Australia beats Pakistan by 92 runs at the Gabba in first ODI

first_imgA maiden ODI century from Matthew Wade helped the home side reach 9-268 from the full 50 overs, and Pakistan was dismissed for 176 with 7.2 overs to spare.On a fiercely hot day in Brisbane, Australian debutant paceman Billy Stanlake went off with heat stress early in the Pakistan innings, while opener Azhar Ali picked up a hamstring injury running between wickets and was eventually forced to retire hurt on 12, shortly after Sharjeel Khan was dismissed for 18.Stanlake returned later, but only bowled three overs for 13.Mohammad Hafeez lasted just seven balls before becoming James Faulkner’s second victim, caught behind by Wade for 4 to leave the tourists 2-47 in the 11th over.Umar Akmal and Babar Azam steadied the ship for a while, but Akmal was dismissed by Mitchell Starc for 17 in the 17th over.Babar Azam (33) fell to Pat Cummins nine overs later, and Mohammad Rizwan (21) was dismissed by the same bowler to make it 5-129 with just under 20 overs remaining.With the required run-rate rising rapidly in the 33rd over, Azhar returned to the crease after the departure of Mohammad Nawaz (1), which left Pakistan 6-133.By the time Azhar finally departed for 24, when Warner ran in to take the catch off a Faulkner delivery, his side was eight wickets down for 163.The Australians quickly wrapped things up with the wickets of Mohammad Amir (8) and Wahab Riaz (6).Faulkner took 4-32, while Starc had 2-34 and Cummins finished with 3-33.Earlier, Australia’s batsmen were quickly in difficulties as the tourists attacked with intent.Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hafeez cramped the batsmen early on, and Amir struck in the third over, sending down a swinging delivery which bowled Warner for 7.Amir made it two in two balls when Steve Smith edged a full and wide ball behind to wicketkeeper Rizwan to depart for a golden duck to leaver Australia 2-13..Much of the interest lay in the ODI debut of big-hitting Chris Lynn, who was picked on the back of his standout play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash.He managed 16 runs off 12 balls – including one big six over mid-wicket – before skying one to Rizwan off the bowling of paceman Hasan Ali. Head (39) made a run-a-ball before tickling an edge to Rizwan off slow left-armer Imad Wasim.Mitch Marsh did not last long, giving Rizwan his fourth catch of the innings when he departed for 4 off 17 balls to leave the hosts 5-78.Glenn Maxwell and Wade steadied the innings with an 82-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Maxwell hit seven fours in what was – for him – a restrained knock but when he skied an off-cutter from Hasan Ali to midwicket to depart for 60, Australia was back in trouble at 6-160.Mohammad Nawaz then struck off the last ball of the 34th over, dismissing James Faulkner (5), who got a thick outside edge off a turning ball and was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at slip.Nawaz and Hafeez continued to frustrate the Australians, but Wade passed 50 and Pat Cummins made sure his partner had the majority of the strike.However a terrible mix-up led to Cummins being run out in the 43rd over, bringing Mitchell Starc to the crease at number 10.With five overs to go, Australia was 8-233 and looking to push on towards 270. Hasan Ali scattered Starc’s stumps to dismiss him for 10, but some more lusty hitting from Wade kept things going.There was nearly a run out off the penultimate ball, but Wade was on strike on 99 not out for the final delivery, and he made his ground off a leading edge to midwicket to complete his first-ever ODI century.last_img read more

