IPL 2019: CSK rope in all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn as Lungi Ngidi replacement

first_imgIPL 2019: CSK rope in all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn as Lungi Ngidi replacementScott Kuggeleijn has featured in two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20 Internationals for New Zealand so far.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 14:02 IST This will be Scott Kuggeleijn’s maiden appearance in the cash-rich T20 league (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSScott Kuggeleijn made his international debut for New Zealand in 2017Kuggeleijn had faced trials in 2016 and 2017 after he was charged with rape in Hamilton in 2015Ngidi was ruled out of the ongoing IPL with a shoulder injuryTwo-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday announced the signing of Scott Kuggeleijn to replace injured Lungi Ngidi for the remainder of the IPL 2019 season.Kuggeleijn has featured in two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20 Internationals for New Zealand so far. This will be his maiden appearance in the cash-rich T20 league.On Saturday, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming had said they had gone in for Kuggeleijn, who bowls quick and bats well and added that he would be joining the squad next week.”For Lungi we’ve been a little bit more selective. It’s obviously a different level of replacement player (required for him) based on price. We’ve gone with Scott Kuggeleijn, who’s a New Zealand international, who bowls quick and bats well. So we’ve gone for an all-rounder who has good pace and good variations. He’ll be joining us next week,” Fleming told reporters.Interestingly, Kuggeleijn had faced trials in 2016 and 2017 after he was charged with rape in Hamilton in 2015. After a hung jury in the first trial, he was found not guilty of rape in the second despite the New Zealand cricketer conceding the woman in question had said no to sex.Ngidi was ruled out of the ongoing IPL even before its start after the South African pacer felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands recently.CSK suffered another blow on Saturday after all-rounder David Willey pulled out of the ongoing season because of personal reasons.advertisementEnglish cricketer Willey, who played three matches for the Super Kings in 2018, was quoted by Yorkshire County Cricket Club website as saying that “unfortunately due to some family reasons, I’ve had to pull out of the IPL”.”We are due for our second baby and my wife’s had a bit of a tough time, so I’m having to make sure she’s alright,” he said.”It’s a bit open-ended as to when I’ll be available for Yorkshire, but hopefully I’ll be available for the start of the 50-over competition,” Willey added.Last year, Willey was called up as a late replacement for an injured Kedar Jadhav by CSK and had been retained by the defending champions.Unfortunately, CSK won’t be able to replace Willey in the current season, Fleming confirmed.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Scott KuggeleijnFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow CSKFollow Lungi Ngidilast_img read more

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Province Improves Access to Government Services in Pictou County

first_imgResidents in Pictou County will have better access to government services thanks to the new Stellarton Access Nova Scotia Centre. “The new Access Centre will make life better for families in Pictou County by offering government services at one convenient and central location,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “We are committed to providing quality service to clients at all Access Nova Scotia Centres.” The New Glasgow Registry of Motor Vehicles will move on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to the new centre at 94 Lawrence Blvd., next to the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton. The motor vehicle registry, located at 608 MacLellans Brook Rd., will be closed Monday, Nov. 21, for the move. The Stellarton Access Nova Scotia Centre will offer information and services to individuals and businesses, including driver licensing, motor vehicle registration, business licensing and registration, debtor assistance, consumer protection and residential tenancies.last_img read more

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Pamela Anderson Urges British PM To Ban Wild Animal Circuses

first_imgActor and animal advocate Pamela Anderson landed in London this week, and at the top of her agenda was posting an urgent letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling on her to bring forward legislation banning wild-animal circuses at long last.Pamela Anderson posts urgent letter to Prime Minister Theresa May“One of the things that I love the most about the U.K. is its strong reputation as a nation that opposes cruelty to animals. That’s why my mouth dropped when I learned that Britain still has not banned wild animals from circuses”, states the letter, written on behalf of PETA. “With all due respect, Brexit is complicated, but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie.”“Animal acts are embarrassingly archaic and have no place in modern Britain – or anywhere else …. I’m currently in the U.K. and would welcome the chance to meet with you about this issue,” Anderson pleads.Anderson’s letter comes after David Cameron’s failure to act on his promise to ban wild animals from circuses by January 2015, despite overwhelming public support evidenced by a Defra consultation, which saw 94 per cent of respondents, including the British Veterinary Association, in favour of the ban.Anderson, a long-time PETA supporter, joins Michael Sheen, Martin Freeman, Mark Rylance, and Ann Widdecombe in teaming up with the group to push the government to join Austria, Bolivia, Finland, India, Mexico, and many other countries in prohibiting wild-animal circus acts.last_img read more

