KXIP vs SRH: Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan stands out in high-scoring affair

first_imgAfghanistan’s Rashid Khan continued to impress one and all as he stood out in a high-scoring tie between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab, where Hyderabad beat Punjab by 26 runs in Mohali.Rashid returned with figures of 1/16 on a batting pitch and when Shaun Marsh was going on a rampage in Punjab’s chase of 208 after Hyderabad’s brilliant first-innings effort.Batting first, Hyderabad got off to a flyer courtesy of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, reaching 100 runs in just nine overs before Warner fell for 51 with the scores on 107/1 from 10 overs. Dhawan continued the slog fest, hammering the bowlers around in a very good pitch before falling for 77 off 48 balls. But, that was not it as Kane Williamson showed again that he can be as good a T20 player as he is in the longest format, when he scored 54* off just 27 balls to take SRH’s score to 207/3 in their 20 overs.Punjab also got off to flyer thanks to Martin Guptill, who replaced the injured Hashim Amla in the squad, who hit 23 off just 11 balls before holding out to Moises Henriques off the bowling falling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Punjab also lost Vohra in quick succession but Shaun Marsh was looking dangerous as he took 17 runs of Deepak Hooda’s over and was looking to up the ante.Punjab were going strong on 67/3 from seven overs and that is when Warner threw the ball to the ball to the ever-so dependable Rashid and he didn’t disappoint.The 19-year-old gave just three runs off his first over and followed it up with just one run from his second over to put the brakes on the scoring, leaving Punjab at 76/3 from 10 overs as the asking rate kept mounting. He conceded eight of his third over but returned with a bang in his fourth and picked up the all important wicket of Eoin Morgan for 26, who was just looking dangerous and join Marsh and hit the accelerator. He gave away just six runs off his last over and finished with figures of 4-0-16-1, with Punjab on 121/4 from 14 overs, needing 87 runs to win from just 36 balls.advertisementRashid, who was awarded the man-of-the-match for being so effective in the middle overs thanked the team and coaching staff for his success.”It’s a big league and it’s a big stage, playing with big names. So always trying my best to learn from them. We have a very good coaching staff. Murali has been superb so far with me and is supporting me and is giving me all his experience. I’m enjoying myself with him. The confidence and the motivation given from the coaching staff and the skipper helps,” he said.He also thanked his brother for his continued support before signing off.”I would like to dedicate this award to my brother. He has prayed for me and this goes to him.”last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Makes Bold Prediction For Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence capped off a stellar freshman season with an outstanding performance in the Tigers’ national championship game win over Alabama on Monday. In doing so, Lawrence already made himself the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.Before that happens, he still has some business to accomplish in college. He is already the early favorite for the 2019 Heisman Trophy, and ESPN’s Mark Schlabach made a bold prediction this morning that Lawrence will actually win the Heisman twice.That means Schlabach is calling for Lawrence to win the award in 2019 and 2020. The only person to win the Heisman in back-to-back years is Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in the 1970s.Griffin is still the only two-time Heisman winner, so Lawrence would be joining an exclusive fraternity if he takes the trophy home twice.At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Lawrence has a rare combination of size, arm strength, mobility and intelligence. Even better, he’s one of the most grounded 19-year-old kids you’ll meet.[ … ]Lawrence is only going to get better. He will lead the Tigers back to the CFP in 2019, winning the stiff-armed trophy as a reward.You can read the rest of Schlabach’s predictions for 2019 here.It should be a lot of fun seeing Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa duke it out for the Heisman next fall.last_img read more

Expected to be selected in at least one of the Indian squads: Shubman Gill

first_imgExpected to be selected in at least one of the Indian squads: Shubman GillShubman Gill was ignored for national team selection for the Caribbean tour despite his recent performances with the bat against West Indies A.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 11:28 IST Shubman Gill made his international debut for India in the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill was not picked in any of the Indian limited-overs squads for the West Indies tour6 players from India A squad got picked in the ODI and T20I teamsGill was the highest scorer in the recently-concluded 5-match unofficial one-day series vs West Indies AChief selector MSK Prasad in his press conference on Sunday had stated that performances of the Indian players in the unofficial ODI series against West Indies A was taken into consideration when they were selecting the limited-overs squads for the upcoming Caribbean tour.While seven players from the India A squad – Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar – made it to the ODI and T20I teams, there was one big name missing from the list, that of Shubman Gill, which caught the attention of many and even angered some fans on social media.Shubman Gill was yet again overlooked for the limited-overs series against West Indies, despite the Punjab batsman finishing at the highest scorer in the recently-concluded five-match unofficial one-day series in the West Indies.Gill amassed 218 runs from the five matches against West Indies A at an average of 54.50 which also included three half-centuries. But despite his good show with the bat, he was not picked.Instead the likes of Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, who also had a good series with the bat, made the cut into the ODI and T20I squads, leaving Gill very disappointed.”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads.”It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors,” Gill told CricketNext.advertisementChief selector Prasad mentioned Gill’s name during the press conference on Sunday and explained that he is on the waiting list as of now.”Shubman Gill went to New Zealand when KL Rahul was suspended. Now he is in the waiting list. Definitely, he will be considered. He was there in the scheme of things.”We have to reward the performances of India A. That’s why we have picked them. The performances of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini’s have been phenomenal,” Prasad said.Gill made his international debut for India in the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year in January during which he played 2 matches, scoring 9 and 7 in the 4th and 5th ODI respectively.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Dhawan back in ODI side, Pandey and Iyer includedAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-upAlso Read | How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzleFor 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 Shubman GillFollow India tour of West IndiesFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCIlast_img read more

Three Receive GG’s Jamaica Diaspora Award of Excellence

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Three nationals living overseas have been honoured with the Governor-General’s Jamaica Diaspora Award of Excellence, and inducted into the Governor-General’s Diaspora Hall of Fame.They are Jamaica’s Honorary Consul General to Atlanta, Georgia, Vin Martin; Accountant and Business Consultant from the United Kingdom (UK), Howard Francis; and teacher from Canada, Dudley Morgan.Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made the presentations at an award luncheon held as part of the just concluded 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay.Glowing citations were paid to the honourees, with citations read extolling their contributions to the development of their country and local communities.In his address, the Governor-General lauded the awardees and the wider Diaspora for continuing to lend their intellect and experience to the crafting of strategies to grow Jamaica, through the biennial Diaspora conference.“Indeed, you are here demonstrating your concerns for our beloved homeland, and your determination to be part of the solution to propel us towards a brighter future,” he stated.He added that “we ramp-up the Diaspora-Homeland partnership, we are acutely aware that, not only is its success good for the development of Jamaica, but it is also good  for the profile of the country.”He noted that the way Jamaica is perceived internationally also impacts on the life of nationals in the Diaspora, and how they are stereotyped in every field of endeavour.The Governor-General, in the meantime, invited support for his ‘I believe Initiative’ which seeks to effect change across Jamaica. The aim is to inspire Jamaicans to believe in their potential and to continue building a peaceful nation.He informed that a partnership has been established with the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), which will allow for contributions to be tax deductable for Americans, as long as it is done through the AFJ.Mr. Martin, who replied on behalf of the award recipients, said the honour will provide greater encouragement for them to continue pursuing their mission for the good of Jamaica.“Motivated by love of our country and commitment to charity, we have come to recognize that volunteerism is not an option, it is a responsibility; a responsibility that has given us innumerable opportunities to experience real happiness through unconditional love and service to others,” he stated.CONTACT: BRYAN MILLERJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAYlast_img read more

DBJ Builds Capacity of Three University-Based Incubators

first_imgPRESS RELEASE – The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), through its Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP), has announced that it is providing a programme of capacity building and technical assistance (CB-TC) to three university-based incubators over an 18-month period.The programme of intervention is multi-pronged and covers, a needs assessment, a ‘study tour’, the development of a strategic plan, and the provision of financial resources to implement the plan.“We are pleased to be embarking on this partnership with the three major local universities and their incubators – Morris Entrepreneurship Centre at Northern Caribbean University; Technology Innovation Centre at the University of Technology, Jamaica; and Mona BusinessSupport Services at the University of the West Indies. The records will show that worldwide, university incubators, and indeed business incubators, are geared at creating, nurturing and providing the necessary support services for startups/entrepreneurs and young businessesto grow and succeed,” confirms Milverton Reynolds, Managing Director at the DBJ.This capacity building and technical assistance programme forms part of the JVCP’s wider plan towards the building of a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in Jamaica.This includes a programme of intervention and capacity building to assist, not just the incubators on our university campuses, but also other business services providers in the wider Jamaican space.The DBJ has signed a memorandum of understanding with each university and will hold them to a number of deliverables, including: the provision of baseline information on the incubator and incubatees, the development of a long-term strategic plan focusing on governance, sustainable financing, incubation performance metrics, tracking and benchmarking.Audrey Richards, Project Coordinator, JVCP, states that; “We have undertaken a Needs Assessment jointly with each incubator. On June 19, we led a team of incubator managers and university administrators of the three universities on an intensive three-day ‘study tour’ to Canada to observe, first-hand, international best practices and to learn the different structures, programmes and activities that are offered by world-class incubators.”The ‘study tour’ saw participants visiting some seven locations in Canada; The DMZ at Ryerson University; the Centre for Social Innovation; Venture Lab; Wilfred Laurier’s LaunchPad; Communitech; the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto and Scotia Innovation Centre.“We (DBJ) are looking to the sustainability of the Venture Capital and Private Equity industry in Jamaica and, indeed, the Caribbean. The work, on which we are about to embark, with the university incubators, is critical to ensuring that there is a ‘pool’ of investment-ready businesses,” Richards continues.“The ‘study tour’ (was) a learning experience for the universities, and is expected to build on the existing knowledge and experiences in;incubation management, international best practices in corporate governance and operational structures and financial sustainability”.Terry-Ann Segree, Investment Manager, JVCP explains that; “the DBJ-JVCP has put in place a rigorous system of monitoring and evaluation, that will continue for 18 months, to which each university is expected to adhere and report on its progress. There are also a number of milestones and achievements that each incubator is expected to meet.It is anticipated that coming out of this intervention, the university incubators will be better equipped to develop programmes and activities that will attract, nurture and build the incubatees making them investment-ready”.The JVCP came out of the DBJ’s expanded focus on not only facilitating access to credit, but also providing access to equity. The DBJ serves as anchor investor in this emerging Venture Capital and Private Equity industry and plays a catalytic role alongside private sectorinvestors.In 2015, the DBJ, through its Investor Panel, comprising some of Jamaica’s major investment (corporate and institutional) companies, issued a ‘call for proposals’ from fund managers desirous of investing in Jamaican businesses. Eight companies – four local and fourinternational – responded to the ‘call’, and following a due diligence process, two funds became operational in 2016.To date the DBJ has invested approximately US$1.75 million in these two funds – Portland JSX Limited (a local limited partner aggregation vehicle created primarily to invest as a limited partner in Portland Caribbean Fund 11) and in Caribbean Mezzanine Fund 1 (CMF1) jointly managed by local fund managers, Eppley Limited and NCB Capital Markets Limited.In February 2016, the DBJ-JVCP entered Phase 2 (2016-2019) of its programme under a second Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the Inter-American Development Bank through its Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB-MIF) to support the continued development of the entrepreneurial and early stage ecosystem in Jamaica.This second TCA is a ‘follow on’ programme that builds on the previous TCA (2013), as the  focus continues to be on closing the gaps identified. Funding under this programme totals US$3.482M with the IDB-MIF contributing US$1.198M in technical grants and advice to be matched by DBJ counterpart funding of US$2.284M.last_img read more

GAC Travel Becomes Part of Bibby Travel

first_img Print  Close zoom Bibby Travel revealed that the company has acquired GAC Travel Limited with effect from 1st March this year.The deal will see GAC Travel integrated within Bibby Travel, which is a trading division of Bibby Ship Management (Western Europe) Ltd.Welcoming the deal, Ed Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer, Bibby Ship Management Group, said: “We’re delighted with this acquisition as it underlines our commitment to both the marine and business travel markets both at a large corporate and at an SME level. We would like to welcome Joanne Vicente, General Manager of GAC Travel and her team onboard and look forward to working with them in the months ahead.”The similarities of operations with GAC and the current Bibby Travel should lend itself to a smooth transfer, Mr Rimmer added.Commenting on the deal, General Manager Joanne Vicente added: “GAC Travel and Bibby Ship Management are a good fit and will now be able to concentrate strongly on the corporate and conference sectors as well as the important marine and offshore crew travel markets. Bibby Travel will continue operating from the GAC UK Ltd premises in Stockton on Tees.”Ivo Verheyen, GAC Group Vice President, Europe, adds: “The sale of GAC Travel is part of GAC UK’s long term strategy to focus on its core Shipping and Logistics capabilities, especially in the energy sector. We’re pleased that the Travel team remaining in GAC UK’s Teesside & Aberdeen locations means that we will be able to maintain our relationships with our former colleagues while continuing to benefit from their expertise.”The acquisition now means that Bibby Travel has offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Isle of Man, Mumbai and Teesside and significantly expands the resources available with 21 new staff being welcomed to the business.Bibby Travel’s parent company, Bibby Ship Management, recently acquired another business, Murray Fenton (India) Surveyors Limited, which saw India’s service offering expand into marine, cargo and offshore surveying including marine audit services. Both acquisitions were a strategic move to diversify the business away from a traditional technical management company as they strive to become a complete marine services business.Alongside these acquisitions Bibby Ship Management have recently spent two million dollars on new simulator equipment for training centres in the Ukraine and India, as well as establishing a new senior management team tasked with taking the business forward. Bibby Ship Management, March 3, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

Diana Containerships Repays Existing Indebtedness in Full

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based boxship owner Diana Containerships has completed the sale of one of its Post-Panamax container vessel and secured a debt-free balance sheet.The earlier announced sale of the m/v Hamburg was finalized with the delivery of the vessel to its new owners.The 2009-built ship was sold to an unaffiliated third party for a price of USD 21 million.Part of the proceeds from the sale of the vessel were used by the company to repay in full its existing indebtedness.The full and final repayment of the loan was made on July 23, ahead of schedule, according to Diana Shipping. The loan to Diana Containerships was originally agreed in May 2013 and refinanced in June 2017.Diana Shipping said that, in addition to the full repayment of the outstanding principal amount, the company received aggregate interest and other payments, including a discount premium in the amount of USD 5 million, of approximately USD 19.8 million during the life of the facility.“With the repayment in full of the Diana Shipping Inc. loan, the company has no outstanding debt on its fleet of four modern container vessels,” Andreas Michalopoulos, Diana Containerships’ Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, said.“The transition from a highly leveraged company in breach of financial covenants during the first half of 2017 to a debt free balance sheet today represents a remarkable turnaround for the Company, which can be largely attributed to management’s successful refinancing of its outstanding RBS credit facility in June 2017, its ability to raise additional equity capital and the strategically timed sales of certain of its containerships at attractive prices during the past 8 months.”Diana Containerships’ fleet currently consists of 4 container vessels, two Post-Panamax and two Panamax.last_img read more

Jury finds Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso guilty of fraud other charges

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – A jury has found Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing including fraud and corruption.Accurso, 66, was impassive as the jury delivered the verdicts on their seventh day of deliberations on Monday.He was on trial in connection with a municipal corruption scheme involving former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.The Crown had argued that Accurso participated in a kickback scheme on construction contracts doled out in that city.At his trial, Accurso denied any involvement and testified he was not aware of any such system in place.Accurso was found guilty on five charges, which were conspiracy to commit corruption in municipal affairs, conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud of more than $5,000, corruption of municipal officials and breach of trust.More than two dozen people were charged in the fraud case, including Vaillancourt, who pleaded guilty to demanding kickbacks from construction companies in exchange for municipal contracts and was sentenced to six years in jail.Accurso was the only one who opted to go to trial.“It’s very disappointing for him, after presenting his defence, giving his testimony, he feels like someone who has been found guilty of something he denied,” said defence lawyer Marc Labelle.The veteran lawyer wouldn’t comment on the possibility of appealing the case, but agreed his client’s notoriety may have tilted the case against him.Crown attorney Richard Rougeau welcomed the jury’s decision.“Obviously, it’s an accomplishment,” he told reporters at the Laval courthouse. “We are particularly satisfied with the result.”A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday before Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton.It was Accurso’s second trial on the same charges — last November, his first fraud and corruption trial ended in a mistrial.The second trial began in May.last_img read more

Federal government pledges 49 million for 35 billion plastics project

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A $3.5-billion project to turn Alberta propane into plastic pellets for the manufacture of consumer products is to receive $49 million from the federal government.Ottawa says the money provided to Calgary-based Inter Pipeline Ltd. through the $1.6-billion Strategic Innovation Fund will help secure jobs and support the environmentally cleaner production of plastic products.The facility is already under construction in Strathcona County, just northeast of Edmonton, with completion scheduled for late 2021. The company is to increase jobs for post-secondary students and women in trades while continuing to fund research and spending $10 million to find ways to reduce plastic waste.The Inter Pipeline project was given $200 million in provincial royalty credits in 2016, while Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Ltd. was handed $300 million in credits for a similar proposal.Last month, Pembina announced it had decided with its partner, Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co., to go ahead with a $4.5-billion polypropylene project also to be located northeast of Edmonton.last_img read more

French play reading with live music to take the stage in

Fes – During the upcoming Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, the city will be brought to life with a myriad of performers and musicians set to inspire and entertain audience members from around the world. Fes escapes from routine daily life and opens itself up as a stage to an assortment of global artists and actors.Visitors heading to Fes for the Festival of World Sacred Music, which will take place from June 13-24, will have the opportunity to catch an exclusive preview of a newly released French play accompanied by live music. The production, LADY DI et MONSIEUR ANTOINE, is the latest release by British playwright and author, Kay d’Astorg. The author was inspired to acquire a riad in the Fes medina in 2004 after being enchanted by the charm of the sacred music festival.“How wonderful to be able to give something back to this remarkable city which has given us so much joy since we acquired our riad in 2004,” d’Astorg said.Fes will host the initial trial readings of the play before the official reading in Paris this October. “We have just performed a first reading in Paris, and we shall take this opportunity to explore new changes in the text, and respond to feedback from a live audience during the Festival…before going on to those more formal readings in Paris in the autumn,” d’Astorg said.The play relates an imaginary conversation between the English socialite Lady Diana Cooper, whose husband was the English Ambassador to France in the forties, and the famous French hairdresser, Antoine de Paris.Professional actors and actresses will bring the French production to life during three live readings in Fes. Patty Hannock, an English actress recently seen in the Kevin Costner film, “Three Days to Kill,” will incarnate Ladi Di, the main character. Hannock, who has worked for over 30 years in French and British theatre and television, has performed in Fes on two previous occasions and says she is thrilled to return to Fes once more. “To be able to perform yet again in Fes is a joy, especially during the Music Festival,” Hannock said.The reading of the play will be accompanied by live music composed and played by Ghislain Hervet, a classical clarinetist, and composer for theatre and film.Those looking for a professional theatrical reading alongside live music can catch LADY DI et MONSIEUR ANTOINE, during one of the three performances in Fes. “It will be interesting to see if we get a Moroccan audience as well as Festival visitors. We believe that the play has a certain humanity and can reach a wide audience. This will be the test,” d’Astorg added.The readings will take center stage at three of the most prestigious places in Fes: Riad Fes on 19 June, Le Jardin Des Biehn on 20 June, and Palais Faraj on June 21. The event is free and open to the public. “Not only is this a chance to discover some excellent theatre but also the incredible riads which now exist in the Fez Medina,” d’Astorg said. “For those of you who don’t understand French – come anyway as the atmosphere is terribly British and speaks for itself,” d’Astorg added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes new UK climate change financing scheme

According to media reports, last Friday, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown unveiled the “Roadmap to Copenhagen” proposal for $100 billion to be raised annually to finance mitigation and adaptation measures, especially in the world’s poorest nations.“This initiative comes at a critical time, and is precisely the kind of leadership developed countries must demonstrate” if talks on a new climate change framework, seeking to replace the Kyoto Protocol whose first commitment period ends in 2012, are to succeed, Michele Montas, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, said.“Without a serious commitment on financing from developed countries, a deal in Copenhagen is unlikely,” she added.The UK proposal’s focus on adaptation, the Secretary-General believes, is especially crucial since the poorest and most vulnerable developing countries are suffering most acutely from climate change.“He also welcomes the reaffirmation of the principle that additional public funding, beyond existing pledges for development assistance, is necessary to finance adaptation,” Ms. Montas noted.Mr. Ban also voiced hope that the UK scheme will spur discussion and financing commitments from other Member States.Last week, he invited heads of State and government to attend an “unprecedented” global summit at UN Headquarters to propel action towards “sealing the deal” on a new global warming accord in Copenhagen.“Climate change is the greatest challenge facing this and future generations,” he said at a press conference in New York. “Emissions are rising and the clock is ticking.”The high-level meeting will be held on 22 September, just over two months before the start of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in the Danish capital. 29 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the new initiative announced by the Government of the United Kingdom on financing for climate change, ahead of this December’s meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, where countries are expected to wrap up negotiations on an ambitious new pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Harmful traditional practices against women pervasive in Afghanistan – UN

Based on research and interviews in nearly all 34 provinces with women, men, Government authorities, religious leaders and community groups, the human rights unit of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that the practices occur among all ethnic groups, in rural and urban areas, and that the most harmful among them violate not only Afghan law but also Islamic Sharia law.“As long as women and girls are subject to practices that harm, degrade and deny them their human rights, little meaningful and sustainable progress for women’s rights can be achieved in Afghanistan,” UNAMA’s Human Rights Director Georgette Gagnon told a news conference in Kabul, the capital, calling on religious leaders to take a lead in eliminating the practices.The 56-page report – Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan – notes that millions of Afghan women and girls face pain, suffering, humiliation and marginalization from the discriminatory views of the role and position of women, and it stresses that religious leaders and community elders play a key role in both ending and continuing the scourge.Many men and women interviewed feel the way to end harmful practices is to provide religious leaders with training and education on women’s rights as their moral voice can persuade local communities that the practices not only harm and degrade women but are in most cases inconsistent with Islamic law, it says.Harmful practices are further entrenched by the Government’s inability to fully protect women’s rights, the report adds, calling for speedy implementation of the 2009 Law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) that criminalizes many harmful practices such as buying and selling women for marriage and offering girls for dispute resolution.It also criminalizes forced and child marriage, forced isolation, forcing a woman to commit self-immolation and denying women the right to education, work and health services, and prescribes preventive measures for implementation by seven Government ministries.“The urgent need now is to raise awareness of the EVAW law and ensure its full implementation,” Ms. Gagnon said. “The Afghan police and judiciary require far more guidance, support and oversight from national-level authorities on how to properly apply the law.”UNAMA found that some Afghan law enforcement authorities are unaware of the EVAW law, while many are unwilling or unable to apply it, a main reason why such practices persist. Many Afghans interviewed said the police and judiciary often fail to enforce laws on women’s rights, pursuing cases where women are perceived to have transgressed social norms but failing to act when they report violence or in cases of child marriage, claiming these are ‘private matters.’This is shown by the large number of women jailed for ‘moral crimes,’ the report says, noting that when social and cultural circumstances do not allow women and girls to oppose harmful traditional practices or escape violence, they sometimes run away from home.While running away is not a crime, law enforcement authorities often arrest, jail and prosecute such runaways, charging them with intending to commit zina (sexual intercourse outside of marriage).The report stresses that the consequences of child marriages have been widely demonstrated to be lasting and damaging to the health, education and well-being of girls. Afghanistan has the worst rate of maternal mortality in the world, with many deaths among those married under the age of 16. Among the most tragic consequences of harmful practices is self-immolation, where women set themselves on fire often as a cry for help or as their only escape from violence.Among its recommendations, the report calls on the Government, including President Hamid Karzai, to fully implement the EVAW law, and to issue as an immediate step a decree freeing girls and women arrested for running away. Courts and prosecutors must apply the EVAW law and police and prosecutors must promptly investigate and prosecute all complaints of harmful practices.It calls on religious leaders, together with the ministries of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Women’s Affairs, to develop training and awareness-raising programmes for mullahs, imams and religious teachers about women’s rights, violence against women and the EVAW law so that they speak out on those practices that are inconsistent with Islamic teachings. 9 December 2010Harmful traditional practices violating women’s rights, including honour killings, child marriage and giving away girls to settle disputes, are pervasive in Afghanistan, says a United Nations report released today that calls on the Government to implement a new law aimed at ending the scourge. read more

Ohio State womens hockey enjoys undefeated weekend at Minnesota State

OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded a tie and win this weekend at Minnesota State, providing some temporary joy in its disappointing 2015-16 campaign.On Friday, the Buckeyes and Mavericks ended regular time in a 3-3 tie and then the Buckeyes won a shootout 2-1. The next, the OSU offense exploded for eight goals, while only giving up three.In the first game, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead after the first period off of goals from senior forward Kendall Curtis and freshman forward Erin Langermeier, with Langermeier’s being the first of her collegiate career. Minnesota State was able to cut the deficit in half in the second period with a goal from forward Emily Antony.At 13:45 in the third period, Mavericks freshman Jordan McLaughlin knocked in a goal to tie the game. The Buckeyes answered with a goal from captain Melani Moylan to recapture the lead shortly after, but the Mavericks scored on a power play with 1:15 left to send it to overtime, where neither team was able to score.In the shootout, Curtis found the net first for the Buckeyes. Mavericks defenseman Anna Keys scored on Buckeye goalkeeper Alex LaMere to notch the shootout at one goal apiece. Then, sophomore forward Julianna Iafallo scored to win the shootout for the Scarlet and Gray and grab an extra point.On Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead for the second day in a row. The goals for the Buckeyes were scored by junior forwards Claudia Kepler and Katie Matheny. Minnesota State followed that up with two goals of their own to tie the game. Antony and Katie Johnson were the first-period goal scorers for the Mavericks.Matheny scored in the second period to once again give the Buckeyes the lead but the Mavericks’ Antony scored her second goal of the game and third in two days to tie the game at 3-3. Unlike Friday, however, the Buckeyes did not let the score remain that way.OSU added two more goals in the second period. One came on a power play by Kepler and the other was a short-handed goal by senior forward Julia McKinnon.In third period, the floodgates opened, as the Buckeyes scored three more times. McKinnon scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Iafallo 5:13 into the period. Curtis was able to add another goal for the Buckeyes three minutes later. Then Moylan scored the final goal with less than two minutes left in the game.The eight goals scored on Saturday are the most by the team this season. Kepler and McKinnon each tallied four points.The Buckeyes have another road series on the agenda next weekend when head back to Minnesota to play Minnesota Duluth. The games are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

EHF CL Round 3 SG Flensburg beat Wisla Plock

SG FlensburgWisla Plock ← Previous Story Talant Dujshebaev is new Hungarian head-coach! Next Story → Darko Stanic and RK Metalurg – THE END SG Flensburg celebrate the second win in a row at EHF Champions League. Team of Ljubomir Vranjes won the match against Polish Wisla Plock 35:28 (21:16) with fantastic Mattias Andersson in the main role with 20 saves. The match in “FLENS Arena” was the opener of the EHF CL Round 3…SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Wisla Plock 35:28 (21:16)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (20/2 saves), Møller () – Karlsson, Nenadic (7), Eggert (6/4), Glandorf (6), Mogensen (7), Wanne (1), Kaufmann, Jakobsson, Heinl (1), Zachariassen, Radivojevic (7)Wisla Plock: Wichary (7 saves), Corrales (8 saves) – Kwiatkowski, Daszek, Racotea (4), Tioumentsev (3), Wisniewski, Pusica (1), Ghionea (7/3), Rocha (4/2), Syprzak (2), Zelenovic (5), Montoro (1),Nikcevic (1) read more

Curious seagull steals GoPro camera gives us birds eye view

first_imgGoPro cameras have got a growing reputation of being the sportsman’s camera of choice for catching the action first hand. Head-mounted, they give onlookers a great view of the action, be it skiing, surfing, snowboarding, or sky diving. You can also attach one to a hunting dog with great results.One of the advantages of the GoPro is how small and light they are while still managing to capture HD video at a decent framerate. One of the disadvantages is they are also shiny and therefore attract the interest of curious birds.AdChoices广告As the video above shows, one GoPro owner left his camera on the ground unattended for a few seconds. A curious seagull saw his chance and went in for the kill, grabbing the camera and taking flight with the shouts of protest from the owner fading into the background.You’d be crushed if this happened, right? I mean, what can you do? There’s no way to chase down a fast-flying bird carrying your expensive device in its beak. But this guy got lucky and tracked his stolen camera down to the top of a castle wall. In order to get it back he had to do a bit of climbing, though.We think it was worth the stress and workout to get it back, however. It’s not often we get to see a bird-s eye view of flight over the streets of Cannes, France. I’m sure getting a seagull to willingly wear a camera and fly around would be much harder to achieve.via YouTubelast_img read more

Red Hot Nickel Ball takes on crayons with a surprise ending

first_imgThe Red Hot Nickel Ball (RHNB) has come to claim another victim, and this time it’s that childhood favorite, the crayon. Well, a whole bunch of crayons, actually. The RHNB operator has tethered a mess of crayons together with a rubber band. Can you guess what will happen? You’re probably only half right.At first, the RHNB does it’s thing by turning the crayons into puddles. It melts the wax in a few seconds, with an appropriate amount of flame. At the bottom of the crayon container is a bit of water to catch the burning wax — this becomes important later on.After the RHNB melts down to the rubber band, the operator picks it up and melts a bit more wax. You know, just for fun. He finds that the RHNB is now coated in boiling wax, which is quite flammable. He drops the nickel ball into a bucket of water to extinguish it. The boiling wax in the original bowl is also on fire. So, dump it in water? Not the best idea.The fireball that results from pouring the boiling wax into water is pretty dangerous, especially when you’re hovering over it with a camera. The practice of wax burning is actually a common method of entertainment during festivals in Hong Kong. The danger that goes along with it has caused authorities to prohibit it in many areas.What causes it, though? When boiling wax is added to water, it vaporizes water. The expanding cloud of water vapor launches wax upward as tiny droplets, thus increasing its surface area dramatically. This exposes more flammable boiling wax to oxygen, resulting in a big flare up. It’s essentially the same mechanism that makes grease fires increase in size when water is poured on them. If you ever feel the need to copy the RHNB’s exploits, be careful with this one in particular.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 première prise en main

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S3 : première prise en main Sorti depuis le 29 mai, le Galaxy S3 commence à arriver dans les différentes boutiques. Maxisciences a pris en main ce smartphone haut de gamme.Après avoir tourné et retourné le fameux Galaxy S3, voici les premières impressions ainsi que quelques photos.Niveau design, le Galaxy S3 s’éloigne du Galaxy S2. Plus grand, 9 mm de longueur et 4 mm  en largeur supplémentaires, le Galaxy S3 reste plus fin (8,9 mm) et plus léger (133 grammes) que l’iPhone 4S (9,3 mm et 140 grammes). Samsung a misé sur un aspect galet et a arrondi tout les angles de son téléphone. Plutôt léger, sa prise en main est très agréable et il faut admettre que sa taille le rend plus facile à manipuler qu’un Galaxy Note. Mais ce qui accroche l’œil, c’est évidemment l’écran. Le 4,8 pouces Super AMOLED HD tient ses promesses, il offre un grand confort visuel et les couleurs sont très bien rendues. Mais les caractéristiques techniques du Galaxy S3 ont déjà été ressassées plusieurs fois. Ce qui fait le plus de ce téléphone, ce sont les applications proposées par Samsung. Pour cette première prise en main du Galaxy S3, seules certaines fonctionnalités ont pu être testées. En effet, tout l’aspect social de Samsung avec des applications comme AllShare Play ou Ch@tOn n’était pas disponible car elles nécessitent un compte Samsung pour s’y connecter.S Voice Samsung mise sur l’intelligence artificielle avec l’arrivée de son service de reconnaissance vocale, S Voice. De ce qu’on a pu voir, le S Voice a un peu de mal à identifier les différents mots et il lui faudra un peu de temps pour s’adpater à votre vocabulaire. Cependant, nous étions dans un environnement bruyant, il est donc difficile d’évaluer la performance. Les fonctions météo et envoyer un SMS fonctionnent plutôt bien, même si il est conseillé de pré-enregistrer le numéro plutôt que de le dicter, car S-Voice a du mal à saisir tout les chiffres. Petits bonus, l’application propose des phrases toutes faites pour permettre d’accéder facilement à des fonctionnalités, il est aussi possible de désactiver le lancement d’application depuis la reconnaissance vocale.Veille Intelligente À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Nous avons testé ensuite le système de veille intelligente. Plutôt bien pensé, le téléphone se met en veille au bout de 15 secondes,s’il ne détecte pas le mouvement de vos yeux. Le système fonctionne bien et le téléphone se rallume rapidement après avoir détecté votre regard.Appareil Photo Autre fonctionnalité testée, l’appareil photo. Facile d’utilisation, Samsung mise sur le mode rafale qui prend une vingtaine de prise en trois secondes. Si vous avez du mal à vous décider, le Galaxy S3 se propose de choisir la meilleure en se basant sur la netteté de l’image et sur les personnes qu’il arrive à détecter. Même si l’appareil est un peu bruyant, le mode rafale fonctionne très bien et malgré quelques photos floues la majorité des photos sont réussies.Le 5 juin 2012 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Report No Digital Platform Reigns Supreme

