Warner, Rashid star performers as Sunrisers wallop Lions

first_imgIn the end, both were out in quick succession of each other and Lions finished with a sub—par total. PTI cricket × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT IPL 2017 SHARE David Warner roared back to form with a blistering 76 after rookie Afghan spinner Rashid Khan weaved a mesmerising spell as Sunrisers Hyderabad overpowered Gujarat Lions by nine wickets in an IPL encounter, here today.It was Rashid’s 3 for 19 that helped Sunrisers restrict Lions to a paltry 135 for 7 in 20 overs and then Warner blasted his way to an unbeaten 76 off 45 balls to finish the match in 15.3 overs.All—rounder Moises Henriques (52 not out) once again proved his worth with the willow as the duo added 108 runs for the unbeaten second wicket.While this was Hyderabad’s second win in as many matches, last year’s top—four finisher Lions now have had two defeats in a row.Warner, who had a poor Test series against India, would be happy as he was in his elements, hitting six boundaries and four huge sixes.The mayhem started in the third over when rival skipper Suresh Raina introduced himself into the attack. Warner lofted him straight into the sight screen and hit another one into the long—on region to break the shackles.Leg—spinner Tejas Baroka —— an inexplicable choice with no experience of playing any match at the senior level —— was given a lesson of what to expect in top—flight cricket.The youngster who has not been considered good enough to be a part of senior Delhi state side was handed a harsh lesson by the star Australian opener.Warner dispatched his half—trackers to the boundary and lofted him for a huge six.Kerala quick Basil Thampi was driven through the covers and cut for good measure as Warner picked the runs at will.The match finished when Warner lofted Baroka into long—on stands.Earlier, after an impressive debut, Rashid once again finished with superb figures of 3 for 19 in four overs. He rattled the Lions top—order with wickets of Brendon McCullum (5), Aaron Finch (3) and skipper Suresh Raina (5) in the 5th, 7th and 9th over of the innings.Lions never recovered from the setbacks even though Dinesh Karthik (30) and Dwayne Smith (37) added 56 runs for the fifth wicket to stem the rot.But it was the damage done by the Afghan ‘Wonderkid’ that spelt doom for Raina and his men.McCullum was gone trying to sweep a googly while Raina played for the wrong ‘un only to be fooled by an orthodox leg—break. The hard—hitting Finch also failed to read a googly and in the process, was trapped plumb in front.He looked dangerous during his entire spell bowling as many 11 dot balls in four overs.Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/21 in 4 overs) and Ashish Nehra (1/27 in 4 overs) also bowled well.Credit should be given to Warner as he gauged the slowness of the pitch and introduced orthodox left—arm spinner Bipul Sharma into the attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Jason Roy (31 off 21 balls) hit a few boundaries before a mistimed pull shot off Bhuvneshwar brought his downfall.Tottering at 57 for 4, it wasn’t easy for Karthik and Smith to pull things back with an attacking display as there weren’t too many reputed batsmen left after them.Karthik was uncharacteristically slow scoring 30 off 32 balls with two boundaries while Smith shot four boundaries and a six in 27 balls. Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate the dismissal of a Gujarat Lions batsman during their match in Hyderabad on Sunday. – PTI Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate the dismissal of a Gujarat Lions batsman during their match in Hyderabad on Sunday. – PTI April 09, 2017 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Boxing: Tyson Fury confirms Negotiations onging for Deontay Wilder fight

first_imgAdvertisementTYSON FURY has revealed he is in “deep negotiations” with Deontay Wilder over a December world title fight – and he’s fired a shot at rival Anthony Joshua to boot.Fury made his comeback after more than two years out vs Sefer Seferi in June and is now set to face Francesco Pianeta in August, though the German is not likely to cause Fury problems. Asked whether Fury would face Whyte or Chisora after the bout with Pianeta, Warren told talkSPORT: “Well, actually they’re two competitive and very good fighters but, with due respect to them, we’re actually trying to make the fight with Deontay Wilder.“First of all we want to see what he looks like on the August 18. Hopefully, he will come through it well, but reports from the gym are that he’s looking well.“Tyson, as he’s said himself, has been talking about Wilder in the last few weeks and it’s a fight I think the British fans would like to see.“It wouldn’t happen in the autumn, if it happens it will be sometime in November or December.“That’s where I would like to see him, providing he comes through okay and that’s no disrespect to anybody. He’s the lineal champion. He’s the guy who hasn’t been beaten. He lost his belt outside the ring.And despite Anthony Joshua struggling to get a bout with Wilder, Warren reckons he can bring the American and Fury together.He added: “I’m pretty confident we can make it happen. It takes two to make a deal and if you really want to make a deal you will make it happen.” Should he come through that, Fury will then look to jump several levels to face the ‘Bronze Bomber’ after Anthony Joshua failed to strike a deal to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion.center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

Demand in RS for early wage revision for MPs

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) A demand for early implementation of recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee headed by Yogi Adityanath on wages and allowances of MPs was made in the Rajya Sabha today. Raising the issue, Naresh Agrawal (SP) said the Prime Minister has reportedly set up a Group of Ministers to look into the report of this committee. Questioning the need for setting up the panel, he said it was previously stated that the report will be implemented when 7th Pay Commission for government employees is implemented. Now that the 7th Pay Commission report has been implemented, the report on salaries and wages of Members of Parliament should be decided upon, Agrawal said. Since MPs are above Cabinet Secretary, the law-makers should be given Rs 1000 more than what the highest bureaucrat draws, he said. “There is no point in forming a Group of Ministers. Place the committee report in the House,” he demanded. As several other members supported his demand, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said “I am not sure if all members are in agreement (with the proposition of they themselves deciding on the hike in their salaries and allowances).” As members shouted in support of raising wages, he said “It is up to government to consider it.” Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) demanded that the Chair direct the government to bring an appropriate bill before the House. Agrawal said Article 106 of the Constitution provides that law-makers are not at mercy of the government. While Reserve Bank of India Governor has said that there is inflation, why isnt the government seeing it, he asked. PTI ANZ ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