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EC seeks report on Yogis Modi ji ki Sena comment

first_imgGHAZIABAD: The Election Commission has sought a report from the Ghaziabad district magistrate on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calling the Army “Modi ji ki sena” at a rally on Sunday, as it may violate the election code.Yogi’s remark provoked condemnation from the Congress, which called it an insult to the armed forces. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was addressing a rally in Ghaziabad near Delhi on Sunday when he used the words repeatedly to draw a contrast with “Congress ke log (Congress’s people)”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani and Modi-ji’s Sena (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s army) gives them only golis and golas (bullets and bombs). That’s the difference. Congress people use “ji” for terrorists like Masood Azhar but under the leadership of PM Modi, the BJP government is breaking the backs of terrorists by striking their camps,” said Yogi Adityanath, addressing a rally in Ghaziabad. “What was namumkin (impossible) for the Congress is mumkin (possible) for PM Modi. Because when Modi is there, the impossible becomes possible.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayMamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, called it “shocking” that her Uttar Pradesh counterpart had used the words for the army. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalization and usurping of our beloved Indian army is an insult and a humiliation,” said the Trinamool supremo. The opposition has often accused the government of trying to exploit the army for electoral gains. The Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed, and India’s subsequent air strike targeting a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, have been “politicized” and portrayed as the BJP’s achievement, many opposition parties have alleged. Following their complaint, the Election Commission underscored that the army cannot be used in political campaigning. PM Modi has accused the opposition, especially the Congress, of talking Pakistan’s language.last_img read more

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As government reopens economy likely to resume solid pace

BALTIMORE — The U.S. economy will likely resume its steady growth now that the government has reopened, though economists say some scars — for the nation and for federal workers — will take time to heal.Most analysts estimate that the partial shutdown shaved a few tenths of a percentage point from annual economic growth in the first three months of 2019. They say growth should rebound, though some of the money federal workers and contractors didn’t spend in the past five weeks will never be made up. Many federal workers had to visit food banks, and air travel at major hubs was disrupted.President Donald Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks after having forced the shutdown in hopes of securing billions for a wall on the Mexico border.Josh Boak, The Associated Press

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Upcoming Asian Cup matches to highlight plight of worlds hungry – UN

5 January 2011Several matches during the upcoming Asian Cup football tournament, which opens in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, will be dedicated to the fight against hunger and poverty, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Several matches during the upcoming Asian Cup football tournament, which opens in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, will be dedicated to the fight against hunger and poverty, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The three matches – the opening match between Qatar and Uzbekistan, as well as two subsequent matches played by the host nation – are part of the Asian Football against Hunger campaign. “A Match Day against Hunger is being organized so that players and football fans can deliver a message that uses the power of football and calls upon all nations, all leaders and all people of goodwill to unite efforts, to mobilise resources and to help us win this cause for the most basic right, the right to food,” said Saad Aied Al-Otaibi, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East.Mr. Al-Otaibi will represent FAO at the event, which is the result of a partnership agreement between the agency and the Asian Football Confederation.Ahead of the event, organizers are urging soccer fans to sign an online petition calling on governments to give priority to the elimination of hunger as well as to mobilize donations for FAO’s TeleFood community-level food production projects.Since its inception in 1997, the TeleFood initiative has collected more than $9 million and has financed over 1,000 projects in over 100 countries around the world. Donations received for TeleFood go directly to poor farmers, who receive the tools to grow crops, raise livestock and fish, and to process food to sell it at a better price. FAO’s online petition and global outreach initiative – “The 1billionhungry project” – has so far attracted over 3.2 million signatures since it was launched in May 2010. read more

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Safety concerns rise in the wake of a CN train derailment in

