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Will the best team win?Will the best team win?

first_imgOn pure cricketing merit, India is the best team in the World Cup, but that does not automatically mean they will win the World Cup. The history of the World Cup tells us that the best team has not always won; it’s about playing the best cricket in the weeks,On pure cricketing merit, India is the best team in the World Cup, but that does not automatically mean they will win the World Cup. The history of the World Cup tells us that the best team has not always won; it’s about playing the best cricket in the weeks that matter and, yes, once you are in the knock-out phase, it’s about a few good hours of cricket and the trophy is yours.When it comes to formats, India is best in the 50-over format, no matter what the conditions, but, before we examine India’s World Cup chances, let’s examine their competitors. I pick Australia, England and New Zealand to be India’s main adversaries.Australia could be the story of this World Cup. Australian cricket was in a shambles just a few months ago, but their World Cup team looks very good. It has covered all bases and with David Warner and Steve Smith back, they look a champion side.Because Australia have been world champions many times before, once they find early form in England, it is to be expected that they will all deeply believe they can win it again.New Zealand will be as New Zealand always are in World Cupsa good side made of earnest cricketers who will give their best. If they win, it will be a surprise, but no one will grudge it, for over the years, it has been the most likeable side.England are the biggest underachievers in limited-overs cricket. No one has been around longer than England at the international level but all they have to show for it is one World T20 title in 2010. They are being widely tipped to win the World Cup this time, considering they have an excellent recent one-day record and are playing at home. But they also have a tendency to over-think and complicate simple matters.advertisementExcellence in sport is achieved by teams and individuals who manage to keep things simple and rely on sharp instincts and common sensethink Mahendra Singh Dhoni here; England lack this quality and that has prevented them from being champions and dominating world cricket like West Indies or Australia have in the past. Coming back to India, something really nice happened with India’s 50-overs team after the Champions Trophy defeat in the finals to Pakistan in EnglandYuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav made their entry and became an integral part of the team. Since then, India’s winning graph has been northbound.During Ashwin and Jadeja’s spin regime, India weren’t getting as many wickets in the middle overs, which meant that set batsmen were batting in the death overs with plenty of wickets in hand.Death overs proved to be just that, the endgame for India, as the poor fast bowlers struggled to stop the rampaging batsmen. Since the arrival of Chahal and Kuldeep, India get most of their wickets in the middle overs, which means there is less pressure on the death bowlers, which now includes one of the best in the world, Jasprit Bumrah, and a resurgent Mohammad Shami. Chahal and Kuldeep have been gamechangers, a very important reason, along with Virat and Bumrah, why India are a strong 50-overs side. Of late, wickets may not have come as easily for Chahal and Kuldeep as batsmen are more aware of their skills and tend to be cautious against the duo, but I believe they will continue to be India’s main weapons in the World Cup campaign.Along with Rohit and Shikhar, India are blessed to have the greatest one-day batsman in his prime playing at No. 3. With Virat Kohli, it’s not just about piling up the runs; it’s more about winning, and breaking records is a by-product of that.Let’s now come to India’s Achilles heel in this World Cupthe batting from No. 4 to No. 6. India may play Vijay Shankar at No. 4 to begin with, but he is a complete unknown as a 50-overs No. 4. The alternatives are also not too exciting, which is an interesting indication in a country considered a batting powerhouse.Perhaps these are early signs that India, in the near future, may have greater bowling depth than batting, especially in the seam department.That brings us to Dhoni, India’s former World Cup winning captain, batting at No. 6. We all know his best days are behind him, but he is still a great value-add as keeper and batsman. However, IPL form can be misleading, as it was last season, where he just could not translate IPL form into international cricket form. One of the greatest finishers this game has ever seen, Dhoni still wants to finish games on his own, but the ammunition he has today is a bit rusty, and that concerns me because his great mind still thinks he can do it as he used to. His batting mechanism has let him down a few times at the international level, and perhaps the team management could nudge him to be more realistic.advertisementIndia is a very good chasing team and not as dependent on Dhoni as before, what with Hardik Pandya hitting the ball better than anyone else in the world.Unlike in 2011, India’s more reliable aspect is their bowling, so much so that they may have to rest a quality bowler like Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first few matches. If this were the scenario with their batting too, India would have been infallible, not just favourites this World Cup.A longer version of this piece first appeared in the India Today World Cup Special Edition, also currently on stands.last_img read more

