New Zealand were good but not good enough in both deciders, says skipper Kane Williamson

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson said though his team played well in the ODI and T20 series and put up a good fight but were not good enough in both the deciding rubbers.”In both of them (deciders), we were very good, just not quite good enough. Both of them came down to the last couple of balls and when that is the case it’s such small margins. On a whole as a group we’re trying to constantly improve and we saw that in this series,” Williamson told reporters after the rain-shortened game here last night.”As a group, we are trying to constantly improve and get better. We have seen that throughout the series but there’s still a long way to go to where we want to be. But we are showing very good signs,” he said.The stylish right-handed batsman said it was a tough series and the two teams played good competitive cricket but was disappointing to lose it at the finish.”Such a fine line, especially in white ball cricket. We saw that in the entire series and it was a really tough series where both teams played really good competitive cricket. For a lot of games to come out to the last 2-3 balls makes for good watching but just a shame to be on the wrong side,” he said.The New Zealand skipper praised his players and said Colin Munro and the bowlers, especially the spinners did a great job throughout the series.Munro was one of the gains of the series as he hit 75 off 62 balls in the ODI decider at Kanpur and hammered a ton in Rajkot to set up the Kiwis win in the second T20.advertisement”There were some key contributions throughout. Colin Munro in the second game was outstanding. The bowlers, the spinners in particular, were very good. Collectively the guys went about their business really well. The batting unit has a really nice balance to it,” Williamson said.He said the shortened game made it difficult when it came to planning but there was a need to think on one’s feet..”Naturally, when it gets shortened to eight overs, you can sort of plan prior to going out with eight overs and only having to bowl four bowlers. It kind of means that you are not too fluid in how you are going to operate.”So, the guys coming out were essentially playing death in terms of their batting from ball one. So it was more to do with the surface and what we wanted to finish with today but it’s something different because you don’t experience it too much, you get 20 overs each and this is something different.You have to think on your feet,” he said.He admitted that the fifth bowler was an issue they were dealing with and also said players were trying to adapt to their roles in the team after New Zealand made changes to their top and middle orders.”But we certainly know in some conditions, how effective they can be and we saw Colin de Grandhomme throughout the IPL bowl exceptionally well for Kolkata Knight Riders. It is a balancing act on different surfaces. The batting unit has a really nice balance to it but it is just trying to adapt, read the game the best you can and seeing our bowlers adapt well.”Williamson was all praise for the ground staff at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram and said their efforts made the game possible.”It is great to come here. It is a brilliant stadium by any standards in the world, amazing stadium and yeah a lot of credit goes to the groundstaff. You couldn’t expect a perfect pitch with so much weather around with moisture and there was some in the surface and it made it challenging.”It was still a good game of cricket even though it was only eight overs each to get any cricket at all was really good effort. Was a tricky surface. I knew it was going to be tough and we got very close just shame we couldn’t cross the line,” he said.last_img read more

Stunning T20 match: Myanmar score 9 for 8, Malaysia stomp to easy win

first_imgMalaysia were left at the mercy of the weather after snaring eight wickets and conceding just nine runs in 30 minutes, as Pavandeep Singh returned impressive figures of 5/1, before heavy rain forced play to a halt in a WT20 Qualifier Asia B encounter at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.But a tremendous effort by ground staff and the entire Malaysian team to drain the outfield of stagnant water allowed play to restart with Malaysia set a target of six runs from eight overs.Malaysia suffered a fright, though, in losing openers Anwar Arudin and Shafiq Sharif to Pang Danu (2/2) in the first over without scoring but Suhan Alagaratnam’s straight hit for a six ensured there were no more hiccups as Malaysia ended on 11/2.Malaysia kept it tight against Myanmar even with the threat of rain looming.”We hoped to finish in the first over but the wicket was a bit wet and the bowler bowled into that patch,” said Malaysia captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammed Noor.READ – China score 35 from 20 overs in a T20 match. Thailand chase it down in 16 balls”Credit to him for getting our main batsmen out. But 11 runs in 10 balls is quite impressive for me.”Having won the toss and put Myanmar in to bat, Malaysia exclusively employed spinners in a rush to get a win ahead of the expected downpour.4 overs3 maidens1 run5 wickets!What a spell by @MalaysiaCricket’s Pavandeep Singh in their win against Myanmar at the @WorldT20 Asia B Qualifier! pic.twitter.com/Po2DIadwJ5advertisementICC (@ICC) October 9, 2018The hosts made a terrific start as Pavandeep began his four-over spell by trapping opener Lin Thu leg-before with the first ball of the innings before removing Ye Naing Tun two balls later.Anwar Rahman claimed two wickets for three runs before rain threatened to wreck Malaysia’s hopes of finishing third.”When it started to rain, we hoped to bat again. Thanks to the curator, ground staff and the boys, we worked hard to get the ground dried. We were lucky we managed to get it done and the umpires gave us eight overs,” Faiz added.last_img read more

