Human fetuses are clever students, able to distinguish male from female voices and the voices of their mothers from those of strangers between 32 and 39 weeks after conception. Now, researchers have demonstrated that the embryos of the superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus, pictured), an Australian songbird, also learn to discriminate among the calls they hear. The scientists played 1-minute recordings to 43 fairy-wren eggs collected from nests in the wild. The eggs were between days 9 and 13 of a 13- to 14-day incubation period. The sounds included white noise, a contact call of a winter wren, or a female fairy-wren’s incubation call. Those embryos that listened to the fairy-wrens’ incubation calls and the contact calls of the winter wrens lowered their heart rates, a sign that they were learning to discriminate between the calls of a different species and those of their own kind, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (None showed this response to the white noise.) Thus, even before hatching, these small birds’ brains are engaged in tasks requiring attention, learning, and possibly memory—the first time embryonic learning has been seen outside humans, the scientists say. The behavior is key because fairy-wren embryos must learn a password from their mothers’ incubation calls; otherwise, they’re less successful at soliciting food from their parents after hatching.
Coolpad launched a limited gold edition of its budget phone Note 3 Lite on Tuesday to commemorate the milestone of 5 lakh ‘happy customers’ in India. The Note 3 Lite gold variant will be exclusively available for buying from Amazon India starting from June 9 at a price of Rs 7,499. The phone is already available in champagne white and black colour options.The Coolpad Note 3 Lite has an all-plastic body with a distinct soft matte finish on the back. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well. The dualSIM phone supports 4G LTE connectivity.The Note 3 Lite comes with a 5-inch HD IPS screen with a 1280×720 pixels resolution and is powered by a1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6735 processor coupled with Mali-T720MP2 GPU and 3GB RAM. The phone comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 64GB via a microSD card.Also Read: Coolpad Note 3 Lite review: Pocket-sized, pocket-friendlyThe Note 3 Lite sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and LED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,500mAh battery which is non-removable.Coolpad recently launched its costliest phone, the Coolpad Max, in India at a price of Rs 24,999. The USP of the phone is its unique dual-system, which is basically “an external open system that has all features normally expected in a cellphone plus an internal security system which allows for encryption of the phone user’s calls and texts,” according to the company. The secure internal system of the Max can be used to download ‘fully secure’ apps in a way that the users’ privacy and security aren’t compromised, claims Coolpad.advertisement
England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy might have started cautiously, putting on 47 runs from the first powerplay, but they hit 97 from the next 10 as the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav looked clueless and England skipper Eoin Morgan believes that changed the game for the hosts.”That period from 10 to 20 overs was probably the difference between the game,” Morgan said after the end of the game.”I think we scored about 90-something runs in 10 or 11 overs. And it was quite evident to see when the seam was run, the ball was not coming onto the bat. There was only a little bit of pace and we got a little bit of purchase from cutters, slower balls.”So Jonny and Jason can make a wicket seem flat at different stages, and they did through that period. So it was a great period for us and obviously got us off to an unbelievable start. So we felt we were ahead of the game at that time,” an elated Morgan explained.It was a must-win game and the English boys put on a clinical display and skipper Morgan said that is what gives this team confidence that they can not only qualify for the knockout games but also lift the coveted title.”We had lost the last two games, and obviously, you have to turn things around but you don’t know how you’re going to play. Having played the way we did today is very encouraging for us. The closer we can get to play our A-game, the more of a chance we have of going the whole way.advertisement”If we’re scraping our way along, not playing the type of cricket we played in the last four years, I wouldn’t be as confident,” he pointed.Also Read | This win keeps World Cup campaign in our own hands: Jonny Bairstow after England winAlso Read | Rishabh Pant made a big statement with his batting: Sachin TendulkarAlso See
