Cricket Advisory Committee backs Anil Kumble to continue as coach, further discussions with Virat Kohli and BCCI

first_imgThe Cricket Advisory Committee  (CAC) has backed the continuation of Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian team.The CAC – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in London Thursday evening shortly after India’s match vs Sri Lanka.WATCH VIDEOIndia Today can confirm that the advisory committee which appointed Kumble as coach for  12-month period in 2016 firmly backs him to continue. Kumble’s current contract expires on June 20, two days after the Champions Trophy ends .Five other candidates – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh – were also shortlisted for an interview for the position of India coach.Kumble re – applied despite the BCCI’S directive stating he would get a direct entry into the pool.The advisory committee will hold further discussions with skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian board .Kohli was reportedly not happy with Kumble’s intimidating approach in the dressing-room but the India skipper dismissed any reports of rifts and said it was mere speculation.It also emerges that Sehwag is the second best choice to take over as the new coach.India are currently in the middle of their Champions Trophy campaign. The defending champions won their opening match against Pakistan by 124 runs on Sunday before going down to a a spirited Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the second game at The Oval on Thursday.last_img read more

Trial continues for Carlsbad woman accused of hiring man to murder estranged

first_img Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: October 30, 2017 Weldon McDavid Jr., 50 (Far right) , 12 Weldon McDavid Jr., 50 (Far right) Trial continues for Carlsbad woman accused of hiring man to murder estranged husband Weldon McDavid Jr., 50 (Far right) Weldon McDavid Jr., 50 (Far right) Show Caption Hide Caption October 30, 2017 VISTA (CNS) — The trial of a Carlsbad woman and her gun instructor, accused of attempted murder for hire, continued into its second day Tuesday. Diana Lovejoy, 44, and the alleged gunman, Weldon McDavid Jr., 50, are each charged with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.Related Link: Woman allegedly plotted hit on estranged husband in CarlsbadDeputy District Attorney Jodi Breton told jurors in her opening statement that Lovejoy’s estranged husband, Greg Mulvihill, got a call just before 11 p.m on Sept. 1, 2016, from a person claiming to be a private investigator, who supposedly had information on his estranged wife.The caller instructed Mulvihill to go to a dirt road near Avenida Soledad and Rancho Santa Fe Road, where he could pick up a package containing materials pertaining to Lovejoy, according to the prosecutor. She said Mulvihill and a co-worker, Jason Kovach, drove to the area and used a flashlight to look for a package taped to a power pole.Kovach, who was called as a witness, testified that he armed with an aluminum baseball bat that Mulvihill had given him. They saw some rustling in the bushes, then noticed what looked like a someone lying in a prone position with a rifle pointed at them, he said.”Greg yelled `gun!”’ Kovach testified.The witness said shots rang out and he and Mulvihill took off running back toward their car.As Mulvihill drove away, he told Kovach, “I think I’ve been shot,” the witness testified.Kovach called 911 and told a dispatcher, “My friend has just been shot. He’s bleeding pretty bad.”The witness said a gunman was hiding in the bushes and was wearing camouflage.Related Link: Judge to hear pretrial motions against woman, gunman accused in plot to murder her husbandAccording to Breton, Mulvihill was shot under the armpit but thought he took a bullet in the back.The prosecutor said Mulvihill was trying to reclaim his life after Lovejoy had made claims that he had molested their young son and sexually abused her. The couple had been separated since July 2014 and were in the final stages of completing their divorce, Breton said.Carlsbad police determined that the phone used to call Mulvihill was purchased by Lovejoy, and feces found in the bushes at the scene of the shooting were traced to McDavid, the prosecutor said.Investigators found a multitude of guns and a silencer in McDavid’s garage, and a “blast bag” containing seven spent shell casings, Breton told the jury.The prosecutor said Mulvihill was three weeks away from receiving a $20,000 settlement from Lovejoy as part of the divorce and was set to share custody of their son.McDavid’s attorney, Ricky Crawford, said his client was a trained marksman and former Marine who fired his rifle only after he heard someone yell “I have a gun!””If Weldon McDavid wanted to kill someone with his skill set, he would have done so,” Crawford told the jury. “That was not his intent.”Crawford said Lovejoy — whom he met when she took shooting lessons at a gun range where he worked — told him that she had been trying for years to get someone to do something about her estranged husband allegedly abusing their child.If someone showed up to a meeting to get information about the situation, he must be guilty, McDavid thought, according to his attorney.”He (McDavid) was never asked to perform a violent act,” Crawford said. “He never agreed to do so. He was never offered money.”Brad Patton, Lovejoy’s attorney, said his client had taken out a temporary restraining order against Mulvihill because she claimed he was abusing her and their son.After the restraining order elapsed, Lovejoy still had concerns about her estranged husband but “at no time was there a discussion/conspiracy to murder her husband,” Patton told the jury.McDavid faces 50 years to life behind bars if convicted, and Lovejoy could be sentenced to 25 years to life if she’s found guilty. Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

