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US governing body facing expulsion from ICC

first_imgThe United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) faces expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, the sport’s global governing body said on Monday.USACA was suspended in 2015 with several reinstatement conditions after the ICC found that the organisation did not have widespread authority over the country’s cricket activities and lacked unity.The ICC said USACA had failed to work successfully with a group set up to help them rectify the position and had breached several other reinstatement conditions.”Our focus throughout this two year process has been on the unification of the USA cricket community behind USACA to grow and develop the sport,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in statement on Monday.”USACA’s refusal to engage in the process … its apparent failure to put the ICC Board-approved constitution before its members without legitimate excuse undermines the all-important objective of uniting the sport.”A resolution to expel USACA will be voted on at a meeting of the ICC Full Council in June.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Shreyas Gopal of Rajasthan Royals claims a hat-trick in 5-over game vs RCB

first_imgShreyas Gopal dismissed Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis to pick up his maiden hat-trick in the Indian Premier League as Rajasthan Royals rocked Royal Challengers Bangalore in a rain-hit match in Bengaluru on Tuesday.This the 2nd hat-trick in the 2019 Indian Premier League after Sam Curran of Kings XI Punjab had taken one against Delhi Capitals earlier in the season.Shreyas Gopal became only the third Indian player after Amit Mishra and Yuvraj Singh to pick up multiple hat-tricks in Twenty20 format. Gopal had bagged a hat-trick in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19 for Karnataka against Haryana.Rajasthan Royals had won the toss and decided to field earlier in the evening but heavy rain meant the players had to wait for 3 hours and 26 minutes before the match, reduced to 5-overs-a-side, could finally begin.Virat Kohli came out all guns blazing and hit the first 2 balls from Varun Aaron for sixes. AB de Villiers joined the party with 2 boundaries off Varun Aaron.Kohli then hit Shreyas Gopal for his 3rd six of the innings but he was dismissed for a 7-ball 25. AB de Villiers fell to Gopal in the next ball – this was the second time in the season that Gopal dismissed both RCB danger men.Marcus Stoinis walked out to face the hat-trick ball but he could not avoid a dream feat for Shreyas Gopal. He now has 18 wickets from 13 matches in the 2019 IPL.An ecstatic Shreyas Gopal after picking up a hat-trick at his home turf pic.twitter.com/UG1hufYFiQadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019Shreyas Gopal, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, is a Bangalore local boy. Born in 1992, Gopal has played 56 first-class matches and has picked 184 wickets. In 29 List A matches, Gopal has 46 wickets.Earlier in the season, Sam Curran had stunned Delhi Capitlas with a hat-trick in Mohali. DC were cruising along in their chase before Curran led a sensational fightback for KXIP with 3 wickets in 3 balls. He would latet go on to say he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick because of the noise in Mohali.Also Read | Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself thinkAlso Read | Will take call on MS Dhoni’s participation against Delhi Wednesday: FlemingAlso Seelast_img read more

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12 days agoWolves, West Ham eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves, West Ham eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindamaby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama.Luyindama joined the Turkish Super Lig team from Standard Liege in the summer, for a reported fee of €6m euros.Aston Villa were said to be interested in a move for the DR Congo international.Fanatik says Wolves and Premier League rivals West Ham United are now eyeing a January deal for the 25-year-old.Scouts from both clubs having reportedly watched him in recent Champions League games against Paris St Germain and Club Brugge. last_img

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Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reveal the funniest sledges by Indian players

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 14:20 IST Dhawan and Rohit on a chat-show (Screengrab: @Oaktree sports)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made an appearance on a Youtube talk-show ‘Breakfast with Champions’The openers talked about Team India, the World Cup and their own lives on the showIndia will launch their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have now formed one of the most feared opening partnerships in world cricket for India. The duo have dominated attacks all around the world and the Men in Blue would be hoping they continue doing the great work at the all-important World Cup 2019 too. On a recent appearance on a Youtube chat show ‘Breakfast with Champions’ with host Gaurav Kapur, the openers shared a number of light-hearted incidents related to the Indian team to go along with excerpts from their own life.While talking about how Indian Test regular Ajinkya Rahane comes up with funny replies to sledging, Sharma talked about an even funnier past incident involving Mumbai bowler Dhawal Kulkarni.”A while ago, we were playing a practice match against Australia and Matthew Wade was batting. Dhawal was the bowler and he was disppointed that a lot of edges from Wade’s bat were flying away for boundaries behind the wicket. So Kulkarni started sledging him but Wade couldn’t understand what he was trying to say.”When Wade replied by saying: ‘Pardon! What are you saying mate? Pardon, pardon!’, a frustrated Kulkarni shot back: ‘What pardon, pardon! Go to the garden’, said a laughing Rohit prompting Dhawan and the host to burst in laughter.On Rahane, Rohit said: “Once he was being sledged a lot by Australians while batting. when Ajju (Rahane) had enough, he just stuck his tongue out to the bowler leaving the opposition confused as to what he was doing.”Earlier, when Gaurav asked Sharma about one annoying habit of Dhawan, the right-hander was quick to point out that Shikhar is prone to go to the toilet just right before every match starts.advertisement”Whenever we are going out to bat, he (Dhawan) feels the need to go to the toilet. But I like being ready 5 minutes before the players go out on the field as I want to settle my nerves by walking out to the field early. But he always goes to the toilet just before the match starts. And the fact that I’m the one taking first strike is even more annoying.”But now I find it funny as it is weird how it can happen before every single match. He also has a habit of forgetting his socks and then asking teammates for a pair,” added Rohit.Rohit and Shikhar are gearing up to take the field as India are yet to launch their World Cup 2019 campaign, with their opening match scheduled on June 5 against South Africa.Also Read | World Cup 2019: I am a fast bowler, not medium pacer, says annoyed RussellAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum makes match-by-match prediction. Mark Waugh disagrees about India chancesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Team India Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reveal the funniest sledges by Indian playersIndian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, on a recent appearance on a Youtube talk-show, revealed some of the funniest sledging incidents involving Indians in recent memoryadvertisementlast_img read more

