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first_imgIndia vs Australia: Jadeja in for Hardik Pandya? India’s predicted XI for Sydney ODIIndia vs Australia 1st ODI: Virat Kohli had hinted in the pre-match presser that Ravindra Jadeja is ready to fill in for Hardik Pandya, who has been suspended pending inquiry.advertisement Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 18:04 IST Indian team management is unlikely to include Hardik Pandya in the playing XI after the Koffee with Karan controversy (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli and the Indian team might be tempted to play three spinners in the Sydney ODIIndia are unlikely to include Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in the XI after their Koffee with Karan controversyKohli has said that Ravindra Jadeja is ready to be drafted into the XI if Hardik Pandya is suspendedAll-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul have been suspended pending investigation into the “inappropriate” comments made when they appeared on popular television show, Koffee With Karan aired on Sunday. But in the midst of this controversy, the Indian team management also have to find the perfect combination for the first ODI against Australia on Saturday.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been in the eye of the storm ever since the latest episode of Karan Johar’s popular talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’ aired on Sunday in which they were seen bragging about their relationships with multiple women and also made sexist comments.Kohli has distanced the team from the controversy by saying that the side does not stand by the duo on the issue and also clarified that Ravindra Jadeja is ready to be drafted into the playing XI in place of Pandya.”We played in India against the West Indies with a finger spinner and a wrist spinner. So it’s good that we have someone like Jadeja who can do the all-rounder’s role if a scenario like that occurs,” Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against Australia.”So we are not too stressed as a team (about the Pandya situation) because you’ll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side. And hence, we keep players who can provide balance with bat and ball as a backup anyway,” he added.With the match being played in Sydney where the pitch assists the slower bowlers more than the pacers, India might be tempted to play three spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jadeja in the first game.advertisementIf that is the case then we could see a playing XI like this – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Khaleel Ahmed.But unlike Dhoni, Kohli likes to play with pace and might just go in with an extra fast bowler in Mohammed Shami.If Shami comes in the playing XI then Chahal might have to warm the bench as Jadeja holds the advantage over him due to his superior batting and fielding abilities.Scenario 2: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Khaleel Ahmed.But if India look to strengthen their bowling then Kohli might go in with three spinners and three speedsters even though that might not be the case on Saturday. Kedar Jadhav might miss out in that case.Scenario 3: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Shami.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow India Predicted XIFollow Sydney ODIFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow KL Rahullast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — A Chinese telecommunication company secretly diverted Canadian internet traffic to China, particularly from Rogers subscribers in the Ottawa area, says an Israeli cybersecurity specialist.The 2016 incident involved the surreptitious rerouting of the internet data of Rogers customers in and around Canada’s capital by China Telecom, a state-owned internet service provider that has two legally operating “points of presence” on Canadian soil, said Yuval Shavitt, an electrical-engineering expert at Tel Aviv University.Shavitt told The Canadian Press that the China Telecom example should serve as a caution to the Canadian government not to do business with another Chinese telecommunications giant: Huawei Technologies, which is vying to build Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless communications networks.“It’s too dangerous to let them in,” Shavitt said. “You can just imagine how Chinese companies are co-operating with the Chinese government.”The Trudeau government is still deciding whether Huawei will be permitted to supply equipment and services to Canadian companies seeking to build the networks expected to serve everything from smartphones to autonomous cars.That has become a politically charged decision with massive geopolitical implications since Canada arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer last month at the request of the U.S. It sparked a diplomatic crisis with the People’s Republic that has seen the jailing of two Canadian men working in China, and a death sentence imposed on a third man previously convicted of drug charges.Shavitt’s warning comes as the U.S. Justice Department this week revealed the scope of its fraud and theft case against Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou. On Monday, the department unsealed 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Meng, while her company’s U.S. branch was accused of stealing trade secrets and equipment from cellphone provider T-Mobile USA.Huawei has denied that it co-operates with Chinese intelligence or ever would, saying that could