Music education is crucial for children as it offers them a way to connect with other people. Being young, children are very social, and it’s important at a tender age to encourage them to build relationships by providing them with experiences to share with each other.Apart from improving social connections and development, music helps in the analytical development of children. There are particular areas of the brain that are responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception, and reading skills, all of which help in the overall intellectual development of young ones.Music education is also an important aspect of providing children with a well-rounded education. When allowed to work in harmony with other subjects and areas of study, music helps children grow in self-esteem, build essential skills, and prepare for bright futures. Research shows that learning music facilitates learning and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. It not only encourages students to showcase their creativity but also allows them to explore beyond classroom learning.Benefits of music education:1. Boosts self-esteem Learning music from a young age teaches students to accept and give constructive criticism. Accepting feedback and incorporating it to make a change helps build self-confidence. Group lessons offer a leeway for students to understand that perfection is superficial and everyone has room for improvement.2. Introduces new cultures Music education gives students a glimpse into multiple cultures and boosts their development of compassion and empathy. This provides students with an opportunity to bridge the gap across cultural chasms that leads to learning about respect at an early age.advertisement3. Teaches discipline Learning music teaches students about delayed gratification. Playing an instrument or practising music teaches students to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals.4. Develops physical skills Instruments such as piano, violin, drums, and percussion help students develop coordination and motor skills, with the latter also requiring movement of the hands, arms, and feet. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing is a complementary skill that also prepares children for other hobbies such as dance and sports.5. Improves academics Music works as an outlet from academic rigour and students who study it tend to think creatively and learn to solve problems by visualising multiple solutions. Music education also enables students to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously, which one would encounter in architecture, engineering, math, art, and especially when working with computers.6. Heightens problem-solving skills Music education has the capability to help students process situations and find solutions mentally. Those with musical training have been found to have higher levels of grey matter volume in their brains, which are directly tied to auditory processing and comprehension.7. Nurtures teamwork Students studying music get the opportunity to work together to create a technically correct performance. Musicians learn to listen to others, sense emotion, and react with greater depth and understanding. Together, they form a community of like-minded individuals who can help each other reach goals.In conclusion, it must be noted that music helps in integrating the body and the mind of children. Dancing to music, in particular, builds a positive mindset and helps children sharpen their motor skills. Exposure to music in the early years also aids children in learning sounds and meanings of words, practising self-expression, and helps strengthen memory skills.Remembering the grammar of music is vital in the early stages of learning after which follows the expression of creativity. Music is relaxing and helps students with stress and anxiety and study more efficiently.Classical music is peaceful and harmonious and is one of the best options to listen to when studying. It is believed that listening to the classical composer Mozart improves mental performance and is described as the “Mozart Effect.” Nothing like a whiff of Mozart to boost the growth of your child!(Authored by Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School, Bangalore)READ: Music helps in reducing anxiety before anesthesia, says studyAlso read: Student’s disability status depends on where they go to school: Study
eSports Ronaldo, Messi & Neymar lead the line in Rio Ferdinand’s FIFA 18 Squad Battle team Goal Last updated 1 year ago 07:38 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images eSports Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Lionel Messi PSG Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Ligue 1 The former Manchester United star picked four Real Madrid men for his side, but it is the trident up front that catches the eye Pity any defender that has the misfortune to play against the forward line Rio Ferdinand has picked in FIFA 18!The former Manchester United defender pulled no punches in picking arguably the three best attackers in the game for his Squad Battle line-up. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar make the cut, with Brazil legend Ronaldo lurking on the bench as a luxury supersub should even more goals be needed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Further back Ferdinand himself features alongside Sergio Ramos in the middle of defence, with David de Gea playing between the posts.The Spain goalkeeper is one of just two current United players to make an appearance, alongside Paul Pogba. Instead, with Marcelo roaming the left flank and Luka Modric also in the team, there is a big Real Madrid influence — and with that trio up front Rio certainly has put together a fearsome line-up.
