IOA to discuss IOC’s diktat on not awarding world events to India

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 02 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association, in its annual General Body Meeting here on December 22, will discuss its parent body IOC’s diktat to not award any world event to the country in the wake of the controversy involving a Kosovo boxer. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had asked all its member federations not to grant any world event to India involving Kosovo after the country denied visa to a boxer from the European nation for the AIBA Women’s World Championships held here last month. Kosovo could not participate at the boxing event after their sole representative Donjeta Sadiku was refused visa by the Indian government, which doesn’t recognise the European country. The IOC has asked all the IFs to get a written undertaking from the Indian authorities for equal participation before allotting the country any world event involving Kosovo. One of the items of the agenda of the GBM reads: “Participation of sporting delegations and athletes in international sports events – principle of autonomy and non-discrimination – IOC letter 19 November 2018”. “It is a serious matter and the IOA GBM will discuss it threadbare,” IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta told PTI on Sunday. “We have already written a letter to the sports ministry on this issue. The GBM will decide what course of action needs to be taken. The IOC can take action against India if this issue is not resolved,” he added. The election of a senior vice president and a vice president will also be held during the GBM.advertisement The IOA had amended its constitution in August to increase the number of senior vice presidents to two from the current one and the number of vice-presidents to nine from the current eight. The name of former IOA Treasurer Anil Khanna, who withdrew his candidature against current president Narinder Batra in the elections held last December, is doing the rounds as a likely candidate for the election of senior vice president. R K Anand is the lone senior vice president in the existing executive council. The last date for submission of nominations for the two posts is on December 4. The list of contestants after scrutiny will be announced on December 13. Retired District Judge Devendra Kumar Naliwal will act as the returning officer. This will be the first annual GBM after Batra took over as IOA chief in December last year. PTI PDS PDS BSBSlast_img read more

Report: Mason Rudolph Undergoes Surgery

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Tulsa World beat writer Bill Haisten, citing sources, reports that starting QB Mason Rudolph has undergone surgery on his right foot.#okstate Mason Rudolph undergoes surgery, sources report. Bowl status to be determined.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) November 30, 2015Kyle Fredrickson too.#OKstate Can now independently confirm reports that QB Mason Rudolph has undergone right foot surgery, per source.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 1, 2015Rudolph played just three snaps in Bedlam Saturday after suffering the injury during the Baylor game in the previous week.His status for the bowl game is unclear.last_img read more

The Netherlands: CIG Focuses on Shipbuilding Activities

first_imgzoom Central Industry Group N.V. (CIG) announced the strategical repositioning of the company as an innovation-driven, technologically advanced conglomerate operating in various areas of steel-constructional design, engineering and production, with shipbuilding as a core activity.CIG’s success has been the result of synergy between the separate group members. While operating independently in their own product market combinations, they also cooperate within various projects. “This synergetic effect has led to an abundance of opportunities. A repositioning will allow us to optimise the added value for our clients,” says Jan Koopmans, chairman and chief executive officer.CIG’s repositioning entails a shift from being an incidental shipbuilder to a reliable, long-term partner for brokers and ship-owners worldwide. “What discriminates us from most other shipbuilders is that we build our ships in European yards, against Western European standards, but cost-effectively and ingenious logistics, keeping both building costs and time-to-market as low as possible” adds Jan Koopmans.Following-up on recent synergetic shipbuilding projects, such as the successful launch of the VG6000 multipurpose special cargo vessel, CIG now announces an focus on shipbuilding activities. The VG6000 is a unique mix between a general cargo vessel and an offshore supply vessel, the result of CIG’s innovative power, design, engineering and shipbuilding knowledge. Its flexibility and versatility has made the VG6000 widely appreciated in both offshore and cargo shipping.CIG proudly presents the VG6000, among other successful releases, at Europort 2013, held in Rotterdam from 5 – 8 November. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Central Industry Group, October 23, 2013last_img read more

LieutenantGovernors Garden Party Returns

first_imgMark your social calenders, the lieutenant-governor’s annual garden party is back. After a three year hiatus, the widely anticipated garden party will return this year, but with a few interesting twists. With Government House undergoing extensive renovations for the next three years, the event is going on the road. This year’s party will be held inside the Halifax Citadel, one of Canada’s most visited historic sites. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those attending can enter the citadel through the main gate. And whereas in the past, the event was by invitation only, this year’s garden party is being opened up to all Nova Scotians. It was time to bring back the tradition of the garden party, said Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. “Nearly every day someone asks me about the garden party,” said the lieutenant-governor. “I did not want to wait until Government House was completed in 2009.” Extending an open invitation to the garden party has been done with great success by the other lieutenant-governors in Atlantic Canada, said Ms. Francis. Since there is limited parking at the citadel, those attending the party can park at the Garrison Grounds off Ahearn Avenue. A shuttle bus service will depart every 15 minutes from the Garrison Grounds starting at 1:45 p.m. Attendees should note that the citadel parade square is a gravel surface and appropriate footwear is advised.last_img read more

