Exclusive: Kidambi Srikanth doesn’t think of records but eyes consistency

first_imgKidambi Srikanth has risen like a phoenix in the past one year.The flambouyant star of Indian badminton is no more all about eye-pleasing and attractive badminton but is actually starting to put meaning to his career.On Sunday, Srikanth became the first Indian and only fourth male shuttler in history to lift four Super Series titles in a calendar year when he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at French Open on Sunday.On a day when he matched the great Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long and became only the second shuttler to win back-to-back Super Series twice in a year, Srikanth played it down and said he isn’t giving the records much thought.”I haven’t really thought about the records and all and for me, it was just about playing,” Srikanth said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.Just after Srikanth’s historic win, chief national coach and Srikanth’s academy coach Pullela Gopichand said to India Today that “for me this would go down in history of Indian sports as one of the best performances in a year.”However the charming 24-year-old is just gushing about the fact that he played well and won at the end of it all.”I am very happy with the win and in all, it has been a fantastic last couple of weeks for me. I am very happy with the way I was playing,” the man from Guntur expressed. (Surprised with back-to-back Super Series titles: Srikanth to India Today)advertisementSrikanth had some close game in this tournament — coming back from a game down in both the quarter-final against China’s Shi Yuqi and semi-final against fellow Indian HS Prannoy.He was surely tired! Having played 10 matches in 12 days, Srikanth just didn’t want to give Nishimoto any chance in the final. Perhaps for he didn’t want to be stretched for the third match in a row.”I knew he had been playing very well in this tournament and I really didn’t want to give him any chance. I really wanted to play my game from the beginning itself and I think it did really work for me.”Srikanth actually summarises the brilliant year that the male Indian shuttlers have had.Sameer Verma started the good times with Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold win beating compatriot B Sai Praneeth.Praneeth built on his Syed Modi performance and lifted the Singapore Open in April against Srikanth. He followed it up with a Thailand Open victory in May.AP PhotoBuilding on his Singapore Open runner-up finish, Srikanth began his rise and rise.He lifted the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series consecutively in June after which, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap played an all-Indian US Open final where the former prevailed.With Lakshya Sen getting better and better in the junior circuit, the seniors also upped their game and consistently reached the later stage of the tournament.In June, three male Indian players — Ajay Jayaram, Srikanth and Praneeth — entered the top 15 at the same time in a first for Indian badminton, which the men followed up with Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy also entering the top 20 in September.”I think the men’s singles players (Indians) have been doing great and all we are thinking about is to be much more consistent in the coming tournaments,” Srikanth conceded.This is exactly what Gopichand keeps stressing upon — consistency. While whispers of Indian badminton becoming a powerhouse has begun, Gopichand refuses to back the whispers and stresses on much more work that needs to be done.For now though, Srikanth is all set to reach a career-high of world No. 2 when the next BWF Rankings come out and he has already sealed the top spot at the Dubai Destination Rankings.There’s still China Open and Hong Kong Open set to take place in November, ahead of the BWF Super Series Finals in Dubai in December and though all tired, Srikanth is all set to rest a bit and begin training again.”I am really happy but I have continuous tournaments even after coming home and so I am only thinking about taking a couple of days off and then start training for the tournaments,” Srikanth signed off.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite launched: Specs, top features, price and everything you should know

