Victoria 2009 Affiliates Cup

first_imgVictoria’s 2009 Affliates Cup was a huge success at John McEwan Reserve in Shepparton on Saturday, 28 February 2009.Teams across Victoria and even a team from Albury came to contest the tournament.Elwood were the team to beat, being last years Champion Affiliate. In the Women’s Open Final, the Parkville Pirates defeated Ballarat in a close contest, winning 3-2.The Men’s Open Final saw Elwood looking to make it two titles in a row, facing Fawkner. Elwood proved too strong, defeating Fawkner 4-1.The Mixed Open final saw the Albury Tooters taking on Albert Park Odds n Socks. The team from across the border were too good, defeating Albert Park 5-1.The Mixed Social division saw Westside Onesteel face the Parkville. In a low scoring affair, Westside beat Parkville 3-0.The Regional Women’s Champions were Ballarat, while the Regional Men’s Grand Final saw a replay of last year’s Final, with Ballarat taking on Geelong. Ballarat had won last year, and made it two in a row, defeating Geelong 3-2 to be Regional Men’s Champions. The Champion Affiliate was, for the second time in a row, Elwood.Congratulations to all the winners. For more information, please visit the website: read more

Former College Football Star Passed Away Yesterday

first_imgIndiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Memorial Stadium.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Bob Skoronski was a standout Indiana football player, and later, a star for the Green Bay Packers. He passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 84.Skoronski unfortunately suffered from Alzheimer’s disease late in his life. The Packers announced the news of his passing on Tuesday afternoon:Bob Skoronski, offensive captain of the Vince Lombardi teams that won a record-tying three straight NFL championships in the 1960s and one of only nine players to play on all nine of Lombardi’s teams in Green Bay, died Tuesday morning in a suburb outside Madison, Wis. Skoronski, 84, died of Alzheimer’s disease.Bob Skoronski was a team captain for Indiana football, and the team’s MVP in 1955.From Indiana:Former Indiana offensive lineman and IU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Skoronski died on Monday in Fitchburg, Wis. He was 84 years old.Skoronski played for the Hoosiers from 1953-55, served as team captain in 1954 and was named Indiana’s Most Valuable Player in 1955. He earned induction into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1982, where he was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.According to an archived post from The Milwaukee Sentinel from when the Packers singed Skoronski, the team’s 1956 fifth-round pick, he also recovered eight opposing fumbles for the Hoosiers and played upwards of 50 minutes per game, indicating that he was a two-way player.Skoronski was the only Packer to play on every Vince Lombardi team. He started at left tackle for most of his 11-year career, winning five NFL Championships, the first two Super Bowls, and making a Pro Bowl in 1966.He is both an Indiana University and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer.last_img read more

Swapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peace

first_imgSwapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peaceThe Taliban had banned games such as cricket and football in the early years of their austere rule but later became more tolerant of cricket.advertisement Reuters JalalabadApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 17:01 IST Afghan men play cricket on outskirt of Kabul (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCricket was adopted by Afghans in the refugee camps of cricket-loving PakistanThe Taliban had banned games such as cricket and footballAfghanistan’s rise in limited-overs cricket has helped popularise the sport in the countryDuring a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket.The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team.”I love cricket,” said Mullah Badruddin, a Taliban commander in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where a tournament organised by the militants at the start of last winter drew large crowds.”When Afghanistan play against another team, we listen to the radio with great interest and we also check for scores in social media and follow those in Facebook who give live updates,” he told Reuters by telephone.First played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century, the game was adopted by Afghans in the refugee camps of cricket-loving Pakistan, where more than 3 million fled a Soviet invasion and civil war in the 1980s and 1990s, and has since made huge strides in the country, particularly among ethnic Pashtuns in the eastern border provinces.Taj Malook Khan, who helped set up the Afghan Cricket Club in Kacha Gari refugee camp outside the Pakistani city of Peshawar in the 1980s, and a small group of players used to cross into Afghanistan during the 1990s Taliban era to play and promote cricket.The Taliban had banned games such as cricket and football in the early years of their austere rule because they believed they kept men away from prayers, according to former national cricketer Hasti Gul, but later became more tolerant of cricket.advertisementFrom there, despite at least two attacks in the past couple of years on cricket matches claimed by the ultra radical Islamic State group, the game now rivals football for popularity in a country that has long been cut off from international sport.STAR NAMESAdmitted as a full member of the International Cricket Council in 2017, Afghanistan won its first five-day Test match against Ireland last month after making steady progress in the lower levels of the international game.However it is in the dynamic, shorter form of the sport that Afghans have had most impact.Players such as spin bowler Rashid Khan or big hitting batsman Mohammad Nabi Esakhil have become undisputed stars of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the razzle-dazzle showcase of so-called T20 cricket, the 12th season of which has just got under way. Rashid Khan has quickly become one of the most popular cricketers in the world (Asian Cricket Council Photo)Despite the Taliban’s former suspicion of organised sports and their opposition to much of the transformation in Afghanistan since their hardline Islamic regime was toppled in 2001, many of the mainly Pashtun movement’s fighters are fans.Unlike football, which offends the sensibilities of some very conservative Muslims because it is normally played in shorts, cricket is played in long sleeves and trousers, in line with traditional dress codes. It also bears some resemblance to traditional Afghan children’s games involving throwing and using sticks to hit smaller sticks or balls.Karim Sadiq, a former batsman in the national team and an early pioneer of the sport who visited some Taliban-controlled areas in eastern Afghanistan this year, said he was mobbed by fighters asking about the game and their favourite players.A video clip he shot on his mobile phone shows dozens of Taliban, many with Kalashnikov automatic rifles slung across their shoulders, dissecting the quality of the team.”I like all the players but my favourite is Rashid Khan Arman,” says one fighter, referring to the young spin bowler who stars for the Afghan national side and IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad. “His bowling is amazing.”WORLD CUP DREAMWith the approach of the cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May to July, Afghanistan’s hopes of making a dent in the tournament are higher than they have ever been, even if few give them a chance against giants of the game such as India, Australia or England.”We have a very strong team and my dream is Afghanistan bring the World Cup home,” said Hazrat Gul, a young cricketer in the eastern city of Jalalabad, as he prepared to play a friendly match against a team from neighbouring Kunar province.As peace talks between the U.S. government and Taliban officials continue and Afghanistan looks for a way out of 40 years of conflict, excitement is building and officials and government ministers lavish praise on the players, whom President Ashraf Ghani has called national heroes.advertisementFrom the other side of the war, the feeling is similar. Sadiq who has just returned to practice after a long injury, aiming to take part in the upcoming World Cup, said the Taliban usually send them congratulatory messages through social media and on his cellphone when Afghanistan win.Such broad appeal has seen the sport widely hailed as a unifying force in Afghanistan, a patchwork of different languages and cultures, sometimes at peace with each other but increasingly in recent years in conflict.ETHNIC DIVIDES Cricket was first played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century (Reuters Photo)Not everyone is on board the cricket bandwagon, however.Look deeper, and the state of the game has much to say about a country where sport has repeatedly attracted violence, including suicide attacks on cricket and wrestling matches, and where politics is increasingly divided along ethnic lines that shade into all aspects of life.For many Persian-speaking Tajiks and Hazaras, cricket is a sport for Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group from the south and east of the country that has provided almost all kings and presidents throughout Afghan history.”I have no interest and don’t know anything about cricket,” said Ahmad Jawad, a shopkeeper in Parwan, a mainly Tajik province north of Kabul. “It’s a Pashtun game with Pashtun players, so let them enjoy their game.”After the Taliban fell following the U.S.-led campaign of 2001, Sadiq and Gul – brothers who, like many teammates, learned their cricket in Pakistan – and other players struggled to convince Tajik commanders from the victorious Northern Alliance that swept into Kabul to allow them to continue playing the game.”Palace officials told us to join Afghan guard units and forget about cricket,” said Gul, who recalled having to cancel a provincial tournament in Kabul in 2005 after losing a fistfight with soccer players who wanted to use the pitch.Now, with the IPL beamed into homes all over the country and the looming World Cup, he feels change is coming and the sport can give Afghanistan a platform no other can equal, one that offers hope for a more normal future after so many years of war.”We literally had no support from the government for so many years before they have realized we could bring glory to our country,” he said. “Now everyone loves cricket and we are so proud to raise our national flag on the world stage.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow AfghanistanFollow afghanistan cricketFollow TalibanFollow KalashnikovFollow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow Rashid Khanlast_img read more

Hashim Amla not bothered about playing XI spot ahead of India opener

first_imgHashim Amla not bothered about playing XI spot ahead of India openerSouth Africa veteran Hashim Amla who scored twin fifties in the warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies insisted that he is not fretting over whether his showing will find him a place in the playing XI against India in South Africa’s opening match of the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Press Trust of India LondonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 15:44 IST Amla is competing with Markram to open the innings with Quinton de Kock (AP)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla has made a case for himself with successive fifties in the warm-up gamesAmla is competing with Aiden Markram to open the innings with Quinton de KockAmla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experienceHashim Amla is still not a certainty in the South African playing XI but the senior opener has made a case for himself with successive fifties in the warm-up games ahead of World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5.Amla, one of South Africa’s greatest Test match players, scored 65 and 51 not out respectively in the two warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies (rain affected) and will be keen to add to his tally of 27 ODI hundreds.However, with young Aiden Markram in the side, there is competition as to who would open with Quinton de Kock.”Scoring runs is always important. Whether I make the playing XI or not is not up to me. I do what I can do and what happens after that is for the benefit of the team,” Amla was quoted as saying by the ICC website.The veteran opener wants to make every opportunity count and that was the reason he opted out of a domestic T20 competition’s knock-out rounds to prepare for the World Cup.”T20 is different from fifty-over cricket. I had two weeks with (batting coach) Dale Benkenstein and spent time in the nets batting the way a fifty-over cricketer would bat It was important to have that time. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t,” said Amla, who needs another 90 to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Amla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experience.”It’s (guidance) something you don’t try and force. It happens naturally. It’s not something I consciously think about but I think it happens anyway. There’s a lot of experience in the playing XI and the coaching staff so that osmosis of information and knowledge is going to happen anyway.”advertisementAlso Read | Selfie obsessed to worst roommate: Rohit Sharma reveals secrets about his Indian teammatesAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1992 – Pakistan ace a World Cup of many firstsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Hashim AmlaFollow Cricket South Africalast_img read more

