Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Ambassador PrincessD inspires young girls

first_imgBrand South Africa and its Play Your Part Ambassador Shamila Ramjawan also known as PrincessD, played their part on Nelson Mandela International Day in the east of Johannesburg.It was a day filled with inspiration and education for the young girls at the Palmridge Primary School. PrincessD in collaboration with Brand South Africa, to donated menstrual cups to address the harsh reality of many young girls in the country who are forced to miss school due to inadequate access to sanitary products.The Grade 6’s and 7’s pupils were given an opportunity to openly speak and ask questions related to the female reproductive system – menstruation. Leading the conversation, PrincessD gave insight on the journey of the menstrual cup, and the importance of personal hygiene. The menstrual cup is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and reusable for 10 years.Speaking about the day Shamila said; “Mandela Day is an important day for all of us as it continues Mandela’s legacy of giving back. I’m humbled and blessed to be here today to make a positive contribution on these young learners’ lives.”          Deputy Principal Mrs Pillay said; “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude again for reaching out to the needy communities and in particular our girl learners. Introducing them to such an incredible innovation that will change their lives and the expression on their faces is what touched me”.This year is the 10th anniversary of Mandela Day. The Nelson Mandela Foundation urges all citizens to make every day a Mandela day. The next decade will focus on education and literacy, food and nutrition, shelter and sanitation. For more information, visit www.mandeladay.comlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 8, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The forecast pattern has become somewhat stupid this morning. Here is what we mean. Every model out there has a completely different take on what is going to happen, not just in the next few days, but all the way through the coming 10-day window. All of them have some combination of 3 systems working in, but timing is all over the place. Also, intensity of the precipitation sits in a wide range. Part of the problem is that we have a fairly distinct frontal boundary setting up between Canadian air and warm, moisture, juicy air from the south. But, that difference in airmass is not the only catalyst. Rather than try and take our forecast day by day, we think it best to step back a step or two and attack this from a multi-day period. In terms of coverage, it is key to note in our forecast this morning that there are two cold fronts draped across the upper Midwest and across northern Illinois into IA that have stayed in the same general area for a couple of days. We think this area should be a starting point for action going forward.So, first off, there is a good threat of rain over the state from today through Sunday. Today action is likely limited to west central and NW Ohio, and tomorrow we may end with better rains in the northern part of the state (closer to that stationary to slow moving frontal complex off to the northwest). But, we will not rule out chances anywhere. Tomorrow looks wetter than we had been talking earlier in the week, a function of increase instability over the eastern corn belt. In fact, we could see some very heavy thunderstorms in northern Ohio, north of US 30 through the day tomorrow and into early Sunday. Rains for the rest of Sunday may focus a bit farther south and definitely east, but still, we don’t want to expressly leave moisture out of any one area. Combined 3-day rain totals will be generally .5”-.2” with the high end of the range coming in the northern part of the state thanks to the aforementioned thunderstorms Coverage of rain on any given day will be no more than 60% of Ohio. The map is a general representation of moisture through Monday morningOur next chance of rain comes next Tuesday, plus a 12-hour window on either side of Tuesday. These rains look to be more shower related, but we still won’t rule out thunderstorms, giving a rain potential of .25”-1”. Coverage again is somewhat hit and miss at 60%.Then system number 3 can move through late next week into the weekend. This one has rain potential of .25”-.75” again with coverage at 70%.Overall, you will notice that we have a good amount of moisture in the forecast. Where we have problems is with timing and coverage. Over the 10 days combined, we likely see 90% coverage over the state with rains over an inch but those will come at various times and rates. In addition, the amount of drying between systems will be limited, at least in terms of number of days that the entire state can stay dry.For growing and developing crops, this forecast is pretty good. If you still are trying to get some seed in the ground…you will have a bit of a challenge.No change for our extended forecast. 2 systems roll through. The first is a cold front around the 18th bringing rains of half to 1 inch, and then a second cold front for the 21st and 22nd has .25”-.last_img read more

