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Prominent Patna school gets back CBSE affiliation

Prominent Patna school gets back CBSE affiliation

first_imgPatna, Apr 28 (PTI) CBSE has restored affiliation to a prominent school here to the relief of its large number of students and their parents. Confirming the reciept of the letter from the Board restoring the affiliation, DAV BSEB school principal today said it asked the school to be run as per board guidelines.The uncertainity over restoration of affiliation to the school had threatened the career of its students as CBSE had asked the school not to give registration to those in standard 11 and standard 12.The school, known for its excellence in academics as well as in sports, has been served an eviction notice by Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited which provided it land and the building. Union minister of State for Human Resources Development Upendra Kushwaha, who hails from Bihar, had earlier promised to intervene in the matter related to de-affiliation of DAV BSEB.Trouble began for the school after a plus student went missing on February 28, 2015. She surfaced three weeks later and during questioning by police revealed that she was deliberately made to fail in Class eleven examination.Surprisingly the school procured from CBSE her admit card for Class XII examination but it could not be given to her as she had gone missing. She was allegedly gangraped while in captivity of two unidentified youths.Police had arrested three teachers of the school in this connection and the school Principal Ramanuj Prasad was suspended by the DAV management.In the wake of the episode, CBSE ordered de-affiliation of the school through a letter on May 19 last year. PTI SNS KK KKadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-GCA 2 LAST (BES43)

SPORT-GCA 2 LAST (BES43)

first_img(Reopens BOM 18) (Reopens BOM 18) Meanwhile, Dessai and Phadke were admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital after the arrest because of the high blood pressure, police said. All the three accused were taken for a medical check-up after the arrest by the police. Dessai and Phadke were admitted as their blood pressure was found to be high. PTI RPS KRK RG BASlast_img

GES:Sania, Mithali build a case for women sportspersons, infra

GES:Sania, Mithali build a case for women sportspersons, infra

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 29 (PTI) Sporting biggies, including Sania Mirza, Mithali Raj and Pullela Gopichand, today sent out a strong message on encouraging women players and developing essential infrastructure to promote sports in the country.Participating in a session on sports at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) here, Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali made a pitch for upgrading sports infrastructure at schools so that more and more girl students can get a chance to play.She backed up her argument, saying that after the Indian teams success in recent Womens World Cup tournament, a lot of young girls have started showing interest in taking up sports, including cricket, but lack of proper infrastructure is coming in the way.India put up a strong show in the previous edition of the Womens World Cup though it lost out to England in the final.”I dont get to see schools having infrastructure for sports or the school emphasising on sports… they do not have that right kind of channel,” she pointed out.Though the country has young girls who aspire to become a cricketer or take up sport, there is no proper system lined up for them, she regretted.As sports has become highly competitive, Mithali said there is a need to have everything in place so that a young girl who aspires to be a player knows the road map.Speaking at the session, tennis ace Sania pointed to the growing interest among girls to play the sport.”When I started playing, we used to play on cow dung courts, there was no hard or clay court… Now, for under 14 or 16 years of age, you get at least 1,000 entries and that shows there is an interest among both girls and guys, but girls, I think, a lot more because of opportunities,” she added.advertisementAsked whether there is a hunger building in the country to turn to sports, noted badminton coach Gopichand said people are playing more sports, especially the organised one.To a question on who should run sports, he opined that the government would need to play its role because “if the industry were to run sports, it will run a few sports”.He maintained that traditional sports like wrestling, kho-kho, kabaddi, archery and malkhamb do not require expensive equipment and can be played in a small area.”… this is what the traditional sport was. We have moved from that space where people play for that reason to a space which goes into marketable, advertising… expensive equipment,” Gopichand added.About packaging of sports like kabaddi, he said the sport is great example of how things could turn around.Gopichand also emphasised on the need to recognise local talent. “We need to celebrate our local players. Sports diplomacy, sports entrepreneurs, sports physiotherapists, sports administration, all of them need to be looked at. We need to celebrate sports by itself,” he suggested, making the point that “sports needs to be played, it is beyond winning”.Replying to a question about the ways to get more women to play sports, Sania said media can play a crucial role by encouraging women sportspersons.On whether women athletes are tougher, Mithalis reply was they are because they handle more societal pressures. PTI RR CS ARDlast_img read more

Australia beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in T20 tri-series

