Announcing that the newly launched ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative has proved successful, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of measures to support four government hospitals in south Odisha. The scheme was launched on October 2. “On Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, ‘Mo Sarkar’ was launched. We focused on police and health. I have made 120 calls and the response has been overwhelming,” said Mr. Patnaik in a statement. Team visitFollowing the launch, the Chief Minister had sent senior officers across the State with a directive to visit at least 15 districts. “The feedback has been very inspiring and the response by both police and health functionaries has been very encouraging,” he said.As a follow-up to the first day of ‘Mo Sarkar’ team visit, based on patients’ feedback and discussions with doctors, Mr. Patnaik announced that the Rogi Kalyan Samitis of the four hospitals – Malkangiri district hospital, Koraput medical college, Koraput district hospital and Nabarangpur district hospital – will be given ₹15 lakh from the CM’s Relief Fund for patient welfare. A sum of ₹10 lakh will be provided for promotion of blood donation activities. As regards the Malkangiri hospital, Mr. Patnaik announced increase of bed capacity to 200, provision of accommodation for doctors and transit home, rest shed for attendants and daily bus service from Motu to Malkangiri.For the medical college at Koraput, Mr. Patnaik ordered detailed planning for composite hospital with 500 beds and enhancement of beds to 700 within two years. Besides, the college will have staff quarters and transit home, five ambulances and three Mahaprayan vehicles and rest shed for attendants as an interim measure. The bed strength of the Koraput district hospital will be increased to 250 and that of Nabarangpur district hospital to 200.
“You hear too many stories like mine,” said Goodman, 32, who will be in the elite women’s field for Sunday’s New York City Marathon — a race she missed last year after her injury sidelined her for three months.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says pedestrian fatalities declined slightly in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available. But at 5,977 deaths, the carnage is still considerable, and it doesn’t include the thousands who survive with serious injuries and endure chronic pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceRunners, walkers and cyclists are killed with alarming regularity in many U.S. cities, especially those where traffic is heavy and bike or pedestrian lanes are few.In August, a suburban Boston hit-and-run driver was arrested in an accident that killed an avid runner whose body was found on a neighbor’s lawn. And “ghost bike” ceremonies, in which bicycles are painted white and placed near where a cyclist has died, are painfully commonplace. In this Aug. 3, 2019, photo provided by Avi Goodman, elite runner Kaitlin Goodman approaches the finish line of the Beach to Beacon 10K race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Goodman, who suffered a severe injury while jumping out of the way of a distracted driver near her home in Providence, R.I., launched “Safe on the Road” in October, a new campaign to help pedestrians and motorists coexist on the nation’s roadways. (Avi Goodman via AP)PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Elite marathoner Kaitlin Goodman’s mantra is “run joyfully,” but when a distracted driver forced her to leap to safety, it didn’t spark joy — it tore her hamstring and nearly dashed her Olympic dreams.Bruised, bloodied and bewildered, Goodman channeled her anger into “Safe on the Road,” a campaign she launched last week to help pedestrians and motorists coexist on the nation’s roadways.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Naoya Inoue going for KO vs Nonito Donaire LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Goodman had just signed professional contracts with Adidas and the Boston Athletic Association and was “in the shape of my life” when she suffered the injury.“For me, it was absolutely devastating,” Goodman said. “My running will never be the same. But it could have been even worse.”Although she can no longer run 100 miles a week or even endure a long car ride without discomfort, she’s still hoping to make the U.S. team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the marathon, where her personal best is 2 hours 32 minutes, or the 10,000 meters, which she’s run in 31:55.The campaign born of her ordeal is designed to encourage runners, walkers and cyclists to take meaningful action at the local level. That could mean chatting with a city councilor, putting up a “Drive Like You Run on These Roads” lawn sign, or conducting a street assessment to identify design flaws and places where speed humps might slow drivers down.A native of Davis, California, the nation’s self-proclaimed bike capital, Goodman has found few bike lanes or other pedestrian accommodations in New England.“The goal is to empower people,” she said. “This is a real public health issue.”Newly retired physician Bruce Stowell agrees. The 66-year-old marathoner and triathlete narrowly escaped death or paralysis when his neck was fractured after he was hit by a car in 2011 while cycling a mile from his home in Grants Pass, Oregon.“Ever since my accident, I can’t help but watch my own behavior behind the wheel,” he said. “The more often this gets talked about, the better. We’re all drivers as well as runners.