first_imgHere is a report on all Womens Championship/Shield/Plate matches throughout the quarter finals, semi finals, play-offs and grand finals. This report will be updated as the matches progress. WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISIONS (1st-8th place): Quarter finals: The Womens Championship finals kicked off with QSST showing why they’re ranked number one, an impressive 12-1 victory ending the hopes of TouchWest. NSWCHS showed they’re contenders but may struggle against the QSST side with a hard fought 4-2 win over the Brisbane Cobras, a team QSST beat 12-2 in the pool matches. SQBD piled on the scores in the second half to end the interstate challenge and stop the ACT from going on any further, showing they may just be title contenders. In the closest match of the Womens Championship quarter finals CQ held of the NSWCCC 3-2 with a miracle score in the corner giving them the win. QSST will now face CQ in their semi final, while SQBD will meet NSWCHS. Semi finals: Both NSWCHS and QSST survived scares in their respective semi finals. CQ surprised QSST to be constantly with them throughout the match and QSST looked a little tentative in their toughest match of the tournament so far. NSWCHS led 4-2 at half time but were unable to score from then on, sneaking through to the grand final with a 4-3 win. Play-offs: The ACT came from behind at half time to take the 7th position after scoring three touchdowns in the second half for a 4-3 win over a TouchWest side who have had a great tournament. The Brisbane Cobras secured 5th position with a 9-6 win over NSWCCC. SQBD staked their claim as the strongest non-schools side in 2004, winning the play-off for third against CQ 4-2. Grand finals: The match up between QSST and NSWCHS in the Womens grand final was highly anticipated. With NSWCHS taking the 2003 title, Queensland were out to claim it back and opened the scoring with Emily Hopkin’s great step allowing Gemma Etheridge to cross and score. An intercept from NSW’s Tegan Considine brought the crowd to their feet, which then lifted even more as Queensland’s Teneille Shaw chased 25 metres to touch Considine. With neither team able to score for the remaining time in the first half, it was Nicole McHugh who brought NSW back to even with a touchdown to open the second half. This was as close to winning as NSW would get though, with Queensland’s captain Courtney Hipperson scoring to give them a 2-1 lead. Belinda Hammett dived across the line for a 3-1 advantage to Queensland before the NSW side could bring it back to 3-2 with nine minutes still to play. NSW looked as though they were still in with a chance as the Queensland girls failed to make the most of their opportunities and extend their lead. When Delwyn Tupuhi and Hipperson both added to the Queensland tally, a 5-2 lead was too much for the NSW girls. With five minutes to go the NSW side also lost experienced Australian representative Kirstie Jenkins to an injury and the game was all but over. For Queensland coach Peter Bell, the win was a reward for how hard his players have worked. “They’ve put in a lot of training for this and they’re a great group of girls,” Bell said. Captain Courtney Hipperson agreed. “It feels awesome, we’ve had great teamwork and really bonded as a team, we knew we were good enough to win this and we came here to do that,” Hipperson said. Placings: 1. QSST 2. NSWCHS 3. SQBD 4. CQ 5. Cobras 6. NSWCCC 7. ACT 8. TouchWest WOMENS SHIELD DIVISIONS (9th- 14th place): Quarter finals: Both of the Womens Shield Quarter final matches were decided by drop-offs with NSWCIS continuing their most successful Championships ever, winning 5-4 over NQ. The Mets also won a close 4-3 encounter over fellow Sydney side the Scorpions. Semi finals: The Southern Suns ended the dream run of NSWCIS in their semi final, a 5-4 heartbreaker denying the NSWCIS girls a place in the grand final. While no doubt disappointed, they can be proud of being the highest achieving NSWCIS Womens team ever. SunCoast also won their way through to the Shield grand final with a comfortable 7-3 win over the Sydney Mets. Play-offs: In the Womens Shield play-off for 13th position, the Sydney Scorpions and NQ were deadlocked 1-1 at half time and a single touchdown in the second half gave the Scorpions a 2-1 win. NSWCIS also finished on a high, taking 11th place with a 4-3 win over the Mets. Grand finals: SunCoast won the Womens Shield title with a tight 4-3 win over the Suns. The match was full of diving touches and great runs. Placings: 9. SunCoast 10. Suns 11. NSWCIS 12. Mets 13. Scorpions 14. NQ WOMENS PLATE DIVISIONS (15th-20th place): Quarter finals: The Tasmanian Women were kept scoreless again, as the Hunter Western Hornets scored an easy 7-1 victory in their quarter final; it certainly hasn’t been an easy induction back into the National Championships for the Tasmanian girls. NT made their way through to the Womens Plate semi finals with a controversial win over SA, a scoring dispute was finally sorted out with the promise of video footage if the referees needed it; the final result 6-5 to the NT girls. Semi finals: SWQ and the Hunter-Western Hornets progressed to the grand final for the Womens Plate division, after wins over the NT and Sydney Rebels respectively. SWQ defeated NT 6-1 and the Hornets had a comfortable 8-2 win over an injury-hit Rebels. Play-offs: SA denied Tasmania their first win of the tournament and recorded their own first win in the play-off for 19/20 after a 3-2 win in a drop-off. Ultimately, a positive end for both sides with a tough game to finish. The Sydney Rebels finished on a high, winning the 17/18 play-off 6-5 against the NT in a drop-off. Grand finals: The Hornets, struggling with injuries, had a comfortable 7-4 win in the Womens Plate final over SWQ. Placings: 15. Hornets 16. SWQ 17. Rebels 18. NT 19. South Australia 20. Tasmania By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Scorpions sting Mets to win first women’s open title