be fatal to the company.The 2016 Ottawa area incident that included Rogers was part of an attack in which Canadian internet data bound for South Korea was rerouted to China over a six-month period. The diversion of the South Korean data was first documented in a report last fall co-authored by Shavitt and Chris C. Demchak of the U.S. Naval War College.The report described how China Telecom uses two points of presence in Canada and eight in the United States to take “information-rich” internet traffic crossing its network — part of the ordinary working of the internet, in which packets of data pass through numerous servers on the way to their destinations — and reroute it through China with no noticeable effect on customers.China Telecom did not respond to a request for comment.Rogers declined comment and referred the matter to the Public Safety Department.Public Safety and Global Affairs Canada did not respond to requests for comment.The Shavitt-Demchak report called internet points of presence the “perfect scenario for long-term espionage” because local alarm bells won’t be raised “about the long-term traffic detours.”The Canada-South Korea diversion was discovered by a company Shavitt co-founded called BGProtect that monitors internet routing infrastructure and sells services to protect countries and corporations from internet hacks. He said he used some of his company’s data to write the academic paper with Demchak.Shavitt described how hundreds of his company’s agents around the world monitor movements in the digital world. He said that could involve focusing on “a certain installation, an IP or server. We pick up locations around the world, and monitor the traffic and look for anomalies.“In this case the anomaly was from Canada.”In a followup email, Shavitt provided further details: “Our software agent was indeed at Ottawa, but the attack had affected the entire Rogers network (at least) and its customers in the entire region.”Shavitt said his company’s monitoring of Canada “was not dense enough” at the time of the attack to assess its full scope.In the case of national network like Rogers’ in a large country such as Canada, the attack might affect only a “portion of the network, (but) usually still quite large ones — it depends how routing is configured. For example in our case, it may affect only Ontario and Quebec, but not the western regions of Canada,” Shavitt explained.“I should say that the effect of the hijack is not only on Rogers’s direct customers (home and businesses) but also smaller networks in the affected regions that depend on Rogers for transit.”A hijack attack can be used in many ways, including for espionage by “extracting important information from communication,” said Shavitt.The attack can also be part of what is known as man-in-the-middle attacks, he said.A man-in-the-middle attack can neutralize an organization’s internet security measures because it involves the insertion of a “bad actor” between a sender and the desired recipient, says the Shavitt-Demchak report.When the internet traffic is rerouted into an adversary’s hands, “the attacker can learn enough to impersonate trusted sources” and “can allow the malicious attacker to harvest passwords,” the report says.“With those keys to the victim’s network in hand, attackers can distort, disconnect or destroy any part of the company’s network accessible from the internet, increasingly to include critical financial and physical systems and their backups.”The Chinese government steadfastly denies engaging in cyberattacks.In 2014, the federal government blamed a sophisticated state-sponsored Chinese entity for a breach that caused a shutdown of the National Research Council’s systems in Ottawa. China called that accusation reckless.In 2016, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, warned that China and Russia were targeting Canadian government officials and information systems as well as classified information and advanced technology.Without naming any countries, David Vigneault, CSIS’s new director, said in a December speech that “hostile foreign intelligence services” were targeting the “corporate secrets” and “intellectual property” of Canadian companies.Vigneault said those state actors posed a greater threat to national security than terrorists do.“It’s not that the Chinese are bad, or doing bad things in the U.S.,” Shavitt noted. “I’m sure that the U.S. and Canada are trying to do the same also to China. It’s a spying game that everybody’s trying to play.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a First Nation woman from northern Saskatchewan is desperately searching for their missing loved one.Jodi Roberts vanished almost two weeks ago.APTN’s Larissa Burnoff visited the community and has this report.last_img

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Rabat – Casablanca’s taxi drivers staged a protest against what they call the “unfair competition” of Uber and Careem.The Taxi drivers of Morocco’s economic hub claim that they are victims of Uber and Careem and that they are determined to remove these transportation services from Morocco.In a peace march, they expressed their dissatisfaction with the “unfair competition” and called on Moroccan authorities to put an end to illegal as well as the clandestine transportations. Since the introduction of the transportation services Uber and Careem in Morocco, these two mobile app-based taxi-calling services gained praise and hostility in equal measures, heavy demands by passengers, assault and discontent by Taxi drivers.