Safety concerns rise in the wake of a CN train derailment in northern Ontario AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GOGAMA, Ont. – Another train derailment in northern Ontario has added new fuel to the ongoing debate over whether rail is a safe way of transporting crude oil.First Nations and environmentalists are among those expressing alarm over Saturday’s derailment of a CN Rail train that caused several tank cars carrying crude oil to catch fire and spill into a local river system.CN said Sunday there were 94 cars on the train, all carrying Alberta crude to Eastern Canada when approximately 30 of them derailed near Gogama, Ont., about 80 km south of Timmins. Some of the cars caught fire and some crude entered the Mattagami River System.Chief Walter Naveau of the Mattagami First Nation says his community no longer feels safe after the third CN derailment in northern Ontario in less than a month. There are concerns over the effects of smoke inhalation and environmental damage, he said.“People in the community were feeling the affects of the toxins in the air — respiratory problems, they could feel it in their chests and their breathing,” Naveau said in a phone interview.CN said that residents would likely see smoke rising from the derailment site, but insisted it posed no threat to people or the environment.“They may say those things but why should I trust them?” asked Naveau, adding his community is also concerned that the river flows into the community’s main spawning grounds for fish, in addition to habitats for other wildlife.CN said it was taking action to contain any spilled oil and stop it from spreading into the river system.“Anywhere you’re going to see a major spill of oil and chemicals onto the ground you’re going to see permanent contamination of the ecosystem nearby,” said Adam Scott, Climate and Energy Program Manager for Environmental Defence.“They almost never are able to clean up all of the oil released in a spill like this and it’s much worse even when there’s a direct spill into a river because the oil gets moved down the river and the chemicals can spread.”Last month a CN freight train derailed in the same area — 29 cars loaded with crude oil and petroleum distillates ran off the tracks and caused a fire.The Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to Saturday’s spill, which is only 37 kilometres from the location of last month’s derailment, but they haven’t been able to reach the site yet as the fire there is still burning.CN said the cars involved in Saturday’s derailment had enhanced shielding and harder steel in accordance with new, improved safety standards.The TSB said last month the Class 111 tank cars involved in that derailment also met the upgraded standards, but still “performed similarly” to those involved in the devastating train wreck in Lac-Megantic, Que., two years ago, which predated the changes.The agency said last month’s incident demonstrated “the inadequacy” of the new standards and it urged Transport Canada to quickly beef up protection standards.Transport Canada said it was working with the U.S. to develop new, “more robust” safety standards for tank cars used to transport flammable liquids.Glenn Thibeault, the Liberal member of the Ontario legislature for Sudbury, said Saturday’s accident clearly showed that the federal government must to do more to strengthen rail safety regulations.“The cars involved in this incident are new models, compliant with the latest federal regulations, yet they still failed to prevent this incident.”Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said in a statement that the derailment was “very concerning” and that he would be raising the matter with his federal counterpart Lisa Raitt and the railways.“It’s basically guaranteed to happen again, this is not an isolated incident, we’ve seen several of these kinds of derailments a month now,” said Scott. “So until something dramatic is done, we’re going to see this continuing over and over again.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version wrongly said Glenn Thibeault was the MPP for the Gogama area and incorrectly attributed quotes to Glen Murray instead of Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca. by Adam Miller, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2015 8:04 am MDT Firefighters arrive near the scene after a train derailment near Gogama, Ont., Saturday, March 7, 2015. Crews are continuing their efforts today to put out a fire caused when a CN Rail train hauling crude oil derailed in northern Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ontario Provincial Police read more

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Transcontinental CEO joins growing chorus of calls for public funding for print

Transcontinental CEO joins growing chorus of calls for public funding for print MONTREAL – The CEO of one of the largest newspaper publishers in Canada is joining the growing chorus of calls for public funding to help the battered print media industry.Francois Olivier, who heads Transcontinental, said the company needs temporary financial help until the digital products it is developing mature.“If not, there’s a good chance that there will be less newspapers and less Canadian local content in my business,” Olivier said in an interview Friday.Olivier declined to say how much he’s seeking from both the federal and provincial governments. But he said even a relatively little amount would send a strong message that local news content is important.The print industry needs relief from rising environmental costs for recycling and tax breaks or subsidies to help hire reporters, he said. He also pushed for more advertising from politicians and tax breaks to help fund digital investments.Olivier said local community publishers have started to feel the pain from lower ad spending that first hurt large daily papers.Just two weeks ago, Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A) announced the sale of all of its assets in Saskatchewan, including 13 newspapers. The deal with Star News Publishing leaves Transcontinental with 150 newspapers in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Olivier said Transcontinental was able to initially adjust to a two to four per cent annual decrease in ad revenues by improving efficiencies and consolidating. But annual revenue declines have accelerated to 10 per cent in the last 18 months, cutting $25 million from its bottom line.“So there’s a lot of pressure in the system right now,” he said. “We are talking to the government to try to relieve some of that pressure for the next three to four years to give us the time to build a new digital audience and new digital products.”Oliver is just the latest media executive to make pleas for public funding for the print industry.Last month, Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey told a parliamentary committee studying the industry’s future that Ottawa needs to spend more on Canadian newspaper ads and give greater tax breaks to companies that do the same.Godfrey pointed to federal statistics showing government advertising in newspapers was halved between 2010 and 2015, while online advertising nearly doubled to foreign-owned behemoths like Google and Facebook that produce no original Canadian news content.“We’re asking the government to be an ally, not for a bailout of the Canadian newspaper industry,” he said.Olivier went a step further but said government support, aside from lower recycling costs, should only be short-term.“At some point, the industry needs to be self-sufficient and do their own business model.”He also welcomed a recent study from the Confederation of National Trade Unions in Quebec, which called for urgent involvement by government, including a tax credit on salaries.Despite the challenges facing the industry, Olivier said Transcontinental has begun to play offence by adding flexible packaging operations and winning large new printing contracts, such as one with the Toronto Star that begins next month.In its second quarter earnings released Friday, Transcontinental reported that net earnings fell by 93 per cent to $5.4 million. The company attributed that to a large gain last year from the sale of its consumer magazines, the reversal of pension plan provisions and an impairment charge this year related to its newspapers in the Atlantic provinces.Excluding those items, Transcontinental’s adjusted earnings fell by 12.5 per cent to $34.2 million while its revenue edged up to $497.2 million from $490.5 million. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 5:51 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Russian Embassy claims UKbased cyber attack launched against its website