Burtynsky donates 617000 photo collection to Brock University

Rodman Hall Art Centre Director Stuart Reid, right, and assistant Danny Custodio handle the Burtynsky print “Shipbreaking #16, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000”.Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is donating 40 hand-made prints, valued at more than $617,000, to the collection of his hometown’s Rodman Hall Art Centre, which is part of Brock University’s Faculty of Humanities.Burtynsky, a Niagara native and officer of the Order of Canada, has achieved international fame for his striking images from industrial and urban scenes around the world.With a painter’s eye for colour and a sculptor’s eye for form, Burtynsky has captured distinct compositions from such diverse sites as Alberta’s tar sands, Chinese shoe factories, ship-breaking scenes in Bangladesh, Italian marble quarries, California oil refineries and, closer to home, a shuttered Dana Canada vehicle frame plant in Thorold.Burtynsky print “Shipyard #12, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, 2005” (China)His work has won major awards and appeared in such publications as Harper’s Magazine, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, Playboy and the New York Times. His images are in more than 50 major museums around the world, as well as in corporate and private collections.In 2006, his fascinating approach to photography was the subject of director Jennifer Baichwal’s feature-length documentary film Manufacturing Landscapes.Burtynsky is based in Toronto and travels the world on assignment, but he has said that some of his early inspiration came as a boy growing up in St. Catharines, where he was intrigued by such manufacturing landscapes as the local General Motors plants.University President Jack Lightstone said Brock is very pleased to be the home of works by the internationally acclaimed artist who was born and raised in the local community.“Edward Burtynsky is one of Niagara’s own,” said Lightstone. “There is deep pride in this community that his work is respected and sought by artisans and collectors around the world. It is an honour for Brock to be chosen as the keeper of this rare and special work.”Stuart Reid, Director at Rodman Hall Art Centre, called the gift “a significant addition to Rodman Hall’s collection that will be an important resource for the ongoing study, interpretation and exhibition of Ed Burtynsky’s important work in contemporary photography.”Burtynsky was the subject of a major solo exhibition called Burtynsky Factories mounted at the Rodman Hall Art Centre in early 2011.“This gift encompasses works drawn from various periods in Burtynsky’s career,” said Reid. “For the past 30 years he has been dedicated to documenting the fragile relationship between industry and nature in an increasingly globalized industrial world.”The collection, which will be housed at Rodman Hall, will go toward the University’s Bold New Brock capital campaign.Burtynsky print “Dana Frame Plant #1, 2010” (Thorold, Ont.) read more

EDGE Innovate holds global open day and launches new trommel

first_imgJanuary 16 saw EDGE Innovate’s headquarters in Tyrone, Northern Ireland hold their Global Dealer Open Day. More than 80 guests from over 20 countries attended the day-long programme, which included a factory tour along the production facilities and a walk around tour of the machines given by sales and technical personnel. The open day also hosted the unveiling of a new addition to the EDGE product portfolio – the TRM 516 trommel. The TRM516 boasts design features such as a 16 ft long drum, four wheel direct drive system, variable speed control drum and feeder conveyor with load sensing controls.Optional oversize and radial conveyors are available for higher stockpiling requirements. The TRM516 has been “innovatively designed for fuel efficiency and low operating costs thanks to the unique fuel and energy saving control system.” Another notable advantage is the ease at which the unit can be transported from site to site, thanks to it’s fully road towable design. With numerous screens and drum types available (including a telescopic oversize conveyor for larger stockpiles) the TRM516 provides high flexibility and “is the perfect option for end users who are constrained for space.”The official launch of this machine follows an aggressive portfolio of product launches which has seen a wide range of products come to market over the past number of years. A selection of this portfolio was also in attendance. Machines on site at the event included the Radial Truck Unloader RTU220. Introduced in 2014 the RTU220 provides operators with a highly efficient loading tool, designed to allow operators to continuously load directly from trucks into train wagons or barges. The full HMI control panel and remote control functions provide operators easy control of the RTU functions whilst loading. An independent track mounted unit, the RTU220 provides flexibility and reliability. Powered by a CAT 4.4 96 kW diesel engine, the RTU220 offers huge torque whilst only consuming 12-15 litres per hour. Further cost savings are provided by a dual power option.The new upgraded EDGE Roll Sizer now boasts an increased hopper capacity from 7 m³ to 11.25 m³ and a lower feed in height of 3.3 m allowing the RS1500 to be fed by any wheel loader without the need for a constructed ramp. The RS1500 Pre-Screen has been redeveloped to facilitate various mesh screens for fine screening applications. The feed conveyor now boasts a twin drive system to facilitate the transfer of larger material volumes.The RTS Radial Track Stockpiler is described as “a unique concept to the marketplace.” Essentially it is a Radial Wheeled Stockpiler and Tracked Stockpiler all-in-one. The remote control track system is used to move the machine around site including rough terrain. It is also of benefit when re-locating the machine to a different site as it can easily be tracked onto a low loader or low-boy. When the machine has been positioned for work using the tracks, the EDGE Radial Tracked Stacker can produce a 360° stockpile.The LTS Low-Level Track Stockpiler introduces operators to a solution for the stockpiling and transferring of hard rock and ore for the mining and quarrying industry. The LTS is a long life, low maintenance Apron Feeder Stockpiler. The LTS is uniquely designed to allow for low level loading of material from the largest wheel loaders. “The huge hopper capacity and heavy duty apron pads mean the LTS can easily cope with the extreme demands of any quarrying or mining application.”Catherine McKernan of the EDGE Marketing Department stated: “Overall, 2014 has proven to be very successful with the EDGE brand becoming increasingly recognisable across the industry; 302 units have been sold into 31 different countries, with material being conveyed over 8,303 m. We are fully committed to building upon this in 2015 alongside our dealers which we will continue to support throughout.”last_img read more