It’s Official: Lake of the Ozarks Gets a New License to ChillIt’s Official: Lake of the Ozarks Gets a New License to Chill

first_imgMargaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks Wraps Up Renovations with Refreshed Lobby, Amenities and Dining Concepts Osage Beach, Mo. – May 1, 2019 – Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, today announced its official transition to a Margaritaville property. The resort underwent a phased renovation process that included refreshed guestrooms and public areas (new guestroom décor, pictured left), signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, as well as updated amenities and activities such as the Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park, Fin City Bowling Alley and more. “We are thrilled to officially bring the Margaritaville lifestyle to Lake of the Ozarks with our rebranding,” said Fred Dehner, the resort’s general manager. “We look forward to continuing to provide a fantastic, unique experience to guests under the Margaritaville name, especially as the brand’s first full-service lake resort.” Refreshed Design and Guestrooms Guests are instantly transported to a vacation state of mind as they are greeted outside the main resort entrance by a larger-than-life blue flip flop sculpture, then enter the newly renovated lobby, complete with a License to Chill Bar & Grill and Margaritaville Coffee Shop. Reflecting the lake’s peaceful vibe, all buildings at the resort complex are now a shade of warm sand with white trim. Guestrooms in the resort complex received a refresh with Margaritaville’s signature casual-luxe design, including warm wood elements and bright accents.  New Margaritaville Dining Concepts Several new food and beverage concepts were introduced to the resort during the renovations, including: LandShark Bar & Grill (pictured right), the newly opened flagship waterfront restaurant, features delicious classics like nachos, wings, and signature LandShark burgers. This restaurant overlooks the lake and has a swim-up pool bar for even more fun! JB’s Boathouse Grill, boasting classic nautical décor with bright blues and crisp white colors, is the perfect spot for diners to enjoy breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, steaks, boat drinks and more. Frank & Lola’s Pizzeria, a family-friendly casual dining option, is ideal for families and friends looking to grab a fresh pie while enjoying a game of pool or darts. Windrose Marker 26 Lakeside Dining, the resort’s beautiful lakeside restaurant, serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more. License to Chill Bar & Grill, the resort’s lobby spot, immediately welcomes guests to paradise upon arrival. The Tiki Hut Pool Bar, located at the resort’s Lakeside Pool, offers tropical beverages for those enjoying fun in the sun. Margaritaville Coffee Shop, located in the lobby, serves freshly brewed coffee from signature blends, as well as blended frappes, tea, smoothies and hot cocoa. Fun Amenities and Activities for All Ages Margaritaville’s first lakeside resort provides guests with countless amenities, including two golf courses with a fresh new fleet of golf carts; three pool complexes, including one with a swim-up bar and another with a toddler splash pool and waterslide; a fitness center; and basketball and tennis courts. The resort also has numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy, including: Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park has 600 feet of water slides, a lazy river for tube floating and a three-story beach house play area. Fin City Arcade features state-of-the-art video games, classic favorites and electronic simulators. Fin City Bowling, the resort’s eight-lane bowling alley, can be set up for bumper bowling and hosts cosmic bowling nights. Port of Indecision Marina offers watercraft rentals, such as wave runners, pontoon boats, ski boats, paddle boards and more. Harbor Master Mini-Golf Course, the resort’s onsite mini-golf course, is fun for the whole family! Daily Scenic Cruises on the Tropic Island Yacht allow guests to get out on the water and enjoy picturesque views of the Lake of the Ozarks. Horseback Riding gives guests the opportunity to explore the resort grounds in a unique way. For reservations or more information, please visit MargaritavilleResortLakeoftheOzarks.com, and follow Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks at Facebook.com/MVLakeResort, Twitter @MVLakeResort, and Instagram @MVLakeResort.   About Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks Located along the peaceful shores of the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo., Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks is a 494-room scenic retreat reflecting the fun and escapism synonymous with the Margaritaville lifestyle. This perfect lakeside escape transports guests into a vacation state of mind, blending Margaritaville’s authentic “no worries” vibe with the area’s lake lifestyle. The resort features multiple diverse restaurant concepts, a full-service spa and salon, a fitness center, horseback riding, bowling, an arcade, two championship golf courses, three outdoor pool complexes and a 20,000 square-foot indoor water park. A premier destination for corporate meetings, incentive retreats, social functions and weddings, the resort is home to more than 89,000 square feet of flexible indoor event space, as well as several outdoor venues. The resort is part of Margaritaville’s growing collection of hotels and resorts. Today, the global lifestyle brand features 17 lodging locations with more than 24 additional projects in the pipeline.last_img read more

Visit to Maldives Lanka reflects Indias priority towards neighbourhood first policy PMVisit to Maldives Lanka reflects Indias priority towards neighbourhood first policy PM

