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Sehwag, Zaheer set to return for Sri Lanka tour

Sehwag, Zaheer set to return for Sri Lanka tour

first_imgThe fit-again duo of opening batsman Virender Sehwag and pacer Zaheer Khan is all set to return to the Indian squad after missing the Asia Cup when the selectors meet here on Wednesday to choose the side for the upcoming cricket tour of Sri Lanka.The duo, along with Zaheer’s pace understudy Umesh Yadav, sat out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March on fitness grounds.They were also not part of the squad for the one-off Twenty 20 International in South Africa on March 30 which was India’s last international engagement.With these three players expected to be available for selection, the squad for the Lanka tour — comprising only One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 ties — is set to see some changes from the side which flopped in the Asia Cup and lost the rain-hit T20 match to the hosts in Johannesburg by D/L method.With Sehwag back in action, one of the other middle order batsmen from the Asia Cup squad will have to be sacrificed and Manoj Tiwary could be the man to make way for the former’s return.It’s not clear whether Tendulkar, who had set the fabulous record of 100 international hundreds in the previous 50-over competition that India took part in, is available for the Lanka tour following his nomination as a member of Upper House of Indian Parliament.According to selection committee sources, things would become clear just before the five-member team sits down to choose the touring squad when the Cricket Board’s convener Sanjay Jagdale apprises them about the availability and fitness concerns, if any, of players in contention.advertisementIf by any chance Tendulkar decides to opt out of what is widely perceived to be a low-key series commencing on July 21, Ajinkya Rahane is the man most likely to be named as the third opener after Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Ganguly wants Dhawan to fire in IPL final, Nadal loss a big blow for French Open

Sports Wrap: Ganguly wants Dhawan to fire in IPL final, Nadal loss a big blow for French Open

first_imgTime for Shikhar Dhawan to stand up, says Sourav GangulyOpener Shikhar Dhawan has managed just 473 runs in 16 games at an ordinary average of 39.41 – way below the standards for a player of his calibre.New BCCI boss Anurag Thakur makes all the right noises Like all good politicians, Anurag Thakur is highly ambitious. In cricket administration, he has served his apprenticeship climbing up the rungs without losing sight of the summit.Players to watch out for in Champions League final Cristiano Ronaldo will be attracting most of the attention as he tries to win his second European trophy with Real Madrid, but plenty of his teammates and many of his opponents with Atletico Madrid have shown they are capable of breaking through with a great performance in the biggest game of the season.Rafael Nadal’s pull-out stuns French Open but show goes on With third-round action in full swing out on the Roland Garros clay courts, Rafael Nadal dropped a bombshell midway though a sunny afternoon when he announced he was withdrawing because of an injury to his left wrist.Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika Medical experts, academia and scientists have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world.last_img read more

With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Further complicating the matter is this: China’s best-known basketball player is Hall of Famer Yao Ming, who spent his NBA career with the Rockets. Yao is now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which has said it is suspending its relationship with the Rockets as part of the response to Morey’s tweet. The CBA also canceled plans to have the G League affiliates from Houston and Dallas play preseason games in China later this month.“I’m hoping that together Yao Ming and I can find an accommodation,” Silver said. “But he is extremely hot at the moment, and I understand it.”A ceremonial NBA Cares event for an educational center in Shanghai with the Nets was canceled Tuesday, though the Nets participated in other events as scheduled. The Lakers were arriving there Tuesday. Silver said NBA Cares would still honor its bigger mission surrounding that event, including providing a gift of new computers.“How can it be possible to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China without knowing China’s public opinion?” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday. “NBA’s cooperation with China has been going on for quite a long time, so for what should be said and what should be done, they know best.”Silver also released a statement prior to his news conference, saying “those who question our motivation” should know that the NBA’s stance is about more than business. Many U.S. lawmakers have called for the league to take action — some even suggesting the games in China should be canceled by the NBA.“We are not apologizing for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression,” Silver said. “I regret — again, having communicated directly with many friends in China — that so many people are upset, including millions and millions of our fans. At the end of the day, we come with basketball as an opportunity to sell dreams, sell hopes … that we are causing disruption in people’s lives and that we are causing disharmony, that’s something I regret.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Silver is going to Shanghai on Wednesday and said he hopes to meet with officials and some of the league’s business partners there in an effort to find some sort of common ground. He said he hopes Chinese officials and fans look at the totality of the impact of the three-decade-plus relationship between the league and their country, and urged them to see his response while acknowledging there are political differences between the countries.“I’m sympathetic to our interests here and our partners that are upset,” Silver said. “I don’t think it’s inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles.”Silver said the NBA did not expect CCTV to cancel plans to show the Lakers-Nets games. “But if those are the consequences of us adhering to our values, I still feel it’s very, very important to adhere to those values,” Silver said.This rift between China and the NBA started late last week when Morey tweeted a now-deleted image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” in reference to months of pro-democracy demonstrations in the semiautonomous Chinese territory that has been mired in escalating violence between protesters and law enforcement.Efforts were quickly made to defuse the impact; Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Morey does not speak for the Rockets, and Morey returned to Twitter on Monday in an effort to clarify his meaning. But damage was clearly done: at least one Chinese sporting goods company said it was no longer cooperating with the Rockets, NBA streaming partner Tencent — which has a $1.5 billion contract with the league over the next five seasons — said it would not show Rockets games and a sports news website in China said it was no longer covering the team.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Hometown fave Tokong advances in 25th Siargao International Surfing This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments “Daryl Morey, as general manager of the Houston Rockets, enjoys that right as one of our employees,” Silver said. “What I also tried to suggest is that I understand there are consequences from his freedom of speech and we will have to live with those consequences.”Among those consequences: CCTV said it would not show the games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, who will play Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Shenzhen. Basketball is wildly popular in China and those two teams — largely because of LeBron James starring for the Lakers and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s co-founder Joe Tsai now owning the Nets — would have almost certainly been a huge television draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“We’re strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right to freedom of expression,” CCTV said in a statement. “We believe that any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech.”The broadcaster is also reviewing all its cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA, said the statement posted to CCTV Sports’ official social media account. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)TOKYO— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China’s state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week.Silver, speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and NBA champion Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are “apologetic” that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Morey’s tweet and comments that followed — but insisted that Morey has the right to freedom of expression.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READlast_img read more

