World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournament

first_imgThe maiden edition of the highly-anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) is all set to start with the inaugural Ashes Test between England and Australia starting from August 1 in Birmingham. The 2-Test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand starting from August 14 will also be played in the WTC fold with India’s tour to the Caribbean following next.In this explainer, we will take you through everything that you wanted to know about the World Test Championship – from its rules, teams, rankings, fixtures and the whether the winner will be decided by a Super Over or not! Read on:What is the World Test Championship and why do we need it?The World Test Championship is the latest in a series of efforts from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide more context to Test cricket. While earlier, Test rankings at the end of every season decided who would hold the Test Championship mace, the WTC promises to change all that with teams fighting it out in a 2-year-long tournament rather than just depending on the rankings to decide the winner in the sport’s oldest and most coveted format. With every Test being played under the WTC fold counting towards an overall points table, the general lack of interest in dead rubbers at the end of a series is also set to decline sharply.Are all Test-playing teams playing the World Test Championship?Simple answer, no. As you must be aware, Zimbabwe is no more allowed to feature in ICC tournaments, although they weren’t in the scheme of things anyway when ICC designed the tournament. Apart from Zimbabwe, Test cricket’s 2 newest entrants Afghanistan and Ireland will also not be involved in the inaugural edition of the WTC. Essentially it would mean that the top nine-ranked Test nations – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – will be part of the 1st World Test Championship.advertisementOkay. But how will the winner be decided? Will a Super Over come into play?For every match played under the WTC, a certain number of points will be up for grabs and the top 2 teams with the most points at the end of the 2-year cycle will play the final at Lord’s in June 2021 to decide the winner. If the final is tied or drawn, the team which topped the points table at the end of the league stage will be declared the winner. However, the ICC rules haven’t made it clear what would happen if both the teams are tied on points as well. A Super Over? Probably not. However, things might get clearer in the coming days once ICC clarifies the rules.Will every Test played from August 1, 2019 be part of the World Test Championship?No. The Tests played by WTC nations against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland will not be part of the WTC cycle but will still be relevant for the ICC Test Rankings. Marquee series like The Ashes and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be part of the WTC.But will the 9 teams play each other during the World Test Championship?Again, no. All 9 teams are scheduled to play a total of 6 Test series (3 Home, 3 Away) under the WTC fold meaning that no team will be able to play the rest others in the 2-year cycle.This could mean that teams will end up playing an unequal number of matches…Yes, but the ICC has tried to balance this by making a total of 120 Championship points being available for every series irrespective of its length.This points system is confusing me. Could you explain more?As explained in the table below, each Test series will have 120 Championship points up for grabs. The number of points for each Test will be equal to 120 divided by the total number of matches in the series. For example, a win in either of the Tests of the 2-Test series between West Indies and India in August 2019 will award the winner 60 points but the corresponding award for winning an Ashes Test will be 24 points (details below).If the match is a draw, both the teams will get only one-third of the points available for the match, thus incentivizing teams to go for an outright result rather than trying to secure a draw.Points Distribution of World Test Championship explained:Matches in SeriesPoints for WinPoints for a TiePoints for a DrawPoints for a Loss260302003402013.30430151005241280Is this a good system?At least it’s a start in the right direction. The system is not without its fallacies. For one, it doesn’t give any extra weight to away wins and if a team plays more Tests at home, winning most of them, it could still end up ranking higher than a team which has more away wins in tough conditions but playing a lesser number of matches.advertisementAlso, there are chances that a series of lesser number of Tests (2-3) could be more rewarding than a grueling 5-Test series like The Ashes. Given, this is the maiden edition of the World Test Championship, further changes in the system could be arrived at in the future as the ICC keeps learning from the outcomes.Here is a list of complete fixtures of the World Test Championship in the 2019-21 cycle:IndiaJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v West Indies (A)October-November 2019: 3 Tests v South Africa (H)November 2019: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (H)February 2020: 2 Tests v New Zealand (A)December 2020: 4 Tests v Australia (A)January-February 2021: 5 Tests v England (H)EnglandJuly-August 2019: 5 Tests v Australia (H)December 2019-January 2020: 4 Tests v South Africa (A)March 2020: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (A)June-July 2020: 3 Tests v West Indies (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v Pakistan (H)January-February 2021: 5 Tests v India (A)AustraliaJuly-August-September 2019: 5 Tests v England (A)November 2019: 2 Tests v Pakistan (H)December 2019-January 2020: 3 Tests v New Zealand (H)February 2020: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (A)November-December 2020: 4 Tests v India (H)February-March 2021: 3 Tests v South Africa (A)South AfricaOctober 2019: 3 Tests v India (A)December 2019-January 2020: 4 Tests v England (H)July-August 2020: 2 Tests v West Indies (A)January 2021: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (H)January-February 2021: 2 Tests v Pakistan (A)February-March 2021: 3 Tests v Australia (H)New ZealandJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (A)December 2019-January 2020: 3 Tests v Australia (A)February 2020: 2 Tests v India (H)August-September 2020: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (A)November-December 2020: 3 Tests v West Indies (H)December 2020: 2 Tests v Pakistan (H)Sri LankaJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v New Zealand (H)October 2019: 2 Tests v Pakistan (A)March-April 2020: 2 Tests v England (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v Bangladesh (H)January 2021: 2 Tests v South Africa (A)February-March 2021: 2 Tests v West Indies (A)PakistanOctober 2019: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (H)November-December 2019: 2 Tests v Australia (A)January-February 2020: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v England (A)December 2020: 2 Tests v New Zealand (A)January-February 2021: 2 Tests v South Africa (H)BangladeshNovember 2019: 3 Tests v India (A)January-February 2020: 2 Tests v Pakistan (A)February 2020: 2 Tests v Australia (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v Sri Lanka (A)August-September 2020: 2 Tests v New Zealand (H)January-February 2021: 3 Tests v Windies (H)West IndiesJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v India (H)June-July 2020: 3 Tests v England (A)July-August 2020: 2 Tests v South Africa (H)November-December 2020: 3 Tests v New Zealand (A)January-February 2021: 3 Tests v Bangladesh (A)February-March 2021: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (H)Also Read | Sourav Ganguly surprised by absence of Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane in ODI squad for West Indies tourAlso Read | Joe Root wants England to ride on World Cup win for Ashes gloryAlso See:last_img read more