first_imgWomen’s open:NSW Scorpions 7 def NSW Mets 6.It has been described the best game of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League.NSW Scorpions ended NSW Mets’ domination in the women’s division by claiming the Elite Eight title in a thriller.A touchdown to Yasmin Meakes with 15 seconds left on the clock gave the Scorpions a 7-6 victory.Three touchdowns were scored in the final minute as the two combatants threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other.The win maintained the Scorpions’ perfect record at the 2014 tournament.It also gave them their first NTL women’s open title.Scorpions’ captain Elesha Dougal said it was an incredible achievement for her team.“People said at the start [of the tournament], ‘errr, I don’t know how they will go’ but we have just proved them all wrong,” Dougal said.“I am so proud of the girls. It was the hardest game we’ve played in and I knew it would be; so credit to our team and credit to Mets. They pushed us.“We believed in ourselves so a full credit to the girls and the coaching staff.”In a match that was tit-for-tat until the final whistle, the Mets opened the scoring first through Botille Veitte-Walsh.Both teams attacked each other’s scoreline but could not get the touchdown.A bit of Kylie Hilder magic put Laura Peattie over for a touchdown to level the scores.The Scorpions hit the lead through Yasmin Meakes but it was cancelled out by Claire Moran’s touchdown in the corner.In the final two minutes, Mets scored twice and Scorpions once, which made the score 4-3 in favour of the two-time champions.Shortly after the break another Hilder pass put Sarah Peattie over the line and levelled the scores again.Scorpions hit the lead when Lizzy Hewitt found the scoreline and immediately after, Mets were disallowed a touchdown due to a forward pass.But it soon did not matter as Kristin Boss scored to level the scores.The final minute had the crowd on the edge of their seats.Scorpions thought they had won it when Rachelle Davis buried her way over the line to score.But Mets’ captain Claire Tandek scored immediately and a drop-off was highly likely.The Scorpions had one last shot and they made it count when Meakes scored the decisive touchdown in the corner with 15 seconds to go.The referees conferred on the field and they were happy for the touchdown to count.Touchdowns: Scorpions 7 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Sarah Peattie, Laura Peattie, Lizzy Hewitt, Rachelle Davis); Mets 6 (Botille Veitte-Walsh 2, Claire Moran, Kirstie Jenkins, Sarah Peattie, Kristin Boss).Player of the final was Danielle Davis (Scorpions) and the player of the series was Tamika Upton (Queensland Country Outlaws).Women’s open final timeline:3rd minute Mets 1-0 Scorpions – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.9th minute 1-all – Laura Peattie touchdown.13th minute Scorpions 2-1 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.14th minute 2-all – Claire Moran touchdown.18th minute Mets 3-2 – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.19th minute 3-all – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.19th minute Mets 4-3 – Kirstie Jenkins touchdown.Half-time – Mets 4-3.23rd minute 4-all – Sarah Peattie touchdown.32nd minute Scorpions 5-4 – Lizzy Hewitt touchdown.36th minute 5-all – Kristin Boss touchdown.39th minute Scorpions 6-5 – Rachelle Davis touchdown.40th minute 6-all – Claire Tandek touchdown.40th minute Scorpions 7-6 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s open final By BEN HARRISlast_img read more

Japan Invests in Samoa’s Only Commercial Port

first_imgzoom Japan has set aside a JPY 3.4 billion (USD 28.3 million) grant-in-aid to improve safety at the only commercial port on the Pacific island state of Samoa – Apia Port.Starting in January 2016, Apia Port will undergo a port safety enhancement project consisting of the rehabilitation of its aids to navigation, upgrades to berthing and docking facilities, and the rehabilitation of the container terminal yard. The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2017.Apia Port handles about 97% of all foreign trade cargoes for the country and is regarded as the lifeline of the country with its lifelihood largely depending upon import and the rest on transportation by sea.Apia Port is connected with South Pacific countries such as New Zealand and Australia, Far East including Japan, United States and Europe, mostly through container and Ro-Ro ships.Irregular services are provided by small cargo vessel and oil tankers and passenger cruise liners cruising the South Pacific call at Apia Port several times a year.The main wharf of Apia Port was constructed in 1966 for conventional cargo handling purposes with the provision of full scale port functions such as a 12m deep and 185m long berth.The new wharf extension (166m) was commissioned in November 2003. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationcenter_img Print  Closelast_img read more

