Misbah-ul-Haq in race to become Pakistan head coach: Reports

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LahoreAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 20:08 IST Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq in action (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMisbah-ul-Haq is emerging as one of the top contenders to secure the recently vacated spot of ArthurPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided not to renew contract of Mickey ArthurMisbah has represented Pakistan in 75 Tests and 162 ODIsFormer captain Misbah-ul-Haq is likely to fill the post of Pakistan head coach after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided not to renew contract of Mickey Arthur following team’s dismal performance in World Cup in England and Wales.According to a report in thenews.com.pk, Misbah is emerging as one of the top contenders to secure the recently vacated spot of Arthur.On Wednesday, PCB announced it had ended its association with Arthur, as well as the bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden.Misbah, 45, represented Pakistan in 75 Tests and 162 ODIs and was recognised widely for steering the team forward after assuming captaincy following the spot-fixing scandal in 2010.Read more | Every profession has conflicts: Anil Kumble on ‘Conflict of Interest’ issueAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Former captainFollow PCBFollow Mickey Arthur Misbah-ul-Haq in race to become Pakistan head coach: ReportsMisbah-ul-Haq is emerging as one of the top contenders to secure the recently vacated spot of Arthur. He has represented Pakistan in 75 Tests and 162 ODIs.advertisementlast_img read more

Citing insurance concerns UN temporarily pulls staff from Somalia

The lapse of the appropriate war-risk coverage for UN flights was a result of the enormous insurance claims arising from the attacks in the United States two weeks ago, the UN Country Team in Somalia said in a press release. The Team said it would renegotiate its insurance policy with the underwriters and hoped to resume UN flights as soon as possible. Some 54 international staff will be flown to Nairobi before the insurance coverage expires at midnight Monday. The UN system employs some 560 national staff in Somalia and they will be continuing programme operations to ensure maximum provision of services during this period. “I would like to stress that this decision has nothing to do with the security situation in Somalia, which remains stable and unchanged,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Randolph Kent. “My colleagues within the UN Country Team and I remain determined that humanitarian and development programmes will continue during this time.” read more

Annan invites NATO support for anticipated African peacekeeping missions

During a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York with lawmakers from NATO member States, Mr. Annan said he welcomed the recent willingness of the alliance to “go global,” citing its recent work in Afghanistan as an example.The Secretary-General noted that a UN peacekeeping mission has just been approved for Côte d’Ivoire, and said “a surge” of new operations across Africa is likely in the year ahead.”NATO might be employed in a ‘peace enforcement’ role, much as the European Union deployed ‘Operation Artemis’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a bridging force before the deployment of a UN operation,” Mr. Annan said.He praised NATO’s preparedness to send troops to Iraq if requested, and added that the UN and NATO would continue to discuss the world’s collective security system as well as peacekeeping operations.After the meeting, Mr. Annan headed to Canada to begin a two-day official tour with his wife, Nane. The Secretary-General will hold talks with Prime Minister Paul Martin and other senior government officials and will address the Canadian Parliament before returning to New York on Wednesday. read more

Industry Canada plans increase in costs for smallbusiness loan program

Industry Canada plans increase in costs for small-business loan program OTTAWA – Small business will pay more, the banks will earn more and taxpayers will lose more under an Industry Canada plan to revamp the rules for a troubled lending program.The proposal, issued on the weekend after years of consultations, would bump up the maximum interest rate charged on federally guaranteed small-business loans by three-quarters of a percentage point.And financial institutions would be free to charge administrative fees not currently allowed under the Canada Small Business Financing Program.The proposal estimates financial institutions will be better off by $141 million over 10 years, while small business borrowers face additional costs of $233 million over the same period.In the meantime, the program — which is supposed to break even — would see its losses grow by about $41 million over 10 years.The changes are to come into effect April 1 next year, following a 30-day consultation period that began Saturday.“Lenders’ use of the program to make loans to small businesses is declining due to the high level of administrative burden and lack of profitability of loans associated with the program,” says a rationale for the changes, issued by Industry Canada and the Finance Department.The long-standing program was given a major overhaul in 1999, when it was put on a more business-like basis to staunch the flow of red ink. Ottawa guarantees up to 85 per cent of the value of loans issued by private lenders.But banks and others have balked at the red tape, low fees and anemic interest rates required under program rules and have shied away from offering these loans to clients ineligible for regular small-business loans.As a result, only about 7,466 loans were issued in 2010-2011, a low point after a steady decline from almost 18,000 in its heyday in 1999-2000.The revamp would increase the maximum interest rate to prime-plus-3.75 per cent from prime-plus-three per cent and allow lenders to charge the same fees levied on their commercial loans. Other “obsolete” red tape would be abolished.The result, says Industry Canada, would be about 1,550 additional loans each year, worth about $200 million. Annual loan amounts are currently about $1 billion. The projections also cite other benefits to the economy, such as job maintenance and creation.Most of the proposed changes were panned Monday by Canada’s largest small-business group, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.President Dan Kelly welcomed moves to reduced the paper burden, but said the proposals favour financial institutions over small business.“The banks are looking for motivation to offer more of these loans, but I actually think that what the regulations may do is end up drying up the demand for such loans from small business,” Kelly said in an interview from Toronto.“So it does look like this document is very, very heavily weighted toward the banks.”Kelly noted that the proposals were issued during small-business week, and thus “seem particularly ill-timed.”The federation’s Corinne Pohlmann had written to Industry Canada in early 2010 asking that the program “not undergo any major changes at this time.”The program so far has guaranteed more than $10 billion in small-business loans issued by banks, credit unions and others since 1999, and collects fees based on the size of the loan.Loss claims were more than $80 million in 2010-2011, but historically only about 60 per cent of losses are covered by fees.A KPMG report, commissioned by Industry Canada and delivered in late 2009, suggested the program would never break even as originally envisaged.“The gap between claims and fee revenues will continue to exist and most likely expand,” the report concluded. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2012 4:02 pm MDT read more

