CRPF jawan killed in Sringar attack

first_imgA Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was killed and another injured as militants opened fire on a deployment in Srinagar’s busy Batamallo area on Tuesday afternoon.A police official said the attackers fired at the security forces personnel near Fire and Emergency Services building. “The militants took advantage of the crowd in the area and managed to flee,” said the police.Constable Shanker Lal from Rjasthan with the CRPF’s 23 Battalion was injured in the attack and later succumbed in a city hospital. “Another injured jawan was discharged from the hospital after the treatment,” said the police.The police claimed it “has tangible leads on the attackers” and released a picture of the suspected militants from a CCTV grab. The picture showed two youth riding a motorcycle, with one wearing a helmet. The Hizb-ul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attackIn a separate case, the police said they had reunited two children, who had fled from a religious seminary in Srinagar, with their families. The children were from Pulwama and Shopian.A minor boy, Mohammad Ashiq, a resident of Kasba Kayan in Poonch, was injured near the Line of Control in cross border firing . An official said he was hit by shrapnel of a shell fired from across the LoC.last_img read more

Harassment complaint in Asiatic Society, says minister

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) A harassment complaint has been made by a woman employee of Asiatic Society, Kolkata, against a union leader who has since been terminated and a committee is looking into the issue, government told the Rajya Sabha today while informing about “irregularities” in the prestigious institute. “I have accepted that there have been irregularities. The person concerned against whom complaint of harassment of a woman has been made has been terminated,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said. “A four-member fact-finding committee has been formed under the Secretary which will look into all irregularities and inquire, including the complaint of harrassment of a woman employee. Then police action will also be initiated against the guilty,” he told Rajya Sabha. He said government is determined to set things right in the prestigious institution and has released funds. “What philanthropic work this society is doing, it is a matter of concern for whole of the House and government is determined to set it right,” he said, adding that the new Executive Council of the Asiatic Society will be elected on April 26 as the tenure of the present term will end on May 2. In reply to a question on whether government is appointing an Administrator in view of the complaints received against the institute, Sharma in his written reply said, “At present, Government is not considering to appoint any Administrator in the Asiatic Society, Kolkata.” Asked by JD-U member Kehkasha Parvin on whether a police complaint has been filed against the union leader concerned, the Minister said, “I agree to your concern, but before registering an FIR a full inquiry should be held and it would be better that only after that an FIR is registered.” At this, the JD-U member expressed resentment and agitated saying, “This amounts to injustice with the woman as an FIR will be registered only after the committee finds out.” Sharma earlier said partially corrective steps have been initiated by the Society with regard to compliance of CAG and internal audit report. The Minister said the members of the Council are elected by the members of the society as per the Asiatic Society Act, 1984. “Regulations and by-laws and the learned Council members are experts from different fields like academics, administration, law etc with vast experience. The executive council meets every month,” he said. PTI SKC AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

PM will attend International Yoga Day programme on June 21:Vij

first_imgChandigarh, May 3 (PTI) Haryana Minister Anil Vij today said the Governments of Haryana and Punjab as well as Chandigarh Administration would jointly organise International Yoga Day here on June 21 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will grace the occasion.The Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, who was presiding over a high-level meeting to review arrangements being made for the success of International Yoga Day programmes here, said that the Centre had decided to organise the event here this time.He said that more than 10,000 people from Haryana would participate in this event.The participants would include school and college students and teachers, Home Guards and Police personnel, he said.Apart from this, yoga programmes would be organised at village, tehsil, sub-division and district levels in Haryana, he said.He said that the Sports and AYUSH Departments would hold yoga training camps at village, block, sub-division, district and state levels with the assistance of Yog Peeth Haridwar to educate people regarding yoga. PTI VJ DBS RG DBSlast_img read more

PV Sindhu eases past Chinese Chen Yufei into French Open semi-finals

first_imgPV Sindhu entered the women’s singles semi-finals of the French Open Super Series after beating China’s Chen Yufei in straight games in Paris on Friday.Second seed Sindhu eased past the Chinese rising star 21-14, 21-14 in the quarter-final match that lasted for 41 minutes.This is the first time that Sindhu has gone past the second round in the French Open. The Hyderabadi dominated the match throughout, except for a brief period in the second game, against her world No. 10 rival.It also turned out to be a sweet revenge for the Indian star, who crashed out of last week’s Denmark Open after losing to Chen in the opening round.In the semi-finals on Saturday, Sindhu will face the winner of the match between third seed Sung Ju Hyun of South Korea and fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.Yamaguchi had earlier defeated Saina Nehwal in the second round.last_img read more

