Madagascar UN aid agencies appeal for 36 million after deadly cyclones

3 March 2008United Nations agencies and their partners in the international humanitarian community have appealed for more than $36 million to help bring relief to the parts of Madagascar that have been buffeted by cyclones in the past month. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on Saturday that it is seeking the funds to tackle the immediate needs of the more than 239,000 Malagasy affected either by the cyclones themselves or by other heavy rains and winds during the annual cyclone season in the impoverished country.So far almost $6.5 million has been committed, OCHA said, and a formal request has been sent to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for money to be disbursed.UN aid agencies are working with the Malagasy Red Cross Society, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help the affected population, ranging from emergency food rations to measures that protect water quality and prevent the spread of diseases.At least 73 people are confirmed to have been killed from the cyclones, which brought heavy rainfall to most of the island nation but struck the northwest and northeast especially hard. Subsequent floods have reached many heavily populated areas, including the capital, Antananarivo, and important farming areas, such as the Alaotra Mangoro region. read more

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More Ministers take oaths in new Government

More Ministers took oaths in the new Government before President Maithripala Sirisena this evening.Duminda Dissanayake took oaths as the Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources and Disaster Management, Dayasiri Jayasekara as the Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Piyasena Gamage as the State Minister of Youth, Women and Child Affairs, Lakshman Senewiratne as the State Minister of Defence, M. L. A. M. Hizbullah as the State Minister of Highways and Road Development, Mohan Lal Grero as the State Minister of Education and Higher Education, Sriyani Wijewickrama as the State Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Government, and Sports, Angajan Ramanathan as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Manusha Nanayakkara as the Deputy Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment, Indika Bandaranayake as the Deputy Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Sarathi Dushmantha as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Nishantha Muthuhettigamage as the Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping and Kader Kader Masthan as the Deputy Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, and Northern Development. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN and partners seek 30 million for flood response recovery in Mozambique

Jennifer Topping, UN Resident Coordinator and chair of the Humanitarian Country Team in Mozambique said: “The floods have devastated large parts of some of the most disadvantaged and productive communities in Mozambique.”Earlier in the week, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approved a $3.2 million allocation to support the most affected populations in accommodation centres in Zambézia.“Every bit of help will be necessary to make sure people don’t slip further into deprivation and can return quickly to productive livelihoods,” assured Ms. Topping. The objectives of the proposal strategically cover immediate response as well as a 3-4 month recovery phase that encompasses lifesaving assistance to flood victims, such as shelter, water, sanitation, food, health and education.Interventions focusing on early economic recovery are also included. Funds will be utilized to restore livelihoods and homes; boost logistics and operational capacity to expeditiously distribute relief items; and stimulate local recovery and reconstruction activities and markets.Limited access to affected areas continues to hinder effective response. Flooding in the Licungo river basin has caused serious damage to numerous roads and bridges, especially in Zambézia where an estimated 70 per cent of the province remains unreachable by land.In 30 days, as the waters recede and access to flooded areas improve, the proposal will be updated to reprioritize the top needs. read more

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Mississippi WR Brown skips senior year enters NFL draft

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown has announced that he will skip his senior season and enter this spring’s NFL draft.The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brown had a stellar three-year career for the Rebels, and was recently named an AP All-Southeastern Conference selection this season after catching 85 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. He is the school’s all-time leading receiver with 189 career receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns.Brown’s decision was expected. He’s widely considered one of this year’s best NFL prospects at receiver.The Ole Miss football program posted Brown’s decision on social media Tuesday. Brown thanked Ole Miss in a statement, saying “I’ll never forget the place that turned me into a man.”___More AP college football: and .The Associated Press read more

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Sony pulls Motorstorm from PSN to stop PS Vita hack

