Hughes in intensive care after being hit by ball

first_imgBy Swati PandeyAustralia batsman Phillip Hughes remained in critical condition in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday after undergoing emergency surgery for a sickening head injury sustained when struck by a ball during a domestic match.The 25-year-old was transferred to St Vincent’s hospital’s intensive care unit after surgery and his condition was not expected to become clear for 24-48 hours.“He is still critical, he is in ICU,” a hospital spokesman said.Fitted with a ventilator to aid his breathing, Hughes was rushed from the Sydney Cricket Ground in an induced coma, having collapsed to the ground when struck in the helmet by a short-pitched delivery from New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott.Hughes, touted to replace injured Australia captain Michael Clarke for next week’s Test match against India, had scored 63 runs for South Australia before being hit.Apparently dazed by the blow, the left-hander stooped over and put his hands on his knees before falling face first onto the pitch, causing players and medical staff to rush to his aid.Though often viewed as a gentile game, cricket’s fastest bowlers regularly deliver the ball at speeds of over 140kph and batsmen defend themselves with a wooden bat less than a metre long and about four inches wide.A cricket ball is roughly the same shape and size as a baseball but heavier and harder. While batsmen are heavily padded, they often sustain painful and perfectly legal blows from fast bowlers who have full license to launch deliveries that bounce up at head height.Balls occasionally strike batsmen on the helmet, often drawing blood on impact, but the seriousness of Hughes’s injury shocked seasoned cricket writers and players alike.“Thoughts are with Phil Hughes. Terrible to see and just shows how dangerous our game can be,” Australia leg spinner James Muirhead tweeted.After the blow, Hughes was placed on a motorised stretcher and taken to the boundary where medical staff performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before he was rushed to hospital by ambulance.The match was called off for the day.Australia captain Michael Clarke arrived at the hospital to check on Hughes’ condition, where the batsman’s mother and sister were also present.“As you all will be aware Phil Hughes suffered an injury this afternoon,” the statement read.“He is presently undergoing surgery and the outcome of that surgery is unlikely to be known in the next 24-48 hours.“In the meantime, we would really appreciate if you look after his family and friends and respect their privacy please.”News of the injury sparked a wave of sympathy from the global cricketing community and fans on social media.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil and his family! He is a great fighter and a great young man!” Australia coach Darren Lehmann tweeted.The English Cricket Board tweeted: “Thoughts with Phil Hughes and his family from all at ECB. Get well soon.”A popular team man born in a small rural town in northern New South Wales state, the pint-sized Hughes has played 26 Test matches and 25 one-day internationals for Australia, but never quite cemented his place in the national set-up.Hughes has long struggled to shake off perceptions of vulnerability against short-pitched bowling, but with Clarke injured, he was backed to re-gain a spot in the test team for the first match in Brisbane against India starting Dec. 4.last_img read more

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Top Shelf upsets at 30-1 in feature

first_imgTOP SHELF yesterday stunned the favourites at odds of 30-1 in the Cash Pot Trophy for two-year-olds, and six-time champion jockey Omar Walker attained his 1,000th winner locally with a three-timer, reaching his milestone with a thrilling finish aboard WITHOUT EXCEPTION in the seventh event at six furlongs. Kicked out of the betting as Gary Subratie’s CASUAL DRINK lit up the tote board at odds of 3-5, and BALTUSROL drifted out to 5-2, TOP SHELF sat third in the cat bird’s seat down the backstretch, watching TREVOR’S CHOICE playing spoiler on the lead shortly after the start. Led for the first time after virtually making all on debut earlier this month, CASUAL DRINK failed to kick when TOP SHELF swooped down off the final turn and grabbed the lead entering the straight. Hakeem Pottinger kept TOP SHELF rolling up the lane as CASUAL DRINK tried in vain to reel her in but was no match for the Soul Warrior-First Choice offspring, who won by two lengths, clocking 1:14.1 for her second consecutive win from three starts. PRINCESS ANNIE improved into third a furlong out, getting the better of BALTUSROL, who finished a disappointing fourth after beating TOP SHELF on their debut in August. Walker’s 1,000 winners, the fastest of five recorded at Caymanas Park, hogged the spotlight from the new apprentices, two of whom entered the winners’ enclosure on their first day of competitive riding, Tyrone Foster and Christopher Mamdeen, who won aboard MILARGO and CRUCIAL’S TREASURE, respectively. FIRST CAREER WIN Walker won the opening event astride MR LYNDHURST, grabbed his second with CALL TO DUTY in the fifth, handing trainer Leroy Francis his first career win, before returning to outbattle ZEPHYR aboard 4-5 favourite WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Trainer Anthony Nunes and Dick Cardenas combined to win three of the last four events on the 11-race card, including FAYROUZ in the seven-and-a-half furlong Fontainbleu Trophy, outduelling her St Leger conqueror, MARQUESAS, in a last-furlong thriller. Cardenas and Nunes’ other winners were 6-5 favourite ICE COLD in the eighth and ADONIS at 5-2 in the closing event, a battling victory over Spencer Chung’s 7-5 favourite, SEA SWAN, with Aaron Chatrie astride. Cardenas’ three-timer has moved him to within 17 of leading rider Anthony Thomas, who logged one winner, QUEEN’S HIGHWAY, in the ninth, setting the stage for an interesting last quarter in the jockeys’ championship. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.last_img read more

