head General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo has described the deal as inclusive. “We would like to reassure all political forces, armed movements and all those who participated in the change from young men and women…that this agreement will be comprehensive and will not exclude anyone,” said Dagalo, who also heads the feared paramilitary unit Rapid Support Forces (RSF) accused by the demonstrators of crushing the sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Although the alliance has become more coherent, it still needs to establish a leadership structure and policy guidelines. However, it is to be seen how long they remain united in their quest to establish a democratically elected government. The power-sharing agreement, analysts also say, is far from a long-term solution to the country’s overall political and economic crisis. The first priority of the new administration will be to tackle the country’s economic crisis. This is one of the major challenges. Even the unrest that led to ouster of Bashir was triggered by the crisis of bread. Protests first broke out when the government tripled the price of bread in December last year. It swiftly turned against Bashir’s rule across the country. Bashir’s government imposed emergency austerity measures in an attempt to stave off economic collapse. (The author is a former Editor of PTI and served as West Asia correspondent for PTI, based in Bahrain from 1988 to 1995. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Trudeau to visit gurdwara after government removes reference to Sikh extremism

first_imgVANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit one of the largest Sikh temples in Canada this morning, just hours after his government agreed to remove a reference to Sikh extremism from a report on terrorism.Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will speak at the Ross Street Gurdwara in Vancouver, then partake in the city’s Vaisakhi Parade to mark the Sikh holy day.The visit comes a day after the Liberals agreed to make a change to the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada, which drew the ire of the Sikh community when it was released in December.For the first time, the report listed Sikh extremism as one of the top five extremist threats in Canada.But late Friday, the language was changed to remove any mention of religion, instead discussing the threat posed by “extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India.”There are roughly half a million Canadians who identify as Sikh, most of them in the Greater Toronto Area and suburban Vancouver.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Court hears lighters straps branches used to punish Hutterite colony students

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A former teacher at a southern Alberta Hutterite school has escaped jail time after admitting to severely punishing his students through methods that included holding a lighter under some children’s fingers to show them what they might expect in hell.Johan John Hofer, of the Waterton Hutterite Colony, pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven charges of assault with a weapon prior to the start of what was to be a four-day trial in Lethbridge.The 48-year-old man was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day.A courtroom packed with Hutterite ministers and relatives of the accused and victims heard that the assaults occurred between January 2005 and December 2015, when Hofer was the colony’s schoolmaster, a minister and a garden boss.Crown prosecutor Darwyn Ross told the court that the assaults took place in school, in a barn, near a swimming area and other locations, and involved boys and girls as young as six and as old as 14.Judge Derek Redman accepted a joint recommendation from Ross and defence lawyer Adriano Iovanelli for the sentence, which will be served in the community and involves house arrest and a curfew.Ross told court that in the lighter incident, Hofer told two young boys he had seen playing with toy trucks outdoors to go into his house, where he sat them down and told them what “the devil was going to do to them.”The boys were told to stick out their fingers before a lighter was held underneath them, with Hofer explaining “how hot hell was going to be.”In another incident, a 12-year-old girl was discovered reading a book not approved by Hofer. She was bent over a stool and spanked with a strap on top of her clothes but on her buttocks in front of other students and told she was “worthless.”The girl ended up leaving the colony when she was 17.The court was also told how Hofer used belts, straps, a yard stick and even tree branches on several occasions to mete out punishment.Ross said the children were often humiliated and that frequently there was no explanation of why they were being punished.Iovanelli said Hofer’s intent was simply to discipline.“My client did not intend to hurt the children,” he told the court, which also heard that Hofer has previously been stripped of his positions in the colony.Before passing sentence, Redman said the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that only sober, reasoned force can be used to discipline children and under reasonable circumstances.He said outbursts of violence against children that are motivated by anger or animated by frustration are not allowed, and that a parent or educator must explain what they are doing and why. (LethbridgeNewsNow)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco to Launch a New Regularization Operation for Undocumented Migrants

Rabat – Morocco will launch a new regularization operation for sub-Saharan migrants. The new operation comes as part of the 9,000 applications submitted by undocumented migrants whose applications were not accepted in early 2015 by the National Commission charged with this operation.The review of the applications starts on Monday, October 26 in Rabat.An official from the Commission said that the legal status of a large number of the 9,000 applicants will be regularized. Applicants had met the requirements set by the Commission and will now be able to get their residency card, according to le360 newspaper.“It should well be noted that we are not launching new regularization operation, we will examine the 9,000 applications not accepted in 2014 and will respond favorably to large number of them” the same source said.The National Commission will begin to examine the applications on Monday afternoon at Headquarters of the Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH).The meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Moroccan Expatriates and Migration Affairs, with the presence of representatives from the Ministry of the Interior.Since the launching of the National Migration Strategy in 2014, it has allowed the regularization of 18,000 undocumented migrants from sub-Saharan countries.Morocco is Africa’s first country to launch such an immigration policy. read more