Meet the Irish startups that are disrupting the business of death

first_img Take me to Fora Oct 24th 2016, 7:37 AM Monday 24 Oct 2016, 7:37 AM DEATH IS BIG business. In the US alone, it is estimated to be worth around $20 billion a year.That’s why Sean McAllister, chief executive of PlotBox, has set his sights on North America.Based in Co Antrim, PlotBox makes mapping software for cemetery managers. The company secured 10 contracts in the US this year and plans to break into Canada next year.However, despite being a lucrative trade – Plotbox contracts are worth anything from €1,200 to €250,000 – the funeral and burial industry has been slow to embrace the digital revolution.“In North America, there are a couple of systems that have been around for the last 20 or 30 years,” McAllister tells Fora. ”There’s no one there that’s bringing it online.”PlotBox was founded in 2011 by McAllister and his wife Leona after their land surveying business was assigned to map their local graveyard.They discovered 55 vacant grave plots the parish church didn’t realise were available. Image: Matthias Rosenkranz/Flickr 23,621 Views By Fora Staff “We realised that there was nothing really out there that makes this very, very common activity easily managed.” Short URL Image: Matthias Rosenkranz/Flickr Valerie Vetter Source: AfteringCultureVetter describes Aftering as “a place for all kinds of funeral and death information”.“It’s not just the practicalities,” she says, “but also the cultural changes so people know what’s possible.”For example, Vetter is interested in ‘bio urns’, which are biodegradable urns that grow into trees, and composting as opposed to burial or cremation.“Personally, I would like to be composted,” she says, “I think that’s a tremendous idea. It does sound bonkers.”However, it is not clear yet what will be the main source for Aftering to make its money. So far, the startup has been supported by the NDRC, Going for Growth and Enterprise Ireland – and it takes a cut off the sales on its online shop.“One thing that I’ve found is that there is a hunger for information,” Vetter says. “The challenge for me is how you impart that information.”“Some people are more able to be more blunt about things. Some people need it to be more sensitive. The challenge is getting that transparency of information in a way people who are grieving can take it in.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Sean and Leona McAllister Source: YouTube360-degree mappingPlotBox is a “modular system”, McAllister says, meaning cemeteries and crematoriums can buy different add-ons, depending on their budget.“Carlow County Council uses it for almost every graveyard in the county,” he says. “We have some rural parishes in Northern Ireland they may only have five burials a year.”As well as the mapping system, it makes record-keeping software for handling financial accounts and contracts for family grave plots.PlotBox recently completed a $1.2 million seed funding round. That money is being used to hire more staff and launch new products like 360-degree maps.“Some of the cemeteries have heavy snow for four or five months of the year,” McAllister explains. “They’ll be able to see what the cemetery really looks like if they need to buy a plot.”The company is also about to release a management function so graveyard managers can keep track of conversations with their customers.“It’s very important to be able to manage those sensitive issues around the people you would be talking to,” McAllister says.SensitivityRichard Lynch, co-founder of Obit, found designing software that could handle the sensitivities that surround death was the biggest challenge for his startup.Obit licenses a cloud-based events management tool to funeral directors so they can keep track of schedules, death notices and invoices.“There are lots and lots of little costs that get billed into the cost (of a funeral),” Lynch says, “but at the same time, you don’t want to present a grieving family with a big long list. That took a long time to nail down.”Similar to PlotBox, the technology has been around for years but nothing has existed in a cloud format.John-Mark Griffin, a funeral director at Griffin’s Funeral Home in Limerick, co-founded the startup and has been advising on its development. Share19 Tweet Email2 Meet the Irish startups that are disrupting the business of death These companies are trying to shake up the lucrative but slow-moving funeral industry. 20 Comments A funeral director Source: Shutterstock/Robert HoetinkThe firm has been using the beta version of Obit since April of this year. “They’re our guinea pig and launch customer all wrapped into one,” Lynch says.The plan is to sign up at least 10 more funeral homes to the system and tweak the product based on customer feedback.“We have pages full of ideas that we could bolt on that we think might be cool,” Lynch says, “but we would prefer if it was more user-driven.”“We’d like to have that in place and running before we go chasing international markets.”The first foreign market Obit will target is the UK, where Lynch’s software firm Lytesoft already operates a similar management app for wedding planners.FragmentedThere are other opportunities to disrupt the funeral industry besides making products for those working in the trade.Former Sunday Business Post journalist Valerie Vetter discovered this when she experienced a death in her family.“I started looking for information,” she says. “I found it very fragmented.”That’s how she came up with the idea for Aftering, a publication and online store that offers information on everything from how to write a eulogy to alternative ceremonies and sourcing handcrafted urns.“In Ireland, it’s a short window that you have (to plan a funeral),” she says. ”It’s as complex as a wedding. Because you don’t have that much time, it makes the pressure and the guilt stronger.“When you’re grieving, you’ve got physiological changes going on. You can’t take in information the same way. I’m looking at ways technology can help that process.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Red Dead Redemption 2 Isnt Boring

