Rest of India win Irani Cup after record run-chase against Mumbai

first_imgRest of India scripted a record run-chase to stun Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by four wickets and win the Irani Cup for the 26th time at the Brabourne Stadium today.Chasing 480 for an improbable victory, RoI rode on a fantastic hundred from Faiz Fazal Srikar (127) and a brilliant 92 from Karun Nair. This was only the tenth time a total of more than 480 has been chased in first-class cricket. 480+ targets have been successfully chased 10 times in fc cricketin England/India 3 timesin Australia/South Africa/Sri Lanka/UAE once each Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 10, 2016Spinner Iqbal Abdulla was the only bowler to make some impact for Mumbai as Rest of India showed scant respect for the rest of their bowling attack.Abdullah took 5/154 but failed to get any support from his colleagues.Mumbai were flying high after Suryakumar Yadav Jay Bista led them to an intimidating 603 in the first innings. Abhishek Nayar then led a spirited fight with the ball, picking up 3/35 as Rest of India were bowled out for 306. But the match started tilting in favour of RoI thereafter as Jayant Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat shared seven wickets among them to shoot Mumbai out for 182.Rest of India then stormed to the highest successful run-chase in the history of the Irani Cup without appearing to break a sweat as Sudip Chatterjee and Sheldon Jackson chipped in with half-centuries to deflate the Mumbai attack in their own backyard.last_img read more

HWL Final: India clinch second consecutive bronze, beat Germany 2-1

first_imgIndia toiled hard for a 2-1 win over a depleted but resilient German side in the bronze-medal playoff of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.S.V. Sunil (20th minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (54th, penalty corner) scored for the hosts who earned their second consecutive bronze medal in the HWL Final.Appel Mark, a goalkeeper who played as a striker due to the absence of five players, scored in the 36th minute for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics winners.Germany had Martin Haner (204 caps), Christopher Ruhr (108), Marco Miltkau (70) and Julius Meyer (32) on the bench due to illness. Timur Oruz (53) was also sidelined because of a ligament injury.However, the lion-hearted Germans played the game on equal terms with India. They played with only 13 fit players, including the two goalkeepers. Though it proved tough for them, they remained in contention for the entire 60 minutes.Being short on personnel didn’t allow them to run and spread the field like they like to do. But with patience and tactical adjustments, they didn’t allow India to make most of their numerical superiority; rotations included.Till Sunil got India the lead, Germany had already got two penalty corners although they didn’t materialise into goals.Akashdeep Singh’s sharp backhander was blocked at the left near post by Tobias Walter and the ball rebounded to Sunil, who then rolled it in for the opening goal.Germany were determined to bag the equaliser. They earned two more penalty corners till the half-time and had 10 shots at goal — three more than India.advertisementThey got their deserving equaliser when attacking midfielder Mats Grambusch crossed from the right to the far post where an unmarked Appel put it over a sliding Suraj Karkera to make it 1-1.Germany, however, began to look tired in the third quarter and India kept pushing them on the backfoot to regain the lead — which they did in the 53rd minute.After the 50-minute mark, they earned three back-to-back penalty corners and in the final one, Harmanpreet’s powerful flick got a deflection and went in at the left corner.Germany got another penalty corner in the 56th minute but Benedikt Furk’s drag-flick was kept away as India sealed the 2-1 win.last_img read more

Rivera Hated Pitching in Little League

first_imgSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch.The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Aug. 25 between games of its World Series. Although Rivera’s 1985 Panama team didn’t reach the World Series, he loved his time in youth baseball.“I was happy with what I had, and I didn’t have nothing,” Rivera said. “But what I had was the game of baseball.”One other thing.“I hated to pitch,” said Rivera, who was primarily a shortstop on his Little League team. “I didn’t like to pitch because you had to sit. I was playing all the positions.“All the Little Leaguers, they pitch. But I didn’t like it. Figure it out, huh?”Rivera retired after the 2013 season with a record 652 saves. Like John Smoltz, he’s concerned by all the injuries for young pitchers. Smoltz also warned parents about youth injuries during his Hall of Fame induction speech.“We have to protect our kids,” Rivera said. “Those kids are throwing too much, especially in their leagues. That’s unacceptable. At the age of 15, they’re already having a big surgery. That can’t happen.“We have to teach the boys how to pitch, how to use that plate. They don’t necessarily have to throw all kinds of breaking balls. Use your fastball and learn how to use it. That’s to me the No. 1 pitch in the big leagues, and it has to be the No. 1 pitch in Little League.”Asked for the best advice he gives to young baseball players, Rivera said, “My best piece of advice I can give them is to stay in school. Any sport, we have injuries. An injury can cut your career short, and then what?”Rivera was honored on the field before the final game of the night. He threw a ceremonial pitch to Bowling Green, Kentucky catcher Jonah Thurman, who squatted behind the plate and caught the perfect strike. Rivera then autographed the players’ batting helmets.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Stuns Real Madrid, 99-84