Have come a long way but under no delusions: Kohli

first_imgCape Town, Dec 30 (PTI) The team has come a long way since their last tour of 2013 but even then skipper Virat Kohli is under “no delusion” as he knows what to expect when the much-anticipated Test series against South Africa starts on January 5.”We are prepared about what we are going to get here. We are under no delusions as to what we are going to be presented with. Come 5th of Jan, we are ready for it,” Kohli said, exuding confidence during his media interaction after the teams opening practice session.India have never won a Test series in South Africa, having toured the country since 1992 and the current team has 13 players, who were here during the last tour in 2013-14.”We have come a long way in the last four years in terms of where we stand in understanding our game. From a personal point of view, I know my game much better than four years ago. I have had many highs and lows. The team is very comfortable with where we stand, individually with our skill sets and as a team,” Kohli said.”We know how to bounce back as a team, we know how to create chances when we have to. There is an intelligence and awareness that has crept in the last four years and that provides the excitement I was talking about. We know exactly what we need to do when it comes game time on 5th January,” the skipper said.The Indian captain said he expects tracks with a lot of pace and bounce but reminded how well they played last time in the opening Test in Johannesburg, where they could not get South Africa all-out in the second innings on the fifth day.advertisement”Yeah, we come to South Africa knowing that the wickets will be different from back home. Even the last time we played there was a lot of talk about we getting bounced out and we are going to struggle against the short ball. I think our batsmen stood up very nicely.”Kohli feels that the quality in his sides line-up gives him confidence of winning the series.Asked if he believes in destiny, pat came the reply, “Well I dont know. Our best result was a draw in 2010-11. I feel the kind of bowling attack we have and the kind of batting experience we have, we definitely believe we can win here. There is no two ways about it. If we dont have that mindset there is no point of getting on that flight as well.”The skipper said that his batsmen are well aware of what to expect and they have the mindset to adapt to conditions which will be pace-bowling friendly.”I think the most important thing is to not get surprised by the pace and bounce. We have convinced ourselves that its going to be quicker and bouncier than back at home and you might get balls that may surprise you now and then. The most important thing is to put it behind you and focus on the next ball. Thats something we did last time as well,” he said.”You cant afford to think there is too much pace and bounce. You would rather believe in your abilities and take it head on. I think thats the key to playing in conditions different than your own.”Asked if there are any self doubts, the articulate captain replied: “We have been asked this many times. If someone would have given me in writing that a team just turn up, not having prepared in your home conditions at all, not being focused not being disciplined, if you could end up winning every game or every series you play. Its about respecting the sport.””We honestly feel we have the skill set. Now is the opportunity because of the average age of the group and the amount of cricket we are going to play together in the future. We are looking at this phase as a time we will remember forever for the rest of our lives.” PTI KHS PDS PDSlast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav were trying to hit but pitch got pretty slow: Rohit Sharma

first_imgThe muted finish to India’s attempt to chase down a victory target of 338 against England at Edgbaston had fans wondering what had happened to MS Dhoni.Instead of going for the sixes, Dhoni and Jadhav blocked and ran a single here and there to leave a Sunday crowd frustrated in Birmingham.Of Dhoni’s seemingly sedate 42 from 31 deliveries, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma felt it came down to playing the conditions. Rohit said Dhoni and Jadhav were trying their best to hit boundaries, but England was bowling too tightly and the pitch got very slow as well.”They were trying to hit the ball but at the end it got pretty slow. You have to give credit to England’s team because they mixed up their variation nicely and kept us guessing all the way through the game,” Rohit said after the match.Rohit Sharma “When Mahi and Kedar were batting I think they were trying to hit, but were not able to because of the slowness of the pitch” #ENGvIND #CWC19 Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 1, 2019India was always a long way behind the run-rate required after being 28-1 after 10 overs – the slowest power play so far of the tournament – but started gaining momentum through the innings of Rohit Sharma (102), Virat Kohli (66), Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya, who struck 45 from 33 balls.After Pandya was out in the 45th over, after which India required 71 off 30 balls, Dhoni hit another boundary four balls later but didn’t find the rope again until the penultimate over. By that time India needed 51 from 11 deliveries.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup-winning captain hit Chris Woakes for six off the first ball of the last over and India took 12 runs off the last six balls to cut the margin of defeat to 31. India’s unbeaten run at the tournament ended, but it remained in second spot on the World Cup standings with two group games to play.But India captain Virat Kohli also defended Dhoni and Jadhav’s slow approach by blaming the pitch and conditions. Dhoni and Jadhav faced 31 balls and played out 7 dots, They ran 20 singles and hit only 1 six and 3 fours when the need of the hour was a lot more boundaries.The MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav partnership:31 balls39 runs7 dots20 singles3 fours1 six#ENGvIND #CWC19Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 30, 2019Former captains Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain raised some serious questions on air during their commentary stint but Kohli defended his batsmen at the end of the game.”We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end. It’s up to discussions with the two guys who were in there,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”I think MS Dhoni was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end. We have to sit and assess and improve on things in the next game,” Kohli said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervousAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistlast_img read more



