Women of Summer

first_imgSummer may feel over, but it doesn’t officially end until Sept. 21—so here’s one more great example of a collective summer destination. Hey, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year.Wiawaka Holiday House is a women’s retreat located on nearly 60 acres of land on Lake George, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains. It offers outdoor workshops from photography to paddling; seminars on topics like Creating your Best Life; and events like the upcoming 2nd Annual Women’s Liberation Festival: Uncovering your Inner Goddess.Its mission is to provide “enrichment and revitalization for women at a historical lakefront setting.” Men are allowed…but only during the month of July.Founded in 1903 by Mary Fuller, the daughter of a prominent industrialist from Troy, NY, Wiawaka started as a camp for female textile workers.At the turn of the century, Troy was known as the “city of women” because its booming textile industry meant it was home to a large, mostly immigrant, female population of mill workers.The young Ms. Fuller was active in the local Young Women’s Association, and she felt this community needed an affordable retreat. She convinced friends who had recently purchased a resort property to give it to her for this purpose.That first summer, 176 guests came, at a cost of $3.50 per week. Now Wiawaka hosts about 1,000 visitors a summer.These days the price tag is a bit higher than $3.50, but the retreat operates as a non-profit corporation committed to providing affordable vacations to all women. Scholarships are available through the Fuller Respite Program.In order to build community and keep rates affordable, guests share common spaces and are expected to maintain their own rooms. But even with all this communal space, there are plenty of secluded, quiet areas for reflection. (No TVs or phones in the rooms, by the way.)Credit: Images are from the Wiawaka Holiday House website unless otherwise specified.Wiawaka was founded in 1903 to provide an escape for the female textile workers of Troy, NY. It’s considered the oldest summer retreat destination for women.The 60-acre property sits on the southern tip of Lake George, in Upstate NY. Credit: YPS2013 The camp’s historic Wakonda Lodge, built in 1905.The lodged closed for repairs in 2002, and reopened this year after a massive restoration project.The boathouse offers various kayaks, canoes and paddleboats.Early visitors enjoying the lake.Men are welcome to visit during the month of July.​Wiawaka took its name from from the Abenaki word meaning “The Great Spirit of Woman.”This is the last installment of our summer series, “Let’s Co-Vacation: Together we can own the summer again,” where we highlighted collective summer destinations. Previous profiles included the Knickerbocker Field Club in Flatbush, Brooklyn; Unity House, in the Poconos, owned by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union; Three Arrows Cooperative Society in Putnam Valley, NY; Prince George’s Swimming Pool in Mt. Rainier, MD; Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat, in the Willamette National Forest, OR; and Co-Cycle, a co-operative cross-country bike ride.Wiawaka Holiday House is just one of the hundreds of New Mutualist organizations you’ll find on our Quiet Revolutionary map! Are there any New Mutualist organizations in your area that belond on our map? Be sure to submit your idea!last_img read more

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Creative storytelling: 6 lessons from a puppet master

first_imgA freelance career filled with homemade puppets and a hint of pragmatism can lead to extraordinary results. Artist Ora Fruchter is proof.The Brooklyn-based performer uses puppetry and music to create innovative and engaging experiences for people of all ages. Her companies, Yellow Sneaker Puppets & Doppelskope, produce original musical performances, as well as educational programs about the Food Justice movement.Ora has built a thriving community of co-collaborators, both real and imaginary. This is how she used puppets as her pathway to success:1. Do what you love. “Puppetry combines a lot of different things that I enjoy – design, directing, performance and improvisation. Freelancing creates space in my life to work with wonderful friends and fellow collaborators. Together, we develop work that we truly love. It’s incredibly rewarding to have that type of freedom.”2. Collaboration is key. “Essentially, my work happens because of the people in my life. It’s extremely important for me to nurture my community and find new ways to collaborate. Working with others means really taking risks and inviting people to tamper with your ideas.”3. Embrace constructive criticism. “When I develop something new – a story, song or character – I find feedback can help lead me in the right direction. Always express a willingness to take advice from other people who have more experience than you.”4. Allow your work to impact others. “The combination of creative storytelling and activism resonates with people. I created ‘What’s for Lunch Today’ in order to educate students about the Food Justice movement. After watching my performance, my hope is they will understand how to make healthier food choices and share that message in their community. The earlier we can involve young people in the movement, the better!”)5. Fight self-doubt. “Freelancing is tough. Channel the energy needed to create great things and be confident in your ability. It took me awhile to say “I’m a puppeteer”, because I was waiting for someone else to say, “Yes, you’ve worked as a puppeteer long enough to call yourself that.” I try to remember that I am in charge of deciding who I am, what the work is that I do, and why I do it. I can’t wait for other people to tell me.”6. Never stop learning. “No matter what your creative field, there will always be something new to learn. I taught myself puppetry after years of being simply curious. It’s never too late.”Visit www.orafruchter.com to learn about Ora’s puppetry and upcoming performances!last_img read more

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Why being weird gets me more clients