World Cup FIFA national team eligibility: Rules, players who have switched & everything you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup European Championship Copa America Africa Cup of Nations Goal breaks down the sometimes confusing world of FIFA eligibility rules, including some of those players who have changed national teams FIFA national team eligibility has become something of a talking point in recent years as players exercise their right to change the association for which they play.There have been many high-profile examples of players who have switched to one association after coming through the ranks of another.In some cases, players have even lined out for a national team at senior level before deciding to move to another, infuriating and frustrating some fans in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is a feature of modern-day football, but the rules governing the issue can be quite confusing. Luckily, Goal is here to break it down for you.Contents1. What are the rules?2. How can a player switch teams?3. Players who have switched4. What is the ‘Granny Rule’?What are the FIFA eligibility rules for national teams?The rules for national team eligibility are clearly laid out in FIFA’s statutes. Specifically, Articles 5-8 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes are concerned with the topic.Principle of national team eligibility The general principle, in Article 5.1, states: “Any person holding a permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in a certain country is eligible to play for the representative teams of the association of that country.”Article 5.2 adds that: “…any player who has already participated in a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition of any category or any type of football for one association may not play an international match for a representative team of another association.”However, it must be noted that there is an exception – explained in Article 8 (see next section), which allows certain players to change association – stick with us.Nationalities that cover multiple national teamsSome nationalities can, theoretically, permit a player to play for more than one representative association. For example, in the United Kingdom there are four ‘home nations’ – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but only one nationality applies to those teams: British.There are a number of nationalities that cover more than one national team, some of which you can see in the table below. Nationality National teams American United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico British England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands Chinese China PR, Hong Kong, Macau Danish Denmark, Faroe Islands French France, Gaudeloupe, Reunion, Tahiti Dutch Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao New Zealander New Zealand, Cook Islands However, if you have one of these nationalities, it is not simply a case of being able to pick and choose which team you wish to play for; a player must meet certain criteria. Article 6 deals with such cases as follows:”A player who, under the terms of art. 5, is eligible to represent more than one association on account of his nationality, may play in an international match for one of these associations only if, in addition to having the relevant nationality, he fulfils at least one of the following conditions:a) He was born on the territory of the relevant association;b) His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant association;c) His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant association;d) He has lived continuously on the territory of the relevant association for at least two years.”As you can see from Article 6.1, a player must either be born in a country, have biological ties to the country or have lived in the country for a certain period of time.Interestingly, Article 6.2 states that: “…associations sharing a common nationality may make an agreement under which item (d) of par. 1 of this article is deleted completely or amended to specify a longer time limit. Such agreements shall be lodged with and approved by the Council.” The four British ‘home nations’ have recently opted to delete this item.Assuming a new nationalityArticle 7 deals with players who assume a new nationality in order to play for a national team and it uses the mostly the same criteria as Article 6.1, with only item (d) differing. In Article 7, the condition in item (d) says that a player will be eligible to play for a representative team if he has “lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association.”How to switch national teams If a player wishes to change national teams, they must observe Article 8 of the Regulations. Only players who have: more than one nationality; acquired a new nationality; or are eligible to represent more than one association due to their nationality can change national team.Article 8.1. explains that such individuals may “only once” request to change their national team association, subject to the following conditions:”a) He has not played a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition at “A” international level for his current association, and at the time of his first full or partial appearance in an international match in an official competition for his current association, he already had the nationality of the representative team for which he wishes to play.b) He is not permitted to play for his new association in any competition in which he has already played for his previous association.”In short, that means a change cannot occur if a player has been capped at senior international level in a competitive international match, such as a World Cup qualifier. Senior friendlies, therefore, are not deemed sufficient to tie a player to an association.In order to make a change of association, a player must “submit a written, substantiated request” to the FIFA general secretariat and the governing body’s Players Status Committee make a decision on that request. Once a request has been filed, a player is not eligible to play for any national team until all the paperwork has been processed. Per Article 8.2, in the exceptional circumstance of a player, who has played for a national team, permanently losing his nationality without his consent or against his will, a request can be made to change association to another association for which he has nationality. An example of where this may apply is the break-up of a previously united, singular state.What players have switched national teams? The practice of playing for more than one national team has been in operation for decades, but FIFA have sought to make it more structured in recent years, thus minimising the risk of cynical exploitation.Some of the most famous players in the history of football have donned the colours of a number of different national teams. Alfredo di Stefano, famously, played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain, while Ferenc Puskas represented both Hungary and Spain.More recently, Diego Costa’s switch from Brazil to Spain caused a stir, while England were left reeling when they lost Wilfried Zaha to Ivory Coast.The table below shows a collection of modern-day players who have played for one association (sometimes at senior level) before switching to another association. Player Original association Switched to Kevin Prince Boateng Germany Ghana Nacer Chadli Morocco Belgium Diego Costa Brazil Spain Faouzi Ghoulam France Algeria Jonathan Gonzalez USA Mexico Jack Grealish Republic of Ireland England James McClean Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Thiago Motta Brazil Italy Taulant Xhaka Switzerland Albania Wilfried Zaha England Ivory Coast Interestingly, there are examples of brothers from the same family lining out for different national teams.Jerome Boateng (Germany) and Kevin Prince Boateng (Ghana) are one such pair. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka plays for Switzerland and came up against his brother Taulant, who plays for Albania, at Euro 2016.Given the nature of global society, there are lots of examples of players with more than one nationality and there are often debates in certain countries about who could have line out for them.France’s 1998 World Cup-winning team is often cited as an example of multiculturalism in football, with the likes of Patrick Vieira and Marcel Desailly born in Senegal and Ghana respectively, while Zinedine Zidane’s parents emigrated to France from Algeria.What is the ‘Granny Rule’? To be clear, there is no official rule in FIFA’s statutes called the ‘Granny Rule’.The term is an informal reference to the parts of FIFA’s regulations (Articles 6 and 7) which indicate that a player’s ancestry (parents and grandparents) can potentially allow them to play for a national representative team.It has been widely used in sports media and the term endures in the present day, but it is very much a colloquialism.