USA TODAY Is Getting Crushed For This New Scott Frost Story

first_imgScott Frost coaching at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost has yet to win a game at Nebraska, as the Huskers are off to an 0-6 start for the first time in program history, but one thing is extremely clear: he is not getting fired.It’s not up for debate and it’s not worth discussing – at all – but USA TODAY decided to write a story this morning about the possibility.“Nebraska would owe Scott Frost as much as $26 million if school decides to terminate embattled football coach,” they write.Nebraska would owe Scott Frost as much as $26 million if school decides to terminate embattled football coach https://t.co/jSJZx40LLa— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) October 14, 2018From the story:At present, moving on from Frost would mean the school would be obligated to pay Frost as much as $26 million. Frost’s contract originally was for seven years, through Dec. 31, 2024. Nebraska would owe him $5 million for each year remaining through Dec. 31, 2022, with any partial year paid pro-rata. Then it would owe him $2.5 million for each of the final two years.The final tab for Frost likely would be offset by income from his future employment, but the school also would be looking at obligations to his 10 assistants and his top strength coach, all of whom are under contract through Dec. 31, 2019. They would be owed all of the money remaining on their deals. So if none of them were retained, that would add up to at least another $4.875 million, also subject to offset from future employment.Nebraska is still paying both of Frost’s predecessors, Bo Pelini and Mike Riley. The payout for Pelini, which is being offset by his contract as Youngstown State’s head coach, continues through February 2019 at a rate of about $1.5 million annually. Riley was owed about $6.6 million when he was fired last year. He is now an assistant at Oregon State, but his pay there isn’t doing much to help Nebraska. His salary is $50,004; he got a $35,000 signing bonus and is scheduled to get a $35,000 retention payment in 2019.Unsurprisingly, the reaction to the story has been like this:You guys are ridiculous— Damon Benning (@damonbenning) October 14, 2018Man, that’s a dumb story— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) October 14, 2018Don’t think anyone is calling for him to be fired. Certainly none of the 20,000 plus fans who travelled to Chicago are. We are as frustrated as he is but know patience is required.— Timothy Farmer (@Tim_W_Farmer) October 14, 2018If only there was a penalty for poor journalism!! ???— StansB1GFan ???☠️♥️ (@saf2564) October 14, 2018This is premature. He hasn’t even been there a full season. Nebraska fans need to chill.— Jamesetta Cleveland (@sports_mom_u) October 14, 2018Nebraska, meanwhile, returns to the gridiron on Saturday. The Huskers are taking on Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on BTN.last_img read more

Captain Marvel team pays tribute to comic legend Stan Lee. See release date

first_imgCaptain Marvel team pays tribute to comic legend Stan Lee. See release dateStan Lee passed away on November 12 last year. Captain Marvel will be released in India on March 8, celebrated as International Women’s Day.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SingaporeFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 09:29 IST Captain Marvel team pays tribute to Stan LeeThe Captain Marvel fan event on Thursday had an emotional beginning for Marvel fanatics when the cast and crew of the film paid homage to comic legend Stan Lee, who passed away last year at the age of 95.The much anticipated film is set to be released in India on March 8, celebrated as International Women’s Day.It is a bittersweet moment that the Brie Larson-fronted movie is the first Marvel film to be released after Lee’s death in November 2018.’Excelsior Thank You Stan 1922-2018′ appeared on the screen as the team paid tribute to Lee, the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk.What followed next was the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War that showed Nick Fury calling for Code Red and barely managing to page Captain Marvel before vanishing into nothingness as Thanos snaps his fingers wiping off half of earth’s population.After waiting for the longest time, the fans’ frenzy was piqued by more than a notch when the sound of an airplane announced the entry of the Captain Marvel team.A special segment of Super Fans, who were chosen from contests on social media, were stationed in the Star Force box an obvious hat tip to Captain Marvel’s association with the Kree elite tactical unit.Life-like posters of Larson and co-star Gemma Chan flanked the beams at the city-based Marina Bay Sands hotel.Some fans stood out in the crowd with their choice of outfits. A husband and wife had turned up dressed as a Captain Marvel couple, sending a strong message of gender parity while another fan turned up as the Spider-Man.advertisementA fan got close to assembling the Avengers when he got Jackson to sign the Captain America shield as Fury. He has already managed signatures from Captain America (Chris Evans), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell).Larson, Chan, Samuel L Jackson and director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck entered the arena with the Marvel Studios theme playing in the backdrop.Boden and Fleck, dressed in red and blue respectively, were the first to enter. They were followed by Jackson who was greeted with loud cheers. He stopped at the beginning of the walkway to apparently go live on one of his many social media accounts.One of the fans, who had brought along a light sabre as a nod to the veteran actor’s Star Wars character Mace Windu, got both his attention and autograph.Jackson spent a lot of time talking and clicking selfies with the media, which made the restless fans fighting for his attention chant his name.Jackson, who donned white Armani, cheekily waved to the fans only after they started calling Chan’s name.Chan, who shot to global fame as the independent, sophisticated and ambitious Astrid from Crazy Rich Asians, directly dived into fan boxes to give autographs and selfies.Dressed in printed white dress, she interacted with the media for a brief period of time, which left more than a few shutterbugs disappointed.The loudest cheers and deafening screams were reserved for Captain Marvel herself, who entered guarded with heavy security detail.The Oscar winner was dressed in a custom black Oscar De La Renta pant and stylised top and sported a golden Captain Marvel badge on her back.This was Larson’s first time in Singapore and like Chan, she too went head on first to meet her fans. A generous Larson interacted with fans and members of the media alike.The actor said it was the well roundedness of the character that attracted her to the role.”A lot of times, the film is about getting to the thing, saving the thing. But what it’s really about is getting to herself. So we go along with her on this journey of finding herself. It starts with her being tough and strong. But it’s really the vulnerability that comes in play that brings her to herself,” Larson said.Boden got a round of applause as she is the first female director to helm a Marvel film. She said they did not expect such an “overwhelming” response and it was a slightly “scary” feeling.Talking about his role in the 1990s set origin story, Jackson said he missed his youth from the 90s, which elicited a roaring laughter from the audience.”I was years younger then. I don’t know about bringing her (Captain Marvel) into this world as much as helping her get a lost part about herself. I’m growing as a person myself” he said.advertisementThe film was special, Jackson said, as he got to work with Larson who is “someone he liked”, leading to another round of laughter. This is the duo’s third project together.The fan event was all about getting women at the centre stage. Jackson and Fleck gave a shout-out to the women in their life.A selected number of Singaporean women – lawyer, reporter, writer, swimmer, race car driver and others – were celebrated by the film’s team. A group of children were anointed as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jackson.ALSO READ: Captain Marvel trailer: Brie Larson film punches you with ’90s nostalgiaALSO READ: Captain Marvel first look: Brie Larson is the superhero we deserveALSO WATCH| Avengers Infinity War director: I have a strong connection with Captain AmericaGet 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. 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South Carolina Ports Authority In Clover

