Australia on Sunday named an unchanged squad for the fourth Ashes Test starting on the Boxing Day in Melbourne.The 12-man squad: Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Michael Beer, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Phillip Hughes, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Shane Watson.
England have recalled batsman Gary Ballance for the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s on Thursday with the hosts also naming Middlesex pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones as the only uncapped player in the squad.Ballance was dropped following a dismal showing during England’s two-Test series against Bangladesh in October but got back on the selectors’ radar after averaging 101 for Yorkshire in the County Championship this season.”Gary Ballance could play his first Test since October,” national selector James Whitaker said in a statement when announcing the side on Sunday.”He has been in fantastic touch with the bat in the Championship averaging over 100. He deserves to be included and we feel that he will add maturity and experience to our middle-order.”Ballance would bat at number three in Joe Root’s first series as captain, with Root, who took over as skipper from Alastair Cook, dropping to his favoured number four position, British media reported.”There is great excitement around the first Test of the summer and with the start of a new era under the captaincy of Joe Root this is an exciting time for English cricket,” Whitaker added.Durham seamer Mark Wood is also back in the side for the first time since 2015, when injury disrupted his initial call-up.Injuries to Jake Ball and Chris Woakes could see Roland-Jones make his international Test debut at his home ground, while spinner Liam Dawson has been retained after an impressive debut against India in Chennai, leaving no room for Adil Rashid.advertisement”Toby Roland-Jones is a player we have been monitoring for quite some time and deserves his chance…He came close last year when he was named in the Test squad against Pakistan in July,” Whitaker added.”Toby has been in good form this campaign and his ability to seam the ball along with the fact that he can score useful runs down the order gives us a number of options.”Ballance’s recall means Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed also misses out, despite shining during the first three Tests in India last year.Since returning from the hand injury that ruled him out of the fourth Test of that series, Hameed has struggled for runs in the County Championship.England and South Africa are playing a four-match series with the final Test beginning at Old Trafford on August 4.Squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Liam Dawson, Keaton Jennings, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.
Bhubaneswar, Jul 5 (PTI) Asian Athletics Association (AAA) president Dahlan Jumaan al-Hamad today hoped the Court of Arbitration for Sports will render a wise decision on Dutee Chands case after the IAAF approached the CAS with more evidence in support of its Hyperandrogenism Policy. “She (Dutee) is an Indian athlete and we want to support our athletes. But at the same time there are international rules and regulations and we also have to abide by that. I cannot comment on a case which is pending at the CAS. We have to wait for the case to be decided,” Al-Hamad said while addressing the media after the AAA Congress here. “I can just hope that the CAS will give a wise decision, a right decision.” He informed that 44 countries out of 45 members have confirmed participation in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships which begins tomorrow at the Kalinga Stadium here. Turkmenistan, which is hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September, is the only country which is not taking part in the continents flagship event. “We have 45 member countries and out of these 44 have confirmed participation in this Asian Championships in India. It shows that all the countries of Asia want to come and compete in India. It is safe to say that sport is growing in Asia,” he said. The Congress decided to make changes in its constitution so as to make the posts of general secretary and treasurer separate and held by two persons from the 2019 onwards. “We have decided to separate the post of general secretary and treasurer into two which until now have been held by the same person (by Nicolas Maurice of Singapore). This will be done after the AAA Congress in 2019,” the AAA chief said. “Moreover, the general secretary will not be an elective post and hence will not be an elected member of the AAA Council. The person who holds this office will now be made a staff of the AAA. We feel the holder of this post should not need be concerned of whether he will be elected in the AAA elections,” Al-Hamad said. “The vacancy of an elective member of the AAA Council will be filled up by a woman. So, there will be three women members of the AAA Council after 2019 Congress,” said Al-Hamad, who was elected as AAA chief in 2013 after defeating Indias Suresh Kalmadi in the polls, before being re-elected to the post in 2017. The Qatari, who is also a vice president in the powerful IAAF Council, said that the Congress also discussed the tricky issue of some top athletes skipping Asian Championships to prepare themselves for the World Championships which falls in the same year in every edition. “We discussed it and we have requested the IAAF chief Sebastian