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 “We’ve built a country that prioritizes people who sit in their cars,” said the Rev. Laura Everett, who commutes by bike to her job as executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.Bike lanes are helpful, Everett said, “but paint doesn’t protect. It doesn’t keep drivers from veering into me when they’re on the phone.”“We need to create an environment where everyone makes it home alive,” she said.Goodman hopes her personal experience will serve as a cautionary tale that a fatal or life-altering tangle with a vehicle can happen to anyone at any time.She was trotting down a city street she said she’s run more than a thousand times when the driver — head down — nearly struck her in August 2018 not far from her home on Providence’s leafy East Side.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments
India’s preparations for the first Test against England on August 1 took a hit on Sunday as their practice session was cancelled due to rain in Birmingham.India had planned to reach Birmingham a day early and had cut short its practice match against Essex as well but rain played spoilsport for Virat Kohli’s team.”We are getting to the Test match venue, because it wouldn’t have served the purpose here [in Chelmsford]. Instead of an extra day here, I think an extra day [of training] there would be more valuable … more familiarity with the venue and the conditions where you are playing the first Test,” India coach Ravi Shastri had reasoned.India were looking at atleast three days of practice in Birmingham before the first Test but with more rain forecast for Monday, it looks like the team will have to look for an alternate strategy to get used to the conditions.England on the other hand, will be happy to see the weather which has brought some relief from the hot conditions which could have tilted the scales in favour of the spinners in the first Test.India have three world-class spinners in their squad in R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav while England had to bring back leg-spinner Adil Rashid from Test retirement due to the conditions in England at present.Indian bowling attack suited for all conditions, reckons Darren GoughThe country is witnessing its hottest summer ever which is why spinners are expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming five-match series.advertisementWith Bhuvneshwar Kumar not available for the first three Tests and Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of the opening match, India will now have to depend heavily on Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami for the first few games in the absence of the top-two strike bowlers in the team.The practice match against Essex had ended in a draw as Indian bowlers were made to toil hard while the top-order batsmen, especially Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane struggled against the moving ball.England meanwhile, will once again look to James Anderson and Stuart Broad to provide breakthroughs for them.Virat Kohli fan calls Essex ‘Internet Explorer of cricket’ after cheeky tweetBroad is of the opinion that the team that adapts to the conditions quickly will come out on top.”It’s going to be a hard-fought series. What I really enjoy is a five-Test series. Generally, your best players win you five-match series. Let’s hope, we come out on top. It is nice to have longevity to the series. Generally, the team that adapts and plays best cricket has longevity through the series will win it,” Broad said.India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ KohliBroad also said even the ground staff won’t be able to predict how the 22-yard strip would behave during the first Test.Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham Gooch”It will be a really exciting series as both teams don’t know what the pitch will do neither the groundsmen really know because probably they haven’t experienced this sort of weather in England for a long time. The lack of moisture that has been around, players will have to adapt,” Broad said.Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrathFor Broad, every ground from Trent Bridge (Nottingham) to the Lord’s will pose different challenges, and the bowling unit that adapts quickly will have the upper hand.Writing off Virat Kohli is the biggest mistake: Dale Steyn to India Today”The bowling side that can quickly adapt will have more success. (Need to) realize what’s the threat. Is it spin, reverse swing, or knee roll seam? We will be discussing all the way through.India vs England: Broad ready for challenging and exciting Test series”Each ground will be different. Trent Bridge might be very different to Lord’s. Lord’s (track) traditionally in last couple of years have spun quite a lot. Bowlers like Yasir Shah, Moeen Ali have got 10-fors. At Trent Bridge, it doesn’t turn that much. So we need to use different skills for different grounds for sure,” said Broad, who has 417 wickets from 117 Tests.Former England fast bowler Darren Gough on the other hand, feels India won’t feel the absence of Bhuvneshwar too much as they have the bowling attack for all types of conditions.”Bhuvneshwar is a big loss and he wasn’t at his best during the ODI series because he was carrying an injury. But India aren’t a side anymore that is dependent on one bowler. Earlier, they were dependent on Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath or Zaheer Khan, that is no longer the case. India are suited for all sorts of wickets, and they look prepared and geared up for this Test series,” Gough told PTI.advertisement
The Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (formerly Sri Ramachandra University) was established by the Sri Ramachandra Educational and Health Trust with a vision to facilitate the development of professionals who excel in their fields. In a short period of time, it has become one of the most,The Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (formerly Sri Ramachandra University) was established by the Sri Ramachandra Educational and Health Trust with a vision to facilitate the development of professionals who excel in their fields. In a short period of time, it has become one of the most comprehensive health sciences universities in India. Starting in 1985 as the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, with a medical college and a few paramedical courses, it was declared a deemed university by the government of India in 1994.Located in a lush 150-acre campus (it was ranked No. 5 in the HRD ministry’s ‘Swachh Campus’ Ranking 2018), the deemed university now has in its fold 12 constituent colleges offering around 130 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, biomedical sciences, allied health sciences, sports and exercise sciences, public health and clinical research. Over 6,500 students receive teaching and training under 900-plus faculty members.The quest for excellence in medical education, healthcare and research has earned the university many notable awards. Consistent ‘A’ grade awards in NAAC accreditations, together with academic excellence achieved over the years, has led the University Grants Commission (UGC) to declare it a Grade-I university. Very few universities in India have been conferred this distinction.In the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) 2019 ranking, the deemed university ranked No. 33 while the medical college came in at No. 11 among its peers in India. The teaching hospital here has both JCI (Joint Commission International) and NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) accreditation. Recognising its expertise, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has made Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC&RI) a nodal centre in offering courses in advanced medical education technologies for faculty members. The WHO has designated SRMC&RI as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Occupational Health. The GLP (Good Laboratory Practice)-certified Centre for Toxicology and Developmental Research is the only such lab attached to an educational institution in India. The hospital’s central lab has international accreditationsThe university’s faculty is its greatest strength. Drawn from diverse training backgrounds from all over the country and abroad, many of them are renowned surgeons and physicians in their fields. Harvard Medical International (HMI), with which SRMC&RI had an institutional alliance, has stated that “Sri Ramachandra is the model of a learning institution in both its medical school and hospital”. Indeed, faculty members were invited by the MCI to develop competency-based curricula for both MBBS and MD/ MS programmes, which will come into operation from the current academic year. Faculty members include recipients of Padmashri and Dr B.C. Roy awards, besides international qualifications and recognitions. The institute currently has 933 faculty staff, of which 35 are foreigners, including a Nobel laureate.SRMC&RI also offers super-specialty DM/ MCh programmes, including in Hepatology, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Hand Surgery, Medical and Surgical Oncology and Cardiac Anaesthesia, one of the few medical colleges in India to offer these programmes at present.The Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER) has pioneered the introduction of a bachelor’s programme in Allied Health Sciences and was also the first to introduce a structured four-year BSc programme in emergency and trauma Care in India. An array of paramedical and allied health sciences programmes, both at the UG and PG level, are on offer, including audiology and speech language therapy, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, bioinformatics, environmental science, occupational therapy.Sri Ramachandra also has dedicated resources and an enabling ecosystem for research purposes, which has resulted in the university producing 6,682 research publications in indexed journals. SRIHER has also undertaken social impact and innovation initiatives on a continuous basis. An example is the joint funding opportunity given by NIH (National Institutes of Health) and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) to establish a collaborative research partnership between two US institutes and three Indian ones to evaluate genetic determinants of Type 2 Diabetes among endogamous ethnic groups using pedigree-based data sets from North and South Indian states. Another notable population-based research project funded by the Department of Science and Technology looks at the epidemiology of risk factors among rural, semi urban and urban population groups for diabetes and hypertension.SRIHER aims to be a leader in technology-enabled research. In its 33 years of existence, it has produced over 20,000 health professionals, 7,500 qualified doctors, 2,500 dentists, 2,000 nurses, 3,300 allied health science professionals and 1,700 pharmacists. Today, they work and serve all over the world.Dr P.V. Vijayaraghavan is Vice-chancellor, SRIHER