first_imgSony has always taken a tough stance on hackers unlocking their gaming systems, just ask George Hotz. The PS Vita is no different, and an exploit revealed this week has forced Sony to remove a game from PSN.The game in question is Motorstorm Arctic Edge, which according to the video proof above, allowed the Vita Half Byte Loader (VHBL) to work. VHBL is an updated version of HBL — a loader for the PSP that allows emulators and homebrew games to be run on Sony’s hardware.The exploit was advertised as being available in the coming days by hacker Wololo yesterday. He told everyone which game they needed to purchase, and then to wait for the VHBL files to be released. However, Sony was watching and decided to pull the game from PSN, meaning even if VHBL is released, not many people will be able to use it.It’s also worth noting that even if Sony hadn’t pulled the game, no one in the U.S. could have played it as Motorstorm is classed as not compatible with US-registered Vitas.By pulling the game before VHBL was released, Sony can’t see what exploit was used (unless Wololo releases anyway). They are sure to have someone trying to figure out what it was though, and it’s probably a similar exploit to that used on the PSP with the original HBL. As to the fate of Motorstorm Arctic Edge, I expect the game to see a re-release in patched form in the near future. While Sony may have stopped this exploit from being of much use, it does demonstrate that they can’t guarantee PS Vita will remain a closed platform. Motivated hackers will continue to try and circumvent the machine’s security, and it’s inevitable a cat & mouse game of unlocks and patches will happen at some point in the Vita’s lifetime.Read more at Wololo, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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WWDC 2013 An Apple keynote unlike any other

first_img“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!”With a growl in his voice and a smirk on his face, Phil Schiller all but extended his arm to drop an imaginary microphone as he finished his teaser walkthrough of the unreleased Mac Pro. This wasn’t the first time someone on stage at WWDC 2013 caught me by surprise, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. This keynote was a whole new experience, as the leaders of this company took every opportunity to poke fun not only at the competition but at themselves as well.Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote was the first to have been streamed live online, and it was clear that the company was aware that they needed to put on a show. The beautiful camera work and strong stream quality thoroughly demonstrated that Apple was technically prepared for the show, but the stage performances by CEO Tim Cook, Software Engineering SVP Craig Federighi, and of course Worldwide Marketing SVP Phil Schiller made the entire keynote come to life.As Tim Cook started the keynote, the format felt very familiar. Almost as though Cook was feeling out the audience, he threw in the occasional vague jab at a competitor. It started with the tablet-optimized apps, as he accused Android of only having “hundreds” compared to the 375,000 iPad-specific apps available.As the audience cheered on these little jabs, Cook seemed to become more comfortable delivering them. His voice changed dramatically when he mentioned how Android users on the most recent version weren’t even close to the number that were running the latest version of iOS. When it came time to show the adoption rate for Mountain Lion to Windows 8 over a six month period, his whole body joined in as he talked about how Microsoft struggled to reach a meager 5% adoption. The crowd loved it, and cheered harder.When Federighi took to the stage to show off the new OS X and iOS 7, he had no shortage of jokes to deliver to the crowd. Instead of mocking Apple’s competitors, however, Craig had jabs for his own company. Any time there was a major UI change that removed a skeuomorphic element, Federighi was quick with a one liner. “We ran out of green felt!” in reference to the new Game Center in iOS sent waves of laughter and applause through the crowd, which did a great job breaking up the awe-inspired silence in the face of this totally overhauled iOS.It was more than just a good way to jump from point to point in the presentation though, it was Apple demonstrating that they could laugh at themselves and show everyone how they had fixed it.While you can go back and find elements from each of these behaviors from Apple, never before have you found all three at the same time, and certainly not in such volume. Apple has stripped away the “magic” from their keynote and replaced it with solid, repetitive proof that this company is willing to bite back when it seems like everyone around them is measuring them for a pine box.last_img read more

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Atteintes à lenvironnement Interpol demande aux forces de police de les combattre

first_imgAtteintes à l’environnement : Interpol demande aux forces de police de les combattreRéunie à Doha, capitale du Qatar, l’Assemblée générale d’Interpol a adopté lundi, à l’unanimité, une résolution soutenant la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces sauvages menacées (Cites). Celle-ci appelle les forces de police du monde entier à lutter contre les atteintes à l’environnement.L’Assemblée générale d’Interpol se dit “inquiète de l’influence de la criminalité de l’environnement sur l’économie et la sécurité mondiales”. C’est pourquoi après avoir constaté “que les atteintes à l’environnement ne sont pas limitées par les frontières et mettent à contribution le crime organisé”, la résolution AG-2010-RAP-08 a été adoptée. Celle-ci “exhorte les pays membres et les organisations partenaires d’Interpol à soutenir l’Organisation (Cites)”. Entrée en vigueur sous l’égide de l’ONU en 1975, cette dernière a déjà inscrit plus de 34.000 espèces sous sa protection, interdisant ou régulant leur commerce international. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousQuelques minutes avant le vote, le secrétaire général de la Cites, John Scanlon, avait assuré aux délégués policiers que la faune et la flore menacées ne pouvaient être protégées sans leur aide précieuse. “L’adoption de cette résolution est un message très fort envoyé à ceux qui tentent de déposséder les pays de leurs ressources naturelles”, a-t-il souligné. Les services mis en place par les Etats pour mener cette lutte devront être en contact avec Interpol, pour “contribuer à la répression aux côtés de la communauté policière internationale”.Le 10 novembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Save the Date August filled with live music festivals and fun in

