They are allowed to have burgers: Harbhajan Singh defends Sarfaraz Ahmed after social media trolls

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India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 08:59 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed bore the brunt of the trolls on social media after Pakistan’s humiliating loss against India (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed and his Pakistan team were subjected to trolls on social media after their loss vs IndiaCritics and fans have ripped apart Pakistan players for their fitness and lack of preparedness in this World CupPakistan are languishing in 8th place in the points table with 1 win from 4 games so farCricketer Harbhajan Singh on Monday defended the Pakistan national team after they were brutally trolled on social media by fans following their seventh successive defeat in a World Cup match against India on Sunday.Fans from Pakistan began ripped apart their cricket team players and called them out for their lack of preparedness against a strong Indian team.A number of videos and pictures have emerged on social media which show a few Pakistan players having burgers on the eve of the crucial World Cup encounter. As soon as Pakistan crumbled to one of their worst defeats vs India in the tournament, the team’s fans wasted no time in pointing out the player’s outing as the chief reason for the loss.Another image doing the rounds on social media showed Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field during the match – and the picture superimposed on to a pillow on a bed.But Harbhajan Singh came to Pakistan team’s defence and said that players are allowed to eat whatever they want and their diet should not be blamed for their performance on the field.”They are allowed to have burgers, it’s their wish what they want to do,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke also joined in on the issue surrounding the social media jokes on the Pakistan team.”At the end of the day you put in the work and you get the rewards. If you don’t then you don’t get the rewards. Pakistan has to look at why they are underperforming in this World Cup. Whatever the reason, whether it’s training or the right squad, preparation.advertisement”At the moment they are not playing well enough. They are a better team than how they are playing,” Clarke told India Today.Some people also trolled Shoaib Malik and his wife, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, after they were seen hanging out with Wahab Riaz and Imam-ul-Haq late at night before the big match. Pakistan Cricket Board however, clarified on Monday that no player had violated the curfew timings set by the team management.”I don’t know if it’s true, but if there are pictures doing the rounds then it’s not the right thing to do before the game. Specially a World Cup game against India. I hope it’s not true,” Harbhajan said.The defeat left Pakistan ninth in the 10-team standings with just three points from five matches. Their only win at the tournament came against hosts England while their match against Sri Lanka was washed out.Pakistan must win all four of their remaining group games to have any chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals. They face South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday before taking on New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.Harbhajan was asked whether Sarfaraz Ahmed would lose his captaincy after this performance to which he said Pakistan need to start winning from here on otherwise drastic measures will have to be taken.”I hope they start winning from here onwards. But if they don’t get forward and don’t get into the semis…I know the emotions with India and Pakistan, I think he’ll lose his job. That’s what happens in India and Pakistan, when you lose a couple of guys have to go,” Harbhajan said.When the same question was asked to Clarke he said, “I don’t follow Pakistan cricket close enough to be in a position to answer that question. As a captain when your team loses your always accountable. But I don’t know if they have got somebody else to replace him.”Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar slams ‘brainless captain’ Sarfaraz AhmedAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pak journalist will make you smileAlso Read | India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notAlso Read | Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Akhtar to Hasan AliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by State Minister, the Hon. Richard Azan

first_imgMr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, it is with a great sense of gratitude and humility that I stand here today to make my contribution to the Sectoral Debate.Mr. Speaker, I am mindful of the many persons who have contributed to my being here in this capacity. I am thankful to many.To my family and extended family of the North West Clarendon constituency for just being there for me; they have given me the opportunity to be their representative and I am confident that both myself and the People’s National Party can continue to rely on them.I am also thankful to the members of my management team, fundraisers and supporters whose encouragement and strong support have strengthened my resolve and who continue to give of their time and resources.Mr. Speaker, I wish to say a special thanks to the Most Honourable Prime Minister, Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller, who through this appointment, and the special confidence she has placed in me, has given me another opportunity to serve the people of Jamaica.Thanks also to my Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, for his support, his steady leadership of the Ministry for which I am Minister of State, and for allowing me the latitude as Minister of State to discharge the functions assigned to me.To my Assistant, Secretaries, Driver, Security assigned to me; to my Councillors I also extend my appreciation. To the Permanent Secretary and members of staff at the Ministry who have provided support and guidance, to them I say heartfelt thanks.Thanks to the CEO, Directors, Regional Managers, Parish Managers and other staff of the National Works Agency for their support and guidance, especially during difficult periods. To the many agencies which fall under this Ministry and with which I interact from time to time, I say a big thank you.Mr. Speaker, there are a number of persons present in the House today, to whom I am grateful and I extend a cordial welcome to them and my thanks for their continued support.And Mr. Speaker,finally but most importantly I wish to thank the Almighty who continues to bless my efforts and help me to find peace and understanding and on whom I rely for my continued health and success.Mr. Speaker, my presentation this afternoon will focus primarily on the policies and programmes of the National Works Agency during Fiscal Year 2012/2013. However, before I do so, I would like to highlight some of the achievements of the North West Clarendon Constituency and the programmes that we have pursued during the period under review.Mr. Speaker, since being re-elected I am pleased to inform this honourable house that as a result of the policies and programmes of this government led by the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, we have been able to accomplish much…READ MOREDownload Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by State Minister, the Hon. Richard Azanlast_img read more