“It’s because of you” letters

first_imgA great comment from Maya Enista of Mobilize.org from the session I just blogged about here at Independent Sector. (That Maya is dynamite, BTW.)In communicating with our supporters, she said we need more “it’s because of you letters.”For example:“Dear xyz, You said xyz at a Town Hall. Here’s what we did. This is what we accomplished. Look what you’ve done!”This is how we build our base, she pointed out.I totally agree. Totally. It’s not about the “I need you because I have no funding” letters.It’s about the “It’s because of you” letters.last_img read more

Seven Words That Will Make Your Website Worth Viewing

first_imgSource: http://www.mrpwebmedia.com/ PsychologyThe most important feature you can offer your audience is psychological fulfillment, not deep discounts, fast service, or more bells and whistles.The real reason people buy stuff is that it makes them feel something. Cosmetics make women feel attractive or sexy, while cars make men feel they’ve achieved some level of status. Even services make people feel important, as in “I’ve got a guy who does that for me.”Finding the psychological hotspot in your marketing, and promoting the hell out of it consistently and continually, should be your primary marketing goal. All those features and benefits are merely the excuse for a purchase, not the reason. The Web Is Fast Becoming a Video EnvironmentWeb sites are not just marketing collateral; they are not just digital brochures. They are a new presentation medium that requires specialized communication skills, and knowledge of how best to use the medium.You may be a great salesperson and nobody knows your business like you do… and you may even be skilled at delivering speeches at conventions and seminars… but performing effectively in front of a camera is a whole different ball game. And for most people it’s way out of their comfort zone, let alone their skill level.The same old methods that used to work won’t work any more. You’re no longer competing with just the company down the street; you’re competing with the entire world.Web-based businesses may never actually meet their customers face to face or even talk to them on the phone, so it is imperative that they use marketing presentation methods that deliver an experience worth remembering. Words Can Move YouBy someone’s count there are 171,476 entries in the Oxford English Dictionary, plus another 47,156 words that have fallen out of favor, but not counting the 9,500 additional permutations that don’t deserve their own special attention.Half of these words are nouns, one-fourth are adjectives, and 14.285% are verbs; the rest consist of all those other things the purpose of which most of us long ago forgot.Others may find fault with these numbers, but no matter what the total, it’s a lot of words.Of the tens of thousands of words to choose from, most people recognize less than ten percent, while teenagers seem to only be able to handle about half that amount; of course, that doesn’t count slang, instant-messaging jargon, or the ever-popular four-letter variety.Why the heck are there so many words if we all refuse to use them? I mean, why waste all those perfectly good words on English teachers and college professors? (By the way, they say swearing is the refuge of the feeble-minded, people who can’t express themselves in a more articulate manner-but, to be honest, I really don’t give a damn.)Here’s the thing: Words have meaning and impact, and they provide the emotional context of our communications; and we add subtlety and nuance by how we deliver them, using tone, cadence, and gesture.That is, as important as words are… the way they are delivered is even more important. What Web Site Design Is Really AboutThe other day I was listening to a local all-news radio station. It is mostly rip-and-read wire-service stuff that they repeat over and over like some kind of psychological torture, but they do provide traffic reports on a nauseatingly regular basis. You have to wait only 10 minutes until they repeat everything. So if you want to hear what traffic snafus to avoid, just wait a few minutes. But here’s the problem: The announcers talk so fast that no matter how hard you concentrate, you can never quite get the particular information you need; and if you’re driving, you have other things to consider, like the idiot in the Hummer who just cut you off.None of these guys ever uses a period, let alone a semicolon or comma. Either they have very small bladders and are under pressure to finish quickly, or they’re late for their afternoon pilates class. They seem so intent on rushing to the commercials that they never deliver the content in an appropriate manner.Your Web site just might have the same problem.Too much information is as bad as not enough. Information overkill leads to information anxiety, buyer’s remorse, reduced satisfaction, unattainable expectations, and purchase-decision paralysis.Web site owners have been told that visitors won’t wait for anything, that they are impatient, and you’ve got to get to the point fast, make the pitch, and close the deal. Well, that approach just isn’t going to work with any sophisticated product or service.Your Web site presentation needs to slow people down so they hear what you have to say, and you have to say something worth hearing.Web site design is about more than layout, markup language, and technical wizardry. Web site design is about communication; it’s about turning advertising into content, and content into an experience that viewers will remember. Seven. A number like any other. But it does seem to come up on a fairly regular basis: the Seven Wonders of the World, the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Seven Dwarfs: Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, and (my favorite) Grumpy.Phone numbers have seven digits. And may say the optimum brand name should be no more than seven letters long. Seven, it seems, is a magical number, because the human brain can grasp only seven things at a time (on average).So I’ve been thinking, What are the seven most important words associated with Web-marketing? I’ll give you a hint: Search, engine, and optimization don’t make the cut.So what words do make the list? What are the seven words that will make your Web site worth viewing? Seven Words to RememberCommunicationPeople are always asking us what’s wrong with their Web sites, and the answer in the vast majority of cases can be summed-up in a quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke (1967): “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Communication is the key to success, and that doesn’t just apply to your Web site-it applies to almost everything you do both inside and outside your business life.If your Web site isn’t communicating on both a rational and an emotional level, if it doesn’t provide the psychological and emotional context of your marketing message, then exactly what is it doing?AudienceI can’t think of too many people who actually like being sold to. In fact, sometimes customers get so irritated by sales tactics that they end up not buying the thing they came specifically to your Web site to buy.Solving the problem is merely a question of altering your perspective. The average buyer is predisposed to dismiss and ignore high-pressure tactics and meaningless sales pitches. So instead of treating customers like customers, try treating them like an audience. Audiences want to be engaged, enlightened, and entertained. And that is the most effective way to make a sales impact. FocusAll too often, Web sites inundate their Web audiences with facts, figures, statistics, and an endless list of features, benefits, options, and whatever else the sales department can think of throwing in. But all that stuff just confuses people.Focus your message on the most important elements of what you have to say. If your Web site can embed that single idea in an audience’s mind, then it has done its job.LanguageThe words used, and how they are put together, provide meaning; they inform personality; they provide mental sound bites; and they turn whatever you are saying into something worth remembering.Language is one of the critical elements of “voice,” the ability to convey personality. Writing that doesn’t have “voice” is instantly forgettable.PerformanceEven the most articulate prose can be lost in befuddled delivery. Communication is more than words; it’s a combination of language, style, personality, and performance.Things are rarely what they seem. Even our memories are a stylized versions of what we’ve actually experienced. Creating a memorable impression is about managing the viewer experience and providing the right verbal and non-verbal cues that make what is being said memorable.PersonalityEvery business has a personality. The first problem is that few midsize companies ever attempt to manage that persona, and as a consequence the buying public forms its own opinion. And that opinion is often not the way you want to be regarded.The second problem is that companies either don’t have a firm grasp of who they really are or, if they know, they are afraid to promote it. If your company’s identity isn’t worth promoting, it is time to think why that is… and change it.The bottom line is that a company without a personality is a company without an image, and that makes you instantly forgettable.last_img read more