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares In an intense battle at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, Olympiacos Piraeus improved its chances to make it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs by downing defending champion Real Madrid 99-84 in Group F on Friday. Both Madrid and Olympiacos have 6-6 records in Group F, as do FC Barcelona Lassa, Brose Baskets Bamberg and Khimki Moscow Region. Vangelis Mantzaris led the winners with 19 points on 6-of-6 three-point shooting – a new career high. Vassilis Spanoulis added 18 while Georgios Printezis had 17 and 8 rebounds for Olympiacos. K.C. Rivers and Sergio Llull led Madrid with 17 points apiece. Jaycee Carroll and Sergio Rodriguez each added 11 for the visitors. Kostas Papanikolaou and Mantzaris shined early to give Olympiacos a double-digit lead. Llull and Gustavo Ayon stepped up for Madrid to bring Los Blancos within 23-17 after 10 minutes. Hakim Warrick took over early in the second quarter and a three-pointer by Ioannis Papapetrou broke the game open at 32-19. Warrick kept pushing Olympiacos and a wild buzzer-beating triple by Spanoulis made it a 20-point game, 53-33, at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Olympiacos held a 73-54 margin after 30 minutes and sealed the outcome long before the final buzzer and held off Madrid’s comeback to get the potential tie-break advantage between both teams; Madrid had registered a 84-72 win in the Spanish capital.First quarter: Reds shine on offense, get early leadPapanikolaou got Olympiacos going with a free throw and Printezis added a three-point play for a 4-0 lead. Madrid committed 3 fouls in the opening 74 seconds and even after Llull hit a stop-and-pop jumper, a put-back slam by Nikola Milutinov kept Olympiacos in charge. Mantzaris struck from downtown and Milutinov erased Carroll’s driving layup with another slam. Another three-pointer by Mantzaris forced Olympiacos to call timeout at 14-4. Carroll answered from downtown, but a wild put-back layup by Papanikolaou boosted the Reds’ lead to 16-7. Carroll nailed a jumper off the dribble and Ayon brought Madrid a bit closer. Printezis scored around the basket, but Llull did better with a triple and soon added a layup that made it 19-15. Andres Nocioni shined with a fast break layup, which Spanoulis improved on with a triple. A free throw by Othello Hunter fixed the score at 23-17 after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Olympiacos gets full control, takes offIoannis Papapetrou made free throws early in the quarter. Rodriguez took over with a driving layup, which D.J. Strawberry erased with a close basket for a 27-19 Olympiacos lead. Warrick ignited the crowd with a one-handed slam in traffic, which Papapetrou followed with a bomb from downtown. Warrick kept pushing Olympiacos with a turnaround jumper, which Rivers matched with a driving layup. Ayon scored around the basket, but free throws by Daniel Hackett restored a 36-23 Olympiacos lead. Warrick downed another turnaround jumper, but Rivers quickly answered with a three-pointer and Ayon added a dunk off a steal to give Madrid hope at 38-28. Warrick scored down low. After Jonas Maciulis hit a corner triple, a layup-plus-foul by Hackett boosted the Reds’ lead to 43-31. Spanoulis made free throws and a three-pointer by Mantzaris broke the game open. Printezis and Felipe Reyes traded layups and a huge buzzer-beating three-pointer by Spanoulis boosted the Reds’ lead to 53-33 at halftime.Third quarter: Madrid tries, Olympiacos keeps safe leadBoth teams struggled to score after the break until Maciulis nailed a corner three-pointer. Spanoulis hit a technical free throw, but Rodriguez answered from downtown to get Madrid within 55-39. Papanikolaou took over with a coast-to-coast layup and erased Reyes’s free throws with a put-back basket. Mantzaris fired in his fourth triple in as many attempts and Printezis added free throws to 64-41. Reyes stepped up with a layup, as Madrid improved its defense and forced Olympiacos into a 24-second turnover. Hunter rescued Olympiacos with an alley-oop slam and Spanoulis added free throws. Nocioni buried a three-pointer, but Spanoulis found Hunter for another alley-oop dunk. Llull hit foul shots and another triple by Nocioni got Los Blancos within 70-51. Rivers joined Madrid’s three-point shootout, but Mantzaris answered from downtown on the third-quarter buzzer to give Olympiacos a 73-54 margin.Fourth quarter: Olympiacos wins, gets the tie-break advantageNocioni split free throws early in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer by Llull brought Madrid within 73-58, forcing Olympiacos to call timeout. Papapetrou shined with a wild acrobatic basket that Rodriguez matched with a driving layup. Darius Johnson-Odom struck from downtown but so did Rivers for a 78-63 Madrid deficit. Strawberry also hit one from beyond the arc and Mantzaris bettered Rivers’s layup with his own triple to seal the outcome, 84-65, midway through the fourth quarter. Both teams kept fighting for the tie-break advantage, as Madrid registered a 12-point win in the Spanish capital. Printezis shined with three consecutive baskets to keep Olympiacos way ahead, 90-73, with over 2 minutes left. Llull buried a three-pointer and Rivers matched Spanoulis’s free throws with a big basket. Spanoulis and Rodriguez exchanged foul shots and a wild driving layup by Printezis gave Olympiacos a 96-80 lead, allowing the Reds to round a near-perfect win.last_img read more

