Lewas player secures ICC Rookie Placement

first_imgRavini Oa is among eight cricketers from five Member countries that will head to Australia to join each of the WBBL franchise clubs.The two-week placement will provide the players the opportunity to experience elite cricket environments, accelerate their development through training sessions and to take back what they have learnt to their respective national teams. In addition, the rookies will also have the opportunity to take part in media and promotional activities.Oa, who will represent Perth Scorchers, is looking forward to this experience.  “The best thing about the ICC Rookie Placement Programme is being selected to play and train with experienced female cricketers, who have participated in World Cups and being part of the Perth Scorchers Team,” said Oa.  The ICC Rookie Placement Programme is in collaboration with Cricket Australia to invest in the development of the women’s game through the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2017/2018.This will be Oa’s second ICC Rookie Placement.In the WBBL 01 during the 2015/16 Season, Norma Ovasuru secured a Rookie Placement with Brisbane Heat while in WBBL 02 during the 2016/17 Season, Konio Oala (Sydney Thunder) and Ravini Oa (Adelaide Strikers) secured their Rookie Placements.Members outside of those competing in the ICC Women’s Championship and have qualified for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2018 were offered the opportunity to nominate players for the program.ICC’s Women Cricket officer, Holly Colvin, highlights the importance of programs like these for upcoming cricketers. “It is fantastic to collaborate once again with the Women’s Big Bash League which provides an unrivalled opportunity to eight rising stars competing outside of the ICC Women’s Championship in a professional elite environment.  “The players can train alongside the very best and accelerate their development. This is an exciting time for the game and this investment assists us with growing the game across the world.”Head of Big Bash, Kim McConnie, said she was delighted to be able to work with the ICC on such a fantastic project.  “The WBBL has gone from strength to strength and it’s pleasing to again have the ICC’s support in making this initiative possible.“Women’s cricket across the globe is continuing to advance and having players from non-traditional cricket countries training and potentially playing with each of the WBBL clubs provides the opportunity for them to learn from some of the world’s best players.   “Last year we saw Ireland’s Kim Garth become the first rookie to represent their club and she ended up being part of the Sydney Sixers championship winning side, so we are excited to see what this year’s rookies have to offer.”   (Ravini Oa bowling in the 2018 ICC WWT20 EAP Qualifier in Sano, Japan)last_img read more

As Bali reclamation project dies, activists seek conservation status

first_imgActivism, Coastal Ecosystems, Conflict, Development, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Fishing, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Infrastructure, Mangroves, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Politics, Urban Planning Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Activists in Bali have welcomed the automatic cancellation of a permit for a reclamation project in the Indonesian resort island’s Benoa Bay.The permit expired after the developer failed to secure government approval for its environmental impact assessment for the project.The planned development would have cleared large areas of the bay’s mangrove ecosystem for new artificial islands to host a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.The activists have called on the government to restore the bay’s status as a strictly protected area for future conservation. DENPASAR, Indonesia — Hundreds of people in Bali are celebrating a key victory against a multi-billion-dollar land reclamation project that would have destroyed vast swaths of mangroves on the resort island.Aug. 25 marked four years since PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional (TWBI), a property development unit of Indonesian tycoon Tomy Winata’s Artha Graha conglomerate, was granted a concession to develop Benoa Bay, home to a mangrove forest. Its permit allowed it to build artificial islands for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, spanning a total of 700 hectares (1,730 acres).Under Indonesian law, however, if a permit is not renewed after four years, it is automatically cancelled. And that’s the case now with TWBI, which never received government approval to extend its permit. This stemmed from the environment ministry not approving the developer’s environmental impact assessment, known locally as the AMDAL, for its project plans.An AMDAL is required for any project with the potential to cause disruption, from environmental degradation to posing a national security risk. The lengthy permitting process for development projects in Indonesia is also meant to give the general public a chance to weigh in.Marketing literature showing the development plans for the proposed artificial islands in Benoa Bay. Image courtesy of PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional.The Benoa Bay reclamation project, valued at 30 trillion rupiah ($2 billion), has from the start been widely criticized by conservationists because it would clear much of the bay’s rich mangrove ecosystem that feeds the local fishing community. Thousands of Indonesians, from environmental activists and local fishermen to artists and rock musicians, have staged a series of protests and demonstrations in an attempt to shut down the reclamation project.Opposition to the project has also come from Bali’s government and provincial legislature. The island’s governor-elect, I Wayan Koster, and the legislative speaker, I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, joined a protest on Aug. 24 against the plan and any development threatening the bay’s ecosystem.“We are here to show our official rejection of the Benoa Bay reclamation,” Wiryatama told reporters in Bali’s capital, Denpasar.The development plan has also received little support from other provincial governments. In April 2015, the governor of East Java, the closest province to Bali, rejected a proposal to dredge sea sand off the coast for use in the project. Before that, the governor of neighboring West Nusa Tenggara province shot down a similar proposal, citing ecological concerns.In a response to the permit expiration, the Bali Forum Against Reclamation (ForBALI) praised the national government for not issuing the required documents for the project.“This is a win for the people of Bali who have fought against the project for five years,” said I Wayan Suardana, a coordinator for the group. “We hope this can be an example for the people to continue to be critical of unfair development, and be a lesson to investors in Bali to pay attention to environmental and social aspects.”But even though TWBI’s concession is no longer valid, it won’t stop the development of Benoa Bay, said Hendi Lukman, former executive director of TWBI, in an interview with Mongabay-Indonesia in May.“There’s an ongoing plan to expand the Benoa port, the Ngurah Rai airport, and a planned project for an airport in northern Bali — all of these will include coastal reclamation,” Hendi said.“We are just one of the many companies that are interested in the opportunity,” he added.Hendi said the termination of the project would set a bad precedent for the investment climate in Indonesia, citing the uncertainty over obtaining permits.The reclamation project in Benoa Bay was set to clear large swaths of rich mangrove ecosystem. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.The development of Benoa Bay includes a reclamation project to build artificial islets for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.The controversial project was initially approved in 2012 after a feasibility study by researchers at Bali’s Udayana University said that, among other benefits, the development would provide protection against tsunamis, since the mangrove swamp would be back-filled to several meters higher than current levels.Environmental groups, however, questioned the validity of the study’s findings, citing conflicting evidence that the development would be an ecological disaster. The study was reportedly conducted under an MoU with TWBI.ForBALI has also called on the national government to restore Benoa Bay’s full conservation status, which it lost in 2012 when the governor at the time issued a decree that classified the bay a public zone where a range of activities is permitted, including fisheries, tourism and residential development.In May 2014, then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also signed a regulation revising the conservation status of Benoa Bay. Observers saw the policy changes as a means to allow the reclamation project to proceed.“Our hope is for President Joko Widodo to revoke the 2014 presidential regulation,” ForBALI’s Suardana said.Governor-elect Koster has promised to rehabilitate the area. “We will reforest the destroyed area and keep it as a green zone,” he said.Activists and locals in Bali celebrate their victory against the controversial reclamation project in Benoa Bay. Image by Luh De Suriyani.Banner image shows activists staging a protest in the waters of Benoa Bay against the reclamation project. Image courtesy of ForBALI.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Aug. 27, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

High school, 2 years of college end

first_img“I can count on one hand how many kids have done this,” Principal Jill Shenberger said. “We expect our students to earn anywhere from 22 to 44 units during their two years here. Earning 68 units is above and beyond.” School wasn’t always easy for Nordstrom. Growing up as an overweight child, she was teased in middle school and high school. But now, as she prepares to transfer to California State University, Northridge, this fall, those painful memories of school are far behind her. She’ll major in deaf studies, something she said will bring her closer to a community that has fascinated her. “Signing is like knowing a secret language,” Nordstrom said with a smile. As she sat by the blue bleachers on the quad of her small school she said she didn’t understand why others were making such a big deal of her accomplishments. “Everyone is talking about me finishing all this, but the reality of all of this hasn’t really hit me,” she said. “I am just nervous about getting lost on the first day of college.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She is not the kind of girl you put into a cookie-cutter mold,” said Robert Walker, a social science teacher at Academy of the Canyons. The academy is a middle college high school, where kids earn college and high school credits at the same time. Walker, who has taught Nordstrom for two years at the academy, remembers meeting her during her enrollment interview. “She came in with no egotism, but with a strong desire to try something new,” Walker said. Ultimately Nordstrom thrived in the academy’s intimate environment. VALENCIA – Catie Nordstrom’s standard outfit includes a dog collar and spiked bracelets. From head to toe, the 17-year-old sports black, starting with her smudged black eyeliner. She knows she doesn’t look like the average high school student. But despite her singularly dark taste in clothing, her music preferences are vastly varied. “I listen to everything from death metal to Barry Manilow,” Nordstrom said. Nordstrom is no regular teenager. How many students can say they graduated from both high school and community college at the same time? last_img read more

Wenger confirms new Arsenal contract for Giroud

first_imgArsene Wenger has confirmed Olivier Giroud has agreed an extension to his current Arsenal contract.The French striker, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, was reported to have penned fresh terms keeping him at the club until 2018.And Wenger confirmed that was the case on Tuesday, telling reporters: “It is done”.He added: “We want stability and to keep the core of our team together. Giroud is an important player here.“It is agreed. When it is completely done, we will announce it.”Wenger, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray, also had a fitness update on Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.The former has a calf problem and the latter a hamstring strain, and they are expected to miss four weeks each.“To be generous with time, four weeks. If all goes well, three. Arteta is the same, maybe a bit quicker. It will be after the international break,” he said. 1 Olivier Giroud last_img read more

Jose contacts one of his Man United favourites as Spurs eye January signing

first_imgMarouane Fellaini could be set for a shock January move to Tottenham as Jose Mourinho has allegedly made contact with his former Manchester United midfielder.Fellaini ended his five-and-a-half-year spell at Old Trafford and joined Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng at the beginning of the year – shortly after Mourinho was fired by the Red Devils.During his time at United, the towering Belgian managed to carve himself a niche as an impact player, and he became one of Mourinho’s favourites at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese frequently deploying him in attack when chasing a goal. Getty – Contributor 1 Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Hull (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Sheffield Wednesday (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Bayern Munich vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTStandard Liege vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Hull (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT And Belgian outlet DHNet now report that Mourinho, who took over from Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs last month, is keen on a reunion with Fellaini, whose versatility would offer the north London outfit a plan B.Fellaini has scored 12 goals in 34 games since leaving the Premier League for China, and he has a contract with Shandong until December 2021.One of Tottenham’s current midfielders, Eric Dier, has said playing under Mourinho is special and it helps that they can speak the same language.“Of course you start from scratch with someone,” Dier explained. “It is very different. There is no history and a freedom in that.“I am really enjoying it, enjoying playing and feel with every game I am feeling better and better. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… LIVE on talkSPORT Fellaini was one of Jose Mourinho’s favourites and left Man United shortly after the Portuguese was fired “We have spoken a lot – both in English and Portuguese! His mentality appeals to me and it is very special.“Having grown up in Portugal to go from what he was doing at the time to now be playing under him is very special.“I was a kid at the time but he was a very big thing so it is special to be working for him.“It is natural that we have that connection but it is nothing more than that and up to me to perform. I know that if I do perform, like I know I can, I will be able to play.”last_img read more

Dress to Impress for Galaxy’s Edge with a Darth Vader Dress

first_imgAnd with a purse, you need a dress. Here’s the latest Disney dress, with a black and white Darth Vader motif on the skirt. Share This!Without a doubt, this is the season of Star Wars. Everywhere you turn, Star Wars is on almost everything. Recently, we spotted this dress and purse combo that would be perfect for an evening on the town, Star Wars style.First, the Darth Vader purse. It reminds me of a smaller version of the Vader case used to hold Kenner action figures back in the 80s. The purse is $70 and the dress is $128, on par with other purse and dress options at Walt Disney World.What do you think of this combo–classy or creepy? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Big Data: Cornerstone for the Next Wave of Change

first_imgIt hasn’t even been 20 years since the Mosaix web browser ushered in dramatic change that consumerized the Internet and reshaped many industries.  In the 90’s rapid changes in software and technology were described as being done in ‘Internet Time’.  The Internet hasn’t fully run its course, but the wave of change brought on by the Internet is being augmented by other advances in technology.Faster, denser and cheaper hardware is enabling users to create and store incredibly more data than has ever been possible.  Currently, the amount of business data is doubling every 1.2 years.  As of 2010, global enterprises in total stored more than 7 exabytes of business data.  A McKinsey report (McKinsey Global Institute) identifies all this data as being at the source of another upcoming wave of change.  The technology that is bringing about this data-based revolution is being referred to as ‘big data’ and it focuses on creating analytical tools that can extract meaning from all the masses of data that we are collecting.The McKinsey report gushes with hype over how Big Data Analytics (BDA) could positively transform our lives.  When applied to applying collected shopper information, big data would give retailers the potential to increase their operating margins by more than 60 percent says the McKinsey report.  When BDA is applied to health care information, the quality of health care could dramatically improve, efficiencies in the health care delivery system would increase, and health care costs could drop as much as 8 percent, creating as much as $300 billion in value annually.The report says that “the use of data has long been part of the impact of information and communication technology, but the scale and scope of changes that big data are bringing about is today at an inflection point as a number of trends converge. The increasing volume and detail of information captured by enterprises, together with the rise of multimedia, social media, and the Internet of Things will fuel exponential growth in data for the foreseeable future.  Data have now reached every sector in the economy.”last_img read more

Inter crush Torino in the rain

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter were clinical and made the most of Torino errors with Lautaro Martinez, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku to win 3-0, but Andrea Belotti and Nicolò Barella went off injured. Click here for the full match report. OR Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.last_img

Tata reveals specs of compact SUV Nexon at Geneva Motor Show

first_imgTata Motors is lighting up the Geneva Motor Show with multiple launches (including their very own sports car) and the Indian carmaker has now gone ahead and revealed the specifications of the Nexon, their first compact SUV. Under the hood, the Nexon has 1.2-litre Revotron motor and a 1.5-litre Revotorq mill, both of which will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It will also feature Tata’s Superdrive driving modes that debuted in the recently launched Hexa.Also Read:Tata Motors unveils all new RaceMo sportscar at Geneva Motor Show The Nexon looks stunning with its quirky design but what really makes the car stand out is the dual-tone paint scheme, outside and inside. Another highlight of the Nexon is the dash-mounted touchscreen infotainment system that is similar to the system present in Audi’s. The Nexon will be launched in India by the end of the year and it will compete against the Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.Also Read:All new Tata Tigor unveiled at Geneva Motor Show ahead of India launchlast_img read more

At times I’ve let my emotions slip, I apologise: Steve Smith

first_imgAustralia captain Steven Smith was left to rue the mistakes his team made in the deciding Test match against India in Dharmasala but he can hold his head up high for the way the visitors competed throughout the series. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)India hammered the Aussies by 8 wickets on Day 4 of the fourth Test to clinch the series 2-1 and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. (Rahane’s captaincy draws high praise from Clarke, Ganguly)Watch: Biggest takeaways from India vs Australia Test seriesSmith was the best batsman on display from either side and ended up as the highest run-scorer with 499 runs in eight innings at an average of 71.28 with three hundreds to his name. But the No. 1 ranked batsman in the world still ended up on the losing end. (Great win, great summer for India: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Smith though conceded that this was one of the best series that he has been a part of and praised his team for their performances. (Told myself to take a few hits for the team: KL Rahul)”Magnificent series. One of the best I have been a part of. Credit to India, they are a fantastic cricket side, particularly in their backyard. If you give them a sniff, they will take that. For Australia, this is the toughest conditions for us. To challenge them so much, I am proud,” Smith said at the post-match presentation. (Ravindra Jadeja and I’ve been hand-in-glove all season: Ravichandran Ashwin)”The middle session yesterday, when you lose five for 70, you put yourself behind. Credit to India. Umesh was fantastic. They have all been fantastic. A lot of people wrote us off. They said it was going to be a 4-0 whitewash. I am proud of the way we have competed. We have probably let a few moments slip. Against India you can’t do that,” he added.advertisementSmith, who was involved in the DRS controversy and was found guilty of seeking advice from his dressing room during the Bengaluru Test, apologised for his actions once again for what he had already termed as a ‘brain fade’ moment.”I have been pretty intense throughout this series. I really wanted to do well for the team. At times I have been in my own bubble and have let my emotions slip. I apologise for that,” Smith ended on a positive note.last_img read more