ICC ban on runners is unfair

first_imgLast year the ICC technical committee, in its deliberations, decided that a runner would not be allowed for a batsman.That decision was no doubt prompted to a great extent by batsmen, who were tiring, but did not wish to retire and thus lose out on momentum, asking for runners, so that they could simply bat and let some other person with fresh, and perhaps younger, legs do the running for them.There had been the instance earlier when Andrew Strauss, the England skipper, who had refused a runner to his South Africa counterpart Graeme Smith, since the latter was cramping up and couldn’t run. His reasoning was that a cramp was not an injury, but a fitness issue and so Smith did not deserve a runner.There was a bit of huffing and puffing about that in the media of both countries and understandably the stance taken was different by different people.Strauss was correct as cramps should not be a reason for allowing a runner, but then Smith could well have pretended that it was a muscle injury and he would then be allowed a runner. That Smith was honest enough to admit that he was suffering cramps didn’t help his cause, but it showed how in modern day cricket, it does not always pay to be honest and maybe that is the reason why players leave it to the umpires to make the call when an appeal is made for a dismissal, even though they may know they were out or not out.The ICC’S decision to ban runners did make a lot of people sit up because there was no simultaneous balance for bowlers going off the field with an ‘injury’. Now lots of players in the game know that bowlers often take off just to rest up a bit or have a rub down or a refreshing shower, or even a dip in the ice bath and then come back to bowl relatively ‘new’.In limited-overs cricket, many teams have used the strategy of finishing some of their bowlers’ quotas and then sending them off the field so that a quicker substitute fielder can come in for the last few overs and save crucial runs that can make the difference between winning and losing. This is one of the anomalies of the laws of the game and while some will argue that since most cricket laws are made to suit batsmen, there should be at least some that favour the bowlers.There will always be people who will try and take advantage of the laws and bend them as much as possible and cricket captains are no different. That is the reason why we have seen in the ICC Twenty 20 that some bowlers who have finished their quota of overs have gone back to the dug-out, and a younger, more agile fielder comes in to substitute for him, and save a few runs. This is something that the ICC needs to take a close look at.The umpires on the field are busy trying to control the game and in any case they are not doctors, so if a bowler says that he has got a pulled muscle or something, they are not going to stop the player from going off to have his injury attended to. This is where the rule banning runners for batsmen looks unfair for they could be having a genuine injury for which they don’t get subs, but bowlers get one even if they are just going for a change of a sweaty shirt.The playing conditions are decided by the ICC technical committee and then usually endorsed by the executive board before they are introduced in world cricket.Most times, some new conditions are tried out in the domestic competitions of member countries, and once a report on the viability of it is verified then they are brought into international cricket. The laws of the game though are still the property of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and they decide on a lot of controversial topics rather than ICC, the governing body of the game, which is baffling to many a cricket lover.The business about the switch hit and the issue of the hyperextension of the arm while bowling, have been ruled upon not by the ICC, but by MCC. The ICC does not meet with universal approval for its lack of ability to lay down the law that doesn’t help either. Then it lets the MCC take a lot of calls on the correctness or otherwise of the contentious switch hits and hyperextensions. No wonder it is often referred to as a toothless body.Added to this is the fact that the MCC has a world cricket committee whose discussions get a load of publicity despite the committee having no real authority to deal with issues of world cricket. It is like the Cricket Club of India or Madras Cricket Club, or the National Cricket Club, forming its own technical committee despite the BCCI having its technical committee and wanting to impose its decisions on Indian cricket. It would simply not be accepted, would it?The ICC has just had a change with David Richardson, the new CEO of the world body. He was earlier the general manger of cricket and drove many of the changes that have come into the game, some of which have been applauded and a few criticised. As he settles down to the job, he will hopefully take the call on the absurdity of banning the runners for batsmen even while allowing a substitute for a bowler to go off for a few overs. That of course is just one of the many calls he will need to take to make the game a truly balanced one.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Big Earth Publishing Acquires Telluride Magazine

