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Australian Craig McDermott applies for India coach job: report

first_imgFormer Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott has applied for the post of India head coach, which will become vacant after the ongoing Champions Trophy campaign.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) advertised the post last month, while maintaining that incumbent Anil Kumble would be considered for a contract extension after the team recorded just one defeat in 17 tests since he took over in June last year.McDermott, who played 71 tests for Australia between 1984 and 1996 and was his country’s full-time bowling coach from the 2013-14 Ashes series to last year’s World T20, said he had submitted an application.”I have had aspirations for a while to be a head coach,” he told”I was away from cricket coaching for a year, and now, I want to come back to it. I have also enjoyed my time in India, and it would be nice to serve Indian cricket.”According to media reports, his former team mate Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus, ex-India opener Virender Sehwag and coach of the 2007 World T20 winning Indian team Lalchand Rajput have also applied for the job.Managing an Indian dressing room full of egos and diverse personalities is a Herculean task and former captain Kumble’s impressive record will be difficult to ignore.The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, which will make the decision, comprises his former team mates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.Reports of Kumble’s differences with Virat Kohli would give the other candidates grounds for optimism, even if the influential India captain has denied any “rift” with the coach.advertisementlast_img read more

Texas Prop Bets

first_imgNCAA Football: UL Lafayette at Oklahoma StatePhoto Attribution: US PresswireOur resident podcast/gambling novice[1. He’s going to have to prove something before he gets an ‘expert’ title], Matty Amilian, will be bringing you this fun little fake gambling post from here on out for the rest of the Big 12 schedule. Enjoy!For someone who doesn’t gamble (outside of the PFB crew’s weekly $1 12-team progressive parlay[2. It’s gone about as well as you’d expect a 12-team progressive parlay to go.]), I love following game lines, over/unders, prop bets, all of it. Let’s celebrate the start of Big 12 play with some lines and prop bets. I’m Vegas. No risk. No Payout.How do you think the Cowboys will fare against the Longhorns? Place your “bets” in the comments section.1)   OSU +2.5 or Texas -2.5 for the game. At this number, I might as well ask…who wins? I mean, if it were a pick em’ game, would your answer be different?2)   Over/Under Total Points: 673)   More rushing yards: OSU or Texas? Two top fifteen teams nationally in terms of rushing yards per game. The weakness of the Longhorns’ defense is their linebackers so if OSU’s O-line can create holes, the Randle-Smith duo could have a day. On the other hand, I can’t tell you anything about OSU’s rush defense because I can’t tell you anything about this defense in general.  Well, other than they have “improved”.4)   Which will be greater: Stewart’s receiving yards or total plays OSU runs? All it will take is for Stewart to break one, but Texas is well aware of the relationship he has with Walsh. If J.W. is under behind center, they’ll be keying on Stewart.5) Over/Undera. Walsh Passing Yards: 235 b. Lunt Passing Yards: 275I expect Walsh to start, but we’ll throw out a number for each QB. The line applies to whichever QB starts. These could be terrible numbers as they’re based on nothing except that Texas’ D is supposed to be pretty stout.6) Over/Under Longest Field Goal by Quinn Sharp: 43.5 yards. We know he can hit from beyond 50, but will he get the opportunity? If we can’t win the national title we might as well cheer for the Groza!7) Which will be greater: Number of OSU turnovers or number of times we hear the “Ole” chant from the marching band? I want to win, but I hope it’s the former. I’m not even sure if I’m kidding. I can’t stand that chant. Same with the U-S-O thing. When did we become so bad at creating cool crowd traditions?  That topic deserves its own post.Let’s see your picks!UPDATE: OKC Dave made a slick Google doc so you can actually fill them out here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Keel Laid for Mein Schiff 6 as Mein Schiff 5 Nears Delivery

