Bancroft, Burns named in Australia Test squad

first_img… Khawaja, Harris dumpedBy Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia selectors have shaken up the squad’s underperforming batting lineup for the two-Test series against Pakistan by dumping top order batsmen Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris while handing a surprise recall to Cameron Bancroft.Opener Harris averaged 9.66 against England in the last three Tests of the Ashes and has been jettisoned in favour of Queensland’s Joe Burns for the series, which starts in Brisbane on November 21.Burns has been recalled after being snubbed for the Ashes despite having scored 180 in the previous Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra in February. Khawaja, once among Australia’s first picks, was dropped after the third Ashes Test at Leeds and has failed to find form for home state Queensland.Bancroft may consider himself the luckiest in the 14-man squad released yesterday having been given another chance after being dumped two Tests into the Ashes.He was a late call-up for the Australia A team that played Pakistan in a tour game this week after Nic Maddinson pulled out for mental health reasons. He scored 49 from 155 balls in the first innings, which turned out to be the team’s top score as the rest of the Test hopefuls failed in the unofficial audition in Perth.Harris, however, may have cause to feel aggrieved having had a stronger first class season in the domestic Sheffield Shield than Bancroft.Selector Trevor Hohns said Bancroft’s ability to play in the middle order as well as at the top had been in his favour. “He’s got the ingredients of being a very good Test match player, he’s a hard worker,” Hohns told reporters in Perth of the 26-year-old Western Australian who has averaged 26.23 from his 10 Tests. “And the improvement in his game is very noticeable.” Middle order batsman Travis Head, who had a poor series in England and was dropped for the final Test, has been retained.After strong domestic form, uncapped bowling all-rounder Michael Neser has been included along with pacemen Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.Cricket Australia (CA) announced earlier yesterday that promising young batsman Will Pucovski had withdrawn from selection for “mental wellbeing” reasons. Hohns said the uncapped 21-year-old’s decision came before selectors had finalised the squad. Pucovski, who pulled out of the Test squad in January for similar reasons, became the third Australian cricketer to report mental health problems to staff in just over two weeks.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell remains on an indefinite break after pulling out midway the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.“I think we should be quite proud and pleased in our sport, players are comfortable coming out and talking about (mental health),” said Hohns.“It’s just happening more and more in everyday life.” Tim Paine’s Australia meet Pakistan in the second Test in Adelaide on November 29. Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.last_img read more