first_imgThey pop up frequently – in brightly-colored banners on websites, in aggressive social media ads. Sometimes when I wait in line at Barnes and Noble, I catch them staring at me, glassy-eyed, from book covers.They have power suits. They have perfectly coiffed hair. Their smiles are fixed. Their expressions are hungry.They are… the Brand Mavens.You know who I’m talking about. Brand Mavens are those peppy, cutthroat folks who talk almost exclusively in business-ese. They write urgent, vaguely condescending blogs and books that claim to reveal the “secrets to success”. They insist that to Get Ahead in this World, you have to aggressively market yourself as a nice, safe, tame product that appeals to the broadest swathe of humanity possible.They probably start their mornings with a nice hot cup of coffee mixed with rocket fuel and the blood of innocents.Okay, fine. I’m not being quite fair to the Brand Mavens. They’re only trying to make a buck out of the advice game, and some of them have perfectly sound advice to give about self-promotion (heck, even a blind squirrel finds some nuts). If you’re looking for tactics to aggressively market some carefully cultivated version of yourself, these people are good gurus to have.But Brand Mavens so often insist on self-promotion for its own sake, implying that you are a hapless FOOL if you are not aggressively shoving a “brand” down potential clients’ throats. And worse, they often insist that you define your brand in the most homogenized, highly “saleable” way possible – in a manner that could never offend (or excite) anyone.That. Is. Claptrap.You can be yourself – your authentic self – and get clients. You do not have to fit into some artificial mold to find freelance work. What’s more, if you can accept (and even amplify) your own weirdness, if you let your sense of humor leak through, if you try hard to pursue opportunities based on your authentic interests (and not some dubious expert’s marketing plan)… you will build stronger connections. You will gain better clients. You will enjoy your work more.Ricky Gervais once shared some extremely good insights into this subject, which I will liberally quote here:“… being original is often considered dangerous if you want huge mainstream success. It seems safer to make anodyne stuff that most people might consume without offense. Homogenized by committee and focus grouped to be like something else that was quite successful. The white sliced bread of art. This is indeed a reasonably safe approach but where’s the fun, apart from the commercial gain? … From my own experiences I’ve learned that quirky, different, fringe projects that may only be cult, often travel a lot better internationally. Mainstream comedians and TV shows that might be the biggest thing, on say, UK TV for a while, often don’t sell a sausage around the world. Comics selling out arenas in the UK often can’t sell a ticket in America or many other places. If you do something peculiar and remarkable it might not be for mass consumption in your own country but there are 7 billion people in the world. People everywhere in the world will recognize and appreciate its innovation. A world cult is many times bigger than a single country’s mainstream hit. So in the long run, being different can make commercial sense as well as artistic sense. And you’ll often hear the term ‘water cooler moment.’ The broadest, most inoffensive, mainstream hits are so often the least ‘talked about.’ They just happen and wash over a disconcerting majority once a week.”-Ricky GervaisListen, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that your genuine “brand” – the slick, nasty little term for the encapsulation of your quirky, esoteric personality, your unique likes and dislikes, your skills and talents – is FAR MORE INTERESTING than any manufactured, safe “brand” that these Mavens would have you construct. Authenticity gets people’s attention. It’s genuine. It’s cool.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberI have many eccentricities. Many of them would not be considered conventionally “saleable”. I have a rather dark sense of humor. I have three different careers, which I do more-or-less simultaneously. I am relaxed to the point of lassitude about logistical details. I like absurdity in all forms. I like collaborating more than controlling. I have a cynical streak, and when I! GET! EXCITED! I! TALK! LOUDLY!Because I’m open about these things – because I can laugh about them and acknowledge them to potential clients – I’ve found MORE work, not less. I find clients who really want a freelancer with a snarky sense of humor: someone who rolls with logistical changes, who pipes up in meetings, and who values flexibility. Because my “brand” is just me, and not some sanitized, trying-desperately-to-be-palatable version of myself, I get clients who actually want… me.And that makes us both happy.If you, too, find Brand Mavens to be terrifying – don’t let those overly hair-sprayed vampires get you down. When you market yourself, don’t try to please everyone BUT yourself. Be authentic, and try to make genuine connections with Your People. They’re the ones you really want to work with, anyway.Your weird brand? Your mutant, strange, eccentric brand? People want it.My friend, that weird is so sellable.last_img read more

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The productivity paradox: Quality vs. Quantity

first_imgWe live in a productivity-obsessed society.You can’t swing a cat meme on the Internet without finding an article about how to up your output.There are a million tips out there on how to do more, faster, in virtually any environment: how to multitask effectively while out of the office / while on vacation / while juggling your minutes-old newborn baby.Some of this is a natural impulse, especially for freelancers, who tend to be workaholics at the best of times – and who are prone to feeling almost like any hour that they’re not gigging is a wasted hour.But this is, ironically, not a very productive point of view.When we drive ourselves incessantly – when we do not build in time for rest or relaxation, and when we do not allow ourselves to unplug – our work suffers.Incessantly focusing on your quantity can really, really hurt your quality.I have found this to be true on a deeply insidious, cyclical level.When I’m working too hard on too many things at once, I start to make silly little mistakes… which means I have to check my work carefully, which means I’m slower, which makes my overall focus on quality diminish as I start to feel the pressure build… which makes me make more silly little mistakes.Trying to outpace some imaginary automaton freelancer out there is the perfect way to drive yourself right into mediocrity.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberThink back on the last time you had an astonishingly Great Idea – the kind that makes all the many pieces of your life click, the kind that glues that exceptionally hard project together.It may indeed have come during a stressful all-nighter, after you slumped, hollow-eyed, at your desk. That sort of exhaustion is sometimes conducive to breakthroughs.But, when almost every night is a workin’-late night, thoughts become dull and routines become unbearable.… I bet that’s not when your Great Idea came, though.I bet it probably came at random, like a bolt out of the blue: when you were showering, or cooking, or napping, or exercising.When, in fact, you were thinking of anything BUT work.Giving your subconscious time to ruminate and reflect is a great way to build work worthy of rumination and reflection: work with depth and meaning.If you find yourself producing more work, badly – if you, too, find yourself uncharacteristically making silly mistakes over and over again – ask if you’re taking on too much, all at once.Can you take a step back? Can you create the occasional break in your breakneck schedule?Join me! Let’s buck this productivity culture, and take an occasional chance on quantity – in order to see what we gain in quality.Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

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Mi A1 quick review: Xiaomi and Google’s new Android One phone is good news for buyers

