Two militants and a soldier killed in two separate incidents in Kashmir

first_imgTwo millitants, soldier killed in KashmirTwo militants and an off-duty soldier were killed in separate incidents in Kashmir on Saturday. The police said the militants were killed after they ambushed an Army patrol at Pinjora in Shopian. Preliminary reports suggest that Rahil Rashid Sheikh from Ganderbal’s Nunner Ganderbal was among the dead. Locals identified the other militant as Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Keegam. Meanwhile, suspected militants shot dead an Army man at his home in Warpora Sopore in Baramulla district. A soldier with the J&K Light Infantry, Muhammad Rafeeq Yatoo was on leave.last_img read more

Podcast: Snakes on the Brain, the Upside of Allergies, and the Next SARS Pandemic

first_imgDid snakes drive the evolution of the human brain? Do allergies get a bad rap? And are bats carrying the next SARS pandemic? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Read the transcript.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hear more podcasts.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Mitchell Johnson unhappy after ICC rates Perth pitch average

first_imgMitchell Johnson was not too happy after the International Cricket Council rated the Perth pitch average. The Perth Stadium hosted its first ever Test match last from December 14 which Australia won by 146 runs.India saw the pitch and decided to go in without a spinner – they played four pacers. Australia had three pacers and one spinner in their ranks. Nathan Lyon, the off-spinner, was named man-of-the-match for his eight-wicket haul.Australia had scored 326 in the first innings before India responded with 283 thanks to Virat Kohli’s 25th hundred. In the second innings, Australia folded for 243 but not before Aaron Finch was hit on the finger by a Mohammed Shami delivery.The Test was over only on the final morning. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the pitch average after assessing pitch and outfield conditions. The Adelaide Oval pitch received a ‘very good’ rating.Johnson, who was recently in the news for calling Virat Kohli silly over his Perth altercation with Australian captain Tim Paine was not too impressed with the average rating for Perth. And when former India cricketer Aakash Chopra presented his point of view, Johnson had a sharp retort.Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018Vihari bowled a bouncer on the first day’ to dismiss a well set Harris. I rest my case Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018Pretty shitty case if that what your coming with Aakash. You’re saying it was a dangerous delivery from a spinner? Did you pipe up when the Indian 4 man attack bowled plenty of short balls, which I enjoyed as a fan & was awesome to watch? What is a good wicket is to you?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018You spoke of natural deterioration that leads to variable bounce. That ball was a reflection of variable bounce on the first day. Not dangerous then. But yes…that Shami spell on day four was close to dangerous….felt that player safety was in question. Therefore the rating. Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018I disagree, I’ve seen far worse & played on pitches similar to it. Do you want to see boring flat belters? I don’t. I want to see pitches that produce an exciting contest between bat and ball. Anything else you want to get off your chest?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018I never said that I want to see cricket on feather beds..ICC rated the pitch Average’-I agree with their neutral observation based on the feedback of match officials. You don’t. We r entitled to have our own opinions. FOE. Too bad if the pitches you played on got a good’ ratingAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018Plenty of pitches much worse that never had this rating. I know what you saying & no issues with you disagreeing & having your opinion, that’s all good. But I still disagree & have no idea why you would comment directly to me?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018And they wonder why Test Match cricket is struggling .. Was a tremendously exciting pitch which had a bit for everyone .. Should be more like this IMO .. Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 21 December 2018There was plenty of talk on the pitch leading into the Perth Test. The curator had promised express pace and bounce on a grassy surface. Once the match started, a debate was sparked by India’s move to not play a single spinner.R Ashwin was injured but Virat Kohli said he would not have been considered had he been fit. Besides Ashwin, India have two other spinners in the squad- Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.last_img read more

Report: Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1

first_imgChelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: PSG or Barca likely last-16 opponents for wasteful Blues Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 12/6/17 Conte - cropped Getty Images A 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid did neither any favours as Roma knocked the Blues off top spot and eliminated the Spaniards. Chelsea laboured to a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid which has serious ramifications for their Champions League last-16 fixture.The Blues needed a win to guarantee top spot in Group C but found Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak in inspired form before Saul Niguez nodded in with an effort that looked like it might seal a win for Diego Simeone’s side, themselves needing maximum points to have any chance of going through.Roma beat Qarabag 1-0 in the Eternal City, however, to deny both teams here, eliminating Atletico and giving Antonio Conte cause for concern after his side could not add to Stefan Savic’s own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With English clubs topping four of the other seven groups, as it stands Conte’s men would face Besiktas, Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain in the next round.The latter sides would likely send panic through Stamford Bridge. PSG eliminated Chelsea in their last Champions League campaign in 2016, but the Blues have not played Barca since the semi-final win over the Catalans en route to the title in 2012.Though Atletico are notoriously difficult to beat, Conte will be concerned after Chelsea failed to score with 17 shots on goal. Such wastefulness will not help the Italian finally leave an imprint on this competition come the new year.Full-time: Chelsea 1-1 Atletico #CHEATL— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017Atletico started with the intensity of a team needing to win, but Fernando Torres’ deflected effort and a lashed Thomas Partey shot cleared the bar in the sum of their efforts.Lucas Hernandez was destroyer-in-chief whenever Eden Hazard took possession but the Frenchman earned a booking and a warning from referee Danny Makkelie for fouls on the Belgian, which curtailed the rough stuff and allowed Hazard greater room to operate.Former Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata curled wide and twice tested Oblak, first off-balance from close range and then from an angle, but Hazard ought to have done better when he scuffed harmlessly from 15 yards when picked out well by Tiemoue Bakayoko.Oblak was again put to work by Davide Zappacosta’s low drive as Chelsea continued to dominate to the break and the Blues began the second half with Morata, Hazard and Andreas Christensen going close before Atletico suddenly pounced.Filipe Luis hit the post from 25 yards, but news soon filtered through that Roma had taken the lead, which led to stern celebrations from Simeone when Saul peeled off Bakayoko to convert Torres’ flick-on inside the six-yard box.390 – Saúl Ñíguez’s goal was Atletico’s first away from home in the Champions League in six and a half hours of football (390 minutes), since the Spaniard scored at Leicester in April. Call.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 5, 2017Cesc Fabregas routinely found space right up on the Atletico byline and one such raid ought to have been converted by Christensen, but the defender bundled wide from inches out.The goal finally arrived 15 minutes from the end, Hazard a predictable source as his fizzing cross was too quick for Savic, whose unorganised feet directed the ball high past Oblak.The goalkeeper sprung from his line barely a minute later to smother Morata one-on-one and an unmarked Willian blazed over to leave Conte chewing over a likely heavyweight contest in the first knockout round.Key Opta stats:- Since 2003-04, this is just the fourth time Chelsea have failed to finish top of their Champions League group (1st x10, 2nd x3 and 3rd x1).- The Blues have lost just one of their last 41 Champions League group stage matches at Stamford Bridge (W30 D10) – a 1-2 loss against FC Basel in September 2013.- Chelsea have also scored in 27 successive Champions League group stage home games – the last time they failed to score was in a 0-0 draw against Valencia in December 2007.- The last time Atletico were knocked out of the Champions League group stage was in 2009-10 when they won the Europa League at the end of the season. read morelast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Announces Major News For Saturday’s Penn State Game