Australia beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in T20 tri-series

first_imgAustralia struggled to overcome a weakened Zimbabwe by five wickets on the penultimate ball in the last round-robin match of the Twenty20 tri-series on Friday.Australia and Pakistan had already qualified for Sunday’s final after both won three matches each.Zimbabwe, which went into the tournament without its top five players suspended due to a dispute with their cricket board, lost all four of its games.Glenn Maxwell (56) and Travis Head (48) shared a century stand in pursuit of Zimbabwe’s 151-9 until seamer Blessing Muzarabani (3-21) removed both of them in successive overs and also took a brilliant catch to dismiss Nic Maddinson (2).Marcus Stoinis, 12 not out, then guided Australia to 154-5 when he smashed Donald Tiripano’s low full toss to the square leg boundary on the penultimate delivery.”I thought they bowled well toward the end and shows the value of having a set batsman at the end,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said.”The bowling was very good. We restricted Zimbabwe 15-20 runs short of what they’d have liked. Hopefully, we peak in the final.”Earlier, Solomon Mire (63) led Zimbabwe by scoring his second half-century in the tournament before he was clean bowled by Andrew Tye (3-28) in the 19th over.Mire and Peter Moor (30) rebuilt Zimbabwe with a 68-run, fourth-wicket partnership after fast bowler Billy Stanlake (2-21) reduced the home team to 44-3 in the sixth over.Mire struck five fours and two sixes and held the innings together despite Zimbabwe losing three wickets in Tye’s 19th over.”(We) fought well and took it to the end, which was good,” Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza said.advertisement”The wicket played slower than expected and we couldn’t quite kick on in the end even though we had a good partnership in the middle.”The in-form Finch, who bettered his own world record and scored 172 against Zimbabwe this week, could score only 3 before he holed out at deep mid-wicket in the third over.Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (16), opening for the first time in the series, was caught behind before Maxwell and Head shared their 103-run stand off 71 balls. Maxwell smashed five sixes and a four.It seemed Australia would cruise to victory, but Muzarabani struck late and made Australia work hard to tune up for the final.last_img read more

India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane Williamson

India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane Williamson

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson conceded the Black Caps didn’t come up with their best effort and suffered an eight-wicket thrashing in the first ODI of a five-match series at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.Kane Williamson said the hosts had expected India to play good cricket but pointed out that the visitors were on top of their game.Following their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia earlier this month, India had headed to New Zealand with a lot of confidence. A close contest between two explosive sides was expected it turned out to be a one-sided match in Napier, thanks to India’s all-round effort.Mohammed Shami, who picked up three wickets and bagged the Man of the Match award, rattled the New Zealand top order by removing dangerous New Zealand openers, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill cheaply. India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal then ran through the middle order, picking up six wickets between them.Certainly wasn’t our best effort: WilliamsonCaptain Kane Williamson, who had won the toss, waged a lone battle and made 64 but it wasn’t enough against a top-quality Indian batting unit. Shikhar Dhawan hit an unbeaten 75 as India, without even getting past their second gear, gunned down the 156-run target (DLS) with 14.1 overs and eight wickets to spare.advertisement”Certainly wasn’t our best effort. India, we expected them to be good and they really were on top of the game,” Williamson said on Wednesday.”Their whole bowling unit contributed well and they need credit for that. We also did well with the ball, showed enough intent and will hope to take those things forward,” he added.”The surface wasn’t as traditional as we thought it to be. India bowled well, particularly the lengths hit by their slower bowlers were really good. Getting to just 150-ish on a pitch where 250-plus was needed, doesn’t help. I think we didn’t adjust well enough to the surface, don’t think it was the lack of match practice that cost us.”While New Zealand suffered a disappointing defeat, days after crushing Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series at home, India’s win on Wednesday was also their first win in ODI cricket against the Black Caps in New Zealand since 2009.India have now won three of their four matches to start the World Cup year on a high. The Asian giants are still experimenting with their playing XIs in order to settle in on a solid combination in the lead up to the World Cup.With India having the early upper hand in the five-match series, the two teams will meet at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, January 26.Also Read | Sun stops play and Sunrisers captain Williamson can’t help it: Napier delay cracks up fansAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan emulates Brian Lara, joint-fastest left-handed batsman to 5,000 ODI runsAlso Read | Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierAlso See:last_img read more

Southgate: There’s no way I’d leave England

Southgate: There’s no way I’d leave England

first_imgManager Gareth Southgate has said there’s no way he’d leave England to return to club management and believes his assistant Steve Holland is committed too.Holland spent six years as an assistant at Chelsea before linking up with Southgate for the national team and the pair have been linked with the role likely to be vacated by Maurizio Sarri.But Southgate says he and his staff are focused on getting England to the European Championships and continuing the recent progress they have made. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I’m committed to England, simple as that. I don’t need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive,” he told a press conference“There’s no way that I would leave England at this point in time, to take any job.“The only thing on my mind is that we’ve got a European Championship next summer and we’ve got to keep improving to be the best possible team we can be for this country.“Why would I rush to leave that opportunity and chance to affect not just the football but the other parts that the role brings.“My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England.”Southgate acknowledged that his assistant would one day make the step up to management and was at pains to point out the influence of the man he called the best assistant in the game.“I’m sure that at some point in the future [Holland] is going to want to be a manager and take that opportunity. I don’t believe that would be now, because he is very committed to the work we are doing, looking forward to next summer.“But I also understand that, when you have a good staff, they’re going to be coveted by other people. That’s a healthy sign because you don’t want bad staff that nobody wants.“He’s the best assistant in the country, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m very fortunate to have him with me.”England suffered a second semi-final defeat in as many years when they lost to the Netherlands in the Nations League on Thursday.They lost at the same stage in last year’s World Cup.Southgate insisted he and his players were hungry for success and improvement.“They don’t want to be settled and comfortable with semi-finals.“It is not enough for them, same for me. So it is good we are on the same page.”last_img read more