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4 Barrel-Aged Gins to Blow Your Barrel-Aged Mind

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Gin 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down center_img When most people think of gin, certain characteristics come to mind. There’s citrus there, and a good deal of herbs and botanicals. If it’s cheap gin, there’s the sting of ethanol piercing your nose. Perhaps most common is the notion that gin is clear. What you don’t think of too often, and it’s something that distilleries across the country are currently playing with, is gin that is not clear, where the typical citrus and herb nose is muted by warm notes of oak or vanilla.Related: Here’s 6 Ridiculously Good Barrel-Aged Beers You Should Be DrinkingWhat makes barrel-aged gins stand out from their crystalline comrades is their sippability. Where most gins you see on shelves you would not want to drink straight, the characteristics imbued in these barrel-aged gins from their time spent in barrels (and the type of barrel varies from distillery to distillery) beget a beautiful, nuanced spirit that works well in a cocktail such as a Martinez or a modified Manhattan. If you’re a fan of darker liquors–especially whiskies, scotches and bourbons–then give a barrel-aged gin a try. You’ll be more than surprised with how much you many enjoy it.Check out these barrel-aged gins to add to your home bar today:1. Ransom Spirits Old Tom Gin – Developed in collaboration with spirits historian David Wondrich, this gin hearkens back to the golden age of American Cocktails.2. Smooth Ambler Barrel-Aged Gin – Half of this gin is aged in new bourbon barrels and the other half is aged in Old Scout bourbon barrels for three months, giving it burnt caramel flavors.3. FEW Spirits Barrel Gin – With hints of fennel and pepper, FEW Spirits retains the flavor of gin while adding the smoothness you’d find in an aged bourbon.4. NY Distilling Company’s Chief Gowanus New Netherland Gin – Another historical recipe developed with David Wondrich—though from a time much earlier than the Old Tom Gin—the Chief Gowanus is modeled after a recipe for “Holland gin,” that was based on American rye whiskey.(Featured image of a Manhattan by Jeremy Brooks) 1. Manhattan 2. Ransom Spirits Old Tom Gin 3. Smooth Ambler Barrel-Aged Gin 4. FEW Spirits Barrel Gin 5. NY Distilling Company’s Chief Gowanus New Netherland Gin 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Toniclast_img read more

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Interview: Starting Up the LNG Supply Chain

first_imgLiquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is gaining ever more in its popularity as an alternative marine fuel, especially with the introduction of more stringent environmental regulations by the international maritime authorities. The benefits of LNG in cutting emissions are indisputable, however there are various aspects to it ranging from standardization of regulative framework to emergency response that remain to be resolved.In an interview with World Maritime News, Technical Manager for Environment at the Port of Antwerp, Mse Tessa Major, spoke of the current developments at the port with respect to LNG bunkering and main challenges ports face in bringing this service to its customers.WMN:  As the port is currently in the process of tendering a candidate to build and operate an LNG bunker station for barges, to be ready by the beginning of 2016, could you update us on the ongoing activities? What are the expectations?Major: “Antwerp is part of the LNG Master Plan, an EU funded project, together with other ports like the port of Rotterdam, port of Strasbourg etc. Within this framework we have received 50% funding to build an LNG bunker terminal. At the moment, on the one hand, we are undergoing a public procurement process for the design and construction of the terminal and on the other hand, a tendering process for its operation. We, as a port authority, are not a bunker company and don’t endeavor to become one. What we want to do is to help kick start the LNG market. Therefore, we are now starting up the LNG supply chain. The bunker terminal is intended for bunkering of inland shipping. Today we already have truck-to-ship bunkering at the port, but we foresee, in the long run, it would be of added benefit to have a fixed bunkering location because of security of delivery, its flexibility etc. We will be the owner of the terminal but will not be involved in its daily operation. The tendering process has just started for the operator and the tender was officially published last week.”WMN: When can we expect the winner of the tender? Are there any preferential bidders?Major: “We conducted a non-binding market consultation to get the sense of what the market wants also in terms of technical specifications.The feedback we received has become an intricate part of the procurement process for the design and build. We hope to get a candidate within the second quarter of 2015.We don’t know who the winner might be, however, the tendering procedure is designed in such a way that it will ensure we get the best candidate. This is ensured since the process is open to all and as such candidates that might have not been visible previously might  become visible during this public procurement process.”WMN:  Recently a delegation from Port of Antwerp was in Singapore discussing harmonization of bunkering procedures for LNG. What have been the conclusions? Major: “In November last year we had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the port of Singapore and Zeebrugge to work towards the harmonization of LNG bunkering procedures. This group has been broadened to the Port of Rotterdam and has been renamed into a focus group. Since each of the said ports has implemented LNG bunkering procedures into their respective bylaws (expect for the port of Zeebrugge), we have decided to work together to harmonize these procedures as much as possible. We have defined the terms of reference and things we want to work on and have agreed on the steps to proceed with. We have agreed also on a follow up meeting and this cooperation is progressing really well. Speaking of the issues that need to be tackled, Major said that the next topic at hand will be the harmonization of the accreditation procedures or the license to operate for LNG bunker companies.“We are also looking at emergency response. This in particular relates to the notification process: how to notify a port if an incident happens? This includes sharing lessons learned among involved parties and working together to create something that is thus far missing in terms of regulatory framework.”WMN: Is LNG a viable solution for ships as alternative marine fuel?Major: “We sincerely believe that it is a viable solution for the shipping industry especially with the upcoming environmental regulations with not only reducing Sulphur but also Nitrogen emissions. We feel that LNG is a comprehensive solution and its use has already been proven. We understand that there is still a number of hurdles regarding the supply chain and lack in clarity in terms of regulations. That is why we are investing efforts in development of procedures and transparency and development of the supply chain in and to the port. However, we support all other solutions to make ships compliant with the regulations. We, as a port, want to be ready for the pioneers in the industry and facilitate the change toward a sustainable maritime industry as much as possible and LNG is part of that.There are multiple questions shipowners have when it comes to LNG. A port can play a role in some of them, because it is part of our management to be sustainable and proactive.”According to Major, this particularly relates to facilitating provision of LNG to shipowners by becoming a place they can get the LNG they need.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Cancer Patients Report High Quality Care

