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Wriddhiman 30 ready to shoulder responsibility

first_imgNorth Sound (Antigua): Wriddhiman Saha will begin his reintegration after a major shoulder injury with his first first-class game in 18 months when India A take on West Indies A in an unofficial Test starting on Wednesday. Wriddhiman and Hanuma Vihari the two Test specialists who have been included in the A squad to prepare for the two-Test series starting late August. Wriddhiman, who is only three months shy of his 35th birthday, is returning after a career-threatening injury that many believe has been completely mismanaged at the National Cricket Academy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt will not be out of place to label his comeback ‘Wriddhiman 3.0’ with the keeper-batsman beginning everything from the scratch, something that is not easy in the mid 30s. Having stayed under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shadow for the better part, Wriddhiman was finding his mojo in a injury-ridden career but the injury during the last IPL was a massive blow. With Rishabh Pant proving his credentials with centuries in England and Australia, it’s again that phase in his career where he could be seen wearing the orange or green bib and rushing with the towel and energy drink during breaks. The teamman that he is, Wriddhiman will do it without batting an eyelid but the question that crops up is what exactly will be left for him post West Indies tour, when India play twin series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.last_img read more

Saskatchewan suspends advocate for childrenyouth cites harassment complaints

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s advocate for children and youth has been suspended after multiple complaints of harassment.The legislature’s board of internal economy says Corey O’Soup was suspended from his duties Thursday following an investigation.Details of the harassment complaints were not released.The board says the investigation was conducted by an independent investigator with extensive experience dealing with harassment complaints.By law, people appointed as independent officers of the legislative assembly may only be removed by a vote of members of the legislative assembly.Provincial Ombudsman Mary McFadyen has been appointed interim advocate for children and youth.“Harassment cannot be tolerated in any workplace, and certainly not in the office of a statutory officer of the assembly,” Mark Docherty, Speaker of the legislative assembly, said in the release Thursday.“I want to assure the staff members of the advocate’s office, and of all statutory offices, that we support their right to work in a safe and respectful environment.”Docherty says he intends to bring the case before the legislature at the next sitting.The advocate for children and youth speaks up for the rights, interests, and well-being of children and youth in the province. (CJME, CTV Regina) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FANS WATCH SCHITTS CREEK FILMING IN CITY

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A man, who said he is one of the show’s producers, noted he could provide no details about which actors are on location, what they are filming or how long they will be in the city. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement A handful of fans watching filming of Schitt’s Creek at the Sherwood Motel on Monday morning were rewarded with quick glimpses of stars of the CBC TV series.“I’m here hoping to get to meet Eugene Levy,” said Jesse Mask of Brantford, who had been standing at the front of the Colborne Street East motel for several hours. “That’s my goal for the day.”Mask and his sister, Katie Mask, said they saw the backs of Levy and co-star Chris Elliott in the motel parking lot surrounded by the TV crew. A fleet of trailers and other vehicles were parked behind the Sherwood, a landmark in the city for more than 50 years, which was still open for business. Filming for the final season of the CBC comedy series Schitt’s Creek takes place Monday at the Sherwood Motel on Colborne Street in Brantford. (PHOTO BY BRIAN THOMPSON / THE EXPOSITOR) Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rez Girls hockey team getting closer to building their rink of dreams

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA campaign to gift the northern Ontario community of Fort Hope First Nation with an ice pad is getting closer to reality.Earlier this year, Katie and Steve Koopman helped to raise money to allow the Rez Girls hockey team to take part in their first hockey tournament.They travelled to Ottawa in for the spring tournament.This fall, they set the bar a little higher.“I had a big goal of trying to reach $90,000 in 30 days,” said Katie Koopman. “We are into our second month, but we are just over two-thirds funded, which is really amazing.”The Koopmans began a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of building a proper ice pad for the Rez Girls hockey team.They say although the pad won’t be in place for this hockey season, they plan to keep pushing on with the campaign.The Rez Girls are a PeeWee hockey team that gained attention and the hearts of man both on and off the ice during a house league tournament in March.According to the Koopmans, social media has played a big role in the success of the fund raising efforts.“Many of the donations come from people who play hockey themselves,” said Katie Koopman.“Their children play hockey it is their own act of reconciliation and they just believe in the effort and determination of these girls and coaches want to see them gifted with an ice rink, that every other kid in Canada has access to.”The Rez Girls probably won’t be able to practice on a new ice pad in their community this winter – but that won’t stop them from playing hockey.Koopman says the team will be heading to Kingston for a tournament this spring.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