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LNP Suspends 3 Officers

first_imgThe Liberia National Police (LNP) said it has with immediate effect, suspended indefinitely three police officers assigned at its Zone 4 substation in Gardnerville.The three officers, according to an LNP release yesterday, were suspended for “harassing and intimidating motorcyclists.”Letters of suspension issued to the affected officers also accused them of being involved in “unprofessional acts and other forms of police impropriety.” The suspended officers have meanwhile been turned over to the Professional Standards Division for further investigation.An LNP statement issued under the signature of its spokesman, Sam Collins, named the officers as Sackor J. Freeman ID# LNP-1128, General Commander of the Zone, Patrolman Alex Z. Theo ID# LNP-0639, Chief of Operations of Zone 4, and the Chief of Traffic of the Zone, Patrolman Musa A. Kanneh ID# LNP-0875. The LNP said the officers have been in the “constant habit of harassing motor cyclists in the Gardnersville area, an act which LNP says contravenes Chapter III Section 1.21 of the new Police Duty Manual captioned: ‘’Prohibited Conduct.’’The suspended officers have been ordered to turn over all government properties including badges, uniforms, police identification cards, and all police accessories in their possession to the Human Resource Department of the LNP.The release further stated that the suspended officers have been warned to desist from identifying themselves with the organization while undergoing suspension to avoid further embarrassment.Meanwhile, LNP authorities have called on the public not to interact with those suspected officers regarding any police function until their suspension is lifted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Wijnaldum’s chance to shine!’ Coutinho injury scare worries Liverpool fans

first_imgLiverpool fans have been given a scare ahead of their trip to Southampton.The Merseysiders will be looking to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League, but they may have to do so without Philippe Coutinho.The 24-year-old Brazilian was spotted outside a hospital in the city on Thursday, and it is believed he returned from international duty with a tight hamstring.He has six goals for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds this season and they face the prospect of lining up at St Mary’s without their star playmaker.Not only that, Adam Lallana is also a doubt after limping off with a problem during England’s draw with Spain and the former Saints midfielder will also be assessed.But the main concern is the problem with Coutinho. Some reports suggest it is just precautionary and that he will be fine for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.It means another club has been affected by the international break and Reds fans are not best pleased – check out what they had to say, below… Philippe Coutinho: The Brazilian (left) is a doubt for Liverpool’s game with Southampton 1last_img read more

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No food allowed in yard debris

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A program that allows residents to dump wilted lettuce, potato peelings and other organic food waste in with their yard clippings has been suspended pending a special permit needed for the operation. The Los Angeles County Health Department issued a cease-and-desist order to Rent-A-Bin in Canyon Country, where Waste Management/Blue Barrel stored green waste before shipping it to a processing facility in Camarillo. Because of the order, food waste cannot be added to grass clippings and other yard waste that is composted into mulch, Waste Management spokesman Eric Rose said Thursday. “We launched the program about two months ago, but county health officials told us that permits at the facility where the materials were dumped do not allow for commingling of food waste with green waste,” Rose said. About 2,000 tons of green waste is collected every month. When the program began, residents were encouraged to throw organic scraps, such as potato peels and fruit and vegetable remnants, into their gray green-waste recycling bins. Rose said the food portion of the waste was insignificant. “We had less than 1 percent of residents participating,” he said. City officials are holding Waste Management to the franchise agreement, which requires a food waste recycling component. “The franchise agreement says you have to have a food waste recycling component,” said Travis Lange, manager of environmental services for the city of Santa Clarita. “Now there’s an issue with the facility. We still need them to have that component of the agreement, so our understanding is that they’re talking to other facilities who are permitted.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe problem is that Rent-A-Bin doesn’t have the proper permit. County officials said the company started as a haul-off bin rental company that has rapidly expanded into a waste and construction debris processing plant. “To do what they were doing with green waste and the other items collected, they need a solid waste facility permit and they don’t have one,” said Ken Murray, chief environmental health specialist for the county. Murray said the facility has the option of physically separating the green waste and the construction debris, which would allow it to obtain a notification permit. That could be obtained quickly and allow for continued operation. To obtain a permit as a solid waste facility, a company must conduct extensive environmental reviews and meet state standards. “The process is quite involved,” Murray said. last_img read more