Spartak charged over youth team racism

first_imgLiverpool Spartak charged over racist behaviour in UEFA Youth League clash with Liverpool Joe Wright 17:30 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Otkrytiye Arena - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva v Liverpool Spartak Moskva U19 v Liverpool U19 Spartak Moskva U19 Liverpool U19 UEFA Champions League UEFA Youth League The Premier League club complained after “monkey chanting” was aimed at Bobby Adekanye during last month’s clash in the Russian capital Spartak Moscow have been charged with racist behaviour by UEFA following a Youth League encounter with Liverpool last month.It is said the Premier League club lodged a complaint to European football’s governing body after Bobby Adekanye was allegedly the victim of racist abuse.UEFA confirmed on Wednesday that the Russian club is facing disciplinary proceedings, specifically relating to claims that “monkey chanting” was heard. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The case will be heard by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 19.Spartak were also charged last month for breaching regulations concerning illicit banners, the setting off of fireworks and for blocking stairways during the senior side’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Liverpool.That case will also be heard in two weeks’ time.They were previously fined €60,000 and banned from selling tickets to supporters for their next away match in the competition following a firework incident during their opening group game against Maribor. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ashley Giles turns down approach to be ECB’s new national selector

first_imgShare on Facebook news Share on WhatsApp Read more The existing selectors Mick Newell and Angus Fraser – the cricket directors at Nottinghamshire and Middlesex respectively – have been invited to apply for the top job but would have to leave their county jobs if they were appointed. Such dual roles are being cut from the England set-up to avoid perceptions about any conflict of interest.Strauss began establishing the new scouting network last summer when the former England players Geoff Arnold, Bob Cottam, John Emburey, Jack Birkenshaw and Mike Hendrick helped to spot players for the England Lions and England Under-19s. Now the Loughborough coaches Graham Thorpe, Kevin Shine and Peter Such will also have greater input into the decision-making process, with Mo Bobat, the player identification lead, overseeing the network.“The new approach will allow us to see more players throughout the county game more often, and simplify the selection process,” Strauss said. Topics James Whitaker stands down and next ECB selector faces tough task Share on Pinterest Andrew Strauss ECB Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Ashley Giles Support The Guardian England cricket team Ashley Giles has turned down an approach from the England and Wales Cricket Board to become its new national selector.Andrew Strauss, the England team director, announced an overhaul to the selection process after – but apparently not in spite of – the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, with James Whitaker stepping down after 10 years on the panel, of which four were spent in the lead role.Giles, the former spinner, was previously a selector from 2008 to 2014. This was combined with his first spell as Warwickshire’s director of cricket and then 18 months as the England one‑day coach. He then moved on to Lancashire when the split-coach model, in which Andy Flower was in charge of the Test side, was ended.The 45-year-old, now in his second year back at Edgbaston as sporting director, is understood to have been contacted about the new England vacancy in the past week. This was declined, however, as Giles looks to rebuild Warwickshire from their place in Division Two following relegation last summer.Strauss advertised the national selector role a fortnight ago as part of a revamped system that slims the panel down by one spot but increases the input of an extended scouting network. The new national selector will appoint the deputy, who will sit on the committee along with the head coach, Trevor Bayliss. Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Twitter Cricket Vic Marks … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Video: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Hit The Dab In Iowa State’s Locker Room After Win Over Kansas

first_imgA Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears.AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.last_img read more

Benitez: I’ve had more meetings than in three years at Newcastle

first_imgRafael Benitez has revealed he has already had more meetings with club officials in one week with Dalian Yifang than he did during three years at Newcastle United.Benitez left the Magpies at the end of June when his contract expired and took the surprise decision to continue his coaching career in the Chinese Super League.After just seven days in the new job, Benitez already feels more valued behind the scenes as he is in regular dialogue with Dalian’s hierarchy – something that was not the case with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “Since the moment of our arrival we have really been touched by the kindness and respect that we have been shown,” the Spaniard wrote in a blog post on his personal website.”As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments. “I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, the president and the general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle. “They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures.”Benitez got his reign off to a positive start on the field with a 3-1 win over Henan Jianye on Sunday.The former Liverpool, Inter and Real Madrid boss revealed he is enjoying the challenge that comes with coaching in another country.”We’ve hardly been in China for a week and I have seen and experienced so much for the first time, it could easily have already been a month,” he continued.”My coaching team and I have visited so many countries in the past and we’ve worked for years in Spain, Italy and England. But this experience is like no other. “Before leading a training session or managing a match I have found some challenges that I haven’t experienced in the other countries where I have worked or visited.”Most of the players and the people around you don’t understand anything you say and vice versa, so you need a translator by your side at all times, even to transmit the smallest correction in training.”last_img read more

