Pooran optimistic ahead of Hero CPL 2019 Season

first_img… Green ready to play key role againGUYANA Amazon Warriors’ most recent acquisition, the exciting young wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran is full of optimism ahead of his new side’s Hero CPL campaign which begins tomorrow when they face the St Lucia Zouks.At the official media launch on Monday at the Marriott Hotel (Guyana), Pooran revealed; “I am looking forward for this season with the GAW, who is the most successful team in CPL, they haven’t won the title as yet but they have been to four finals.”Meanwhile, the 23-year-old hard-hitting left-hander pointed out; “There is a lot of talent here in the team. The fans may give us a hard time, but we are young and we’ll make mistakes, but we’ll have some good games, I believe the team is well balanced and we can take it over the finish line this time around.”Chris Green will once again be looking to play a key part in the Guyana Amazon Warriors set-up.On the other hand, Chris Green, a seasoned T20 player who has graced leagues worldwide has said the composition of the GAW team looks excellent, and is also of the belief that the team can push further and win the title.“We’ve got some exciting local players who made a name for themselves last year; the likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford. Hopefully this year we can see others stepping up to the plate and other younger players coming through for us.”Having captained the Warriors in the majority of their games last season, Green said he would love to once again play a pivotal role with bat and ball to help his team clinch the long-evasive CPL title.Green referred to Guyana being his “home away from home”, and shared that he would be most happy to pass on some of his experience to the youngsters.The tournament kicks off today in Trinidad and Tobago, with matches in Guyana starting on September 5 with Amazon Warriors playing St Lucia Zouks, while on Saturday, September 7, Warriors play St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.On Sunday, September 8, Warriors will face Barbados Tridents.last_img read more

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Medical staff unable to work due to “ongoing embargo”, Donegal TD claims

first_imgA Donegal TD has claimed that medical staff recruited up to nine months ago have not been allowed to start work in the health service because of an ongoing embargo. Independent TD Thomas Pringle said that in April the HSE had “to all intents and purposes” implemented a recruitment embargo that was supposed to end in mid-July but was still in place.He said the Government continued to deny the embargo but had introduced “interim controls” and “meanwhile the HSE is spending millions on agency staff to cover the recruitment freeze”. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar denied an embargo was in place as he told the Dáil that there were 317 patients on trolleys on Tuesday afternoon after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) released figures that there were 679 patients on trolleys in the morning, according to the Irish Times. Mr Varadkar said that since September 2018 there had been an increase in staffing levels with 125 more consultants, 189 more registrars and 301 more clinical nurse managers along with 143 more nurses and midwife specialists and 1111 more staff nurses and midwives.But Mr Varadkar insisted there had been more recruitments but added that “what is no longer permitted is HSE managers taking on staff if they do not have the budget to pay them”.Mr Varadkar acknowledged to Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald that there was still a severe overcrowding problem in Irish hospitals but he said the number of beds had been increasing every year since 2014 and was now back at pre-recession levels. Medical staff unable to work due to “ongoing embargo”, Donegal TD claims was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas PringleLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

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Round-up: Motta talks, Fulham exit, latest transfer speculation, duo ready for Australian Open

first_imgQPR and Brentford are 13th and 10th in the Championship table respectively after their matches tonight.Sam Saunders scored for Brentford as they drew 1-1 at home to Leeds, while Rangers drew 0-0 at Nottingham Forest.Rangers have won only one of their 11 matches since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over as manager, but the Dutchman was pleased with the point.Earlier, Brentford boss Dean Smith insisted he is not pursuing a deal to sign Nottingham Forest’s Jamie Paterson and that he hopes to keep Alan Judge at Griffin Park.The fit-again Saunders scored against LeedsQPR, meanwhile, have been discussing personal terms with Marco Motta after deciding they want to sign the Italian right-back on a short-term deal following his recent trial at the club.With Monday’s deadline approaching, there has certainly been plenty of transfer speculation, including over the futures of the likes of Moussa Dembele, Patrick Bamford and Matt Phillips, while Chelsea have been linked with Robin van Persie.There has been a transfer today involving Fulham – Adam Taggart has left after failing to make a first-team appearance for the club. The Australian has returned to Perth Glory.Fulham’s Under-18s made it seven wins in row when they beat Arsenal 3-1 this afternoon.And in tennis, West London pair Jordanne Whiley and Andy Lapthorne begin their Australian Open campaigns in the early hours of Wednesday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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EU, DBSA launch R1.5bn infrastructure fund