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Andy Robertson insists call-offs won’t affect Scotland

first_img“We travelled with a squad and that squad is hopefully good enough to get three points tonight.”Scotland beat Albania 2-0 at Hampden Park and McLeish is looking for another win which would set them up for a big night in Glasgow next week.He said: “We played a pretty good game in Glasgow, a pretty dynamic game.“We knew we weren’t perfect and we are not perfect yet, we are still trying to build something.“We know it is going to be a tough game against Albania in front of their own fans but we have prepared well and we trust the players to give a top performance.” Asked how disruptive the call-offs have been to preparations, the Liverpool left-back said: “Luckily in our training we have not set out an 11 as such, we have been doing a lot of changes and playing 11 v 11. “Training has been 100% and everyone should know their jobs.“That is why if people get called in to the starting 11, they are ready to go. “We have to focus on what is ahead. Captain Andy Robertson insists every player in the much-changed Scotland squad will be up to speed for the Nations League double-header against Albania and Israel.Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney returned to the Parkhead club with a tight hamstring on Friday to become the ninth withdrawal from Alex McLeish’s group ahead of the game against Albania in Shkoder on Saturday night. McLeish has called in Scott Bain, Jamie MacDonald, Jack Hendry, David Bates, Scott McTominay and Jack Hendry while Sheffield United’s John Fleck has been added to the squad for the game against Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.Ahead of the final two Group C1 fixtures, Scotland trail Israel by three points and two victories would guarantee a spot in the play-offs for the 2020 European Championships.last_img read more

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“I am Walt Disney” – New Book and Giveaway

first_imgShare This!If you’ve got young readers, you’ve probably heard of the Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos. The newest book in the series is I am Walt Disney, and it’s out now in hardcover and Kindle formats. It makes a great birthday or holiday gift.The story traces Walt’s life from Marceline, Missouri, through the creation of Mickey Mouse, to the opening of Disneyland and Cal Arts. It highlights how Walt’s hard work, imagination, and kindness, helped create the movies and theme parks we all love. It’s a great message for young children, because it shows those how those traits can make the world a better place.One of my favorite things about the book is that every image of Walt includes his mustache, even as a child:Disney theme park fans will see shout-outs to famous Imagineers including Rolly Crump and Mary Blair:I’ve known Chris for a long time. Not only is he a talented illustrator, he’s a huge Disney theme parks fan, and a great guy. Plus, his work ethic is incredible. Besides the Ordinary People series, Chris is working with Brad on a new television series for PBS Kids, titled Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, starting on November 12. To celebrate the release of this book, we’re giving away a copy of this book to FOUR lucky winners. To enter, simply comment here on the blog, reply to our post on Twitter, like and tag a friend in our post on Instagram, or comment on our Facebook post. One winner will be selected on each platform by a random draw from entries submitted by Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be contacted by email or social media direct message and need to provide a US mailing address. Contest open to US residents only ages 13 and up. One winner per household. Void where prohibited by law.Good luck!last_img read more

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Mobile money transactions on the rise

first_imgOnce there is a complete network providing access into this ecosystem, true cashless transactions become a reality, said Van Wyk. According to FNB, while the service itself sounds simple, the ecosystem behind it is what really makes it tick. It is the collective companies, networks, and agents that work behind the scenes that bring the services into the hands of the consumer. With the advent of various m-commerce models like mobile money and mobile banking, access to and the facilitation of financial transactions and financial information has become a method and means of business for African entrepreneurs. “The reality is that mobile money offers everyone access, no matter the physical infrastructure around them, or their income bracket,” the statement read. 8 July 2010 According to FNB, its eWallet solution specifically, has seen a remarkable up-take in a very short period, predominantly because it speaks to people’s needs to replace cash easily and safely. There is a need to place emphasis on partnerships, investigate interoperability, deploy incentives for users and partners, and deploy business models that reward qualified risks, Van Wyk explained. The growing use of mobile phones has opened the door for innovative financial transactions, says First National Bank, with consumers now able to use their mobiles as virtual wallets, giving them the ability to transact in even the remotest of locations. Van Wyk said that to effectively bring mobile banking solutions to the African market, service providers needed to bring the customer to the centre of the environment and make the stakeholders secondary. To date, FNB Smart Services has seen a significant growth in demand for paid-for content services, airtime transfer, mobile banking, merchant payments and even person-to-person money transfers.center_img Access anytime, anywhere Significant growth Since its inception in November 2009 more than 100 000 eWallets have been created with over R80-million been sent to friends and family from FNB accounts. “It also dramatically reduces the costs of transactions as the negation of bricks and mortar services reduces the total cost of service provision; a cost saving that is then translated back into a benefit for the customer.” Mobile banking services is rapidly creating a service driven industry allowing consumers access to their financial information anytime, anywhere. “The power of telephony has always been underestimated, with the launch of mobile phones in Africa, no one expected the radical change it would create, and recently Africa has become one of the fastest growing mobile markets on the globe,” said FNB Smart Services CEO Yolande van Wyk in a statement this week. Customer-centric approach SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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ClikBall: A Slick New Way to Share Links, From the Creator of Userscripts.org