North Peace BC SPCA is celebrating February as Membership Month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace BC SPCA wants to increase their membership numbers for 2019 and to do this they will be hosting a membership drive this February with the goal to recruit 30 new members.The BC SPCA membership gives people the opportunity to get involved in contributing financially towards the well being of animals in the facilities care, voter eligibility on governance for the BC SPCA and the opportunity to join the Community Council and Fundraising Committee. The membership fee is also eligible for an income tax receipt.“Becoming a member is a great way for people to show support for animals within the community, especially if they don’t have the time to volunteer”, says branch manager, Candace Buchamer. “We look forward to welcoming new members and continuing the important work of building a more humane community.” To become a member, fill out a membership form at the North Peace BC SPCA, located at 9311 81 Ave, between 12 and 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The membership fee is $30 annually or a $350 one-time-fee for a lifetime membership.From February 25th – March 3rd will be Treat Week, a provincially organized fundraiser that has expanded from the success of Cupcake Day, which saw companies andindividuals sell cupcakes with the proceeds going towards the BC SPCA.last_img read more

Peacekeeping under severe strain to undergo thorough review – UN official

“2009 will be a crucial year for peacekeeping,” Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy told the General Assembly’s Special Committee on Peacekeeping, in his first appearance before that body since he replaced Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who had held the top post from 2000 until last August.Mr. Le Roy said that operations were not only stretched in terms of the size and number of missions – totalling 18 and deploying some 112,000 blue helmets – but also in terms of the challenges posed by complex mandates and difficult logistical and security environments.“A number of our missions face risks that are so significant that I cannot discount the potential for mission failure, with all the consequences that would entail for the United Nations,” he warned.Among the most challenging factors, he said, was the requirement to use force to protect civilians in areas beset by continuing conflict such as Darfur and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“This situation begs an analysis of mandates and the capabilities needed to implement them,” the official said, offering as an example the difficult contradictions the DRC Mission (MONUC) faced when it was mandated to both protect civilians and support the national armed forces in their operations – which themselves posed a threat to civilians.For such complex mandates, the resources needed had become increasingly hard to mobilize, he said, citing the continued lack of air transport in Darfur over a year after the deployment of the mission, and the shortage of troops in many missions.Mr. LeRoy was confident, however, that the necessary analysis could be done and the challenges could be met, because of the dire need for peacekeeping and the ability of DPKO to perform the restructuring needed.After all, the previous phases of restructuring DPKO, and the division of labour between it and the recently-created Department of Field Support (DFS), has already been accomplished 18 months into the process, though work remained to be done “to achieve the full benefits of the approved reform measures.” The Brahimi, Peace Operations 2010 and DPKO/DFS restructuring processes, underway for nearly a decade, had strengthened the UN’s capacity to plan manage and sustain UN peacekeeping operations. Through further analysis and evolution, “we must look to the horizon, but we must also continue to implement mandates and build on the significant strengthening of our capacity…,” Mr. LeRoy said. 23 February 2009United Nations peacekeeping operations, faced with unprecedented demands and extreme constraints, will undergo a thorough review in the coming year, the chief of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said today. read more

