first_imgI saw a stat the other day that I had to check out for myself. Since 2010 Oklahoma State has the second-most conference of all Big 12 teams. Wait, that can’t be right, can it? It is. And it gets crazier. Oklahoma State has the second-best winning percentage of all Big 12 teams going all the way back to 2006.For the sake of fairness, though, I thought I would look at Big 12 winning percentages (conference games only) since 2011 when the league moved to 10 teams and everyone played a round robin schedule. Only two teams (both from the same state) have won more than 70 percent of their games since then. That’s wild.Here are all 12 Big 12 teams since then (I took out one year from Texas A&M and Missouri as well as the final years of TCU and West Virginia in their old conferences).screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-46-40-pm“There’s so much parity in our league right now that it’s just a matter of the teams that stay focused, and obviously make the plays – take care of the football, so on and so forth,” said head coach Mike Gundy on Monday at his press conference.”Oklahoma State has done those things as well as anybody in the conference over the last decade. And now they stand with OU as the two most outstanding programs. With the way Baylor is trending, I would expect the gap to only widen in coming seasons.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_img Next Outdoor matches suspended at Australian Open due to heat wave and blackoutsCrowds were only expected to gather later in the day for the men’s semi finals between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Lucas Pouille of France, ranked 31.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 13:42 IST It was the second day that heat had affected play at Melbourne Park (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFirefighters went on alert as the mercury crept towards an expected maximum of 44 degrees CelsiusThe roof at the Rod Laver arena was closed on Thursday for the women’s semi-finals matchIn the southern island state of Tasmania, officials issued eight emergency warningsScorching temperatures suspended play at the Australian Open tennis grand slam in Melbourne on Friday, expected to be the hottest day in a decade, as a week-old heat wave brought power outages and left streets bare in the business district.Firefighters went on alert as the mercury crept towards an expected maximum of 44 degrees Celsius (111 F), the highest since Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 that killed about 180 people in the southeastern state of Victoria.”Glam Slam and Australian Tennis Championships matches have been suspended on all outside courts at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve,” tournament organisers said on social media.It was the second day that heat had affected play, after the roof at the Rod Laver arena was closed on Thursday for the women’s semi finals match.But the blistering heat did not stop the world No. 4, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, from taking to the practice courts early, ahead of Saturday’s women’s final, where she faces the world number 6, the Czech Petra Kvitova.Crowds were only expected to gather later in the day for the men’s semi finals between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Lucas Pouille of France, ranked 31.Fire officials in the state’s north set the danger rating to “extreme,” while bushfires raging out of control around eastern Timbarra prompted an emergency warning to campers.In the southern island state of Tasmania, officials issued eight emergency warnings.”We’ve got a lot of fire in the landscape,” state fire official Andrew McGuinness told broadcaster ABC. “Some of those fires are quite large. And already, we’re seeing quite nasty fire weather conditions.”advertisementIn Victoria, home to 4 million people, rolling power outages of two hours each could hit about 60,000 homes, after blackouts on Thursday in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, which saw temperatures hit 46.2 C (115.16 F), surpassing a record set in 1939.Australia’s power operator again ordered industrial users to ease back and reduce pressure on Victoria’s overburdened grid, including an aluminium smelter owned by Alcoa in the town of Portland.Only a few people sat under the umbrellas outside Melbourne cafes that are usually heaving by midday, while ice cream melted slowly in the open-air store front of a Ben and Jerry’s that had no customers.Still, some businesses were banking on more patrons as temperatures cool ahead of a long weekend anchored by Saturday’s national holiday, Australia Day.”Days like this attract more customers for us,” said Charlotte Jobling, of the Ice Bar in the trendy Fitzroy district.”Although the streets are a bit quieter, people who are out and about are more likely to come inside. We are hopeful for a full-on evening tonight.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Australian Open 2019Follow Heat waveFollow Melbourne heat wavelast_img read more

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Stolt Nielsen Chinese shipbuilder Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) is set to build up to six LNG carriers for Bermuda-registered company Avenir LNG, according to Clarksons.The contract includes the construction of two 20,000 cbm firm plus up to four additional optional LNG bunkering vessels with delivery of the firm vessels set for 2021.Details about the contract emerged following the yard’s announcement on the construction contracts becoming effective.The small-scale LNG company was formed by Stolt-Nielsen, which holds majority of the company shares, in cooperation with Golar LNG and Höegh LNG.Stolt-Nielsen has already ordered four small-scale LNG carriers from Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for its subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Gas.The 7,500 m3 vessels will be equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. To be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 respectively, the carriers will have a class notation for bunkering which enables the provision of LNG bunkering services if required.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are getting more protection from cyberbullying with the hiring of five investigators for the new CyberSCAN investigation unit. The investigators will begin taking complaints and working with victims and families Sept. 30. The unit will investigate all cyberbullying complaints, helping victims resolve situations through informal, or legal means. “There was significant interest in this posting and I think that indicates how strongly Nova Scotians feel about this issue,” said Roger Merrick, CyberSCAN director. “We had many qualified candidates and those we hired have very diverse backgrounds and bring unique skills to these extremely important roles. They have experience in mediation and conciliation, investigation and they have worked with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.” Sonya Ferrara, a policy analyst with the provincial Child and Youth Strategy who was an investigator with the Office of the Ombudsman, Youth Services Division, is excited to join the unit. “I’m very honoured to be a part of this team and look forward to helping Nova Scotians deal with this complex and sensitive issue,” said Ms. Ferrara. “Our primary goal will be to intervene early to help people understand the seriousness of their behaviour and stop the cyberbullying by talking to everyone involved, including schools and families.” Investigators will first try to resolve complaints by helping the cyberbully understand the impact and consequences of their behaviour. They can also apply for a cyberbullying prevention order, where the court could order a person to stop cyber communication, or confiscate the technology used for cyberbullying. And finally, they can refer the case to police, if criminal charges appear warranted. The CyberSCAN unit is governed by the Cyber-safety Act, legislation passed in the spring to ensure all Nova Scotians have a place to turn when they experience, or are aware of, cyberbullying. In August, the first part of the act took effect, allowing victims to apply to the Justice of the Peace centre for a protection order that could place restrictions on, or help identify, the cyberbully. Victims can also sue the cyberbully. For more information about the Cyber-safety Act, visit read more

first_imgSrinagar/New Delhi: Restrictions were lifted from most parts of Kashmir on Saturday, a day after strict curbs on the movement of people were imposed in view of Friday congregational prayers, officials said.They said barricades have been removed from the roads in most areas of the city and elsewhere in the Valley to allow the movement of people. However, deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order, the officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsStrict impositions on the movement of people were out in place across the Valley on Friday in view of apprehensions of law and order problems after congregational prayers. Only ambulances and people in emergency situations were allowed to move. The officials said the situation remained peaceful on Friday and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Valley. However, normal life remained affected for the 27th consecutive day on Saturday. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe markets continued to remain shut, while public transport was off the roads, the officials said, adding schools also remained closed. Landline telephone services have been restored in most places in view of the improving situation, though the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave here. The mobile services and Internet, including BSNL’s Broadband and private leased-line Internet, remained snapped since August 5 after the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the state into two Union Territories.last_img read more

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The X-rays leave no doubt about what happened, but Maureen Yeo says she still can’t fathom why anyone would shoot three construction nails into her dog’s head.Kuma, a two-year-old male German shepherd, went missing from the family business in Prince George, B.C., on June 24.Yeo said in an interview Tuesday that they searched for the dog and reported him missing right away.The local SPCA called days later to say he’d been found in Hixon, 47 kilometres away.When she picked the dog up, Yeo said she knew something was wrong at the top of his head and thought perhaps he had been hit with a pellet gun.Yeo immediately took Kuma to the local veterinarian.“She called me about 20 minutes later saying it wasn’t pellets, it was nails. I stopped my truck, I got out and I threw up, it was so sick.”One of the nails was lodged inside the skull, while the other two were partially protruding from his head, she said. The X-ray shows three, eight centimetre long construction nails lodged in the top of Kuma’s skull.The vet said they definitely were put in with a nail gun, she said.The wound was already infected, but Kuma came out of surgery to remove the nails alive.While Kuma suffered a seizure on Thursday, he is otherwise doing well, Yeo said.“He seems to be getting more energy every day and he’s eating and drinking,” she said, adding she’s trying to keep him calm but he has been resisting the ordered “bed rest.”Yeo said Kuma, a very trusting and friendly dog, lives at their shop, and while he would never leave their property on foot, he might hop in someone’s vehicle.“He’s such a well-natured dog. It totally broke my heart, you know, the pain he must have been in,” she said.Jamie Walsh, the SPCA branch manager in Prince George, said they are investigating the “bizarre” incident as a case of animal cruelty, but they have no leads yet.Yeo said she wants the person responsible caught and prosecuted.“Obviously this is a sick person who did this,” she added. read more

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Awards, as part of its commitment to sustainable practices, has announced an environmental partnership with American Forests to plant a tree for every attendee at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards at the headwaters of the Los Angeles River that will enhance the LARiverWorks restoration project.The announcement was made at a tree planting ceremony held in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and Department of Public WorksA native tree signifying the initiative was planted at the L.A. River Greenway Trail pocket park in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Representing the SAG Awards was Committee Chair JoBeth Williams, Committee Member Woody Schultz, Executive Producer Kathy Connell and actor Katie Lowes (“Scandal”). Representing their respective organizations were American Forests President & CEO Scott Steen and Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commission President and Chief Film Liaison Kevin James.Each Tree Helps the LA River
”The SAG Awards is proud to be joining with American Forests and the City of Los Angeles on this creative way to help ensure a sustainable future for the people of the Los Angeles and to make a positive impact on the region where the team of more than 500 people who bring the SAG Awards to the air live and work,” Connell said.The SAG Awards partnership’s 1,250 trees will be planted in fire-damaged areas of the Los Angeles River’s source in the Angeles National Forest supporting the City of Los Angeles and Urban Waters Federal Partnership efforts to revitalize the L.A. River, highlighting that upstream and downstream actions are necessary to ensure a sustainable future for millions of Angelenos and the lives that they touch worldwide.Text-to-Give Live During the SAG Awards and Beyond
Guests at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 30 and the public are invited to add additional trees through a Text-to-Give initiative. By texting FORESTS to 80077 supporters can plant an additional ten trees in the Angeles National Forest for just $10.In recognition of its ongoing efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness, the Screen Actors Guild Awards has been honored for the last seven years with the Environmental Media Association (EMA)‘s Green Seal. The SAG Awards is the only televised special event to have received this honor for that many consecutive years. In addition, in 2013 the SAG Awards received EMA’s Green Production Award, an honor that distinguished the SAG Awards amongst its peers for its environmentally progressive operations and ability to surpass its green efforts year after year.Conservation Makes a Difference
The numerous green practices SAG Awards has instituted over the years are saving nearly four tons of paper per year through online credentialing, submissions, voting and delivery of media and for your consideration materials; a production-wide recycling and reuse program; conscientious selection of green stage and decor materials and use of zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-powered red carpet power and lighting.American Forests was founded in 1875, making it the first national nonprofit conservation organization in the country. It has planted more than 50 million trees in just the last 25 years. Their work has restored hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, protected vital watersheds and sequestered millions of tons of greenhouse gases in all 50 states and in 45 countries.The City of Los Angeles Restores Its River
Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles are working with many critical stakeholders to revitalize the 51-mile Los Angeles River and its more than 800 square mile watershed. On December 18, the Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers endorsed the most sweeping restoration effort to address environmental damage that has occurred since the river was channelized in the 1930s. That federally-led restoration effort will take place along an 11-mile stretch of the river in the City of L.A. Mayor Garcetti and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership continue to encourage the planting of native species all along the river and in its upstream watershed because it strengthens biodiversity, creates important wildlife movement corridors, improves urban cooling and, in general, supports the sustainability of our region.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsBritish Columbia Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen released his report this week on the collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye Salmon.Millions of Sockeye disappeared in 2009 prompting a long and controversial public inquiry.However, despite 179 witnesses and 138 days of hearings, the report provided little answers.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img

The United Nations chief spoke by telephone separately with Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Foreign Secretary William Hague, according to information provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. Mr. Ban noted that the UN has benefited considerably from the leadership and guidance of the UK on a range of issues, including the Middle East, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, nuclear disarmament and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight globally-agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. The Secretary-General also pointed out that the UK has been an unfailing leader on the issue of climate change and indicated that he looked forward to discussing with Mr. Cameron what arrangements he wished to take forward under his government with regard to the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which is currently co-chaired by his predecessor, Gordon Brown. The Advisory Group, which Mr. Ban launched in February, is co-chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and intended to mobilize financing swiftly to help developing countries combat climate change. Its members also include President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, senior ministers and officials from central banks and experts on finance and development. They are expected to issue their recommendations before the next conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Mexico later this year. 14 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the newly-appointed leaders of the United Kingdom and said he looked forward to working with them on common goals such as climate change, nuclear disarmament and the achievement of global development targets. read more