Enemies Within

first_imgIt has now become officially pronounced that most of the rape cases in the country, especially against teenagers and children are perpetrated by people who call themselves teachers. Others, according to Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell, are people who the victims personally know within their communities. The Liberian Government has categorized this group of people, notably male teachers, “prime molesters of children in the country,” Min. Cassell said.“These are the same people the children usually call fathers, uncles and big brothers in the homes and communities,” the Minister added.But one thing she regretted is that the molesters, many of whom are convicted and jailed, will still surface in the classrooms and communities with many people unaware of what had actually happened and who these people are. “So this is now the time to name and shame these people in their own community. This will also help the communities to know who these people are.  They are not just teachers, uncles, fathers or grandpas, but also rapists,” she stressed.Minister Cassell spoke during a two-day Cabinet Retreat held on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s farm in Julijuah, Bomi County. She gave a status update on the new Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Post-Ebola Executive Plan by her ministry.The retreat was held on Tuesday and Wednesday. It brought together all Cabinet Members, Deputy and Assistant Ministers, Heads of State-owned Enterprises, Agencies, Commissions and Board Chairpersons, with government stressing the importance of restarting all projects that were suspended due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic.The retreat was intended to align the Cabinet with Government’s priorities and develop an agenda to drive the Administration.The Gender and Social Protection boss’ comments come as the crime of rape seems to be persistently on the rise in the country. She said her Ministry is embarking on an information strategy that would help victims get prompt medical attention. She also proposed several measures through which molesters should be brought to their knees.Min. Cassell told President Sirleaf and others present at the retreat that with support from UNICEF and Save the Children, the Ministry is embarking on a program intended to coordinate information relating to rape and other crimes against women and children. She noted that the coordination is especially needed between the police, the Ministry, health facilities and the community.“We have trained community people about how to report cases. The first place to report is the police. Once it is reported to the police, the police will inform us and then we will send social workers there. So the first information we get is from the police. When we get the information from the police, we send in social workers to handle the situation.“Once these people have been charged, I think we can still name and shame them in the communities, but they come out of jail and go back and start teaching again. Most of the perpetrators are teachers, and people the victims know. I’m sorry if you are a teacher and you are out there, but most of the cases we have with the little children are teachers who sat the children on their laps.”Minister Cassell noted that until the country can have more female teachers back in the classrooms, male teachers will continue to carry out these atrocious activities. The Minister also enumerated a several interventions being initiated by her Ministry at various boarding schools, including Ricks Institute, Bromley and others to ensure that girls are adequately protected.President Sirleaf said that the rape situation in the country, especially involving little children, is very alarming and the government and its partners need to take the situation very seriously. She recommended that one of the means through which these molesters could be brought to their knees is by printing images on billboards on the streets.“There should be big posters and billboards with the caption “Wanted for Rape” placed along all the streets of major cities and towns with the photographs and names of the perpetrators of the crime in the country. We have to do something; it is really bad and becoming very serious in our country,” the President lamented.The Minister of Justice suggested that government establish a database for child molesters with their information such as names, photos and all other particulars that are tracked for monitoring. “This is done in other countries to monitor these kinds of people. Whenever they apply for jobs or wherever they go, people or employers will try to trace their records. With this, I think we will help minimize or eradicate this menace in our country,” suggested the Justice Minister.The Liberian leader described this suggestion as very brilliant and said government would look at that critically. “I want to thank you, that is a constructive and very positive suggestion,” she responded.A brutal rape case, which is now under a  barrage of public condemnation, recently occurred in the country.  On Sunday, January 18, in the Moulton Corner Community of Brewerville, a teenage girl was raped and brutally assaulted by a man she was able to identify before she died. The alleged perpetrator is one Musa Kanneh, a resident of the community. Officers of Liberia National Police (LNP) have also been implicated for denying passage through a checkpoint of the vehicle that was carrying the victim to a health facility for immediate treatment.In another related development the government has announced that Defendant, Foday Kanneh, 39, has been found guilty of Statutory Rape of a 13 year old victimAccording to a communication from the offices of the Solicitor General of Liberia, a petit juror sitting in the case Republic of Liberia V. Foday Kanneh, in Criminal Court E, at the Temple of Justice, on Tuesday January 20th brought down a unanimous guilty verdict against Kanneh. Final judgment and sentence, are however, expected to be announced next week.Narrating how the incident occurred in her communication, the SG said the incident occurred in the Konneh Community, Senjeh District, Tubmanburg, Bomi County, on December 2nd, 2013, when the 13 year old victim was sent by her mother to take food to the wife of the Defendant, but his wife was not home.“The Defendant asked the victim to take the food inside his bedroom but the victim refused to do so. While the victim was trying to leave, he whisked her, put his hand over her mouth, and forcibly pulled her into his children’s room, had sexual intercourse with her, gave her LD50.00, and told her that if she told anyone he would kill her.”The victim went home and did not tell anyone for fear that the defendant would kill her. A few days after when the victim’s father went to use the restroom he realized that there was blood in the commode.When he asked the mother of the victim she said she did not know how the blood got there. When her mother asked the victim, she broke down in tears and told her mother what the Defendant had done to her.She was taken to the police station and then to the hospital where she was examined and it was confirmed that her hymen was broken and torn from the middle in many directions. The victim was treated for over two weeks because she continued to bleed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