Pacific Radiance to Expand Its Fleet with Two New PSVs

Pacific Radiance to Expand Its Fleet with Two New PSVs

first_img My location Pacific Radiance, December 19, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Pacific Radiance Ltd., a Singapore-based provider of integrated offshore marine services in Asia and beyond, will be pressing forward with its growth strategy, moving ahead with plans to expand and upgrade its offshore fleet by adding two high-specification platform supply vessels (PSVs) to its newbuild programme.In September 2013, the Group placed an order with a Chinese Shipyard for two PSVs utilising the Ulstein PX121 design, and has now exercised the option for two more PSVs of the same design. The latest pair of vessels are due to be delivered in 4Q 2015.Mr James Pang, Managing Director (Commercial and Business Development) of Pacific Radiance, said: “Fresh from our successful initial public offering (IPO) in November 2013, we are keen to press home the advantage and accelerate plans to build up our presence in key markets. The latest vessel orders will enhance our ability to widen our foothold in the high-growth markets of Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa, Australia and Latin America.”The vessels ordered by Pacific Radiance are designed to meet the requirements of Det Norske Veritas notation as a Clean Design & Comfort class. Each PSV is diesel electric driven, has a load capacity of 4,000 tonnes and can achieve a speed of 14.5 knots.Measuring 83.4 metres in length and 18 metres in breadth, each can accommodate up to 30 persons. This latest order brings the Group’s newbuild programme to 19 vessels in all.These acquisitions will be internally funded, using the net proceeds of S$150.6 million raised in the November listing and internally generated cash.Mr Pang added: “Our project management team will be working hand-in-hand with Ulstein’s design engineers when the vessels are built in China. With the Group’s unique understanding of the newbuild process, we have been able to manage overall expenses well and keep the acquisition costs low for the entire fleet expansion programme. This will feed through our bottom line via higher margins and better profitability.”Currently, Pacific Radiance owns and operates a young and diverse fleet of more than 130 offshore support vessels designed to cater to every major phase of the oil and gas project life cycle. To complement its expansion plans in targeted high-growth markets, the Group has been steadily augmenting the fleet with technologically advanced but cost-efficient vessels that meet both the budgets and the operational needs of clients moving into the burgeoning exploration and production (E&P) sector.The Group’s associate company, PT Logindo Samudramakmur, also listed recently, debuting on the Indonesia Stock Exchange on 11 December 2013. The offshore vessel owner and operator, which plays a key role in the Group’s plans to ramp up growth in Indonesia’s cabotage-protected market, raised Rp356.7 billion, or approximately US$31.4 million (based on the prevailing exchange rate of US$1 : Rp 11,350) in gross proceeds through the IPO, most of which will be used to expand its locally flagged fleet. Print  Closelast_img read more