Stepping outside their back yards could help English players grow

first_imgShare on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Gregor Townsend gears up for Scotland’s ‘twin challenge’ in Dublin Former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip retires from rugby union at 34 Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action Read more Since you’re here… Sportblog Maybe it is just a coincidence but the following among Scotland’s weekend heroes all share something in common. What is it that links Finn Russell, John Barclay, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Huw Jones and Gregor Townsend, not to mention Ireland’s latest man-of-the-match centre Chris Farrell? Here is a clue: all the leading modern Test coaches have also done something similar, as did England’s World Cup-winning captain, Martin Johnson.The answer is thought-provoking: each has been fundamentally shaped by a spell outside his domestic comfort zone. The smart, forward-thinking Townsend could have remained a big fish in the Borders for his entire career; instead he sought to experience club rugby in Australia, France, England and South Africa. Before returning to Scotland Jones shot to prominence with Western Province having headed to South Africa after school with no English clubs showing any interest. Farrell played 74 games for Grenoble in France; small wonder he looked entirely at ease on an unfamiliar stage against Wales last Saturday. Share via Email Topics Share on Twittercenter_img BACK TO THE FUTUREPerhaps the most interesting aspect of Scotland’s Calcutta Cup success was the specialist type of player around whom it was based. Tearaway, ground-hogging flankers and free-spirited fly-halves have been out of fashion for some years; the modern Test lexicon is peppered instead with endless talk of “winning the collisions”, “physicality” and “pragmatism”. All hail, then, Hamish Watson, John Barclay and Finn Russell for showing games can still be won in other ways. Hopefully it will encourage others to question the orthodoxy that has latterly overlooked the value of quick thinking, pace off the mark, artful dodging and, when appropriate, the occasional visionary long pass. If it helps England, in particular, to unearth a modern-day successor to Neil Back, last Saturday’s defeat will not have been in vain.ONE TO WATCHThere have been some very interesting results in the Premiership and Pro14 during the Six Nations and this weekend could also prove significant. In England the top two collide when Exeter face Saracens at Sandy Park; a Chiefs win could see the visitors edged out of automatic home draw territory. In Llanelli, Scarlets and Leinster will offer an appetising sequel to the Ireland-Wales game in Dublin, with both sides jostling for the leadership of Conference B. Scotland rugby union team Barclay, Gilchrist, Gray and Russell are all past recipients of the John Macphail Rugby Scholarship, funded by the Robertson Trust, which allows the most talented young Scottish players and coaches to spend a few months overseas having their eyes opened to top‑level rugby standards in the southern hemisphere. The quartet were dispatched to Canterbury in New Zealand in 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively; the latest intake comprising Angus Fraser of Dundee HSFP, Andrew Jardine of Melrose and Guy Kelly of Biggar flew out to South Africa in January for five months.Johnson, famously, represented NZ Colts after initially heading down to play a bit of club rugby. The man who brought him over, John Albert, had written to the Rugby Football Union asking if it could forward his contact details to their age-group players; five ended up coming to New Zealand. For Johnson it was like stepping into a parallel universe. “We picked him up at Auckland and on the drive down to Taupo he kept flinching,” Albert said later. “Every time a logging truck went past he ducked. He was petrified.” The locals, apparently, were not instantly impressed. “They weren’t all brilliant rugby players but they were tough. They thought Martin was soft and told him to harden up.”The rest is rugby history. A shoulder injury frustrated any prospect of New Zealand poaching Johnson – “There’s nothing surer than he would have been an All Black,” said the late Sir Colin Meads – but the big man did arrive back in the Midlands with a keener appreciation of what properly aggressive forward play looked and felt like. Bumping into him outside Murrayfield on Saturday – and listening to him on television predicting a massive reaction in Paris on Saturday week – was to be reminded how much England relied on his rugby intelligence and leadership when he was captain. It feels like an area England should be re-examining now. Dylan Hartley is another example of someone whose Kiwi upbringing has shaped his hard-nosed rugby outlook – it is probably among the reasons why Eddie Jones appointed him captain. But how many of England’s younger players have had their characters forged outside the academy system, off the beaten track, away from the protective arms of their local club? Aside from the Fiji-born Nathan Hughes and Mako Vunipola very few of Saturday’s 23 have lived or played club rugby outside England for any length of time. Joe Launchbury had a short stint as a young man in South Africa and Sam Underhill has played and studied in Wales but the rest have predominantly learned all they know about rugby and life in their own back yards, save for tours and away games.Contrast that with Chris Ashton, Nick Abendanon, David Strettle, Jonny Wilkinson, James Haskell and Carl Fearns, all of whom have moved to France (plus Japan and New Zealand in Haskell’s case) and enjoyed a new lease of rugby life. It is a similarly revealing story with coaches. Stuart Lancaster, Andy Farrell, Ben Ryan and Richard Cockerill can all testify to the value of operating in a foreign environment, as would Jones, Joe Schmidt, Warren Gatland, Conor O’Shea, Mike Catt and others. Of the best up-and-coming young English coaches only Steve Borthwick, Dave Walder, Alex Sanderson, Joe Worsley and Rory Teague have spent significant spells overseas.It is an area the RFU is looking into, with talk of sabbaticals for aspiring homegrown coaches. As things stand no English players are permitted to play outside England if they wish to remain eligible for the national team. That stance clearly has its benefits but, equally, does not always foster the type of instinctive resourcefulness England needed to prosper in hostile, unfamiliar circumstances. It was also instructive to listen to Townsend, Barclay, Russell and Huw Jones after the match: all came across as impressively normal, well‑rounded human beings as opposed to endlessly briefed battery hens. A coincidence? Possibly not. Rugby union Read more Share on Pinterest England rugby union team Six Nations 2018 Martin Johnson features Six Nations Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Liverpool behind Karius – Klopp

first_imgLoris Karius Liverpool behind Karius after Champions League horror show – Klopp Sacha Pisani 08:45 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) LorisKarius-cropped Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Reds manager said goalkeeper will have to deal with his poor performance which cost the club in Kiev, but that he feels for him Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool will rally around distraught goalkeeper Loris Karius after his horror show in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.It was a night to forget for Karius in Kiev, where his two errors helped Madrid to a 3-1 victory and their third successive Champions League title on Saturday.Karius was tearful post-match as he apologised to the travelling Liverpool fans after he bizarrely threw the ball in off Madrid striker Karim Benzema for the opening goal in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The German was also at fault having allowed Gareth Bale’s second goal – a long-range effort – to escape his grasp, after the Welshman had sensationally restored Madrid’s lead following Sadio Mane’s equaliser.Asked about Karius in the aftermath of his second Champions League final loss, manager Klopp told reporters: “I have only very, very few words after the game but it’s nothing to talk about.”I really feel for him, nobody wants that, [but] that’s the situation. The mistakes were obvious, we don’t have to talk about that, it’s all clear; he knows it, I know it, you all know it.”Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with it, we will do that – of course we will be with him, there’s no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously.”Meanwhile, Germany legend Oliver Kahn, a Champions League winner with Bayern in 2001, admitted Karius’ performance in the final is the stuff that could ruin a career.”I’m lost for words,” Kahn said, speaking on ZDF. “I can’t remember having experienced something more brutal from a goalkeeping point of view than in this final.”An evening like this can destroy a career.”Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation has been problematic throughout the season, after Klopp rotated between Karius and Simon Mignolet.The Reds have been linked with Roma star Alisson, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon as a result, even before the struggle in the final.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Quebec credits new gun registry for huge jump in number of voluntary