9 stages of inadequacy you feel while watching the Winter Olympics

first_imgOh.Scanning her Wikipedia confirms that she’s never fallen on ice ONCE. You fell yesterday when you tripped over your own feet.6. BargainingThey probably train really hard and have no lives outside of their chosen sport. Can you actually imagine not being able to lie-in on weekends?You’re the real winner here.7. ResentmentBut LOOK AT THEM. Would you be able? Cause we’re certainly not. Source: A Proper BostonianThey’re not that great, really. Source: Bernat ArmangueAh lads. 4. CuriosityNo seriously, how do they do it? Are they human? Source: Ivan SekretarevThen there’s the questioning of your very judgement when someone you think did amazing only gets an average score. 22-year-old figure skater Ashley Wagner was in a hayp about her 63.10 points, coming in fourth.We’d just be happy to be asked at all, Ashley.5. Frantic researchSURELY that twirly Russian skater at least 10 years older than us. We could so learn how to do that in 10 years.A little google will confirm it… Still, they fall sometimes. Human after all. Hate that, Jeremy Abbott. Source: David J. PhillipBut some of them make super-human amazing recoveries and then we hate the world again.Damn you Shiva Keshavan. Source: NBC Olympics8. MotivationIt is the hobby we’ve been looking for all of this time.We’ll show the world. Training starts when the Olympics are over, or at a more convenient time in the distant future.9. AcceptanceYeah, we’re never gonna be on their level. Let’s just enjoy our twelfth consecutive hour watching the curling.Russian snowboarder puts phone number on helmet, gets avalanche of nude photos>Well these Winter Olympics competitors have some very unfortunate names> THE WINTER OLYMPICS in Sochi are in full swing, and we’re glued to the telly. It’s just so wonderful, so gracious, so entertaining, like Dancing On Ice without the has-been celebrities.Sure, we were equally as amazed during London 2012, but there’s just something about the ice and pretty skating that makes us seethe with undignified inadequacy.This is pretty much how an emotional viewing session goes down.1. PrideAt first, the spirit of the games and the human will and spirit yadda ya is just so overwhelming. Lookit them! Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAMAZING. All so talented. Do us proud.2. WonderYou start dabbling in some events and immediately regret that burrito. How do they do it? Oh, to have such talent and motivation. At least your juicing regime is going ok.Tell yourself she’s not human. It helps, trust us.3. ComparisonBut she IS. Ski jumpers do this, and you can’t even touch your toesThe back of our knees are hurting. Source: Matthias SchraderCan you even begin to imagine how much core work you haven’t done to achieve this this Godly level of skeleton amazingness? Source: Dita AlangkaraWe have pains. Actual phantom pains.last_img read more