first_img ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Stay on target When I’m reviewing a game, I try to stay away from the talk surrounding it, The Discourse, until I write my own review. It’s a common practice. It helps me make sure my thoughts are original and makes me more confident in my own opinion. But this was pretty much impossible with Red Dead Redemption 2 considering how close I started playing it to release, how long the game is, and how much Discourse the next big Rockstar game was bound to generate. I’m just glad I got my fairly pure thoughts on the game’s opening hours out there.But once I did break down and start checking on what some other folks were saying about the game, I saw a trend quickly emerged in the window between embargoed reviews and the general public playing the game for themselves. There’s this idea that Red Dead Redemption 2 is so simulation-level realistic that it’s slow and tedious. That the game is boring. This game is so huge and different that there are a lot of theses I could’ve hung all my disparate thoughts on. But after like fifty hours of playing, in my opinion at least, my main thought is that Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t boring.I say this as someone who didn’t particularly love the first Red Dead Redemption. As the folks behind Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar knows how to put together a fun enough open-world. But all of the slow cowboy-specific mechanics, from the horse controls to the cattle rustling to the generally sparse Western landscape, made me just wish I had a car and a better gun. And to be fair, a lot of that control fiddliness is in the sequel, especially when it comes to having to press buttons, move sticks, and release buttons to use items. But in general doing anything in the game doesn’t feel that much slower than your average overly animated AAA third-person action-adventure game.I also say this as someone especially sensitive to tediousness in games. It’s why I hate the sluggish combat and obnoxiously opaque design of Dark Souls and Monster Hunter. It’s why I hate the endless resets of roguelikes. It’s why Super Meat Boy only works because death is fast and meaningless. And death is largely meaningless in Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s slow but it doesn’t fetishize difficulty, keeping progress steady and your time not wasted. Even when I did fail missions, the kinesthetic pleasure of shooting old-timey guns doesn’t lose its luster (even if guns do, needing to be periodically repaired).Maybe the methodical pacing is more acceptable too because it seems so thematically appropriate. It just feels right to gallop across quiet fields on horseback instead of figuring out the perplexing fast travel system because you’re a cowboy, dang-it. I need that time to think about how to trim my real-time beard growth or rustle up the 25 cents for a bath following a sloppy muddy drunken brawl. Or maybe I’m riding off into the wilderness to hunt or fish, tasks that are boring but optional here because they’re boring but optional in real life. The particulars of the gameplay encourage you to have an 1899 experience that feels like it has an authored tone even if your actions are entirely up to you, and I respect and appreciate the confidence of that strong intent.It’s also tough to stay bored in any open-world game with enough freedom for players to be dicks in creative emergent way, even before using the cheat codes (which you should know prevent you from saving progress). I kept body slamming and hogtying cops when they chased after me. I took a date to a show and kept heckling the performers shouting “Garbage!” and “Trash!” I lost weight after not eating for days, endlessly crashing my horse instead. I investigated murder scenes and stole top hats from corpses. I bought tons of new fancy boi outfits for looking like a hobo Abe Lincoln and keeping my temperature healthy in different climates, like in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.And speaking of Breath of the Wild, Rockstar and Nintendo are similar in that they both approach open-world games as crafted spaces for the players to truly live in, not just maps for content delivery. In Red Dead Redemption 2 just the sheer variety of breathing communities, connected through dream logic geography, kept me fascinated the entire time. There are prairie towns, southern bayou plantations, snowy mountains, smog-filled industrial cities, and even an entire sugar colony. It’s like going from the city of Vice City to the entire state of San Andreas.But more than anything else, what kept me going throughout this very long game without wanting to stop were the story missions. When you just focus on the story Red Dead Redemption 2 has moments of downtime but is largely set piece after set piece. You’re robbing a train. You’re escaping a town that turned against you. You’re shooting up and burning down a southern Gothic mansion. You’re launching cannonballs at warships. It’s banger after action-packed banger, cleverly designed and expertly paced. It’s not boring to snipe prison guards from a hot air balloon. It’s really exciting! It’s pretty much unfair, too, because the only way to pull off this volume of great design is having more money than God and, as we now know, the ability to get away with grinding your own employees to dust.The missions are broadly strung together by a story that mostly fascinates me as more proof of Rockstar attempting to be more Serious and Mature ever since GTA IV ten years ago. Michael in GTA V may have cracked jokes but that was a clear cut case of the dadification of video games, and as a game about sad old outlaw cowboys and their desperate dying way of life Red Dead Redemption 2 is also extremely for dads. Considering the loose continuity of GTA, I was surprised just how super connected this prequel is to the first game, too. John Marston fans won’t be disappointed.I actually lost a ton of progress while playing because I didn’t realize I couldn’t save with cheat codes and because the game crashed a few times. Normally this would devastate me. It would stop me from playing the game anymore. But I wasn’t that bothered because the thought of replaying an entire chapter, maybe making some different choices, genuinely sounded like a lot of fun. It didn’t bore me.There’s a ton to criticize in Red Dead Redemption 2. Again, there are some clunky controls and menu designs. Western settings just inherently have emptier spaces. Much of the story is tangents with cool texture but not substance and Arthur being a blank slate until the very end. Besides some Black, Latinx, and Indigenous lip service it’s white as hell. Educate yourself about the labor issues at Rockstar. But a game that let me have so much fun, that got me playing it and thinking about it for so long, I could never call boring.For more on Red Dead Redemption 2, to tide you over until you can play for yourself, check out the latest gameplay trailer and character portraits and fancy special edition.View as: One Page Slides1/121. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.last_img read more

