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Coping with Loss, Part 1: Funeral and Burial Costs

first_imgBy Carol ChurchFew of us enjoy thinking about money after the death of a loved one. We are grieving and disoriented. We may be in emotional shock or not thinking clearly. Family members, including those we do not get along with or whom we do not see often, may be voicing loud and strong opinions. And now we must make decisions regarding choices for burial and a funeral. This is a vulnerable moment.With all this in mind, it may come as no surprise that personal finance experts have long cautioned families to be careful when it comes to funeral and burial expenses. Otherwise, customers may find themselves spending more than they want or intend to.In the case of the death of service members or veterans, financial assistance may be available from the military, including cost-free burial in a VA or national cemetery. This can help a great deal, and will be covered in Part 2 of this series. However, there will still be monetary decisions to be made in most cases.gkuna/PhotospinReducing High Funeral and Burial Costs One issue with this service is that it’s often very hard to know what to expect or what businesses in the area are offering. It may seem impossible to “shop around” or understand the options.Overall, experts say consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 for a “full service” funeral that includes embalming, transportation of the body, burial, and a service, with about $8,000 being average. Obviously, this is a huge range, and not all families opt for all services. How can consumers make sensible and informed choices?Everyone should be aware that by law, funeral homes are required to provide itemized price lists to consumers. This is the best way to compare prices and understand what you are getting. Some funeral homes now provide these prices online, but in many cases, you will still have to call.It’s also very important to know that the Funeral Rule, put in place by the Federal Trade Commission, states that you do not have to accept a “package” deal from the funeral home and can accept and decline services as you need them, using outside providers as well. For instance, services some may choose to seek elsewhere include flowers and caskets (which can be bought online and even at places like Walmart and Sam’s Club). Opting out of costly embalming services is a possibility, if the funeral can be held within a few days and an open casket is not desired. Funeral costs can also be reduced by holding the service at a local house of worship, instead of the funeral home, or choosing a memorial at a home or other private location.Cremation is typically a far less costly alternative than ground burial, and one chosen by more and more families. As with caskets, it is not necessary to purchase an urn from the funeral home. A container you choose will suffice, and can be purchased at a reasonable price online.Consumer AssistanceThe Funeral Consumers Alliance performs a valuable service by providing a variety of helpful information for consumers on lowering funeral costs. It also consolidates funeral service price information for consumers and may even offer discounted options. Parting.com also offers funeral home comparison services. The Federal Trade Commission also offers a useful series on Shopping for Funeral Services.Planning AheadAlthough many of us might prefer not to think too much about our eventual passing, all of us are mortal. As with so many other areas, the financially prudent thing to do is to plan ahead. This way your family will also have the comfort of knowing which items are important to you and which are not. Consider making a plan for your funeral and burial to be a final gift to your loved ones.In part 2 of this series, we’ll discuss the various burial, funeral, and memorial benefits available to service members and veterans.References:WikiHow. (n.d.) How to reduce funeral expenses. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Funeral-ExpensesKiplinger. (n.d.) The Lowdown on Funeral Costs. Retrieved from http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T021-C000-S001-the-lowdown-on-funeral-costs.htmlParting.com. (2017). Save Money on Funeral Costs by Making Arrangements at a Low-Priced Funeral Home and Cemetery. Retrieved from https://www.parting.com/blog/category/tips-to-lower-funeral-costs/last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir named in Delhi Ranji squad, Ishant Sharma 16th member

first_imgVeteran batsman Gautam Gambhir is all set to be released by the Indian team management as the selection committee of DDCA has named him in the 16-member Delhi squad for the Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan.Ishant Sharma, who is also not in the playing XI, has been named as the 16th member but the selection committee is still not sure whether he would be released as the fast bowlers are normally kept for bowling at the nets.The match, beginning November 21 at Wayanad in Kerala will feature Shikhar Dhawan, who is making a comeback after recovering from a thumb injury. (Also read: Ranji Trophy wrap: KL Rahul scripts Karnataka’s fourth consecutive victory)”The selectors have spoken to Gautam and he has expressed his interest in playing the next round encounter as he will be getting valuable match time. That’s the reason we have named Gautam in the squad. In case, we don’t get him, we have kept Himmat Singh as cover,” a member of the selection panel told PTI.The press release issued by DDCA does not mention the name of the captain and the official said that skipper Unmukt Chand during today’s meeting has told the members that he would like Gambhir to captain the team.The meeting was attended by selectors Nikhil Chopra, Atul Wassan, Robin Singh Junior along with coach KP Bhaskar, Chand and Co-Convenor Siddharth Sahib Singh.Squad: Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand, Shikhar Dhawan, Dhruv Shorey, Milind Kumar, Nitish Rana, Rishabh Pant, Manan Sharma, Pradeep Sangwan, Navdeep Saini, Sumit Narwal, Vikas Tokas, Sarthak Ranjan, Pulkit Narang, Varun Sood, Ishant Sharma. Stand By: Himmat Singh.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ronaldo not missed by Real Madrid… yet – Isco