first_imgzoom Finland-based Meyer Turku shipyard started today the assembly of TUI Cruises ship Mein Schiff 6 with the laying of the first grandblock in the big building dock.“After many months of planning and pre-production we are starting a very exciting period in the building of Mein Schiff 6: It will now only take 7 months until the ship is fully assembled from its grand blocks. This period in which the ship takes shape is then followed by further outfitting, commissioning and testing works,” Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer says.When ready in 2017, Mein Schiff 6 will be approximately 294 meters long, have 15 decks with around 1,267 staterooms and the capacity to carry approximately 2,534 passengers. It is the final ship in the series.“The expansion of our fleet continues: while Mein Schiff 5 is laying at the pier to be delivered in only a couple of weeks, from today on our latest well-being ship is growing in the drydock,“ TUI Cruises CEO Wybke Meier commented.Mein Schiff 6 will be the fourth high-technology cruise ship being built in Turku shipyard for TUI Cruises and the sixth ship built by the Meyer brand in total.According to its builder, Mein Schiff 6 will feature a number of improvements in terms of energy efficiency and passenger amenities – even over its sister ships Mein Schiff 3-5, including an advanced exhaust cleaning system that uses a scrubber and catalytic converter, cutting sulphur emissions by approximately 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by around 75 percent.The production of the next evolution in the Mein Schiff series, Mein Schiff 5, started in February 2015. The ship is expected to be completed and delivered to TUI Cruises in the summer of 2016.Image Courtesy: Meyer Turkulast_img read more

SCTV fans rejoice Rick Moranis joins Sunday reunion chat in Toronto

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Rick Moranis plays guitar in his apartment, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, in New York. (DIANE BONDAREFF) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img For many SCTV fans, especially those in Toronto, the final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place: Rick Moranis will be there on Sunday to tape a reunion chat with the rest of the cast at the Elgin Theatre.Netflix revealed Thursday that the previously announced event before a live audience — part of a comedy special directed by Martin Scorsese that will reunite former SCTV co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas — will now feature their old castmate Moranis, the Toronto-born funnyman who has kept a very low profile over the last decade. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Almost 4 million Iraqi children targeted in UNbacked immunization scheme

20 April 2007In one of the biggest humanitarian operations in Iraq in the last two years, a wave of 8,000 vaccinators will canvass the country starting this Sunday to prevent a possible outbreak of measles among Iraqi children, including the many who have not received their routine immunization as a result of violence, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. In one of the biggest humanitarian operations in Iraq in the last two years, a wave of 8,000 vaccinators will canvass the country starting this Sunday to prevent a possible outbreak of measles among Iraqi children, including the many who have not received their routine immunization as a result of violence, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.“One million Iraqi children now have no protection against measles, as a result of insecurity and falling immunization rates,” said UNICEF Special Representative for Iraq Roger Wright. “This vaccine will certainly save many young lives and we are calling on everyone in Iraq to ensure vaccinators reach children safely over the next two weeks.”The ambitious immunization drive will last for two weeks and aim to bring the measles, mumps & rubella (MMR) combined vaccine to as many of the 3.9 million Iraqi child aged between one and five years old as possible, the agency said in a news release issued in Amman, the Jordanian capital.Although measles can be deadly to children, preventing it is easy through immunization. With support from UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Iraq’s Ministry of Health is organizing the MMR campaign as part of a long-term plan to eliminate measles. “Insecurity in Iraq has increased the risk of a widespread measles epidemic that could claim the lives of up to 10 per cent of infected children,” said Naeema Al-Ghasser, WHO Representative for Iraq, adding that all young children in the country must be immunized, even if they have had the vaccine before.For the campaign, WHO helped to train the vaccinators and provided critical technical advice, while UNICEF contracted over 2,000 vehicles to transport the vaccinators, provided safety boxes to dispose of syringes, and engaged the support of Iraq’s community leaders.Against the backdrop of heavy fighting in parts of Iraq, the agency has raised concern about secure access to children stranded in the most violent parts of Baghdad, Diyala and Anbar, as well as children who have been displaced because of insecurity. They said special plans are being made to deliver the vaccine to these populations, where the risk from measles is also highest. Dr. Al-Ghasser praised the dedication and courage of all involved in the campaign. “The unflagging determination of Iraq’s health workers and many local volunteers to deliver this important vaccine is both admirable and heartening.”UNICEF said earlier this week that it urgently needs an initial $20 million to provide humanitarian aid for Iraq’s children, of which only 11 per cent has been received to date. read more