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7 April 2010United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the national army are adopting new security measures after a deadly attack in a hitherto more stable region of the vast strife-torn country highlighted the potential for local conflicts to rapidly escalate. Top UN military commander Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye and national army Chief of Staff General Didier Etumba yesterday visited Mbandaka, capital of the north-western province of Equateur, to take stock of the situation after Enyele insurgents struck at the governor’s mansion and national assembly on Sunday before temporarily occupying the airport.“With FARDC (the French acronym for the national army), we will draw on the lessons learnt from the incidents that have been taken seriously by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Lt.-Gen. Gaye said of the attack, in which a UN peacekeeper and two contractors died.Equateur is at the other end of the country from the continuing violence in the east and had been relatively quiet until last October when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas in the Dongo area, driving over 100,000 people from their homes in fighting over fishing and farming rights. Since then tensions have expanded to most parts of Equateur, with the army launching an offensive against the militia. In his latest report on the DRC to the Security Council, released this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited the clashes in Equateur as showing that local conflicts can rapidly escalate if they are not quickly and effectively defused by the authorities.The Enyele insurgents were finally dislodged from the airport on Monday in a joint operation by the army and peacekeepers from the UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC.“While the town looked like a ghost town on Monday; a few shops and markets were reopened on Tuesday,” MONUC said in a report. “The recovery is quite slow and many shopkeepers and merchants are still on the alert. Some shopkeepers could be seen standing before their closed stores.”Food prices have soared in the few reopened markets, with a bowl of beans increasing to 1,000 Congolese francs (about $1.10) from 800 francs, and a bottle of palm oil doubling to 1,000 francs. The attack came as Mr. Ban proposed withdrawing 2,000 troops from for the 20,000-strong peacekeeping force by June, saying the DRC had made sufficient progress in restoring a measure of stability over much of its vast territory despite continued violence and human rights abuses by both rebels and the army in the east.MONUC, set up in 1999, has helped restore a measure of stability and democratic processes to a country torn apart by years of civil war and revolts that resulted in the greatest human death toll since World War II – some 4 million people killed by the fighting and the attendant starvation and disease it produced.But fighting has continued in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu where the army, backed by MONUC, has been fighting mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels and a collection of other insurgents, with both rebels and army elements being accused of mass rape and other human rights abuses. Some of the Rwandan rebels have agreed to lay down arms and MONUC reported that 312 former rebels and 375 dependents had been repatriated to their own country so far this year. The UN has helped repatriate some 2,500 former rebels since January 2009. In another development Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Alan Doss condemned Monday’s murder by unknown gunmen of a Congolese journalist working for the national broadcaster, RTCN, and called on the authorities to make every effort to find the culprits and prosecute them with the full force of the law. read more

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Lalith Weeratunga, the Secretary to President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, will answer questions on a Twitter Q&A on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sri Lanka time.The President’s office said that the chat will take place via the official Twitter account of President Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa). The public can submit their questions with #AskLW. www.twitter.com/PresRajapaksa

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three Greeks, whose combined wealth is in the vicinity of €6bn – have made it into this year’s Forbes list of the world’s richest people, which is topped once again by Microsoft’s Bill Gates after a four-year break.With a net worth of some $3.2bn mainly from banking and shipping, Spiros Latsis came in 506th place, down from the 412th position he held last year. The son of shipping tycoon John S. Latsis, the 67 year old has been managing the family fortune ever since his father passed away in 2003.The Latsis family holds a major share of Hellenic Petroleum, one of the country’s major oil refining companies, is behind the Athens Mall – which the country’s highest court said recently was built illegally – and is the only bidder in the sell-off of the old Athens airport at Elliniko.Following him, in joint 687th place and $2.5bn, is Aristotelis Mistakidis, the 52-year-old co-director of the Glencore International mining company and art collector