UCSD Health completes 4000th lifesaving lung surgery

first_img Updated: 7:29 PM Posted: February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom February 7, 2019 UCSD Health completes 4,000th lifesaving lung surgerycenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – UC San Diego Health announced today that its surgeons have completed their 4,000th lifesaving surgical procedure to clear scar-like tissue buildup in the lungs.The complex procedure, called a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, can take eight to 10 hours.According to UCSD, the surgeon must cease the patient’s heart function and blood circulation to access the lung’s miniscule arteries unencumbered. While the patient flatlines, surgeons clear the tissue with specialized tools in 20-minute increments, so as not to permanently damage the patient’s brain and heart functions.“To do 4,000 of these surgeries, the most in the world with the best outcomes, requires a true team effort,” said Dr. Michael Madani, UCSD Health’s chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. “I just could not be prouder of the multi-disciplinary team I work with.”The surgery is the most effective treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, according to UCSD. Sheila Holt, the 4,000th patient to undergo the surgery, had a particularly difficult case of CTEPH, Madani said. Had it been five or 10 years prior, the surgery may not have been an option due to the tissue’s location in her lungs.“Sheila had significant pulmonary hypertension with clots that were far out in the smaller vessels,” Madani said. “She’ll be in my memory forever now not only for being number 4,000, but a more challenging case, as well.”UCSD’s PTE surgical department is the first in the country to receive Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Chest Physicians.According to the university, the program has had the lowest postoperative mortality rate in the world for the past decade at 1 to 2 percent.“It’s surreal to be part of something that makes such a big difference in people’s lives,” Holt said. “I’m so happy I took this leap of faith. It’s life-changing.” Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Republic of the Arctic Proponent And Native Rights Activist Charles Etok Edwardsen

first_imgA life devoted to whaling and land rights has come to an end. Charles Etok Edwardsen passed away in the place he loved best, a whale camp.Download Audio:Edwardsen was an outspoken activist who fought against the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act because he believed the Inupiaq people of the north should control the land and resources of the arctic. He was born in Barrow and was the oldest of 14 children. His sister Beverly Hugo says he fought for modern services for his people after seeing running water and flush toilets at boarding school. She says, even as a child, he was strong willed, stowing away on his grandfather’s whaling boat when he was only 5 years old.“He did hide… [laughing]… and got into Grandpa’s boat. And when Grandpa realized that his son was not going to be denied, he gave him the task of throwing the float after the shoulder person has shot the whale and the harpooner has sent the harpoon off, and Etok’s job as a little boy was to throw the float out.”Beverly says her mother loved to sew traditional clothing for her oldest son. She says when her mom was dying, her brother got his parka wet on a hunting trip and her mom worried about who would care for him after she was gone.Beverly Hugo is a younger sister of the late Charles Etok Edwardsen, who died on May 8th. She says as he requested, there will be a political rally instead of a memorial service in his honor. That rally will happen on Saturday in Barrow.last_img read more

NITI Aayog Health Index Andhra Pradesh ranked second

first_imgAndhra Pradesh showed incredible improvement, ranked second best in terms of overall health performance. On Tuesday NITI Aayog released its health index report titled ‘The Healthy States, Progressive India: Report on Rank of States and UTs’ in the second round. Kerala again emerged as the top ranking state. Taking a big jump from the eighth position, Andhra Pradesh emerged as the second healthiest state in India. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us The Health Index is a composite score integrating 23 indicators, covering key aspects of health sector performance. When compared to Health Index scores from the year 2015-16, the changes varied significantly across states and Union Territories pointing to diverse levels of momentum in performance improvement. As per the release, Telangana reached one slot higher to the 10th position. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh got ranked as the worst. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us When it comes to overall performance, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra emerged as the top three states, NITI Aayog. According to the report the most significant progress in ranks has been observed in the state of Andhra Pradesh with the average composite health index score improving from 53.22 to 65.13. This has been accredited to 100 per cent full immunization coverage along with fully operationalized Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS) for 100 per cent of staff. Following AP, Rajasthan and Maharashtra also improved in their ranking by four and three positions correspondingly. The states which improved their ranking by one position each are Telangana, Karnataka, Haryana, and Assam. Advertise With Us Other than Jharkhand, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, the Tuberculosis success rates worsened in most states. 10 other states including Telangana have partially operationalised the HRMIS for 12 to 86 per cent of staff. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha are the states which witnessed a decline in the overall health index score. The report suggests that the decline in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh was mainly because of TB (tuberculosis) treatment success rate, total fertility rate, low birth weight, the sex ratio at birth, quality accreditation of public health facilities, and time taken for NHM (National Health Mission) fund transfer.last_img read more