first_imgXiaomi on Tuesday finally launched the successor to the Mi A1 Android phone, the Mi A2 in Madrid, Spain. The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes in three variants, wherein the base model with 4GB + 32GB is going to retail for 249 euros, which roughly translates to Rs 20,000. The 4GB + 64GB storage model of the Mi A2 will retail for 279 euros, which is roughly around Rs 22,500 and the top-end 6GB + 128GB storage model comes with a price tag of 349 euros, which translates to around Rs 28,000.Overall, the Mi A2 is a much-improved version of the Mi A1. The phone comes with dual rear cameras, much powerful hardware setup, bigger battery and taller display. Alongside the Mi A2, Xiaomi, to celebrate its collaboration with Google for Android One program, has launched a toned down version of the Mi A2, the Mi A2 Lite for a starting price of 179 euros, roughly around Rs 14,500.Xiaomi has announced that the Mi A2 Android One phone will be coming to India very soon. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer, however, hasn’t revealed the India launch details of the Mi A2 Lite. Chances are that it may not come to India, or even if it comes, it will be coming late. Launched last year, the Mi A1 was a camera specific smartphone, but, Mi A2 is more than that, claims Xiaomi. The Mi A2 comes with a dual rear camera setup on the back with lots of AI, to improve the overall picture quality. Not only that, the front camera of the Mi A2 comes with AI features and selfie portrait mode. Here is a quick look at the two phones:advertisementXiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite specificationsDisplay: The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a bigger screen than the Mi A2 Lite. The Mi A2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density, an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a 2280×1080 pixel resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio and 432ppi pixel density.Processor: The Mi A2 is more powerful than the Lite version, at least on paper. The Mi A2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, the Mi A2 Lite comes with a Snapdragon 625 chipset.Rear camera: Both the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite come with dual-rear cameras. But that is where the similarities end. The Mi A2 comes with a 12MP Sony IMX 486 sensor and a 20MP Sony IMX 376 sensor. The Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a primary sensor of 12MP and a secondary sensor of 5MP. Details of the sensors have not been revealed for this phone.Front camera: On the front, the Mi A2 comes with a 20MP AI-focused selfie camera, while the Mi A2 Lite sports a 5MP sensor for selfies. Both the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite are capable of shooting selfie portrait pictures. Software: The two phones belong to the Mi A series, which in other words means they come with the Android One software. The operating system inside the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite is Android Oreo aka Android 8.1 and it is the unmodified version of Android.Battery: The Mi A2 has a 3010 mAh battery whereas the Mi A2 Lite comes with a much larger 4000 mAh battery.Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite key features– As noted earlier, the top feature of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite is their software, which is the Android Oreo aka unmodified Android 8.1. This is the stock Android that made the Mi A1 a success last year. In simple words, the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite will not come with additional apps.– Given that the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite run Android One, they should get faster updates whenever Google releases these updates. They should also get Android P update, when Google pushes it out towards the end of the year.– The Mi A2 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but Mi A2 Lite does have it.– The Mi A2 comes with a screen that has no notch, which means the regular screen that a lot of people prefer. The Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a screen that has an iPhone X-like notch.– Both the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite comes with Google Lens support– The Xiaomi Mi A2 also wide aperture of f/1.75 on lenses in both the rear cameras, which will let users capture detailed and well-lit pictures in all lighting conditions. Xiaomi claims that the Mi A2 is capable of clicking great pictures with both rear and front camera in low-light scenarios.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite price and availabilityThe Mi A2 is coming to India very soon, possibly within a week or two weeks or maybe a month. The Mi A2 Lite is not coming, at least not right now. Although it is possible that Xiaomi may bring the Mi A2 Lite a few months later. Both the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite come in three colours models — blue, black and gold.As for the pricing, the Mi A2 comes with a starting price of 249 euros for the 4GB + 32GB storage, which roughly translates to Rs 20,000. The 4GB + 64GB of the Mi A2 comes with a price tag of 279 euros (roughly Rs 22,500), while the 6GB + 128GB has been launched for 349 euro (roughly Rs Rs 28,000). The Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a price tag of 179 euros ((roughly Rs 14,500) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model. The 4GB RAM + 64GB of the Mi A2 Lite will retail for 299 euros, roughly around Rs 24,000.Currently, specific prices of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite have not been announced for India. But given the Euro prices, it is safe to say that the Mi A2 will have a starting price of less than Rs 20,000 in India.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Change-room is hurting and guys are down, says Faf du Plessis