EU Ports Policy: Time-Out Not an Excuse to Wind Down Efforts

first_imgzoom MEP Knut Fleckenstein, the rapporteur on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports announced yesterday that the legislative procedure for this particular file will be suspended.Mr Fleckenstein stated three reasons for his decision, namely time constraints, a lack of compromise on one of the most important elements: the scope of the market access chapter, and, finally, the need to better understand the European Commission’s intentions with regard to state aid rules applicable to ports.Given the two previous failed attempts to regulate EU ports in 2003 and 2006, the more modest and cautious approach adopted by the Commission on its third charge seemed at first to have a better chance of succeeding.Nevertheless it all turned sour at the very early stages of the legislative process. The Commission’s proposal was about to be extremely watered down by Members of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN). Indeed, over 500 amendments tabled by MEPs and compromise amendments, many of which would have led to a text destitute of meaning, thus delivering the death blow to the Commission’s proposal.“The initial proposal was already weak to begin with, given that essential elements such as cargo-handling and passenger services had been excluded. Disheartening as it was to witness some of the amendments introduced in Parliament, we maintained until now a glimmer of hope that the proposal would not be stripped down to little more than an empty shell” deplored Patrick Verhoeven.“The time-out of the debate on the Regulation proposal as announced by Mr Fleckenstein may, under the present circumstances, be the only sensible option left. It should however not stop the European Commission from encouraging port development and efficiency in the meantime. There is now an opportunity to make progress on the long-overdue proposal regarding pilotage exemption certificates and follow up on those areas where market access and transparency are problematic” he added.ECSA, March 14, 2014last_img read more

TOP Ships Takes Delivery of Its First Newbuild MR Tanker

first_imgThe newbuild is a 50,000 dwt fuel efficient “ECO” MR product tanker and the first of six vessels under construction in TOP Ship’s fleet. Another five vessels are scheduled for delivery between the first quarter 2015 and the third quarter of 2016.Concurrent with the successful completion of TOP Ship’s recent public offering, which raised gross proceeds of more than $20 million, the company engaged RedChip Companies, Inc.(RedChip) to lead its investor relations efforts.Dave Gentry, President and CEO of RedChip, stated: “The global seaborne transportation industry moves more than 1.8 billion metric tons of petroleum products annually. We’re excited to bring the Top Ships story to our global investor audience of retail and institutional investors as they capitalize on this massive market opportunity.”The EShips Taweelah is on a time charter for two years, plus one additional year at the charterer’s option, to EShips Tankers Ltd, at $16,000 per day for the first two years and $17,250 per day for the optional year.Press Release, June 24, 2014 zoom TOP Ships Inc., an international owner and operator of MR tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, has taken delivery of the EShips Taweelah.last_img read more

New Zealand Wants More Rena Wreckage Removed

first_img Print  Close My location World Maritime News Staff, August 8, 2014 zoom MV RENAThe New Zealand Government wants parts of the ill-fated MV Rena’s wreck, but not the whole thing, to be removed, opposing the application to leave the wreck where it is on the Astrolabe Reef, off the coast of Tauranga.The bow section of the wreck on the top surface together with the associated debris to a depth of 30 meters should be removed, according to Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson.What is more, the Government wants the parts of the wreck below 30 meters closely monitored.Nevertheless, due to safety risks and costs for the overall removal of the wreck, the parts of the wreck beneath shallow waters should remain as they are for now.This relates to the stern section of the wreck, which is 70 meters down.The Government’s submission from this morning comes as a response to an application by a community trust membered by the ship’s owners to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to leave the ship where it lies.On October 5, MV Rena grounded on the Astrolabe Reef resulting in a major oil spill, the worst in New Zealand’s maritime history. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Pakistan fans will not boo Smith in World Cup Sarfaraz

first_imgTaunton: Sarfaraz Ahmed insists Pakistan fans won’t boo shamed Australia star Steven Smith during their World Cup match in Taunton on Wednesday. Pakistan fans are expected to make up a large chunk of the crowd in the west country and there are fears they might follow the example of the India supporters who jeered Smith at the Oval on Sunday. But Pakistan captain Sarfaraz says his compatriots will not resort to such tactics. “I don’t think Pakistani people will do that,” Sarfaraz told reporters on Tuesday. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”Pakistani people love cricket, they love to support and they love the players.” A large number of Indian fans chanted “cheater” at Smith, who back in action following a year-long ball for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australia during their tour of South Africa in 2018. India captain Virat Kohli gestured in an effort to quiet the crowd and later apologised to Smith. Meanwhile, Sarfaraz vowed Pakistan will put their 5-0 whitewash by Australia in March behind them. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”I think that thing is gone, it’s past,” said Sarfaraz of the series in which he and six other top players were rested by Pakistan. “We’re not thinking about that. Actually we are thinking about tomorrow’s game. So our morale is very high and we will do our best.” Sarfaraz refused to be drawn on whether Australia will be troubled by the absence of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who has been ruled out with a side strain. Australia have summoned another all-rounder Mitchell Marsh as potential cover for Stoinis. “I am not thinking about them, what they are thinking at the moment. I am thinking about my team, so we’ll make good planning against them,” Sarfaraz said.last_img read more