More South Africans banking

first_img6 December 2006The number of South Africans with a bank account rose by around 1.5-million between 2005 and 2006, reaching a total of 15.9-million people or 51% of the country’s 31.1-million adults (people over the age of 16).And the entry-level Mzansi bank account, introduced in 2004 to offer an easy-to-use and affordable banking solution for “the unbanked” in South Africa, has proved “undoubtedly a success”.That’s according to FinMark Trust’s FinScope SA 2006, an annual national household survey of financial services, needs and usage among South Africans.According to the survey, released this week, South Africa’s banked population increased by 11% between 2005 and 2006, far outstripping the 1% population growth in the same period.However, the ability of the banking sector to draw in the other half of the population will depend, ultimately, not on provision of easier or cheaper access, or better financial education, but on fundamental changes in the economic realities of the country.Mzansi: ‘impressive uptake’South Africa’s financial sector charter, signed in October 2003, commits the country’s financial institutions to extending first-order retail banking products to 80% of South Africans in the lowest income bracket (LSM 1-5) by 2008.According to FinScope, South Africa’s low-cost bank account, Mzansi – introduced with these lower-income customers in mind – claimed the lion’s share of new banking customers over the last year.The percentage of South Africans holding an Mzansi account rose from 2% in 2005 to 6% in 2006 – a staggering growth of around 250%. In the same period, the percentage of the banked population using Mzansi grew fourfold, from 3% to 12%.Claimed Mzansi account holders are nearing the 2-million mark, the survey finds, noting that this might be an under-reading of Mzansi’s actual size: the Banking Association SA reported that 3.3-million Mzansi accounts had been opened by June.FinScope says this discrepancy “could be because many users of Mzansi do not actually realise the type of account they hold. For example, PostBank account holders were all switched to Mzansi accounts.”Most importantly, according to the survey, Mzansi has been successful at drawing previously unbanked people into the banking sector, not solely causing account switching among the already banked.“Sixty percent of people holding a Mzansi account claim this to be their first bank account, an encouraging indicator that the product is being adopted by its core target market.”The financial divide persistsHowever, while the drive to bring more South Africans into the banking system appears to be working – and despite strong indicators that uptake of the Mzansi account will continue to grow – the financial divide between rich and poor in the country will, if it persists, sooner or later put the brakes on this growth.According to the survey, investment and even saving money is still uncommon among South Africans – and so is borrowing – with unemployment and lack of money to save being the two main reasons given for not being banked.“Where people do borrow, they do so mainly to buy food, pay for funerals, school fees or medical expenses. The reason is clearly the degree of poverty: 17% of South African say they have no income at all, and nearly one-third of South Africans testify that they do not even have enough to eat.”That over one-third of people (35%) who know about Mzansi still consider the account unaffordable “highlights the real barrier to entry that bank charges pose, no matter how low,” the survey finds.For “a great proportion of our population,” any sort of banking product is unaffordable – and, as things stand, probably unnecessary.“As such, unless the economic realities of our country change fundamentally, the Mzansi account is likely to reach a ceiling in terms of what it can realistically achieve.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