first_imgAfter conceding their third consecutive defeat in the ongoing World Cup, South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has admitted that the environment in the dressing room is not great and his team is low on confidence.On Wednesday, the Proteas were outplayed by India in all the three departments as they lost the match by six wickets at the Ageas Bowl.Opting to bat, South Africa never got going and were blown away by the Indian bowling attack — spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal — and were restricted to 227.None of the Proteas batsmen played a substantial knock and it was only because of Chris Morris (42) — who alongside Andile Phehlukwayo (34) and Kagiso Rabada (31) — that they could reach a total in excess of 200.Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped four crucial wickets during the middle overs while Bumrah started the carnage at the start and picked up two important wickets of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.”I thought India was magnificent on a tough pitch. They bowled really well. Their bowling attack is strong (having) all bases covered. Fast bowlers initially and spinners who get wickets in the middle overs. We clawed back with the bat again after the spinners bowled in the middle overs,” said du Plessis after the match.Unlike Rohit Sharma who batted throughout the innings and anchored the chase for India with his unbeaten 122, South Africa didn’t have a single half-century, a fact which Du Plessis admitted cost them the game.advertisement”We are making mistakes all the time — today the mistake was one guy not batting through the innings. That’s what you need in England. You have to set a good total for your bowlers to defend and to have so many 30s and 40s is not acceptable at a World Cup,” he added.However, South Africa was extremely disciplined with their bowling and didn’t allow the Men in Blue to take away the game from the start. Both Rabada and Morris bowled on great areas and kept the Indian batsmen on their feet.”Morris who hasn’t played too much recently for us, was excellent today, bowling with pace and good control and even got 40-odd runs today. They were the two stand-out performers today — Morris and Rabada,” said the Proteas captain.”We started well with the ball again, but some great batting by Rohit, a bit of luck, and he did what we didn’t do — got a hundred, and saw the innings through.”The change-room is hurting; the guys are a little down. But we are still fighting,” he added.The 34-year-old also claimed that they would have attacked the Indian batters more if they had Dale Steyn and Lungi Ndigi in their line-up.”If we had Steyn and Ngidi, we would have the chance to attack with overcast conditions,” he said.”Rabada was an absolute champion — he was extremely unlucky, and I have never seen so many balls falling in different areas. That’s how it goes when you aren’t playing well. Little 50-50 things tend to go against you,” du Plessis said while praising Rabada, who was the lone fighter and gave his all while defending the total.South Africa next play West Indies in a must-win game on Monday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni in the house as MS Dhoni joins forces with Rohit to beat South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal power India to opening win over South AfricaAlso Seelast_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_img· It’s official! Coffs Harbour and the ATA are a couple once again. We’ll all be converging on Coffs for the 2005-2007 NTL’s. 13 constituent bodies and regions have also been issued with permits to compete at the 2005-2007 NTL’s (see stories on the website for full details) · Need a new cap or t-shirt for your struggling wardrobe? Check out the merchandise on sale on the ATA website for a bargain. · In what NSW touch are describing as one of the best all-schools finals ever, Kingsgrove North came back from 3-0 down to force the boys final into a drop-off before eventually losing 4-3 to Tomaree. In the girls Kelly Pepper led St Paul’s Port Macquarie to a 4-3 win over Terrigal, her player of the final performance helping St Paul’s defend their 2003 title. · Benji Marshall may be one of the best new things in NRL footy but he’s also played a bit of touch, and while he’s sidelined for a few weeks with an injury, the Wests Tigers keep playing and their website keeps running. Check out the player profile on Benji for some interesting and slightly useful information such as…If Benji could have three wishes he would marry Delta Goodrem, sing like Craig David and be able to fly! · Learn to play like Tony El Takchi, Gab Rose or Jason Stanton as the NSWTA and some of Australia’s leading players hold a training camp for kids 12-16 years old with either beginner, intermediate or elite skill levels. The camp will be held from the 5th-7th October, check out the NSWTA website or contact them for more details. · Touch balls hitting frozen fingers…ouch…The ACT’s winter competition commences on May 17. With temperatures already dropping down in the minuses overnight, it’s a chilly few months ahead for touch footballers in the nation’s capital! · The SASSSA (South Australian Secondary Schools Sports Association) is holding the finals in their knockout championships in Adelaide on 19th and 20th May. · Happy Birthday to Mellissa Craft, the ATA’s recently married awesome Travel Merchandise Manager, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday May 8. No, she won’t reveal her age. · The Victorian Touch Association is looking for a men’s open coach, if you’re interested (and suitable), check out their website and have your application in by Friday 14th May. · The Australian Uni Games are back in Perth in September, a little touch and a lot of fun for those involved, and event organisers are looking for volunteers. Visit their website to check it out. · The Toowoomba Touch Association deserve a mention in our weekly snapshot for their website efforts, including info, pictures, up-to-date results and ladders as well as game reviews. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these days

first_imgTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these daysby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says they know they face a new Manchester United this weekend.Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side have regained their confidence with five wins on the spin since appointment last month.Alderweireld said, “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before. “We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players. So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”Alderweireld insisted the Spurs team enjoy coming up with the answers to defy their critics.He said: “We have a hungry group who want to play well and beat big teams. We want to do something special and that is normal. That desire is what you can see on the pitch. You see it every season we are out there. There is still some room to improve, though.”Alderweireld also insisted there is more to come from the Spurs team.He went on: “I think we don’t have to look too much to the past just our performances recently.“We have done well against the top six teams but of course we can improve and that is what we try to do every day. Winning big games like Chelsea gives us confidence and shows us we are going the right way but I think we can improve a lot.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area AFP

first_imgSur Baher: Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes it considers illegal south of Jerusalem early Monday, in a move which has drawn international concern. Dozens of Israeli police and military sealed off at least four buildings in the Sur Baher area close to the Israeli security barrier cutting off the occupied West Bank early Monday, the journalist said. An earthmover later started demolishing a partially-built two storey building. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Reporters were prevented from reaching the area while residents and activists were dragged out of the homes. One man yelled “I want to die here”, after being forced out. The buildings are close to Israel’s separation barrier which cuts off the occupied West Bank and the Jewish state says they were built too close to the wall. Palestinians accuse Israel of using security as a pretext to force them out of the area as part of long-term efforts to expand settlements and roads linking them. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls They also point out that most of the buildings are located in areas meant to be under Palestinian Authority civilian control under the agreements between the Palestinian and Israeli governments. Ismail Abadiyeh, who lives in one of the buildings under threat with his family, said they would be left homeless. “We will be on the street,” he told AFP. The Israeli army and police did not immediately comment. On June 18, residents received a 30-day notice from Israeli authorities informing them of their intent to demolish the homes, many of which are still under construction. According to UN humanitarian affairs agency OCHA, the ruling affects 10 buildings already built or under construction, including around 70 apartments. The demolitions would see 17 people displaced and another 350 affected, according to the United Nations. European Union diplomats recently toured the area and the United Nations has called on Israel to abandon the demolition plan. Residents fear another 100 buildings in the area in a similar situation could be at risk in the near future. It is extremely difficult for Palestinians to receive construction permits from Israeli authorities in areas under their control, and Palestinians and rights activists say a housing shortage has resulted. Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community. Israel began construction of the barrier during the bloody second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s and says it is necessary to protect against attacks. Palestinians see it as an “apartheid wall”.last_img read more