Philip Niarchos, 60, the eldest son of shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.According to Forbes, the ranks of the world’s billionaires have swelled to a record 1,645 including 268 newcomers. Source: enetenglishlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter a record year, Bank of Sydney, formerly known as Laiki Bank and Beirut Hellenic, is about to announce record-breaking profits, and the straight-talking Julie Elliott – appointed as CEO a few months after the bank’s reincarnation – is unsurprisingly in an upbeat mood when we meet at BOS’s Spring Street office in Melbourne.Taking time out to speak with Neos Kosmos, Ms Elliott says the secret of success in the highly-competitive banking market is down to the bank’s revitalised mission to be ‘Australia’s true relationship bank’.OK, so what’s behind the marketing line? For Elliott, the measure of a bank is its connection to customers.“Words are cheap, we’re about actions not words. Everyone’s got the words,” says the CEO. “When you have a problem – fraud on your credit card, or money has gone out of your account – you want someone real to talk to, not someone who is reading off a script in a call-centre or overseas.”“We’re funded totally by our own deposits and we’ve grown these deposits to nearly $1.3bn over the course of 2014, so that’s an increase of about 25 per cent,” says Elliott, who began her career as a chartered accountant at KPMG.Reflecting on the (double) rebranding exercise that has transformed the business since shedding its skin as Laiki Bank, Elliott says a key part of the bank’s recent operational upturn is due to the efforts of its 160 staff – many of who are of Greek and Cypriot heritage – and who have embraced change in the company.“Our loan growth has been the strongest that we’ve seen, and all of that’s driven our profitability, but what’s more important to me is our people,” says the former NAB and Westpac executive, who admits that bedding down the Bank of Sydney has taken time.“They’re a lot happier and enjoying being at the bank and enjoying being with our customers.”Ms Elliott, who is out on the road four days a week visiting the bank’s five commercial hubs – and sixteen branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – points out that the role of a branch has changed radically in the past decade.“It’s not necessarily about opening more branches. There’s less cash in society, so we will open new branches, but as points of presence, as opposed to being solely cash dispensaries.”Bank of Sydney’s operations are divided equally between business and retail banking, and its capitalisation – a mark of any bank’s security – might surprise some.“At the moment we’re Australia’s most liquid, most capitalised bank,” she says. “That means we’re very strong and very safe, and it’s my job to keep us this way.”While keen to promote the bank’s commercial growth in the past 12 months, Julie Elliott is also careful to ensure her sensitivity to the bank’s roots is abundantly clear. When asked at one of her first board meetings if she felt the tradition of donating a gold coin for the vasilopita at the official Greek Orthodox blessing at new year should be continued, she was adamant that it must stay.“We’re still very wedded to that Cypriot Greek heritage.” “To me the culture and history is very important, not to be bound by it, but to take you into the future. It’s important for me to take that heritage and build on it.”Bank of Sydney’s plans for 2015 include moving into the mortgage broker market, furthering their involvement in wealth offering, and expanding their online capabilities, but nurturing the bank’s greatest asset – the relationship between banker and customer – will be at the top of Julie Elliott’s agenda.“I believe in the ‘service-profit’ chain of happy people leading to happy customers. That’s what drives our business.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle United have been told to increase their offer if they wish to sign Sergio Almiron from Atlanta United.The player’s representative Daniel Campos has revealed he already agreed wages with the Magpies but they remain around £8million short of Atlanta’s £25m asking price.Campos confirmed two other Premier League sides are in interested in Almiron before saying, according to Daily Mail:“With Newcastle, I spoke about the player’s salary, but the club needs to raise their offers with Atlanta if they want to get the player.”The Paraguayan is at the very top of Newcastle manager’s Rafa Benitez transfer list for the January transfer window and he sees him playing in an attacking midfielder role, a position which has been a problem for the Magpies in recent seasons.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…During the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 32 games.Having started his senior career at Cerro Porteno, Almiron also played for Lanus before signing for Atlanta United in 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 22, 2016 – National Health Insurance is having problems and staff there took industrial action yesterday which resulted in the office being shut down.  Magnetic Media was told that there is a list of demands from the employees, who among other things want a pay increase promised.  In two media statements, the N.H.I.P explained that they were far too short on staff to open to the general public but that they will manage emergencies, on call.The workers staged a sick out at the country’s social health care plan office; N.H.I.P is also responsible for medical care referrals for all workers and their children, in the country.  N.H.I.P, following an emergency board meeting, said employers can still make their payments through the online bill paying system and that the office will reopen on Friday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:emloyees of NHIP took industrial action and staged major sickout, employees calling in sick causing NHIP to be closed to the public, NHIP to reopen on Friday, sick out at nhip Sick out at NHIP todaylast_img read more

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first_imgOLYMPIA — Three members of Washington state’s 12-member congressional delegation have promised to give up their pay during the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday.Reps. Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene, both Democrats, and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, have all confirmed that they will forgo their salary for the duration of the shutdown. Members of the House and Senate make $174,000 a year, and some in leadership roles make more.While the three will automatically be paid during the time, they will return the amount equitable to their salary to the U.S. Department of Treasury. Since March, DelBene has already been returning 8.2 percent of her salary each month to Treasury in response to across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration, that were done earlier this year.Kilmer and DelBene announced their decision on Twitter, and a spokeswoman for the House Republican Conference confirmed McMorris Rodgers’ stand by email.In a statement issued on Monday, Kilmer said that he believed “in leading by example.”“If Congress can’t get its act together to stop a government shutdown, then I don’t believe Members of Congress should be paid,” he wrote.Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler will donate 100 percent of her salary to a charity in her district until Congress “gets the government back up and running,” said her spokesman, Casey Bowman.last_img read more

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first_imgSupermarket retail organisation Tesco has partnered with three UK health charities in order to develop a new workplace health programme for its 300,000 UK employees.Its ‘Little helps for healthier living’ partnership, which launched on 9 January 2018, will see Tesco liaise with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK. The partnership has been designed to help the organisation understand what more it needs to do to support employees with their overall health and how it can remove the barriers to healthy habits.The five-year partnership will include research projects and policy development, which will aid in the creation of a new workplace health programme that will be rolled out to all employees in the UK. The partnership will aim to encourage and support sustainable, measurable changes in behaviour using a series of activities and campaigns targeted at reducing the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and type two diabetes.This year, the focus on workplace health follows on from a series of four month-long campaigns that Tesco ran in 2017, around the pillars of nutrition, healthy body, and healthy mind. As part of these campaigns, Tesco has provided its UK employees with 10.5 million pieces of free fruit, 310,000 water bottles and snack boxes, health-based pay day deals and discounts, free health checks, and 7,000 blood pressure and diabetes checks. In 2017, the organisation also ran 950 mental health awareness workshops and had more than 7,000 employees completing online Mindapple courses, which trains employees on stress management, how to maintain concentration, develop innovation, and increase motivation.Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive officer, personally communicated the new partnership to staff via an email and the organisation also shared videos highlighting details from its last health-related event.The partnership will include aligning Tesco’s communications campaigns with national health campaigns, training Tesco pharmacists to better support customers in the prevention and management of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and type two diabetes, sharing anonymised sales information to help develop insight on health policy and public health programmes, and fundraising for more health research.Lewis said: “I’m really excited by what we’re announcing. This is a unique partnership, which will bring together the skills and expertise of the UK’s leading health charities and the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the biggest health challenges facing the nation.“Together with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK, we want to help people take small steps on their own terms to develop healthier habits. It’s about unlocking the energy, expertise and reach of our different organisations to develop little helps that make healthy differences across the whole country.”last_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for help identifying an elderly man who had been previously reported missing, Wednesday.According to Miami Police, this unidentified elderly man was located near Northwest 43rd Avenue and Sixth Street.Police believe the man may suffer from a mental condition.If you have any information on this elderly man, call Miami Police at 305-603-6300.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgExactly one month from the start of the Kuskokwim 300, 31 mushers have signed up for the race to Aniak and back. Race Manager Zach Fansler says it’s the biggest field in two decades.“We’re really excited for this race. 31 teams is the most teams we’ve had sign up since 1994,” said Fansler.Most of the sport’s biggest names like Jeff King, DeeDee Jonrowe, and Martin Buser will be at the line, along with fan favorite Lance Mackey. From Western Alaska, fans will see Pete Kaiser, plus Isaac and Nathan Underwood from Aniak, and Richie Diehl. Akiak’s Mike Williams Junior and Senior are back. Donald Towarak of Unalakleet is signed up, along with Nome’s Rolland Trowbridge and Tara Cicatello. Past champion John Baker and partner Katherine Keith of Kotzebue are set to race.The 2015 K300 starts January 16th.To pull off a successful race, Fansler says the race is looking for extra logistics help for housing mushers and trucking dogs, along with trail support.“We’re checking for more mushers on the trail, we’re looking at safety, we’re looking at dropped dog situations, there’s a lot more transporting of food that needs to be done,” said Fansler.There will be fewer dogs per team this year, as the limit was lowered from 14 to 12 dogs.Leading up to the big race the K300 organization has set the date for their early season sprint race  later this month. Fansler says the 40-mile Holiday Classic, will be December 27th — that’s moved back a week due to bad trail conditions.“We’re still looking to get some established trails, with the travel on the river that we’ve been seeing lately, and we’d like to get more snow, which I think is coming. Anecdotally speaking with some of the teams, not all of the teams are as trained as others, which is always a concern. We’re weighing these things heavily,” said Fansler.Another race, the 100-Mile Challenge, was scheduled for December 27th and will be delayed to January 3rd. The Kuskokwim 300 begins January 16th in Bethel.last_img read more

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first_imgPixabayThe concept of life after death has been perplexing medical experts and spiritualists for years. Spiritualists believe that humans continue their life after death, while medical experts consider death as the end of everything. It is a phenomenon called near-death experience that compels spiritualists to believe that life after death is a reality. Websites like NDERF (Near Death Experience Foundation) are loaded with near-death experience testimonials and one such testimonial from a woman named Sarah has now gone viral on the internet.In her testimonial, Sarah reveals that she had an NDE following complications of anesthesia during surgery. During the initial moments of dying, Sarah apparently saw a navy-colored tunnel and a light above her head. The NDE victim claimed that she felt an intense rain of love during these moments.”I felt an intense feeling of love washed over me. There were no thoughts. There was nothing but love that I felt, saw, and that permeated everywhere. The best way to describe it is to say that love encompassed everything and every bit of me,” wrote Sarah on the NDERF website.Sarah also added that she saw Jesus, her deceased son and grandfather during the near-death experience. As per Sarah, she was sent back to the earth by Jesus Christ, as her time was not up.”I saw my baby boy who died 14 years ago when he was 48 days old. He had the small feet and was maybe 6 years old, had blonde hair in a bowl -ut, bright and shining blue eyes, and had the biggest smile on his face. Holding his hand, was my grandpa, who passed 3 days after my 9th birthday. My grandpa was 66 when he passed, but he looked like he was maybe 30 years old in this experience,” added Sarah.However, medical experts believe that these testimonials are not proof of life after death. As per these medical experts, the human brain will face a shortage of oxygen during life-threatening events, and at this time, the brain adopts a survival trick which is actually resulting in the visual hallucination.last_img read more

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first_imgNeed a home office? You can rent one at a stranger’s house << Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — If you’re a home-based agent who’s in dire need of some extra work space, you’re in luck! The latest trend in shared accommodations has people renting out their home offices and even seats at their kitchen table to those in search of a bit more elbow room.The rise of self-employment and soaring office costs are fuelling demand for shared office space in metropolitan areas, with a handful of firms renting workspace by the hour, similar to the way Airbnb offers overnight stays. Vrumi, founded in 2015, says it has 5,000 registered users and 120,000 square feet of rentable workspace across the U.K. London-based Spacehop joined the market last year, as did Breather, a four-year-old company that operates in the U.S. and Canada.It’s the latest development of the so-called sharing economy, where those looking for extra cash are generating income any way they can with the help of the internet and smartphone apps. Space itself has become a commodity, with people renting their driveways to commuters searching for parking, attics to apartment dwellers in need of storage and garden plots to those who want to grow their own tomatoes.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedBoxful in Hong Kong promises to declutter your life by collecting and storing unneeded belongings. In Spain, LetMeSpace provides a marketplace to rent out anything from parking spaces to unused storage. Pubs are renting out space in the morning to people looking for peace to work, said Catherine Cottney, manager of trends at business research firm Mintel.“It’s the final frontier,” Cottney said. “People are recognizing the worth of space and they’re looking to maximize that.”With an abundance of investors and a computer-literate entrepreneurial population, the U.K. is driving the trend in Europe. In Britain, platform revenues more than tripled to 850 million pounds ($1.1 billion) in the three years through 2015, according to a study by PwC. Peer-to-peer accommodation, which includes shared office space as well as overnight stays like Airbnb, accounted for 27% of that total. Globally, PwC estimates that revenues in the sharing economy were about $15 billion in 2015.The move toward new workspaces dovetails with changes in the workplace itself.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsCary Cooper, an expert on workplace issues at Alliance Manchester Business School, said he’s surprised the Airbnb model didn’t come to office space sooner, and he believes it will grow as millennials seek flexibility and others seek to make a living.For example, Lavinia Osbourne started her own financial counselling business in the wake of the global economic crisis but found working at home was too difficult when she needed to meet clients. She struggled to find peace and quiet working in coffee shops and hotel lobbies.Her solution? Renting a seat at Claire Brynteson’s dining table, as advertised on Spacehop, where filmmakers, entrepreneurs and novelists sit down to work with other creative people. There, for 22 pounds a day, she gets one of eight places at the table, Wi-Fi, and access to the kitchen and bathroom.Fringe benefits include sliding glass doors that look out over a tree-lined garden and visits from Coco, the family cat. Posted by Share Travelweek Group With file from The Associated Press Thursday, March 2, 2017 Tags: Spherelast_img read more

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first_imgFrom the print editionLast Friday, Costa Rican astronaut turned space entrepreneur Franklin Chang landed at Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport in a NASA airplane. The flight was for delivery of a mock-up model of a two-rocket plasma space motor to the Costa Rican subsidiary of Chang’s research corporation, Ad Astra Rocket Company. Known by the acronym VASIMR – for Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket – the actual motor is being developed to power pure space vehicles operating outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The motor is revolutionary, developing thrust on the basis of expelling super-hot plasma gas, as opposed to traditional chemical rockets that use combustion of explosive fuels combined with liquid oxygen. Chang delivered the life-size VASIMR motor model to the Liberia, Guanacaste, subsidiary of his Houston-based U.S. company. Ad Astra Costa Rica houses in its Liberia laboratory-warehouse the also life-sized model of a scaffold, for attachment of the VASIMR engine to the International Space Station (ISS). Built in Costa Rica with cooperation from the Cartago Technological Institute, the scaffold and VASIMR motor unit will be the model for a structure to be boosted into orbit by conventional chemical rockets. Once in space, the scaffold and VASIMR engine unit will be attached to the underside of the ISS. The first real-life application of the motor will be to thrust the ISS upward, to slightly adjust its orbit. This first in-space trial is projected for 2015.Franklin Chang, 62, is in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Since his technical specialty – rocket physics – is among the most widely applicable skills for a space program, Chang is tied for most missions to space – seven, all on space shuttles – and has accumulated more than 1,600 hours in space. Chang is the first naturalized U.S. citizen ever to become an astronaut. Costa Rica thinks so highly of him that the Costa Rican citizenship law was amended to retain him as a national. Prior to the amendment, Costa Ricans who became citizens of other countries could lose their Costa Rican nationality. NASA has basically discontinued its traditional space program with the retirement of the space shuttles. NASA’s strategy going forward is to leave commercial space activity, now a $300 billion a year business, to the private sector, and to concentrate its direct funding on development of breakthrough technologies. VASIMR easily qualifies for this, and Chang’s Ad Astra Rocket Company is funded by a combination of NASA grants and private venture capital. Ad Astra Costa Rica embodies Chang’s personal effort to incorporate his native country into the space industry. The emphasis of the company is participation, where appropriate, in