How to score a PR win with your dusty old reports

first_imgIssueLab recently told me this was possible. I said, “really? Prove it with a guest post.” And here’s what they have to say:Does your organization have a stale list of publications on your web site or a shelf full of research you produced years ago? Are you looking for a way to hook into a hot news topic or online discussion but you don’t have the resources to produce new research? Nonprofits often think their older work isn’t newsworthy anymore – but we know from IssueLab’s user behavior that people are looking for research on relevant topics, no matter how old it is. In the same way that lessons from very local issues can be applied regionally or nationally, or extrapolated data can provide important indicators for a bigger picture, older research can and does inform and support current debates. Research reports provide ‘milestones’ that can serve as benchmarks, historical records, examples of successes and failures, a resource for further information (through citations and references), a method for identifying gaps in the sector, and as indicators of change over time. How would we know whether policy shaped action, or action led to policy change – without older research? The point is, research can always be relevant for someone, somewhere. Nonprofits shouldn’t shy away from archival work just because of its publication date. Constituents are looking for your work! As an example, in IssueLab, the three most requested reports published before 1990 were viewed almost 600 times in 2009 alone. That’s almost 20 years after they were first published!We think it’s vital that the collective body of research remains large enough to reflect the importance of an issue at any given time. So, dust off that report, digitize it if necessary, and start sharing it as a “backgrounder” on your web site, in the comments section of blogs where there is debate and conversation about an issue related to your work, twitter it as a “resource”, add it to IssueLab’s forum for nonprofit research, or even include it in your next e-newsletter as a testament to how far your issue has come or evidence of the fact that things haven’t changed enough!To add your research to IssueLab, create a free account today and list as much research as you’d like – just go here – we take care of the rest.last_img read more