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Modi anguished by demise of Meghalaya Assembly speaker

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed anguish over the demise of Meghalaya Assembly speaker Donkupar Roy, saying he “transformed many lives”. “Anguished by the demise of Dr Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya’s progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi. The prime minister expressed condolences to Roy’s family and supporters.last_img read more

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On life support Research shows common pesticides starve disorient birds

first_imgSASKATOON – Newly published research says two of Canada’s most commonly used pesticides cause migrating songbirds to lose weight and their sense of direction.“This is very good evidence that even a little dose — incidental, you might call it — in their feeding could be enough to have serious impacts,” said University of Saskatchewan biologist Christy Morrissey, whose paper was published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.Morrissey studied the effect of two widely used pesticide types — neonicotinoids and organophosphates. Both are used on more than 100 different crops, including wheat and canola, and are found in dozens of commercial products.The so-called neonics are often applied to seeds before they’re planted in the ground. Organophosphates are applied in tiny granules.Both are known to be lethal to birds in large doses, but Morrissey wanted to study the impact of smaller amounts.She and her colleagues took three groups of white-crowned sparrows, a common migratory songbird found throughout North America, and exposed them to a small dose, a somewhat larger dose, or no dose at all.All doses were kept deliberately small. The low neonic dose was the equivalent of four treated canola seeds per day for three days — about one per cent of the bird’s diet.The results were dramatic.After three days, the low-dose birds lost 17 per cent of their weight. The high-dose birds lost 25 per cent.“That’s a lot,” said Morrissey. “At that point, those birds were on life support.”The birds exposed to organophosphates kept their weight, but they lost something else — their ability to find north. Both the high-dose and low-dose group lost all orientation and didn’t get it back after the tests ended.The neonics also disoriented the sparrows, but the effect faded when the exposure stopped.A 2016 survey suggested that migratory songbird populations have fallen by 1.5 billion since 1970. Morrissey suggests that pesticides might be one reason why.“In the real world, any bird that experiences these effects is pretty much a dead bird,” she said.Morrissey points out that pesticides are often applied just as birds are increasing their food intake to get ready to migrate.Pierre Petelle, head of the agricultural chemical industry association CropLife Canada, said the paper is being considered.“We’ll be looking closely at the study, including how realistic the exposure scenarios were, among other elements,” he said.“Like any new study on pesticides, this one will be thoroughly reviewed by both industry and regulators and it will need to be looked at in the context of other extensive studies.”Neonics have already been blamed for steep drops in bee populations.Health Canada is considering a ban on the neonic used in Morrissey’s study. The European Union strictly regulates its use.Morrissey said her study has been made available to Health Canada.There may be ways to keep the popular pesticide on the market and reduce its environmental impact, she suggested. Instead of being applied universally to seeds, it may be wiser to use neonics only when they’re needed.“That’s where we have to consider how we’re doing agriculture, whether we should be applying very toxic pesticides when they may or may not need to be used.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version called one of the pesticides organochlorines.last_img read more

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Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Penny Oleksiak Signs MultiYear Partnership with ASICS Canada

first_imgASICS Canada announces partnership with Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Penny Oleksiak (CNW Group/ASICS Canada) With her eyes set on Tokyo 2020, her training regime will include both time in and out of the pool over the next three years. “As I prepare for Tokyo 2020, I am thrilled to partner with a sportswear giant like ASICS.  Working with a supportive partner that believes in who I am and what I need enables me to focus on evolving as an athlete,” says Penny Oleksiak. “ASICS was a natural fit for me, because of the access I will now have to the best technology in both footwear and performance apparel. Land training is critical to competitive swimming, and this partnership will enable me to reach new levels as a competitor.”This marks the first major endorsement deal for Penny Oleksiak. Together, ASICS Canada believes they can demonstrate the company’s high-caliber performance technology, while continuing to motivate and inspire a new generation of athletes of all levels. While campaign specific details are still being finalized, you definitely expect to hear and see a lot more from ASICS Canada and Penny Oleksiak.About AsicsASICS was founded with the intention of contributing to society by fostering the health & wellness of people through sport. For over 60 years, we have embodied the principles on which the company was founded, developing products that support quality lifestyles through intelligent sport technology that enable our consumers to live happy, healthy and active lives. Today, ASICS is a multinational organization specializing in sports footwear and apparel, operating in 50+ regions around the world. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO, July 6, 2017  – Today, ASICS Canada is proud to announce Canadian Olympic gold medalist, Penny Oleksiak, has signed a four-year partnership with the performance and lifestyle footwear and apparel brand.The 17-year-old Toronto native captured the hearts of proud Canadians during her record-setting success at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, where she became the first Canadian athlete to win four medals at a single summer Games. She became Canada’s youngest-ever Olympic champion after tying for the gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle and was selected to carry the Canadian flag into the closing ceremony.  Penny’s impressive list of accomplishments to date is only the beginning, and ASICS Canada is hoping to support her as she continues on her quest to own the podium.“Penny is an inspiration, and her tenacity, skill and positive competitive spirit aligns perfectly with the direction ASICS is heading in Canada. She embodies the athletic spirit we celebrate as a brand, as well as naturally demonstrates sportsmanship,” says Richard Sullivan, President of ASICS Canada. “Having watched Penny compete at Rio 2016, she not only made the country proud, but displayed her passion for sport. We couldn’t be happier to have her join the ASICS team and be a part of her training journey.” Twitterlast_img read more