first_imgzoom South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a record container volume of nearly two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in 2016.SCPA handled 1.996 million TEUs in 2016, surpassing the previous record of 1.985 million TEUs handled in 2005.Container volume in TEU was up 1.2 percent compared to last year.Loaded TEU volume was up 4 percent year-over-year while empty container volume was down 10 percent.“We are cautiously optimistic about the future given the significant automotive projects that exist in the Southeast along with the seeming recovery of emerging market economies, which drives U.S. exports,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.”Our focus is squarely on realizing ongoing enhancements to handle the significant deployment of big container ships, specifically refurbishing our wharves, raising our cranes, deepening our harbor as soon as possible, and expanding our successful inland port network with a second inland port facility in Dillon, SC.”SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer.last_img read more

Youth SP leader shot dead Akhilesh Yadav lashes out at Yogi govt

first_imgLucknow/Faizabad: A Faizabad-based youth leader of the Samajwadi Party has been shot dead, police said Tuesday.Thirty-year-old Akhilesh Yadav of Kanakpur village in Maharajganj police station area was shot at point blank range when he was working out at a gym near his house on Monday evening, Faizabad SSP Ashish Tiwari said. He was the area president of the Samajwadi Lohiya Vahini, the officer said. The incident prompted the Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav to attack Yogi Adityanath government over “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Criminals have no fear of police in the state. Crime is rising while law and order is deteriorating in the state. The state governor might say UP is heading on the path of becoming the best state, but in reality, it is becoming synonymous with fear and terror for the people,” said the SP president. He said one of his party leaders was killed in Faizabad on Monday, while similar incidents are reported from all over the state exposing the “tall claims” of the government on law and order situation in the state. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedGiving details of the killing of the SP youth leader in the district, Faizabad SSP Tiwari said, “(Slain leader) Akhilesh Yadav was shot by one Aditya Singh. The duo had a dispute over the operation of a transport firm.” “Accused Aditya Singh and his accomplices who helped him in the murder are absconding,” the SSP said, adding efforts are on to arrest them. The youth leader was rushed to the district hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, police said. Meanwhile, party activists led by former minister Pawan Pandey blocked traffic on the main city road in front of the Faizabad district hospital, demanding the arrest of the accused.last_img read more

The Latest Man who took hostages at UPS facility is dead

first_imgLOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Latest on the resolved hostage situation at UPS facility (all times local):5:10 p.m.New Jersey’s attorney general says the armed man who burst into a UPS facility and took two female workers hostage was shot and killed by police after he exited the building with both women.Gurbir S. Grewal’s office says in a statement the man has been identified as 39-year-old William Owens, of Sicklerville, New Jersey.He says officers responded to the supply chain processing facility in Logan Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Philadelphia, around 8:45 a.m. Monday over reports of a man with a gun.He says multiple members of law enforcement fired at the man when he exited the building with the women.Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore says there was apparently a prior relationship between the gunman and one of the women he took hostage.___12:20 p.m.Prosecutors say an armed man burst into a UPS facility in New Jersey and took two female workers hostage before officers stormed in and resolved the ordeal.Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore says the suspect was apparently shot and injured, but the women were unharmed in the situation Monday at the supply chain processing facility in Logan Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Philadelphia.Employee Allen Anthony Dowling tells The Associated Press he heard a fellow worker say someone had a gun. Dowling says he then heard what he thought was a gunshot and began to run along with other employees.Fiore says there was apparently a prior relationship between the gunman and one of the women he took hostage.Police swarmed the area in the morning and evacuated employees.___11:10 a.m.An employee at a UPS facility that is the scene of a reported active shooter situation in New Jersey says he heard an apparent gunshot and began to run.Allen Anthony Dowling tells The Associated Press he heard a fellow worker say someone had a gun. Dowling says he then heard what he thought was a gunshot and began to run along with other employees.Police surrounded an area around a loading dock at the supply chain processing facility in Logan Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Philadelphia.Television news footage showed armed officers crouching behind one of the vehicles.In a statement, UPS says it’s working with law enforcement on an active shooter situation, but did not provide details or identify if any employees were involved.Schools in the area were put on a modified lockdown.___10:05 a.m.Police have surrounded a United Parcel Service facility in New Jersey in response to a reported active shooter.Television images show police cars surrounding the loading dock area of the building in Logan Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Philadelphia.Armed officers can be seen crouching behind one of the vehicles.A person answering the phone at the township police department says it is an active shooter situation, but didn’t give further details.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Germany, France to push European industry strategy at summit