Could this upgradeable tablet concept ever make it to market

first_imgHardcore computing enthusiasts hate being hindered by underpowered, out of date hardware. For many, that’s the allure of the DIY desktop. You don’t have to scrap the entire system in six months when you want yet another performance boost. Just yank out the offending parts, snap in new ones, and you’re good to go.Unfortunately, that kind of modularity has never really made its way to more portable devices — like laptops and tablets. We’re able to swap a few components easily — hard drives and SSDs, RAM, NICs, and the like — but changing the all-important mainboard or processor is another matter entirely.Navarre Bartz thinks it’s an idea worth exploring, and he’s submitted his upgradeable tablet concept to Instructables as part of the Jack Daniel’s Independence Project (JDIP). The concept is simple enough: develop a tablet that utilizes a carrier board to which things like HDMI, USB ports, and a microSD slot (which aren’t as likely to need replacing) are attached. Upgradeable components — like the processor board — snap into a socket for easy upgrades down the road.The board Bartz is demonstrating in the video isn’t tablet-friendly, obviously. It’s a Colibri Tegra 2 SODIMM computer-on-module, and it’s designed for use in embedded systems. The pair wouldn’t be thin enough to cram into anything as thin as the tablets on retail shelves today, but it’s a starting point. With funding from the JDIP, Bartz hopes to develop a more practical board (probably one without an Ethernet port or vertical USB port).We’ve already gotten pretty close to the point where tablet display resolutions aren’t going to jump for some time (thank you, iPad), and some other core components (like Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11N) should be more than sufficient for the near future. Now seems like as good a time as any to give the DIY crowd a tinker-friendly tablet it can truly call its own, don’t you think?More at Liliputing and Instructableslast_img read more

Opening doors through sports

first_imgRacism and ostracism have impacted on James Demetriou and his younger brother Andrew, regardless of their brilliant careers. James, or Jimmy as he was called when he played for Essendon FC, was the first Bombers player of Hellenic descent. The man that once worked for Bob Hawke, was a corporate lawyer is now is the Chairman of Sports Without Borders, a non-for-profit organisation dedication to providing support for young people from refugee and newly arrived immigrant backgrounds who want to become involved in sport.Andrew Demetriou may be one of the most powerful men in Australia as the CEO of the Australian Football League yet to older brother James, he is affectionately known as ‘Leondari’ (lion).“Growing up, mum instilled in us the need to look after people that were less well off which is why we have based our whole lives on merit and assisting the disadvantaged,” James Demetriou explained.The 55-year-old Melbournian established Sports Without Borders in 2006, following a Australian Bureau of Statistics study that revealed children of non-Anglo backgrounds are two-thirds less likely to participate in sport than the traditional Australian community.Melbourne based Sports Without Borders has dispensed over $300,000 in grants to individuals and community groups of diverse cultural background such as the African, Iranian, Chinese and Pacific Islander.“Seeing how difficult it was for my generation of immigrant children to participate in sport, I was blown away by the fact that 50 years later, newly arrived communities were facing the same, if not more difficult issues,” he said.“To get one child to play sport over a season is $600 and a lot of these families have three to five kids so you are talking about a lot of money.” The outcome according to Mr Demetriou is disengagement and social exclusion.Timas Harik, a 16-year-old athletic Australian champion is one such recipient that Demetriou uses as an example.“He was separated from his parents during the fighting in Sedan and ended up in a refugee camp in Egypt,” explains Demetriou. In Australia this talented young man was spotted by a coach at St Kevin’s College but he couldn’t afford to buy runners. “We supported him and he ended up being Australia’s 1500 and 1800 metre champion.”Mr Demetriou believes in sport as a gel for social inclusion, “sport not concern itself with race, creed, colour or religion.” It was football that helped break down the ‘wog’ and Anglo barriers according to Demetriou.“My first five years of secondary school was very tough- we experienced racism, taunts and were involved in fights,” he reflects. “We went to a lower middle class school out in the North of Melbourne and I think a lot of it was ignorance because they had never engaged with Greeks or Italians. My family was very good at sport and education and some found difficult to understand…when we started playing football all those barriers broke down.”Mr Demetriou stresses the need for more funding, “Right now Sports Without Borders has first round funding requests from 85 individuals and organisations amounting to $200,000 yet I only have $20,000 to allocate.” “To be fully effective we require much more significant support.”Sports Without Borders is hoping to secure Federal Funding for its national program, Social Inclusion Through Sports (SITS). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Florida Frogs Find Shelter From Storm in Wind Chimes