She further informed that a partnership is being developed with the Diaspora to develop a comprehensive sustainable development plan to transform the Granville/Pitfour/Retirement District into a sustainable township in collaboration with the St. James Parish Development Committee.“The transformation will be driven by entrepreneurship, small business development and agriculture, underpinned by skills training, mentorship and the inculcation of values and attitudes,” she said. CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAM State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is pushing to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in her constituency.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams reported during her Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives on June 25, that some 105 budding and existing entrepreneurs have been receiving training through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and should be graduating soon.“Utilising the expertise of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), we have trained constituents in areas such as business management, ethics and marketing,” she informed, noting that the first training sessions were held in April 2013.“I believe that small business and entrepreneurship is the answer to growth and development in our economy. I believe in empowering persons to help themselves, and they in turn, will help their families and their communities,” she stated.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams also informed that the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College will be utilised as a centre of literacy and continuous learning, while a facility for centre for entrepreneurship will be created in Mount Salem.“My aim is to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in the constituency and provide a programme to continuously enhance the capabilities of residents in the various communities of West Central, St. James,” she said.
zoomImage Courtesy: BW LPG Owner and operator of gas carriers BW LPG has called Dorian LPG to return to the negotiating table, only weeks after its takeover proposal got rejected.BW LPG sent an open letter to Dorian LPG regarding its combination proposal, under which Dorian shareholders would receive 2.05 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share.Based on BW LPG’s current price of NOK 33.80 (USD 4.17) as of June 25, 2018, BW LPG’s proposal to combine with Dorian represents a value of USD 8.55, a 22.9% premium to Dorian’s unaffected share price of USD 6.96 as of May 25, 2018. On a pro forma basis for the year ended December 31, 2017, Dorian would have contributed 33% of revenue, 38% of EBITDA and 40% of free cash flow while its shareholders would receive a 45% stake in the combined entity.BW LPG informed that the overall market response has been positive and reflective of the significant benefits of the proposed combination, including the creation of a leading VLGC player, significant synergies, increased market capitalization, cash flow accretion, liquidity for Dorian shareholders, and a stronger credit profile.“We urge Dorian’s Board of Directors to respond to its shareholders and engage with us. Since announcing the proposal, we have spoken with many BW LPG and Dorian shareholders and are pleased with the positive feedback we have received,” Martin Ackermann, BW LPG Chief Executive Officer, said.“We were surprised that Dorian’s Board of Directors rejected our proposal without giving us the opportunity to engage in a discussion, and believe a number of the points Dorian’s Board of Directors highlighted suggest a misunderstanding of our business and the proposed combination. We believe that a discussion between Dorian and BW LPG would be appropriate to address any questions Dorian may have about our proposal and we are ready to meet with them,” Ackermann concluded.
Mr. Ramcharan “is deeply disturbed about the consequences of Israel’s recent military operation in the Gaza strip, in particular in Rafah, and its disproportionate use of force in densely populated areas,” José Luis Díaz, spokesman for the High Commissioner’s Office, said in a statement issued in Geneva.”He is particularly concerned at reports of the use by the Israel Defence Forces last Wednesday of helicopters and tanks to fire into a crowd of civilians during a peaceful demonstration, resulting in numerous deaths.”The statement noted that according to reports from the ground, since 10 May dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed and several hundred others injured. In addition, more than 200 civilian properties have been destroyed or damaged, leaving thousands homeless and destitute. “The extensive destruction of property, a form of collective punishment, is in flagrant violation of international human rights and humanitarian law,” it said.”The Acting High Commissioner calls on Israel to abide by its obligations as an occupying power, to respect international law and to stop immediately the disproportionate use of force in the Gaza Strip,” the statement said.”It is of paramount importance to ensure that all civilians and their property are protected at all times. The Acting High Commissioner emphasizes that even when there are security-related considerations, there is no such thing as a licence to kill,” it added.