Interprofessional Cancer Education in Colchester East Hants Health Authority

Interprofessional Cancer Education in Colchester East Hants Health Authority

first_imgImproved patient care is at the heart of a project designed to train cancer health professionals to provide cancer education to their peers. Funded by Health Canada, with Cancer Care Nova Scotia as the project lead, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education has trained one health professional from Colchester East Hants Health Authority as a facilitator. The training provides expertise in interprofessional learning — a greater appreciation of each others’ values, knowledge and abilities; collaborative, patient-centred care and cultural sensitivity and safety for First Nations communities. This facilitator will educate health professionals in their district. Together with 37 other facilitators from across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, they will reach more than 1,100 community-based health professionals over the next year. “Canada’s government commends Cancer Care Nova Scotia and itspartners for their leadership in this project. By April 2008, more than 1,000 Nova Scotian health professionals will be better trained to help cancer patients,” said Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health. “The introduction of interprofessional education across Nova Scotia will benefit not only the patients who will receive unprecedented treatment and support, but also the teams of professionals who work in cancer care.” “With the expertise and commitment of districts, and the strength of our other partners, we are extending the value and reach of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s original interprofessional education program, the interprofessional core curriculum,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Through this project, we are enhancing it, extending the training of health professionals and providing the necessary supports for them to deliver the interprofessional core curriculum to others.” “More than 365 of our residents are diagnosed with cancer each year so we welcomed the opportunity to increase our capacity for responding to the needs of these patients,” said Sue MacEachern, vice-president of patient care for Colchester East Hants Health Authority. Health professionals with an expertise in cancer or palliative care were recruited to participate in the training. Medical and radiation oncologists, palliative care physicians and nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nursing students from St. Francis Xavier University and First Nations representatives working in health were among those trained. “Ultimately, cancer has affected the life of someone we know,” said Carla Stevens, patient care leader, chemotherapy, medical day and outpatient departments, Colchester East Hants Heath Authority, who recently was trained as an interprofessional facilitator. “Knowing what the best care for that person is should be a driving force for interprofessional relationships.” The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, in collaboration with other partners, implemented the first phase of the project, the development of the facilitator training program. First Nations consultants worked with the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre to ensure cultural safety and sensitivity was woven throughout the training program. The centre also revised the case studies included in Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s interprofessional core curriculum, which facilitators will be delivering. Beginning in April, facilitators will deliver the core curriculumprogram to community based health professionals in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The curriculum has 10 modules including, pain and symptom management, treatment and side effects. By April 2008, 1,100 health professionals will have a better knowledge in these areas as well as an improved understanding and appreciation of the expertise of their team members and the community resources available to patients and families. The curriculum will also be included in the undergraduate nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University. As part of the project, Cancer Care Nova Scotia will help facilitators develop a community of practice to build interprofessional knowledge and expertise through better interaction. An evaluation, led by Dalhousie Continuing Medical Education, for both facilitators and participants will cover both intended and self-reported changes in practice. Possible ways for evaluating the project from the patient perspective are also being discussed. In addition to Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education includes: district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, Dalhousie University Continuing Medical Education, Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy, Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education, the Union of NovaScotia Indians, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, St. FrancisXavier University School of Nursing, Seniors’ Secretariat and Prince Edward Island Department of Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and the health-care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

Amazing to see Jolie Hayek join MCU

Amazing to see Jolie Hayek join MCU

first_imgLos Angeles: With Marvel Studios hiring some of Hollywood’s biggest female stars for Phase 4, franchise regular Scarlett Johansson has said it is exciting to see women who she looks up to become a part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek were announced for Marvel’s newest cosmic film The Eternals; Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman will reprise their roles in Thor: Love and Thunder which will see Portman as female Thor and Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh will be joining Johansson in “Black Widow” stand-alone. “It was amazing. I mean, there’s a lot of women up there that I hugely admire Angelina, Salma, Rachel, Tessa, Natalie. It’s very exciting to see a diverse group of people.”last_img read more

American Airlines suspends service to Venezuela indefinitely

American Airlines suspends service to Venezuela indefinitely

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is indefinitely suspending flights to Venezuela as political turmoil and unrest continues to grip the country.Airline spokeswoman Martha Pantin said Thursday that the airline will try to resume service when conditions are right but has no timetable for doing so.On March 15, American announced it was suspending its two daily flights from Miami to Caracas and one from Miami to Maracaibo through April 1. The airline acted after its pilots’ union told members not to operate flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns.American was the last U.S. airline flying to Venezuela.The United States was the first nation to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, heightening tension with the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. diplomats left the country this month.The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy on Myanmar visits Singapore