the VASIMR development and testing program, and the development and training of young Costa Ricans as possible future astronauts. The Tico Times is fascinated by the Ad Astra Liberia story, which makes Costa Rica the only Latin American country with a space program. In coming weeks, look for our series on this most unlikely – yet promising – scientific and commercial venture, right here in the plains of the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imghelloworld 2016 Owner Managers Conference delivered big newshelloworld 2016 Owner Managers Conference delivered big news and a big focus on the futureThe 2016 Helloworld Owner Managers Conference (OMC) wrapped up in Singapore on Saturday night with owner managers leaving the conference as shareholders in what is a unified and strengthened Helloworld business.Over 500 Owner Managers came together with preferred supplier partners and senior staff for the successful three day conference. Celebrating the theme ‘We are all in this together’, this message was reinforced in a welcome video message featuring Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Jetstar CEO Jayne Hrdlicka, APT Managing Director Chris Hall, Emirates Divisional Vice President Barry Brown, Accor Hotels Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath and The Travel Corporation CEO John Veitch together with a number of Helloworld franchisees from the branded and associate networks.The theme was mirrored by the presenters, keynote speakers and suppliers throughout the conference and reinforced by the announcement that franchisees in the branded, associate and Helloworld for Business networks would be invited to become shareholders in Helloworld Limited by way of a loyalty bonus, further demonstrating the unity and togetherness of the business going forward.“From the CEO to the shareholders, our network owners, our staff and our suppliers we have a common and unified goal to grow the business. We really are ‘in this together’ and our success is best assured for our shareholders, network members and supplier partners by aligning our interests and sharing the benefits of that success equitably” said Helloworld CEO and Managing Director Andrew Burnes.Mr Burnes delivered a motivational, transparent and commercially focused introductory presentation to the conference, making headline news announcements including a Franchise Network Co-investment Strategy, Helloworld Limited’s acquisition of 50% in MTA and the news that franchisee members will become shareholders with approximately $3.5 million worth of shares being allocated to members as a loyalty bonus.“We play the long game” said Mr Burnes in his closing remarks. “The things we are doing now, the things we are evolving and working on to deliver to you, our Owner Managers, are constantly being worked on and we are making the things we do for you better. And I promise you they will continue to significantly improve as we move forward” he added.Hosted at Resorts World Sentosa the Owner Managers in attendance were showcased a spectacular selection of evening social events including a welcome cocktail event at the S.E.A Aquarium, complete with scuba divers unfurling a helloworld logo underwater, an Arabian night at the newly opened Marina Bay Cruise Centre hosted by Etihad with fireworks over the water and the culmination of the conference, a gala dinner Awards event hosted by Qantas.Branded National Retailer of the Year Award went to helloworld Noosa Heads, QLD and the Associate National Retailer of the Year Award went to Globenet Travel, QLD.The Associate Manager of the Year was awarded to Holly Ireland from Altitude Travel, NSW and the Branded Manager of the Year went to Melanie Stedman of helloworld Winston Hills, NSW. Source = helloworldlast_img read more

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first_imgA sawn-off hunting shotgun found on Monday evening in the Livadia area was undergoing tests on Tuesday to see it was the weapon used to shoot a 46-year-old man in Oroklini on Thursday.The weapon, which has its serial number erased, was found by police officers under a cover near Ayia Anastasia church.On Thursday night, a 46-year-old resident of Lakatamia had arranged to meet an acquaintance of his in Oroklini.According to the victim, he saw that except his acquaintance two other people were waiting for him.He tried to flee thinking that he had been set up but his 45-year-old acquaintance got out of his car and fired a sawn-off hunting rifle twice toward him at close range.The pellets struck the 46-year-old on the shoulder.Two men were remanded for eight days on Friday by Larnaca district court in connection with the incident.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgCyprus and Israel are holding joint military exercises which began on Sunday and will last until December 7, within the framework of the annual programme of the two countries` military cooperation.According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Defence, the exercises are taking place within the Nicosia FIR. They will also cover a large part of the Republic of Cyprus land area.Ground and airborne units and personnel of the Cypriot and Israeli armed forces are participating in the exercises, with the code-names “IASON”, “NIKOKLIS-DAVID” and “ONISILOS-GEDEON”.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img