Military continues sexmisconduct fight with new guide for members commanders

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Forces have a new manual on how to respond to sexual misconduct, aiming to close many of the gaps identified in the military’s policies on abuse in its ranks.But some concerns remain unaddressed — including the “duty to report” regulation, which critics say discourages victims from seeking support if they aren’t ready or willing to begin a formal complaint.The information in the 100-page document was previously spread in many places, which a Defence Department assessment published in February cited as a big reason many service members were confused and uncertain about the issue.Some had only a vague understanding of what constituted inappropriate behaviour and what to do when an incident occurred, including how to support victims.The new manual, which was developed in consultation with the military’s sexual-misconduct response centre (a counselling-oriented agency outside the chain of command) and a group of outside experts, goes to great pains to address the latter question in particular.One of the first sections talks about how and why some people affected by sexual misconduct prefer to be called “victims,” others want to be referred to as “survivors,” and still others don’t like either identifier.It also spells out the roles, responsibilities and training available for every service member as well as the additional responsibilities that commanding officers have in supporting victims and investigating incidents.In a report last November, auditor general Michael Ferguson found many victims were not properly supported when they did speak up because of gaps in the services available and a lack of suitable training and policies.To that end, commanders are also being given a new handout to help them wrap their heads around how sexual-misconduct cases are to be treated step by step — with a reminder at every step to check in with victims.Those check-ins are not to be one-way updates, either, but opportunities to make sure each victim is getting the support needed and has input into how the case is handled.The sexual-misconduct response centre is also working on plans to provide case workers, or victim-liaison officers, to service members affected by sexual misconduct.But the “duty to report” regulation remains. It compels military members to report inappropriate or criminal behaviour, sexual or not, and begins a formal complaint process.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance has said the idea is to require anyone who learns of sexual misconduct to tell authorities so cases don’t get hidden, but the effect can be to drag them into the open against victims’ wishes. Ferguson and former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps, who conducted an explosive analysis of the extent of sexual misconduct in the Forces in 2015, have criticized the policy as actually discouraging victims from coming forward.Vance has said the military is looking at ways to maintain the requirement while better protecting victims.Ferguson also warned that military police often failed to provide information to victims about supports they can use or give them updates on cases, and there were concerns about a lack of training for chaplains and military health-care providers to help victims.The federal victims’ ombudsman has also raised concerns about proposed legislation around victims’ rights in the military justice system, specifically that it does not require military police, prosecutors and others to inform victims that they have rights.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TrueCrime Documentary MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST an Official Selection of the Hot

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Following the murder of Dee Dee, a disturbing Facebook post led investigators to implicate her daughter Gypsy Rose in her mother’s death. It was discovered she had been the victim of her mother’s abuse via Munchausen by proxy syndrome since early childhood. MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST unravels this complicated tale of a mother whose deception subjected her daughter to decades of unnecessary medical treatment – until she reached her tragic breaking point.From director Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s THOUGHT CRIMES: THE CASE OF THE CANNIBAL COP), the documentary features interrogation-room footage of Gypsy, her boyfriend, Nick Godejohn, and various family members, as well as intimate home videos and family photos, medical records, text messages, and courtroom video. In addition to candid interviews with Gypsy from prison, the film includes interviews with her father and stepmother, Rod and Kristy; Dee Dee’s father and stepmother, Claude and Laura; Dr. Bernardo Flasterstein, a pediatric neurologist who was one of the few to raise concerns about Dee Dee’s claims; Gypsy’s lawyer, Mike Stanfield; Greene County prosecutor Dan Patterson; Dr. Marc Feldman, an expert on Munchausen by proxy syndrome; and journalist Michelle Dean, who covered the story for BuzzFeed, among others.MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST is produced by Andrew Rossi. Co-producers are Alison Byrne and Andrew Coffman. Editor is Andrew Coffman. Director of photography is Bryan Sarkinen. Music by Ian Hultquist. For HBO, senior producer is Sara Bernstein, and executive producer is Sheila Nevins.Social Media links Twitter TORONTO (April 28, 2017) – Fresh off rave reviews from its premiere at last month’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, and an upcoming official selection at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, HBO Canada presents the television premiere of MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST, a chilling and provocative true-crime murder story exploring one of psychology’s most controversial conditions, Munchausen by proxy syndrome.On June 15, 2015, Dee Dee Blanchard was found murdered in her Springfield, Missouri home, and her wheelchair-bound daughter, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, was reported missing. After Gypsy was tracked to Wisconsin and implicated in the murder, what started out as a grisly tale of matricide morphed into a bizarre story of deception and abuse. The 82-minute documentary premieres Monday, May 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. This announcement follows yesterday’s news about The Movie Network’s upcoming slate of original documentary productions, also featured at Hot Docs. Advertisement @HBOCanada @HBOCanada Advertisement Facebook HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is included with a subscription to The Movie Network, which is available across Canada through television service providers. HBO Canada is available in high definition on HBO Canada HD, and on HBO Canada OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service. Throughout Canada HBO Canada programming is accessible on TMN GO, as well as on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of The Movie Network. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.last_img read more