New CEO Taking Helm at Seaspan in 2018

first_imgHong Kong-based containership charter owner Seaspan Corporation will be headed by new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bing Chen, who will also be appointed to the Board of Directors in January, 2018.As informed, Gerry Wang will be retiring as CEO and Director of Seaspan effective November 3rd.Upon Mr. Wang’s retirement, Peter Curtis, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as Seaspan’s interim CEO until Mr. Chen’s arrival, after which he will continue in his current role.Chen served as CEO of BNP Paribas (China) and the General Manager for Trafigura’s Chinese business operation, among other positions. “Mr. Chen has diverse operating and financial business experience as well as strong relationships in our key markets in Asia and Europe. We feel the talents he brings to the table make him an ideal complement to the talents of Peter Curtis, EVP and COO, Mark Chu, General Counsel, and David Spivak, CFO,” David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspan’s Board of Directors, said.Seaspan also announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 and the first nine months of the year.The company reported total revenues of USD 211 million for the third quarter and USD 616.9 million for the nine months, down by 6.2% and 7.2% respectively, compared to the same periods in 2016.The decreases were primarily ascribed to lower average charter rates for vessels that were on short-term charters, partially offset by the delivery of newbuilding vessels in 2016 and 2017.Reported net earnings for the quarter amounted to USD 48.3 million against a loss of USD 184 million from Q3 2016, while for the nine-month period reported net earnings were USD 116.6 million, a major rebound from a corresponding period from last year when Seaspan’s loss came at USD 140.4 million.Since the beginning of the year, Seaspan acquired one 4,250 TEU vessel, accepted delivery of one 14,000 TEU vessel and three 11,000 TEU vessels, and sold two 4,250 TEU vessels, bringing its operating fleet to a total of 90 vessels as at September 30, 2017.Namely, in August and September 2017, Seaspan took delivery of the 11,000 TEU MSC Shuba B, the MSC Shreya B, and the MSC Nitya B. The ships were constructed at HHIC-PHIL and each commenced a 17-year fixed-rate bareboat charter with MSC. Upon completion of the bareboat charter period, MSC is obligated to purchase the vessels for a pre-determined amount.In August 2017, Seaspan entered into fixed-rate time charter contracts with CMA CGM for two 10,000 TEU newbuilding boxships currently under construction at New Jiangsu Shipbuilding and Jiangsu Xinfu Shipbuilding.The two vessels are currently scheduled to deliver in 2018 and, upon delivery, will commence three-year fixed-rate time charters with options to extend for up to an additional three years.Seaspan said that it has entered into advanced discussions on financing these two 10,000 TEU newbuilding containerships with an unnamed financial institution.In August 2017, Seaspan sold two 4,250 TEU vessels the Seaspan Alps and Seaspan Kenya, recording a gain on sale of USD 6.6 million, while the sale of Seaspan Grouse and Seaspan Mourne is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017.In October 2017, Seaspan issued in a public offering an aggregate principal amount of USD 80.0 million of 7.125% senior unsecured notes at a price of USD 25.00 per note. The company used the net proceeds to repay a portion of a secured debt facility.Image Courtesy: Seaspanlast_img read more

NS pulp mill due in court to ask for injunction against fishermens

first_imgHALIFAX — Lawyers for the Northern Pulp mill are due in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today to seek an injunction that would prevent fishermen from blocking survey boats hired to examine a route for an effluent pipeline.Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Northern Pulp’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada, confirmed the mill is seeking an interim injunction to prevent blockades of the survey work in the Northumberland Strait.A group of fishermen has stated they would block any survey boats from entering the Strait.The plan to put treated effluent from its Abercrombie, N.S., mill into the strait has raised the ire of the fishermen, the P.E.I. government and even Hollywood actor Ellen Page, who is from Halifax.The wider Gulf of St. Lawrence fisheries region is home to lobster and crab fisheries that brought in over $1.2 billion worth of catch in 2016.The Nova Scotia government has committed to stopping the flow of effluent to the heavily polluted Boat Harbour lagoon by Jan. 31, 2020.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

World Cup 2018 Morocco Had 5th Best National Anthem

Rabat- The Moroccan national anthem has been ranked 5th best among the anthems of the 32 nations that participated in the 2018 World Cup.The ranking was done by British outlet the Telegraph, which, explaining that national symbols are part and parcel of the World Cup, said that it made the assessment in terms of the “biggest tune,” “most powerful effect on players,” and “silliest trumps.”The British outlet described Morocco’s national anthem as having an “excellent opening bit” that is “very cinematic” and “sounds like the beginning of an epic battle.” After the “excellent opening bit” come lots of “cutlery, evocative chromatics, and a powerful sense of being somewhere quite hot.” It all finally “seemed to juice the Morocco team up nicely.”National colors and national anthems constitute an essential part of the World Cup, as each country sends players with the mindset of soldiers or national representatives dreaming of conquest and triumph.More than a show of technical skills and athletic energy, the tournament is essentially about each player’s determination to show the world a positive representation of their countries.The anthems of the other African countries did not fare as well in the Telegraph’s rankings. Senegal and Egypt came in 19th and 20th respectively, whereas Nigeria came in 22nd, followed by Tunisia in 23rd.Only the anthems of France (1st), Colombia (2nd), Mexico (3rd), and Brazil (4th) beat the Moroccan national fervor during the group phase of this year’s World Cup. read more

Negotiators open monthlong talks on protocol to bioweapons treaty

The meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction aims to finalize a verification protocol to the treaty.The Group is mandated to complete negotiations on the protocol “as soon as possible” before the Convention’s next Review Conference, which is scheduled to take place from 19 November to 7 December. The Biological Weapons Convention was the first treaty in history to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It opened for signature on 10 April 1972 and came into force on 26 March 1975, after 22 governments ratified it. Currently, under the treaty, 143 States have committed themselves not to develop, produce or possess biological and toxic weapons. read more