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany and France hope to win over other European Union countries to their ideas for a “European industry strategy” at a summit this week.Leaders of the 28 EU countries hold a regular summit Thursday and Friday. Merkel said in her weekly video message Saturday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron have proposed discussing the issue as they try to “secure jobs for the future in strategic business areas in Europe.”She pointed to “strategic research and innovation projects” such as a German-French push to create a car battery cell consortium aimed at catching up with Asian rivals.Berlin and Paris last month launched a drive for a “European industrial policy,” including a push to overhaul EU competition rules to facilitate creation of world-leading companies.The Associated Press read more

UN scaling up efforts to facilitate return home of displaced Sri Lankans

2 June 2009The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are working to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of people who were uprooted by clashes between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels are able to return to their homes. Last month, the Government declared that its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was over, ending more than two decades of fighting.Some 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living in 40 emergency shelter sites. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have erected nearly 9,000 emergency shelters and over 14,000 tents so far, distributed non-food items and carried out protection monitoring activities.“We continue to work closely with the Government to better respond to the emergency – from central Government level to the local Government officials who are involved with direct assistance activities on the ground,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva today.Key priorities are to decongest and improve conditions in the camps, stabilize the population and prepare for their return home, he added.“UNHCR’s ultimate objective is to support efforts to restore normalcy in the lives of this population by ensuring that they can return home as soon as conditions are in place,” such as security issues, de-mining and reconstructing damaged homes, the spokesperson said.The agency is also in talks with the Government to ensure that IDPs living in camps can move around freely, Mr. Redmond said. “The Government has taken positive steps on this front by releasing categories of persons with special needs, including the elderly and pregnant women, to specialized institutions as well as reunifying families separated during flight.”Further, the agency is encouraging authorities to wrap up screening as soon as possible and separate ex-combatants to allow civilians to move more freely in and out of camps, he noted.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE, while rejecting in the strongest terms any figure attributed to the UN.Briefing the General Assembly on his recent visit to Sri Lanka and other travels, Mr. Ban said media reports alleging that some 20,000 civilians may have been killed during the last phase of the conflict “do not emanate from the UN and most are not consistent with the information at our disposal.”He “categorically” rejected any suggestions that the UN has deliberately under-estimated any figures. “Let me also say, whatever the total, the casualties in the conflict were unacceptably high – as I have also said repeatedly,” he added.Mr. Ban told the Assembly that during his 22-23 May visit to the South Asian island nation, he pressed the Government to heed international calls for an inquiry into alleged abuses and underscored the need for full accountability and transparency.“Any inquiry conducted by the international community would require, first, the full cooperation of the host government, or, second, the support of the UN Member States, expressed through the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly or the Security Council,” he said. read more

Emissions Reduction Alberta awards 30 million for methane reduction projects

CALGARY — Emissions Reduction Alberta has awarded $30 million to help fund 12 projects designed to tackle methane emissions in the province.ERA says the projects, which include direct reductions in the energy, cattle and forestry sectors, as well as detection and monitoring efforts, should reduce methane emissions by more than 1.1 million tonnes by 2020 and more than 6.9 million tonnes by 2030.The agency, funded by levies against heavy emitters of greenhouse gases, says the projects represent more than $83 million in total investment and will bring Alberta closer to its goal of reducing methane emissions by 45 per cent by 2025.The province has set the reduction target because the climate change impact of methane is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over 100 years.The projects were chosen out of 118 submissions for the methane program, part of ERA’s overall role in funding climate change projects.ERA has also announced the next funding competition round, which will provide $50 million for technologies that help oilsands meet the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions limit. read more

HSN looks for new shoppers beyond TVs reach

This photo provided by HSN Inc., shows Mindy Grossman. HSN’s fourth-quarter results, released Wednesday, showed a 2 percent decline in revenue to $1.07 billion as profit fell 27 percent to $43.5 million. That beat Wall Street expectations, and the company’s shares rose more than 6 percent. But the stock has been down 17 percent in the last 12 months. CEO Mindy Grossman said the goal is to keep testing while implementing new strategies. (HSN via AP) by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HSN looks for new shoppers beyond TV’s reach NEW YORK, N.Y. – HSN Inc., long a base for home shopping on TV, wants to refashion itself for shoppers more used to buying on their mobile phones.The company still broadcasts live to more than 90 million households in the U.S., but also features more than 50,000 products on its website. Fifty-five per cent of its business now comes from online sales, with almost half of that from mobile devices. But HSN, like its rival QVC, has been wrestling with sluggish sales recently for the same reasons as other retailers — Amazon’s dominance online, and a preference for experiences over stuff.HSN’s fourth-quarter results, released Wednesday, showed a 2 per cent decline in revenue to $1.07 billion as profit fell 27 per cent to $43.5 million. That beat Wall Street expectations, and the company’s shares rose nearly 8 per cent. But the stock had been down 17 per cent in the last 12 months.CEO Mindy Grossman said the goal is to keep testing while implementing new strategies. St. Petersburg, Florida-based HSN wants to draw more customers, particularly women in their 30s and 40s, while still satisfying its existing shoppers, whose average age is 57. It wants its mobile app to engage more with shoppers. It’s also developing more exclusive products and looking at the “connected life” trend — how technology can be used to improve someone’s life.“It is about broadening the reach for our brands and being able to accelerate that,” said Grossman.She believes shoppers will remain frugal for now because of uncertainty about new government policies under President Donald Trump’s administration.“There’s no question that 2016 was challenging not just for us, but across pretty much the breadth of retail for the most part,” she said. “In 2017, I think consumers may feel rational, but they’re still not going to spend until they’re truly confident about the future. What’s at the top of their mind is what’s going to happen with health care, what’s going to happen with taxes, what’s going to happen with the economy.”The company also found itself tangled in politics as several stores dropped the Ivanka Trump brand and the president criticized Nordstrom. The store said the decision was based on falling sales, but was caught up in a boycott campaign. HSN, which didn’t sell the brand, denied reports that it had also dropped it.“I think we have to stay above the fray,” Grossman said. “I can say that this is a president that communicates somewhat differently than others. And we are all in a somewhat learning phase. But at the other side, he is a businessman. So I think there is an opportunity to make progress on key issues.”Craig Johnson, president of retail consulting group Customer Growth Partners, said the big issue for HSN is that it’s not drawing enough millennials as they enter a higher-spending mode.“The brand itself is both the biggest asset and the biggest liability,” Johnson said. “It needs to focus on bringing the brand more in the present.”HSN is pushing 30- to 45-second shoppable Facebook videos, and rolling out augmented reality apps to help people furnish their homes and creating more personalized offers online. It also says it’s looking at artificial intelligence experiences through voice-controlled devices, but declined to elaborate.____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio read more