Companies in this story: (TSX:AW.UN)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund has boosted its monthly distribution after a quarter of improved earnings from same-store sales growth and added stores.The Vancouver-based fund says it will boost its monthly cash distribution from 15.4 cents to 15.9 cents starting with the July distribution.It says it made $7.55 million in the quarter ending June 16, up from $7.08 million for the same quarter last year.Analysts had expected earnings of $7.93 million according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The fund says it had same store sales growth of 10.3 per cent in the quarter, compared with 6.6 per cent in same store growth last year.Gross sales came in at $351.85 million from 934 stores, compared with $305.13 million from its 896 stores last year. read more

The indictment, which includes 29 counts for crimes committed between 1992 and 1995, was confirmed on Thursday by Judge Richard May. It charges the former Serbian President with participating in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at the “forcible and permanent removal” of most non-Serbs from large parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The indictment alleges that during the take-over of Bosnian territories, thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats were killed, while thousands more were imprisoned in over 50 detention facilities under inhumane conditions. Many more were forcibly transferred and deported from their homes. The total number of people expelled or imprisoned between 1992 and 1995 is estimated at over a quarter million. Mr. Milosevic is also charged with the execution of several thousand Bosnian Muslim men and boys after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. The counts against the accused former President include genocide and complicity in genocide as well as crimes against humanity involving persecution, extermination, murder, imprisonment, torture, deportation and inhumane acts. He also charged with grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including wilful killing, unlawful confinement, torture, unlawful deportation, and extensive destruction and appropriation of property. Separately, the Tribunal has also charged Mr. Milosevic with crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo in 1999 and in Croatia between 1991 and 1992. In another development, the Tribunal’s judges today re-elected Judge Claude Jorda as President and elected Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen as Vice-President. Each will serve two-year terms in their respective posts. read more

“We must work together to empower women and expand opportunities in politics, business and beyond,” Mr. Ban told participants at today’s High-level Conference on ‘Women in Power and Decision-making: Making a World of Difference,’ in Santiago co-hosted by Chile’s Government and UN Women.This resolve must be backed up with resources because investments in gender equality yield great returns across society, said Mr. Ban emphasizing that 2015 is a “vital year” for advancing all these goals. The Secretary-General’s remarks come ahead of the worldwide commemoration on 8 March of International Women’s Day, which this year coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the “international blueprint” for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Also this year, the international community is hard at work on establishing a new sustainable development agenda that builds on the landmark UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and that will help shape policies and social investments for the next generation. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays an official visit to Chile. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ ›“It is my firm conviction that women must be at the decision-making table at all levels. We all must do our part to break the glass ceilings and open the doors of opportunity,” said Mr. Ban. “To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. Women’s voices and full participation is central.” On the side-lines of the conference, the Secretary-General met with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, who in 2010, was the first to lead the then newly-created UN Women. He thanked the Chilean Government for co-hosting the conference on ‘Women in power and decision-making’ and also expressed appreciation for the different measures Chile has taken toward women’s empowerment. The Secretary-General and President Bachelet also exchanged views about the importance of gender equality in the framework of the post-2015 development agenda. They agreed on the importance of good preparatory work for the Financing for Development Conference in Addis-Ababa in July, stressing that private sector engagement would be key to its success. Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation to Chile for hosting a regional preparatory Conference for this event. The Secretary-General further noted good progress on the climate change agenda, leading to what he was confident would be a successful outcome at the Paris Summit on the subject in December. read more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultations with Chairs of Regional Groups, informed the General Assembly today of his intention to appoint Heidi Mendoza of the Philippines as the new Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) for a five-year non-renewable term.Ms. Mendoza is currently the Commissioner of the Commission of Audit of the Philippines (since 2011) and Chairperson of the Audit Committee on Public Sector Auditing Standards Board. She also serves as the External Auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). Ms. Mendoza is a certified public accountant with over 20 years of service in government specializing in audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy. read more

Desperate times call for desperate measures.When Ohio State let the majority of a 17-point lead slip away Wednesday at Penn State, Evan Turner took matters into his own hands.Despite making just one of his eight shot attempts in the first half, Turner continued to fire away down the stretch, leading the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-4) to a 75-67 victory over the Nittany Lions (10-17, 2-13).The National Player of the Year candidate dished out seven assists and grabbed seven rebounds to go along with his 25 points, one of four Buckeyes in double figures.OSU used a 19-6 run to open up a 49-32 second half lead before Penn State fired back. The Nittany Lions connected on a barrage of 3-pointers to cut the lead to 50-44.After the Buckeyes built the lead back up to 11, Penn State forced a series of OSU turnovers to trim the lead to 59-57.That’s when Turner took over. The junior scored OSU’s next eight points, pushing the lead to eight, an advantage the Buckeyes wouldn’t relinquish.Forward David Lighty chipped in 18 points, while Jon Diebler added 16 and William Buford 12. Guard Talor Battle paced Penn State with 22 points.The win marked the 13th in a row for OSU over Penn State, the longest current streak of one team over another in the Big Ten.Ohio State welcomes Michigan to the Schottenstein Center for a Saturday matinee this weekend at noon. read more

She said: “You were both involved in a significant, sophisticated systematic hack attack in a computer system used by TalkTalk.”The attack led to you and others gaining access to TalkTalk’s clients’ confidential information. The total loss to TalkTalk as a result of this overall attack is estimated to be £77 million but the loss does not end there.”Given the scale of the attack, the number of people whose confidential information was stolen and then passed on to others, I’m sure that your actions caused misery and distress to many thousands of the customers of TalkTalk.” The court heard how analysis by BAE Systems after the attack suggested that there may have been up to 10 other attackers, some of whom used the confidential data to blackmail TalkTalk’s then-CEO Dido Harding.Ms Harding received demands for Bitcoins in return for the stolen data, which included customers’ names, email addresses, mobile numbers, home addresses and dates of birth.”Your actions, the actions of others, resulted in the then-CEO of TalkTalk being subjected to repeated attempts to blackmail her for money. You were not personally involved in making those attempts but your actions helped facilitate it,” Judge Dhir said.The court heard how TalkTalk spotted “latency issues” on its website early on October 21 2015 and launched an investigation.TalkTalk reported the cyber attacks to police and the National Crime Agency and the next day made public statements to alert customers.Hanley was described as a “determined and dedicated hacker”. Connor Allsopp, 21, pictured arriving at court yesterday was sentenced to eight months in prison Credit: ED WILLCOX Two friends have been jailed for a “sophisticated” TalkTalk cyber attack that caused “misery and distress” to thousands of customers.Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, were yesterday sentenced to a combined sentence of 20 months for their involvement in the massive October 2015 data breach.The pair stole personal information, banking details and “sensitive” data from 156,959 customer accounts in a hacking exercise that spanned seven days, the Old Bailey heard.  The total cost to TalkTalk of the breach is estimated to be £77 million, including a record £400,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office for security failings that allowed the hack to happen.Judge Anuja Dhir QC yesterday sentence Hanley for 12 months and Allsopp for eight months, saying that it was a tragedy to find “two individuals of such extraordinary talent” in the dock. hacker Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgInsurance provider Allianz Partners UK has hosted a wellbeing week for its 360 employees, to help promote positive mental and physical wellbeing.The wellbeing week ran between 1 and 5 April 2019 to coincide with the end of a busy business period; the organisation wanted to encourage staff to relax and focus on their individual wellbeing.Over the course of the week, employees were able to enjoy a range of beauty therapies and massages, undertake health assessments and have reflexology sessions. In addition, charity Croydon Vision delivered a talk on eye health and advice, health insurer SimplyHealth led a session on health and lifestyle plans, and retailer Costco attended to sign up new members, who received a £10 voucher as a joining gift.Employees were also able to spend time with Gunner the German shepherd dog (pictured), who attended the wellbeing week with Therapy Dogs Nationwide.Currently, Allianz Partners UK’s health and wellbeing initiatives form part of its annual people strategy, but the organisation is now working to create a standalone health and wellbeing approach.This will include creating a network of mental health first aiders and supporting line managers to spot the signs of mental ill health, providing access to toolkits and self-directed learning resources centred around wellbeing, and implementing an employee assistance programme (EAP) as well as a suite of related benefits. Allianz Partners UK wants this approach to foster innovation, creativity, productivity and engagement.Nikki Davies, learning and development manager at Allianz Partners UK, said: “Our wellbeing week enables us to give staff a mental boost and encourage them to take time out to look at their own health life choices.“By encouraging healthy habits we are helping people lead an overall healthier lifestyle. From eyesight care and posture recommendations, to massage treatments and beauty therapy, the week of activities underlined the importance of embracing health and wellbeing options to enhance happiness. Gunner certainly put a smile on people’s faces.“As a result, the week brought a new energy to the [organisation], with people more open to sharing their own experiences, which in turn has helped to bring teams even closer together. By cultivating a happy and healthy [organisational] culture, we’re investing in the effectiveness of our teams, which ultimately helps the people and the business thrive.”last_img read more

first_imgNews Email Twitter Miles Davis & John Coltrane’s Final Tour Unearthed new-bootleg-explores-miles-davis-john-coltranes-final-1960-tour New Bootleg Explores Miles Davis, John Coltrane’s Final 1960 Tour Facebook Five concerts from the final string of shows where Coltrane played sideman to Davis to be highlighted in latest Bootleg Series installmentNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 11, 2017 – 1:13 pm Spring of 1960 marked the final run of shows that saw jazz saxophone icon John Coltrane on the same stage as trumpet trailblazer Miles Davis. Now, thanks to the latest installment of Davis’ Bootleg Series, five shows from this tour will be unearthed on March 23, 2018, in a four-disc set,  The Final Tour: Bootleg Series Vol. 6. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 10, 2015 – 2:54 pm John Coltrane Wins Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist Taken from the Spring 1960 Jazz At The Philharmonic European Tour, the collection will include shows from Paris’ L’Olympia Theatre, Stockholm’s Konserthuset and Copnehagen’s Tivolis Koncertsal, all recorded in March of that year, according to Rolling Stone.The material performed is drawn from the then-newly released Kind Of Blue, as well as classic albums cut during the five years Coltrane played with Davis, such as ‘Round About Midnight and Milestones. Following the tour, Coltrane went on to a successful solo career of his own, and Davis went on to add other future jazz legends to his band, including pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.The Final Tour …, which was authorized by both the Davis and Coltrane estates, also includes a radio interview with Coltrane and in-depth liner notes. You can now pre-order the collection digitally, on CD or vinyl.Miles Davis In DNA: Music Preservation With A Twistlast_img read more

first_imgA city committee tasked with  investigating the shortage of affordable child care in Juneau has concluded its work.The Juneau Assembly Childcare Committee formed in November. Mayor Beth Weldon tasked it answering two key questions: Should child care be a part of municipal activities, and if so, should early education be a part of that?After speaking with various stakeholders, the committee answered “yes” to both questions and submitted its final report with recommendations to the mayor last week.In the short term, the report advises the city to identify existing public facilities that could be used for child care and to set up a loan fund to assist related businesses and programs.Childcare workers interact with infants at Gold Creek Child Development Center in Juneau in May, 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)In the long term, the committee recommends  funding a subsidized child care model like that proposed by Best Starts, a local initiative that almost ended up on the municipal ballot last October, but failed to receive enough Assembly votes.The committee was made up of several Assembly members and public representatives from the education and child care sectors.At a special Assembly meeting Wednesday night, Mayor Weldon congratulated the committee on its work.last_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThree people are in hospital after an accident on the A500 this afternoon. The crash, which involves two vehicles, took place at around 2pm on the A500 Southbound between the A34 Newcastle Road/Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout) and Reginald Mitchell Way (Kidsgrove/Tunstall Turn Off). One person was cut free by firefighters – with all three patients taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance. One lane remains closed on the D-road as emergency services work to clear the scene. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We’re working with Fire and Ambulance to open the A500 South Bound as quick as we can after a crash. Plan your route.” West Midlands Ambulance Service said three ambulances and a paramedic officer had attended. A spokeswoman said: “We were called just after 2pm to reports of a two vehicle RTC. “We have conveyed three people to hospital.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said they had cut one person free from a car. She said: “Crews from Sandyford and Newcastle have attended a road traffic collision on the A500 Southbound between Talke & Tunstall where they used hydraulic cutting tools to release a man from one of the vehicles. Read MoreFuneral to be held for popular binman, 49, who died a day after motorbike crash “He is now in the care of West Midlands Ambulance Service.” For the latest traffic and travel updates from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit our live news service here.last_img read more