Team Nova Scotia in Fifth Place Still Winning

first_imgTeam Nova Scotia finished the first week of the 2005 Canada Games in fifth place with 37 medals, and began the second week with a win in men’s softball. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the final day of week one competition, the men’s rugby team scored 20 points over Alberta’s 13 to capture the bronze. Women’s basketball also brought home bronze, winning 60-48 over British Columbia. On Friday, Aug. 12, swimmers captured two more bronze medals. Brooke Buckland won in the 50-metre backstroke. Special Olympian Krista Stockman picked up her third medal of the Games in the 50-metre freestyle. “I’m really pleased and proud of the performance of Team Nova Scotia in week one. It really showed determination and hard work on the part of all athletes, artists, coaches and managers,” said chef de mission Russell MacDonald. “I’m overwhelmed by the spirit displayed by all members of Team Nova Scotia.” Week two competition started Sunday evening with a men’s softball game against New Brunswick. The stands were packed as Team Nova Scotia cheered the men on to beat New Brunswick 5-0. Field hockey, rowing, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s volleyball begin competition today, Aug. 15. The wrestling and diving events begin Tuesday. Team Nova Scotia athletes are supported by 45 coaches, 23 managers, two boatmen and 18 mission staff. Four young artists are participating in the National Artists Program at the Games, bringing the team’s total to 422 Nova Scotians. Team Nova Scotia is funded by Nova Scotia Health Promotion. Sponsors include the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Avis, McDonald’s, ATV and the Chronicle Herald. The Games run until Aug. 20.last_img read more

David Harewood And Linda Robson Want Smoking In Cars Banned

first_imgActors David Harewood (best known for his role in the award-winning US TV drama ‘Homeland’), and Linda Robson (from legendary BBC comedy ‘Birds of a Feather’), have lent their voices to two online videos in support of the British Lung Foundation’s campaign to ban smoking in cars when children are present.In a break from their previous acting roles, the two videos see both actors providing voices for toddlers, highlighting the need to give a voice to one in five children in the UK who are regularly exposed to the potentially dangerous concentrations of second-hand smoke in cars.

Legislation to ban smoking in cars when children are present is due to be discussed in the House of Lords as part of the Children and Families Bill in November.David Harewood commented:
”Like most parents, I would hate to see my children exposed to dangers of concentrated second-hand smoke in the car. Yet we know that this is regularly happening to over two million kids across the UK, either in their parents’ car or in the car of another adult. I, for one, am therefore proud to have spoken up for our children in calling for this important child protection measure to be made law”. 

Linda Robson explains the importance of supporting the campaign:
”Having lost my father to lung cancer, I know only too well the devastating effect cigarette smoke can have. We know that children are even more vulnerable to the dangers of second-hand smoke than adults, especially within the confines of a car.“We’ve already introduced a ban on smoking in public places to protect workers from second-hand smoke. Surely we can take this small step to protect our children too?”Dr Penny Woods Chief executive of the BLF said:
”We are delighted that Linda and David have donated their time and effort in supporting this vital child protection campaign. 

”Research has shown that smoking in a car, even with the windows open or air conditioning on, can create levels of pollution deemed unsafe by World Health Organisation guidelines. With their smaller lungs, faster breathing and less-developed immune systems, children are even more susceptible to these dangers than adults.“With one in five children still being exposed to passive smoke in a car, we hope that our videos will highlight just how important the need for a ban is in order to help protect their health”.You can watch the videos here.last_img read more

Benkirane Tells Moroccan Women to Stay Home, While His Wife Is…

Rabat- Following an impassioned speech by Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane before the parliament in which he suggested that a women’s place is in the household rather than in the workplace, Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party, Hamid Chabat, slammed on Friday Benkirane’s remarks. “Benkirane tells Moroccan women stay at home while his wife is working,” said Hamid Chabat. Speaking to his supporters during a meeting of the Istiqlal party in Tangier on Friday, Hamid Chabat wondered, “how can the Head of Government tell Moroccan women that their place is in the household rather than in the workplace while his wife works at a private school, offered to them by Driss El Bassri?’’ Chabat considers Benkirane’s remarks as a blatant contradiction of his actual political stance. He pointed out that despite Benkirane’s belief that women choose not to participate in politics and that he “can’t force them to participate in the political sphere,” he now states that a woman‘s place is in the home as a mother rather than in the workplace.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