Turkey UN rights chief concerned by actions of security forces and clampdown

“The footage apparently shot by Refik Tekin in Cizre some ten days ago is extremely shocking,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, voicing concern that the cameraman, who was himself wounded in the south-eastern town, is facing arrest once he leaves hospital.“It shows what appears to be an unarmed group of civilians, led by a man and a woman holding white flags. They push a handcart, reportedly carrying dead bodies, across a street, watched at a distance by an armoured military vehicle. As they reach the other side, they are apparently cut down in a hail of gunfire, and Tekin keeps filming as blood flows past his lens,” he explained.Mr. Zeid also expressed concern at the “extraordinarily harsh” life prison terms sought by prosecutors in the trials of two other well-known Turkish journalists, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dündar, and its Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül.He said the “alarming number” of journalists and other media operatives already convicted, or awaiting trial raises questions about Turkey’s compliance with the right to freedom of expression, stressing that anti-terrorism legislation should not be used as a means to curtail freedom of opinion or expression. “No one should be facing life sentences, as in the cases of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, because of articles they wrote,” he said. “Journalists and other media workers should not be arrested, detained or prosecuted for the legitimate and peaceful exercise of their profession. It is the role of the media to stimulate critical debate on matters of public interest.”A quick way for the Government to show that it does respect these rights would be to free all those, whether journalists, academics or human rights defenders, who have been detained or prosecuted simply for recording or criticizing the actions of the State,” he added. “In addition it is important to review, and if necessary amend, all laws which have enabled such draconian actions by the authorities against critics armed only with words and cameras,” stressed Mr. Zeid. Mr. Tekin is reported to be in Mardin State Hospital with a police officer waiting outside his room. A variety of reports suggest custody orders, signed by the Governor and a prosecutor, have been issued accusing him of being a member of a “separatist terrorist organization.” “Filming an atrocity is not a crime, but shooting unarmed civilians most certainly is,” Mr. Zeid stressed. “It is essential there is a thorough, independent, impartial investigation into this and any other events that have led to the wounding or killing of civilians,” he said.“The emergence of this video raises major question marks about what exactly has been going on in Cizre and other parts of south-eastern Turkey which the security forces have allegedly sealed off from the outside world,” he added.He recognized the Government’s duty to protect the population from violence, and that it is facing major difficulties in the south-east, noting he had been informed by the Government that 205 members of the Turkish police, gendarmerie and military had been killed between 20 July and 28 December 2015. “Nevertheless, the authorities must take great care to protect human rights when conducting military or security operations. If State operatives commit human rights violations, they must be prosecuted,” he said.Mr. Zeid cited numerous reports of the deteriorating human rights situation facing ordinary people, including children, in south-eastern Turkey, especially in Cizre, Silopi, Sur and the city of Diyarbakir, where the imposition of numerous ‘temporary security zones’ and curfews are impacting heavily on people’s economic and social rights, including access to basic services such as medical care, water, food, and electricity. Non-State actors opposing Government forces have reportedly also taken actions, including the digging of trenches, which have impeded access to medical care as well as other emergency services. There are also reports of them recruiting minors. Mr. Zeid urged the Government “to ensure that all actions taken in the name of countering terrorism comply fully with its obligations under international law to protect and respect human rights, particularly the rights to life, freedom from torture and ill-treatment, freedom of expression and liberty and security of the person.” read more