In the resolution, adopted unanimously, the 15-member body decided to set up a Sanctions Committee, consisting of all the members of the Council, and requested the Secretary-General to create, for an initial period of 13 months, a panel of up to five experts to support the Committee’s work. The 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali included language inviting the Security Council to adopt measures against those undermining the implementation of the Agreement and the pursuit of its objectives. On 9 August, the Government of Mali sent a letter to Egypt, Council President for that month, requesting the creation of a sanctions regime, citing repeated ceasefire violations by armed groups in northern Mali.
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Coach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality. “We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.” The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU. “(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.” In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20. And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage. “I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.” Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season. “I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.” No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack against Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker first came on the scene as a sophomore in the 2016 annual spring game where he lept and intercepted a ball, fully extended, with one hand. That was just a glimpse of Baker’s potential.In 2016, after now-redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker went down with a sprained MCL in the first game of the season, Baker’s true talent showed in his ascension to becoming an integral part of the Buckeyes’ defense.Playing alongside eventual 2017 NFL Draft pick Raekwon McMillan, it’s not hard to see how Baker flew under the radar as a playmaker on the defense. But when considering Baker finished second on the team in tackles (83) and tackles for loss (9.5), and had 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, including a touchdown, Baker is perhaps the most talented returning player on the defense.“I just took advantage of the opportunity I was given,” Baker said. “It’s funny how it worked out, but, like coach (Urban) Meyer said, there’s so many examples of guys who went down, and guys came up and got their shot and took advantage of it. I’m just happy I was one of those guys. This year is definitely the same: Just take advantage of the opportunity I’ve given, and make the best out of it.”After his upstart sophomore campaign, Baker is guaranteed a spot in the starting 11. Last year, he was competing with Booker for the SAM (strong side) linebacker position. In spring practice ahead of the 2017 season, he said his approach remains the same.“Same thing. Get the whole linebacker room better,” Baker said. “I still play (like) I’m not a starter or anything like that. It’s the same mindset. It’s go hard, make everyone better and help our team win.”The OSU defense is undergoing a transition from 2016 to 2017. Defensive backs Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Malik Hooker are off to the NFL, along with the aforementioned McMillan. Coming in is a new group of cornerbacks and a new safety who are responsible for replacing the production that led OSU to its No. 6 ranking in total defense.Another change is in the defensive coaching staff. Bill Davis has assumed the duties of linebackers coach from Luke Fickell, who is the head coach at the University of Cincinnati.Davis currently has Booker practicing at the SAM linebacker position, while Baker has moved over to the WILL (weak side) and redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley — the other returning starter at linebacker — will play Mike (middle) linebacker. Baker said that Davis is making sure all the linebackers know how to play each position. To have that knowledge of each position takes playing experience and potential, both of which Davis values in Baker.“Jerome’s a very talented young man and I think he’s got a big upside,” Davis said. “But again, he’s got a lot of work in front of him too. The potential is there, but potential is a very dangerous word. It’s got to be backed up by work, and he’s working hard right now.”As a first-year starter and a sophomore last season, Baker was lucky enough to play with players who already had significant playing experience in Worley and McMillan. Baker said that even Booker was a big influence on him from the sidelines.“Even when Book was out, he still helped me out. He still helped the guys out,” he said. “Nothing really changed as far as his mind. It’s Book.”With the amount of players returning, the linebackers and the defensive line are expected to be the stronghold of the Silver Bullets. Nonetheless, Baker’s role as a leader on the gridiron and in the locker room is expected to expand into becoming the teacher instead of the disciple.“Last year, in the beginning, I was a young guy, learning from Raekwon, learning from Worley, learning from Book,” Baker said. “And this year, it’s only Worley and Book. As far as looking up to, I have to try and lead by example for the younger guys. That’s the one thing that really changed. You gotta lead by example. And just try to continue to do the right thing.”