Greens 7 3s lead Washington by Eastern Washington 8359

SEATTLE — Dominic Green hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points, David Crisp added 14 points and Washington cruised past Eastern Washington 83-59 on Tuesday night.After taking two of three games during the Vancouver Shootout last week, the Huskies (5-2) opened a relatively quiet week with a romp against an in-state opponent. Washington made it look easy thanks largely to its 3-point shooting with Green leading the way.The Huskies made 12 of 28 3-pointers. Green was 7 of 10 on 3s, finishing two off the school record of nine 3s set by Ryan Appleby in February 2008 against Oregon State. Green’s previous high was six 3-pointers last season against Bethune-Cookman.Jesse Hunt led Eastern Washington (1-4) with 15 points, but the Eagles simply did not have answers for Washington’s hot shooting.Washington came out of its three games in Vancouver, British Columbia last week in search for more consistent shooting and ultimately a third scorer to complement Jaylen Nowell and Noah Dickerson.Green could end up being one of those scoring options if he becomes less streaky with his 3-point shot. Green has shown flashes through his career of being a premier shooter, but it’s been spotty. At times he can’t miss. Other times he can’t hit anything.Tuesday was one of those nights where Green couldn’t really miss. He hit four 3-pointers in the first half and even his misses looked like they could have dropped.Green hit his seventh 3 in transition with 11 minutes left. He had a good look from the corner moments later, but the potential eighth 3-pointer rimmed out. He never took another shot from deep, a couple of times making a pass rather than taking a contested shot.Green checked out for good with just over six minutes remaining.Washington led by as many as 18 in the first half and 27 late in the second.BIG PICTUREEastern Washington: The Eagles dropped to 0-3 this season against Power Five schools having previously lost to Syracuse and Oregon. The Eagles have one more game against a Pac-12 opponent when they travel to Stanford on Dec. 15.Washington: The Huskies played the first half without Dickerson, their second-leading scorer, because he was not feeling well. He scored his first basket with 16:50 remaining on the low block and finished with seven points in 11 minutes. … Green’s previous career-high of 20 points came against Western Kentucky in November 2016. … Nowell flirted with a triple-double, finishing with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.UP NEXTEastern Washington: The Eagles will face Seattle on Saturday.Washington: The Huskies will host UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.Tim Booth, The Associated Press read more

Facebook App Lets Users Stalk the Newly Single

first_imgLooking to snag someone on the rebound? That’s kind of the whole point of social networking, right? It’s certainly the raison d’etre for the not-so-subtly titled “Breakup Notifier.” The app trolls Facebook for you, so you can comfort and eventually needle your way into the arms of a newly single friend–just like a good friend should.The app lets you make a list of the friends/coworkers/classmates who you’d like to, you know, get to know better. It’ll send you an alter every time someone on that list changes their relationship status to single. As the app’s tagline puts it, “You like someone. They’re in a relationship. Be the first to know when they’re out of it.”That’s not creepy at all, right? I’m asking for a friend.last_img read more

Mourinho applauds Ronaldo calls him special

first_imgAfter yesterday’s match at Sochi, Jose Mourinho applauded his former player Cristiano Ronaldo as a player for “special matches” following his hat-trick that helped Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain on Friday.Ronaldo scored a hat-trick alongside a powerful late free-kick, to ensure Portugal claimed a point from a thrilling Group B opener and Mourinho who managed Ronaldo during his time with Real Madrid showered his fellow Portuguese with praises, according to Sky Sport.“He knew. He knew and that’s what I really admire in some players and he is a great example,” said Mourinho in his role as a pundit for Russia Today.“There are players for some matches, there are players for every matches and there are players for special matches. And the players for special matches are the ones.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“His [free-kick] record lately is not the best, I think for every free-kick he takes in the national team, he is not scoring as much as he did for Manchester United and for the first years in Real Madrid.“But this one is the critical one, this one is a crucial point, it can affect the self-esteem, the self-confidence, the way to appear in the next two matches, the rivalry, what it means for Portuguese people who is at home. And he has this little touch, this little feeling and the goal is fantastic.”While Ronaldo was the star of the show in Sochi, he was helped on his way to a hat-trick by an error from Manchester United David de Gea.last_img read more

Myanmar not implementing deal with Bangladesh

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith has expressed his doubt about the Rohingya repatriation, saying the Myanmar government does not live up to its commitment, reports UNB.I’ve a lot of doubt about the Rohingya repatriation by the Myanmar government as they don’t keep their commitment,` he told reporters after a meeting with a delegation of British donor agency DFID at his office on Tuesday. Muhith said the DFID delegation discussed the issues mainly related to the Rohingya repatriation.The delegation members praised the Bangladesh prime minister’s steps over the Rohingya issue, he said.The finance minister said the delegation will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. `Although they wanted to visit Myanmar as well, the authorities denied them entry to Rakkhine state,’he said.He said the government has taken a move to rehabilitate the Rohingyas in Bhasan Char, an island in Noakhali. Those who entered Bangladesh before the recent exodus of Rohingyas will get shelter in Bhasan Char Island and their number might be about 300,000. We can’t take care of one million Rohingyas.”Muhith said an allocation will be made in the upcoming budget for this purpose as a proposal was sent to his ministry from the prime minister’s office. `But I can’t say about the specific figure of the allocation at this stage of budget preparation.”He said the disaster management and relief ministry will implement the Bhasan Char project for Rohingyas. Bangladeshi locals will also remain there as its habitants alongside the displaced Myanmar nationals.Mentioning that the entire world except China and Russia is supporting Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue, the finance minister said the crisis might not be resolved soon as Myanmar is not implementing the agreement signed with Bangladesh.Meanwhile, a delegation of Hindu community leaders along with religious affairs minister Matior Rahman met the finance minister at his office.About the outcome of the meeting with the Hindu delegation, Muhith said at the request of the delegation, he will make an allocation of Tk 1 billion in the next budget for the welfare of the Hindu community.But the money will be spent on different welfare projects following the government’s approval, he said, adding that the amount will be added to a previous allocation of Tk 1 billion under the Hindu Welfare Trust formed by the government.last_img

