By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) Often criticised for not being able to make cricket a global sport, the ICC has pinned its hopes on South Asian migrants in Germany and USA to expand the game’s footprint in the untapped markets of Europe and Americas. Campbell Jamieson, General Manager – Commercial at the International Cricket Council (ICC), said the game is growing rapidly in Germany, which is home to a sizable South Asian population. The ICC has 104 members in its fold but only 12 out of them play Test cricket.”Cricket is expanding. A really good example of that is Germany where in the last five years we have gone from 50 cricket teams to 500 teams and we are struggling to keep up with the infrastructure and the governance of the sport in that country. We need to ensure that cricketers in that country always get to play the sport they love,” Jamieson told PTI on Wednesday. Initially, economic migration from cricket-crazy India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka fuelled the sport’s growth in Germany but of late the rising number of Afghan refugees are taking the game beyond the big cities. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees statistics up to 2016, Germany had at least 46,292 registered Afghan refugees in the country. “Migrant population from cricket playing countries is contributing to the growth of the game in Germany. And if you mix that with local players, you then have inclusive growth. The migration of people from South Asia aids that growth and we are fortunate in that case,” said Jamieson.advertisement The sport is also growing fast in USA, something that was recently acknowledged by former West Indies batsman Ricardo Powell, who is now a selector with the USA national team.”If you look at the current national team, 70 percent of the team members are of Indian descent. There is a huge Indian population in the US and we have 250 clubs playing the game. That says a lot about cricket in the US,” Powell had told PTI. At the moment, there is no ICC recognised association in the USA but the country is on its way to regaining the membership, said Jamieson.”North America has also seen great expansion thanks to the migration of people from the Caribbean and India of course. We need to harness that opportunity to allow people to play the game they love,” he said. Speaking on ICC’s bid for women’s cricket’s inclusion in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Jamieson sounded upbeat. “Hopefully, the bid is successful and that will take the women’s game further forward. From a cricket and Commonwealth Games’ perspective both compliment each other really well. CWG can utilise the power, strength and support that cricket has throughout the world. “There is a rich cricketing history in the UK, great facilities and infrastructure but as I said, it is just an application along with number of sports.” On the ever-increasing threat of corruption in cricket with the advent of T20 leagues around the world, Jamieson said it is imperative that the sport is governed properly.”In my view, the growth of leagues globally is good news for the game but at the same time, the cricket needs to be governed and administered properly,” he added. PTI BS PM PM
R Ashwin named PCA Player of the Month for consistent county performancesIndia off-spinner R Ashwin was in fine form for Nottinghamshire during his month-long county championships stint in July. Ashwin scored 197 runs and picked up 23 wickets from just 3 matches.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 16:59 IST R Ashwin was in fine form for Nottinghamshire in July 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin named PCA Player of the Month for July 2019Ashwin came with an all-round show for Nottinghamshire in July 2019Ashwin will head to the West Indies for the 2-Test seriesIndia off-spinner R Ashwin has been named as Professional Cricketers Association’s (PCA) Player for the month of July 2019 for his consistent performances in the county championships.R Ashwin represented Nottinghamshire and played 3 matches for them before heading to Tamil Nadu Premier League T20 competition.Ashwin was in fine form as he contributed both with the bat and the ball for Nottinghamshire. The India all-rounder hit 197 runs and picked up 23 wickets from just 3 matches. Ashwin’s best figures were 12/144 in a losing cause against Surrey.According to the official website of PCA, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Ashwin received a massive 61% of the supporters’ vote, well clear of Middlesex’s Dawid Malan (19.7%) in second, Yorkshire’s Keshav Maharaj (11%) in third and Malan’s teammate Toby Roland-Jones (8.4%) in fourth in the 4-man shortlist.Notably, Ashwin won 81.53 MVP points for his efforts of 12/144 against Surrey, the most of any player in a single game this season. Warwickshire’s Jeetan Patel is a distant second with 60.98, the PCA said.Ashwin had joined Nottinghamshire as replacement for Australia pacer James Pattinson. He played 3 matches for the county side in July and is expected to be joining the side again in September.Ashwin has been named in India’s squad for the 2-Test series against the West Indies starting August 22.”I am delighted to receive this award. I love playing county cricket and really enjoy being a part of the Nottinghamshire dressing room,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by the PCA website.”I look forward to returning in September and playing the remainder of the season for Nottinghamshire,” Ashwin added.advertisementAlso Read | Steve Smith equals Michael Hussey’s Ashes record for most consecutive fiftiesAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow County Championships 2019Follow NottinghamshireFollow TNPLFollow India tour of West Indies 2019