Oh Africa, Oh India

first_imgPosted on June 27, 2011June 20, 2017By: Hellen Kotlolo, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Hellen Kotlolo, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I have been home for less than a week after arriving from incredible India, there has been so much to do. My husband and I have not even had time to sit and register everything that happened in the last few weeks and days. We really miss our friends and colleagues; I miss CHETNA and my neighbors. Now that I am home I realize how much free time I had in India to think, to walk, to watch movies, to write my thoughts down, and discuss and share ideas with others. Now when I reminisce about the time in India I realize how my vision was built, solidified, and how it came together. When I arrived for my nine month mentorship in India, I only had a dream and an idea. Now arriving back home in South Africa, I have a vision and an imperfect proposal. I realize now how the nine months shaped me and taught me more about myself than I had ever imagined. I learned what it takes to run an organization — securing funding, finding the right personnel, and developing office skills. I also learned the advantages and disadvantages of leadership styles and how this forms the foundation of any organization.South Africa is beautiful and I now appreciate my country and love it even more than I did before. I am grateful for the free health care system which is accessible and available to everyone — irrespective of race or gender. I am grateful for the developed roads and our highways. I have become even more thankful for our government and policies. We are a young democracy still growing but we are realizing the growth towards Batho Pele (People First) which makes me very proud. Though we might not be perfect, we are definitely taking a step in the right direction.The mentorship has made me realize how I want to play equal roles as a maternal health researcher and as a professional nurse/midwife. I have always been in the maternal health field, but now I want to focus on bridging patient care with research. As I move forward, I am unsure of the steps I am taking, but I am certain the steps will lead in the direction of where my heart wants to be. With that in mind, I want to work with government and community for Lerato Care Project so that I can be the bridge between communities and government.On my final Friday at CHETNA my mentor, Indu Capoor, organized members of the media to come to the office. A few reporters from the newspapers came and were very interested in the Young Champions of Maternal Health Program. I was proud to elaborate on Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force and the wonderful program comprised of 15 awesome Young Champions. I handed out the booklets with blurbs about each of us from the Global Maternal Health Conference, explained how the program challenged young people to be changemakers, and described how I had spent nine months observing young people at work in India. Many of these young people are voiceless and they are taught as women to be submissive and vulnerable. This is something that saddened me, but I was hopeful that as I spoke of each and every one of the Young Champion that they could see the passion that drives us young gentlemen and ladies from different countries to want to make a difference.Here are newspaper articles from The Times of India-Ahmedabad and DNA-Daily Analysis Newspaper–Ahmedabad:All the way from S Africa to teach teach India about safe motherhoodSA nurse gets tips on maternal healthI would like to thank Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force for making this possible and for believing in my dream and ideas. I would also like to thank CHETNA, especially Indu Capoor, for welcoming me into her organization. I will be forever grateful and the lessons learned will never be forgotten. Thank you all for the opportunity to explore the world as it is and for moving me to explore outside of my comfort zone.A Poem: Oh Africa, Oh India….As I travelled I conquered a world full of people.A world full of suffering, hatred, anger, inequalities, racism and social disparitiesWithin that world I discovered hope, love, care, passion, solitude and justAs I walk on the soil of Africa my tears drops with joy and sound happinessAs Africa welcomes me I hail for India for its silent youthfulnessIndia a world of spices and bollywood, divided like the Great Wall of China by modernizationWherefore has the voice of Gandhi gone, because you are not poor?I stand in the midst of these two awesome countries in awe of their beautyYet in wonder of their troubles. I cannot compare these…My heart can leave neither behind. Oh India I hope thy youth finds you soonTo cry no more for women forgotten to life they bring, a sacrifice pure but unjustBecause such sacrifices should not be made to death by birth or HIV/AIDS.Every mother, every child seeks the milk of her mother.Find thy peace India and be joyous in celebrating the presence of your maternal instinctsOh India, Incredible India do you not see the tears on the streetsDo you not see tears that fill your land, do you not see the tears IndiaI have left you to conquer a world of my own in AfricaWhere my dreams and joys were born, where gold and diamonds have filledGraveyards with sons and daughters, where HIV/AIDS takes its own path uncontrolledA world full of possibilities, Africa a world rich and kindWhere once again we shall flourish with love, kindness and caringIn the Southern tip of Africa where we click to talk and whistle to singTo shape the south and up north and beyond we shall travel to shareThese steps that I take are for the spirit of Africanism…To remind Africans of Amazing Africans….– H.M. Kotlolo (Technau)Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_imgPosted on December 16, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:Last chance to take PATH’s supplies surveyA petition for preeclampsia awareness monthAn update from the Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn HealthMaternal health will be featured on ABC’s 20/20Celia Pett and Pam Harper wrote about the partograph meetingA job opportunity with the Women & Health Initiative at HSPHSome reading for the weekend:Cash transfers to promote maternal healthWHO reviews interventions for maternal, newborn and child healthImpact of the recession on global health fundingShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Let’s give a hand to… brandraising

first_imgWe loooove our hands-related logos in the nonprofit sector.It reminds me of something Chris Forbes, of the upcoming Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits, ironically posted on Facebook this week: “Good idea for a nonprofit logo: Use a globe, Comic Sans Font and it’s gotta have a heart in it someplace.”Yes, we are not always original.Branding has to be better than this!And it is. This week, Brandraising author Sarah Durham and branding expert Nancy Schwartz discussed with me what branding really is (not just a logo) and how you can do far better with branding.The key takeaways?It’s not your logo.It’s the intersection between what you stand for and what your audience perceives.And you can do a lot to improve it by focusing on the entire experience your organization delivers.Check out the conversation here. The audio link is at the bottom of the page!last_img read more

4 things that should shake up nonprofit marketing

first_imgI used the word “should” in the title of this post for a reason. These trends are shaking up our sector, but they’re not yet shaking up our marketing. And they should be.1. The rise of mobile. More and more people have smartphones, and that means doing good is at their fingertips, all the time. If we don’t create opportunities to act easily via mobile, we are going to miss out on a lot. Multichannel works best – and multichannel means mobile too.2. The growth of peer networks. People listen to each other more than us, so we need to stop viewing social media as another form of getting our message out. Its primary value is that it allows other people to get the message out, for us.3. The explosion of slacktivism. It is not bad. It is promising. Clay Shirky once said “Activists are active but not everyone else is.” We have to grasp that – and not write off everyone who isn’t a zealot. And as I said on Mashable, it’s a starting point for your cause. I’d rather have someone sign my petition than do nothing any day, because she or he is far more likely to take further action, later.4. The increasing personalization of everything. We’re in an era where marketing and communications are increasingly tailored to the individual. If we’re still blasting out one message, we will alienate every last person. Make people a part of your cause and speak to their interests. The old ways aren’t working as well for a reason. Let’s shake it up ourselves, so these tectonic changes work to our favor rather than rendering us irrelevant.last_img read more

Who is your hero? It should be your supporter.

first_imgI got quite a bit of mail from folks who were sorry to miss the recent Story Wars conversation I had with Jonah Sachs. Don’t worry – you can access a recording complete with PowerPoint here (free but registration required.)One of the most interesting parts of the discussion was how every story needs a hero. I think nonprofits often think of heroes this way:1. Telling the story of your cause with your nonprofit as the hero2. Telling the story of your cause with your beneficiaries as the heroBoth of those can be effective, though I think #2 is a better idea than #1. As we approach the Olympics, we’re going to hear a lot about athletic heroes. People like Brian Gumbel do a good job of bringing us to tears over these stories – and the reason we cry is we are told the athletes’ backstory, we relate to them as people, and we’re inspired by their determination to be swifter, faster stronger.That’s really what it is to be a hero: to aspire to a greater version of ourselves. And isn’t that what we we help our supporters to do, in joining our cause? Which brings me to Door Number 3.3. Telling the story of your cause with your supporters as the heroes.If you want to inspire people to action, make them a part of your story, playing a heroic role in the change you seek to effect. We all want to be part of that collective narrative.In “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” Joseph Campbell wrote, “We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with the world.”I will not even attempt to say it better than that.last_img read more

