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Rojas fires New Zealand to winning start

first_imgThe Melbourne Victory forward netted from close range in the 42nd and 72nd minutes as Oceania Champions New Zealand now take an three point lead in Group A heading into the return encounter with Les Cagous in Kone on Tuesday.New Zealand dominated the match in large patches and were good value for their first half lead, having been denied twice by the woodwork – first Chris Wood then Kosta Barbarouses – before Rojas finally broke the deadlock.Short passing between Rojas and Wood in the New Caledonia area unlocked the defence and while Rojas’ shot was partially blocked by a defender it still had enough on it to beat goalkeeper Thomas Schmidt.Rojas’ second – his third in as many games for the All Whites – was again set up by his captain with an improvised back heel from Wood off Monty Patterson’s low cross left Rojas with a free tap in at the back post.It took some time for New Caledonia to get a foothold in the match but once they did they enjoyed some sustained moments of pressure. Their start to the second half was especially bright and Cesar Zeoula almost equalised just two minutes in, but instead headed just over the crossbar.New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson was satisfied to claim the win in what was his first match on home soil and warned his side would get better“It was a good win, solid win, and a good start to the qualification campaign. We had many chances and kept a clean sheet. We can do so much better but we’re very happy with today. ““We know these games are very tricky and they’ve got some dangerous players. I think we didn’t start so well so we made a few changes and I think that helped us. I think overall the players have done a great job in difficult conditions against a tricky team.”New Caledonia coach Thierry Sardo thought his side competed well for most of the match but acknowledged the second goal took the match away from his side.“We were not too bad in the beginning of the second half but when they put the second goal, we had a big headache,” he said.”We had two opportunities to put a good goal away, Kayara’s and Cesar Zeoula’s, but sadly they couldn’t hit the target.”Sardo saw enough in his side’s performance to give him confidence heading back to home soli for Tuesday afternoon’s match.”Of course we hope to win back home. Today we have shown that we can get a good result in New Caledonia”Tomorrow, Tahiti and Solomon Islands meet again in Group A, this time in Honiara. Tahiti lead the group after their 1-0 win in Papeete on Monday night.last_img read more

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Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

first_imgToday we continue with the Surya Namaskar routine. We trust that you practiced the first two postures this morning and are ready to see the new ones that we will be bringing to you today.Hasta Padasana (Hand to Foot pose)Breathing out, bend forward from the waist, keeping the spine erect. As you exhale completely, bring the hands down to the floor, beside the feet.How to deepen this yoga stretch?You may bend the knees, if necessary, to bring the palms down to the floor. Now make a gentle effort to straighten the knees.It’s a good idea to keep the hands fixed in this position and not move them henceforth until we finish the sequence.Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose)Breathing in, push your right leg back, as far back as possible. Bring the right knee to the floor and look up.How to deepen this yoga stretch?Ensure that the left foot is exactly in between the palms.Dandasana (Stick pose)As you breathe in, take the left leg back and bring the whole body in a straight line.How to deepen this yoga stretch?Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor.Surya Namaskar or sun salutation is a gesture of showing gratitude to the sun. It is a set of 12 yoga asanas which bring your body, breath and mind together. When performed in the morning, it revitalises your body and refreshes your mind, leaves you feeling energetic throughout the course of the day. The postures can help you unwind when you perform them in the evening. Well-known yoga expert Sunaina Rekhi says, ‘the cyclic movements of Surya Namaskar with its controlled breathing, back bends, forward bends, invigorating and calming postures, offers many health benefits.’1. Helps lose weight: Sunaina says, ‘when done at a fast pace, Surya Namaskar can give you an excellent cardiovascular workout helping you to lose weight.’ The postures will help stretch your abdominal muscles while helping you shed pounds around your belly. The movements will also help in improving your metabolism.2. Helps strengthen muscles and joints: Surya Namaskar offers you a good way to stretch and strengthen your muscles, joints, ligament, as well as the skeletal system. The movements can also help improve the flexibility of your spine. When you perform the postures, your limbs become symmetrical helping your internal vital organs to function better.3. Gives glowing skin: Surya namaskar improves your blood circulation that aids in bringing back the glow on your face; preventing the onset of wrinkles, making your skin look ageless and radiant.4. Ensures a better functioning digestive system: The sun salutation will help in the smooth running of your digestive system. These yoga poses will help increase the blood flow to your digestive tract resulting in better functioning of the intestines. The forward bend pose will help increase your abdomen space which will aid in releasing the trapped gases from your system.5. Helps cope with insomnia: You can improve your sleeping patterns by the practise of surya namaskar. The asanas will help calm your mind, giving you a good night’s sleep. This will ensure that you do not resort to drugs to give you a restful sleep.6. Ensures regular menstrual cycle: Surya Namaskar can also be beneficial for women who are suffering from irregular menstrual cycles as it helps regulate it. Regular practice of the movements can also help in easy childbirthlast_img read more