Coe who was also present at the Congress to look into the issue. He has promised to deal with the issue and we are hoping to find a solution in this regard soon,” he said. Al-Hamad also said that in line with IAAFs push for innovative and new ideas to bring more fans to the sport, the AAA would also devise new strategies to increase the popularity of the sport in the continent. “We have decided to prepare a strategic plan for the period 2018-21 and we will make some changes in our competition structure including the Asian Grand Prix events. We will have a new format of the Asian Grand Prix events in two months,” he said without elaborating much. He also said that the AAA Congress discussed the issue of doping and re-affirmed the commitment by its members nations to eliminate the menace. “I feel doping is like a cancer which will have to be eliminated by its roots.” PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisement
In just a few hours from now, Oppo will announce a new series in India with a new smartphone. The Oppo K1, which is part of the new K-series, will be launching in India at an event in New Delhi starting 12pm. The Oppo K1 is a mid-range smartphone that has been launched in China already. It is notably the company’s most affordable smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. In fact, if priced right, the Oppo K1 is set to be the cheapest phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor.In a bid to strengthen Oppo’s multi-channel strategy, the Oppo K-series will be the company’s first online-only series, which means the Oppo K1 will go on sale only via e-commerce channels. The Oppo K1 will be available on Flipkart and via Oppo’s online store, and we will know the pricing and availability details in just a little while from now. You can catch the livestream of the launch via Flipkart’s dedicated page for the Oppo K1.The Oppo K1 has already been launched in China with a starting of CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,900) for the base model with 4GB of RAM. The 6GB RAM variant costs CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 19,000). Assuming Oppo launches the phone at these prices in India, you can expect the Oppo K1 to fall somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 16,000.Apart from an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Oppo K1 also touts a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) waterdrop AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset is paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. We will know in a little while whether Oppo plans on launching both memory variants for the Indian market. Both the RAM versions come with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.advertisementThe Oppo K1 packs a 3,600mAh battery and sports 16MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back. The droplet notch on the front houses a 25MP selfie camera for crisp and detailed selfies. Given the specs and expected pricing, the Oppo K1 will look to take on the likes of the Realme 2 Pro and Mi A2 in the country.ALSO READ | Find Z is next Oppo flagship smartphone, likely to come with Snapdragon 855ALSO READ | Oppo K1 India launch on February 6, expected to be cheapest phone with in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Oppo finally finds a way to hide selfie camera in smartphone display
I-League I-League: DSK Shivajians to not be a part of the top division Last updated 2 years ago 03:25 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media I-League Shivajians The Pune-based outfit have communicated their decision to not participate in the I-League to the Indian FA… It’s not so good times for the Punekars as DSK Shivajians becomes the third team from the city to have opted to not ply their trade in the I-League after Pune FC and Bharat FC.It is reliably learnt that DSK Shivajians have communicated their decision to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) earlier this month.The club made it into the top division league through a Request for Proposal (RFP) scheme which gave them immunity from relegation for three seasons. In the first year, they finished ninth and last year they could only make it to the seventh slot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Players too expressed their disappointment to the club management for the non-clearance of dues during the course of last season. The club’s academy staff too had gone on strike for their wages.The AIFF stated that it would look into the matter of on-payment of dues however, that hasn’t helped either.DSK Shivajians recently received the award for Best Home-match organizer of the I-League 2016-17 season jointly with Bengaluru FC at the AIFF awards in June.It must be noted that Bharat FC too had made the cut into the I-League through the direct entry scheme but shut shop after having spent over the top in their debut campaign which led to the management deciding to not invest in football anymore.Pune FC were disillusioned with the roadmap for Indian football as the AIFF continued to give more importance to the ISL over the I-League. Running a team in the I-League meant having no source of revenues, the issue of broadcasting rights and the absence of a concrete blueprint for Indian football going forward which were the primary reasons that compelled the club’s owners to cease their investment in the first team.Meanwhile, attempts made to contact Neel Shah, CEO of DSK Shivajians, were unsuccessful.