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka from Saturday reflects the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and that it will further cement ties with the two maritime nations.Modi will first travel to the Maldives, in his first bilateral visit after retaining power in the Lok Sabha polls. From Maldives, he will go to Sri Lanka on Sunday. “I am confident that my visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka will further strengthen our close and cordial ties with our maritime neighbours, in line with our ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the vision of security and growth for all in the region,” the prime minister said. It is learnt that the Maldives will honour Modi with the Order of Nishanizzuddeen, a prestigious award. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIn a pre-departure statement, he said his visit to Sri Lanka is to express India’s solidarity with the government and the people of the island nation in the wake of the “terrible terrorist attacks” there on April 21. “The people of India stand firmly with the people of Sri Lanka, who suffered great agony and destruction in the wake of the horrific terror attacks on Easter. We fully support Sri Lanka in the fight against terror,” he said. Sri Lanka was hit by a wave of bombings on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed. Modi will be the first head of government to visit Sri Lanka after the dastardly attacks. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAbout his visit to the Maldives, Modi said India considers the country as a valued partner with whom it shares deep bonds of history and culture. “Our bilateral relations with the Maldives have been greatly strengthened in the recent past. I am confident that my visit will further deepen our multi-faceted partnership,” he said. The prime minister visited the Maldives in November to attend President Ibrahim Solih’s swearing-in ceremony. The relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year. However, ties were back on track under Solih’s presidency. On Friday, Modi will address the Parliament of the Maldives. Since June 2014, Modi addressed parliaments of 10 countries including Bhutan, Australia, Fiji, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Afghanistan, the US (Congress) and Uganda. Officials said a slew of MoUs are expected to be signed including budgetary support by India for development projects in Maldives. Both Modi and the Maldivian President will jointly inaugurate two defence-related projects – a coastal surveillance radar system and composite training centre for Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF).On Sri Lanka, Modi said India’s ties with it have gained considerable momentum in the last few years. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited India last week to India Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.last_img read more

Parents of YouTube stars on dealing with kids who want to skipParents of YouTube stars on dealing with kids who want to skip

first_imgTORONTO – When people ask Michael Latsky about his kids he starts by proudly sharing that his eldest son is going to be a doctor. Then, with his head hung low, he’ll mutter that his youngest, Robert, dropped out of university to pursue his dream of becoming a “YouTube personality.”But it’s just a tongue-in-cheek act he plays for laughs. In reality, he’s proud that Robert — known online as MrWoofless for his video gaming content — discovered the “new economy” seven years ago. He no longer worries about whether he made the right choice.“If you told me he should go back to school I wouldn’t stop laughing,” says Latsky, recalling a few milestones of success that convinced himhis 26-year-oldhad chosen the right career path.“One of them was that he seemed to have enough money to go to my money manager, and for the money manager to be very interested in carrying his account — that was one indication. I made him go to a money manager to make sure he was under control, because a 26-year-old with whatever income he’s making may not be able to psychologically handle it.”With the massive growth of YouTube in the last decade, including the emergence of bona fide online celebrities with tens of millions of fans, it should come as no surprise that more and more kids and teens are dreaming of a streaming career when they grow up. That’s forcing parents to grapple with the idea of their child forgoing a post-secondary education for their child’s online ambitions.Latsky now understands the potential of the platform but wasn’t so sure seven years ago and had urged his son to reconsider dropping out of school.“I was afraid. I was afraid if he left school and failed, where would he be?” he says.“I sat down with him and I said, ‘That’s very nice what you’re trying to do — I don’t quite understand it — but I’m not paying for a cent towards anything you need starting from now unless you go back to school.’ My position was, if he’s not going to get a traditional education, I’m not interested in (financially) supporting him.“It wasn’t as if I blackballed him and said, ‘Never talk to me again, I hate what you’re doing and you’re an idiot,’ it was just that I was more comfortable with him being in school while he was doing it.”It was a little easier for Marsha Hughes to understand when her son Mitchell officially chose not to go to university.She recalls he was about 17 when the ad revenue he was generating for his Bajan Canadian online persona took off.“He actually started to make money in 2010, when he got a cheque from YouTube for maybe a couple hundred dollars. And then the next month it was a couple thousand dollars — and then it went crazy. And that was just the beginning,” she recalls.“We always just assumed that he’d go to college but when he was 18, in a couple months he actually made six-figures…. We realized that even if he did this for just a couple of years and invested the money wisely this was an opportunity that was once in a lifetime. He could go to college later.”YouTube also became a family business with the launch of the management firm Blackshore about three years ago. Hughes, the company’s vice-president of talent, advises parents to try to convince their kids to stay in school unless they’re already making a large income.It’s getting increasingly difficult to stand out in the crowded YouTube universe, she adds, while the platform has also raised its standards for monetizing videos.“There’s no guarantees and YouTube’s a funny world, there’s a lot of great content creators right now who aren’t doing that well and then you look at the ones who are doing well and it just doesn’t seem to make any sense,” she says.“It’s not going to happen overnight. Even for someone like Mitchell who seemed like an overnight success, he was not. It really did take time.”And nothing is forever on YouTube, even for its stars.The Bajan Canadian channel has amassed more than six million subscribers and has 1.8 billion views in a little over eight years.But the focus of the channel, the video game “Minecraft,” has gradually fallen out of fashion. Mitchell Hughes, 24, recently announced to his fans that he was rebooting his brand to focus on new topics, including the current hot game “Fortnite.”“Let’s face it, if we look at the channel, six million subscribers and 15,000 to 20,000 views a video — this is about as close to rock bottom as I’m going to get,” he said in a self-deprecating video titled “I’m Quitting.”“It’s not working, I’m moving on and I’m OK with that. And now it’s a great opportunity to be myself and do my thing.”Robert Latsky, a.k.a. MrWoofless, has seen his own success ebb and flow and has friends who were forced to quit making YouTube videos professionally and reluctantly returned to conventional jobs.“The game I started on I don’t play anymore, the second game I played I don’t play anymore, the biggest game I ever played I don’t really play anymore,” he says.“The main ways I made money I don’t really make anymore, I make it other ways. I’ve gone through countless successes and failures within my seven years.“A huge part of the thought process is ‘what’s next’ and how do we get on top of it.”It’s that resilience in an ever-evolving industry that lets Michael Latsky sleep at night.“There could be guys out there who may not be as lucky in the future but he has his head screwed on, otherwise I would’ve panicked a long time ago and I would’ve tried to do something about it,” he says.last_img read more

DJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For CharityDJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For Charity

first_imgDJ Khaled is selling his clothes for charity.The Grammy-nominated artist is selling over 250 pieces of clothing through retail and resale app Poshmark.A portion of the proceeds will benefit his Win More Music campaign with Get Schooled, which he set up for students to win music studios and production equipment for their schools.Click here to see what’s going under the hammer.last_img

CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts in Canada slowed in JanuaryCMHC reports annual pace of housing starts in Canada slowed in January

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in January slowed compared with December.The housing agency says the seasonally adjusted annual rate came in at 207,968 units for the first month of the year compared with 213,630 in December.Economists had expected an annualized pace of 205,000 for January, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The annual pace of urban starts slowed 2.1 per cent in January to 190,912 units as single-detached urban starts fell 10.4 per cent to 44,559 units. The annual pace of multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses increased 0.7 per cent to 146,353 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,056 units.CMHC says the six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts was 208,131 for January compared with 207,171 in December.The Canadian Press read more

UN rights office urges Tunisian authorities to ensure freedom of peaceful assemblyUN rights office urges Tunisian authorities to ensure freedom of peaceful assembly

“We are closely watching the demonstrations across Tunisia and the authorities’ response to them,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, expressing concern about the high number of arrests – 778 people since Monday, some 200 of them between the ages of 15 and 20.“The authorities must ensure that those exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are not prevented from doing so,” he stressed. Ahead of the 14 January anniversary of the 2011 revolution, it is particularly important to ensure that demonstrators are able to protest peacefully. Those taking to the streets should exercise restraint and calm, Mr. Colville said. There has been looting, vandalism and violence, including damage to police stations and shops but peaceful demonstrators must not be held responsible or penalised for the violent acts of others, he added. The UN human rights office urges all sides to work together towards resolving, with full respect for human rights, the economic and social problems underpinning the unrest, he said. read more

Refuge still unopened one year on due to funding issuesRefuge still unopened one year on due to funding issues