Lexus Is Making A Luxury Sport Yacht with 880 Horsepower

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Roomscenter_img The Adastra Trimaran Is a Luxury Adventure Yacht Unlike Any Other The Marine Department manifested the concept of a premium performance yacht to compliment the Lexus buyer’s lifestyle and recreation time not spent on the road. Made for day-touring, the Lexus Sport Yacht fits six to eight guest and is powered by twin high-performance Lexus V8s (each engine produces 440 horsepower). So yeah, it’s pretty fast.The design concept has the upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure, each piece a single massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin, reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon fiber cloth, a composite material called carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP.Quick lesson: CFRP is the technology used in the structure of race cars and supercars like the 202 mile-per-hour, 553 horsepower Lexus LFA, along with high-performance military and civilian aircraft.“This concept for a Lexus Sport Yacht allowed us to explore how Lexus’ design language could be applied to a maritime lifestyle,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, executive vice president of Lexus International.Not to mention it’s sleek AF.Onboard systems are controlled from a color touchscreen panel at the helm, while screens show GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, and lighting and entertainment systems. The captain’s seat is power adjustable, and the armrests fold out to become jump seats on each side for “very special guests” as Lexus says. Shotgun!The forward passenger cabin is coated in Lexus leather with wood and glass details. A standing-height sofa, seating for six with a table, and air conditioning create a space for intimate entertaining. The galley features a two-burner stove, sink, and under-counter refrigerator.“For the Lexus Design Center, this project has been very exciting. The effort is valuable to us as it stirs our creative energies and pushes our imagination to design and lifestyle possibilities outside of the automotive realm we know well.”As a concept, the Lexus Sport Yacht revealed in January was, “a bespoke one-off project with no production intent.” That just means Lexus isn’t ready to go full speed ahead with this design and engineering capabilities quite yet.Photos courtesy Lexus I’ve always said, who needs a car when you can have a yacht?Lexus, a division of Japanese car maker Toyota, is well known for producing luxury cars (the name Lexus even sounds like luxury). Not as commonly known is Toyota’s Marine Business Department— famous for its Ponam line of fiberglass sport-fishing boats and affluent cabin cruiser yachts sold in Japan.The Lexus brand itself has never had its own yacht (that would be like Porsche branching out to boat production)… but it will soon.In January, Lexus teased the blueprint for a new sport yacht concept, inspired by the power behind the Ponam turbodiesel powertrains and handling/stability of its hull designs.Years ago while the Ponam models were in development, Toyota Motor Corporation President and Chief Branding Officer for Lexus Akio Toyoda spent a couple days on the water playing with the boats. (What a job, amiright?) He made the quick decision that Lexus should jump on board to the yachting trend.last_img read more

Federer crushes Goffin for unbelievable 10th Halle title

first_imgHalle Westfalen (Germany): Roger Federer will head to Wimbledon in high spirits after waltzing past Belgium’s David Goffin in straight sets to win a record-extending 10th title at the ATP event in Halle on Sunday. Federer, 37, beat Goffin 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 to secure his 102nd career singles title and remain unbeaten on grass so far this season. “It’s unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles,” said Federer. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev”I’ve never won a tournament 10 times before, so I will remember forever that I did so here in Halle.” The Swiss star is chasing a ninth Wimbledon crown in London next month as he looks to extend and defend his record of 20 career majors. Long-term rival Rafael Nadal moved to within just two titles of Federer’s record with his 12th French Open triumph earlier this month, while world number one Novak Djokovic is just five short with 15 career majors. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsFederer endured a rough ride in the early rounds in Halle, battling to hard-fought, three-set victories over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roberto Bautista Agut. Things got easier in the latter stages as he thrashed Andy Murray’s new doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the semi-finals before dispatching Goffin on Sunday. Federer held off three break points early in the first set before prevailing in the tiebreaker. An unsettled looking Goffin then gifted Federer the opening game of the second set with a double fault on break point. From there, the Swiss never looked back, breaking Goffin twice more on his way to a 10th Halle title. “I thought David was actually better than me in the first 10 games,” said Federer. Goffin added: “I thought I started really well, there was great intensity in the first set. “I had opportunities, but you have to take them against Roger. This guy is pretty good.” It is the first time Federer has reached double figures at any individual tournament. He has triumphed eight times at both Wimbledon and the Dubai Open, and has won his home tournament in Basel on nine occasions.last_img read more

