Teenage girl dies allegedly due to starvation in Uttarakhand

first_imgA teenage girl has allegedly starved to death at a village in Uttarakhand’s Almora district, triggering an outrage with the Opposition Congress terming it a “blot” on the face of the state.Almora district magistrate Savin Bansal said Chaukhutiya sub-divisional magistrate has been sent to Khajurani village to investigate the matter.While camping in the area last week, he had cleared the pension for four members of the family who had been found to be mentally unstable, he said, adding the process has been started and they will soon start receiving pension.Mahesh Negi, the BJP MLA from Dwarahat-Chaukhutia constituency where the death took place, has informed Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat about it.17-year-old Sarita died allegedly due to starvation on April 15, he claimed in a Facebook post.“Considering the seriousness of the issue, I spoke to the Chief Minister on telephone and informed him about the incident by fax,” the MLA said.Negi said the Chief Minister has immediately initiated action after taking cognisance of the issue. However, he did not elaborate on what action was taken.Holding the state government responsible for the alleged starvation death, state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay termed it as a “blot” on the face of ‘devbhoomi’ Uttarakhand.In a letter to the Chief Minister, Upadhyay blamed the state government’s “indifference” for the death of the girl and asked him to take due cognisance of it.He demanded immediate financial assistance for the family besides personally extending an assistance of Rs 21,000 to the girl’s kin.“The death…. due to starvation in Khajurani village of Almora’s Chaukhutiya area reflects the inaction of the one- month-old BJP government in the state. No one has control over death. But if deaths occur due to human error it is definitely a matter of concern,” Upadhyay said.“The poor are not getting pension in the state and are dying of starvation. The government should pay attention to it. It is all the more worrisome as the starvation death has been reported from the home district of heavyweights like state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt and Minister of State for Child and Women’s Welfare Rekha Arya,” he said.last_img read more

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Odisha Cong. plans ‘my booth, my pride’ campaign to reach out to voters

first_imgThe Congress has started taking steps to rebuild and strengthen its grassroots network and restore the party’s lost ground in Odisha ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State early next year.A three-day meeting of the newly constituted State executive committee of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee, which concluded here on Tuesday, resolved to embark on a “my booth, my pride” campaign to reach out to the voters at the booth level and propagate the party’s ideology. The criteria for selecting candidates for next year’s polls were also discussed threadbare by the Pradesh Election Committee. The party plans to announce the names of at least 50 candidates within a few weeks. The remaining candidates, including women and youth, will be selected based on their winning prospects.‘Highlight govt. failures’Alleging that the ruling Biju Janata Dal had clandestinely joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the State Congress leaders said they will take on both the parties by highlighting the “failures” of the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre and the Naveen Patnaik Government in the State. The Congress leaders have also started holding talks with smaller parties such as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the CPI and the CPI(M) with a view to form an alliance ahead of the polls.At the end of the meeting, AICC’s Odisha in-charge Jitendra Singh and OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik announced that apart from highlighting the issues concerning the people, they will make the Rafale fighter aircraft deal a major plank during the forthcoming elections in the State. They said Odisha suffered immensely because of the Rafale scam. Had the aircraft been built at HAL’s Sunabeda factory, it would have generated jobs for Odia youth, they said.last_img read more

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Chinese conglomerate invests $300M into giant football academy

first_imgMOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Since 2017 it has sold off billions of dollars’ worth of hotels, theme parks and other projects as Beijing tried to control a surge in Chinese corporate debt.Wanda last year sold its 17 percent stake in Spain’s Atletico Madrid. China’s government, under football-fan President Xi Jinping, has grand ambitions of hosting and even winning a World Cup, a tournament it has so far only reached once.ADVERTISEMENT “In addition to meeting the needs of professional football clubs, it will also provide training venues for primary and secondary school students who love football in Dalian,” a statement said.It will not be the only large-scale academy in China, whose collection includes the Evergrande Football School in Guangzhou, the biggest in the world with accommodation for more than 2,000 students.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, logisticsChina has unveiled plans to set up an eye-popping 20,000 academies as part of plans to turn the country — whose national team is 74th in the world rankings — into a football superpower.Wanda owner Wang is a big football fan but the company — whose interests range from commercial property to entertainment and theme parks — has been struggling financially following a period of rapid expansion. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue De Jesus banking on Lady Spikers’ winning tradition as they face ‘thirsty’ Tigresses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid FILE – China’s fans cheer for their team priot to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group C football match between South Korea and China at the al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda will invest 2 billion yuan ($300 million) in a huge new football academy aimed at improving standards in one of the world’s great sleeping giants.Wanda, which is owned by one of China’s richest men, Wang Jianlin, announced a 23-pitch facility capable of accommodating 500 players and coaches in Dalian, a port city in the north-east.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:21’Save the PNP:’ Gordon says Albayalde ‘under pressure’ from PMA02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