When it comes to breastfeeding timing is everything in saving newborn lives

While nearly nine-in-ten babies born in Burundi, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu are breastfed within that first hour, only two-in-10 born in Azerbaijan, Chad and Montenegro were nursed.“Breastfeeding gives children the best possible start in life,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We must urgently scale up support to mothers – be it from family members, health care workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve.”Analyzing data from 76 countries, the report reveals some of the reasons why too many newborns are left waiting.,One common practice is to discard colostrum, and instead feed the infant honey, sugar water or infant formula, which also delays a newborn’s first critical contact with its mother.The rise in elective C-sections also has an impact, with a study across 51 countries noting that in this type of delivery, initiation rates among newborns are significantly lower.Earlier studies, cited in the report, show that newborns who began breastfeeding between two and 23 hours after birth, had a 33 per cent greater risk of dying, compared to those who breastfed within one hour. And the risk more than doubled among newborns who started a day or more after birth.The report urges governments and other decision-makers to adopt strong legal measures to restrict the marketing of infant formula and other breastmilk substitutes to help address the situation.The WHO and UNICEF-led Global Breastfeeding Collective also released the 2018 Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which tracks progress for and urges countries to advance breastfeeding policies and programmes to help mothers breastfeed their babies in the first hour of life. UNICEF/Giacomo PirozziA newborn sleeps in his mother’s arms, in a health centre in Accra, Ghana. “When it comes to the start of breastfeeding, timing is everything,” said Henrietta Fore, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Executive Director, on the eve of World Breastfeeding Week.“In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death,” she added.In the report, Capture the Moment, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) note that while newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive, they estimate that 78 million newborns are excluded.“Each year, millions of newborns miss out on the benefits of early breastfeeding and the reasons – all too often – are things we can change,” she continued. “Mothers simply don’t receive enough support to breastfeed within those crucial minutes after birth, even from medical personnel at health facilities.”World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world by providing infants with the nutrients they need.Even a few hours delay after birth could pose life-threatening consequences. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother’s production of breastmilk, including colostrum, which is produced ahead of regular milk, in the first few days after giving birth. It is so rich in nutrients and antibodies, that it is often referred to as the baby’s first vaccine.According to the report, 65 per cent of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have the highest rate of breastfeeding within the first hour, while East Asia and the Pacific have the lowest rate with only 32 percent benefitting from the early initiation. read more