Samurai swords and axes among thousands of weapons seized from schools

first_imgIt followed the case of teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April 2014 by pupil Will Cornick, 15.The following year, teacher Vincent Uzomah was seriously injured when he was stabbed at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford by a racist pupil.Latest Government figures show that in 2014/15, primary and secondary school pupils in England were suspended on more than 132,000 occasions for assault or verbally abusing and threatening behaviour.In addition, there were more than 2,100 permanent exclusions for these reasons.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools work closely with the police to protect and educate their pupils, and in some cases police officers are stationed in schools. Where appropriate, schools conduct searches and use metal detectors, and they implement robust disciplinary procedures against anyone found in possession of a weapon. A handful of forces offered historical data that showed weapons including a guillotine, a Taser gun and a ukulele were among the items seized.In a minority of cases, depending how information was recorded, incidents could have involved the use of body parts such as a fist, or verbal abuse.Forces in England and Wales were asked for information on the numbers of weapons seized in schools, along with details of the incidents.National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Knife Crime, Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock, said: “Schools should be free of weapons and all children should be able to learn without fear or violence. Carrying a weapon of any kind in schools is not an issue for a school to deal with alone; police and partners will always be willing to work with them and take appropriate action. It means the number of knives taken away is likely to be much higher if data from other forces about the type of weapon used is taken into account.Other weapons confiscated included at least 26 guns, including BB guns, air rifles and an imitation firearm. Weapons sweep conducted by Schools Officers & Metropolitan Special constabulary in #Acton yields 2 hidden knives #Renounce #SaferSchools pic.twitter.com/e9GJS69wWY— Ealing MPS (@EalingMPS) 28 April 2017 Waltham Forest Council became the first in England and Wales to introduce knife arches in every secondary school as the scheme was launched at Lammas School and Sports College in Leyton, east London, in 2009 Waltham Forest Council became the first in England and Wales to introduce knife arches in every secondary school as the scheme was launched at Lammas School and Sports College in Leyton, east London, in 2009Credit:PA “Young people are taught about the dangers of offensive weapons both in lessons and in talks delivered by invited speakers.”A Department for Education spokesman said the Government had increased teachers’ powers so they can take action if they suspect a pupil has brought prohibited items into school.He said: “Teachers can also search without consent and confiscate prohibited items.” Murdered teacher Ann MaguireCredit: West Yorkshire Police via PA “We have recently seen an increase in young people carrying knives and this is worrying. We are responding to this trend by targeting those who carry them illegally and working with retailers to reduce the sale of knives to underage people through nationally coordinated operations.”Police involvement in schools, whether it be officers delivering talks and interactive sessions or based in schools themselves as part of the Safer Schools Partnership, helps us to educate young people and explain why carrying a weapon illegally is never acceptable.”The figures come amid a crackdown on knife crime in schools by some forces.Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police announced officers would be working with schools to highlight the potential consequences of carrying a knife. Murdered teacher Ann Maguire More unusual contraband included a police baton, a rolling pin, a can of beer and a 15in metal rod.One student fashioned an improvised battery device, while another was caught with a less sophisticated device – an unwound paperclip.At least 47 children found with weapons were below 10 years old, the age at which someone can be prosecuted.This included three five-year-olds, one of which was caught with a knife while another was found with a missile – typically a brick or a rock.There were also 47 cases where the person involved gave their occupation or status as teacher, or a related job, such as tutor. Forces did not give further details. Thousands of weapons have been seized from schools across the country – with samurai swords, axes and air guns among those confiscated.The majority of cases involved children, including some as young as five, according to figures released to the Press Association by police forces in England and Wales.At least one in five incidents involved knives, while the data suggests an overall increase in the number of weapons found on school premises.Police chiefs said there had been a “worrying” increase in young people carrying knives. They said police work with schools to help educate youngsters on why carrying any illegal weapon is wrong.Press Association analysis of data from 32 police forces that gave figures showed there were 2,579 weapons found from the 2015/16 financial year to this year.The number is likely to be much higher, when considering those forces that did not provide data, or offered only incomplete figures, under Freedom of Information laws.In 2016/17 alone, among those that gave breakdowns, there were at least 1,369 weapons found – a rise of almost 20% on the previous year, despite this not covering a full 12-month period.According to the 24 forces that gave specific details on the type of weapon, just under 500 of the nearly 700 seized were knives – including samurai swords. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

BeAheadBeFeared – Extreme handball challenge

← Previous Story Adidas prepares #BeAheadBeFeared challenge in Cologne Next Story → PPD Zagreb with Slovenian charm in future Adidas launches a new #BeAheadBeFeared campaign before the VELUX EHF Final 4 which will be held on May 28 and 29 in Cologne, Germany. Adidas Handball Communications Manager Marc Baecker gives us an insight into an “extreme handball challenge”:#BeAheadBeFeared is a new campaign from adidas handball that champions the relentless passion, power and physicality of one of the world’s most brutal sports. We want to celebrate the unshakeable passion for handball shared by grassroots players and teams with the greatest talents of the professional game including Jackson Richardson and Nikola Karabatic. That is why we have created the BE AHEAD. BE FEARED. Extreme Handball Challenge in Cologne on Friday May 27 to push handballers to their limits – says Baecker and adds:adidas has created the toughest handball challenge ever with the BE AHEAD. BE FEARED. Extreme Handball Challenge. It is a one-off event that will demand everything of competitors. Just like on the court, team players will need to work together and fight until the final second to be ahead and overcome the challenge. The specially-designed obstacle course has been created in a converted warehouse and features several varied and unconventional activities. Whether it is a tunnel full of fog, powerful wind machines or even a handball challenge in complete darkness…it will excite and exhaust participants. The course includes different natural environments such as wind, dark and fog and uses many different materials you may recognise from the gym or training /cross fit events.What real-life handball situations is the BE AHEAD. BE FEARED. Extreme Handball Challenge course designed to simulate?Handball is a very physical team sport, players need power, speed, assertiveness and intense concentration. Our course is also about mental and physical agility and we provide a playground where the players feel the most alive. Each team has to fight mercilessly until the very last second in order to defeat the opposition and to win the challenge. This is what handball is about…believing in yourself and pushing limits.How will the winning team be decided?Officials will measure the time it takes teams (of three members) to complete the entire course. Each team member has to overcome all obstacles and must complete all handball tasks. The team who masters the obstacle course in the shortest time wins the challenge and will meet Nikola Karabaticas they are congratulated at the Official Opening Party of the VELUX EHF FINAL4.How can players and fans be involved in the BE AHEAD. BE FEARED. Extreme Handball Challenge event?Our event is a call to all players who wants to experience something new. Handball is so much more than just throwing a ball into a goal. Handball skills could be an advantage but will definitely not be sufficient to win the challenge. You will also need mental strength, endurance and team spirit.All handball fans are invited to watch the action and join the festivities at the BE AHEAD. BE FEARED. Extreme Handball Challenge event – which also features a bar, DJ, food trucks and the opportunity to score great handball prizes.Join us at The New Yorker, Dock One, Cologne from 12pm on Friday May 27 to watch creators of the court push their limits and usher in a new era in handball – concludes Marc Baecker. #BeAheadBeFeared handballAdidasNikola Karabatic read more