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Replantation of digits

first_imgDefinitionReplantation of digits is surgery to reattach fingers or toes that have been cut off (amputated).Alternative NamesRevascularization of amputated digits; Reattachment of amputated fingersDescriptionThis procedure is done using regional or general anesthesia. The ends of the bone may be shortened to remove tension on the repaired blood vessels. The surgeon places the finger or toe (called the “digit”) in place and stabilizes the bone with wires or a plate and screws.Tendons are repaired next, followed by nerves and blood vessels. Nerve and blood vessel repair are the most important step to the success of the procedure.After all repairs are complete, the wound is closed and a bandage (called a bulky dressing) is applied. Young children may need to wear a cast to protect the area from injury.If you have a partial (incomplete) amputation, part of the toe or finger stays attached to the body by skin, artery, vein, or nerve. In this case, a process called revascularization is used to reattach the finger or toe.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThe surgery is recommended in a case of amputated fingers or toes, when the fingers or toes are in a condition that would allow replantation.RisksRisks for any anesthesia include the following:Reactions to medicationsProblems breathingRisks for any surgery include the following:BleedingInfectionAdditional risks for this surgery include the following:Death of the replanted tissueReduced nerve or movement function in the replanted digitStiffness of the fingersPain that continues after surgeryAfter the ProcedureadvertisementSpecial care will be taken while you are in the hospital to make sure blood flows properly to the reattached part. The arm or leg will be kept raised. The room may be kept warm to ensure proper blood flow.After you are released from the hospital, you may need to wear a cast to protect the part.Proper care of the amputated part or parts is very important to successful replantation. Under the right conditions, there is a good chance that the surgery can restore the use of the finger or toe. You will need follow-up visits with your health care provider, who will continue checking blood flow in the surgery area.Outlook (Prognosis)Children are better candidates for replantation surgery because of their greater ability to heal and regrow tissue.Replantation of an amputated part is ideally done within 4 – 6 hours after the injury. However, success has been reported up to 24 hours after the injury if the amputated part has been cooled.You will not have the same flexibility in the finger or toe after surgery. Pain and sensation changes may continue.ReferencesChai Y, Kang Q, Yang Q, Zeng B. Replantation of amputated finger composite tissues with microvascular anastomosis. Microsurgery. 2008;28:314-320.Lyn ET, Mailhot T. Hand. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 47.Halluksa-Handy M. Management of amputations. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 47.Gross KR, Collier BR, Riordan WP Jr, Morris JA Jr. Wilderness trauma and surgical emergencies. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2011:chap 21.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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GCA fraud probe: Goa police sends team to BCCI office

first_imgPanaji, Jun 22 (PTI) Goa Police, probing the Rs 3.13 crore fraud allegedly committed by three functionaries of Goa Cricket Association (GCA), today dispatched its team to the Mumbai headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to gather relevant details.The Economic Offences Cell of the local police had on June 15 arrested GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla on GCA life member Vilas Desais complaint that the trio had allegedly encashed a cheque given by BCCI to GCA between 2007 and 2008.”The entire misappropriated sum includes a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore which was released by BCCI to GCA,” a senior police official told PTI.He said the team will get details of the said transaction between BCCI and GCA during 2007-08 when the alleged forgery happened.”The records of BCCI will be crucial evidence in this case. Once we get details of the cheque, the investigation will get an impetus,” the official said.According to police, the trio had opened accounts between October 23, 2006 and May 23, 2008 when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar, while Dessai was its secretary and Phadke a treasurer.”They had prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account. They then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to GCA,” the complaint had stated.The accused also allegedly forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise.advertisementDessai, Phadke and Mulla were booked under IPC sections 408, 409 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (cheating by impersonation), 463, 464, 468 (forgery), 471 (fraud), 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy).Their applications seeking bail are pending before a local court. PTI RPS NSK KIS SRElast_img read more

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RCB vs GL: Can Virat Kohli step up for Royal Challengers Bangalore in do-or-die clash vs Suresh Raina’s Gujarat Lions?