first_imgIsco thinks Real Madrid are showing they do not miss Cristiano Ronaldo, although he expects critics to doubt their chances of success if they fail to sustain their form.Julen Lopetegui’s side lost the UEFA Super Cup to Atletico Madrid but have started La Liga in strong fashion, scoring 10 goals in their three consecutive victories.Seven of those goals have been scored by Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale – two players often said to be marginalised during Ronaldo’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu – while the Portugal star himself has gone three games without finding the net since moving to Juventus in a €112 million (£88m/$117m) deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Isco admits Madrid are coping well without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner but feels any team will eventually miss a forward of such quality.”Cris is an extraordinary player,” he told a news conference. “He guaranteed you 40 to 50 goals. But if we win, they’ll say we don’t miss him and if we don’t win, they’ll say we do.”We’re playing very well now; players who didn’t score as many goals last year are now filling their boots. We don’t miss him at the moment. I wish him all the best at Juve.”Isco is preparing for Spain’s Nations League clash with England on Saturday, their first since Luis Enrique took over as head coach after the World Cup.The Madrid playmaker has been encouraged by the first few training sessions under the former Barcelona boss, even though he has made few alterations to their approach.”We knew him already. He has a lot of character. He’s won many things,” Isco said. “In the end, the philosophy and the idea are the same. He changes a few things, he has his way of seeing football, but it’s similar.”We have had a few training sessions with him, we have to adapt but we’re very happy. We’re very enthusiastic at this stage.”Every game requires a way to play. If you play against 11 behind the ball, there isn’t much more you can try. We haven’t won with long balls. We have to improve, but we have to continue from this point.”Luis Enrique is said to have introduced a handful of new rules within the team camp, including banning mobile phones when the players are having dinner.”It’s important to have boundaries,” Isco said. “The mobiles at dinner rule seems good to me. It will be good for us not to have them with us all the time. Sometimes, we’re more aware of them than our team-mates.”last_img read more

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ams to light up Sensors Expo 2019 with innovative demonstrations

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: multi-channel, mixed-signal RF converter platform expands call capacityNext Portwell: Posiflex to feature integrated IoT Remote Management System ams will showcase innovative optical sensing technologies which are transforming personal health monitoring, the mobile phone, automotive evolution, and smart agri-culture at the Sensors Expo 2019. The company will also lead two Sensors Expo conference sessions.Breakthroughs from ams, such as the development of nanoscale optical filters and new miniature power laser emitters, are creating new markets and opening up fresh opportunities to deploy optical sensors across the automotive, medical, consumer and industrial sectors.The exciting optical sensor demonstrations on hand at Sensors Expo include highly advanced 3D sensor technology for smartphones, computing, automotive and robotics; medical-grade wearable devices that monitor blood pressure; and spectral sensors for maximizing yields in smart horticulture. Sensors Expo visitors can also discover how ams is advancing spectral sensing technology for tomorrow’s industrial and consumer applications: from water monitoring, to control washing machine cycles, to advanced analysis of materials using infrared light. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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New Eklavya Model Residential Schools will be on par with Navodya Vidyalayas: Oram