Is Moroccan Government Going Towards a Systematic Privatization of Education

Fez – The past few months witnessed open boycotts of studies at all faculties of medicine all over Morocco which led to massive demonstrations against the compulsory service issued by Minister of Health Houcine El Ouardi. Thousands of medical students gathered in front of the Ministry of Education and the Parliament in Rabat. Fortunately, the government ended up cancelling the compulsory service, and the students succeeded in their cause.Apparently this is a year of revolution, and the streets of Rabat continue to be filled with huge protests. Since the beginning of November, trainee teachers at all Moroccan Regional Centers of Education and Formation (CRMEF) centers in Morocco have been boycotting both courses and practicum trainings in response to the two decrees issued and supported by the government and the Ministry of Education. Thousands of trainee teachers mobilized in an initial march on November 12, in which all of the CRMEF centers took part.These boycotts have been taking place as a reaction against two ministerial decrees declared by the Minister of Education Rachid Belmokhtar. Decree 588-15-2 separates training from recruitment; trainee teachers will have to pass another final examination after the exit exams in order to be selected and appointed to a position. Prior to the announcement of these two decrees, teacher trainees would be appointed right after finishing their training at the centers. Now, with the requirement to go through various examinations in order to get jobs, it is as if these teacher trainees are not qualified enough, despite the fact that they went through pre-selections, written and oral exams to enroll at the CRMEF centers. The other decree, 589-15-2, reduces the scholarship amount to MAD 1200, just half of the MAD 2450 per month trainees used to receive, which was already insufficient given their social and economic conditions. Photo credit: Noureddine LaaguidiOn December 17, 2015, teacher trainees went out in an unprecedented march that again took place in Rabat, starting from Bab Elhad and leading to the Ministry of Education and the Parliament. This time more people participated in the march; it is estimated to have included 25,000 teacher trainees, faculty students, doctors and more importantly the trainees’ families who joined and supported the protests.This is a national cause and concerns the entire educational system. It is all about public school and the masses that have only the public school. If public schools are ever privatised, it will only worsen the status quo of education in Morocco, which already suffers from serious issues that no one single emergency plan of reform could fix.The march was interrupted by a baton charge from the police at the beginning and at the end when they prevented trainees from gaining access to the train station. These violent and illegitimate interventions call into question the very materialization of the right of protesting stated in the Constitution as a legitimate right for every citizen. Is it transparent on the part of the State to react in this undemocratic way against gatherings of people who cause no turmoil and are only calling for their fair rights?Photo credit: Noureddine LaaguidiMembers of the National Commission of Trainee Teachers publicly declared that the cause of trainee teachers will continue and their boycotts will remain open as long as their demands are not given due consideration and response.Photo Credit: Noureddine Laaguidi. Edited by Esther Bedik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Nepal into early 2009

23 July 2008The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has been extended for another six months to allow the mission to complete its monitoring and management of the arms and personnel of the Nepal army and the former Maoist combatants from the civil war. The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has been extended for another six months to allow the mission to complete its monitoring and management of the arms and personnel of the Nepal army and the former Maoist combatants from the civil war. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Security Council renewed the mandate of the mission through 23 January next year and called on Nepal’s political parties to support the peace process so that UNMIN can wrap up its work soon. The resolution, which follows a request from Nepal and a similar recommendation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his most recent report on the issue, noted that it also endorsed Mr. Ban’s proposals “for a phased, gradual, drawdown and withdrawal of UNMIN staff, including arms monitors.” UNMIN was set up at the start of last year to help Nepal, which endured a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Government and the Maoists signed a peace deal in 2006 and conducted Constituent Assembly elections. Those polls were held earlier this year and in May the newly formed Constituent Assembly voted in favour of a federal democratic republic. The king of Nepal then left the palace and earlier this week the Assembly elected Ram Baran Yadav as the country’s first President. The mission is also responsible for monitoring the management of arms and armed personnel of both the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and the Nepal Army, as well as in assisting in monitoring ceasefire arrangements. Speaking to journalists today, the head of UNMIN and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ian Martin said many significant challenges remained before the peace process can be considered to be completed. “There are still two armies in Nepal, and the core task that is requested of a downsized UNMIN is to continue its monitoring of the management of arms and armies while durable solutions are sought to the future of the former combatants,” he said. Nepal’s interim constitution provides for a special committee to supervise, rehabilitate and integrate the Maoist combatants, but it only met once before the elections and made no progress. Since then the committee has been re-formed on an all-party basis, rather than just those parties in the new government. Continued cooperation between all political parties, including those representing the Madhesi community, a group that was traditionally marginalized in Nepal, is important to complete the peace process, Mr. Martin stressed. “The biggest challenge of all, perhaps, is to reach agreement within the prescribed two-year period on the federal constitution. Virtually all the political groups are agreed that the new constitution should be a federal one, but there is as yet no agreement as to what form federalism should take in the particular geographic and social conditions of Nepal.” Mr. Martin cited numerous other challenges, including the desire of marginalized groups for greater representation in such State bodies as the security forces, and the previous commitments made to victims of the civil war and associated violence about the investigation of crimes, compensation and an end to impunity for perpetrators of attacks. read more