Boney Kapoor breaks down when asked if he still misses Sridevi Video

first_imgSridevi, husband Boney KapoorInstagramIt has been more than a year now that Sridevi passed away, but her husband Boney Kapoor still has not been able to cope up with the loss. Boney recently appeared on Komal Nahta’s chat show where the film-maker broke down when asked if there is a moment when he could forget Sridevi.A teaser of the episode is out in which the host is seen asking him if there is a moment in which he does not miss his wife, and Boney with a broken voice and teary eyes says “it is impossible”.When asked about making some wrong financial decisions in life, Boney said that if someone has his wife’s support, he can fight anything.”There has to be someone who understands that I haven’t used my money for a wrong purpose. I haven’t lost it in a gamble or a race and I am aware of my mistake. In this case, if you do not have support at home, support from wife, with that support you can fight anything,” he said.Sridevi had died on February 24 last year in Dubai. The legendary actress was attending a family wedding, where her body was recovered from the bathroom of her hotel room.Her death remained in news for a long time due to the mysterious circumstances in which her body was found. A lot of speculations of foul play were also made, but eventually, it was declared that Sridevi died due to accidental drowning.Watch the video below:Why did ostentatious producer Boney Kapoor @BoneyKapoor get emotional on Komal Nahta Aur Ek Kahani? See for yourself in this trailer and then on the show on Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. on Tata Sky’s Classic Cinema channel (no. 318). @Subhash_somani @PRIYANKAAWASTHY@sukrit_banerjee— Komal Nahta (@KomalNahta) May 3, 2019last_img read more

7yrold girl killed after rape

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA minor girl was allegedly killed after rape by a young man at Patilakhali village in Sadar upazila of Bagerhat on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased was Faria Khatun, 7, daughter of Omar Ali and Class-I student of a local madrasa.Pankaj Chandra Roy, superintendent of Bagerhat police, said locals caught Minhajul Islam Sohef, 19, son of Nurul Islam of Namajpur village in Sadar upazila, while he was trying to bury the body of the girl in an orchard at night.Minhajul used to live at the house of the victim’s uncle.On information, police recovered the body around 8:30am and sent it to Bagerhat Sadar Hospital for autopsy.During primary interrogation, Sohel confessed to his guilt.last_img read more

Kerala unfurls sustainable tourism initiatives

first_imgResponsible Tourism, which began modestly in the palm-fringed backwaters of Kumarakom in 2008 as an experiment has today mushroomed and fleshed out as the motto of Kerala’s Tourism module. With a newly founded Responsible Tourism Mission and Kumarakom bagging the prestigious Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Mart, London, it is no wonder that the new tourism policy unveiled by Kerala focuses in depth at sustainable tourism initiatives. The policy also forms a major highlight of this year’s domestic campaign. The revamped fare with an array of new tourism products was showcased at New Delhi on Friday. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”To ensure the accomplishment of a 100% increase in arrival of foreign tourists and 50% in domestic tourists in five years, a tourism regulatory authority has been formed. This would help put a stop to any unhealthy practices and guarantee better intervention of the Tourism Department through scrutiny and a licensing system,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala.Kerala, voted the Best Family Destination by Lonely Planet, the Best Leisure Destination by Conde Nast Traveller and winner of six National Tourism Awards in 2016, offers the much-needed succour and adrenaline rush to its adventure-seeking traveller. Kayaking, trekking, paragliding, river rafting are a few activities that form a part of the eco-adventure package. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor art aficionados, the state endorses the dreamy lanes of Fort Kochi and a pilgrimage to the Kochi Muziris Biennale, which has changed the landscape of contemporary Indian art today and has helped make Kochi, the art capital of India.For history buffs looking to transport themselves to another era, there is the Muziris Heritage Project. Another offering in the historical space is the Spice Route Project that rekindles the 2000-year old ancient sea links and shared cultural legacies with 30 countries. “Most foreign tourists flock to Kerala to experience its cultural heritage but what we are trying to showcase is the idea that our culture isn’t limited to performances on stage. It is ingrained in our way of life and the department is taking small but significant steps towards helping a traveller experience the richness of Kerala,” said Rani George, IAS, Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Government of Kerala.With the fifth edition of Kerala Blog Express, a unique social media outreach that brings together international bloggers and influencers just around the corner, Kerala is gearing up to welcome every kind of traveller.last_img read more

Amazon Just Bought a VideoGame Company

first_img Register Now » Amazon increasingly wants to be your everything: where you buy toilet paper, watch movies and — it hopes — where you will go for online games.The Seattle-based tech juggernaut has acquired Double Helix Games, the maker of video games like Killer Instinct, according to an emailed statement from Amazon.Related: Game On: China Lifts 14-Year Ban on Video Game ConsolesIrvine, Calif.-based Double Helix Games has been around for close to two decades and is the result of the merger of two legendary gaming shops: Shiny Entertainment, which made games like Earthworm Jim, Sacrifice, MDK and Enter the Matrix; and The Collective, which made games like Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” said Rena Lunak, an Amazon spokesperson, in an emailed statement. Lunak would not respond to questions as to how much the deal was worth or where a conjoined staff would be headquartered.Related: Zynga Makes Its Biggest Buy Yet, Announces Fresh Round of LayoffsNeither would Lunak respond to an inquiry as to why Amazon would make this purchase. That said, Amazon has been rumored to be gearing up to release its own gaming console.The online retail giant does have a gaming arm and hires gaming staff in Seattle, San Francisco and Irvine. Late last year, Amazon Game Studios released a game called “Air Patriots,” a defense game that is optimized for mobile devices. Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 6, 2014last_img read more