first_imgXiaomi and Google have a lot in common. Both the companies have invested heavily on bringing low-cost, quality products based around the Android ecosystem to emerging markets like India. While Xiaomi has its Redmi range of phones, Google has (had) its highly-ambitious Android One initiative. Although Xiaomi has – so far – been able to tick all the right boxes with its Redmi line-up, Google’s Android One-based phones haven’t been as lucky.Android One-based phones have surely been around, but, their existence or the lack thereof, is subject of much debate. In fact, well until September 5, 2017, it was widely speculated – to the extent that it wasn’t even a speculation any more – that Android One was (is) dead. A lot of these speculations were of course laid to rest when Google announced Android Go at I/O 2017. Only Android One wasn’t dead. You can probably say that it was on a sabbatical or something like it, but, dead it wasn’t. September 5, 2017 will go down in history as the day when Android One was re-launched albeit under a slightly different set of rules and guidelines.At the helm of Android One’s second innings is Xiaomi, a company often called as the Apple of China. And the device in question, responsible for Android One’s second innings, is the Mi A1. The Xiaomi Mi A1, in a nutshell, is a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google. And with it, Google plans on connecting the next billion users, or at least close to it, unlike the global search engine giant’s previous entry-level – Android One — efforts.”Google has this division that it calls the Next Billion users and you know how India is a hot-zone for that. I think Android One was really the genesis of that idea: in India we need a device that is in a lower price point to really get a lot of people online. But, a lot of the things like hardware specifications on the original Android One devices weren’t that good. The Mi A1 is different,” Xiaomi India’s product lead, Jai Mani said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech.advertisementThe Mi A1 is notably the most premium phone, both in terms of looks and build as well as in terms of hardware specs, to launch under Google’s Android One program. This is a stark departure from what Xiaomi and Google’s Android One stood for, once upon a time. The times they are a-changin’. For the better, hopefully.”It’s a re-launch of the Android One program in many ways and we are really happy that Google kind of picked us to do it. If you think about it, again for us India is clearly very important — it’s the most important global market — and it’s very similar for Google. You’ve seen them launch a bunch of India-specific apps like they updated Google Maps recently, the new UI, it came to India first. It’s great for us to be able to work with Google really closely on this.”Xiaomi has been more than vocal about the fact that “we don’t update a phone just to change an Android version number. But, actually it has to make the phone better.” Even critics would agree Xiaomi’s custom ROM MIUI is one of the better — seamless and polished — user interfaces coming from China even though it’s a stark departure from Google’s Android in every sense of the word. September 5, 2017 will go down in history as the day when Android One was re-launched albeit under a slightly different set of rules and guidelinesXiaomi’s MIUI, although it offers a seamless experience across the board, is known for some heavy skinning on top of Android, something that hard-core geeks don’t really appreciate. Also, because there’s third-party skinning involved — and because Xiaomi likes to update each and every device in its portfolio more or less on similar lines — the fact that users have to wait longer for updates, doesn’t go down well with many. That besides the fact that the company is known to kill some key Android features just so it can maintain uniformity across its devices is a subject of much debate.Truth be said, there’s still an audience, and a sizable one at that, that would still take Android Nougat over Marshmallow and it would want it as quickly as possible. Xiaomi’s Mi A1 Android One phone would cater well to that audience. Not only would the A1 pack in the latest and greatest in Android at all times, it would be the closest thing next to what a certain Google Pixel has to offer at the end of the day: unadulterated software. The Mi A1, for your reference, runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and will be updated to the recently announced Android Oreo by the end of this year, Xiaomi has confirmed. Xiaomi (and Google), in fact, went so far as to say that the Mi A1 will also be getting Android P – or whatever Google decides to call the Android O successor – when it launches later next year.advertisementXiaomi joining in on the stock Android bandwagon isn’t all that surprising though. Pure and unadulterated software seems to be the collective need of the hour and smartphone manufacturers are now paying heed to this growing demand. There’s Lenovo – that also own Motorola Mobility – that has recently switched to stock Android, getting rid of its loathsome Vibe UI, just because consumers would rather have and use stock Android – that’s clean and secure – than Vibe UI which was just bad. Vibe UI was probably one reason why Lenovo was never to able to update its phones beyond a period, and that period was evidently small as compared to what Google offers. Then there’s the new (and improved) Nokia under the banner of HMD Global that’s sticking with stock Android across its entire range of phones, the Nokia 6, 5 and 3, and the recently launched Nokia 8. All these phones run a vanilla version of Android Nougat and will be “pure, secure, and up to date,” according to HMD Global.More importantly, both Lenovo and Nokia, are operating in the same market segment – below Rs 20,000 – in India as Xiaomi, and Xiaomi with its MIUI that doesn’t really care much about Android versions doesn’t look all that well in comparison even though its phones are quite the bang for the buck. It was about time that even Xiaomi made the plunge.”So Google had been thinking about what to do with the Android One program because they have a big focus on the next billion users. They were thinking about it and we kind of floated this idea – this was in fact back when Hugo was there – around last year. Initially we weren’t sure what they were targeting, were they looking at a Redmi 4/Redmi 4A kind of device, or something more premium,” Jai explained.The result of the collaboration — the Xiaomi Mi A1 — is a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google.The Mi A1, is in fact, a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 5X that the Chinese company launched only recently. But while the Mi 5X is a China-exclusive affair, the Mi A1 will sell anywhere but China, chiefly because of the fact that it runs stock Android and comes pre-bundled with Google services that are virtually non-existent in China. Should the Mi A1 work well for Xiaomi, the company will be looking to launch a successor to it soon enough: the Mi A1 is part of a whole new series of phones from Xiaomi, after all.Going by its spec-sheet, we have reason to believe, the Xiaomi Mi A1 should do well. The Mi A1, after all, is simply a more affordable or mini version of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 6 that brings the former’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi A1, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto (or zoom lens).advertisementIn terms of core specifics, the 26mm wide-angle lens on-board the Mi 5A comes with an f/2.2 aperture while the 50mm telephoto lens boasts of an f/2.6 aperture. This dual camera system offers 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The system is further aided with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash but there is no optical image stabilisation. On the front, the Mi A1 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.In the limited time that I spent with the Mi A1’s dual cameras, well, let’s just say that there’s plenty to look forward to in the days to come. The phone clicks good-looking photos in good lighting with good detail and mostly spot-on colours. It’s mostly quick to focus, and shutter speed is also pretty good, for a phone at its price range. The camera (s) does struggle in tricky light, but, overall it paints a pretty good picture is what I feel as far as first impressions are concerned. The front camera, meanwhile, clicks good selfies in good lighting but is often to prone to some over-exposure that results in blown-out highlights.FYI: Although the Xiaomi Mi A1 runs a near 100 per cent version of stock Android, the camera app is still hallmark Xiaomi. This is because the stock Google camera app can’t do dual camera gimmickry like taking portrait shots, according to Xiaomi. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from GoogleMoving on, the Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass — which is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for your reference — on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. The Mi A1 further comes with physical capacitive keys on the front which are back-lit.On the hardware front, the Mi A1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display – which gets bright but colours appear a little washed out — and a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card. The Mi A1 is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery and uses USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.Xiaomi may go to great lengths to claim how good the Mi A1 looks and feels and does in the camera department, but, the real star of the show here is the software. The Mi A1 is essentially a Xiaomi phone running stock Android and to cut short the chase here: it flies like no other phone in its price range. The Mi A1 with Xiaomi’s much-loved – yes, Xiaomi said that at its press briefing – Snapdragon 625 and unmodified stock Android software quite literally is a force to reckon with as far as seamless experience is concerned. And, just like the Redmi Note 4, the Mi A1 also doesn’t get hot, even when you’re charging it.FYI: Although the Xiaomi Mi A1 runs a near 100 per cent version of stock Android, the phone also ships with the company’s Mi Feedback and Mi Remote apps. While the purpose of the Mi Feedback app is to let users report issues with the phone, the Mi Remote app allows users to use the Mi A1’s IR-blaster. While the Mi Remote app can be uninstalled, the Mi Feedback app can’t.The Xiaomi Mi A1, as far as first impressions are concerned, has every ingredient in the book to make fans (and critics) fall in love with. At the same time, it seems like the first valiant effort from house Google to resurrect Android One and make the platform count. The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available for buying online via Flipkart, and offline via the company’s exclusive retail partners and Mi Home stores at a price of Rs 14,999. The Mi A1 will go on sale for the first time on Flipkart on September 12. It will be available in three colours: Black, Gold and Rose Gold. Watch this space for our full review of the Xiaomi Mi A1 in the days to come.last_img read more