Security Council calls for adequate funding to help Sierra Leones excombatants

The appeal came in a press statement by the Council’s current President, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, after the 15-member body had heard a closed-door briefing by the head of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Oluyemi Adeniji, who warned of the danger of having so many idle youths.In the statement, Council members welcomed the progress made in Sierra Leone’s peace process, reiterated the importance of effective extension of State authority throughout the country and expressed their intention to extend UNAMSIL’s mandate another six months until the end of September.However, they also were concerned about the fragile situation in the Mano River Union, and looked forward to the follow-up of the results of the recent summit meeting between the Presidents of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, he added.Speaking to reporters after he had briefed the Council, Mr. Adeniji said that among the next steps to be taken in Sierra Leone was the imperative of arranging programmes to reintegrate some 47,000 former soldiers into society. He noted that there was a $7 million shortfall for such projects.“I emphasized [to the Council] the danger in that: if you have almost 50,000 young men, who have been disarmed, and yet have nothing to do because the reintegration projects have really not taken off properly,” Mr. Adeniji said. “I asked the Security Council to call the attention of donors to this.” read more

UNbacked conference seeks to close loopholes against nuclear terrorism

“In short, the amendments now before this conference are vitally important and, if adopted, will take another significant step in reducing the vulnerability of States Parties, and, indeed, the entire world,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General David Waller told the opening session yesterday.He noted that the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), drawn up in 1980, is not sufficiently comprehensive for today’s world since it protects nuclear material used for peaceful purposes while in international transport, but “most fundamentally” covers neither the physical protection of nuclear material in peaceful domestic use, storage and transport, nor nuclear facilities themselves.“The proposed amendments would remedy these shortcomings,” Mr. Waller said. “They would also provide for expanded cooperation between and among States regarding rapid measures to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material, mitigate any radiological consequences of sabotage, and prevent and combat related offences.”The Vienna-based IAEA is the depositary of the CPPNM, which currently has 111 States Parties. It is the only legally binding international treaty providing physical protection of nuclear material and ensuring improved security in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. Since then a group of experts has been working on strengthening its safeguards. read more

How Much Did The NCAA Selection Committee Screw Your Team Over

In the long, drawn-out days between Selection Sunday and the beginning of the round of 64, college basketball fans have two pastimes: filling out their brackets and complaining about the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s decisions.This year was especially ripe for the latter, with grievances coming in from all corners of the college basketball universe. (Hint: When even the No. 1 overall seed — in this case, Kansas — has room for complaint, the committee might not have done its best work.) But how much does this stuff really matter? Can small changes to the committee’s decisions make a big difference to a team’s odds of going deep in the tourney?To figure this out, we used the same method that drives our March Madness predictions and randomized the bracket around the committee’s S-curve rankings — the actual 1-68 ranking of teams the committee uses to guide the seedings and overall placement of teams in the bracket. Because the committee doesn’t adhere strictly to the S-curve within each “seed line” — it has the leeway to place teams according to factors (like geography) that go beyond balancing each region’s strength — we can judge how much the committee’s decisions at the margins affected each team’s chances of advancing to various rounds. And because we’re keeping teams in the same S-curve slots as the committee’s, we can examine these differences without delving into alternate universe-type scenarios in which the crusty old voters valued the teams differently.Here are the teams whose odds to get to the Sweet 16 and Final Four were helped and hurt the most. As far as the championship is concerned, these tweaks don’t matter much; most teams’ odds of winning it all were affected by less than a percentage point. But in terms of advancing to prestige benchmarks like the Sweet 16 and Final Four, the draw can have a relatively large effect. By being in a favorable region, for instance, Oklahoma’s Final Four odds were boosted by 12.1 percentage points, while Villanova was dinged by 4.4 points because it was dropped into the same region with Kansas.And that’s just looking at the committee’s deviations from its own S-curve. What if the crusty old voters did value the teams (slightly) differently? In another simulation, we randomized the S-curve itself, giving a team the potential to move up or drop down into the top or bottom half of the next “seed line.” For instance, a No. 3 seed could have moved up into one of the bottom two slots on the S-curve for No. 2 seeds or just as easily dropped into one of the top two slots for No. 4 seeds. For each of those random draws, we simulated the bracket and then tracked how much each team’s odds changed in their most and least favorable draws.Here are the results when we model the S-curve this way: By Neil Paine and Jay Boice More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. For top teams, the difference between its 20th- and 80th-percentile draw was 10 to 15 percentage points of Final Four probability, all due to the whims of its position on the S-curve.Certainly, there are more factors determining how far a team goes in the NCAA Tournament than simply its starting point in the bracket. But in a wide-open field in which every edge counts, even small shifts in probability can add up.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. Embed Code read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Interested in Rehiring Mike Brown