Dhaka: Myanmar on Monday expressed its readiness to take back Rohingya Muslims even as Bangladesh said the neighbouring country must earn the persecuted minority group’s trust for launching the repatriation process, amid fears of their fate once they returned to their homeland. The development came as a high-level Myanmar delegation visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and talked to their representatives. “I asked them (Rohingyas) that this is the right time to consider whether they should go back or not, because we provided explanation to their key issues,” Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu, who led a 19-member delegation, told reporters in Dhaka. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Myanmar is ready to welcome the Rohingyas (back home)… but the only thing is they (Rohingyas) have to decide (about their return) by themselves,” Thu said. Bangladesh’s acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan, who was also present at the briefing, however, said Naypyidaw must generate trust among the Rohingyas for their spontaneous return. “As long as confidence is not built up they (Rohingys) won’t go back,” he said. Ahsan added: “We (Bangladesh) won’t push back anyone forcibly”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome 740,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in camps in Cox’s Bazar. Myanmar has faced international pressure to allow the Rohingya to return to Rakhine and grant them citizenship rights. A 19-member Myanmar delegation in the last two days visited the Rohingya camps, one specially erected for Hindu residents of Rakhine who were also forced to flee their home along with the Rohingya Muslims. This was the third visit by a Myanmar delegation to the Rohingya camps, but this time they were accompanied by a 5-member ASEAN observer group during the interactions. Thu said during the interactions they tried to convince the Rohingyas to go back to Myanmar, saying the situation in their homeland in northern Rakhine is now better and called the discussion “very candid”. “Then we tried to build up trust between the community leaders and our delegation,” he said. Thu said they also showed fact-sheet to Rohingyas detailing the proposed repatriation process as well as their access to justice and access to education, health and social services. The top Myanmar foreign affairs bureaucrat said a part of the discussion was related to the Rohingya’s citizenship NVC card issues. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, meanwhile, in a separate media interaction on Monday said Myanmar has expressed its plan for the first time to provide the Rohingyas the natural citizenship which he called a “major breakthrough”.
John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, will travel to three of the country’s provinces most affected by armed conflict – South Kivu, Orientale and Equateur, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.He will assess humanitarian priorities and necessary responses, in a context of increasing insecurity for humanitarian workers in some areas. Protection of civilians is one of the main concerns he will discuss with local authorities, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), and humanitarian officials in the country.“The scale of the humanitarian needs and the lack of protection of the population continue to be of huge concern,” Mr. Holmes said. “I have come to see for myself how the situation is evolving,” he added.During a meeting today with Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, Foreign Minister of the DRC, Mr. Holmes acknowledged the efforts made by the Government in promoting stability, and in working with the international community to address humanitarian needs and protection concerns.Mr. Holmes and Mr. Mwamba also discussed the peace process in the east of the country, insecurity caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency, and the safety of humanitarian workers.Despite the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to some areas, almost 1.9 million people remain homeless after having run away from their villages due to violence. Most of them have continuing and significant humanitarian needs, according to OCHA.Each of the three provinces Mr. Holmes will visit has been affected by complex emergencies with different root causes. “We must continue to tackle the humanitarian consequences of these crises,” said Mr. Holmes. “But the underlying issues also need to be dealt with urgently, so that transitions to development and recovery can start in earnest.” 29 April 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official today arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a five-day visit intended to highlight relief priorities and urge improved protection of civilians in the central African country where persistent conflicts have created one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies.