Regional meeting on UN disaster risk reduction framework set to open in

Some 93 major disasters were recorded in the Americas last year second only to Asia as the most disaster-prone region in the world. They include an earthquake in north-western Ecuador in April, which killed more than 650 people, and flooding in Paraguayan capital Asunción.“This region has been growing quite rapidly both in terms of population and but also economically, and now 80 per cent of the population lives in cities,” said Ricardo Mena, the head of the Americas office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).“In some instances, this rapid growth has been unplanned,” he added, “and has led to many people living in areas which are quite exposed to natural hazards.” Responding to and mitigating these natural disasters is due to be the focus of discussions between more than 170 ministers and delegates from 35 countries in the Americas who are gathering in Asunción, Paraguay, on Wednesday for the High-Level Ministerial meeting on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 in the Americas.They will look at how best to promote the Sendai Framework, which was adopted in the Japanese city of the same name in March 2015, an internationally agreed strategy to reduce the number of people who die in or who are otherwise affected by disasters. It focuses both on natural and man-made disasters and aims to substantially reduce losses in lives, livelihoods and damage to the environment.The gathering will be timely in the wake of a series of natural disasters in the region. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador destroyed thousands of houses as well as infrastructure and forced 73,000 people to find emergency shelter provoking a huge international humanitarian response.Earthquakes are just one of the hazards in this natural catastrophe-prone region; hurricanes, volcanic activity, flooding and drought have all taken their toll on human life in recent years.The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has reported that 3.5 million people are struggling to feed themselves in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras as a result of drought fuelled by the El Niño weather phenomenon and staple food production has dropped to its lowest level in 12 years in Haiti, as prices have skyrocketed.The region is also dealing with a major public health emergency as the mosquito-borne Zika virus continues to spread. An active hurricane season has been forecast in the Atlantic Ocean bringing fears of more destruction.The meeting is due to be opened by the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes Jara, and will be attended by the Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, Robert Glasser.“This is a very important gathering for the Americas,” Mr. Glasser said. “It is the first opportunity for the region to discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework and a sign of the region’s commitment to strengthening disaster risk governance.”The main objective will be the development of guidelines for a regional action plan that will encourage countries and communities to reduce disaster risk and the attendant potential losses.The plan, which will be known as the Declaration of Asunción, will to be developed between June and the holding of the Americas Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2017, where it is expected to be approved. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell named Big Ten Player of

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes the ball down the court in the game against Penn State on Jan. 31. Ohio State won 94-64. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorA day after the Ohio State women’s basketball team clinched the outright Big Ten title with a win against Penn State, the Big Ten honored the main reason for its success the past four seasons.The conference’s coaches selected Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell as the Big Ten Player of the Year for the third time in four years. She was also named conference player of the year in 2015 and 2017.The media selected Iowa forward Megan Gustafson as Big Ten Player of the Year instead of Mitchell. Gustafson tore up the Buckeyes in a win on Jan. 25, dropping 29 points.In the regular season, Mitchell averaged 24.4 points per game, the second most in the conference behind Gustafson, on 46.1 percent shooting and 40.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. She also managed 4.1 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.She maintains the longest streak in the history of the NCAA — 86 games — in which she knocked down a 3-pointer. Mitchell has both knocked down and attempted more career 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history.On Sunday, she passed former Baylor forward Brittney Griner to have the third-most points in NCAA history. Mitchell has scored 3,286 points and is within 108 points of passing former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles to become the second-highest career scorer.A preseason All-American, Mitchell has a chance to become the first four-time All-American in program history. She was a first-team All-American in 2016 and a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017.Best in the Big TenMitchell also earned a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. She was joined by redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who became a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both coaches and media after earning a spot on the second team last year. Mavunga averaged a double-double in the regular season for the second year in a row with 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.Both the coaches and players selected redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper as a second-team All-Big Ten selection. She also earned a spot on the conference’s All-Defense team. The 5-foot-8 guard averages 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.Senior guard Asia Doss and redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun were named honorable mention by the coaches.The Buckeyes will begin their postseason when they take on the winner of Rutgers/Purdue at noon Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. read more

