Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019

first_imgNew Zealand opener Martin Guptill has had a torrid World Cup 2019 so far and when he was dismissed after scoring just 1 run off 14 balls in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against India in Manchester, the batsman was bound to be disappointed. Guptill’s poor run of form in the ongoing tournament seems even worse when one considers that he was the leading run-scorer in the last World Cup.New Zealand’s run to the final of the 2015 World Cup saw Guptill amassing 547 runs including a 237 vs West Indies. Four years later, Guptill’s runs-tally in World Cup 2019 hasn’t even crossed his highest score against West Indies.After starting with an unbeaten 73 against Sri Lanka during New Zealand’s opening match, Guptill’s scores in the next 8 matches read: 25, 0, 35, 0, 5, 20, 8, 1 – a total of 167 runs at a dismal average of 20.87. Not surprisingly, Guptill’s average is also the worst among openers at the World cup 2019.On Tuesday against India, Guptill was hit on the pads in line of the stumps off the first ball of the match from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but he survived as India’s DRS review predicted the ball to be missing the leg-stump. Guptill was expected to make the most of this early reprieve but immaculate bowling from India’s new-ball pair of Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah meant Guptill and his opening partner Henry Nicholls failed to score off the 1st 16 deliveries.As the pressure mounted, Bumrah hit the deck hard and got one to rear from the middle of the pitch as Guptill tried to play it off the backfoot only managing a sharp edge to Virat Kohli at 3rd slip who took a sharp catch.advertisementGuptill’s departure also continued New Zealand’s poor run of opening partnerships at World Cup 2019. After an unbeaten 137-run 1st wicket stand against Sri Lanka in their match, NZ openers have failed to even cross 40 in their next 8 matches. In these matches, Kiwi openers have only managed to put up 84 runs in partnerships for the 1st wicket at an average of just 10.5!New Zealand claimed another unwanted record as India forced them to the lowest Powerplay score of this World Cup – 27/1 beating India’s own 28/1 after 10 overs scored against hosts England last month.This is only the 5th time since the 1999 World Cup that New Zealand have made fewer than 30 in the first 10 overs of a World Cup game. Given the kind of form New Zealand openers have been in this tournament, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to the most ardent of New Zealand fans.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Martin Guptill leaves fans awestruckAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals: New Zealand bat, India need to do what no other team has done in Manchesterlast_img read more

The Preseason Coaches’ Poll Top 25 Has Been Released

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Coaches’ Poll is out. The first official preseason top 25 poll has been released ahead of the 2018 college football season.The 2018 college football season is approaching quickly. We’re now less than a month away from opening weekend. The first full Saturday is set for Sept. 1. Opening weekend features a bunch of notable contests, including Notre Dame-Michigan and Alabama-Louisville, among others.The Coaches’ Poll does not feature a ton of surprises, at least at the top. Alabama, the reigning national champions, come in at No. 1.The rest of the top 10 is filled with a lot of the usual suspects. This year’s College Football Playoff race could feature a lot of the teams that have contended for it in the past.Here’s the full top 25.Preseason Coaches’ Poll Top 25AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaOklahomaWashingtonWisconsinMiamiPenn StateAuburnNotre DameMichigan StateStanfordMichiganUSCTCUVirginia TechMississippi StateFlorida StateWest VirginiaTexasBoise StateUCFLSUOklahoma State***The preseason AP Top 25 poll will be released later this month. The first College Football Playoff rankings are set to be released a couple of months into the season.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Afghanistan hand Pakistan 3-wicket defeat in 1st warm-up match