Pvt schools mandated to admit 15 pc students from weaker section

first_imgNew Delhi: All private and special category schools are mandated to admit in Class 1 or below at least 25 per cent students belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Pokhriyal said the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act came into effect from April 1, 2010 and the Act makes elementary education a fundamental right of all children in the age group of 6-14 years. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Section 12 of the Act mandates all private aided, Special Category schools and private unaided schools to admit in Class 1 or below to the extent of at least 25 per cent of the strength of that class, children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups and provide free and compulsory education till its completion,” he said during Question Hour. The minister said the RTE Act under section 12 (2) also makes provision of reimbursement of expenditure to schools providing free and compulsory elementary education as specified in Section 12(1)(c). Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “The school shall be reimbursed expenditure so incurred by it to the extent of per-child expenditure incurred by the state, or the actual amount charged from the child; whichever is less, in such manner as may be prescribed. “Provided that where such school is already under obligation to provide free education to a specified number of children on account of it having received any land, building, equipment or other facilities, either free of cost or at a concessional rate, such schools shall not be entitled for reimbursement to the extent of such obligation,” he said. Pokhriyal said education is in the Concurrent List and majority of schools are under administrative control of states and union territories, therefore, it is for the State and UT administrations concerned to ensure proper implementation of the RTE Act, prescribe neighbourhood norms and mechanism for admissions in schools including per child costs eligible for reimbursement.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Aug. 30———AIR TRANSAT PASSENGERS TELL HARROWING TALES AT HEARING: Passengers trapped aboard two Air Transat jets described hours on end of sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit earlier this summer as a federal agency began hearings Wednesday into how their ordeal happened in the first place. Witnesses described seeing flight attendants outside on the Ottawa tarmac taking selfies alongside one stranded plane amid widespread confusion over the July 31 delays — six hours in one case, five in the other — as well as finger-pointing afterward between the airline and airport officials in the national capital. One by one, passengers told members of the Canadian Transportation Agency, which is investigating the incidents, that they would have given anything to be allowed off the planes, even if only to face further delays or long drives home. Wednesday’s testimony marked the first of two days of hearings into whether the airline broke its contract with passengers. Both planes were originally bound for Montreal — one from Brussels, the other from Rome — but were forced to redirect to Ottawa due to weather conditions.———QUEBEC CITY MOSQUE SAYS PRESIDENT’S CAR TORCHED: A car belonging to the president of a Quebec City mosque where six men were shot dead in January was set on fire earlier this month, police confirmed Wednesday. In a statement, the mosque said the incident occurred on Aug. 6 at about 1:30 a.m. in the driveway of Mohamed Labidi’s home. It said the car was a total loss and that the fire also spread to the hedge of the home. “We remain on the lookout for any progress in the investigation and we hope charges will be brought against these criminals once they are identified,” the statement read. “This hateful crime toward (Labidi) and his family are the latest in a long series of hateful acts against our organization.” The mosque also said excrement was thrown at its doors several days after the car was destroyed. A Quebec City police spokesman, Lt. Jean-Francois Vezina, described the fire as criminal but said authorities haven’t yet determined whether it was a hate crime. The incident occurred just days after Labeaume announced an agreement with the mosque on the creation of a new Muslim cemetery in the city.———FLOODWATERS DROP IN HOUSTON AS HARVEY TAKES SECOND SWIPE: Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun peeked through thinning clouds Wednesday in the first glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city. But the crisis was far from over, with the storm doubling back toward land and battering communities near the Texas-Louisiana line. The storm, meanwhile, began to give up some of its dead. The confirmed death toll from the hurricane climbed to 21 after a woman’s body was discovered afloat in Beaumont. Also, the bodies of six family members, including four children, were pulled from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou, and authorities were investigating 17 more deaths to determine whether they were storm-related. While conditions in Houston appeared to improve, the disaster took a turn for the worse east of the city, close to the Louisiana line. Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, struggled with rising floodwaters and worked to evacuate residents after Harvey completed a U-turn and rolled ashore early Wednesday for the second time in six days, hitting southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm with heavy rain and winds of 72 km/h.———SCHEER REVEALS CONSERVATIVE FRONT BENCH: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer unveiled Wednesday the list of those will sit on the Opposition front benches when the House of Commons returns next month. Scheer wasn’t just drawing from a list of the other 96 Conservative MPs to decide who to put in his shadow cabinet; he was also navigating the aftermath of a leadership race he won only by a slim margin and ensuring his main competitors — and their supporters — felt they had a place and a voice at the table. Scheer’s main competitor, Maxime Bernier, will keep tabs on the Liberals’ marquee innovation agenda, while third-place finisher Erin O’Toole nabs the Foreign Affairs portfolio. Scheer had already given the deputy leader position to Lisa Raitt. Steven Blaney becomes Veterans Affairs critic after once being the minister for that position, Tony Clement will watch over public services and procurement matters and Michael Chong will take on oversight of the Liberals’ infrastructure plans. Three of the sitting MPs who challenged Scheer for the leadership, Deepak Obhrai, Kellie Leitch and Brad Trost, were left off the critics list.