first_imgIn February, Big Earth—which primarily publishes books—acquired Women’s Adventure, the first in its newly-formed magazine publishing division. Neenah, Wisconsin-based Big Earth Publishing has acquired Telluride magazine and its accompanying Telluride Visitors Guide. M.C. Alcamo & Co. represented Telluride in the deal. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Telluride is the flagship magazine of southwest Colorado publisher Telluride Publishing, and features health, environmental and sports content about the Colorado mountain town. The 25-year-old, twice-yearly magazine has an annual circulation of 70,000. In addition to the magazine and travel guide, Telluride Publishing produces a number of custom products. Telluride owner and publisher John Arnold will join Big Earth’s leadership team as part of the deal.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, November 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of snow after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission is scheduled to meet at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.At Town Hall: The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office’s Housing Coordinator Laurie Stanton will be holding office hours from 2pm to 4:30pm in Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Stanton will assist residents with their affordable housing questions. The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office helps people find affordable housing in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Saugus. If you are unable to attend office hours on this date, future dates will be announced. Laurie can also be reached at her Reading Office at 781-942-6667 during normal business hours.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.At The Library: Jazz and Bossa: Haley Peltz & Molly Flannery at 2:30pm. First Look Book Group at 2:30pm. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group at 7pm. English Conversation Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Meditation Class at 12:15pm. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 30, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Lucifer and Kanchana 3 pirated versions leaked by Tamilrockers Is cyber cell

first_imgPirated versions of Malayalam blockbuster ‘Lucifer’ and Tamil movie ‘Kanchana’ has been released by Tamilrockers online. Even though the pirated version of ‘Lucifer’ was released three weeks after its release, the camera print of ‘Kanchana 3’ has hit online just hours after its theatrical release. It should be also noted that the pirated version of Telugu movie ‘Jersey’ which was released on April 19 is also available to download in the Tamilrockers website.As the pirated full movie copies of ‘Kanchana 3’ and ‘Jersey’ has been leaked online, the collections of these films will be affected very badly in the coming days. On the other hand, ‘Lucifer’ is expected to emerge as an industry hit in Mollywood, but the release of the camera print may result in a drastic dip in collections from now on.A couple of days back, a Kerala man who works in Saudi Arabia had uploaded a Tik Tok video that shows him watching the pirated print of ‘Lucifer’. In the video, the man can be seen saying that the film is not worth a watch, apart from three goosebump moments. As the video went viral on the online space, Aashirvad Cinemas, producer of ‘Lucifer’ lodged a police complaint and tracked the whereabouts of the man who uploaded the video.”People have the rights to criticize a movie after watching it in theatres. However, this man named Askar Ponnani who is currently working in Saudi Arabia has uploaded the video after watching the pirated print. This is something unacceptable, and these acts literally shatter the entire film industry. Kerala Police has already taken a case against him, and they have contacted the Saudi Arabian authorities to locate the place in which he works. Strict actions will be taken against Askar Ponnani once he lands in Kerala,” Aashirvad Cinemas wrote on their official Facebook page.Even though cyber cell in India is taking strict actions against sites like Tamilrockers to curb piracy, these sites are still active and are uploading pirated copies of movies in different languages within hours of its release. Earlier, cyber cell authorities have made sure that torrenting sites like these are not accessible for people who use Indian IP numbers. However, many people are still accessing these pirated sites using VPN (Virtual Private Network).If the police and judiciary fail to nab and punish the culprits behind piracy, it will finally result in the ultimate end of the Indian film industry, as cinema is also a business which solely depends on box-office collections.’Lucifer’ is directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran, and it stars Mohanlal in the lead role. Apart from Mohanlal, the film also stars Manju Warrier, Vivek Oberoi, Tovino Thomas, Kalabhavan Shajon, Baiju Santhosh and Saikumar in other prominent roles. The film which is a political thriller has already grossed more than Rs 115 crores at the box office. On the other hand, ‘Kanchana 3’ also known as ‘Muni 4’ is a Tamil horror thriller directed by Raghava Lawrence. The film stars Raghava Lawrence, Oviya, Vedhika, Nikki Tamboli, Kovai Sarala and Soori in lead roles.last_img read more