first_img14 March 2014 The European Union (EU) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have launched a €100-million (R1.5-billion) programme to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in South Africa and the southern African region.​ “The establishment of this fund could not have come at a better time,” DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini said at the launch of the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA) in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday. While the South African government had prioritised infrastructure development as a catalyst for tackling poverty and unemployment, Dlamini said, adequate infrastructure funding had become “a key constraint to faster economic growth and social inclusion both in South Africa and in the SADC region. “We therefore view this programme as a strategic intervention to fund South Africa’s national and regional infrastructure projects, especially at the critical initial stages to prepare projects to bankability.” EU Ambassador to South Africa Roeland van de Geer said the fund would provide innovative financing that blended EU grants with long-term financing from participating South African and European development finance institutions. “It also aims to attract private financing into projects with a high socio-economic return by enhancing the financial feasibility and project quality and/or by reducing the risk associated with such projects,” Van de Geer said. According to a joint EU-DBSA statement, projects to be supported will be selected from a list of priority projects established by an IIPSA committee, and will be directly linked to the priorities of the South African government, EU-SA priorities for cooperation, and the regional infrastructure strategy of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Priority sectors will include energy, transport, water and environment, ICT and social infrastructure. “A Request for Proposals will be issued in early April 2014 inviting potential recipients to propose infrastructure investments whose development would be enhanced by the use of IIPSA grant funding alongside other forms of financing,” the statement read. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Bizweni gets classroom boost

first_imgA child with a mental disability reads at the official opening. (Image: SA Goodnews)A new skills development wing at the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, in Somerset West, will serve those at the school who need specialised care and stimulation.The new unit will cater for 30 children between the ages of 12 and 18. It was officially opened in March 2016.“Ideally, we want to keep stimulating these children with social, educational and physical learning opportunities as they grow up so that they are able to improve in all areas and ultimately enjoy the best possible quality of life,” said Vicky Hinrichsen, the centre’s project manager.CLASSROOMSThe new unit consists of two large classrooms, toilets with wheelchair access, a patio for outdoor activities and a new office.An extension to the existing building, it cost more than R2-million was completed by Rotary Club of Helderberg in partnership with Peninsula Beverages, the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in Western and Northern Cape; Rotary Club of Newlands; and several large and small sponsors.“Rotary International president Ravi Ravindran, at the beginning of his tenure, asked Rotarians to be a ‘Gift to the World’ and to ensure the gifts they provide are not just given as hand-outs, but are offered with love and respect,” Geraldine Nicol, the district governor of Rotary District 9350, said at the official opening.“Today we celebrate the opening of the extension to the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, a gift given with much love and respect by the Rotary Club of Helderberg together with our grateful thanks to the donors, which include individuals, sister Rotary Clubs, certain charitable trusts and Peninsula Beverages, all of whom helped turn the impossible dream into a reality.”At the centre, children learn basic computer skills, gardening, cooking and cleaning skills as well as how to write.BIZWENIBizweni has been running for 18 years and has 56 children, all of whom have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.Most of them come from homes where services such as individualised occupational, speech and remedial therapy are increasingly difficult to obtain. For many of the children, placement at the appropriate special needs schools is not a possibility.The physical well-being of children at Bizweni is also critical and they are encouraged to develop their muscle strength and mobility under the guidance of carers.“The staff at Bizweni are true heroes for bringing such joy into the lives of these children each day,” said John Joubert, the Peninsular Beverages commercial director. “We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Bizweni and Rotary Club of Helderberg to complete our 28th brick and mortar project which will ultimately ensure more children with disabilities are able to flourish.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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The Growing Importance of Data Security for IoT