HC asks Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 5m to Russel

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Thursday directed the owner of Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 5 million by 10 April to Russel Sarkar who lost his leg in an accident on 28 April, last year, reports UNB.A HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a petition.The HC also warned that it would confiscate all the buses of the transport company if it fails to pay the amount within the stipulated time. “If you fail to pay, stop selling bus tickets from 11 April to avoid public sufferings,” said the court.Russel, 23, a private car driver, lost his leg on 28 April last year as a bus of Green Line Paribahan had hit his vehicle from behind on Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar on that day. He got down from his car and signaled the bus to stop but driver Kabir Hossain drove his coach over him and fled the scene. Russel’s left leg got severed from his thigh down.Earlier in the day, the court summoned the manager of Green Line Paribahan and asked him to appear before the court by 2pm and explain his failure to provide Tk 50 million Russel Sarkar.Following the order, general manager of the transport company Abdus Sattar appeared before the court and informed it that the owner of the company went to India for treatment on 29 March and will return on 9 April.The court also fixed 10 April to announce its verdict on the case.Khandaker Shamsul Haq Reza stood for the petitioner while lawyer Ajiullah represented Green Line.Earlier on 31 March, the Appellate Division upheld a High Court Division order asking Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 5 million to accident victim Russel Sarkar.A four-member Appellate Division bench, headed led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order rejecting an appeal by the company seeking a stay on the High Court’s order.Later, the HC bench on 31 March asked the Green Line Paribahan authorities to submit a progress report after providing the compensation money.But as the Green Line Paribahan authorities failed to comply with the court order, the High Court expressed its annoyance and said the operation of Green Line Paribahan service would be suspended if they fail to provide the compensation money to the victim, if needed.The High Court also said all the vehicles of Green Line Paribahan will be put on auction after confiscating those to provide the compensation.Earlier on 14 May last year, the High Court asked Green Line Paribahan to explain within four weeks why Russel should not get Tk 10 million as compensation.On 12 March this year, the court ordered the company to pay Tk 5 million to Russel in two weeks as compensation and for his treatment.last_img read more

Ministry of AYUSH goes for centralised data collection of patients

first_imgKolkata: Union Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has initiated efforts for centralised collection of data regarding the number of patients being treated by the various institutions of AYUSH across the country.The ministry has already taken initiatives for the collection of morbidity statistics pertaining to various systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. In assistance with Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani research councils, the ministry has developed Morbidity Codes and Standard Terminologies of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine. The centralised portal developed for this purpose is recognised as National AYUSH Morbidity and Standardized Terminologies Portal (NAMSTP). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the ministry, the portal has the potential to revolutionise morbidity statistics data collection and may have a huge impact on the future policy making decision by bringing to light the contributions of various AYUSH systems in the healthcare delivery system of the country.The key features of the portal includes the Morbidity Codes and Standardized Terminologies of all the AYUSH systems for unambiguous reporting, electronic data submission through individual institution login IDs and also an integrated Electronic Health Records (EHR) system for detailed data collection for individual institutions. It may be mentioned that the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and Ministry of AYUSH have jointly conducted a two-day training programme on documentation of information on the National AYUSH Morbidity and Standardized Terminologies Portal (NAMSTP). Around 74 nominated AYUSH professionals from across the country took part in the training. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRajesh Kotecha, the Union AYUSH secretary, has emphasised on taking forward the documentation of Morbidity Statistics across all healthcare setups in the country in a sustainable manner. He further stressed the mandatory requirements of AYUSH colleges and institutions funded by the Ministry of AYUSH under various schemes. He said it would facilitate in mass documentation of AYUSH morbidity statistics in an effective manner. He also urged the AYUSH professionals, who are undergoing training, must take initiative to disseminate the capacity building in an effective manner across the stakeholders in different states.World Health Organisation (WHO) has already tied up with the Ministry of AYUSH to chalk out a detailed plan on how traditional modes of treatment can be adopted in foreign countries. The AYUSH Ministry also signed ‘Project Collaboration Agreement’ (PCA) with the WHO for co-operation on promoting the quality, safety, and effectiveness of serving provision in traditional and complementary medicine.last_img read more

