23 March 2015South Africa faces New Zealand in an ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday. And the opportunity to play in his first World Cup means “everything” to middle-order batsman David Miller.The 25-year-old says the pressure moments that come with playing in a World Cup event are a privilege and an experience that every cricketer works towards.“It’s the first World Cup for me and it’s a dream come true,” Miller said in Auckland on Sunday. “To be in a semi-final, that’s another notch on the belt. I’m really excited for what is coming on Tuesday, it’s going to be a great game ahead. New Zealand are playing really well, we are playing really well, so it will be a good contest.” WATCH: South Africans across the country and the world will be supporting our boys for the semifinals. Watch Jean, Ernie Els, Bryan Habana and others get behind our boys. #ProteaFire “There is obviously a lot of pressure,” Miller said. “A lot of things going on in your head but it’s actually a privilege to be in [a pressured] position. The guys have worked really hard in their careers, all the highs and lows come down to a moment like this.”New Zealand are unbeaten in the tournament, and as one of the host nations, enter the match as the favourites.Miller says it will come down to whoever can absorb the most pressure during the key moments, particularly against a side that has been dominant with both bat and ball.“We have had a game plan over the past two years that we have been sticking to,” he explained. “It’s about everyone coming through at the right times when the team needs them. Pakistan wasn’t a great result but the consistency we have had as a team over the last while has been phenomenal. For us taking that confidence of what’s happened in the past in to Tuesday’s game will be vital. And obviously assessing the situation on the day.”The Eden Park field dimensions bring a unique factor towards preparation for the match, and will need a change in approach from the batsmen, particularly with the short straight boundaries.This tour is Mmiller’s first visit to New Zealand. “It’s good to have already played a game [at Eden Park] to get a feel of the ground. The dimensions of the field are really straight and short, long on the square boundaries, so it’s something to get used to.”The Castle Lager Proteas face New Zealand at Eden Park at 3am on Tuesday. Catch the match live on SuperSport 2, SABC 3 & 2000FM. Build up starts at 2am, play starts at 3amWORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Ireland.7 March, 3am: Pakistan beat South Africa.12 March, 3am: South Africa beat United Arab Emirates.Quater-finals18 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Sri Lanka, Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: India beat Bangladesh, Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Australia beat Pakistan, Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: New Zealand beat West Indies, Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: South Africa v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: India v Australia, Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSource: Cricket South Africa and ICC
As a counterpoint the the optimism I expressed in my last post about multifamily green buildings, recent discussions with single-family builders leave me feeling less than enthusiastic about the prospects for green single-family housing.I recently had lunch with the local head of a large national builder who expects to build about 500 homes per year in several Georgia suburbs. I attempted (in vain, it turns out) to convince him that there was value in building better quality homes – that they could design for high performance from the beginning rather than use standard stock plans. I ran on about tighter envelopes, centrally located HVAC systems zoned for multiple floors and with compact duct systems, pointing out that increases in some areas could offset higher costs in others.He said his company did not want to spend a nickel more than the approximately $48 per square foot they were building for. In addition, he said something memorable: that his customers wouldn’t buy a house with one HVAC system when his competitors’ homes had two. They would feel like they were being shortchanged, regardless of how the house performed. RELATED ARTICLES Size MattersBuild SmallerWhy Weatherization Isn’t EnoughJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseThe Pretty Good HouseGreen Building for Beginners Send in the reinforcementsThe following day I met with another builder, a client of mine who is building about 10 homes in a small in-town subdivision. I mentioned my discussion with the production builder about the number of HVAC systems he installs in each home, and his response reinforced the other builder’s position.He said that if there isn’t a separate HVAC system on each floor of a house, buyers think they are not getting their money’s worth. And they think that bigger systems are better than smaller ones. He said he can usually get away with a zoned system for the third floor attic area, but if he were to install a single system to condition a two- or three-story house, he would have trouble selling it even if the buyers were told it was more efficient and would work perfectly well. This point resonated with me, and made me realize that we need to change consumer perceptions to make high-performance homes desirable. More and bigger is what they wantAccording to several reports, after a brief period where home sizes remained stable or reduced, new single-family home sizes are back on the rise.I had hoped that the industry and consumers had learned some sort of lesson from the last real estate crash, but it appears that they haven’t. People still want big homes, and with mortgage rates at historic lows and energy prices lower due to expanded natural gas resources, there may be little to stop this trend.And with those big houses, people want more and bigger equipment: refrigerators, ranges, showers, and HVAC systems. I must say, it was a pretty dispiriting week of builder conversations for me, tempering some of my optimism about multifamily housing. Time for a drink.