California’s New Privacy Laws Stop Employers From Social Snooping

first_imgadam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#privacy#security#social media California residents, take note: Those nosy bosses are no longer allowed to poke around on your Facebook profile or force you to open up a personal Twitter account.Say hello to California’s new social media law, which took effect January 1. The new regulations make significant changes to the way businesses treat social media. But while some benefits are clear, others are harder to define, and could lead to legal problems later.Technically an adjustment to the labor code, the Employer Use of Social Media law is an important step to creating a barrier between the work force and management, adding much-needed do’s and don’ts to previously nebulous territory. The new law specifically prohibits private and public employers from demanding usernames and passwords to access personal social media accounts or requiring an employee or applicant to show the contents of social media accounts to bosses.While this may frustrate some managers, the new law works to protect employees, mandating that employers cannot discipline in any way an existing or prospective employee for failing to comply to demands to view social media content. But the law does not prohibit employers from accessing information through employer-provided devices or on social media accounts. And there’s still some ambiguity surrounding allegations of account misuse, which can then give employers the green light to demand to see behind the curtain. It’s Not Black And WhiteThe main challenge to the law is ambiguity and enforcement, says San Diego-based Jim McNeill, a partner at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge and a specialist in labor and employment relationships.The problem is the notion of misconduct, which the law broadly states can be a reason for accessing social media accounts, without giving a clear definition of what misconduct is. Misconduct can be interpreted on a case-by-case basis, so McNeill thinks this caveat will end up being decided in court. “If allegations against an employee were that they were engaging in going on the Internet and accessing their personal Facebook account on work time, would that suffice to allow the employer to demand access to the account?” McNeill asks. Another problem, he added, is the use of employer-owned devices and technology – especially when employees are not on the clock. If they’re accessing personal accounts via the company-owned smartphones or laptops, where is the line drawn between personal and private information?“The interesting part there is how that’s going to interact with employee access to a site with the employer’s device, off company time,” McNeill says. McNeill believes the law can help employees make smarter decisions about what they say on social media sites, because talking trash about an employer could count as misconduct and be grounds for employer eavesdropping. But its ambiguities make navigating this new law a possible trap within the legal system. Treating Social Media PersonasIn that vein, Heather Meeker, the vice president of corporate communications for free text and mobile service textPlus, still recommends not posting “anything online that you wouldn’t be comfortable having shared publicly.”Nick Cicero, the lead social strategist at Livefyre, a San Francisco-based commenting and social engagement platform, says one way to protect yourself is to have a “distinct separation of work and personal accounts.” But with our personal lives more and more entwined with our professional personas, that can be easier said than done – especially if you use social media as part of your job. “Unfortunately the evolution of online identity doesn’t always make this an easy black-and-white reality,” Cicero laments.One solution to help navigate this ambiguous new law is detailed intra-company social policies that clearly spell out do’s and don’ts. “Companies looking to have a handle on their employees’ social media activities should lay out a comprehensive social policy as to how employees should act online. That way there is an understanding between company and employee at all times,” Cicero explains. “We support openness and individualism.”But if you work in a company that’s less open-minded, you might want to double check just how individual and open you want to be. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts last_img read more


Youth Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_imgTroy Malcolm award – Oscar SanftRoxy Winder award – Kirsty Quince Australian 18’s Boys captain, Oscar Sanft, was given the Troy Malcolm award, while Australian 20’s Girls player, Kirsty Quince, was the recipient of the Roxy Winder award. 18’s GirlsPlayers Player – Emily ReedCoaches Award – Sarah PeattieEncouragement Award – Charlotte Caslick20’s Girls Players Player – Emilee CherryCoaches Award – Kirsty Quince18’s BoysPlayers Player – Brentt Warr and Zach StrasserCoaches Award – Simon Lang20’s BoysPlayers Player – Nick GoodCoaches Award – Dylan Thompsonlast_img read more


Ohio State refrains from commenting on Kosta Karageorge investigation medical treatment

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMoments before coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday, an Ohio State spokesman said the school is unable to comment on the investigation surrounding the death of walk-on senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge or the medical treatment he received at OSU.Karageorge’s body was found Sunday afternoon near his apartment in Columbus after being reported missing on Wednesday. Columbus Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Columbus native had last been seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s family was concerned his disappearance had something to do with concussion-related injuries, of which he reportedly had a history.During his Monday press conference, Meyer said Karageorge’s death is an “incredible tragedy.”Meyer added that Karageorge “loved” his time as a football player at OSU. He joined the team in August after competing as a varsity wrestler for three seasons for the Buckeyes.On Friday, the OSU Department of Athletics released statements from Meyer and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. Borchers’ statement said he was “not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes.”After police confirmed Karageorge’s body had been found, OSU athletics released a statement expressing the shock and sadness of learning of the player’s death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time,” the statement said.When asked about how the OSU handled Karageorge’s health, Meyer said he could not comment but expressed his faith in the medical staff.“This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. read more