School Reopening Excites Students, Parents

first_imgExcitement yesterday characterized the resumption of academic activities, particularly in Central Monrovia, as several schools reopened their doors.Yesterday’s activities came contrary to earlier reports of the delay experienced three times for the resumption of academic activities, which caused the postponement thereof until Monday, February 16.With the excitement in and around monrovia, reports coming from other parts of the country speak of poor  preparations as of yesterday, towards the reopening of schools.Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh had earlier informed school authorities, parents and school age children that schools would reopen February 16, which contradicted her administration’s earlier guideline, which had February 2 as the date for the resumption of academic activities, given the decline of the Ebola crisis.The registration of students, orientation of teachers and other related preliminary activities that would have paved the way for the reopening of schools by February 2, began on January 12.Politics, confusionHowever, a meeting of the Legislative Joint Committees on Education and Health with the Ministry of Education caused a delay, as the legislative body suggested that schools open no earlier than March 2, to give enough time for schools to prepare for students, and for parents to get their children registered and logistically prepared for school.Minister Tarpeh told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the last cabinet retreat that schools would not wait until March to reopen, but would commence classes as of February 16.  In agreement, the President responded that the Legislature should simply let the Executive do its job.  The Minister however noted that any delay from any school administration to reopen would not face any disciplinary action.The Liberian government ordered all schools closed in July last year due to the Ebola outbreak and later announced in January, this year that schools would reopen on February 2. “The truth is that schools will be opening on February 16 as we have indicated, and I think there was some confusion with some of the information that went out, unfortunately. And so we are trying to correct that,” she told a foreign-based news organ over the weekend.Tarpeh said she realized the confusion the new information might have caused, but claimed it was not intentional.  The MOE has a “mode of operation” which states that no official policy or statement is released unless the Minister of Education has seen and approved it.Minister Tarpeh said the official who put out the wrong information has since been reprimanded and said official subsequently apologized.On the other hand, Tarpeh said the MOE is very conscious about the concerns of parents, some of whom have said that they might not be able to get all materials necessary to register their children by February 16.“So we’re making it like a roll-out kind of opening so that even with the opening on the 16th, people will still be able to register and get into school. Hopefully, whenever they are able to obtain all that their children need, they will not be denied entry into schools,” the Minister said.A group of Liberian lawmakers recently called for a delay in the reopening of schools, because they said the MOE had not delivered Ebola prevention equipment, such as temperature checking devices, hand pumps and sanitary accessories, to schools across the country.At the height of the Ebola outbreak, some schools were used as Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs), including the campus of the M. V. Massaquoi Elementary on Bushrod Island. With this, too, Minister Tarpeh said school renovations would be ongoing even after schools are in session.Up to yesterday, most school administrators were saying that having Ebola prevention measures in place on the campuses remained one of the biggest challenges the MOE faced prior to resumption of classes.UNICEF, USAID to the rescueUNICEF announced in a press release yesterday that it has provided over 7,000 Ebola prevention kits, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), that are currently being distributed to over 4,000 schools in all 98 school districts across the Liberia.With the support of UNICEF, and other international partners, the Government of Liberia has developed protocols for the safe re-opening of schools. Among other steps, these protocols call for setting up hand-washing stations, checking the temperature of anyone entering the school, establishing an isolation area for children and staff who may fall ill, and having in place a system of referral to the nearest health facility.The infection prevention kits, as well as training on the protocols provided by UNICEF, will help schools, parent-teacher associations (PTAs), and communities further minimize the risk of infection from Ebola, UNICEF says.“Our biggest focus is to ensure that school facilities are adequate and they are in the condition that we would like for the children to be as safe as possible, with all the anti-Ebola protocols in place,” Minister Tarpeh said.  “This includes training of teachers, community leaders and the PTAs (Parent-Teacher Associations) and ensuring that they all learn to work together to support school activities of their children.”The MOE has also instructed school administrators to understand students’ situations when they return to school. This means, school authorities should not send students home for lack of proper uniform or the full tuition, at least for the first semester.”Students ExcitedMeanwhile, students across the greater Monrovia area showed great excitement as they returned to classes yesterday.On the campus of government-run Newport Junior High School in Monrovia, euphoric students queued up as early as 7 a.m. to go through their regular Ebola test before entering classes.“They patiently stood in queues to wash their hands before entering the iron sealed gates, then remained in line for individual temperature checking as part of the preventive measures,” Vice Principal for Student Affairs, Abraham B. Barrolle, disclosed.According to him, students are anxious to enter classes and “We are getting good cooperation from them in their numbers.”To continue the Ebola preventive measures the government, in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued every school six pieces of the non-contact thermometers for temperature taking on campuses, as well as what is referred to as, “Making Schools Safe Places for Learning Implementation of the Safe School Protocols flipbook.”In the flipbook guideline, students and teachers are being told to keep on disseminating the awareness information to protect themselves, their family members, their schools, etc.All the students’ health related issues at Newport Junior High will understandably be forwarded to Mr. Moses U-Joe Weidehgar. Mr. Weidehgar is an instructor, who is also attending the A.M. Dogliotti Medical College at the University of Liberia.Mr. Weidehgar told the Daily Observer that “preventive measures remain one of the most important goals of the school.  The aim is to avoid any outbreak.”For B.W. Harris Episcopal School Principal, Lurleen King Falla, the first day of reopening, “is very interesting as the students themselves know the Ebola preventive rules.”Despite students going by the preventive measures, her administration has for now disallowed any outsiders to come and sell to the students, especially those in the beginning classes.At the Cathedral Catholic School on Snapper Hill, the elation about the return to school was visible on the faces of students who trooped to classes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Focus placed on achieving universal health care

first_imgWorld Health Day 2018The Pan-American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry (MoPH), hosted a massive health fair at D’Urban Park in commemoration of World Health Day 2018.World Health Day is observed on April 7 annually, to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of the World Health Organization. This year, it was observed under the theme “Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere”.Some of the attendees at the opening ceremonyAt the opening ceremony of the health fair, PAHO-WHO Country Representative Dr William Adu-Krow said the main goal of World Health Day 2018 celebration is to increase awareness of the need for universal health coverage and access. He added that universal health could be achieved only when political will is strong, and he urged world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.“For over 70 years now, health for all has been the guiding vision for World Health Organisation, yet at least half of the world population is still without access to the health service they need, forcing millions into poverty as they struggle to pay for their health bills. Health for all is the driving force behind the PAHO/WHO intitative to support Guyana and countries across the world in their move towards universal health,” he noted.Dr Adu-Krow said the PAHO/WHO hopes to increase awareness of the need for universal health coverage and access, and the benefits that these can bring through ensuring that people could access quality health services where and when they need it, without the financial burden. He noted that health is a fundamental human right, and explained that no one should have to choose between paying for health care and buying food. He added that 2.5 billion people in the world had no access to health care.“Universal health coverage is key to people and nations’ health and wellbeing. Universal health coverage is feasible. Some countries have made progress. Guyana has made great strides along that line. Everywhere in Guyana you can access health and not pay a dime. There are some challenges that we need to think about…the challenges to maintain coverage to meet people’s expectations…,” Dr Adu-Krow noted.While delivering the feature address, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence called on everyone to take concerted actions to raise awareness, and commit to practising sounder health habits for the advancement of a healthy Guyana.She urged persons to be conscious of their bodies, adding that the MoPH is committed to providing quality health services. She revealed that the MoPH plans to establish wellness centres throughout Guyana, so that persons can engage in physical exercises.“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for our citizens to make use of our primary facilities. These facilities are manned (by) doctors, nurses, midwives with whom I urge you to interact. They are there for the express purpose of counselling you and helping you to maintain a body that is healthy, resilient and fit. The ministry will continue to upgrade these facilities and offer more services to ensure the health and wellbeing of all,” Lawrence said.Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka, said the UN has been actively involved in promoting and protecting good health worldwide. She added that it is that organisation’s aim to inspire, motivate, and guide stakeholders to make commitments towards universal health through highlighting the power of policy makers to transform the health of their nation.“We should commit to concrete steps to advance health for all. This means ensuring that everyone everywhere can access essential and quality health services without facing financial hardships. Access to essential quality care and financial protection not only enhances people’s health and life expectancy, but also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth, and enhances gender equality,” Tanaka noted.At the health fair, persons were able to access on-site HIV, blood pressure and blood sugar testing; get an oral checkup, see an optometrist, and donate blood. There were also attractions for the children, while the adults were able to access education on various health habits. Throughout the day, there were health talks by various professionals. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Coyotes fight, but fall to Chico State