The Toronto Maple Leafs Needed An American To Become Stanley Cup Contenders

When the NHL expanded in 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs were, at least in terms of Stanley Cup championships won, the league’s second-most-successful franchise. They had won the Stanley Cup 13 times, just one fewer than the Montreal Canadiens, their Quebecois rivals. But while the modern era of the NHL1Defined as the time after that 1967 expansion from six to 12 teams. has been mostly good to the Canadiens — they’ve won the Stanley Cup 10 more times — it has been downright cruel to the Leafs: Their Stanley Cup tally remains stuck at 13, making the Leafs the only Original Six team that hasn’t lifted the Stanley Cup at least once in the NHL’s post-expansion age.Torontonians hope all that will change this season. The Leafs have jumped out to a quick start, winning six of their first nine games while scoring the fourth-most goals per game. The player doing a lot of that scoring — and a principal reason for Toronto’s early success — is a kid from the American desert named Auston Matthews.Of course, the California-born and Arizona-raised Matthews, who turned 21 last month, is a known entity at this point: In terms of point shares amassed in the first two seasons of a player’s career, he has been the best American since at least 1967-68, averaging 9.35 point shares per season. (Better than Mike Modano, better than Patrick Kane, better than Jeremy Roenick. You get the point.) If he can stay healthy and play into his late 30s, and keeping in mind that he hasn’t entered his prime yet, Matthews could finish with close to 200 point shares. This wouldn’t just qualify him as the greatest American player in NHL history; it would make him one of the best players in NHL history, period.Matthews, who averaged nearly a point per game as a 19- and 20-year-old, is averaging 1.78 points through nine games this season. The goals (he has 10 already) are coming easily, and if he keeps this up, he may break Alex Ovechkin’s post-1994-95 lockout record for goals in October.It’s unusual for an American to excel for a Canadian team. Many of the U.S. greats — Roenick, Modano and Kane, not to mention Brian Leetch, Chris Chelios and Pat LaFontaine — played the majority or the entirety of their careers stateside2To be sure, Canadian teams have had American heroes: Joe Mullen was the top point getter on the 1988-89 Calgary Flames team that won the Stanley Cup, and Gary Suter was that team’s second-best defenseman. Very young versions of John LeClair and Mathieu Schneider were pivotal role players on the 1992-93 Canadiens team that lifted the Cup. And the current iteration of the Winnipeg Jets is lousy with American talent.. In fact, it’s unusual for Americans to play in the Great White North at all. Some of that has to do with the drafting habits of Canadian teams: Just 51 of the 1,240 first-round draft picks since expansion have been Americans selected by Canadian teams, only four of whom were Toronto draftees. Americans have accounted for just 11.9 percent of skater games played for Canadian teams since expansion and have just 10.6 percent of the goals scored by Canadian teams. By contrast, Americans have accounted for 17.1 percent of player games played for American teams, and they have 15.0 percent of the goals scored by American teams. GamesGoalsAssistsPoints And in terms of Canadian teams that employ Americans, the Leafs rank low by percentage. Maple Leafs10.29.710.09.9 Canada11.9%10.6%10.9%10.7% Jets*21.521.422.822.3 United States17.115.015.515.3 Share by Americans Senators13.613.111.512.1 Only includes statistics by skaters (i.e., excludes goalies).Source: Hockey-Reference.com Share of Tm. Total by Americans Flames13.5%13.1%14.6%14.1% Which Canadian teams are outsourcing their hockey work?Share of total team player games played and offensive production (by skaters) for American players on Canadian franchises, 1967-68 to 2017-18 TeamGamesGoalsAssistsPoints Nordiques4.43.93.63.7 Canucks8.88.06.57.1 Oilers11.99.410.810.3 Canadiens12.18.89.39.1 Never trust an American to do a Canadian’s job, eh?Share of team stats produced by skaters born in the United States vs. Canada by franchise location, 1967-68 to 2017-18 * Includes both the pre-1997 Jets (who later became the Arizona Coyotes) and 2012-present Jets (who were formerly the Atlanta Thrashers).Source: Hockey-Reference.com Since expansion, Americans have accounted for just 10.2 percent of their skater games played. Only the Vancouver Canucks (8.8 percent) and Quebec Nordiques (4.4 percent)3Who, by the way, haven’t existed since they moved to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.have employed Americans at a lower rate. It’s strange, then, that they’ve hitched their wagon to a kid for whom pond hockey was a thing that only happened in Disney movies.The move has paid off so far: If Matthews isn’t the best player in the world, he’s not far off. And if he delivers the Stanley Cup to long-suffering Leafs fans, nobody in Toronto will think twice about where their savior grew up. read more

Ohio State footballs offense operated at probably 60 percent last season

In a corporate-like manner, running backs coach Stan Drayton explained how the Ohio State football team’s offense still hasn’t reached its potential. Based on his calculation, it’s really not even close. “We operated at probably about 60 percent last year,” Drayton said. In most contexts, it’s a figure hardly associated as a passing grade and arguably less than a fitting one for an offense that averaged 37 points per game. If functioning at only 60 percent, though, the Buckeyes weren’t half bad last year. In its first undefeated season since 2002, OSU’s revitalized offense ranked 21st out of 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring offense en route to a total of 446 points. In particular, it was the Buckeyes’ ground game that breathed life into such success. Under the direction of coach Urban Meyer, OSU’s 10th-ranked rushing offense averaged 242 yards rushing behind the steady legs of rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller and rising senior running back Carlos Hyde. Miller ran the ball for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns while Hyde ran for 970 yards and 16 scores. The duo proved potent throughout OSU’s 2012 campaign, but Drayton said tape of last year reveals a clear weakness. “Here’s the deal: when you sit there and you study our film, you see safeties sitting there at eight yards because (Hyde and Miller) are in the backfield,” he said. Why? He said it stems from the lack of a consistent aerial attack. “The moment we are able to pose a pass threat, those safeties can’t sit at eight yards around the box,” Drayton said, “they’re going to have to play defense and play some coverage.” At times, Miller and the Buckeyes found ways to air the ball out. But collectively, OSU finished 105th in passing yards per game. It’s why in addition to developing the team’s relatively young receiving corps, OSU is trying to mold rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall into a hybrid type of player – one who can attack opposing defenses with his prowess for not only running the ball, but catching it in space as well. “We have a lot of playmakers on offense, first off. I think I can just be another one, another person the defense has to prepare for,” Hall said. Touted as likely the starting running back heading into 2012, Hall missed nine games last year with a torn PCL before being granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season. The Jeannette, Pa., native, who served as captain last season, said he’s trying to embrace what the coaching staff wants him to be. But even Hall said his role is mysterious to him as it is to those trying to figure out what impact he could have on this year’s squad. “I really don’t know to be honest … I’m really trying to figure it out for myself, too,” Hall said. “I knew everything at running back and, right now, I’m still trying to learn this position.” Still, Hall said it’s a position that accentuates his skill set. “Usually when you catch the ball as a receiver, there’s two people to make miss,” he said. “And as a running back, you got to run through D-line, linebackers, safeties.” For OSU, the man trucking through defenses’ lines of resistance is Hyde, who came back to Columbus after flirting with the possibility of jumping to the NFL. “I thought about it, yeah. But then I really thought hard, and I was like, I want to come back, you know?” said Hyde, who started at running back last season. “I want to come back and get that 1,000 yards, you know, and raise that crystal ball, so why not?” The move could pay dividends for an OSU team trying to improve its aerial attack but maintain a steady punch with the running game. “Once we get that balance in our offense, we’re hoping it to be very explosive here,” Drayton said. It could be the difference in the Buckeyes’ chase for a Big Ten and national championship. read more