Cloud VoIP Look for Unintended Benefits

In part four of this series, I’ll discuss the importance of teamwork and leadership.Tags:News & ViewsVoIPcloud benefitscloud migrationCloud CommunicationsBest PracticesCase StudiesEnterprise InsiderNews & Views Articles You Might Like 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. Log in or register to post comments See All in Cloud Communications » As regular No Jitter readers may recall, I’m a senior voice architect for a Fortune 500 enterprise that spent much of 2018 selecting and upgrading 50 facilities to cloud-based VoIP service. In my previous posts, I provided a detailed overview of my processes and lessons learned. In this piece, I share the unintended benefits gained through cloud VoIP migration. 1626_NJ18_EnterpriseInsider_SliderBar_V6.jpg Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. Any enterprise that migrates its voice platforms to a cloud solution expects improvements around technology and service. And perhaps cost. But in large and complex environments, other gains may be discovered, too, as I learned in overseeing just such a migration for a Fortune 500 company. Note too, that being able to share benefits such as these is a great way to sell business and technology stakeholders on a project — and keep them engaged throughout the process. Circuit Clean-Up — To tackle each locations’ upgrade/migration project in the most thorough and complete manner possible, we identified every single circuit, trunk, POTS line, and number at each office and plant. In doing so, we sometimes found old, unused circuits, trunks, and phone numbers. We found some accounts at tariff rates because they weren’t on the master service agreement. We found some sites massively over-engineered. We even discovered some locations with unfinished projects. Unfortunately, none of these things is uncommon in large enterprises.Seat Shrinkage — Another realized benefit was seat reductions. I could have exported names and extensions from each PBX and blindly ordered the same number of “seats” for the cloud service. Instead, I exported names and extensions to our project workbook, and then worked with the business to scrub the data. Oftentimes, we could cut the list of stations by 50%, or even more.E911 Elimination — I was happy to discover that I could eliminate our third-party E911 service since our new telecom provider has built location services into its system. This simplified MAC work, eliminated a vendor, and lowered my cost.Network Switch Reductions — We also sometimes discovered that we could reduce the number of network switches, simply due to attrition over time. This reduces maintenance costs, cooling costs, and rack-space footprint.Don’t mistake this quick list for simplicity. Before initiating a migration at any site, we performed a full audit. The process was painstaking at times, but worth the effort given the additional perks uncovered. read more

10 ads to watch out for on Super Bowl Sunday

This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a portion of the company’s Budweiser television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – It’s almost show time.When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning.Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for:BUDWEISER “LOST DOG”Brewer Anheuser-Busch’s 60-second ad shows a Labrador puppy chasing after the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales that are being moved to a new stable. The tune, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” performed by Sleeping performs in the background. The ad is the sequel to last year’s “Best Buds,” showing the bond between a puppy and Clydesdale, a spot many considered the best ad of the 2014 Super Bowl.Online:’S “PAY WITH LOVIN’”In its 60-second spot, the fast-food chain announces that it will let random customers pay for their food with acts of goodwill, such as calling their moms and telling them they love them. It’s part of a Valentine’s Day promotion that will start on the day after the Super Bowl.Online: “THE BRADY BUNCH”Snickers 30-second ad recreates the famous Brady Bunch episode in which the oldest daughter, Marcia, gets hit in the nose with a football. Florence Henderson and action movie “Machete” star Danny Trejo also make appearances for the Mars brand.Online:’S “NO MORE”The NFL is airing a public service announcement from No More, a coalition of anti-domestic abuse organizations. The 60-second ad depicts a chilling 911 call from a battered woman to demonstrate the terror of domestic abuse.ALWAYS’ “LIKE A GIRL”Procter & Gamble’s Always feminine protection brand’s 60-second Super Bowl spot is a version of a viral video it aired in June. The ad shows adults and a boy running and throwing rather weakly when they’re asked to depict what it means to do those actions “like a girl.” But then they ask young girls, who run and throw with much more energy. Copy says “Let’s make #likeagirl mean amazing things.”BMW “NEWFANGLED IDEA”In order to promote its new all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot, BMW enlisted former “Today” show hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel to recreate a 1994 on-air conversation when they tried to figure out what the @ symbol in an email address meant. “#KIMSDATASTASH”To promote a service that lets users keep their unused data for a year, wireless provider T-Mobile hired Kim Kardashian for a 30-second spoof on public service announcements. In the ad, she makes a plea to save people’s unused data taken back by wireless carriers. She laments that the data could have been used to see her makeup, vacations and outfits.Online: CHRYSLERThe automotive advertiser always surprises with memorable ads about its cars, starring celebrities such as Eminem, Clint Eastwood and Oprah. The company says it will air three commercials during the Super Bowl this year but hasn’t released those ads.NATIONWIDE’S “INVISIBLE MINDY KALING”Insurer Nationwide’s teaser for its Super Bowl ad shows “Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling believing she is invisible and doing scandalous acts, including sitting naked in Central Park and going through a car wash. The teaser indicates the Super Bowl ad itself will show what happens when Kaling realizes she isn’t actually invisible.Online. Budweiser’s popular ads featuring a puppy getting lost, GoDaddy released its Super Bowl ad that showed a puppy finding his way home only for his owner to say that she sold him online with a website she created with Pet owners were outraged. GoDaddy said it wouldn’t air the spot, and instead air another one. The question is whether GoDaddy’s new ad will be edgy or take a more cautious route. by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 2:20 pm MDT 10 ads to watch out for on Super Bowl Sunday read more