A50 closure Travelling Stoke City fans warned about delays due to shut

first_imgRoadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands Roadworks in Newcastle Borough Roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent Fans taking trains to the game in Rotherham are also being warned about possible delays and cancellations on the railway network due to industrial action by RMT members on Northern Rail trains. A Network Rail spokesman said: “The RMT Union will undertake industrial action, affecting Northern on 29 September and 6, 13 and 20 October. “Northern expect to operate a reduced timetable with very few trains running before 09:00 and after 18:00. Around 30% of services are expected to run. Locked-up: North Staffordshire criminals jailed in September 2018 “On some routes, Northern will not be able to run trains, while others have a limited service. Trains that do run are expected to be extremely busy. Northern will also have replacement bus services available on some routes where trains aren’t running.” Fans are urged to take their trains are running before they travel – with services from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly among those affected. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. A50 closed all weekendcenter_img Roadworks in South Cheshire Get the biggest Weekday Stoke City FC stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailStoke City fans are being warned about possible delays to their journeys to and from the Rotherham game – due to the A50 being closed The dual carriageway is shut in both directions between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter from 8pm last night (Friday) until 5.30am on Monday morning (October 1 2018). The closure is in place so a bridge over the A50 carriageway can be safely demolished as part of Staffordshire County Council’s work on the A50 Growth Corridor – a multi-million pound Government investment to cut congestion, address safety concerns, support local businesses and create more jobs. A diversion is in place around the closure, with motorists advised to factor more time into their journeys throughout the weekend, which could affect Stoke City supporters heading for Rotherham’s New York Stadium. A50 DiversionThe diversion route will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions. From the East, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 at Uttoxeter on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along The Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent, before joining the A500 and then the A50 to Blythe Bridge. The route is reversed from the West. County council economy boss Mark Winnington said: “We have done as much of the preparatory work as possible in advance to reduce the amount of time the A50 needs to be closed, but the knock-on effect from the diversion will mean some local roads will be busier than usual that weekend. “I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding and suggest they allow extra time for journeys.” Read MoreRoadworks from October 1 until October 4 North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Roadworks in Stafford Borough/Uttoxeterlast_img read more

AK Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai wins Eco Warrior Environmental

first_imgThe Eco Warrior Awards were announced this week – and we are delighted that Sanctuary Olonana, one of bercrombie & Kent’s exclusive tented camps in the Masai Mara, was one of the winners. Launched by Ecotourism Kenya in 2005, these prestigious awards honour innovation within the Kenyan tourism industry with the aim of encouraging sustainable tourism that respects the environment, empowers local communities and promotes good business practice.The Eco Warrior Awards recognise companies or individuals for their achievements in four main areas: outstanding innovation, key achievements, sustainability and replicability.The six winners all demonstrated innovation in one or more of these areas, with Sanctuary Olonana commended for its sustainable practices including: • Designing an innovative wetland system that cleans wastewater before returning it to the natural environment. • Establishing a special tree-planting project to help prevent the deforestation in the Masai Mara and in the process engage the participation of the local community.• Building a crafts shop at Sanctuary Olonana where Maasai women from the neighbouring village can exclusively display and sell their wares to guests staying at the camp.• Creating a partnership with the Maasai village so that guests can visit the village to learn about local culture. At the end of every month Sanctuary Olonana makes a contribution to the village on behalf of every client who visited the village, providing a source of income for the whole community.The team of judges all agreed, “Sanctuary Olonana shared their vision on how the Mara or any area in Kenya can become sustainable in terms of energy production and use. In addition, they provided a clear example of innovation in waste management and how this can be replicated. Sanctuary Olonana have established an indigenous tree planting project that guests can participate in which they hope will be replicated in the Mara to help curb deforestation.”Like all Sanctuary properties, Sanctuary Olonana operates around the ethos of “luxury,naturally”. The first of Sanctuary Retreats’ African properties, this is an exclusive and sustainable camp built along the Mara River at the foot of the Siria Escarpment. The 14 spacious canvas tents all have floor to ceiling mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large river view verandas. There is an organic garden where much of the food served in camp is grown.Sanctuary Olonana is the proud recipient of many other environmental awards including a silver award from Ecotourism Kenya and a conservation award from the East African Wildlife Society.Guests travelling on A&K’s 10 day ‘Kenya: Wildlife and Warriors’ journey spend three nights at Sanctuary Olonana. Source = Sanctuary Olonanalast_img read more