83 Comments Feb 27th 2017, 12:20 PM Monday 27 Feb 2017, 12:20 PM 32,169 Views German hostage beheaded by Islamist militants in the Philippines “Up to the last moment, many sectors including the Armed Forces exhausted all efforts to save his life,” a spokesperson said. By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3261297 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share36 Tweet Email3 Short URL Image: SITE intelligence group Image: SITE intelligence group ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN the Philippines have beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom, the government in Manila said today.A video posted by the extremist Abu Sayyaf group, which was monitored by intelligence group SITE, showed Jurgen Kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man.Shortly after the video appeared, government envoy Jesus Dureza confirmed the German’s death.“We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim,” Dureza said in a statement.“Up to the last moment, many sectors including the Armed Forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life. We all tried our best. But to no avail,” said Dureza.Military officials in the south said they still had not yet found the German’s body.The Abu Sayyaf, blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history, had previously demanded a ransom of 30 million pesos (€560,000) be paid by yesterday to spare the 70-year-old.Kantner was abducted from his yacht, the Rockall, in waters off the southern Philippines last year.The vessel was found drifting on 7 November, with the body of Kantner’s female companion, Sabine Merz, bearing a gunshot wound.The couple had previously been kidnapped and held for 52 days in Somalia in 2008 before they were freed, reportedly after a huge ransom was paid, press reports said.The Abu Sayyaf, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement in the Middle East, have been kidnapping foreigners and Christians for decades, holding them for ransom in the jungles of the strife-torn southern Philippines.They have frequently killed hostages if their demands are not met, and last year murdered two Canadians.Aside from Kantner, they are now holding at least 19 foreigners and seven Filipino hostages, military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said.The group, formed from seed money provided by a relative of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, also carried out the bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay in 2004 that claimed 116 lives in the country’s deadliest terror attack.The military had been pressing an assault against the Abu Sayyaf, attacking their camps and bombing their hideouts just before Kantner was killed.- © AFP, 2017Read: Police question student who drove his rented car into pedestrians in GermanyRead: British extremist gets 5-year jail term over hate crimes on social media
Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3435627 LOCALS IN THE New Zealand city of Dunedin have had overwhelming success in their bid to retain a chocolate factory in the area after raising over €2 million in two days to support the project.Mondelez International had announced plans in February that it would close the Dunedin Cadbury factory but local councillor Jim O’Malley launched plans earlier this week to crowdfund to save the factory, reports Newshub.He approached Mondelez with a plan that allowed two weeks to gauge public interest on providing the funds needed to save the factory. Despite having raised NZ$3.3 million, the councillor needs to raise NZ$20 million within the next two weeks.O’Malley told Newshub: “It became apparent as we were talking to Mondelez that no one from Dunedin was going to be stepping forward to do the manufacturing in Dunedin. If nobody stepped up [then] they could be leaving Dunedin. 17 Comments Friday 9 Jun 2017, 2:42 PM Jun 9th 2017, 2:42 PM Image: Shutterstock/M. Unal Ozmen Share99 Tweet Email10 Knowing that we have quite a tight timeline we realised that we couldn’t really go raise the money unless there was going to be a strong interest [from the public] in doing so.The money raised would be used to purchase chocolate-making equipment from Cadbury’s and to buy a smaller factory in the north of Dunedin.With so much raised so far, O’Malley has been stunned by the public’s response.He said: “I was worried this would be a total flop and no-one would pledge. But people have been pledging from all over New Zealand and around the world, I think chocolate-making in Dunedin is seen as part of our national identity.”If successful, the new factory will continue making the nation’s beloved chocolates such as Pineapple Lumps and Jaffas.At this stage, the pledges – made here – are in written form only with no money having yet changed hands.Anyone who invests will own a small portion of the factory upon completion.If the deal goes ahead, the new company will create the beloved chocolates and employ between 25 and 50 people, saving some of the 350 jobs set to go when the Cabdury’s factory closes down.Read: Rhino kills conservationist in RwandaRead: BBC radio presenters found guilty of abusing teenage boys Image: Shutterstock/M. Unal Ozmen 22,928 Views By Sean Murray Chocolate factory set to close, New Zealanders raise €2 million in two days to try save it The owner of Cadbury’s has given the crowdfunders two weeks to raise NZ$20 million. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Organisations making unwanted, unsolicited phone calls to individuals regarding their pensions could face enforcement action, including fines of up to £500,000, under legislation that comes into force today (9 January 2019).Research conducted by the Money Advice Service in October 2015 found that there might be as many as 250 million pension scam calls per year. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, pension scammers stole on average £91,000 per victim in 2018.