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India in very good nick, Australia excited about tough test: James Faulkner

first_imgJames Faulkner admitted that India are currently in very “good nick” and the Australian all-rounder believes that its going to be a real test for them when they face Virat Kohli’s team in the limited-overs series starting September 17.Australia are coming off what turned out to be a challenging Test series against Bangladesh, escaping the country with somehow managing to level the two-match series. (Also read: Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith soon: Will sparks fly again?)On the other hand, the Men in Blue are coming off a successful tour of Sri Lanka, where they whitewashed the hosts, 9-0 in all the three formats – 3-0 in the Tests, 5-0 in the ODIs and 1-0 in the lone T20I.”Look, they (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket, off-late. They are in a very good nick at the moment. And like I said, it’s gonna be a test and we are very excited for it,” said Faulkner on Monday. (Also read: Steve Smith sees no spin threat for Australia in limited-overs series in India)”It’s going to be a good series. The last time we were here, we played some good, tough cricket. We are really excited,” he added.The pacer further asserted that it has always been a good cricketing rivalry between both the nations and the fans would definitely get to see some good, tough cricket.AP Photo The Steve Smith-led side arrived in Chennai from Bangladesh and would be playing their first warm-up match against Board President’s XI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.advertisement”Looking forward to playing the warm-up game before the series starts. It’s tough conditions here in Chennai, its hot out there,” he said.The reigning 50-over World Champions have struggled to counter spin and captain Steve Smith has admitted it will a big challenge for them to adapt to spin-friendly conditions.Faulkner, who was not a part of the Australian squad for the Champions Trophy, would be playing the shorter version of the game would be making a comeback of sorts.The 27-year-old said that it has been tough for him when asked about his absence from the team.”It’s been tough. If you ask any player any time he gets left out, it’s no great fun. You have to rely on your friends and family and teammates as well,” he said.”And at the end of the day, it’s up to you to be on the spot. So, I am excited to be back in the group. It’s a good opportunity to play against a very good opposition in their own country,” he added.last_img read more

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Pan Pacific Open: Caroline Wozniacki keeps title defence alive, Barbora Strycova downs Johanna Konta

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki kept her title defence alive in the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday after eking out a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win over Shelby Rogers to secure a place in the quarter-finals.The former world number one trailed 3-0 in the decider before securing victory after toiling for more than two hours.Pulling off an upset seemed on Rogers’ mind as the American fended off three break points in the 10th game to clinch the first set.Wozniacki wrestled back momentum in the second, converting two break points before firing back-to-back aces to force a decider.Rogers raced to a 3-0 lead in the third set before Wozniacki staged a brilliant comeback, claiming six of the last seven games to advance to the next round.”I knew she has powerful strokes and a big serve. it definitely was not easy,” Wozniacki said in a courtside interview. “I’m just happy to win this one.”Earlier, Barbora Strycova registered her first win over a top 10 player this year when the Czech edged out Britain’s Johanna Konta 7-5 7-6(5).Fourth seeded Konta dominated the early proceedings in her first meeting with Strycova and raced to a 3-0 lead before the Czech broke her back and went on to claim the first set.Konta’s dominant backhand put her 5-4 ahead but the British number one could not serve out the second set, allowing Strycova to force a tiebreak and eventually seal the match.”I’m very happy, because this match meant a lot to me,” Strycova said.advertisement”I don’t have any words to say because I’m very emotional and very happy that I won against Johanna,” said the 31-year-old who meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-final.Ninth seed Caroline Garcia beat local favourite Kurumi Nara 6-1 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with world number one Garbine Muguruza.last_img read more

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People are finally waking up to stats of women’s cricket: Mithali Raj to India Today

first_imgIndia captain Mithali Raj was happy with the appreciation and acknowledgment that the women cricketers are receiving now and said the response of the people has been the biggest difference in their lives.India women finished runners-up at the Women’s World Cup 2017 in England , losing to the hosts by a mere nine runs at Lord’s. Post their World Cup exploits, the India women cricketers have seen a humungous rise in their stature and popularity.”The fact that the World Cup matches were televised, pretty much all of India’s matches and the way people responded on social media has definitely been the biggest change.”Definitely whatever we achieved for the last few years, we never got appreciated like we are being now. People now draw comparisons of the stats of women and men’s cricket on social media but in a way, I see it is good. Finally people are waking up to the stats of the women’s cricket and what we have achieved in this long career,” Mithali said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.Mithali is the highest run-getter in women’s ODIs with over 6,000 runs along with registering a record seven consecutive ODI fifties. The India captain feels that with the televisation of the India matches, people became aware of a lot of stats that exist in women’s cricket and despite not being a fan of the stats, she said that it’s good for the upcoming generation.”The thing is when your matches are not televised regularly and there aren’t many followers, people don’t really take interest to understand that women’s cricket matches are played very less and the ratio of matches are far lesser than men’s cricket. The more we play, the better we get. But again, the country that’s obsessed with stats, finally get to see a lot of those because during the World Cup, a lot of stats were shown on TV.advertisement”So it was good and people have started to acknowledge the 100 ODIs I have played as a captain, the seven fifties and 6,000 runs. I am myself not a great fan of stats but it’s good since in a way, it will help the future generation,” Mithali asserted,India played the final of the World Cup in front of a packed Lord’s and billions others sat in front of their television sets to watch the India women take on England. Carrying the hopes of billions is definitely a lot of pressure but Mithali said that playing a final is in itself a big pressure. More than that though, it was the experience of playing at Lord’s in front of so many people that made it great for the India captain.”Thankfully my parents didn’t tell me all that was happening back in India but the pressure of playing the final, irrespective of whether people are following or not, is completely different. It was one of those moments, you are playing in front of a packed stadium at Lord’s, the Mecca of cricket, and you have your Indian fans rooting for India and then the English fans. It was a great experience and to just put it in one word, electrifying.”Mithali shared that Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar talked to the girls before the World Cup final and just asked them to express themselves on the field. She also indulged that she has played with Tendulkar’s bat a couple of times.”The last I spoke to him was before the World Cup final and the way he motivated the girls to go out there and express themselves was great. He’s been one of them whose bats I have played with. I think a couple of his bats I have used to play in the matches. We share a great rapport and he has definitely been an influence not just on a few cricketers but the whole country.”Mithali’s biography is going to come out soon and she said that it will be the transition of a woman cricketer in 90s to the 21st century that people will get to know in depth.”I think one will be able to get a lot more clear insight into my personal journey as a player and as a person that I have evolved over the years. The challenges that I have faced and what the challenges of a woman cricketer from the 90s to the 21st century.”The current generation is equipped with a lot of professionalism and they have everything easy but I have been one of those players who have seen the pre-BCCI and post-BCCI times and so, I know the transition period, I know the struggles of being under WCI and best part of being under BCCI,” Mithali concluded.advertisementlast_img read more

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The Ashes: Matt Renshaw has the backing of inner-sanctum, says Nathan Lyon

first_imgAustralia opening batsman Matt Renshaw’s horror run in the domestic Sheffield Shield has raised speculation that his Ashes berth may be in danger but team mate Nathan Lyon said the left-hander had the backing of the “inner sanctum”.Renshaw has compiled just 70 runs in six innings for Queensland in the first class competition and has failed to score a half-century in his previous nine test innings.Selectors will name Australia’s Ashes squad on Friday, with the first Test against holders England starting in Brisbane next week.Renshaw enjoyed a fine home summer after making his debut against South Africa in Adelaide last year and has averaged 36.64 from his 10 tests.However, while opening partner David Warner implored the 21-year-old to score more runs earlier this week, off-spinner Lyon stopped short of confirming Renshaw’s selection in the squad but said the batsman had internal support.”Playing for Australia, you are going to come under scrutiny from the media and the public,” Lyon told reporters.”But if you are in the inner sanctum and have the support – which he does – then you can usually get out of that head space and perform well.”The media can write what they want, the public can think what they want but, if you have positive energy around the team – which there is already – I know there will be support for everyone (in the test team).”Renshaw scored 184 against Pakistan in his last home test in Sydney in January and is highly regarded for his ability to bat for long periods of time.advertisementAlthough dismissed for 16 and one in the ongoing Shield match against New South Wales in Brisbane, Renshaw was taken for a nets session against Australia’s test fast bowlers.”I am not a selector but I am a big fan of Matt – he is a class batsman,” Lyon added. “But there are going to be times in this series when everyone is going to be placed under pressure – it is how you bounce back.”last_img read more

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The Ashes: Peter Handscomb looking forward to Barmy Army banter

first_imgAustralia batsman Peter Handscomb is aware that due to his English parentage he is likely to be a target for abuse from some sections of opposing fans during the Ashes, and he cannot wait to find out what the Barmy Army has in store for him. (Warner ready to bat like Chanderpaul if he has to for Ashes opener: Smith)The 26-year-old middle order batsman will make his Ashes debut at the Gabba on Thursday when the five-match Test series starts in Brisbane and he is braced for some jovial barbs when the action begins.”I hope they’ve got a song for me,” Handscomb told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ll be disappointed if they don’t. I want to see what they’ve got.”Both my parents are English; Dad was born in Cambridge and Mum (in) southwest London. (But) they both came over here 30-35 years ago, mate, so they are well and truly Australian now.”They will be backing me and the Australian team, that’s for sure.”The Victorian has had a strong start to his Test career, scoring two hundreds and four fifties in 10 matches in the longest format at an average of almost 57 with the bat.”Most of my (extended) family is in England,” he said. “I am getting the well-wishers of ‘I hope you go well but I hope the rest of the team doesn’t’.”The whole atmosphere and crowd is going to be awesome. I’m going to try and enjoy it.”last_img read more

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UP budget session from Feb 8, focus on boosting eco activities

first_img(Eds: With expectations from budget)Lucknow, Jan 28 (PTI) The budget session of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature is set to begin on February 8 with the Governors address to a joint sitting of both the Houses.In view of the oppositions protest during the governors address at the current Assemblys first session last year, Speaker H N Dixit had recently warned the MLAs of disciplinary action if they carry out “planned obstructions” during the address.According to Principal Secretary of the Legislative Assembly Pradeep Kumar Dubey, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has summoned the Vidhan Sabhas first session of this year on February 8.Naik will address a joint sitting of both the Houses at Vidhan Bhawan to mark the opening of the budget session. The tentative agenda of the Assembly is likely to be issued tomorrow.The state Cabinet, in its last meeting on January 23, had decided to convene the budget session of the Assembly from February 8. The business advisory committee of the two Houses will decide on the number of sittings.This will be the Yogi Adityanath governments second budget which is likely to focus on measures to ensure a spurt in economic activities besides providing respite to farmers in distress.The budget will be keenly watched by financial as well as political experts as it will reveal the roadmap of development in the state during the financial year 2018-19.The budget assumes significance as development, job creation and public expenditure in the state in next financial will build public opinion ahead of the 2019 general elections.advertisementThe government will have to allocate funds for Poorvanchal Expressway project and the new metro projects announced by the it.Besides, since the state government has declared 2018 as the year of empowerment of youth, budgetary provisions would be required to fulfil commitments for job creation, education, health, startups and sports.The Vidhan Sabha is also expected to send the UP Control of Organised Crimes (UPCOC) Bill to the Legislative Council again for passage after a select committee, to which the bill was sent for scrutiny, refused to consider the proposed amendments.During the Winter session of the state legislature, the UPCOC Bill, drafted on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), hit a roadblock in the Legislative Council, where a determined Opposition stalled its passage.Sensing the sentiments of members, Chairman Ramesh Yadav referred the bill to the Select Committee of the Legislative Council for scrutiny.The budget session is likely to see the opposition MLAs and the Speaker at loggerheads as he has already stated that members of the House might face disciplinary action if they carry out “planned obstructions” during the address of the Governor.For nearly two decades, it has become a practice for the opposition to disrupt the governors customary address.Last year, in the first session of the present Assembly, the opposition Samajwadi Party had obstructed the Governors address by raising slogans and throwing paper balls at the podium.Dixit had recently said it was the responsibility of the MLAs to maintain discipline inside the Assembly, saying, “It is expected that this year they will listen to the Governors address quietly.””Bringing banners and posters and blowing whistles… clearly show that such things have been done in a planned manner. So, if anyone takes such (pre-planned) steps (to derail the address), action might be taken,” the speaker had said recently.Last time, apart from throwing paper balls, the opposition members had blown whistles and held up banners to interrupt the address.The Opposition members had held a parallel Assembly in the central hall of Vidhan Bhawan to protest against the Yogi Adityanath government. PTI NAV SMI NSDlast_img read more

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t want wedding gifts; they want you to give aid to this Mumbai-based charity

first_imgPeople all across the world are eagerly waiting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal wedding, which will be held on May 19.The preparations for the much-awaited wedding are in full swing, right from making the invitation cards to preparing a guest list and even the wedding cake.For the wedding, the couple has also invited more than 2000 commoners to be a witness to their matrimony. The couple, however, has asked well-wishers not to bring them wedding gifts. Instead, people could donate to charity to mark the occasion.Also Read: Meghan Markle is being taught how to walk and talk the Royal wayKensington Palace recently took to social media to announce the couple’s decision and wrote, ”Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift.”Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift. https://t.co/lzfrRmoeUv pic.twitter.com/nxrTZtIKBYKensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018”The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces,” mentioned Kensington Palace in yet another social-media post.advertisementThe couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018These charity organisations also include Mumbai’s Myna Mahila Foundation.”Next up is @MynaMahila, which empowers women in Mumbai’s slums by providing them with a trusted network, stable employment & the chance to grow as individuals & businesswomen, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene,” Kensington Palace informed.Next up is @MynaMahila, which empowers women in Mumbai’s slums by providing them with a trusted network, stable employment & the chance to grow as individuals & businesswomen, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene. https://t.co/suzul1y9cw pic.twitter.com/eIG3GP6bW7Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018Last year, Meghan had visited the foundation in Mumbai.Myna Mahila aims at empowering women living in urban slums by providing them stable employment closer to their homes, and access to low-cost sanitary pads at their doorstep.”We employ women from urban slums in Mumbai to manufacture and sell affordable sanitary pads back into their communities, improving menstrual hygiene, providing stable employment, and building a trusted network,” writes the foundation on its website.The foundation also took to social media to express their gratitude to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.”Thank you, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle!” they wrote in their post.@MynaMahila Thank you, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle! Help us empower women and break taboos about menstruation in India here: https://t.co/7pkFAdtDCC @KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/GaXPmSLPa2Myna Mahila Foundation (@MynaMahila) April 9, 2018@MynaMahila Foundation is honoured to be one of seven charities chosen to benefit from donations marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Help us break the #menstrualtaboo @ https://t.co/7pkFAdtDCC https://t.co/k0rylvXhVVMyna Mahila Foundation (@MynaMahila) April 9, 2018The other charities chosen by the couple include Crisis, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage, CHIVA and The Wilderness Foundation UK.last_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: April 14, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONAL New Delhi: Bhimrao Ambedkars birth anniversary (B+A) Amritsar: Baisakhi festival at Golden temple (B) MUmbai: Protest against Unnao and Kathua rape cases (A) Mhow:Ram Nath Kovind in Mhow (A) Ajmer:Women fetch drinking water (B) Karad: Ambedkars Birth Anniversary (B) Patna/Allahabad/Mumba/Bhopal/Lucknow/Ahmedabad: Ambedkars 127th birth anniversary (A+B) Patna:Satuani festival in Patna (B) Bikaner:Candlelight march in Bikaner (B) Coimbatore:Chithirai Thirunal in Coimbatore (B+A) Surat: Dr BR Ambedkars birth anniversary (B) Gurugram:Femina beauty queens (B) Guwahati:Rongali Bihu (B) Mumbai:Fire Service Day in Mumbai (B) South Dinajpur:Bengali New Year (A) Jammu:Ram Madhav addresses press (B+A) INTERNATIONAL Mitchell: Smoke envelopes the Fibertech plant during a fire in Mitchell (B) Undated: File photo…Astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. (B) Mandalay: Myanmar New Year water festival in Mandalay (B) Sao Paulo:The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) event in Sao Paulo (B) KHAN YOUNIS:Clashes with Israeli troops along Gazas border (B+A) NEW YORK:Bridal Fashion Week (A) PYONGYANG:Chinese Communist Party Central Committees international department,talks with Kim Yo Jong(B) United Nations:127th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar at the UN (B) SPORTS Brisbane/Gold Coast: 2018 Commonwealth Games (A+B) VANCOUVER:MLS soccer match (A) PTI PHOTO GCS VEENA DL DLlast_img read more

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How annoying is KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik: Royals mentor Shane Warne

first_imgShane Warne, the Rajasthan Royals mentor, called Dinesh Karthik annoying as the two teams tussled in the 2018 Indian Premier League Eliminator on Wednesday.Warne was with the Royals squad up until their penultimate league game before leaving India. He had promised to come back if RR qualified for the final but that won’t be neccessary now as his team lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 25 runs to crash out of the tournament on Wednesday.Warne had led Royals to glory in the inaugural edition of the IPL. This year, he has returned as their mentor. Under his guidance, Rajasthan came back from a bleak position in the league stages to reach the play-offs.Come on you @rajasthanroyals ! Weve got this 83 of 60 balls with 9 wkts in hand ! If my man @IamSanjuSamson gets 70+ as predicted & the skipper Jinx keeps a cool head then weve got this ! Ps how annoying is the KKR skipper DK, get on with the game please !Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 23, 201874 runs off 48 balls & 9 wkts in hand. Come on @rajasthanroyals @IamSanjuSamson & the skipper Jinx. Lets not leave to much to do at the end ! Lets win this in the 18th over !!!!!Ps Agree re the KKR skipper ? Still taking forever – get on with the gameShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 23, 2018Away in Melbourne, Warne kept a close watch on the KKR vs RR game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He tweeted in support of Royals as skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson built a strong platform in their chase of 170.advertisementWarne was miffed because he thought Karthik needed to get on with the game and stop delaying. Karthik is a wicketkeeper and occasionally walks up to his bowlers to discuss strategy.Seven minutes after his sharp words rebuking the opposition skipper on a public platform, Warne once again accused Karthik of delaying the game.Rajasthan were cruising in their run chase of 169 at one stage when Samson and Rahane were at the crease as the duo added 62 runs for the second wicket.But RR completely messed up the chase when Rahane departed for 46. Samson followed him soon into the dressing room after scoring 50 off 38 balls.That is when KKR tightened the noose around RR batsmen and eventually managed to restrict them to 144/4 in 20 overs thanks to some superb bowling in the final stages of the second innings.In his playing days, Warne was a fiery character and was never shy of speaking a word or two. However, he recently urged the Australian cricket team to stop “whingeing” and get on with the game.”I’m not sure there were team culture problems but I have noticed there is a lot of whingeing coming out of the Australian camp in recent times, about the opposition and things like that,” Warne was quoted as saying by News Corporation.”I think that’s un-Australian, I have never really heard any Australian sides do that,” said Warne, who took 708 wickets in 145 Tests.It was, therefore strange Warne would complain about the opposition captain on social media during a high-profile match.last_img read more

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At EU hearing when questions got tough, Mark Zuckerberg left because he had to catch a flight

first_imgHere is what most people feel after seeing the European Parliament hearing of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: The questions were tough but the format was rubbish. This is in contrast to Zuckerberg’s hearings in Washington DC last month where the format was right but questions were rubbish. The end result though was same in all hearings, in Europe and the US: Zuckerberg easily avoided answering tough questions.On Tuesday night, the Facebook CEO took questions from the European politicians in Brussels. This came after his testimony in Washington DC last month where he tried to clarify the position of Facebook in respect to privacy, user policies and business practices. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal a number of questions have been raised about Facebook and how it works, and Zuckerberg is appearing before politicians in the US and the EU to answer these questions.At the EU Parliament, Zuckerberg started by giving a statement that was very similar to the one he gave in front of the US politicians. He yet again apologised for the mistakes that Facebook has made and acknowledged that the company could have done more to tackle abuse of its social media platform. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility. That was a mistake and I am sorry for it,” Zuckerberg said in his prepared opening remarks.However, when it came to the question and answer time, Zuckerberg was visibly more tense and alert than he was during the US hearing, And rightly so because unlike the fawning questions that the US politicians put up, the questions from Europeans were pointy and sharp. However, the format of the Q&A session meant that Zuckerberg didn’t have to answer most of the questions.advertisementThe format was apparently proposed by the EU Parliament Antonio Tajani. It involved the politicians asking all their questions before Zuckerberg would answer them. The hearing was supposed to be 90 minutes long. Of this, most of the time was taken by Zuckerberg to give his prepared remarks and then by the lawmakers who asked their questions. As a result, during the hearing Zuckerberg was left with just seven minutes to answer around 40 questions. This helped him pick and choose easy questions and ignore the thorny ones.So, he quickly “answered” in a very generic way, mostly highlighting what his company doing, instead of going into specifics. “There were a lot of specific questions that I didn’t get to specifically answer,” he said, “(I)was able to address the high-level areas.” Soon, after he said that the hearing was already running into overtime by 15 minutes and then someone added that Zuckerberg had to catch a flight back to the US.The hearing ended in a sort of chaos as angry EU politicians highlighted that Zuckerberg had not answered their specific questions. Some of the topics that the Facebook CEO didn’t touch upon in his “answers” were related to Facebook’s near monopoly in social media space, how his company collects data on non-Facebook users, the relationship between Facebook and WhatsApp data and questions related to payment of taxes.With Zuckerberg leaving the hearing, Belgium’s Philippe Lamberts asked him to stay back and angrily drew his attention to the fact that none of “binary” questions were answered. He said that he asked six questions with yes or no answers and he didn’t get response on any of them from the Facebook CEO. “Of course, you asked for this format for a reason,” he shouted.Mark Zuckerberg has so far testified in front of the US and EU politicians. He has been also asked by the British lawmakers to come for testimony in London, where the Cambridge Analytica was based. But so far Facebook hasn’t responded to the demand from UK lawmakers. In a letter earlier in May, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee Damian Collins had told Zuckerberg that he needed to come to London and testify or else he would be summoned.Collins in his letter had said that Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer recently failed to offer satisfactory answers during a testimony in front of the British MPs and that it was time for CEO Zuckerberg to come and offer details. He gave the deadline of May 24 to the Facebook CEO.last_img read more

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Summary of S. 1013: Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Sequestration Program Amendments Act of 2009

first_imgS. 1013 authorizes the Department of Energy to conduct a program to demonstrate ten commercial-scale integrated geologic storage projects, and provides a framework for selection criteria for these demonstrations. Importantly, the bill addresses the long term-stewardship challenges associated with demonstration, including both long-term monitoring requirements and liability protection.Overview of BillAuthorizes the Department of Energy to conduct up to 10 commercial scale demonstrations of geological storage. The bill states that such demonstrations should inject over 1 million tons of carbon dioxide each year from an industrial source for a period of 10 years. These demonstrations would be selected competitively and awarded as cooperative agreements by DOE.Requires sufficient geologic information to prove that the storage will be safe and permanent. The bill specifies that project selection be based on geological site information, including characteristics of the storage reservoir, identification of potential leakage pathways and a plan for measurement, monitoring and verification during and after injection. The bill also requires that, prior to selection, project operators demonstrate their ability to obtain necessary environmental permits.Provides liability protection and Federal indemnity for these demonstration projects. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Energy to indemnify projects for personal, property and environmental damages that might be above what is covered by insurance or other financial assurance measures; with the exception of liability that is caused by gross negligence or intentional misconduct. Upon receiving the closure certificate, the site may be turned over to the Federal government for long-term site management and ownership.Addresses need for proving legal rights property rights. The bill requires proof of possessing land or land interests for injection, storage, monitoring and closure prior to project selection.Requires compliance with existing relevant laws for environmental protection. The bill requires compliance with applicable existing regulations for well construction and operation.Ensures that operators maintain financial assurances. The bill requires that project operators maintain financial assurances after injection until the Secretary of Energy issues a certificate of closure.Requires the operator to remediate any leaks. The bill requires remediation of any carbon dioxide leaks that might pose danger to human health or natural resources.Outlines criteria for site closure certification. The bill provides details on requirements for long-term monitoring, including monitoring for at least 10 years after operations cease and the injected carbon dioxide stabilizes. Proof of certification includes demonstration of four criteria:location and extent of the project footprint (injected and displaced fluid)no leakage of injected or displaced fluid that would endanger public health, drinking water or natural resourcesthe injected or displaced fluids are not expected to migrate in the future in a manner that would encounter a leakage pathwaythe injection wells at the site are plugged and abandoned in accordance with applicable lawsIncludes provisions for siting the demonstrations on public land. The bill authorizes the siting of a demonstration on public land, with the potential transfer of property rights, jurisdiction, and responsibility for long-term monitoring to another Federal Agency (such as the Department of Energy).Establishes a training program for state regulators. The bill establishes and authorizes funding appropriations for a training program for state agencies involved in permitting, and oversight of carbon capture and storage demonstrations.last_img read more

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3 Unexpected Ways to Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

first_imgMost of the world’s regions have already achieved or are close to replacement level fertility, the rate at which a population exactly replaces itself from one generation to the next. Sub-Saharan Africa is the exception. Its total fertility rate was 5.4 children per woman during the 2005-2010 period―double the fertility rate of any other region. While the regional fertility rate is projected to decline to 3.2 by 2050, this will still result in a population increase of 1.2 billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2050.Why do fertility rates remain so high in Sub-Saharan Africa? And what strategies can help nations achieve replacement level fertility? The interactive maps below point to answers to both of these questions.Increase educational opportunities for girls. In general, the longer girls stay in school, the later they start bearing children, and the fewer children they ultimately have. In most countries with total fertility rates of 2.1 children per woman or fewer (Map 1), between 80 to 100 percent of women of childbearing age have attained at least a lower secondary education level―that is, some high school (Map 2). But as Maps 1 and 2 show, Sub-Saharan Africa illustrates this relationship in reverse. The region has a low share of women with lower secondary education, but a large share of high birth rates.Increase access to reproductive health services, including family planning. Access to family planning counseling and technology ensures that women and men can make informed choices about reproduction. Millions of women want to space and limit their births, but do not have adequate access to reproductive health services. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that 53 percent of women in Africa who wish to control their fertility lack access to birth control, compared with 21–22 percent in Asia and Latin America. Studies also show that Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest share of women who use contraception (Map 3).Reduce infant and child mortality. Reducing infant and child mortality assures parents that they do not need to conceive a high number of children in order to assure survival of a desired number. Reducing infant and child mortality comes from better health care, sanitation, and food. On average, countries with low fertility rates have low infant and child mortality rates. Once again, Sub-Saharan Africa illustrates this relationship in reverse (Map 4).Map 1: Sub-Saharan Africa Has World’s Highest Total Fertility Rates What Is Replacement Level Fertility?Replacement Level Fertility: The total fertility rate at which a population exactly replaces itself from one generation to the next, without migration. This rate is roughly 2.1 children per woman for in most regions of the world.Total Fertility Rate: The average number of children a woman would have assuming that birth rates remain constant throughout her reproductive lifetime. Map 3: Sub-Saharan Africa Has Lowest Share of Women Using Contraception Map 4: Sub-Saharan Africa Has Highest Child Mortality Rates This post is the fourth installment of WRI’s blog series, “Creating a Sustainable Food Future.” The series explores strategies to sustainably feed 9 billion people by 2050. All pieces are based on research being conducted for the forthcoming World Resources Report. Check out more pieces in this series.The United Nations’ new population growth projections show that the world is set to reach nearly 9.6 billion by 2050. This growth holds serious implications for global food security. Absent other effective measures to control dietary shifts and reduce food loss and waste, the world will need to produce about 70 percent more food annually by 2050 to meet global demands. That is a big task, and even harder to do without converting millions more hectares of forests into farmland, contributing to climate change.This challenge is particularly poignant in Sub-Saharan Africa.The region’s population is on course to more than double from its current 0.9 billion by 2050 and quadruple to 3.9 billion people by 2100. Yet, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than a quarter of Sub-Saharan Africa’s people are currently undernourished, and the region already imports roughly 20 percent of its staple calories. The region would need to increase crop production by 260 percent by 2050 in order to feed its projected population. Yet Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s lowest grain yields and extensive areas of degraded soils.One way to help meet the food challenge would be to hold down population growth. WRI’s new working paper, Achieving Replacement Level Fertility, finds that the region can match the rest of the world’s fertility rates through approaches that empower women, improve quality of life, and save millions of lives.A Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa Botswana’s experience showcases the impact of reducing child mortality and increasing access to family planning and education. A country-wide, free system of health facilities that integrates maternal and child healthcare, family planning, and HIV/AIDS services has played an important role in controlling population growth. Mortality rates for children under five declined from 81 per 1,000 in 2000 to 26 per 1,000 in 2011. Contraceptive use increased from 28 percent in 1984 to 53 percent in 2007. Botswana has long provided free education to all, and still exempts the poorest from school fees, resulting in an 85 percent literacy rate and a rate of 88 percent of girls enrolled in lower secondary education. The result: In 1981, the average woman in Botswana gave birth to 6.1 children. By 2010, that rate had fallen to 2.8.Food Security, Economic, and Environmental BenefitsThese approaches have intrinsic benefits because they advance gender equity, give people more control over life decisions, and save millions of lives. They also offer benefits when it comes to food security, economic development, and the environment. For example:Achieving replacement level fertility in the region (and therefore the world as a whole) would reduce global food demand by 600 trillion kilocalories (kcal) per year by mid-century, closing about 9 percent of the gap between food available in 2006 and the amount needed in 2050. More dramatically, it would reduce the projected growth in food demand in Sub-Saharan Africa by one quarter between 2006 and 2050.Achieving replacement level fertility could lead to economic benefits through a “demographic dividend.” During and after a rapid decline in fertility, a country simultaneously has fewer children to care for and a greater share of its population in the most economically productive age bracket. Researchers estimate that this type of demographic shift was responsible for up to one third of the economic growth of the East Asian “Tigers” between 1965 and 1990.Achieving replacement level fertility would reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment. Based on FAO projections for yield gains in the region, Sub-Saharan Africa will need to add more than 125 million hectares of cropland from 2006 levels to meet the region’s projected food needs in 2050. Achieving replacement level fertility would cut that needed cropland expansion in half, sparing from conversion an area of forest and savannah equivalent to the size of Germany.Ensuring that girls get an education, that families have access to health services, and that childhood mortality declines may not be commonly thought of as approaches for achieving food security. But they are effective—and they’re a critical part of achieving a sustainable food future.LEARN MORE: Download our full working paper, Achieving Replacement Level Fertility Map 2: Sub-Saharan Africa Has Lowest Share of Women with Lower Secondary Educationlast_img read more