Diana Offloads Panamax Bulker

Diana Offloads Panamax Bulker

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has decided to dispose of Nirefs, a 2001-built Panamax bulker.The company signed a memorandum of agreement with an undisclosed party to sell the 75,300 dwt ship.As informed, the agreed sale price is USD 6.71 million before commissions.Built at Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries yard, Nirefs currently has a market value of USD 6.66 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Upon completion of the abovementioned sale, Diana Shipping’s fleet will comprise 43 dry bulk vessels.As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet, including the m/v Nirefs, is approximately 5.4 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.31 years.last_img read more

Designer Pedram Karimi to keep blurring lines

Designer Pedram Karimi to keep blurring lines

first_imgAhead of this curveball has been designer Pedram Karimi, who launched his eponymous and genderless line in 2012 in Montreal. “My philosophy for the brand from the get-go was about having a neutral wardrobe that could fit various types of individuals and their lifestyles,” he says.“I imagined a Utopia filled with conscious and mindful people who see this world as a whole and with this way of thinking, they’d also care about what they wear and where it comes from.”While we don’t yet have a gender-free paradise on Earth, this past year has seen a major shift in how we collectively think about gender and clothing. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Each generation of artists takes as its sworn duty the smashing of icons and the challenging of traditions and assumptions. But even in an industry where trends churn by at blinding speed, the fashion world has been upended rather suddenly by the blurring of gender lines. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Cautious calm prevails in Tripoli amid emergency state general strike

Cautious calm prevails in Tripoli amid emergency state general strike

first_imgTRIPOLI – Only police stations, hospitals, gas stations and bakeries opened their doors.A state of cautious calm prevailed in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday as a state of emergence and general strike went into effect following deadly clashes between locals and militiamen.All government offices, schools and universities were shut down on the first day of a three-day general strike declared by local authorities to mourn the victims of clashes that erupted over the weekend in the capital.Only police stations, hospitals, gas stations and bakeries opened their doors.In a statement published by the state-run news agency Saturday, municipality authorities said the strike would include all public and private sectors.They urged residents to exercise self-restraint and avoid attacks on people and properties.The Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries, an armed group now affiliated to the Libyan army, has declared a 48-hour state of emergency in Tripoli as of Sunday.It said the move was coordinated with the Army Chief of Staff and the Interior Ministry to restore law and order.At least one person was killed and four others wounded on Saturday in renewed clashes between militias and the residents of the eastern Tripoli neighborhood of Tajoura.This came one day after 48 people, including 32 civilians, were killed in deadly clashes between Libyan protesters and militias during mass protests to demand that armed militias leave the capital.Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has urged the locals to exercise self-restraint.“I urge that no forces enter Tripoli,” he said. “It would have catastrophic consequences.”Libyans have struggled to restore law and order to their country since the death of longstanding strongman Muammar Gaddafi two years ago.The transitional government and its security forces have also struggled to contain the armed militias that helped overthrow Gaddafi, but which held onto their weapons after the 2011 uprising.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Launches Building Works of Mosque in Dar es

King Mohammed VI Launches Building Works of Mosque in Dar es

Dar es Salaam – King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HH Prince Moulay Ismail, in the presence of Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, launched, on Tuesday, the construction works of a new mosque in Dar es Salaam, which the sovereign named “the Mohammed VI Mosque”.This royal decision came as a response to a request by Mufti Sheikh Abu-Bakr Ibn Zubayr Benali, President of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, who expressed the need for a mosque and its facilities in Dar es Salaam.The area of this religious and cultural landmark is 7,400 square meters; it includes a prayer room that accommodates more than 5,000 worshipers, a library, a conference hall, administrative facilities, a parking lot and green spaces. On this occasion, the King offered 10,000 copies of the Holy Koran to the National Muslim Council of Tanzania.Afterwards, the Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, who is also a founding member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulema, gave a speech wherein he expressed his thanks and gratitude to HM the King for building a grand mosque in Dar es Salaam and naming it after him.Later on, a cooperation agreement in the field of religious affairs was concluded and signed between the Mufti and the Moroccan Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq.It covers traditional education, religious foundations, construction and management of mosques, exchange of experiences, and other forms of cooperation which aim to preserve authentic Islamic values and help prevent all forms of deviation and extremism. read more

