Pakistan edge Afghanistan in World Cup thriller

first_img(Reuters) – All-rounder Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a thrilling three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Leeds yesterday, maintaining their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals. Chasing a target of 228, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck on the second ball of the innings when he was trapped leg-before by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Babar Azam, who scored his maiden World Cup century in Pakistan’s win over New Zealand earlier this week, combined with Imam-ul-Haq to stabilise the innings with a steady 72-run partnership.Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi removed the pair to expose the middle order, before Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail fell cheaply to leave Pakistan reeling at 142-5. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (18) and Shadab Khan (11) were run-out to set up an intense finale but Wasim and Wahab Riaz (15) ensured there were no further hiccups as they chased down the target with two balls to spare.“When I went in they were bowling brilliantly but I just hung in there. We wanted to bat out the 50 overs and see,” Wasim, who was named man-of-the-match, said.“Thank you to the crowd, it feels like home here. They gave us a boost in confidence. Win our next game and we’ll see what happens. Now we believe we can win from anywhere.” Pakistan, who moved ahead of England to fourth in the table, now need to win their final match against Bangladesh on Friday and hope other results go their way to advance to the semi-finals.EARLY BLOWSEarlier, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi claimed four wickets to restrict Afghanistan to a modest 227 for nine from 50 overs on a flat batting track at Headingley. Having won the toss and elected to bat, Afghanistan stumbled early on, losing captain Gulbadin Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi in back-to-back deliveries to Afridi, who produced a blistering opening spell with the new ball.Afridi, playing only his 18th ODI at the age of 19, returned in the death overs to remove Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan to finish as pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-47.It was a third consecutive win for Pakistan as their campaign gathers momentum in the business end of the tournament. “We know it was not an easy target. Their bowlers used the conditions very well. Everyone chipped in, it was good team work,” Sarfaraz said.“We all know that it is not easy to win our last four games, but we go match by match. We will all be watching India v England tomorrow.”Meanwhile, Afghanistan remain winless after eight games, and just as they did against India earlier this month, they came agonisingly close to a memorable victory.The game was marred by a clash between the supporters of both teams in the stands, with ESPNcricinfo reporting that at least two fans were evicted from the match. Videos shared on social media also showed fans fighting outside the venue, with the International Cricket Council saying it will take action against “any anti-social behaviour”.last_img read more

SA gets access to UN climate fund

first_imgSeventeen metres in diameter and nine metres high, the art installation has been designed to showcase South Africa’s rich blend of natural, cultural and mineral wealth at COP 17. The Beehive’s living walls represent the importance of healthy ecosystems and are populated with indigenous grasses, forbs and bulbs. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) works closely with national climate change policymakers, and it has led the development of South Africa’s second national communication on climate change for COP 17. Manuel said the fund would finance projects that aim to improve society’s ability to cope with the risks posed by climate change. South Africa is now the fourth country that has an accredited national implementing entity, which translates into direct access to the UNFCCC adaptation fund. “As a country that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, this appointment is significant for South Africa for securing the funds needed to plan our development trajectory in a way that is responsive to climate change.” Also launched on Wednesday was the Living Beehive, which contains architectural techniques of the original Zulu beehive hut construction, but combines modern materials such as steel frames with natural building materials, such as indigenous plants typical of the rolling hills of the grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal. “This access, combined with our rich biodiversity and extensive mineral wealth, will allow South Africa to balance investment in optimal development futures with the appropriate allocation of resources to environmental programmes,” Manuel said. The South African National Biodiversity Institute has been accredited as a national implementing entity for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Fund. Located at Durban’s Botanic Gardens, it represents the type of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that is needed to address the impacts of climate change and the need to find solutions to a low-carbon economy that can also create sustainable jobs. The fund, which became fully operational in January, has conferred US$50-million worth of grants this year alone. Zulu beehive hut construction Source: BuaNews National Planning Minister Trevor Manual made the announcement in Durban on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of Living Beehive, a legacy project of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17). The project was funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the UN’s Industrial Development Organisation. Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the Living Beehive was an example of nature and people working together. “By recognising the importance of built and ecological infrastructure, and by bringing together natural and man-made design, the Living Beehive shows us the possibilities for job creation, service delivery and economic growth in a truly green economy,” Mabudafhasi said. 2 December 2011last_img read more

#Nextchat: SHRM Live 2018 — Leveraging Untapped Talent Pools to Help Your Business Thrive