Bournemouth midfielder Harry Wilson knows Klopp keeping tabs on himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth midfielder Harry Wilson knows Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keeping tabs on him.Wilson has shone on-loan with the Cherries this season.He told Sky Sports: “He was happy with how the loan [at Derby] had gone, he said I had a great season.”Throughout last season, I was getting texts off him if one of our games was on tele that he had watched. It was good to know that when you go out on loan, you’re not just forgotten about, which may happen at some teams.”We have a loan guy who you keep in regular contact with, so when you’re getting regular messages off the manager, it always gives you that boost.”Of course I wanted to play in the Liverpool first team this year, but if that wasn’t the case, I wanted to be playing in the Premier League. I was delighted when I heard Bournemouth wanted to take me and I’ve started off well.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Editors’ Recommendations A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals Each go-kart includes Bluetooth speakers so you can play your favorite Mario Kart music — whether that be Bowser’s Castle or the Kalimari Deser — and, of course, MariCar offers costumes. Dress up as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, or Bowser (they also have superhero costumes for some reason), but don’t bother bringing your own blue shells because they’re strictly forbidden. Some of the rules to participate in MariCar include, “Do not throw banana peels or any other garbage on to the streets. Do not throw red turtle shells or any other objects to each other.”Which means that that must have actually happened enough times they had to write about it on their website.Even if you’re not into costumes, you should, at the very least, rent a Mario mustache. I mean, have some respect.Maricar / FacebookMariCar also offers 4k action cameras to record yourself and your friends on the streets. Since there’s a cost to rent an action camera and to buy an SD card ($7-23) at their shop, we suggest bringing your own video equipment and microSD.All the go-karts comply with local Japanese laws and safety procedures to drive on the streets (just not the highways). All you need to “Woo-hoo!” into first place is a valid Japanese license, international drivers’ permit, or a SOFA license; international permits issued by AAA or AATA are gravy.The three driving courses range in duration and price The starter track, about 1.5 to 2 hours long, takes you to see Asakusa, Tokyo Sky-Tree, Akihabara Shop, Tokyo Station, and Ueno for 900 Japanese Yen (or roughly $80 USD). The second course is longer, about 2.5 to 3 hours, and goes past the Rainbow Bridge, Ginza, Akihabara Shop, and Tokyo Tower. That runs about $108. The third course includes a 45-minute boating tour; for $135 you’ll pass Rainbow Bridge, Ginza, Akihabara Shop, and Tokyo Tower, then relax on a boat cruise.Ride solo or with a group of roughly 10-15. Any more and “Mama mia!” you’ll risk being separated at street lights.Before you go, check out how well The Manual folks fared in a Mario Kart race against real-life racecar drivers. Maricar / FacebookTokyo grew from a small fishing village to a megacity where you can grab coffee with snakes and race lavish Lamborghinis all in the space of a century. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the place known for creating Nintendo and the super-famous Mario Kart also likes a bit of LARP-ing.Tokyo’s MariCar rents custom-made go-karts to natives and visitors alike. But they don’t just set you free on the streets to pull a Tokyo Drift in a go-kart. Instead, MariCar leads drivers through one of three tracks around the city, meaning you finally have an opportunity to test your Nintendo skills in real life.Or more like your actual driving skills. “Our karts are automatic and very easy to control if you regularly drive a car,” says MariCar. (But remember, they drive on the left in Japan). A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing
Facebook Advertisement Twitter Social Media links Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Hot on the paws of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Gusto announces the premiere of new docu-series DOG TALES RESCUE, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT beginning May 31.Following the day-to-day operation of King City, Ont.’s Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary, the 10-episode, half-hour series features sanctuary co-founders and animal lovers Danielle Eden-Scheinberg and Rob Scheinberg as they care and rehabilitate sick, elderly, and abused animals. Along with a dedicated team of 50 passionate staff, the sanctuary accepts local surrenders and works with shelters both domestically and abroad searching for animals in need of help. DOG TALES RESCUE also debuts this fall in Québec on Canal Vie.“Dog Tales Rescue is a world-class facility and we can’t wait to tell the stories of benevolent sanctuary co-founders Danielle and Rob and the remarkable animals they have rescued,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, “With our continued goal to bring unique and premium programming to Gusto, this series is sure to both inspire and tug at the heartstrings of our viewers.” @GustoTV@DogTalesRescue GustoTVDogTalesRescue GustoTV Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary About Motion Content GroupMotion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company which invests and partners with the world’s leading talent, producers, and distributors to fund, develop, produce, and distribute premium content for the global benefit of our content partners and networks, platforms, and advertisers. Motion utilizes the unique worldwide infrastructure and deep commercial relationships of GroupM and WPP to the benefit of our content partners and advertisers. Motion investments and collaborations support the editorial and commercial requirements of producers, networks, and platforms in order to support contextually safe, high-quality advertising environments. Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the business currently operates in 26 countries worldwide, with Motion’s broad range of award winning programming distributed globally.About GustoGusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Furthering its commitment to delivering diverse quality lifestyle content, Bell Media Studios and partner Motion Content Group also confirm today that DOG TALES RESCUE has been renewed for a second season, joining the recently announced multi-season commitment of series WHERE TO I DO?.In the series premiere of DOG TALES RESCUE, Thursday, May 31 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, Rob and Danielle introduce the Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary. The team puts together a creative photo shoot to help boost adoption rates, and Lead Horse Handler Ilana tries to integrate a new horse with the herd. Potential new adoptive parents Shelley and Emmanuel come to meet dog Samuel after seeing a social media post in which he was featured. Before they can adopt Samuel, they must bring their dog Phoebe to Dog Tales to see if the two dogs will hit it off.Founded in 2004, the Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary is a world-renowned dog rescue and horse sanctuary set on 50 acres in King City, Ont. The Dog Tales property includes kilometers of walking trails, a therapy pool, a grooming spa, a pig mud bath, a horse paddock, a fenced play area, and a splash pad for the dogs. Dog Tales provides rescue animals with medical care, training, and, of course, lots of love!DOG TALES RESCUE is a co-production between Motion Content Group and Bell Media Studios. Melanie Darlaston is Executive Producer for Motion Content Group. Jennifer Couke and Michelle Crespi are Executive Producers for Bell Media Studios. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
Rabat – The United Nations Development Program released its 2016 African Human Development Report. Most of the report’s eight chapters focus on the status of women in different areas, such as The Social Dimensions of Gender Inequality (chapter 3), Women at Work (chapter 4), Women, Politics and Leadership (chapter 5) and so on.According to the report, the status of women in these areas “translates into lower opportunities for the well-being of women in particular and society as a whole” and determines the status women’s equality and empowerment. Compared to previous decades, the last decade represents an improvement for women in education, health and other social services.With regards to the social dimension of gender parity, women in Africa still suffer from immense health issues because of a number of factors. These include child marriage, sexual and physical violence, and a high rate of maternal mortality, especially at childbearing age.
Open Text Corp. rose to a record high Tuesday after the software company said it had expanded a partnership with Google’s cloud division, including integrating its own products with Google’s G Suite brand applications.Open Text was up 2.5 per cent to $56.11 at 1:24 p.m. in Toronto, its biggest intraday gain since May 8. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company provides enterprise content management software to help its customers manage documents and workflows, among other tasks. Its stock has gained 26 per cent this year. It will take much bigger thinking if Canada is to compete with giants in the ideas economy ‘I’m a street fighter’: Notorious one-time Open Text pursuer sets sights on media empire ‘Watson is junk’: Waterloo’s OpenText hops on the AI bandwagon with Magellan A number of Open Text’s applications will be made available on Google’s cloud platform, Anthos. Similarly, Google’s G Suite applications such as Drive, Sheets and Hangouts will be integrated with Open Text’s enterprise management software. Open Text will also integrate artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities from Alphabet Inc.’s Google into its own software.“With the partnerships and product integrations announced today, our shared customers can leverage the performance, scalability and security of Google Cloud, while deploying cutting-edge enterprise information management applications from OpenText,” Mark Barrenechea, the Canadian company’s chief executive officer and technology head, said in a statement.Bloomberg.com
World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Gregory Hartl said that this week is all about putting into practice the emergency response agreed upon by the head of the UN health agency and the presidents of the three affected West African countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – in a meeting that lasted more than five hours last Friday.Mr. Hartl said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and the three West African leaders agreed on an Ebola disease response plan involving three co-centric rings in the most-affected areas along their common border, such as Kenema, Lofa and Kailahun.“They want to institute emergency measures to encourage people to stay in those areas and not leave in order not to spread the disease to other areas,” Mr. Hartl told UN Radio, and to do that, they will increase supplies of food and other benefits into that area so it is attractive for people to stay there.He said that is why WHO and the three countries have launched an appeal for a $100 million response plan.