Wells Fargo Vail gain while Micron Progress Software slip

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday.Micron Technology Inc., down $5.39 to $43.21The chipmaker gave investors a weak profit forecast and warned that the U.S.-China trade war could hurt sales.Las Vegas Sands Corp., up $1.23 to $57.11The casino operator will replace Nektar Therapeutics on the S&P 500 index.Vail Resorts Inc., up $6.71 to $236.98The ski resort operator’s fiscal fourth quarter financial results beat Wall Street forecasts.Wells Fargo & Co., up $1.84 to $50.71The bank named CEO Charles Scharf of Bank of New York Mellon as its new leader.LATAM Airlines Group SA, up $2.80 to $11.81Delta Air Lines took a 20% stake in the company, which focuses on air transportation in Latin America.Progress Software Corp., down $2.95 to $38.98The software company’s fiscal third quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations and it gave a weak revenue forecast.Bank of America Corp., up 22 cents to $29.35Banks stocks benefited as bond yields edged higher and remained mostly stable.Ulta Beauty Inc., up $8.09 to $244.40CEO Mary Dillon purchased 1,300 shares of the beauty products retailer’s stock, according to a financial disclosure.The Associated Press read more

Trafficking in illicit arms in DR Congo is a genuine threat to

“Internal trafficking in arms and ammunition through the illegal appropriations or diversions mentioned in various independent reports constitutes a genuine threat to the peace process,” states the 57-page report.“Furthermore, persistent problems with border porosity, continued lack of air space surveillance and poorly monitored financial flows have created a permissive environment for embargo violations.”The Group goes on to emphasize that close cooperation between the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), the European Union-led peacekeeping force and the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC) “will be essential to deter these threats, especially during the voting period after the elections.”Another key recommendation is that all arms held or imported by the DRC, including those of the integrated armed forces’ brigades and those collected under various disarmament programmes, should be registered and marked, and such a system should be supported by the world community.The Group also recommends that the international community support the FARDC in establishing an accurate database on all their military materiel and that military personnel responsible for these databases will be “accountable for any loss or theft that occurs.”The report noted that air transport is the main conduit for arms and ammunition in the Great Lakes countries and recommended that the international community, if it hasn’t already done so, “must declare that the illicit transportation of arms by air is an offence and decide that it should be combated as such.”It also highlighted the diversion of natural resources to fund embargo violations, adding it had presented “extensive evidence proving the linkage between the mismanagement of mineral concessions” and such funding, and noting “system-wide weaknesses” that need to be fixed to prevent this.One of the key recommendations put forward to better protect and regulate the DRC’s trade in natural resources should be to encourage the Government to seek international assistance to develop a “natural resources control system.”The Group recommended that for a period of one year, the Security Council declare “all illegal exploration, exploitation and commerce with the natural resources of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be a sanctionable act.”The five-member Group of Experts is composed of specialists in arms trafficking, finance, aviation, customs and border control and recently completed seven weeks of field investigation before submitting its latest report to the Council, listing detailed violations and also a raft of recommendations.DRC’s upcoming election will involve an electorate of 25.5 million voters casting ballots in some 50,000 polling stations for some 33 presidential, over 9,000 national legislative and over 10,000 provincial assembly candidates. It is their first chance to choose their own government in 45 years. read more

UN human rights chief hails end of death penalty in Mongolia

“This development is very encouraging and a clear example of positive progress in the fight for human rights for all – including people convicted of terrible crimes,” Mr. Zeid said in a statement, in which he added: “We must not allow even the most atrocious acts to strip us of our fundamental humanity.”According to the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR), Mongolia’s passage of the law to end the death penalty, which is the result of strong and sustained leadership on the issue, has reaffirmed this essential truth.Last week, Mongolia became the 105th country to abolish the death penalty in law. Another 60 States have moratoria, or have not carried out executions in the last 10 years, says OHCHR. read more