UN spotlights role of midwives in improving maternal and childrens health

UN spotlights role of midwives in improving maternal and childrens health

17 June 2011The United Nations is set to unveil a report highlighting the vital work of midwives in ensuring that millions of women and newborn children do not die needlessly at a time when many countries still lack enough skilled staff to serve as birth attendants. The report, The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011: delivering health, saving lives, is the first of its kind and draws on data gathered from 58 countries. Co-authored by several UN agencies – including the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – and more than 20 international partners, it will be released on Monday at a global conference of midwives taking place in Durban, South Africa.The report will examine the progress made so far on boosting the numbers of midwives, which are particularly critical to the achievement of two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): boosting maternal health, and reducing child mortality.The world continues to lag behind its targets on both those goals, and last year Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health to try to accelerate action on these issues.UNFPA, whose Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin will launch the report on Monday, has estimated that about 900 women die every day and more than 34,000 others experience problems as a result of complications while giving birth.But the number of midwives – most of whom are women – varies enormously between and within countries, and many regions with high maternal and newborn mortality rates suffer from a shortage of skilled staff.In some of the world’s poorest countries, as few as 13 per cent of all births are assisted by a midwife or a health-care worker with the necessary skills.Tomorrow about 3,000 midwives participating in the Durban conference are expected to march through the city as a sign of their commitment to improving standards of maternal and newborn care around the world. read more

US UK accused of interfering in Sri Lankas domestic affairs

US UK accused of interfering in Sri Lankas domestic affairs

“In such a context I fail to comprehend your tolerance of the intrusive conduct of these Ambassadors of the US and US et al in the affairs of our state,” he said.He also alleged that it is an open secret that some of these western countries played an active role in the 2015 elections to oust the then regime. (Colombo Gazette) In a media statement the Minister said that he was “shocked” that the Speaker entertained diplomats in his Parliament office after Parliament was prorogued, including the Ambassadors of the US and UK. A Government Minister today accused the United States and the United Kingdom of interfering in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka.Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Vasudeva Nanayakkara today slammed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for meeting diplomats in Parliament, after Parliament was prorogued. He noted that the US and UK had recently raised concerns over the alleged intrusion into their electoral and political sphere by other countries. read more

Halton officer sentenced for stealing drugs from evidence

Halton officer sentenced for stealing drugs from evidence

A Halton Regional Police officer who pleaded guilty to breach of trust has been given a conditional discharge with three years probation.Brad Murray was arrested and charged in May 2017, following an internal audit and independent investigation into anomalies in the service’s drug vault.In April, Brad Murray pleaded guilty to stealing opioids from an evidence locker, which put a number of cases in jeopardy.Murray is a 16-year veteran of the Halton Police Service.He is still facing discipline under the Police Services Act, where he could be fired.He remains suspended with pay, which is the only suspension currently allowed under the act. read more

Garth Drabinsky has been punished enough lawyer tells Ontario securities regulator

Garth Drabinsky has been punished enough lawyer tells Ontario securities regulator

Garth Drabinsky arrives for an Ontario Securities Commission hearing in Toronto on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Garth Drabinsky has paid his debt to society and shouldn’t be punished again for his role in the Livent Entertainment fraud scandal, his lawyer said Wednesday as Ontario’s securities regulator began opening submissions in its long-running case against the disgraced theatre mogul.Drabinsky, who has a visible limp and was using a walker, declined comment on his way into the hearing room at the Ontario Securities Commission, which launched its regulatory cases against him and two Livent executives in 2001. Those cases were put on hold while criminal charges against the three worked their way through the courts.“The gentleman that is sitting in this room today is not the gentleman you heard about in the course of those proceedings,” lawyer Richard Shekter told the OSC’s three-member panel.“He has acknowledged culpability, he feels terrible about what he did and he has made it his life mission to fix it and to contribute to Canadian society.”Drabinsky, whose fame grew after producing hits such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Show Boat,” was found guilty of two counts of fraud in 2009 and sentenced to a five-year prison term for his role in a kickback scheme that cost investors an estimated $500 million.“He has served hard time,” Shekter said.The OSC is seeking to ban Drabinsky, 67, from acting as a director or officer of a public company and acting as or becoming a registrant in Ontario.Pamela Foy, senior litigation counsel with the OSC, told the hearing that Drabinsky is “not the victim” and that the purpose of the sanctions are to protect investors and capital markets as well as deter others from committing similar crimes.She said a ban would not impede Drabinsky’s ability to earn a living as Shekter suggested because he can work as an employee. Drabinsky is already working on a new musical, “Sousatzka,” which debuts a preview Saturday in Toronto. His lawyer told the panel he will not be attending the afternoon hearings this week because he has to oversee the production’s dress rehearsals.“Mr. Drabinsky has every right to continue to earn a living in the entertainment industry or otherwise,” Foy said.“He does not, however, have a right to continue to participate in the capital markets.”But Shekter told the panel such penalties would be “unmitigated overkill” and Drabinsky should be permitted to trade his own investments and run a family company that would help him minimize taxes and prepare estate planning.“You don’t have to be a genius to understand that what happened to Mr. Drabinsky is more of a deterrent, both personal and general, than anything this panel can impose,” he said.Shekter plans on calling seven witnesses to testify on Drabinsky’s behalf, including Geoff Beattie, who previously managed private holding company Woodbridge, Richard Stursberg, former head of English language services at the CBC, and former federal Court of Appeal justice Allen Linden.Two dozen letters from various supporters including Onex Corp. founder Gerald Schwartz and Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp will also be submitted to the panel, Shekter said.Two other men were also charged and convicted in the Livent scandal.Gordon Eckstein, who was the vice-president of finance at the theatre production company, pleaded guilty in 2007 to fraud. He was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day, including a year of house arrest.Myron Gottlieb, who co-founded Livent along with Drabinsky, was convicted of fraud, sentenced to five years in prison and released on parole in 2012.Both Eckstein and Gottlieb were later banned from serving as a director or officer of a public company under settlements reached with the OSC.Livent Entertainment, which produced shows across North America, the United Kingdom and Australia, sought bankruptcy protection in 1998 and was sold off in 2001.The OSC hearing has set aside six days of hearings in Drabinsky’s case.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Richard Shekter. Garth Drabinsky has been punished enough, lawyer tells Ontario securities regulator read more