Putting People First with Workplace by Facebook

BusinessProfessionals_774.png “One of our big strategic challenges is we have so many offices and people doing all these different jobs and we have to bring information together,” Murray said. “We’ve used [Workplace] to bring our whole organization together, but also to share knowledge of what we’re seeing on the ground.” While Catch22 was still in the process of properly looking at the impact Workplace has had on its operations when we spoke late last year, Murray commented that it’s tangible that people are feeling more connected. Productivity gains have been huge, she added. “Being out in the field no longer means not being connected.” Nestlé began its Workplace journey roughly nine months ago, with rollouts in Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East, and South Africa, Catherine Flynn, global director of marketing for Workplace by Facebook, wrote in the post. From these initial deployments, Nestlé has reported receiving 25 times higher engagement per post and high rates of mobile adoption, she noted. Nestlé managers today are using live video for connecting with staff at different locations and sales teams are using Workplace to share best practices and information across teams. Rollouts to the rest of Nestlé employees will continue throughout 2019. Key to any successful deployment is getting decision makers involved early and getting people really excited about the new tools, Murray said. “This is the first rollout I’ve been involved in where people are genuinely excited.”Tags:News & ViewsWorkplace by FacebookFacebookNestleCatch22collaborationDigital TransformationCase StudiesDigital WorkplaceMobilityReal-Time CommunicationsTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like Catch22 Connects to Serve the CommunityBut it’s not just the largest of the large enterprises that are finding value in Workplace. Catch22, a U.K.-based nonprofit organization focused on social welfare, also recently deployed Workplace to its 1,300 full-time employees. It has done so by taking advantage of Facebook’s free offer for nonprofits and charities. Workplace is a “perfect fit” for Nestlé’s “people-first environment,” shared Nestlé EVP Chris Johnson in the post. Is It Time for the Other ‘I’ in ROI? Tom Nolle April 01, 2019 Our lives are almost run by ‘return on infrastructure,’ whether we know it or not. While the free aspect of Workplace was certainly a draw, three key criteria factored into its evaluations of this and other enterprise collaboration tools, Murray said. Facebook has made no secret of some of its high-profile large enterprise customer wins for its team collaboration solution Workplace. It snagged the world’s largest employer, Walmart, as a customer in 2017, and has touted others like Campbell’s, Starbucks, Century 21, Delta Airlines, and Vodafone, to name a few. On its website, Facebook claims that more than 30,000 organizations are now using Workplace and showcases myriad case studies to help demonstrate the value the tool has been able to bring to organizations all over the world. Just last week, Facebook added another big name to its list of wins. Nestlé, which lays claim to being the world’s largest food and beverage company, has chosen Workplace to help drive innovation and digital transformation by improving communications among its 210,000 global employees. With Workplace, Nestlé is able “to give our employees across the globe a platform to build connections, enabling faster and more engaging sharing of information,” Filippo Catalano, Nestlé CIO, shared in a Workplace by Facebook blog post. As a nonprofit with little to no money to spend on technology, Catch22 was used to working with second- and third-rate technology, Murray said. Now with Workplace, it’s “able to use the best out there,” she said. Mastering Digital Transformation Gary Audin April 26, 2019 Does your organization have the right strategy in place to ‘pivot’ around challenges and become a digital enterprise? Best Practices for Digital Transformation Gary Audin March 29, 2019 Don’t look for a cookie-cutter plan for digital transformation; craft a strategy that fits your unique enterprise goals. Log in or register to post comments Of these 1,300 employees, only about 100 are full-time office workers. The majority spend their days in the field, as social workers, teachers, prison workers, and social action agents. Catch22 is 200 years old, but despite its age, it still tries to be progressive, Beth Murray, director of communications and engagement at Catch22, told me. See All in Digital Transformation » And ultimately, Workplace fit the bill. Catch22 launched Workplace to a select group of 100 people first and then later — in April 2018 — deployed to all employees. Because many of its employees work inside prisons, in which the use of technology is highly controversial, Catch22 had to work with governors to get sign off at each individual jail for its staff to be able to use Workplace on special tablets — a time-consuming and tedious process that Murray says was worth it to get everyone connected. Optimizing Business Communications Through Information Marty Parker April 23, 2019 It’s a great time to embrace change and take a leadership role in defining what emerging trends mean for your business. Catch22 wanted to partner with a provider that was “keen to get us as a customer,” Murray said, and would be particularly responsive to inquiries.It wanted the tool to make its employees lives better and offer a familiar user experience.It required a mobile app, given Catch22’s large base of field workers. Holoportation! Next Best Thing to Being There? Marty Parker July 23, 2019 This visionary technology stimulates the imagination as to the future of business communications. read more