Irish Lonely Beast app featured on US Apple TV ad

first_imgPic: The Lonely Beast website“Keep it simple” was their key phrase, said Judge.Both the books and the app have seen a huge reaction from children not just within Ireland, but worldwide, and by using new technology to expand the Lonely Beast’s world, Judge is able to keep a foot in both the traditional and tech publishing worlds.“It’s just brilliant when people tell me ‘I can’t get my iPad back from my kid because of the app’,” laughed Judge.I’m a big fan of technology – it’s impossible to fight it. I am happy to embrace it and see where it goes. Making the app was a huge thrill. I still love the paper books, they are so important to me. It’s to not just replicate them.The Lonely Beast character himself was inspired by Judge’s childhood fascination with Chewbacca, monsters, and the yeti in Tin Tin in Tibet. “It just blew my mind as a kid,” he said of the latter. “The beast is an amalgamation of all the different monsters I grew up loving.”The next book in the series, Brave Beast, is released on 9 March, with a child-friendly launch event that day from 11am – 3pm at the Lighthouse Cinema. For the app fans, there’s even more good news: the trio are already sketching out ideas for Lonely Beast 123, where the beast will guide children through learning their numbers.There’s quite the action-packed year ahead for the beast, who Judge first thought of as “a sad, scary kind of guy”.But once I started telling his story in the book, I realised this guy would like to eat cakes and do his garden… he suddenly became a lot more friendly.The Lonely Beast ABC is available on iTunes for €2.69.Read: Two out of work filmmakers launch creative app for exploring Dublin> AN IRISH ANIMATED app for children featuring a hairy, lonely beast has been chosen to feature in the new Apple TV ad for the iPad.The Lonely Beast books are written and illustrated by Chris Judge, and have grown into the Lonely Beast ABC, an app for helping children learn their ABCs that can be used on an iPad or iPhone.(Apple/YouTube)Huge boostSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Judge said that having the video included was “amazing, because the app itself was made just by the three of us”. By the three of us, he means himself, his brother Simon Judge and friend James Kelleher – the trio made the app in their spare time, funding it using Fundit.It’s a huge boost for them to see the app reach the level where it is recognised by Apple in the United States. The project began when James and Simon pitched the app idea to Chris, as they were interested in making apps. Initially, Judge thought the aim was to replicate the book, which he wasn’t keen on, but James had the idea for an ABC app that would also mean expanding the Lonely Beast’s world.“We ended up having a meeting and falling around laughing at all sorts of daft stuff,” remembered Judge. Kelleher taught himself to code and they looked after the entire project themselves, creating new worlds for the Lonely Beast to visit on his ABC adventure.last_img read more

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 to be unveiled on October 22

first_imgWith Apple’s smartphone line up now settled for another 12 months, the company’s focus can turn to tablets, and the next generation of both the iPad and iPad mini. We expected both tablets to be updated before the end of the year, and now it looks as though Apple has decided to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 before the end of the month.AllThingsD has been told that Apple is set to hold an event on Tuesday, October 22 where the iPad and iPad mini hardware refresh will be the main focus. However, it is also thought that Apple will be rolling out the new design of the Mac Pro as well as OS X Mavericks.We fully expect Apple to have matched the design of the iPad 5 with the iPad mini 2 while at the same time making the iPad smaller without compromising on screen size. We also expect the Touch ID sensor to be used, A7 processors in both tablets, and iOS 7 on board. What we aren’t sure about if whether the iPad mini 2 will make the jump to a Retina display resolution. It would seem crazy not to when you compare the current iPad mini to the competition.As for the Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, it makes sense to launch them together. Mavericks is v10.9 of OS X and promises improvements to Finder, more iCloud integration, and a range of new features for power users. The Mac Pro on the other hand is Apple’s long overdue update to its most powerful desktop machine. It has a new and very different cylinder design and will ship with a range of processor options including a 12-core Intel Xeon part.Apple will surely confirm the event date in the next week or so when the invites go out. It’s also important to point out that October 22 is the date Microsoft will launch the Surface 2 and Nokia is holding its Innovation Reinvented showcase.last_img read more