first_img access to care information communication and education respect for patient preferences emotional support physical comfort and co-ordination and continuity of care. Nova Scotia cancer patients rate their overall quality of care higher than patients in other Canadian provinces, according to survey results released today, June 17, by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Findings show that 96.9 per cent of Nova Scotia cancerpatients consider their overall quality of care to be excellent, very good or good. This compares with the Canadian average of 96.7 per cent. The survey also shows that 79 per cent of respondents from the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney reported their overall care as excellent while 61 per cent of patients from the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax rated their care as excellent. These percentages far exceed the Canadian average of 50 per cent. More than 89 per cent of Nova Scotia respondents were likely to recommend their health providers to others, compared with the Canadian average of 86 per cent. “These survey results are a testament to our dedicated team of health professionals both in Sydney and in Halifax,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “We’re pleased that our patient satisfaction scores were the highest among the provinces surveyed, and we salute the Cape Breton Cancer Centre for being ranked first in the country. “Still, we always know there is more to be done,” said Dr. Padmos. “We’re in the business of providing cancer patients with high quality, evidence-based treatment and care and surveys such as these are helpful in identifying where we are doing well and where we can improve.” Nova Scotia patients rated their experience higher than the Canadian average in each of the categories, including: “The fact that Cape Breton patients reported the highest degree of satisfaction in every category, over all 29 facilities that were surveyed, is particularly fantastic,” said Dr. Padmos. Areas identified for improvement in Nova Scotia included: emotional support; co-ordination of care; and information, communication and education. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Cape Breton District Health Authority and Capital Health, contracted NRC Picker to conduct the cancer patient satisfaction survey. The survey was conducted during the fall of 2004. All patients, 18 years and older, who had received outpatient treatment at either the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre were given an opportunity to participate. Two hundred and fifty-seven Nova Scotians completed the survey. Twenty-nine facilities in four other provinces used the same tool to measure patient satisfaction. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health-care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

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NDP leadership contender rejects endorsement from alleged Holocaust denier

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal NDP leadership contender Niki Ashton is rejecting an endorsement from a supporter who’s been accused of holding anti-Semitic views, including denying the atrocities of the Holocaust.Ashton says she “in no way” supports such views and does “not accept support from people who hold such views.”Ashton posed for a photo with Nazih Khatatba at a fundraiser in Mississauga, Ont., earlier this month hosted by the Palestine Aid Society.Khatatba subsequently used the photo in an endorsement of Ashton on Facebook; she also got a front page endorsement in an Arabic language newspaper edited by Khatatba.B’nai Brith Canada, which is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, drew Ashton’s attention to what it says is Khatatba’s long history of anti-Semitism.The group says Khatatba has called Jewish suffering “a fairy tale” and has denied the extermination of millions of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust.B’nai Brith also says the newspaper Khatatba edits has supported acts of terrorism, including a 2014 massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue in which one Canadian citizen was among those killed.last_img read more

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Inspirational Photo Campaign Advocates the SelfEsteem of All Children

first_imgIn commemoration of Women’s History Month and as part of their ongoing commitment to provide children of all backgrounds a platform to learn their diverse and rich heritage, Because Of Them We Can announces its expansion by honoring women of achievement such as Susan B. Anthony, Hillary Clinton, Janet Reno, Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and many others.Because Of Them We Can Celebrates Women’s History Month With Children Re-Imagined As Iconic Women Of AchievementBy releasing a series of images of children depicting these iconic women, past and present, the campaign’s goal is to introduce young people of all hues to examples of excellence, while building their self-esteem along the way and teaching them that greatness also exists within them.“The Because of Them We Can campaign was inspired by my own two sons and the desire to create imagery for them and children like them that would refute stereotypes and build their self-esteem by connecting them to heroes past and present who have and continue to pave the way,” says Because Of Them We Can creator Eunique Jones Gibson. “There is a battle going on in each neighborhood, school and home and it is for the self-esteem of our young people. Our goal is to create a banner of excellence for all children to live by. There are numerous issues that divide us, however, wouldn’t it be great if we worked together to inundate children all over the world with these messages of excellence, accomplishment and responsibility.”Founded by social activist, photographer, wife and mother of two, Eunique Jones Gibson, the Because Of Them We Can campaign originally started out as a Black History Month project in February 2013 and has since evolved into a 365-page self published coffee table book, as well as dream journals, calendars, t-shirts and more. To date, Eunique has received numerous accolades for her work including being named one of the White House’s Champions Of Change. In addition, the Because Of Them We Can campaign has drawn support from the likes of Kerry Washington, Soledad O’Brien, Janelle Monae, Common, Tom Joyner, Russell Simmons, Kevin Hart, and many others.After traveling the country engaging parents and capturing images of over 650 children in less than a year, Eunique is not finished yet. The mom-preneur has made it her mission to depict heroes and heroines that every child, of every hue, can relate to beginning with new images to commemorate Women’s History Month.For more information on Because Of Them We Can, visit www.becauseofthemwecan.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Quality Management Optimizing the Customer Experience

How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » qm-image.jpg What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Log in or register to post comments Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. A customer’s main point of contact with an organization is often through a contact center interaction. This means that your agents are the frontline of the company — acting as the face and voice of the organization, interacting with more customers in a day than any other area of the business. When they fall short of customer expectations, there are real consequences because in today’s always-on world, news of bad customer experiences travels fast.A positive impression can lead to a long and profitable relationship; a bad one can end it before it has a chance to start. In fact, research shows consumers spend more energy analyzing and picking apart bad contact center experiences versus good ones. Dissatisfied customers are more likely to:Quit doing business with a companyTell more people about a negative experienceWrite a negative review on social mediaAlthough research supports the impact of negative customer experiences, a typical business only hears from about 4% of its unhappy customers. So how can a company know if its contact center is delivering an outstanding customer experience with such little feedback?Unifying Quality Management & Your Cloud Contact CenterEvery interaction is an opportunity — a moment of truth — for your brand to deliver an outstanding customer experience, which is why monitoring and improving agent performance has become critical. However, supervisors are challenged with how to best oversee and address the myriad of interactions handled by their agents daily. Given the scope and size of many of today’s contact centers, it is important not only to document these customer interactions, but also accurately evaluate agent activity to optimize performance.It doesn’t matter the type of feedback a business receives — negative, positive, none — tightly integrating a quality management solution with your cloud contact center can help develop competent and compassionate customer service agents. Quality management is a key factor in boosting the customer experience, because it pinpoints where your team is doing well in delivering outstanding service and areas for improvement. Quality management solutions offer a way to manage agent and customer interactions and deliver on quality expectations.Unifying quality management with your cloud contact center allows data from agent and customer interactions to be synchronized and shared for evaluation and coaching, whereas stand-alone quality management solutions add layers of complexity, administration, and cost. When synced together, the solutions can provide a complete view and evaluation of agent/customer interactions:Train and prepare agents to most effectively process customer interactionsIdentify skill gaps and address deficiencies immediately for targeted training and coachingEnable ongoing learning and skills management with integrated eLearning content directly assigned to agentsMonitor for adherence to scripting rules, company policies, and quality standardsEnsure compliance and security standards through access rules and the ability to instantaneously stop recordingDo you have a quality management program? If so, when was the last time you reviewed its success (or lack thereof)? Whether you are starting a new QM effort, or giving the old one a makeover, you can learn more about the importance of quality management and your contact center by downloading the whitepaper today.Tags:News & Viewsquality managementSerenovaagent skillsContact Center & Customer ExperienceBest PracticesCCaaSSponsored PostVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like read more

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Annan welcomes signs that Middle East cessation of hostilities seems to be

As the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) dispatched patrols to monitor the cessation across its area of operation in southern Lebanon, Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in New York that millions of people around the world are counting on the agreement leading to peace.“Neither side should have any reason to disappoint those hopes and, if either were to do so, it would pay a heavy price in terms of world public opinion,” he said.The cessation of hostilities took effect at 8 a.m. local time today, following talks Mr. Annan held with the leaders of Israel and Lebanon in the wake of Friday night’s Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cessation.The resolution also calls for the deployment of Lebanese troops and a significantly expanded UN peacekeeping presence across southern Lebanon, as well as the simultaneous withdrawal of all Israeli forces from the same area.In his statement Mr. Annan urged Member States to contribute to an enhanced UNIFIL, which has been authorized to have up to 15,000 peacekeepers.The mission said in a press release that there were no reports of incidents or breaches of the agreement in its area of operations up until 1 p.m. local time today.At a meeting at the border crossing at Ras Naqoura, UNIFIL Force Commander General Alain Pellegrini met senior officials from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and the Lebanese army to discuss the implementation of the agreement, as well as the withdrawal of the IDF and the deployment of Lebanese forces in the south.In the 24 hours before the cessation of hostilities came into effect, UNIFIL said that fierce fighting continued across the south, from the Mediterranean coast to close to the Syrian border. The IDF intensified its shelling and aerial bombardment, while Hizbollah fired rockets, albeit in reduced numbers.There were also nine serious incidents of firing from the Israeli side directly at UN posts in Tibnin, Haris, At Tiri and Marun al Ras, “causing massive material damage to all the positions,” UNIFIL said. Mission personnel at those posts were forced into shelters to prevent casualties.UNIFIL stated that it had protested strongly to the command of the IDF about the incidents. read more

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Price of oil expected to rise slowly new report

Price of oil expected to rise slowly: new report by Posted Jul 5, 2016 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2016 at 10:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A new report suggests oil and gas prices will rise for the rest of 2016.According to Deloitte, a reduction in global oil production, while demand remains strong, is the big reason why it believes oil prices will average above $50 U.S. a barrel for the remainder of the year.“It’s going to hover between, you know, where it is now and $55 kind of throughout the rest of the year. We’ll have some volatility, some ups and downs throughout that, but we’re seeing a lot less risk of downside than we saw in the 18 months previous to that,” REA Group Partner Andrew Botterill said.Natural gas prices are also expected to moderate somewhat over the rest of 2016, but over supply concerns are still a major worry. (City News) read more

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Baseball Scarlet and Gray World Series gives Buckeyes first glimpse of touted

Ohio State freshman starting pitcher Seth Lonsway delivers a pitch out of the windup in the first inning of Game 3 of the Scarlet and Gray World Series. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State’s baseball team brought in one of its best recruiting classes in team history, landing the top prospect in Ohio — and the highest-ranked recruit signed by a Big Ten school — in freshman starting pitcher Seth Lonsway.Overall, Baseball America listed this as one of the best recruiting classes in the conference, citing Lonsway as the clear headliner, but also highlighting touted freshmen like catcher Dillon Dingler and Jake Ruby as potential impact players for the Buckeyes next season.Though the Scarlet and Gray World Series was just a scrimmage for the team, the performances of some of the younger players could lay the groundwork for upcoming position battles in the 2018 season.Nearly all of Ohio State’s top recruits had a chance to play in Tuesday’s game, with the star of the class — Lonsway — opening the game on the mound.Here are some thoughts on the performances of the younger players:LHP Seth LonswayTo find any faults with the starting pitcher for the Scarlet team would be to knitpick. Lonsway entered the game with the loftiest expectations of any newcomer in the class. He was regarded as the No. 148 prospect on MLB Pipeline’s 2017 Top 200 Draft Prospects and was drafted 557th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB draft.The southpaw fanned six batters in the outing and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over four innings of work. It is clear why the Buckeyes are excited about his potential. Lonsway immediately flashed his dynamic stuff, spotting a low-90s fastball (it touched 94 a couple times) with plenty of life that he located effectively. If he ever fell behind in the count, he found he could come back to that pitch and help put himself back in the count. It is the most electric left-handed fastball to come out of an Ohio State arm in a long time, and it kept hitters off balance all day.“It was working inside, working outside. At times, I left it up a few times out of the stretch, which I’ve been working on quite a bit,” Lonsway said.The secondary offerings were about as steady as would be expected. His changeup was spotty at times, and it was clear the pitch is a work in-progress. When he had the pitch working, it kept both right- and left-handed hitters off balance, but often he lost his touch with it and bounced it in the dirt. The second-best pitch in his repertoire was his curveball. He located the pitch well — though he occasionally lost the grip on it — and it always seemed to keep hitters off balance.Lonsway is far from perfect, but head coach Greg Beals knows he could be a star player for the Buckeyes. It took him a few moments to ponder what Lonsway needed to improve on before citing the inconsistency in the southpaw’s secondary pitches as the key to improving.“He’s got a good changeup to go with his breaking ball, just a little bit better command of his offspeed stuff to go with the explosive fastball that he has,” Beals said. “That’s his next evolution is just the command part of his game and getting that intact because he’s got all the tools necessary to be a great pitcher at this level.”C Dillon DinglerLonsway’s battery mate did not have quite the same impact on the game the starter had, but his tools jumped out. The swing was easy and fluid, and built to make plenty of contact. He combined that swing with a patient approach at the plate and a good eye. And though he was never a great power hitter in high school, his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame gives him space to develop some pop in his bat.What stood out the most about Dingler was his defense. He is athletic for someone of his size, and his above-average speed and athleticism helped him block pitches in the dirt and serve as an effective receiver for his pitchers. He possesses a missile for an arm, though the accuracy wavers at times. Base-runners will have a tough time running on him once he is able to harness the power in his arm. Lonsway said he feels comfortable with Dingler catching behind the dish, and said the freshmen tandem could be a dynamic pairing for the Buckeyes.“He’s got a great arm behind the plate, just very smooth and very fundamentally sound,” Lonsway said. “I have a lot of confidence when I’m on the mound and he’s behind the plate. I love throwing to him. He’s caught me quite a few times this fall, so it’s been a pretty good duo for us.”OF Jake RubyRuby enters his freshman season competing to fill a critical spot in the Buckeyes’ lineup. A natural center fielder, he will compete with transfer Malik Jones for the vacancy left by Ohio State’s Tre Gantt, who left early for the 2017 MLB Draft.The 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder showed off what made him such a highly regarded recruit in the state of Ohio, flashing well above-average speed both in the field and on the basepaths. In center, he had great jumps on nearly everything hit his way and his speed helped him catch up to everything. His speed also showed up on the basepaths, though likely not in the way Beals would have liked to have seen. He was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on his first hit of the evening. Even when he safely reached first base, it was clear Ruby was an aggressive baserunner, though it seems only because his speed affords him the opportunity to test the limits. At the plate, he was able to make some contact, though he often appeared too patient. He was struck out looking once in the game. The swing is clearly designed to make plenty of contact, but there could be some raw pop to be channeled. The key for Ruby to win the battle as the starting center fielder will be to wait on some of his decisions and step into the batter’s box ready to hit rather than expecting to take, Beals said. The Buckeyes’ head coach said Ruby will need to make quicker decisions at the plate to be a fixture in the lineup.“Two-way decisions take too long and it’s that amount, that difference in time in the decision process is the difference between being on-time or being late in the batter’s box,” Beals said. “So we talked about that yesterday and I was excited to see him make a good adjustment live at game time today.” read more

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City Technology adds to gas sensing range with longlife oxygen sensor

first_imgHoneywell company City Technology will be unveiling a new addition to its gas sensing range, the 4OxLL long-life oxygen sensor, at the QME Mining show in Queensland, Australia from 22 to 24 July. Protecting workers in underground mines from oxygen depletion and the hazards of toxic and flammable gases is a continuous challenge. Companies must not only maximise safety and adhere to stringent regulations, they must also leverage operational cost efficiencies, whilst ensuring their people and assets are protected. Selecting the right gas sensing solution is an intrinsic aspect of fulfilling this remit. City Technology states: “The new AN/NZS 4641 compliant 4OxLL redefines oxygen sensing for mining applications, with unsurpassed stability in challenging environmental conditions, minimised nuisance alarms and extended operational life.”One of the key drivers of the launch in Australia is improving the reliability of gas detectors in underground mines, whilst reducing cost of ownership, according to Mario Moura, Marketing Director for Honeywell Life Safety. Mario comments: “Mining applications represent some of the most challenging environments for portable gas detectors; temperature and relative humidity can fluctuate dramatically as workers move from external locations into hot and humid mining environments, and pressure shocks can occur during mine shaft lift descent – sometimes resulting in incorrect oxygen readings; these aspects can make nuisance alarms a prevalent and costly issue.”A portable gas detector is only as good as the sensors it contains. The serious safety concerns created by the abundance of flammable and toxic gases and the depletion oxygen in underground mines means only the highest performing sensors can be used. “Our new AN/NZS 4641 compliant 4OxLL oxygen sensor is the result of more than 35 years’ experience serving the mining industry for City Technology. In fact, our company was founded from a joint project with the National Coal Board in the UK in the 1970s, where we developed and patented the first mining carbon monoxide sensor. Since then, we have been innovating and pioneering mining sensing solutions that raise the global industry standard and 4OxLL is no exception, providing an impressive combination of specification advantages. For example, our 4CM carbon monoxide sensor was designed to meet the World’s most challenging mining standard; the Chinese Mining Specification, AQ6205-2006. 4OxLL incorporates a unique, patented Electrochemical Cell (ECC) internal geometry – designed using Six Sigma and FEM modelling practices and manufactured to exacting standards. Most oxygen sensors struggle under the considerable adverse conditions of a mine due to large temperature/RH changes, pressure shock or vibrational damage, which can cause nuisance alarms or sensor damage. Not only does this compromise life safety, but it can prove very costly in terms of downtime, sensor replacement and maintenance requirements. 4OxLL’s revolutionary component design virtually eliminates these occurrences, working without any issue in changing humidity and temperature conditions.”Moura continues by highlighting how the 4OxLL can provide a cost-saving for mining operators: “Aside from enhancing safety and ensuring maximised device uptime, the 4OxLL can also dramatically reduce ongoing costs. Designed as a five year solution, this sensor lasts as long as the operational life of a typical portable gas detector; most oxygen sensors last approximately two years. This longevity reduces maintenance costs considerably, with no need for sensor change out and its patented design helps to extend calibration intervals, delivering further cost reductions.”last_img read more

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This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Epic Thanksgiving Angry Birds Peace Treaty and

first_imgTurBaconEpic Thanksgiving – Epic Meal Time LITERAL World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cinematic Trailer This week the birds and pigs from Angry Birds finally decided to sit down and make peace. You can see the results of the negotiations behind the jump. Also this week, a few folks with a little extra cash on their hands decided to make the most epic Thanksgiving meal they could think of, and I lost count halfway through of how many animals they used. At least they shared with their friends. So the birds and the pigs finally settle down and try to negotiate a settlement. The implications could very well be the end to a conflict that has cost businesses millions of dollars in productivity and managed to entertain people for thousands of hours during commutes, flights, and train rides. Sadly, the treaty negotiations don’t go quite as planned, as this video with well over 1.5 million views shows us. AdChoices广告 “Firewall” – SNES Style FF4 ‘Evil Wall Battle’ Parody Sliding Cars in Seattle Snow on 11/22/10center_img Angry Birds Peace Treaty  Last week was a big deal to World of Warcraft players – the groundwork for the next big expansion, Cataclysm, was laid in a patch that players downloaded this week. When they logged in, they encountered a brand new in-game world that had been significantly changed. It seemed like a good opportunity for Tobuscus, maker of dozens of “literal” movie and game trailers, to try his hand at the trailer for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the next expansion of the game, scheduled for release on December 7th. Just to further inflame the Microsoft/Nintendo fan-battle, this fun little video appears on YouTube a few days back featuring a team of classic Nintendo charaters fighting a Final Fantasy style battle, SNES-style, against a massive “firewall,” that’s closing in on them. It just so happens the “firewall” looks like an XBox 360. Some people head out to charity kitchens for Thanksgiving to feed people who are less fortunate than themselves. Some people head to visit their families for big dinners with relatives they’re marginally comfortable with. And as this video, approaching 700,000 views, shows us, some people buy a ridiculous amount of meat, and stuff a bird inside of a bird inside of a bird inside of a bird inside of a pig, all wrapped up in bacon and glazed with Dr. Pepper. Yum. The Pacific Northwest got some serious snow this Thanksgiving, and there’s nothing more fun to watch in the depth of winter than people who really shouldn’t be out driving sliding around on the roads. Don’t worry kids, no one was harmed in the making of this video, which has now managed to rack up over 1.6 million views on YouTube.last_img read more