Province HRM Police Discuss Violence

first_imgMunicipal and policing partners in Halifax met with Ross Landry, Minister of Justice, on Wednesday, June 8, to again focus on enhancing public safety after recent incidents of violence and firearms use. This is the second meeting this spring that Mr. Landry has had with Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley, RCMP Supt. Brian Brennan, Criminal Operations Officer, Supt. Darrell Beaton, Halifax district detachment of the RCMP, and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly, on the topic. “Escalating violence and use of guns on the streets concerns us all and that’s why we continue to meet to discuss these issues,” said Mr. Landry. “I have been assured that all steps are being taken by HRP and the RCMP to tackle this serious problem and remove guns from our streets.” Mayor Kelly noted that recent opinion polls show most HRM residents feel they live in a safe community. “Residents have confidence that the police are protecting them and keeping our streets secure,” Mayor Kelly said. “For their part, police continue to adapt successful existing techniques and introduce imaginative new initiatives in their crime-fighting efforts.” The mayor added that police cannot do the job alone. The co-operation of citizens with information about crimes, violent or otherwise, is vital. Policing partners are working collaboratively to investigate fully every incident and to develop a strategy to get guns off the streets. “Public safety remains our main priority and that is why we continue to implement our crime reduction strategy,” said Supt. Beaton. “The efforts of specialized units like the quick response and street crime teams are helping to bring those responsible for violent crime to justice and shut down their activity.” The strategy involves short- and long-term measures to identify the root causes of violence to help develop a solution to enhance public safety. “The HRM Public Safety Office is implementing its public safety strategic plan, which is a holistic approach designed to address the root causes of crime,” said Chief Beazley. “It brings together different levels of government and the many social agencies that all have a role to play in public safety in HRM.” The strategy includes community meetings to help build awareness and encourage residents to be part of the solution. Mr. Landry has offered additional provincial resources, if required. Mr. Landry and Mayor Kelly will continue to meet on the issue.last_img read more