first_imgAug. 1: Fingerstyle guitar champion Richard Smith, Grammy-winning Doug Smith and Judy Koch Smith present Bach to Beatles … and Beyond, 7 p.m. at Washington State School for the Blind’s Sherman Auditorium, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver. Tickets ($22 in advance, $25 at the door) include refreshments. 2: Vancouver’s Terminal 1 Night Market returns from 5 to 10 p.m. at WareHouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., with 80 vendors selling one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods and products, plus live music, food and beverages, with free admission and free on-site parking. www.nightmarketvancouver.comAug. 2-11: Journey Theater Arts presents Disney’s award-winning musical “Newsies” at Heritage High School, 7825 N.E. 130th Ave., Vancouver, with shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and matinees at 2 p.m. Aug. 4, 10 and 11. Get tickets ($12 to $22) at or 360-750-8550.Aug. 3: Sip smooth, cold-brewed coffee concoctions at the country’s largest Cold Brew Fest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia Streets in downtown Vancouver. Admission ranges from $20 to $40; kids 12 and under are free. www.coldbrewcoffeefest.comAug. 3: See more than 200 cars and trucks with vintage va-va-voom at the King’s Kruz-In Car Show, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Glenwood Community Church, 12201 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver. Enter your vehicle for $15 or come for the free bluegrass music, barbecue lunch and drone racing. 360-606-3957last_img read more

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UEFA player of the year Bronze is like Philipp Lahm

first_imgPhil Neville says England women’s international and UEFA women’s player of the year Lucy Bronze is like Philipp Lahm.Bronze was just awarded by UEFA the award for the best female footballer.✨ 2018/19 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year ✨🏆 Lucy Bronze #UEFAawards— #UWCL (@UWCL) August 29, 2019Bronze is a right-back by trade, but England women’s manager Phil Neville has moved Bronze into a midfield role.Something he points out in an interview with the BBC Pep Guardiola did with Lahm during his spell at Bayern Munich.Neville said:“We have a two-year period now where playing Lucy in midfield might be one of the risks we take.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Where we might have to suffer and that suffering and risk-taking get us to where we want to get to, as a better team.”“Pep Guardiola did it with Philip Lahm [at Bayern Munich], and he was voted one of the best right-backs but he put him into midfield.”Neville feels that having tried and tested Bronze in this position in other games, it could be something that takes his team from pretenders to contenders at the international level of women’s football.Speaking after a 3-3 draw with Belgium and a before the teams next game against Norway, he continued:“We have to have a vision where we have the best possible team.”“People will ask why we are doing it, she is the best right-back in the world, but if you are brave enough to take the risk and have buy-in from the player it can be successful.”“She fits the profile and I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t get buy-in from the player.”“We don’t want to feel like we did against the USA, that’s three semi-finals where were have suffered that feeling and we are sick of it.”“To change that momentum, we need to do things a little bit differently, take people, myself, the squad and the staff out of their comfort zones and we have done that on this trip.”NICE, FRANCE – JULY 06: Lucy Bronze of England runs with the ball during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France 3rd Place Match match between England and Sweden at Stade de Nice on July 06, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Weather Eye A Pineapple Express may be coming toward the end of