ESPN is Making The Ocho for Real and Yes It Will Have

first_img ‘NBA 2K20’ Reveals Star-Studded Story ModeBasketball Pro Suspended When Drug Test Revealed He Was ‘Pregnant’ Stay on target Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a great stupid comedy. The stakes are blown way out of proportion for an ultimately silly premise. Ben Stiller is unforgettably disgusting as the villainous White Goodman. The funniest lines are endlessly quotable, to the point where “It’s a bold strategy, Cotton” became its own meme. It even featured an actually funny Chuck Norris joke from a time before Chuck Norris jokes became played out and boring. Little jokes were packed into every frame, including a fictional ESPN channel that we all kind of wish actually existed. Good news on that front: Now, it will. For one day, anyway.All day on Tuesday, August 8 (8/8), ESPN’s college sports station ESPNU will change to ESPN 8: The Ocho. Just like in the movie, there is no discernible reason for the channel to be nicknamed “The Ocho.” According to the network’s announcement, the tagline promises that the network will bring us “the Finest in Seldom Seen Sports.” So if you’re sick of the endless cycle of football, basketball, hockey and baseball, The Ocho might be for you. Take that, FuboTV!What kind of “seldom-seen” sports will be featured? Well, the network will kick things off at 12:00 a.m. with the 2016 American Disc Golf Championship which, since it involves throwing something, is much more of a sport than actual golf. That will be followed by the 2016 Roller Derby Championships, which is a sport that needs to be on TV more often. Who doesn’t want to watch competitive athletes throwing elbows at each other on skates?Then, the channel will air a dodgeball tournament. The 2016 Skyzone Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball tournament. That sounds even better than what was going on in the movie. Sadly, Jason Bateman and Gary Cole will not be providing commentary. Other events include the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final, which is a sport originating in India where a player has to tag opponents while holding his breath, the Firefighters World Challenge XXV, and the 2017 Championship of Bags. That last one is a cornhole tournament (a big hit here in the Geek NYC office). They’ll also air this year’s Street Fighter Championship from EVO.You might notice that all these are reruns. It’s a clever way for ESPN to showcase some of the odder tournaments they’ve featured in recent years. There is one new broadcast on the schedule, though. At 5 p.m., Eastern, ESPN 8: The Ocho will air the Moxie Games. The network describes that as a new sport that combines dodgeball, juggling, martial arts, volleyball, table tennis, and soccer into one sport. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds gloriously chaotic.It makes sense that ESPNU would be the station to try something like this. In the dead of August, there’s really not a ton going on in college sports. Baseball ended in June, and football doesn’t start up for another couple weeks. If your forced to show reruns of sporting events, why not go completely bonkers with it? I’ve also wanted something like The Ocho ever since I saw Dodgeball. Sports can be fun to watch, but there’s so much more out there than the same four we see every year. If there was a channel I could turn to and see an unconventional new sport, I’d watch that all the time. Arguably, this is the kind of thing ESPN should be doing year-round. Do we really need 12 airings of SportsCenter every day?In any case, this is the most interested I’ve been in anything on ESPN in… ever. If you want to watch a bunch of offbeat athletic competitions you’d probably never hear about otherwise, check out ESPN  8 on August 8. If not… well, you could watch Dodgeball again. That movie is still pretty funny.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Viewer numbers for 111 WWE Total Divas number down

first_img Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp The 1/11 WWE Total Divas on E! did 1.29 million viewers. This number is down from last week’s show that did 1.41 million viewers. Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:08Loaded: 36.68%0:08Remaining Time -3:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Now Playing Up Next Khloe Kardashian wanted therapy with Tristan Thompsoncenter_img Videos Articles Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Ben Roethlisberger WWE and E! announce “Total Bellas” Season Four Premiere for January 2019 Now Playing Up Next Action-Packed Trek Through The Blue Ridge Mountains Facebook “Total Bellas” renewed for a fifth season, New episodes to premiere in early 2020 Twitter Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