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Everything will change after this incident: Bangladesh cricket boss on Christchurch attacks

first_imgOn a regular Test match morning Hagley Oval in Christchurch would be a hive of activity.Mowers would be sweeping the broad, green outfield, ground staff making the last, finicky touches to the Test match pitch, cricket players going through warmups, pundits huddling and discussing prospects for the day.But Saturday morning, the tree-lined oval near the center of Christchurch was a desolate reminder of the tragic events of the previous day. The stadium and the usual bustling boulevards that surround it were deserted as police urged people to stay indoors. The cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was cancelled.On Friday afternoon, a gunman dressed in black, military style clothing opened fire on worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers at the Al Noor Mosque, only a 10-minute walk from the stadium.A bus carrying members of the Bangladesh cricket team had just driven into a street near the mosque when the shooting started. Players and team support staff had planned to pray at the mosque before continuing to the ground to join teammates and coaching staff.Players sheltered aboard the bus as shots rang out. The shootings, at two mosques, killed 49 people.Bangladesh Team Manager Khaled Mashud Pilot speaks to the media following the incident of shooting in Christchurch. Blackcaps (NZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Bord : Tigers (BCB) has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test pic.twitter.com/CH80ohDFMOBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019After a terrifying wait, described in vivid Twitter posts, players were able to leave the bus and walk through Hagley Park to Hagley Oval where, deeply shaken, they waited in their locker room until police allowed them to return to their hotel.advertisementThe team’s performance analyst, Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, posted on Twitter “Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere.”Mohammad Isam, a journalist from ESPNCricinfo, filmed the players as they made their way from the bus to the ground. They were told not to run but walk briskly and they did so, tension and distress evident in haunted looks.Alhamdulillah finally going back home… pic.twitter.com/Iexh42kZbMMushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019Three hours after the shooting, New Zealand Cricket, in consultation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and International Cricket Council, announced the five-day match had been canceled.In cricket, the cancellation of a Test match for reasons other than the weather is a rare event. In 2002 a scheduled Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was canceled after a terrorist bombing close to the visitors’ team hotel.Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said the attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours.”We’ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday. “If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go otherwise not.”I can say that everything will change after this incident.”Bangladesh team have reached at the Christchurch Airport on their way back to Dhaka. The Team is scheduled to arrive home today (Saturday) at BST 22h40. pic.twitter.com/6HiYAB07rDBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019In announcing the cancellation, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White made clear that the events of Friday had forever changed the way in which the country approaches the security of sporting teams. Small and isolated, New Zealand has often considered itself immune from wider world events such as terrorist violence.”This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting,” White said. “I think everything changes now. We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.”Bangladesh Team players were snapped at Christchurch Airport before heading back to Dhaka today (Saturday). pic.twitter.com/KvpsimqHCBBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 16, 2019New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham expressed a similar sense of shock and loss.”For so long I’ve watched world events from afar and naively thought we were somehow different in our little corner of the world, somehow safe,” Neesham said in a social media post. “Today is a terrible day. Disgusted and saddened doesn’t begin to describe it.”The Bangladesh cricket team left New Zealand at noon Saturday.Also Read | Bangladesh cricket team leaves New Zealand after narrow escape in Christchurch shootingsAlso Read | Please save us: Tamim Iqbal in phone call to journalist as Christchurch horror unfoldedAlso Read | A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorAlso Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacksadvertisementlast_img read more

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SIOUX CITY AMERICAN LEGION HOPES TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO LOCAL…

first_imgA GROUP OF SIOUX CITY VETERANS ARE HOPING TO SEND PACKAGES FROM HOME TO MILITARY PERSONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS OR DEPLOYED STATESIDE.JOE ERYCHLEB OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 64 SAYS THE BOXES ARE FILLED WITH ITEMS LIKE GUMMY BEARS, COFFEE, HONEY, BEEF JERKY, LAUNDRY PODS AND MORE.THE LEGION NEEDS FAMILIES OF SOLDIERS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH ADDRESSES TO SHIP THE PACKAGES TO THE MILITARY PERSONNEL:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LEGION1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AS THE NAMES COME IN. :15ERYCHLEB SAYS A LOT OF LOCAL BUSINESSES STEPPED UP TO DONATE THE ITEMS FOR THE CARE PACKAGES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LEGION2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………JOLLY TIME POPCORN. :07ANYONE WITH A SERVICEMAN OR WOMAN’S NAME CAN CONTACT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST AT 258-3986.YOU MAY ALSO E-MAIL THE POST AT commander@siouxcitylegion64.com.YOU CAN ALSO MAIL THE NAMES TO 4021 FLOYD BOULEVARD, SIOUX CITY, IA 51108last_img read more

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