Pakistan tries to smash taboos with its own version of Glee

first_imgGAY ROMANCE, ISLAMIC extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan’s taboo-breaking answer to the hugely successful US television series Glee.Like its smash hit forerunner, Taan follows the lives and loves of a group of young people who regularly burst into song. But this time they attend a music academy in Lahore, instead of an American high school.Taan – which is a musical note in Urdu – tackles subjects considered off limits in Pakistan’s deeply conservative Muslim society, with plotlines involving love affairs between two men and between a Taliban extremist and a beautiful Christian girl.The plan is for the 26-episode series to air in September or October, and while producer Nabeel Sarwar insisted the programme was not a “political pulpit”, he is determined to take on the tough issues.“Nobody wants to have controversy for the sake of controversy, nobody wants to have an assignment to violence, nobody wants to push a button that would result in a disaster for anyone,” he told AFP. But the truth has to come out somewhere. Where are we going to put a line in the sand and say, ‘Look, this is what we are’?Taking a public stand to defend liberal values like this is rare in Pakistan, where forces of religious conservatism have risen steadily in recent years.CensorshipRisque scenes in foreign films are routinely cut by the authorities and the team behind Taan are acutely aware that they must tread carefully with their challenging material.In one scene the two gay lovers dance and sing in a small room but never embrace — their relationship is suggested rather than overtly shown. The moment is interrupted when a radical Islamist character bursts in.Director Samar Raza said representing the lives of gay characters was difficult in a country where homosexuality is still illegal.“Let’s say in a certain scene, there are two boys talking to each other, they are not allowed to show their physical attachment to each other,” he said.So I bring a third character who says: ‘God designed Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve’.It is not only the sensibilities of the censors the producers must navigate.The audienceWhile 70 per cent of Pakistan’s population is under 35, a huge and potentially lucrative audience for advertisers, it is the head of the household who decides what families watch on TV, explains Sarwar.“The head of the household during the day is the matriarch and the head of the household at night is the patriarch — they control access to TV,” he told AFP.You have to find programming that allows the matriarch and the patriarch to join in and participate, but there has to be room for the younger audience.In a bid to appeal to older viewers the makers of Taan have licensed around 100 classic Pakistani songs, some by legendary artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and have reworked them to suit modern tastes, as Glee does.“We try to find music that resonates with the older generation which control the access to the TV but we contemporise that music so that the younger audience does not feel left out,” Sarwar said.Foreign importsThe show hopes that by taking on difficult issues in a light-hearted way it will both reflect the changing nature of Pakistani society and attract a young audience currently hooked on imported Turkish soap operas.Local dramas struggle to compete with the likes of “Manahil and Khalil” and “Ishq-e-Mamnu” (Forbidden Love) — Turkish serials starring Westernised characters with fair skin and dubbed into Urdu.Turkish soaps are widely watched across the Muslim world, but the popularity of “Ishq-e-Mamnu” has prompted a lively debate about the “Turkish invasion” of the small screen in Pakistan, with local production companies complaining that they do not have the resources to rival them.Yasmin Huq, one of the stars of Taan, told AFP a homegrown show could speak more clearly to Pakistanis than foreign imports.“Today’s generation is watching Turkish and Indian dramas,” she said. “But no one can make a musical story like Pakistanis. Even if you watch the Turkish and Indian dramas, you will see that nobody can talk about Pakistan like Pakistanis.”(Video: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/YouTube)- © AFP, 2013Read: How Sesame Street tones down for Afghanistan >last_img read more