first_img January went out on a dry note but February will revive winter and relieve us of the doldrums with a little rainfall. Showers linger into Monday; Tuesday and Wednesday look mostly dry.The later part of the week gets interesting. Shall I say, “Pineapple”? Forecast models were fairly confident that we’ll get a long stream of subtropical moisture and heavy rains. As always, it is too soon to see where this atmospheric river will run, but right now anyway, we could have several inches of rain Thursday through the weekend.The bad news is that the freezing levels will be high, so the precipitation should land as rain even as high as Timberline. The higher Cascades may get some snow early in the week, maybe a dusting at pass levels, but significant snow loss later is highly possible.Cold air trapped in the Columbia Basin and in far eastern Washington will help produce areas of snow — a couple of inches — around Spokane today. It is winter, after all, yes?January will go into the record books as a dry month with only 3.35 inches measured in Vancouver at Pearson Field — 2.15 inches below average — and only 12 days of measurable rain. We had a high of 60 degrees on Jan. 18 and a low of 20 degrees on Jan. 1. Only 11 nights were cold enough to freeze. The average mean temperature was 42.1 degrees, 0.7 of a degree above average. Patrick Timmlast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE NHS England to discuss data analytics and wellbeing at Employee Benefits

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: NHS England will explore the role of data analytics in driving a tailored approach to employee health and wellbeing at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.Eric Barratt (pictured), healthy workforce programme manager at NHS England, will present a session titled ‘Driving positive behaviour for a healthier workplace’ as part of the data analytics conference stream on Wednesday 1 March 2017.His session will provide insights on how NHS England is using staff surveys and data analytics to create a tailored strategy to support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and help the organisation achieve its long-term goals for health and wellbeing at work.Barratt said: “By surveying and finding out what the issues are among our staff, it’s helping us find out where we should be focusing our interventions, and it also helps us target particular staff groups as well.“We [also] found out which interventions and offers [staff] were most aware of and which ones they are least aware of, so we can then actually pin down which ones we need to be marketing better as well.”Barratt will provide examples of how NHS England has leveraged data to develop its health and wellbeing approach in a bid to reduce sickness absence rates and support staff with key issues such as stress, mental health, obesity and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes the implementation of health and wellbeing initiatives across 12 demonstrator sites in the UK, such as schemes with Slimming World and meditation app Headspace.Barratt said: “It [has] been shown that healthy staff are better engaged staff and that leads to improvements in patient safety and patient experience. We also find that staff retention and staff experience improves when the wellbeing of staff is addressed.”He added: “I certainly want [delegates] to be thinking about using data better to draw logic between the needs of their staff, what support they then offer their staff, and then using data to refer back on a periodic basis [to] make sure [health and wellbeing initiatives] are having the desired impact, and then making improvements through active learning from [their] findings. It’s [about] taking a continuous improvement approach to the health and wellbeing of staff using data to inform what [organisations] do.”Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at the Park Plaza, London.Register to attend or view the full conference programme.last_img read more

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Barclays and Vodafone among top global employers for LGBTQ inclusion

first_imgBanking organisation Barclays (pictured), law firm Pinsent Masons and telecommunications business Vodafone are among those recognised on the Top global employers 2019 list, compiled by LGBTQ awareness charity Stonewall.The list, which recognises the best multinational employers for LGBTQ employees, is based on Stonewall’s Global workplace equality index, a benchmarking tool that helps employers create inclusive workplaces. The index measures an organisation’s performance against nine key criteria: policies and benefits, training, staff engagement, leadership, monitoring, procurement, community engagement and understanding local context, global mobility and additional in-country activity. To feature on the Top global employers list, organisations must score above a predetermined threshold.Other global organisations that feature in the 2019 list include professional services firm Accenture, oil and gas organisation BP, pharmaceutical business GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), bank HSBC and law firms Simmons and Simmons and Baker McKenzie.Ruth Hunt, chief executive at Stonewall, said: “Every year, we celebrate the successes of those employers [that] have made a demonstrable impact towards [LGBTQ] inclusion. Those featured in our 2019 report have used innovative policies and initiatives to create change. They’ve also engaged with [LGBTQ] equality on both a local and global level. We are proud to highlight the great work they’ve done and we want other organisations to be inspired and take their lead.“With the huge variety in circumstances for [LGBTQ] people globally, multinational employers need to step up and recognise the different challenges that different groups in [LGBTQ] communities throughout the world face. To make equality a reality, we must ensure that every part of the [LGBTQ] community, wherever they are, benefits from the advances we make. To this end, the 2019 Global workplace equality index specifically assessed bi inclusion for the first time.”Stonewall also issued a number of separate awards for organisations that have excelled in particular areas of global LGBTQ inclusion. For example, Accenture won the Global LGBTQ network award and the Global trans inclusion award, while Vodafone earned the Global ally programme accolade. Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills was recognised with the Global community engagement award, while Freshfields received the Global senior champion award for 2019.Colin Passmore, senior partner and senior ally at Simmons and Simmons, added: “I am pleased that the firm has once again been ranked as a top global employer for the fourth year in a row, recognising our continued dedication to promoting [LGBTQ] inclusion in all jurisdictions. Over the next year, we will continue to encourage equality for all, without exception.”Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, chair, EMEA and chair of the global diversity and inclusion committee at Baker McKenzie, said: “As an organisation we place strong emphasis [on] ensuring that all of our people across the globe understand the importance of [LGBTQ] inclusion. Under the banner of ‘We Are Not Neutral’, we continue to work hard to make certain that regardless of where our staff are in the world, they are supported by our [LGBTQ] policies and encouraged to advocate, where possible, for [LGBTQ] equality.”last_img read more