The Cleveland Cavaliers have wasted no time in the pursuit of a new coach after firing Byron Scott last Thursday. They are now heavily interested in rehiring former coach Mike Brown.Brown met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert over dinner Sunday night and the meeting went well, but no offer was extended to him, according to several media outlets.Cleveland initially extended the head coaching position to Phil Jackson over the weekend, after reports surfaced last week that he wanted to return to the game in a front office role. However, Jackson’s representative told the Cavs that he has no interest in the coaching job, according to told The Plain Dealer on Thursday that he was in no rush to return to coaching after he was fired by the Lakers after one season and five games. The Lakers still owe Brown about $8 million from his contract.The Cavaliers and Brown both agreed to think about the possible reunion before speaking with each other again later this week. But the Cavs surely have an eye set on Brown because he is the first candidate to meet with Gilbert.If Cleveland decides they want to reunite with Brown, they would probably like to have a contract completed before the end of the playoffs. Brown is expected to be at the top of list of several teams as vacancies continue to emerge.“Moving forward, we’ll look for someone with proven success and look for somebody who is strong defensively with proven systems,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant told The Plain Dealer. “We’ll look for somebody who is a teacher. We’ll look for somebody who is a grinder and a worker.”But media outlets are reporting that Brown is highly intrigued by the job because of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the club’s sizable salary-cap space.Before being fired by the Cavs in 2010, Brown, who was hired in 2005, had four seasons of 50 or more wins. His best coaching year was during 2008-09 when the Cavs went 66-16 and he won the NBA Coach of the Year.Brown was quickly fired after LeBron James decided to take his talents the Miami Heat, even though he led the team to a 61-21 record during the 2009-10 season.If the reunion of Brown and the Cavs occurs, there could be another possible reunion in 2014 when James can opt out of his contract. The Cavs will surely pursue him if they can keep the salary-cap space at a substantial amount. read more

Ohio State volleyball falls to Michigan State for first loss of the

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team started its season by winning 13 straight matches, including a four set victory over then-No. 10 Michigan. The team’s winning streak came to a halt when the Buckeyes fell to No. 15 Michigan State in three straight sets.The Buckeyes (13-1) struggled early against the Spartans on Sunday, but still had a chance in each set. OSU jumped out to an 18-14 lead in the match’s opening set, but MSU fought back to take get the win, 27-25.Throughout the match, OSU struggled with passing, due partially to dominant serving from its opponent. The Spartans finished the day with eight service aces, as well as 14 errors. These problems and Michigan State’s strong serving led to OSU dropping the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-22.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary finished with 10 kills in the losing effort and said her and her teammates must use this match to grow as they move forward in Big Ten play.“We just didn’t come out strong, and we’re gonna use this, work on what we need to do this week to be ready for Indiana and Purdue next week,” Leary said.OSU coach Geoff Carlston was also impressed with the Spartans’ serving game.“We just didn’t pass very well, but in Michigan State’s defense that’s the toughest serving team I’ve ever seen,” he said.Carlston said the match exhibited poor play from some typical stars, while some others were able to step up.“We rely a lot on Kaitlyn Leary and she struggled today,” Carlston said. “I thought our freshmen really stepped up and played well.”Leary had an uncharacteristic seven errors on top of her 10 kills while freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe led the team with 12 kills while committing just one error. Sanbothe’s classmate, outside hitter Kylie Randall, added 11 kills of her own to go along with two errors.Following the first set, Carlston made a change at the libero position, as senior Julianne Mandolfo donned the scarlet jersey instead of senior Davionna DiSalvatore.“Davionna got aced three times in one set (against MSU), that’s something that can’t happen,” Carlston said. “That’s the luxury we have. They’re both really, really good and so if one is struggling, we can put the other one in and vice versa.”Carlston also shuffled his lineup late in the match, throwing sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell onto the court in the third set in hopes of extending the match.“What we had been doing the past two sets hadn’t been working,” Mitchell said.Mitchell said the team’s cohesion will have to improve this week in practice.“We kind of fell apart a little bit,” she said. “We need to bounce back as a group.”Freshman outside hitter Chloe Reinig and senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski led the way for the Spartans with 12 kills each.Even with a loss to the Spartans, the players were able to take some positives away from its win against Michigan on Friday night, especially the great play of Sandbothe and Randall, Leary said. She said she was proud to see them step up.“They both really stepped up as freshmen and we needed that, especially with me starting off a little slow, they definitely brought that and that’s what helped us win this game tonight,” Leary said Friday.Sandbothe said there were a lot of emotions for her coming into the first Michigan clash of her college career.“There’s a lot of people here, so I was a little nervous, but excited,” she said after the win against the Wolverines. “This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of.”The official attendance for the match against Michigan was about 4,500.Even though the Buckeyes came out victorious, the team struggled at times. OSU led the second set 22-16 before eventually losing 27-25.Randall said the team made some mistakes at the service line that contributed to the loss.“In the second game, we missed four to five in a row so I think we could definitely work on that,” she said.Carlston added that the personnel OSU had on the court in the set it lost did not leave them with a very good chance to win.“We got stuck in a rotation that we weren’t playing very well in and they were playing very well in, and that’s the game,” he said.Leary led the match with 22 kills while Sandbothe recorded 12 kills and eight blocks and Randall finished 11 kills and four blocks.OSU is set to travel to Indiana this weekend for its first road matches of the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., at 7 p.m. Friday and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at the same time Saturday. read more