first_imgThe “War for Talent.” It’s natural to assume that winning the war means beating out your competition for top talent. But what if we redefined what winning looks like? If winning ultimately means setting up your employees—and, in turn, your organization—for long-term success, we as HR professionals need to recognize there’s more than one way to make that happen. Let’s rethink how we’ve traditionally sourced the “ideal” candidate. Let’s consider alternative, creative ways to find talent.How can you bring a fresh perspective to your acquisition strategy by leveraging untapped talent pools and recruiting and retaining from groups such as veterans, older workers and people with criminal histories?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on January 23 for a special edition of #Nextchat: SHRM Live 2018 where we’ll carry the SHRM LIVE 18 virtual event conversation to Twitter to hear from HR and recruiting professionals from around the world about how they’re leveraging untapped talent pools in their talent acquisition strategies.  Special guests from the SHRM Live 18 event:Justin Constantine (Vets Panel) @Constantine_JusGloria Sinclair Miller (Vets Panel) @GjmsinclairHeather Tinsley-Fix (Older Workers Panel) @htinsleyfixArte Nathan (Employing Persons with Criminal Histories) @arte88Q1. What is your #1 greatest challenge when it comes to talent acquisition today, and how are you using untapped talent pools such as veterans, older workers and candidates with criminal histories to overcome it?Q2. Much has been said about employers’ difficulty with translating military skills for use in the civilian workplace. How should organizations address this concern?Q3. What advice do you have for organizations seeking to develop a veteran hiring program in their workplace?Q4. What advice can you share with other HR professionals who are looking to set up a program to hire candidates with criminal histories and for when they begin hiring people with criminal histories? Q5. After hiring a candidate with a criminal history, what’s next? What challenges should HR be prepared for?Q6. When recruiting, how should an organization make sure that it identifies great talent regardless of age?Q7. What’s the best way for a company to proactively brand itself as an employer that recognizes the value of older job candidates?Q8.  How has your organization modified its talent acquisition strategy to identify new profiles for “ideal” candidates and the ways in which you source them?    What’s a Twitter Chat? Three Tools for Twitter Chatslast_img read more

Digital Transformation: Half of Businesses Say They Can’t Keep up with Technology

first_imgInnovation and new technology.  Those are the key elements of digital transformation.  But one other key element is people, people who are committed to change and willing to work to shape their organizations both strategically and operationally.A recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that fewer businesses see themselves as being able to keep up with digital change.  52 percent of them rated this businesses as having a strong “digital IQ”, that’s down from 67 percent from the previous year.  Technology changes rapidly and businesses are less confident that they can keep up.Businesses say that only 52 percent of their digital projects are being executed and delivered within scope and on time.  Obstacles to their projects include lack of organizational support (76 percent), lack of clarity on responsibilities (72 percent), ineffective management (71 percent), and ineffective talent (66 percent).Tom Puthiyamadam, PwC global digital leader, said that “companies are failing at alarming rates in driving business results from digital technology investments.”Chris Curran, Chief Technologist at PwC, said that “‘Digital IQ has a completely different meaning today than it had when we started this research a decade ago. Today the spectrum and diversity of technologies available to enterprise leaders is immense, and all members of the C-Suite need to understand what technology best fits their strategy and what makes the most sense as an investment. Building a culture of innovation – upping everyone’s Digital IQ – is no small feat, but it’s necessary if a company seeks to compete in today’s highly disrupted and challenging market.”last_img read more

9 months agoAtletico Madrid coach Simeone: We need Lucas here

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Simeone: We need Lucas hereby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists he’s counting on Lucas Hernandez for the remainder of this season.The defender is a confirmed target for Bayern Munich, while he is also being linked with Manchester United and Manchester City.But ahead of today’s win over Levante, Simeone said: “He’s part of the group and we’ll decide the morning of the match. “He is very good, he is a strong guy and I hope he will come back as he left when he had to go out against Alavés. “He is a very important player for us, he gives us depth on the left side when he plays this role and we need him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Gea

first_imgLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Geaby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United must keep ahold of David De Gea to achieve success, winger Jesse Lingard has claimed.De Gea made 11 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.United have triggered a clause that will keep De Gea for another season, but Lingard thinks he deserves a long-term deal.”He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best,” Lingard said.”We want him to stay. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence. He’s a great goalkeeper.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Pro Football Focus Releases Preseason Top 25 For 2016 College Football Season

first_imgPro Football Focus logo.pffAnother day, another college football top 25 released. This time – it’s by the knowledgeable team over at Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected analytical football sites on the web. It won’t surprise you to hear that they’re going with Alabama, the reigning national champion, as the No. 1 team heading into 2016. Alabama is followed by another College Football Playoff participant from last year – Oklahoma. LSU, Clemson and Michigan round out the top five. Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, at No. 7. Here’s the entire top 10. You can check out all 25 ranked programs over at PFF.1. Alabama 2. Oklahoma 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. Florida State 7. Stanford 8. Ohio State 9. Tennessee 10. Ole MissAll in all, there are six SEC teams, six Pac-12 teams, three Big Ten teams, three ACC teams, four Big 12 teams, one independent and two non-power five teams. College football fans – do they have it right?[Pro Football Focus]last_img read more

Cree Nation in Saskatchewan takes oil spill into its own hands

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsIt’s been over 2 months since nearly 200-thousand litres of oil spilled into the North Saskatchewan river.The shorelines have been cleaned up in major areas – but James Smith Cree Nation is only now getting help with the clean [email protected]last_img

September 2 2013Arcosanti IT and utility crews ha

first_imgSeptember 2, 2013Arcosanti IT and utility crews have worked with CenturyLink project manager, engineers and contractors to bring a long-awaited fiber optic line to the Arcosanti site.[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Tomiaki Tamura]They were strung along the existing telephone aerial cable running across in the desert stretch (1+ mile) from the newly installed vault at the Cordes Junction to our server room in the Visitor Center Building.The previous broadband Internet services provided by the same vendor had the capacity of 3 MB (bonded T1 lines). Now the initial fiber service has bumped it up to 20 MB. It can go to 100 MB and even 1GB and beyond when our needs arise with this new fiber optic line.Ron Chandler, installation crew leader, working with his staff and construction crew, along with workshoppers provided necessary conduits and handholes placed to carry the fiber once it left the last telephone pole near our site.More of this on 9/4/2013.last_img read more