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Cant get into a licensed daycare centre Here are 5 alternative options

first_imgTORONTO – The odds are stacked against parents hoping to get a licensed childcare space for their kid before they are even born.There was only enough room at regulated centres for 28.7 per cent of all Canadian newborns to five year olds in 2016, according to a recent report by the Childcare Resources and Research Unit, and some of those 636,157 openings were only part time.And for those who do get a space, the cost of regulated childcare in a centre for an infant, the most expensive type of care, can run as much as $22,848 a year, based on 2017 data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.For parents who don’t nab a coveted spot, there are other options such as hiring a nanny, a home daycare, having a relative take care of your child or staying home for either the short or long term.Some solutions may save you more money than others; however, there may be drawbacks that are not worth the extra dollars in your pocket.1) Home daycare, licensed or unlicensedPRO: Often cheaper than centre-based daycare optionsCON: If unregulated, there is no oversight for health and safety standardsAbout 31 per cent of parents in Canada use a home-based daycare, whether by choice or by necessity, according to a 2011 Statistics Canada report.For some parents, a home-based daycare is more appealing than a more formal environment because of flexibility on drop-off and pick-up times, as well as the intimacy of a smaller group.Some home-care providers take the kids to drop-in programs and other larger-scale environments to encourage group social skills, but the degree of involvement can vary.The cost of home-based care also has a wide range, depending on the child’s age, location, and if it is government-regulated.At the most expensive end of the range, the median monthly fee for an infant at regulated home daycares in Toronto was $1,020, or $12,240 per year, according to the CCPA report.That’s still 46 per cent cheaper than $1,904 median monthly cost at a regulated centre.Unregulated home care may be available at much lower price points, but such arrangements often go unreported and the information is largely anecdotal, said Martha Friendly, the executive director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.Because unlicensed spots have no government oversight, she said parents are responsible for ensuring appropriate standards, she said.2) NannyPRO: More flexible, potentially cheaper if costs are shared or taking care of multiple childrenCON: More expensive for one child than regulated childcare at a centre or homeAnother option for childcare to hire a nanny to live with a family or care for their child during the day. Private care such as a nanny or a family member was used by 28 per cent of families, according to 2011 data from Statistics Canada.The arrangement offers more flexibility than a regulated childcare centre because parents can set the hours.A live-in nanny’s wage ranges between the provincial minimum wage and as much as $20 per hour according to CanadianNanny.ca.In larger cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, the pay range is between $14 and $18 per hour, or as much as $20 per hour, according to the platform that matches nannies with potential employers.If a nanny works 40 hour weeks, four weeks a month, at $20 per hour, that amounts to $3,200 per month. That’s 70 per cent more than the median cost of regulated infant child care in a Toronto-based centre, the most expensive end of that range.And that $3,200 figure doesn’t include the employers’ employment insurance and Canada Pension Plan contributions, said personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq.All in, the total annual cost of a nanny could be more than $31,000. Parents will also need to find and potentially pay for alternative care when their nanny goes on vacation, or arrange for their own vacations to coincide, Ahmed-Haq added.3) Nanny sharePRO: Cheaper than hiring a nanny on your ownCON: Can be difficult meeting both families’ needsA more budget-friendly nanny option is a nanny-share arrangement, in which two or more families split the cost of hiring someone to care for their kids. If parents opt for this route, they should only pay slightly more than half the cost of a nanny taking care of one child, said Ahmed-Haq.This option can be cheaper than high-end daycares and can allow nannies to earn a slightly higher salary. But having two families with differing values and needs can lead to disagreements. For example, one family may need care early in the morning while the other child’s parents work late nights.“That person then has two bosses and that can be a difficult dynamic,” she said.It also potentially means working out an arrangement on where the care takes place.4) Having a relative helpPRO: Likely unpaid, or minimal costCON: Less control over child’s careSome families are lucky to be able to rely on a grandparent or other relative to take care of their children. However, unlike when hiring someone to look after your kid, parents can’t dictate they types of activities they engage in, whether that’s going to a drop-in program or watching television all morning.“You’re not paying them, so you don’t have a right sometimes to tell them exactly how to manage the day,” said Ahmed-Haq.5) Staying home full-timePRO: No, or reduced, child care costsCON: Reduced opportunities or growing future earning power if at home full-timeThe option to have one parent stay home with the child or multiple children themselves saves money upfront but limits future earning potential because it takes them out of the workforce.For example, by the age of 40, mothers who had a career interruption of more than three years were earning 30 per cent less than women who did not, according to 2004 data from Statistics Canada.Add this in after… “limits future earning potential because it takes them out of the workforce.”Families with a stay-at-home parent accounted for 18 per cent of couple families with children in 2015, according to Statistics Canada.The parent at home also saves commuting costs, and other work-related expenses such as meals purchased when not packing a lunch, said Ahmed-Haq.However, depending on the type of career that parent has, being away from the workplace means missed opportunities to boost future earning power.“When you take yourself out of the workforce, you take yourself away from possible promotion, possible salary increases, and possible job opportunities,” she said.Working part-time, however, can be a good option, allowing parents to maintain a connection to the workforce. 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Iranian nuclear programme is special case says head of UN agency