How the Economy Needs Black Women

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] their inherent ability to balance businesses and babies, hair and homes, optimism and oppressors and maintain their magic, Black women are working harder and making less than their White counterparts in the workforce.In 2018, the year of “Beychella” and America’s call for #Oprah2020, Black women must work an additional 200 days to make what their White male counterparts earn.  This year, August 7, also known as “Black Women’s Equal Pay Day”, marks the point in the year where Black women have finally caught up to what their White male counterparts made the year before.Sen. Kamal Harris (D-CA) tweeted the above image on August 7, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2018. (Twitter Photo)“Black women working full time, year-round are typically paid only 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic men counterparts “#BlackWomensEqualPay #DemandMore,” the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), wrote on Twitter.From 2-3 p.m. on the August 7, organizations and Black women from all around the country tweeted about the wage gap using the hashtags #BlackWomensEqualPay and #DemandMore.“Equal Pay Day for All” happens in April, yet Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is celebrated in August because of the extent of the major wage gap between White employees and Black women- about 38 percent less than White men and 21 percent less than White women according to Lean In.  “38 percent counts,” women emphatically said in a video released by Lean In in honor of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.Black women are paid 38% less than white men. I support equal pay—because #38PercentCounts. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 7, 2018Not only is the wage gap a nasty symptom of the pervasive bias in the country, but also the gag is corporate America is cheating itself in cheating Black women out of their money.  The gap facing Black women has widespread effects throughout the economy.According to Forbes, 80 percent of Black mothers are primary breadwinners for their households.  For a Black woman raising a family, closing the wage gap could mean “two-and-a-half years of child care, three years worth of groceries and roughly 22 more months of rent,” according to Forbes.Despite the Black mothers’ struggles, without fair pay comes a domino effect of families living in poverty and overall less money to contribute to the economy.“The research shows that women are key to the economic growth of our societies.  Pay us equitably and watch how our economy grows,” Angela Guy, Senior Vice President, Diversity Inclusion for L’Oreal USA told Forbes.There are 24.3 million Black women in the United States, making up 14 percent of all U.S. women and 52 percent of all African Americans.  According to the Nielsen report, “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic” which highlighted the Black woman’s dollar, African American women are going to college at a steadily increasing rate, with 64 percent enrolling right out of high school and 23 percent over age 25 having a bachelor’s degree if not higher education.With more education means more money to spend, one would think, and so marketers are now looking at how to target Black women.“Black women have strong life-affirming values that spill over into everything they do. The celebration of their power and beauty is reflected in what they buy, watch and listen to, and people outside their communities find it inspiring,” said Cheryl Grace, senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen. “Understanding how Black women’s values affect their buying decisions has long been a marketing necessity. Now, marketers must also recognize the intercultural influence of Black women on the general market as an increasingly vital part of how all women see themselves, their families and the rest of the world.”Nielsen found that Black women’s consumer and brand preferences drive total Black spending power up $1.5 trillion.Thus the Black female dollar is critical and yet they’re the ones not making fair wages.  In not paying Black women fairly, they are unable to contribute the amount of money they could to their communities and the overall American economy.Guess what America? In the great words of the philosopher, DJ Khaled, “Congratulations.  You played yourself.”last_img read more

