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2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kits

first_img Akshay Ramesh MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 11:06 IST Australia have been winning a lot of hearts with their retro kits in the ongoing ODI series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne has said a lot of people have approved his suggestion of teams playing in retro kitsAustralia are currently playing a three-match ODI series against India in their retro kitsThe 2019 Cricket World Cup, which will be played by 10 teams, will start from May 30 in EnglandLegendary leg spinner has suggested to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that the 10 teams at the World Cup in England play the quadrennial tournament in their retro kits. The showpiece event of the sport starts from May 30 in the Old Blighty.Shane Warne took to social media and said that a lot of people had given thumbs up for his suggestion about the retro kits. A lot of people loving my suggestion about bringing the retro kit back for the World Cup this year in the UK. Let’s do it @ICC & @ECB_cricket !!!! (sic), Warne wrote on Twitter.Warne’s suggestion comes even as the Australian men’s cricket team are playing in their retro kits in the ongoing three-match ODI series against Virat Kohli’s India.The green and gold kits that Australia are donning in the series was first used by Allan Border’s side during an ODI series against India in 1986.India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd ODIpic.twitter.com/yHSNfjZsiR12th Man (@Splendordeflame) January 18, 2019Would be great to wear the 99 world cup kit at this year’s world cupJohnny Goring (@jgorza78) January 18, 20191992 one is iconic and 1999 is vibrant, either of them will be wonderful.Ganesh Shelke (@ganeshshelke272) January 18, 2019And handlebar moustaches @ShaneWarneSameer (@SameerN7) January 18, 2019Veteran pacer Peter Siddle, who had played his first ODI in nine years in Sydney last week, said the Australia players were so impressed with the kits that they opened the packages and tried it even before the series opener.advertisement”It’s pretty awesome actually. We found out the other day we were going to be in it, so the boys were a bit excited to get their pack and open up and check it out,” Siddle had said.”Everyone is very impressed.”The Australia team have won a lot of hearts as the retro kits have become a huge hit among the cricket fraternity. Incidentally, Australia began the ODI series against India on a high by beating the visitors by 34 runs in the first ODI.The retro kits have also been sold at all three venues of the ongoing ODI series.Retro kits have been common sightings in the stands as cricket fans often wear kits from the past. Such kits are also quite popular on e-commerce sites.Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionAlso Read | Watch: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s dead ball delivered from behind the stumpsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Shane WarneFollow Australia retro kitsFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Allan Border retro jersey 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kitsIndia vs Australia: Aaron Finch-led Australia cricket team are playing their ongoing ODI series against Virat Kohli’s Team India in the retro kits that were used during a corresponding series by Allan Border’s side in 1986.advertisementlast_img read more

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Chief Justice Urges Timely Disposal of Cases as Home Circuit Easter Session Opens

first_img Chief Justice, Hon. Brian Sykes, is urging greater stakeholder collaboration and effort in ensuring the timely disposal of court cases, and reduction in the backlog of matters for trial. Story Highlights Mr. Sykes indicated that as part of measures to assist personnel with matters such as case scheduling, training sessions are being programmed for this year. Mr. Sykes said judges, attorneys, clerks and the police have a responsibility to ensure that the judicial system operates as efficiently and effectively as possible. Chief Justice, Hon. Brian Sykes, is urging greater stakeholder collaboration and effort in ensuring the timely disposal of court cases, and reduction in the backlog of matters for trial.He made the call during Wednesday’s (April 4) opening of the Easter Term of the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, for which 958 cases are listed.Mr. Sykes said judges, attorneys, clerks and the police have a responsibility to ensure that the judicial system operates as efficiently and effectively as possible.He said this includes ensuring that court proceedings commence on time; that cases are properly prepared for trial, and that there is timely scheduling of matters to avoid deferments; and that persons in custody are brought to court on time on the days when their matters are scheduled.Mr. Sykes indicated that as part of measures to assist personnel with matters such as case scheduling, training sessions are being programmed for this year.He said it is anticipated that these will get under way by September, once the requisite resources and support are in place, and urged the relevant personnel to avail themselves of these opportunities.Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewelyn, in providing a breakdown of the cases for the Easter Term, which runs until July 31, indicated that 886 of the 958 matters were carried over from the Hilary Session, 26 are new committals, with another 46 listed for sentencing.Of the 886 traversed matters, 476 are for various offences, including murder and attempted murder, manslaughter, wounding with intent, burglary, forgery/fraud, and bigamy. The remaining 410 matters are for a number of sexual offences.The 26 new cases include murder, robbery with aggravation, possession of identity information as well as sexual offences.Prior to his address, Mr. Sykes, along with the Custodes of Kingston and St. Andrew, Hon. Steadman Fuller and Hon. Patricia Dunwell, respectively, were given the General Salute by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which paraded in front of the Supreme Court on King Street in downtown Kingston.The officials also inspected the guard of honour formed by the police.last_img read more