African Trade Team Attends Baking with Soy Course in North Dakota

first_img(From left to right): Kevin Oforka (Nigeria,) and Mary Kanyingi (Kenya) making croissants with a flour consisting of 3 percent 70 PDI defatted soy flour (DSF). They were able to taste and observe the benefits of incorporating this ratio into their recipes.A trade team consisting of African business representatives from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya is attending the Baking with Soy: From Farm to Plate course at the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) this week in Fargo, N.D.The focus of the training is on learning how to incorporate defatted soy flour (DSF) into new and traditional baking techniques. The team will receive the knowledge and skills to incorporate DSF into recipes based on their own unique challenges as bakery owners and food manufacturers.So far the team has met with representatives from NCI, CHS Inc. and the North Dakota Soybean Council. They have been able to observe first-hand the benefits of incorporating DSF into recipes for scones, pan breads, donuts and other baked goods. The company from Nigeria is currently baking with U.S. DSF, and has used this opportunity to experiment with recipes and work with the NCI’s food technologists to improve his understanding of the properties of soy flour.The two business owners from Ghana are eager to begin baking with DSF, as they will benefit from a USDA funded Quality Samples Program (QSP) container of defatted soy flour. The course has been useful in demonstrating the functional and economic benefits of baking with soy flour.The trade team participants are being partially sponsored with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Market Development (FMD) funds. Participants were required to pay for their own airfare.last_img read more

Porch pirate arrested after being caught on camera fleeing with box from

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man who barely made off with a package he snatched from the front porch of a Southwest Miami-Dade home after the homeowner confronted him.Jeremy Palacio, 33, was arrested on May 20 after he was caught on camera stealing a package from a home in the area of Southwest 120th Avenue and 187th Terrace.Miami-Dade Police said Palacio confessed to the theft after he was arrested in connection to another crime.The homeowner, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the alleged thief circled the house several times before he made his move.Ring doorbell footage captured a white Infiniti G37 sedan driving up to the lawn of the residence, at around 1:30 p.m., May 16.The video showed Palacio getting out of the car and taking a large box from the porch before trying to fit it into the backseat.After multiple attempts to get the package into the car, he fled the scene with the car door open when the homeowner walked outside. The homeowner said the alleged thief took off with part of a patio furniture set worth around $1,200.Palacio faces charges of third-degree grand theft and has since bonded out of jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Walmart snags Google and Amazon alum as CTO

first_imgWalmart is pushing further into tech. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Walmart has named former Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM exec Suresh Kumar as its chief technology officer, a newly created position. Kumar will use his experience in e-commerce, cloud and machine learning for the role, Walmart said in a blog post Tuesday.First spotted by CNBC, Kumar will report directly to CEO Doug McMillon, who said Kumar “has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail.””The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible,” McMillon added.At Google, Kumar served as vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics. At Microsoft, he was corporate vice president of cloud infrastructure and operations. He spent 15 years at Amazon, including as vice president of technology for retail.Walmart has been pushing more into tech, last week launching a range of Walmart tablets running Android Pie.They come in 8-inch and 10-inch varieties costing $64 and $79. Both run on the Android 9 operating system, have a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM storage.Walmart is also selling a 10.1-inch tablet with detachable keyboard for $99.They all have a 2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2.5D touchscreen, and a resolution of 800×1,280.Walmart, looking to compete more with Amazon, launched one-day shipping this month. Walmart Amazon Google IBM Microsoft Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Online 0:55 Android Pie Preview • Android Pie works like the iPhone X these two ways Tags How To • Android Pie 9.0: 4 settings you need to change Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for youlast_img read more