first_imgA REFUGE FOR women and children affected by domestic violence is still lying unused – almost one year after TheJournal.ie revealed that though it was completed in 2011, it had never opened.Negotiations over funding for the Teach Tearmainn refuge from the Health Service Executive are ongoing. Jacinta Carey of Teach Tearmainn said that the HSE had offered to provide €100,000 but the board have not accepted this as they feel it is not enough to provide a safe refuge for people.Carey said that it is vitally important that six adequate, professional, qualified staff are available within the refuge, as without them they can’t open it safely.Turned awayIt was revealed last week that domestic violence victims were turned away from Irish refuges 2,357 times in 2011. Carey said that in Teach Tearmainn’s case, 66 women and 138 children from Kildare sought refuge from them in 2012.The HSE said: The HSE provide grant aid to Teach Tearmainn for their information and support service. The HSE are engaged in ongoing discussions with Teach Tearmainn with regard to their proposal to open a refuge. The HSE has prioritised additional funding of €100,000 in response to the Teach Tearmainn request for further funding.It said it will continue to work with Teach Tearmainn and other statutory services to explore ways in which the service can open.Carey said that there is a shortfall of €55,000 in the funding needed for staffing, and that “in order to be able to meet the necessary regulations, ie Children First guidelines, HIQA standards, in terms of children’s services, we need a number of staff. What is being offered at the moment will not cover it. Therefore the board feels that they are not in a position to ignore all of those regulations and cannot open what they believe will be an unsafe service.”She said they are very mindful of the situation they are in at the moment and have reduced their funding request by almost 30 per cent. “But to reduce it any further it would mean that the board would certainly be of the view they cannot open.”We are certainly anxious that the centre opens this refuge and are working actively with the HSE towards that. It is no longer acceptable to be turning women and children away when they have sought help from us. Particularly at a time when other refuges are full and unable to take the number of women who are seeking help. It is imperative that we get it open.Teach Tearmainn continues to offer help and support to women, as it has for the past 13 years. “It is a very difficult situation when you have women with children who are seeking to leave abusive relationships and you find yourself in a situation then that you can’t help them,” she said. “Obviously the board members of Teach Tearmainn are very frustrated but also very committed.”“The State has already invested over €1 million in this building, and it’s sitting idle when the need is so great,” continued Carey.Read: Lack of funding means domestic violence refuge lies unused>Read: Domestic violence victims turned away 2,537 times in 2011 from overcrowded refuges>last_img read more

XXX Domain Green Lit After ProtestsXXX Domain Green Lit After Protests

first_imgAfter much delay–and plenty of controversy–the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally given the go-ahead to the .XXX top-level domain for porn sites. The proposed TLD has seen protest from pretty much every side, from politicians, to conservative groups like the Family Research Council, to porn site owners, to free speech advocates like the Free Speech Coalition.In fact, a strong opposition to the proposal may be the one thing that all of those groups have in common. Of course, they’ve all expressed very different reasons for coming out against it. The Family Research Council was worried that it would help porn sites “expand their evil empires on the Internet.” The porn industry on the other hand, was worried that it would curb its free speech rights, perhaps leading to something of a ghettoization of the adult industry. Stuart Lawley, CEO of the ICM Registry–the organization tasked with reviewing the newly created domains–argued that the .XXX domain will help better regulate porn sites. “At the moment, the consumer has no way of knowing who is operating to good standards or has viruses. This new domain allows webmasters to associate with best business practices.”Registration for the domains will be limited to sites with adult content.last_img read more

Red Hills grape festivalRed Hills grape festival

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Red Hill came alive last Sunday 8 February, when people of all ages from across the Greek Australian community gathered to celebrate the annual Grape Festival.For ten years now the community has been coming together to partake in the festivities, in what has come to be recognised as a traditional custom.Following a service at the Greek Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill by father Eleftherios Tsatsis, boxes of grapes in the church’s courtyard were blessed and shared amongst those present on the day. Α panigiri followed, with festivalgoers enjoying a day of music, dancing, tasty Greek food and of course, the day would not have been complete without wine from the grapes of Red Hill.last_img read more

Radioactivité détectée sur des passagers japonais arrivés en Corée du SudRadioactivité détectée sur des passagers japonais arrivés en Corée du Sud

first_imgRadioactivité détectée sur des passagers japonais arrivés en Corée du SudLa Corée du Sud a aujourd’hui mis en place un système de contrôle pour mesurer la radioactivité des passagers japonais à l’aéroport d’Incheon, près de Séoul en Corée du Sud. Sur trois d’entre eux, les autorités ont détecté un niveau de radioactivité plus élevé que la moyenne. Les passagers japonais voulant se rendre à l’aéroport d’Incheon en Corée du Sud ont désormais la possibilité s’ils le souhaitent de se faire contrôler sur leur taux de radioactivité. L’examen a révélé que trois passagers présentaient des traces de radioactivité supérieure à la normale. À lire aussiVous avez du mal avec le bricolage ? Voilà le robot qu’il vous faut !Les autorités de la Corée du Sud ont estimé à 300 nanosieverts par heure, le taux normal de radioactivité dans l’atmosphère. Au delà de cette proportion, les traces détectées sont perçues comme anormales.Parmi les trois passagers irradiés, un Japonais d’une cinquantaine d’années présentait sur son chapeau et son manteau un taux de radioactivité supérieur à un microsievert soit 1.000 nanosieverts. Cet homme vivait dans la préfecture de Fukushima où se trouve la centrale nucléaire endommagée par le séisme et le tsunami qui ont frappé l’archipel nippon vendredi dernier.Toutefois, les taux de radioactivité sur les trois passagers ne présentent pas de risque pour leur santé. Pour l’heure, les autorités de Séoul s’efforcent de rassurer la population. Selon eux, les vents d’ouest devraient chasser les rejets radioactifs de Fukushima vers l’océan Pacifique.Le 17 mars 2011 à 16:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Girl Accidentally Brings Home Deadly BlueRinged OctopusGirl Accidentally Brings Home Deadly BlueRinged Octopus