Alberta boy 9 surprised with ice cream truck to help him raise

first_imgCALGARY – A Grande Prairie boy continued his fundraising success in Calgary with a little bit of a helping hand.Nine-year-old Haylen Astalos has been raising money for the Ronald McDonald House from selling ice cream and today was surprised with a McFlurry food truck for assistance after reaching his $10,000 goal.Come get a McFlurry from Haylen at Sandy Beach Park in CALGARY— Haylen’s Shop (@HaylensShop) August 18, 2019And Haylen says the ice cream truck is a big change from his usual little stand.“I’ve never sold McFlurries before. What I usually do is I have my little freezer beside me and then my stand and I have all the ice cream in there,” explained Haylen, who said he started with a $1,000 goal, but that quickly jumped to his next goal of $12,023.“One day I went up to my mom and I asked her, ‘Can we build an ice cream stand? I want to earn money.’ And she asked, ‘What for?’ and I said, ‘I want to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House,’” he explained.“I want to help kids out there and let them still be close to their family.”Haylen Astalos, 9, has been raising money for the Ronald Mcdonald House from selling ice cream. This photo was shared on Haylen’s Twitter account, celebrating the last four years of fundraising. Over the last four years, he’s raised more than $30,000 for the charity. (CREDIT: @HaylensShop on Twitter)Over the last few years, Haylen has raised more than $30,000 for the charity.“[The money] goes to food and baking and helping people stay in their rooms longer and stuff.”And according to the fundraising champion’s mom, Tabitha, nothing will slow her son down.“He says he wants to help all the sick kids in the world,” smiled Tabitha.“We did not think he would keep going after he reached his first goal. He just keeps saying he has to keep going and set a higher and higher goal each time.”Tabitha said his last goal took a while to reach and she thought after meeting the $10,005 goal he would take a break from raising money, but that was not the case.“He came to me and said, ‘Mom, we’re going, we’re doing this and my new goal is $12,023.’ And I said, ‘Let’s go!’”She said she is so proud of her son and it’s hard to put into words.-with files from Derek Brade, CityNewslast_img read more

10 Things to Know Before Shooting Your Microbudget Part 1 Budgeting and

first_img Twitter Harrill kicked off his workshop with a central idea that many of us have heard before: the most important thing you can do to get attention and position yourself in the marketplace is to make a unique film. However, his approach to figuring out that unique element entertains a different kind of question. He encourages filmmakers to look at what’s out there and see what you think other movies are doing wrong—and then use that as a launchpad to get your story right. Here is the first of our two-part series on how to successfully plan a microbudget feature.Microbudget filmmaking is almost like the premise of a reality show: how do you make your vision come alive on the screen while spending the least possible amount of money? Even if you have the best screenplay since Manchester By the Sea, there is a veritable “Ultimate Beastmaster” set of obstacles between you and a finished product.One of the best tools in your kit for overcoming those obstacles is knowing the right questions to ask early on that can help you save time, money and headaches in the long run. In a daylong microbudget filmmaking seminar at New York’s IFP Made in NY Media Center, Paul Harrill of Self-Reliant Film laid out several questions that you will want to answer during development and pre-production.Below are the first five of 10 crucial microbudget queries that we’ll publish this week:1. What do you think other movies get wrong? Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

False claims used to obtain asylum

The Ministry of Defence says several people in the north have managed to obtain forged documents with the assistance of public representatives indicating that they have undergone abuse and assault and need asylum overseas.According to the Ministry of Defence one incident which has come to light involves a businessman in Jaffna who has pleaded with the Jaffna Mayor to provide him with a letter saying his that his children who are overseas faced harassment at the hands of the security forces in Sri Lanka. “It was also revealed that the children (of the businessman) who are overseas have sought expert advices from an Attorney in that country in order to obtain an extension to their stay in overseas, where the attorney had advised that it is achievable by means of providing a written submission indicating that they face life threats from the Sri Lankan Security Forces,” the Defence Ministry said. However the Defence Ministry claims that the businessman, like many others, make false claims that they are being abused by the Security Forces simply to obtain visas in western countries. The businessman revealed that the procedure is a popular practice followed by many asylum seekers in Jaffna in order to reach western shores, the Defence Ministry said.The businessman also added that a similar letter had been already obtained by him for the same purpose from one of the District officers (Grama-Sewaka Niladari) in Jaffna. read more

Navy rescues more Myanmar boatpeople

“Four people required medical attention and are out of danger,” the navy official, who asked not to be named, said. “They will reach shore by tomorrow (Sunday).” Four of the rescued passengers required treatment for dehydration and they were being brought to the southern port of Galle, he said. It is the second time in less than two weeks the navy has gone to help a crippled foreign boat.On February 3, the navy rescued 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals from a sinking boat. One of the passengers in that boat had died before help reached. Sri Lanka’s navy on Saturday rescued 38 Myanmar nationals who were drifting off the island’s east coast, the second batch of boatpeople to be saved in as many weeks, officials said.Sri Lankan naval craft responding to a distress call plucked the 38 people from a rickety boat drifting about 250 miles (400 kilometres) off the east coast, a navy official said. Officials said it was unclear if those identified as Myanmar nationals were Rohingya — members of a stateless Muslim minority described by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted groups — who had fled Myanmar.An explosion of tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine since June 2012 has triggered a seaborne exodus of Rohingya.Thailand’s navy blocked more than 200 Rohingya boatpeople from entering the kingdom late last month as part of a new policy under which they will be given food and water but barred from landing if their boat is seaworthy. (AFP) read more