Fraser Institute Mining Survey 2011 – your opinion sought

Fraser Institute Mining Survey 2011 – your opinion sought

first_imgThe Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic think tank, conducts an annual survey of how miners and explorers rate the investment climate of jurisdictions around the world. The results identify the countries, states, and provinces whose policies create the greatest barriers to investment in the mining sector. The results of the 2010-2011 Mining Survey, which elicited a great deal of media attention, can be downloaded as a free PDF at: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=17302. Participate in the 2011-2012 Survey of Mining Companies. Your participation will help to ensure that the results reflect the views of professionals with first-hand knowledge of the mining industry investment climate in countries around the globe. Broad involvement in the survey will increase the number of jurisdictions evaluated, thereby increasing the number of governments who get candid and anonymous opinions on their policies. Additionally, all information collected through the survey remains confidential.You can complete the survey on line in less than 15 minutes. To thank you for your participation, the survey will send you an email alert the very moment the survey is released, with a link to the survey. You will have the information at the same instant as the media. It will also automatically enter you in a draw to win C$1,000.To complete the survey, please click on the following link: www.fraserinstitute.org/miningsurvey2011last_img read more

Older fathers have geekier sons

Older fathers have geekier sons

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Ollyy By Daragh Brophy Share110 Tweet Email10 Jun 24th 2017, 9:15 AM 18,989 Views Older fathers have ‘geekier’ sons Sons of older fathers are more intelligent and less concerned about fitting in, according to a study. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 9:15 AM 44 Comments SONS OF OLDER fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, according to new research from King’s College London – all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’.Previous research has shown that children of older fathers are at a higher risk of some adverse outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia.However this new study, published in Translational Psychiatry, suggests that children of older fathers may also have certain advantages over their peers in educational and career settings.The researchers collected behavioural and cognitive data from 15,000 UK-based twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) – a major ongoing study of twins.When the twins were 12 years old, they completed online tests that measured ‘geek-like’ traits, including non-verbal IQ, strong focus on the subject of interest and levels of social aloofness.Parents were also asked whether their child cares about how they are perceived by their peers and if they have any interests that take up substantial majority of their time. Using this information, the researchers computed a ‘geek index’ for every child in the study.Overall, higher geek index scores were reported in the sons of older fathers. This effect persisted after controlling for the parent’s social/economic status, qualifications and employment.“Our study suggests that there may be some benefits associated with having an older father,” researcher Dr Magdalena Janecka said.We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects.Why? Although the study did not directly investigate the role of environmental factors, there are a number of potential reasons why older fathers may have ‘geekier’ sons. For example, older fathers are likely to have more established careers and a higher socioeconomic status than younger fathers, meaning that their children may be brought up in more enriched environments and have access to better schooling.The results of the study also have implications for understanding links between higher paternal age, autism and characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’.Although the researchers could not measure it directly, they hypothesise that some of the genes for geekiness and for autism are overlapping, and that those genes are more likely to be present in older fathers.Dr Janecka added:“When the child is born only with some of those genes, they may be more likely to succeed in school. However, with a higher ‘dose’ of these genes, and when there are other contributing risk factors, they may end up with a higher predisposition for autism.This is supported by recent research showing that genes for autism are also linked with higher IQ.Researchers from King’s College London and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the United States carried out the study.Read: Dublin’s new ‘stationless’ bike company has stalled its launch over council concerns >Read: Massive haul of Nazi artifacts found in hidden room near Buenos Aires > Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Ollyy http://jrnl.ie/3453727 last_img read more