7 June 2010The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today that the potential military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme make the country a “special case” for the agency as he called on Tehran to take action to ensure it fully implements its international obligations. The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today that the potential military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme make the country a “special case” for the agency as he called on Tehran to take action to ensure it fully implements its international obligations.IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the body’s Board of Governors in Vienna that “Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement requires the agency to seek to verify both the non-diversion of nuclear material from declared activities and the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities.”Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Mr. Amano said today that the “necessary cooperation” on the part of Iran would include implementing resolutions of both the IAEA Board of Governors and the Security Council, as well as putting the Additional Protocol, a set of safeguards aimed at boosting the agency’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material, into place.Under an agreement brokered last month by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Iran would ship its low-enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for high-enriched uranium for use at a civilian nuclear research site in its capital, Tehran.This follows a draft text on providing fuel for the Tehran site – in which Iranian low-enriched uranium would be shipped for further enrichment to Russia and then to France to be fabricated into fuel – reached late last year, which was approved by France, Russia and the United States, but ultimately not accepted by Iran.Low refined uranium can be used for civilian energy reactors but when purified to a much higher degree it can also be used in making nuclear weapons.Late last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iran to end its continued enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent purity so as to build mutual trust over its nuclear programme.Even after agreeing to the Brazil-Turkey pact, Iran has vowed to continue this enrichment process, Mr. Ban noted.“I have been repeatedly urging to the Iranian authorities that they have to clear their nuclear programme, that it is exclusively for peaceful purposes, and it is not meant for military purposes, and they should fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” he stressed.In his address to the Board of Governors today, Mr. Amano also pointed out that Syria has not cooperated with the IAEA since June 2008 in connection with a destroyed building at Dair Alzour, which has been alleged by some to be the site of a nuclear reactor, as well as other locations.“As a consequence, the agency has not been able to make progress towards resolving the outstanding issues related to those sites,” he stressed.The Director General also noted that the IAEA’s General Conference adopted a resolution last year expressing concern over Israel’s nuclear capabilities, calling on the country to accede to the NPT. He said that he is awaiting input from Member States on meeting the objectives of the resolution. read more

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Parasites contributing to growing global cancer rates Brock microbiologist