“We need many more contributions from the international community, from governments, from NGOs, academic institutions, from anyone who can provide us with doctors, nurses, health staff, and other public health staff,” Mr. Hartl said. “We need materials. We need money, and this we need quickly and we need a lot of it,” he said. “We are looking at hundreds of international staff that we would like to get into region as fast as possible.”Dr. Chan had given a bleak assessment of the Ebola outbreak in remarks to the West African leaders last Friday, saying they are confronted with “an unprecedented outbreak” of the deadly Ebola disease accompanied by “unprecedented challenges” as the outbreak was moving faster than efforts to control it.But she also told presidents of countries affected by the most lethal strain of the virus that “when well-managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”The WHO chief also announced that on 6-7 August, WHO will convene an Emergency Committee meeting in order to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) and, if it does, to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread.According to WHO, Ebola, formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The origin of the virus is unknown, but fruit bats are considered the likely host. “Once a person comes into contact with an animal that has Ebola, it can spread within the community from human-to-human. Infection occurs from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people,” according to WHO. Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. WHO says the incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. The patients become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period.
A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Twenty cases of “>Ebola have been reported in the DRC’s Bas Uele Province – near the vast country’s border with the Central African Republic – two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and three people have died so far, the agency says.On 9 May, WHO noticed a cluster of unexplained illnesses and death, all with bleeding symptoms in the same area. WHO, the Congolese Government and the medical aid organization, Alima, immediately deployed a team to the field and lab tests confirmed it was Ebola. Two days later, the DRC Ministry of Health officially declared an outbreak of the virus. “It’s important to note that Likati Health Zone is one of the most remote parts of the DRC. It is 1400 kilometres from Kinshasa and 350 kilometres from the nearest major town, Kisangani,” said Dr. Peter Salama, the WHO Executive Director for Health and Emergencies Programmes, speaking to the press in Geneva.The logistic and practical challenges associated with the response to the outbreak in a very remote and insecure part of the country should not be underestimated – WHO’s Dr. Peter Salama He also said there are only 20 kilometres of paved roads in that area and virtually no functional telecommunications. It is also an area that has been subject to insecurity and displacement. “The Lord’s Resistance Army is believed to be active in the area and their displaced populations from the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic,” he noted. With the help of the UN, the first search teams, led by the DRC’s Ministry of Health, flew into Likati yesterday. Their immediate priority is to follow the 400 plus contacts of the suspected Ebola cases. The focus is on surveillance, getting the best information on the suspected cases, diagnosing people who have come in contact with an infected person, case management, isolating those who are infected to prevent the spread of the disease and more importantly engaging with the community, explained Dr. Salama. Meanwhile, the first Ebola treatment centre has been established in the Likati General Hospital. Protective gear has been dispatched to health workers and a mobile lab is being constructed and then deployed to the area. Immediate repairs to air strips and telecommunications are also being carried out.The first six months of the operation are expected to cost $10 million.Risk assessment ‘high’ at national level; ‘low risk’ globallyWHO has determined overall that the risk assessment for this event is “high” at the national level, medium at the regional level and low at the global level.An experimental vaccine for Ebola is being tested in Guinea, where the first outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was reported.The trials there have been “promising” and the vaccines has proven to be efficient and safe so far, Dr. Salama told reporters, while Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, added that she is encouraged by the rapid response to quell the outbreak.“We have not received an official request from the Government for this vaccine but they have been made aware that this possibility exists both to benefit from this new tool and also to add their support in the testing of this vaccine,” she said, reiterating the experimental nature of the vaccine, and expressed hope the authorities “will work with us to consider this and make a decision.”This is the eighth outbreak in the DRC since 1976. The most recent was in 2014, around the time more than 11,000 people died and some 28,000 cases were reported in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo will deliver a keynote address at the White Privilege Conference – Global Thursday morning in Toronto.First held in Iowa in 1999, the White Privilege Conference is designed to bring people together to have honest conversations about issues surrounding race and diversity. The Conference was held outside of the U.S. for the first time in 2016, when Brock hosted the event.As she did at the 2016 White Privilege Symposium here at Brock, Cheechoo will give a keynote address at Ryerson University in Toronto Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m.This year’s White Privilege Conference runs from Wednesday to Saturday and includes workshops, presentations, film screenings and a special banquet Friday night to celebrate the debut of the Canadian $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond, the first black woman to be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note.