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is crediting its new gun registry law for a major spike in the number of long guns voluntarily handed over to police for destruction.Between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, 5,250 long-guns were voluntarily given to authorities to be destroyed, according to provincial police spokeswoman Joyce Kemp.The previous year, 2,406 long guns — such as rifles and shotguns — were surrendered. That’s an 118 per cent increase. The government estimated in 2015 there were 1.6 million long guns in Quebec.Canadian law classifies guns in three categories: prohibited guns, such as automatics, and restricted guns, such as handguns, must be registered with the RCMP. Long guns — rifles and shotguns that are mainly used for hunting and sport shooting — no longer need to be registered in Canada, except in Quebec.Jean-Francois Del Torchio, a spokesman for Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, said Friday the jump is likely tied to the provincial gun registry bill, which was passed in 2016 by the previous Liberal government but that went into effect Jan. 29.Long-gun owners must register their weapons, either online or by mail. There is no charge, but those who fail to comply could face penalties up to $5,000.Del Torchio said people who owned rifles but stopped hunting likely handed them in instead of going through the registration process. Others, he added, may have been given a gun as a gift or through an inheritance and didn’t want to have to sign them up.“People who are passionate about hunting are going to continue to hunt and keep their weapons,” Del Torchio said in an interview.Kemp said police don’t record the motivations of people who hand in their guns, but she too acknowledged the long-gun registry law is likely behind the increase.But while more Quebecers are getting rid of their hunting weapons as compared to previous years, roughly a third of the long guns estimated to be in Quebec have been registered since the law went into effect.Louise Quintin, spokeswoman for Quebec’s Public Security Department, said in an email Friday that as of May 15, 516,270 long-guns had been registered since the law went into effect.Gun owners have called for boycotts of the law and many rural town councils across the province have adopted resolutions denouncing the registry or calling for it to be scraped entirely.Earlier in the week, the Quebec government tabled a bill that would remove certain obligations for gun owners required to register their weapons.The bill says gun owners no longer have to provide their weapon’s registration number upon request by a peace officer or submit the barrel length when registering a weapon. They would also no longer have to notify the registry if they have their firearm away from its usual storage location.Stephanie Vadnais, with the Quebec federation of hunters and fishermen, said her group will attend the legislative hearings into the bill to try for even more concessions.She said in an interview Friday the gun registry law is irritating and bureaucratic — but that’s not the main reason hunters and fishers are against it.Canada’s gun registry was a disaster, she said, and offered little concrete evidence it made anyone safer. The federal Liberals introduced the Canada-wide long-gun registry in 1995, saying it would cost roughly $110-million.The figure multiplied and ended up costing taxpayers many times that before the Conservatives abolished it in 2012. Guilbault has said the cost of the Quebec registry remains as forecast — about $20 million to implement and $5 million annually to administer — but Vadnais isn’t convinced.“We are selling a high-cost illusion of security,” she said.—Number of long-guns handed over voluntarily to police across Quebec, each year between April 1 and March 31:2015-16: 3,2752016-17: 3,1852017-18: 2,4062018-19: 5,250Source: Quebec provincial policeGiuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mikhail Kalashnikov a man whose invention killed millions

first_imgMohamed Ouhemou, Casablanca- The man whose invention has killed more people than nuclear weapons, HIV and many other diseases all together is dead. Mikhail Kalashnikov, famous for his invention, the fully automatic assault rifle, the AK-47, known also as the Kalashnikov, died Monday at age 94. Mikhail Kalashnikov was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia. In 1938, he was called up for service in the Soviet Red Army, where he took advantage of his designing skills and employed them to improve the effectiveness of weapons and equipment used by the Soviet tank regiments he served in. He started seriously considering designing an assault machine gun when one of his friends in the army asked him why he could not make a gun that matched the power and efficiency of the guns used by the Germans. In 1947 Mikhail Kalashnikov completed the design of his legendary weapon whose simplicity made it both reliable and easy to use and maintain, but, most importantly, cheap to manufacture. One can only admire his great invention.  Unlike its American counterpart the M16, which has always been criticized for being hard to maintain, the Kalashnikov can fire in all conditions, rain or shine, and it even if it gets wet or severely damaged, it will still fire. Hence when it was first distributed in 1963 to the American soldiers positioned in Vietnam, many soldiers refused to carry the weapon, saying that they would not put their lives into the hands of a children’s toy.  Later, the M16 was modified and all the plastic parts were reinforced with steel, for instance the plastic bullet magazine was reinforced with steel.Besides the  technical aspects as to which the Kalashnikov certainly stands superior, the Kalashnikov also has its romantic appeal. It is the weapon that liberated many African nations form colonial rule and put and end to colonial arrogance and military superiority. It seems that the Kalashnikov, when put in the hands of a well determined freedom fighter can achieve great miracles. Therefore it is employed by the armies of dozens of countries.  Mozambiquehas even incorporated it into its national flags.  Likewise for other national liberation movements such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, or the Irish National Liberation Army.American media has always tried to associate this weapon with terrorism and organized crime, and therefore it is rare to see any American action movies without having ugly and evil looking men carrying the Kalashnikov. Those ugly men are in most cases Arabs or Africans. While on the other side, you would see a group, of kind and good looking white fellows carrying the M-16, and getting rid of those evil men. The Kalashnikov, will always have its appeal and pertinence, though writing such as statement might seem callous, but the role of war above all is to kill as many as you can.Tough Mikhail Kalashnikov was honored by the government, he made almost no money from his invention. He is also said to have expressed his unhappiness about his invention, “It would have been better if I had designed a more useful and productive machine which farmers and workers could use,”he once said.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma receives Chelsea Clinton in Marrakech

Marrakech – Princess Lalla Salma received, on Wednesday in Marrakech royal palace, Chelsea Clinton, vice-president of the Clinton Foundation, who came to pay a courtesy visit.Chelsea Clinton is taking part in Marrakech in the inaugural conference of the “Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Middle East & Africa” which kicked off this Wednesday with the attendance mainly of international figures, leaders of multinationals and civil society actors