Mindtree Wipro shares trade low ahead of June 2016 quarter results

first_imgBangalore-based IT company Mindtree will announce the results of its earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18.Shares of IT firms like Mindtree, Wipro and Infosys, with the exception of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), were seen trading low in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Mindtree shares were down 1.11 percent to Rs. 630.70 apiece, compared to its previous close at Rs. 637.75 ahead of its quarterly result declaration.Wipro’s share price fell by 0.85 percent to Rs. 549.95 while Infosys declined by 0.18 percent to Rs. 1,070.35. Wipro, the third largest IT services exporter after TCS and Infosys, is set to declare its earnings results on July 19 after trading hours in the stock market.The BSE IT index was up 0.06 percent to 10614.43 while Nifty IT was trading flat at 11:16 a.m.Infosys posted a sequential decline in consolidated net profit by 4.47 percent for the June 2016 quarter while it recorded a 13.4 percent rise in net profit on a year-on-year basis.”We had unanticipated headwinds in discretionary spending in consulting services and package implementations as well as slower project ramp-ups in large deals that we had won in earlier quarters, resulting in a lower than expected growth in Q1,” Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys told Economic Times on the company’s Q1 earnings for the fiscal 2016-17.TCS shares were trading up 0.62 percent at Rs. 2,457.00. The largest IT services exporter had also recorded a marginal decline of 0.4 percent in month-on-month net profit. Both Infosys and TCS registered higher profits from the year-ago period.last_img read more

Afghan suicide attack kills 19

first_imgAn Afghan child lays on a hospital bed as he receives treatment in Parwan province on 1 July, 2018. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country.The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded.There were scenes of anguish at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other as they waited for news of their loved ones.”It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us,” a man told AFP, too upset to give his name.Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal confirmed 19 people had been killed, the majority of them Sikhs.Small communities of Sikhs and Hindus reside in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. It is not clear if they were the intended target of the attack.Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed a suicide bomber carried out the attack — the latest in a series of recent deadly assaults in the restive province.Ghani’s spokesman said the president was still in Nangarhar but was “away from danger”.Ghani arrived in Jalalabad earlier Sunday to open a hospital, part of a two-day visit to the province bordering Pakistan.- Ceasfire ends -The attack came a day after Ghani ordered Afghan security forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following the expiration of the government’s 18-day ceasefire.The government’s unilateral truce overlapped with the Taliban’s three-day ceasefire for Eid, but the militants refused to prolong it.The unprecedented ceasefire over the holiday capping Ramadan triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban fighters, security forces, and war-weary civilians.But it was marred by two suicide attacks in Nangarhar that killed dozens of people and were claimed by the Islamic State group, which has a smaller but relatively potent presence in Afghanistan.IS was not part of the ceasefire.The attack comes as US envoy Alice Wells visits Kabul as part of efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Taliban to engage in peace talks.The Taliban have so far ignored Ghani’s offer of peace negotiations. Instead, they have insisted on direct talks with the United States, which Washington has repeatedly refused.Wells said that since the Afghan government and United States were willing to start talking without preconditions, the onus was now on the Taliban to respond.”Right now it’s the Taliban leaders… who aren’t residing in Afghanistan, who are the obstacle to a negotiated political settlement,” Wells said in remarks embargoed until Sunday.Wells, who is due to hold talks in Pakistan on Monday, said Islamabad also needed to do more to squeeze the Taliban and get them to the negotiating table.”Pakistan has an important role to play… but we have not yet seen that sustained and decisive action on the part of Islamabad,” she said.last_img read more