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. Workout videos will be offered to schoolgirls to encourage them to exercise as part of new government plans to help them tackle their fear of team sports.Under new proposals published today [SUN], children will have a greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity, whether in school, after school or during weekends and holidays.Damian Hinds, the education secretary, alongside the sports minister, Mims Davies, and the minister for public health, Seema Kennedy, will set out The School Sport and Activity Action Plan later today. The scheme will include a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within young people’s daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and promote a joined-up and extra-curricular approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing. Show more Among the activities on offer is a new “Netflix-style library” of workout videos that can be used in schools and PE lessons to help encourage “less active” girls to do sport and exercise.Schools will also trial opening during holidays – a move which comes following calls from fitness leaders to keep sports clubs open all summer in a bid to combat Britain’s growing obesity crisis. As part of the plan, the Government said that it will launch a series of regional pilots – from September 2020 – to trial new approaches to getting more young people active, particularly “less active groups such as girls” and “those from disadvantaged backgrounds”.Schools and sports clubs will focus on ensuring young people have a coordinated offer of sport, competition and activity, including modern PE lessons and access to high-quality clubs and competitions after school and during weekends and holidays. Mr Hinds said: “My ambition is for every pupil to have the chance to find a sport they love, setting them up to lead healthy, active lives and equipping them with the skills to reach their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom.”The Government and Sport England will work with a range of sporting bodies including the Football Association, Premier League, England Hockey, the Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, England Netball, Swim England and Basketball England to ensure that their clubs and programmes can reach even more children, encouraging them to get active by focusing on fun, enjoyment and increasing confidence.Drawing upon the successful This Girl Can campaign, which has inspired over 3.9 million women and girls to take steps to get active, Sport England will also provide £1 million to develop a digital resource for girls. This will include a new Netflix-style library of workout videos that can be used in schools and PE lessons.Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, added: “We are delighted to be working at the heart of the new School Sport and Activity Action plan to embed those learnings, as well as making it easier for schools to offer more activities during the school day and after lessons not least through creating another 400 new Satellite Clubs and a This Girl Can workout resource for teenage girls.“Every child has the right to be active and find an activity they love. And the School Sport and Activity Action Plan is a great step forward.”The Department for Education has also committed £2.5 million in 2019-20 to deliver extra training for PE teachers, help schools open up their facilities at weekends and during the holidays, and expand sports volunteering programmes to give more young people the opportunity to become sports leaders and coaches. The Chief Medical Officers’ guidance on daily physical activity levels sets out that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Tucson, Arizona-based mining software group Mintec has announced enhancements to its short-term mine planning applications. The company has been tackling modeling and mine planning with its MineSight software since 1970. It offers integrated solutions for exploration, modeling, design, scheduling and production. The latest advances in MineSight’s short-term planning applications now set it apart from the competition, says Mintec president John Davies. “For a long time now, people have been asking for one scheduling process that addresses the mine planning challenge. Eliminating the process of importing, exporting and validating data from one tool to another one would make a lot of people happy. MineSight can fill that gap. Thanks to a common database, which contains all the source and result data linked to the short-term planning suite, there are amazing reporting opportunities for the data.”Mintec’s short-term planning suite comprises MineSight Interactive Planner, MineSight Haulage, MineSight Schedule Optimiser (MSSO) and Material Manager. Recent integration between MSHaulage and MSSO provides mine planners with more flexibility. “Haulage network management takes time and it’s a complex process for most mine operations. For Mintec clients, though, detailed haulage calculations are at the heart of MineSight’s short-term planning suite. For rapid schedule evaluation, the combination of MSHaulage and MSSO is an excellent tool. A truck constraint, a feed grade requirement, a tonnage constraint, and other such variables can be changed and rescheduled in seconds. These tools complement each other,” says Davies. “With more work on integrating these scheduling tools we will create one planning tool, capable of working in manual or automatic mode.” To that end, Mintec states that it is focused on enhancing its unique approach to short-term planning. That approach combines 3D design for direct reserve calculations against multiple models, activity/resource based calendar scheduling and material destination management – all built on a robust SQL database. “In other words, true integrated planning – one package for short-term, medium-term, and long-term planning,” says Davies. “At a time when the stakes have rarely been higher, that accomplishment would not only be a first for MineSight and Mintec, it would be a first for the mining industry.”