Flute melodies to propagate peace

first_imgThe 5-day-long festival, set to begin on September 21, also celebrated as International Day of Peace, will also usher in the United Nations’ 12-day peace campaign here. “This year the Flute Festival will take place in the first few days of the 12-day-campaign. The flute, is a pan-Indian instrument apart from being a global peace instrument. It links and binds this nation with its sweetness and brings together the human, spiritual and divine elements in a way that is unique and so beautiful,” Rajiv Chandran, currently heading United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) said.27 flautists  will form the international component of the festival. Major attractions will include Riga Saxophone Quartet from Latvia and Arcadio Baracchi from Italy among others. Some Indian performers include Pandit Pravin Godhkindi, Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Pandit Chetan Joshi.last_img read more

Is Technology Killing Your Productivity

first_imgNovember 10, 2011 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 6 min read How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Office technology can enhance productivity by automating time-consuming drudgery and offloading brain-draining tasks such as managing budgets and organizing records. But the same technology can also prove to be time-wasters, especially if used incorrectly.Business owners often come to rely too much on a specific tool or app because of its novelty or because it’s what they’ve been using for years without giving much thought to whether it’s making their companies and employees more productive.Take Bryan Council, co-founder and president of Birmingham, Ala.-based broadcast news-monitoring firm Metro Monitor, for example. Two years ago, he reevaluated the 18-year-old company’s technology processes. One of the biggest changes he made was switching from using Microsoft Office software such as Word and Excel to the online Google Docs applications. Service upgrades are made automatically and the web-based automatic version tracking functions eliminate the need for employees to pass documents around or rename files after making changes.”Conservatively, I would estimate we see about three hours a week in time savings [after switching to Google Docs],” Council says.We asked small-business owners about which applications they’ve found to be the biggest time-wasters. Here, they’ve identified the top seven and offer solutions for how to improve efficiency.1. Contact management appsBusinesses often don’t have client contact information stored in one centralized application. Instead, employees carry separate contact lists spread over numerous apps like Apple Address Book and popular email services including Microsoft Outlook and Google’s Gmail. It wastes time having to ask around about who has the relevant contact information or, worse, not being able to find it at all.Solution: For the same reason he likes Google Docs, Council suggests moving contacts online with Salesforce, a database that can be accessible by any employee, anywhere, with fields for recording details about client interactions. Pricing ranges from $5 to $25 per user per month, depending on the features.2. Social media apps.Even when used for business promotion, people can waste time using social-media apps such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn if they jump at every message or troll constantly for mentions of their company or other topics.Solution: First, don’t use a web browser for monitoring social media apps. Active social networkers should use a free dashboard app such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite, says Glenn Phillips, president of San Francisco-based computer consulting firm Forté. Dashboards aggregate multiple services for a quick overview and allow users to schedule several social posts at a time.Related: 10 Time Management Tips That WorkAlso consider checking messages at regular, predetermined intervals. For Twitter, Council suggests creating saved searches that collect mentions for later reading. He also recommends setting up a separate email account that’s dedicated specifically for social media so your updates don’t distract you from important work email.3. Email If not prioritized appropriately, checking and responding to email can be a time-killer, warns Jared Goralnick, founder of Walnut, Calif.-based AWAYfind, a maker of email alert software. People often respond to emails in the order that messages arrive rather than in order of importance, he says.Solution: Goralnick recommends moving non-urgent emails that might take more than a couple minutes to handle to a task list that prioritizes them. If you are still using Microsoft Outlook 2003, upgrade to the 2007 or 2010 versions, which provide better, faster searches — eliminating the need for meticulous filing.4. Microsoft PowerPointTwo extremes can hinder your productivity as well as that of your audience: Not having enough information on a slide can make your presentation hard to follow, while too much information might be too much work for you and mind-numbing for others.Solution: Keep information on slides minimal, but with bullets to highlight key points, recommends Tim Crawford, chief information officer of Foster City, Calif.-based small-business IT consulting firm All Covered. The real “meat” of the presentation, he says, should be delivered verbally. If extra detailed information is necessary, one option is provide it afterwards as a hand-out.Related: Essential Apps for Startups5. Instant MessengersEmployees may conduct prolonged exchanges over instant messengers including AOL Instant Messenger and Google Chat. As with texting, the problem is that it’s usually faster to have one full conversation rather than a series of conversation snippets.Solution: Save instant messaging for communicating with employees in remote offices or who aren’t within earshot. When you do send a message, keep it simple. If the conversation requires more than a few messages back-and-forth, try the telephone.6. Microsoft Access database Business users such as attorneys often use Access to store the thousands of records required for a complex case. But starting at $200, this software has limitations and can be slow when it comes to searching the database, says Bill McComas, a partner in Baltimore law firm Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler.Solution: For large projects that include thousands of documents, try using a structured query language (SQL) database such as Oracle’s cloud-based offerings, which are designed specifically for managing large amounts of data. The entry-level Oracle Database XE is free. The more advanced Standard Edition One is $180 per person per year. Both require an experienced database programmer to set them up.Related: A New Tool Lets Mobile Users Make and Send PDFsFor small projects, consider using Evernote. You can take notes directly in this free app as well as drag and drop documents, PDFs, spreadsheets and even audio and video files. And a browser plugin captures Web pages. A $5 monthly fee adds backup to the cloud and features additional search capability and version tracking of documents.7. Google AnalyticsWhile Google Analytics can be a useful, free tool for monitoring traffic and trends on a Web site, it can also become addictive for people who become “fixated,” constantly checking how a business site is performing, says Phillips.Solution: Google’s Web metrics might be more important for some businesses than others. Unless your company is web-based and your traffic is a direct function of your revenue, it’s probably “sufficient” for most companies to check this app once every couple weeks, Phillips says. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Xbox One a Serious Business Tool Nice Try Microsoft