QBE FIRST Appoints New CEO

first_img March 27, 2012 417 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-03-27 Abby Gregory “”QBE FIRST”” has named a new CEO, recently announcing the appointment of Christopher Davies to the executive position. The company will capitalize on Davies’ two decades of experience in the banking and mortgage industries to promote the growth of QBE FIRST throughout North America.[IMAGE]Most recently, Davies served as the president of “”Capital One’s”” home loans division where he was responsible for creating a mortgage and home equity business. While part of Capital One, Davies was able to increase the company’s presence throughout the industry by managing its servicing and asset portfolio,[COLUMN_BREAK]integrating the mortgage businesses of acquired financial institutions, and helping lead the acquisition of “”ING Direct”” Other career highlights for Davies include executive stints with “”Wachovia Mortgage””: and “”LendingTree, LLC”” Davies performed as the president and CEO of Wachovia Mortgage, and while with LendingTree, Davies acted as the company’s CEO and vice-chairman.Commenting on Davies’ hiring, John Rumpler, president and CEO of QBE FIRST’s parent company “”QBE North America””, said, “”He brings a strong track record of leadership in building, integrating and managing successful mortgage businesses.””Continuing his statements, Rumpler went on to call Davies a “”strong and respected leader in the financial services industry with more than 24 years of mortgage experience covering all aspects of the business.””QBE FIRST operates as a nationwide insurance provider offering mortgage and auto-lender insurance, as well as voluntary insurance products, loss-mitigation services, and customized property tax solutions. As part of QBE North America, QBE FIRST is also a part of global company “”QBE Insurance Group Limited”” QBE FIRST Appoints New CEO in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 29 2018 6

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2018 6:32 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, artist Don Henley performs at “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The academy announced the latest additions Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, to the lineup for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honoured as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.The academy announced the latest additions to the lineup Thursday for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards.Kacey Musgraves and Linda Perry are also among the newly announced performers, joining the previously announced Pink, Norah Jones and Chris Stapleton.The event raises money for people in the musical community facing financial, medical and personal need.The academy announced in September that Parton, the first country artist to receive the MusiCares honour, will be recognized for her music and support of causes through her Dollywood Foundation.The Associated Press Nelson, Henley to honour Parton at Grammy MusiCares concertlast_img read more

MPs urged to delay vote on changes to foreclosure law

first_imgFINANCE minister Harris Georgiades as well as the banking industry urged lawmakers on Thursday to delay voting on proposed amendments to the foreclosures law, changes that could weaken lenders’ ability to recover loans and trigger a chain reaction of adverse side-effects.“It is the government’s clear recommendation that we not rush now into changing the law,” Georgiades told MPs.Moreover, he added, the timing was all wrong.It was best to wait until the Estia debt relief scheme for homeowners kicked in, and allow some time to assess the programme’s efficacy before tinkering with the law on foreclosures.“We should not fiddle with the legislation until we at least have a picture [on whether Estia delivers],” the minister pleaded.The law on foreclosures was amended in the summer of 2018 to make it more effective, some four years after it was passed by parliament with changes that essentially rendered it toothless and unable to help banks reduce non-performing loans.Up until then, the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB), the troika of international creditors which supervised Cyprus’ 2013 bailout, had been calling for an amendment to the law to make it more effective.Now, opposition parties have drafted five amendments which banks fear would defang the law by enabling strategic defaulters to drag out the foreclosures process.The thrust of the amendments is to provide vulnerable debtors – essentially homeowners with mortgages they can’t service – extra safeguards. But critics say the law as it stands already provides adequate protections.The government and the banks say the amendments, if passed, will both delay and complicate foreclosures proceedings, preventing lenders from reducing their stock of non-performing loans.A Central Bank official noted that currently in Cyprus NPLs account for 30 per cent of all loans, compared to the eurozone average of 3 per cent.Making it harder for banks to recover loans would in turn disincentivize them from issuing new loans, starving the economy of fresh capital, but also force them to increase their provisions on the books – set aside more capital for contingencies.Banks’ inability to divest of NPLs would additionally force them to raise interest rates.MPs’ concerns that debtors could be thrown out of their homes appear unfounded. For example, to date Bank of Cyprus has restructured some 28,700 loans. Over the past 12 months, only 921 of these restructurings related to home loans.In the same time period, the bank foreclosed on 242 properties. Not one of the foreclosed properties was a primary home.Fifty percent of the foreclosures related to undeveloped parcels of land, and the rest were villas and commercial properties.Weighing in, the Association of Cyprus Banks (ACB) warned that hampering the ability to recover loans would also result in a downgrading of Cypriot banks’ credit ratings.In a memo, the association cited one proposed amendment which, in their view, would wreak havoc on the recovery of NPLs tied to properties.Under this amendment, the debtor would be able to set aside a notice to foreclose by simply filing for a procedural injunction with a district court.Previously, foreclosure proceedings could be stopped in their tracks only if the court found in favour of the debtor and issued the injunction. Now, merely the seeking of an injunction would be enough.What’s more, under the amendments a debtor can set aside a foreclosure notice if he or she so much as applies for the Estia debt relief scheme. Previously, the notice could be set aside only if the applicant had been accepted for Estia.The ACB also recalled that Cyprus had undertaken to clean up its act with regard to the massive NPLs in return for the European Commission green-lighting the sale of the Cooperative Bank.It cited a European Commission document dated June 19, 2018 titled “State Aid SA.35334 (2018/N-2) – Cyprus – Liquidation aid for the orderly market exit of Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd.”The document reads: “In order to eliminate the major impediments to the workout of NPLs in the country, Cyprus commits to enact far-reaching reforms that will allow an effective workout of NPLs by banks, asset managers and asset servicers, while continuing to protect the most vulnerable borrowers.“The scope of these reforms will include, among other things, the legislation covering foreclosure to allow for the effective enforcement of claims, the setup of an electronic auction system for properties subject to foreclosure proceedings, a better access to the financial information of borrowers by financial institutions and a reform of the judicial process, in order to greatly increase the efficiency of handling of NPL cases by the judicial system.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more