Court reissues summons on President and Prime Minister

The court re-issued summons on President and Prime Minister to appear in court on June 24. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo High Court has re-issued summons on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in relation to the case involving former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake.Attanayake had been accused of presenting a forged document at the last Presidential election claiming it was part of an agreement reached between the President and Prime Minister. The President and Prime Minister were expected in court today. However they had informed court of their unavailability to appear in court today and so a fresh date was issued.

Rising tide of electronic waste prompts warning from UN official as conference

In a speech in Nairobi to the opening of a week-long conference on the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said the products being discarded carry a wide range of dangerous pollutants, from heavy metals to chlorine compounds.“Unless we get to grips with this, we are always going to be like the proverbial dog chasing its tail,” Mr. Steiner said, adding that much of the material being dumped originates in affluent nations and then ends up in rubbish tips or landfill sites in the developing world.He cited a recent article which showed that at least 100,000 computers are arriving in the port of Lagos, the Nigerian commercial capital, every month.“If these were good quality, second-hand pieces of equipment, this would perhaps be a positive trade of importance for development,” he said. “But local experts estimate between a quarter to 75 per cent of these items… are defunct.”The conference will hold a forum on Thursday examining electronic waste – also known as E-waste – as statistics indicate that about 20 to 50 million metric tones of the rubbish, or 5 per cent of all municipal solid waste, are generated every year around the world.In the United States alone, an estimated 14 to 20 million personal computers are thrown out each year, while developing nations are expected to triple their output of all electronic waste by 2010.Calling for progress on recycling projects and “take-back schemes,” Mr. Steiner welcomed the emergence of public-private partnerships, such as one where mobile phone companies are refurbishing old phones and selling them to developing countries with guarantees and at reasonable prices.“These kinds of partnerships are important steps forward. But we know there is a lot more than needs to be done.”Some 120 governments are participants in the week-long conference, which is the eighth of its kind to deal with the Basel Convention. read more

In Tech Facebook photos Amazon ereader Sony phone and an upcoming NFL

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2015 10:13 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 1:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In Tech: Facebook photos, Amazon e-reader, Sony phone and an upcoming NFL game on Yahoo FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during a panel session of the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland. Mayer believes a deal to stream an NFL game live could turn into a defining moment for the Internet company. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, File) Facebook’s latest app promises to help you organize photos on your phone and share them with friends privately.The new app, Moments, uses facial-recognition technology to group photos based on who’s in them. This is the same technology that Facebook already uses to tag your friends on the site. Google and other companies are also using facial recognition and other forms of artificial intelligence to help sort the hundreds, if not thousands of photos most of us tend to amass on our phones. Facebook’s new app comes just weeks after Google launched its own service for organizing all the photos that collect on phones.Moments lets you send photos to your friends privately, while the main Facebook app is mostly about sharing photos more broadly.CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page this week that the app will let friends pass along photos of you they have hidden in their camera rolls. He sees the technology going much further, though.“Now imagine a system that can identify words on a screen for a blind person and read them aloud, help an autistic child to decipher facial expressions, or identify street signs in one language and instantly translate them to another,” he wrote.Moments is available on iOS and Android devices in the U.S., with more countries to come.Moments is the latest stand-alone app from Facebook, joining Messenger and lesser-known products like the calling app Hello. Moments comes out of Facebook’s Creative Labs division, which regularly churns out apps as it tries to function more like a nimble startup. Although some apps might flop, Facebook gets to embrace its now-retired catchphrase “move fast and break things.”— Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer___Amazon is updating its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader with a sharper display and a new font. The price stays at $119.The new Paperwhite’s resolution has twice the pixels as the previous version for a sharper display. The new resolution, 300 pixels per inch, matches that on the higher-end Kindle Voyage device.The Paperwhite also comes with a font called Bookerly, which Amazon says it designed for better readability and less eyestrain. A new typesetting engine will provide improved hyphenation and character placement. The new Kindle Paperwhite starts shipping June 30.Amazon started selling the Paperwhite in 2012. The company also sells the higher-end Voyage for $199 and a basic Kindle for $79. It also sells tablets, a smartphone and streaming-TV devices. All of them seek to steer users to e-books and other content sold by Inc.— Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer___Sony has a new smartphone coming this summer.The new Xperia Z4v borrows camera and sound technology from Sony’s other products, and it offers integration with Sony’s PlayStation game console, including game play on the phone when away from the TV.The new phone also sets itself apart from competitors in offering waterproof capabilities. Unlike past Xperia phones, there’s no need to keep the USB port covered to get the protection. Samsung had water-resistance features in last year’s Galaxy S5, but dropped that in more recent models.Sony isn’t providing a price or a release date yet, but it says the phone will be available only through Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer___Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer believes a new deal to stream an NFL game live could turn into a defining moment for the Internet company.If Yahoo is able to deliver the game over the Internet without major problems, Mayer believes it will prove her company’s greatest strength lies in its ability to straddle the technology and media industries.“We might not be the biggest tech company, but we are the biggest tech company that gets media,” Mayer said during a Tuesday appearance at Bloomberg technology conference in San Francisco.Yahoo is paying the National Football League for the right to stream the Oct. 25 game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, though neither side has disclosed the amount. The NBC, CBS, ESPN and Fox television networks are currently paying the NFL an average of about $19 million per game, including the playoffs, under long-term contracts running through the rest of this decade.It’s the first time that NFL has sold the rights to a game to an Internet company so it can be streamed in its entirety for free. The Bills-Jaguars game will still be televised, like all other NFL games, in the local markets of the two teams playing each other.Mayer hailed the deal as “historic” opportunity for Yahoo to expand its audience and sell more advertising as the company tries to boost its revenue after years of little or no growth.“We would like to do a beautiful job and have this lead to something bigger” with the NFL, Mayer said.— Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer read more

Malaria response at crossroads risks backward slide – UN

Probing the numbersThe report shows that, in 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries – up from 211 million cases in 2015 – with a global malaria death tally estimated at 445,000 compared to 446,000 the previous year. While the rate of new cases of malaria has fallen overall, since 2014 the trend has levelled off and even reversed in some regions. Malaria mortality rates followed a similar pattern. The African region continues to bear an estimated 90 per cent of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide, with 15 countries – all but one in sub-Saharan Africa – carrying 80 per cent of the global malaria burden. “Clearly, if we are to get the global malaria response back on track, supporting the most heavily affected countries in the African region must be the primary focus,” said Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In most malaria-affected countries, sleeping under an insecticide-treated bednet (ITN) is the most common and effective infection-prevention method. Spraying insecticide inside homes is also effective. While the African region has seen a major increase in diagnostic testing in the public health sector – with 70 per cent of those treated having received artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), the most effective antimalarial medicines – access to the public health system in many areas remains low. National-level surveys there show that only about 34 per cent of children with a fever see a public health medical provider. The report also outlines additional challenges in the global malaria response, including the risks posed by conflict and crises in malaria endemic zones. WHO is currently supporting malaria responses in Nigeria, South Sudan, Venezuela and Yemen, where ongoing humanitarian crises pose serious health risks. “We are at a crossroads in the response to malaria,” said Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme. VIDEO: The UN’s World Health Organization flagged global funding shortages, which have resulted in coverage gaps for malaria treatment and life-saving tools.“We hope this report serves as a wake-up call for the global health community. Meeting the global malaria targets will only be possible through greater investment and expanded coverage of core tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. Robust financing for the research and development of new tools is equally critical,” he asserted.At the same time, Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria noted that the report sends the clear message that progress does not happen by chance. “The gains we have achieved in the fight against malaria since 2000 – nearly seven million lives saved, and hundreds of millions of infections averted – were accomplished through the concerted actions of many champions,” he pointed out. He said that the commitment of community health workers to endemic country governments and their external partners has “positioned the global malaria response as one of the greatest public health achievements in the world.” “However,” he added, “the data show that our progress is stalling and we risk reversing the hard-won gains. We must double-down on our commitments, bring new technologies to bear, and increase investments to bring us back on track to end malaria for good.” The 2017 World Malaria Report presents a comprehensive state of play in global progress in the fight against malaria. “In recent years, we have made major gains in the fight against malaria,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “We are now at a turning point. Without urgent action, we risk going backwards, and missing the global malaria targets for 2020 and beyond,” he added. The WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria calls for reductions of at least 40 per cent in malaria case incidence and mortality rates by the year 2020. Yet, according to the new report, the world is not on track to reach these critical milestones. A major problem is insufficient funding, resulting in major coverage gaps for insecticide-treated nets, medicines and other life-saving tools. In 2016, a $2.7 billion investment in malaria control efforts was well below the global $6.5 billion required annually by 2020 to meet the 2030 targets of the WHO global malaria strategy. Providing $800 million, governments of endemic countries represented 31 per cent of the total funding. read more