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Why Steam might be a big part of the next PlayStation

first_imgWhen Gabe Newell took the stage at Sony’s E3 press conference in 2010, it was a huge shock. The managing director at Valve had been a vocal critic of the PlayStation 3, calling it a “disaster on many levels” and “a waste of everybody’s time,” so his very appearance at Sony’s biggest gaming event of the year was enough to send confused murmurs through the crowd. But things got even stranger; Gabe wasn’t just at the event to announce that Portal 2 would be coming to the PS3, but also that his company’s Steam distribution platform would be a part of the experience. Newell praising a console he’d so openly bashed was odd enough by itself, but Sony allowing Valve’s environment to live on top of their own was unbelievable.Steam’s presence in the PS3 version of Portal 2 turned out to be remarkably robust. Players could chat and play with all their Steam friends. Trophies unlocked on the PS3 version of the game opened up the corresponding Steam achievements. Even Steamworks, Valve’s cloud storage solution for syncing game saves and settings, was a part of Steam on the PS3. And remember, Sony announced the Playstation Plus cloud storage solution that same year, so they essentially let Portal 2 circumvent their own premium feature. But the truly amazing detail was that owners of the PS3 game also got it on Steam — as long as they linked their PSN and Steam accounts. That’s not just support for Valve’s system, that’s integration. How could two companies that were so at odds suddenly be working together this closely? I think it’s because Sony and Valve are planning something bigger for the next console generation.Sony has said almost nothing about a follow up to the PS3, so we can only speculate on its future. But looking at how suddenly those two companies put their differences aside, I suspect that Sony and Valve are working to fold Steam’s best features into the next PlayStation. Friend lists and game matching have never been the PS3’s strong suits, and the Xbox 360 is widely regarded as the better console for multiplayer gaming. Outsourcing those elements to Valve’s developers, who have years of experience building them into Steam, sounds like a logical move. Sony tapped Q-Games to help them develop the PS3’s XMB, so it wouldn’t be unheard of for them to reach outside the company for help.If Sony and Valve were looking to integrate Steam into the next PlayStation console, Portal 2 was the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork. By giving away a free digital copy of the game, Valve gave PS3 players a powerful incentive to link their accounts while also extending an olive branch to anyone feeling burned by Gabe’s negative comments. On the technical side, the PS3 release was a great way to test out Steam’s features on the big screen. And as we know from Valve’s recent work, the big screen is definitely a something they’re interested in.Valve’s “Big Picture” mode is designed with the living room in mind, which is an odd direction for a company that sells PC games. There are certainly gamers who hook their computers up to their TVs, but that seems like an awfully niche market for the amount of work Steam is putting into the project. Some have taken Big Picture as an indication that Valve is looking to get into the hardware business themselves, but given what we saw in the PS3 version of Portal 2 I think it’s more likely they have a Sony console in mind.But what would Valve have to gain from working on the next PlayStation? Certainly not a new place to sell games. Sony might have let Steam’s social features run alongside their own in Portal 2, but the idea that they’d let another store compete with PSN is highly unlikely. On a basic level, I’m sure Valve sees an inherent benefit to getting all those console gamers plugged into their ecosystem. But if a Sony console collaboration also meant more cross-play compatible games like Portal 2, Steam would be able to boast an incredibly large number of players. Other distribution channels like Games for Windows Live and EA’s Origin, already in Steam’s shadow, would have a tough time competing against a combined Steam/PSN userbase.Will gamers one day start up their PlayStation 4 and see the Big Picture interface or something like it? Will the PS button bring up Steam’s familiar overlay, complete with a list of both PSN and Steam friends? It will be awhile before we know for sure, but it’s certainly an interesting idea.Sony has a long history of making consoles. Valve knows how to build friend and matchmaking features that work across an entire system. If the two companies are working together closely, it could mean very good things for the next Playstation and for gamers.last_img read more

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Court hears of govt bribes

first_imgFormer Defense Ministry official provides damning evidence on bribesEx-Defense Ministry official Antonis Kantas completed his marathon testimony on Monday, giving investigators a wealth of information about alleged kickbacks paid to secure procurement contracts as well as the names of several more suspects, some of whom could be called to give depositions before the end of the year.Court sources told Kathimerini that Kantas gave anti-corruption magistrates Gavriil Mallis and Yiannis Stavropoulos specific information relating to the role of two businessmen in the alleged payment of bribes to Greek officials.Kantas explained how under-the-table payments were made to secure the purchase of German-made Leopard tanks and Type 214 submarines. He also gave background to the deals to buy the German and Swedish-made ASRAD vehicle-mounted short-range air defense system, as well as the Russian-made Kornet missiles and launchers.He gave details on how money ended up in accounts he had opened after being transferred from Swiss and German bank accounts. Sources said the retired official also described how a middleman left a suitcase containing 600,000 euros in cash in his office on one occasion. Magistrates already knew about one of the men alleged to be involved as he was a representative for German companies Rheinmetall and Atlas Elektronik.Kathimerini believes that the man in question is likely to be called to answer questions in the next few days.Kantas was the deputy head of procurements at the ministry between 1996 and 2002. He has admitted that he received around 16 million dollars that had been stashed away in Singapore and Switzerland in return for helping to agree at least 10 arms deals. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Minecraft Earth beta opens to Android users

first_img Microsoft To sign up, you’ll also need a Microsoft or Xbox Live account and app store login. By signing up for the beta, you can get a free skin for Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Bedrock.According to CNET sister site GameSpot, you can explore the Minecraft Earth world to find treasure chests, block clusters and mobs called “Toppables.” You can build permanent structures on Build Plates, and, by coming across an Adventure, you can also experience a full Minecraft overlay where you can collect resources and dispatch mobs.Multiplayer capabilities are also expected in the future. 43 Photos Your device needs to be running Android 7 or higher to play.  Microsoft, Minecraft Minecraft Earth has now opened up its beta to Android users. On Thursday, Minecraft tweeted that it’s rolling out the Android beta, which is invite only, in five cities. “The Android beta is finally here! We’re hard at work rolling out the update in five cities: Seattle, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Mexico City. Happy crafting everyone!” reads the tweet from the Minecraft Earth account. On Monday, Minecraft said it would be rolling out the Android update throughout the week.If you’ve been invited to join the beta, you’ll need to log in at least once every seven days to key your account active, Minecraft said. Your device needs to be running Android 7 or higher to play, and you also have to be 18 or older. The beta was released to iPhone users with iOS 10 or higher last month.  Now playing: Watch this: Best mobile games of 2019 Mojang demos Minecraft Earth for the first time Minecraft Earth announces iOS exclusive features Minecraft’s lighting will look more realistic, thanks to Nvidia tech The Android beta is finally here! We’re hard at work rolling out the update in five cities: Seattle, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Mexico City. Happy crafting everyone!↣ https://t.co/H3Ye8o64JV ↢ pic.twitter.com/z575yKmYXV— Minecraft Earth (@minecraftearth) August 30, 2019 Like Pokemon Go, Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality mobile game where players can explore the real world and build within it using Minecraft blocks. It was officially revealed in May, with Microsoft showing off gameplay in a trailer.center_img Mobile Gaming Video Games Originally published Aug. 22.Update, Aug. 30: Adds more details on availability of the Minecraft Earth beta.  More on Minecraft Post a comment 0 Tags 3:41 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly July 22 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio Former Bethel Foster Parent  Sentenced 66 Years for Child Sexual AbuseBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelFormer Bethel foster parent Peter Tony will spend the rest of his life in prison.  Tony was sentenced Tuesday to 66 years in jail with no parole for three consolidated child sex abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty.Fundraising Results Released for Alaska RacesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWith the primary election a month away, fundraising totals are out for all candidates for statewide and legislative races.Critics Say Canadian Mining Projects Could Damage Regional FisheriesEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauCanadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border. They include the K-S-M and Tulsequah Chief prospects, which critics say could damage regional fisheries.Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends MournAnn Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageThree bicyclists have been killed by vehicles in Anchorage this year. The most recent was 51-year-old Jeff Dusenbury, who was hit by a pickup truck in South Anchorage Saturday. Fellow cyclists are mourning his death and waiting for the outcome of the district attorney’s investigation.Denali Climbing Season Ends, Summits DownPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaDenali climbing season has ended, and the numbers are not impressive.  This year had the lowest summit percentage in over 25 years.  A number of factors played into the lack of summits.Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai RiverAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai River. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon.last_img read more

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Windows 81 Free Update to Finally Feature Start Button Will be Unveiled

first_imgThe Windows 8 update, which Microsoft hopes will address complaints and confusions on its current Operating System (OS), will be unveiled on 26 June and freely available to Windows 8 users later this year. This announcement of the new update was made by Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Windows, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston.Windows 8, designed for both touch screen tablets and traditional PCs, had a ’tile’ based interface that was preferred specifically by touch screen users. The OS did not go down well with many mouse and keyboard users who said it was too confusing.The first three months of the year had seen a plunge in sales of Windows 8 OS (almost fourteen percent) according to Data Corp. Microsoft usually registered high sales with the launch of new version of Windows. The popularity of tablets and smartphones coupled with confusing features of Windows 8 was cited as the major reasons behind it. The current update is aimed at winning over the tablet users and also pacifies the PC customers offended by the confusing Windows 8. The much awaited Windows 8 update, Windows 8.1, which was previously dubbed ‘Windows Blue’ will sport the good old ‘start button’ again. And the best part, Windows is planning for frequent updates as well.Microsoft said that the Windows 8.1 update will have the button in the bottom left corner of the screen. The button will perform ‘Start’ functions, but will not be labelled the same like the old OS versions. It will feature the Windows logo and will lead users directly to the grid of applications.Other features of Windows 8.1 update are:The Improvised ‘Search button’, which enable users to search for documents, apps, and items on the internet from a single search barAll applications could be viewed immediately in a grid by swiping down or clicking a button-on-screen, quite functional for unfamiliar users who could get to the app of their choice in a jiffy.Users can customize the screen by changing size of app icons, displaying only certain apps and for the first time ever, open two windows simultaneously.The update will sport Microsoft’s most recent browser, Internet Explorer 11, and will let users restore address bar and tabs to the display.Even though users are not required to revert to the old desktop view to alter default settings, they would need to do so in order to use Word or Excel and other programs which are not redesigned to suit Windows 8.Below is a video showing the Windows 8.1 free update shared by IGN News:last_img read more

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