Softball The music behind the player

Ohio State senior infielder Ashley Goodwin powers through the ball during the exhibition game against Wright State on Sep. 24 . Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternA player’s walk-up song can say a lot about who they are. Whether they want to get the crowd excited, hype themselves up or even calm themselves down, each individual player has different reasoning behind which song they choose. Members of the Ohio State softball team shared why they chose the songs they did. Senior center fielder Taylor White“X” by Kendrick Lamar“I saw the Black Panther and it’s on the Black Panther album and it’s cool and in the beginning, it says, ‘Black Panther’ and that sounds cool. I’m basically the Black Panther.”Freshman third baseman Niki Carver“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band“Our seniors chose songs for us. I’m from Georgia and they tend to make fun of my accent and stuff like that, so I guess it was suiting to choose that song.”Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon“Sauce It Up” by Lil Uzi Vert“I love music and my brother actually sent me a link to some SoundCloud rapper, at the time, and it was Lil Uzi. At the time he was only kind of popular, but he just mostly had stuff on SoundCloud. I listened to him and then, as he’s gotten bigger and bigger, it’s cool for me to have that connection with him because I was there when he was just a SoundCloud rapper.”Junior shortstop Lilli Piper“Pipe It Up” by Migos“Everyone calls me ‘Pipe’ because of my last name so it was just kind of ironic and I obviously had to choose it because it was just like a popular song.”Junior outfielder Bri Betschel“I Am the Greatest” by Logic“I picked this song because when I listened to it, the beginning sounded really fun and pumped up and I knew it would sound good on our system. It just kind of gives you some confidence hearing, ‘I am the greatest.’”Junior pitcher Morgan Ray“Jump Around” by House of Pain“I chose this song because it’s always been my dad and I’s song. We would dance to it and listen to it in the car before softball games since I was like 12. It makes me calm and it makes me ready to pitch.”Junior catcher Emily Clark“Bleed it Out” by Linkin Park“I chose ‘Bleed It Out’ because it’s a song that a lot of people know. I picked the beginning because it gets me hype but calms me down at same time. I like to pick songs that will get the crowd’s attention and that will also get them going.”Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin“Swag Surfin’” by F.L.Y.“I picked my song because some days I’m stressed out about everything going on around me and I forget how blessed I am to play this game of softball at the greatest university.”Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” by Lauren Daigle“I chose my song because I love to use my platform as a Christian athlete to show who God really is and what he does in my life every single day. The song refers to the verse Ezekiel 37.”Freshman first baseman Kallie Boren“Where The Hood At” by DMX“I didn’t actually choose the song, the seniors did. They thought it was funny because I’ve never heard of the song or DMX before.”Senior catcher Becca Gavin“Good as Hell” by Lizzo“My brother chose it for me, actually. He thought it’d be a fun song and would get me in a good mood.” read more