first_imgStaring at elimination after an inexplicable batting collapse followed by a wash-out, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be aiming for revival when they clash against out-of-sorts Gujarat Lions in an IPL match here on Thursday.The Bangalore outfit will have to win all its remaining six matches to keep alive the hopes of making the knockouts.With the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad called off here without a ball being bowled due to rain on Tuesday night, Bangalore had to share a point.They now have just five points from eight games and are lying sixth in the points table.Come Thursday, it will be an arduous task for Virat Kohli and Co. after being dismissed for a meagre 49 — the lowest ever total in the history of IPL — against Kolkata Knight Riders. During that disastrous outing at the Eden Gardens, none of RCB’s 11 batsmen could get to double figures.RCB’s ‘Big Three’ – skipper Virat Kohli (154 from 4 matches), Chris Gayle (144 from 5 games) and AB de Villiers (145 from 4 games) – have been inconsistent so far.For India captain Kohli, it will be difficult to digest the fact that RCB can be out of the tournament before the knock-out phase.However, they would fancy their chances against an out- of-form Gujarat Lions, who have gathered just four points from seven games and are languishing at the bottom of the table.The Lions batting has also been quite dismal with big guns making contributions only intermittently and would be desperate to arrest this slide.advertisementIt would be interesting to see if Irfan Pathan, roped in as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo would be included in the playing XI.Irfan was one of the biggest names to remain unsold at the IPL auctions.In the last nine seasons, Irfan had played for five franchises, taking 80 wickets and scoring 1,137 runs in 102 IPL matches.Gujarat will take a cue from their last win against Kolkata Knight Riders when skipper Suresh Raina scored a 46- ball 84 against a potent attack.Raina has scored 275 in the tournament so far and is among the top five run-getters. The team would depend heavily on him against the Royal Challengers.Brendon McCullum, who is the highest run-getter for Gujarat with 258 runs, and Aaron Finch will be aiming to match the likes of RCB’s ‘Big-Three’ stroke for stroke.Bowling has been a big problem for the Gujarat team, which has taken only 26 wickets from six games.They will be hoping to fit in their best pacer Andrew Tye, who has taken nine wickets in four games including a hat-trick.However, Ravindra Jadeja – a key bowler in the Gujarat line-up – is yet to fire, while Praveen Kumar has also lacked pace and swing.The only silver-lining in their bowling has been Kerala pacer Basil Thampi, whose ability to bowl yorkers at will has been impressive.Teams (from):Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (capt), Akshadeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Irfan Pathan, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhaval Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Shadab Jakati, Pradeep Sangwan, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tyelast_img read more

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Declan Rice’s switch shows why dual nationalities should be respected

first_imgShare via Email Rice has played three times for the Republic in friendlies but he grew up in England and is choosing with his head and his heart. He is well within his rights to make that choice under the regulations, even if some people might look at it cynically and say he has made a calculated decision to play for a country who usually do much better in tournaments. But let’s say he was offered the chance to leave West Ham and play for a bigger club such as Manchester United, Manchester City or Liverpool, there would not be the same outcry. What is the difference?Perhaps I’m just looking at an emotional topic of nationality too objectively. I know people see representing one’s country as very different to playing for your club but it’s not as if Rice has chosen to play for Brazil because they are the best team in the world. He is as English as he is Irish and has chosen to play for England. Does it make you more English because you are born in England? Are we going to start tracing bloodlines now to decide whether a player should or should not represent their country? I struggle to understand why many in football get so upset about dual nationality.Rice is being open and essentially saying: “Well, actually I’ve got a bit of a choice to make here,” as he would do if a bigger club came in for him. If he is choosing England for whatever reason, then it’s a valid choice. It’s part of him and would be if he chose Ireland over England. I understand the problem with countries who go looking for players with looser generational ties in an attempt to improve their team, as has happened in other sports. This is slightly bending the rules and cherry-picking talent from around the world. However, when there is a genuine affiliation to a country where you have been raised then it’s a different matter.This a tricky issue because ultimately it’s a question of identity. Being of Nigerian heritage, I can understand Rice’s situation and can relate to the battle between dual nationality both in life and in the context of football. Topics Share on LinkedIn Sportblog England Share on Pinterest It was intriguing to see the mixed reaction to Declan Rice’s decision to commit his international future to England over the Republic of Ireland. I don’t think people fully appreciate how difficult it can be to have two nationalities in football and the kind of stigma that can come with it – especially for someone who is only 20. Rice broached the issue of respect for his dual heritage so eloquently and honestly in his public statement, which I am sure will bring him respect for his decision in return.There will be a lot of Irish fans who were disappointed and offended by his decision but for me it is not necessarily a question of choosing an allegiance. There is an either/or culture in football that is polarising. Many believe it is about picking a side and sticking with it but when your heritage is essentially both it is difficult. For example, I’m both British and Nigerian. In the same way as someone such as Adam Lallana has family roots in Spain. If you dig a little deeper there are so many English players with Welsh or Scottish heritage. We’re not just one-dimensional. Raheem Sterling is another example. He is proud of his Jamaican roots but plays for England and is proud of that too. It can be difficult for players who are perceived to have turned their backs on England, as Wilfried Zaha found out Share on WhatsApp Share on Twittercenter_img comment Share on Facebook I didn’t have that benefit of choice because I was called up to my first England squad when I was 14 and the Nigeria women’s team did not really have the structure back then to select me. On the other hand, my brother, Sone Aluko, played for the Super Eagles even though he was born and raised in Birmingham.It can be difficult for players who are perceived to have turned their backs on England, as Wilfried Zaha has found out after deciding to play for Ivory Coast. I remember Jack Grealish got a lot of abuse on social media and even from fellow professionals such as Jack Wilshere when he was weighing up the same choice as Rice. There is still this perception in football about whether people are “English through and through”. Essentially there is not any such thing without going into a whole discussion on genetics and bloodlines of each player.Grealish is from an Irish background but, like me, was raised in Birmingham. I believe, much like the maturity of Rice’s statement, there needs to be a much more mature attitude in football towards players who have dual nationality and respect their choices as legitimate without the cynical perception that comes with it. Ultimately you can be both – Rice could have chosen to play for the Republic or he could have chosen to play for England and it’s up to him which is best for his career after consulting his family, who I am sure have dual allegiance, too.Whatever national anthem that individual chooses to sing, we have to respect that. In this case, the Republic are the ones who lose out but I’m sure Ireland will always remain a part of Declan Rice. Share on Messenger West Ham United Declan Rice switches allegiance from Republic of Ireland to England Republic of Ireland Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Michigan State Fan Creates Awesome “Doubt Us” Hype Video Ahead Of Notre Dame Matchup

first_imgMichigan State football players locking arms on the field.Youtube.Get excited for Michigan State football’s big contest against Notre Dame this Saturday with a new hype video.Michigan State football has championship hopes this year, but a lot of analysts still don’t give the Spartans or the Big Ten Conference the respect they deserve. In light of this, one fan decided to take matters into his own hands with a video titled “Doubt Us.”We’ve all been the underdog before, and even if you aren’t a fan of Michigan State, the video conveys the type of message everyone can get behind. Sometimes, you have to let the doubters and detractors fuel your fire, and that’s exactly what the Spartans are doing this year.The Spartans travel to South Bend this Saturday to take on perennial powerhouse No. 12 Notre Dame.Notre Dame is an eight point favorite to win, but if the video is any indication, the Spartans should definitely not be counted out.last_img read more

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ESPN Insider Has A Troubling Update On USC Football

first_imgStanford's offense going against USC's defense in the Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 14: The USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal play with crowde stands in the background on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Clay Helton remains the head coach of the USC football program, though an announcement on the future of the Trojans could be coming later today.While many expect the head coach to be fire, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler hinted during their broadcast that Helton could be returning in 2019.Helton said at his press conference that USC’s athletic director, Lynn Swann, told him that “better days” were ahead. Some have speculated that those words mean Helton will be returning.One ESPN insider has heard that Helton has a huge buyout, which could contribute to him coming back in 2019.“If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade,” he reports.If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018USC does have some big boosters, though. Colin Cowherd reports that several of them are calling for a change.“According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe,” he reports.According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 25, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Electronic Monitoring of Persons with Restraining Orders

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister explained that once the Restraining Order is executed against a perpetrator, that person will be fitted with the electronic bracelet, while the victim will be given a transponder. National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says electronic monitoring is to be introduced for persons who are the subject of Restraining Orders.Mr. Montague informed that his Ministry is in discussion with a supplier to procure the equipment.The Minister explained that once the Restraining Order is executed against a perpetrator, that person will be fitted with the electronic bracelet, while the victim will be given a transponder.“If that person comes within the limit of 100 yards from (the victim), the transponder will go off and beep and it will send off a signal to the (monitoring) centre, which will call the perpetrator and tell him to step back,” he said.Mr. Montague was addressing the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by his Ministry, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, to have more police recruits trained by the institution.The same technology will also be used for those persons who are on bail and those on early release from prison.“Up to March this year, some 143 persons who were on bail were also charged for murder while being on bail. We’re going to enter into some discussions with the Ministry of Justice that, for some categories of crimes, the persons on bail should wear an electronic bracelet as a condition of their bail,” he said.The Minister also indicated that some 400 members of the JCF have been trained in domestic-violence prevention.center_img National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says electronic monitoring is to be introduced for persons who are the subject of Restraining Orders. last_img read more

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Polaris Shipping Firms Order for 10 VLOCs at HHI