The Russian Embassy in London has claimed its website was targeted by hackers based in the UK. Officials at the consul said an investigation into the cyber attack, which took place on Monday, determined it was  “highly likely” to have originated in UK territory.No further details were given, but the alleged incursion takes place at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries.The Kremlin has been accused of waging cyberwarfare against the West and has faced down the UK over accusations it ordered a chemical attack in Salisbury, Wilts, this year.The London embassy gained particular notoriety during the showdown over the attempted assassination of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter by posting a string of waggish tweets about the UK’s allegations.A spokesman for the Russian Embassy said: “According to preliminary assessments by our IT-specialists the hacker attack highly likely originated from UK territory.”The Russian Embassy is based near the edge of Hyde Park in Kensington, west London. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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IHF treasurer CHF president and SEHA chief Sandi Sola to be arrested

croatian handball federationSandi ŠolaSEHA ← Previous Story SEHA F4 in Skopje next weekend – Gaszprom to become official sponsor Next Story → Veszprém fans do everything to make their team successful Media rumour that the IHF Treasurer , President of the Croatian Handball Federation and the regional SEHA League chief, Sandi Sola, is going to be arrested once when he returns to Croatia. He is currently in Skopje as the Final Four of the regional SEHA league that is to be played there. However he announced that he is going to return tomorrow to Zagreb, and we are yet to see what will happen to him.Media reports say that already members of his family are arrested in Croatia, and the charges against him are regarding various money laundering and embezzlements in Karlovacka Bank, where he was formerly chairman of the board. They are charged that between 2007 and 2012 when they played active part in Karlovacka Bank, did an embezzlement of a sum of total up to 85 million kuna, or about 11 million euros. read more

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Windows 8 RT could cost OEMs 85 a pop

first_imgRight now, you can pick up a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium OEM for around $90 from an online retailer. Apparently that’s the same price most tablet OEMs are paying Microsoft for their Windows RT licenses. At a reported $85, the concensus so far is that Microsoft is gouging manufacturers and killing Windows on ARM before the first devices ever hit store shelves.But let’s consider a couple of things before passing judgement. First, there’s the question of whether or not this figure is accurate. VR Zone says that $85 was the figure most commonly mentioned by manufacturer reps during their meetings at Computex this month. No one really knows how much Microsoft charges OEMs for Windows. Pricing is a closely-guarded secret, and there may be a lot more to it than the up-front cost.Let’s say Microsoft does tell manufacturers that Windows RT costs $85. That might be the baseline, but there’s obviously going to be wiggle room built in. Let’s say a company promises to build 500,000 of a particular Windows RT tablet. Microsoft would provide a substantial price break, and they may even offer incentives that kick in after the sale — after all, it’s a good thing for the Windows ecosystem and Microsoft’s telemetrics if a licensed system actually winds up in the hands of a user. If they knock a few bucks off for each sale and discount in bulk, a manufacturer’s cost could be significantly lowered — and different than what’s shown on a bill of materials.And don’t forget that Windows RT includes more than just Windows 8 for an ARM device. It also includes Microsoft Office. For $85, then, OEMs are getting both the OS and the top-selling productivity suite. That’s a nice bit of functionality to offer out-of-the-box, and Microsoft Office has substantially more brand recognition than what you see shipped on some Android tablets. Even if $85 is accurate, shoppers might be willing to pay a couple extra bucks if their new tablet come with Office.Is Microsoft really charging that much for Windows RT? We won’t ever know for sure, but it’s hard to imagine that they’d back OEMs into a corner with Windows 8 ARM hardware and make it difficult to compete with the iPad on price.More at VR Zonelast_img read more