Randers Zvezda Savehof and DVSC completed Champions League

← Previous Story Dinu and Lecusanu back to the National Team Next Story → HC Zagreb to become shareholders company DVSC KorvexRanders HKWomens EHF Champions LeagueZvezda Zvenigorod On 17/18/19 September 2010 the 2010/11 Women’s EHF Champions League Qualification Tournament 2 was carried out in four groups with four teams each.In Group 1 the hosting club, Randers HK (DEN), won the tournament after three victories in three games. A 23:15 over TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the last day secured their ticket for Group C of the Women’s EHF Champions League, where the Danes will meet C.S. “Oltchim” Valcea (ROU), Larvik HK (NOR) and Toulon Saint Cyr Var HB (FRA).Group 2 in Patras (GRE) saw 2007/08 EHF Champions League winners Zvezda Zvenigorod (RUS) defeat all of their opponents and thus qualifying for Group D of the Women’s EHF Champions League. The Russians will play against Györi AUDI ETO KC (HUN), RK Krim (SLO) and HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO).In Group 3, IK Sävehof (SWE) made their way into the Women’s EHF Champions League from a starting point in Qualification Tournament 1 for the second time after 2007/08. In Skopje, already their first match victory over Byåsen opened the door to Group A of the Women’s EHF Champions League. The Swedes will now meet reigning champions Viborg HK (DEN), Dinamo Volgograd (RUS) and Buducnost (MNE).Group 4 was hosted by SPR Lublin SSA in two venues in Poland, and DVSC-Korvex (HUN) managed to win the tournament. The Debrecen side finished with three victories in three games and have qualified for Group B of the Women’s EHF Champions League, together with Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT), HC Leipzig (GER) and Itxako Reyno De Navarra (ESP).All twelve teams ranked second, third and fourth in their group – in Group 1 TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER), HC “Sparta” (UKR) and Maliye Milli Piyango SK (TUR), in Group 2 T+A/VOC Amsterdam (NED), BM. Elda Prestigio (ESP) and A.C. Ormi-Loux Patras (GRE), in Group 3 Byåsen HE (NOR), “U” Jolidon Cluj Napoca (ROU) and HC Metalurg Skopje (MKD) and in Group 4 RK Zajecar (SRB), KIF Vejen (DEN) and SPR Lublin SSA (POL) – will proceed to Round 3 in the Women’s EHF Cup. The draw of the Round 3 duels will take place on Wednesday 27 October 2010.Text: EHF read more

Online petition seeks to reunite El Cajon canine with original handler

first_img Posted: August 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An online petition to reunite an El Cajon police canine with his previous handler has gained more than 146,000 signatures, it was reported Friday.Over a period of two and a half years, an Instagram account started by El Cajon police Officer Jordan Walker for Jester, a Belgian Malinois, collected more than 219,000 followers before it was taken down, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Earlier this month, Walker announced via the popular account that he would be leaving the department — and Jester, according to the Union-Tribune.A petition was launched Aug. 22 titled “Keep K9 jester with his human!” and had collected more than 146,000 of its goal of 150,000 signatures as of Friday morning.Jester was assigned to a new partner, Officer Randall Gray, and the dog was being housed at the city’s animal shelter until his new handler could build a kennel of his own to house Jester.The two will attend a training academy later this year before hitting the streets, the department told the Union-Tribune. The department did not say whether a kennel has been built at the new handler’s house.“It is not uncommon for strong, healthy police service dogs to be reassigned to a new handler if their current one leaves the K9 Unit because of a promotion, divisional transfer or separation from the department,” the department said in a statement.The average retirement age for an El Cajon police canine is 8 to 10 years, the department told the Union-Tribune. Jester is about 5 years old.El Cajon City Manager Graham Mitchell said in an email shared with the Union-Tribune that many of the concerns he had heard from the public about the pair’s separation “stand in stark contrast to recommendations of police K9 trainers.”“If Jester were to retire at this young age and the City were to give him to Jordan, Jester would be stuck at home all day while Jordan is at work,” Mitchell wrote in the email. “A dog, whose great treat is to go to work with his partner, would be highly confused every day he would get left behind.”A GoFundMe account also was created in hopes of raising enough money to buy Jester from the department and replace him with another trained police canine.As of Friday morning, the account had raised a little more than $8,500. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Online petition seeks to reunite El Cajon canine with original handler Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 31, 2018last_img read more

Protesters gather outside migrant detention center in Homestead

first_imgTwo U.S. House of Representatives committees are planning hearings on the treatment of thousands of migrants held after crossing the southern border.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “There’s got to be a more just and sensible way of dealing with people seeking political asylum,” said Cortada.However, Trump has refused to close the centers despite seeing and hearing about the conditions inside.“If illegal immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detention centers,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “just tell them not to come. All problems solved!”Trump is also pushing back against Democrats and is blaming lawmakers, who are complaining about the lack of resources, for failing to act on immigration reform.“One of the alarms we’ve been continually sounding is the over-saturation of our facilities by virtue of a broken immigration system,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez.During Thursday’s demonstration, protesters shouted words of support when they got a distant glimpse of the older children as they were moved from one side of the facility to another.“There’s nothing I can personally do today to get those kids united with their families, for these families to come together again” said Cortada, “but by asserting the fact that we are American today on Independence Day, and by reading the very document that guides and controls the way we govern one another, we give ourselves hope for a better future.” HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Protesters gathered outside the migrant detention center in Homestead with a patriotic display they hope will reach President Donald Trump.The group is reciting the U.S. Constitution as part of a performance piece by artist and University of Miami professor Xavier Cortada, Thursday.“‘We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union,’” the protesters said in unison outside the facility. “‘We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.’”Flanked by a determined group of supporters, Cortada is hoping the patriotic performance piece will get Trump’s attention.“I’m not trying to politicize the day that we’re supposed to celebrate the greatness of this country,” said Cortada, “but the best way I can celebrate this country is by acknowledging the things that are wrong with it.”Congressional lawmakers and presidential hopefuls have recently visited detention facilities in Florida and across the country.Footage from inside the centers have shown migrants in cramped and extremely overcrowded quarters. last_img read more