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh shared some major news for Saturday’s game against Penn State on Monday.The Wolverines, who are set to host the Nittany Lions in a huge Big Ten showdown at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, will have a very special game captain.Harbaugh announced that former Michigan basketball star Chris Webber will be an honorary game captain on Saturday.Webber initially accepted the captain offer from Harbaugh during a radio appearance this summer.“I would definitely be honored, Coach, and you know I would do anything for you,” Webber said on the air. “You know, the No. 4s at Michigan, we’ve got to stick together.”Harbaugh gave Webber the option to pick whatever game he wanted and he’s chosen Penn State.This is a cool development for Webber, whose relationship with Michigan had been strained as a result of a booster scandal. The NCAA forced Michigan to disassociate with Webber for 10 years and had his team’s Final Four banners get taken down as a result.Webber has said he would like for everything to be fixed and for there to be a reunion with his former Fab Five teammates.“There’s nothing I would want more than (a reunion), and I think we’re on the right path for that, but I think there has to be conversation organically,” Webber said this summer.“For the fans I want to do it, for myself, for my family, for hoopers. It’s something I think we’re working toward.”Michigan and Penn State are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Gov’t Looking To Implement New Wage Negotiations Framework for 2017/19

first_img The Government is looking to implement the new framework for public sector salary negotiations during the 2017/19 contract period. Story Highlights The move, she said, is aimed at facilitating “prudent forecasting” of the wage bill and timely payments which, she noted “should ideally be at the beginning of each financial year.”  The Government is looking to implement the new framework for public sector salary negotiations during the 2017/19 contract period.The framework, which has been endorsed by Cabinet, provides more structured and clearer guidelines for salary negotiations.State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, said among the provisions is a proposal to extend the contract period from two to three years, which will be discussed with the unions.The move, she said, is aimed at facilitating “prudent forecasting” of the wage bill and timely payments which, she noted “should ideally be at the beginning of each financial year.”Mrs. Williams indicated that representatives of the Ministry will be discussing the overall framework in order to arrive at a consensus on its implementation.She was addressing a special forum hosted by the Ministry for representatives of the Government, the unions and staff associations at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday, July 26.Mrs. Williams said at the outset, discussions will be initiated regarding the development of negotiating protocols at the beginning of each round of salary discussions to which “the parties must agree.”This, she said, would include all aspects of arrangements in place at individual Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA), including monitoring and communications mechanisms.Mrs. Williams said Cabinet underscored the need for adherence to the Government’s policies and guidelines for negotiations.These, she said, include the submission of all claims for central and local government bargaining units to the Director of Industrial Relations via the Financial Secretary; negotiations being led by the Ministry’s team supported by the respective MDA management; and escalation of unresolved issues through the hierarchy to the Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, and to the senior Portfolio Minister, if necessary.“Should the matter remain unresolved , (then) consultations will be had with the (respective) Portfolio Ministers or the Cabinet for a decision on the matter, thereafter the industrial relations machinery may be employed,” she indicated.Mrs. Williams said claims for provisions such as meal and taxi allowances, which are common across the public service, are to be negotiated by the Government with a team comprising representatives from unions and staff associations.She noted that all other items will be negotiated with each bargaining unit, adding that “these will be carefully managed to ensure that no unfair advantage is derived based on positional power due to the size of bargaining units.”Additionally, Mrs. Williams said administrative matters relating to provisions such as computers as well as occupational health and safety issues should be dealt with at the MDA level, while negotiations for employees attached to public bodies should be conducted with the management of those entities, unless otherwise directed or routed.“While the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service represents the Government at the bargaining table, we want you to engage your parent Ministry and develop that kind of relationship that will see only issues of improvement in salaries and allowances being negotiated at the table,” the State Minister pointed out.Mrs. Williams said that as the Government and trade unions prepare to commence discussions for a new wage contract, “let us all recommit to the general principles that have survived over a decade and embody the spirit of engagement and special dialogue between you and us.”State Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, who also spoke at the forum, noted the challenges associated with the negotiating process, among which are protracted settlement timelines.While acknowledging that the unions have a duty to secure the best package for their members, he said  “we have to consider the value of money and conclude negotiations in a timely manner to make each dollar reach the point that it should, instead of barely making it two or three years later.” State Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, who also spoke at the forum, noted the challenges associated with the negotiating process, among which are protracted settlement timelines.last_img read more