If Id turned right instead of left Id have saved his life

first_imgI was the one who let go of his hand; I was the one there meant to protect himDenise Fergus CCTV of James Bulger, two, being led away from the New Strand shopping centre in the Bootle area of Liverpool in 1993Credit:OLM CROFTSource:  Denise Fergus, the mother of murdered two-year-old James Bulger Denise Fergus, the mother of murdered two-year-old James BulgerCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has spoken of her sorrow and regret nearly 25 years on from a death that shocked the nation.Jon Venables and Robert Thompson tortured and killed two-year-old James in Liverpool in 1993, after abducting him from the Bootle Strand shopping centre.Denise Fergus, James’s mother, said the final hours she spent with her son will “be etched on my mind until my dying day”. She added that she still blames herself for taking her eyes off James and letting go of his hand as she went to pay for pork chops.Venables and Thompson, who were just 10 years old at the time of the killing, were jailed for life, but released on licence with new identities in 2001. “If I’d turned right instead of left, I’d have saved his life. The answer is: of course I do. There aren’t the words to describe how I still feel now, every day. I was the one who let go of his hand; I was the one there meant to protect him.” “In order that justice can be done, no further details are being released at this stage and the proceedings are subject to reporting restrictions.” CCTV of James Bulger, two, being led away from the New Strand shopping centre in the Bootle area of Liverpool in 1993 She added her biggest regret was not turning right out of the butcher’s as she went to search for her son, as she would have been able to see her child being abducted.”If I had taken the right turn and gone around the corner, I would have seen James being led away, just four short minutes after he had left my side, trustingly holding hands with the boys who were about to murder him”, she wrote.”February 12, 1993, was the day I stopped sleeping and I haven’t had a full night’s rest since.” Jon Venables (left) and Robert Thompson Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Denise Fergus said: “People often ask me if I blame myself for what happened that day – for taking my eyes off him for that split second; for letting go of his hand as I looked for my purse; for not seeing what the CCTV footage later showed: Jon Venables and Robert Thompson beckoning James away from my side and out of the shop at 3.39pm. Earlier this week, Venables was charged over indecent images of children for a second time.The Crown Prosecution Service released a statement on Friday saying that he had been charged, but that his trial would be subject to reporting restrictions.The statement said: “The man formerly known as Jon Venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and will appear in the Crown Court. Jon Venables (left) and Robert Thompson in police custody imagesCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Iron ore analysis – price surge to impact western steel companies

first_imgChristian Georges of equities intermediary brokerage Olivetree Solutions cautions that “the coming weeks are set to be characterised by profit warnings at most western steel companies, triggering severe earning downgrades and a sharp sector de-rating. Mining companies such as BHP and Rio are about to impose 80% year-on-year price increases for annual iron ore contracts to those customers not prepared to accept paying spot prices. Such an increase reflects ongoing surging demand in China, allied to the need for miners to finance capacity expansion.“Vale, the key Brazilian supplier to European mills, is applying a 40% price increase this month to be followed by another 40% in April. At the same time, Salzgitter (steel and technology corporation) is guiding for a double-digit pre-tax profit in 2010 instead of the $200-$400 million suggested by consensus. This implies that the cost of procuring ores and coal, which fell substantially in the previous year, is expected to rise again in 2010.”Georges said that EU steel optimism is relying on the ability of producers to impose higher steel prices immediately and expectations of fast improving volume due to aggressive restocking. “Yet reports are still pointing to weak ongoing orders and customers are not prepared to accept much price inflation. Hence BMW’s indication at the Handelsblatt Stahlmarkt 2010 conference that it is not anticipating the kind of price increases for flat steel products that have been mooted in relation to current expectations.”He summarised: “In 2008, the iron ore price surge was passed onto customers who were then enjoying a buoyant level of demand. Two years later, the situation has dramatically changed. Clients are struggling with low demand and are focused on cost reduction. The 80% iron ore price increase is seen as a catastrophe by us.”last_img read more

Limn flowsheet design and mass balance software training and information session

first_imgThe course (May 19-20) includes sufficient copies of the latest release of the Limn software to be made available for use to ensure that every attendee has sole access. Contact Met-Solve Labs is hosting a Limn training and information session presented by David Wiseman – Creator of Limn Software.  Limn is flowsheet design and mass balance software developed for the Minerals Industry.  For detailed information about the software visit http://www/ or contact is designed to bring the same ease of use to flowsheet drawing and solution that word processors bring to the preparation of text based document. To date Limn is licensed to over 600 users in operations, consulting, research and teaching organisations worldwide. This course is for those that have purchased or would like to purchase Limn Software and require further instruction on how to use Limn to it’s full potential. last_img read more

Mining consultancy Turgis now becomes part of Royal HaskoningDHV

first_imgIn July Royal Haskoning and DHV announced the merger to form Royal HaskoningDHV. Turgis Consulting, previously part of the DHV Group, now becomes an integral part of Royal HaskoningDHV. With offices in South Africa and the UK, and a history spanning more than 22 years, the company specialises in all aspects of mining consultancy. From review, design, operation and project management, to mining, mechanical, electrical, metallurgical, environmental and logistic projects for surface and underground mines for virtually every major mineral.“We are immensely proud to announce the launch of Royal HaskoningDHV,” says Bertrand van Ee (Chair). “Combining our incredible pool of talent is great news for our clients. Becoming one company represents a wider range of project management, engineering and consultancy services, all available and accessible under one roof. This merger highlights the breadth of our skills across an even wider range of disciplines and exciting new opportunities in our relationship with our clients.” As one company, Royal HaskoningDHV provides services that span planning and transport, delta and water technology, maritime, aviation, industry, energy, mining and buildings.He continued “The merger means Royal HaskoningDHV is now one of Europe’s leading independent project management, engineering and consultancy service providers. We have combined knowledge and geographic bases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia which allows us to play a part in major world themes, such as ‘pit-to-port’.”“We are particularly excited about the ‘pit-to-port’ initiative” says Patrick Willis (General Manager responsible for Mining Consulting and Engineering in the London office and formally Managing Director of Turgis Consulting). He adds: “As well as providing our current clients with studies and reviews in the mining and mining infrastructure areas, we are now able to call upon extensive expertise covering the complete mine logistically value chain, including rail, port and other bulk material handling infrastructure.”last_img read more

Technical leadership in phosphate mining and processing

first_imgThe OCP Group is organising its third International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry (Symphos) for May 18-20 in Marrakesh. This technological and scientific event focuses on innovation, technology and current trends in processes to upgrade phosphates and derivatives, as well as research and development prospects in the phosphate sector.Following the success of the two previous events held in 2011 and 2013, Symphos 2015 will be the place to be for major international players in the phosphates and phosphate derivatives industry. A wide range of scientific subjects, phosphate innovations and the use of advanced technology for sustainable agriculture will be discussed during Symphos 2015. Renowned international experts will take part of this event to contribute to, and to benefit from its various programs. It is also an opportunity for these experts to share the results of their researches, and of their different projects. There will be also debate sessions organised by a high-level international and technical committee.Symphos will be also open to biotechnology, fertilisers of tomorrow and to “slow & controlled releases”. As well as a forum to share ideas and to discuss sustainable development topics including water and energy management, industry-related challenges, and the development of innovative processes and sustainable agriculture.Through the organisation of this event for the third time, OCP, the world leader of the phosphate industry, reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of technical and industrial innovation for sustainable agriculture.Symphos is a global benchmark dedicated to key players in the phosphates and phosphate derivatives industry. This technological and scientific event is a platform for sharing ideas on innovation, technology, current trends in terms of processes for upgrading phosphates and derivatives, research, and development prospects for the phosphate sector. Initiated in 2011 and repeated in 2013, SYMPHOS has been attended by over 1,900 industrial stakeholders, manufacturers, equipment suppliers and researchers from 43 countries, who come together to share their experiences, discover the latest innovations and discuss their thoughts on the future of the phosphate industry. Held every two years, this committee works to enrich and diversify the event’s scientific and technical content in connection with the phosphate industry.The OCP Group is a global leader in the phosphates and derivatives market, including fertilisers, and has been a major player on the international market since 1920. The Group has exclusive access to Morocco’s phosphate reserves, the largest reserves in the world according to the USGS. The Group is also a “leading low-cost” producer of phosphate and has become a key player throughout the entire phosphate value chain. The Group employs nearly 23,000 staff hit a turnover of $5.5 billion in 2013.last_img read more

Children in care starting fires a growing problem for HSE

first_imgDownload the inspection report here.At the time of the inspection at the beginning of October 2013, there were four children living in the centre – three girls and one boy, aged 13, 14, 15 and 17. They had been in the same placement for between three and 13 months.Described as a “central theme of the inspection”, the inspectors found the risky behaviours meant that the care unit could not meet several of its standards.“Outcomes for some children living in the HSU were poor due to their complex needs not being met and overall management of risk taking behaviour,” the report published today found, noting that the absences impacted on school attendance and, therefore, educational outcomes.However, it added that, overall, there was a good standard of care and child-centred services provided by the committed management team and motivated staff.Children’ RightsSome of the practices sanctioned by the National Office for Children and Family Services do not fully promote children’s rights, according to the inspectors.“Whilst children’s safety is of paramount concern, some practices used to respond to risk taking behaviour, for example the units being locked routinely at 8pm until 8am had become institutionalised,” the report explains, adding that inspectors were unable to establish the legal remit for restricting children’s freedom of movement.Some children were also subject to a second level of restriction with internally locked doors. According to HIQA, this impinges on their rights. Staff explained their actions as a way of maintaining the children’s safety.There were also concerns raised about the use of physical intervention and restraints, specifically how the data and information was recorded after the incidents.Not suitableOf the four children living at the HSU, the watchdog identified at least two children who required a “different resource” to meet their needs in terms of high-risk behaviours.“Such children were not suitably placed in an open residential setting at this time. Although the HSU made every effort to meet children’s needs safely it was not always possible or sustainable to do this,” HIQA concluded.Over the 12 months prior to the inspection, 682 ‘significant event’ notices had been made about 11 children, including being at risk and absent, missing from care, assaults on staff and assault threats on other children.There was also a report of a child being locked in a corridor following an episode of abusive and aggressive behaviour.Gardaí had to be called on a number of occasions to provide assistance to staff when they felt they were not safe to intervene alone because of the “level of threatening behaviour”.HIQA made 32 recommendations on the back of the inspectionDownload the full report here> THE HEALTHCARE WATCHDOG has said the behavioural patterns and level of risk-taking by children in care has led to some below-standard practices at a care unit in Dublin.At a recent inspection at a High Support Unit in Dublin North East, HIQA found “evidence of a high number of unauthorised absences from the HSE and children placing themselves at risk of harm”.The Authority highlighted the teenagers’ continuous risk-taking behaviours, including fire-setting and substance misuse, during these absences.While in the unit, bullying and physical threats towards other children and staff were also reported.In one instance, a fire had been set in one of the units which had “upset” other children.According to HIQA, these “demonstrated that the systems in place to protect children and keep them safe were not effective”.last_img read more