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The effects of domestic violence

first_imgOver time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many were brutally killed in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues, despite awareness efforts and the much-touted training of law enforcement officers who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem is much larger than what appears in the news, including the social media outlets, as many cases go unreported. This therefore gives much credence to the appearance of an underestimated reality.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abused victim from seeking the intervention of the law. Among them, in no specific order of impact, are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some; and the lack of confidence in law enforcement itself, precipitated by the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask the question: do the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging? While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.As that is contemplated, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults on their mothers and, to a lesser extent, their fathers. Those ghastly images, especially for some who watched as life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that the images are erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated, thereby aiding in better shaping of lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses of such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative for the benefit of all to know the extent of what is available and offered. Realistically, expectations cannot be for what obtains in the developed nations; however, there must be something tangible, in keeping with available resources, with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not in any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities and support systems, becomes more pertinent. Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorizing, some aspects had made news internationally prompting a local organization to call for suicide to be made a national priority given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives.It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It wasn’t going to be a panacea to stop suicide, but effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximized effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system, to help break social inhibitors where necessary and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in being unable to accurately quote figures, based on extensive research if available on the amount of people lost, injured and disfigured and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly the highest number would be those who are left traumatized.This therefore must be seen as a serious cause for concern and a compelling reason for consideration to be declared a national priority. This is an apolitical issue and is not confined to any one group thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout and away from just the families.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media, are in many ways impacted too especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot and must not be underestimated. That of road accidents must also be taken into account for too much is at stake for people and the nation.last_img read more

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Road carnage

first_imgDespite the implementation of what many describe as a successful campaign by the Guyana Police Force, road accidents with the resulting fatalities are still a common occurrence on our road and motorways. Yet again the morning newspapers bore the tragic news that over the weekend, three more persons, including a five-year-old lost their lives, in separate accidents.Two men died tragically on Sunday evening when a motorcyclist collided with a pedestrian on the Rupert Craig highway. The motorcyclist was reportedly speeding when he collided with the pedestrian, who was allegedly under the influence. And in a separate incident at Lima Sands on the Essequibo, a 49-year-old driver was arrested and was currently assisting with investigations after the tractor he was driving ran over a five-year-old girl, who died instantly.Every year, when the road fatality numbers rack up and the situation spirals out of control, everyone cries “something must be done”; however, it is time to assert “something will be done”. It is clear that something very different must be done. This has become a chronic rather than a seasonal problem in Guyana.The causes of accidents range from narrow roads to careless driving and speeding. And then there is the most common reason: some drivers just refuse to follow the rules. They will overtake other vehicles in narrow and sharp corners, drive while intoxicated, exceed the speed limit and literally drive themselves and innocent road-users into the grave. This is not to say that pedestrians and other road users are blameless.There have been concerted efforts to enforce existing rules to help curb the carnage, including the implementation of “Operation Safeway”, which also aided in supporting the poorly equipped Police Force to tackle traffic issues.In September, after an alarming spate of road accidents, the Guyana Police Force (GPF), in an attempt to clamp down on drunk, speeding and reckless drivers, re-launched “Operation Safeway” (the initiative was first launched early in 2009 in an attempt to reduce the rate of fatal accidents). This was intended to counter the mounting road accidents, which result in fatalities.During the launch, the then Commissioner (ag) David Ramnarine acknowledged that based on figures, there was a decline in the application of the five Cs – Caution, Care, Common Sense, Courtesy and Consideration.According to statistics released by Police, there has been a decline in road accidents and they have directly attributed this to “Operation Safeway”. For the period September 15 to October 16, 2016, Traffic Chief, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan had reported a 36.3 per cent reduction in fatal accidents in comparison with that same period last year. He said that a total of 6421 charges have been made against drivers for various traffic offences, since the inception of “Operation Safeway”.In addition, the White Knight campaign was initiated, which is a collaborative effort between the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) and the GPF. The aim of the campaign is to team education awareness with enforcement during strategic roadblocks across the country.Despite these valiant efforts, the carnage on our roadways continues. Although many persons are singing praises about the success of these initiatives, the alarming frequency of accidents should be a cause for pause. The various State bodies that have remits that affect road safety need to urgently re-examine the plan of action that addresses the actual causes of road deaths.One major cause of accidents is head-on collisions, so it is clear that the crossing of solid white lines needs to be policed, as well as tailgating, failing to indicate, overtaking on the inside and myriad other offences which perfectly sensible laws police but are routinely and fatally flouted. This can be achieved only by getting many officers out from behind their speed guns and into their patrol cars.Additionally, if a drunk driver is able to carry on his or her journey after offering a corrupt officer a bribe, people will die. Given the reality that a percentage of those killed on the roads are pedestrians, as in the case of Sunday’s accident, laws preventing jaywalking and walking on highways need to be enforced. Speed traps cannot do this. More infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, such as footbridges and cycle lanes, is urgently needed.Motorists, pedestrians and all road users also need to take responsibility for their actions and decisions.Reducing road deaths is not a short-term project, but it is essential that we get to work immediately. It is time to embrace the complicated and difficult root-and-branch work that needs to be done. Perhaps we could consider the introduction of new traffic regulations to complement the existing rules. What is clear is that we need to find a solution soon. Too many lives are being snuffed out senselessly.The situation on the ground is a clear indication that road safety is not being taken seriously and something more needs to be done.last_img read more

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Deaf student wins case against school

first_img“We have an obligation to provide students with what they need … but we try to distinguish between what would be needed and what is just helpful,” McNevin said. The appeal could take one or two years, but Solorzano’s attorney, David M. Grey, said federal laws will require the school to provide captioning during the appeal – but he will have to get a court order for it. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Samantha Solorzano, a deaf sophomore at Glendora High School, cried tears of joy after she and her family won a lawsuit against her school requiring it to provide her with a real-time transcription of her classes. Then, June 7, the school appealed. In court documents, the district called having a court reporter transcribe classes an “extreme solution” that could intimidate other students. “I feel mad that they won’t give up … I want to hear what everybody’s saying,” said the 16-year-old. She doesn’t enunciate much, but she is understandable. Being deaf since birth hasn’t kept Solorzano from attending regular high school classes, but it has kept her from joining classroom discussions. She has several ways of understanding what people say, from lip reading to a cochlear implant in her left ear, although she still might need people to repeat themselves. Her teachers have microphones so their voices are transmitted to her hearing aid. But most students sit behind her and she can’t always see their lips. Since she doesn’t know what they’re saying, she doesn’t want to speak, she said. So in May 2006, Solorzano and her family asked the school to provide a transcription service, which is used in several area high schools and colleges. A court-reporter style “captionist” would sit in class with Solorzano, typing what the teachers and students said word for word for her to read on a computer screen, or projected onto a classroom screen. But the school disagreed, saying in court documents that captioning was unnecessary. It would also cost upward of $35,000 per year. The school offered other options, including a sign language interpreter and the note-taker. So in November, the family sued, and they won in May. Glendora High School appealed last week. Ted McNevin, the Glendora Unified School District’s director of instructional and student support services, said he couldn’t talk about Solorzano’s case for confidentiality reasons, but spoke about special education programs. last_img read more

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Liverpool fans react to Pedro turning down Man United: ‘At least they have Ronaldo, Muller and Kane joining!’

first_img1 Ed Woodward and Manchester United appear to have missed out on signing Pedro Liverpool and Manchester United are great rivals on the pitch, and this summer that rivalry has extended to transfer business off it.Both clubs have been linked with a series of the same players, including Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and Memphis Depay.While the Red Devils secured the services of the latter, Liverpool snapped up Firmino and Clyne, leading to plenty of arguments between the two sets of fans as to whether their clubs were ever seriously interested in signing the ones that ‘got away’.Most recently, it looked like United would sign wantaway Barcelona star Pedro, who had also been extensively linked with Liverpool.Then Chelsea stepped in.‘Manchester United stunned as Chelsea swoop for Pedro’Now the Spanish international looks like doing a Willian and Salah, by signing for the Blues when it looked like he was on the brink of a move elsewhere in the Premier League.And with United being snubbed on this occasion, some Liverpool fans couldn’t hide their joy on social media…last_img read more

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Championship round-up: Bobby Zamora strikes again as Brighton extend lead at top

first_img1 Bobby Zamora Bobby Zamora scored for the second time in three days as Brighton recovered from a goal down to beat Bristol City 2-1 and extend their lead at the top of the Championship.After Robins’ left back Derrick Williams gave the visitors a first-half lead, Sam Baldock equalised from close range after the break.Zamora then struck a dipping volley from 15 yards just eight minutes from time to snatch his second match-winning goal since returning to the south coast club for a second spell.Brighton now have a four point cushion to the resting pack, which is now led by Birmingham after the capitalised on Reading dropping points to move into the automatic promotion places.Veteran defender Paul Robinson was the Blues’ hero, heading home in the first half to clinch a 1-0 win at bottom of the table Bolton.Gary Rowett’s side benefitted from a slip up from the Royals who, despite Nick Blackman’s tenth goal in as many games, were held to a 1-1 draw at Rotherham.Blackman, the standout player in the division this season, struck a sublime 25-yard effort to open the scoring, but Danny Collins turned home at the back post to equalise just after half time.Elsewhere, Hull romped to a surprisingly comfortable 3-0 win over promotion rivals Ipswich to move level on points with Reading and remain in the play-off spots.First-half goals from Alex Bruce and Chuba Akpom were added to by David Meyler’s excellent volley as Steve Bruce’s side as the Tractor Boys’ winless run was extended to five games.Burnley also find themselves in the play-off places after Matty Taylor’s last gasp strike snatched a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.Eric Lichaj opened the scoring for Forest before Henri Lansbury was sent off for the hosts, with the Clarets making their numerical advantage count when Taylor struck brilliantly from long range.Middlesbrough complete the top six, but Aitor Karanka’s side were poor as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff City.The game appeared to be petering out to a stalemate before George Friend’s comical own goal just four minutes from time saw Cardiff move to within a point of their opponents.Meanwhile, goal-shy Preston moved out of the relegation places with an emphatic 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Charlton at the Valley.Paul Gallagher’s brace, the first a superb 20-yard free kick, set the Lilywhites on their way before Daniel Johnson’s rasping drive just after the hour mark wrapped up proceedings.Nahki Wells and Jamie Paterson scored to see Huddersfield to a 2-0 win over MK Dons, whilst QPR were held to a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road by Sheffield Wednesday.Championship results:Brighton 2-1 Bristol CityCardiff 1-0 MiddlesbroughCharlton 0-3 PrestonHuddersfield 2-0 MK DonsHull 3-0 IpswichNottingham Forest 1-1 BurnleyQPR 0-0 Sheff WedRotherham 1-1 ReadingBolton 0-1 Birminghamlast_img read more

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Police investigating Palmdale shooting death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2When firefighters arrived, they found the passenger already dead from the gunshots. The driver and passenger were both pulled from the burning car by other people. Deputies said both the driver and the passenger had been shot more than once. The driver was taken to a hospital. PALMDALE – Sheriff’s homicide detectives were investigating a shooting that wounded a motorist and killed his passenger on a Palmdale street. Neighbors reported hearing an argument, then several shots, before the victims’ compact car sped away down 10th Street East and crashed headon into an oncoming car and caught fire. “The white car trying to get away hit a car,” neighbor Jose Alvarez said. Sheriff’s deputies cordoned off 10th Street East south of Avenue R, because the shooting apparently occurred about 10:30 p.m. Monday near a market on Avenue R and the crash occurred a quarter-mile south. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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YouTube to Publishers: Don’t Put Your Own Ads Into Those Videos!

first_imgTags:#news#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to a report from Mediaweek, YouTube has sent written warnings to a number of content producers who feature their own advertisers in videos on Google’s popular video service. YouTube, of course, is mostly interested in selling ads on its own network, and advertisers who buy overlay ads on YouTube don’t want to see their messages mixed in with other sponsor announcements and product placements. A ‘black market’ for ad placements in videos is obviously something that YouTube, which is still struggling to find a viable monetization strategy, is not trying to encourage.According to YouTube’s Terms of Service, content creators would need “prior written authorization” from YouTube before they can post commercial videos on the service.Of course, there are thousands of commercial videos on YouTube where producers did not ask for written consent from the company before posting these videos, and, according to Mediaweek, YouTube has only contacted a very small number of these though the service is clearly trying to signal that it is not happy with the current situation. While YouTube is only notifying a small number of content owners, some producers complain that YouTube will not promote their videos if they include product placements. YouTube, which dominates the online video market, is one of the most important outlets for most content producers, and YouTube has every interest in keeping its most prolific talent on the service. At the same time, though, YouTube is also bleeding a good amount of money every single day.According to Mediaweek, YouTube will soon announce a more formal process for integrating commercial videos that integrates their own ads and product placements.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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Who’s Most Likely to Succeed at Store Detective Duties?: A Featured LPRC Study

first_imgTwo US retail chains participated in an extensive study of how to select individuals most likely to win as in-store loss prevention specialists (store detectives or “SDs”). The report is based on a very rigorous job domain and performance analysis process and should also provide practical input for retailers. Following are some of the highlights of this study.Specialist versus Generalist. Store-level LP people have traditionally focused on customer theft control. Some retailers have all or just select in-store detectives conduct general duties as well as tracking and mapping store incidents and problems for analysis, training in-store LP staff, auditing LP efforts, and apprehending high-impact offenders. Many retailers also use store detectives to provide “bench strength” for promoting investigators, trainers, and supervisors. Each subset of store detective duties is slightly different in mission focus and therefore in requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to successfully handle the position.Sample Size. Two-hundred-one store detectives were administered a test of their G factor (or cognitive ability), a personality inventory known as the NEO PI-R, and a sheet listing their age, gender, years of education, years of LP experience, and so forth. Their scores and biodata were entered into a computer and statistically analyzed with various job performance scores provided by their immediate supervisors.- Sponsor – Distinctive Characteristics. As hypothesized, there were generally different characteristics that were predictive of job performance scores for each of three types of SD. IQ or G (general cognitive ability) was not particularly important to SDs focused primarily on shoplifter catching, nor for generalist SDs who were in charge of all LP functions in a single store. G was important, however, for SDs rated as likely supervisors. Future leaders also tended to be slightly less gregarious while also being a little more emotional and prone to appreciate fewer tangible things like art and culture.Perspective. In-store LP people are critical to preventing losses and other crime events in their assigned location(s) and should be treated accordingly. They are in positions to save companies considerable dollars or conversely generate huge liability with their actions or apathy-driven omissions. SDs can also create goodwill and inspire ongoing LP procedural and ethical compliance or help create ill will and motivate apathy or even further deviance.Homework. Conduct a thorough job analysis for the in-store position. Use your documents, high-performing SDs and field supervisors, and external sources to list out the top or most-critical job tasks for the position, as well as the top dozen or so most common situations SDs will be dealing with. Use the data to formulate prioritized lists of these items and build your selection and training programs.Legal Review. Make sure your job analysis and follow-on selection and training processes are carefully conducted, designed to meet job position and departmental objectives, and vetted by a trusted attorney experienced in this topic area.This featured LPRC summary was excerpted from “Winning Loss Prevention,” which was originally published in 2017. This post was updated February 22, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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