UNICEF demands action to save children of South Sudan from living nightmare

“The dream of a safe and peaceful South Sudan is becoming a living nightmare for its children,” said Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) said in a press release ahead of the UN-backed Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference, set to convene in the Norwegian capital on Tuesday. Five months into the conflict, around 80 per cent of children under of the age of five in the three most conflict-affected states – Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity – are at heightened risk of disease and death. Despite 80,000 people having been fully vaccinated against cholera, the South Sudanese Ministry of Health has confirmed a cholera outbreak in Juba. The cholera caseload is doubling every day, providing troubling proof that the deadly disease is spreading. UNICEF has helped set up a cholera treatment centre, is supplying tents for triage and patient care, hygiene equipment, clean water and oral rehydration solutions. Over the past 24 hours, hundreds of people have been trained to inform and mobilize communities. “Right now, the children of South Sudan need humanitarian assistance; they need their leaders to protect their lives, their rights, and their futures; and they need the world to listen – and demand action on their behalf,” she added. The world’s youngest nation has been enmeshed in a crisis which began in mid-December 2013 as a political dispute between President Kiir and his former deputy president, Mr. Machar, who had been forced from office earlier that year.The in-fighting erupted into full-fledged conflict believed to have left thousands of people dead and which has forced tens of thousands more to seek refuge at UN bases around the country. The political rivals signed an accord two weeks ago on ending the fighting, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has since urged maximum restraint by all parties amid accusations of breaches of the ceasefire. Briefing the Security Council last week, the UN chief said that by the end of this year, half of South Sudan’s 12 million people will be either in flight, facing starvation, or dead. According to UNICEF, at least half of these are children – the most innocent victims in what is increasingly becoming a children’s emergency. Children and women constitute the majority of those fleeing to neighboring countries. More than half a million children have fled the violence. Women and girls are increasingly sexually assaulted and the targets of gender-based violence. Schools and hospitals have been attacked or used by parties to conflict. More than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by both sides. Thousands of children are separated from their families, within South Sudan and in neighboring countries. UNICEF goes on to stress that across the country, as many as 50,000 children could die from malnutrition; 740,000 children under the age of five are at high risk of food insecurity. Many are already resorting to eating wild foods such as bulbs and grasses. Although tireless efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance continue, without an all-inclusive political solution and a broader peace-building framework for promoting social cohesion, the crisis will deteriorate further, with profound consequences and impact on the most vulnerable, especially children. “UNICEF repeats its call for all parties to provide unhindered and safe access for humanitarian assistance; and to respect their own agreements to stop the violence against children, sexual and gender-based violence, and the recruitment of children,” the statement concludes. read more

Roundtable Chip Kelly Is A Madman And Must Be Stopped Or Hes

DeMarco Murray, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 27 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington / Getty Images Walt: If you think back to that playoff run two years back, how many of those players — besides Riley Cooper, the platonic ideal of a Philadelphian — are still with Philly? Not a lot! And with Mark Sanchez to fall back on, Kelly is definitely opening his team up to some risk here, right?Neil: Sanchez backers might point out that he had by far the best year of his career in Kelly’s system last season. But that’s also kind of the point: Sanchez broke new ground by barely being above average and then parlayed it into $5.5 million guaranteed over two years — a pretty rich deal by backup standards. And now that they have Bradford, the Eagles have managed to collect the league’s two least-efficient starting QBs over the past five seasons by yards gained per pass attempt.Ben, what’s the Skeptical Football take on these guys?Ben: Foles, I love. He plays the position with the kind of aggressive win-maximizing abandon that I endorse, takes risks and throws deep when he needs to, and it has paid off with a fair amount of team success. However, it’s still unclear to me whether he actually has the skills to be a great quarterback in this league or has been running on scrappiness and good fortune alone. Take his much-maligned deep ball: Foles completed only 34 percent of his deep passes (more than 15 yards downfield) in 2014 but completed enough big plays that he gained an average of 0.23 expected points per attempt on them overall. (In fact, this was the main source of his value added for the season, as he just about broke even on short attempts.) Shrewd gambler though he may be, that combination isn’t sustainable.While Bradford has been extremely inefficient (like Neil says), it should also be noted that his career so far falls in the extremely common category of heralded quarterbacks put into a terrible situation who were serviceable but failed to turn it around single-handedly. When it comes to evaluating the first few years of a QB’s career, that’s just about the least informative scenario. If you have faith in Bradford’s skills for whatever reasons (including old-fashioned ones like scouting), your belief at least hasn’t yet been disproved. In a whole new situation like this, his trajectory is unpredictable. It won’t surprise me if he’s an all-star in a few years or if he’s out of the league entirely.If there’s a method to Kelly’s madness here, I think it’s that, given the totality of circumstances, Bradford regressing to his own personal mean would probably mean better production, while Foles regressing would probably mean worse production.As an empirical matter, this trade has me excited. How often do you get such a great opportunity to cross-compare like this? It’s two chances to see how the texture of a quarterback’s performance changes when he switches environments AND two chances to see how a team’s production changes when it’s led by different quarterbacks. No matter what happens, it’ll be an empirical coup. We should learn a lot about a lot more than just these QBs.Neil: Of course, all this assumes that Kelly is telling the truth when he says he won’t trade up in the draft to snag his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as the team’s long-term future at the position. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from the first few months of Kelly’s tenure as grocery-shopper (in addition to cook), it’s to expect the unexpected.Walt: The only thing less trustworthy than an Eagles fan is an Eagles coach. Quarterback Sam Bradford, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, watches a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 9 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images Tuesday marked the beginning of a new year on the NFL calendar, and the Philadelphia Eagles apparently decided to celebrate the occasion with a flurry of major transactions. In response, we summoned a special FiveThirtyEight NFL roundtable, wherein Ben Morris, Neil Paine and Walt Hickey discuss the big moves, continue to debate Chip Kelly’s mad genius and ponder what all this roster reshuffling amounts to.Neil Paine: Walt, when last we convened to discuss NFL transactions, you hailed Rex Ryan for grabbing LeSean McCoy but also gave some credit to Chip Kelly for smartly freeing up cap space. Now we have the news that Kelly — in the wake of being spurned by Frank Gore — has essentially executed an old-school challenge trade at the game’s most important position, dealing Nick Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford. Have you embraced Kelly’s madness?Walt Hickey: As I understand it — which is barely — Kelly is either making a dramatic short in the Philadelphia jersey market, destroying the value of essentially any fan’s merchandise purchased two or more years ago, or winning the Kobayashi Maru while the rest of the league is playing Snakes and Ladders. Both situations are troubling. As a Giants fan, my only thought is: What’s his play?Ben Morris: I like to imagine that Chip Kelly and Les Snead were just chillin’ and Kelly was like, “Dude, crazy hypothetical that just popped into my head: What would happen if we just right out and switched quarterbacks? I mean, neither of us is in love with who we have, and people always say that kind of thing: ‘What would happen if you put Brady on the Broncos and Manning on the Patriots?’ Honestly, I have no idea what would happen, but could you imagine?” And then after a lengthy chortle, a tiny uncomfortable silence took over before they nearly simultaneously grinned and went, “[expletive] it.”Neil: The swap is a bit puzzling, I admit. Foles was inconsistent when healthy last season, and his staggeringly efficient 2013 campaign was driven in part by a freakishly low interception rate. But for all of Foles’s up-and-down play, he still has a far better statistical track record than Bradford, who — let’s also point out — missed all of last season with a knee injury. In fairness, Bradford was saddled with a terrible supporting cast in St. Louis, and he still carries the prestige of a former No. 1 overall draft pick. So if you squint, Kelly kind of turned a former third-round QB into the highest of first-rounders. But both of these guys have been out of college so long that it’s a real stretch to make that argument. Neil: Let’s shift gears to Thursday’s news that Kelly’s Eagles inked former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to a five-year, $42 million contract (with $21 million guaranteed). Ben, you wrote about Murray several times last season — what are your thoughts on Philly picking him up?Ben: The main thing to like about the Eagles signing DeMarco Murray is that they didn’t absolutely break the bank to do it. While $42 million over five years with $21 million guaranteed is a fair amount for a running back, it’s comparable to what LeSean McCoy got from Buffalo. While it likely isn’t a huge value move, the important part is that it isn’t Adrian Peterson money.The two main Murray knocks are 1) that he played behind a supposedly stellar offensive line in Dallas and 2) that he has had some fumbling problems that have negated much of his would-be Win Percentage Added over the past few seasons. These are both legitimate concerns, and — assuming it’s true that the Cowboys were only willing to offer Murray $5 million per year — it would seem his former employers took them seriously.Yet, again, the deal seems to have a fairly high upside. Both of the Murray knocks are in the “reasonable doubt” category — they’re not outright proof that Murray isn’t the real deal. And if he is, the Eagles may be getting the “ideal running back” at a reasonable price.Neil: Like you said, though, Murray’s contract ended up being only slightly cheaper than the deal given to McCoy after Kelly abruptly traded him to the Bills a little over a week ago. In addition, Murray will be 27 years old next season — the same age as McCoy (at a position where peak production comes at age 26, I might add) — and the two players have practically identical per-carry and per-game stats over the past four seasons.Walt, what keeps this from being a lateral move for the Eagles? And if so, doesn’t that just reinforce the notion that Kelly the GM is flying by the seat of his pants this offseason with no discernible plan? (Which seems especially likely in the case of Murray’s signing, since Kelly inked Ryan Mathews, another RB, earlier in the week.)Walt: This is totally a lateral move for the Eagles! But it’s a rather brilliant one. The de facto result of the past several weeks is that Kelly traded McCoy for Kiko Alonso, Murray and extra cap space. Which, honestly, seems nice. If you’re obsessed with ages and their relationship to productivity in interchangeable running backs, Neil, that’s not a terrible move, provided it was planned.Naturally, I hope this week is terrible for Philadelphia and its citizens. But these moves are exciting and matter. Looking at the 2013 roster, there’s very little continuity at skill positions — Brent Celek, Riley Cooper, Jeff Maehl and Chris Polk. That’s a lot of turnover! But I think Eagles fans just have to go for the ride here.Neil: As our colleague (and Philly sports aficionado) Jody Avirgan tweeted, being an Eagles fan is suddenly a bit like working a low-level job on the Manhattan Project: You have no idea what the master plan is — or if one even exists — but you have to trust that the smart guys at the top know what they’re doing.I do wonder how long this fan base’s patience will last if these machinations don’t quickly lead to wins. But maybe that’s how you build a winner in the NFL, by taking these kinds of chances.Ben: You can kind of see Kelly’s meta-strategy coming together: He’s going to either build a contender or crash and burn. As a gambler, I like it: He’s setting up a parlay, no doubt — but one that seems like it could pay off big if it hits. read more