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: “Pension scams are despicable crimes, fleecing people of the retirement they’ve earned by doing the right thing, working hard and saving for the future. Banning pensions cold calling will protect people from these callous crooks and ensure fraudsters feel the full force of the law.”The ban prohibits cold calling in relation to pensions, except where the caller is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or is the trustee or manager of an occupational or personal pension scheme, and where the recipient consents to calls and has an existing relationship with the caller.Margaret Snowdon OBE, chair of the Pension Scams Industry Group said: “We welcome these regulations to ban cold calls in relation to occupational and personal pension schemes. Of course, a ban on cold calling will not deter all scammers, but anything that makes it more difficult is a good thing.“A significant public awareness campaign will now be vital to ensure that the man in the street is aware that cold calls about their pensions are now illegal.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at financial services organisation Aegon, added: “The introduction of legislation to make pension cold calling illegal is welcome news and sends a clear message to scammers that unsolicited calls to people about their pensions won’t be tolerated. While the ban will go some way in preventing scam activity and protecting individuals and their savings, there is still considerable work to be done to educate the public so people are aware that cold calling is illegal.”
The announcement also restricts set gillnet gear in the Kenai and Kasilof sections only. In a release on Wednesday, DF&G have modified the weekly fishing periods with set gillnets in the Kenai and Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. With regularly scheduled fishing periods on Mondays and Thursdays no longer in effect in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, except for the East Foreland Section, any and all fishing time provided to this set gillnet fishery may occur only via EO beginning July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game announced both hour and gear restrictions for Upper Cook Inlet set gillnet in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. Commercial fishing periods in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, excluding the East Foreland Section, are open for no more than 48 hours per week, with a 36-hour continuous closure per week beginning between 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 a.m. Friday.
$155 at Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 17 Photos Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $520 at HP Share your voice Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Enlarge ImageThe Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg set includes over 3,000 pieces and 12 minifigures. Lego For fans needing a challenge, the new Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg Lego set could be the answer. Apocalypseburg is the apocalyptic wasteland town in the upcoming Lego Movie 2, and on Jan. 4, the Lego Group revealed a new set inspired by the film. The set consists of 3,178 pieces. When fully assembled, it stands 20 inches (50 centimeters) high, making it one of the tallest boxed Lego sets created.The finished Lego model features a 360-design that includes a section of the Statue of Liberty with a chill-out room in her head, a cafe, Scribble Cop’s office with a chair-kicking function, armory, barber’s and tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa and lookout platforms. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Once everything was awesome … now everything is bleak. 😱 #TheLEGOMovie2 https://t.co/zUJjlatsz7 @TheLEGOMovie pic.twitter.com/Ke3ll8pysp— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) January 4, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Angela Lang/CNET See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years See at Turo $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $999 Post a comment Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. 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See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon The set also includes 12 minifigures of characters Emmet, Lucy, Batman, Scribble Cop, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, “Where are my pants?” Guy, Larry the Barista, Chainsaw Dave, Mo-Hawk, Roxxi and Fuse. Plus, there’s a rat figure.The Lego Movie 2 set is available Jan. 16 at Lego brand retail stores and online. The set retails for $300 (around £235, AU$420).The Lego Movie 2 itself hits theaters in the US and UK on Feb. 8, and on March 28 in Australia. $999 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Batman Lego,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Share your voice Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).
Secunderabad: ABVP celebrated the 70th formation day celebrations at Secunderabad PG College here on Tuesday. ABVP State President Prasad and Secunderabad district convener Gajula Jeevan participated as chief guests and hoisted the ABVP flag.Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said, “Students should be a part in the re-construction of country. ABVP is trying to improve discipline and love towards country which leads to a corruption less government in future.” Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Jeevan said, “Many problems of students like B Tech fees reimbursement, Intermediate irregularities, fees structure in private schools are being solved by ABVP.” Leaders and activists participated in plantation programme after the event. ABVP student leaders Mahendar, Harsha, Nikhil, Anil, Subash, Raju, Balamani, Sai, Kalyan, Dinesh and others are present.