The Hilariously Botched Coronation Ceremony of Queen Victoria

first_imgQueen Victoria’s reign of 63 years was, until February 2017, the longest ever rule by a British monarch (now Queen Elizabeth II holds that honor). Yet however successful and glorious Victoria’s time on the throne might have been, her coronation was beset by disaster.When she was born, she stood fifth in line to the throne and an unlikely contender. However, her father along with his brothers and their heirs all died before William IV did on June 20, 1837, leaving Victoria as the next monarch.Queen Victoria aged 80, 1899.Victoria was 18-years-old at the time but it is reported that she conducted herself very regally and calmly.Despite being just 4ft 11 (not quite one and a half meters), she still managed to be seen and heard at the meeting of her privy council — even if she had to be seated on a raised platform to do it.A 1859 portrait of Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.Her coronation was held on June 28, 1838, almost a year later. Victoria kept a journal and wrote on her coronation day: “I shall remember this day as the proudest of my life.” As it turned out, she had great cause to be proud since she managed to get through five hours of bungling and mistakes with the grace and patience of a true queen.Victoria’s journey to Westminster Abbey was witnessed by an astonishing number of people, since the opening of the railways made it easier for people to reach London.St. Margaret Church, Westminster Abbey in London, England.Since the ceremony was so long, the queen changed her outfit twice. When not required before the main altar, Victoria and others would retreat into St Edward’s chapel. She noted in her journal afterwards just how appalled she was to find it in such a state:“I then again descended from the Throne, and then repaired with all the Peers bearing the Regalia, my Ladies and Train-bearers, to St Edward’s Chapel, as it is called; but which, as Lord Melbourne said, was more unlike a Chapel than anything he had ever seen; for, what was called an Altar was covered with sandwiches, bottles of wine etc.”Sir George Hayter’s view of the coronation.Part of any coronation involves the placing of the crown on the monarch’s head. While this seemed to go without any mishap, problems arose when the Archbishop of Canterbury tried to put the Coronation Ring on the queen’s finger. The ring was sized for Victoria’s pinky finger but the Archbishop tried to force it onto her fourth finger.According to Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian, poor Victoria really struggled to get the ring off after the ceremony and was forced to soak her hand in ice-water to try and reduce the swelling.Coronation of Queen Victoria by Edmund Thomas Parris.The Bishop of Durham apparently didn’t do much better since he gave her the ceremonial orb at the wrong moment.But the clergyman to make the gravest mistake had to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who accidentally turned over two pages of the Order of Service at once. Unfortunately, it was quite a crucial bit that he missed out, forcing him to call Victoria back so that he could do it again properly.Coronation of Queen Victoria by John Martin, depicting the Queen advancing to the edge of the platform to meet Lord Rolle.As part of the ceremony, peers of the realm were expected to come before the queen and pay their respects. Lord John Rolle was the largest landowner in Devon at the time and was 88 years old.As he started to ascend the steps toward the new queen, he not only fell over but rolled down the steps. Luckily, despite his infirmity, he was unhurt. He got himself up and started up the stairs again, determined to do his duty.Sir George Hayter’s coronation portrait of the Queen.Charles Greville, a diarist of the time, wrote of Victoria’s astonishing act of kindness upon seeing Rolle fall down:“[The Queen’s] first impulse was to rise, and when afterwards he came again to do homage she said, “May I not get up and meet him?” and then rose from the throne and advanced down one or two of the steps to prevent his coming up, an act of graciousness and kindness which made a great sensation. It is, in fact, the remarkable union of naiveite, kindness, nature, good-nature, with propriety and dignity, which makes her so admirable and so endearing to those around her.”The crown made for Queen Victoria.Victoria might have been gracious, but others were not so kind-hearted. Poor Lord Rolle found himself not only the subject of a painting by John Martin the next year which depicted the event, but also included in a poem by the humourist poet, Richard Harris Barham.In Mr Barney Maguire’s Account of the Coronation, Barham penned the following verse:Then the trumpets braying, and the organ playing, And the sweet trombones, with their silver tones; But Lord Rolle was rolling; — t’was mighty consoling To think his Lordship did not break his bones!According to historian Roy Strong, Victoria’s coronation was the last in a long line of botched ceremonies, since the Victorians subsequently put together a programme that has been used ever since.Read another story from us: Royal Family Scandal: The Friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian ServantWith Victoria on the throne for 63 years, they certainly had a lot of time to plan the next one properly.last_img read more

