It’s WI Women’s time to win T20 World Cup – Aguilleira

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Former West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira believes that the regional side is capable of securing championship honours in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which starts next month in India.West Indies women have reached the penultimate stage of the competition on three successive occasions, but the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman believes that they can go all the way this time.”I am really excited about this tournament because I truly believe it is time for us to win this T20 World Cup,” said Aguilleira.”It has been three consecutive times we have reached the semi-finals, so it’s about time, but I have all faith in the girls, and I truly believe we can cross that mantle.”Aguilleira has been in prolific form since she was relieved from her duties as captain, a title that has been handed to Jamaican cricketer Stafanie Taylor.She roared to two powerful half-centuries in St Lucia last October to help West Indies Women come from behind to beat Pakistan in an ODI series 3-1 and said consistency would ensure that Windies Women lift the World T20 trophy.LACKING CONSISTENCY”I must say consistency because we have been lacking that for quite some time,” said Aguilleira, a 10-year veteran who has played 86 ODIs and 73 T20s.”One minute we are up; next minute, we are down. But I think once we get that consistency going, everything will fall into alignment.”Aguilleira is part of a squad that includes a number of reserve players in a training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados, preparing for a tour of South Africa before the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India. They are participating in an on-field training programme as well as a number of personal-development sessions before leaving for South Africa in two batches on February 9 and 10.”I will be going forward in South Africa with full fire, trying to continue from where I left off in St Lucia,” she said.”I have really been putting in some work so, hopefully, I can go out there and contribute for the team.”last_img read more

Kings to begin food drive tonight

first_imgThe Los Angeles Kings will begin their annual food drive at tonight’s game against the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center. Non-perishable food items and money will be collected at all entrances to Staples Center. The drive will benefit the Midnight Mission, which provides the homeless with goods and services. Fans making donations will receive a raffle ticket for every item or dollar donated for a drawing for a team-autographed replica jersey. The drive will conclude at Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre last_img read more

Mandela Rules adopted for prisoners

first_img25 May 2015The Mandela Rules could herald a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights, according to Amnesty International.This follows the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting on 22 May in Vienna.The Mandela Rules include extensive revisions and additions to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which date back to 1955. It is expected the UN General Assembly will adopt the new rules later this year.They have been named the Mandela Rules to honour the legacy of the late South African leader, and are an essential update of the original rules adopted at the very first Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva in 1955.“The Mandela Rules could herald in a new era in which prisoners’ human rights are fully respected,” said Yuval Ginbar, the legal adviser at Amnesty International, who attended the Vienna meeting.“The rules, if fully implemented, would help turn imprisonment from a wasted time of suffering and humiliation into one used for personal development leading to release, to the benefit of society as a whole.”Basic principlesThe Mandela Rules now contain an expanded section of basic principles, including the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The independence of health care staff is assured, and extensive restrictions are placed on disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days.Clear and detailed instructions are provided on issues such as cell and body searches, registration and record keeping, investigations into deaths and complaints of torture and other ill-treatment, the needs of specific groups, independent inspections of prisons, the right to legal representation and more.Amnesty International joined a coalition of NGOs and academics which took an active part in the five-year process, working for a progressive redrafting of the rules.Following agreement on the rules, the executive director the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said the world now had an updated blueprint offering practical guidance on how prisons should be managed safely, securely and humanely.Countries are encouraged to reflect the Mandela Rules in their national legislation so that prison administrators can apply them in their daily work.At their core, the rules stress the overriding principle that all prisoners shall be treated with respect due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings. “Most importantly”, said Fedotov, “the rules stress that prisoners will be protected from torture and other cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This means the rules probably represent one of the most significant human rights advances in recent years.”In the words of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life in prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