Womens lacrosse Buckeyes look to get back on track with weekend in

OSU freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (6-5) has dropped four of their last five games, three of which came on the road to Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Harvard. The latest loss came in a one-goal, overtime contest at home against Michigan. The Buckeyes now head to New Jersey on Friday to take on Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were responsible for ending OSU’s 2016 campaign, when they beat the Buckeyes for the second time in the Big Ten tournament. “After last year we kind of have a rivalry,” senior attacker Molly Wood said. “They ended our season last year and no matter who ends your season you have a chip against them in the next year.”OSU will need to come out and find a source of offense as they’ve only averaged 8.75 goals per game over their last four contests. The offense has not been at full strength for the last couple games, as freshman attacker Liza Hernandez has missed the previous two games.“She’s working hard to back on the field,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “We’re going to continue to work together as a unit. I think our offense, midfield, defense and goaltending is picking it up and that’s all you’ve gotta do is control what you can bring.”While the Buckeyes have hit a rough patch, they could not have been a better spot in the season for a slump to occur. Their last four losses have been by an average of just 2.75 goals against some very tough competition on the road. That coupled with the fact that Big Ten play is still young bodes well for OSU (0-1 Big Ten) if the team is able to come out on the right end of this swing in New Jersey.“With Big Ten play, we all know how important this part of the season is,” sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott said. “I think we’re all going to come out really fired up for the rest of the season.”Rutgers (5-4, 0-1 Big Ten) are coming off an 18-7 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions, but were riding a three-game win streak prior. Their leading points getter, senior attacker Amanda Turturro, has 14 goals and 11 assists, and will look to continue to be a steady stream of production for her team, but the Scarlet Knights are able to find goals from many different players. Their leading scorer, junior attacker Nicole Kopyta, has found the back of the net 17 times coming off of the bench.“We all have some of our closest friends that pgo and play lacrosse at Rutgers so I think it makes it a friendly rivalry in a way,” Parrott said. “I think we’re all that much more motivated with the way our season ended last year. We’re that much more motivated to come back this year and beat them.”The Buckeyes will remain in New Jersey over the weekend to take on the University of Southern California on Sunday. The No. 10 Trojans are 6-2 on the season and will also arrive to the Northeast on Friday, when they take on Stony Brook. The game between OSU and Southern Cal will take place at a neutral site — Mountain Lakes High School. “We love playing in the Northeast,” Venechanos said. “A majority of our players are from there … so I think it’s an opportunity for both of our programs to play in front of some friends and family but also play against a strong opponent.”The first game of the weekend is set for a 7 p.m. face-off against Rutgers, with the second game scheduled to start at noon on Sunday. read more


Ivan Rakitic dropped from Croatia squad

first_imgIvan Rakitic has been dropped from Croatia’s squad for the upcoming game against England due to injury.The Barcelona midfielder will miss the all-important UEFA Nations League game against the Three Lions at Wembley on Sunday due to injury, according to Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic.Rakitic came off injured in the 67th minute of Croatia’s 3-2 home win over Spain on Thursday which gave the World Cup runners-up a chance to top League A Group 4 and claim a place in next year’s semifinals.“He will go to Barcelona, it’s a serious injury. You know that I usually take no risk. If there is a doubt that the injury could be serious, then we let him rest,” Dalic told Sky Sports.Dalic refused to reveal the type of injury but Rakitic was taken off, suffering discomfort in the back of his right thigh.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We want healthy players and Ivan in this moment is not 100 percent ready. Unfortunately, we are going to play without him.”The 30-year-old has featured in 102 games for his country, but Dalic said they have players capable of filling in.“We will see who will replace him. We have [Mateo] Kovacic, we have [Josip] Brekalo, we have [Milan] Badelj,” he added.“There is always a solution and we should stop whining about someone who’s not going to be there. We will find a solution and we are going to Wembley to enjoy football.”The winner of Sunday’s game with England will progress to the semis of the Nations League with the losers being relegated to League B.last_img read more