CM pats Collector for making surprise visit to girls hostel

first_imgKurnool: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has lauded District Collector G Veera Pandian for making a surprise visit to tribal welfare girl’s hostel in Panyam on late Monday night, as part of ‘Palle Nidra’ programme. When the Collector arrived at the hostel main gate, it was locked. Despite calling the watchman for several times, there was no response. On the instructions of the Collector, the lock was broken. After entering the hostel, Pandian asked students about the facilities being provided to them. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The Chief Minister in a teleconference directed the Collectors and SPs to take part in ‘Palle Nidra’ so that they can know the ground reality about the issues being faced by villagers. He instructed the Collectors to sort out the pending bills of mid-day meals and handover school uniform clothes to parents of students so that they can stitch with accurate measurements. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Jagan Mohan Reddy asked officials to send the photos of the condition of schools, hostels and hospitals and to repeat the same process after renovation. He informed the Collectors to construct compound walls, toilets and install fans and black boards in all government schools, besides, providing drinking water. Jagan declared of converting Telugu medium schools into English medium making Telugu subject must. Chief Minister instructed officials concerned to ensure sand supply to the needy. Advertise With Us A sand policy is likely to come up in September month, he stated and mentioned that house sites will be allocated to all the beneficiaries in the State on the occasion of Ugadi festival. Veera Pandian brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that Spandana programme is being conducted in various constituencies including district headquarters. Joint Collector P Ravi Subash, JC-2 Mani Mala, DRO Venkatesham and other district officials were present.last_img read more

Tarique will be punished some day PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman will be brought to book some day.She said this while answering to a question of a journalist at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban.The PM held the press conference following her visits to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.When asked about bringing back Tarique Rahman, who had been sentenced to jail for life in the 21 August grenade attack case, Sheikh Hasina said a total of 28 people, including Ivy Rahman were killed that day and he is also involved in ten truck arms smuggling case.“Yet we see some people shedding crocodile tears for them.”“We are discussing with the UK government ways to bring Tarique back. They own a huge amount of money. They always try to create problems,” the PM said.About a pilot reaching Qatar without passport, the prime minister said, “I have ordered the airport authorities to be strict in terms of immigration.”On her visit to Japan, Sheikh Hasina said Japan had assisted Bangladesh before and after the independence.She also mentioned that a deal of $2.5 billion was inked with Japan.On her Finland visit, Sheikh Hasina said, “Finland is advanced in the ICT sector. We have invited them to invest here.”last_img read more

Tanzanian women bring light to remote villages

first_imgA vehicle drives past Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania`s Hie district. Photo: ReutersA s a single mother, Salama Husein Haja was low in the pecking order in her village in Tanzania and struggling to eke out a living for her family as a farmer.But now she hopes to gain status and a stable income after being trained as a community solar engineer for a project bringing light to scores of rural villages where no homes are connected to electricity on the islands of Zanzibar.Grandmothers and single mothers – many of whom have never learned to read or write – are among those being trained under the programme which they say could transform lives in their poor fishing and farming communities.”We struggle a lot to get lighting,” said Haja, 36, a vegetable farmer and mother of three children from a village on Unguja, the largest and most populated island in the Zanzibar archipelago.”When you don’t have electricity, you can’t do many things like teaching children. It forces you to use a lamp. The smoke is harmful, the eyes and the chest are affected.”When the electricity is there, it’s better.”Life is challenging for women in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania made up of numerous islands where half the population lives below the poverty line.Women are almost twice as likely as men to have no education, and are less likely to own a land or have access to a bank account, according to a Tanzania-wide government survey in 2016.Many poorer and rural families also lack access to electricity, compounding the challenges they face.The island region’s entire energy grid depends on an underground cable connecting it to the mainland which was damaged in 2009, plunging it into darkness for three months.Furthermore, only about half of houses in Zanzibar are connected to mains power, with many of the remainder forced to rely on polluting fuel lamps for light.ROLE MODELS”We only use a lamp inside,” said Aisha Ali Khatib, a mother of nine, training as a solar engineer alongside Haja at the Barefoot College in Kinyasini village on Unguja.”The lamp uses paraffin … Buying one spoon of paraffin is 200 shillings ($0.09) but I can go for two days without making 200 shillings.”Solar power offers solutions to connect rural villages with little prospect of getting mains power and increase resilience and sustainability.Millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa are getting access to electricity through off-grid renewables, the International Energy Agency said last year, which forecasted strong demand to boost growth in the sector up to 2022.The solar training scheme offered by Barefoot College, a social enterprise that began in India and is now working in East Africa, also focuses specifically on training women.The project was designed to address the fact that women are much less able to leave their villages due to poverty and family links while also empowering women in Tanzania’s male-dominated society by offering them decently paid work.Communities in participating villages are asked to nominate two women aged between 35 and 55 to leave their families and travel to the college to train as engineers.Many of those chosen lack formal education, but they are recognised as people who can command authority and who are deeply embedded in the life of their villages.”When you educate a woman, you educate a whole community,” said Fatima Juma Haji, a solar engineer trainer at Barefoot college in Zanzibar.”When you educate a man, he will not stay in the village, he will go away but when you educate a woman, she goes back to her village and helps improve.”Women on the project spend five months living and training at the college, after which they return to their villages and set up solar lighting systems for their family and neighbours.Households pay a few dollars a month for power – a cheaper option than buying paraffin or electricity from the grid.Some of the money is used to pay the engineers a salary in return for maintaining the village’s equipment and funds raised can also be ploughed back into community projects.Women on the scheme said they had benefitted by gaining a stable income stream, and a new sense of independence and respect within their villages.”We have been given a better life because after we leave here, we will be engineers and will go back to teach others,” said Haja.”When I go back I will have status. I will be knowledgeable and I will be proud.” ($1 = 2,300.0000 Tanzanian shillings)last_img