Superior Industries, a major American manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has officially completed an acquisition of Clemro Western. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the 30-year-old Clemro is known for manufacturing jaw and cone crushers, incline and horizontal screens, and belt and grizzly feeders.According to Superior, the addition of these product lines allows the company to increase its bulk handing portfolio for customers in mining. In addition, Superior says the acquisition was appealing because of Clemro’s heritage as a family owned and operated company with a history of high production values and technological advances.Founded by Ralph Fasoli in 1981, Clemro gained a strong reputation throughout Western Canada as a manufacturer of rugged, reliable equipment. Before he passed in 2010, Fasoli spent more than 40 years in manufacturing and was even a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Today, his son, Emmanuel, handles day-to-day operations of the company’s production facilities.
Training is important, particularly in remote areas. In another display of its customer-centric support focus, Multotec undertakes training of customer personnel in situ. According to Javier Kirigin, Comminution Product Manager at Multotec Rubber, this type of practical training is invaluable and enables customers to run their plants more efficiently and effectively.“Multotec places emphasis on partnering with its customers across all aspects of successful plant operation. We have a symbiotic relationship whereby we help our customers to understand our products and they, in turn, help us to better understand their needs. This results in fit-for-purpose solutions that promote increased productivity and throughput, coupled with minimised downtime and maintenance,” says Kirigin.As an example of a successful training initiative, Multotec conducted an interactive technical seminar over a two day period both in French and English in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. “If Multotec customers cannot come to Multotec’s office, then Multotec takes the information to the market. We deployed six product specialists to Ouagadougou and the training comprised a technical introduction to Multotec products and the application thereof in the mainly gold and zinc commodity sectors that were represented by the customers at the seminar.”Kirigin points out that the training was extremely well received by customers who seldom have access to this high level of expertise and technical knowledge. “The seminar also facilitated a networking opportunity for the teams from the various mines who do not often get to discuss their issues with colleagues. We hosted personnel from more than eight mines in this French-speaking West African region, with more than 30 customers from all over West Africa including Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast.“This was a very interactive event and our team encouraged participation from the customers. What was very clear is that there is a definite need for this type of technical input and we were able to answer many of the customers’ questions. Training is predominantly needs focussed and is based mainly on operational aspects but also includes condition monitoring and maintenance with added focus on other unit operations including comminution in this particular seminar,” Kirigin concludes.