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Afghanistan hand Pakistan 3-wicket defeat in 1st warm-up matchAfghanistan bowled Pakistan out for 262 before chasing down the total in 49.4 overs in their 1st warm-up match of World Cup 2019 in Bristol on Friday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh BristolMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 22:39 IST Sarfraz Ahmed failed to shine with the bat in Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Afghanistan (@cricketworldcup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan were bowled out for 262 by Afghanistan in BristolBabar Azam’s hundred and Wahab Riaz’s fiery spell ended in vainMohammad Nabi came up with an all-round effort for AfghanistanPakistan’s horror run in England seems to continue as Sarfraz Ahmed’s men were handed a 3-wicket defeat in their first warm-up match of Cricket World Cup 2019 by Afghanistan at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.Afghanistan, who won the ICC World Cup qualifiers last year to qualify for the 10-team showpiece event, gunned down a 263-run target in the final over.Wahab Riaz, who was a surprise inclusion in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, came up with a fiery late spell, picking up 2 wickets in the 48th over but it wasn’t enough as Hashmatullah Shahidi hit an unbeaten 74 to help Afghanistan clinch a win.Pakistan, the winners of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, had headed into their first warm-up match of the World Cup on the back of a 4-0 thrashing in a 5-match ODI series against hosts England earlier this month.Afghanistan win by three wickets!Fittingly, it’s Hashmatullah Shahidi who scores the winning runs. He top-scored with a superb 74* an excellent win for Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/wlWmJRmABH Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019After winning the toss and opting to bat, Pakistan were given a cautious start by openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq before pacer Hamid Hassan removed the latter for 32. Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who shone in Indian Premier League 2019, removed the dangerous Zaman for 19 as Pakistan lost their openers inside the first 12 overs.Afghanistan need just 16 runs from the last 18 balls!Their fans have been in fine voice all day. pic.twitter.com/laMmiA5uWiCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019Nonetheless, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s limited-overs batting star, stepped up and hit a well-paced hundred (112 for 108 balls). Shoib Malik (44 off 59 balls) stitched a 103-run stand for the 5th wicket with Babar after Pakistan lost the wickets of Harris Sohail (1) and Mohammad Hafeez (12) in quick succession.advertisementDespite the solid partnership in the middle, Pakistan failed to finish with a flourish as captain Sarfraz (13 from 10) and Imad Wasim (18 off 23) failed to provide the team with the much-needed late impetus.Nabi shine with the ball for AfghanistanMohammad Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as the off-spinner snared 3 wickets. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan removed Sarfraz and Hafeez and finished with impressive figures of 2 for 27 in 9 overs. Pacer Dawlat Zadran chipped in with two wickets as well.In reply, Afghanistan were off to a flying start as Hazratullah Zazai took the Pakistan new-ball attack to the cleaners. Zazai smashed five successive boundaries in pacer Shaheen Afridi’s over inside the powerplay to give Afghanistan the early momentum.Aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad suffered an injury and retired hurt after scoring 23 (25 balls) but handy contributions from Rahmat Shah (32 from 49), Samiullah Shenwari (22 from 34), and Mohammad Nabi (34 from 41) kept Afghanistan in the hunt.Hashmatullah Shahidi paced his innings well and scored 74 off 102 balls and remained unbeaten to take Afghanistan past the finish line.Gulbadin Naib’s men have certainly sent a warning signal to the rest of the teams with the dominant win over Pakistan in Bristol on Friday.Afghanistan next face hosts England in London in their 2nd warm-up match on May 27 before their World Cup opener vs Australia on June 1.Meanwhile, Pakistan take on Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match on Sunday before their first match of the campaign against West Indies on May 31.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury while batting in the netsAlso Read | What happened to India when England last hosted a World Cup 20 years ago?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammad NabiFollow Babar AzamFollow Sarfraz AhmadFollow Hazratullah Zazailast_img read more

Govt approves Motor Bill steep penalties for traffic offences

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Monday approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill that proposes hefty penalties for violation of traffic norms including up to Rs 10,000 fine for not providing a way to emergency vehicles and Rs 10,000 for driving despite disqualification, an official source said.The Bill, which was pending for approval in the Rajya Sabha, lapsed after the term of the 16th Lok Sabha ended. “The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment), Bill. It provides steep penalties for violation of various traffic norms,” the source said. In the area of road safety, stricter provisions have been proposed for offences like juvenile driving, driving without a licence, dangerous driving, drunken driving, over-speeding and overloading. The proposals are based on the recommendations of transport ministers from 18 states, which were vetted by the Standing Committee of Parliament. The Bill includes penalties in the range of Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000 for over-speeding. As per the Bill, driving without insurance will be punishable with Rs 2,000 fine, while driving without helmets will attract Rs 1,000 fine and 3-month suspension of licence. The provisions also include that guardian/owner will be deemed to be guilty in case of road offence by juveniles while registration of the vehicle will be cancelled.last_img read more