WWE streams the opening ceremony of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tapings introducing

WWE streams the opening ceremony of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tapings introducing

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks WWE provided a Facebook Live stream of the opening ceremonies of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tapings taking place tonight at Full Sail University.Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo, who will be providing commentary for the tournament, were part of the live stream discussing all of the competitors that will take part.#WWE gives us a glimpse at the kick off ceremony for the #WWECWC tapings with Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo pic.twitter.com/ieDccgmdmo— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) June 23, 2016The live stream is now archived over on the official WWE Cruiserweight Classic Facebook page including other videos from earlier today.The WWE Cruiserweight Classic begins airing on the WWE Network starting on July 13 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (8:00 CT). A special Cruiserweight Classic: Bracketology episode will air one week prior on July 6.Triple H also provided a glimpse backstage at production for the tapings tonight as well.We’re live on #Facebook for @WWE_CWC… #GetReady #CWC pic.twitter.com/23p50drQo7— Triple H (@TripleH) June 23, 2016 Triple H Google+ When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Facebook WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Is WWE Losing Its Audience?last_img read more

PROPOSED EXPANSION OF MANDEVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

PROPOSED EXPANSION OF MANDEVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

first_img Related Items:Alwyn Miller, manchester, Mandeville Regional Hospital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 29 (JIS):(BY: DOUGLAS McINTOSH) The management of Mandeville Regional Hospital, in Manchester, has secured an additional four acres of land, which will form part of its strategic plan to further develop and expand the institution’s facilities and services.The property, which is adjacent to the hospital on Caledonia Road in Mandeville, was acquired from the previous owner, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Alwyn Miller, tells JIS News that consideration is being given to relocating the outpatient department, which is earmarked for expansion. He informs that the department, which provides pharmaceutical and laboratory services, has “outgrown” the area it currently occupies, resulting in the staff being “overwhelmed (by) the volume of persons using these facilities.” This situation, he points out, makes it “more challenging for them to manage (the significant number of clients seen) within that space.”Mr. Miller says the proposed upgraded laboratory is highly anticipated in light of the fact that “there are some services required in the Manchester and wider Southern Health Region that we have to get done as far (away) as Cornwall Regional Hospital (in Montego Bay)”, which incur significant costs.He notes that the entire Southern Region (residents and other medical institutions) will benefit from having a regional laboratory at the hospital.Additionally, the CEO says that for “security reasons,” the management also wants to separate outpatient from inpatient services, “to be better able to monitor and manage all visitors to the hospital.” Mr. Miller tells JIS News that acquisition of the property will also provide the hospital’s management with the opportunity to explore development and installation of several additional cost effective features, capable of enhancing the institution’s operations.These, he informs, include installation of additional water storage tanks and rainwater harvesting facilities to assist in maintaining consistent supplies at the institution, particularly during periods of restriction or disruption. “One of the concerns we have always had is that while we do have our storage facility here, the hospital’s consumption rate has grown since the facility was established, and it can no longer store sufficient water for us beyond, maybe, a few days,” Mr. Miller points out. “Additionally, it is always a bit disconcerting in times of severe weather, for example, when the National Water Commission (NWC) may be affected by flooding…and damage to its pumps, and we have no water in Mandeville. So, we want additional storage space to harvest water from rainfall,” the CEO adds.Mr. Miller says the management is also hopeful that these projects will be complemented by the installation of eco-friendly renewable energy facilities, such as solar or wind, “to support the energy needs of the hospital.”“We are hoping that in the 2015/16 budget year, we will be able to get the funding to secure the necessary technical services to help us in the developmental stage,” he tells JIS News.Built in 1877, the Mandeville Regional Hospital is a Type B institution, which caters to just over 1,000 clients daily. The institution, which is administered by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), was initially called the Mandeville Public Hospital. It was renamed in 2001. The facility has undergone significant infrastructural upgrading and service expansion over the years, totaling in excess of $700 million. The most recent was the completion of five major projects during 2013/14 at a cost of approximately $105 million, with financing from the National Health Fund (NHF).These included: renovation and other supporting infrastructure works on four operating theatres; installation of new chillers and supporting air conditioning systems; procurement of food trolleys and meal wares; procurement, installation and commissioning of an X-ray machine; and renovation of Block H, which houses the internal medicine, paediatric and postnatal wards. They were symbolically handed over to the hospital’s management by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, and according to Mr. Miller, are expected to expand the hospital’s bed complement to approximately 230. Implementation of the projects and the development being proposed for the hospital are consistent with the Government’s Human Capital Development priority, focusing on development and strengthening of health care.Emphasising that the Mandeville Regional Hospital “must” be transformed into a Centre of Excellence, Dr. Ferguson assured that “the Ministry will continue to allocate resources to improve the quality (of the) infrastructure, even as we improve the manpower needs for the institution.”last_img read more