New transparent adhesive stays red for 3 minutes for easy application

first_imgIf you go to the store and buy a tube of adhesive, chances are it’s going to be a clear solution. That’s great for when you want to glue something transparent together, but it does generally make it difficult to see where the adhesive is and how much you have used.Japanese company Kokuyo has come up with a solution to this problem, though. They’ve figured out a way to make their instant adhesive stay red for 3 minutes before turning transparent over the course of 10-20 minutes. By doing so, applying the adhesive and controlling how much use should be a lot easier because it is much more visible at the time of application. At the same time, you end up with a similar finish to traditional clear adhesives because it loses its color.Kokuyo has obtained a patent for the technique that allows the color change to happen. It involves the use of photocromic technology, which sees compounds that undergo a photochemical reaction included in the adhesive. So the adhesive remains red while protected in its container, but as soon as it comes into contact with light it starts changing color.Such a feature is both useful and highly marketable, so I expect a number of the big name adhesive brands to either try to get a license from Kokuyo or copy it and workaround the patent somehow.Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) may also take an interest. In February they announced a reusable adhesive that liquefies under UV light, but it didn’t dry to a transparent state. Maybe AIST and Kokuyo can join forces to create the ultimate is reusable adhesives.last_img read more

Brie Bella expected to finish up with WWE very soon

first_img ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Twitter Videos Articles Brie Bella Now Playing Up Next WWE Diva Brie Bella, who announced back in February that she expects to retire from WWE this summer, is likely finishing up the with the company even sooner.According to muliple wrestling media reports on Friday, Brie could be finishing up with WWE as soon as the RAW the night after WrestleMania 32 in Dallas. Both Brie and her sister Nikki, who is currently recovering from neck surgery, are both scheduled for RAW this Monday night in Brooklyn. It remains to be seen if Brie rushing her retirement has anything to do with her husband Daniel Bryan requesting and being granted time off by WWE recently.Sources:, Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WhatsApp Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nikki Bella John Cenacenter_img Videos Articles Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Videos Articles Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

Aide to Dominica approved in Turks Caicos Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Cabinet has agreed to give a donation of $100,000 in relief to Dominica; the monies will come from the country’s Contingency Fund. The decision was made Tuesday during Cabinet meeting and follows the devastation caused in the fellow CARICOM nation after Tropical Storm Erika. Two weeks post Erika, and reports to Magnetic Media are that the people of Dominica remain resilient, moving forward as they aim to rebuild their country.The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has reached out to several nations and many are responding. The crew of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Lyme Bay of the UK has been in Dominica a week now, the Caribbean Tourism Organization has established a relief fund and the United States, we understand has given $150,000 and has sent in ‘storm surge’ experts for technical support. It is now estimated the damage in Dominica is $370 million US dollars. McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Related Items:aide, Dominica, Roosevelt skeritt 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Marialast_img read more

Sarri wants midfielder Ruben LoftusCheek to improve defense

first_imgFollowing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek who utilized a rare start and scored a hat-trick against BATE Borisov on Thursday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes the midfielder must improve in defense even though he had impressed.Loftus-Cheek scored twice and inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 Europa League win at Stamford Bridge. He opened with a goal in the eight minutes before completing a surprise treble in the second half.“He played very well,” Sarri said via Sky Sports.“I think in the beginning of the season, I thought he was really a very good player. Now I think the same, but maybe he has also adapted to my football.“He is improving. He needs to improve defensively, but not only Loftus. At this moment we have four midfielders for two positions. Three of them with the same characteristics. Only [N’Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder. It’s very difficult for me to put in the starting XI two so offensive midfielders at the same time.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I hope to be able to do it in the future. But I need the co-operation of the players, and for them to work on their defensive phase.”When Sarri was asked about his midfield troules, he replied:“I like very much this kind of problem.”“I have a little problem. I have to put only 11 players in the starting XI, and I have 28 players. I have this problem and I don’t know how to solve it. I can ask to play with 15, 16.”“I have a tactical problem with the midfielders. We need to work and they have to improve in the defensive phase.”last_img read more