National Farm Safety and Health Week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the most hazardous industries in the United States is agriculture. As a result, many injuries and illnesses occur to farmers and ranchers almost everyday across the nation. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter salutes the hard-working farmers and ranchers that feed our country.Farmers and ranchers, and the general public are often injured when agricultural machinery is involved in roadway incidents. To increase the awareness of the limitations of agricultural machinery in traveling speed and maneuverability the National Safety Council will observe the National Farm Safety and Health Week focusing on this issue from September 14-23.As you travel the rural roads of Miami County please drive slowly and cautiously. Farmers can’t maneuver or slow as quickly as a passenger vehicle. Farmers also drive their equipment on the road during all hours of the day and night. Please be advised that large farm equipment often takes up more of the road than a car of truck.We live in a health conscious society and many of us exercise as part of our daily routine. Walking and running are common forms of exercise in rural areas. The safest way to walk or run on rural roads is to travel on the side of the road with the traffic coming at you. In this way, you can see the situation ahead. If you’re facing the traffic then you can react to the situation. If not…. well the result could be tragic.Riding a bicycle is a common form of exercise in rural areas. When riding a bicycle, wear your helmet and travel on the road with traffic. Mirrors are available to attach to either the bicycle or the helmet that can help you see what is coming up from behind. Remember that we all share the road, so take safety into your own hands.Farmers will watch out for you, if you watch out for them. Move slowly and keep alert at all times. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter wishes everyone a safe and productive harvest season. When you see a slow moving vehicle please slow down.last_img read more

Google Apps and Rackspace Cloud Server Management Tools Come to Spiceworks

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#saas Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting IT professionals using the free management and monitoring tools from Spiceworks will now be able to activate and manage services from Google Apps and Rackspace. Spiceworks announced today a partnership with Google and Rackspace to bring the new features into the beta release of Spiceworks 5.1. The integration will enable system administrators to manage even more IT assets in one place.Specifically, admins will now be able to manage the following:Regular fees from Google and Rackspace will still apply.Google Apps for Business, including e-mailRackspace Cloud Server & Hosted E-mailSpiceworks Backup to the Rackspace CloudThe addition of Rackspace and Google Apps is a huge win for all parties involved. Rackspace and Google Apps get the attention of the 1.3 million IT pros that Spiceworks has attracted since its launch in tk. Spiceworks gets more value by adding support for these increasingly popular cloud services. And customers get more tools in one place.Besides Google Apps and Rackspace management consoles, Spiceworks provides both community features and IT services such as help desk, inventory and server monitoring tools. All of Spiceworks’ services are free but ad-supported.We covered the launch of its iPhone app earlier this year. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Modi launches projects worth ₹4,500-cr in Odisha

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a number of central government projects in Odisha worth more than ₹4,500 crore. The projects were unveiled during Mr. Modi’s second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight. He had unveiled some projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near the historic Khurda town on December 24. Describing the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha, the prime minister expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development. The projects inaugurated by Mr. Modi are related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.Some key projects include four-laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line. The prime minister also flagged off a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.Mr. Modi also inaugurated passport sewa kendras at post offices in Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Aska, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal through video conferencing. Currently, people have to go to the regional passport office at Bhubaneswar, officials added. Foundation laying and inauguration of a host of projects by the prime minister comes ahead of general election, which is due in a few months’ time. The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. During his last visit to Odisha on December 24, Mr. Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than ₹14,500 crore.last_img read more

