IPL 2018: Dhoni to return to Chennai Super Kings

first_imgSalary budgets for IPL teams hiked to Rs 80 crore The Indian Premier League’s Governing Council today cleared the decks for M S Dhoni’s return to Chennai Super Kings, which will make a comeback to the league in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension.The IPL Governing Council, after a meeting here, allowed CSK and Rajasthan Royals, which was also banned for alleged spot-fixing and betting, to retain the players which were on their 2015 roster. Dhoni had played for the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the last two editions.“An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (During the Player Auction),” BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting. “The player pool available for CSK and RR for retention/RTM will be the players’ who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017,” he added.RTM refers to a franchise’s right to match the highest bidder for a player.CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises.The IPL Governing Council also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year’s auction, tentatively set for February. “The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season,” the BCCI stated. December 06, 2017 IPL 2018 cricket File photo of MS Dhoni.   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on × SHARE File photo of MS Dhoni.   –  The Hindu COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Maheshwari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court

first_imgShillong, Feb 24 (PTI) Justice Dinesh Maheshwari was today sworn-in as the chief justice of the Meghalaya High Court.Governor V Shanmuganathan administered the oath of office to the Chief Justice at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan where Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and his cabinet colleagues, judges and government officials were present.Maheshwari replaces former chief Justice Uma Nath Singh who retired on January 14.Maheswari was earlier a senior Judge of the Allahabad High Court.After Justice Singh?s retirement, Justice T N K Singh took over as acting chief justice till his retirement last month.Since then, the Meghalaya High Court has been functioning with only one Judge, Justice S R Sen who was also serving as the acting Chief of the high court. PTI JOP SUS RGlast_img read more

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Leicester’s Jamie Vardy gets additional one-game ban for improper conduct

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy will miss the Premier League leaders’ visit to Manchester United on Sunday after being banned for an additional game for improper conduct, the BBC reported.Vardy, the league’s second-highest scorer this season with 22 goals, angrily confronted referee Jon Moss after being picking up a second yellow card for diving during Leicester’s 2-2 draw against West Ham on April 17.After missing Sunday’s 4-0 win over Swansea, Vardy will now also be suspended for Sunday’s match at Old Trafford, where Leicester could wrap up their first ever Premier League title with victory.The 29-year-old, who was also fined 10,000 pounds ($14,479.00), will be available for the final two matches of the season against Everton and Chelsea.last_img read more

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10 months agoFulham boss Ranieri: I’ve contacted Mourinho. He’ll be back

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri: I’ve contacted Mourinho. He’ll be backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri expects Jose Mourinho to bounce back from his sacking at Manchester United.Ranieri revealed he has been in touch with the Portuguese coach to pass on his support.He said: “I sent a message with him. We are very friendly. I think a man like Mourinho has to come back soon, so too Antonio Conte. These managers are the heart of football. They win in every country. It’s good for all the managers to see them on the pitch.”Mourinho famously wore a tracksuit furnished with Ranieri’s initials after the Italian coach was dismissed by Leicester less than a year after winning the Premier League title with the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Costamare Partners Gives Up on IPO Plans

first_imgzoom Athens-based containership owner Costamare Partners LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Costamare Inc, cancelled its plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on Monday citing poor market conditions.Costamare Partners LP, a growth master limited partnership (MLP) carved out of Costamare to own four modern containerships, has dismissed its attempt of raising up to USD 100 million in an IPO as the company withdrew its plans on November 6, according to Nasdaq.The funds were designated for paying off the four containerships, contributed to the company by Costamare Inc, as well as acquiring an additional 11 identified vessels and certain other rights to acquire additional containerships with long-term charters from Costamare and US-based York Capital Management.Costamare Partners company was founded in 2014 and booked USD 59 million in sales for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015. The company is formed to own, operate and acquire containerships under long-term, fixed-rate charters, charters of five full years or more.As of June 30, 2015, Costamare Partners’ initial fleet of four containerships had an average capacity of approximately 9,000 TEU and an average remaining charter term (weighted by TEU capacity) of approximately 5.7 years.Image: MSClast_img read more

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Ten El Faro Victims’ Families Settle with TOTE Maritime

first_imgzoom Ten families of the El Faro victims have reached a settlement with the operator of the ill-fated cargo ship TOTE Maritime, local media said quoting the U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Florida.The families will receive USD 500,000 each, as well as an undisclosed amount for lost wages and other losses.Some of the families who settled were of Captain Michael Davidson, Richard J. Pusatere, Keith W. Griffin, Howard J. Schoenly, Roan R. Lightfoot, Jan Podgorski, Piotr Krause, Marcin Nita, Andrezej Truszkowski and Rafal Zdobych.The remaining 23 families and dozens of cargo owners still have claims pending in court.The attorneys of the other families said that these “settlements will have no impact on” the continuation of trial as the families seek reasons behind the sinking.“Cases have to be evaluated separately, and there were good reasons to settle some,” said Jason Margulies, a Miami attorney who represented the families of seven victims, including the families of the Polish crew. He added that reasons for settling these cases do not apply to other families.El Faro sank on October 1, 2015, after it sailed into the Hurricane Joaquin. The vessel’s 33 crew members, who consisted of 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals, are presumed dead.Following several lawsuits from the victims’ family members, the company filed for protection from legal claims regarding its liability for the deaths of the ship’s 33 crew members.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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NYK Line, K Line Axe CO2 Emissions by Using Big Data

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping companies NYK Line and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) achieved CO2 emission cuts from their ships in 2015 by using energy-saving technologies, primarily big data, and they are setting further targets to cap the emissions.Namely, NYK reduced its CO2 footprint by 14.3 percent, exceeding its goal established in 2011 – reduction of ten percent by 2015 in the CO2 emission rate per unit of transportation from vessels compared with the rate recorded in 2010.NYK said it was using its ship information management system (SIMS) on vessels in 2008, before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) tightened regulations on CO2 emissions, and currently utilized big data to reduce fuel consumption.The company said it is still making efforts to attain the next goal – a 15-percent improvement in fuel efficiency above the 2010 level by 2018.In addition, K Line has announced that it slashed CO2 emissions by 13.6 percent in 2015 against its 2011 level, as a result of deployment of larger vessels, introducing energy-saving technologies and using big data as well.K Line said it accomplished ahead of schedule the CO2 emission reduction target by ten percent for 2019 against 2011 level.In light of this achievement, the company is to set a new emission reduction target – 25 percent by 2030. This is part of its vision for 2050 – to reduce CO2 footprint by 50 percent.last_img read more

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Rural Leaders Gather to Help Better Communities

first_imgLeaders from agricultural and rural organizations will gather to discuss ways to improve their communities at a conference entitled Creating Partners, Building Communities. The conference will be held from Feb. 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Select, Halifax. “People who lead organizations in rural Nova Scotia are important to the success of our communities,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “This conference is an excellent opportunity for people to network and improve on the skills that make them successful personally and professionally.” Several speakers will address key issues affecting rural communities. Michelle Payn Knoper of Cause Matters Corporation will speak on Celebrating Agriculture and Creative Community Networks. Kevin Stewart of AG Vision Inc., will deliver the presentation What is the Cost of Doing Nothing? Joanne Ross from Manitoba Ag in the Classroom, will offer unique ideas for bringing agriculture to the classroom. All three speakers recently spoke at the 2007 National Agriculture Awareness in London, Ont. Delegates will also attend sessions on leadership, communications, being a success at home, small business development, voluntarism, maintaining vibrant rural communities and buying local foods. In the closing address, Eleanor Wood from Troy, Ont., will present her unique view of the world and embrace a positive attitude and a sense of humour as she talks about her experiences as a dairy farmer, wife and mother. Major sponsors of the conference are Agri-Futures Nova Scotia; Agri-Food Industry Development Fund; Nova Scotia Young Farmers Forum; TD 4-H Leaders Program; Farmers Mutual Reinsurance Plan; Nova Scotia 4-H Council; ACA Cooperative; Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia and Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia. For more information, call 902-945-2902 or e-mail chandlcl@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announces Ryan Reynolds As 2017 Man of The Year

first_imgThe Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces producer and Golden Globe nominated actor, Ryan Reynolds as the recipient of its 2017 Man of the Year Award.The Pudding is proud to honor such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and most recently, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was the 50th Man of the Year.The Man of the Year festivities, presented by the Related Companies, will take place on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Reynolds and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:40 p.m.For the first time ever, the press conferences for Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year will be live-streamed and available to the public free-of-charge. More information will be available on the Hasty Pudding’s social media channels soon via Facebook www.facebook.com/thehastypudding, Twitter @thehastypudding and Instagram @thehastypudding. After the press conference, Mr. Reynolds will attend the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 169th production, Casino Evil.“We’re thrilled to present Mr. Reynolds with our Man of the Year award, especially after he proved his ability to simultaneously break box-offices records and the fourth wall in 2015,” said Guan Chen, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “And if his headline-stealing kiss with Andrew Garfield at the Golden Globes is any indication, it looks like he’s getting ready for his roast.”RYAN REYNOLDS is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.Reynolds is the Golden Globe nominated star of the 20th Century Fox record-breaking film DEADPOOL. The movie opened in February 2016 and shattered expectations, opening to $152.2-million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend making it the biggest R-rated opening of all time and the biggest February opening in box office history. The superhero juggernaut also replaced “Matrix Reloaded” as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750- million globally. The film continues to break records with 2 Golden Globe nominations. A “Best Actor” nod for Reynolds and Best Picture nomination for the film, making it the first live-action superhero movie to pick up a Golden Globe nomination in the Comedy or Musical category. The film also received a Writers Guild of America nomination for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and a PGA Award nomination for “Best Picture.” Reynolds, who is a producer on the film, will begin shooting DEADPOOL 2 later this year.Next up Reynolds can be seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson in Sony Pictures’ LIFE. Teaming up once again with Reese & Wernick and director Daniel Espinosa for the space thriller out March 2017. He also has THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD with Samuel L. Jackson coming out August 2017.Reynolds body of work continues to be extremely diverse. In 2015 he starred in a variety of feature roles including MISSISSIPPI GRIND, WOMAN IN GOLD, THE VOICES and SELFLESS. MISSISSIPPI GRIND directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. In The Weinstein Company’s WOMAN IN GOLD, Reynolds starred alongside Helen Mirren to tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. In Lionsgate’s serial killer comedy THE VOICES by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals. He also starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the independent feature SELFLESS, directed by Tarsem Singh.Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. TURBO, in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, THE CROODS. The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508 million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.His other film credits include; the Universal action thriller, SAFE HOUSE opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40 million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208 million worldwide. The Universal comedy, THE CHANGE UP, opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, GREEN LANTERN and the mystery/thriller BURIED. In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in THE PROPOSAL, opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $315 million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the X-MEN spin-off, X-MEN ORIGINS:WOLVERINE. He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365 million worldwide. Additionally that year, Reynolds starred in ADVENTURELAND opposite Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.Some of Reynolds other film credits include; PAPERMAN and the Working Title film DEFINITELY, MAYBE for Universal Pictures, writer/director John August’s THE NINES, director Joe Carnahan’s SMOKIN’ ACES for Working Title and Universal Pictures and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, a remake of the classic cult film which opened #1 at the box office and made $107 million worldwide. As well as cult favorites WAITING and VAN WILDER.DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy, “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In November of 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father – who has long suffered from ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprises the Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), the Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie-Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.last_img read more

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Alberta boosts job numbers in spite of doom and gloom forecasts

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Some jobs numbers are shocking economists from coast to coast especially in this province.Stats Canada said there were more than 94,000 jobs added in the month of November across the country.This is coming as donations for charities in Alberta have plummeted, economic forecasts have been shaky, and some economists expect major layoffs in the oil and gas industry. Yet Alberta is one of the leaders when it comes to this growth.We sit second in the country when it comes to jobs added. There were 24,000 positions added in the province, and we’re only behind Quebec when it comes to growth.Stats Canada reports that growth is not coming at the expense of contractors as the rate of self-employed workers has stayed roughly the same, but there was an increase in public sector jobs.“There was very strong gains in areas like health care and social assistance, in public administration, in information culture and recreation, those things that tend not to be driven as much by the energy price,” noted ATB Financial Chief Economist Todd Hirsch.Hirsch believes these numbers are good news, but the price of oil is still a problem for Alberta.“If we don’t see some positive news early in the new year, I think we will then start to see more layoffs. But I don’t expect we will see massive layoffs between now and the new year,” said Hirsch. “If we are hearing some positive news about pipelines going ahead or around this oil price differential, I think we’ll be in okay shape. But I think there are a lot of companies too that are just holding on by their fingernails.”More volatility in employment: Canada added a net 94,000 jobs in November, far above estimates, driven by full-time work. The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 5.6%, “the lowest since comparable data became available in 1976” says Statscan.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) December 7, 2018The unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point to sit at 6.3 per cent in the province.In Calgary, that rate is down 0.3 percentage points to sit at 7.9 per cent.Royce Mendes with CIBC Capital Markets is skeptical of any kind of celebration over these figures.“These numbers are extremely volatile on a month-over-month basis.”He believes there are factors that could lead to a swing towards less pleasant outcomes.“There was a big increase in jobs in Alberta. Now you will remember, during November is when the price of Western Canadian Select oil prices fell dramatically. So it’s odd then that Alberta increased 24,000 jobs during the month. So there are major concerns about the sustainability of the jobs gained in November.”last_img read more

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El Othmani Appoints Salaheddine Mezouar Member of CNSS Board

Rabat – El Othmani appointed Salaheddine Mezouar to the board of directors of the National Social Security Fund CNSS following the proposal of the management.Mezouar, who is also the president of General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), will be a member of the CNSS board of directors, succeeding Meriem Bensaleh Cheqroun, the former president of CGEM, according to the Official Gazette published November 19.The appointment covers only the remaining three-year period of  board’s term, which began October 12, 2017. El Othmani also appointed two representatives of the Ministry of Health to the  board of directors: Abdelouahab Belmadani and Aziz Tanjwi El Jazuli.Mezouar is also the former Minister of Industry, Trade, and Economy and  former Minister of the Economy and Finance. Mezouar also held the position of president of the Moroccan Association of Textile and Clothing Industries (AMITH) and president of the Textile and Leather Federation within the CGEM.Mezouar, a Moroccan politician and businessman, was born in 1953 in Meknes. Mezouar is the former president of the National Rally of Independents (RNI). read more

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Murder of Somalia human rights activist prompts UN condemnation

16 March 2007United Nations human rights and humanitarian officials today deplored the assassination of a leading human rights activist in Somalia, saying such attacks were all too common in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation. Isse Abdi Isse, the chairman of KISIMA, a non-governmental organization (NGO), was shot dead yesterday in a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, where he had been participating in a workshop.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour stressed that human rights defenders must be allowed to carry out their work in safety and without fear of retaliation, her spokesperson José Luis Díaz told reporters in Geneva.Ms. Arbour urged Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the murder and into all other attacks on rights defenders.Ghanim Alnajjar, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, issued a statement expressing his deep sadness at the killing and offering his condolences to Mr. Isse’s family, friends and colleagues.“The killing of Mr. Isse starkly highlights the absence of human rights protection mechanisms for human rights defenders as well as other civilians, and the atmosphere of impunity in which Somalis live,” Mr. Alnajjar said.“After 16 years of conflict, Somalia is at a critical juncture. I wish to remind all that the work carried out by human rights defenders is crucial to building the foundation for security and a lasting peace.”UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Eric Laroche described Mr. Isse as a dedicated human rights defender in the country’s Lower Juba region.“Isse championed human rights causes in the region for many years and his death is undoubtedly a loss to all Somalis who at this time are seeking peace and reconciliation,” Mr. Laroche said.“Civil society organizations, such as KISIMA, that continue to operate in Somalia under very difficult conditions are increasingly becoming the target of attacks as a result of the work they do.” read more

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Annan congratulates West African leaders on positive role in Togos political crisis

The potentially disastrous consequences for Togo and its neighbours made a negotiated outcome imperative, he said in a message to the ECOWAS summit meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.ECOWAS, collaborating with the African Union (AU) had contributed to re-establishing constitutional order in Togo and the UN has supported their initiatives to help the Togolese people build a state ruled by law in prosperity and peace, he said.Mr. Annan said he was pleased over the attachment of African institutions to promoting and respecting democracy, good governance and the rule of law, and he assured them that the United Nations would continue to support them in this noble enterprise. read more

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Advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis call off 35billion merger

Advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis call off $35-billion merger by The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2014 12:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe say they have scrapped their merger plans that would have created the world’s largest advertising firm.The companies issued a joint statement late Thursday saying they mutually agreed to call off the US$35-billion deal announced in July because they were not able to complete the merger in a reasonable time frame.They did not give details, but the Wall Street Journal reported that issues included getting tax and regulatory approvals, and debates over which company would be listed as the acquirer of the other.Omnicom Group Inc., based in New York, owns BBDO Worldwide, DDB Worldwide Communications Group and TBWA Worldwide, among other agencies.Paris-based Publicis Groupe SA runs its namesake agency as well as Leo Burnett Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, and DigitasLBi. read more

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Ebola UN health agency seeks to allay fears about air travel

“The chance of having someone who is sick with Ebola getting in a plane is small,” WHO tweeted today. “Usually when someone is sick with Ebola, they are so unwell that they can’t travel.”The agency, which also gave a press conference providing “clarifications” on air travel, has declared the current outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency of international concern, while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr. David Nabarro as Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola, in support of the work done by WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan and her team.According to the latest WHO update, between 10 and 11 August, 128 new cases of Ebola virus disease, as well as 56 deaths, were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, bringing the total number of cases to 1,975 and deaths to 1,069.The agency said in that update that contact tracing in Guinea, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone has resulted in a range between 94 per cent and 98 per cent of contacts of Ebola cases being identified and followed-up, but in Liberia, efforts are underway to strengthen contact tracing, but help is needed in this area.WHO today said it is disappointed when airlines stop flying to West Africa. It is “hard to save lives if we and other health workers cannot get in,” the health agency tweeted following a press conference.“Ebola-affected countries, international airlines are putting systems in place to screen passengers for possible infection,” WHO said. “Countries with big airport with high volumes of travellers are not the same as countries with land borders with Ebola-affected countries.”WHO has repeatedly said the Ebola virus is highly contagious – but not airborne. Transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, as can occur during health-care procedures, home care, or traditional burial practices, which involve the close contact of family members and friends with bodies.The incubation period ranges from 2 to 21 days, but patients become contagious only after the onset of symptoms. As symptoms worsen, the ability to transmit the virus increases. As a result, patients are usually most likely to infect others at a severe stage of the disease, when they are visibly, and physically, too ill to travel.The highest Ebola virus level is found in a dead body, according to WHO, hence, currently the highest risk of Ebola transmission is during burial ceremony. read more

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Study looks at who gets phished by Internet scammers

Everyone is susceptible to a phishing attempt, says Teju Herath, shown here with a warning from Brock’s ITS department about giving out user names and passwords.Being technologically savvy does not mean you are safe from email phishing attempts. In fact, the more active someone is online, the more likely they are to be targeted.Those are the findings of a recent study conducted by Teju Herath, an assistant professor of Information Systems at Brock, as part of a team at University at Buffalo (UB). The soon-to-be-published study found that the more email and online relationships you have, the more likely you are to receive a phishing attack.The team looked at a phishing attempt targeted at UB staff and students, some of whom handed over their user names and passwords. They found that the more active someone is in cyberspace, the more phishing attempts they’ll receive, and the more email they get, the more likely they are to respond hurriedly and hand over personal information.“Spam blockers are imperative to reduce the number of unnecessary emails individuals receive that could potentially clutter their information processing and judgment,” Herath said.Phishing is particularly successful when the email appears to come from a relevant organization, such as the recipient’s bank or the administration where the recipient works. The only real cure is awareness and keeping users mindful, Herath said.“Phishing awareness plays an important role,” she said. “Just because we have a high skill set in using the technology doesn’t mean we’re safe.”Phishing is a process where emails appear to come from credible businesses – such as banks, charities or email providers – asking for the recipient’s personal information like usernames, passwords, bank account information or credit card details. The information is then used for nefarious purposes.In addition to Herath, the research team included Arun Vishwanath and H. Raghav Rao from UB; Rui Chen from Ball State University, and Jingguo Wang from the University of Texas. Their findings will be published in the journal Decision Support Systems.The study also recommends using different email accounts for personal and business use.Phishing attempts only net information from three to five per cent of the users, Herath said. But that’s enough to do damage.“If three per cent of account holders give out their information, that can have a large impact on an organization,” she said. read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball coach Pete Hanson Libero the quarterback on volleyball

Freshman libero Gabriel Domecus (7) attempts to hit the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThey’re often the first player to touch the ball when it enters their side of the court. They lead the defense every match while having top-of-the-line passing skills.Those are just some aspects of play that go into fulfilling the role as a libero on the volleyball court.Men’s volleyball consists of six players on each side of the court, and one position in particular stands out from the rest.“We wear a different color jersey and we are not allowed to play front row. Unfortunately, we don’t get to hit the ball or serve,” senior libero Danny Baker said.This specific player is called the libero, and can be defined as the rearmost roaming defensive player in volleyball, however coach Pete Hanson said the primary skill coaches are looking for in a libero is their passing ability.“The digging skill is very important, but recently we have looked at this position as more as an asset to the offense,” Hanson said.Hanson said a successful libero is similar to the “quarterback” role of volleyball and takes ownership of the back row. Along with excelling in particular athletic skills, this player also must portray many key personality traits.“You are looking for someone who is aggressive, confident, communicative and a take-charge kind of a player, and that is what we try to tell our guys who are playing that position,” Hanson said.A libero is considered to be a defensive and passing specialist that can sub for any player in the back row at any time during the match.“The main job of my position is to be the defensive leader on the court. It’s the libero’s job to cover as much of the court as possible when the opposing team plays it back to our side,” freshman libero Gabriel Domecus said.Because of the fast-paced nature of volleyball, these players need to have skill on offense and defense and the libero is in charge of communicating with the team and making sure every player is in place and on their toes, ready for whatever is going to happen next.“Our main job is to take control of the defense and passing. We need to communicate before, during and after each play to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Baker said.Next up, OSU is scheduled to take part in a weekend series against Grand Canyon Friday and Saturday at St. John Arena. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. read more

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Ekocase2 a bamboo notebook for your iPad

first_imgSo you’ve got an iPad — or maybe even an iPad2! — and you’re looking for a case. Maybe even something a little green. Well then you may want to consider the Ekocase2.It fits both models of the iPad and is made from eco-friendly materials, with a bamboo base covered in faux-leather. The idea is that the case makes your tablet look like a an old leather-bound book. You simply slide the iPad inside and two bamboo pegs hold it in place.You can’t quite buy it yet, though. The makers of the Ekocase2 have currently put the project up on Kickstarter to help fund production, and have currently raised around $700 of their $6,900 goal. If you want to support the case, a donation of $35 or more will get you your very own notebook/iPad case provided funding is successful.Via Wiredlast_img read more

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Google adds handy playable podcasts to search results

first_img Apple Post a comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Google is making it easier to search for podcasts. Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google’s rolling out the ability to play podcasts from our search results just days after announcing it during the I/O developer conference.Searching for a podcast brings up the latest trio of episodes and lets you play them instantly from the Google Podcasts web player on desktop or mobile. It uses the same mechanics as the Android app that came out last year, and syncs across multiple devices if you’re signed in to your Google account. The app isn’t out on iOS, but you can still use the features on an Apple device’s web browser, as highlighted by 9to5Google.The functionality works across both desktop and mobile. It’s especially useful on iOS where a dedicated Google Podcasts app is yet to be released, as 9to5Google notes. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags reading • Google adds handy playable podcasts to search results Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Zack Reneau-Wedeen, Google Podcasts’ head of product, tweeted a demonstration of the new functionality on Thursday.In March, the BBC removed its podcasts from Google’s app after concluding that the search giant’s policy of directing people looking for BBC podcasts to its own app “reduces people’s choice.”First published at 5:19 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:50 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 1:50center_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 5 tips for the new Google Podcasts app 0 Google Apple Rolling out this week you’ll be able to search for and play podcasts directly in Google Search across Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, a step toward making audio a first-class citizen across Google. pic.twitter.com/29ohC7W9z8— Zack Reneau-Wedeen (@ZackRW) May 9, 2019 Internet Services See All •last_img read more

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International conference on sexual exploitation of children starts today

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) and International Justice Mission (IJM) announced the hosting of the first International Conference on “Sexual Exploitation of Children in a Digital Era”. The two-day conference, first of its kind in India, will be held on December 14 and 15 in Kolkata. The logo of the International Conference on “Sexual Exploitation of Children in a Digital Era” was also unveiled by Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson, WBCPCR, Government of West Bengal and Saji Philip, Director of Operations, IJM Kolkata, on the occasion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSenior police officials from six countries, government representatives, prosecutors and judges from 15 countries like Germany, Uganda, Canada, Kenya, USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India among others will participate. Representatives from leading multi-national corporates including Facebook, Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Chairpersons from State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and Chairpersons of Women Commission nationally will also take part in the event. The conference aims to gather key stakeholders to analyse, discuss and recommend convergent strategies on combating the critical issue of child abuse perpetrated Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedby technology. The recommendations accrued from the conference will be submitted to the governing bodies globally. Global trends indicate that criminals are using the power of modern technology to exploit children. These trends include trafficking, buying and selling of children for sex, life porn, etc. The key discussions in the conference include four panel sessions — trends, challenges, bridges and solutions. Some of the key speakers will be Krishna Sastry Pendyala, Executive Director, Advisory Cyber Security & Forensic Technology Services, PwC, India, experts from UNICEF, Dr PM Nair, IPS, Chair Professor, TISS, and Brital Bhardwaj, Regional CISO, Leader, GE.last_img read more

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