Watch Cute Nintendo Labo Piano Folds Out of a PopUp Book

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG Stay on target A YouTuber just created the ultimate DIY musical instrument: An adorable Nintendo Labo pop-up piano that is colorful and fully functional.Jean-Paul Leconte built the pop-up piano, which uses a Joy-Con controller to control the accompanying Nintendo Switch game, has 13 keys, an overdrive button, and the option to change from one effect to another by placing different effects keys into the cardboard creation, The Verge reported. Leconte shared his Nintendo Labo pop-up piano video on YouTube, which details the fun, but slightly challenging project.Developing the pop-up piano wasn’t easy, and Leconte managed to avoid a potential drawback of the Nintendo Labo, which is once you’re done putting together all your Nintendo Labo kits, you might be left with many bulky cardboard projects. However, Leconte addressed this challenge by allowing the cardboard piano to fold down into a book that doesn’t take up a lot of space.Two other project challenges included the piano’s keyboard portion, because each key needed to return to its starting position after it was pressed. Plus, the pop-up piano needed to be recognized by the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, so there would be no movement detection issues.“This project was a lot of fun and challenging at the same time. I never thought I would be able to build in all the functions,” Leconte wrote below the video. “Even though, it seems like a bit too much, bulky, and maybe “over-engineered”, the main goal of this project was to achieve a working keyboard and from there on, I got sucked into challenge after challenge and lots of problem-solving.”Leconte isn’t selling his Nintendo Labo pop-up piano at the moment, however, if you would like to build your own Nintendo Labo cardboard creation, you can read about the Nintendo Labo VR Headset here.More on Nintendo Labo VR Kit Is Totally Good EnoughNintendo Switch Gets Labo VR HeadsetReport: Not One But Two Nintendo Switch Models Coming Soonlast_img read more

FiberBased SixPack Can Rings Offer EcoFriendly Alternative to Plastic

first_imgStay on target Along with straws, plastic six-pack rings are one of the most harmful single-use plastic products around. But a packaging company from Denver has come up with an eco-friendly replacement.Plastic six-pack rings were invented back in the 1960s, and they immediately transformed canned beverage distribution. They also started wreaking havoc on wildlife.By 1987, it was estimated that around 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds were killed every year by the ubiquitous beverage carriers.Twenty-five years ago the EPA mandated that all six-packs rings must be designed to photodegrade. Today, most will break down in three or four months. That’s a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t completely solve the problem.We’re partnering with @coloradonative beers to launch a plastic-free, fiber-based six-pack ring for beverage cans. If you’re in Denver, head to @MollysSpirits, buy a six-pack, and help save the planet. #PlasticKills— Footprint (@FootprintUS) June 17, 2019For one thing, three or four months is plenty of time for an animal to become entangled in a six-pack ring or ingest it. For another, the protdegradation process creates microplastics that continue to harm wildlife for years to come.Footprint, a Colorado packaging company, has come up with a promising alternative: a six-pack ring made of post-industrial fiber. It’s made of recycled material and is both recyclable and compostable.Footprint’s rings have been subjected to a battery of tests to ensure that they’re up to the task. They’ve been exposed to extreme temperatures and high humidity and passed with flying colors. Jeff Bassett, Footprint’s VP of marketing, told Recycling Today “we’re confident this six-pack ring will perform as well as plastic.”Basset says they’re “changing the game,” and that certainly seems to be the case. Footprint’s first customer for the fiber-based ring is AC Golden Brewing, who will use it to package Colorado Native Pilsner.If things go well at AC Golden, their parent company could start using the rings, too. Who’s that? None other than MillerCoors, the second biggest brewer in the United States.Footprint isn’t the only company to offer up something like this. SaltWater Brewery developed a similar six-pack ring that was actually made from brewing waste.More on More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft BeerFinnish Designers Pitch Sustainable Headphones Made by MicrobesIgloo’s Latest Cooler Is Fully Biodegradable San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles last_img read more

Waffle House shooting suspect arrested

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said.Police and federal agents had mounted a massive manhunt in Nashville for 29-year-old Travis Reinking after the Sunday morning attack, in which a gunman clad only in a jacket opened fire with an assault rifle on a diverse crowd at the restaurant before a customer disarmed him.Reinking was formally charged late Monday with four counts of criminal homicide and held on a $2 million bond, court records show.Construction workers told officers earlier Monday that a person matching Reinking’s description walked into the woods near a construction site, Metro Nashville Police Department Lt. Carlos Lara told reporters. A detective spotted Reinking, who lay down on the ground to be handcuffed when confronted, Lara said.Reinking carried a black backpack with a silver semi-automatic weapon and .45-caliber ammunition, Lara said. Detectives cut the backpack off him while he was cuffed.last_img read more