World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Facebook The difficulty, of course, is that interpreting some of the incidents – whether at the time or even retrospectively the following day – can be highly subjective and there are occasions when only the player knows whether they are feigning.Either way, something has to be done. Fifa, at the very least, needs to show a determination to tackle the disease. Officials have to be stronger. And here’s a revolutionary thought: how about the players take a bit of responsibility for their actions, too. World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Facebook Fifa Truth be told, it descends into a lawless game of skulduggery at times. And, quite frankly, who can blame England for getting their hands dirty and taking the view that the next round is a better place to be than the moral high ground. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. A view of the video assistant refereeing (VAR) operation room in Moscow. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images Twitter Share via Email As for play-acting, it should be right at the top of Fifa’s agenda. Simulation is nothing new – picture Rivaldo clutching his face in 2002 after the ball hit him on the leg, or Jurgen Klinsmann throwing himself into the air in the 1990 World Cup final. Yet, sadly, it feels as though we have plumbed new depths in Russia.We can all shake our heads at Pepe when he shamelessly falls to the floor after Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia taps him on the shoulder, but the reality is that the Portugal international is just one clown in a much bigger circus. Colombia, for sure, were a disgrace at times against England, unrecognisable from the team that illuminated the World Cup four years ago.But take off your three lions shirt for a moment, put down your St George’s flag, watch the game again and England’s players were no angels. Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire (and, yes, the Leicester defender did at least hold up his hands after he took a tumble) were among those exaggerating or feigning contact. Gareth Southgate was asked about England’s conduct afterwards by a Russian journalist, who suggested to him that the current generation of players, unlike the team that the manager had been part of in the 90s, “falls down every time the wind blows”. Southgate, a dignified man working in an undignified game, replied: “Maybe we’re getting a bit smarter. Maybe we’re now playing by the rules the rest of the world are playing by. I thought there were many, many fouls in the game and I don’t think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents. If we went down, it’s because we were fouled.”Leaving aside the last comment, which Southgate has to say in the circumstances, the England manager was being brutally honest. This is a game where anything goes now, where perfecting the darker arts is as much of a skill as executing a lovely one-two, and where cheating is passed off as being streetwise. As Southgate succinctly put it: “We’re now playing by the rules the rest of the world are playing by.” What is ‘shithousery’? And why it’s the World Cup’s biggest problem Pinterest Share on Pinterest Referees Laws of football Share on Messenger Pinterest World Cup Portugal defender Pepe lies prone after feigning contact from Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia in the group stage game in Moscow. Photograph: Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images Twitter World Cup 2018 Read more What is clear right now is that the players, not the officials, are in charge. It was a free-for-all at times in the ugly spectacle that passed as a World Cup knockout game between England and Colombia, in particular the ridiculous amount of time – getting on for four minutes – between Mark Geiger, the referee, penalising Carlos Sánchez for what was a stonewall penalty and Harry Kane, showing nerves of steel, converting from the spot.Half a dozen Colombia players surrounded Geiger, much like the way that bullies pick on the vulnerable kid at school. There was zero respect for the referee, and bear in mind that Sánchez, grappling with Kane in the area with the ball nowhere near him, had been caught bang to rights. Perhaps Geiger should have been stronger and booked that posse of Colombia players, one after another. “Don’t understand why referees put up with in-your-face abuse,” Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter. “Give them yellow cards and stop the nonsense.”Why can’t referees do that? If players know a caution is the mandatory response to any haranguing of officials, then the unacceptable scenes played out in Moscow on Tuesday night, or at the end of the Portugal v Uruguay last-16 tie on Saturday, when Ricardo Quaresma was nose-to-nose with the Mexican referee and Cristiano Ronaldo was screaming in his face, will surely disappear. If they don’t, some of the players are bigger birdbrains than we thought. There was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, or the histrionics on show in La Liga, wondering how supporters put up with all the play-acting, but everyone’s at it now, including – and let’s not kid ourselves – England players. “Shithousery” is the word that gets