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NSW Port Authority Strikes Deal with MUA

first_imgzoom The Port Authority of New South Wales has averted industrial action Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members were planning to take on board pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany.The strike was announced last week and was scheduled to take place on 28 & 29 April amid failure to bring to a close negotiations over a replacement enterprise agreement.However, as the Port Authority of New South Wales signed an in-principle agreement on Monday, following negotiations with the MUA and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) over a replacement Enterprise Agreement for its Sydney workforce which have been ongoing since March 2014, the industrial action plan has been called off.The agreement covers all of the outstanding issues and brings the negotiations to a close, GAC Australia said.As a result, the Port Authority of New South Wales informed that ‘business as usual’ at the port will take immediate effect.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra Voices Robot Elephant For PETA

first_imgSchoolchildren will now have the chance to learn about and get up close and personal with an ex-captive elephant, thanks to PETA’s life-sized mechanical model named Ellie, who’s voiced by Priyanka Chopra, the star of fall’s smash-hit new show Quantico.PETA’s Robot ElephantEllie is starting a school tour that will take her all over the U.S., Europe, and even Chopra’s native India. She’ll talk to young people about her separation from her mother as a baby, the physical punishment she endured in the circus, and, finally, her happy life at a sanctuary after her rescue.“Elephants are truly magnificent creatures, who desperately need our help and protection. Ellie and I are teaching kids that elephants belong in the wild with their families and that they suffer greatly in captivity, in which they’re kept chained, forced to learn tricks, and deprived of all the things that make them happy, like family and freedom,” says Chopra. “I couldn’t be more proud to join PETA in bringing Ellie’s story to life for children everywhere, with the hope of instilling the idea of compassion and kindness for living creatures of all kinds.”Elementary school students are already responding with rave reviews and questions about circus life for elephants. One student at Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland, California, asked, “Why don’t circuses just use robots instead?” And a student at Prairie Elementary in Sacramento, California, shouted, “It’s a miracle!” after watching Ellie move.PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — has gathered extensive video and photographic evidence showing circus trainers and handlers as they jab elephants, including babies, with bullhooks (weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp metal hook on one end). Ringling Bros. keeps elephants, tigers, and other animals on the road for up to 50 weeks a year, and when they aren’t being forced to perform — under the threat of punishment — they’re usually shackled in chains or locked away in cramped cages.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Reading the BoC tea leavesEconomists and investors will be all ears when senior deputy Bank of Canada governor Carolyn Wilkins delivers a speech in Montebello, Que., on Thursday. After the BoC’s most recent rate hike in January, Wilkins said the central bank is keeping a close eye on a number of risk factors — including NAFTA renegotiations — when considering possible future rate increases.Pedal to the metal?Statistics Canada data will provide an indication about whether the job market is still on fire when it releases the labour force survey for January on Friday. December’s survey showed that the national unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than 40 years as Canada closed out a calendar year that saw it produce jobs at its fastest pace since 2002.Fairweather friendsBCE Inc. holds a conference call at 8 a.m. to discuss its 2018 guidance and fourth-quarter/year-end results on Thursday. The telecom giant has banded together with other large organizations to create FairPlay Canada, a lobby group that is calling for a new federal agency to locate and shut down websites that are portals for illegally obtained video and audio content.Swooping into the black?WestJet Airlines discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Tuesday. The Calgary-based airline announced on Thursday that Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20. The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax.Thomson Reuters earningsThomson Reuters discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results. The media and information juggernaut announced a partnership on Jan. 30 with a group including Canada’s largest pension fund to assume a 55 per cent equity stake in its financial and risk business, a deal valued at $24.7 billion.last_img read more