Multotec is first up for SABS local content verification

first_imgLeading South African mineral processing equipment manufacturer Multotec has taken the pioneering step of having its local content verified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in line with the requirements of the draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Mineral Industry, 2018. At the end of the verification assessment in July, Multotec Group Chief Operating Officer Jannie de Jonge commended the work of the technical teams from the SABS and Multotec, who had pursued the creation of this “prototype” process as a starting point for promoting local content in mining goods. Whereas mines’ procurement requirements have in the past been linked mainly to the B-BBEE ownership of suppliers, the new draft Mining Charter proposes a more direct measurement of local manufacture embodied in the products themselves.“Following the publication of the National Development Plan, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) have put more emphasis on the promotion of the South African manufacturing industry,” says De Jonge. These proposals were incorporated by the Department of Mineral Resources in the 2018 draft of the Mining Charter. The amendments propose that 70% of all goods procured by mines are required to be “South African manufactured goods,” which are in turn defined as “goods with a minimum 60% of the value added during the assembly or manufacturing of the product is created in the Republic.” It is also proposed that this plan is phased in over five years, giving suppliers time to align themselves and become compliant if they wish to continue supplying mines.The Multotec Group decided to become more pro-active in this process after a DTI-SABS presentation early this year to the South African Mineral Process Equipment Council (SAMPEC) – part of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) – where the benefits of the local content requirement were outlined. “South Africa’s manufacturing sector has shrunk considerably in recent years, and this localisation drive was part of efforts to support and grow local manufacturing and job creation,” de Jonge says. “The department was also able to outline generally how it thought the process would unfold.”The Multotec Group decided that action would be better than words, so showed its support for the spirit of these local manufacturing requirements by investing in having its products verified. While there were reasonable standards in place against which such verification could be initiated, there were aspects of the requirements and processes that were still not clearly defined.“Both Multotec and the SABS agreed that we needed to create a prototype of how this verification process could work, and this would need practical engagement,” he says. “We committed to go through the process to see what was involved and what we could learn and provide useful feedback to the SABS and the DTI. The learnings gained from the process and the experience gained by all involved are priceless.”The Multotec Group has invested millions of Rands over the four decades since its establishment in 1978 in state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and equipment and is actively engaged in training initiatives to ensure that the skills are developed and maintained to put these investments to best use.“We certainly appreciate seeing this recognition from government for our own progress to date,” he says. “Despite the uncertainty of the outcome, and the rules and definitions still being under review and open for comments, we are committed to the process and supporting the initiative by the DTI and DMR to prioritise local content.”However, de Jonge emphasises that this process will need to be embraced with a significant responsibility and accountability to the industry by local mining suppliers. “The key focus among all stakeholders – including local manufacturers – must be the sustainability and success of our mining sector, so we need to ensure that we can supply world class products at competitive prices to the mining industry,” he says.The concerns expressed by the Minerals Council South Africa – previously the Chamber of Mines – that some of the elements of the Draft Charter do not promote competitiveness, must be taken seriously. “The mining industry is under severe cost pressure and is not in a position to absorb higher prices from suppliers,” says de Jonge. “Local manufacturers are therefore obliged to continue becoming more competitive themselves, and to improve productivity as a strategic priority going forward. We must all understand and accept that for mining in South Africa to be competitive, it must have an efficient and competitive supply chain.”He also firmly believes that the promotion of local manufacture can gain momentum and can itself attract substantial foreign direct investment to enable its expansion and improvement.last_img read more

Nemanja Ilic and Dragana Cvijic are the Serbian players of season 20172018

One of the most popular handball media Balkan-Handball.com organized traditional voting for the best players of Serbia and the whole Balkan region.The captain of the national team, Fenix Toulouse left wing Nemanja Ilic (28) and line-player of women’s team from ZRK Vardar/CSM Bucharest, Dragana Cvijic (28), won prestigious awards for the best Serbian players of the season.THE BEST SERBIAN PLAYERS BY BALKAN-HANDBALL.COM:2008 – Ratko Nikolic2009 – Momir Ilic2010 – Momir Ilic2011 – Marko Vujin2012 – Darko Stanic2013 – Momir Ilic2014 – Momir Ilic2015 – Momir Ilic2016 – Petar Nenadic2017 – Rastko Stojkovic2018 – Nemanja IlicTHE BEST SERBIAN HANDBALL PLAYERS BY BALKAN-HANDBALL.COM:2008 – Ana Djokic2009 – Andrea Lekic2010 – Andrea Lekic2011 – Andrea Lekic2012 – Andrea Lekic2013 – Andrea Lekic2014 – Sanja Damnjanovic2015 – Dragana Cvijic2016 – Andrea Lekic2017 – Andrea Lekic2018 – Dragana Cvijic Nemanja Ilic and Dragana Cvijic ← Previous Story Johannes Bitter extends at TVB Stuttgart Next Story → Hungarian ladies at the TOP of the world read more

Water meter installation will cause minimal distruption

first_imgTHE HEAD OF Irish Water has given the latest update on the forthcoming water charges in Ireland.Water charges will come into play from October 2014, and Irish Water is the company set up to oversee their introduction.Tierney, who was the former head of Dublin City Council, said the plan is to install just over a million meters before the end of 2016. He told Morning Ireland that a team of 1400 people will be working on behalf of Irish Water directly on the project, with 1600 in total employed. A further 400 will be employed in answering calls on the metering in the Abtran call centre.EmploymentThe staff will operate in teams of two and the country will be split into eight regions for the installation of the meters. The installation will occur simultaneously nationwide.The meters will generally be installed on the public footpath area, said Tierney, and staff will only enter into a property in certain circumstances, and only with permission.You will get notice two weeks before anyone arrives to do work outside your home, and the works will “involve safety traffic management”, said Tierney.The “absolute maximum” that water would be off during the period of installation is two hours and Tierney promised that for the people involved there will be “very minimal disruption”.Irish Water intends to build up its capacity so that it will be able to go to the markets in terms of funding as investment outside the direct investment that will come from consumers themselves, said Tierney.There is a “major series of plans” in place for Dublin, in terms of water supply and water treatment capacity.AbtranIrish Water will use the Abtran call centre to deal with queries from customers about the water charge process. An Abtran employee was suspended last month amid allegations that they had asked callers for their credit card details.Tierney said that “it’s often in the middle of a crisis you see the mettle of a person and the mettle of a company”, referring to this event. He said they had “delayed for two weeks to see what the outcome of that incident was before we embraced the contract” with Abtran.“They would now describe it as the most stringent contract they’ve ever employed,” he added, saying that it was “very heartening as well” that “Revenue are on record saying they are very satisfied with how [the situation] was dealt with”.Read: Good news on the jobs front: Irish Water to create 400 jobs in Cork>last_img read more

Plus de 40 cratères remplis de glace observés au pôle nord de

first_imgPlus de 40 cratères remplis de glace observés au pôle nord de la LuneLa Nasa a annoncé avoir détecté des cratères remplis de glace sur le pôle nord de la Lune, grâce à un radar équipant une sonde spatiale indienne.D’après un communiqué de la Nasa, le radar Mini-SAR de l’agence spatiale américaine, embarqué sur la sonde spatiale indienne Chandrayaan-1, a repéré sur la Lune plus de quarante cratères tous remplis de glace. Situés au pôle nord lunaire, leurs diamètre varie de 1,6 à 15 kilomètres.”Bien que la quantité totale de glace dépende de son épaisseur dans chaque cratère, on estime qu’il pourrait y avoir au moins 600 millions de mètres cubes d’eau gelée” précise la Nasa. Alors que Barack Obama a renoncé il y a quelques semaines à un retour des Américains sur la Lune vers 2020, cette découverte du radar de l’agence spatiale américaine “montre que la Lune est une destination encore plus intéressante et captivante, sur les plans scientifique, exploratoire et opérationnel, que ce que les gens pensaient auparavant” se réjouit Paul Spudis, chef de projet de l’expérience Mini-SAR au Lunar and planetary institute de Houston, au Texas.En novembre dernier déjà, la Nasa avait précipité un projectile de 2,3 tonnes dans le cratère Cabeus situé près du pôle sud de la Lune, découvrant ainsi d’importantes quantités d’eau gelée au fond du cratère (voir article).Le 2 mars 2010 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La navette Discovery a réalisé son vol dadieu

first_imgLa navette Discovery a réalisé son vol d’adieuHier, la navette spatiale américaine Discovery a effectué son dernier vol sur le dos d’un Boeing 747 modifié. A la retraite, ce vaisseau a maintenant rejoint le Musée national de l’air et de l’espace près de Washington.Discovery est la plus ancienne des trois navettes américaines (avec Endeavour et Atlantis). Lancée pour la première fois le 30 août 1984, elle a en tout cumulé 365 jours dans l’espace et parcouru 241 millions de kilomètres. C’est aussi l’orbiteur qui a transporté le plus grand nombre d’astronautes (246) et qui a mis en orbite Hubble, le premier télescope spatial en 1990. C’est donc logiquement qu’elle est devenue la première navette à avoir rejoint le Musée national de l’air et de l’espace près de Washington. Pour procéder à ce transfert depuis le Centre spatial Kennedy, près de Cap Canaveral en Floride, le vaisseau a été placé sur le dos d’un Boeing de la NASA : un 747 modifié. Avant d’atterrir à l’aéroport international de Dulles, en Virginie, près de l’annexe du Musée (le Steven Udvard-Hazy Center) où la navette sera exposée, le convoi aérien a effectué un survol spectaculaire des hauts lieux de Washington, notamment du Capitole, siège du Congrès des Etats-Unis. De nombreux spectateurs ont assisté à cette dernière parade de la navette. Les toits des immeubles à proximité de la Maison Blanche étaient remplis d’employés de bureau, dont certains pour l’occasion avaient amené leurs enfants, a rapporté un journaliste de l’AFP. Le trafic routier dans certaines artères près de la capitale a été ralenti, alors que des automobilistes s’arrêtaient pour admirer le spectacle. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLes deux autres navettes, Endeavour et Atlantis, iront respectivement au California Science Center à Los Angeles en Californie (ouest) et au Centre des visiteurs du Kennedy Space Center en Floride. Enterprise, un prototype qui n’a jamais volé et qui sera remplacé par Discovery, sera transporté à l’Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum de New York sur le dos du même B-747 utilisé par l’agence spatiale américaine depuis 1981.Découvrez en images le survol spectaculaire réalisé par Discovery sur Maxisciences Le 18 avril 2012 à 11:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

KKR vs RR Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

first_imgThe IPL has entered such a phase that foreign players will now slowly jet off to join their respective World Cup squads. Rajasthan Royals, a side which is languishing at number 8 on the points table, can avail the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for the final time this season and well, they need a win to remain relevant this season. For KKR, the situation is not as desperate, but the side has forgotten how to win matches and hence, this contest becomes very important for them.Two teams with plenty of firepower, but short on confidence collide and when the match ends, only one side will be able to stay afloat.Predicted XI of both sides: Steve SmithHotstar ScreengrabKKR Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh KrishnaRajasthan Royals Predicted XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal KulkarniFantasy tips and suggestions: Andre RussellIPLWicket-keeper: Sanju Samson, who has played few pleasing innings, now needs to do more and play a match-winning innings for his side, especially when he gets the chance to open the innings.Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane, who finally found form against Chennai Super Kings, needs to bat with the similar freedom against KKR. Also, he has to be the glue around which the rest of the batting order functions. Chris Lynn should also find a place in the batting order as he has looked good all season for KKR.Steve Smith and Nitish Rana will be the remaining batsmen in the batting order and all these four players hold key to the fortunes of their respective sides.All-rounders: Ben Stokes, who will feature for the final time this season, would ideally want to go out with a bang as he has only flattered to deceive this year. For KKR, it will be that man, Andre Russell who will once again be super important for their side, especially now when the situation is bordering on desperate.Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav, who was axed after the mauling he received at the hands of Moeen Ali, is expected to make a return and he would be hungry to make a statement. One can take a punt on him. Also, Shreyas Gopal, who has been a revelation this season, continues to impress and should be the other spinner in the side.Seamers: Jofra Archer, who too will be playing his final match this season, would want to go out with a winning performance, and hence, will be fired up. Also, Dhawal Kulkarni, who quietly goes about his business with the new ball should be the other pacer in the side.last_img read more

Oil prices edge up on record China crude imports Saudi output cut

first_imgOil prices edged up on Friday (January 13), supported by reports on details of OPEC output cuts, although lingering doubts over producer compliance with supply reduction targets weighed on the market.Record Chinese oil imports of 8.56 million barrels per day (bpd) in December helped buoy prices, with shipments expected to continue rising in 2017, traders said.Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading at $56.09 per barrel at 0352 GMT, up 8 cents from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 crude futures were up 10 cents at $53.11 per barrel.Traders said markets were bolstered by comments from top crude exporter Saudi Arabia that its output had fallen below 10 million bpd, levels last seen in early 2015, bolstered markets.That would mean that the kingdom has cut production by more than the 486,000 bpd it agreed to under a deal to stem a fall in oil prices.However, hard evidence of export reductions has yet to emerge two weeks into January, when the cuts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers like Russia were supposed to start.”The direction of prices will depend greatly on producer compliance with pledged supply cuts made in 2016,” said French bank BNP Paribas.”Any slip in the market’s confidence that producers will follow through on their promises may lead to sharp price corrections,” it added.BNP said that it expected WTI prices to average $56 per barrel in 2017, up $7 from its previous forecast, and Brent to average $58 per barrel, up $8 from its earlier estimate.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its January outlook that it forecasts Brent and WTI to average $53 per barrel and $52 per barrel respectively in 2017.Dutch bank ABN Amro said that “conflicting signals” would likely keep oil prices trading in narrow ranges during the first half of the year.The recent agreement between members of OPEC and non-OPEC producers to cut output had left many in doubt over their resolve, the bank said.”This means that the oil price could advance further if the targeted cuts are actually achieved,” ABN Amro said, but added that rising U.S. shale output and rising supply from OPEC members Nigeria and Libya, which were exempt from the pact, might offset any reductions.An informal Reuters survey of over 1,000 energy market professionals showed that Brent prices in 2017 are expected to average around $55-60 per barrel.last_img read more