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won an order from compatriot Polaris Shipping for the construction of ten very large ore carriers (VLOCs).The contract for ten 325,000 DWT bulker newbuilds is worth KRW 910.2 billion (USD 800 million).The delivery is slated for April 2021, HHI said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.“The contract is the largest single order in the last five years since HHI received an order of ten large-sized containerships from a Greek shipping company in 2012,” the company said.The ships, measuring 340m in length, 62m in width and 29.8m in height, will be designed as eco-friendly ships applying LNG Ready design to meet environmental regulations and reduce fuel consumption, and equipped with a ballast water treatment system and a desulfurization equipment scrubber.The total number of ships HHI Group won so far this year is 99 ships worth USD 5.8 billion, which is a 500% plus increase for the comparable period last year when it clinched 20 ships worth USD 2 billion.The announcement comes as a confirmation of previous market rumors linking Polaris Shipping to long-term contracts of affreightment with Brazilian mining giant Vale.Vale was said to be hiring up to 30 Valemax newbuildings being ordered by seven different shipping companies, including Polaris.Other bulker owners identified as providers of newbuilding tonnage are Chinese joint venture between ICBC Leasing and China Merchants which would secure ten bulkers, while South Korean shipping company Pan Ocean would be providing 4 Valemax newbuilds.In addition, Pan Ocean’s compatriots Korea Line Corporation, H Line Shipping, and SK Shipping would each contribute two new bulkers.The orders are said to be spread across several Chinese and South Korean yards.Since the beginning of the second half of this year, shipowners have ramped up dry bulk ordering, bringing the newbuild count to 110 new ships in the last three months.The number has almost doubled when compared to 63 newbuilding orders from the first half of this year, according to the data from VesselsValue.Prompted by attractive newbuilding prices the owners are rushing to the yards to secure newbuilding tonnage anent the anticipated market recovery.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Anderson Cooper To Return As Host Of Elton Johns Enduring Vision

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 13th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Foundation welcomes back award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who will host the event for a seventh year.Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will present EJAF’s Enduring Vision Awards to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Hendon, Jay Jopling, and Nathalie and Pablo Salame. The Foundation honors Governor Cuomo for all of his extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS, especially his plan to end AIDS in New York State by 2020, and for his tremendous leadership in bringing marriage equality to New York. Atlanta real estate developer Charlie Hendon has been a devoted friend and generous supporter of EJAF’s work for many years. Jay Jopling, proprietor of the prominent gallery White Cube and a loyal EJAF supporter and advocate, has assisted the Foundation on numerous occasions by securing significant pieces of art for live auctions and art projects, helping to raise millions of dollars over the years for EJAF’s urgent mission. In addition to their extraordinary philanthropic support for the Foundation, Nathalie and Pablo Salame are also vocal champions of both EJAF’s work and LGBT rights issues.Sir Elton John and David Furnish serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by their Co-Chairs Philip E. Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Jennifer Bayer Michaels, Ken Bernstein, Scott Bessent and John Freeman, Joseph W. Blount, Jess Cagle, John Demsey, James Dolan, Isabelle Ealet and John Corbani, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Donna Karan, Nikolaos D. Koklonis, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard A. Lauder, Matt Lauer, Sandra Lee, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Joe McMillan, Leslie Moonves, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, James L. Nederlander, Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez, Ronald O. Perelman, Michael Rapino, Lily Safra, Brooke Shields, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley, and Ashok and Maggie Varadhan.Presenting Sponsors for the event are American Airlines, Goldman Sachs Gives, Robert K. Kraft, Wells Fargo, and Airfasttickets.Co-Sponsors are Joseph W. Blount, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.Gold Sponsors are Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, and Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley.Silver Sponsors are Acadia Realty Trust, BVGALRI, Don Capoccia and Tom Pegues, James L. Nederlander, and Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez.Special thanks to Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Veuve Clicquot, and Weinberg Glass.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name

first_imgLONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVESWhile no one seems to know for sure how it came to be called Boxing Day, it definitely has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Perhaps the most widely held understanding of its origins comes from the tradition of wealthier members of society giving servants and tradesmen a so-called Christmas Box containing money and gifts on the day after Christmas.It was seen as a reward for a year’s worth of service. Other believe it comes from the post-Christmas custom of churches placing boxes outside their doors to collect money for distribution to less-fortunate members of society in need of Christmas cheer.Some trace it to Britain’s proud naval tradition and the days when a sealed box of money was kept on board for lengthy voyages and then given to a priest for distribution to the poor if the voyage was successful.There are other explanations, but it’s clear the designation has nothing to do with the modern habit of using the holiday for shopping at “big box” stores selling televisions, computers and the like.SHARING THE WEALTH, AROUND THE COMMONWEALTHNo one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters’ celebrations.Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of collecting money in boxes — they say Roman invaders brought this practice to Britain, where it was taken up by the clergy to collect money in boxes for the disadvantaged.The tradition gained popularity during the Victorian era and has flourished to this day. The British Empire may now be a thing of the past, but Boxing Day is still celebrated in some other parts of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia and Kenya.SO IF THEY’RE NOT BOXING, WHAT DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO ON BOXING DAY?Boxing Day has evolved into a day of relaxation and indulgence — and shopping. It is filled with sporting events (including a marathon soccer schedule tailor-made for TV viewing from a comfortable couch) and it is often a day when people open their homes to family and friends who drop by for turkey, ham and perhaps half-consumed bottles of wine left over from Christmas dinner.In Britain it used to be a day for fox hunting in the frost-tinged countryside, but that practice has been mostly banned for more than a decade now. In its place, “Boxing Day Sales” have flourished, with many Britons lifted from their post-Christmas torpor by the lure of low prices in department stores.Gregory Katz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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We are confident of moving with this squad to WC: Carey

first_imgNew Delhi: Emboldened by Australia’s remarkable turnaround in the ODI series against India, vice-captain Alex Carey Tuesday said they are “really confident” of entering the ICC World Cup with a squad good enough to play like defending champions. The five-match series is poised at 2-2, thanks to Australia’s back-to-back wins after staring down the barrel at one stage. “As a player in the Australian cricket side we have been working hard in the last 12-18 months. Some success has started to come our way. We are really confident moving with the squad we take to the World Cup,” Clarey said on the eve of the series-deciding game here. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherCarey said it will only add to the strength of the side when Steve Smith and David Warner rejoin the side after serving out their bans. “Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. The guys that are in the side are performing well, so it’s only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHe said he was not surprised by the way the Australian batsmen tackled India’s formidable spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have tormented batters with their guile in recent times. “There has probably been a fair bit of media (analysis) about Australia playing against spin in the past. We have worked really hard on playing spin bowling in the nets over 12-18 months. I guess to see some reward, again it’s no surprise, but the guys are doing so much hard work off the field,” said Carey. The match will be played on a Feroz Shah Kotla wicket which may assist slow bowlers. Carey, though, said they are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them. “We played some local Indian bowlers that we tried in the nets, so I guess it’s really a good experience. Guys getting out there in the middle to have the confidence to take on their spinners got to be a great confidence tomorrow.” He said the strength of the Australian team at the moment is that they have plenty of options. “We take a lot of confidence that we trust the batters to perform their role. When Ashton did that the other night he did really well. They (Indians) are world class bowlers and I am sure they want to bounce back and it’s up to our batters to have a game plan to negate that. We trust the players to perform their role and take on the best bowlers in the world and do a good job.” Carey said it will be a contest to watch for since they have the momentum and India would be keen to bounce back after two defeats. “We were out under pressure early in the series. Some games were really close and now we have the series level at 2-2. It is obviously exciting going into tomorrow with the series on the line. Obviously (we will) take some momentum from the last game. The boys are felling confident. “India are going to bounce back quickly but I guess for us we thought we played some pretty good cricket in the first two games and we just fell short so to have the series at 2-2, really excited. I am really looking forward to and so are the guys.”last_img read more

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Feds brush off budget watchdogs legal opinion on government secrecy

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2012 8:29 pm MDT Feds brush off budget watchdog’s legal opinion on government secrecy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government says it has already provided Parliament’s budget watchdog with all the necessary information on the impact of budget cuts, despite a new legal opinion saying government is breaking the law by refusing to cough up more details.“We have provided financial and economic data in accordance with our understanding of our legal obligations,” Raymond Rivet, a spokesman for the Privy Council Office, said in an email statement.“We have received the legal opinion and will review it.”Budget officer Kevin Page published a legal opinion on Monday saying that 64 federal departments and agencies are breaking the law in their refusal to hand over basic economic and financial information.While the opinion centres around $5.2 billion in spending cuts announced in the budget, the same reasoning applies to lack of information on previous rounds of spending constraint — cuts that amount to about $11 billion annually, Page said in an interview.Without basic details about how the government plans to make ends meet, the parliamentary budget officer said he is not able to do his job and inform MPs about exactly how Ottawa is spending taxpayers’ money.He said only 18 of 82 federal organizations have complied with his request for more details about the fiscal impact of the latest cuts.“The information should have been provided as requested and both your department and the other departments that have not complied are in violation of the legal obligations under the (Parliament of Canada) Act,” Page wrote in a letter to Wayne Wouters, the clerk of the Privy Council.Wouters is the federal government’s top civil servant.The legal opinion provides the groundwork for challenging the government in Federal Court, but Page said he would prefer if the paperwork acted instead as a catalyst for discussion — and the quick release of the budget details themselves.“We hope to get a response back from the public service, from the government, on our legal opinion,” Page said in an interview. “Did we craft it right? Have we argued our case correctly? Do they have a different point of view?“Most importantly, what we hope to get back is the information we requested.”Instead, federal ministers repeatedly pointed to other government reporting mechanisms that they say will provide the necessary details on cuts.“This prime minister and this government will continue to report to Parliament through the means that have been used for many years. This includes the estimates, the supplementary estimates, quarterly reports and the public accounts,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in the House of Commons.Page’s staffers have gone through every line of those reports and have not been able to piece together a complete accounting of the government plan, or even if there is such a plan.In the legal opinion, lawyers said the act requires the federal government to release financial and economic data in a timely matter.“No legal exception to this requirement has been advanced and none appears from the analysis of the correspondence exchanged,” said the summary of the legal opinion. “Accordingly, the non-compliant departments have statutory obligations to provide the information.”The federal government has said in the past that it can’t release the details of its budget cuts because of collective agreements with employees, and it repeated that line on Monday. But the legal opinion points out that Page is not asking for any personal information, nor does he aim to obtain details that would only be available in cabinet documents.“It is in the interests of Parliament and the Canadian public that such information be made available immediately,” Page said in the Monday letter. “As I have mentioned before, it is only with such information that Parliament can exercise its constitutional role of controlling public finances.”There’s more than just fiscal policy at stake in the standoff between Page and the government; there’s also the scope of the parliamentary budget office itself.The office was created through the Conservatives’ own Accountability Act in 2006, and Page is the first to hold the job. He is trying to determine exactly how far his mandate allows him to go.“I think there’s a fiscal issue, which is why we were obviously involved in it,” Page said in the interview. “I think there’s a bigger issue about institutions, about the role and the mandate of the parliamentary budget office as well. We need access to information.”His office has clashed frequently with the government, with him demanding more information and the government accusing him of reaching shoddy conclusions with the information he does manage to collect.They have sparred publicly over the cost of the F-35s, the Tory crime agenda, stimulus spending and the reliability of long-term forecasting. This is the first time, however, that Page has sought such a legal opinion.Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair said the legal opinion is one more piece of proof that the Conservatives are trying to fool the public with their convoluted budget process.“Once again the Conservatives are trying to hide the truth about their Trojan Horse budget,” Mulcair said, pointing out that government unions had already given the government the green light to release the requested information.The NDP has been on the offensive over the budget especially in the past few weeks, protesting the government’s bundling of disparate measures into a massive omnibus budget bill. read more

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Nearly half of workingage Canadians not saving for retirement HSBC report

Nearly half of working-age Canadians not saving for retirement: HSBC report by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2016 2:01 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A report by HSBC suggests that nearly half of working-age Canadians are not saving for retirement.The big international bank says 48 per cent of pre-retirees in the country say they have not started or are not currently saving for their life after work.The poll was part of a global retirement report done by HSBC.The survey also found that one in five working-age Canadians say that money from downsizing or selling their home or a secondary property will help pay for retirement.That was nearly twice the global average of 12 per cent and more than the five per cent of current Canadian retirees.The poll also found that Canadian retirees were among the “happiest,” with 72 per cent reporting they feel happy in retirement — second only to retirees in Mexico at 80 per cent.“While Canadian retirees rank as some of the happiest in the world, almost half of working-age people in Canada are not currently saving for retirement,” said Betty Miao, executive vice-president and head of retail banking and wealth management at HSBC Bank Canada.“While a change of lifestyle or move to retirement living may be a great thing come retirement, it’s worth noting the wisdom shared by many of today’s retirees: start saving earlier, take good care of yourself and your health, and don’t hesitate to get advice from trusted professionals.”The survey also found that 53 per cent of Canadian retirees say a government pension is helping pay for retirement, while 35 per cent of those still working say that’s likely to be the case for them.The federal government and all the provinces, except Quebec, recently reached an agreement in principle to help strengthen the Canada Pension Plan.The deal, which is still being finalized, would see CPP premium increases for workers and employers, but also see Canadians receive more in retirement.The HSBC report included the views of 18,207 working age people and retirees across 17 countries and territories around the world, including 1,037 in Canada.The research was conducted online by IpsosMORI in September and October 2015, with additional face-to-face interviews in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

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Cambodia UNbacked report reveals scope of violence against children