first_imgJuly 18, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. When Microsoft announced its next generation gaming console in May, it billed the device as the one-box solution for all your entertainment needs. Now, the Bellevue, Wash.-based Windows maker has another sales pitch aimed at small business: Xbox One isn’t just for playing Halo and Hulu — wink, nudge. It’s also a serious tool for business.This claim, however, feels a little far-fetched.Positioning the console’s capabilities as an array of tenuous presentation solutions, Microsoft claims “it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense.” Seriously? Here, I’ve outlined some of the device’s capabilities and some simple reasons why I don’t think they’re up to snuff for business users.Skype: Microsoft’s 2011 purchase of Skype let the company bake video conferencing into Xbox One, allowing multi-person chatting, with a wide-angle 1080p lens for collaborative meetings and presentations.It sounds handy, and will probably be seamless to use, but the console’s $500 price tag is a lot more than the free Google Hangout service that many small businesses already use.Related: Major Microsoft Shakeup Seeks to Revive Struggling Tech GiantSkyDrive: By stitching SkyDrive, a cloud storage service and app, into Xbox One, Microsoft gives the device true business-friendly potential. But in light of the PRISM scandal, some users are looking for more secure solutions, such as office-hosted cloud spaces. I’d much rather serve up a presentation from a physical flash drive, especially if I don’t want it leaking out into the world.Wi-Fi Direct: A protocol that allows devices to connect to each other via secure wireless networking, Wi-Fi Direct has some potential. But Microsoft recommends using it with a SmartGlass-enabled device — like a Windows phone or tablet — to send PowerPoint presentations to your conference room television via your new Xbox One.Translation: toss your perfectly fine, existing solution and buy an Xbox One and a Surface tablet. Sounds counterintuitive to me.Internet Explorer: The new console will come with Internet Explorer, so Microsoft reasons, “If you host clients at your home, use the power of IE and the size of your TV to showcase your new redesigned website.”Technologically, this will work, but it will be little help in making Xbox One a taxable business deduction. While property like cars can be split between business and personal expenses, owners can only deduct the percentage used for work. So, if you’re going to deduct your Xbox, plan on keeping a mileage log for your Need for Speed Rivals games.Office Web Apps: Internet Explorer gives users access to Microsoft Office’s Web Apps. Pair it with Kinect’s movement-based controls, and “now you’re free of clickers and light pens to use your hands to for more expressive gestures,” Microsoft says.Unless, of course, you have a habit of talking with your hands. Because then you’ll be flailing around like a Fruit Ninja player trying to get back to your slides. And giving users access to Microsoft Office’s Web Apps begs the question of why there aren’t real Office for Xbox apps, if this is truly a small-business presentation tool.Future Applications: Ah, the promise of promise. “The app story of Xbox One has yet to be written,” says the pitch, “therefore it is entirely possible to find apps down the road that could be of benefit for you and your business.” Skype when you get there, Microsoft. I’m betting the cost will have dropped by then, too.Related: Major Microsoft Shakeup Seeks to Revive Struggling Tech Giant Register Now »last_img read more