5 Misconceptions SmallBusiness Owners Have About Big Data

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Data is not a new conversation, yet small businesses still have many misconceptions about how data may be valuable to their business. In the past, only large brands could afford to implement data into their business efforts. Today, however, data is accessible to businesses of all sizes — including yours. Overlooking this new reality occurs far too often and for all the wrong reasons. With this in mind, it is imperative for small businesses to finally overcome the various misconceptions about data and their businesses.  Misconception No. 1: Human touch outweighs anything automated. Entrepreneurs are a unique breed that deliver passion, excitement and cognitive abilities unlike many of their corporate peers when it comes to nurturing a business. The human touch that they offer is undoubtedly a significant aspect of what makes many entrepreneurs successful — yet this same human touch can potentially inhibit success if it is employed at the expense of data collection.Related: The Hidden Advantages Data-Drive Sales Teams Have“One of the most common misconceptions is that people believe they will always outperform computers in their decision-making process. That may have been the case in the past, but with the complexity of today’s markets and the advancement of technology, this assumption no longer holds true,” says Victor Rosenman, CEO of Feedvisor.Expanding on this, Rosenman shares what many of us already know but too often need to be reminded.“All business owners are constantly required to make critical decisions, and the most effective decisions are not based on gut feelings, but on facts and data.”With a reported 28 million small businesses in America, there is too much competition to dismiss the value that data can bring to your business. Combined with human touch, data is a powerful asset that small businesses should leverage instead of dismiss.Misconception No. 2: Revenue will not be enhanced due to data. Small businesses come in all forms, but the common denominator is that they need to make money. Using data — including artificial intelligence — small-business owners can save time and money when applying data solutions to their businesses. Related: The Secret to Outpacing Your Rival? Competitive Insights.“Artificial intelligence gives small-business owners and entrepreneurs the ability to run a lean operation. There are solutions in AI that range from automated call software to market intelligence to retail inventory management and even to sales, such as Salesforce’s Einstein software recently launched using IBM’s Watson technology. The key here is automation, as AI can speed up or eliminate manual processes altogether. Ultimately, these tools offer insights into operations and keep costs low while enabling businesses to function at a much higher level, and see higher revenue as a result,” explains Igor Gorin, CEO of Astound Commerce.Using data, companies can analyze what has taken place within their businesses, leveraging the findings to make future decisions. With this in mind, relying solely on human instincts is a risky proposition.Misconception No. 3: Data should immediately solve problems. Instant gratification is nice, but instant gratification isn’t always the solution.“The view of cognitive systems as brains that automatically solve any problem is a popular misconception. These tools are ideally suited to do things like scale human expertise and augment human intelligence,” IBM’s Brandon Buckner recently explained.Keeping what Buckner says in mind, consider how technology can support your business rather than take the lead. Technologies such as Watson Explorer — which is a platform that gives businesses access to various data touchpoints to help drive business performance and growth — is an example of how businesses can benefit in their decision-making and ROI thanks to using technology. Using data, small-business owners can then make stronger decisions on future business strategies.  Related: Death to Automation: Bring Back the HumansMisconception No. 4: Data is too broad for niche businesses.  Strategizing ideas will always be on an entrepreneur’s to-do list, and it’s these moments that often shape the future of businesses. Yet too often, small businesses neglect to use data to also help shape their future, a mistake that can be both costly and potentially fatal.“Entrepreneurs are people of conviction with big ideas. Unless their service or product revolves around data, data analysis probably isn’t their expertise. Without a specialist within the business, data gathering and analysis is often pushed to the side for priorities that are more directly connected to bringing a product or service to market . . . which is a shame because data can help an entrepreneur make the necessary pivots to improve a business very early on. One of the things we’ve seen from the Fiverr marketplace is a sharp increase over the last year in data analysis services, growing 243 percent year over year,” shares Brent Messenger, global head of community at Fiverr.com, an online marketplace offering tasks and services beginning at just $5 per job performed.With data analysis services such as those available at Fiverr.com being both affordable and easy to access, the costs involved with data can no longer be an excuse for niche market businesses. In fact, data can sometimes even be free for small businesses, which leads us to our final misconception.Related: From Corner Office to Field Ops: 4 Ways to Make Data More ActionableMisconception No. 5: Collecting data will cost too much money. Not much is free nowadays, but fortunately you can collect data for free with Google’s web-traffic monitoring tool Google Analytics, which provides all types of data about website visitors and traffic sources. Using this, businesses can extract data to reveal valuable information including how audiences engage on their websites, origins of website traffic and more.Expanding on the value of data for small businesses is Dan Wilkinson, chief commercial officer of 1WorldSync, who explains that “small businesses are often under the assumption that they should be managing their company and customer data themselves through manual processes to save on the costs of a data provider. Many entrepreneurs take this task upon themselves, spending massive amounts of time and resources inputting, updating and exchanging data with customers and partners. What they don’t realize is that by investing in a solution that can collect and distribute content for them, they can expand their network of partners, eliminate errors and enhance consumer trust.”Related: 4 Things You Can Do to Make Data Work For YouAs Wilkinson points out, time is money — and often it takes spending money to both save time and gain opportunities to make more money. Keeping this in mind, there are many resources available that are small business friendly without breaking the bank. Among them are Tranzlogic, InsightSquared and IBM’s Watson Analytics — all of which offer valuable ways for small businesses to strengthen their overall business efforts through data. Finally, as you begin to introduce data into your own small business, consider the core reason that data is essential. It all directs back to your customers and target market.“It’s important to start with the customer in mind and find tools that give you insight into that customer’s journey to purchase,” says Mark Sullivan, director of demand generation at CallRail.When used correctly, data becomes a powerful tool for driving efficiency, accuracy and increased revenue for your business while also helping to better understand your customer, target market and competition.From increasing customer loyalty to improving inventory management to strengthening B2B relationships, let data help you along the way in your unique small business journey. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read March 17, 2017last_img read more

Killer Deal MSI GV62 Laptop with Fortnite Bundle Just 699

first_img Behold! MSI Awesome 49-inch Curved Gaming Monitor!MSI just unveiled its ridiculously wide, 49-inch gaming monitor, and all we want to do is play Project Cars on it.Keywords:Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/msi-gv62-fortnite-bundle-sale?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:2001:20Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement The MSI GV62  has all the hallmarks of a solid gaming laptop, sans the high price tag.For a limited time, Walmart has this GTX 1060-based laptop for $699. That’s $300 off and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for any GTX 1060-based laptop, which typically start at $900 or more.Buy on WalmartUnder the hood, the MSI GV62 packs a 15.6-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz Core i5-8300H quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, and a GTX 1060 3GB video card. All that power translates into a powerful gaming rig for everyday gamers.In terms of ports, the laptop offers everything a gamer could need including Ethernet, HDMI, USB Type-C, and USB 2.0 connectivity. There’s also an SD card slot that lets you quickly transfer media files. AdvertisementAs an added bonus, this lapt0p comes with a Fortnite bundle that includes 2,000 V-Bucks ($25 value), Street Ops Pack ($25 value), and Street Ops skin.If you want to make the jump to a six-core processor, Walmart also has the MSI GL63 with a 2.2GHz Core i7-8750 six-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD with 1TB HDD, and GTX 1060 video card for $1,099, which is $400 off its regular retail price.For more laptop deals, be sure to follow our Best Laptop Deals coverage.Best Laptop Deals for Christmas 2018 Best Gaming Laptops 2018 Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000last_img read more

