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ICC Champions Trophy: I don’t know why we call South Africans big players, questions Harbhajan Singh

first_imgSouth Africa once again suffered a shock exit in an ICC tournament when they lost to defending champions India in a must-win game at the Champions Trophy. Put into bat first, South Africa were bundled out for 191 thanks to some brilliant bowling performance by the Indian bowlers. In reply, India rode of twin fifties by Shikhar Dhawan (78) and captain Virat Kohli (76 not out) to confirm India’s place in the semi-finals.Spin ace Harbhajan Singh, who is one of the ICC brand ambassadors for the Champions Trophy added salt to their wounds questioning if some of their star players deserved to be called big players.”I don’t know how we can call them big players. You are not big players if you can’t win big tournaments. I think we should all ask ourselves if we use the big players’ tag very loosely,” Harbhajan told India Today.South Africa were off to a cautious but solid start before twin run outs of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis turned the game on its head. India bowlers then kept the run-scoring under control. Their loss to India also had all the makings of a team unable to deal with pressure.”I don’t feel like saying this being a cricketer myself. But after seeing their show I am convinced by what has been said in the media all this while that they choke in big games. India have handed over the chokers medal to South Africa which they can take back home,” he quipped.advertisementlast_img read more

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UTech Students’ Union Stages Annual Tag Drive

first_imgStory Highlights This year’s beneficiaries are the Musgrave Girls’ Home, the Walker’s Place of Safety, the Marie Atkins Centre and the Union’s ‘Teach the Youth’ student-administered summer community programme. The Students’ Union of the University of Technology (UTech) is continuing its fight against violence through its annual fundraising Tag Drive, which is being held this year under the theme ‘Keep the Peace, Save our Streets’.Dubbed ‘a special campaign seeking to stop violence against women’, the Tag Drive, now in its 52nd year, is set to take the message across Jamaica, while collecting funds to benefit a number of charities.This year’s beneficiaries are the Musgrave Girls’ Home, the Walker’s Place of Safety, the Marie Atkins Centre and the Union’s ‘Teach the Youth’ student-administered summer community programme.Speaking to JIS News, Director of Community Services, Jerome Clarke, noted that this year’s focus is a continuation of the 2016/17 theme, ‘Cease the Silence, End the Violence’.Explaining the choice of beneficiaries, Mr. Clarke noted that the Musgrave Girls’ Home, which houses girls who have suffered abuse, aligns with this year’s theme.He explained that the assistance to the Walker’s Place of Safety began late last year when the Students’ Union hosted a treat for the wards prior to the fire that gutted the home in January. He pointed out that the students wanted to help in a tangible way, earmarking some of this year’s collections for the State-run institution.The Students’ Union, he said, is driven to have meaningful participation in community initiatives and will, this year, channel some of the funds raised into its own Teach the Youth three-week summer programme, administered and taught by UTech students in communities in close vicinity to the Papine area where the university is located.“We realise how impactful the programme has been on a number of students from these communities. There are a number of students from the programme now coming to UTech, actually being in the Union and participating in activities. So, we decided that we would put more money into Teach the Youth and try to get it bigger and better – perhaps we can go more weeks or expand the curriculum,” Mr. Clarke explained.Psychology lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, Henry Lewis, who was the guest speaker at the Tag Drive launch, commended the students for the stance taken and encouraged them to transform the initiative into a sustained campaign.“It will involve advocacy, and this is what the Union wants to become – a union that… makes an impact,” he implored.Mr. Clarke, who is an executive life coach and training consultant, said that fighting for the rights of women and children is a worthy cause.He informed that studies show that globally, one in five women and girls under the age of 50 have reported experiencing physical and sexual violence from an intimate partner within a 12-month period.The figure is higher in the Caribbean, with 21 per cent women and girls, aged 15 and 40, reporting having experienced physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner within the first 12 months of the relationship.“Preventing violence against women requires all of us working together. We must increase advocacy and awareness. We must strengthen the partnership across the counties, across universities.We must empower women and girls to speak up for themselves,” Mr. Smith said.The Tag Drive week of activities includes a Corporate Drive on Friday (February 23), where students will be travelling on buses throughout the Corporate Area to solicit funds.On Saturday (February 24), the team will embark on the Rural Drive across Jamaica. Persons wishing to make a contribution may contact the Students Union at UTech. Speaking to JIS News, Director of Community Services, Jerome Clarke, noted that this year’s focus is a continuation of the 2016/17 theme, ‘Cease the Silence, End the Violence’. The Students’ Union of the University of Technology (UTech) is continuing its fight against violence through its annual fundraising Tag Drive, which is being held this year under the theme ‘Keep the Peace, Save our Streets’.last_img read more

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Beating the odds one nail at a time

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt doesn’t have reserve status so government funding is limited.It doesn’t have many of the things that most Canadians take for granted.But this small Anishinabe community in Quebec is getting some help.Two years ago, the community renovated three houses.It may sound insignificant, but it meant everything.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was recently in the community and files this report.last_img

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Govt to set up West Bengal Film Academy

first_imgKolkata: The state government has set up West Bengal Film Academy (WBFA) to ensure an overall development and promotion of the film sector in the state.It may be mentioned that a notification has been issued, announcing the setting up of WBFA. There are a total of 23 members in it, with Aroop Biswas, the state Youth Services and Sports minister, as its chairman.The members of WBFA include personalities from the film industry, representatives of different associations, senior officials of the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, etc. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDirector Goutam Ghosh, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, MP and actor Dipak Adhikari, MP Satabdi Roy, director Shoojit Sircar, Srikanta Mohta and many others from the film industry are in WBFA. Moreover, the presidents of the bodies, including Federation of Cine Technician and Workers of Eastern India and Eastern India Motion Pictures Association, are also its members. Among state government officials, Principal Secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs department, Finance Secretary, Director of Films, Director and CEO of Roopkala Kendra and managing director of West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, are also members of WBFA. The CEO of Nandan and Director of Kolkata International Film Festival is the member-secretary and its convener. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated that the step to set up WBFA has been taken to encourage and promote development of films and to act as an “umbrella body” for all issues related to the film industry. With setting up of the same, stress will be given on the development of infrastructure needed for the industry.Moreover, it will also ensure creation of employment opportunities in the sector and at the same time, the body can also give advice on various ongoing issues, to sort out the problems faced by producers, distributors and exhibitors. The body can also extend necessary help in connection with the ongoing schemes such as group mediclaim policies, accident insurance schemes for the cine and television artistes and workers in the studios.Members of WBFA will also seek to ensure further development of Roopkala Kendra, West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, Cinema Centenary Building and other related institutions.last_img read more

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How a Green Thumb Is Helping This Entrepreneur Earn Greenbacks

first_img Not long after planting her first vegetable garden, Kristee Rosendahl realized she was spending most of her time indoors researching gardening topics, not actually digging in the dirt. “I had a stack of gardening books a mile high, but it wasn’t helping me figure out what was best for my garden,” she recalls. Her need for a hyperlocal resource led Rosendahl, a user-experience designer at Apple, to develop Smart Gardener, an online tool for planning and managing one’s vegetable patch. Users enter their ZIP code, garden size and household size, and the program aggregates historical weather statistics from a national database to make recommendations for the best vegetables for the climate and when to plant. It also provides a week-to-week guide for maintaining one’s garden through the growing season. For example, gardeners who want to plant tomatoes will receive recommendations about which varieties will produce the best results in their area; data can be narrowed further, limiting suggestions to, say, heirloom varieties or those that perform well in containers or partial shade.After testing the program in her garden in Sonoma County, Calif., Rosendahl recognized its potential as a business. “There was so much buzz about sustainability and local food systems, and technology was getting much more sophisticated,” she explains. She decided to release Smart Gardener as a free service. Her hope? To build a robust audience as proof of concept, then figure out how to monetize. Since she launched in 2012, more than 250,000 people have created accounts at smartgardener.com, making it the leading U.S. gardening website. Armed with that user base, Rosendahl has introduced small add-ons and apps, ranging in price from $0.99 to $4.99, that include a guide to growing berries and a harvest calculator. The site has also partnered with seed companies and retailers, including Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, to generate revenue from affiliate e-commerce sales. Although she declined to disclose revenue, Rosendahl estimates that 25 percent of users purchase add-ons or products from Smart Gardener’s partners.Smart Garden PlanImage credit: www.smartgardener.comLast year Rosendahl created a B2B product, Smart Backyard, designed to help landscapers use the technology to help with garden planning and maintenance and improve customer communication. For example, after a landscaper has completed a list of recommended chores, an auto-generated newsletter is emailed to clients. With demand for Smart Gardener and Smart Backyard continuing to grow, Rosendahl believes she can expand her empire beyond the garden in the coming years. Among her plans are complementary services such as Smart Chickens, Smart Beekeeping and Smart Orchardist. “We want to be part of the whole smart-home movement,” she says. “Smart Gardener is the first step.” 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 9, 2015 This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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