bandied around these days. Others will know it simply as cheating and, sadly, it’s the one cloud that hangs over an otherwise brilliant World Cup in Russia.Plenty of people will have come across comical clips of Neymar on social media, showing him rolling down motorways and mountains and along country lanes, following that series of exaggerated tumbles against Serbia. Yet the Brazilian is far from alone when it comes to feigning injury and trying to deceive officials.Play-acting has been commonplace at this World Cup. It’s become a cancer in the game, not just a stain on it, and Fifa needs to find a cure. Either football’s world body confronts it head on, by introducing tougher penalties and urging referees to adopt a zero tolerance approach, or we hand over control to the players and resign ourselves to the fact that shithousery is now “part and parcel of the game”. What a depressing thought. Reuse this content Anybody who takes a World Cup penalty is one of bravest people on the pitch Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Twitter What is also increasingly clear now is that there are many players – Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Neymar spring to mind immediately – who do not care a jot that their cheating is watched by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world, analysed in television studios by former internationals, and highlighted and ridiculed on social media.To be clear, it’s not about those players being role models – that’s more of a job for parents, not footballers. But do these players take no personal pride, or see any shame, in how they conduct themselves on the pitch?That same footage – and more – is also being viewed by 13 officials who have access to 33 cameras in a control room in Moscow, where they perform the roles of video assistant referees – and you can probably see where this line of thought is going. Does there not come a point when the only way to iron out blatant cheating is to extend the remit of video technology to stray beyond correcting “clear and obvious errors” in “game-changing situations” and intervene in cases of play-acting, too? Read more Read more comment
CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Penn State is set to host Ohio State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. next Saturday night. It should be one of the biggest games of the 2018 college football season.The Nittany Lions have to get past Illinois tonight, though. And that’s proving to be more difficult than imagined.Penn State is officially on upset alert at halftime.It’s No. 10 Penn State 21, Illinois 17 through two quarters.2⃣ more to play. ➡️#PSUvsILL #WeAre pic.twitter.com/PkTDWqeLcP— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 22, 2018Penn State has been a second half team all season, so it won’t be surprising if the Nittany Lions pull away with relative ease over the final two quarters. The Illini have played really strong through two quarters, though.Stay tuned.
zoom Greek shipping company Diana Containerships has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to sell its Panamax vessel Angeles for demolition for around USD 6.69 million before commissions.Previously named YM Los Angeles, the vessel is expected to be delivered to an unnamed buyer by mid-November 2016.The 4,923 TEU Angeles was built in 2006 by Japanese shipbuilder Koyo Dockyard.The 65,123 dwt boxship features a length of 294 meters and a width of 32.2 meters.Upon completion of the above-mentioned sale, Diana Containerships’ fleet will consist of 12 container vessels, including 6 Post-Panamaxes and 6 Panamaxes.Market value of the company’s current fleet of 13 vessels stands at USD 113.45 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.
zoom Hong Kong-based container carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has had an encouraging start to the year as it reported an increase of 7 percent in its total volumes during the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.The company handled 1.47 million TEUs during the quarter, compared to 1.37 million TEUs seen in the same period a year earlier. Of the total volume, the company reported 393,469 TEUs carried on the Trans-Pacific route, representing an increase of some 20 percent from the corresponding quarter in 2016.OOCL handled 17 percent more on the Asia/Europe route, reaching 251,289 TEUs, while the Trans-Atlantic route saw an increase of 4 percent handling 100,861 TEUs in the three-month period.The company’s volumes slightly dropped on the Intra-Asia/Australasia routes, as the company handled 1.6 percent less with a total of 724,398 TEUs in these services.Additionally, OOCL said that its total revenues for the period increased by 6.4 percent, ending the quarter at USD 1.18 billion compared to USD 1.11 billion reported for the same period in the previous year.The increase in revenues was mainly driven by the strong revenues seen in the Asia/Europe routes, which jumped by 28.9 percent to USD 227.2 million, according to data provided by the carrier.Overall average revenue per TEU decreased by 0.6% compared to the first quarter of last year, OOCL said, adding that its loadable capacity increased by 0.9 percent and the overall load factor was 5 percent higher than the same period in 2016.World Maritime News Staff