La canicule russe aurait été engendrée par un phénomène naturel

first_imgLa canicule russe aurait été engendrée par un phénomène naturelLa Russie a été touchée l’été dernier par une canicule particulièrement meurtrière. Un phénomène qui n’aurait pas été engendré par le réchauffement climatique, mais par un blocage atmosphérique naturel, révèle une récente étude.La Russie a connu aux mois de juillet et août des températures atteignant 37°C, quand la moyenne est généralement de 19°C à cette période. Une chaleur accompagnée d’une intense sécheresse qui a engendré de graves incendies et dévasté de nombreux hectares de forêt et de cultures. Mais, c’est un phénomène naturel, et non le changement climatique, qui aurait provoqué cette canicule, estiment des chercheurs dans une étude publiée par le magazine Geophysical Research Letters et rapportée par le site Actualités news environnement.Comme l’explique Randall Dole, de l’Administration Nationale Océanique et Atmosphérique des Etats-Unis, c’est un blocage atmosphérique qui serait à l’origine de cette canicule. Ce phénomène se produit lorsque le courant de vent en haute altitude reste bloqué, contraignant l’air froid et la pluie à contourner cette pression atmosphérique accumulée. Le blocage dont a souffert la Russie cet été est “certainement du phénomène le plus extrême que nous avons enregistré depuis 1880 au moins”, souligne Randall Dole. “Il s’agissait d’un phénomène d’intensité inhabituelle” qui n’aurait pas pu être prévu longtemps à l’avance, explique-t-il.Le 14 mars 2011 à 10:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of April 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of April 15, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Michelle M. Boudreau-Nihan, 52Muriel T. (Santarlasci) Bristol, 89Lisa M. Nocco, 54Cesino B. “Chet” Perella, 86Previously Lived In Wilmington:NoneWorked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Edward J. Hayes, 80Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Apple may abandon problematic MacBook keyboard

first_img Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) 0 Apple MacBook Air News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air The butterfly switch replaced the traditional “scissor” mechanism below each key and was meant to be more stable, responsive and comfortable. But almost immediately, users complained about the feel of the new keyboards and said they could be easily damaged by specks of dust. In March, Apple apologized and said it was “aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third generation butterfly keyboard.” The company initiated a MacBook keyboard replacement program that covered MacBooks released from 2015 to 2017, and in May, it extended the program to all MacBook, including the newly released MacBook Pro. At least three proposed class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple over the use of the butterfly switch. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this report. $899 • $1,099 Blink and you’ll miss these MacBook Pro updates See All Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Apple 14 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Laptops Now playing: Watch this: Apple reading • Apple may abandon problematic MacBook keyboard Walmart Share your voice 1:40 $1,199 Apple Mac Pro: Expensive, sleek and definitely not for grating cheese See it See It Apple has faced criticism over its laptop keyboard design. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple has apparently had enough of its controversial MacBook butterfly switch keyboards. The company is expected to ditch the mechanism in favor of a new design in a refresh of the MacBook Air later this year, said Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The company rolled out its butterfly switch design starting with its computer revamp in 2015. The redesign was part of an effort to make laptops thinner and lighter than in the past. But users have complained about sticky keys, as well as letters typing in duplicate or not typing at all. The new keyboard design will be based on scissor switches, offering better key travel and durability, Kuo says in a report obtained by MacRumors. The new design will purportedly feature glass fiber to reinforce the keys. The MacBook Pro is also expected to get the new scissor switch keyboard, but not until 2020, Kuo said. Post a comment Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags Applelast_img read more