Report Mainz Napoli monitor Aaron

first_imgNapoli and Mainz are interested in signing Aaron Martin from Espanyol, according to Football Espana.The Spanish club could be willing to let defender Aaron Paul leave the club this summer if they receive an offer they deem acceptable.The highly rated left-back has been with a host of European clubs all year long but it seems Italian side Napoli and German Bundesliga outfit Mainz have moved to the front of the queue.Napoli are keen to add a left-back to their team and were believed to be after Barcelona’s Lucas Digne but club president Aurelio De Laurentis has switched his attention to bringing Aaron to the Stadio San Paulo.Best Under-21 footballers in La Liga (Part 2)Best Under-21 footballers in La Liga (Part 2) Milan Gjorgjevikj – March 25, 2018 Part 1, which included the likes of Carlos Soler, Dani Ceballos and Maxi Gomez, is followed by Part 2, headlined by Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.AGE:…Mainz are also interested in securing the services of the Spanish player but have seen their bid of €8million rebuffed by the Catalan club who believe the player is worth more than that.Aaron, 21, has a buyout clause of €40million in his contract which was increased from €30million on July 1. But sources at the club believe a fee of around €12million will force the Spanish La Liga side to sell the player.Real Sociedad are also believed to be monitoring the situation, more so after seeing initial transfer target Diego Rico sign for English side Bournemouth from Leganes.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly September 18 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAlaska Delegation Divided on Arming Syrian Rebels to Fight ISILLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCCongress today approved President Obama’s request to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the terrorist group known as ISIS, but no one in the Alaska delegation was happy about it.One-Man PAC to Target Four House RacesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIt’s not unheard of for wealthy individuals to get involved in ballot measure fights. This year alone, grocery magnate Barney Gottstein put $100,000 toward a failed oil tax referendum, and financier Bob Gillam has spent more than $1 million supporting an initiative to slow the development of Pebble Mine.But what is unusual is for a single person to sweep into legislative races and operate basically like a Super PAC would. Attorney Brad Keithley is doing just that, targeting a handful of Anchorage races.State Takes Step Toward Recognizing Tribal SovereigntyJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageUntil recently, Governor Sean Parnell, like his two Republican predecessors, and Governor Wally Hickel before them, used lawsuits, legislative initiatives and policies to dispute or diminish tribal authorities on several fronts. The Parnell administration now is taking a step toward acknowledging tribal sovereignty.Researchers, Academics Convene On Arctic Development IssuesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageResearchers and academics from multiple nations are gathering at the University of Alaska Anchorage this week to aggregate research on Arctic development. There are two efforts underway. The first is the initial meeting of Arctic Frost or Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability, looking at resources and development in a changing north. The idea is to bring together existing international research, clarify the new knowledge and get the information out to the public and schools. Dr Diane Hirshberg is the Professor of Education Policy and director of UAA’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research. She says in addition  to Arctic Frost, the second Arctic Human Development report will be released. The base line study was conducted 10 years ago.DOT Puts Out New Juneau Access Project DocumentJeremy Hsieh & Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauDOT puts out new Juneau Access Project documentThursday, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities put out a draft document that addresses environmental issues stemming from the battle to extend Juneau’s only highway north toward Haines and Skagway.Groups Hope MSA Update Won’t Move Fish Conservation ‘Backwards’Robert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaA number of regional fishing associations are joining forces to strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act.The Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association announced last week (9-9-14) that it’s reached an agreement with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and several east-coast industry groups to form the Fishing Community Coalition. The new organization wants to ensure that Congress makes protecting fish stocks a priority as it prepares to reauthorize the nation’s most important law governing the harvest of seafood in federal waters.last_img read more

State buys out TransCanadas interest in gas project

first_imgThe state of Alaska has completed its acquisition of TransCanada Corp.’s interest in a major gas project.Gov. Bill Walker, in a release, called it an historic day.Legislators earlier this month approved funding for the state to buy out the Canadian pipeline company’s interest in the project, giving the state a greater stake.The governor’s office says Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers finalized the termination of the agreement that established TransCanada’s participation in the project, and the state paid the termination amount, totaling about $64.6 million.TransCanada has transferred its interests in the project to the state-sanctioned Alaska Gasline Development Corp., Walker’s office said.last_img read more