According to Dell’s “End-User Security survey,” almost three out of four employees polled said they were “willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information.” Now, that’s a lot of employees.But no business owner I know wants his or her company’s information leaked, so defining “confidential information” to employees, and making sure the meaning is clear, is crucial.”Confidential” means information that could harm a business if outsiders discovered it. And, today, of course, most of this information is stored and transmitted digitally. In some industries, such as health care, this confidentiality is legally defined, and new employees coming on board might have to sign an agreement promising not to disclose it.In other industries, “confidential information” is more of a gray area; it could be certain customer information at a professional services firm or production processes in manufacturing.Related: How Social Media Jeopardizes Data SecurityWithout detailed examination, an early impression of the Dell study might suggest that disgruntled employees are willing to throw their companies under the proverbial bus at an alarming rate — but this isn’t exactly the case. Employees in the survey responded that they would share confidential info only under certain circumstances, which included authorization by management or circumstances in which they felt little risk was involved.Of course, besides intentional sharing, employees often leak confidential information by accident. Inadvertent leaks are probably the most common ones because systems aren’t as secure as they are assumed to be, leaving data exposed. An employee might also fall victim to a phishing attempt. A look at IBM’s 2015 Cyber Security Intelligence Index highlights the fact that 95 percent of cybersecurity incidents examined in that report stemmed from some form of employee mistake.Related: How to Protect Your Small Business Against a Data BreachWith that in mind, here are three steps you can take to help keep confidential information private:1. Get employees up to speed.More than 66 percent of data leaks logged by InfoWatch Group in 2016 were brought about internally. Relevant here is the fact that FINRA, an organization that reviews how firms comply with regulations regarding confidential information, has listed a lack of proper training as one of the top cybersecurity weaknesses in business.In fact, training is essential, especially given the fact that not all leaks are intentional. Businesses need to educate employees on what constitutes confidential information (employee information, customer information, proprietary business information, etc). This education also needs to be more than a companywide email; depending on a business’s size and culture, the training could be an interactive online activity, a company webinar or a simple series of meetings covering what the team needs to know.Employees are at the heart of the issue, but it’s your company’s responsibility to give them access to the tools they need to keep information confidential and train them in how to use these tools most effectively.2. Encrypt sensitive emails.Nonencrypted emails are like a door to your business’s information that’s been left ajar. Email encryption, however, designates which recipients have access to particular emails, preventing sensitive information from reaching unintended recipients.This level of security is critical for many businesses’ emails — even personal emails are being encrypted more often today — but companies as a whole stand to improve their practices. According to Echoworx’s recent study on the state of encryption, only 40 percent of organizations surveyed are using email encryption extensively. For the remaining organizations, that’s a big hole in their business’s confidential information.Once your company has educated your team on what confidential information means, this step should come naturally. Simply ensure that your employees know to encrypt any email with sensitive data. There are a variety of tools that let businesses do this, such as settings integrated as part of existing email services to third-party software that plugs into an existing email service.3. Make security systems easy to use.Organizations such as Deloitte University Press, the University College-London and others have all noted that user experience sometimes falls to the back burner when it comes to security. That shouldn’t be the case — the easier a system is for employees to use, the more likely they’ll use it the right way, keeping private information within its borders. Using security software that doesn’t take the user experience into account is akin to using less secure protection, so it’s vital that your organization use security measures that your employees understand.Achieving this is as simple as having a couple of conversations with key individuals. For instance, you need to discuss a system’s ease of use with your vendors; if the vendor can’t answer confidently, that system might not be a good fit.Another way to make sure your security system is accessible to your employees is to test out tools with your team members and gauge their responses through post-test surveys, meetings or informal chats. Did they stumble through navigating a system even after some practice? Can they find what they need easily?Overall, is your system helping keep information secure, or is it just requiring them to jump through hoops? Getting an idea of how your employees feel using a system will tell higher-ups how a system will fare in the long run.Related: The Worst Data Breaches in the U.S., Ranked State by StatePart of your responsibility when it comes to security is having procedures in place for handling confidential information. Knowing what information could potentially harm your organization is key to protecting it, especially when one in three employees take corporate data with them when they leave, according to Dell’s study.Often, the most effective precautions seem the most basic, but focusing on eliminating weaknesses through employee training and email encryption is a great way to close large security holes and reduce the risk of an information leak. August 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »