Wellington, Nov 30 (PTI) The ICC U19 World Cup 2018 was today launched here with 44 days to go for the 16-team event that brings together future stars who will compete across four cities and seven venues in New Zealand from 13 January to 3 February.The function was attended by Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Sports and Recreation of New Zealand, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White and Event Brand Ambassador Corey Anderson among others.Speaking on the occasion, Richardson thanked New Zealand Cricket for hosting the tournament for the third time and extolled the importance of the U19 Cricket World Cup in grooming players from around the world.Richardson: “The ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup is special for so many reasons. It gives players an unrivaled experience of global events, a real flavor of international cricket at senior level and a glimpse into what life as one of the worlds best is really like.”This event plays an important role in developing the participating teenagers into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in comradery, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and of course in the spirit of the game.”A host of past and present stars have come through the U19s since its inception in 1988. The fact that a number of current captains including your very own Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal and Eoin Morgan have all played in the event demonstrates the calibre of cricket we have come to expect at this event.”advertisementNew Zealand all-rounder Anderson remembered how the tournament helped shape his career.Anderson: “It is an honour for me to be associated with this tournament as its Brand Ambassador. I played in two U19 World Cups ? in 2008 and 2010 ? and can?t forget the experience of playing with the upcoming best from around the world.”I was lucky to have figured in the tournament along with players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, all of who have gone on to lead their respective sides in world cricket. The tournament provides players with many learnings which hold them in good stead as they develop into top-class cricketers.”Details of the Trophy Tour for the tournament were also revealed during the event, which was attended by current players from the New Zealand and the Windies sides, who are due to play in the first match of their two-Test series at Wellingtons Basin Reserve from tomorrow.The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour will commence in Wellington on December 1 and after several school and club visits to create awareness about the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and to drive attendances, will culminate in Lincoln on December 13.The West Indies are the defending champions of the tournament, which is widely acknowledged as a platform to inspire the next generation of cricketers and fans.Australia and India have been most successful in the tournament, winning the title three times each. Pakistan are the only side to have defended the title when they emerged victorious in the 2004 and 2006 editions while England and South Africa are the other teams to have won the tournament. PTI AH AH
(Elder Raymond Robinson. APTN/File Photo)APTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is scheduled to meet with hunger-striking Manitoba Elder Raymond Robinson on Friday in Ottawa.Robinson, from Cross Lake First Nation, began his hunger strike Wednesday and also said he wouldn’t drink any water during the hunger strike which he plans to hold until Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees to meet with First Nations leaders on a “nation-to-nation” basis and the department of Aboriginal Affairs scraps controversial changes to its funding agreements with First Nations.Valcourt’s office reached out to Robinson for the meeting and the date was finalized Wednesday evening.Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister’s Office indicated Valcourt was ready to meet with Robinson.“The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs is prepared to meet with Raymond Robinson, or any First Nation community member who wants to make progress for First Nations,” said a PMO spokesperson in an email to APTN National News.Robinson said he was open to a meeting with Valcourt.“I’m more than willing to sit down with him,” said Robinson, during a short cell phone interview with APTN National News shortly before a planned speaking appearance at Concordia University in Montreal.The PMO said Valcourt also met with Cross Lake Chief Garrison Settee last Wednesday and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper to talk about education and housing issues.Robinson’s decision to go without water during the hunger strike has put him on a perilous course that would see him face serious health issues within days.“Like all reasonable people, we encourage Raymond Robinson to continue to consume food and water,” said the PMO statement.Robinson accompanied Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her protest fast which ran from December until January and was held on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River. Robinson’s nephew was murdered in Cross Lake during that time.Spence told APTN National News that she “understood” Robinson’s protest, but was “concerned.”Robinson is expected to soon go into seclusion for the majority of the hunger strike.A human body can only go a few days without water before the kidneys start to fail.