Brock in the News – June 1824

Olympic wrestlers training at Brock UniversityOver the last week, 60 wrestlers from around the world attended a training camp at Brock University hosted by Brock wrestling head coach Marty Calder, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Among the athletes that attended will be representing Canada, Germany, the United States, Latvia, Finland and Estonia at the Olympic games: Fort Erie Times CHCH News, and 610 CKTB.The sad history of Canada’s ‘Indian hospitals’In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the St. Catharines Standard spoke with History professor Maureen Lux to discuss her new book Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s-1980s, detailing the dark past of Indigenous health care.Canadian kids are getting a D-minus in physical activityJames Mandigo, a professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and Vice-provost of Brock University, says children need to learn more about physical literacy. Cited in Today’s Parent, Mandigo explains that teaching them different movement skills will foster confidence, physical competence, and encourage engagement in physical activities for life.The sexuality no one will talk aboutAsexuality has been making its way into mainstream knowledge over the last decade after the publication of professor Anthony Bogaert’s paper “Asexualty: Prevalence and associated factors in a national probability sample,” says BBC Future. While his work benefits all areas of sexual study, Bogaert encourages further exploration about the origins of asexuality in order to provide the necessary resources to this community. read more

Football Greg Schiano turned down two head coaching positions to remain at

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano gets the Buckeyes ready for the first fall practice of the year on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAssistant coaches under Urban Meyer tend to draw head coaching interest around the nation.So it should come as no surprise that co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was approached by other programs over the summer who asked him if he could step in as their head coach.“He was offered two head coaching jobs and two significant head coaching jobs, and he made the decision to come back,” Meyer said Monday in Chicago at Big Ten Media Days. Watching former assistant coaches take on head coaching positions elsewhere is nothing new to Meyer. His former offensive coordinator during the 2014 national championship-winning season, Tom Herman, has since been the head coach at Houston, and now has taken the role at Texas, replacing another member of the Meyer coaching tree in Charlie Strong, who was a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach during Meyer’s tenure at Florida.The coach Schiano replaced — Chris Ash — as co-defensive coordinator also took a head coaching position, heading east to coach Rutgers. Most recently, Schiano’s former partner on the defensive side of the ball, Luke Fickell, accepted the head coaching position at Cincinnati in December 2016.And Schiano certainly has plenty of head coaching experience under his belt. He spent 11 seasons from 2001-11 as the head coach of Rutgers and a pair of seasons in 2012-13 when he led the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Schiano was again given the opportunity to become the main man on the sideline, but he said that the timing just isn’t right for him just yet.“You do what’s right for you at the time,” Schiano said. “What’s right for you and your family. Every decision I’ve ever made in coaching has been based on that.”In Schiano’s first season as co-defensive coordinator, the Ohio State defense emerged as elite. The team allowed the sixth-fewest yards per game (296.8) among all FBS teams and the third-fewest points per game (15.5).Heading up to the coaching box for the first time since holding the defensive coordinator role at Miami (Florida) back from 1999-2000, Schiano said he did not want to judge in advance what to think of returning to being a coordinator after 15 years as a head coach, and added that working under coach Meyer makes the coordinator role easier for him.“I work for a head coach who is exception, and I don’t just mean because he wins games, but the way he runs his program, the way he holds everyone accountable,” Schiano said. “Now if I went and worked for someone who was all over the map, it would eat me alive and I wouldn’t be able to do it.”And he said taking time away from being a head coach to work under a leader like Meyer has helped him learn more about the profession of coaching. “You never stop learning in any profession. But in this profession, I think it’s even more accelerated,” he said. “There’s some new things that unless you’re involved in the program in a day-to-day nature, you don’t get it from just talking or visiting. So it’s really living it, living the culture, living the alignment that to me has been educational.”While Schiano is staying for now, Meyer said that he knows it is only a matter of time until Schiano will be a head coach again.“He is a head coach. He will be a head coach. I’m going to keep him as long as I can,” Meyer said. “I thought he’s one of the best (coaches) I’ve ever been around, and he’s a little bit better than that. That’s how good of a coach he is.” read more