Review Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS

Review Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS

first_imgMario is back on a Nintendo handheld with Super Mario 3D Land. This is, in case you hadn’t guessed, great news for Nintendo, as well as anyone who plunked down the cash to buy a 3DS. Mario’s arrival on the 3DS, not unexpectedly, marks one of the best games to hit the 3DS so far, but also one of the most (only?) compelling reasons to actually own Nintendo’s newest portable system.Super Mario 3D Land is far from the first time we’ve seen Mario and company in 3D, but Nintendo has continued to perfect the formula. They’ve gotten very good at delivering a 3D game that doesn’t miss out on the fact that Mario is, inherently, at his best when in 2D. This makes for a capable platformer that offers the diversity of 3D scenarios without foregoing the side-scrolling paradigm that many of us want to seen in a Mario game. Past the game’s building upon releases like Super Paper Mario and Super Mario 64, there are new mechanics and powerups in this game as well. None of them are mind-blowing but as far as incremental coolness goes, SM3DL has its fair share.Of course, the best part of a Super Mario game isn’t the new features, it’s the fine-tuned gameplay and the level design that Nintendo’s team brings to the table. These don’t fall short — Mario’s 3D land is fun, compelling, and keeps introducing fun new toys, like the Propeller Box and Boomerang Flower. Levels are 3D with the linear routes of a 2D game, but things shift around often. Some sections will be nearly overhead, while others will be running around a conical tower, while yet other parts will be straight up over-the-shoulder 3D. The perspective changes keep things interestingSuper Mario 3D Land is (not surprisingly) very easy at times, but it does get more difficult as the game progresses. The good news is that the skill level is fit for all players, so long as they are patient and take their time going through the levels. The game is never hand-holdy, but it does offer help when it deems it necessary. After you die three times in a single level a clear box will show up and you’ll be given a random bonus (fire flower, mushroom, star, etc.). After you die five times you’ll automatically get the Invincibility Leaf. This puts the game into child mode, where you have a tanooki suit’s abilities and you are impervious to damage. Die ten times and you’ll get a pass on that level. Combine these with persistent coin collection and an abundance of coins/1ups and you’ll never have to worry about lives.That’s not to say that the game is too easy. Skilled players can focus on collecting each stage’s three special coins (some of which are tough to get at). Also, the game doesn’t stop when you beat it the first time. There is more content afterwards, including a playable Luigi.This easiness is tempered by gating. Each level has thoose three hard-to-grab super coins. You don’t have to collect any of them to beat the level, but to get past certain points in the overworld you need to have collected a set number of those coins. This prevents players from just rushing through the game without examining the levels.Super Mario 3D Land works on almost all levels. If anything bothered me it was the jumping, something Nintendo usually prides itself on with its Mario games. SM3DL‘s jumping got me into a lot of trouble — and probably accounted for 99% of my deaths. Mario can’t really jump forward if he’s not already moving forward. He basically needs some momentum in order to jump any significant distance. This adds a hint of realism to the game but also makes jumping hard at times. Maybe I just had trouble adjusting to it, but it seems like you had to be more careful with jumps than ever before. When walking, Mario accelerates rather slowly so getting enough momentum can take at least a few steps. The upside is that 3D platforming can be really hard (read: bad) in some games, but SM3DL‘s designers seems to have understood problematic situations and worked around them.As far as the 3D goes, Super Mario 3D Land is the best experience I’ve had on the 3DS. I had less eye strain than with other titles and was able to crank up the 3D all the way for one of the first times ever on the 3DS… so long as I kept the system very still. Even so, I generally shut off the 3D after a few levels as I didn’t think it added much to the game.Super Mario 3D Land is one of the best games to hit the 3DS so far. That, unfortunately, is not saying a whole lot, but it’s very good game, and, even better, a very good Super Mario game. It is, unquestionably, what Nintendo needs more of on the 3DS. Looking past the system and its woes, SM3DL is a fun, replayable, and well-handled foray into a three dimensional gameplay for Nintendo’s top franchise.This review was written with a copy of the game provided by Nintendo.last_img read more