“Whenever you put your name to a message, you raise awareness far and wide, among policy-makers and among the millions of people who elect them,” the Secretary-General told an audience at the UN’s New York headquarters that included more than 40 Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors appointed by him and the heads of various UN agencies.”In an age when the media tends to focus on issues they think of as more immediately accessible to the public, our chances of breaking through the barrier of indifference are vastly improved when we have people like you to plead our case,” Mr. Annan added.The Secretary-General said that the celebrities, in particular, could capture the attention and imagination of young people, those who will continue the work started by the current generation. “You can help instil in young people the values of understanding, solidarity, respect and communication across cultures – the very ideals the United Nations stands for – so that those values come to them naturally for the rest of their lives,” he stressed.Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan, a Goodwill Ambassador on behalf of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that one of the most challenging and inspiring aspects of her role was to create a deeper understanding of the linkages that existed between global policies and local realities. As an Arab Muslim woman, the Princess added, she had seen firsthand the positive impact of sustainable human development approaches promoted by UNDP and the dignity and self-reliance which capacity development created for individuals and local communities. In her desperately troubled region, it was such efforts that created opportunities, choices and hope.Basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, a Goodwill Ambassador on behalf of UNDP, said his experiences have been extremely rewarding, recalling one memorable experience that took place at the World Conference on HIV/AIDS in Durban, South Africa. On the first day of the conference, an 11-year-old boy named Nkosi gave an inspiring message to the delegates. His voice was small but powerful, Mr. Mutombo said, and he spoke about unconditional love, courage, brotherhood, tolerance and forgiveness. Though his community had rejected him, a loving foster family had taken him in and he had fought a long, hard battle with AIDS as his short life had made an impact on all who had met him and heard him that day.The 48 celebrities – drawn from the worlds of art, music, film, sports, literature and public affairs – are meeting at the invitation of the Secretary-General to share information on the priorities of the UN system and to enlist their support for lending greater impetus to the Millennium Development Goals campaign.The Messengers and Ambassadors help raise awareness of key UN issues and activities, ranging from poverty, HIV/AIDS and intolerance, to improving the status of women, promoting educational and employment opportunities for youth, and protection for vulnerable groups, such as children and refugees.The two-day programme, entitled “Celebrity Advocacy for the New Millennium,” will include a series of workshops focusing on the priorities Member States have set up in the Millennium Declaration and which will guide the work of the Organization for the coming years.Among those attending the meeting are Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, actor Danny Glover and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta. Singer and actor Harry Belafonte, actor Peter Ustinov and actress Feryal Ali Gauhar are also participating in the event, as are actress Angelina Jolie, actor Dr. Chea Samnang and Her Royal Highness Queen Inkhositaki La Motsa of Swaziland.
Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Singapore’s first robot masseuse has completed its first week on the job.Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, or EMMA, started work Monday at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic.The machine—a mechanical arm with soft tips that mimic the human palm and thumb—can measure the exact stiffness of a particular muscle or tendon, particularly in back and knee massages. A cloud-based AI also tracks and analyzes the patient’s progress, making it easier for a physician to measure recovery.“There is great potential for EMMA to be of service to society, especially as the population ages,” Inderjit Singh, chairman of NTU’s innovation and enterprise branch, said in a statement. “The massage techniques of experienced and renowned TCM physicians can be reproduced in EMMA, giving the public easier access to quality treatment.”Developed as a low-cost treatment alternative by Nanyang Technological University-based startup AiTreat, EMMA works alongside two human colleagues: a physician and a massage therapist.But the newbie already has a leg (arm?) up on her mere-mortal coworkers: “EMMA is designed to deliver a clinically precise massage … without the fatigue faced by a human therapist,” according to Albert Zhang, founder of AiTreat and NovaHealth.Situated between two beds and two patients, the third-generation prototype can do the work of two masseurs, Zhang boasted, therefore reducing manpower (and, as feared, eliminating jobs).