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs As VIP Treatment To US

first_imgAP Photo/Eric GayFrom the photo archive: A man holds a candle during a vigil at San Fernando Cathedral for victims who died as a result of being transported in a tractor-trailer, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio. Several people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said Sunday in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants.  “It is sad that 14 years later people are still being smuggled in tractor-trailers,” he said. “There still isn’t water, there still isn’t ventilation. These criminal organizations, they’re all about making money.” The striking similarities of the Texas tragedies demonstrate how smugglers have found a durable business model carrying large groups — often in big rigs — through an elaborate network of foot guides, safe house operators and drivers. A criminal complaint about Sunday’s discovery that 10 were dead and dozens injured in the truck opens a window on their degree of sophistication and organizational muscle: passengers had color-coded tape to split into smaller groups; and six black SUVs awaited them at one transit point to bring them to their destinations. Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Before that, people paid small fees to mom-and-pop operators to get them across a largely unguarded border. As crossing became exponentially more difficult after the 2001 terror strikes in the U.S., migrants were led through more dangerous terrain and paid thousands of dollars more. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a political scientist who teaches at University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, said migrants she interviewed last year in South Texas paid $2,000 to $3,000 more to ride in the crammed tractor-trailers, considering them more effective, faster and safer than walking through the desert to a pickup point far from the border. Hundreds of border crossers perish each year in the desert, getting lost and dehydrated in extreme heat. The growing use of trucks coincided with increased trade with Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing smugglers to more easily blend in with cargo, particularly on Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas, to San Antonio, Correa-Cabrera said. Walking in the open desert more easily exposes them to U.S. Border Patrol agents. Women, some carrying children, think they are less likely to be raped on a truck than in the open desert because there are more witnesses, Correia-Cabrera said. Riding in a big rig, she said, is “the VIP treatment.” For smugglers, the advantage of tractor-trailers boils down to scale. “It’s like any other business: the more they move, the more profit they make,” Homan said. “Rather than taking four in a car, the profit margin on tractor-trailers is a lot more.” Alan Bersin, a former federal prosecutor who was President Bill Clinton’s “border czar” and a high-ranking Homeland Security official under President Barack Obama, said immigrant smugglers have taken a cue from groups that bring drugs from Mexico to the United States and guns and cash from drug sales to Mexico from the United States. They break into small groups or loads to get across the border, lessening the chances of getting caught by inspectors and minimizing losses if they are discovered. Once they clear the border, they regroup. Truck drivers are low-level cogs in a big machine, recruited in the U.S. at casinos and other places where smuggling organizations look for people who are down on their luck, desperate for quick cash and disinclined to ask questions. James Matthew Bradley Jr., who made an initial court appearance Monday in San Antonio on smuggling charges, told authorities he was delivering what he thought was a sold vehicle from Schaller, Iowa, to Brownsville, Texas, and that he didn’t know what was inside, according to the complaint. He said he was given no deadline or address to deliver the truck. Other guides take migrants across Mexico by bus. Others join them on a raft across the Rio Grande or through the desert to a hideout or to a nearby house where they may wait days or weeks. Eventually smuggling organizations get them to major cities like Phoenix, Houston or San Antonio. “I have to imagine that their winning percentage is really, really high,” said Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy group. “Whatever reputation they lose from episodes like this, their profit margins are still high enough to make it work. Otherwise people wouldn’t pay.” ___ This story has been corrected to show that the truck began its journey in Schaller, Iowa, not Schiller. Sharelast_img read more

Santa Claus is already in town

first_imgWinter  festivities and celebrations are gaining pace in the national Capital, where the stage is set for families to dive into the festive celebrations and to enjoy to their heart’s content.In a bid to boost tourism in the city, Delhi Tourism is organising ‘Winter Carnival’ from December 18-27 at Dilli Haat, INA and ‘X-Mas Carnival’ from December 25-27 at Dilli Haat, Janak Puri. To mark the beginning of the festive season, guests and visitors can look forward to a unique Christmas bazaar at both Dilli Haats, which is the main attraction and in order to build up the excitement,  Santa Claus would be moving around the venue distributing candies to charm the little ones. To create a unique atmosphere, Church of Delhi would conduct singing of Christmas carols and cultural programmes every evening in order to light up the mood of the visitors. Dilli Haat Janakpuri will organise various other events like camel rides, joy rides, food delicacies of other states, cakes and chocolate stalls, adventure parks and handloom and handicraft stalls.last_img read more

DHTour marks 75th anniversary of DDay with four trips

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Sharecenter_img Tags: D-Day, DHTour, History, New Tours BURLINGTON — London and UK specialist DHTour is offering four tours to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6.“Each passing year takes us further away from the events that shaped our country and the world in which we live in today,” says Gordon Burwood, President, DHTour. “The pivotal battle of Normandy which began on June 6, 1944 was one such event. Seventy-five years have since passed from what was known as operation ‘Overlord’ or ‘D-Day’ but its importance is strongly remembered to this day.”DHTour’s trips will focus heavily on the role Canada, along with its allies, played in both World Wars. Tour ‘A’ starts in London, with a look at the effects of the war on the city from the Blitz onwards and then visits the great naval port of Portsmouth for the ferry across to Normandy. Tour ‘B’ follows the allied forces from Normandy, through Holland, to Berlin. After Normandy, Tour ‘C’ looks at the Liberation of Holland while Tour ‘D’ concentrates on Belgium. All tours will include the Canadian Juno Beach ceremonies on June 6.DHTour also arranges private battlefield tours both in Europe and in Vietnam, “wherever, and whenever, your clients want to go – at their pace – for their interests”, says Burwood. Either as a small group in nine-seater Mercedes Executive vans or in Saloon cars, along with a guide who will be an expert in military tours and local culture, and whether for a few days or longer, DHTour can customize the journey according to the style of accommodation clients are looking for. Visitors can have a chance to visit the major Canadian battlefield sites such as Vimy Ridge, Juno Beach or Dieppe as well as smaller, more personal, areas and cemeteries. Agents can contact DHTour for a quote and customized itinerary. More details are at dhgrouptours.com or call 1-888-597-3519. DHTour marks 75th anniversary of D-Day with four tripslast_img read more