Presenter:Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over ten years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners). Her other activities include program evaluation, conducting workshops and presentations, preparing newsletters, creating webcasts and special interest web materials, maintaining and supervising the design of online modules, maintaining websites, liaison with stakeholders and experts, preparing evaluation reports, and providing technical assistance.Continuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will apply for continuing education (CE) credit from UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Additionally, Certificates of completion will be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on “Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 20, 2017. Due to technical difficulties, we had to reschedule our webinar – Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms with Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan. The webinar will be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, November 29.Watch below as Dr. Mahadevan provides you with a brief overview of the session!Research has shown that all students and especially those receiving special education who follow a carefully crafted transition plan are more likely to achieve post-secondary success. Helping professionals can craft these plans, but many may not be aware of the various resources available to ensure students’ successful transition. One of the main resources available to parents/guardians and students are their classroom teachers. Teachers who incorporate transition-related content into instruction using universal design for learning (UDL) principles are in the best position to set up students for post-secondary success. It is thus necessary that parents/guardians and students are trained to inform teachers about UDL and advocate for their use in classroom instruction on an ongoing basis.The objectives of this interactive webinar are therefore to introduce attendees to:Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for instruction.Employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles.Ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.
Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]
Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
The Canadian PressPolice in Labrador are investigating the discovery of human remains near a coastal community.The RCMP say the remains were found Saturday near Makkovik.The Mounties say the remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.Makkovik is a mainly Inuit community about 200 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.About 360 people live in the community.aptnnews.ca
To watch the progress of the build; CLICK HERE BALDONNEL, B.C. – Grade 5 and 6 students at Baldonnel Elementary are being given an opportunity for hands-on learning with the construction of two sheds at their school.School District #60 has partnered with Petronas on a tool trailer that is taken out to schools to work on hands-on projects. This new Applied Skills and Technology curriculum is about project-based learning and takes students learning outside of the classroom.Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers and International Education, shares schools are embracing the new curriculum.The storage sheds at Baldonnel are a great example of this. Students are learning math in the classroom and then going outside and applying their learning. Tradespeople from the school community are also coming in and lending a hand as well. Having the involvement of the parent community also gives the students valuable career exposure, shared Campbell.Christine Todd of Baldonnel School shares the kids are loving the experience and accomplished a lot on their first day. The plan is for the school to keep one shed and auction the other off. Proceeds from the sale of the second shed will go back into the school to help continue to fund project-based programs.Rona has helped with donating some of the building materials, and AAA Safety has helped provide safety equipment the students are using.Campbell shared, everyone, is looking forward to seeing the finished product.
New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday fixed March 18 for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha passed the order after completion of the arguments of all the accused. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously. There are 21 people chargesheeted in the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Feb 7, the Supreme Court ordered authorities to transfer the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi, which would conclude the trial within six months by holding preferably day-to-day hearing. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Swansea: Sergio Aguero kept alive Manchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple as they survived a major FA Cup scare in a thrilling fightback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Swansea in Saturday’s quarter-finals. Aguero had watched from the substitutes’ bench as second-tier Swansea roared into a stunning first half lead through goals from Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina. But the Argentine emerged as City’s saviour on a rainy night in south Wales by setting up their first goal for Bernardo Silva, before completing the comeback with a last-gasp winner after Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt scored an unlucky own goal from the Argentina striker’s penalty to draw City level. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHaving already won the League Cup and advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals, Premier League leaders City remain in the hunt for a clean sweep of all four major trophies. It was a fortunate escape for City on Saturday however, as replays showed Raheem Sterling was fortunate to win the penalty that led to the equaliser, while Aguero was marginally offside for the winner. City boss Pep Guardiola had named a strong starting line-up and Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva both went close early on. It only looked a matter of time before City took the lead but Swansea ensured it was anything but one-way traffic. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryThey showed they could give the visitors a run for their money with a neat passing game that pushed City on to the back foot. Grimes put Swansea ahead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after Fabian Delph carelessly fouled Connor Roberts after the City defence was wrong-footed by Mike van der Hoorn’s crossfield pass. Grimes had not scored in his three-and-a-half years at the Liberty Stadium but took over penalty duties following Celina’s embarrassing spot-kick miss in a 3-0 midweek defeat at West Bromwich Albion. The 23-year-old centre back made the most of Delph’s misjudgement by confidently driving the ball high into the roof of the City net. It went from bad to worse for City nine minutes later as Guardiola’s defence disintegrated following a nine-pass move involving seven Swansea players. This time Swansea attacked with pace and purpose and, after fine play on the edge of City’s box by Nathan Dyer and Daniel James, space opened up for Celina to curl the ball delightfully beyond Ederson. Guardiola looked flummoxed in the technical area as he mulled over finding a way back into the tie while Aymeric Laporte lost his head following referee Andre Marriner’s half-time whistle and was booked for shoving Swansea winger Wayne Routledge in the chest. It was a dire situation that left City in danger of a repeat of last season’s embarrassing FA Cup exit at Wigan. But Guardiola replaced Sane with Sterling in the 57th minute and Aguero came on for Riyad Mahrez six minutes later. The moves paid dividends soon after as City hit back. City’s pressure was rewarded in the 69th minute when Bernardo Silva hit a crip shot beyond Nordfeldt after he was teed up by Aguero to set up a thrilling finale. The visitors drew level in the 78th minute when Cameron Carter-Vickers’ challenge on Sterling was deemed a penalty even though the defender appeared to touch the ball first. Aguero restored parity in fortuitous circumstances when his spot-kick hit a post and went in via Nordfeldt’s back. City laid siege to the Swansea goal in the final stages and Aguero had the final word with a stooping 88th minute header that survived the hosts’ offside claims as VAR was not available. City’s celebrations were marred by a pitch invader, but there was no disguising their relief after a dramatic revival. agencies
Bengaluru: IT major Infosys Friday posted a 10.5 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 4,078 crore for the March 2019 quarter, and guided towards 7.5-9.5 per cent growth in revenue for FY 2019-20. The country’s second-largest software services firm said it expects its topline to grow 7.5-9.5 per cent in FY 2019-20 in constant currency terms. In October, Infosys had raised its revenue growth outlook for FY19 to 8.5-9 per cent from 6-8 per cent (given at the beginning of the fiscal). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Looking at what we have done in terms of the full year in new wins but also making sure that we look at what is going on in the market…we have a very strong acceleration in the full year. And therefore, guidance if you recall for fiscal 2019 was 6-8 per cent and now, we have bumped it up to 7.5 to 9.5 per cent,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Salil Parekh told reporters. He added that from the company’s perspective, this is “a very strong movement on the guidance in the growth direction”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFor the full financial year, Infosys’ net profit declined by 3.9 per cent to Rs 15,410 crore, while revenue increased 17.2 per cent to Rs 82,675 crore. “Our planned investments have started yielding benefits. As we look ahead into fiscal 2020, we plan to deploy various measures of operational efficiencies across the business,” Parekh said in a statement. He termed the results as strong on multiple fronts, including revenue growth, performance of digital portfolio, large deals and client metrics. In the fourth quarter, Infosys’ digital revenues were at $1.03 billion (33.8 per cent of total revenues) — registering year-on-year growth of 41.1 per cent. Infosys expects its operating margin in FY20 to be in the range of 21-23 per cent. Margins for FY19 stood at 22.8 per cent. For the financial year 2019, the company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Rs 10.50 per share. After including the interim dividend of Rs 7, the total dividend for the fiscal will amount to Rs 17.50 per share. Sanjeev Hota, AVP Research at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said Infosys has delivered mixed set of earning performance but its revenue guidance is a tad “conservative”. “Deal wins remain strong and management has guided for 7.5-9.5 per cent revenues growth for FY20E (estimate), which we believe is bit conservative. “Nevertheless, company delivered strong growth on digital revenues front. On the flip side, management has lowered the margins guidance to 21-23 per cent, which was below our expectations and also attrition inched up during the quarter,” he said.