Top UN envoy on Myanmar visits Singapore

Mr. Gambari is scheduled to meet with senior government officials at each stop on his itinerary, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.All of the Special Adviser’s consultations are taking place within the context of the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate for Myanmar.In June, Mr. Gambari visited European and Asian capitals for talks with government authorities.When he was appointed Special Adviser in May, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement that Mr. Ban “looks forward to the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process, with a view to making tangible progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights.” 6 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, today arrived in Singapore on the first leg of an Asian trip that will also take him to Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Jakarta, Indonesia. read more

In cutthroat housing market realtors get creative with elaborate closing gifts to

In cutthroat housing market realtors get creative with elaborate closing gifts to

TORONTO — Every time Toronto realtor Mike Donia helps a client close on a home, he drops some money of his own.Sometimes he spends it on a trip to stateside hockey game with former NHL star Bobby Hull and others to be chauffeured around Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood in a Ferrari.His other splurges include massive home murals, bringing in ponies for a birthday party on a three-acre property, 1,000 bouquets of fresh flowers and $3,000 of Godiva chocolate flown in from Europe.But these aren’t self-congratulatory treats for Donia. They’re gifts he’s given clients to thank them for entrusting him with one of the biggest purchases they’ll make in their lifetime.‘Getting close to the bottom’: Housing affordability relief likely to be short-lived, says RBCToronto home prices see biggest drop in almost 30 yearsMillennials behind surge in home buying intentions (with a little help from family): pollThey’re also a sign of how some realtors’ closing gifts have stretched beyond the standard houseplant or bottle of wine to become more thoughtful, personalized and sometimes, extravagant in an increasingly competitive race for clients amid a Canadian housing boom.“They are getting more generous,” Donia said in a call from Bangkok. He works from Asia for one-third of the year.“Real estate has become cutthroat. A lot of people are even cutting their commission…My feeling is if I take you and your son down to a (Toronto Maple) Leafs game and walk you into the dressing room, it’s like Mastercard. It’s priceless.”Donia said he goes to such lengths because “I grew up poor and I thought: what could someone do for me as a kid to make my place brighter?”His efforts reflect his client base, which includes international buyers and some notable names, but those whose customers aren’t as deep-pocketed or star-studded still said they’re seeing realtors get creative with their thank-you trinkets.They’ve noticed appliances, signed sports memorabilia, subscriptions to wine-of-the-month clubs or bi-weekly treat boxes, water colour or oil paintings of the property being bought and spa days are all becoming common.Amanda Miller, a realtor at Slavens and Associates in Toronto, said she often makes donations to children’s charities or non-profits and causes that are dear to her client’s heart.She also pays special attention when clients mention future renovations they have planned for their new home, their hobbies or what their kids enjoy because they could lend themselves to gift card ideas.“I really, really make an effort to get to know the clients extremely well,” she said. “You don’t want to give Client A a huge gift and Client B something else. I think that’s why real estate agents are trying to keep it personal. If you personalize something you can’t put a price tag on it to compare it.”Sometimes Miller’s gift isn’t something her clients can unwrap, but still manages to pack a lot of value. For example, she once worked with a client whose condo she thought needed to be staged, but it wasn’t in the woman’s budget. Miller forked over the cash for staging as a gift to the client and said it paid off when the woman got the maximum selling price for the community of buildings she was living in.Most real estate associations across the country said they aren’t aware of any regulations keeping homeowners from accepting a realtor’s gift, but a few cautioned that it should be made clear that the gift is not a referral fee, which could contravene legislation or professional standards in some provinces.Real estate agents say they consider gifts an extension of the relationship they build with a client, which often lasts years after they get a paycheque.Halifax-based realtor Sandra Pike’s go-to closing present used to be a gift card, but in recent years, she decided to “step up my game” and start giving Tiffany and Co. wine glasses with a bottle of bubbly.“We don’t have Tiffany here, so it is a big thing,” she said. “Not only do they see a sold sign on the lawn, but they are coming into their kitchen and seeing the gift on the counter and it’s quite something.”She’s heard of others hosting and paying for housewarming parties for clients or treating them to an afternoon cruising along the Atlantic coast, but also some who skip closing gifts. Those who don’t indulge are missing the big picture, she said.“We work with these people and develop relationships,” she said, noting that real estate is an industry where a single transaction will net thousands in commission for the agent and potentially more clients later.Vancouver-based realtor Jerome Deis said that appreciation is especially important in the competitive real estate environment, in which clients have a lot of choice.He said he’s heard of realtors nixing closing gifts and instead visiting clients multiple times throughout the year with smaller gifts, like a grill set or sauces around summer in order to stay top-of-mind for clients.Others drop the gift and lower their compensation on the sale in hopes that it will have a lasting impact because they recognize the importance of their client’s loyalty.“If you maintain a relationship with them you will get business from them and any referrals,” Deis said.“If you have a client, you want to hold onto them and hopefully for life.” read more