Bakkies collide on N11 causing traffic delays

first_imgTwo bakkies collided earlier today (August 23) on the N11 (Newcastle road) near the Thompson Road intersection.Public Safety officers and emergency personnel responded to the scene.Two people were treated by paramedics for slight injuries sustained and then taken to hospital.Also read: Woman killed in horror crash at Limit Hill robotsAlso read: 2 injured as vehicle rolls near Ladysmith’s Indoor Sports Complex WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Public Safety officers conducted traffic control. Traffic delays were caused due to motorists passing the scene with caution.Towing services also responded to the scene of the crash.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

OSMFs OpenStreetMap Foundation investigation report on unusual membership signups just before their

first_imgOpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF), the world’s largest collaborative mapping community, saw some unusual rise in signups for their memberships, in November 2018. Guillaume Rischard, an MWG(Members of the Working Group) member (and then-board candidate), detected that a large group of OSMF membership applications arrived under suspicious circumstances just when the window for eligibility for voting in the 2018 board election was closing. He later reported this issue to the board on 20th November 2018. Rischard along with another  OSMF MWG member, Steve Friedl released an investigation report on this issue, on 26th December 2018. The report was released to other OSMF members exactly a month later, on 26th Jan 2019. The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a non-profit company registered in England and Wales, “supporting, but not controlling, the OpenStreetMap Project”. The OSMF calls for an online general meeting once a year, where they elect new members for the board of directors. The board, however, did not pass a circular resolution that would have rejected these signups. The Membership Working Group (MWG), whose duties include the administration of OSMF memberships, undertook an investigation into the circumstances around this matter. According to the report, some of the observations that were brought to light include: All were Associate members; there’s usually a mix of membership types. All had @gmail.com addresses. Almost none provided OSM usernames; this is very unusual. Many were associated with the IP address of GlobalLogic, an outsourcing firm in India operating in the OSM/mapping world. All came in at the last minute in a very concentrated manner. Rischard in his email addressing his fellow OSMF members wrote, “We have uncovered evidence that the company behind the campaign, GlobalLogic, is not being truthful, and that the members did not sign up individually. GlobalLogic has provided versions of the event that are contradictory and not credible. We do not know the motivations for this campaign, but strongly suspect that this was an attempt, luckily unsuccessful, to influence the recent OSMF board election.” In their report, they have stated that “these new members were not eligible to vote in the 2018 AGM, and unless they renew again next year, probably won’t be able to vote in December 2019.” To know more about this news in detail, read the report, “Investigation into the Unusual Signups”. Read Next SEC’s EDGAR system hacked; allowing hackers to allegedly make a profit of $4.1 million via insider trading Hyatt Hotels launches public bug bounty program with HackerOne Black Hat hackers used IPMI cards to launch JungleSec Ransomware, affects most of the Linux servers.last_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – A woman said in a lawsuit fi

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A woman said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Russell Simmons raped her at his Los Angeles home in 2016, joining five other women who have publicly levelled rape allegations against the music mogul.Simmons, a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, denied the newest allegations as he did the previous ones.The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court and seeks $5 million in damages, says Jennifer Jarosik went to Simmons’ home in August 2016 for a meeting about a documentary she was making and Simmons had agreed to help produce.The suit says he tried to have sex with her at the meeting. He raped her when she refused, throwing her on the bed and at one point knocking her on the floor, the suit said.Simmons said in a statement that the allegations in the suit are “absolutely untrue.”“I look forward to having my day in court — where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known,” Simmons said in a statement.He did not address the specific claims in Jarosik’s lawsuit, saying, “I will not litigate this matter in the media.”But in the lengthy statement he says that the allegations of women against him range “from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful.”“These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” Simmons said.Three women told the New York Times in a story published in December that Simmons had raped them in the 1980s or 1990s, including an executive who answered to Simmons at his record label, Def Jam Recordings.Two other women, a model and a screenwriter, previously alleged that Simmons raped them in 1991.Jarosik had told friends about the rape but did not go public or call authorities because she partly blamed herself for not having the strength to fight him off, the suit said.Jarosik, 37, said she was prompted to come forward after hearing other women’s stories about Simmons.The women’s stories came in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere.Simmons, whose company Def Jam made stars of hip-hop artists such as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, is one of the few music industry icons caught up in the recent wave of allegations that so-far has struck mostly those in the movie industry, journalism and politics.“The music industry and the hip-hop industry have a history of misogyny and the exploitation of women,” Jarosik’s attorney Perry Wander told The Associated Press. “It’s time that they faced the music.” 6th woman alleges rape by Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presents the Vanguard Award on stage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. A Los Angeles woman is suing Simmons, alleging he raped her at his home in 2016. An attorney for 37-year-old Jennifer Jarosik filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 6:06 am PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more