Flowroute TopRated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019

Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. In Eastern Management Group’s 2019 SIP trunking customer satisfaction study, we evaluated 29 SIP trunk vendors that account for the majority of all sales. These companies include broad portfolio vendors like AT&T, Comcast, and Cisco, and niche providers such as Flowroute. SipTrunk_image1_82019.jpg With worldwide SIP trunk sales exceeding $14 billion in 2019, and growing 7% annually, it isn’t a big surprise that there are many SIP trunk providers competing for a piece of the pie. Barriers to market entry can be low for new vendors. Pull-through sales (attach rates) are often good. And profits are potentially strong according to an Eastern Management Group study, “2018-2024 SIP Global Market 7-Year Forecast and Analysis.” See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » What could be next for Flowroute?West (now Intrado) acquired Flowroute in August 2018. As reported in our study “Worldwide Hosted PBX Market 2019-2025,” West’s customers are medium and large enterprises. West targets businesses with IT departments that can buy more West services, typically companies with more than 300 employees. Flowroute has a loyal customer base and scored well in all size markets, including enterprise – which our research shows accounts for a smaller proportion of Flowroute’s customers than customers of larger competitors like AT&T and Cisco. We think at least 80% of Flowroute’s customers may have fewer than 100 employees, while at AT&T and Cisco, just 40% of their customers are of a similar size.While Flowroute scores high in satisfaction servicing and supporting enterprises, Flowroute is a big competitor in SMB markets that may be largely ignored by others. This includes businesses with between one and 50 employees, based on our survey, and one to two employee branches, common in vertical markets like retail. We expect Flowroute to expand its customer mix to a more substantial proportion of mid-market and enterprise customers to support and harmonize with West. How Can I Make Sure My SIP Trunks Are Secure? Steve Braverman July 17, 2019 Don’t overlook VoIP security when you set up your SIP trunks. Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. 5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well Irwin Lazar August 26, 2019 The SIP trunking market continues to thrive, even as organizations move to the cloud. 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. Flowroute Ranked #1Customers chose Flowroute as the top-ranked SIP trunk vendor for 2019 – receiving four stars in multiple measurements and beating the overall industry average. In Eastern Management Group’s 2017-2018 customer satisfaction study, Flowroute finished second. For enterprises that have always used billion-dollar telcos and large communications equipment companies for their SIP trunks, Flowroute, the 2019 Top Rated SIP Trunk Provider, will undoubtedly get a close look – as will West. cyber-3400789_1920.jpg The research used in this post comes from the following Eastern Management Group sources: “2019 SIP Trunking Customer Satisfaction” report and models, “2018-2024 SIP Global Market 7-Year Forecast and Analysis,” and “Worldwide Hosted PBX Market 2019-2025,” For more information on these studies and reports, please contact our analyst team or John Malone directly at 212-738-9402 Ext. 2201 or jmalone@easternmanagement.comTags:News & ViewsSIP providersMarket researchproduct vendorsSIP/SIP TrunkingEnterprise Connect ResearchEnterprise NetworkingVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Some changes at Flowroute are already evident. Local and toll-free inbound numbers are available in more than 160 countries around the world since summer 2019; this would be beneficial to West’s core customers. Customers give Flowroute high scores for product capability:Flowroute’s inbound SIP trunking provides unlimited concurrent call capacity. As call volume increases, new trunk instances are dynamically created.Flowroute’s outbound SIP trunking/termination focuses on fraud protection and security capabilities like:Destination restrictionDestination whitelistingInternational toll fraud protection Eastern Management Group asked 3,000 IT managers to evaluate their SIP trunk vendor on numerous customer satisfaction measurements in three principal categories: product, vendor experience, and customer delight. We then performed side-by-side comparisons of all 29 providers. The study’s findings are available in the Eastern Management Group’s “2019 SIP Trunking Customer Satisfaction” report and models. 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Famed screen artist Omar Sharif receives UNESCO Eisenstein Medal

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura presented the Sergei Eisenstein Medal to the famed screen artist during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters. The medal, bearing the likeness and signature of world cinema giant Sergei Eisenstein is awarded to deserving individuals from the world of cinematography for their contribution a dialogue among peoples, according to UNESCO. The number of medals to be awarded has been limited to 25 under the terms of an agreement on the initiative between UNESCO, the Russian film company MOSFILM and the Russian VIVAT Foundation for music and the theatre. read more

Broncos face Steelers out to snap another 6game win streak

DENVER — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defences with the NFL’s best pair of pass catchers and the league’s top tight end tandem.Not Denver’s.“We’ve had a tough game every week,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “We haven’t had any easy games. So, this is just another top offence that we get to see, another great challenge and we’re up for it.”The Steelers (7-2-1), bursting with playmakers in wide receivers Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James and running back James Connor, are the third consecutive opponent to bring a winning streak of at least five games into their matchup against the Broncos (4-6).The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the last team to face that sort of gantlet, wrapping up an 0-14 season with losses to the Raiders, Steelers and Patriots by an average of 40-10.The Broncos snapped the Chargers’ six-game roll with a stirring comeback last week capped by Brandon McManus’ field goal as time expired — one game after his errant kick as time expired allowed the Texans to escape with their sixth straight win.“We’ve seen it all already,” Harris said. “Now, it’s just another challenge, another great offence, another great quarterback and receivers. We’ve had some success this year playing the top offences.”In addition to letting Deshaun Watson and the Texans duck out of Denver with a win, the Broncos had their chances against Jared Goff and the Rams and twice against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. They lost those four games by a combined 12 points.“Close calls against really good football teams,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “This is definitely a team that is much better than their record shows. They’re a team that’s kind of sitting there.”Ready to pounce.“They got a big win last week and need to get this win,” Roethlisberger said. “We don’t look at records. We look at going on the road to a tough place to play against a really good football team.”Other subplots in the Steelers’ first trip to Denver since the playoffs following the 2015 season:ORANGE CRUNCHThe Broncos counter Pittsburgh’s dynamite duos with the league’s most prolific pass-rushing pair in Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb, both of whom are riding five-game sack streaks.Miller and Chubb have combined for 19 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 29 QB hits, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.“It’s unbelievable, maybe the best one in the game right now, those two guys,” Roethlisberger said.MAD SCIENCEMiller is coming off his 100th sack and a key interception that was a game-changer and maybe a season-turner, and he certainly has the attention of the Steelers.“I’ve got nothing but crazy respect for him,” Roethlisberger said. “Such a good football player and he really takes pride in his craft. He’s almost scientific about it.”Miller was the MVP of the Pro Bowl last year, where he was coached by Mike Tomlin in the Steelers staff.“I thought he was an alien,” Tomlin said. “He was a special player among a group of special players. He went by me in the fourth quarter and said, ‘Coach, I got this.’ I watched him take over a Pro Bowl and change the climate inside that stadium.”“An alien?” replied Miller. “Like, which one? There’s Martians with the big head or is it like ‘Alien’ the movie?”ROAD WARRIORSThe Steelers are 15-1-1 in their last 17 road games, though the going has typically been difficult in Denver. Pittsburgh has dropped four of its last five visits to the Mile High City, including a pair of playoff setbacks in 2012 and 2016.“We know it’s a tough place to play,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “I know I’ve never won a game there and I’ve been around a while. It’s one of those places where, no matter how hot you might think you are, things can change in a minute.”JUJU’S MOJOWhile Brown has caught at least one touchdown in eight consecutive games, it’s the development of Smith-Schuster that’s helped keep Pittsburgh’s offence humming even with running back Le’Veon Bell sitting out the season.Smith-Schuster has 64 receptions for 866 yards and has developed a rapport with Roethlisberger that is paying off in the clutch. He caught four passes in Pittsburgh’s final frenetic two drives last week against Jacksonville, including a leaping 35-yard grab that helped set up the winning touchdown.REPLAY OR REDEMPTION“It’s the best of the best,” Harris said of his matchup with Brown, who got the best of him the last time they lined up against each other three years ago.Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, snapping Harris’ streak of 35 games without allowing a score.“I didn’t play well that night,” Harris said. “But I’m ready for Sunday.”___AP Sports Writer Will Graves contributed.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Sir Elton John Liz Hurley and Heather Mills settle phone hacking claims

“Sincere apologies have been offered to the claimants for the distress caused by the invasion of privacy.”No admission of liability has been made to any allegations of illegal information gathering at The Sun newspaper.” Heather MillsCredit: Stephen Chernin/AP Callum Galbraith, a partner at Hamlins, said: “The litigation relates to allegations of phone hacking and unlawful information gathering at The Sun and the News of the World.”Notwithstanding the settlements and the growing body of evidence, News Group Newspapers Limited continue to refuse to acknowledge that any phone hacking took place at The Sun.”An NGN spokesman said: “News Group Newspapers has settled cases relating to voicemail interception at the News of the World which closed in 2011. Heather Mills Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley and Heather Mills have settled their phone hacking claims against News Group Newspapers (NGN), their lawyers have confirmed.The latest phone hacking case involving NGN, publisher of The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World, was due to go to trial next week at the High Court in London.But, in a statement issued on Friday, solicitors Hamlins said Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish, Ms Hurley, Ms Mills and her sister Fiona had agreed terms with NGN.The law firm said the claims were “the fourth trial in the last 18 months which has settled very close to the start of the trial date”.The statement added: “As lead solicitor for the claimants, Hamlins are applying shortly to commence the next batch of claims being brought against NGN.” 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

Uncapped players and Sextons fitness 5 talking points from Schmidts Six Nations

first_img Short URL By Ryan Bailey ‘A massive talent in the group that isn’t expressing itself’: Kiss and Ulster left searching for answers‘I’ve never played there’ – Dusautoir excited about Thomond Park trip Uncapped players and Sexton’s fitness – 5 talking points from Schmidt’s Six Nations squad The head coach named a 40-man panel this morning. Share5 Tweet Email1 31,819 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 64 Comments Jan 23rd 2017, 3:02 PM Follow us: Monday 23 Jan 2017, 3:02 PM WITH THE SIX Nations now coming into sharp focus, Joe Schmidt this morning named his 40-man squad for Ireland’s opening fixtures against Scotland and Italy. Here are five talking points from the announcement.1. Uncapped players Rory and Niall Scannell tackle Johnny Sexton during last September’s intepro. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIt’s always going to be the main talking point of any squad announcement but the inclusion of the Scannell brothers, Niall and Rory, as well as Munster team-mate Andrew Conway is hardly surprising.The trio have been rewarded for their excellent form for the province this season and deserve their place as part of Schmidt’s panel for the first two games of the championship campaign.Niall has established himself as Munster’s first-choice hooker this term with a string of impressive and consistent performances under Rassie Erasmus.With Sean Cronin sidelined for the tournament, it would have been easy for Schmidt to stick with the tried-and-trusted option of Richardt Strauss but the door has now opened for Scannell.He will be in direct competition with Leinster’s James Tracy for a place on the bench behind captain Rory Best.Similarly the absence of Jared Payne through injury gives Rory, 23, the chance to win his first Test cap after being involved in the extended squad for the November series victory over Australia.Having said that, each of the uncapped trio are included on merit and Conway’s flying form on the Munster wing has pushed him up the pecking order and into Schmidt’s plans.The former Leinster man has represented Ireland at Schools, U20, Wolfhounds and Emerging level so this season has very much been a coming of age for the 25-year-old. It’s a real show of faith in the former Blackrock College man.2. Sexton’s fitness and Madigan’s omission Madigan in action for Bordeaux against Ulster on Saturday. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOSchmidt would have feared for the availability of his talisman as Johnny Sexton hobbled out of Leinster’s Champions Cup game at Castres on Friday but the out-half’s presence in the squad is a clear indication that his calf problem is not serious.Sexton’s injury struggles have been well documented and the Leinster man is only just returning to full fitness after an extended period on the sidelines with hamstring problems.That Paddy Jackson is the only other out-and-out option at 10 underlines the confidence the IRFU medical staff have in Sexton’s calf (and hamstrings) as we wait to discover the extent of the damage.With Joey Carbery also out of action, Rory Scannell can cover the out-half position and is a viable alternative if required but the omission of Ian Madigan will raise eyebrows.The 27-year-old is now, of course, plying his trade with Bordeaux in France and the IRFU’s tendency to omit overseas players means he is appears to be currently off the radar when it comes to national selection.His absence from this morning’s press release was expected but it still bewilders many when questions marks are still hanging over Sexton’s fitness.3. The return of Tommy Bowe T-Bowe makes a return to the squad after a lengthy absence. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIt has been a long road back for Tommy Bowe so it’s good to see the Ulster wing back in the Irish squad after an injury-plagued 18 months.The 32-year-old missed last year’s Six Nations after sustaining that horrific posterior cruciate ligament injury during Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in September 2015.That was the last time he pulled on the green jersey but Bowe has been slowly working his way back to full speed over the last few months and is now back in the Ireland picture to provide competition on the wing.Speaking back in November, the Monaghan native targeted the Six Nations after having to watch Ireland’s November heroics from the sofa.“Joe’s just asked me to work hard to try and get my form back, try and get myself up to that level that he knows I can get to,” he said.“The ball’s in my court. I’m under no illusions that it’s going to be very difficult to get into the Irish team the way they’re playing, to get into the Ulster team is difficult.“I have confidence in myself that I can do it, my leg feels good, body feels good. My speed scores on the GPS are really coming back, they’re really not far away. It just takes a few games to get that sharpness.”4. Players in form Jack Conan has been in sensational form. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThere’s a feel-good factor around Irish rugby at the moment and confidence will be high going into the Six Nations campaign.Not only do Schmidt’s side go into this year on the back of victories against New Zealand and Australia but the level of performance from Leinster and Munster, in particular, gives great grounds for optimism.Of course, it is all about the collective but the moving, individual parts appear to be in fine working order and it’s hard not to be enthused by the prospect of Schmidt’s men pulling on the green jersey again.We all know what the likes of Conor Murray, Jamie Heaslip, CJ Stander, Best and Robbie Henshaw bring to the table but the form of those pushing for inclusion makes competition for places incredibly fierce.The back row has always been an area of strength and the wealth of options available to Schmidt is scary. Heaslip, Stander, Sean O’Brien (although doubts remain over his fitness) and Josh van der Flier are joined in the ranks by the returning Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony and the Leinster duo of Dan Leavy and Jack Conan.The latter, in particular, has forced his way into the reckoning off the back of a barnstorming couple of weeks in Europe for his province and he’s another player to have come through the other side of a frustrating time with injuries.Conan’s last, and only, appearance in green came in the summer of 2015 against Scotland so this chance has been a long-time coming but very much deserved.The scrum-half position is another department of strength. Needless to say, Murray is first-choice but Kieran Marmion will really be pushed for a place as his understudy by Leinster’s Luke McGrath, who has developed into a fine operator this term.A cursory glance down the squad list shows a sprinkling of quality across the pitch and plenty in reserve for Schmidt. Expectations are understandably high.5. Schmidt sticks to what he knows This squad probably came a bit too early for Adam Byrne. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWe hardly expected the head coach to name more than a handful of uncapped players in his squad but there could have been still room for him to reward the likes of Denis Buckley, Adam Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin. Connacht’s Sean O’Brien could also be put in this bracket, although Schmidt has strength in depth in that position already.In truth, it probably came too soon for those players having only really made their breakthrough since the last time Ireland played — but when you consider Ulster’s form, Tommy Bowe and Craig Gilroy may be somewhat fortunate to be included.Obviously the two Ulster backs are vastly experienced, proven at Test level and know the Schmidt systems but if you’re going on form, Byrne and O’Loughlin should be there instead.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

Newly discovered highvoltage electric eels found to be living in the Amazon

first_img DNA RESEARCH HAS revealed two entirely new species of electric eel in the Amazon basin, including one capable of delivering a record-breaking jolt.The findings are evidence, researchers say, of the diversity in the Amazon rainforest — much of it still unknown to science — and illustrate why it is so important to protect a habitat at risk from deforestation, logging and fires.“In spite of all human impact on the Amazon rainforest in the last 50 years, we can still discover giant fishes like the two new species of electric eels,” said lead researcher C. David de Santana, a zoologist working with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.The research “indicates that an enormous amount of species are waiting to be discovered in the Amazon rainforest, many of which may harbour cures for diseases or inspire technological innovations,” he told AFP.The electric eel, in fact a kind of fish rather than an eel, inspired the design of the first electric battery.For centuries, it was believed that a single species existed throughout the region known as Greater Amazonia, encompassing parts of countries including Brazil, Suriname and Guyana.But as part of a project to better understand electric eels and map wildlife in remote parts of South America, de Santana and his team decided to test that conventional wisdom.At first glance, they found little visible difference between creatures collected from different parts of the Amazon basin, suggesting the fish were indeed part of a single species.But further analysis, including of DNA from 107 samples they collected, upended centuries of assumptions and revealed three different species: the previously known Electrophorus electricus, along with Electrophorus voltai and Electrophorus varii.And their research also uncovered another stunning result: E. voltai is capable of delivering a jolt of 860 volts — much more than the 650 volts previously recorded from electric eels — “making it the strongest bioelectricity generator known.”‘Hidden’ functionsThe findings, published Tuesday in the Nature Communications journal, theorise that the three species evolved from a shared ancestor millions of years ago.Electric eels use their shock tactics for a variety of reasons, including hunting prey, self-defence, and navigation.They generate electricity from three specialised electric organs that can emit charges of varying strengths for different purposes.But the discovery of the new species raises the possibility that different types of eels may have evolved different ways of generating electricity, perhaps better suited to their diverse environments.De Santana hopes to compare the genomes of the three species, searching for clues that could offer insights useful to a variety of fields.“Electric eel physiology inspired the design of Volta’s first electric battery, provided a basis… for treating neurodegenerative diseases and recently promoted the advance of hydrogel batteries that could be used to power medical implants,” he said.The newly discovered species may reveal a “hidden variety” of functions “of interest to the broader scientific community.”- © AFP 2019  Share4 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 11:59 AM Newly discovered, high-voltage electric eels found to be living in the Amazon For centuries, it was believed that a single species existed throughout the region known as Greater Amazonia. 22,658 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article One of the newly-discovered species of eel. By AFP Wed 11:59 AM One of the newly-discovered species of eel. Short URL 27 Comments last_img read more

Des spermatozoïdes de souris fonctionnels créés en laboratoire

first_imgDes spermatozoïdes de souris fonctionnels créés en laboratoireDes chercheurs allemands et israéliens sont parvenus à générer en laboratoire des spermatozoïdes de souris en utilisant quelques cellules germinales primordiales. Utilisés pour féconder des ovules, ils ont conduit à la naissance de bébés souris tout à fait normaux.Au cours des cinquante dernières années, les problèmes d’infertilité masculine ont pris une importance croissante, s’accompagnant d’une forte réduction du nombre de spermatozoïdes chez les hommes. Alors qu’aujourd’hui de nombreux couples peinent à avoir un enfant, cette découverte ouvre la voie à une nouvelle manière de contourner les problèmes de fertilité. En effet, des chercheurs allemands et israéliens ont réussi à créer des spermatozoïdes en utilisant quelques cellules germinales primordiales. Présentes dans les testicules, ces cellules sont celles qui se transforment peu à peu en spermatozoïdes, passant par plusieurs stades. Après les avoir prélevées chez des souris mâles, l’équipe menée par le professeur Stefan Schlatta a placé les cellules dans un gel d’agar chargé de nutriments pour recréer un environnement similaire à celui trouvé dans les testicules. Ceci a permis aux cellules de croitre et de peu à peu se différencier pour obtenir au final des spermatozoïdes parfaitement fonctionnels. En effet, les cellules ont servi à féconder des ovules, donnant ensuite naissance à des petits tout à fait viables.Bien que la technique n’ait pour l’heure été testée que chez la souris, les scientifiques sont optimistes et estiment qu’elle pourrait aussi servir chez l’homme. Ceci permettrait alors à ceux souffrant de problèmes d’infertilité de ne pas avoir recours aux donneurs de sperme pour avoir un enfant. Le professeur Mahmoud Huleihel, qui a également obtenu les spermatozoïdes dans son laboratoire de l’Université Ben Gurion en Israël explique : “je crois qu’il sera éventuellement possible de faire croitre couramment des spermatozoïdes humains mâles en extrayant des tissues contenant des cellules germinales des testicules d’un homme et en stimulant la production des spermatozoïdes en laboratoire”.Une technique à expérimenter chez l’humain À lire aussiSlip ou caleçon ? Certains sous-vêtements seraient meilleurs pour la fertilité masculineInterrogé par le Telegraph, Stephen Gordon, consultant en infertilité masculine au National Health Service du Royaume-Uni, a salué la prouesse : “C’est un développement incroyable qui peut révolutionner le traitement de l’infertilité et permettre à chaque homme de devenir un père naturel. Les hommes infertiles ont naturellement envie d’être le père de leur enfant mais doivent accepter aujourd’hui que ça ne peut arriver. Avec la découverte de la souris, cela pourrait désormais être une possibilité”. Au vu de leurs résultats, les chercheurs tentent aujourd’hui de reproduire leur exploit “le plus vite possible” chez l’humain mais la tâche n’est pas aisée. Le Pr Huleihel a ainsi commenté : “Nous avons déjà appliqué les mêmes tests que ceux faits chez la souris en laboratoire, en utilisant des cellules humaines, mais nous n’avons pour l’instant pas eu de succès. Nous sommes confiants que si la chose est possible chez un mammifère comme la souris, elle est aussi possible chez l’humain. Nous effectuons actuellement des essais avec différents composés pour entrainer les cellules germinales à se changer en spermatozoïdes. Et nous croyons que ce sera possible. Et, avec espoir, bientôt”.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 16:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House passes bill allowing Tesla to expand

first_imgOLYMPIA — A bill that would allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open additional stores in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.Senate Bill 6272 passed through the House Thursday by a 94-2 vote and passed the Senate in February. Under the measure, Tesla would be able to expand in Washington beyond its two stores in Seattle and Bellevue.Initially the bill, which also clarifies existing laws between car manufacturers and dealers, had language that would have prohibited Tesla from expanding because of its status as a manufacturer and not as a dealer. The company sells cars directly from the manufacturer to the consumer.The bill in its current form would not allow other car makers to operate in the same manner as Tesla.last_img read more

Driver crashes stolen BMW with drugs inside killing 1

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida man who was involved in a deadly car crash is also accused of using stolen credit cards.According to Miami Police, 35-year-old Nicholas Castelao stole a BMW which he crashed after colliding with another car in the area of Southwest 17th Street and 25th Avenue in Miami, Sunday afternoon.That crash killed one person.Police said Castelao also had other people’s credit cards in his wallet, as well as drugs inside small baggies within the stolen vehicle.Castelao is one of six people who were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital after the wreck.He is facing charges of grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

No More Web Training Please

first_imgIf you’ve read my blog in recent weeks, you know I’ve grown very worried about what 2008 will bring for b-to-b publishing. A few days ago, I wrote that it’s “time for b-to-b editors and publishers to build some fighting holes”-defensive positions from where they could ride out the coming onslaught of bad economic news.I promised then that I would “post some of my thoughts on what a b-to-b fighting hole looks like.” And given the news that the smartest guys on Wall Street think a recession is coming, I think today is the day for me to start discussing tactics.Let’s start with a little story. A few weeks ago I had coffee with a long-time friend and journalist. We got to talking about new media. I told him about the remarkable work being done by Rob Curley‘s team at Loudoun Extra, and I told him that he should go straight home, log on and check it out.But my friend said that he did not have an Internet connection at his home.When my shock wore off, I asked why. And my friend, who makes pretty good money, said he didn’t want to pay for Web access. “It doesn’t seem worth it,” he said.I was reminded of that conversation earlier today when an anonymous reader posted a comment to an earlier post of mine. That reader complained that”employers aren’t doing much to train their current employees and prepare them as online journalists.”That’s true, I thought. But I don’t care. I believe that journalists need to learn these skills themselves. As I said more than two years ago”… at this point, you can’t blame the boss for not teaching these things. The difficult truth is that people who can’t insert a hyperlink, who won’t read a blog, who don’t know how to work with Photoshop and can’t upload a video file just aren’t worth having around anymore.”Now, as difficult times loom, I’m taking an even harder stance. I’m urging employers not to offer any training in Web journalism. There are two reasons for this. Here they are:1. You cannot train someone to be part of a culture.For someone to work on the Web, they must be part of the Web. That, after all, is what the Web means. The Web is a web. It exists as a series of connections. An online journalist isn’t a journalist who works online. He’s a journalist who lives online. He’s part of the Web.It’s a waste of time and money to teach multimedia skills and technology to someone who hasn’t already become part of the Web. And there’s no need to teach skills and technology to the journalists who are already part of Web culture, because the culture requires participation in skills and technology.Or, to put it another way — I cannot teach the Web. No one can. Yet all of us who are part of the Web are learning the Web.2. When the fighting begins, the training must end.We had a good run. For the past few years, life has been pretty easy for b-to-b publishers that have embraced the Web. We have been an army that has known nothing but victory. But if I’m right, the easy times are over.We have moved too far, too fast. Our lines are overextended. Our advance has been halted. We are vulnerable.We cannot move backward to round up the stragglers and train them to fight. It’s too late to try to convince print journalists that the Web has value. It’s too late to tell them that an Internet connection is worth a few dollars a month. As revenue shrinks, we can’t spend money on training. We can’t gather up the print folks and “prepare them as online journalists.”You can’t prepare people to dig a fighting hole. You just tell them to dig. And the ones who don’t dig fast enough, deep enough or well enough, die.[Some readers are sure to be thinking — “Is he nuts? Isn’t training newsroom staffs part of what he does for a living?” To which I reply, “Yes. I am nuts. And I do offer training to newsroom staffs.” Odds are there’s something valuable I can offer to the staff at your publication. There are certainly non-training services I can offer your company. Send an email to inquire (at) paulconley (dot) com and we can talk about it. Just don’t ask me to teach another “writing for the Web” course. There’s no room for Web newbies in a b-to-b fighting hole.]More on this topic Getting Wired and Getting Funded Digging a Fighting Hole Looking at Journalism’s Future Reflections on Bob Krakoff Bloggers: Lawsuits Won’t Stop Publishers From Blogging Time Inc. Developing ‘Serious Training Academy’Just In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Gucci Mane Major Lazer Kaskade More Atop Lineup For Texas Float Fest

first_img Gucci Mane, Major Lazer & More To Play Float Fest gucci-mane-major-lazer-kaskade-more-atop-lineup-texas-float-fest Gucci Mane, Major Lazer, Kaskade & More Atop Lineup For Texas’ Float Fest News Facebook Twitter center_img Email Ice Cube, Portugal. The Man, The Flaming Lips, Big Gigantic, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle also among artists announced to play the July festival held on a private ranch in TexasNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 25, 2019 – 3:41 pm Billed as the, “Only festival in the world to combine the Texas tradition of floating the river and live music,” Float Fest has announced its lineup for 2019, led by Gucci Mane, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, Kaskade, Portugal. The Man, The Flaming Lips, Big Gigantic, Zeds Dead, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle and more.. This year’s Float Fest will move to its new home at a private ranch on the Guadalupe River in Gonzalez, Texas after being held previously on the San Marcos River.“We’re excited to bring back Float Fest for its sixth year and host some of the nation’s most talented artists to produce a unique experience in Gonzales,” said Float Fest founder Marcus Federman. “We’re thrilled to be moving to a new city and keep the tradition of our fest going. Gonzales is known as the birthplace of Texas independence and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate a festival rich in Texas traditions such as live music, floating the river, and camping.”Additional performers include G. Love & Special Sauce, Missio, St. Lucia, Houndmouth, The Floozies and more. The festival will also be partnering once again this year with local business to organize a river cleanup project. Tickets are available now, including weekend and day passes and VIP tickets, via the festival’s website.MusiCares “Concert For Recovery Honoring Macklemore” May 16 At The Novo In L.A. – Tickets Avalable Nowlast_img read more

The iPad app making life easier for people in public housing

first_img For the disability community, tech is the great equalizer The app helping the homeless take back control Men won’t talk about mental health and it’s literally killing them Related stories 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Post a comment $249 With every FACS officer responsible for between 350 and 450 properties, the department was previously only visiting 30 percent of its public housing tenants in a given year. After the app was launched across the state in April 2018, the department conducted one third of its yearly visits — more than 20,000 interactions — in just 60 days.Former FACS client services officer Roger Mclean helped develop the app and knows the problem faced by front-line public housing workers too well. For each public housing visit he used to conduct, he says he would spend upwards of three hours printing out forms, rifling through case files and doing dry paperwork. For a person who got into the job to help people, the bulk of his time was spent on data entry. “It was horrible and very time consuming,” he says. “Now, we’re not rushing.”With only an iPad in tow, case workers can now spend time actually speaking to tenants in their homes, where issues are easier to identify and difficult conversations can be conducted in privacy. For elderly residents and people living with a disability the focus on in-home interactions is game-changing.  “Before, we spent 100 percent of our time on 10 percent of our clients,” says Lance Carden, director of customer service and business improvement at FACS.But for Carden, the biggest change has been a shift from putting out fires to actually engaging with people in the community who need it most. “We miss out on early intervention if we’re not visiting everybody. And we’re missing that social and human element.”Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. $329 $249 Share your voice See Itcenter_img See it Apple Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Culture See It Best Buy Family and Community Services officer Roger Mclean talks through the Ivy app with Kate McDonnell. Ian Knighton/CNET For millions around the world, public housing offers the promise of a much-needed roof overhead.But the reality of public housing can be grim, and problems that start small can often become bureaucratic nightmares.That might be a case of waiting weeks to get a broken door fixed or having to file repeated complaints about rowdy neighbours. But issues can be left to fester if councils ignore public housing tenants. And in some cases, as the world saw with the massive fire at London’s Grenfell Tower housing complex in 2017, that can have tragic consequences. While governments can be notoriously slow to adapt, one community housing provider is using tech to catch potential problems before they become big issues, making life easier for some of the most vulnerable people in society.  That solution is the Ivy app.Created by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in Australia, this iOS app was developed to cut out the endless paperwork case workers and community housing residents need to complete to get basic things done. It lets case workers fill property condition reports and take photos directly on an iPad, while also accessing family records, past incidents or safety issues and recent rent and water bills. Residents can complete forms and make payments on the spot, without having to visit a FACS office or wait an age on the phone to get connected to a call centre. And it’s all done through an iPad, which holds records of all the properties and families a case worker deals with, letting them map out appointments and access any information with a tap of the screen.  facs-apple-ivy-app-4Enlarge ImageThe Ivy app lets public housing residents pay bills, update records and get immediate referrals for help around their home.  Ian Knighton/CNET A simple tech update might seem like a no-brainer. But for Kate McDonnell, who lives in public housing with her five children in inner-city Sydney, the Ivy app has been a huge help. “Before, paperwork got lost … things were falling by the wayside,” she says. Case workers were “overloaded” with admin, and when she did actually get home visits, it was often a new case worker each time.Now, when she has issues, she doesn’t need to wrangle her two young children to get to a FACS centre while the other kids are in school — everything is done through the iPad. And when her case worker visits her house, “I know who they are.” $249 Tags Apple iPadlast_img read more

Kamareddy Work like a team to develop district

first_imgKamareddy: Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy gave a call to all to work together as a team from sarpanch to Zilla Parishad chairman for the development of the district. Kamareddy District Collector N Satyanarayana on Friday administered oath to Dafedar Shobha as the ZP chairperson and Prem Kumar as vice-chairman. 22 ZPTC co-option members also tool oath of office. Along with Speaker Pocharam, R&B Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, MLAs Gampa Govardhan, Hanmant Shinde and Jajula Surender attended the programme. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Later addressing the new team, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has reorganised the districts for easy administration. D Shobha’s name will be there forever in the history as the first ZP chairperson in the district, he added. Transport and R&B Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy said Chief Minister KCR is following Gandhi’s approach in rural development. Congratulating the new ZPTC chiefs and vice-chiefs, he wished them to grow to become better public figures and sit in the legislative assembly. The Minister assured to strive for the development of the district.last_img read more

Fashion designer Digraj Singh Shahpura loves promoting Indian heritage and culture

first_imgDigraj Singh ShahpuraPR HandoutDigraj Singh Shahpura, a popular Indian fashion designer who belongs to the royal clan of Shahpura has been instrumental in promoting Indian heritage and culture through his exclusively designed ethnic apparel.He is also known for doing some exclusive and innovative work in the field of hospitality. His work is diversified and is not only a fashion designer but also has business dealing with hotels, jewelry and interior designs.Digraj has made a mark with his classic tailored cut Indian wear, not just here but in and abroad as well. Digraj has collaborated and done trunk shows with prestigious fashion houses in abroad and India like Burberry, Berluti, Tods and Dior.Digraj gathered a lot of knowledge in the world of fashion by staying and travelling abroad. Thereafter he planned to start his own brand by the name of “Digraj Singh Shahpura” in 2015 and has not looked back since then.And he is dedicated towards bringing a new revolution in Indian fashion and putting it on to the international fashion map by bringing out designs that reflect his Rajasthani roots – Jodhpuri, Bandhgala, Achkan, which are his strengths.Furthermore, his designs bring across an aesthetic and regal tapestry of the fineries of Rajasthan that reflect the heritage and craft of the Indian state.Digraj Singh Shahpura is known for resurrecting fashion styles of the bygone era. His designs have made clothing patterns iconic and fashionable besides keeping intact the rich heritage of Rajasthan.last_img read more