———PQ LEADER DOUBLES DOWN ON REFUGEE COMMENTS: The leader of the Parti Quebecois doubled down Wednesday on his claim Justin Trudeau’s famous tweet welcoming the world’s persecuted people into Canada is responsible for the influx of asylum seekers into Quebec. Jean-Francois Lisee said Monday the federal government should pay for the costs of taking care of thousands of would-be refugees he claimed were “invited by (prime minister) Justin Trudeau.” Lisee reiterated the comments two days later despite criticism from within his own party. Lisee said the thousands of asylum seekers — mostly Haitians — who have arrived in Quebec from the United States since June are “victims” of what he called the false hopes given to them by the federal government. He suggested Trudeau’s tweet from last January is to blame and that Ottawa should therefore pay the bill. Lisee said Quebecers are asking, “Where is the money going to come from?’ And I say, ‘it should come from who invited them.”’ Former interim PQ leader Louise Harel tweeted Tuesday she was “profoundly disappointed” by Lisee’s choice of words.———RADAR UPGRADES EXPECTED TO COST BILLIONS: The Trudeau government’s new defence policy could end up costing billions more than advertised because it doesn’t include one big-ticket item: modernizing North America’s early warning systems. That sets up a potentially difficult decision: to spend even more on defence than already promised, or to cut back on some of the other promises made to the military. The current network of long-range radars used by Canada and the U.S. to monitor airborne threats was built in the Arctic in the 1980s but is quickly nearing the end of its useful life. The Liberals promised in their recent defence policy that the North Warning System, as it is called, would be upgraded following talks with the U.S. about ways to improve continental security. But while the policy promised an extra $62 billion for the military over the next 20 years, none of that money has been earmarked for replacing the radar system or any new capabilities. National Defence’s top financial officer, Claude Rochette, says the department could not account for the cost because Canada and the U.S. have not decided what they actually need.———B.C. CHIEF TO FACE SEXUAL INTERFERENCE CHARGE: British Columbia’s prosecution service says a charge of sexual interference of a person under the age of 16 has been laid against a First Nations chief in Williams Lake. The prosecution service says Roger William of the Xeni Gwet’in is alleged to have committed the offence in the city on or about May 12 and was expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday. It says special prosecutor Brock Martland approved the charge after he was appointed on Monday because the assistant deputy attorney general considered the matter in the public interest. The prosecution service says such appointments are also intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice. Martland is a Vancouver lawyer in private practice and the prosecution service says his mandate was to provide legal advice to RCMP investigators as necessary, and conduct any related charge assessment as well as the prosecution if charges were approved. The prosecution service says it postponed announcing his appointment pending completion of the investigation and approval of charges.———COURT HEARS FROM FAMILY OF CALGARY GAS-AND-DASH VICTIM: The brother of a woman killed in a gas and dash says he’s haunted by thoughts of his sister’s final moments when she was lying on the ground “like a rag doll.” Mohamad Rashidi wrote in a victim impact statement read in court Wednesday as his mother wept quietly. Maryam Rashidi, who was 35, died two years ago while trying to stop Cody Mitchell from driving off without paying for $113 in fuel he had taken from the gas station where she worked. Another statement was written by the victim’s husband before he died in a traffic accident in June. “Some things that you lose you recover over time. Other losses are immeasurable and can never be retrieved. For instance, the loss of innocence of a child whose mother was taken from him,” Ahmad Nourani Shallo wrote before his death. The Crown is calling for a sentence of 10 years for manslaughter and an additional two years for hit and run. It also wants Mitchell prohibited from driving for the rest of his life. The defence suggested a total sentence of seven to eight years and a ban on driving for five to seven years.———NO BAIL FOR TORONTO DOCTOR ACCUSED OF MURDER: A Toronto neurosurgeon charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife has been denied bail. Dr. Mohammed Shamji, 41, showed little emotion as he sat in a Toronto courtroom on Wednesday. Shamji worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto. He was charged in December 2016 in the death of his wife, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji. The 40-year-old woman, a family physician at Scarborough Hospital, was last seen on Nov. 30. Her strangled and beaten body was later found in a suitcase by a roadside north of Toronto. Police have said the couple, who were married for 12 years, had three young children.———NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT GULF WHALES, LEBLANC SAYS: As Canadian officials scramble to determine whether an endangered whale caught in fishing rope off Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula may have freed itself, federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc is promising a new set of rules around commercial fishing gear to protect the large marine mammals. A North Atlantic right whale was spotted entangled in ropes during a fly-over of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Monday, but LeBlanc said aerial and water patrols were unable to locate it Tuesday. Officials are investigating whether the fishing gear rope that entangled the whale was in the area legally or had been lost or abandoned, which LeBlanc said has been the case with other entanglements this summer. He said the rope may have been fishing gear for the herring fisheries or abandoned crab traps, and that the department is investigating and may press charges. Ten right whales have died since June in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, an unprecedented number of deaths for the endangered marine mammal.last_img read more