CALGARY — The stream of traffic between Cold Lake, Alta., and nearby oilfields has slowed to a trickle.[np_storybar title=”Oil industry to lose 100,000 jobs by the end of 2015 as policy uncertainties, low prices decimate sector” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/oil-industry-to-lose-100000-jobs-by-the-end-of-2015-as-policy-uncertainties-low-prices-decimate-sector”%5D The oil and gas sector will see 100,000 job losses by the end of this year, including 40,000 direct jobs, as a combination of policy uncertainties and low crude oil prices decimates the sector, the head of the country’s oil and gas industry group says.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]“It’s definitely a noticeable slowdown,” said Mayor Craig Copeland, who has been hearing from hotels, restaurants and retailers that business is down about 30 per cent year-over-year in the oilpatch’s bedroom community.It’s not much of a surprise, with crude prices spending most of the year under US$50 a barrel and sinking below US$40 a barrel this month. Most analysts expect the doldrums to stretch well into 2016.It’s also not getting any easier to build market-opening pipelines and political upsets in Ottawa and Edmonton have put many in the industry on edge.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has estimated the downturn has slashed 40,000 jobs in the sector, mostly in Alberta, and has urged political leaders to keep competitiveness top of mind as they overhaul energy policy.Copeland knows there’s not much that can be done about larger market forces. What frustrates and worries him most is the “dilly-dallying” on the pipeline front.If no new pipelines come to fruition, projects already up and running will continue to keep up their current levels of output, but companies will have a hard time justifying multibillion-dollar expansions — and hiring thousands of people to build them, said Copeland.Companies in ailing oilpatch look for ways to avoid or delay layoffsMass layoffs in Alberta surge past 18,000 workers as oil’s collapse takes tollLaid-off Calgarians losing hope as prospects dwindle and money runs short“If we can’t get a pipeline out of Alberta in the next two years, we might as well start turning the lights off soon in the province.”In November, a seven-year regulatory saga culminated with U.S. President Barack Obama rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have enabled more oilsands crude to reach Texas refineries. Its backer, TransCanada Corp., is weighing its options.TransCanada’s Energy East project to New Brunswick and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the Vancouver area are in the thick of the regulatory process and both face considerable opposition. The new Liberal government has signalled it wants to change how the National Energy Board reviews pipeline proposals, but that processes underway would continue.Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, B.C., remains in limbo, even though it has had a federal permit to proceed since mid-2014, with 209 conditions attached. The Liberal government, which swept to power in October, has formalized a tanker ban on the northern coast of British Columbia. Project critics see that as a deadly blow, but Enbridge has not given up and continues to work on getting B.C. First Nations on side.If we can’t get a pipeline out of Alberta in the next two years, we might as well start turning the lights off soon in the provinceEuropean energy giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC cited the pipeline pinch as one reason for abandoning its Carmon Creek project in northwestern Alberta partway through construction. It took a $2-billion charge in the process.As the oilpatch digests what it will mean to have the Liberals in charge in Ottawa, the change at the provincial level has been staggering since May, when the NDP toppled the Progressive Conservatives after more than four decades in power.Alberta last month introduced a sweeping new climate change strategy. An unlikely mix of oilsands bosses and environmental campaigners joined Premier Rachel Notley on stage as she announced a plan to cap oilsands emissions at 100 megatonnes — they’re at 70 megatonnes today — and charge a $30-a-tonne carbon tax by 2018. A panel looking into the royalties the province charges the industry is expected to release its findings in the new year.The uncertainty isn’t confined to Alberta’s borders. Indeed, prominent energy economist Peter Tertzakian — who happens to sit on Alberta’s royalty panel — says the foundation of a 150-year-old energy system is being shaken amid seemingly unrelenting global oil output and a worldwide push to cut carbon emissions.“Your biggest risk is denying that change is going on,” he told business leaders at a conference in Lake Louise, Alta., last month. “If you think that things are going back to business as usual, you’re in denial.”In late 2014 as crude prices were beginning their steep descent, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. chairman Murray Edwards raised eyebrows when he predicted crude could dip to the US$30 to $40 a barrel range this year. At the time, the price was above US$70 a barrel.Edwards’ prediction proved correct — except the price has lingered in that range for longer than he’d thought.A year later, the billionaire oilpatch financier said the industry is adjusting to a “new normal.”“We have a lot of wind blowing in our face right now, a lot of challenge before us, and so it’s really going to cause all of us to rethink how we do business if we want to maintain a viable industry in Alberta and Canada.”
Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young defends during the Buckeyes’ 74-70 win against Penn State on Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. Photo: Ethan Clewell | Senior Lantern ReporterEven when active on the roster, sophomore forward Kyle Young’s impact wasn’t obvious.Before going down with a stress fracture in his right leg against Maryland on Jan. 18, Young averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, starting in 12 of the 17 games to begin the season.But in his return to the team on Thursday, Young proved his value late down the stretch.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann didn’t even expect to play him as much as he did.“I was worried about his conditioning,” Holtmann said. “In my head, I thought 15 minutes, potentially, depending on foul trouble.”Fifteen minutes turned to 25 minutes, but again, Young’s statline didn’t stand out — six points and six rebounds, albeit while going 3-for-3 from the field.Without the exciting numbers, Young’s plays down the stretch of the game are what gave Ohio State just enough to pull out a 74-70 win against Penn State, a team it hasn’t defeated in the past three tries.Young found himself with the ball at the basket with his team down one point and just over a minute to go. Instead of rushing the shot opportunity, Young exhibited patience, waiting for junior forward Lamar Stevens to come down after the block attempt, leaving the sophomore forward an open layup, putting the Buckeyes up 71-70.“I thought his shot-fake finish was big there late, showed great poise,” Holtmann said. “[Young] rebounded it well, played with activity, you know, that’s who Kyle is, we’ve missed that.”Ohio State would not give that lead up the rest of the game, which again was assisted by Young.This time on the defensive end, it was Stevens attacking the basket with Young defending. Again, Young got the better of him, blocking Penn State’s leading scorer with 38 seconds to play.“I know he was hungry to be back, so he didn’t need too much motivation to come into the game and give his all,” freshman guard Luther Muhammad said. “We just told him to come in, continue to play his game and just play within the team and he had to do good and he did.”Young’s indent on his team can be situational. But when he has chosen to take an opportunity, he has proven to be reliable.During Big Ten play, games in which the Buckeyes are 5-6 as opposed to their 10-1 nonconference record, Young has remained a consistent presence.Ohio State is shooting 43.8 percent as a team in conference play, but Young has made 23 of his 27 attempts in seven games, good for 85.2 percent from the field, highest on the team of anyone besides redshirt junior forward Danny Hummer, who is 1-for-1.Moving forward, while the Buckeyes continue to look for answers due to a small roster, Young could be the difference maker when the time is needed.Against Penn State, he proved to be exactly that, even after a four-game absence.Junior forward Andre Wesson didn’t even think Young was ready to play yet.“When he said he was playing, I was like ‘You’re playing?,’” Wesson said. “He came in, didn’t miss a beat, he was still out there doing his job, rebounding, being another key part of our defense with blocking shots and everything, so it was good to see.“
Nasa : découvrez en vidéo le test du système d’éjection de la capsule Orion Nouveau-Mexique, États-Unis – Le système d’éjection d’urgence de la capsule Orion a été testé jeudi dernier au Nouveau-Mexique. L’opération s’est déroulée avec succès. Orion est un vaisseau d’habitation mis au point depuis 2006. A la base, il devait permettre d’envoyer des astronautes sur la Lune d’ici 2020, dans le cadre du programme Constellation. Cependant, le 1er février 2010, Barack Obama annonçait l’abandon de ce programme : Orion doit depuis devenir le “canot de sauvetage” de l’ISS (Station spatiale internationale).Le système testé permettra de “projeter la capsule dans laquelle se trouveront des astronautes en cas de mauvais fonctionnement de la fusée porteuse lors de l’ascension sur orbite ou d’incendie sur le pas de tir avant le lancement” explique l’AFP.Grâce à ses capacités et sa technologie plus avancée que les autres systèmes d’éjection conçus jusqu’alors, le dispositif mis au point pour Orion a pu, lors d’un test, projeter le vaisseau à une vitesse de 720 km/h. Pour ce qui est de la descente, elle s’est faite à une vitesse de huit mètres par seconde, grâce au déploiement de parachutes conçus pour freiner la chute de la capsule. Pour découvrir la vidéo de ce test : https://www.maxisciences.com/nasa/test-du-systeme-d-039-ejection-de-la-capsule-orion_art7266.htmlLe 10 mai 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un puits romain presque intact découvert en AngleterreDécrivant leurs travaux sur le site Internet Archaeology, des chercheurs britanniques ont mis à jour, près de la ville de York en Angleterre, un puits de conception très élaborée, datant de la fin de la période romaine. À l’occasion de fouilles préalables à l’agrandissement du campus de l’Université d’Heslington, près de York (nord de l’Angleterre), les archéologues de l’Université de la même ville ont mis au jour un puits romain pratiquement intact. D’après eux, ce dernier a probablement été utilisé durant plusieurs décennies entre la fin du IVe et le début du Ve siècle. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais contrairement aux autres dispositifs anciens d’approvisionnement en eau de la région (notamment ceux de l’âge du Bronze), celui-ci relève d’une conception sophistiquée. En effet, placé en haut d’une colline, il a bénéficié de techniques de maçonnerie nouvelles pour l’époque. Les blocs de pierre, probablement extraits de carrières calcaires situées à 30 km de là, ont été équarris et courbés sur leur surface extérieure et assemblés soigneusement. La base du puits est en forme de cuvette et composée de dalles de calcaire triangulaires fixées directement sur l’argile naturelle. La technique employée suggère une grande compréhension de la structure du sous-sol. La construction intègre cependant (symboliquement ?) un ornement provenant du toit d’une bâtisse plus ancienne. Par ailleurs, le puits contenait plus de 1.000 pièces de poterie romano-britannique, et autant de fragments d’os d’animaux (moutons, bovins, chevaux, cerfs et chien) dont certains portent des traces de boucherie. “Il y a suffisamment de preuves pour indiquer que certains de ces éléments (assez ordinaires) ont été délibérément placés dans le puits de façon symbolique”, conclut ainsi l’archéologue Steve Roskams.Le 13 juillet 2013 à 10:58 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 6, 2017 – More should be done to curb crime and one resident we spoke to today is calling for reinforcement from outside of the country; Edith Skippings said to bring in The Bahamas. “They don’t know the local people here, so they need not have any favoritism or be afraid to approach people or homes and look for these thieves here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We really need to get to the bottom of this.”While a tender is out for CCTV to come for the down town area, there are several initiatives the public believes ought to happen including random raids of houses where illegal firearms may be kept and where they may be on sale for as low as a few hundred dollars. Skippings said the situation is way out of control. “To put this situation under control, and show the people that are causing all this crime and sadness here in the Turks and Caicos that we mean business.”#MagneticMediaNews #BringinBahamianPolice Related Items:#BringinBahamianPolice, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
KUSI Newsroom San Diegans brace for sticker shock at the pumps Wednesday SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — November 1 is D-Day at the gas pumps. It is the day the Governor-led, 12 cents per gallon gas tax hike goes into effect in California.There is no question California’s roads and infrastructure are in need of repair, but the debate includes how to fund the billions needed.Some ask the question why can’t Sacramento find the money from the taxes Californians already pay, including from the already-high cost at the pump. But Gov. Jerry Brown says the backlog is too huge.Wednesday, gasoline prices will go up 12 cents per gallon — 20 cents per gallon for diesel. The increase occurs at the same time California is changing over to the winter blend of fuel, when gas prices typically decrease.“It stinks — passed without anybody saying anything,” Terri Ryan said. “Aren’t we already paying too much? We didn’t have a chance to vote on it.”“We should have a say and we should revisit sometime soon hopefully,” Darren Taplin said. “I’m also hoping somebody takes a second look because I also heard money isn’t going where they say it’s going.”Upset California drivers have an ally in state Assemblymember Travis Allen, who is running for governor and leading an initiative to get the tax repealed.“Less than 70 cents on the dollar, less than 70 percent will go to our roads, and of that most for mass transit and bike lanes, not a penny for new roads so if you don’t like it now, tomorrow you’ll like it even less when you are paying even more money for it,” Allen said on Good Morning San Diego Tuesday.The initiative won’t take effect anytime soon though. The gas tax will be in effect until at least January 2019. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 31, 2017 October 31, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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 SettingsUSO San Diego’s 77th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: For Love of Country honors and supports our active duty military personnel and helps provide them with much-needed services.The signature gala has emerged as one of the top five gala events in San Diego and celebrates the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and our Armed Forces.Gala entertainment for the evening includes Two Time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. A powerful baritone, Stokes has been one of the central leading men of the Broadway theatre since the early 1990s. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2000 for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate.For the second year, Joe Emerson, National Anthem Singer, Painter, and TV personality will lend his remarkable talents to the galaUSO San Diego is chartered by Congress, but takes no federal or state funding and relies on the generosity of the community to help make a difference in the lives of military personnel and their families.The organization provides services to more than 220,000 active duty military members and their families 365 days a year at its award-winning Neil Ash USO San Diego Airport Center and downtown San Diego facility.It connects these dedicated warriors to home, community and country; from transitioning, to deployed troops, to the wounded, injured and fallen. