first_imgLook no further than a dozen committee members and an army of volunteers for a successful 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships at the Nelson Curling Club.The championships are in full swing, giving locals the perfect opportunity to see World Class Curling at the Nelson Curling Club. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the 2016 BC Men’s Curl Committee with Team of the Week honours.The committee includes,Icemaker Al May, committee chair person Brent Pihowich, Barry Marsh, Garry Meadows, Ron Garner, Nando Salviulo, Cathy McLeod, Brenda Bax, Vivian Benedetti, Marlo Tedesco and Karen McGinnis.last_img read more

first_imgCD AndersonSouth Africans like living life in the fast lane, and the country boasts a long tradition of professional motor racing, on both two and four wheels, from track and production car racing to rally and Formula One. Along the way, South Africa has created its fair amount of racing champions, trailblazers and superstars. We look at five of South Africa’s greatest motorsport legends.Gugu Zulu‘the fastest brother in Africa’, pioneering South African racing driver Gugu Zulu, who died in July 2016 (Photo: Volkswagen) pic.twitter.com/ZgTr2Q6pnP— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 11, 2016Gugu Zulu, who died in July this year while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, was one of South Africa’s best loved sport stars. He broke barriers in becoming South Africa’s first black professional racing driver, affectionately known to the racing world as “the fastest brother in Africa”.Born in Soweto in 1978, Zulu started racing at the age of 20, under the tutelage of South African rally legend Sarel van der Merwe. He earned the second seat next to Van der Merwe in his Sasol Steam production car team in 2001. After winning both the Wesbank Driver of the Year and Goodyear Star of Tomorrow motor racing awards, Zulu drove in both rally and track racing, predominately for Volkswagen.Together with driver/navigator Carl Perkins, Zulu won the SA National Rally Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2010, eventually graduating to rally’s top division in 2014.He became the first South African to be invited to race in the Skip Barber Dodge Racing Series in the US, and was also a member of the South African A1 GP team.Jody ScheckterAs one of 17 South African Formula One drivers, Jody Scheckter was the country’s most successful driver in the sport. He rose to international prominence in the 1970s, winning his first F1 race in 1972. Scheckter went on to win 10 races (including a home win at Kyalami in 1975), a Championship in 1979 and over 30 podium finishes. He drove for McLaren, Tyrell and Ferrari.One of his more memorable, though tragic, racing moments was in the 1973 US Grand Prix, when Scheckter attempted to rescue fellow driver Frenchman François Cevert, who crashed in front of him during qualifying laps. Cevert died and the event had a profound effect on Scheckter, who became a more mature and less reckless driver during the latter part of his career.SA F1 driver Jody Scheckter attempted to save driver François Cevert during a fatal crash at 1973 US Grand Prix (Photo: Sports Car Digest) pic.twitter.com/KxaOO815Mt— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 11, 2016After retiring in 1981, Scheckter worked as a race commentator and driving team owner. He is currently an organic farmer in the UK. His two sons, Toby and Tomas, also become racing drivers in Formula Three and Indy Car Championship. Scheckter placed 90th on the list of Great South Africans in 2004.Sarel van der MerweSarel van der Merwe, South African rally & racing legend, won 11 SA Rally Championships between 1975-1988. (Photo: https://t.co/2TTWW5lSwP) pic.twitter.com/YlD911IxWP— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 11, 2016“Supervan”, as Sarel van der Merwe is affectionately known, is South Africa’s most successful rally driver, winning a record 11 South African Drivers Championships between 1975 and 1988. He has also competed in Nascar events in the US, as well as saloon and modified saloon (track) racing in South Africa after retiring from rally driving.Van der Merwe was the face of Volkswagen and Audi during his rallying heyday, rejecting the more popular but more compact Japanese vehicles because of his lanky frame. In a popular 1987 television advert for Volkswagen, he famously demonstrated how the car “sticks to the road like boerewors to a braai grill”.Van der Merwe officially retired from racing in 2002, at the age of 56, but has since become integral to continuing the popularity of motorsport in South Africa as a race organiser and coach for up-and-coming drivers such as Gugu Zulu.Desiré WilsonSouth African racing driver Desire Wilson, one of only five women to have competed professionally in Formula One (https://t.co/28W0sZ8yjB) pic.twitter.com/0KfzltJbUl— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 11, 2016Desiré Wilson is one of only five women to have competed professionally in Formula One (F1). She raced in the 1980 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. While the race was not officially part of the greater Formula One championship because of the use of modified and retired F1 cars, at the time it was the only opportunity for female drivers to compete in F1 cars.Wilson won the race, the first and only woman to do so, and the Brands Hatch track named one of its grandstands after her. Breaking further into the male- dominated F1 world proved difficult, so Wilson went on to other racing disciplines, including Kart racing and Grand Tour endurance racing.She also attempted to break into American Indy open-wheel racing during the 1980s. Officially retiring from racing in 1997, Wilson continues to compete in exhibition races, such as the popular Goodwood Revival motor racing event in the UK.Along with other pioneering female drivers Divina Galica and Giovanna Amati, Wilson helped to pave the way for female racers in motorsport, including American Nascar driver Danica Patrick and Formula Three’s Katherine Legge.Brad BinderSouth African motorcycle racer and 2016 Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder (photo: Red Bull/KTM/Ajo) pic.twitter.com/nRrmadzbmy— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 11, 2016The 2016 Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder is one of South Africa’s up-and- coming international motorcycle racers.The 21-year-old become the first South African to win a Grand Prix championship since Jon Ekerold’s 1981 win for Yamaha. Binder rides for Red Bull/KTM/Ajo, and his title win at Alcañiz, Spain, on 25 September 2016, came during a consistently good year. He secured five wins, including first place at Silverstone, UK, and Mugello, Italy, the spiritual home of the sport.Binder began his racing career racing karts in Potchefstroom and started racing bikes professionally at the age of 10. Entering the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship in 2009 prepared him for a prolific international career that will, along with this year’s win, lead to the senior Moto2 championship in 2017, with aspirations to become as great as the 250cc legend Max Biaggi, who dominated and popularised the sport during the 1990s.Source: Motorsport South AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

first_imgA Cape Town blogger started an online initiative, #CarseatFullstop, to get every child in South Africa strapped into an appropriate car seat every time they travel in a vehicle.Mandy Lee Miller (left in both images) says that after researching car seat safety for children, she learned that she was strapping in her daughter, Charlotte Rose (right in first image), the wrong way. “I turned Charlotte forward facing at around one year old. I literally can’t figure out exactly when, but it was the second I believed it was safe… I turned Charly back rearwards-facing. Your little one should be rear-facing until they are at least four years old.” Here Miller is with her daughter Charlotte and husband Brett (far right). (Images: Supplied)Melissa JavanA Cape Town mother used social media to track down brands to help her with a campaign to get every child in South Africa strapped into car seats whenever they travelled in a vehicle. The #CarseatFullstop campaign is building awareness about road safety and teaching the proper use of car seats, as well as encouraging adults to take responsibility and make sure every child is strapped before a car drives off.THE REALITYIn releasing road safety statistics over the festive season on 10 January 2017, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said that more than 28,000 motorists were fined during that time for not wearing their seatbelts. The release of the 2016/17 festive season report also revealed that 1,714 people were killed on the roads in South Africa.#Roadstats Peters says road safety is everybody’s responsibility. Some parents must be arrested for allowing children to stand in the car.— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) January 10, 2017Min Peters: lets teach our children about road safety #RoadStats— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) January 10, 2017The #CarseatFullstop campaignMandy Lee Miller said she had a tantrum in the beginning of 2016 when her daughter Charlotte Rose, who is now two years old, started school. While dropping her off at the preschool, she saw a lot of children standing or jumping in the back seat of cars.The blogger and public relations entrepreneur wrote about her concerns on her blog with a post titled: “Is the alternative my child dying?”It ticked her offTransport Minister Dipuo Peters releases the road statistics from the 2016/17 festive season on 10 January: “There is an influx on our roads of drivers who are not competent and qualified to be driving on our roads,” she says. (Image: #CarseatFullstop)In her blog post, Miller says:“I am ashamed to say that I assumed that most families that don’t use car seats were from poorer households that either couldn’t afford a car set or might not be educated enough to understand the ramifications of their three-year-old standing between the front seats on the way to school, or a mom sitting on the front seat of a car with her baby in her arms – my blood literally runs cold at the thought. I was so incredibly biased with that assumption.“In the last two months, I have seen more of this outside the very expensive nursery school my child attends, with cars worth close to R1-million – NO car seats!“Toddlers jumping on the back seats and climbing over to the front seats. Babies in their mothers’ arms in the front seat… in moving cars! This is not a financial decision. This is not a result of lack of education – these parents are doctors, lawyers, accountants, business owners. So WHAT is the issue?”Miller says after reading the comments on this blog post, her public relations and marketing brain kicked in. “I realised that instead of shouting at random people in traffic, (with the right plan in place) I could essentially shout at all parents in South Africa.”One of the things she learned while researching car seats was that children should be at least three or four years old when their car seats are turned to forward-facing. She returned her daughter to rear-facing after learning this.#CarseatFullstop was launched on Nelson Mandela Day in 2016. Miller and 19 others, mainly bloggers, shared their stories and information that was spread on blogs and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Blog posts written for #CarseatFullstop included “Top tips buying second-hand car seats” and “11 common car seat mistakes”. Miller said that according to online analytics, an estimated 15 million people were reached.Watch the video blogger AfroDaddy talk about the surprising things fathers need to hear:On its website, the Automobile Association, or AA, said it had conducted informal observational research and had found that less than seven percent of children in cars who were deemed to require the use of safety seats were using them. In many instances children were sitting in the front passenger seat without seatbelts, standing in the car while it was moving, or at the very least were not in an age-, weight- and height-appropriate car seat.Watch Mandy Lee Miller talk about the research she has done on the use of car seats in South Africa:Play Your Part spoke to Miller about her #CarseatFullstop campaign:Why call it #CarseatFullstop?It was the very first name that came to me when I started thinking of creating a campaign. It was a play on ideas and words in my mind (to give) the representation that there was no alternative.Then also, car seat full stop – because in the case of a sudden complete stop (in a crash) the car seat will fully stop your child from being injured or killed.While it was my first idea, I spoke to a lot of my friends from my PR days, asking them for ideas and alternatives. We brainstormed and had lots of alternatives, but I kept coming back to it. I started thinking of messaging; I just knew it was the right choice. I am a bit pedantic though, it is capital C and F only – #CarseatFullstop.How many bloggers have been part of the initiative?I started by having a solid idea of what messaging was needed and gathering all the facts, statistics and a large number of stock images.Being part of the blogging community and having worked closely with many of the parenting bloggers on things such as their branding, messaging, and proposals, has allowed me to have a really great personal relationship with them. (I have) a very good understanding of who they are, who their kids are, their unique personalities and voices, so I built from there.I spoke to the bloggers I wanted on board about the angles I thought would work best for them and their audiences and they agreed. They were incredible and I created a completely new way of working with influencers that worked better than I had imagined.There were 20 of us in total:Cassan Ferguson – Leather Jacket FoxesChereen Strydom – For the Beauty of ItCindy Alfino – 3 Kids, 2 Dogs & 1 Old HouseDon Dinnematin – The Don FatherJonelle du Pont – Tyranny of PinkLaura Kim le Roux – Harassed Mom, South African Mom BlogsLeigh Geary – The Mom DiariesLindi Mogale – A Well Heeled WomanLindsay Leigh Thomas – Love Made MeMandy Lee Miller – Pregnant in Cape Town, Tums 2 Tots Online, SouthAfrican SisterhoodMariza (Maz) Halliday – Caffeine & FairydustMegan Kelly Botha – By Megan KellyMelissa de la Croix – Pretty Messy MelonSarah Huddy – The Mommy CityShanéy Vijendranath – You, Baby & ISharon van Wyk – The Blessed BarrennessTanya Kovarsky – Rattle and MumTerence Mentor – AfroDaddyTracey Grammer-Porter – The Milk MemoirsZoe Hawkins – BornGeekMandy Lee Miller’s research finds a rear-facing car seat is five times safer than a forward-facing car seat, and a child should face the back until at least 3-4 years old or until they weigh at least 18 kilograms. Also, you should not be able to get more than one finger between your child’s fastened harness and their body – any looser and it is not safe. (Image: #CarseatFullstop)Volvo was one of your sponsors. Did any other brands get on board?Gumtree provided an amazing amount of support. it created adverts and content and ran a giveaway and sponsored us a magazine advertisement. It shared our branding on its social media platforms, which was phenomenal.Jitterbugs in Durban gave us a huge discount on printing bumper stickers. It also printed 1,000 with its own logo on to show its support, which our team distributed around the country.My local Spar, Kids Emporium, Schnooky Pie, and Meraki Lifestyle all paid to have bumper stickers printed and distributed them for us. Schnooky Pie also helped us to pay for five branded cars.The space on the cars was given to us free of charge by Cool Kids Cabs, which is as passionate about car safety as I am.BabyGroup published one of the articles written by one of our bloggers. It also did an advert on its social media for us and in its newsletter.Wheel Well added a direct link to our website and Arrive Alive, SafelyHome and Western Cape Gov Transport Public Works shared our content to their platforms.Did it help that you are blogger?It helped that I am respected in the local blogging community. Also in understanding how blogs work and the underlying influence in what is said, how it is said and knowing how certain audiences respond to certain things.It helps me in general when working with bloggers as well, because they know that I know what they do, how much work they put into it and how challenging it can be.I don’t know of another campaign where several bloggers have worked together in a campaign. Most brands, PRs and the influencer marketing companies don’t have the relationships that I have with the community.I believe that personal relationships and understanding and appreciation of what goes into it, are the only way that this kind of campaign can work.The campaign was for 67 days; are you still carrying on with it?There were two elements to the campaign. The core campaign was purely an awareness campaign – #CarseatFullstop. Every child in a car seat every time no matter what. This campaign is ongoing.The second element was the 67 days. This was a secondary campaign that I launched on Mandela Day (hence the extension on 67 minutes) in support of Johannesburg-based Wheel Well.Wheel Well collects secondhand car seats year-round. It takes them apart, cleans them, refurbishes those that can be refurbished and responsibly disposes of car seats that are damaged, unsafe or that have been recalled internationally.It then gets those seats to those who cannot afford to buy one new, for a small affordable donation. It is amazing and it was an honour to support Wheel Well.How many car seats have you collected so far?It is difficult to say how many seats we managed to collect overall (because) in the beginning of the campaign people were asked to drop seats at their closest Renault dealership (a relationship held with Wheel Well).I convinced Volvo to become a drop-off point for the duration of the campaign. I am unsure of the exact number of secondhand seats collected, but as part of my campaign, Volvo itself donated 30+ brand-new seats of its last generation range along with the collected seats. The drop-off was 62 seats in total. As mentioned though, that isn’t the core element of #CarseatFullstop.What is the future of #CarseatFullstop?I am planning on taking it into nursery schools – first in Cape Town and later across the country. I am working with a clinical psychologist who specialised in play therapy to put together a session that will engage the little ones and get them to become their own advocates by creating an understanding of and passion for car seats and car seat safety.last_img read more

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. McGee will never call himself a journeyman in describing his rugged professional path. Yet McGee must not look far to find an example of someone else who has learned to thrive as a well-traveled NBA role player: just a quick glance a couple of lockers down to where Shaun Livingston dresses each night at Oracle Arena. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)OAKLAND, California — JaVale McGee practices 3-pointers from all around the arch, just in case. He sits with assistant coach Jarron Collins and a laptop to study film, long after practice and his shooting workouts are complete.The 7-footer’s rugged professional path has landed him at seemingly the perfect stop: in the Bay Area with the NBA’s best.ADVERTISEMENT In Game 3 against the Spurs, McGee scored a postseason-best 16 points, all in the first half to get Golden State going as Zaza Pachulia sat out with a bruised heel. He made all seven of his shots in Game 2 of a first-round win against Portland, shooting 18 for 23 in all in the four-game sweep of the Trail Blazers.Livingston has unselfishly dealt with a diminished role, a rotation change late in the season that altered when he’s used, and then a hand injury in the first round of the playoffs.In February 2007 with the Clippers, Livingston tore three major ligaments in his knee — the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral as well as his lateral meniscus, then required extensive surgery. Though the injury could have ended his career at age 21, he still believed he would play again. First he had to walk again.“Shaun, that story isn’t really the same now. He’s become a staple of this franchise, he’s helped us win a title, he’s done some great things here,” Draymond Green said. “For JaVale, it’s still fresh, to where I think it’s a great situation for him. He’s finally been put in a position where he can do what he do. He’s finally come to an organization, a first-class organization, that has embraced him for him and not tried to make him something that he’s not.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Rebisco PSL Manila falls to Sarmayeh Bank of Iran for 5th loss Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Fourteen teams between them, over 21 combined seasons. Each has found a great groove in Golden State’s rotation, called on to take pressure off the big stars while maintaining the highest level.“We just kind of follow suit, but it’s up to everybody to come in and lock in on the details. It’s the playoffs,” Livingston said. “Obviously the stars help, they get all the headlines deservedly so, but the small things, the details, that’s what we lock in at and that’s how we win ballgames.”McGee has discovered the ideal place to shine as an alley-oop specialist in a pass-happy offense, and even Stephen Curry admits it’s so easy to target the sure-handed big man perhaps the Warriors do so too often at times.“We almost get in trouble because we try to do it too much even if it’s not there, because he has the ability to catch it really anywhere around the rim, around the backboard,” Curry acknowledged. “You kind of see it developing when he gets a free lane to the rim, and as a passer in that situation literally feel the most confidence that if I just get it anywhere up there, he’ll go get it, and usually he does.”With great efficiency, too.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Just don’t call him a journeyman.“I’ve never considered myself a journeyman in the first place,” McGee said after a practice this weekend. “Whatever y’all want to call me y’all can call me. The number of teams I’ve been on was in like one year. I’ve been with three teams in two years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingYet McGee doesn’t have to look far to find someone else who has learned to thrive as a well-traveled NBA role player. Just a quick glance a couple of lockers down to where Shaun Livingston dresses at Oracle Arena, defying the odds yet again this season as a regular reserve contributing to another Warriors championship chase, is all it takes.McGee has never made it this far, an NBA Finals first-timer when Golden State hosts defending champion Cleveland in Game 1 on Thursday night. Livingston never should have made it this far, and here he is seeking his second title in three seasons — and 10 years after a devastating injury that could have sidelined him for good. Doctors thought they might have to amputate his left leg. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSpurs regard Real Madrid bigger pull for Pochettino than Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see Real Madrid as a bigger threat to keeping hold of manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Manchester United.The Irish Independent says United have made Pochettino their No 1 target to succeed Jose Mourinho as the next permanent manager.The Old Trafford club are prepared to pay a world-record compensation fee to tempt Spurs to release Pochettino, and are hopeful they can convince him to take on the biggest job in English football.But sources close to the north London club claim Tottenham believe Real are a bigger threat to their hopes of keeping Pochettino if the La Liga giants choose to make another managerial change at the end of the season.While there is a recognition that United would be an attractive proposition, Tottenham insiders feel Pochettino would be torn over quitting to immediately join another English club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,216.47, down 25.41 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 16 cents, or 1.41 per cent, to $11.15 on 7.3 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down eight cents, or 5.44 per cent, to $1.39 on 6.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up $1.45, or 7.73 per cent, to $20.22 on 6.5 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 23 cents, or 2.37 per cent, to $9.49 on 5.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 13 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $24.70 on 4.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $3.19 on 4.6 million shares.last_img read more

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2-1The semifinal game between England and Japan ended in heartbreak for Britons, with an own-goal in stoppage time ending the Lionesses’ run. [ESPN FC] 600 feetComet 67P, where the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta probe and harpooned a lander, is littered with massive sinkholes 600 feet deep. I’m pretty sure this renders the “drillers have to become astronauts to dig 800 feet into an asteroid” plot of “Armageddon” effectively moot. Finally, science standing up to a Michael Bay movie. [The Los Angeles Times]$45 millionThe campaign of Hillary Clinton raised about $45 million since its launch, which is a stack of dough the size of an incumbent president’s. At press time, Iowa local TV news station owners were presumably checking if a shiny new Doppler radar is eligible for Amazon Prime. [ABC News]$935 millionOne side effect of all those comic book movies we keep seeing is that comic book sales are bananas again. Last year they hit mid-1990s sales levels, after adjusting for inflation. About $835 million came from physical sales of comic books and graphic novels and another $100 million from digital sales. [Comichron]$1.9 billionPuerto Rico paid the $1.9 billion debt service payment it owed Wednesday, averting a deeper fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory that owes $73 billion total. [CNBC] 5.3 percent“Magic Mike XXL” is out in theaters, and you should see it both because Channing Tatum has abs that can probably open jars, and because “Magic Mike” was actually a pretty accurate look into a crucial sector of the American economy. The strip club industry derives 5.3 percent of its revenue from women. [FiveThirtyEight]44 yearsSonia Manzano has played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, but that tenure is coming to an end. She announced that she’s going to retire from the beloved children’s television program after this season. [The AV Club] 250 studentsSweet Briar University, a private all-women’s college in Virginia, was saved from closing after a dedicated alumni campaign. Still, the premature closing announcement meant that only 250 students will be returning to campus this fall, down from 561 students last year. [Bloomberg] Saturday is Independence Day in the U.S. and tomorrow is a company holiday, so we’re off and you’re without a newsletter. Have a good holiday weekend everybody, be cool around the fireworks and don’t do anything too stupid. See you on Monday. If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. 54 yearsThe U.S. is going to have an embassy in Cuba again, and vice versa, after 54 years of no diplomatic ties. [USA Today]67 percent It’s the United States versus Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this Sunday. According to our model, the United States is favored to win the match and the tournament with a 67 percent chance of victory. Still, don’t get too cocky: Japan should still win this game one out of three times. If you want a primer on the team, definitely check out Allison McCann talking to current members of the squad from earlier in the tournament. [FiveThirtyEight] If you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me, @WaltHickey. read more

first_imgScotland national team have called up Jack Hendry to replace Michael Devlin.The Aberdeen defender pulled out of the latest squad for the matches against Albania and Israel due to injury.Hendry, who plays his club football for Scottish Premiership champions, Celtic, has been called up as a replacement by national team head coach Alex McLeish, according to Stv.Devlin has struggled with an injury he sustained during Aberdeen’s league win over Hibs on Friday night and had been rated as a doubt for Albania clash on Saturday evening.However, the decision was made to release him back to his club after further assessment of his injury.The injury is the latest blow to hit the Scottish national team, as they prepare for two matches that could offer a route into the playoffs of the next UEFA European Championships in 2020.Celtic goalkeeper, Craig Gordon along with Charlie Mulgrew, Stephen O’Donnell and Kevin McDonald have all withdrawn from the original squad, which was already missing the attacking duo of Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths among others.Scott Bain, Scott McTominay, David Bates and Ryan Jack were all called up to the national team as replacements for the absentees, only for Jack to pull out after struggling with an injury.last_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitter July 9, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez Updated: 4:09 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – An arrest was made Monday in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash in Chula Vista that claimed the life a 17-year-old girl.The suspect, identified as George Joseph Espinosa, 47, from Chula Vista, turned himself into police around 3:30 p.m. and directed officers to the location of his vehicle, described as a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with black rims, according to Lt. Buddy Magor with the Chula Vista Police Department.Espinosa was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death or injury and is being held at the San Diego County Central Detention Facility on $50,000 bail. He was taken into custody without incident, Magor said.Leilani Magno, a recent graduate of Eastlake High School who planned to attend UC Irvine, was jogging in the 900 block of Lane Avenue near Scobee Park in Chula Vista around 8 p.m. Sunday when she was struck from behind by a truck that was traveling southbound on Lane Avenue and jumped the sidewalk, Magor said.Espinosa fled the scene and Magno was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, Magor said.A memorial has been set up for Leilani Magno at the scene of the incident.Leilani’s GoFundMe page says, “Eastlake High School and the Eastlake community are mourning the loss of Leilani Magno, class of 2018, and recent victim of a hit and run incident in our community. Leilani was a top scholar and athlete. She was full of promise and potential. She was a beautiful spirit ready to begin changing the world as a freshman at UC Irvine this fall. Her family is grateful for the outpouring of support and love and is in the unexpected predicament of providing Leilani with the closure that would honor her short and beautiful life. If you would like to donate toward this effort, your support would be much appreciated.” Posted: July 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Ashlie Rodriguez, Chula Vista teen hit-and-run suspect arrestedlast_img read more

first_imgThis area gets busy during the height of sockeye season, but you can still find all fish species native to the Kenai River, according to Refuge officials. This area is unique because it is one of a very few places where anglers can fish for sockeye without having to be in the water. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has announced the opening of the Upper Moose Range Meadows fishing boardwalk for fishing starting yesterday, July 18. The Refuge is advising anglers to “Please be careful as the high water is a bit hazardous.” The Upper Moose Range Meadows is located down Redoubt Ave. (and behind the Fred Meyer) in Soldotna. The boardwalk sits roughly 5 to 10 feet  above the water so anglers will need to use a heavier weight to ensure their fly reaches the right depth quickly enough, and will not be able to use a very long leader.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, August 23, 2018:Nicholas J. O’Connell (21, Wilmington) was issued as summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and No/Expired Inspection Sticker. (1:15am)A caller reported a large bag of debris on the roadway on Main Street. Bag contained couch cushions. Bag was moved off the road. (9:37am)Police conducted “move over” enforcement on 93 South and 93 North and handed out numerous citations and warnings.Irving D. Garcia (33, Lawrence) was arrested on a warrant during the “move over” enforcement. (11:06am)A Dobson Street accidentally caught a skunk in a trap he set for chipmunks. Dispatch gave man number to wildlife control, but man is not willing to pay fees they charge. Man requested assistance of Animal Control Officer in emptying trap. (2:34pm)A resident reported a male party on Cunningham Street, walking towards Glen Road, is opening up each mailbox as he passes and looking inside. Caller is unsure if he’s taken or left anything in the mailbox. Police located individual in question on Wick’s Circle. He was distributing fliers for Sweet Pizza on Ballardvale Street. Police advised him he cannot open mailboxes. (3:31pm)A daycare employee reported she was told by a mother that there was a group of juveniles using drugs behind the old Sonic building. Police responded, advised the group and sent them on their way. (3:49pm)A caller reported she witnessed a male party in his 30’s wearing blue swim trunks circling the playground at Town Beach, approaching two young female. Caller alerted the children’s mother, who did not know the man, and called them away from him. Police responded. Man claimed he asked children if he could use the swings for yoga. Checks OK. (5:25pm)Enid Kituku (26, Lowell) was issued a summons for the Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. (6:00pm)Tewksbury Police requested assistance locating an erratic operator in the Nichols Street area. Police located vehicle at operator’s residence, with operator passed out behind the wheel. Police filed an ‘immediate threat’ on female. Fire Department notified. (8:22pm)Corey M. Brennan (40, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. A caller reported two male parties were loitering in the Target parking lot. (8:23pm)Vanessa C. Moreira (33, Saugus) was arrested with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Pregnant Victim. Saugus Police assisted with arrest. (9:22pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgThey are hanging on by the proverbial thread, but they are hanging on. Royal Challengers Bangalore have won two matches on the trot, they seem to have found the correct combination and now when they face Kings XI Punjab, perhaps, for the first time this season, Kohli’s side can fancy their chances. However, KXIP, a team with 5 wins and 5 losses under their belt will have to be careful as another slump could well complicate their chances this season.Here is a look at the predicted XI for this match: Virat KohliIPLRCB Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra ChahalKXIP Predicted XI: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Hardus Viljoen,  Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohammed Shami, Murugan AshwinFantasy tips and suggestions: Chris GayleIANSWicket-keeper: KL Rahul, who has been in rampant form this season, walks into the side ahead of Parthiv Patel. Although the latter has played a few significant innings for RCB this season, the impact of Rahul gets him the nod.Batsmen: Big heavyweights will take the ground in this match. Chris Gayle will walk out for his team at Chinnaswamy Stadium with a record here that makes him a huge threat. Also, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers should always be there in the side irrespective of the venue and conditions. The fourth batsman on the list should be Mayank Agarwal, somebody who has looked good all season but who needs to play an innings of note for his side when things get tricky.All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis and Moeen Ali are two players who have rendered great balance to RCB and both should get a game before they jet off to join their respective World Cup squads. Also, RCB needs to send in Moeen at number 4 to extract the best possible use of the left-hander.Spinners: Yuzvendra Chahal has been absolutely brilliant for RCB at Chinnaswamy and hence, should get a go in this side. Also, R Ashwin, who has found a way to not only contain rampant batsmen but also pick up their wickets, should be the other spinner in the playing XI.Seamers: Dale Steyn has worked like a charm for Virat Kohli. 2 appearances and 2 wins, his energy both with the new ball as well as in the poweplay has infused vigour into rest of the bowling attack. Mohammed Shami has also found a second wind this season and has been very consistent for his side. His wicket-taking abilities with the new ball as well as in the death is great news for not only KXIP but also the Indian team for the World Cup.last_img read more

first_img.Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday signed an act introducing martial law after Russia’s seizure of three of Kiev’s navy vessels sparked the worst crisis in years between the neighbours.”President Poroshenko has signed the law,” spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook. Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted in favour of the president’s request for the introduction of martial law in border areas for 30 days.There was some confusion over when exactly martial law entered force, however, with some officials saying that it had already begun on Monday. The presidential spokesman was not immediately reachable for comment.Poroshenko called for the move after Russian forces fired on, boarded and captured three of Kiev’s ships on Sunday off the coast of Crimea.He warned on Tuesday that Ukraine risked “full-scale war” with Russia and the country’s armed forces have been put in a state of full combat readiness.Prime minister Volodymyr Groysman told parliament on Wednesday that “we must always be ready to counter the aggression of our enemy, which not long ago was our neighbour”.Martial law is being adopted in 10 regions that adjoin either Russia’s borders or areas controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, as well as along the coast of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.The prospect of martial law has already led to the relocation of a football match scheduled for Thursday between Arsenal and Ukrainian side FC Vorskla to Kiev from the city of Poltava, even though Poltava is not in one of the affected regions.The Ukrainian authorities have said that martial law — which allows the mobilisation of citizens, control of media and restricts public demonstrations — is essentially a preventive measure.Poroshenko in a television interview on Tuesday said that “the aim of this martial law is to show that the enemy will pay very dearly if they decide to attack us and that will be like a cold shower that will stop the madmen who have plans to attack Ukraine.”Ukraine’s defence ministry was set to give a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to explain how martial law will be applied in the armed forces.last_img read more

first_imgThousands of tourists visit Saint Martin`s Island everyday. Photo: Khaled SarkerFor over a thousand years Saint Martin’s island has existed in the Bay of Bengal, some 38 km off the coast of Teknaf. In 1999 the government of Bangladesh declared this as an Environmentally Critical Area (ECA), barring any sort of activity that may harm the water, air or soil of the island.But no one is following the rules.Teknaf upazila is about 80 km from Cox’s Bazar. From there it takes about three or four hours by trawler or ship to reach Saint Martin’s Island. And then the crass commerciality begins.As you step onto the island, a cycle van will offer you a ride to a hotel for an exorbitant fare. The hotel too is overpriced, though the service leaves much to be wanted.And wherever you go on the island, there is trash strewn around everywhere – plastic bottles, polythene bags and more.A stench pervades all over this island, 4 km in length and about two km in breadth. This lone coral island of the country also runs rife with stray dogs. And the pollution is overpowering.The ministry for forests, environment and climate change last December called for an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss what can be done to save Saint Martin. It was decided that less tourists would be allowed access to the island and no one would be permitted to spend the night here. Certain times during the year would be fixed for tourists. But none of these plans have worked out and the island teems with tourists.Secretary of the forest, environment and climate change ministry, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, speaking to Prothom Alo in June, said that they have held several inter-ministerial meetings regarding the island and within a couple of months they will hold a final meeting with the principal secretary of the prime minister’s office.Read More: Development frenzy hits Maheskhali hardThere are 68 varieties of coral on the island, according to the latest survey of the department of environment, carried out last year. The island is also home to a variety of crabs, moss, snails, shells and clams.There are over 100 types of birds and five species of dolphins. Sometimes whales are sighted too. The island is covered with coconut trees.Professor of biology at Jahangirnagar University, Munirul H Khan, is carrying out research on Saint Martin’s island. He told Prothom Alo that in Bangladesh, the grey heron can only been found on this island, that too only on the southern part where there is live coral.Professor Munirul said that whatever little resources there are left on this island are on the verge of extinction due to unplanned tourism. The coral is being damaged by the frequent coming and going of ships. The coral walls are covered in polythene, plastic and other trash and are dying.Plastic bottles strewn all over Saint Martin`s Island. Photo: Prothom AloTourists have recently started going all over the island on bikes and motorbikes, taking pollution to the remote ends of Saint Martin, he added.Our last visit to the island was in December where we saw a little living coral on its Chhera Isle. The older inhabitants said that there is hardly any coral on the island anymore.Professor Munirul also said that sea turtles would lay their eggs where jetties have now been constructed. The turtles now lay their eggs here and there, but these too are devoured by the stray dogs. Even people gather the eggs and so turtles no longer come there like before.An international journal in 2016 stated that Saint Martin’s Island had 141 types of coral back in 1980, according to researchers. The four researchers, from Bangladesh, said that in 2016 there were only 41 types of coal left.Read More: ‘Kutubdia biodiversity in danger’Excessive coral collection and fishing had depleted the varieties of coral. Many of the hotels have decorated their entrances and walls with large chunks of coral.Fishing is the main source of income for many of the islanders. Turtles are caught in their nets too.There is a lack of clean drinking water on the island. That too is creating a crisis.Professor of biology at Chittagong University, Manzurul Kibria, speaking to Prothom Alo, said that that there was no groundwater source on the island. The groundwater was being depleted to meet the demands of the tourists and the inhabitants of the island.State minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali told Prothom Alo that the hoteliers on the island had no idea about ecotourism. The government wants to evict such establishments and set up tourism facilities in specified areas.At the inter-ministerial meeting held last December, several short, mid and long term recommendations were made. It was said that tourists would be barred from visiting the Saint Martin’s Chhera isle. No more than two ships would be allowed to arrive per day and there would be a ban on cycles and motor cycles.Prothom Alo Info-graphRead More: Sonadia thrust into tourism tangleRandom disposal of plastic and polythene would also be restricted. No more land would be sold on the island and no more constructions would be permitted.It was also said that no tourists would be allowed on the island for at least three years. After that, they would only be allowed during the day.Only if such stringent measures were taken, would the coral island survive along with its rare animal life. Two officials of the environment department said, however, no action had been taken in this regard whatsoever.* This report appeared in the print version of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img

first_img COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 17, 2019)   – After coaching the 2018 USA Women’s U18 National Team to a gold medal and a berth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, head coach Jeff Walz (Louisville) and assistant coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) will return to guide the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team.The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, is responsible for selecting the U.S. coaching staff, which is approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.”Jeff Walz, Natasha Adair and Cori Close did an excellent job last summer in leading the USA U18 National Team to a gold medal,” said Rizzotti. “We appreciate their commitment and the way in which they positively represented USA Basketball. The committee feels keeping the staff together and building on the continuity they gained working as a team in 2018 will give us the best opportunity at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok.”Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 16-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will follow July 5-19, with the U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.This is Walz’s sixth coaching assignment with USA Basketball. Prior to the 2018 USA U18 National Team, Walz led the 2017 USA Basketball U23 National Team to a 3-0 record and a tournament title at the Four Nations U24 Tournament in Tokyo. He also helped USA Basketball to gold medals as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA U18 and 2015 USA U19 national teams and served as a court coach at the 2017 USA National Team training camp.”It has been an absolute privilege to work with USA Basketball the past four summers, and I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to do so again,” Walz said. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Mexico City as the head coach of the U18 team, and I look forward to working with this group again. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U19 team. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”Walz recently completed his 12th season (2007-08 to present) as University of Louisville head coach. The 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and 2019 Naismith Coach of the Year candidate holds a 331-100 (.768) career record as a head coach.In 2018-19, the Cardinals finished 32-4 overall after advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Finishing 14-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, the Cardinals also captured their second consecutive ACC regular season title.In 2017-18, he led the Cardinals to a 36-3 record, the ACC regular season and tournament titles and the NCAA Tournament Final Four.Under Walz, Louisville has made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 nine times, the Final Four three times and to two national title games. He has coached four All-Americans, including two-time Olympic and two-time World Cup gold medalist Angel McCoughtry and Asia Durr, the second overall pick in this year’s WNBA Draft. Prior to Louisville he spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach with Western Kentucky, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland.Adair will undertake her third USA Basketball coaching assignment after having served as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA Women’s U18 National Team and as a court coach during the 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team trials. She recently completed her second season at the University of Delaware (2017-18 to present) where she has compiled a 35-28 (.556) overall record.”It’s a coach’s dream to stand there and represent the United States,” Adair said. “Coming off of a championship a year ago, we’re just really excited to do it again. I can’t say enough about USA Basketball and the people affiliated with it and the experience. So for me, it’s an honor.”In 2018-19, the Blue Hens finished 16-15 overall and 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association. On Feb. 1, Adair celebrated her 100th career win over William and Mary.In 2017-18, Adair led the Blue Hens to a 19-13 record and a WNIT appearance, which was the most wins and first postseason appearance for the program since 2013-14.Prior to Delaware, she spent three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17) as the head coach at Georgetown University and two seasons (2012-2014) as the head coach at College of Charleston. She also spent 14 seasons (1998-2012) as an assistant coach at Georgetown (1998-99 through 2003-04) and Wake Forest University (2004-05 through 2006-07) before being promoted to associate head coach at Wake from 2007-08 through 2011-12.”I just feel like working with [Jeff and Cori] our chemistry was phenomenal,” Adair added. “Jeff was a great coach and we were able to work together. There was no hierarchy, it was just in the best interest of USA Basketball and the young ladies we work with. They are more than just colleagues, they’re friends, so I’m really excited to be back alongside them.”2019 will also be Close’s third USA Basketball coaching assignment after she was an assistant coach for the 2018 USA U18 National Team and a court coach at the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp. Close recently completed her eighth season at UCLA (2011-12 to present) and has compiled an overall record of 172-99 (.635).”It’s an honor to be a part of the organization,” Close said. “I learn so much from the other coaches and colleagues that I get a chance to work with and I get a chance to help grow the game. That’s a pretty cool combination: represent your country, grow as a coach, and grow the game. That’s a trifecta of winning. I’m just really thrilled to have the opportunity to represent my country and to have a whole lot of fun in the process.”In 2018-19, the Bruins finished 22-13 overall and 12-6 in the Pacific-12 Conference and advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. On Feb. 10, the Bruins upset No. 17 Utah and made school history by scoring 40 points in the fourth quarter, which was the highest point tally ever in a single quarter. In the Pac-12 Tournament, UCLA beat Arizona State before falling in overtimeto No. 5 Oregon in the semifinals.”We had really great chemistry last year,” Close said of the USA U18 team. “I learned so much from them. They’ve continued to be a resource throughout this year, so it feels like we’re hitting a really cool stride going into this next summer where we hope to lead our U19s in a really good way. They really are excellent coaches, both in their x’s and o’s and the way that they care for players.”Close has led UCLA to at least 20 wins in each of the past three seasons, including 2017-18, where the Bruins finished 27-8 and reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Close was named the 2018 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Region 5 Coach of the Year, her second such honor. She also has 18 seasons of experience as an assistant coach at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Florida State.The USA Junior National Team Committee, in addition to Rizzotti, includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson as the athletic representative; and collegiate head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Tonya Cardoza (Temple) and Wes Moore (North Carolina State) as the NCAA representatives. FIBA U19 World Cup for WomenOriginally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA changed its calendar in 2005 and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.USA women’s teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Bria Hartley (2011), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azura Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup). Story Linkscenter_img About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.Connect with USA Basketball at USAB.com and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (therealusabasketball). Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgJalpaiguri (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today stressed on a permanent solution for the problems plaguing the tea gardens in north Bengal and formed an expert committee to find out a solution. She said that the committee, under Chief Secretary Malay De, would submit its report after going through the problems at the tea gardens, thus help in finding out a solution. “I want a permanent solution for the tea gardens. Nobody has ever thought of any permanent solution regarding the problems, raging at the tea gardens, for ages. Even the Centre has failed to keep up to its promise, made prior to the last Assembly elections, about opening the closed tea gardens,” Banerjee told reporters here at the Uttarkanya. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Today, she held a meeting with representatives of the tea gardens. She also held a meeting senior ministers such as state Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak, Arup Biswas and senior officials of her government. The state government also proposed a daily wage of Rs 176 for the tea garden workers pending finalisation of the minimum wages. This year the state government had announced two interim hikes of Rs 17.50 and of Rs nine, taking the daily wage to Rs 159. Meanwhile, the largest tea producing state of Assam, last week, had announced issuing a possible notification on an interim hike of Rs 30, with retrospective effect from March 1 this year, which would take the current daily wage of tea garden workers from Rs 137 to Rs 167. Banerjee also lambasted the culture of strike at the tea gardens and said it finished the work culture there.last_img read more

first_imgA Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life’s Realities is a collection of reality inspired short stories. The compilation published by ‘Niyogi books’ was launched at India International Centre.Organized on December 5, the book launch coincided with the death anniversary of Asrarul- Haq Majaz, noted Urdu poet.Every short story in the book by Parveen Talha, author, portrays diverse realities of life through the protagonists – children, women, men, animals and even some supernatural beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReaders meet fascinating women who confront irresponsible and evil men. But nothing stops these women from taking the first step for a leap into liberation and self-empowerment.The chief guest for the event was Muzaffar Ali, Filmmaker, Fashion Designer and Activist. Among the other esteemed guests, Professor Nalini Jain, Academic and Author, Sadia Dehlvi, Columnist, Writer and Activist and Saif Mahmood, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, marked their presence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the launch, Muzaffar Ali shared his viewpoints on the book. He opined that Parveen’s ability “to sense the human (and that of animals as well) predicament in the most sensitive manner and then to express these dialectics in a cinematic way are her greatest strengths. The fact that she was from Lucknow said a lot about that place too”. On the other hand Saif Mahmood, who is also the co-author of Tahir Mahmood’s magnum opus ‘Muslim Law in India and Abroad’ said, “Not many know that the practice of ‘triple talaq’, banned by the SC recently, was not just unconstitutional but also un-Islamic. Prevalent only among India’s Muslim community, who follow the Hanafi Islamic school of law, this practice is not recognized anywhere else in the Muslim world. In fact, Islamic law is a progressive law, and only one of its kind, which seeks no evidence for divorce. Speaking further, he said, “The beautiful tehzeeb of Lucknawi culture, which sparkles in her writing, is the most stunning quality of her craft.” David Syiemlieh, Chairman UPSC, expressing his opinion said, “The small, insignificant and countless problems that people go through every day are presented evocatively”. Parveen Talha, who belongs to an old family of Awadh, settled in Lucknow after her retirement. She is involved with social service which includes working for animal rights. Veteran journalist Sadia Dehlvi, who engaged Parveen Talha in a conversation around the book along with Nalini Jain, spoke about Talha’s love for animals in real life and the unparalleled beauty with which she expressed every nuance of life in her book. Lastly, Trisha De Niyogi urged the readers to treat this book as a work of fiction. “Though the title points out to the burning issue of Triple Talaq and touches upon various social concerns like women empowerment, children psychology, Ganga Jumni tehzeeb, and others. Our concern for live issues should not detract the merit of the book as a creative writing.”last_img read more

first_imgFebruary 5, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you haven’t seen it by now, Amazon’s Super Bowl LII commercial is fairly clever. Kudos to the company for coming up with a fun way to mash together celebrities and Alexa without it feeling overly cheesy or trying-too-hard. More importantly, a big thanks to Amazon’s engineers who came up with an ingenious way to broadcast the “A word” without it triggering everyone’s Echos — whatever version of the device you own.The most annoying thing about watching any YouTube video or televised commercial that mentions Alexa is that it typically triggers your Echo device to get ready to respond to a query. Or worse, the person you’re watching who says “Alexa” just keeps on babbling, which then makes your Echo do something you didn’t want it to do — or just apologize for being unable to do whatever commands it tried to interpret.And since Amazon definitely wanted its Super Bowl LII to mention she-who-shall-not-be-named, and refer to her frequently, the company had to come up with a different way to do so in order to avoid hacking off everyone who already owns an Echo device.The solution? Acoustic fingerprinting.”The trick is to suppress the unintentional waking of a device while not incorrectly rejecting the millions of people engaging with Alexa every day,” said Shiv Vitaladevuni, a senior manager on the Alexa Machine Learning team, in an Amazon blog post.Though Amazon isn’t detailing the specific techniques its using to keep your Echo from triggering from its Super Bowl advertising, Bloomberg notes that a Reddit user, Asphyhackr, might have figured out Amazon’s secret.”I did a little research tonight and found that the Echo, while it’s processing the wake word, searches the Audio Spectrum and if is significantly quieter in the area of 4000hz to 5000hz, she will not wake for the word,” Asphyhackr writes.”I found that when I analyzed the spectrum of them saying her name, the spectrums were significantly quieter in the range of 3000hz to 6000hz. In some of those recordings, those frequencies appeared to be non-existent. In others it appeared like the boosted the surrounding frequencies to make the Echo see a gap in the spectrum.”In other words, if your Echo (Best Price at Amazon) notices something strange happening in the audio spectrum, it realizes that it should ignore whatever is being said — like “Alexa.” And while this works well when Amazon has a planned announcement to make, like an advertisement, the company has to get a bit more creative when it can’t anticipate the large-scale broadcast of its digital helper’s name.”When multiple devices start waking up simultaneously from a broadcast event, similar audio is streaming to Alexa’s cloud services. An algorithm within Amazon’s cloud detects matching audio from distinct devices and prevents additional devices from responding. The dynamic fingerprinting isn’t perfect, but as many as 80 to 90 percent of devices won’t respond to these broadcasts thanks to the dynamic creation of the fingerprints,” reads Amazon’s blog. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Air France’s stock sinks as government warns on its future Share PARIS — Air France’s share price dived Monday after its CEO quit and the French government warned that the country’s flagship carrier might collapse.A new strike Monday over wage demands, meanwhile, prompted the cancellation of about 15% of Air France flights worldwide. The number of striking staffers appears to be slightly declining as the airline enters its 14th day of walkouts this year, but the labour action has already cost the company more than 300 million euros ($360 million) in a matter of weeks.Amid questions about its future management and direction, Air France’s share price plunged nearly 13% at the open Monday but recovered as the day went on. By early afternoon Paris time, Air France shares were down 9.7% at 7.31 euros.The share price woes follow the resignation Friday evening of Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac after workers rejected the company’s latest wage proposal.The Air France drama is posing yet another problem for President Emmanuel Macron’s government as he marks one year in office. The airline’s labour dispute come as separate strikes over Macron’s labour reforms are hitting France’s national railways.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFrench Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday said the government, which owns 14% of Air France, would not rescue the airline.He urged striking pilots, crew and ground staff to be “responsible” and said “the survival of Air France is at stake.”“Air France will disappear if it does not make the necessary efforts to be competitive,” he said on BFM television.The strikes have taken a heavier toll on Air France than management and investors expected, and the company last week forecast a “notably” lower income this year compared to 2017.Unions want a 5.1% pay rise this year, arguing that the company is making enough of a profit to meet their demands. They noted that their wages have been frozen since 2011 as the airline cut jobs and restructured.The company argues that the union demands would wipe out hard-earned gains from the restructuring, which was aimed at stemming years of losses and keeping Air France afloat, as well as jeopardize efforts to win back market share from low-cost airlines and big-spending Mideast and Asian carriers.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAfter protracted negotiations, management last week offered a 2% pay rise this year and an additional 5% over 2019-2021.Employees rejected that offer Friday, prompting the CEO’s decision to step down. He called the dispute a “huge waste that can only make our competitors rejoice.”The Air France-KLM board asked Janaillac to stay on until May 15 when it will put a transitional leadership in place. Tags: Air Francelast_img read more

first_imgAll-in-1 triple-play  bundle subscribers now represent over half of Dutch cable operator Ziggo’s base after a successful fourth quarter, according to the company’s year-end results.Ziggo’s All-in-1 bundle customer base increased by 24,000 in the quarter, taking penetration to 50.3% of its customer base.Ziggo’s internet customer base grew by 21,000 in the quarter, or 1.2%.Ziggo posted revenues of EUR383.2 million for the quarter, up 1.4%. Adjusted EBITDA was up 2.7% to EUR218.2 million. The company’s digital pay TV revenues and ARPU increased despite a decline in subscriber numbers. Ziggo lost 27,000 digital TV customers in the quarter. Telephony revenues meanwhile declined by 9% year-on-year.“Following our assessment of the increasingly competitive environment since Q2 2012, and considering the continuation of this trend in Q4, we have decided to step up our marketing and sales initiatives in 2013. In addition, we will speed up our product development initiatives by pulling forward some investments in product innovation that were originally planned to be made after 2013,” said CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen.last_img read more

first_imgCablevision has accused Viacom of threatening to impose penalties in the region of US$1 billion-plus (€800 million) for licensing its core, rather than its entire suite, of channels.   In legal documents, made public yesterday, the US cable operator said that Viacom “strong-armed Cablevision into carrying suite networks” by threatening to impose a “near US$X billion penalty” – though the precise figure is redacted.Cablevision filed the case against Viacom in the US last month, claiming that the channel owner forces it to air less popular networks in order to carry the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.Viacom has defended its channel bundling practises and in a statement issued yesterday said: “This suit is nothing more than a hypocritical attempt by Cablevision to void a long term carriage deal they agreed to only two months ago.”last_img read more

first_imgMore than 115 Americans are dying every day from an opioid overdose. But a study out Monday finds that just three in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 17,568 patients who overdosed on opioids between 2012 and 2014 in Massachusetts. It looked at survival rates over time and whether or not patients received medicines that treat addiction. Of the patients who did receive medication, 17 percent took buprenorphine, known by the brand name Suboxone, for roughly four months. They had a 40 percent lower death rate after one year, as compared to those who did not take any medication. The results for the 11 percent of patients who took methadone were even stronger: They cut their death rate by 60 percent.Buprenorphine and methadone both reduce the urge to get high on powerful street drugs which can lead to another overdose. A small percentage, 6 percent, of patients were on the opioid blocker, naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol), but often for just one month. Researchers were not able to determine how many patients were taking the generic, pill form, daily as compared to a monthly injection of Vivitrol. Patients who took naltrexone were no more likely to be alive after a year than those who were not offered or did not take a medication.”The stunning finding here is that we have effective treatments for people who survive an overdose but only three in 10 are getting those medications,” says Dr. Marc Larochelle, the study’s lead author.For some perspective, Larochelle mentions the routine recommendation that patients who’ve had another life threatening event, a heart attack, take aspirin. “The mortality reduction we see with these drugs is similar to giving someone who suffers a heart attack aspirin — it’s one of the most effective treatments we have in medicine,” says Larochelle, who’s a primary care physician and researcher at the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. But he points to a big difference: 98 percent of people in this country get aspirin for a heart attack. The gap in care is similar to findings from a 2015 study from the U.K., but this is the first to follow U.S. patients seen in a hospital or by EMTs, says Dr. Nora Volkow, who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “A great part of the tragedy of this opioid crisis is that, unlike in previous such crises American has seen, we now possess effective treatment strategies that could address it and save lives,” Volkow wrote in an accompanying editorial. “Yet tens of thousands of people die each year because they have not received these treatments.”Some things have changed since the 2012-2014 period of this study. A growing number of physicians are getting the waiver required to prescribe buprenorphine and the number of patients they can manage has increased from 100 to 275. That includes emergency room physicians who until recently have not offered buprenorphine to overdose patients. A bill that has wide support in the Massachusetts legislature would require that all acute care hospitals offer the medication in the ER and offer follow-up care. In some places, hospitals are opening walk-in clinics and in Boston, there’s a mobile van that take buprenorphine prescribing to the streets.To understand why so few patients get methadone or buprenorphine, one need only cross the street from Boston Medical Center where Larochelle works. There are clinics that offer both drugs, and there’s a needle exchange, focused on harm reduction for drug users who are still in active addiction. In the early morning hours, some men and women were lining up for their daily dose of methadone, while others were starting their day with a shot of heroin or fentanyl. Scott, a 38-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, says he’s overdosed three or four times, but wasn’t offered Suboxone, a brand name for buprenorphine, until after his third overdose.”The problem is, a lot of these doctors don’t want to prescribe anything like that after the person has an overdose because they feel like they’ll abuse the medicine,” Scott says. (We’re only using first names for people may still be buying illegal drugs.)Scott says he has abused Suboxone. It and methadone are both opioid-based medications. Taken as directed they block cravings for something stronger without making the patient high. But with Suboxone, some people take extra doses to get high, or layer it with alcohol or other medications, Scott says. Few doctors are trained to or have experience managing such complex addictions. Scott says he can “understand why their reluctant to prescribe stuff” like Suboxone.Scott switched from Suboxone to methadone within the last year. Unlike Suboxone, which patients can get from a primary care doctor, during routine medical care, methadone is tightly controlled, typically only available at designated clinics.Scott says he prefers methadone because he doesn’t take anything out of the clinic that he could abuse.Sometimes it’s the patient who is reluctant to start medication-assisted treatment.”There’s a perception that people aren’t ‘clean’ unless they’re abstinent from all substances and that plays into keeping people away from medication treatment, which is the most effective treatment,” says Aubri, who used to be dependent on heroin and has overdosed in the past. She is on methadone and says it works for her.But Aubri says the way methadone is delivered is demeaning. “It feels like a jail,” Aubri says. “There’s literal bars across the gates that don’t open ’til a certain time. There’s security guards. no one wants to be there. The only reason people go is because they need it.”Many communities continue to reject applications to open methadone clinics. Patients in rural areas often drive more than an hour each way to get their daily dose. The obstacles to care contribute to a feeling among many opioid addiction patients that doctors and hospitals just don’t want to help.”They treat us like crap,” says Deana, as she hugs her husband Phill. “We’re not like this because we’re bad people, you know.”Deana and Phill have many stories about feeling mistreated in hospitals. But Phill is having the opposite experience now, taking Suboxone, through a clinic at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. “They give you the counseling, the therapy, it’s like a family,” says Phill. “They make you feel welcomed and loved and give you that sense of hope that I can have a drug free life. I don’t have to use.”Even at just 3 in 10 patients, Massachusetts was likely offering more opioid medication treatment than many states as of 2014. That’s because 97 percent of the state’s residents have health insurances, the highest rates in the country. In many parts of the U.S., it’s difficult to find someone who will prescribe a patient methadone or buprenorphine.”We just still have overwhelming stigma for patients with the disease of addiction,” says Sarah Melton, a professor of pharmacy practice at East Tennessee State University.Larochelle worries that patients, as seen in this study, are still not staying on treatment for more than a few months.”We need to reevaluate how we’re providing the care and make sure we can keep people there when they’re there,” Larochelle says. Dr. Volkow is alarmed by one other finding: 34 percent of patients receive at least one prescription for an opioid and 26 percent were prescribed a benzodiazepine during the 12 months after their overdose.”This indicates that guidelines cautioning against prescribing opioids and their co-use with benzodiazepines are not being followed,” Volkow writes.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more

first_imgWhen you picture the drug ketamine, you might think of that stoner you knew in high school or a bunch of people popping pills in neon-lit clubs.But do you ever picture a dentist’s office? Ketamine is often used as an anesthetic for procedures on people’s teeth.And it’s a multi-tasker. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Spravato, a drug based on ketamine, called esketamine, to treat depression via a nasal spray.Here’s more about the FDA’s designation from The Verge:The drug must be administered as a nasal spray, patients must be taking another antidepressant at the same time, and it can only be given to patients who have (unsuccessfully) tried two antidepressants before. Most notably, people won’t able to pick up Spravato at the local Rite Aid. Spravato will only be available in certified clinics.Ketamine may not work for every patient, but for some, it may come as an enormous relief.About 12 to 20 percent of adults with depression don’t respond to other types of treatment or medication. That population is called “treatment resistant.”And some of the more commonly prescribed drugs, like Prozac or Trazodone, don’t have the efficacy we might hope for; studies show only around 37 percent of those who use these medications experience full remission.Journalist Alice Levitt is one of those treatment-resistant patients. And she finally tried ketamine. Here’s part of what she wrote for Vox about her experience:Each infusion lasted 45 minutes. After my first one, I had a nurse play the cast album of my favorite musical as the drip began. Instead of running wild, my mind became immersed in the music, albeit in a deeply dreamlike state. Each time, it took about 15 to 20 minutes after the effects of the treatment wore off for me to be able to open my eyes and start walking. Afterward, I was exhausted. The half-hour Uber ride home felt like hours as I longed for the warm embrace of a nap.Immediately after each treatment, I felt down. But by the time I woke up the next day, I was in less psychic pain and had more purpose. I would start the day on my long-neglected spin bike, feeling motivation that I’d lacked for months. Lunches with friends no longer felt like they existed just to show them I was still alive and making an effort to get out of the house. I was beginning to connect with the world outside my head again. I noticed myself smiling more. According to Shah, feeling the effects of ketamine within 24 hours of treatment is typical. “It is the most rapid-acting treatment for depression,” he said.After the final infusion, I had the initiative to start writing again. The following week quickly filled up with activities, both work and fun. I was living for the first time in months. It’s been three months since my last treatment, and I’ve even started to feel excited about my future. Shah says I am unlikely to need another dose — I was in the roughly 70 percent who achieve remission after one series of ketamine infusions.And while the research still doesn’t conclusively show that esketamine or ketamine causes depression to go away, the FDA said it approved Spravado because patients needed a new alternative.How do we treat an illness that affects millions of Americans? And why does it seem to be so challenging to find things that help?Produced by Gabrielle Healy. Text by Gabrielle Healy.If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357)GUESTSDr. Gary Sachs, Associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical SchoolDr. Demitri Papolos, Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Montefiore Medical CenterAlice Levitt, Writer covering medicine, travel and food, @aliceeatsFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 27 2019Canada should reinvent the Motherisk program to support pregnant women to have healthy babies, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyMotherisk, once a leader in evidence-based counseling on drug safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding in Canada, was shut down after losing credibility and funding amid allegations of research misconduct involving its former director.To ensure trust in a reinvented program, there should be oversights to ensure responsible conduct, which could be achieved through affiliation with a respected research institute and federal support to guarantee independence from industry.”We envision a national and interprofessional collaborative effort among clinical and research experts in reproductive drug safety; front-line providers in primary care and obstetrics; and health care organizations and specialty societies, including in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, nursing, midwifery, internal medicine, pediatrics and other relevant disciplines,” writes Dr. Stall and colleagues.Source: CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) The loss of Motherisk has exposed a major public health and research void that is neither quickly nor easily reconciled. Although finding an immediate replacement for Motherisk is not feasible, reinventing a reputable and modernized clinical and research program in reproductive drug safety should be a national priority.”Dr. Nathan Stall, associate editor, CMAJ, and colleagueslast_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Norway’s Telenor to sell stake in Russia’s VimpelCom The watchdog’s director general, Lars Soergard, says Telenor made “a serious infringement of competition law” when creating “barriers for the development of a third mobile network in Norway.”The watchdog agency said Telenor introduced amendments to the network access agreement with the intention of limiting further investments in the third mobile network in Norway in 2010.Thursday’s fine was the largest ever given by the Competition Authority “to reflect the breach of the Norwegian Competition Act.”In a statement, Telenor CEO Berit Svendsen said the group had not violated any laws, adding the group likely would file an appeal. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Norway fines its main telecoms firm for blocking competition (2018, June 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-norway-fines-main-telecoms-firm.html The Norwegian Competition Authorities has fined Norway’s largest telecoms provider Telenor 788 million kroner ($96 million) for abusing its dominant position on the country’s mobile market.last_img read more

first_imgTornadoes have torn their way across the country as the natural disaster season starts, leaving hundreds displaced from their homes and lives in disarray. During natural disasters like these, amid the immediate danger to those in the path, important documents can be damaged or lost and loved ones of those affected are left wondering if they’re safe. In today’s technological age, there are ways to keep these documents safe while also alerting others of your location.Particularly if you live in an area prone to natural disasters, either spontaneous or seasonal, it’s always best to be prepared.In any disaster preparedness plan, you should start with the basics: necessities such as medicine, extra food and water, but also electronics and documents packed in a bag that is available at moment’s notice. It is also important to keep the electronics fully chargedso they are ready to go and accessible when disaster strikes, said disaster planning expert Dr. Chris Renschler, professor of geology at the University at Buffalo in New York.Renschler suggests keeping physical copies of these documents places outside of the area affected by the natural disaster and the original documents in a go-bag, preferably in waterproof protection. However, if storage elsewhere is not possible, there are ways to keep these documents safe using technology.Smartphone users can use scanning apps ahead of a disaster to put the documents on their phone, as well as simply taking pictures with their camera. Adobe Scan, Google PhotoScan and Genius Scan are free apps available on both iOS and Android devices and easily turns important documents into PDFs and saves them to your smartphone.It is difficult to get back into a normal routine and reestablish oneself after a natural disaster alone, but even more difficult without proper documents such as insurance and vital records as it can take months to get replacements, says RAND Corporation’s Anita Chandra. Because these documents are not originals, they can have some limitations, but Chandra says it’s a place to start when applying for recovery funds and insurance.Cloud servers allow users to access documents they upload from any location as long as they have a password. Physical documents and those stored on computer hard drives can easily be damaged in a natural disaster, and storing copies of them on the cloud keeps them safe from wind, water, fire and more. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Tornado outbreaks reminder to make smartphones disaster-ready (2019, May 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-tornado-outbreaks-smartphones-disaster-ready.html Jim Rossman: Load these five emergency apps before the next disaster strikes Explore further After the immediate emergency has subsided, contacting loved ones and emergency services can be difficult depending on the damage done and the havoc wreaked. If wireless service is available, Renschler says to call, text or post on traditional social media to alert others of your safety. There are also apps that allow others to see your location and know you are OK.Apple devices come with the Find My Friends app which lets users opt into sharing their location with the contacts of their choosing. However, this app doesn’t always work if the person doesn’t have service and is limited to iPhone users. Google also allows Android users to share their location via the Google Maps app and sometimes within messaging apps. There are a number of apps that can connect people trying to get in contact with each other after a disaster and work with both phone systems.Trusted Contacts works similarly to Find My Friends in that it allows users to share their location with choice people but also works if the person being located is offline or out of battery. This app also available on iOS and Android devices.Zello walkie talkie app proved to be a useful tool during Hurricane Harvey by allowing users to communicate without using their phone and text capabilities. Unlike a real walkie talkie, Zello allows unlimited users to communicate over unlimited channels to help people contact each other in a disaster environment. Zello is also available on iOS and Android devices, as well as on personal computers.Additionally, apps such as What’sApp and GroupMe allow contacts to message one another using WiFi instead of cellular service.”Anything that allows people to get a mass connection out, an update to all of their friends and loved ones quickly are certainly very helpful,” said Chandra. “They are not a solution by themselves, but they can certainly help in terms of getting the word out that people are OK but also in terms of resources a community overall or an individual may need.”Those who are injured, stuck or stranded due to a natural disaster might also have trouble contacting emergency services, and there are apps to assist.The American Red Cross has a host of apps that are useful in emergency situations, including their First Aid app. It walks users through how to properly administer medical attention before emergency services arrive. SirenGPS sends local first responders the user’s location along with their medical profile. However, the local stations must subscribe to the service in order to receive the alert.As Renschler points out, most of these services require a charged phone, and it is important to have back-up methods to charge these devices, such as portable and car chargers. Renschler also suggestsknowing how your phone operates and what causes the battery to die fastest. When you are familiar with that, you can then use the apps that are the most efficient in sending out information to contact the most people with the least amount of battery.While some natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes can come with some warning, others can take people by surprise, and it is important to always have an emergency plan.”Thinking about preparation and preparedness is just part of what we have to do in terms of routine practice going forward,” Chandra said. “Disaster preparedness is really important, and certainly can ease some of the burden because there is so much other burden that these communities are facing now with loss of loved ones and the emotional toll of disasters. All of us should be doing more early on as part of our daily practice.” Credit: CC0 Public Domain ©2019 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

first_img Related News World 18 Apr 2019 Italy’s League presents anti-euro candidates at EU elections Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Italy’s Salvini denies his League party took money from Russians MILAN (Reuters) – The economic chief of Italy’s ruling League party said on Friday it was too early to say whether the government would try to get central bank vice governor Fabio Panetta onto the board of the European Central Bank.Italy has backed the appointment of French Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB as part of a plan to get a seat on the six-member executive board.”Certainly he is an authoritative figure,” Claudio Borghi said when asked by Reuters if Panetta would be the Italian candidate for the ECB board. But he added: “It is premature. There are still knots to untangle.”On the sidelines of a banking event in Milan, Borghi said Panetta had “defended Italian savers while at the Bank of Italy, unlike others”. AdChoices广告 (Reporting by Elvira Pollina, writing by Giselda Vagnoni; editing by Andrew Heavens) World 24 Jun 2019 Mini-bill plan creates fissures within Italy’s League {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Next Passport alert! Ministry of External Affairs issues warning on fake passport services websitesThe fake passport websites also levy additional hefty charges for filling up the online application form and scheduling appointment for passport related services, the alert, which appears as a pop-up on the official website for passport services, says.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:33 IST The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a warning against websites which are masquerading as passport service providers.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a warning about portals that are masquerading as official passport service websites.The ministry’s passport division has warned that such fraudulent passport websites and mobile applications dupe people by collecting data.The fake passport websites also levy additional hefty charges for filling up the online application form and scheduling appointment for passport related services, the alert, which appears as a pop-up on the official website for passport services, says.Citing examples, the alert says that the fake passport websites are registered in the domain name *.org, *.in, *.com.The alert also lists some of the fake websites: www.indiapassport.org, www.online-passportindia.com, www.passportindiaportal.in, www.passport-india.in, www.passport-seva.in, www.applypassport.org.The alert warns everybody looking out for passport services to be careful while booking appointments for getting passports. Those applying for the Indian passport should not visit the aforementioned websites, the alert says.For wondering what, the only official website where one can apply for passport services is: www.passportindia.gov.in.Citizens can also use the official mPassport Seva app that is available on both Android and iOS.Also read | Follow these easy steps to apply for Reissue of Passport Also read | How to apply for passport: Simple stepsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow Indian passportFollow PassportFollow MEAFollow Ministry of External AffairsFollow passportindia.gov.inlast_img read more