first_img(Eds: Adding with more quotes and info)New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) The 462 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) for tribal students, proposed to be constructed by 2022, will be on par with Navodya Vidyalayas and have special facilities for preserving local art and culture, Union minister Jual Oram said Wednesday.The government will set up an autonomous society, on the lines of the Navodaya Vidayalaya Samiti, to run the ERMSs, the tribal affairs minister said.Oram made the announcement two days after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved setting up of 462 new EMRSs by 2022 in every district or block with more than 50 per cent Scheduled Tribes (ST) population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.At present, there are 284 EMRSs in the country, of which 219 are operational. The government has decided to construct 462 new EMRSs by 2022, the minister said.The EMRSs will be on par with Navodya Vidyalayas and will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture, besides providing training in sports and skill development, he said.Of the 462 new EMRSs, 92 will be established in Odisha. Seventy such schools will come up in Jharkhand, 50 in Chhattisgarh and 40 in Madhya Pradesh, according to data from the ministry.Fifty EMRSs are proposed to be constructed in 2018-19 fiscal. Hundred such schools will be established in the next financial year, 150 in 2020-21 and 162 in 2021-22, Oram said.He said tribal students, across the country, are qualifying in competitive exams under the general category.”The students of Eklavaya Model Residential Schools are doing great. The schools have a pass percentage of 99. Seventy-five per cent of their students have secured more than 60 per cent marks,” Oram said.advertisementHe also claimed that four students of boarding schools in Dehradun joined EMRSs, because “the government is providing everything free there”.According to Census 2011, there are 564 sub-districts having 50 per cent or more ST population and 20,000 or more tribal people. Currently, there are 284 EMRSs in 102 sub-districts.The government has also enhanced the recurring cost per EMRS student annually from the existing Rs 61,500 to Rs 1,09,000 from 2019-20. Ten per cent seats in such schools will be allotted to non-ST students.Priority will be given to children of EMRS staff, those have lost their parents to Left Wing Extremism and insurgencies and children of widows, the minister said.Twenty per cent seats in the EMRSs will be reserved under for deserving ST students under the sports quota, he said. PTI GVS NSDNSDlast_img read more

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GDP growth may pick up to 72 in FY20 Goldman

first_imgMumbai: American brokerage Goldman Sachs Friday pegged the Indian GDP growth to accelerate to 7.2 per cent in 2019-20 on lower oil prices, political stability and removal of infrastructure bottlenecks. Risks to the estimate, which is higher than the RBI’s projection for a 7 per cent growth, are on the “downside” because of the issues in the non-bank lenders, it said. It can be recalled that the growth had dipped to a nearly five year low of 5.8 per cent for the March quarter at 5.8 per cent, dragging down FY19 growth to 6.8 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIn a report that came a day after the policy review by RBI, in which key rates were cut 0.25 per cent to spur growth, the brokerage said it expects an acceleration in GDP to 7.2 per cent. “The acceleration is based on our assumption of lower oil prices in FY20, an increase in confidence post the elections once the new government and the cabinet take office, and some easing of infrastructure bottlenecks,” it said. On the concerns surrounding NBFCs, the brokerage said lending by such companies grew sharply in recent times and stood at 26 per cent in third quarter of 2018, which has slipped to 20 per cent in the succeeding quarter, and is expected to slow further.last_img read more

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Niharica to star in womencentric film with Neelima

first_imgMumbai: Actor Niharica Raizada, who has featured in films such as Baby and Total Dhamaal, has confirmed that she is playing the female lead in a yet-untitled, heroine-centric film dealing with women and freedom. “It’s a women-centric film, but at the same time it’s a light comedy. It talks of women and freedom. It’s about how today’s women are expressing themselves and creating their own mark in the society,” said Niharica about the project, which also stars Neelima Azim. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaNiharica was interacting with the media at the domestic airport, while leaving for the muhurat of the film, after which shooting will start. “Right now, I am headed for Karnal in Haryana to shoot for the film. It is my first lead role after Waarrior Savitri,” added Niharica. Niharica is looking forward to work with Neelima Azeem in her next film. “She is really good actor and I am sure I will learn something new while working with her. I feel fortunate that I have been working with legendary actors,” she said. The actor will also be seen in Rohit Shetty’s upcoming film, Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. She is undergoing rigorous preparations to play an ATS officer in the film. How does it feel to be a part of such a big film? “I don’t think it has sunk in yet!” she replied. She is clearly in awe of Shetty. “He is the best director in Bollywood,” she declared.last_img read more

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Complainant against professor Steven Galloway wants investigators report

first_imgVANCOUVER – The lawyer for the main complainant against Steven Galloway says she’s pleased the fired creative writing professor won’t be returning to his post.A labour arbitrator’s decision released Friday ordered the University of British Columbia to pay Galloway $167,000 in damages. It also showed that in February, the school’s faculty association withdrew its claim on behalf of Galloway for reinstatement to his post and for lost income and benefits.“MC is pleased that Mr. Galloway will not be returning to his position of trust in his teaching position at UBC,” Joanna Birenbaum, who represents the main complainant referred to as MC, said in an email.But Birenbaum said her client still wants Galloway to grant permission for the release of an unredacted copy of the initial investigation report.“Key paragraphs on the findings of the investigator about MC’s report of sexual harassment are blacked out. In the name of fairness, MC calls on Mr. Galloway to withdraw his refusal, and to give permission to UBC to release the unredacted report,” Birenbaum said.Galloway could not immediately be reached for comment.The labour arbitration decision ordered UBC to pay Galloway for statements that violated his privacy rights and harmed his reputation, but it did not specifically say which communications infringed on Galloway’s privacy.Galloway filed one grievance after he was suspended in November 2015, asserting that UBC erred when it sent a memo to faculty, staff and students that announced he had been suspended pending an investigation into “serious allegations.”He filed a second grievance in June 2016 after he was fired, claiming the university’s communications about his termination, in which it said he was fired after an “irreparable breach of trust,” were misleading and caused serious damage to his reputation and ongoing suffering.last_img read more

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Curriculum writing session cancellation sparks concern in Ontario

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s sudden cancellation of curriculum writing sessions designed to fulfil findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has Indigenous leaders and others expressing concern and calling it a “step backward” on the road to reconciliation.The Ministry of Education cancelled the sessions — scheduled for two weeks this month — after the Tory government, which took office June 29, clamped down travel spending across the public service.The cancelled sessions were aimed at enhancing Indigenous perspective in the province’s school curriculum.Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement that the cancellation appears to contradict a commitment by the provincial government.“Ontario committed to working with Indigenous partners to address the legacy of residential schools,” Bellegarde said. “Premier Doug Ford needs to tell us how his government plans to deliver on the TRC Calls to Action.”The Truth and Reconciliation commission spent six years extensively studying the church-run, government-funded residential school system, which operated across Canada for more than 120 years.When the report was released in 2015 it called the system nothing short of a “cultural genocide” and made 94 broad recommendations, or Calls to Action, covering everything from greater police independence and reducing the number of aboriginal children in foster care to restrictions on the use of conditional and mandatory minimum sentences.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox says the Ontario government’s decision to abruptly cancel the sessions late last week won’t help efforts to fulfil the Calls to Action.“We have heard from many educators, elders and knowledge keepers and share their frustration as this important work was dropped just before it was set to begin,” Fox said in a statement. “This is a step backwards on our journey towards reconciliation. The education of the youth in Ontario shouldn’t be dictated by the party in power, but left to professionals who acknowledge that identity-building is the only positive move forward.”The government also cancelled curriculum writing sessions on American Sign Language and Indigenous Languages in kindergarten set for the same time.Fox said the decision will impact Indigenous participants, many of whom had booked time away from work to attend the sessions.“We are asking this government to reaffirm its commitment … working with Indigenous partners to address the legacy of residential schools, close gaps and remove barriers, support Indigenous cultures, and reconcile relationships,” he said.Ben Menka, spokesman for Education Minister Lisa Thompson, said the government will continue to move ahead with the updated Truth and Reconciliation Commission curriculum revisions.“The ministry will work with experts, elders and Indigenous communities to develop the support materials for the updated curriculum,” he said in an email, adding that the ministry moved ahead with the cancellation without direction from Thompson.“In keeping with the commitment Premier Doug Ford made to run government more efficiently, all ministries will seek to carry out initiatives in the most cost-effective way possible,” Menka said.NDP legislator Peggy Sattler slammed the Tory government for making the decision to cut the sessions behind closed doors.“Indigenous education benefits all students, and promises a better shared future. Scrapping the TRC curriculum writing sessions at the last second is a damaging step backwards on the road to reconciliation — and it sends a horrible message to Indigenous communities about their importance to the Ford government,” Sattler said.last_img read more

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European Commission: Algeria Imposes Taxes on Humanitarian Aid Sent to Tindouf…

Brussels – Algeria continues to impose taxes on European humanitarian aid sent to population held in captivity in Tindouf camps, the European Commission said.“Until the beginning of 2016, purchases intended for distribution in the form of donations to the Sahrawi refugees in the Algerian territory were still subject to local tax, which varies depending on products,” European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides said in a reply to a written question by MEPs.The European Commissioner said that between 2010 and 2014, the European Commission has assessed the amount of VAT paid in Algeria on local purchases of goods destined for population held in captivity in Tindouf to one million euros, or an average of 200,000 euros per year, equivalent to 2% of the annual amount of the aid provided by the European Union. Several MEPs have questioned the European Commission about the massive embezzlement by the Polisario of European humanitarian aid sent for population held in captivity in Tindouf, and which was revealed by the European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF).They noted that according to an estimate made in the last 30 years, the EU has paid between 10 and 15 million euros in taxes to Algeria.With MAP read more

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Philippines UN dispatches disaster response official in wake of deadly storm

Other aid staff in the UN country office will operate from the disaster operations centre in the coming days to ensure proper coordination with the Government, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.A state of calamity has been declared in eight regions of the country, including the capital, Manila, where heavy downpours have inundated homes and uprooted people from their homes. Electricity outages, inaccessible roads and lack of communications are hampering the rescue and relief efforts, OCHA said.Several UN agencies have begun responding in the wake of the disaster. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released 2,000 kits containing non-food items and is assessing the need for further kits and water and sanitation support. The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said that it will, as a first step, provide vital food rations to approximately 180,000 Filipinos in the worst-affected areas. “I want to assure the people and Government of the Philippines of our support for food assistance as part of a swift and coordinated recovery effort,” Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement.On Sunday, WFP participated in a Government-organized helicopter fly-over of the worst-affected areas. A joint rapid needs assessment between the Government and UN agencies is currently under way.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it will provide, as an immediate response, $42,000 to support health needs in the wake of the storm. 28 September 2009The United Nations humanitarian wing has dispatched a disaster response official to the Philippines in the wake of this weekend’s deadly tropical storm, which has reportedly triggered some of the worst flooding in more than four decades and resulted in over 70 deaths and a rising number of missing and injured people. read more

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Security Council welcomes planned regional antipiracy strategy in Gulf of Guinea

31 October 2011The Security Council today condemned all acts of maritime piracy and armed robbery at sea in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and welcomed the intention by States in the region to convene a summit to consider a comprehensive response to the menace. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council encouraged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) to develop a strategy against maritime piracy.The strategy will entail the drafting of domestic laws and regulations – where they do not exist – which will criminalize piracy and armed robbery at sea and develop a regional framework to counter piracy and armed robbery, including information-sharing and operational coordination mechanisms in the region.The regional anti-piracy effort will also include the development and strengthening of domestic laws and regulations to implement relevant international agreements on the safety and security of navigation, in accordance with international law.The Council encouraged ECOWAS, ECCAS and the GGC to counter piracy in the Gulf of Guinea through bilateral or regional maritime patrols, in line with relevant international law, while ensuring that such activities do not hinder the freedom of navigation on the high seas or the right of passage in the territorial sea to vessels of other States.The 15-member United Nations body urged States, in cooperation with the shipping industry, the insurance industry and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), to issue to ships entitled to fly their flag, appropriate advice and guidance on avoidance, evasion and defensive techniques and measures to take if under attack or threat of attack.The Council called on Member States of ECOWAS, ECCAS and GGC, in conjunction countries where ships are registered and States of nationality of victims or perpetrators of maritime piracy to cooperate in the prosecution of suspects, including facilitators and financiers, in accordance with applicable international laws, including human rights law.The Council also encouraged the international community to assist, on request, countries in the region, as well as other relevant organizations, in strengthening their efforts to counter piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea.It also welcomed the intention of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deploy a UN assessment mission to examine the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and explore options on how best to address the problem, saying it looked forward to receiving the mission’s report with recommendations on the issue.Earlier this month Mr. Ban urged States and regional organizations in the Gulf of Guinea to develop a comprehensive and integrated strategy to combat maritime piracy, which he said was threatening to hinder economic development and undermine security in the region. read more

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Ohio State womens hockey opens season at RPI

Junior defenseman Dani Sadek carves through the ice with the puck vs Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy OSU AthleticsThe offseason in any sport has its drama, and that’s certainly the case for the Ohio State women’s hockey team. Coming off a disappointing 10-25-1 season in 2015-16, OSU bid adieu to three transfers — including its captain Alexa Ranahan, and top scorer Claudia Kepler — and its head coach whose job was terminated amid NCAA violations.On Friday, the Buckeyes are looking to close that chapter and start anew, taking on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in two games this weekend to ring in the new season.On Sept. 10, OSU named Nadine Muzerall its third coach in as many seasons. Although she hadn’t been on the ice yet with her team, Muzerall will be in New York to coach her new team. Redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve said that the offseason made the team grow up a bit.“As a whole right now, we’re just trying to come together and play Buckeye hockey,” Sauve said. “This is a new era for us. Having everyone rolling on the same page is really important for us right now.”Suave started 20 games her freshman year before suffering an injury. She sat out last season — earning a medical redshirt — following double-hip surgery. Sauve said that each hip took about six to nine months to recover and return to action.“It’s been 581 days since my last game,” she said. “Not that I’ve been counting.”As for the Buckeyes opponent, RPI has already played a pair of games in the 2016-17 campaign, splitting a two-game set with the University of Maine. Similar to OSU, RPI experienced a difficult season, finishing the year with a 10-17-7 record. The Engineers ranked 29th out of 35 teams in the NCAA in goals scored, compared to OSU’s finish at third-most goals allowed last year.RPI senior forward Laura Norwood leads her team with 12 shots through two games. She notched a goal and an assist in the team’s 3-1 win in its season opener. To stop her and the rest of the Engineer attack, the Buckeyes will welcome back redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne who sat out last year after suffering two concussions in a short period of time.Dunne came into OSU as a highly-touted recruit. She has experience on the international level, playing for U18 Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, winning silver medal in 2014 and claiming gold in 2015. Although she has yet to see her in game action, sophomore defenseman Lauren Boyle is excited to see her classmate besider her on the ice.“I think (Jincy) is one of the best passers I’ve ever played with,” Boyle said. “She has so much composure and poise on the ice that it’s fun to be out there with her and it’s fun to watch.”OSU was voted to finish second-to-last in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association preseason poll. Last year, Boyle said there wasn’t a lot of emphasis on winning games early, rather than hitting their stride late in the season. That stride never fit, so OSU is attempting to jump out to a quick start in Muzerall’s first season as head coach, along with still working in a new system.But the Buckeyes seem to believe they are mentally prepared after the program changes that occurred in the offseason.“I think going forward this year, it’s going to help us when things get tough and things aren’t always going to go the way we want them to in game situations,” said Lauren Spring, OSU junior forward. “Having to go through adversity early on can be a good thing for teams.”OSU will likely undergo a learning process with a new coaching staff, but two wins this weekend is definitely on the minds of the team.“I think it would put a lot of confidence behind us and have a little more trust in the process of placing the staff and getting the whole program going in the right direction,” Boyle said. “It kind of all depends on how the team all clicks together. We’re all learning new systems.” read more

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Rio Tinto sets out iron ore growth plan

first_imgRio Tinto has set out its “breakthrough plan” to optimise the growth of its iron ore business in Western Australia. Mine production capacity will rapidly increase towards 360 Mt/y at a significantly lower capital cost per tonne than originally planned. A series of low-cost brownfield expansions will bring on early tonnes to feed the expanded infrastructure currently being developed. From a base run rate of 290 Mt/y by the end of first half 2014, mine production capacity will increase by more than 60 Mt/y between 2014 and 2017. The majority of the low-cost growth will be delivered in the next two years with mine production of more than 330 Mt in 2015.This will be achieved primarily through a combination of expanding production at existing mines and securing further low-cost productivity gains, such as those delivered by Rio Tinto’s pioneering Mine of the Future™ programme, together with the proposed future development of the greenfield Silvergrass mine. Work continues on various further expansion options to optimise the next stage of the 360 programme. In support of the brownfield expansions, Rio Tinto has approved $400 million of capital expenditure for plant equipment and modification, and additional heavy machinery for use at various mine sites in the Pilbara.The additional production will be achieved at a capital intensity of $120-130/t (low-$100/t Rio Tinto share), including the cost of infrastructure growth and mine capacity. Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh said “Expanding our world-class, low-cost, high-margin Pilbara operations represents the most attractive investment opportunity in the sector and is in line with my commitment to be totally focussed on only allocating capital to opportunities that will generate the best returns to shareholders. The breakthrough pathway we have identified, combining brownfield expansions and unleashing low-cost productivity gains, means we will deliver the expansion at an estimated capital cost of more than $3 billion below previous expectations.”Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Andrew Harding said: “This investment is driven by the attractive long-term fundamentals for iron ore which are underpinned by urbanisation and income growth in the developing world, particularly China. By delivering these additional tonnes we will capture a greater share of demand and ensure we continue to enjoy the best returns in the industry. Today’s announcement reflects our team’s commitment and dedication to retaining its edge as an industry leader. I am convinced the breakthrough iron ore optimisation pathway we have unveiled today represents the best use of capital for our shareholders and that our smart use of innovative technology will drive the business forward for decades to come.”Extra iron ore tonnes will come from multiple mines, including Brockman 2 and Brockman 4, Yandicoogina, Paraburdoo and West Angelas. Due to the early tonnes delivered through brownfield expansions, an investment decision on Silvergrass has been deferred until the third quarter 2014 at the earliest and the decision on the proposed Koodaideri greenfield mine has been deferred until 2016 at the earliest. Rio Tinto will reach a run-rate capacity of 290 Mt/y by the end of the first half of 2014, following the completion of the first phase of its expanded port rail and mine operations. The phase two expansion of the port, rail and power infrastructure to get to 360 Mt/y is already underway and is scheduled for completion in H1 2015.  The expansion pathway is subject to the normal government and joint venture approvals.last_img read more

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Aron Palmarsson to miss France 2017

Sad news to all Icelandic handball team supporters! The biggest start of Iceland and certainly one of the best handball players on the planet, Aron Palmarsson, will miss the World Championship 2017 in France due injury. The 26-years old playmaker was struggling to get back on the court since November. Telekom Veszprem member came with the team in Metz, where Iceland will start against Spain campaign in Group B, but after first training session, coaching staff made decision to not include him to the roster.This is a big blow for Iceland, which chances are rapidly going down. The second superstar of Iceland, Alexander Petersson decided to finish his NT career. Aron Palmarssonfrance 2017 handballIceland handball ← Previous Story BLOG by Nikola Foretic: Runners run & Players play Next Story → Impressive start for France in sold-out AccorHotels Arena! read more

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Mozilla blocks SweetIM toolbar from Firefox

first_imgBad news, lovers of animated emoticons and sparkly digital adornments: Mozilla has just added the SweetIM Toolbar to the Firefox blocklist. As of today, you’ll no longer be able to install it and Firefox.That’s not going to cause too much grief for most Firefox users who had the SweetIM toolbar anyway, as it’s a piece of borderline malware that piggybacks on other software installs. The popular and not-totally-trustworthy download site Softonic has been known to bundle the SweetIM crapware with its downloads. The company behind SweetIM claims the toolbar is in use on around 150 million computers worldwide, and I’d wager that less than 10,000 of them were intentional installs — and all of those were likely by extremely giddy tweens.Mozilla had a couple of beefs with the toolbar. First and foremost is the fact that it sneaks in without user consent, a huge no-no in Mozilla’s book. The SweetIM toolbar also silently alters user preferences like the default search engine (which it switches to something that generates affiliate revenue) and it resets the home page (also to a revenue-generating page).It’s good to see Mozilla taking a proactive approach with this software pest. SweetIM is detected by most security software as a threat (both NOD32 and Security Essentials warned me when I tested the installer on my systems).If you’ve got the toolbar on your system, it’s not too hard to remove manually. In Firefox, you’ll want to bring up the add-ons manager and remove anything that mentions SweetIM or SweetPacks. You may also want to check your home page (Firefox menu > options > general) and clean up your search box as well (click the down arrow > manage search engines and then remove SweetIM search).More at Satdavuk and Bugzillalast_img read more

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Google Street View car crashes into bus after crashing into different bus

first_imgGoogle’s Street View cars are the holy grail of the highway. You can’t help but become extremely giddy when you see one, especially because you can be burned into Street View doing something wacky if you can correctly time your appearance in front of the vehicle’s cameras. Now, however, after an accident in Indonesia, you might become more anxious than giddy when you see a Street View car roll by.Rather than, for example, crash into a tree at a low speed, the Google Street View car hit a bus in Bogor, Indonesia. Instead of awkwardly getting out of the car to apologize and exchange information — or whatever the Indonesian equivalent of that is — the car’s driver tried to flee the scene, and in the process crashed into another bus.The driver also hit a truck. There is no word if anyone was seriously harmed during the ordeal, but Google did confirm that it indeed took place, and said the company is working closely with local authorities to sort out the situation.Earlier this year, word got out that a Google Street View car ran over a donkey in Botswana, as scenes from Street View actually showed a donkey moseying along in one scene, then lying on the road in a subsequent scene. Google, however, said it turned out the donkey just decided to lie down, and happily got up and walked away shortly after.So, while a Street View car probably wasn’t responsible for the death of an innocent donkey, this car in Indonesia did, in fact, play bumper cars with some busses and a truck.last_img read more

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Costs and savings in 2013

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian families will have to pay an average $80 extra this year for electricity under 2013 network tariffs announced by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).But relief is coming for Pensioners, health care and veterans’ gold card holders who can now get 17.5 per cent off their power bills throughout the year.Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said last summer – the first covered by the year-round electricity concessions – the government provided more than $28.7 million in concessions (excluding GST).Stamp dutyThere will be relief for first homebuyers, as Stamp duty will be 30 per cent off from January 1. Treasurer Kim Wells said the increased concession would see eligible first home buyers save up to $9,321 when purchasing a home of $600,000.“The Coalition Government understands how long it takes to save up for your first home and that massive stamp duty taxes are often the difference between the excitement of making a successful bid and the disappointment of being locked out of the property market,” Mr Wells said.This is a 10 per cent add on from last year, which saw the government introduce 20 percent off stamp duty.ParentsParents will also be better off in January, with the government giving families back-to-school payments up to $820 for every child.Across Australia 1.5 million low and middle-income families with school-aged children can expect automatic payments to arrive in their bank accounts to help with back-to-school costs from January 9.For primary school children parents can expect $410 per child and for high school students $820 per child.Paid maternity leave for fathersAlso from January 1, the government will introduce a two-week paid paternity leave plan for new dads allowing them to spend time with new babies.The scheme will provide eligible working dads or partners, including adoptive parents and same sex partners, two weeks of government-funded pay at the rate of the national minimum wage of about $606 per week.To be eligible, fathers must have made less than $150,000 in the previous financial year and meet a work and residency test. They must also take un-paid leave during the fortnight.But single parents on parenting payments will lose cash when their youngest child turns eight because they will be shifted on to the Newstart Allowance unless they are in training or get a job.About 78,000 will be affected from January 1, saving $728 million over four years.“The government is keen to provide every assistance to improve their job opportunities,” Human Services Minister Kim Carr said.In NSW, the New Year brings with it a change in the registration sticker conundrum. No more will people have to scrape away at the windshield to get the rego sticker off, as the NSW government decided the stickers are outdated and unnecessary. Roads Minister Duncan Gay last year dismissed fears that scrapping the stickers would cause a surge in unregistered cars and motorbikes, saying drivers would get plenty of reminders in the post.last_img read more

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The Dune Spice Still Flows With New Video Games Alongside Movie

first_img Frank Herbert’s Dune is an urtext when it comes to sci-fi literature. Countless space-faring stories (most obviously Star Wars) can trace their roots back to this 1965 novel. But like many things that old and influential, these days most people would rather check out the newer remixes than revisit the original work. If you’re in the mood for mystical adventures on a desert planet you’re most likely watching Mark Hamill and not Kyle MacLachlan.However, Dune is poised for a major comeback next year thanks to the absolutely star-studded new movie from director Denis Villeneuve, who already has tons of moody nerd cred for achieving the seemingly impossible task of making a good sequel to Blade Runner. Folks like Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Timothée Chalamet are all onboard to make a Dune reboot sound way better than it has any right to be.But the new movie isn’t the only Dune content you can look forward to. New Dune video games are also on the way next year, and the folks behind them also sound like surprisingly perfect fits. Funcom is now working with Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties on multiple video game tie-ins to the 2020 Dune movie.As befitting the property, there’s already a rich tradition of nerdy hardcore Dune PC games stretching back to the pre-Windows era. Like a giant worm emperor, these games tasked you with using strategy and solving immense logic puzzles to ensure the survival of your people. Dune games shouldn’t just be about shooting space witches or whatever.And given the pedigree of publisher/developer Funcom, the new Dune games will be the right kind of niche. These are the folks behind the bizarre recent animal strategy game Mutant Year Zero, meta MMORPG The Secret World, and various games based on Conan the Barbarian, a franchise pretty comparable to Dune in its historical genre importance but modern impenetrability.So we’ll see what Funcom brings to their multiple Dune gaming projects. Still, when it comes to Dune, the best thing you can do is just watch the excellent documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune and wonder what might have been. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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RAW and Smackdown land in the cable top 25 as of 42615

first_img Becky Lynch Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions The 4/20 WWE RAW ranked among the top 25 shows on cable last week for the week ending 4/26/15. RAW came in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6.The 4/24 WWE Smackdown also appeared in the top 25 this past week as well, coming in at No. 21.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up ChangesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

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