COMMERCIAL BABY FOODS provide little extra nutritional goodness over breast milk, a new study says.The research, which is published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood, shows that UK commercial baby foods don’t meet infants’ dietary weaning needs, because they are predominantly sweet foods.They are also promoted for infants from the age of four months, which is an age when babies should still be on an exclusive breast (or formula) milk diet, the researchers say.They looked at what sort of products are available in the UK for weaning infants from a predominantly milk-based diet to a family food-based diet.Recommendations say that weaning foods should not be started before the age of six months, and that they should be introduced gradually.AnalysisThe researches analysed the nutritional content of infant foods intended for weaning made by four major UK manufacturers, including ready-made soft, wet foods, powdered meals to be reconstituted with water, breakfast cereals, and finger foods such as rusks.They found that:Most (79 per cent) of the 462 products assessed were ready made spoonable foods, almost half of which (44 per cent; 201) were aimed at infants from the age of four months onwards.Analysis of the 410 spoonable foods revealed that their energy content (282 kiloJoules per 100grams) was almost identical to that of breast milk (283kJ/100g).Their protein content was only 40 per cent higher than formula milk.Products containing meat had the highest iron content, but this was no higher than formula milk, and not much higher than products that did not contain meat.Dry finger foods had a much higher energy and nutrient density overall, but they were also particularly high in sugar.Around two thirds (65 per cent) of the stand-alone products were sweet foods.Babies have an innate preference for sweet foods, which might explain why sweet ingredients feature so prominently in commercial products, said the authors.But they added that repeated exposure to foods during infancy “promotes acceptance and preferences”, and fruit sugars rather than refined sugars won’t make a difference to tooth decay risk.They also compared the nutritional content of shop-bought products with typical family-made foods.They found that 50g of a spoonable family food would probably supply the same amount of energy and protein as 100g of a similar commercial product.ConclusionThe researchers said that weaning foods are used to increase the energy content of the diet and provide richer sources of nutrients like iron – but the most commonly-used commercial foods in the study supply no more energy than breast or formula milk.Despite this, they are promoted at an age when they will replace breast/formula milk, which is all that babies under six months really need.While it is understandable that parents may choose to use [these products] early in the weaning process, health professionals should be aware that such food will not add to the nutrient density of a milk diet.Read: Ireland gets its own ‘One Born Every Minute’>
Live video for mobile from UstreamWith all of the excitement surrounding the Curiosity rover recently, it’s almost easy to forget that we have people in the sky right above us. The International Space Station has been floating in orbit above the world for some time now, and like all things is in need of occasional repair. NASA TV is now broadcasting the live stream of several helmet cams from Astronauts outside the ISS as they attempt some minor repairs. It is difficult to imagine the challenges that the ISS team would face when it comes to performing even simple tasks in zero gravity. Using simple tool to remove bolts require an entirely different positioning and application of force. Additionally, you have to be careful to secure every tool after you use it, or it might float away. All of this must be done with big bulky gloves on. The team is communicating live with NASA ground control teams as the two groups work together to conduct repairs that can only be done from outside the ship. Right now the Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) is among the things being repaired externally, but only if the hatch can be successfully opened. Space Walks like the one being shown here are a vital part of maintenance on the ISS, but they also give the team the ability to leave the ISS and stretch their legs out in space. The responsibilities and privileges that go along with this incredibly opportunity are clearly demonstrated in this operation, and it is extremely cool that we have the technology to watch this kind of thing happen live.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has reversed his administration’s decision to cut funding for the Special Olympics, saying the competition for people with intellectual disabilities is “incredible.”“The Special Olympics will be funded,” Trump told reporters at the White House, saying he was “overriding” his administration. I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible.He was speaking after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos caused an uproar when she said the government was axing $18 million in funding. The cut was part of a proposed hefty 10% reduction in overall federal education spending, a savings of $7 billion.“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos told a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.When DeVos acknowledged she did not know how many American children would be affected by the cuts, House Democrat Mark Pocan provided the figure: 272,000.The Special Olympics, founded by president John F Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, has grown into a global movement, providing competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.The organisation is largely funded by corporate and private donations. The US funds had been earmarked for Special Olympics education programs at 6,500 schools, where activities have shown to increase inclusion and reduce bullying.Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee called the Special Olympics cuts “appalling”.Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said that the proposed budget cuts were “a cruel and unnecessary targeting of those with disabilities and special needs”.With the outcry in the US growing, DeVos said yesterday that the Department of Education remains “focused every day on raising expectations and improving outcomes for infants and toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.”Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver expressed disappointment with the proposal, saying the organisation does critical work in schools to help educate youths “about the importance of an inclusive mindset to the future of the country.”The latest Special Olympics World Games were held last week in Abu Dhabi.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha, © AFP 2019 Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 10:15 PM By AFP Mar 28th 2019, 10:16 PM https://jrnl.ie/4566092 46 Comments Image: UPI/PA Images Donald Trump rows back on decision to cut Special Olympics funding by $18m “I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible,” he told reporters. 18,176 Views Short URL Image: UPI/PA Images Share221 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article