“By using EMMA to do the labor-intensive massages, we can now offer a longer therapy session for patients while reducing the cost of treatment,” he continued.A conventional package for lower back pain—including consultation, acupuncture, and a 20-minute massage—costs anywhere from $60 to $150, according to NTU Singapore.NovaHealth, however, promises the same consultation and acupuncture, plus a 40-minute massage by EMMA and a human therapist, for just $68.“The human therapist is then free to focus on other areas such as the neck and limb joints, which EMMA can’t massage at the moment,” Zhang added.Zhang and Goh Chye Tee, director of NTU’s Chinese Medicine Clinic, are also working to measure and benchmark the robot’s effectiveness, comparing it to that of a professional (and human) TCM massage therapist.For more, see Geek’s lineup of 11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
(WSVN) – FEMA delivered more than 80 travel trailers to Monroe County, Wednesday.Eligible residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Irma will receive the mobile homes with electric and water functions.The trailers could be placed on approved private property sites or relocated to six larger FEMA-approved sites that can hold multiple trailers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (WSVN) — A U.S. Coast Guard crew stopped dozens of Haitian migrants at sea.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant spotted the migrants’ 40-foot freighter about 26 miles north of Cap-Haitien, at around 1:30 a.m., Sunday.Officials said approximately 70 migrants had embarked on the illegal voyage.The Haitian Coast Guard was contacted shortly thereafter. They arrived a few hours later to return the migrants home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Bob Ross will continue as executive director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs, after being re-appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont (D), according to The Day. Ross is also on the ADC board of directors…. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has not yet named a senior military advisor, according to the Dayton Daily News. DeWine has said he wants the position to be cabinet-level…. Karen Gwaltney Towns became the first military spouse sworn into the Missouri bar under a new rule that allows military spouses to practice in the state without taking exams, according to a press release from Sustainable Ozarks Partnership.Photo by Sustainable Ozarks Partnership ADC AUTHOR
The Denali mud slide is the result of heavy rain. The park reports measuring nearly 8 inches of rain at Eielson last week. National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Bartus said July precipitation there was extreme.Listen now“From July 1st to the 30th, not including the 31st, the Eielson visitor center saw 16 inches of rain which is incredible,” Bartus said.Weekend rain also bumped up last month’s precipitation tally in Fairbanks, where Bartus says July 2016 ranked as the 4th wettest on record with 4 point 9-7 inches of rain.“And for the two-month span of June and July, this summer that was actually the second wettest on record with 8.26 inches,” Bartus said.Bartus said as much as 4 inches of rain fell on hills north of Fairbanks over the weekend, raising already high rivers, which are flooding low lying areas, including along the Chena and Tanana Rivers.“The steamboat subdivision has been getting some water across roadways out towards North Pole and around Rosie Creek as well,” Bartus said. “We’ve seen water come over roadways and those are the two big impact areas so far around Fairbanks. Up the Chena, the upper Chena the Granite tours area, that area has seen some high water. Trailheads in that area would be inundated with water as well close to the river.”A flood advisory remains in effect for the Fairbanks area until Wednesday afternoon. Bartus said some drying is forecast.“The low pressure system that brought us all this rain showers and a lot of steady rain actually over the past few days has pushed through us and we’ll see some gradual clearing,” Bartus said.Bartus cautions that there’s a chance for more rain later in the week.
Tandur: Eve teasing will land you behind bars, warned Superintendent of Police Narayana. He explained about the acts related to eve teasing and functioning of She teams to the students of various colleges, here on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, the SP said girls and women who face the teasing should inform police and their details would be kept secretly. He advised them not to share their contact details with strangers. He advised them to follow the path shown by parents and teachers. Additional SP Bhaskar, Cis Ravi Kumar, Upender, Principals of colleges Narender, Narayana Reddy, students from Government Junior College, Chaitanya, Ambedkar, Srikara, Siddhartha were present.
Share AMBER ALERT/Katy ISD PoliceWendy Arely Hernandez-OrantesAn Amber Alert issued for a missing 13-year-old girl was canceled Tuesday evening after she was found safe, police said. Katy ISD police were searching for the girl after she was last seen Monday morning walking toward her bus stop near the 2013 block of North Fry Road, according to the Amber Alert issued Tuesday.You can read more about this story on KHOU.com.