Left Wing Parties Call for Mass March July 20 in Al

Rabat – Activists from a coalition of progressive and leftist political groups are calling for a marchin Al Hoceima on July 20 to support the Hirak movement.The Democratic Left Federation, Annahj Addimoqrati [The Democratic Way], and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights have insisted upon mass participation in the July 20 march in Al Hoceima to plead for the eight-month ongoing movement in Rif.Annahj Addimoqrati issued a communiqué explaining that Hirak Rif represents a second wave of the February 20 movement, fighting for the rights of all people. “The members and sympathizers and all the freedom fighters in our country to participate in this national march vigorously and enthusiastically and to organize convoys from various regions towards the city of Al Hoceima,” said the communiqué.The executive committee of the Democratic Left Federation called on its supporters, activists, sympathizers, and all citizens and democratic forces to participate heavily in nationwide march to be organized in Al Hoceima.The Moroccan Association for Human Rights called on “all branches of the association, all its fighters and activists, all democracies, democrats, and all citizens to be strongly involved in the solidarity convoys and the national march on July 20.Government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said during a press conference on July 17 that “The 20 July march in Al Hoceima will be dealt with as stipulated by the law.”Meanwhile, the Al Hoceima province announced in a statement to the Maghreb Arab Press on Monday that it will not allow the July 20 march to take place in Al Hoceima.The authority of Al Hoceima said that it has taken all necessary measures to ensure the implementation of this decision, adding that the Public Prosecution has been informed of all the rationales and aspects related to this matter.Al-Hoceima authorities justified the ban, saying that “this demonstration was carried out without respect for the legal procedures in force, as the local administrative authority was not informed about the march, as stipulated in the provisions of Dahir No. 377. 58. 1 on public assemblies.”The communiqué also states that those who called for the march “are not authorized to regulate them.” read more

Swaraj briefs Manmohan on Lankan visit

The leader of the Indian Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him on the discussions she had in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported this evening.Swaraj called on Singh to apprise him of the details of the 12-member delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka. National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai were present during the meeting. Swaraj said the delegation met the women and children living in the camp as the men were away at work. She said the rehabilitation efforts were good and ahead of schedule. “I would say I am satisfied with our visit to Sri Lanka,” the BJP leader told reporters today. The delegation met representatives of all political parties in Sri Lanka and visited the rehabilitation camp for Tamils. “We discussed the withdrawal of army from civic life. They come to birthday parties uninvited or enter temples. We also discussed the 13th Amendment,” she said. There are three lakh displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka of which only 3,000 have not been rehabilitated.Swaraj also had a one-on-one breakfast meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha. read more

Protesters converge on Barretts office

Desperate parents have protested in recent days outside the constituency offices of Tory MPPs.Friday, it was the turn of Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett.The protesters are pushing the Ford government for more recognition and help for children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.The new government showed its hand last week. According to parents who want to improve the life-chances of their children, it is not nearly enough.“In Haldimand and Norfolk we simply don’t have the services we need,” said protester Katie Kocmarek of Puslinch, aunt of a young boy in Simcoe who has been diagnosed with autism.“And the services we have may be going away. The closest diagnostic centre is in Brantford. We’re not even sure they are going to deliver autism services in Haldimand and Norfolk.“The plan the government has come up with is simply not good enough. It’s like saying everyone in Ontario is going to get a free pair of glasses, except everyone is going to get the same prescription. It’s like saying we’re going to buy your groceries, but you have to get by on $200 a year. What they’ve offered is insufficient and is actually a waste of money.”The new program may be insufficient, but protesters acknowledge it is an improvement on the Wynne government’s game plan.The Tories have proposed spending an extra $100 million in this area. The goal in the short term is to eliminate the 23,000-strong waiting list of families who received no help at all under the previous government.Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition that affects language, learning skills and social development. Affected families are so passionate about the issue because – in less severe cases – intensive therapy at an early age improves the life chances of children with this diagnosis.But that treatment can be expensive. Language and behavioural therapists can cost anywhere from $55 to $100-plus per hour.Under the Ford government’s proposal, an autistic child age 2 will qualify for $140,000 in funding over 16 years provided the family meets the province’s financial criteria.Funding will be capped at $20,000 a year to the age of six. After that, annual funding will be capped at $5,000. Meanwhile, intensive therapy can easily cost families $100,000 a year or more.Nearly 20 protesters waving signs gathered outside Barrett’s office on Norfolk Street South in Simcoe Friday morning. Barrett met them on the sidewalk and listened to their concerns.“We had to add $100 million,” Barrett said. “The program was underfunded. There were 23,000 on the waiting list who were not getting any help and that wasn’t fair.”Barrett added he has fielded concerns in this area since he was first elected in 1995. It is, he said, a long-standing, difficult problem with no easy answers.Hamilton Health Sciences has contracted with Haldimand-Norfolk REACH for the delivery of autism services in the local area. Protesters said the new program will steer money into the private sector. Some said Haldimand-Norfolk REACH has stopped accepting new clients as a result.Friday, REACH CEO Leo Massi said the province’s strategy is in flux and that his agency is monitoring the situation closely. REACH and other agencies, Massi added, will have a clearer idea of the role they will play once the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services provides further read more

Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K likely due

Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K, likely due to Easter layoffs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 22, 2014 photo, Erin Wilson, of Hannaford Bros. supermarket company, left, talks with a job seeker during a job fair Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 6:47 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began.Applications can be volatile around Easter, because many school systems temporarily lay off bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other employees during spring break. Some of those workers file for unemployment benefits. Because the timing of Easter shifts each year, it can be difficult for the government to seasonally adjust for the holiday. Last year, Easter fell on March 30, this year on April 20.“The underlying trend in claims is falling, albeit slowly,” said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “When the economy picks up, companies hold back on firings before they start increasing hiring, so a sustained drop in claims would be a clearly positive sign” for hiring.Despite the volatility, applications for unemployment benefits have generally declined in recent months, a hopeful sign for the job market. Three weeks ago, they fell to 301,000, the lowest level in nearly seven years.A year ago, they stood at 343,000. Because applications are a proxy for layoffs, the low level is a sign that employers expect consumer demand to continue and are holding onto their workers.About 2.9 million people received benefits in the week that ended April 5, the most recent period for which data are available. That was about 85,000 fewer than in the previous week.In the meantime, hiring has picked up. Employers added 192,000 jobs in March, according to a separate government report. That followed gains of 197,000 in February. The unemployment rate has declined in recent months but remains a still-high 6.7 per cent.Winter storms in January and December shut down factories, kept shoppers away from stores and depressed home buying. That reduced hiring and overall economic growth. Employers added just 129,000 jobs in January and only 84,000 in December.More jobs and higher incomes will be needed to spur healthier overall economic growth. For now, economists think the bad weather contributed to weak growth of 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent at an annual rate in the January-March quarter. But with the weather improving, most analysts expect growth to rebound to an annual rate of nearly 3 per cent in the April-June quarter. read more