The Commonwealth Observer Mission’s mandate is to observe and consider all aspects of the electoral process and assess compliance with the standards for democratic elections to which Sri Lanka has committed itself. Where appropriate, the mission may also make recommendations for the future strengthening of the electoral framework.Commonwealth observer missions act impartially and independently and conduct themselves according to the standards expressed in the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory. “These are landmark elections in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province,” the Secretary-General said. “It is my hope that they will proceed peacefully and be held on a level playing field, in an environment where the electors can freely exercise their franchise,” Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said. The Commonwealth Secretary-General constituted the mission at the invitation of Sri Lanka’s Commissioner of Elections, the Commonwealth Secretariat said. Former Kenyan Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka will head a Commonwealth election observer mission for the Northern Provincial Council Elections.Others in the observer team will be the former Electoral Officer for Victoria, Australia Jenni McMullan, former Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh Dr Shamsul Huda and Examin Philbert the Secretary of the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities Saint Luci. The mission will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will in turn send it to the Government of Sri Lanka, the Office of the Commissioner of Elections, relevant Sri Lankan political parties and eventually to all Commonwealth governments.The four-member mission will be in Sri Lanka from the 14 to 28 September and be based mainly in Jaffna. A three-person team deployed from the Commonwealth Secretariat will support the mission. Martin Kasirye, Head of the Democracy Section of the Secretariat’s Political Affairs Division, will lead the support team. (Colombo Gazette)
At current extinction rates of plants and animals, the Earth is losing one major drug every two years, while less than 1 per cent of the world’s 250,000 tropical plants has been screened for potential pharmaceutical applications, according to a new United Nations publication released today.The first “World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earth’s Living Resources for the 21st Century” by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a comprehensive map-based view of global biodiversity and shows how humankind is dependent on healthy ecosystems for all its needs.The Atlas provides facts and figures on the importance of forests, wetlands, marine and coastal environments and other key ecosystems. It is the best current synthesis of the latest research and analysis by UNEP-WCMC and the conservation community worldwide – providing a comprehensive and accessible view of key global issues in biodiversity.The publication also highlights humankind’s impact on the natural world: During the past 150 years, humans have directly impacted and altered close to 47 per cent of the global land area.Under one bleak scenario, biodiversity will be threatened on almost 72 per cent of the land area by 2032. The Atlas reveals losses of biodiversity are likely to be particularly severe in Southeast Asia, the Congo basin and parts of the Amazon. As much as 48 per cent of these areas will become converted to agricultural land, plantations and urban areas, compared with 22 per cent today, suggesting wide depletions of biodiversity.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said wise use of the Earth’s natural resources was at the heart of sustainable development and a key issue for world leader’s attending the crucial World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which opens in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 26 August.”Humankind now diverts about 40 per cent of the Earth’s productivity to its own ends, much of this is being carried out in a destructive and unsustainable way,” he said. “It is vital that we reverse these unsustainable practices while at the same time taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the planet’s natural capital, its natural wealth.”
AN IRISH MAN living in Australia is receiving treatment at a Sydney hospital following a serious assault in the early hours of Monday morning.Kieran Cahill, a 26-year-old from Kerry, was attacked as he tried to intervene in a verbal altercation between a group of men and women.He had been admitted to intensive care in an intubated state but is now said to be recovering well.Police in New South Wales said the victim was “set upon” by three men out the front of a nightclub on Goulburn Street at about 1.50am on 25 February. His attackers had made “inappropriate comments” to a number of females in the vicinity and Cahill intervened, according to authorities.“He was punched in the face a number of times and knocked unconscious. One of the males then stomped on the victim’s head a number of times.”Michael Cahill, the victim’s father, told Radio Kerry today that his son is recovering from a number of surgeries.“I just received a text from him there a while ago,” he said. “He was sorry he wasn’t able to contact us. He’s been going for operations…so he couldn’t contact us.“He’s had surgery on his throat. He got a tube in this throat – his throat got stood on. He had surgery on his jaw, which was shattered in a couple of places.”Two men, aged 24 and 26, were arrested shortly after the incident but a third person evaded police.The 24-year-old has been charged with reckless grievous bodily harm in company. The 26-year-old was released without charge and police are still searching for the third suspect.Police have released an image of a person who may be able to assist with inquiries in relation to the identity of the third man. The person is described as an adult male of Pacific Islander appearance, and is thought to have been wearing a green shirt, shorts, and black shoes. Investigators would like to interview the person about the matter.Read: Irishman charged with murder of fellow Irishman in Perth
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Derek Wright has been working alongside 28 Newcastle United managers in his career and he believes Benitez is the best of them allPhysiotherapist Derek Wright has been working with Newcastle United for the last 34 years.The physio has worked alongside 28 coaches for The Magpies, and he says manager Rafael Benitez is simply incredible.“We have a manager now whose eye for detail is incredible,” Wright explained to The Times as published by The Chronicle.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The injury record since he’s been here has been phenomenal and that’s down to his meticulous planning when to use or rest players.”“At the same time, he has a depth of feeling. It means a lot. Some people have worked here who wouldn’t have a clue about tradition, about Geordie people,” he added.“I worked out recently that I’ve had 28 managers, including interims and caretakers,” Wright tried to explain.“Under Kevin, Sir Bobby, Rafa now, when the fans have that connection, it feels so powerful. Everyone has swept along.”
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JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September “We are delighted to welcome such an experienced executive to our team and with his strong background in pre-opening large scale projects, Steve will play a critical role in our success” said Richard Lam, CEO of Hoi An South Development.“Steve is a proven leader with an extensive knowledge of gaming and hospitality across many markets. His commitment to not only building the business, but also his background in contributing to the local community through leading CSR initiatives, is an important factor in his appointment. We are very confident that with Steve’s leadership, Hoiana will establish itself as one of the region’s most successful integrated resort developments.”The US$4 billion Hoiana integrated resort – a joint venture between Suncity Group, VinaCapital and VMS Investment Group – is located 30 kilometers south of Da Nang in central Vietnam. The first stage of the development comprising three luxury internationally acclaimed hotels, a casino, multiple dining options and a world class golf course is due to open in 2019.Wolstenholme, who joined Okada Manila in September 2015, holds an Executive MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and has served on numerous community and business boards and foundations around the world. Vietnam’s Hoi An South Development has announced the appointment of former Okada Manila President and Managing Director Steve Wolstenholme as Group Chief Operating Officer.Wolstenholme brings a wealth of international experience in Asia and North America to Hoiana, including senior roles as President and Chief Operating Officer for the 2,000 room Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, and Chief Operating Officer for Galaxy Macau.