Kate McGrew I came out to my parents as a sex worker

first_imgKate McGrew: ‘I came out to my parents as a sex worker on national television’ If you saw that show you will realise that sex workers don’t just sell sex, writes Kate McGrew. By Kate McGrew Share105 Tweet Email1 Jun 24th 2018, 7:31 PM 168,535 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4077660 Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’>center_img Director of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Kate McGrew SEX WORK IS isolating work. So is truck driving; and I’m hitting the road. Hop in and keep me company?Have you ever met a sex worker?  In a shop? At a gig? On the Dart? How would you know?Allow me to introduce myself to you then. I’m Kate McGrew— sex worker by day, performer by night and Director of Sex Workers Alliance by the way.Coming outYou might remember me—“Ireland’s Favourite Courtesan” according to one leading Irish newspaper. I came out to my parents as a sex worker on national television, starring in the 20-part IFTA-winning RTÉ 2 series, ”Connected”.If you saw that show you will realise that sex workers don’t just sell sex. Out of our natural habitat we can be seen interacting with many different species of amicus and familiea, engaging in the sacred rituals of filing taxes, or even wearing flat shoes.We also do stuff like pay off our college loans, and drink too many G&Ts at the weekend. Imagine.Creating and performing theatreYes I’ve been known to indulge—and I’m getting there on the loans—but my North Star is creating and performing theatre, comedy and music. As I follow my guide, I’m delighted to be your guide on the first stop of our trip: San Diego, California, USA.My new show is premiering at the 2108 San Diego International Fringe Festival from June 22. It’ a stand-up, hip-hop mash-up, mixing my stories and my tunes.I was last in San Diego, in 2015, when my show, Hooker P.I. won the ‘Fringe on Fire’ Award. Since you’re along for the ride this time, I’m also putting together some great video interviews, all lined up for your future viewing pleasure. I do love to entertain.Legal and cultural battlesWe’ll be talking with Kata, owner of Les Girls Theatre, the venue of my show. Kata was a dancer there in the 1960s, and was embroiled in the 1969 legal battle for the theatre to become California’s first nude venue. Nearly half a century later it sounds almost funny. Almost.Yet legal and cultural battles are still waged over women deciding to bare their breasts for finance, fun, or food.I’ll interview Genevieve Jones-Wright. A criminal justice advocate and a sex workers rights’ advocate, who just ran for San Diego District Attorney.  Advocacy, like hers, is critical in cities like San Diego, because the news media there – like most media outlets in America and beyond – has falsely conflated the presence of migrant sex workers with sex trafficking.I will also interview a young migrant dancer at Les Girls – getting a fresh perspective on what it’s like being the youngest dancer in the oldest strip-joint in Cali.Particularly illuminatingWhat I will say is that sex workers’ insight into womanhood is particularly illuminating. And you know what happens when you turn off the red light? We’re all left in the dark. Instead, I’m turning on the high beams.Lucky for you, I like being watched. Would you like a glimpse of this world — where the spotlight shines brightly on what is arguably the pinnacle of obsession and, somehow, simultaneously, the depth of ruin? I know you do. Sure, 50 Shades Of Grey is for women over 50 this time around.The allure of women knowing – and getting – what they want.  The allure of power play in sex. The provocative cognitive dissonance of so-wrong-it’s-right. These powers pulse in all of us.Thanks for stepping up in my cab, and keeping me company, on the road. I really hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.  (Ahem….it’s €300 an hour).Kate McGrew is Director of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland. Hookers Do It Standing Up premiers at the 2108 San Diego International Fringe Festival (https://sdfringe.org/)  from June 22. 79 Comments Short URL Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 7:30 PMlast_img read more

Développement durable Levis réduit la quantité deau nécessaire à la conception de

first_imgDéveloppement durable : Levi’s réduit la quantité d’eau nécessaire à la conception de ses jeansLa célèbre marque de jeans Levi’s se met au vert en lançant une nouvelle collection plus économe en eau. Une ligne tout simplement baptisée Water-Less.Avec trois à dix lavages dans des machines industrielles et 42 litres d’eau nécessaires à sa fabrication, le jeans peine à se faire écologique. Mais avec sa collection Water-Less, Levi’s entend bien verdir ses célèbres pantalons. “Parfois, pour créer un design durable, il faut repenser le processus traditionnel et trouver une façon de le faire d’une meilleure manière”, souligne Carl Chiara, responsable des concepts de la marque et des projets spéciaux chez Levi’s.À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Si les mêmes techniques et matériaux habituellement utilisés pour les finitions des jeans ont été conservés, c’est la quantité d’eau nécessaire à la fabrication qui a sensiblement diminué. La consommation d’eau a ainsi été réduite de 28% en moyenne pour les jeans standard, et jusqu’à 96% sur certains produits de la collection Water-Less, qui compte une douzaine de modèles.Un lavage en machine repensé, le recours à l’ozone pour le nettoyage : au total Levi’s mise sur une économie de 16 millions de litres d’eau sur la fabrication d’1,5 million de jeans, et ce dès le printemps prochain. Cette démarche, Levi’s l’accompagne d’une campagne de sensibilisation, en conseillant notamment à ses clients de ne laver leurs jeans que toutes les deux semaines, et non une fois par semaine. C’est alors une économie d’eau de plus de 80 millions de litres, soit 13 millions de chasses d’eau, qui pourrait être réalisée.Le 13 novembre 2010 à 13:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