Brock University medical microbiologist Ana Sanchez estimates up to 20% of all cancers are caused by infectious agents, including some parasites.The news coming out of the World Health Organization (WHO) this week is bleak: cancer around the globe is growing “at an alarming pace.”The bulk of this – at least 60 per cent – is occurring in low-income countries.The common contributors to cancer are well known: smoking; unhealthy diet; a sedentary lifestyle; stress. But … parasites?“It’s been estimated that up to 20 per cent of all cancers are caused by infectious agents, including some parasites,” says Brock University medical microbiologist Ana Sanchez.Bacterial and viral infections such as Hepatitis B and C, H. pylory and others have been identified as contributing factors in such cancers as lymphoma, sarcoma, liver cancer and cervical cancer.In the case of parasites, Opisthorchis viverrini and Clonorchis sinensis (liver flukes) are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer of the bile ducts, while infection with Schistosoma haematobium has been linked to bladder cancer.“It is really important that health systems deal with parasites and infections, which results not only in the prevention of certain cancers but also healthier populations,” says Sanchez, an associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Sanchez’s comment echoes that of Christopher Wild, director of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and co-author of “World Cancer Report 2014,” released Feb. 3.“The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being,” Wild says in a press release. “These new figures and projections send a strong signal that immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception.“In low- and middle-income countries, it is critical that governments commit to enforcing regulatory measures to protect their populations and implement cancer prevention plans.”Sanchez says many low-income countries are hit by the “double burden” of infections that have been around for a long time coupled with non-communicable diseases such as cancers and diabetes.Epidemiologist Martin Tammemagi says that, in low-income countries, smoking is becoming an increasing cause of lung cancer.“Tobacco company activities are being curtailed in the developed world, so tobacco companies are very strongly marketing to developing countries, and they are causing an alarming rise in smoking in developing countries,” he says.“Now lung cancers and other smoking-related cancers are starting to rise in the developing world,” he says. “The smoking-associated cancers, which are preventable, are expected to create a very large global burden of cancer in the future.”Tammemagi has created risk calculation software that can reduce surgical procedures by helping doctors know if nodules showing up on CT lung scans have a high probability of being cancerous.The “World Cancer Report 2014” was released on the eve of World Cancer Day. Major findings include:• in 2012, the worldwide burden of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million new cases per year, a figure expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next two decades;• over the same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from an estimated 8.2 million annually to 13 million per year;• overall, about two million (16 per cent) of the total of 12.7 million new cancer cases in 2008 are attributable to infections. This fraction varies 10-fold by region; it is lowest in North America, Australia, and New Zealand (close to 4 per cent) and highest in sub-Saharan Africa (33 per cent)• as a consequence of growing and ageing populations, developing countries are disproportionately affected by the increasing numbers of cancers. More than 60 per cent of the world’s total cases occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, and these regions account for about 70 per cent of the world’s cancer deaths“The implementation of effective vaccination against hepatitis B virus and human papillomavirus can markedly reduce cancers of the liver and cervix, respectively,” says the report.“Preventing the spread of tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries is of crucial importance to cancer control.” read more

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New EDEM 25 bulk material behaviour modelling solution released

first_imgDEM Solutions, the company offering a range of engineering applications for its discrete element method (DEM) simulation solutions, has announced the release of EDEM 2.5 Software with increased scalability and performance to simulate complex bulk particle processes required by the global equipment manufacturing and process industries. The EDEM solver is highly parallelised for operation on multi-core shared memory parallel computers, delivering the fastest and most scalable DEM simulation on the market.EDEM 2.5 further expands the functionality of the EDEM API to model particle processes such as drying, sorption, coating and comminution involved in manufacturing processes in industries including minerals processing and metals manufacturing. “EDEM provides an easy-to-use yet highly extensible platform for modeling a wide range of particle-scale physics and multi-physics through co-simulation with CFD and EMAG solvers,” stated Dr John Favier, CEO of DEM Solutions. “EDEM 2.5’s new API capabilities provide engineers an enhanced set of capabilities for simulation of particle processes such as particle breakage in crushing and milling of ore in comminution circuits…EDEM 2.5 expands on the existing capability to customise the properties of each particle, contacts with other particles and interaction with equipment and surrounding fluid or EMAG fields by enabling the size and shape of particles to change, as well as dynamic creation and disappearance of particles in response to the physical process conditions.”EDEM 2.5 Simulator and new API’s enable advanced DEM simulation capabilities for optimising product design of equipment that handle or process bulk particles by enabling application-specific simulation of bulk particle behavior in manufacturing processes. Industry applications to benefit from EDEM 2.5 enhanced capabilities include simulation of crushing and milling of ore used in design and optimization of comminution equipment to better control the interaction between the bulk material and the equipment surfaces to increase product yield, prolong equipment life and reduce risk of malfunction.Favier added, “Almost every manufacturing industry handles or processes bulk particles and can benefit from the use of simulation to improve the performance of their equipment and processes involving particles, reduce design prototyping time and costs, and increase process efficiency and product innovation. Simulation of bulk particles requires a particle-based modelling approach uniquely provided by DEM. The technology, while compute-intensive, employs parallel computing that allows application within engineering workflows. EDEM 2.5 Simulator is the most advanced DEM solver on the market and provides customers with a highly scalable, compute-efficient solution for large-scale, data intensive DEM simulation of complex particle processes on multi-core shared memory computer systems. DEM Solutions continues to innovate to bring greater benefits to the manufacturing and process industries, and with EDEM 2.5 we aim to provide customers with the most cost-efficient, scalable and advanced DEM simulation-based engineering tool to meet their application needs.”last_img read more

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Tourisms light shines in the darkness

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tourism is the only engine powering the economy at the moment, as virtually all other sectors have slipped into a stagnation that is dragging the country back into recession. Evidence of the sector’s strength could be seen in data issued on Thursday that showed an increase in tourism traffic and car registrations as well as a drop in the unemployment and consumer price indices in recent months.Deflation persisted for a 28th month, with prices dropping 2.2 per cent year-on-year in June, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) reported, adding that service prices went down and food grew more expensive. It also said that unemployment fell to 25.6 per cent in April from 25.8 per cent the previous month, as seasonal jobs flourished.The Bank of Greece reported 45.6 per cent annual growth in tourism arrivals in the first quarter of the year, and a 9.5 per cent increase in revenues, while Athens International Airport yesterday announced a 21.4 annual rise in last month’s passenger traffic. Tourism growth also led new car registrations to increase 21.7 per cent in June year-on-year, according to ELSTAT.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Palace must turn up against Cardiff – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”last_img read more

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Genoa confirm no offers for Piatek

first_imgGenoa have confirmed they are yet to receive offers from reported Real Madrid and AC Milan target Krzysztof Piatek.The Polish striker has found the net a remarkable 19 times in 21 appearances for the Italian club this season, having joined from Cracovia Krakow last summer.The Serie A side paid only €4.5m for Piatek – who has also been linked to Barcelona – in that deal but his market value has multiplied with reports suggesting he would only be sold permanently in a move in excess of €60m.A report cited on Football Espana speaks of ‘concrete interest’ from the European giants while Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are equally monitoring the situation.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We are waiting for offers for Piatek, there is nothing official yet,” Genoa CEO Giorgio Perinetti told RMC Sport.“Milan know that we would like to keep the player until June, but we will evaluate any proposal that may come in.“It is not our intention to sell Piatek now and we cannot wait until the last day of the market.”last_img read more

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Law firm Gateley launches employee sharesave scheme

first_imgLaw firm Gateley has introduced a sharesave scheme for its employees.The sharesave scheme forms part of the organisation’s growth strategy following its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in 2015.The share scheme, which launched in September 2016, was communicated to staff at Gateley’s annual state of the firm address, where board members visit each of the organisation’s offices to discuss the previous 12 months and outline their vision for the future. Further information about the scheme and the sign-up process were also shared via email.More than 44% of employees, excluding partners, have joined the scheme since its launch.Michael Ward (pictured), chief executive officer at Gateley, said: “Part of our rationale for becoming a public limited company (PLC) was to give us a greater range of options to attract and incentivise talented people. In other firms, having an equity stake in the business is an opportunity open only to a small number of partners. At Gateley, it is open to all employees.“When we floated, we gave our employees shares. This new scheme allows all staff to save and acquire shares. I am really pleased by the numbers choosing to join the scheme. It is a huge sign of their confidence and commitment to the business, which continues to perform well.”last_img read more

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Florida Keys caregiver accused of abusing elderly woman

first_imgSUGARLOAF KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A caregiver in the Florida Keys has been arrested after police said she abused an elderly woman.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said 21-year-old Megan Fedock, brutally beat her boyfriend’s 72-year-old mother. The victim was found in her home, crying and shaking, and with chunks of hair missing from her head.Officers arrested Fedock at a relative’s house in Key West.She has been charged with elderly abuse and battery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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GCI Customers Report Outages And Slow Service

first_imgThank you for your patience during the service outage. A number of GCI customers are currently without service while crews work to fix a power outage at the company’s headquarters in Anchorage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 3:30pm: GCI has restored wireless, local, and long distance service. Customers who are still experiencing service issues are advised to restart their devices and equipment. GCI issued a statement on Facebook around 8 a.m.. this morning saying the communications provider is “investigating an outage affecting some of our customers in Alaska.” UPDATE – 3:39pm –  7/9/18 – Service has been restored to the Alaska Marine Highway System’s toll-free number at (800) 642-0066. Local TerminalsJuneau, 907-465-8853Bellingham, 360-676-8445Cordova 907-424-7333Haines 907-766-2111Homer 907-235-8449Hoonah 907-945-3292Ketchikan 907-228 6886Kodiak 907-486 3800Petersburg 907-772 3855Prince Rupert 250 627 1744Seldovia 907-234 7643Sitka 907-747 8737Skagway 907-983 2941Valdez 907-835 4436Whittier 907-472 2378Wrangell 907-874 2021AMHS apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks you for your patience as GCI works to resolve the issue. The public can also access AMHS reservations via www.FerryAlaska.com or call local terminals to book or change tickets.center_img Today’s GCI power outage affecting service across Alaska had temporarily disrupted AMHS’ call center toll-free phone number. The AMHS call center itself was fully staffed and operational throughout the day. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. AMHS can also be reached at www.FerryAlaska.com, and please see http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/contact.shtml for AMHS phone numbers and email addresses. At this time, the public is asked to access the AMHS call center via (907) 465-3941. Due to a GCI power outage affecting service across Alaska, the toll-free phone number to access the Alaska Marine Highway System call center at (800) 642-0066 is currently not working. The AMHS call center itself is fully staffed and operational. GCI is working to return service, although there is currently no estimate as to when the toll-free number will be available for use.last_img read more

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