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Morocco Postpones Implementation of Flexible Exchange Rate System to H2

Rabat – Morocco has postponed the implementation of a flexible exchange rate system to the second half of 2017, Governor of Bank Al-Maghrib (central bank), Abdellatif Jouahri, said Tuesday in Rabat.“We have postponed the implementation of the flexible exchange rate system to the second half of 2017”, Jouahri announced at a press conference following the third quarterly meeting of the Board of the Central Bank.He pointed out that a communication campaign vis-à-vis various stakeholders will be conducted, involving the government represented by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the banking sector, economic stakeholders, the media community and civil society. The Ministry of Economy and Finance and Bank Al-Maghrib had set the weights of the currencies basket of the dirham to 60% for the euro and 40% for the US dollar compared to respectively 80% and 20% previously. read more

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SecretaryGeneral lauds IsraeliHizbollah exchange of humanitarian gestures

Welcoming the exchange of humanitarian gestures by Israel and Hizbollah mediated by his facilitator, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that this will create momentum to push both sides to comply with the key humanitarian demands of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended last year’s war in Lebanon.Israel and Hizbollah confirmed this week that the remains of an Israeli civilian were swapped for a Lebanese prisoner and the bodies of two Hizbollah members.Mr. Ban “calls again on all sides concerned to move ahead decisively in releasing the two abducted Israeli soldiers [Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser] without any further delay and to find the necessary solutions for the remaining Lebanese citizens that are still in Israeli detention,” according to a statement by his spokesperson.“No further effort should be spared to comply urgently with the basic humanitarian demands of compassion with the victims,” the Secretary-General added. 16 October 2007Welcoming the exchange of humanitarian gestures by Israel and Hizbollah mediated by his facilitator, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that this will create momentum to push both sides to comply with the key humanitarian demands of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended last year’s war in Lebanon. read more

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UN welcomes Ethiopian policy to allow Eritrean refugees to live outside camps

10 August 2010Ethiopia has recently decided to take a new approach to Eritrean refugees by allowing them to live outside camps, a move welcomed by the United Nations refugee agency. Under the so-called ‘out-of-camp’ scheme announced last week, Eritreans who can sustain themselves financially or have relatives or friends who commit to supporting them no longer have to stay in camps.The policy shift is due to discussions between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Ethiopian Government.“Given the fact that Eritrea and Ethiopia were a single political entity before the 1993 referendum, the new policy is also a response to refugees’ wishes and needs for strengthened people-to-people relations between the two countries,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.More than 60,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border into Ethiopia since the border conflict in the late 1990s between the two countries.The new scheme now allows Eritrean refugees to live in urban areas, improves their access to services and helps build stronger ties with host communities.UNHCR said that once the policy has fully been implemented, the costs of looking after the refugees will be significantly lowered since those benefiting from the programme will be sustaining themselves.“It is our hope that this decision will eventually expand to include refugees from other countries as well,” Mr. Mahecic said.Refugees from Somalia and other countries – numbering 138,000 in all – already live in Ethiopian towns and cities, while more than 36,000 Eritrean refugees reside in three camps and two community centres that are set to be converted into camps.Any Eritrean refugee living in an Ethiopian camp who does not have a criminal record is eligible to take part in the new programme, which also involves skills training and educational opportunities. At present, many Eritreans in Ethiopia work in the informal sector and this is normally tolerated by the Government, the agency noted.UNHCR’s Addis Ababa office has found that a “good number” of Eritrean refugees plan to take advantage of the new policy, Mr. Mahecic said. read more

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Speaker to seek clarity on withdrawal of MRs Army security

Jayasuriya said that he will discuss the matter with the President, Prime Minister and Law and Order Minister. (Colombo Gazette) Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella however said that Rajapaksa has been given STF security and that the STF is the best unit to give security. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today said he will seek clarity on the alleged withdrawal of the military security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The opposition raised concerns in Parliament today over the withdrawal of the Army security. Opposition Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said that Rajapaksa has a threat to his life and so he must be given full security. read more

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How major stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks shot higher on Wall Street Tuesday after the U.S. said it would delay tariffs on Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and other items typically on holiday shopping lists.The latest turn in the U.S.-China trade war helped the market erase much of the losses from the previous two days. Retailers and makers of electronics and toys rose sharply. Gold fell and bond yields rose.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 gained 43.23 points, or 1.5%, to 2,926.32.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 372.54 points, or 1.4%, to 26,279.91.The Nasdaq composite jumped 152.95 points, or 1.9%, to 8,016.36.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 16.30 points, or 1.1%, to 1,510.58.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 7.67 points, or 0.3%.The Dow is down 7.53 points, or 0.03%.The Nasdaq is up 57.22 points, or 0.7%.The Russell 2000 is down 2.47 points, or 0.2%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 419.47 points, or 16.7%.The Dow is up 2,952.45 points, or 12.7%.The Nasdaq is up 1,381.08 points, or 20.8%.The Russell 2000 is up 162.02 points, or 12%.The Associated Press read more

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Epiroc introduces Exploration Manager tool

first_imgThe very essence of exploration drilling is to find out more about the ground below us or above us. With the new drilling and operational analysing tool, Exploration Manager, this task becomes much easier.Recording of Measure While Drilling (MWD) data has been around for a while, but with an upgraded software on a Diamec Smart underground core drilling rig, Exploration Manager can present operational data that is recorded automatically during the drill cycle. In addition, the tool simplifies the workflow by letting the operator log what activity state the drill rig is in, directly on the rig’s control panel.Exploration Manager combines all this data and presents it with comprehensive pie charts and graphs on a regular PC. This lets the site manager analyze and find areas of improvement and by comparing one drill rig to another, modern fleet management is taken to a new level.Exploration Manager will be available for the Diamec Smart-range of underground exploration drill rigs, which all are equipped with the RCS 4 control system. Exploration Manager can be used to visualise only MWD data on the Diamec APC rigs with the RCS 3 control system.“Digital transformation and adaptability is becoming a vital part in modern strategies. Exploration drilling cannot be different. Added customer values on Diamec Smart together with Exploration Manager, will help our customers in this industry to move on in this journey.” says Ebrahim Nikafroozi, Global Product Manager at Epiroc.last_img read more

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Ireland looking to land Killer blow on Scots to salvage 6 Nations

first_imgTHE BAN MAY be three weeks or four but there is no arguing the fact that Cian Healy will miss next weekend’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.Given the combative nature of the Six Nations – five games in seven weeks – there is a chance that Dave Kilcoyne could have made his first start against the Scots but, for his piece of mind at least, the wait and wonder is over.Barring a Tom Court hat-trick, with nine penalties won on the scrum, against Zebre, the Kilcoyne will start in the No. 1 jersey.The Munster loosehead will get the chance to show Irish supporters what comes so naturally at Thomond Park, and to a lesser degree away from home, next Sunday.Perhaps Rob Penney’s bonus point-infused claims that Kilcoyne could make the Lions squad will be refiled from ‘L’ [ludicrously ambitious] to ‘P’ [perfectly plausible].Axel backs KillerWith Mike McCarthy ruled out of the Scotland encounter and Donncha O’Callaghan expected to fill in, the Irish front five may be closer to Ireland circa forever – something that must please Anthony Foley.Following cameo coaching stints Axel has a hands-on role as Ireland defence coach for this campaign. The former Ireland front-row likes what he sees in Kilcoyne.He told TheScore.ie, “Like all young players, he brings a lot of vigour and enthusiasm to what he does.He has come on leaps and bounds scrummaging, we’ve all see that. He’s a very aggressive ball carrier and defender around the pitch.”Mike Ross, who is likely to pack down in the front row with Kilcoyne, watched the Scotland victory over Italy with great interest and believes Ireland’s front three will have a tough slog in Edinburgh.He said, “I saw that they took them back for a little walk in front of their own posts. You don’t see that happen too often.”Ross will be hoping that his young pack-mate will be able to show all the brutish abilities that have earned him the nickname ‘Killer’.Declan Kidney: We were told that Cian Healy is suspended this weekendlast_img read more

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ASETNIOP touchscreen keyboard replaces QWERTY with chords

first_imgThe QWERTY keyboard layout is ubiquitous in the English-speaking world, but it’s from another era entirely. Originally developed in the late 19th century to keep typewriter arms from jamming, it has little practical purpose on computers and touchscreens. We just use it because we’ve always used it. Alternatives have cropped up over the years, but none of them as completely alien as ASETNIOP seems to be. This is a new touchscreen keyboard being developed with tablets in mind.This typing system has only 10 keys — one for each finger. The eight primary keys for the index through pinky fingers are combined in various ways to produce each letter of the alphabet. Each of the primary keys produces a single letter when pressed, spelling out ASETNIOP. These are the most commonly used letters in English words. Pressing two or more keys at once gets you the other letters. There are 28 so-called “chords” you’ll have to learn.Combining all the chords with the thumb buttons for shift, enter, and space, and you can do everything we already do with QWERTY keyboards. Since ASETNIOP only uses ten keys, I could see it being quite efficient in theory. Still, why give up on good old QWERTY? The developers have some ideas about that.Most people are taught how to touch type to some degree growing up, but that can be tough without tactile keys. Essentially, most users have to stare down at their hands while typing on a touchscreen QWERTY layout like the one used on the iPad. That’s not very efficient for doing large amount of typing or editing. ASETNIOP can be resized to fit your hands, and you don’t have to reach for any keys — it’s a simple up and down motion that doesn’t require your complete attention.Initially, ASETNIOP shows suggestions and corrections, but as you improve that goes away. Eventually, the keys become invisible and you can reclaim your screen real estate even while typing. Users can supposedly get up to speed on ASETNIOP fairly quickly, but I don’t foresee myself changing anytime soon. If you want to try to wrap your brain around a new method of text input, you can try the web-based demo on your tablet of choice.ASETNIOP via Dvicelast_img read more

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John Cena comments on missing first SummerSlam in 15 years, Filming new movie in…

first_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Twittercenter_img WWE star John Cena took to Twitter on Sunday to comment on missing his first SummerSlam in 15 years due to being in China filming the new action-thriller-comedy “Project X” with actor Jackie Chan.The new film, which is also produced by Chan is scheduled to hit theaters some time next year.  Up until Sunday, Cena had appeared at every SummerSlam since 2003.You can check out Cena’s Twitter post with his comments below:First time in 15 years I have not been able to be a part of @WWE #SummerSlam. I am beyond grateful to @EyeOfJackieChan but truly miss the @WWEUniverse. Wishing all Superstars luck and safety! My time isn’t quite up, but #YourTimeIsNow! #CarpeDiem— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 19, 2018Source: PWInsider Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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Living Hope to host Share party Friday

first_imgShare’s annual holiday party will be held across the street from the nonprofit agency’s new midtown headquarters.Living Hope Church, the former Kmart on Andresen Road, will host the free public party, which is set for 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. The address is 2711 N.E. Andresen Road.In addition to a free meal, free gift, visit with Santa and Christmas carols, attendees will get something new this year: one bag of food and toiletry items for each family and a free haircut for anyone who wants one.Last year, Share served 326 families through its holiday adopt-a-family program; 197 more families received gifts from general donations and giving trees. A total of 12,500 gifts were distributed during the holidays to Share’s shelter residents, outreach clients and others.New gift items are still needed. People are asked to consider donating new clothing or shoes, any size; board games and books; gifts cards and movie passes; bus passes and gas cards. Take donations to the Share Fromhold Service Center at 2306 N.E. Andresen Road — just across the street from Living Hope Church. Visit sharevancouver.org to learn more.Share always welcomes financial contributions. Make checks payable to “Share” and mail to P.O. Box 1209 Vancouver, WA 98666-1209.last_img read more

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Thieves steal truck from Miami dealership drive through fence

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras recorded the destructive moments two men stole a truck from a Miami car dealership.The duo could be seen breaking into a Ford F-250 and driving the vehicle through a fence surrounding the property.The burglary happened at the HA Twins Corporation near Northwest 30th Avenue and 36th Street on April 19.If you have any information on this car burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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BSFR rescues kitten stuck underneath SUV hood

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) – A kitten trapped underneath a vehicle’s hood was rescued by firefighters after a bystander nearby heard her meowing.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue was called to the scene just steps away from the the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters, located in the area of West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 25th Avenue, after meowing could be heard coming from an SUV in the parking lot, on Thursday morning. When meowing was heard from under the hood of an SUV and a kitten was found trapped under the engine, bystanders knew just who to call: BSO Fire Rescue! Here, Lt. Brian Vengoechea carefully cradles our new friend following the rescue. 🐈 🚙 👨🏾‍🚒 pic.twitter.com/99ozh2Skaj— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) July 11, 2019 Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Brian Vengoechea safely removed the kitten from under the vehicle’s engine.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Candidate Wants Sustainable Solutions to Baltimore Challenges

first_imgZeke Cohen, a former teacher in Sandtown-Winchester, is running for City Council in southeast Baltimore’s first district. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Zeke Cohen is running for City Council in Baltimore’s first district with a three-pronged platform: universal pre-k in Baltimore, improved police-community relationships, and a friendlier city for pedestrians.Cohen came to the Baltimore area as an undergraduate at Goucher College, going on to teach in Sandtown-Winchester for a year through Teach for America. Since then, Cohen has run a non-profit that works with youth in the city (Cohen asked that the organization not be named since non-profits are barred from engaging in political activity).While the City Council has earned something of a do-nothing reputation in recent years, Cohen said he is running nonetheless because of the Council’s “enormous potential to really be a voice for people throughout our city.”“I don’t look at [the Council] as a broken institution,” Cohen added later, “I look at it as a potentially great institution that can really play a role [in] moving our city forward.”One of the best ways for Baltimore to move forward, says Cohen, is to invest in early childhood education, even if the costs of doing so seem an obstacle at first blush.“We need to think about our long-term fiscal health, and we know that pre-K, actually more than most social programs, pre-K prevents incarceration, it prevents welfare dependency, it leads kids toward a healthier future. So will there be an immediate cost increase in order to [provide universal pre-K]? Absolutely, and we’re going to need to think really creatively about how we get there. But we’re spending about $40,000 a year (per person) to incarcerate people here in Maryland. It would cost about $4,000 a year (per person) to send everyone to pre-K,” said Cohen.Such a plan would represent a moving away from a ‘war on drugs’ mentality that attempted to arrest its way out of the problem of illegal drugs and its incumbent violence, which Cohen said is really driven by “massive, concentrated policy and unemployment in certain communities.”Moving away from a ‘war on drugs’ mentality also means reforming policing in a way that prioritizes public safety over making arrests, and which will require officers to spend less time in their vehicles and more time out and getting to know the communities they are supposed to safeguard. While Cohen feels that Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has said a lot of the right things when it comes to community policing – and that the strained relationship between the police and Baltimore’s communities precede Batts’s tenure – more needs to be done at the street level to ensure police officers are building the sorts of relationships with citizens that facilitate the solving of crimes and the reduction of violence.Doing this effectively means addressing the way many of us perceive underprivileged communities in particular. “Having taught in Sandtown, the way that community is perceived by our police – and, frankly, by our city, and by all of us, by our country – the way that community is perceived is much more that they are an expendable population, and there isn’t this level of trust, and comfort, and connection. And I would just say that across the board, regardless of race [or] socioeconomic status, that there is some real value to policing that deeply values the communities in which the officers serve,” said Cohen.The final prong of Cohen’s platform is making Baltimore more of a pedestrian friendly city. This will require two things, says Cohen: an efficient public transportation system and greater urgency in implementing the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. “I talk to a lot of people around Canton, and Patterson Park, and Highlandtown who would love to live in a city where they didn’t need to have a car, [who] would love a viable, decent, public transportation system. And if you look at the cities that are making the leap and thriving, they’ve got really good public transit,” said Cohen.Expanding the city’s popular circulator routes is a “no-brainer” according to Cohen, and the city ought to look at whether expanding the light-rail system would be an effective means of improving its transit options. Until public transit improves dramatically however, the city will have too many cars on its roads, affecting parking, road conditions, and the environment.“In the long-term, we’re going to need to do better by public transit whether we like it or not, because this is not sustainable,” said Cohen.last_img read more

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With onset of monsoon KMC launches antilarvae drive

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has launched a special anti-larvae drive at the onset of monsoon.The health department of KMC has urged people particularly the residents of highrises to ensure that no empty cups, broken furniture and other used materials are kept on the rooftop. Similarly, the authorities of schools and other educational institutions, central and state government offices have been asked to clear the roofs regularly. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe officer in charge of different police stations have been requested to ensure that there is no accumulation of water on the seized goods like vehicles that have met with road accidents, broken almirahs etc.Debashis Biswas, chief vector control officer said Dengue and malaria carrying mosquitoes take seven days to become adult. The accumulated water in empty plastic cups and containers, broken furniture serve as a potential breeding ground for the mosquitoes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”To make the anti-larvae drive launched by KMC successful, cooperation of the residents is required. The civic authorities are conducting awareness programme throughout the year and people should come forward and take up the matter seriously,” said Debashis Biswas, Chief Vector Control Officer.There are 24 Rapid Action teams in KMC. The KMC health department workers are visiting individual houses and housing complexes to examine the overhead tanks and underground reservoirs. If it is found that the they are not covered properly, the owners in case of individual houses and secretary in case of housing cooperatives are asked to take up the issue immediately. If they fail to comply, then the KMC issue show cause notice.The civic authorities have decided that in buildings, where mosquito larvae will be found, the local councillors will be informed and will be requested to take the follow up action.Special stress has been given to remove garbage. Senior officials of all the departments meet on the third Thursday of every month to take a stock of the drives and video conference is held with the borough level officers.The meeting is presided over by the Municipal Commission Khalil Ahmed.There are 15 Dengue detection centres in the city and so far not a single Dengue case has been detected.last_img read more

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Time is MoneyMake it Count

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Yeah, yeah, time is money. We’ve heard. We know. Stop wasting precious minutes yakking about it.Just how precious? Figure it out with the Bring TIM! Meeting Cost Calculator and Clock, which tracks how much money is wasted during unproductive business meetings. Just put TIM on the table–a clock that displays the cost of every second of a meeting in progress, based on the number of attendees and their average wages–and watch the dollars pile up.Victory Enterprises, a political and corporate consulting firm in Davenport, Iowa, uses the device in staff meetings and–in a blow to office socializing–keeps the clock running afterward, too.”It’s a reminder,” CEO Steve Grubbs says, “that the work clock keeps ticking even after the meeting ends.”TIM is so powerful, says Christine Gosney, vice president of product development, you don’t even need to turn it on: “We have two of them, just sitting in our conference rooms, and it makes us more conscious of what we’re doing.”Brad Johnson, Bring TIM! creator and survivor of painful four-hour meetings, acknowledges the gag gift potential but adds that “it’s also a productivity tool that’s so simple it works.”And for $24.99, TIM (that is, Time Is Money), is a steal. April 14, 2010 Register Now » This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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