India asks Pakistan to review its retaliatory steps

first_img.In its first response to Pakistan expelling its envoy, India on Thursday said that revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir is “entirely an internal matter” and Islamabad’s actions were aimed at presenting “an alarming picture to the world”.A day after Pakistan expelled Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria and announced suspension of trade, in retaliation after India revoked Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, India said that its move was driven by a commitment to bring development to the state that was “earlier denied by a temporary provision in the constitution”.In stinging remarks, India said that its developmental initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir would help to address disaffection among the people, and that it was not surprised at Pakistan perceiving it in a negative light as Islamabad “has utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism”.It said the actions taken regarding Article 370 “are entirely the internal affair of India” and the constitution of India “was, is and will always be a sovereign matter”.”Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.”It also said that India “regrets the steps announced by Pakistan” and urged Islamabad “to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved”.Following is the full text:On Pakistan’s unilateral decision in respect of bilateral relations with IndiaWe have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations. The intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground.2. Recent decisions by the government and parliament of India are driven by a commitment to extend to Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that were earlier denied by a temporary provision in the constitution. Its impact would also result in the removal of gender and socio-economic discrimination. It is also expected to result in an upswing of economic activity and improvement in the livelihood prospects of all people of Jammu and Kashmir.3. It is not surprising that such developmental initiatives that could address any disaffection in Jammu and Kashmir should be negatively perceived in Pakistan, which has utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism.4. The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India. The constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.5. The government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 08, 2014 3-D Mammography Leads to Cancer Diagnosis in Hospital President Decision to pilot tomosynthesis for Sentara Cancer Network proves pivotal in diagnosis Debra Flores, president of Sentara CarePlex HospitalOctober 8, 2014 — Debra Flores, president of Sentara CarePlex Hospital, was three months late for her annual mammogram when she drove to the Dorothy G. Hoefer Comprehensive Breast Center for her scan. Months earlier, Flores had found money in her hospital’s budget to purchase the first 3-D mammography device, also known as tomosynthesis, to pilot the new technology for the Sentara Cancer Network. That afternoon, radiologist Kelley Allison, M.D., saw cancer in both of Debra’s breasts, including a tiny Stage ‘0’ tumor.“Without 3-D mammography, that second tumor might have been missed,” said Flores. “In retrospect, my decision to purchase Sentara’s first 3-D mammography device was providential.”After consulting with Sentara surgeon Richard Hoefer, M.D., Flores elected to have lumpectomy performed on both breasts and Hoefer prescribed six and a half weeks of daily radiation. Flores is now cancer free and committed to fulfilling a personal mission to encourage women to take responsibility for their bodies and demand 3-D mammography knowing firsthand the critical importance of earlier detection.“This technology is a game changer,” Flores said. “Women need to take advantage of it.”Clinical data suggests that 3-D mammography identifies smaller tumors at earlier stages than traditional digital mammography and reduces callbacks for biopsies, due to its ability to differentiate between benign masses and cancerous tumors, even in dense breast tissue. In a Sentara Cancer Network study of 1,400 breast cancers diagnosed through the use of 3-D technology, the following success metrics were revealed:           53% increase in diagnosis of invasive cancers35% increase in diagnosis of cancers38% reduction in callbacks11% reduction in biopsies“Sentara’s organizational structure and culture of innovation were essential for implementing this technology at eight sites across Virginia in less than one year,” said Allison, a fellowship-trained radiologist and co-chair of the Breast Program Leadership Committee of the Sentara Cancer Network. “I am proud that our committee led the way in evaluating and adopting this invaluable 3-D mammography service for patients.”The Sentara Cancer Network performed almost 115,000 mammograms last year and diagnosed close to 1,400 breast cancers. Currently, Sentara Cancer Network is designing a 3-D mammography study to assess the impact of 3-D versus 2-D mammography, the current standard of care, on breast health and clinical outcomes.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more