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Action to be taken for violation of electoral code of conduct

first_imgMonirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) wing of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). File photoAction will be taken against those involved in violating the electoral code of conduct and criminal offences, said Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) wing of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), reports UNB.The CTTC unit chief came up with the remark while talking at a programme organized by ‘debate for democracy’ held at CIRDAP auditorium as the chief guest.”We promise that we will take action if criminal offence is committed,” said Monirul.Mentioning that there is no specific militant threat to foil the election and militant attack ahead of the election, he urged all to remain cautious.‘Debate for democracy’ chairman Hassan Ahmed Chowdhury presented keynote paper at programme.last_img read more

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AL factional clash leaves several bullethit

first_imgEight people, including three policemen, were injured as two factions of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) engaged in yet another clash over establishing supremacy in city’s Lalkhan Bazar area on Saturday, reports UNB.Nurul Absar, sub-inspector of Khulshi police station, said there had been longstanding feud between the supporters of Didarul Alam Masum, secretary of AL’s local ward unit, and Abul Hasnat Belal, a leader of Swechhasebok League’s local unit, over establishing supremacy in the area.Two factions engaged in a conflict on Saturday evening and exchanged gunfire that left five people injured critically.Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control by firing bullets and teargas, said officer-in-charge of Khulshi police station Pranab Chowdhury.All the injured except one sustained bullet injuries, he added.Injured — Monir Hossain, 40, Sohel, 23, Suman, 18 and Emon, 17 — are undergoing treatment at Chattogram Medical College Hospital.Three policemen were also injured in the clash, added the OC.However, two leaders blamed each other for the conflict.last_img read more

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Churchill Mortgage Adds New Setup Manager

first_img April 23, 2012 413 Views A new setup manager recently joined “”Churchill Mortgage Corp.””: at the company’s Houston office.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Tennessee-based mortgage lender said that Melissa Tucker would take over at branch locations off of Riverway and Sam Houston Parkway in North Houston.””We’re pleased to add Melissa to our team,”” Candace Jones, with Churchill Mortgage, said in a statement. “”Adding more than a decade of experience to our Houston branch, we are confident she will be a great asset. We look forward to her efforts in better serving the local community.””Tucker joins with more than 12 years of experience. She will take over operational duties by greeting existing clients and developing relationships with new customers for the lender.The new setup manager currently lives in Houston, where she attended the Polytechnic Institute. A statement cited her community activities, including stints with the 429 Serve Team, which claims to help more than 15,000 in the Houston area, and Love In Action Ministries, which supplies inner-city community services around the nation. Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Service Providers 2012-04-23 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img in Origination, Servicing Churchill Mortgage Adds New Setup Managerlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   But with the way his camp has gone, it was nice to see him play well in live game action. Thomas looked comfortable, moving around while keeping his eyes downfield looking for a receiver.“He stood in the pocket and threw extremely well,” Arians said.The key from here, Thomas said, is to build off this performance and stack good days together. He said he’ll leave this one thinking about the things he could have done to make it a great game, but otherwise felt confident and comfortable in putting the ball where he wanted to.Maybe it’s just one game, and a preseason one at that. Or, it’s possible he is a young quarterback who is slowly improving at his craft. Time will be the real judge, but one preseason game into the schedule, Thomas’ arrow seems to be angled in an upward trajectory.“The second year from your first year is supposed to be the biggest jump,” Thomas said. “And I feel a lot better, especially within the offense in understanding what B.A. is looking for.” – / 45 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Logan Thomas entered this training camp the favorite to be the Arizona Cardinals’ No. 3 quarterback behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, but he was in no way a lock to keep it.Some uneven performances over the first two weeks of camp left some wondering if he would be able to hold off rookie Phillip Sims, but if his performance in Saturday night’s 34-19 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason opener is any indication, the second-year pro out of Virginia Tech is well on his way. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Thomas completed 9-of-15 passes for 107 yards and one interception, though the pick came on a ball that bounced off of receiver Jaron Brown’s chest and into the hands of a defender. He also had what appeared to be a touchdown pass to Brittan Golden overturned after a replay.Did Thomas have a great game? No, but it was a step in the right direction.“Other than two plays where he had protection issues, I thought he played pretty solid,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.Thomas received the bulk of the work in the second and third quarters and also picked up 18 yards on four carries, including one 15-yard run that showed what kind of threat he can be on the ground.“I feel alright,” Thomas said about his night. “Obviously I want to have a touchdown there. Had a couple good drives. I was really proud of how our offense played. Very physical and ran the ball really well.”Thomas said he did not feel like he necessarily needed a night like this one. And to be fair, in last season’s preseason opener against Houston he completed 11-of-12 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown, so it’s not like he has never put together a good effort in a game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Research from InterContinental Hotel Resorts has