first_imgTags:#cybersecurity#IoT Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Recent news has pointed to the increasing popularity of human microchipping in Sweden. Within the past three years, thousands have opted to insert a microchip underneath their skin that carries all sorts of personal information, ranging from credit card details to digital house keys to gym passes.For the 3,000 Swedes who’ve opted for the chip, the ability to use their own bodies, rather than keys or cards, is a revolution in convenience. For the IoT world, it’s a different kind of revolution. No longer is the Internet of Things the exclusive domain of things; it now includes living, breathing human beings.IoT has become–quite literally–an inextricable part of every aspect of our personal lives. While that’s part of the beauty and fascination of modern technological advancement, it’s also a cause for concern when it comes to data sharing and potential security breaches.With the increasing involvement of IoT in our personal lives, it isn’t enough to tell consumers to read the fine print. Those on the production side–developers and tech companies–and perhaps, eventually, policymakers, need to be responsible for ensuring that the IoT ecosystem is genuinely safe and secure for users.Certainly, there are lots of benefits to our increasingly connected, data-driven world, ranging from the personalization of online content to assistance for refugees. But before we rush to integrate anything–whether human being or ordinary household device–into the Internet of Things, we need to assess potential security risks and adapt the new technology accordingly.Areas for Security ConcernWhile the microchip is the most salient example of the necessity for IoT data protection and privacy, the potential for security risk begins at a far more basic level. Even the most mundane and seemingly harmless household devices gather deeply personal data about users’ day-to-day livesA smart household thermostat, for example, doesn’t just collect data about users’ home temperature preferences. It also collects data about when users are and aren’t home, as well as the number of people living in the household. Likewise, an IoT connected car, based on user activity throughout the day, can infer personal information about its users, such as where they work, where they live, and what their shopping preferences are.While such opportunities for data collection might seem obvious to those in the tech industry, many consumers, content with the ease and convenience of IoT, don’t realize the extent to which their personal data is analyzed and used.Data Misuse and AbuseEven for consumers who simply don’t mind the legal collection of their personal information, security is still a risk. Companies aren’t just taking advantage of data for innocuous advertising or marketing. Some companies are willing to sell data to individuals or companies who have more harmful intentions. As the United States federal government has acknowledged, the gathering of massive amounts of personal data could be used in ways that reinforce discrimination based on demographic characteristics such as race or disability.This poses particular risk in the housing, employment, credit, and insurance industries, where the collection of private data could make it harder for certain individuals to access the services they need. Companies could also use data to publicly expose information about an individual that that person would rather keep private, such as by sending them targeted content based on illness or financial status. Even when these companies don’t have bad intentions, the careless use or mishandling of personal data can have harmful consequences for individuals.The misuse of consumer data extends beyond the individual, too, with dire consequences for society at large. We saw how, in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, user data was abused for political purposes, wielding a dangerous amount of influence over public opinion as a result.These risks aren’t just applicable to social media or apps. User data collected by any IoT connected device could be used for similarly nefarious purposes if it gets into the wrong hands.IoT Security Hacks and VulnerabilitiesEven when companies use consumer data responsibly, hacks and security breaches can result in data theft and misuse. IoT security company Senrio recently revealed just how easy it is for hackers to access consumer data through the IoT devices of large companies. Companies often have hundreds or thousands of IoT devices, which makes it difficult to monitor them, install updates, and check for bugs. A hacker can infiltrate an entire network, and steal consumer data in the process, just by accessing a single webcam. In other words, connecting so many IoT devices to a single network is like putting all your eggs in one (highly vulnerable) basket.Hackers can misuse and tamper with consumer data by hacking personal devices, too. Home assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, are particularly notorious for opening up windows for intrusion into people’s personal lives.As medical devices join home assistants and smart home appliances as part of the Internet of Things, data security becomes even more important. The hacking of certain medical devices can pose a physical threat to the very same individuals those devices are designed to help. A 2017 report from CNN reveals the particularly dangerous example of cardiac devices at St. Jude’s hospital, which had vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to drain the devices’ battery or administer incorrect shocks. Owlet’s 2016 wifi baby heart monitor, which was similarly vulnerable to hackers, further highlights the growing necessity to assess all possible security vulnerabilities before the release and sale of a product.IoT security also becomes increasingly urgent as companies like Tesla and Waymo race to make self-driving cars the way of the future. The lack of a human driver isn’t the only safety risk. Ensuring protection against hackers, who could potentially direct a car off the road or into a crash, is an even more critical concern.How to Protect Against IoT VulnerabilityThis isn’t just a bunch of old-fashioned paranoia or technophobia. Professionals are also worried about the security vulnerability brought by an increasingly connected world. Gartner recently predicted that worldwide spending on IoT security will reach $1.5 billion this year. This is a 28 percent increase from spending in 2017, which amounted to $1.2 billion, and it might just be the next lucrative opportunity for the cybersecurity industry.In my view, effective threat prevention is threefold. First, companies and individuals alike can make use of third-party providers for IoT device protection, rather than leaving security in the hands of device manufacturers alone. Cybersecurity companies like Imperva, which specializes in data security and breach prevention, are not only helping companies protect against traditional software threats, but are also working to detect and prevent detrimental IoT hacks. As third-party companies emerge to tackle the threats in the IoT sector, consumers no longer need to depend on device developers to ensure their online security.Second, the production side, and not just the consumer, needs to take more responsibility in securing personal data. Companies that handle this data should themselves take preventative measures against hacking and data theft, and they need to make sure they sell the data only to companies that are reputable and thoroughly vetted for security.At the same time, companies should be very clear and explicit with their customers about exactly how their data is being collected and used. That means no lengthy or difficult-to-read terms and conditions, and no deliberately vague or misleading language.On the policy side, lawmakers need to take steps to ensure that those who develop IoT products, or who otherwise make use of the corresponding data, will not mishandle consumer information. This could range from increased laws for assessing the security of products before their release, to increased punishments for violation.There’s still a long way to go with IoT security and, unfortunately, precautions are rarely taken until disaster strikes. But it’s urgent that we figure out how to harness all the benefits and conveniences that IoT brings while minimizing the potential for harm. That way, consumers will no longer have to compromise security for convenience. Related Posts Roberta Rottigni Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Roberta Rottigni is a tech blogger. Born in Italy but adopted by Israel, she loves writing, traveling, and learning about innovative, tech-related trends. She doesn’t leave the house without a good book in her bag! last_img read more