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ClikBall is a handsome looking new application built in part by Jesse Andrews, the man responsible for Greasemonkey script repository Userscripts.org. Described literally, ClikBall is a browser plug-in that allows you to share links and messages with friends, groups, privately, on Twitter and on FriendFeed. The service is in Private Beta, but Userscripts visitors were just welcomed in and the Andrews says ReadWriteWeb readers can join (and follow me) via this link.That description above doesn’t really do the service justice – it’s the user experience that makes ClikBall stand out. There’s something magical about the grace of the app, and there’s clearly a premium put on sharing links that lots of other people will want to click on and share. All your friends’ shared links, comments and your own searchable archive hide down in your browser’s status bar. Unless you change the app’s settings, new links shared by your friends appear along with their user icon down in the same space. With a click you can expand the thread of shared items, as well.There’s lots of nice little touches here – like the most popular items among your circle of friends, apart from the most universally popular links. The application also installs a custom search engine into your browser, which augments the regular google results with items that you’ve shared on Clikball. I’m going to try using this to share my links on Twitter for a little while, instead of doing it through Tweetdeck. There are a few things I’d like to see changed, of course. I’d like to be able to set sharing to Twitter as automatic and I’d like to have a choice in URL shorteners used, at least when posting to Twitter, as I have a strong preference for using the semantic and API friendly Bit.ly. I’d also really like some data export options and there doesn’t appear to be any right now. This app could use some more visual elements to it, too. Enjoysthin.gs (our review) could be a good inspiration, and ClikBall for it, too. One might ask, what’s the difference between this and Pierre Omidyar’s Ginx, which I gave a scathing review last week. I think there’s something about the way that ClikBall seems to integrate with my existing workflow, and uses AJAX in some nice ways, that makes it much more pleasing to use. And, to be frank, ClikBall was built by the guy who made Userscripts.org – one of the best sites on the internet. That’s exciting. Credit is also due to Anthony Young, the co-founder of Flock and Ex-flock crew Geoffrey Arone & Raj Paul. Tags:#Messaging Services#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Connected cars need to play well with smart cities

first_imgTags:#autonomous cars#Google#IDC#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#Tesla As autonomous vehicles and smart city investments continue their blistering growth, experts say it’s vital that these two connected juggernauts work in better synchronicity.An article by IT Online discusses recent findings by the International Data Corporation (IDC) its report “Collaboration Between Automotive OEMs and City Leaders for Implementing Connected Car and Smart City Solutions.”In the report IDC looked at the interplay between these two massively transformational technologies which are generating huge levels of investment.Global spending on autonomous cars will reach $29.6 billion by 2017, while governments around the world plan to spend $16.5 billion on intelligent transportation systems in the same timeframe.IDC says that private-sector leaders of connected car technology must better collaborate with state and local governments to develop further advancements in urban environments.Specifically, IDC says these two factions must work together on developing solutions for such issues as urban congestion, environmental impacts, street safety, better vehicle design and more value-added services for citizens.“Connected cars have reached critical mass, and their interaction with the transportation infrastructure within Smart Cities is ongoing,” said IDC report authors Heather Ashton and Ruthbea Yesner Clarke.“Automotive OEMs and smart city leaders will need to work closely to ensure the continued development of, and support for, connected car capabilities and services such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will increasingly include autonomous operations.”But are smart cities projects tackling real problems?IDC’s recommendations come amid reports that predict that annual revenues from smart city projects will grow to nearly $89 billion by 2025. Despite this spending most smart city initiatives, include smart transportation projects, are focusing on solving peripheral issues, with few big projects tackling core city problems.Meanwhile, connected car technology is witnessing a global race between technology giants like Tesla, Google and traditional auto manufacturers to develop the category killing robot vehicle. Yet these proponents of autonomous vehicles are focusing more on the technical self-sufficiency of their cars in urban environments, and less on how they integrate into the larger fabric of the reconfigured smart city of the future. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Powerlast_img read more

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