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Rosphere A spherical robot perfect for exploration missions

first_imgRobots usually have wheels, but roboticists are starting to perfect walking locomotion. But who needs that? A team from the Cybernetics Research Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has designed a new robot that does away with all those troublesome appendages and spinning bits. The Rosphere is, as you can probably guess, a sphere.If you’re familiar with the consumer Sphero robot, you can think of this as a more configurable, faster, semi-autonomous version. The Rosphere moves by manipulating its center of gravity with a system of small weighted pendulums. This takes care of the forward motion, but the robot can also tilt slightly to the side to execute turns. The team calls this “mechatronic” motion.You can check it out on video below, and there are more on the channel.So creating a spherical robot is neat, but building it in such a way that it’s good for something other than shooting YouTube videos is a challenge. The Cybernetics Research Group tested Rosphere in a wide variety of conditions. They found the rolling sphere design was ideal for traversing most types of terrain.One interesting application the researcher evaluated was using the Rosphere to check crop conditions in a large field. The robot can easily roll through without disturbing the plants. The Rosphere was also allowed to roll around near people to make sure it didn’t spontaneously develop the urge to kill all humans. Everything seems to have gone as planned.The next step for improving this prototype is to increase the mechanical strength to allow Rosphere to make it up steeper inclines. More computational power for improved autonomous movement is on the agenda as well.last_img read more

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20 years of O Logos

first_imgThe Hellenic Writers Association of Australia celebrated their 20 year anniversary last week. The function was a remembrance of events and successes of the past and an important milestone in the history of the Association. The event took place at the Pontian Community building in Brunswick and present were the President of the Pontian Community Spiros Korossidis, the President of HWAA Thymios Haralambopoulos, the Consul General of Greece Eleni Lianidou and past presidents and representatives. The crowd enjoyed recitals by members and salutations by those who mattered most. There was also a live music performance by Iakovos Papadopoulos (bouzouki) and composer Spiros Papoutsis (synthesizer). HWAA publishes the periodical O Logos (The Word) annually and this year marks its 25th edition. All speakers mentioned the important contribution by Joanna Liakakos, as well as founding member Alekos Aggelidis (first president), who sadly passed away in 1995. In its twenty years, about 180 books were launched by writers of the diaspora and many more other functions have been organised. A number of firsts were also mentioned including the first bilingual Literary website in the world of Hellenes abroad in 1996 by HWAA, the first book exhibition of books by Greek-Australians in 1994 at the Greek-Orthodox College Sts Anargyroi in Oakleigh, the first catalogue of writers in Australia published in periodical O Logos and the first photographic exhibition of writers in Melbourne organised in conjunction with RMIT University Greek Archives and Costas Athanasiou the photographer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Grant keeps AmeriCorps reading tutor in place at Pioneer Elementary

first_imgPioneer Elementary School in Evergreen Public Schools is the only school in Clark County to receive funds from a federal grant to provide an AmeriCorps reading tutor for the 2014-2015 school year, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.“Some students don’t come in with skills that we’d expect them to have as kindergartners,” said Jenny Roberts, principal at Pioneer Elementary. “This tutoring helps bring the kids up to speed, from the beginning kindergartner who doesn’t know how to sit still and listen to a story to an early reader who isn’t up to grade-level reading.”Roberts gave a phone interview from Arkansas, where she was attending a conference on literacy and early learning. Pioneer Elementary, a Title I school, has received an AmeriCorps tutor via the grant for several years, she said. The AmeriCorps literacy tutor works full time throughout the school year providing both small-group and one-on-one instruction, Roberts said.The $1.86 million federal grant, coupled with funding from the state Legislature, will provide reading tutoring for 6,000 elementary students around the state by placing 150 Washington Reading Corps members into 53 school districts and community-based organizations. The grant was made possible by a $950,000 state measure providing support for the Washington Reading Corps. The Reading Corps is part of the Washington Service Corps, administered by the state Employment Security Department using money from the federal AmeriCorps program.last_img read more

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Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt on a romantic trip to the US

first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt spotted in the US.TwitterBollywood’s latest ‘it’ couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt spent some quality time together on Alia Bhatt’s birthday on March 15. And now there is buzz that Ranbir Kapoor is taking his lady love away to the US for a short trip. Alia Bhatt visited New York last year to be with Ranbir Kapoor, when his father, actor Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with an illness and was being treated at a hospital in NY.Ranbir Kapoor is now taking Alia Bhatt to Colorado, the US, for some R&R! The handsome couple will be spending time skiing at the famous Aspen Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado, reports India Today.Recently, there has been much speculation about the wedding of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Earlier, the two were supposed to be having a 2019 wedding, but it wasn’t finalised, as Rishi Kapoor is still under treatment in the Big Apple. Then came the news that Ranbir’s mom Neetu Kapoor is hunting for a house for Ranbir and Alia in New York!The last time, the happy couple were spotted on the streets of NYC and also shopping in a mall, a picture of which had gone viral after a fan shared it on social media. Ranbir Kapoor has lived in New York for four years as a student, and it seems now Alia Bhatt has also grown pretty fond of the city. Ranbir also is keen to show her other parts of the US, we gather if news of the couple going skiing in Aspen is true!Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt will be seen together in a film for the first time in the Brahmastra trilogy, produced by filmmaker Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and directed by Ayan Mukerji. The movie also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy, among others. Brahmastra will release on Christmas 2019.last_img read more

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District Wealth Disparity Challenges New Delegate

first_imgDevelopment in Baltimore has to benefit as many as possible and should not look different based on what neighborhood you live in says Del. Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore City), whose district contains the widest wealth gap of any in the state.Del. Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore City), whose 46th district has the widest wealth gap of any in the state. (Courtesy photo, office of Del. Lierman)Lierman is a freshman delegate from the 46th district, which includes Baltimore’s vaunted inner-harbor area as well as some of the city’s most struggling neighborhoods like Cherry Hill and Westport.While running for the House of Delegates, Lierman says she went door-knocking by herself in every neighborhood in her district, an effort that won her the highest percentage of votes cast (28.1 percent) of any candidate for the 46th in the 2014 Democratic Primary (which in Baltimore—let’s face it—is the general election where most local state offices are concerned). Lierman also garnered comparable percentages in Westport (receiving 26.74 and 28.24 percent of the vote in Westport’s two voting precincts) and Cherry Hill (a slightly lower 25.58, 25.51, and 24.23 percent in Cherry Hill’s three voting precincts).Though some might expect Lierman to feel pulled in different directions by the varied circumstances in her district, she says that has not been her experience.“The thing that is amazing to me about our district, and that I worry sometimes people in our city don’t realize, is that no matter what zip code you live in, no matter what your neighborhood looks like, [if] you’re a mom or dad, you’re a brother or sister, you’re a grandparent, we all want the same thing.  We want great schools to send our kids to, we want clean, green neighborhoods that are safe, where we can walk around and know our neighbors. We want jobs that we can feel fulfilled in, [and] that we can support our families on,” said Lierman.While she does not see a great divide in terms of what the different parts of her district want for their neighborhoods or the city of Baltimore, Lierman acknowledges that there is an important divide in terms of how close different neighborhoods in the 46th are to seeing those desires fulfilled. The focus then, especially where development is concerned, needs to be on ensuring that development is done in a way that helps everyone, and not just some.“I want to make sure that we are filling the needs of the most residents that we can. For instance, if we’re putting in a multi-family unit dwelling in an urban area, and the idea is that they are multi-bedroom housing and so you think, ‘Oh, this would be good for families,’ but they’re 10 blocks from the closest park—we’ve got to make sure that we’re also thinking about, ‘Well, would a family want to live in this apartment when it has no access to outdoor space at all?’  Probably not,” said Lierman.Lierman says that though she is pro-development, she is concerned about the lack of affordable housing being built as part of the development boom that is occurring in her district.  But creating more affordable housing means looking beyond just capital funds for affordable housing construction projects.“I’m open to anything that builds affordable housing units. . . . The Home Act, which prohibits source of [income] discrimination (e.g., refusing to rent to someone whose rental income is a section 8 housing voucher as opposed to a full-time salary) was not introduced this year but it has been introduced in the past, and that, I also believe, is an important piece of legislation that I’d like to see come back at some point. . . . But I also think there are bills we don’t think of as having an impact on getting people in homes that do, for instance the Maryland Second Chance Act, and similar expungement legislation,” said Lierman, who notes that criminal records disqualify many persons for housing once discovered on background checks.Another important need for the city is a more effective public transportation system, since public transportation is essential to economic development.  Lierman introduced a bill this session to create an oversight board for the Maryland Transit Administration, which she says “is not serving the people of Baltimore in the way that it should be, or the people of Maryland for that matter.”“Public transportation strengthens the economy, it creates jobs, it reduces traffic congestion, it reduces air pollution.  Transit helps maintain the vitality of urban areas, and we are not as connected as we should be,” said Lierman.Lierman says that she received good feedback on her transit reform bill, but that it was put on hold this legislative session to give new Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn one year to whip the transit administration into shape.  Though she had to press pause on her bill, Lierman says she nonetheless introduced language into the state budget which will require the Maryland Transit Administration to post a plan for improvement on its website by July 1, and to provide quarterly updates on its progress to the House Appropriations Committee, on which Lierman sits.Lierman says she is grateful to have been assigned to the Appropriations Committee since it allows her to keep an eye on various areas affecting families in Baltimore City, whether affordable housing, public transportation, or funding for Baltimore City public schools (which faced deep cuts under the budget proposed by Governor Larry Hogan until the Appropriations Committee, under the leadership of chair Del. Maggie McIntosh—D, Baltimore City—managed to restore much of it).“It behooves every neighborhood in Baltimore City to make sure that every child’s school is strong, that every neighborhood is safe, that everybody can access a quality education, and has access to good jobs,” said Lierman. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Messed Up Things About Pokemon No One Ever Talks About

first_img Twenty years since its America debut, Pokemon is still one of the biggest, most beloved #brands in gaming. And it’s not slowing down any time soon. Not that long ago we learned that Pokemon is coming to the already super popular Nintendo Switch this holiday as Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. And there’s already another Pokemon Switch game on deck for 2019.Pokemon can be enjoyed by folks of all ages, but if we’re being honest most fans got into the franchise as children. Whether it was playing the RPGs on Game Boy or tearing up at the anime movies, children represent the lifeblood of Pokemon. But as tends to be the case with otherwise whimsical kids franchises, there’s an occasional dark edge to the world of Pokemon. And we’re going to shine a spotlight on it. Here are messed up things about Pokemon no one ever talks about. Not since Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has there been this much video game slavery.It’s Basically CockfightingOkay this is kind of a hacky joke observation by now, but it’s true. Pokemon’s core gimmick of catching monsters to make them fight may have been inspired by Japanese bug collecting, but it shares more in common with illegal immoral bloodsports like cockfighting and dogfighting. What makes Pokemon Black and White one of the best games in the series is that its plot actually tried to almost grapple with this dilemma.There’s a Pokemon 9/11Speaking of Pokemon Black and White, abandoning the Japanese-inspired regions of previously Pokemon games, the Unova region is New York City with the serial number filed off. As you explore Pokemon Manhattan you’ll see the Pokemon Financial District, Pokemon Brooklyn Bridge, and a blasted pile of “meteor” rubble that could only be the aftermath of Pokemon 9/11. Seriously.You Can Catch GodIf you read the details in individual Pokemon descriptions, you’ll be blown away at just how bonkers this lore can get. For example, Arceus, one of the legendary Pokemon of the cosmic Diamond and Pearl, is described as the creator of the Pokemon world. So along with enslaving the physical manifestations of space and time, you can put God in a ball and make Him do your bidding.Dead Humans Become PokemonSpirituality in general is a tricky subject in Pokemon. What does it say about the afterlife that there’s a whole type of Pokemon known as Ghost? Yamask provides one terrifying explanation. These Pokemon carry masks that represent their past lives as humans, and they weep when those masks are removed and possess the wearers. So if you die, thousands of years later your spirit may restlessly roam the Earth forever as some tween trainer’s sidekick.Cubone Wears Its Mother’s SkullPour one out for poor Cubone. This understandably angry little Pokemon gets its iconic look by wearing the skull of its dead mother. That’s why it’s “The Lonely Pokemon.” These games are supposed to be for kids!Parasect is Controlled By FungusBefore The Last of Us got us all afraid of ant-controlling fungus, Paras and Parasect subtly introduced this particular strain of biohorror to the masses. As Paras, these creatures have a somewhat symbiotic relationship with the mushrooms growing on their back, sucking nutrients but providing guidance. However, once this monster evolves into Parasect, the mushroom grows huge and utterly dominates the host, assuming complete control.Poke Balls Are Basically The MatrixThe mechanics of how Poke Balls actually work runs on a lot of dream logic. You throw them at Pokemon, they turn the Pokemon into energy, and if the Pokemon is weak enough they’ll stay as energy inside the Poke Ball (or PC) until summoned again reformed as matter. But one especially Black Mirror-esque detail is that inside the Poke Ball Pokemon are kept docile with a simulation of their natural environment. We’re waiting for Pokemon Neo to free his people from this technological trap.The Anime Gave Kids SeizuresBecause they feature so many fast flashing lights and colors, video games and the shows inspired by them tend to trigger seizures in those suffering from Epilepsy. Unfortunately this happened with an episode of the Pokemon anime in 1997, starring the digital Pokemon Porygon. Nearly 700 viewers were hospitalized in Japan, and episode hasn’t been rebroadcast since. Even Porygon itself has been conveniently forgotten in future episodes.Pokemon Go Find Dead BodiesThe biggest Pokemon phenomenon perhaps since the franchise’s inception, Pokemon Go inspired millions of people to walk around trying to catch fake monsters in the real world using augmented reality on our smartphones. Exploring the real world also means you’ll stumble across real problems. Just ask the shocking amount of people who have discovered dead bodies while playing Pokemon Go.There Are Still Real Animals?Add an elemental superpower to an existing animal, give it a pun name, and you’ve basically created a new Pokemon. But in a world swarming with electric mice and fire dogs and poison bees, you may be surprised to learn that there are still regular mice and dogs and bees. We’re not talking about Normal-type Pokemon, but just normal animals. I guess this is how they get around eating meat without acknowledging Pokemon are delicious.Pokemon Creepy BlackBefore there was an actual Pokemon Black, there was an infamous creepypasta internet horror short story about a bootleg “Pokemon Black” Game Boy cartridge. You should read it for yourself, but in this hypothetical hacked version of Pokemon Red, you could use your ghost Pokemon to “Curse” opponents, or murder them. Eventually your evil deeds catch up with you though in your old age. While this game clearly never existed, clever fans have tried to recreate it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Best of Last Week – Sun may determine lifespan superinsulated clothing and

first_img(Phys.org)—It was a good start to the New Year, particularly for space exploration. Researchers studying images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover noted potential signs of ancient life on Mars—sedimentary rock on the Red Planet looked strikingly like structures made here on Earth by microbes. Meanwhile another team of astronomers announced that eight new planets were found in the “Goldilocks” zone—doubling the number of known small planets to exist in the habitable zone of their parent stars. Also, another team in Norway found that the Sun may determine lifespan at birth—they found a connection between the amount of solar activity occurring when people are born and how long they live. And in somewhat related news, a pair of scientists tackled the mystery of an ancient astronomical device—James Evans and Christian Carman reported on an analysis of a dial on the Antikythera Mechanism believed to have been used to calculate lunar and solar eclipses, and why they believe it sets the date for creation of the machine at around 205 B.C. Explore further Citation: Best of Last Week – Sun may determine lifespan, super-insulated clothing and a new kind of diet pill (2015, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-week-sun-lifespan-super-insulated-kind.html © 2015 Phys.org Antikythera mechanism: Researchers find clues to an ancient Greek riddlecenter_img This artist’s conception depicts an Earth-like planet orbiting an evolved star that has formed a stunning Credit: David A. Aguilar/CfA It was a good week for technological innovation as well as. A team at Stanford outlined their work with textiles that have been dip-coated in a silver nanowire which they suggest could lead to super-insulated clothing that could eliminate the need for indoor heating. And another team in Korea announced a perovskite solar cell that reached record efficiency—they found a new formula for mixing such structures that allows for creation of cells that are on a par with those made from silicon.In unrelated news, a team of researchers has found additional evidence that rotating night shift work can be hazardous to your health—their study of female nurses showed a higher incidence from all causes of mortality for those that worked rotating shifts over long periods of time. Also, it was noted that adding a leap second this year is expected to cause Internet problems—users may want to avoid such sites as Foursquare, Reddit, Linkedln and Yelp on June 30 at midnight.And finally, if you are one of the millions of people struggling to maintain a healthy weight level, help may soon be on the way as a team of researchers has reported on their efforts to create a more effective diet pill—an “imaginary meal” compound that tricks the body into losing weight. Instead of dissolving into the blood, the pill (fexaramine) remains in the digestive tract, fooling the body into thinking it has a large meal to digest. More testing needs to be done, but so far, they report that the pill does stop weigh gain. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Diet profoundly affects sleep quality

first_imgAn individual’s caloric intake and body weight can deeply influence the time spent in specific sleep stages, says a new study. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania analysed  sleep patterns among 36 healthy adults who experienced two consecutive nights of 10 hours in bed per night at the university hospital. Using polysomnography, the researchers recorded physiological changes that occur during sleep on the second night. Body composition and resting energy expenditure were assessed on the morning following the first night of sleep, while food and drink intake was measured each day.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers found that body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and resting energy expenditure were not significant predictors of sleep stage duration, but that overweight adults exhibited a higher percentage of time spent in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep than normal-weight adults. REM is a sleep stage when dreams typically occur characterised by faster heart rate and breathing. The researchers also found that increased protein intake predicted less stage 2 sleep– the period when a person’s heart rate and breathing are relatively normal and the body temperature lowers slightly– and predicted more REM sleep. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study findings will be presented at SLEEP 2016 – a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society to be held in Denver, Colorado, from June 11 to 15. “In a culture of increasing pressure to sacrifice sleep to maintain productivity, this research adds to the body of knowledge on how lifestyle behaviours may influence the quality of our sleep” said study lead author Andrea M Spaeth. A 2013 study from the team found that those with chronic sleep restriction may be more susceptible to weight gain due to the increased consumption of calories during late night hours. A 2015 study from that group found that eating less late at night may help curb the concentration and alertness deficits that accompany sleep deprivation.last_img read more

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