first_imgStay on target As you plan your winter escape to warm, beach locations, it might be good to be reminded of the dangers that lurk in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.In Western Australia, a young girl narrowly avoided coming into contact with a deadly blue-ringed octopus, after playing and collecting a shell at Coogee Beach, located south of Perth, according to Australia’s 9News.After coming home from the beach, the girl’s aunt was washing the shell when she spotted the deadly, venomous creature hiding inside.Coogee Beach WA Surf Life Saving Club uploaded photos of the blue-ringed octopus to their Facebook page as a warning for parents. “A good reminder… about keeping watch of what your little people are collecting,” the post said. “They look beautiful… but a bite can be deadly.”Photo Credit: Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club/FacebookWith its psychedelic coloring and small size, the blue-ringed octopus may look more adorable than alarming, but its one of the world’s most venomous animals. Its venom is 1,000 times more powerful than cyanide, and it packs enough venom to kill 26 humans within minutes, according to the Ocean Conservancy.The blue-ringed octopus is native to the Pacific Ocean, and can be found in the soft, sandy bottom of shallow tide pools and coral reefs. When not seeking food or a mate, blue-ringed octopuses often hide in crevices, shells, or marine debris.They produce a potent neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin, a potentially-deadly substance also found in pufferfish. The venom is produced by symbiotic bacteria in the animal’s salivary glands and is more toxic than that of any land mammals, the Ocean Conservancy says.If you’re bitten by a blue-ringed octopus, the venom causes muscle numbness (other symptoms include nausea, vision loss or blindness, loss of senses and loss of motor skills), and ultimately muscle paralysis — including the muscles needed for humans to breathe. There is no known antidote, but victims can be saved if artificial respiration is started immediately.So what do you do if you ever encounter this venomous blue-ringed creature — or find it inside a shell? Back away immediately. Because its bite is usually painless, you might not know you’ve been bitten until it’s too late; but if you don’t touch it, then you should be fine.More on Geek.com:‘Pancake Batter’ Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine CoastHeadless ‘Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern OceanEerie Underwater Sculptures Help Reef Growth Watch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale CarcassMan Paddles 2,900 Miles Across Pacific to Help Curb Ocean Pollution last_img read more

BAHAMAS Standards are a WinWin for All Sectors of SocietyBAHAMAS Standards are a WinWin for All Sectors of Society

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Secretary General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Mr. Sergio Mujica was in the country on Friday, October 27 for a one-day seminar sponsored by the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ).Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette delivered welcome remarks and said that the government welcomes the concept of standardization and is cognizant of its importance in meeting international compliance.“We must find ways to diversify our economy and we can only compete effectively if we have standards that are accepted worldwide,” said Minister Symonette.   “Currently, the Ministry of Financial Services is moving forward with World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to advance trade.”Also in attendance was Acting Minister of Labour, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, who delivered brief remarks.  Keynote speaker, Mr. Sergio Mujica, expressed his appreciation of being in the Bahamas and embarked on discussing the important role that standards play in a country.  He told attendees that standards affect every facet of society.“Standards are everywhere and affect every aspect of our daily lives, “ said Mr. Mujica. “They are an essential component of the economic and social development of our communities.”Giving an overview of standards and their benefits to several tiers of a society, Mr. Mujica said that standards are beneficial to businesses, consumers, policy makers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and industries including tourism and agriculture.   He said that benefits include an increase in customer satisfaction; access to new markets; high degree of acceptance of products and services; environmental sustainability; reduction in costs; and improvement in the quality of tourism and agriculture products.DCIM101GOPROThe International Organization for Standardization is an international standard setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.The organization was founded on 23 February 1947 and promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards.   It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and as of March 2017 works in 162 countries, covering approximately 97 percent of the world’s population.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo caption:  Secretary General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Sergio Mujica addressing one-day seminar sponsored by the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), October 27, 2017.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham)last_img read more

Consumer Reports Launches Mobile Web SiteConsumer Reports Launches Mobile Web Site

first_imgConsumer Reports has launched CR Mobile, a new mobile Web site that allows users to access the magazine’s database of product reviews, ratings, buying advice and reliability studies.The data provided by CR Mobile is accessible through any mobile device with Web access. Users of iPhone and Android phones will also be able to access video in addition to the standard data. The service is free for current subscribers of ConsumerReports.org. Non-subscribers can access the site for 24-hour or 30-day periods for $0.99 and $4.99 respectively.Poll results, user reviews and blog posts are also available on CR Mobile. Users can also sign up to receive product safety and recall alerts via SMS by texting the word SAFE to 76666. The site also has a “compare” feature that allows side-by-side comparison of up to three competing products for performance and price, a function that is currently unavailable on ConsumerReports.org, but will be added later this year. According to Jerry Steinbrink, vice president of publishing at Consumer Reports, CR Mobile was created to serve an audience that the magazine had a hard time attracting in the past. “[CR Mobile] is for those that are already out at the stores shopping,” he tells FOLIO: sister publication Audience Development. “It’s a great way to get information into the hands of the consumers and help them make better decisions between one product or the other. It’s a good way to serve our readers at that critical point.”The data on CR Mobile is segmented by categories, including Appliances, Electronics, Home & Garden and Babies & Kids. The only category of products that is not currently available on CR Mobile is Cars, which will be added in July. “It’s a bit more complicated for us to get the specs of each car on a mobile phone, so that’s taking a little longer,” Steinbrink says.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonNOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Girls JV Lacrosse Head Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Cashiers & Merchandise Associates at TJ MaxxFull-Time Accounting Assistant at CutisPharmaFull-Time Shop Associate at Northland Industrial Truck CompanyFull-Time Inside Sales Representative at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Automotive Detailer at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Demand Generation Marketing Manager at SOVOS Compliance(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

US elections 2020 Kamala Harris talks race electabilityUS elections 2020 Kamala Harris talks race electability

first_imgNew Orleans: Kamala Harris can’t forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state’s 2008 caucus. “I remember her saying to me, ‘They’re not going to let him win,'” Harris recalled. “She did not want to go to the caucuses. She didn’t want to be disappointed.” For Harris, it was a revealing moment, one she says illustrated the limitations many Americans, including black Americans, place on who is considered electable for the nation’s highest office. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Twelve years later, with American politics roiled by issues of race and gender, it’s Harris asking Americans to expand their definition of electability once again. “Sometimes it takes awhile to get people to see that this is possible,” Harris said in an interview with The Associated Press in which she discussed race and her standing as the most viable black woman to seek a major party’s presidential nomination. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The 54-year-old freshman senator from California is unabashedly and unapologetically embracing that role. She’s increasingly weaving her personal history into her campaign, including in a searing debate exchange last month with former Vice President Joe Biden over school busing. Her campaign was ready for the moment, quickly tweeting a photograph of Harris as a pig-tailed child, then selling T-shirts bearing the image. As her place in the race has strengthened, Harris has found herself the target of smears about her citizenship and ethnicity, including by one of President Donald Trump’s sons, that echo the same lies and accusations Trump and others raised about Obama, the country’s first black president. Advertise With Us To Harris, it’s the cost of trying to break through long-standing barriers. “When you break things, you get hurt, you bleed, you get cut,” Harris said. “When I made the decision to run, I fully appreciated that it will not be easy. But I know if I’m not on the stage, there’s a certain voice that will not be present on that stage. Knowing that there is a perspective, there is a life experience, there is a vision that must be heard and seen and be present on that stage, and that I have the ability to do that.” Harris, the daughter of an Indian American mother and Jamaican American father , entered the 2020 race with seemingly boundless potential: a compelling personal story and polished political pedigree; a prosecutor’s skill at taking on Trump’s record; and the prospect of drawing significant voting support from black women, who are the backbone of the party. But the opening months of Harris’ campaign have been uneven. She’s faced questions from liberals about her record as a prosecutor in California and has been criticized for appearing cautious and guarded. Her fundraising in the second quarter significantly lagged Biden and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Harris has gained ground recently due to her debate performance, particularly her exchange over race with Biden. She condemned Biden for his comments about working with segregationists in his early years as a Delaware senator and for opposing federally mandated school busing in the 1970s, powerfully explaining that she was abused as a child. Biden appeared taken aback, and later said he wasn’t prepared for Harris’ attack. Harris suggested he should have been. “People want to ask what was going on on that stage. I was not going to stand there and let people rewrite history,” she said. “We can’t write the next chapter without remembering what was in the last chapter. This is not manufactured. It’s something that’s very much a part of my identity.” The moment was striking, and not just because it dented Biden’s standing as a front-runner. Harris’ approach and her willingness to raise on her own, the deep scars of America’s history with race marked a shift from Obama’s first campaign, when he often campaigned as an almost post-racial figure. His most prominent comments on race as a candidate came when his hand was forced and questions were raised about his controversial pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Some Obama advisers worried at the time that the matter might sink his candidacy. Obama, of course, went on to win two terms in the White House. But his victories did not quell America’s racial tensions; if anything, they flared anew during his tenure and have worsened under Trump’s presidency. Harris has faced some of the same questions about her race and citizenship as Obama, prompting her rival campaigns to quickly leap to her defense, but also stirring doubts about whether America is really ready to elect a black woman. “She still has a lot more work to do assuring the American people,” said Linda Walters, a 55-year-old from Rock Hill, South Carolina, pointing to the questions about Harris’ background as proof. “It’s Barack all over again. Kamala is going to have to relieve some people of their fear.” Harris acknowledged the sting of such comments, saying there are moments in the race that have been “very painful.” “For me, it’s an affirmation of what a lot of us know, which is that there’s still a lot of educating to do about who we are,” she said, adding that she is loath to constantly be in position of doing that educating herself. “In my moments of fatigue with it all, I’m like, ‘Look, I’m not running to be a history professor.'” Jill Louis, a Dallas attorney who was Harris’ sorority sister at Howard University, said questions about her electability say more about voters than Harris as a candidate.last_img read more

Schoolboys throatslit body recoveredSchoolboys throatslit body recovered

first_imgMap of JashorePolice recovered the body of a schoolboy with his throat slashed from a field at Sarkati village in Monirampur, Jashore on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was Shimul Hossain, 16, an SSC candidate from Kashimpur High School and son of Rafiqul Islam from Sarkati.Deceased’s mother Poly Begum said Shimul and some of his friends enjoyed a picnic party at Kashimpur High School ground on Monday and returned home in the evening.He was watching television when someone called him over mobile phone around 9:00pm and he went out again, this time never to return.Locals, however, found his body in the crop field in morning around 10:00am and informed the police, she added.On information police recovered the throat-slit body from the field and sent it to Jessore General Hospital for autopsy, said Md Saidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Monirampur police station.last_img read more

Britain not to compromise with EU on BrexitBritain not to compromise with EU on Brexit

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May speaks at the University of Edinburgh before signing the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal in Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 August 2018. Photo: ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May said she would not compromise with Brussels over her plans for Brexit as a media report said rivals in her party were set to publish their own proposal calling for a cleaner break with the European Union.With under two months before Britain and the EU want to agree a deal to end over 40 years of union, May is struggling to sell what she calls her business-friendly Brexit to her own party and across a divided country.The EU has tentatively welcomed what has become known as the Chequers plan which is designed to protect cross-border trade, but difficult negotiations lie ahead.”I will not be pushed into accepting compromises on the Chequers proposals that are not in our national interest,” May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.”The coming months will be critical in shaping the future of our country and I am clear about my mission.”The plan would keep Britain in a free trade zone with the EU for manufactured and agricultural goods. But some Brexit supporters have said that would mean parts of the British economy would still be subject to rules set in Brussels.Two of May’s most senior lawmakers – Boris Johnson and David Davis – quit as foreign secretary and Brexit secretary respectively in July in protest at May’s plan, saying it did not go far enough and would let down the millions of people who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.According to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper, leading Brexiteer lawmakers in May’s party are ready to publish their own plan for Brexit ahead of the party’s annual conference which begins at the end of September.That would be designed to heap pressure on May who needs to get any deal with Brussels through parliamentary votes in Westminster before Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March next year.May reiterated that Britain would be ready to leave the EU without a deal if the two sides cannot agree on the divorce terms.last_img

TravelBrands rolls out rebrand of its wholesale brandsTravelBrands rolls out rebrand of its wholesale brands

first_img Travelweek Group TravelBrands rolls out rebrand of its wholesale brands Posted by Tags: TravelBrands Sharecenter_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has unveiled an updated rebrand across all subsidiaries as a way to streamline its market presence.The rebrand focuses on its products and services available through Access, TravelBrands’ one-stop shop platform, and reflects the company’s vision and strategy to “reduce its brands and focus on stronger market presence while keeping the vast product lines intact”.The new branding has already begun to roll out, with a complete transition by next week.Some notable examples of the updated branding include:TravelBrands Flights, by IntairTravelBrands Cruises, by Encore CruisesTravelBrands Packages, by SunquestTravelBrands Luxury Villas, by LujureTravelBrands Dynamic Packages, by TravelGenieTravelBrands Specialty, by Exotik JourneysAccording to Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO of TravelBrands, the updated branding of its wholesale brands will ultimately assist agents in working smarter, not harder.“We believe that this updated branding will better reflect who TravelBrands is as a leading travel organization,” he said. “By unifying our branding, we are able to simplify and streamline our communications across all channels, bringing TravelBrands to the forefront with our Access platform. I am confident the Canadian travel industry will respond well to our changes.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo learn more go to travelbrandsaccess.com. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more