first_imgResearch from InterContinental Hotel & Resorts has revealed a large number of Australians (32 per cent) are simply too busy with work to take some much-needed rest and relaxation. Almost two million full time workers are forming this worrying trend and cite they haven’t been on a holiday or taken annual leave in over a year. Furthermore, over half a million Australians won’t take annual leave due to the stress they will return to if they are away from the office.Leanne Harwood, IHG Managing Director for Australasia and Japan said: “It’s time Australians put themselves first and take a much needed break. It’s great to see people focusing on their careers, but to reach your full potential, it’s important to take the time to relax and recharge. Finding the right work-life balance might be challenging, but it’s something that all Australians need to focus on.”The report also asked Australians what their ideal accommodation needs are as well as the key reasons for booking accommodation.“Our research found that majority of Australians prefer high end accommodation, with 7,379,000 choosing a luxury resort or upmarket hotel as their ideal venue for a holiday.“And in some good news, the report also uncovered that chivalry definitely isn’t dead amongst us, with 48 per cent choosing to stay in a luxury hotel to celebrate an anniversary! It’s great to see that millions of Australians are choosing to treat themselves with their loved ones,” Harwood said.Further findings from the research unearthed the most popular holiday states in Australia. Regarding destinations, Queensland triumphed with 34 per cent voting it as the best state to holiday in. This was followed by NSW with 18 per cent and Victoria with 17 per cent to round out the top three.The report also asked Australians what key features they look for when booking accommodation.The appeal of high end holidays is very strong amongst us as we found majority of Australians (89 per cent) would look to stay in a luxury hotel or resort for special occasions (weddings, honeymoons, birthdays).“We also uncovered the key features that are needed to make the perfect holiday location. Two thirds (66 per cent) stated that a convenient location is important and 58 per cent think connectivity (WiFi) is vital. Other important aspects Australians look for include special views (56 per cent), room service (49%) and a decent pool (49 per cent),” Harwood added.Furthermore, a high number of Australians (65 per cent) say the level of service received is very important to them.“Sometimes it’s the little pleasures that help us through the everyday grind, so it’s great to see that so many of us are choosing to do this through experiencing luxury accommodation,” continued Harwood.“InterContinental Hotels & Resorts are the perfect place to unwind and experience the best luxury Australia has to offer and with six hotels and resorts across South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales; there is something for everyone.Harwood says that no matter how important your career might be, there will always be the need to unwind.“Clearing your mind and hitting the reset button can do wonders for your wellbeing,” concluded Harwood.“It doesn’t need to be an extended holiday; a few days can make a significant difference. We found that 46 per cent of the population are choosing luxury hotels for a relaxing weekend getaway, receiving first class treatment and returning to work refreshed and revitalised. It can be as simple as that.”last_img read more