FIPPA could impact First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuestions continue to swirl around an agreement between Canada and China.The Conservative government recently signed the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA) with China but it hasn’t been ratified yet.The agreement has been met with criticism. Critics argue FIPPA will push through environmentally damaging energy projects.That raises concerns on First Nations who feel they may be pressured into surrendering their resource rights.APTN National News reporter Tina House has more on the story.last_img read more

Morocco, Brazil Seek to Boost Bilateral Cooperation in Agriculture

Marrakech- Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch held talks on Tuesday with Brazilian counterpart Blairo Maggi on the means to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries in agriculture.The two sides agreed to set up a joint commission to strengthen bilateral exchanges in this area, Brazilian minister told reporters following these talks.He said that his visit to Morocco is part of the COP22, which is taking place in Marrakech, noting that the two countries share the same interests in the agricultural sector. With MAP read more

Primary league tables 2016 Top 1000 primary schools

first_imgIt should be taken into account, however, that the school only had 13 eligible pupils. The second school in the Telegraph’s rankings is Lowbrook Academy in Maidenhead, where 100 per cent of the 29 pupils achieved the expected standard in their SATs exams and 45 per cent met the higher standard.Comparisons with previous results are inadvisable, since previous tables produced by the Telegraph originally sorted schools on the average point score across all subjects, which is no longer a measure used by the Government.Furthermore, considering the new curriculum, ‘expected standard’ is not a direct equivalent with Level 4 – the previous national standard for key stage 2.London’s schools were top of the classThe proportion of schools that were judged not to be up to standard varied significantly across the country.Regionally, London’s schools were the least likely to fall below the Government’s new benchmarks, with just one per cent doing so. In the South West and the East Midlands the figure was as high as seven percent.Bedford was the worst performer out of England’s 152 local education authorities with one in five schools falling below the floor standard.Dorset had the second worst record nationally on 18 per cent while at the other end of the scale 35 local authorities didn’t contain a single sub-standard school. The top 1,000 schools have been sorted by first organising the schools according to the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, and then by the percentage of pupils reaching the higher standard (previously Level 5).53 per cent of schools met the expected standard and five per cent of schools achieved the higher standard in reading, writing and maths.According to analysis by the Telegraph, the top performing primary school in the country is Temple Grafton CofE Primary School in Alcester, Warwickshire, where 100 per cent of pupils met the expected standard and 46 per cent met the higher standard this year.  Primary school performance tables for Key Stage 2 (11-year-old) SATs results have been published today by the Department for Education. They reveal test scores for state primary schools in England and show which schools are meeting the Government’s targets. In 2016, a school will be deemed to be above the floor standard if at least 65 per cent of pupils meet the expected standard (previously Level 4) in reading, writing and mathematics, or if the school satisfies separate pupil progress measures. Have a look through our searchable league table, which reveals the top 1,000 primary schools in England or use our interactive table to search all primary state schools in England. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Free school meal eligibility is still a key divideEligibility for Free School Meals continues to be a key predictor in how well a child will perform at Key Stage 2.Just 35 per cent of FSM pupils achieved the expected standard across reading, writing and maths last year compared to 57 per cent for all other pupils.There is a similar divide when it comes to making progress in individual subjects with the biggest gap coming in reading. Girls did better than boysBoys tend to perform worse than girls in Key Stage 2 assessments and this year’s figures show that this pattern has continued, despite the emphasis shifting to progress made, or value added, rather than purely on attainment.As many as 57 per cent of girls achieve the expected standard – roughly equivalent to a level 4b in the old assessment levels – in reading, writing and mathematics compared to 50 per cent of boys.The gap is larger than that seen in previous years – there was a six percentage point gap for the old expected standard in 2015 and 2014.However, despite their stronger performance overall, girls were found to have made less progress than boys in maths. Those with summer birthdays were less likely to do wellAge plays a surprisingly big role in how well pupils perform at KS2 with those born in September – i.e. the eldest in the class – being far more likely to achieve the expected standard in reading writing and maths.Those with August birthdays – i.e. the youngest in the class – did worst.The reverse is true when it comes to the amount of progress made, however, with younger pupils making larger improvements than their elder peers. NotesSchools with fewer than 6 pupils taking a qualification are not shown in the tables because of the risk of an individual pupil’s results being identified.Our other interactive league tables:A-level school league tables: compare your school’s performanceGCSE school league tables: compare your school’s performanceTop 100 secondary schools by A-level resultsTop 100 secondary schools by GCSE results Those with English as an additional language made big stridesHalf of pupils whose first language is other than English reached the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics, lower than the national average and compared with 54 per cent of pupils whose first language is English.However, pupils with English as an additional language tended to make far better progress than those with English as a first language.Children with English as an additional language made significant leaps in maths and writing and also improved in reading, while their classmates with English as a first language made slightly less progress across the board.last_img read more

Doctor Who Episode 7 Team TARDIS Pops ECommerce Bubble at Kerblam

first_imgStay on target This article contains spoilers for “Kerblam!”, episode seven of Doctor Who season 11.In keeping with this season’s tendency toward political commentary, Sunday’s oddly prescient episode of Doctor Who tackled Amazon online retailers and single-use plastics.Chris Chibnall’s quest toward social justice continued with Pete McTighe’s glaring takedown of big business—in this case, e-commerce giant Kerblam!, a certified 10 percent people company built on the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka.The Doctor and her companions infiltrate the distribution center after receiving a distress call on a packing slip, tucked inside a Kerblam! parcel delivered to the TARDIS.The stellar Julie Hesmondhalgh as Head of People Judy Maddox (via BBC)There they meet Judy Maddox, Head of People at a majority-robot-run corporation, played by the sublime Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch).(I had the immense pleasure of seeing Hesmondhalgh star in the stunningly intimate “The Greatest Play in the History of the World…” in Edinburgh this August. When I tweeted post-performance that I was so moved I couldn’t praise the actor in the theater bar after, for fear I’d bawl on her, she responded that I “should have come for a cuddle.” I’ve been smitten ever since.)The double-headliner episode also features funnyman Lee Mack (as Dan Cooper), who easily delivered some of the hour’s best jokes—before being bumped off by a mysterious evil force in the Kerblam! depot.Yaz befriends the charming Dan (Lee Mack) before his untimely death (via BBC)Between the laughs, McTighe manages to craft a sinister and suspenseful chapter that takes viewers on a twisty adventure reminiscent of the good old days (by which I mean 2005 to 2017).Despite the IRL dispersal of robots—designed to do everything from monitoring delicate ocean creatures to saving human lives to twerking—Doctor Who‘s android antics can easily veer toward the ludicrous.This week, however, it’s not the cyborgs we have to worry about, but the humans with access to their controls.Leo Flanagan as Charlie the maintenance man: Access to everywhere, noticed by hardly anyone (via BBC)Human Charlie (Leo Flanagan) serves as the adventure’s big bad: a young maintenance man-cum-disgruntled trade unionist with an office crush and a scheme to kill Kerblam! customers in hopes of eroding people’s trust in automation.“Imperfect technology without a conscience,” Charlie explains in a panic. “Machines malfunction, that’s what they do.”“No, mate, that’s what you’re doing: seriously malfunctioning,” Graham says.The Doctor and Graham enlist the help of an old employee (via BBC)Except, the Kerblam! system does have a conscience. And it’s been fighting back against Charlie—taking things so far as to murder love interest Kira to prove a point.Which makes the episode’s moral all the more confusing.AI running business isn’t the problem; how humans use the automated system is. (Especially if you’ve hired a hysterical genius hell bent on changing the world—one bubble-wrap pop at a time.) Until the system retaliates…Still me? (via BBC)Missed episode six of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “Demons of the Punjab,” as well as 15 Historical Figures Who Appeared on the show. And, keep in mind that this year’s Christmas episode has been rescheduled for New Year’s Day.As an added bonus, watch last week’s emotional Children in Need special, part of the BBC’s annual charity telethon, in which Team TARDIS made nine-year-old Whovian Anna’s dream come true.Doctor Who glossary (for all your British-to-American English needs):Roger Wilco: Procedure words for radiotelephone communication, meaning “received and will comply”Blimey: Used to express surprise, excitement, or alarmCockle: Cockney rhyming slang for £10 HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more