UN mission opens first base ahead of referendum in southern Sudan

3 September 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission set up after the end of the north-south civil war has opened its first field office for the referendum to be held next January on whether the south should secede from the rest of the country. The Mundri West county referendum base, which was inaugurated on Wednesday in Western Equatoria state, will be one of 79 across southern Sudan that will serve as centres for UN staff assisting with the conduct of the referendum.Voters are expected to go to the polls on 9 January next year to decide to secede or stay part of Sudan, while a simultaneous referendum in Abyei will determine whether that area belongs to the north or the south.The referenda are being held under the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the civil war, and the UN mission – known as UNMIS – is tasked with providing both training and technical and logistical support for the vote.David Gressly, the UNMIS Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan, said mission staff will be involved in procuring and distributing referenda materials, while UN police will train local law enforcement personnel on security.He told the UN News Centre that the mission was using green-field sites to build the centres because of the lack of infrastructure in much of southern Sudan. The Mundri West base consists of six tents that house the offices and sleeping quarters for UN staff.“The base gives us an added advantage as it provides a symbolic presence for the referendum,” Mr. Gressly said. “It sends a signal to the local community that the referendum is real, that it is really going to happen. That’s very important at this time.”Many of the bases are in remote locations that are accessible only by helicopter because of the poor state of the roads, the rainy season and ongoing insecurity. UNMIS currently has 16 helicopters available for use and has asked for another eight to help with the distribution of referenda materials.Mr. Gressly said he was confident that UNMIS will be able to build all the centres in time and carry out its support role, noting that the mission helped with the staging of this year’s national elections in Sudan in April. read more

Gold miner AgnicoEagle swings back to profitability

TORONTO — Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. increased its production guidance for the year as it reported a swing back to profitability in the third quarter.The gold miner said it now expects to produce 1.025 million ounces of gold for the year, up from an earlier estimate of 975,000.Agnico-Eagle, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, also said it expects the cost to produce the gold will come in at US$660 per ounce compared with an earlier estimate of $690.[np-related]The earnings came the company said its profit amounted to $106.3-million, or 62 cents per share in its latest quarter, up from a loss of $81.6-million or 48 cents per share a year ago when the company wrote off its Goldex operation in Quebec.Revenue from the company’s mining operations totalled $535.8-million, up from $520.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.“Continued strong operating performance during the third quarter has resulted in a further strengthening of our financial position,” said Sean Boyd, Agnico-Eagle’s president and chief executive.“In addition to steady production from all of our mines, and in particular, record gold output at Meadowbank and Kittila, we are pleased to announce an increase in our full year production forecast with an associated reduction in the total cash cost estimate.”The Toronto-based gold miner also said Wednesday that David Smith has been promoted to chief financial officer.Smith, who was senior vice-president of strategic planning and investor relations, fills the spot left by the departure earlier this year of Ammar Al-Joundi, who joined Barrick Gold Corp.Agnico-Eagle stopped operations at the Goldex mine last year due to unstable rock formations and flooding in the operation.The Goldex mine is in the Abitibi region of Quebec and part of a group of mines that Agnico-Eagle owns including the LaRonde mine and Lapa mine.Agnico-Eagle has mines and exploration and development projects in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States.The company’s LaRonde mine is Canada’s largest operating gold project in terms of reserves. read more

Patient records more valuable to hackers than credit card details NHS boss

first_imgFormer deputy chair of NHS Digital Sir Nick Partridge said that while there were systems in place to try and combat hacks, the value of personal data meant there was an increased risk. “Systems are there but there’s a growing understanding that patient records are now much more valuable on the dark web than credit card ratings,” he said. Patient records are at risk from hackers because they are now more valuable than credit card details, NHS bosses have revealed. “They sell for more money so we can only expect this level of cyber attack to increase in a very fragmented NHS and it’s going to be a growing challenge”. Sir Nick said that NHS Digital, the health service’s internal IT provider, had…last_img