Backtoschool safety reminder

Backtoschool safety reminder

A new school year begins next week and police know children will be excited and distracted.That’s why police say it is important for parents to take a few minutes this holiday weekend to remind children of the importance of road safety and watching out for vehicles.Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, shared the following talking points this week:Cyclists under the age of 18 are required, by law, to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. Cyclists must obey the same rules of the road that other vehicles do. Always keep your eyes and ears open as sometimes drivers may not see you. Pedestrians should stay on the sidewalk wherever possible. Where there are none, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road on the shoulder facing traffic. Both pedestrians and cyclists should take advantage of crosswalks that have crossing guards. They too will be returning to their posts next week. Drivers are reminded that traffic volumes will increase next week and that bus routes may affect commute times. Sanchuk reminds motorists that registered owners of a vehicle can be charged if that vehicle is identified as one that fails to stop for a school bus when its overhead red signal lights are flashing. read more

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

(And the slights aren’t limited to photos: At least one American’s photo was accompanied by an Italian flag for one of her doubles matches.)By the first Friday of the Open, the tournament had added photos for many players, including del Potro, Thiem and Almagro. It took a little longer for many women, including Konjuh and Sevastova, who finally got their photos added by that Sunday.Not all the players minded their missing photos. Sevastova, after upsetting Johanna Konta to reach the quarterfinals, said in response to my question at her postmatch news conference that she’d noticed her photo was finally added. “Now I have a photo,” she said. “Now I saw my photo.” Having no photo was better than if the U.S. Open had just used her “WTA picture with short hair,” she said. “I didn’t like it, actually, so it was OK without [a] picture.”The U.S. Open provides an unusual opportunity to check out what the faceless men and women of sport have in common because the tournament lists hundreds of players, all gathered on one website. On the first Friday of the tournament, I did an exhaustive survey of all 579 players on the page — the number shifts during the tournament as draws are finalized for events that start later in the tournament, such as juniors. More than one third of the players — 211 — were missing photos. That includes 44 players who were in the men’s or women’s singles draws, the most prominent events at the Open. In addition to Konjuh and Sevastova, that list included Naomi Osaka, who’d just lost a third-round thriller in Arthur Ashe Stadium to Madison Keys; Laura Siegemund, who was playing seven-time major champ Venus Williams in Ashe the next day; 2015 French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck; Laura Robson, who made the fourth round at the 2012 U.S. Open; and Americans Christian Harrison and Danielle Collins.It’s no coincidence that more women than men were missing: According to Widmaier, there was a lag in adding women’s photos even after the problem was identified. (He wasn’t sure why.)So what factors decided who got a photo by the fifth day of the tournament and who didn’t? I checked a wide range of factors,1By grabbing data off each player’s U.S. Open page and running a regression between whether the player had a photo on the night of the tournament’s first Friday and the player’s other characteristics. and the determinants of whether a player had a profile pic weren’t surprising: Americans, players active on tour and veterans were mostly likely to have a photo. Being from the U.S. increased a player’s chances of having a picture on the site by 30 percentage points. With every singles match a competitor played this year, his or her chances went up by 2 percentage points. A year of age added 3 percentage points.2The percentages assume a linear relationship, which wouldn’t apply at extremes. (We don’t think someone who has played 60 singles matches this year has a greater than 100 percent chance of having a photo.) The exact percentages depend on which variables we include. I also tested, for instance, peak singles ranking, career matches and matches won, but those all are closely linked to both singles matches played this year and to age. So perhaps the most surprisingly snubbed people were the American women’s doubles pair of Ashley Weinhold, 27, and Caitlin Whoriskey, 28. Their faces remained missing on the second Thursday of the tournament. (Then again, neither has ever been ranked in the top 100 in singles or doubles.)Konjuh, who is 18, said she understood why she didn’t have a photo. “Like probably most of the other players that are young or coming didn’t have pictures,” she said in her news conference.Widmaier promised a more completist approach to player photography at the 2017 Open: “It will be improved upon next year.” Anastasija Sevastova and Ana Konjuh defied expectations and their low rankings — both outside the top 40 — to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. They have something else in common: For the first week of the tournament, where their photos were supposed to appear on the U.S. Open website and app, there instead appeared black rectangles with the flags of their countries and the words “NO BIO PHOTO.”“I saw on the live score, yeah, on the U.S. Open app, yeah, it says, like, ‘bio’ or something,” Konjuh said when I asked about her absent photo at her news conference after she upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.Every sport has these faceless men and women, the ones who aren’t supposed to make the team or get off the bench, who are so new they haven’t been photographed, who may get rushed in front of a digital camera so media staff can get a snap worth posting.Tennis majors face a special challenge in filling those blank rectangles: Up to 128 players enter each of the men’s and women’s qualifying draws, and more than 100 others enter each of the men’s and women’s singles draws. There can be more than 100 players competing only in doubles, and an additional 100 or more might enter only the juniors or juniors qualifying draws. As of the two-week event’s middle Sunday, there were 698 players on the U.S. Open player page.But some of the snubbed U.S. Open players are hardly nobodies. Early in the tournament, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Dominic Thiem and former No. 9 Nicolas Almagro were among those missing photos. Asked about them on the first Thursday of the tournament, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, said, “It’s a disappointment.” I asked if it’s a priority to get photos for the players — all of whom have been professionally photographed at dozens if not hundreds of matches worldwide, and who have pictures that appear on the ATP and WTA websites and on their U.S. Open credentials. “It is now,” Widmaier said. read more