To help save Costa Rican rivers head to a picnic

To help save Costa Rican rivers head to a picnic

first_imgCosta Rica boasts extraordinary natural beauty and a reputation as one of the best ecological destinations on Earth. Nevertheless, its rivers are terribly polluted condition, contradicting the country’s “green” image – and a growing movement seeks to change this by encouraging people nationwide to rediscover, and rally around, their neglected hometown rivers.Studies reveal that most Costa Rican rivers, both in urban and coastal territories, are sewage receivers. on the coast, rivers also receive drainage from agricultural and urban watersheds with pesticide residues, organic compounds, detergents, heavy metals and other substances called emerging contaminants. High concentrations of pharmaceutical products and different chemical compounds are also found in these waters. The 2014 State of the Nation report cites a 2011 study in which 56 rivers on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts were evaluated by analyzing fecal coliforms per hundred milliliters (CF / 100 mL) from 1996-2011. Only 42.9% of the rivers were found suitable for swimming or irrigation of vegetables and fruit trees. A 2012 analysis of the Torres River in San José showed 17 million fecal coliform colonies per 100 mL of water in just a 2-kilometer stretch; a clean river would have less than 1,000, and normal metropolitan rivers have up to 5,000. High levels of fecal matter, trash and toxic substances such as mercury are all found in Río Torres. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThis situation led to the creation of the group Río Urbano in 2012, which seeks to build a new “River Culture” by transforming attitudes toward the country’s rivers. As part of that river-city integration, and as part of the celebration of World Rivers Day, which this year will takes place on Sept. 27, Río Urbano is organizing the first edition of “Picnic on the River Costa Rica.” The campaign’s goal is to draw attention to rivers by reviving the tradition of picnicking along the banks.The idea is that communities organize picnics near rivers all over the country. Each group chooses their own schedule, activities and food. For example, citizens of Turrialba, east of San José, are organizing tire swings on the Pejibaye River. At the Polideportivo Aranjuez along the aforementioned Torres River in San José, free yoga workshops and participatory art activities will take place. Each picnic will be different.International picnics will be held as well, and can be organized by anyone, anywhere.“In most cases picnics abroad, will be organized by some of our [Costa Rican] relatives who wish to support the initiative, but are not in the country. It was based on this interest that we included the possibility of overseas locations,” Alonso Briceño, founder and director of Río Urbano, told The Tico Times“In special cases in El Salvador, Ecuador and Nicaragua, we have made contacts through our allies in those countries. In El Salvador, we have had a great response from several groups working on the recovery of urban rivers in the center of the country. In Nicaragua, we are trying to integrate the initiative with the Guitar Festival in Managua. In Ecuador, there is a movement in the city of Cuenca,” Briceño added. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesSo far, there are approximately 14 rivers where picnics will be held in Costa Rica, including the Virilla, Pejibaye, La Paz, Diriá, Jorco, La Cruz, Ocloro, Torres, and Poás. The international rivers include Tomebamba River in Ecuador, Besos River in Spain, Acelhualte River in El Salvador.To organize your own picnic with your friends and community, check out the event registration form, or visit the Río Urbano Facebook page for more information. Facebook Comments Related posts:National river-picnic events cancelled due to heavy rains Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Punk rock band Title Fight to play for the first time in Costa Rica VW says 11 million cars affected globally as scandal widenslast_img read more

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 7:25 am PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Elliott, Hynde and Gill up for Songwriters Hall FILE – In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Missy Elliott performs at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and could also become the third rapper to enter the organization following recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Missy Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame.Elliott is the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and could also become the third rapper to enter the organization following recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Wednesday, a day ahead of its official announcement.Joining Elliott as performing nominees are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart).Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols and Dallas Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Monica, Pink and Boyz II Men.Nominated non-performing songwriting duos include P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, musical theatre writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Bobby Hart and the late Tommy Boyce.Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13, 2019. Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and three performing songwriters until Dec. 17.Elliott, often praised for her wild, colorful style and playful lyricism, has been one of pop music’s most sought producers and songwriters, in addition to creating her own well-known hits, from “Get Ur Freak On” to “Work It” to “Lose Control.”R&B singers and girl groups heavily benefited from her songwriting work in the ’90s and ’00s. Elliott churned out hits like “Where My Girls At,” which reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and Monica’s “So Gone,” a No. 1 R&B hit and Top 10 pop success. Though it sampled LaBelle’s mid-’70s hit “Lady Maramlade,” Elliott re-worked the song into a modern classic in 2001, starring Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya. It went on to win a Grammy and top the Hot 100 chart for five weeks.Elliott, who came on the music scene alongside mega-producer Timbaland, also worked on multiple songs for the late icon Aaliyah as well as Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, SWV, Total, Tweet and others.___Online: http://www.songhall.orglast_img read more

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