Train strikes to disrupt thousands of SWR commuters as union declares fiveday

Industrial action was suspended in February when it appeared a resolution was in sight, but the union is renewing strikes after accusing the company of “dragging its heels” in protracted talks over the past few months.The RMT said SWR was not prepared to give assurances that its new operational model will not move to driver controlled operation, which sparked fears of a “stitch up.”According to the RMT, the train company pledged in February that “each passenger train shall operate with a guard with safety critical competencies”, which led the union to suspend industrial action.Union officials said since then it has been “stalemate”, accusing the company of “rowing back” on its public pledges.RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have been left with no choice but to go ahead with strike action.”They are angry and frustrated that despite suspending action in good faith, and entering into talks in a positive and constructive manner, South Western Railway have dragged their heels and failed to bolt down an agreement that matches up to our expectations on the guard guarantee.”Worse than that, the company have refused to give assurances on the future operational role of the guard, fuelling fears amongst our members of a stitch up. Strike map Customers paying more than £5,000-a-year for a season ticket had their regular trains cancelled on Tuesday morning, and those that were running were overcrowded, forcing people to stand or sit in vestibules connecting carriages. Picket lines were being mounted outside stations across the SWR network, trains were cancelled or delayed, and a bus replacement service was in operation in some areas. A number of high profile events are being held this week which could be affected by the strikes, including the Royal Ascot racehorse meeting, music concerts at Hampton Court, and a gig by rock band Metallica at Twickenham on Thursday.SWR said it will run extra trains to the events.Reaction from the networkThousands of commuters shared their experiences of the travel disruption on social media, with footage showing queues spilling out of Surbiton station in south-west London, and a long way down the street.”It felt very unorganised, one person trying to deal with everyone’s queries and he didn’t seem to have a straight answer,” said 29-year-old Adam Neal-Jones, who posted a video to Twitter.”The queue was surprisingly orderly and people were joining it with little qualm in a very British way.”A lot of people stood about quite unsure if they should attempt a bus or to get to a different station.”I think surprise was the general mood as it seemed to be fine according to national rail app and we had been told there would be minimal disruption.”Speaking at 8.45am, Mr Neal-Jones said he was told 11am was the earliest he could expect to board a train. Train chaos South Western Railway strikes this is the que down Surbiton high street this morning. I’m now back at home chilling out waiting for the dust to settle. pic.twitter.com/0DOzNBoNp2— Shaun Ferguson 🇿🇦🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@sferguk) June 18, 2019 Saturday strike Why are passengers being affected again?The five-day industrial action is continuing in spite of an agreement that guards would be kept on every train.  #SWRStrike chaos today at Surbiton station, told to come back after 11 to possible get on a train. @nationalrailenq app suggests trains running on time, only if you can get on one. @SW_Help @kingstonnews @BBCTravelAlert Utter madness… pic.twitter.com/K5AGFr8j2H— Adam Neal-Jones (@adammnjones) June 18, 2019 £450 a month to be squashed on like sardines….I just love commuting #SWRStrike #southwesternrailway #swr pic.twitter.com/smuluipqRN— Calum Wild (@CalumWilld) June 18, 2019 “That situation has been compounded by an insistence that future operational models will be governed by the protection of company profits and not the safety of the travelling public.”For more than three months we have sought to negotiate a conclusion to this dispute and it is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been signed off. It is because of that crucial failure by SWR that we have had no option but to lift the suspension and move back into strike action.”How will the strike affect your train? Day 1 of the #SouthWesternRailway strike. 3 hours to get to work. The striking Guards don’t seem to do anything anyway apart from occasionally apologise for a late running train and terrible service @SW_Railway @swtrains_watch pic.twitter.com/fTKwBBaR7y— Tom Seldon (@TomSeldon) June 18, 2019 What is happening for the rest of the week?From Wednesday through to Friday, commuters will be forced to endure the same disruption as Tuesday.Hugely reduced services will affect all routes into London Waterloo, with some journeys axed altogether. The full rundown of the week’s industrial action can be found at South Western Railway’s website, but here are some of the major changes. Basingstoke to London Waterloo: Reduced hourly service in each directionWoking to London Waterloo: Reduced half-hourly serviceSalisbury to London Waterloo: Reduced hourly servicePortsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo: Reduced service with two trains an hour (one fast, one slow). The London Waterloo to Haslemere trains will not runDorking to London Waterloo: Trains will run every thirty minutes between London Waterloo and Epsom. No services between Leatherhead and DorkingGuildford to London Waterloo: Hourly train service will run from 7am to 10pm between Surbiton and Guildford via Cobham Hampton Court to London Waterloo: Replacement buses will be running a half hourly service between Hampton Court and SurbitonChessington South to London Waterloo: Reduced service will start later than normal at 8pm, with three trains every two hours. The train service will also finish earlier than normal at 7pmLondon Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside: Half-hourly service will run between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside (via Hounslow) between 8am and 8pmLondon Waterloo to Reading: Two trains each hour  London Waterloo to Weybridge via Staines: These trains will not runOn Saturday, there is a different timetable to usual too. Here is the map:  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. #Surbiton is in a totally mess this morning! The line to get into the station is a mile long now! And not moving. No staff to tell you what to do and hardly any info before this telling us about the strike!? @SW_Help is this going to be the case all week!??? pic.twitter.com/CwQ8KlcB3A— Francesca Gillett (@FrancescaHeath) June 18, 2019 ℹ️ There’ll be changes to our timetable until 22 June. This is due to RMT union industrial action. Find the latest information at https://t.co/WuP33njSWo pic.twitter.com/M9nISrDz8G— South Western Railway (@SW_Railway) June 17, 2019 Commuters looking to get to London for work were told to go home and come back two-and-a-half hours later as rail passengers suffered misery on the first morning of a five-day strike.  Some of the busiest routes in the country faced fresh disruption on Tuesday as workers walked out at the start of a mass walkout in the long-running dispute over guards on trains.Commuters on South Western Railway (SWR) services, including those into London Waterloo, were hit as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union took action after the row flared up.At Surbiton, commuters were faced with a 300m queue just to get into the station, and many of the trains that were running on a reduced timetable were delayed. By 8.20am, city workers looking to get into the capital by 9am were told to come back at 11am in the hope that the queues had died down.Passengers have reacted furiously to the latest in a string of walkouts, which so far have seemingly achieved nothing. @SW_Railway where you sit on strike day. All this for over £100 a week. A joke. #southwesternrailway pic.twitter.com/z2vBksMNfF— Fraser Cassidy (@FraserCassidy) June 18, 2019 Anyone travelling from Surbiton, be warned. There’s a massive queue to even enter the station today going down the high street. #SWRStrike #SWR #southwesternrailway pic.twitter.com/vMdfqU6ktP— carol (@notdaftcarol) June 18, 2019 Credit:SWR Credit:SWR @SW_Railway it’s one thing to have strikes. It’s another when the only trains you have running depart LATE. What’s your excuse?! pic.twitter.com/Px6K1O8vNd— Krish Puri (@KrishPuri1) June 18, 2019 An SWR spokesman said: “It’s very disappointing that despite having had dates in the diary for what we hoped would be further constructive talks, the RMT union decided to call disruptive strike action over the course of five days.”The company said it met with the union last week and agreed to arrange new dates to continue those talks.”However, they seem insistent on going ahead with their unnecessary strike which will impact our customers and colleagues alike.”The RMT has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement.”We want to move the conversation on to how we operate our new trains and take advantage of the new technology on board to benefit our customers.”We remain committed to finding a solution that will help us build a better railway for everyone. We will do everything we can to keep customers moving during these strikes but would like to apologise for the disruption this unnecessary action will cause.”Passengers are strongly advised to plan their travel in advance as services are likely to be busier than usual because of the strike action.”Rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have been organised where possible, whilst fans attending events at Twickenham, Hampton Court, Royal Ascot, and elsewhere, are advised to allow extra time for their travel. “Customers will be able to see amendments to their train services, as currently published on our website.” read more

Discovery approves Botswana metallurgy

first_imgDiscovery Metals has completed a comprehensive new study into the most cost effective way to process ore from its Dikoloti nickel deposit in north-east Botswana, using a state-of-the-art heap leach bio-oxidation process. The study was based on GeoBiotics LLC’s proprietary GEOLEACHTM process, which has been developed as a method to recover base metals from sulphide ores as an alternative to stirred tank leaching and other competing technologies.Following the positive results of the study, Discovery has contracted Snowden Mining Industry Consultants to revise the Dikoloti scoping study financial model as the bio-oxidation process has the potential to lower capital and operating costs for development of the project, in comparison to traditional flotation processing techniques.  Highlights from new metallurgical test work:The Dikoloti nickel mineralisation is amenable to heap leach bio-oxidation processing using the GEOLEACHTM processGreater than 74% nickel extraction from the ore was achieved after 160 days;99% of the extracted nickel can be recovered from the bio-oxidation solution as a nickel sulphide, by use of sodium sulphide precipitation The heap leach approach using GEOLEACHTM should have capital and operating costs which are significantly lower than conventional flotation processing.Discovery Metals Managing Director, Jeremy Read, said the metallurgical test work using the GEOLEACHTM process had shown that bio-oxidation was a technically feasible method for processing the Dikoloti nickel-copper mineralisation.  “The positive results from the GEOLEACHTM bio-oxidation test work are a big step forward for the project. We have now identified a processing technique which could lead to Dikoloti being developed as a stand-alone operation,” Read said.“We are currently having the scoping study financial model for Dikoloti revised, based upon a bio-oxidation heap leap operation. Once the results of this financial review are known, we will make a final decision on how to progress Dikoloti to the next project development phase.”last_img read more

Theo Zographos enters preselection battle for the seat of Chisholm

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram City of Monash Councillor Theo Zographos is one of the contenders for the seat of Chisholm, vacated by Julia Banks MP.Cr Zographos’ work for the City of Monash includes the successful effort to secure funding for a multicultural festival in Oakleigh and being part of the team that set in motion the creation of the new children’s hospital at the Monash Medical Centre.According to sources within the Liberal party, Cr Zographos will enter the Chisholm preselection battle against Whitehorse City Councillor Andrew Davenport and Gladys Liu, who is already preselected for an Upper House spot at November’s Victorian election, and is believed to having the backing of Victorian Liberal Party state president Michael Kroger.The seat was the only electorate that the Liberals won from Labor at the 2016 election and a redistribution of boundaries means that the Coalition holds the seat by 3.4 per cent. Julia Banks, who won the seat, announced that she will not seek reelection, because of the behaviour of her colleagues, who she accused of bullying, during the Liberal leadership spill that ended Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership.last_img read more

Courtesy Calls at Government House

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 13, 2017 – Nassau – Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (centre) welcomed Executives of the National Junkanoo Committee in a Courtesy Call at Government House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.Pictured from left: Ellery Deveaux, Junkanoo Co-ordinator, Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture; Kishlane O’Brien, Co-Chair, National Junkanoo Committee; H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Nicole Sutherland-King, Legal Representative, National Junkanoo Committee; and Vernon Rolle, Parade Management & Task Force, National Junkanoo Committee.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Minister Ricardo Miller (seated centre left) and the Children’s Ministry paid a courtesy call upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General (seated centre), at Government House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Heatwave Coincides With Dangerous Ocean Conditions

first_imgHeatwave Coincides With Dangerous Ocean Conditions Updated: 6:30 PM July 23, 2018 Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The excessive heat expected to blanket San Diego County this week will likely drive big crowds to the beaches. An ocean swim may sound like a great way to beat the sizzling temperatures, but beach goers should be aware that ocean conditions will be hazardous. The National Weather Service says a large south swell will produce strong rip currents and dangerous swimming conditions for inexperienced swimmers. San Diego lifeguard say swimmers need to be cautious this week and should only be in areas designated for swimming.Because of the unusual conditions, there will be extra lifeguards keeping an eye on things over the next few days. center_img Posted: July 23, 2018 Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Skamania County update Latest vote counts show same winners losers

first_imgHere are the Wednesday voter updates in three contested races in Skamania County — and proposals affecting emergency medical services and forming and funding a county central parks and recreation district. The winners hadn’t changed from counts made public Tuesday night.In the race for county auditor Tim Todd was leading with about 56.5 percent over Teri Wyckoff. Both favor the Republican Party.For county commissioner in District 3, Bob Anderson, favoring the Republican Party, led with 53.9 percent over Jamie Tolfree, favoring the Democratic Party.For county prosecuting attorney, Adam N. Kick, Democrat, garnered 52.8 percent, ahead of Randall C. Krog, Republican.A proposition to authorize Skamania County Public Hospital District No. 1 to levy 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation for six years looked to succeed with about 67 percent yes votes. It would support emergency medical care and services in the county and needs 60 percent approval to pass.Looking at the idea of forming the Skamania Central Parks and Recreation District, two propositions to authorize the creation, and levy 29 cents or less per $1,000 to fund it for six years, were rejected by 52.7 percent of voters and 60.9 percent of voters, respectively.last_img read more

Billboard telling liberals to leave Texas goes viral

first_imgA photo of a billboard in Texas is getting attention online for its controversial message urging “liberals” to leave the state.Kyle Mccallie, who lives in Fritch, Texas, took a photo of the billboard during his commute, he told USA Today. He says the sign is located on Interstate 40 near the town of Vega, about 35 miles from the New Mexico border.“Liberals please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS,” the sign reads.It is unclear who paid for the billboard. Burkett Media, the Austin-based advertising company listed at the bottom of the sign, says they are not affiliated with the billboard’s content.Mccallie’s photo has quickly spread on social media, getting over 15,000 shares in less than a day. But while he’s received plenty of praise for the photo, Mccallie says he’s also gotten threatening messages as a result. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State Rep Ken Gordon Joins Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission

first_imgBEDFORD, MA – State Representative Ken Gordon (D – 21st Middlesex), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, has officially been named to a commission tasked in part with breaking the cycle of arrest and incarceration for those with mental health and/or substance use disorders in Middlesex County.The Massachusetts Legislature established the 11-member Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission in 2018 to develop a plan for creating a restoration center in Middlesex County. The center would help expand community capacity for treatment while supporting law enforcement diversionary efforts.Co-chaired by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health Dr. Danna Mauch, the commission includes State Senator Cindy Friedman (D – Fourth Middlesex), and representatives of the judiciary, as well as public and behavioral health stakeholders.“Rep. Gordon brings valuable insight and experience to this process,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “His voice will be critical as we seek to break the cycle of incarceration and produce better outcomes for those in our communities with mental health and substance use disorders.”“Representative Gordon has a leadership track record in addressing the special needs of persons with behavioral health conditions through community stakeholder engagement and targeted program initiatives,” noted Dr. Mauch.  “His contributions will be instrumental in crafting feasible solutions to the problem of overrepresentation of people with these conditions in our jails.”“I’m thrilled that Rep. Gordon have joined the Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission,” said Senator Friedman.  “His background and experience will provide valuable insight to our commission and will help us in our continued effort to establish a restoration center to improve the lives of those with behavioral health needs and reduce unnecessary incarceration throughout the county.”“It is an honor and a tremendously valuable experience to contribute to this worthy commission and to work with [Bedford Police] Chief Bongiorno who adds an important voice in representing the law enforcement community,” added Rep. Gordon.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex County Restoration Center Commission Holds Inaugural MeetingIn “Police Log”State Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours At As Good As It Gets On September 7In “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”last_img read more

Toyotas 2019 Super Bowl ad turns the new Supra into a pinball

first_img 2020 Toyota Supra: A Japanese sports car legend returns Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage For those of you with memory problems, the Toyota GR Supra made its world debut last month at the Detroit Auto Show to something decidedly less-than-universal acclaim. Lots of people dislike how it looks, and they hate that it’s shares a lot of BMW DNA under the skin and in its cabin, but we liked it well enough, and our editor-in-chief enjoyed flogging it on a track last year when it was still wrapped in camouflage. More From Roadshow Sports Cars Car Industry Car Culture May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot More Super Bowl Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Comments 3 The Supra will launch in the US later this year with a BMW-derived turbocharged inline-six engine and an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. There is a rumored four-cylinder version coming down the pike that could serve as a replacement for the aging 86 platform, but that hasn’t been confirmed.Watch more Super Bowl commercials here.  Super Bowl 2019 Toyota reading • Toyota’s 2019 Super Bowl ad turns the new Supra into a pinball wizardcenter_img See All 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 75 Photos Super Bowl 2019 Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Share your voice The Toyota “Wizard” ad for the Supra is here and it didn’t exactly live up to the hype, much like the Supra itself. Toyota When Toyota dropped its “Toni” ad on Monday, we were kind of surprised. I mean, it was almost a week ahead of the Super Bowl, and it seemed like maybe the company was jumping the gun a bit. But now we know that the automaker had another trick up its sleeve, a second commercial called “Wizard,” which showcased the brand-new 2020 Toyota Supra navigating a giant pinball machine. The spot featured a ton of sliding Supra action set to The Who, but it sure didn’t make the car any prettier. • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Toyota Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailerlast_img read more

Cabinet asks law enforcers to intensify antiterror measures

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over the cabinet meeting at her office on Monday. Photo: PIDAgainst the backdrop of the recent series bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, the cabinet on Monday directed the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to intensify anti-terror cautionary measures and vigilance in the country, reports UNB.The directives came from the cabinet meeting held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office.”The cabinet asked for intensifying cautionary and monitoring measures in Bangladesh,” said senior secretary (Coordination and Reforms) of the cabinet division Shamsul Arefin while briefing reporters at the Bangladesh secretariat about the meeting.The cabinet adopted two condolence motions expressing deep shock and sorrow at the casualties in the recent series bomb attacks in Sri Lanka and the death of Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare ministry Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, in one of the attacks, said the senior secretary.Mentioning that the people of Bangladesh are deeply shocked at the terrible attacks, the cabinet expressed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members, he said.Besides, the cabinet approved the draft of Bangladesh Industrial and Technical Assistance Centre (BITAC) Bill 2019 for strengthening the management and function of the centre, said Arefin.”BITAC is a statutory body which has been running on the basis of a resolution of 1962. The bill was brought to make a full-fledged law to strengthen the management of the centre,” he said.According to the bill, there will be an 11-member board of directors to be headed by the industries secretary, the secretary added.Creating skilled manpower through technical trainings for industries and factories, improving the standard of skills of the people employed in the government and private industries, providing technical trainings to physically challenged people to ensure their participation in the country’s economic activities, and conducting researches are among the functions of the centre, said Arefin.The cabinet endorsed the draft of the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation between Lebanon and Bangladesh for inking the deal between the two governments.The cabinet was also informed about the prime minister’s recent three-day visit to Brunei Darussalam, said the secretary.last_img read more

Walker the Robot Is Here to Help Manage Your Smart Home

first_img Running a smart home isn’t easy, but Ubtech Robotics wants to help with its new high-tech assistant: Meet Walker, a bipedal humanoid robot that can hold objects, utilize facial recognition, and control voice-activated devices.Ubtech Robotics unveiled Walker at CES 2019 this week, and announced in a press release that it upgraded Walker with arms and hands that can grasp objects. Walker has other new features as well, including flexible walking, hand-eye coordination, and obstacle avoidance. Interested customers will have to wait to buy Walker though: The company hasn’t disclosed a price or release date for the robot yet.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The company said Walker is its most advanced robot, because it demonstrates futuristic abilities including flexible walking, self balancing, hand-eye coordination, and obstacle avoidance.&nbsp;</p><p>AdChoices广告Walker is designed to be customer’s smart home companion. Key features of this bipedal humanoid robot include arms and hands that can manipulate objects, so it can pour beverages or play piano. It also has sensing systems that help it walk properly on marble and carpet floors.For smart home management, Walker can help with two tasks: First, it can use face and object recognition to detect loved ones and household guests. Plus, Walker can manage other smart home devices, including voice recognition technology speakers, lights, and other advanced appliances.Ubtech Robotics said it wants Walker to step up people’s homes in the future. With this robot companion, customers won’t have to worry so much about cleanup, entertaining guests, or constantly checking their smart home devices.The company also debuted other autonomous electronics at CES 2019, including Cruzr, a cloud-based humanoid service robot for businesses, and Jimu Robot building kits for STEM education.More on Geek.com:Sony’s Beer-Holding Karaoke Speaker Is a Portable PartyWhirlpool Makes Your Kitchen A Lot Smarter at CES 2019Of Course Backpacks Light Up in The Republic of Gamers 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Stay on targetlast_img read more