Passenger plane approaching Heathrow in nearmiss with drone 650ft to the east

Passenger plane approaching Heathrow in nearmiss with drone 650ft to the east

first_imgA passenger plane flying near the Shard had a “very near-miss” with a drone as it approached Heathrow Airport, an official report has revealed.The drone, described as black and about 50cm (20in) wide, was spotted out of the right flight deck window at about 12.45pm on July 18, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) report into the incident said. It added that the account given of the incident “portrayed a situation where a collision had only been narrowly avoided and chance had played a major part”.It deemed the incident to be in the most serious category of risk and said the drone operator had not been traced. The ShardCredit:PA The Shardcenter_img 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. The A320 aircraft, which was flying at an altitude of 4,900ft near to the Shard skyscraper in central London, “narrowly avoided” colliding with the drone, according to the report.The crew said the drone had “probably” passed above the right wing and the horizontal stabiliser, which is found on the tail of the plane.The UKAB report said: “Members agreed that this incident appeared to be a very near-miss and that the drone operator should not have been flying in that location at that altitude.”last_img read more

County lines epidemic blamed as number of children missing or linked to

County lines epidemic blamed as number of children missing or linked to

Show more The smuggling networks are known as “county lines”. Academics and MPs described the figures, analysed by The Guardian, as “shocking”.“There will be elements of that about increased reporting and awareness but that is not going to account for such a big rise – there is something happening,” Simon Harding, an associate professor of criminology at the University of West London, told the newspaper. “Working in county lines has a great allure for young people. It gives them a tax-free income, gives them a regular income and high income”.  The Department for Education data showed a steady rise in the number of vulnerable children who go missing or become involved with gangs over the past few years. Factors for a child disappearing are complex but can also include the absence of social services in the area, along with the work of drugs gangs. Josie Allan, of Missing People UK, said: “I did research recently with a small group of young people involved in county lines, and everyone who took part said that going missing was a key feature, especially in the early stages of criminal exploitation.”Another factor thought to be driving the trend of children being reported missing is a drop in the number of parents or teachers reporting them as “absent” instead.  “Our national ‘tackling child exploitation’ support programme is helping specialists in education, social care, health, the police and the voluntary sector to improve how they respond to these kinds of threats in their communities, including gangs, county lines drug activity and trafficking, and our serious violence strategy includes a range of actions to combat county lines.” 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. County lines drug networks have been blamed for a huge spike in the number of children identified as having links to gangs, after the figure more than doubled in three years.Social services in England carried out 8,650 assessments of young people whom they labelled as vulnerable with gangs highlighted as an issue in 2017-18. It marked a significant jump on 2014-15, when 3,680 such cases were recorded.A similar trend was found in the number of children who went missing during the same period – from 8,850 to 16,070 – which is considered a trait of county lines networks.Drugs gangs increasingly recruit vulnerable children to ferry narcotics from cities to smaller towns, with around 2,000 operations believed to be operating across the UK. Ann Coffey, the MP for Stockport and chair of the all-party Parliamentary committee on runaway and missing children and adults, told the newspaper: “What concerns me is that we are not really making inroads on arresting and taking those senior gang leaders out of county lines. As long as they continue to operate, the number of children exploited will continue to grow.”A Government spokesman said: “Any child that goes missing from home, school or care could be in danger of exploitation from gangs or violent criminals – that’s why we are equipping the professionals who protect vulnerable children to help them identify those who are most at risk and keep them safe. read more

Banks DIH donates over 4M to charities

Banks DIH donates over 4M to charities

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPension raised for Banks DIH retired employeesFebruary 22, 2016In “latest news”Banks DIH rewards 23 NGSA highflyers with bursariesSeptember 5, 2017In “Local News”Citizens Bank profits plummet during peak business seasonMay 24, 2017In “Business”,Banks DIH Limited on Monday made its annual donation to charities which amounted to over $4 million.Representatives of the 25 charities that benefited pose with the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis (back row, second from right) and Managing Director, George McDonaldAt a simple ceremony held at Thirst Park, Greater Georgetown, the cheques were handed over to the 25 charities by the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis and Managing Director, George McDonald.The donations are done annually after shareholders of the company approve a sum of money to be disbursed under the heading “Deeds of covenant with organisations”.Some of the charities that received donations are the Salvation Army, Uncle Eddie’s Home, Dharma Shala, the Blind Society, Guyana Seventh-Day Adventist Churches, and the Young Women’s Christian Association among others.This is the first time that the company held a ceremony to hand over the donations.Banks DIH, throughout the years, has continued to aid the Guyanese public making donations when necessary. Major donations are made to the education sector and also to promote sports in Guyana.Funds are even sent abroad to help when disaster strikes. Banks DIH Limited on Monday made its annual donation to charities which amounted to over $4 million.Representatives of the 25 charities that benefited pose with the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis (back row, second from right) and Managing Director, George McDonaldAt a simple ceremony held at Thirst Park, Greater Georgetown, the cheques were handed over to the 25 charities by the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis and Managing Director, George McDonald.The donations are done annually after shareholders of the company approve a sum of money to be disbursed under the heading “Deeds of covenant with organisations”.Some of the charities that received donations are the Salvation Army, Uncle Eddie’s Home, Dharma Shala, the Blind Society, Guyana Seventh-Day Adventist Churches, and the Young Women’s Christian Association among others.This is the first time that the company held a ceremony to hand over the donations.Banks DIH, throughout the years, has continued to aid the Guyanese public making donations when necessary. Major donations are made to the education sector and also to promote sports in Guyana.Funds are even sent abroad to help when disaster strikes. read more

INGEMMET and ProInversión working hard to facilitate Peruvian exploration

INGEMMET and ProInversión working hard to facilitate Peruvian exploration

first_imgPeru’s Instituto Geológico Minero y Metalúrgico [Mining and Metallurgical Geological Institute] (INGEMMET) is updating the data of the National Geological Map at 1:100.000 in order to have it ready by the end of next year, Eng. Susana Vilca President of the institution, told MinerAndina.Com. The National Geological Map set consists of 501 maps covering the entire country. Each geological map or group of maps, is accompanied by a study in which geomorphology, stratigraphy, tectonics, economic geology, historical geology of the region studied stratigraphic sections and results of laboratory tests are described.This is the pre-upgrade of the Andean orogeny of the Geological Map scale 1:50,000 scheduled for late 2021, which, once completed, will give way to update the Amazon region at that level.Thus, the National Geological Map provides accurate geological information: the Peruvian soil contents and also the type of mineral resources. The information will be freely accessible to all citizens.“We are also planning to update the southern Eastern Cordillera, not only mapping, but also identifying the type of mining resources, because that area is a virgin site for mineral exploration. I think we’re going to help a lot of mining and exploration companies. It plans to start studies in 2015 and part of 2016, from the mountains to the jungle”, Vilca said.Within its mandate to promote mining during 2014 INGEMMET has referred to the Agencia de Promoción de la Inversión Privada [Agency for Promotion of Private Investment] (ProInversión) three reports of Areas of Inadmissibility of Claims (ANAPS): Colca (14,100 ha), Jalaoca (6,400 ha) and Cahuacho (800 ha) and, currently being evaluated, an additional 17,200 ha.“There are other studies, such as the Cotabambas area in Apurimac, areas that are seeing very interesting and I think it’s going to get Proinversion very well,” said the senior official. Thus, INGEMMET is leading the strengthening of research planning through various initiatives. The goal is to standardise the information to facilitate full consultation process geological information and level of knowledge of our geological, mining and energy potential.last_img read more

Unimin to modernise its Canadian nepheline operations

Unimin to modernise its Canadian nepheline operations

first_imgUnimin Canada will make a multi-million dollar investment in the modernisation of the company’s mining and manufacturing operations at Blue Mountain in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. When completed, the new operation will further improve the site’s environmental footprint and support continued mining, manufacturing, and employment at the facility for many more decades. The modernisation will enable the optimization of new technologies and practices to reduce noise, dust, lighting, and use of water, as well as electricity, and will provide improved capabilities to serve coatings, polymers, glass, and ceramics markets. The long-term sustainability of this operation is one of the key goals of this project.Upon the completion of the modernisation scheduled for early 2020, Blue Mountain’s sister operation at Nephton will be closed. Unimin will work closely with its staff and labour representatives to determine mutually effective adjustment measures for the approximately 100 employees who will be affected. During the modernisation, the Nephton facility will remain fully operational.“To sustain our operations in the Kawartha Lakes region over the long-term, it is critical that we continue to increase efficiency levels and stay competitive in the marketplace,” said Carl Horvat, Regional General Manager. “We appreciate that this will affect a number of valued employees and will work with everyone involved over the next two years, to manage this transition effectively.”The facility’s product, Canadian Nepheline (nepheline syenite), used worldwide, is a high-quality ingredient used in the production of glass, paint, insulation, and ceramic tile as well as in polymers and coatings. It is processed without toxic chemicals, making the process environmentally friendly.Unimin is an application-focused minerals company providing materials solutions to its customers. Unimin is one the largest producers of quartz proppants for oil and natural gas stimulation and recovery and is a leading supplier of multi-mineral product offerings to industrial customers in glass, construction, ceramics, coatings, polymers and foundry markets.Unimin operates a portfolio of strategically located and long life assets with 38 sand, mineral and coating processing facilities in the USA, Canada, and Mexico that serve a variety of energy and industrial customers. It offers a broad portfolio of minerals including silica sand, with feldspar, nepheline syenite, lime, clays (incl. kaolin), calcium carbonate and olivine allowing the company to offer a multi-mineral product mix to its industrial customers.It operates an extensive logistics and distribution network with access to five Class 1 railroads, a large number of in-basin oil and gas operating terminals and strong unit-train capabilities.last_img read more

23 scientificallybacked ways to reduce stress

23 scientificallybacked ways to reduce stress

first_imgSpark some scents. Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress [7]. Certain aromas (like lavender) have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels [8].Listen to music. Research points to multiple ways in which music can help relieve stress, from triggering biochemical stress reducers to assisting in treating stress associated with medical procedures [9] [10].Laugh it off. Laughter can reduce the physical effects of stress (like fatigue) on the body [11] [12] [13].Drink tea. One study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation [14].Exercise. That post-exercise endorphin rush is one way to sharply cut stress.Try guided visualisation. Visualising a calm or peaceful scene may help reduce stress and ease anxiety [15].Join a religious community. Surveys have shown a major underlying reason people practice religion is for stress relief. One study even found that college students who practiced a religion were less stressed than their non-religious counterparts. And other research suggests religious people are less likely to experience stress-related mental illness [16].Chew gum. Studies suggest the act of chewing gum can reduce cortisol levels, helping to alleviate stress [17].Get a massage. Getting a good ol’ rub down may do more than alleviate physical pain. Studies suggest massage may also be beneficial for fighting stress [18] [19]. It may also help improve body image [20].Try self-hypnosis. Research suggests hypnosis can help reduce anxiety. Plus, it’s a great self-mediated technique for stress-relief [21] [22].Talk about sex, baby. Studies have shown sex can actually decrease the physical symptoms of stress, like lowering blood pressure.Take a nap. Napping has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which aids in stress relief [23] [24].Hug it out. Hugging may actually reduce blood pressure and stress levels in adults [25].Hang with your pet. Or, as we’ve put it before, just get a dog. Dog owners have been shown to be less stressed out— most likely thanks to having a buddy to cuddle [26].Do an art project. Art therapy can potentially reduce stress-related behavior and symptoms [27].Write it out. Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects [28] [29]. A gratitude journal can really help us put things in perspective, so pick a time every day to write down a few things that make you happy.Take a walk. A quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief, especially when we step outdoors [30] [31]. Try not to rush, and take whatever pace feels most natural.Kiss someone! Research suggests kissing releases chemicals that ease hormones associated with stress, like cortisol. Forming positive relationships is also a key way to help reduce stress and anxiety.Don’t write a list of the top 23 ways to reduce stress!What are you favourite tips for reducting stress? We would love to hear them in the comments section below…- By Kate Morin; updated by Shana LebowitzTake some time alone>New study finds a potential cause of obesity>Visualise exercise to get more from a workout> Republished with permission from Greatist.comWHETHER IT’S RELATED to an issue at work, a fight with a friend, or problems with family, everyone feels stressed sometimes.And while therapy can help (come on, everyone’s thought about laying on that infamous doctor’s couch at some point), most solutions (think talk therapy or medication) are dealt with in the long-term. So what can be done in the next five minutes to reduce — and prevent — stress? Here’s our list of the Greatist ways to decrease stress right now. Try progressive relaxation. All the way from fingers to toes— tense and then release each muscle group in the body (lower arm, upper arm, chest, back and abdominals, etc.). Once the body is relaxed, the mind will be soon to follow [1]!Try some light yoga. The combination of deep breathing techniques and poses makes this activity work to reduce stress, too [2].Meditate. The “mental silence” that goes along with meditation may have positive effects on stress (especially work-related stress) [3] [4].Breathe deep. Taking a deep breath has been shown to lower cortisol levels, which can help reduce stress and anxiety [5]. Studies suggest deep breathing can also cause a temporary drop in blood pressure [6]last_img read more

Guardiola challenges City to make 100 points

Guardiola challenges City to make 100 points

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his players to maintain their concentration on the remainder of their campaign by reaching the 100-point landmarkThe Citizens were denied the opportunity to overhaul Chelsea’s Premier League record of 95 points over a single 38-game season on Sunday when they were held to a goalless draw against a resilient Huddersfield side, who are currently fighting for survival.At 94 points with two matches remaining, City lifted the Premier League trophy at the Etihad Stadium after the game with nearest rivals Manchester United 17 points behind in second-place with a maximum of six points remaining.However, despite having sealed the league title and having no more silverware to gain from this season, Guardiola is now embracing the prospect of reaching the 100-point milestone.“We cannot deny it would be nice, but it’s nicer when you win the Premier League,” said the Catalan, as stated on Daily Mirror.“We’ve spoken about that and these targets help you to be focused.“We lost a bit of focus today, but we have another chance on Wednesday and hopefully we can make a good performance.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Guardiola warned Cty that things will harder next season: “It looks easy when you win games, but next season will be even tougher,”“They’ll all want to beat us and we have to be focused. We have to understand how difficult it will be next season.”Despite the personal trauma of the premature birth of his son, a delighted David Silva hailed the achievement of his side.“With what happened to my son, I’m very happy,” said the 32-year-old.“He’s getting better, we’ve won the title and I’m happy.“I feel good, even having to travel back to Spain and back to England, but we got it – we are the champions.”City will next face Brighton at home and then an away fixture against Southampton as they bid to reach a historic 100 points.last_img read more