Mobile Travel Agents – A Coming of Age

first_imgDon BeatieCEOMTA – Mobile Travel AgentsMobile Travel Agents – A Coming of AgeMTA – Mobile Travel Agents founders Karen and Roy Merricks pioneered the mobile (work from home) model in Australia some 16 years ago and sought out a solution to allow more (primarily) women the flexibility to be able to work in the industry they loved while also being able to balance family life.With the advent of the internet they developed systems and processes that enabled consultants to work for themselves and provided them with the opportunity to work when they wanted, where they wanted and to have the potential to earn what they wanted with an uncapped remuneration scheme.Unlike the traditional “bricks and mortar” Agency, consultants gained the freedom of working when and where they chose (primarily from home) and they in fact could be seen as business owners themselves. Overheads were substantially lower as office rental was not required.In the past the model was frowned upon as being for “part timers” and not for the professional travel expert. Today there can be no doubt that the mobile model has come of age, it is accepted (perhaps reluctantly in some quarters) and in fact is now embraced by many of its former critics within the industry. Ironically many of the previous detractors have “got on board’ and are running some sort of like model themselves.Today MTA continues to be a leading provider of travel experiences as well as a supplier recognised, multi award winner for sales and expertise. It provides systems and an environment to allow business minded consultants to grow and service their customer base. No sales targets are set, consultants determine their own income driven by their efforts. MTA supports their efforts by the provision of in house developed, state of the art agency support mechanisms and by forging strong relationships with its partnersAttracting new members to the mobile model is a lot easier today as there is greater acceptance of the model than in the past. Consistently, MTA’s policy has been not to directly approach a consultant at either another like mobile model or a traditional travel agency. This is not true of most of MTAs competitors as evidenced through the number of approaches made to MTA members on a regular basis.Everyone who has joined MTA has enquired of their own volition and yes often through being recommended to enquire after speaking with our existing Members, which is testament to the MTA model itself. Further, not all consultants who enquire are selected. Indeed consistently of all the enquiries that MTA receives less than 10% are accepted as new members. While growth may be desirable it will only occur with the right kind of people and those that demonstrate a fit for the MTA cultural, as the relationship is very much one of partnership. MTA can proudly boast the highest calibre of members who consistently focus on quality delivery of experiences for their customers.For those experienced consultants looking who are looking for a change that will provide them with the freedoms to be able to manage their own clients without the distractions of people just wanting quotes then the mobile model is something to consider. If you are ready to make the change and are comparing the models the following things should be considered.Points For ConsiderationWill you be able to work and continue to receive support without the need to achieve imposed sales or hours of work targetsIs the culture of the organisation supportive and understanding of “life stage support”Have you the range of Suppliers to cater for your customer’s needsAre you provided with insurance or do you have to arrange and pay for it yourselfIs after hours support providedAre you provided with 7×24 IT supportAre your bookings and customers looked after when you are on leave or on a familAre you provided with a web page or a fully integrated websiteCan you use any GDS that you likeAre you able to work when and where you chooseDo you receive tickets at no chargeHave you checked the Supplier commissions you are going to receive to make sure that they are competitive.Look at how much you are getting to put in your pocket after all the fees and charges have been deducted from your earned commission (the top line is never the measure). For example do you have to pay ticketing or marketing support fees. Even with all of the financial and support side of the business proposition considered, it is advisable to also look at the culture of the business and whether you see yourself fitting into that culture. In this model you need to know that you will be supported ongoing with a profitable and viable company.MTA – Mobile Travel Agents ticks all of the boxes and answers yes to the points above. In addition it nurtures the concept of “life stage support” because we know that it is something that everybody goes through.The Mobile model however will not suit all consultants with the two main considerations beingIt is a commission only model therefore no commissions, no earningsYou need to have or be able to develop your own client baseIn reality those consultants who do make the move to the mobile environment are able to potentially earn more than they did previously with rewards for their efforts being recognised by uncapped remuneration and a work/lifestyle balance. Additionally the mobile model is very much a referral type business and if you provide great service and are able to demonstrate your expertise then building your own client base is not so much of a problem. Mike Parker-BrownSource = MTA – Mobile Travel Agents – Don Beatie – CEO MTA – Mobile Travel Agentslearn more here Join MTAbecome a mobile travel agent last_img read more

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