Motorists faced serious delays this warning following a series of accidents as ice hit the region. A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice was in force until 10am on Monday morning. Police warned people to take extra care – and only drive if necessary – and a number of schools were also closed. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Motorists please be careful when using the roads today, road gritters have been out trying to make our roads as safe as possible, but please allow extra time and care on the roads in these icy conditions, avoid driving where possible. “There may be a number of delays and we will try to update you with any road closures, please stay safe whilst getting your cars warm & don’t leave unattended.” Last night police closed the A50 Eastbound on Sunday night following a series of accidents between Blythe Bridge and the Derbyshire border. The road was closed at Blythe Bridge – and has now reopened A diversion was in place through Tean. The M6 Southbound was also closed between Junction 15 and Junction 14 on the southbound carriageway due to an accident involving two vehicles. That accident, which happened at around 10.30pm, cleared shortly before midnight, according to traffic data company INRIX. There was also an accident on the A500. Read MoreWhat are your rights if you can’t make it into work due to the weather? Bad weather was also causing disruption on major roads in Lancashire and Greater Manchester – while Cheshire Police are asking motorists to take extra care in Chester due to ice on the roads. West Midlands Ambulance Service also urged people to take care on the roads. A spokesman said: “We could see some wintry conditions during rush hour Monday morning with the latest Met Office forecast predicting snow & ice. “Allow extra time for your commute & drive steady.” Local authorities across the area confirmed their gritters had been deployed in the early hours of the morning.Key EventsSchool closures in Stafford Borough07:38First school closure reported in Newcastle Borough07:35Stoke-on-Trent school closures07:12 07:1215:21Council announces gritters will be outStaffordshire’s gritting fleet will be on the roads tonight as temperatures are expected to fall below freezing.Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for Highways and Transport, said: “With temperatures forecast to fall below freezing overnight and the possibility of snow on higher ground in the early hours of Tuesday, our gritters will be heading out across the county this evening.“Officers will monitor the situation overnight and react accordingly to keep Staffordshire on the move, but, as always, if there is snow and ice on Tuesday morning people should take care and allow extra time for their journeys even if roads have been gritted.”11:31Roads could close again later if conditons worsen – police sayA Cheshire Police spokesman said:The Cat and Fiddle A537 and A54 crossing The Pennines to Buxton are now both open. Please still drive with care. If conditions deteriorate later then a further closure is likely.” 11:07Snow and Ice warning still in force in parts of Staffordshire MoorlandsAlthough the ice warning for most of Staffordshire is no longer in force, a second warning for snow and ice (primarily focused on Northern England) also covers Leek and surrounding areas.This warning is in force until 12pm.11:04One lane shut due to four vehicle accident on M6 in CheshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to accident, four vehicles involved on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed.11:01Four vehicle accident on M6 NorthboundA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:RTC J17-18 M6 NB 4 vehicles involved in lane 1 of the road works section.” 10:51Accident on country roadReports of accident on B5027 Uttoxeter Road near Whitehouse Lane.Outside Heath Farm, between Stone and Uttoxeter10:36Cheshire Police called to 20 accidents in last three and a half hoursA spokesman said: “Across the county this morning patrols have dealt with over 20 collisions since 7am. Most are only because of the weather conditions. Please drive with care.”10:33Latest on the A50 Very slow traffic due to earlier accident, two vehicles involved on A50 Westbound between A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot) and B5029 Grindley Lane (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge), congestion to Creswell Road and on A50 to A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 45 minutes.A van had collided with the central reservation. Icy conditions not helping the road. 10:27City Council assures commuters they DID they send out grittersIce and snow caused delays across Stoke-on-Trent this morning. More here.Gritters have been deployed throughout the region10:24Bin collections might be delayed – City Council sayStoke-on-Trent City Council say bin collections in the city may be delayed today.A spokesman said:Due to the weather, there may be a delay in bin collections today. Our crews are out and about so we ask that you leave your bins out so that the teams can collection them when they do get to you.” 10:08County Council say gritters will be out throughout the morningHelen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: “Gritters were out overnight and then stood to again this morning to continue gritting as necessary.“In the north of the county our fleet covered the main routes overnight and then went out again at 5am this morning. They will be reloading and then going out again for a third time this morning to cover some of the other routes.“We also have teams out gritting footpaths in Leek, Cheadle, Biddulph and Blyth Bridge.”10:04A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle reopenedThe Cat and Fiddle and A54 have now reopened, Cheshire East Council have confirmed.10:03Weather warning no longer in forceA Yellow Weather Warning for ice, issued by the Met Office yesterday afternoon, expired at 10am this morning.10:00Delays continue on A50 after van involved in accident09:54Recycling centres opening lateA Staffordshire County Council spokesman said: Home Waste and Recycling Centres – some of these are late opening this morning due to the snowfall last night. The sites are all being made safe as quickly as possible by the site staff, and will be opening as soon as it is safe to do so.” 09:41Road closed due to accident in TunstallVery slow traffic and road closed due to accident on Hollywall Lane in both directions at Burnaby Road.This is not helped by the icy road conditions.09:30Council say they were gritting last nightA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said the council’s gritters were deployed last night.He said: “Hi everyone, we can assure you that our gritting teams having been out gritting yesterday, last night and again this morning. It is important to note that grit does not melt snow and needs traffic in order to have maximum effectiveness.”09:12Vehicle leaves carriageway after accident on M6 One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed after a vehicle left the motorway. 09:03Nine miles of traffic after accident on A5009:03Latest from police08:55Accidents on M6 near Stafford clearedThe two earlier accidents on the M6 near Stafford have now cleared.08:50School closure in Uttoxeter Loxley Hall School, Loxley, Uttoxeter is shut 08:48Severe delays on A50 WestboundA Highways England spokesman said:There are severe delays on the A50 westbound in Staffordshire due to a traffic collision between the junctions for the A522 (Uttoxeter) and the A521 (Cheadle). One lane is closed, however this is causing delays of over 90 (ninety) minutes. Staffordshire Police are on scene.Road users are advised to allow additional travel time this morning if using this route, and to consider alternative routes where possible.” 08:47Slow traffic on A34 in StoneSlow traffic on A34 The Fillybrooks Southbound at A520 Stafford Road / B5026 Eccleshall Road (Walton Shell roundabout). 08:44Heavy traffic on A523 at Bosley Crossroads Heavy traffic on A523 at A54 (Bosley Crossroads).Due to the closure of A54 because of snow.08:39Slow traffic on A53 between Leek and Stoke-on-TrentSlow traffic on A53 Leek Road Westbound between B5051 Clay Lake / Hillswood Drive (Endon) and A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge, Stoke-On-Trent).Icy conditions on this stretch between Leek and Stoke-on-Trent08:37Traffic jams across cityWe have received comments on slow traffic and roads at a virtual standstill from across the area today.08:37Met Office weather warning in force until 10amThe Yellow Weather Warning for ice states:Icy patches are expected to form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths on Sunday night and Monday morning. This is likely to lead to some injuries from slips and falls.” 08:31Latest update on road closures in Cheshire EastA Cheshire East Highways spokesman said: “The following roads remain closed due to snow and icy conditions in Cheshire Easdy: B5470 Whaley Bridge A537 Cat & Fiddle A54 Wildboarclough We’ll update when roads are safe to reopen. Our gritters & snow ploughs are continuing to treat priority routes. Please take care.”08:27Traffic on A53Traffic is queuing at the junction of Baddeley Green Lane and Leek New Road.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Reports have come in that more arrests have been made on the N3, mainly at marker board 55.It is believed that some truck drivers have locked their trucks and fled, and that trucks are being moved by breakdown services.Read initial story: Warning: Protest action on the N3 at Van Reenen’s PassAlso read: Watch: Truck drivers protest on N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass (KZN)Read also: Must See: Van Reenen’s Pass is closed due to truck protest on the N3Also read: Watch: Member of Parliament on scene at truck drivers’ protest on N3, Van Reenen Read also: Update: Minister condemns the blocking of the N3 at Van ReenenThe N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass is still blocked and motorists are urged to delay their trips or use alternate routes.Alternate routes are as follows:R74 – via Oliviershoek PassR34/N11 – Vrede/Newcastle/LadysmithR23 – via Heidelberg/Standerton/Volksrust/LadysmithLaw enforcement officers and emergency services have been deployed to the area.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Posted by Virtuoso Incubator chooses Explor VR platform for 2017 tech program Share << Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, has chosen Explor VR, Travelweek’s virtual reality platform that launched nationwide in Canada last fall, as one of the emerging travel technology companies participating in its innovative Virtuoso Incubator program for 2017.The program aims to foster new technology and provide efficiencies that will ultimately help its travel agency members maintain a competitive edge. Hundreds of companies within the rapidly growing travel technology sector applied for the program. Only three, including Xplr VR, were selected for early admission.“We selected Explor VR for Virtuoso Incubator because its solution aligns with our goal of fostering emerging technologies that are focused on increasing efficiency and enhancing client service for travel advisors,” said David Kolner, senior vice president, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso. “From the outset, Explor VR has curated its content and platform so that advisors can convert quality leads and offer an experience to travellers like never before. Virtuoso wanted to offer our members a chance to pilot this kind of technology, giving them the opportunity to be among the earliest adopters of virtual reality in the industry.”More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoExplor VR is the world’s only virtual reality app designed specifically for travel agents. It has curated a collection of virtual reality experiences based on what travel agents sell most, so that they can use the technology to showcase destinations and travel products to their clients in a fun and interactive way. The app is free for agents, with only a nominal investment required for an affordable headset.The app’s admission into the Virtuoso Incubator program demonstrates the mass-market interest in cutting-edge VR technology, and how it applies to the travel industry specifically. Since its launch, travel agents have been eager to embrace the new technology, which they say gives them a competitive edge over online OTA’s when engaging with clients.“The future of travel industry marketing is with virtual reality,” Kolner said. “The sensory experience of virtual reality can make the travel discovery process immersive, productive and fun. Explor VR is bringing visual marketing to the eyes of prospective travellers and then placing the traveler in the hands of expert Virtuoso advisors. It is this perfect union of human connection and technology that we wanted to pilot with our travel advisor members.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemThrough its Incubator program, Virtuoso is leading the charge in improving the customer experience by attracting technology solutions to the travel industry. Participating companies benefit from the guidance of the Virtuoso travel consultant-based Advisory Panel, which tests the product, provides real-world feedback and allows the company to continue iterating its product to better meet the needs of travel agencies, advisors and clients.On being selected for the program, Devin Kinasz, President of Explor VR and Director of Digital Strategy at Travelweek, said: “We are excited Virtuoso is so supportive of this great new technology for travel agents and look forward to engaging with their agents and suppliers, who will undoubtedly have valuable insight. We see great potential for virtual reality in the luxury market, which has some fabulous, out-of-this-world products that consumers will definitely want to see in virtual reality, as well as reality.”For more information, go to virtuoso.com/incubator or explorvr.com/. Friday, February 3, 2017 Tags: Explor VR, Technology, Virtual Reality, Virtuoso, Xplr VR Travelweek Group
U.S. blueberry industry could see dynamic processe … AUS: Govt to penalize welfare recipients who turn … NZ: ‘No evidence of breeding population’, says Fru … August 09 , 2019 The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has drafted two pest risk assessments – one of Brazilian Hass avocados and the other of Argentine kiwifruit.The drafts come in response to the Latin American countries’ requests to authorize the importation of the fresh fruits into the U.S. There, the products will be meant for consumption, says the USDA.Additionally, Brazil also aims to export its Hass avocados to other regions including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.The pest risk assessments list potential pests likely to remain on the avocados and kiwifruit upon importation if receivers don’t apply mitigations. As with all such assessments, APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments to determine whether stakeholders have feedback to share.Depending on the comments it receives, the service says it’s possible that it will revise the draft assessments. This way, the drafts could reflect any important information in its pest mitigations.From there, the APHIS will proceed with the commodity import approval process, it notes.The drafted pest risk assessments of the fruits will be available for review and comment for 30 days.To view the assessment or submit comments, go to https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import-information/commodity-import-approval-process/stakeholder-consultation U.S.: Washington’s apple crop to rise by 18% … You might also be interested in
A toilet that generates electricity from urine developed by a UK-based Cypriot professor has been promoted with big success at this year’s Glastonbury festival and the ‘pee power’ toilets are at present being installed at a school in Uganda.Ioannis Ieropoulos and his team hope the technology can be used by aid agencies in disaster zones to supply much-needed “urine-tricity” to refugee camps and it will be able to improve the lives of many people in camps and poor and developing countries where electricity and basic hygiene are a luxury.“It was extremely important for myself and my team that we were able to transfer our technology outside the lab and make it accessible to the public,” the professor said. “We wanted to explain to them how the use of technology to generate energy from organic waste can be widely used in various sectors.”Work by the Bristol BioEnergy Centre hit the headlines in 2013 when the team demonstrated that electricity generated by microbial fuel cell stacks could power a mobile phone and turn on the lights of a home.The microbial fuel cells work by employing live microbes which feed on urine for their own growth and maintenance. The technology that converts the urine into power sits underneath the urinal and can be viewed through a clear screen.At this year’s festival, the team placed toilets that could serve 40 people at a time, the largest public urinals they have ever built, following the signing of an agreement between the University of West England in Bristol where Ieropoulos is based and the festival’s organisers in May.At peak times, the urinals set up by Ieropoulos’ team collected up to 1,000 litres of urine which was converted into energy using microbial fuel cells.The pee power project, the result of a partnership between researchers at UWE and Oxfam, has been presented at the festival for the past two years, but this is the first time it is being promoted to this extent with big screens informing visitors about the project.While a team of scientists and volunteers explained to the visiting public what can be achieved with the technology another team provided energy for charging mobile phones on the spot.The scientists are in the process of installing the toilets at a Ugandan school and results are expected soon.The BioEnergy centre where they conduct their research is known to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and innovative robotics laboratories.Ieropoulos’ grant income in recent years has come to over £2m and his work has resulted in over 40 peer reviewed publications. He has been invited to author at least four chapters in leading book series, such as Applications of Electrochemistry in Biology and Medicine, Artificial Life Models in Hardware and Living Machines, and has also been invited to present at international conferences, such as CIMTEC’12 and DSTL SOAR Meetings.The huge Glastonbury music festival has tens of thousands of visitors every year and is an attraction for people all over the world. It receives extensive television and newspaper coverage.Each year, leading pop and rock artists perform, and the event raises millions of pounds for charity organisations. It is estimated that last year 135,000 people visited. It has not yet been announced how many visited this year.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
NGOs, organisations, trade unions and municipalities in Cyprus rallied on Tuesday to aid Greece, where at least 60 people have died in devastating wildfires.Cyprus was also likely to join in the three-days of mourning set by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras by flying Greek flags at half-mast, according by the Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEV).The office of the volunteer commissioner said in a statement that in co-operation with the ministry of foreign affairs and Greek authorities, they expected to be told what would be needed for immediate support for the affected Greeks.Organisations such as the Cyprus association for famine relief, Disy’s youth wing Nedisy and Apoel football club were among the first to announce they would be collecting donations. Others followed including the municipality of Lakatamia in Nicosia, which is working with the Greek embassy to organise a collection of essential items.The municipality of Ayios Athanasios in Limassol asked residents to assist and support the effort made in collaboration with the social grocery in the area, requesting food and clothing. The collection there will go on until Friday from 7am to 5pm at the Ayios Athanasios kindergarten, Tel: 25-724176.“The list of needs includes clothes, canned meat, fish, tomato juice for pasta, cereals, biscuits, toasted bread, olive oil, frying oil, rice, pasta, legumes, flour, sugar, home cleaners, personal hygiene, foods,” it said.Teachers unions Oelmek, Poed and Oltek asked teachers and the public to help out financially. The money will go to children in affected areas through the Greek authorities.For that, contributions can be made directly to the following accounts:357028779351 Poed at Bank of Cyprus050-104000001-4 Poed at the Cyprus Cooperative Bank050-4093686-1 Oelmek at Cyprus Co-operative BankThe Green Party also called for clothing, bedding, infant and baby food, nappies and tissues.The collection will take place in Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos and Famagusta from 9am to 8pm Wednesday and Thursday. http://cyprusgreens.org/You May LikeZooCan you identify all this North American wildlife?ZooUndoKitchen SinkShroomThis Award-Winning Sink Strainer Has Anti-Clogging Technology Built InKitchen SinkShroomUndoTymOut8 Signs Your Cholesterol Levels Are Too High!TymOutUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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