Nissan to boost external board seats set up compensation committee

first_imgCarlos Ghosn, Chairman of NissanNissan [Representational Image]Nissan Motor plans to boost the number of external board members and set up a committee to oversee compensation as part of its effort to improve governance following the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn for financial misconduct, a source said.Critics have said Nissan lacked adequate governance, with few truly independent voices on the board capable of questioning Ghosn and looking out for regular shareholders interests.The company has not yet decided how many more external board seats to add, according to the source, who has knowledge of the matter but requested anonymity as the talks are still confidential.The current three external board members include retired Renault SA executive Jean-Baptiste Duzan, considered to represent the views of the French automaker which is Nissan’s biggest shareholder. The other two external board members are former bureaucrat Masakazu Toyoda and racing car driver Keiko Ihara.Ghosn was indicted on Monday under-reporting his income. The company also cited multiple instances of financial misconduct including personal use of company assets.Ghosn’s detention has left the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi auto alliance without its leader.Nissan is 43.4 percent owned by Renault. While almost 60 percent bigger by sales, it remains the junior partner in their shareholding hierarchy with a smaller reciprocal 15 percent non-voting stake in the French firm. Renault’s biggest shareholder is the French state with 15 percent.last_img read more

When stress of result costs life

first_imgMap of ThakurgaoAn examinee has allegedly committed suicide in Thakurgaon after failing to come out successful in this year’s HSC exam, reports UNB.The deceased was Lutfar Rahman, son of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member Mohammad Ali of Sangao village in Baliadangi upazila.According to family, Lutfar consumed poison on Thursday when he came to know that he could not pass the examination after the results were published.Later, locals took him to Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead, said Duosuo union parishad chairman Abus Salam.last_img read more

eBay Gail Simone and Cat Staggs Launch Superheroine HQ Online Shop

first_img Female superheroes are taking off in Hollywood and beyond, and to honor these heroines, eBay and comic creators Gail Simone and Cat Staggs just created the ultimate commerce destination: Superheroine HQ, the world’s first all-female superhero store.On Wednesday, eBay unveiled Superheroine HQ, an e-commerce shop that offers a curated selection of comics and memorabilia that feature female superheroes. The store, which was created in partnership Simone and Staggs, aims to celebrate the superheroines who continue to inspire young women worldwide.‘Faith #5’ Valiant Comics Special Clinton Cover (Photo Credit: eBay)Starting today, fans can shop thousands of female superhero comics, collectibles, and gear on Superheroine HQ. The shop’s top items include a Wonder Woman #1 CGC 8.0($149,950.00), an All Star Comics #8 CGC 5.0 ($87,495.00), a Ms. Marvel #1 CGC 9.8 signed by Stan Lee ($4,350.00), and a Batman Adventures #12 – 1st Appearance of Harley Quinn CGC 9.8 ($1,949.99). eBay is also offering a new, limited-edition Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 comic book with a unique cover designed by eBay, Marvel, and MyComicShop, another popular eBay seller.AdChoices广告Shuri Black Panther Funko Pop (Photo Credit: eBay)“Spotlighting the amazing spectrum of women in comics has long been my passion, both the characters in the books, and the writers and artists who create them,” said Simone, who has worked on many comic books, including Batgirl, Domino, and Wonder Woman. “That’s why I’m teaming up with eBay to bring more attention and accessibility to comics featuring strong female characters of past and present.”Photo Credit: Cat Staggs/eBayStaggs, who has also worked on popular comics including Adventures of Supergirl and Orphan Black, designed the original artwork for the online store, which shows a young girl reading a comic book and imagining herself as a future superhero.“With the rising popularity of superheroes like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel from comic books to the big screen, we’ve seen this same interest resonate on eBay,” Sam Bright, VP of Merchandising, eBay North America, said in a press release. “We’re proud to encourage a more diverse and evolving marketplace among not only our millions of buyers and sellers, but also the merchandise that we offer, giving everyone access to rare, iconic, and exclusive inventory that puts a spotlight on female superheroes.”More on‘Captain Marvel’ Channels the ’90s With Trippy ‘Magic-Eye’-Style Posters‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Kills Fox’s X-Men Universe Girls Want — And Need — More Female Superheroes Stay on target Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 Seasons’Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America last_img read more

Celebrating IndoJapan friendly ties

first_imgTo celebrate 2017 as the year of friendly exchange between India and Japan, a two-day cultural festival ‘Konnichiwa Japan’ was held recently, at DLF Place, Saket to celebrate and strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations. ‘Konnichiwa’ is a Japanese term similar to our ‘Namaste’ or an informal ‘Hello!’For the first time ever in Delhi, two retired Sumo Wrestlers, Kazumaza Satou Bungonishiki, and Yoshinori Tashiro Toouyama flew in to give Delhiites a taste of Sumo wrestling. The event started off with a special performance of Taiko, an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums, and had Undokai (Sports Meeting), FIFA 18 Gaming Competition, Anime Cosplay, Japanese tea ceremony, Bonsai display, Ikebana and Origami stalls, Japanese contemporary and traditional dance performances, and an array of Japanese cuisine lined up to showcase the culture of Japan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”In the recent years Indo-Japan relationship has undergone a qualitative shift as the economic relation between India and Japan is rapidly developing. Under this circumstance, cultural relations have become better and stronger to encourage the cultural interflow between India and Japan, promote better understanding about Japan in India and strengthen people to people contact. We seek to promote youth exchanges between the two nations through such initiatives. The festival comprises of many cultural demonstrations, which will enable people to have a slice of traditional Japanese culture while sitting in India,” said Ravi Chopra, President, Discover Japan club. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about their experience of coming to India for the first time, the sumo wrestlers present at the event, shared some insights into the game. Sumo wrestlers start to practice the art at an early age. Since there is no limitation to one’s weight, if a wrestler is heavier he has an advantage over the others. One has to consume enough food equivalent to 20 persons to maintain their structure, and practice for seven hours a day, informed Bungonishiki, who had retired on May last year at the age of 30. Sumo wrestlers can be found in majorly fours countries – Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and Hawaii. The event had been organised by Discover Japan club in India and World Heritage Academy in support of Embassy of Japan, and Japan Foundation in India in association with Discover India club in Japan to promote cultural collaboration between the two nations.last_img read more

Costa Rica announces plan to eradicate child labor by 2020

first_imgDuring an event Monday morning, Costa Rica announced an initiative to get more than 40,000 children out of the workforce. The multipronged approach builds off previous efforts to reduce child labor and aims to eliminate the practice altogether by 2020.If the program meets its goal for 2015, 28,000 fewer children between the ages of 5 and 17 will be in the workforce.The program, based on a previous one launched in 2010 during President Laura Chinchilla’s administration (2010-2014), targets dangerous work done by children, sex work and human trafficking, along with other forms of child labor. According to the 2011 census, an estimated 47,400 child workers existed in Costa Rica, down from 113,000 in 2002.The program coordinates efforts from several government agencies to reduce child labor by fighting poverty, improving health and education policy, enhancing the legal system and raising awareness.Leonardo Ferreira, assistant director with the International Labor Organization’s Subregional Office for Central America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Panama, said the strategy would accelerate Costa Rica’s efforts and set it on its way to eradicating child labor by the 2020 deadline.Child labor is illegal in Costa Rica for youngsters under 15. Minors between 15 and 18 are regulated and permitted to work only if it does not harm the child’s physical or mental state, or their access to education, according to Casa Presidencial.“Boys and girls should study, play and receive love from their families. Nothing more than that, and any kind of child labor is unacceptable from any point of view,” said Vice President Ana Helena Chacón in a statement from Casa Presidencial. Facebook Comments Related posts:Op-ed: Let’s see a Trans-Pacific Partnership that respects workers’ rights Duolingo language-learning app hits Costa Rican classrooms La Carpio’s cultural rebellion Conozca a Alicia Avilés, la líder inmigrante y perseverante del crecimiento cultural en La Carpiolast_img read more