first_imgThat surge proved the difference as the Wildcats maintained that double-digit lead the rest of the way. There was little difference in the numbers. The Coyotes shot 40 percent (20-for-50) while Chico hit 40.3 percent (25-for-62) and the Coyotes had 16 turnovers, one more than Chico. Chico benefited from a 41-29 advantage on the boards, however. Freshman point guard Ashlee Ford had 11 points and five rebounds while Rainville contributed 10 points and eight rebounds. Wilt, denied the ball by bigger, more physical foes down low, was held to a season-low seven points with six rebounds and three assists before fouling out with 4:17 left and the Coyotes down 53-43. Becker was pleased with the how his team fared given Wilt’s limited output. “We showed we can have a good game without her doing it all,” he said. “It’s never fun to lose,” Rainville said. “But it isn’t as bad when you go out, play hard and you give it everything you have.” Chico State will play Seattle Pacific (20-8) in today’s early semifinal. Pacific advanced with a 69-60 win over Sonoma State in the first quarterfinal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA JOLLA – Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team didn’t go down without a fight. The Coyotes lost to favored Chico State, 63-50, in the opening-round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at UC San Diego Friday. However, unlike in past meetings against the Wildcats, the Coyotes were in the game late. It was the third time the teams have played this season. Cal State lost the previous games by 19 and 27 points, respectively, and were never in either. But this time they stuck with No. 11 Chico State. The Wildcats surged out to a 29-21 lead late in the first half but the Coyotes scored the last seven points, pulling to within one on a jumper by Krystal Urzua in the closing seconds that made it 29-28. The low-scoring game was to Cal State’s liking. “We knew we had to keep working hard but we were in a good place,” sophomore Jaclyn Rainville said. “We had some momentum and we were hoping to keep it.” The Coyotes were still within two at 42-40 with 9:46 left, but Chico went on an 11-1 run with 10 of those points coming in the paint. That run started with the Coyotes’ top player, 6-foot-1 junior Vanessa Wilt, on the bench with four fouls. center_img Head coach Kevin Becker will take the moral victory. The Wildcats (23-4) advanced to the national semifinal a year ago. The Coyotes (17-11) hadn’t appeared in a regional since 1998. “We talked about not leaving anything on the floor. And we didn’t,” Becker said. “I was proud of the way we played and the way we fought. We showed we can compete with a team that has been to the Final Four. It’s something we can build on.” last_img read more

Still need ‘to work like hell’ to finish off City, warns Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Salah scored his 38th goal of the season before hobbling off injured. © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 4 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned his side will still have to “work like hell” to reach the Champions League semi-finals despite taking a commanding 3-0 quarter-final first leg lead over runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.City lead Liverpool by 18 points in the Premier League, but their only league defeat this season came in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January, and they suffered an even worse fate on Wednesday to leave their hopes of winning the European Cup for a first time hanging by a thread. Just as in the January meeting between the sides, the prolific Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane were on target for the hosts.“We beat the best team in the world so that’s a really good performance,” said Klopp.“It was good tonight, but I am not interested in being good. In this competition it is about going to the next round, and we are not in the next round. Let’s talk about it after the next game.“We will really have to work there again like hell.”Klopp’s caution is born out of the fact that City thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in their only previous meeting at the Etihad this season.“We conceded there already five. How can I say it is not possible?”And City boss Pep Guardiola insisted he still believed despite his side’s most comprehensive defeat of the campaign.“I think in this room there is nobody except the guy talking to you who believes we are going to go through,” said Guardiola.“Tomorrow we are going to try to convince ourselves that in six days it is 90 minutes more and we are going to try.”– Bus attacked –Liverpool’s night was slightly marred when Salah limped off with an injury early in the second half.“After the game he said: ‘I will be good, I will be fine’ but now we have to wait for the real diagnosis,” added Klopp on his Egyptian star’s fitness.City could already be crowned English champions by the time the sides meet again for the second leg in six days’ time should they beat local rivals Manchester United on Saturday.Guardiola’s side have been in stunning form for the large majority of the season, but he lamented a poor 20-minute period in the first-half that has likely cost them a shot at European glory.“The result is tough but I don’t have feeling we played to concede that result,” added Guardiola. “But in this competition (what happens) in the boxes makes all the difference and they were so good in those situations.”City were well aware of the cauldron they were facing from the off as their team bus was battered by bottles and cans on their arrival at Anfield.Klopp was quick to apologise as were the club in a strongly-worded statement condemning the actions of their own supporters.The atmosphere was equally electric inside the stadium for Liverpool’s first Champions League quarter-final for nine years.The visitors were caught out on the counter-attack on 12 minutes when Salah sprang Roberto Firmino in behind the City defence and, after his initial effort was parried by Ederson, Firmino teed up Salah to smash home his 38th goal of the season.City should have struck back straight away when Leroy Sane pulled his shot wide from the edge of the box as City outnumbered the Liverpool defence on a quick break of their own.However, they were soon swept away in the euphoria engulfing Anfield as Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area and rendered Ederson helpless with a stunning strike from 20 yards.A third duly arrived as Salah stood up a cross to the far post for Mane to head in and take Liverpool’s prolific front three’s tally for the season to 77.City pressed relentlessly for an away goal that would get them back in the tie, but failed to register a single shot on target as Liverpool held out for a priceless clean sheet.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe man injured when he tried to break into a house in Letterkenny was already out on bail for a vicious assault in the town.The man, who is in his early 20s and known to Gardai, was injured during the attempted burglary in the Glencar area.It is understood the man received injuries when a golf iron was used during the attack. The man is already out on bail following a brutal attack in the town last April.The suspected burglar was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment for his injuries.He was released this afternoon and is being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.He is expected to appear at Letterkenny District Court tomorrow morning.The house at the centre of the attempted burglary belongs to a well-known Letterkenny businessman.It is not believed the man or his family received any injuries during the incident but are shaken up by their ordeal.MAN INJURED DURING BURGLARY WAS OUT ON BAIL AFTER VICIOUS ATTACK was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackburglaryglencarletterkennylast_img read more

‘Not guilty’ says accused Convoy sheep rustler

first_imgThe case of a Convoy man charged with the theft of 12 lambs will be heard by Letterkenny District Court in January.Declan McMullan, of 19 Oak Park, Convoy, is to plead not guilty of the charge of stealing the 12 lambs, valued at a collective €1,200 from Cregadoes, Convoy, on January 8, 2016. The lambs in question belonged to Paul Jordan.Monday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court heard that 23-year-old McMullan intends to plead not guilty.Judge Paul Kelly listed the case for January 15 next.‘Not guilty’ says accused Convoy sheep rustler was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyDeclan McMullanJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPaul Jordanlast_img read more

Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android

first_imgantone gonsalves Free iPhone and iPad apps from Apple’s App Store pose a greater privacy risk than free apps from Google Play. That’s the finding of the latest study by Appthority, which is in the business of evaluating mobile apps for companies.Why the App Store LosesOn the surface, the Appthority study — released Tuesday during the RSA security conference in San Francisco  — appears to find iOS and Android apps equally culpable of privacy violations. Of the 10 top-selling apps the firm tested in each of five categories, 60% of the iOS apps shared data with advertising and analytics networks. So did 50% of Android apps.A closer look, however, revealed that iOS apps were far leakier than their Android counterparts. A full 60% of iOS apps gathered your location data, 54% vacuumed up your contact lists and 14% siphoned information from your calendar. With Android apps, those percentages were 42%, 20% and zero, respectively — not exactly laudable, but certainly an improvement over the performance of Apple apps.Encrypting user data was not a big priority for apps on either platform. All of the iOS apps sent unencrypted data to ad networks, while 92% of Android apps did the same.Appthority says iOS apps fall short because ad networks are willing to pay more for user data from Apple devices, giving developers a greater incentive to gather and hand over as much information as possible. At the same time, there are more developers making iOS apps, so they have to work harder at making a buck — and that apparently tempts some to compromise on privacy.“Developers are struggling to monetize, because it’s hard to run a company giving apps for free or selling apps for 99 cents,” says Domingo Guerra, president and co-founder of Appthority. “So, in turn, they use the ad networks to try and get money, and the ad networks will pay more money if the developers share more data on the users.”The Overall NumbersAppthority tested business, education, entertainment and finance apps, as well as games. Entertainment apps were the worst when it came to user privacy. This category had the highest number of apps that tracked location and shared data with ad networks. Education and finance apps posed the smallest threat — relatively speaking, at least — to user privacy.Individual developers built roughly 80% of the apps tested. Companies with iOS apps in the study included Apple, Intuit, Kids Games Club and PayPal. On the Android side, the companies included Imangi Studios, Intuit, PayPal and Intellijoy.Appthority’s last report was in July 2012, when the apps tested posed a slightly higher risk to user privacy. However, the study was done differently. It analyzed the top 50 free apps in each platform, regardless of category.Last year’s study also showed iOS apps gathering more user data than Android apps, though less than iOS apps this year.The TrendGuerra predicts the next Appthority study in three months will show a decline in risky app behavior, thanks to recent government crackdowns on online privacy abuse.This month, the Federal Trade Commission announced an $800,000 settlement with social networking start-up Path, which was charged with uploading users’ address book data without permission and gathering personal information on several thousand children without parental consent.In addition, some states are also taking a hard stand on privacy. California Attorney General Kamala Harris last year formed a Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit to prosecute companies that violated the state’s privacy laws.While prosecuting scofflaws can be a deterrent, sometimes the best way to protect privacy is to pay for an app, rather than hunt for something similar that’s free. In general, paid apps gather less user data than free apps, Guerra says. “Your privacy is worth more than 99 cents, so just buy the app.”Image courtesy of ShutterStock What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#App Store#Apple#appthority#Google Play#iOS#iPad#iPhone#privacy center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Military Saves Week: Taking Advantage of the Financial Benefits of Deployment

first_imgBy Carol ChurchAs every member of the military knows, being deployed can be stressful, intense, and difficult. However, it also comes with one advantage: increased pay. In some cases, service members may also experience a significant decrease in living expenses.Extra money from deployment can get service members out of debt, dramatically bump up savings, and create financial security where there was none. However, handled imprudently, extra earnings from deployment can also set up a financial house of cards or disappear into unwise purchases. Here are some tips to help service members max out the financial advantages of deployment while also staying financially on track.First, decrease expenses as much as possible:–Cancel, suspend, or reduce car insurance on any vehicles (including motorcycles) that will not be used during a deployment. You will need to consider storage options; if the car will be exposed to the elements, there are special policies you can switch to that cover weather damage only (available through USAA).— Cancel or suspend cell phone service, cable TV, and home phone (if applicable). Under the terms of the SCRA, service members who are deploying must be given a penalty-free exit from contracts like these. Of course, if you have a family at home using these, this may not apply!–Reduce the interest on your mortgage and any outstanding credit card loans to 6% under the SCRA. Typically, the credit card debt must have been incurred or the mortgage initiated before entering service for this to work. Also, be aware that this does not happen automatically-you must file paperwork. To learn more, visit SCRA Questions and Answers.Photospin/lev dolgachovSecond, put that money away:–Save in SDPOne of the most amazing benefits available to deployed service members is the Savings Deposit Program. Service members deployed to eligible designated combat zones can put up to $10,000 per deployment in this account, tax-free, and it will earn 10% interest annually as long as you are in the combat zone. Funds will be returned to the service member after he or she returns (or before in cases of emergency). This is an incredible rate of return that no one should pass by.–Save in the TSP or Roth IRAWhen the new blended retirement system comes online, many service members will already be automatically contributing to and getting matched funds for TSP. However, it will still be possible for most to increase the percentage they contribute during this time period. Be aware that there is an annual limit for both TSP and Roth IRAs.Third, don’t overspend:A common but very dangerous error is to readjust the family discretionary spending upwards around the temporary additional pay, or to do something like building an addition, buying a brand-new truck, etc. The USAA recommends that service members put away a full two-thirds of their additional deployment pay, and strongly cautions service members against incorporating past earned deployment pay into new budgets when they return.Deployment can be a difficult time for service members and their families, but it does come with the benefit of increased income. With care and forethought, service members should be able to make progress towards their financial goals during this time.last_img read more

Warriors break NBA’s season points record

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The most points ever scored in a season had been 12,096, by the 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers in 101 games. These Warriors, who are playing their 104th game of the season, entered Thursday with 12,051.Golden State scored 12,006 points in the 2015-16 season, in 106 games. That’s the third-most in a season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, dribbles against Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)No team has ever scored more points in an NBA season than the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors.Andre Iguodala’s score in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals gave Golden State 46 points for the evening — and put the Warriors up to 12,097 for the season, including playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Pogoy says Jones aided career milestone View commentslast_img read more