first_imgThere was no clear trend between consumer demographics (like gender and marital status) as factors for who was more willing to pony up for Web content. However, the report found that those more likely to pay are slightly younger—43 years versus 47—and were 24 percent more likely to be technology optimists. Income didn’t play in to consumers’ willingness to pay for magazines online.A majority of consumers—67 percent—feel that magazines and newspapers are “priced about right,” while a small contingent (one in five, or 19 percent) thinks they are getting more value than they’re paying for, especially when it comes to magazines.I for one think it’s important for publishers to take baby steps when it comes to offering content behind a pay wall—particularly with four out of five consumers reporting a blatant refusal to buy into the model. Like the Economist’s “experiment” annouced earlier this month, publishers should expect that determining the amount of paid content be a true trial and error process. Move your content from free to everything-behind-a-wall the next day and you may be faced with a slew of angry, embittered readers. This aversion to paying for online content may also stem from the fact that for many consumers—as the report indicates—are still unsure as to what, exactly, is their next platform move beyond print. The study also confirmed that while the industry may be on board, the majority of consumers (80 percent) won’t pay to access magazine content online. For those few that said they wouldpay, they prefer subscriptions over single-article micropayments. It seems like each digital platform has had its moment in the sun as the next new savior of print magazines—Web sites, PDFs, mobile, digital editions and e-readers. But based on a 2009 Forrester Research study released last week, called “Publishers Need Multichannel Subscription Models,” which surveyed 4,711 U.S. consumers during the third quarter (and is part of their “Media Meltdown” series), no one delivery method reigns supreme among consumers.When asked, “If the publications you read were no longer available in print, how would youprefer to access that content,” responses showed that no single channel dominates. Thirty-seven percent of consumers said they’d prefer to access content on a Web site, while smaller groups said they’d prefer content via mobile phones (14 percent), and laptops and netbooks (11 percent). And despite the e-reader hype, the skeptics may be right: only 3 percent of respondents said they’d read their print content on a device like the Amazon Kindle. Although considered a rudimentary method of delivery, 10 percent of those surveyed say they’d prefer the anachronistic solution of PDF by e-mail. A whopping 44 percent of respondents identified “None of these” as a replacement for print.Who Will Pay?last_img read more

Give an early start to your day to cut depression

first_imgIf you are an early riser, you are significantly less likely to develop depression, according to researchers.”Being an early type seems to be beneficial, and you can influence how early you are,” said lead author Celine Vetter, Director at the University of Colorado-Boulder.Conversely, people who are up till late at night are twice as likely to suffer from depression, studies have shown.It is because the late chronotypes – or night owls – are less likely to be married, more likely to live alone and be smokers, and more likely to have erratic sleep patterns, the researchers explained. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLack of sleep, exercise, less time spent outdoors, bright lights at night, and low exposure to daylight all can contribute to depression.For the study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the team analysed more than 32,000 female nurses to explore the link between chronotype – the propensity for the individual to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period, or sleep-wake preference, and mood disorders. The results showed that even after accounting for environmental factors like light exposure and work schedules, chronotype – which is in part determined by genetics – appears to mildly influence depression risk. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Our results show a modest link between chronotype and depression risk. This could be related to the overlap in genetic pathways associated with chronotype and mood,” Vetter said.However, early risers still had a 12-27 per cent lower risk of being depressed than intermediate types, while late types had 6 per cent higher risk than intermediate types (this modest increase was not statistically significant).”This tells us that there might be an effect of chronotype on depression risk that is not driven by environmental and lifestyle factors,” Vetter noted.Vetter stressed that while the study does suggest that chronotype is an independent risk factor for depression, it does not mean night owls are doomed to bedepressed.last_img read more

I feel the pressure Disney actor on playing first openly gay character

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Last year, the Disney Channel made history when it aired its first ever coming out scene. The scene was from the Season 2 premiere of their show Andi Mack. Joshua Rush’s character, 13-year-old Cyrus, comes out to his friend Buffy.Rush, who was 15 when he landed the role, and now 16, talked to People about the historical nature of the role.‘I feel the pressure, and I also don’t,’ he said. When he got the role, he spent a lot of time preparing for it. ‘I think the most important thing for me when I got this part was to do it right.’Before the big coming out scene, he revealed he and his co-star Sofia Wylie ran through it many times. ‘We put the work in, and I think it shows,’ he added about the final product.‘I can be who I am now’Rush knew the importance of the storyline. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img ‘I knew that I wanted to do it justice, because I knew that people were gonna end up seeing this and being like, “Wow that’s me, I identify with that [and] I can be who I am now,” but I also wanted to make sure that it’s not all-encompassing. Like that’s not all of Cyrus’ personality,’ he commented.He added that he was the first person one of his friends came out to, and how powerful this representation will be for others.It wasn’t received well everywhere, however.Kenya banned the show because of the storyline. Ultimately, Disney pulled the show from South Africa due to responses.However, it’s also inspired many and Rush hopes Disney will continue in the same vein.‘I hope that more shows will follow in Disney’s footsteps with Cyrus’ storyline. Really, I look forward to the day that it’s not an unusual occurrence. I hope everyone can one day see that our differences are beautiful and that love is love.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Love, Simon and Disney actor Joey Pollari comes out as gayGay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay roles (and vice versa)British model Zander Hodgson comes out as gayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/disney-actor-playing-first-openly-gay-character/ Joshua Rush as Cyrus in the coming out scene. | Photo: YouTube/Disney Channel Centrallast_img read more