first_imgSo I went to put away my wind chimes for #HurricaneDorian, and… pic.twitter.com/I80tQW1UNZ— Florida Wolfman (Mac) (@PooltoyWolf) September 3, 2019“All the froggies are safe and accounted for,” Mac wrote on Tuesday. “They found spots to hide deep inside the leafy palm fronds behind our backyard pond.”During a time of such havoc, it’s absolutely heartwarming to see a bunch of big-eyed amphibians staring out at your from a wind chime.And I’m not the only one who thinks so: Mac’s original post “blew up so big,” earning nearly 120,000 likes and more than 31,000 retweets (as of press time). I’m fully aware these frogs are an invasive species (a few have mentioned this) but based primarily on my inability to KILL LIVING THINGS and secondarily on them having long ago extirpated any native species in my area, I will NOT be killing any frogs. Thank you!— Florida Wolfman (Mac) (@PooltoyWolf) September 4, 2019The herpetological relatives at Gatorland theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando have also been prepping for the monster storm.Staff recently shared a video highlighting how all birds and mammals are moved into “protective buildings,” and how the main-attraction alligators and crocodiles are riding out the weather.“Folks, they’ve been around for 75 million years,” Gatorland CEO Mark McHugh said of the reptiles. “It ain’t their first rodeo with a nasty storm.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Incredible Views of Hurricane Dorian From Space StationStudy: Hurricanes Force Spiders to Be More AggressiveThis Floating City Can Withstand Category 5 Hurricanes Many are asking how the frogs actually got inside the chime tubes. Tree frog species have very sticky toes! They can climb up and over almost any surface…these guys simply climbed up the walls to get to the chimes! — Florida Wolfman (Mac) (@PooltoyWolf) September 3, 2019Follow-up images of the frogs were retweeted more than 1,000 times.Taking advantage of his sudden fame and following, Mac has asked people to “please donate to the Bahamas.”“This is the worst they’ve ever been hit,” he said, urging folks to text “DORIAN” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. After devastating the northern Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian bore down on central Florida this week, forcing folks to seek asylum wherever they can.Humans aren’t the only ones searching for shelter, though.Florida Wolfman (aka Mac) was storing his outdoor wind chimes ahead of the storm when he found five frog stowaways.In a video posted to Twitter, you can see the wee critters holed up in each tube, seemingly unbothered by the peeling bells.center_img Stay on target Romeo the Loneliest Frog Goes on ‘First Date’ With His JulietAmphibians Are Dying En Masse, Humans Are to Blame last_img read more

Lovren When the stakes are this high nobody is tired

first_imgCroatia defender Dejan Lovren insists that with adrenaline and pride on the line in their World Cup semi-final with England, tiredness will not be a factorThe Vatreni are hoping to go one better than the great Croatia team of Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Robert Prosinecki in the 1998 World Cup, who were beaten in the last four by hosts and eventual winners France.After playing over 240 minutes of football in their previous knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, there are concerns that they Croatia players may suffer from fatigue as the match with England goes on.But Lovren is certain that both himself and teammates will have no problems.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The manager believes in us – he did so when few others did – and we do the best we can,” Lovren said on the Croatia Football Federation website.“The Croatian people never had it easy, and we want to bring them some joy, including a medal. We’ve had a chance to recover from two tough, long matches. When the stakes are this high, nobody is tired. It’s once in a lifetime opportunity. Russia deserves all the praise for a great organization of the World Cup”Croatia will play England at the Luzhniki stadium today at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

SCAM ALERT Middlesex Sheriffs Office Urges Residents To Be Aware Of Ongoing

first_imgBILLERICA, MA – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is warning residents to be alert for a new round of jury duty scam calls.As part of the scam, callers are posing as members of the MSO and are telling residents they need to resolve matters related to missed court matters and jury duty.  In multiple instances this month – including two this past weekend – scammers identified themselves as a Sgt. Cooper and provided 781-819-5610 as a call back number.On Friday, a local resident was allegedly told he needed to pay $900 or would be arrested, while on Saturday, a woman was told she needed to respond to a specific location to clear up three warrants.  The location to which the woman was told to respond housed actual MSO offices but was closed at the time.In all three cases, those who were contacted called the MSO before paying any money or traveling to a location.“Nationwide, these scammers are attempting to use the criminal justice system and the threat of arrest as a tool to frighten people into paying large sums of money,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.  “We want residents to be aware of these scams and these tactics in order to better protect themselves.”If you or someone you know has been the victim of a jury duty scam you are encouraged to immediately notify your local police department.  If the scammer claims to be a member of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office we also ask you to contact our office at 978-667-1711.To learn more about the jury duty process in Massachusetts, including jury duty delinquency, visit the Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) website at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-jury-commissioner.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCAM ALERT: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Alerts Residents To Recent Increase In Jury Duty ScamsIn “Police Log”ALERT: Phone Scammers Posing As Middlesex Deputy SheriffsIn “Government”SCAM ALERT: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Ongoing Telephone ScamsIn “Government”last_img read more