Iraqs comments on OPEC deal push crude prices lower loonie TSX down

Iraq’s comments on OPEC deal push crude prices lower; loonie, TSX down by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Iraq’s desire to be exempted from an OPEC production cut caused oil prices to dip Monday, pushing the Toronto stock market and the loonie to a lower close.The oil-sensitive Canadian dollar dropped 0.34 of a U.S. cent to 74.70 cents US. It’s lost 1.48 cents US since last Wednesday’s close.Meanwhile, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 16.03 points to 14,923.01.That’s as the December contract for crude oil shed 33 cents at US$50.52 a barrel.Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, said the slide in crude was driven by comments by Iraq’s oil minister that the country wants to be exempt from an agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.OPEC announced last month that it plans to cut output in an effort to boost prices.“What we’re seeing is the flip side in the rally in crude prices that has been driven in recent weeks by the potential for an agreement amongst OPEC members to reduce production,” said Fehr.“Today we’re seeing the opposite … we’re starting to see some cracks in this potential agreement, particularly where Iraq has suggested that they might not want to participate in a production freeze. We’re seeing oil come off of recent highs as a result of that.”The global gold sector of the TSX was the lead decliner, down 1.9 per cent, while health-care stocks slipped 1.1 per cent and energy was off 0.57 per cent.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 77.32 points at 18,223.03, the Nasdaq composite added 52.43 points at 5,309.83, and the S&P 500 nudged up 10.17 points to 2,151.33.In economic news, Canadian wholesale trade figures came in ahead of expectations.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales gained 0.8 per cent to $56.8 billion in August, thanks to the miscellaneous and machinery, equipment and supplies subsectors.Fehr said exports are going to become a “key area” for future growth in the Canadian economy, as debt-laden consumers have begun to tap out.“For the past several years, growth has really been propped up by consumer spending,” he said.“The benefits have come from not only a fairly solid housing market but consumer confidence that’s led them to spend, and I think we’re starting to see some slowdown in that, partly because consumer debt is quite high … so to see wholesale trade figures come in today at a reasonably healthy clip is a good sign.”In commodities, December gold contracts were fetching US$1,263.70 an ounce at the close, down $4.00, while the November natural gas contract lost 16 cents to US$2.83 per mmBTU and December copper was unchanged at US$2.09 a pound.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

HP Sorry We Sent You So Many Emails Heres a Coupon

first_imgIt’s probably not cynical that HP has taken its own mistake and turned it into a marketing opportunity. It’s also worth pointing out that the company’s solution to the problem has only compounded said problem in a sense–which is to say, the company is apologizing for sending too many e-mails via e-mail. This isn’t just any e-mail, however. This e-mail has a coupon on it. A coupon for HP products. Spend $50 or more dollars and you get $10 off. It’s all HP’s way of saying “thanks for not adding us to your spam list, friend. The e-mail carried the subject line “An apology…and a gift for you.” Inside, the word “Oops,” in giant green letters. Let’s hope the company never has to apologizing for poisoning anybody…last_img

We want people to know whats going on Why Venezuelans will be

first_img Short URL Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM ‘We want people to know what’s going on’ – Why Venezuelans will be protesting in Dublin today Around 2,000 Venezuelans live in Dublin. Apr 15th 2017, 7:30 AM Share Tweet Email1 Image: Ariana Cubillos “The government go on TV and pretend nothing is wrong. Some people think you have to support the leader no matter what, but people are dying in the streets.“Everywhere is crazy.”Concern A demonstrator kicks a teargas canister towards Bolivarian National Guard soldiers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela. Source: AP/PA ImagesThe next major organised rallies called by opposition leaders are set for Wednesday next week.That is expected to be the next big showdown in an increasingly fraught crisis that has raised international concerns for Venezuela’s stability.The opposition is demanding the authorities set a date for postponed regional elections.It is also furious over moves to limit the powers of the legislature and ban senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles from politics.Those moves have raised international condemnation including from the United States and the European Union.Maduro has resisted opposition efforts to hold a referendum on removing him, vowing to continue the “socialist revolution” launched by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.Maduro says the economic crisis is the result of what he calls a US-backed capitalist conspiracy.With AFP reportingRead: When a coup is not a coup: Venezuela is edging closer to a full-on democratic catastrophe Image: Ariana Cubilloscenter_img 41 Comments By Paul Hosford ON THURSDAY, CLASHES erupted between police and protesters rallying against the Venezuelan government, after officials said a fifth person died from being shot during earlier unrest.Socialist President Nicolas Maduro is fighting off efforts to oust him as Venezuela, once a booming oil exporting nation, struggles with shortages of food and medicine.Dozens of people have been injured and more than 100 arrested over the past week in clashes in various cities, according to authorities.Here in Dublin, a solidarity protest will take place today in Smithfield at 2pm in support of those protest.Organiser Betzy Median told that the situation is “a mess”.“There’s no food, there’s no medicine, but the government are trying to hide it.”Dublin has a small Venezuelan community, but no embassy here, with around 2,000 living in and around the capital. In total, it’s estimated around 7,000 Venezuelans call Ireland home.While many Irish people assume the oil-rich country is functioning well, Betzy says that the situation is more complicated.It’s not just that people with money want socialism ended. It might have started like that for some people, but the government started buying media and starting massive projects that weren’t finished. There are more than 100 political opposition in jail. They’re now calling them the rebellion, not the opposition. 15,468 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Circ Profits Drive Hoffman Media to Fast Growth

first_img“The company is highly focused on circulation profitability, so we have never been in the business of growing rate base to abnormal and unhealthy levels just to gain additional advertising revenues,” says Eric Hoffman, executive vice president and COO. Hoffman says the company drives close to 80 percent of its revenues from subscriptions and newsstand sales.Headed by president and CEO (and FOLIO: 40 inductee) Phyllis Hoffman DePiano, Hoffman Media launched in the early 1980s with titles including Cross Stitch, Southern Lady and Tea Time. After launching 725,000-circ Cooking with Paula Deen in 2005, Hoffman Media struck up a joint-venture with Hearst in 2007 to relaunch Victoria magazine (paid circ base of 250,000), and launched Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade (also carries a paid circ of 250,000), a bimonthly title, last year. (Paula Deen and Sandra Lee are both hosts on the Food Network.)Hoffman says the company plans to bump Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade to a 300,000+ circ by mid-2011. And while he declined to offer any specific figures, Hoffman says the company was “on budget” through the first half in terms of revenue and expects to post “double digit” growth through the end of the year.“We believe that if we deliver premium content at a premium price, and let each title grow into its natural circulation level then our business will develop stronger and more stable earnings over time,” Hoffman says.  Online5%  Print10%  Subscriptions40%  Hoffman Media Revenue Breakdowncenter_img  Newsstand35% It’s no secret that managing a magazine publishing business is no easy feat, especially since the recession that rocked the economy hit in late 2008. But despite the massive hurdles, some companies are more than managing to stay afloat.This week, Inc. magazine released its annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately-held companies in the U.S. In the media category, Penthouse publisher the FriendFinder Networks ranked number one among magazine publishers on the list. In addition to the magazine, FriendFinder is known best for its sexually-oriented online social networks.Coming in second among magazine publishing companies this year is Birmingham, Alabama-based Hoffman Media, the publisher of 11 magazines including Cooking with Paula Deen (the company ranked #38 in the media category and #3,102 overall). According to Inc., Hoffman increased its revenues 65 percent from $25 million in 2006 to $41.3 million in 2009. Revenues were up 5 percent last year compared to 2008. Meanwhile, EBITDA jumped 35 percent.  Events, ancillary products10%last_img read more

Louisville Plays Mercer in Home Opener on Saturday

first_imgStory Links Watch LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After beginning the season with three tough road games, University of Louisville women’s lacrosse (0-3) opens its home schedule against Mercer (0-2) on Saturday at noon. ABOUT THE BEARSMercer opened their season with a 13-6 loss to Oregon on the road before falling to UC Davis 16-13 in Jacksonville, Fla. just over one week later. Game Notes Last season, the Bears earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth by winning the inaugural Southern Conference Championship.  Returners Audrey Robertson and Michaela Lucas were named to the preseason all-conference team after earning All-SoCon First and Second Team honors a year ago.Series History – UofL is 1-0 all-time against Mercer and has yet to play the Bears at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The last meeting was a 21-14 win for Louisville in Macon, Ga. on March 14, 2018. The Cardinals’ road trip to open the year was no easy task as they faced two top 20 teams, falling at No. 7 Northwestern and at No. 19 Denver.”It was two tough trips for us and we took some lumps,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We’re searching for our team identity and we need to refocus. We’re excited to get home to play Mercer.” The 21-goal performance tied for the third most ever scored by a Cardinals team.center_img Date: Saturday, Feb. 23Time: 12:00 p.m. ETSite: Louisville, Ky.Video: ACC Digital NetworkLast Meeting: Louisville 21, Mercer 14 (3/14/18 at Mercer)Series History: Louisville leads 1-0 (1-0 on road)UofL National Ranking: –For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at Print Friendly Version Live Stats Two Bears have recorded hat tricks so far this season, including Kelly Hagerty with three goals against Oregon and Hailey Rhatigan with four against UC Davis. The pair leads Mercer with five goals apiece through two games. In goal, Iseabal Cryne has tallied 23 saves for a save percentage of .442. Last season at Mercer, the Cardinals fell behind 7-1 with just over 18 minutes left in the first half. The Cards then went on a 13-0 scoring run that lasted until the 26:35 mark in the second half. Tessa Chad and Caroline Blalock each recorded hat tricks, igniting the Cards’ to a 21-14 win over the Bears. Like the Mercer game a year ago, Louisville has had issues with slow starts this season. They fell behind 15-4 at Northwestern and 7-2 at Marquette before mounting rallies late.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews A QUIET PLACE

first_img Is A Quiet Place good?Yes!What’s it about?We’re about a year out from basically The End of The World and Earth (or, at least, most of North America) has been utterly laid to waste by rampaging monsters (apparently aliens though I don’t think implicitly referred to as such) who navigate entirely by ultra-acute sense of sound. They can’t see, don’t seem to do much smelling, but if you so much as breathe too loud they’ll find you; so the only way to survive is shut the hell up and stay that way.So how is anyone still alive?Funny you should ask: Our heroes are a family of upstate New York farmers who, by happenstance, have a daughter who was born deaf – so (it’s implied) they were already fluent in communicating via American Sign Language (or “ASL”) and this has given them a tactical survival advantage; allowing them to work out a fairly complex day-to-day living regimen and granting A Quiet Place the welcome novelty of having almost all of its “spoken” dialogue be performed in ASL with subtitles. Deaf child actress Millicent Simmonds, previously seen in Wonderstruck, plays the daughter.Who else is in it?John Krasinski plays the father, he also co-wrote and directed the film. Emily Blunt is the mom. Noah Jupe, the little boy from Wonder, is the brother. They’re pretty much it, apart from the monsters (who are CGI and mostly unseen until the last half hour or so.)Is it scary?Yes, but it’s more about suspense since they establish early on that the “rule” is that the monsters (whatever they are – we never really find out and there isn’t really a “twist” happening) don’t show up until AFTER there’s any kind of loud noise. So it’s not a jump-scare movie. It’s more on the lines of “Oh no, they bumped into something noisy – is the monster going to come now or not!?” or “Oh crap, the monsters are right the hell over there, how do they get out of here without making noise?”Can this really sustain a whole movie?I was surprised too, but yeah – pretty much. Like I said; it’s just a no-bullshit old-fashioned monster movie, and there’s not a big secret hook apart from the sign language or some kind of reality-redefining genre-bending Shyamalan twist: There are scary monsters out there, if you make a sound they’re going to get you so try not to do that… and that’s about it. We spend exactly enough time getting to know the characters, a sense of the general geography and what they do and/or avoid doing to survive, the various fail-safes and security measures in place to protect them.  Some setups are just a way to go wrong regarding slow-building interpersonal conflict, miscommunication or just “shit happens” random bad luck. And then hit the point where a whole succession of stuff that can go wrong DOES, in fact, go really wrong and we watch how they fight and/or scramble their way out of it.Any real downside?I sort of wish the monsters themselves were a little more interestingly designed, though I appreciate the matter-of-factness in selling the “mechanics” of them by effectively just giving them a bunch of ears. But otherwise, they kind of have that same “Xenomorph plus the Cloverfield Monster” look that it seems like every other movie monster has had for the last decade or so and I miss the variety movie monsters had back when we were less concerned about them looking biologically plausible. Still, they’re effective when they need to be, all teeth and claws stompy noises and rapid darting motion blurs.But it mostly works, you think?I do. There are very few things I like more than a good, pure, straight-up, no-bullshit monster movie and this is a seriously tight version of one. It doesn’t exactly have the special something-extra of a Tremors or an Alligator, but it’s above Anaconda or Deep Blue Sea (both of which I also enjoy – don’t get me wrong). And it’s probably far and away the best thing Platinum Dunes has ever released even if I do really like the second and third Purge movies. It’s solid, it’s suspenseful, and I’d definitely watch a “Part 2” if they did one. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

7 Ways to Shop Safely on Your Mobile

first_img Paying utility, credit card, insurance and phone bills through mobile devices is an incredible way to save users a lot of time and effort. The process is simple and efficient. Apart from these payments, you can support charity causes from the comfort of your home or office via online payment services. However, there is a growing concern over cases of cyber-theft, which can include identity theft and financial fraud. This legitimate concern demands practical steps to safeguard online payments, with a view to reducing or eliminating cyber-theft.What can be done to overcome this monster that has cost individuals and corporate organizations billions of dollars? Let’s give consideration to these useful tips:1. Check websites for HTTPS.The first sign of security you should look out for whenever you log in to any website is HTTPS. This secure connection will give you the needed guarantee that whatever transaction takes place between you and the site is exclusively restricted to only you and the system.Related: Security Hacks are leaving a Lasting Impact on RetailersNote that if the HTTPS is missing an “S”, it is a red flag. Don’t log in. The site is definitely not secure for vital transactions.2. Always update your gadgets.Do you have any idea why browser apps are updated regularly? It is an effective method of blocking potential security loopholes in outdated versions. To take advantage of these security features, which can guarantee you adequate protection from malware and other software programs that can put you at risk for cyber-theft, always update your browser app.According to Charles J. Harris, executive vice president of TSYS Merchant Solutions, “You should update your device to the latest version of its operating system to ensure you are as secure as possible. If this is not possible (some older devices cannot update to the latest version of the operating system due to hardware limits), upgrade to a new mobile device to stay current.”The process of updating it is relatively simple. The results are absolutely awesome.3. Keep public WiFi at arm’s length.If you are shopping outdoors, always reject the temptation to use public WiFi. If you use it, you are unwittingly exposing yourself to cyber-theft. Instead of using it, stick to the old-school way of doing things, use 3G/4G for browsing.Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Securely Using Public Wi-FiIf you are shopping from home, ensure that you are browsing on a network that is protected by WPA-2 and enable the encryption settings. This should give you maximum security from potential cyber thieves.4. Look for important security signs.One of the security signs you should look out for is a small padlock on browsers. If you want to make an online purchase and this padlock icon is missing, try another store. The padlock is a sign of security for data and information. If the icon is conspicuously absent, any private data that you transfer may be compromised.Don’t be in a hurry to make that purchase. Look for that seemingly unimportant icon as well as many other signs that assure you of security. It could make the difference between the protection or loss of your money.5. Don’t expose your log-in credentials.Accidental exposure of your log-in details will automatically put you at risk of cyber-theft. There are cyber-criminals who are adept at punishing people who make such mistakes. Before you can even raise an alarm, your money might have developed wings and gone. That will be hard on you.6. Don’t store sensitive data on your mobile device.Some mobile device users have the habit of storing important and sensitive card data on their devices. The rationale behind the habit is to have easy access to their data whenever they need it. That is good. It will make online purchases more convenient.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client DataIf you can have easy access to your credit card data, don’t you think others will have access to the same pieces of information if the device is stolen? If you practice that habit, stop it. If you are contemplating cultivating the habit, don’t. It is the easiest way to expose yourself to theft. If the app you are using for payment has “store and forward” feature, turn it off.7. Use a complex password or security pattern on your device.This tip is very useful for making you invulnerable to cyber-theft if your mobile device accidentally gets into the wrong hands. You could use hard-to-break passwords or patterns gotten from a random password generator. When you do, the chances that others will lay their hands on your transactions history and use the information to hurt you will be immediately reduced.You can also make provision for automatic locking if the device is idle for a pre-determined period of time.Simply put, these suggestions are easy and effective. If you can cultivate the habit of taking these precautions, you will be able to safeguard yourself from people who are ready to prey on you.Happy shopping! 5 min read September 12, 2016 Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more