The first assessment of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, Cambodia’s Violence against Children Survey (CVACS) asked 2,376 children and young people aged 13 to 24 from across the country about their experiences of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18. The report – coordinated by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and conducted by the Government of Cambodia – discovered that, along with the vast scope of the violence, those children who were physically abused were harmed by people they knew and trusted while those who were sexually abused were often victimized by friends and neighbours, as opposed to strangers. The report also highlighted that mothers and male teachers were most likely to be the perpetrators of physical violence against children. Speaking at the report’s launch in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Marta Santos Pais, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, praised the Government for conducting the “ground-breaking” survey and encouraged it to integrate the findings into its overall policy agenda. “The elimination of all forms of violence against children must be a core indicator of national social improvement,” Ms. Santos Pais declared. “It should be a reference for all Government sectors, for the budget and for relevant coordinating mechanisms, with a clear monitoring and evaluation plan to assess progress and maintain momentum,” she added. According to CVACS, the impact violence has on children resonates long after the abuse has ended and can affect the quality of their lives in the long-term. Many young victims experience short term health consequences and risk taking behaviour, with those who experience violence more likely to report moderate mental distress, sexually transmitted infections, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Other physical and mental health problems may linger on throughout their lives. Ms. Santos Pais outlined six steps which she said would help governments address violence against children and work to eliminate it outright, including the enacting of an explicit legal ban on violence against children backed by effective enforcement; increased efforts to make violence against children socially unacceptable; ensuring the social inclusion of girls and boys who are at special risk; building or enhancing strong data systems and sound evidence to prevent and address violence against children; and joining with other governments to ensure the protection of children from violence as part of the post-2015 international development agenda.“The economic returns from investment in early child development are now well established, yet violence severely limits young children from reaching their full potential resulting in huge losses to society,” Ms. Santos Pais continued. “Ending violence is an ethical imperative, but it also makes economic sense as the figures on the costs of violence show.” read more

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Frontcourt provides relief in Ohio State womens basketballs 9770 win

OSU forward Alexa Hart (22) looks for space around defending Virginia Cavaliers forward Sydney Umeri (44) on Dec. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo Credit: Greg Bartram | USA TODAY SportsThe Ohio State women’s basketball team has relied heavily on the explosiveness of the nation’s top-scoring duo during the 2015-16 season.That wasn’t the case Thursday evening at the Schottenstein Center against the Indiana Hoosiers.Top Buckeye guards, sophomore Kelsey Mitchell and senior Ameryst Alston, were held in check early on in Columbus, prompting the OSU frontcourt to come alive. The extra effort was definitely needed for the No. 5 Buckeyes (11-3, 3-0) to fend off Indiana (9-6, 1-2) at home, 97-70.“They came out ready to play right off the jump,” OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper said. “We had to match their intensity, and once we matched it we actually took it to another level after that.”The Buckeyes have struggled immensely with their perimeter defense this season, ranking dead last amongst Big Ten teams in 3-point defense. A lack of outside pressure has allowed teams to attack OSU with an onslaught of long-range jumpers from the tip.Matters were no better on Wednesday when Indiana opened up the first quarter of play shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.“I think putting more pressure on the ball, not letting them see the open man,” Cooper said of the team’s solution to Indiana’s hot start.Multiple missed layup opportunities also stymied OSU from overcoming Indiana. However, OSU sophomore Alexa Hart and Cooper continued to work the interior, sparking a 10-3 run that knotted the contest at 18 after one quarter of play. Hart registered a double-double on the night, scoring 18 points and collecting 13 rebounds.Despite breaking out of an early shooting slump, the Buckeyes still could not entirely pull away from the Hoosiers. That’s because OSU’s elite scorers Mitchell and Alston continued to be held in check by Indiana, combining to shoot 4-of-18 from the field in the first half.“The way (Indiana) came out, the way they shot the ball, I think that prevented us from doing things that we usually do,” Mitchell said.Nevertheless, OSU’s presence in the post continued to eat away at Indiana. Cooper provided a 14-point first-half spark off the bench, leading a Buckeye frontcourt that outscored the Hoosiers 32-18 in the paint over the first 20 minutes. Cooper finished the night shooting 10-of-16 from the field, tallying 23 points and eight rebounds.“I like the energy and it gives us a different look when she comes in,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said of moving Cooper to the bench.The Scarlet and Gray brought a 40-35 advantage into halftime and built some early momentum after the break. OSU’s first 3-point conversion two minutes into the second half from Mitchell brought the Buckeyes’ lead to seven and led to an Indiana timeout.Mitchell, who finished with 23 points on the night, led the team with 15 points in the third quarter on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field, opening up a 12-point lead heading into the final quarter.“Sometimes when you’re not sure about yourself and you have a slow start it can wear on you,” McGuff said. “But I do think we have a lot of confidence about how we’re playing.”OSU continued to pull away via not letting up on the Hoosiers, sustaining an aggressive and pesky press on defense. That tenacity brought the team’s turnover margin to a plus-10 mark by the game’s end, and helped the Buckeyes finish with 16 points off of turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds.The Buckeyes will continue their Big Ten schedule with a matchup against Rutgers (10-4) on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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