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Kalmadi in dock as attorney general okays his sacking as CWG OC chief

first_imgFile photo of CWG OC chief Suresh Kalmadi.With the sports ministry armed with Attorney General Ghoolam Vahanvaty’s opinion, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi may be sacked soon.Vahanvaty has said that Suresh Kalmadi can be removed as the chairman of the Organising Committee after Law minister Veerappa Moily asked for his opinion.The AG has also said that now that the CWG is over, the OC has no right to continue in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium premises.The AG has opined that OC members should be barred from entering the premises and the office should be sealed immediately.When Headlines Today spoke to AG, he confirmed that he has recommended Suresh Kalmadi’s sacking in his opinion to the law ministry.Law ministry’s note said that Kalmadi was appointed chairman before the Society was formed on January 29, 2005.As such, Society registration was not binding and pre-emptive action can be taken. The law ministry, armed with this opinion, has written to the ministry of sports to go ahead with Kalmadi’s sacking.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recommended that Kalmadi should be removed from the OC as he is impeding the investigation.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho soaked in water and milk after brawl with Manchester City players

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in a brawl with Manchester City players in the change room after United lost 2-1 to City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.In a heated derby, United and City both conceded soft goals but Pep Guardiola’s strategy of ball possession gave City an upper hand and on the back of some sloppy defending, the blue of Manchester topped the red side of the city.Mourinho, clearly unhappy with the result, said after the match that their penalty appeal should have been accepted as he felt it was a clear penalty.According to reports, Mourinho rampaged into the City changing room for he felt their celebrations were too noisy and highly disrespectful.Upon arrival in the dressing room, the United manager had a verbal altercation with City’s hero of the night, goalkeeper Ederson and soon the City players threw water and milk at him and hit him on his head with a plastic bottle.Reports further suggested that another brawl broke off between 20 players and staff members from both the clubs near the Old Trafford tunnel and the United security had to intervene to stop the fight.Reports of the Mourinho incident reminded people of the ‘Battle of the Buffet’, which occured on October 24, 2004 at Old Trafford when Manchester United had defeated Arsenal 2-0 through a controversial penalty, where Wayne Rooney was accused of tumbling over Sol Campbell’s outstretched leg. Following the match, Cesc Fabregas had thrown as pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson at the tunnel.advertisementCity’s Sunday victory sent them 11 points clear of United at the top of the Premier League table, as their chances of lifting the title received a major boost.David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scored for City, courtesy two errors in the box by Romelu Lukaku while Marcus Rashford scored the solitary goal for United off another defensive mistake from City.City had a clear upper hand throughout the match and even with an attacking line-up on paper, United looked defensive from the word go.The chants of ‘Park the Bus, Park the Bus’ by City supporters rung through the Old Trafford.Despite a late penalty appeal from United, which was waived off by the referee, there was no catching up with City for the Red Devils.last_img read more

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