Superior Industries acquires portable plant manufacturer MFE Manufacturing

first_imgSuperior Industries, Inc, the major American manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has announced its acquisition of MFE Manufacturing. Family owned and operated since its founding in 1947, MFE designs and builds portable plants for construction, aggregates and material handling industries. The 68-year company is headquartered in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.Today, MFE is best known for engineering and fabricating portable processing plants, including jaw and cone crushing systems, screen plants and belt feeders. The company also designs and builds stationary structures for bulk material handling applications. MFE operates from a 25,000 square foot plant at the mouth of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick.According to Superior, the acquisition allows the manufacturer to boost its existing offering of portable plant designs. In addition, MFE’s location in the northeast adds another, strategically located factory to Superior’s North American portfolio, which includes existing plants in the Northwest, Southwest, Southeast and Midwest. Furthermore, the two companies share similar strategies incorporating the voice of the customer into product designs, including highly mobile equipment designed for fast setup.Superior Industries engineers and manufactures “groundbreaking, bulk material handling equipment and cutting-edge components.” From its headquarters in Morris, Minnesota, the manufacturing firm supplies bulk crushing, screening, washing and conveying systems for industries including construction aggregates, mining, bulk terminals, agriculture, power and biomass. In addition to its home plant in Minnesota, the 43-year-old Superior operates from additional engineering and manufacturing plants in Alberta, Canada; Arizona, US; Georgia, US; Michigan, US; Nebraska, US; and New Brunswick, Canada.last_img read more

IBM PC inventor explains how Control Alt Delete was born

first_imgAh, control + alt + delete. CTRL + ALT + DEL for short. On the Mac, it’s a little more complicated: Command + Option + The Media Eject Key. Still, they all do the same thing… they reboot your computer without yanking the cable out of the wall or hammering a physical button.You probably never gave the actual provenance of Control + Alt + Delete much thought. Clearly, it’s a shortcut birthed by some coder or another in the early days of computer lore, but you probably assumed that the guy who actually invented Control + Alt + Delete had his name forgotten by history because ultimately no one cared.AdChoices广告You’d be wrong. In fact, the inventor of the Control + Alt + Delete keystroke combination didn’t have his name forgotten by computer history at all. He’s just better known for other things. His name is David Bradley, and he’s one of the inventors of the original IBM Personal Computer.In the above video, you can hear David Bradley give a fascinating interview with Bill Gates in which he explains how he came up with the idea for the reboot keystroke. According to Bradley, he originated the idea for a keyboard-based shortcut for rebooting a system because he grew weary of waiting for the Power-On Self Test, or POST, to finish during each reboot. What Bradley wanted to do was come up with a way for a system to reboot itself without power cycling the hardware, necessitating going through the lengthy POST process.That’s how Control + Alt + Delete was born, except it wasn’t Control + Alt + Delete at first. It was Control + Alt + Escape. Why was it changed? Control + Alt + Esc was the kind of keystroke that would be easy to accidentally hit with one hand, rebooting the system and losing all of a user’s work.Eventually, Bradley changed the left-side Escape to a right-side Delete (necessitating two hands to perform a keyboard reboot) and history was made.Read more at Hack-a-Daylast_img read more

Capcom details 25th Anniversary Street Fighter collection

first_imgCapcom managed to successfully reinvigorate the Street Fighter franchise in 2009 with the launch of Street Fighter IV and subsequent updates. But the series has a very long history, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Capcom has decided to release a highly desirable collection.The Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set will include an 8-inch light-up statue of Ryu, a 64-page hardback art book, a replica of Ryu’s belt, and a certificate proving your set is authentic. However, it’s the disc content that really makes this set worthwhile, and there’s 15 discs packed full of Street Fighter material.11 of those discs will be bursting with audio including music from the original Street Fighter right through to Street Fighter X Tekken. There’s even a disc full of fan remixes and fan originals.Two of the remaining discs are Blu-ray and include a new documentary focusing on the fans and the history of the games. There’s all the Street Fighter IV and Super SFIV anime movies, the complete Street Fighter animated series, and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.The final two discs are for the games, which include Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Super Street Fighter II Turbo Remix, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. For both SFXT and SFIVAE you also get all the costume DLC and character packs.That’s a lot of content, so the asking price of $149.99 isn’t too surprising. The only choice you need to make is whether you want it on Xbox 360 or PS3. After that it’s just a case of pre-ordering it from the Capcom Store if you are in the US, and then waiting for the September 18 release date.It’s unclear if this collection will be heading to Europe.Read more at Capcom-Unity, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Vancouver Symphony to settle film video game scores

first_imgSwashbuckling pirates, sunburnt gunslingers from the Wild West and all-powerful wizards will dance into people’s minds at this weekend’s Vancouver Symphony concert. That’s because the orchestra will play music from an array of popular films such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Lord of the Rings.”Don’t be surprised if a couple of audience members are dressed up as pirates. Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” was a blockbuster that was immensely popular after its initial launch in 2003. Subsequent sequels in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2017 have given the fun-loving buccaneers an enduring presence in today’s popular culture.German composers Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer teamed up to write the music for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” which the orchestra will perform in an arrangement by Ted Ricketts. Ricketts, by the way, was the music director and producer for Walt Disney World for 24 years.The music conjures fog-bound encounters, a mysterious medallion, a ghostly pirate ship, a pirates cave and the rousing central events in the movie. It’s all wrapped tightly together to create a seamless experience.“These days, the composer is involved from the beginning of the movie-making process,” said Greg Scholl, principal trombonist. “They have complete access because of the technology that exists today. They watch every scene of the movie and write the music and get right in there. They compose music in increments of 10 seconds sometimes — to match what exactly is happening in the scene.”last_img read more

Benitez believes Klopp has the best Liverpool squad ever

first_imgAhead of Newcastle’s trip to Anfield Road, Rafael Benitez praised Jürgen Klopp’s ability to assemble the best Liverpool squad in modern history.Spanish manager Rafael Benitez is about to visit Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Boxing Day, he is going back to the stadium where he became a legendary manager for all the Reds’ supporters and he has high praise towards the German manager.The Newcastle United boss is very impressed with how well Klopp has done it with Liverpool in the few seasons he’s managed the squad, he even thinks that the German boss has managed to put together the most impressive Liverpool squad that anyone has ever seen.“What I think is they have the best squad. When you spend money you bring in better players so when they sign Fabinho and Keita, spending some money, and they keep Henderson and Wijnaldum, you keep the good players and bring in good players and the squad is better,” said Rafa via The Mirror.“That means different competition, different games and still you have a strong team on the pitch.”“Best team? It is difficult to say a team because always on my mind when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was a great team.”“I see Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the others and Liverpool are in form, they are doing really well and it will be a difficult game for us.”Benitez also had very nice things to say about Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who is officially back to his best form in the last few weeks and will start on Wednesday against Newcastle.“In every game, he is doing really well. He has the pace, the vision, the ability. He is clinical in front of of goal and he has a lot of things,” he added.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But it is not just him, they have a very good team and a very good squad so you can change players and still have a very good 11.”“When I was there we had to sell to buy and now they are bringing in players who were good and now they are even better.”“He is doing so well and the team is helping him to do well every week, football is about consistency and quality and at the moment he has everything.”About what he expects from the match, Rafa dropped some wishful thinking ahead of the match.“I would like to go there, enjoy it and come back with three points and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”“We have a plan to beat them and if we do well and they make mistakes we can do it. With these top sides you have to do everything right and they have to have a bad day and then you have a chance,” he concluded.[Media] Benitez: I had to sell before I could buy players at Liverpool— LFCMAGAZINE (@LFCMAGAZINE) December 26, 2018last_img read more

Leisure and Resorts World Corp yet to receive confirmation of Boracay gaming

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Galaxy Entertainment Group’s Philippines partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corp (LRWC), says it has received no official word from local gaming regulator PAGCOR regarding a request from the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) to cancel the licenses of all casino operators on the resort island.A PAGCOR spokesman revealed on Tuesday that the regulator had already suspended a license previously issued to Galaxy and LRWC, who had planned to build a US$500 million integrated resort on a plot of land purchased by LRWC earlier this year. Those plans were subsequently thrown into doubt after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte stated his opposition to the opening of any Boracay casinos and shut down the island to tourists for six months due to pollution. Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Boracay re-opened last week but any hopes the Galaxy-LRWC team had of upping the ante on its IR push were quickly quashed with PAGCOR’s comments this week.Nevertheless, in response to inquiries by the Philippine Stock Exchange this week, LRWC said it had received no contact by PAGCOR officials over suspension of its provisional gaming license.“On the matter pertaining to [reports], other than what is stated in the quoted news articles, we have not received any further information,” LRWC said.Inside Asian Gaming also tried to contact representatives of Galaxy on Wednesday but received no response.Aside from Galaxy, the cancellation of all existing and future casino operations in Boracay affects five other operations including Hotel Soffia and Megaworld Corp’s Savoy Hotel, while those already operating include Movenpick Resort & Spa, Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center and Paradise Garden Resort Hotel and Convention Center. RelatedPostslast_img read more