The Europa League is back and more than ever is a competition to savour

first_imgShare on Pinterest Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’ features Sportblog Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Twitter Among the contenders are the current leaders of Serie A, the second-placed team in La Liga, last season’s runners-up in the Bundesliga and enough dark horses to fill the stalls at Haydock Park. If Arsenal are planning on taking the competition seriously from hereon in, they will have to do it a hard way.The presence of Napoli, Atlético Madrid and RB Leipzig is a boon for neutrals and a boost for the reputation of European football’s second-tier tournament. Because however hard it tries, the Europa League struggles to be viewed not only as second tier but also second rate, particularly by the elite clubs. In an era when being in the Champions League is the be all and end all for the rich and powerful, having to compete in ‘the other one’ is deemed a nuisance, embarrassment or both.That particularly holds on these shores, where the chant “Thursday night, Channel Five” because a regular means by which one set of supporters mocked another, and while a change in host broadcaster may have ended that taunt, the stigma remains.It is all a bit of a shame given the regard with which the Uefa Cup was held. Back when two teams at most qualified from a single nation for the European Cup/Champions League, being part of the Uefa Cup was deemed an achievement. For many, it was also the better of the two tournaments given its depth of quality. But then the Champions League got bigger and, in 1999, the tournament below was mashed in with the one below that – the Cup Winners’ Cup – to create something wholly unsatisfying.Bloated in size the Uefa Cup also became confusing to follow, in particular the single round-robin group stage format introduced in 2004 that spread 40 teams across eight groups and saw those involved play two fixtures at home and two away but no single team home and away. Matters were not helped by the top three sides from each group progressing to the knockout stages and being joined by the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage. Facebook Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Arsenalcenter_img Stade de Lyon – the home of Ligue 1 club Lyon and where this season’s Europa League final will take place on 16 May. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images The Uefa Cup had become a second-chance saloon for those clubs who had not cut it at Champions League level and the fact that has continued in the era of the Europa League has done little to dispel the sense that a once prestigious competition is now low-grade, despite the name change and introduction of a more straightforward format.The disparity in financial rewards is also an issue – the winners of this season’s Europa League will receive €6.5m compared to €15.5m for the team that wins the Champions League – as is the Thursday-Sunday factor, which for British clubs in particular is a bugbear as it means continuously playing catch-up to their rivals. Yet for all the negatives, it should be remembered that the Europa League is one of only two major European trophies on offer to teams across the continent and, for the winner, also provides automatic qualification to the Champions League.Those involved would be wise to take it seriously, then, while for outside observers there has been plenty of captivating football to enjoy for some time now. And this year the level could rise significantly given the teams involved in the knockout rounds, which got underway with CSKA Moscow’s first leg trip to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.“The last 32 of the Europa League is pretty appetising,” says European football expert, Andy Brassell. “Napoli against RB Leipzig is probably the pick of the ties. Borussia Dortmund’s meeting with over-achievers Atalanta and the match of two in-form young sides in Lyon and Villarreal look good too, in a field featuring six former European champions.”Napoli, Atlético and Leipzig are involved because they failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, so while their presence, along with that of CSKA, Celtic, Sporting Lisbon, Spartak Moscow and Borussia Dortmund, will be deemed a negative by some, it has given the competition an undeniable surge of quality. Suddenly the likes of Dries Mertens, Antoine Griezmann and Naby Keita are involved, alongside the stellar talents that were there in the group stages, such as Nabil Fekir, Aleksandr Kokorin and Leonardo Bonucci .Elsewhere it is worth keeping an eye on Lazio, who have become a rejuvenated, high-scoring force under Simone Inzaghi, and Marseille – third in Ligue 1 and always a source of fascination. And while the overall mix in this season’s Europa League does not compare to what is on offer in the Champions League, it remains strikingly rich. Come the final at Stade de Lyon on 16 May, the Europa League may even be a competition that makes Wenger smile. It’s hard to know sometimes if Arsène Wenger is an optimist or pessimist. A football romantic who acts as if he genuinely believes the world is out to get him (Mike Dean especially), the Frenchman’s glass appears to be as full as it is empty, and that may well be the case as he ponders Arsenal’s return to Europa League action on Thursday.No doubt Wenger will be chuffed with who his side face in the round of 32 – Sweden’s Östersund – but less pleasing to him will be the calibre of teams Arsenal could face in subsequent rounds. For this year’s Europa League knockout stages are arguably the most intriguing and downright difficult since the expanded, more lucrative version of the Uefa Cup came into existence nine years ago. 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