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t feel marginalised, Pradyumn KumarHindu College Principalsaid For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh | Published: October 25 2012 3:47 am Top News Touted as one for the futurePunjab batsman Mandeep Singh begins the new domestic season with added responsibility Having scored runs for Punjab in the last seasonMandeep has been named the vice-captain of the state Ranji team and will get a chance to prove his leadership qualities as well in the tournament The 20-year-old Jalandhar batsmanwho scored 458 runs in five Ranji matches at a staggering average of 7633 last seasonwill be deputy to Harbhajan Singh While talking to Sportline during the ongoing Punjab Ranji preparatory camp at the PCA stadium in MohaliMandeep spoke about his plans and preparations for the upcoming season “The last one year has been a learning curve in my career I might have had a decent Ranji and IPL season but I still feel that I could have done better than that There are few areas I would like to improve upon and make amendments in order to be more effective on the field AlsoI suppose that I have become a mature and a thinking cricketer now I need to score more runs in this season” said Singh Adding on furtherSingh said”EarlierI did not know what was happening around me and I used to think my job was to go out thereplay my strokes and score quickly As a resultI was getting out in 40s and 50s But having spent hours training and talking about all aspects of the game extensively with Vikram Rathore made me become a thinking batsman I would say that Vikram Paaji was instrumental in transforming me as a cricketer It was he who identified my loose areas and motivated me on them” Mandeep is someone who has done well at all three formats of the game with utmost perfection in the past for the state team and also at the U-19 international level Former India Test cricketer Rathorewho coached Punjab senior team last season played a vital role in shaping up Mandeep into an all-round cricketer Now that Rathore has been named a national selectorSingh believes that Rathore’s services will be missed by the team He felt”Paaji was like a wall standing behind me I would discuss almost everything with him The fact that I scored heavily in IPL and managed to score big scores in Ranji Trophy can be attributed to him When down or in doubtI would turn to him I know that he won’t be there this time around butI will definitely keep in touch with him over the phone” Mandeep has played 13 first-class matches for Punjab and North Zonescoring 1074 runs at an average of 63 He had a successful IPL 2012 for Kings XI Punjabfinishing the season as the tenth-highest run-scorer with 432 runs at a strike rate of 126 Seeing his IPL exploitsMandeep was included in the India World T-20 probablesbut could not make the final cut His batting prowess was acknowledged when he was drafted in the India A tour for New Zealand last month Playing against New Zealand A teamMandeep managed to hit 193 runs in one of the innings during the tour Sharing his experience of playing in New Zealand for the India A teamMandeep felt”Though I have had experience of playing on the New Zealand surfacesI gained lot of confidence by scoring there this time against good pace bowlers International exposure always makes one a better cricketer Right nowmy focus is to perform for Punjab at the domestic circuit and give my best shot I would not like to think beyond performance and delivering the goods at this point of time” On Vikram Rathore Paaji was like a wall standing behind me I would discuss almost everything withhim The fact that I scored heavily in IPL and managed to score big scores in Ranji Trophy can be attributed to him When down or in doubtI would turn to him I know that he wont be there this time around butI will definitely keep in touch with him over the phone For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Rohan Swamy | Published: May 26 2012 3:45 am Related News A film festival that aims to showcase movies related to the lifetimes and principles of the Buddha will be held in Pune from June 1-3 The festival titled The Inner Path is conceptualised by Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinemathe Devki Foundation in association with the National Film Archive of India and the Pune International Centre It will show 10 moviesincluding Light of Asia (1926) andTrishagni (1988) The schedule also includes screening of Travellers and Magicians (Bhutan) by Khyentse NorbuA Buddha (Argentina) by Diego RafecasJapanese film Shugendu Now by Jean-Marc Abela and Mark Patrick Mc Guire A Sri-Lankan filmIntrospection and the Korean ComeComeCome Upwards will also be shown For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 18 2013 2:52 am Related News A senior CPM leader of South 24-Parganas and six party workers were arrested in connection with the murder of a Trinamool Congress worker in Bhangar on Wednesday The district will vote in the third phase of panchayat polls on July 19 Nazrul Mollaha panchayat poll booth committee member of the Trinamoolwas shot dead near his residence late on Tuesday night Police said Nazrul was called outside by a group of people and shot at point blank range He died on the spot In the wee hours of WednesdayCPM leader Sattar Mollah and seven other party workers were picked up by police Laterthey released one and arrested the rest Sattar holds a very important position in the partys district unit He was made partys district in-charge for the ongoing panchayat polls The CPM called his arrestjust ahead of the pollinga political conspiracy The local Trinamool leaders realised that they could not be able to capture the booths of Bhangar and Canning if Sattar is not removed from the area? 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