League of Legends board game announced

first_imgLeague of Legends is such a huge franchise that its power cannot be contained within the confines of a single video game. The immensely popular MOBA is going from desktop to tabletop with the Mechs vs Minions board game. This promises to take all of the best elements of the PC game and twist them in a way to make it a compelling tabletop experience.Mechs vs Minions is a co-op game for two to four players. It has programmatic command lines from a shared draft and various ways for players to take out the minion hordes. The game’s story centers around four Yordles named Heimerdinger, Tristana, Corki, and Ziggs who go from trainees at a “soon-to-be-mega-prestigious” school to defenders of the realm when an army of minions threatens everything. The campaign features ten missions, with each mission lasting anywhere from sixty to ninety minutes.The board game comes in a box that includes five game boards, four command lines (one for each player), four mech miniatures, ability and damage decks, a sand timer, a power source miniature that resembles a bomb, six metal trackers, four acrylic shards, four dice, and one hundred minion miniatures. There is even a mystery item in the box, though players are encouraged to not open it until they’re asked to do so during the course of the game.Mechs vs Minions will be available directly from Riot Games on October 13 for $75. That may sound like a lot for a board game, but considering everything that comes in the box (especially that mystery item), it seems the price is justified. However, given the dedication of the League of Legends fanbase, I don’t think Riot Games will have a problem selling this at such a premium price. Even those who aren’t fans of LoL should find something to like here since it does seem to be a very cool tabletop game.last_img read more

First Baby Born Via Uterus Transplant From Deceased Donor

first_imgStay on target Fecal Transplants Prove One Man’s Poop Is Another Man’s MedicineNew 3D printed nose implant is fully functional Girls support girls. But support only goes so far for those in need of a uterus transplant: Donations are generally limited to women with family or friends willing to part with their womb.A new technique, however, may help increase availability and give more people the option of pregnancy.The first baby has been born following a uterus transplantation from a deceased donor, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal.In September 2016, a 32-year-old woman with congenital uterine absence (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser [MRKH] syndrome) underwent transplantation in Brazil. Her 45-year-old donor, who died of subarachnoid hemorrhage, had three previous vaginal deliveries.The recipient—let’s call her Jane Doe—got pregnant seven months after the operation. She delivered Baby Doe via cesarean section on Dec. 15, 2017; the transplanted uterus was removed during the operation, and showed no anomalies.Now, nearly a year later, Mom and Baby (a girl!) continue to develop normally.Uterus transplants date back to 1931. But it wasn’t until 2014 that, for the first time, a healthy baby was born to a transplant recipient in Sweden. In total, there have been 39 procedures of this kind, resulting in 11 livebirths so far, The Lancet reported.“The use of deceased donors could greatly broaden access to this treatment, and our results provide proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility,” according to lead researcher Dani Ejzenberg, from the Hospital das Clínicas of the Medical School of the University of São Paulo.Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Among them, one in 500 women have a diseased uterus, or were simply born without one. Before the advent of uterus transplants, their only available child-rearing options were surrogacy or adoption.“The first uterus transplants from live donors were a medical milestone, creating the possibility of childbirth for many infertile women with access to suitable donors and the needed medical facilities,” Ejzenberg said. “However, the need for a live donor is a major limitation as donors are rare, typically being willing and eligible family members or close friends.“The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” he added.Deceased benefactors offer other benefits, as well, including removing surgical risks for a live donor.Jane Doe and her partner received monthly psychological counselling before, during, and after the transplant.More coverage on Geek.com:Fecal Transplants Prove One Man’s Poop Is Another Man’s MedicineFace Transplant Patient Reveals New Look 10 Months After Surgery3D-Printed Titanium ‘Skull’ Saves Dog’s Lifelast_img read more

3Dprinted transparent skull lets scientists see a mouse brain work

first_img Share your voice What it feels like to kill 563 mice for science Scientists connect a human brain and ‘rat cyborg’ brain together Rodent experiments The See-Shell could aid scientists studying human brain conditions like concussions, Alzheimer’s and degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease. “These are studies we couldn’t do in humans, but they are extremely important in our understanding of how the brain works so we can improve treatments for people who experience brain injuries or diseases,” says neuroscientist Timothy Ebner. Post a comment Researchers at the University of Minnesota have figured out how to open a window into the brains of mice by using a transparent skull implant. It’s called the See-Shell.  “What we are trying to do is to see if we can visualize and interact with large parts of the mouse brain surface, called the cortex, over long periods of time,” says mechanical engineering professor Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, co-author of a study on the See-Shell that appeared in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday.  A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in ambercenter_img A video released by the university shows a sped-up mouse brain scan as seen through the See-Shell. “Changes in brightness correspond to waxing and waning of neural activity. Subtle flashes are periods when the whole brain suddenly becomes active,” the school notes.The researchers digitally scan a mouse’s skull and use the data to create a matching transparent piece using a 3D printer. The skull is then surgically replaced with the See-Shell. The mouse studied by the team did not reject the implant, which allowed them to monitor its brain over several months. The researchers intend to make the See-Shell commercially available to other researchers. 20 Photos Sci-Tech Tags 0last_img read more

Revenue Officers attach notices to Chandrababu Naidus

first_imgVijayawada : 28 illegal houses are going to receive a demolition notice from the revenue officers along with the surveyors who are measuring the extent to which the illegal buildings have been damaging the Krishna River’s water flow. CRTA officials have accompanied the officers. The contingent has started to accumulate information regarding each construction and verifiying it with the legal documents to make for a strong case. The officers allege that the houses built have gone beyond the land they’ve bought and filled the river bed with sand to support the construction of houses. Not only is this a land issue but goes against the River Conservation Act as well. Information is being collected for each house and notices are being sent out. The process is set to complete by this evening.last_img read more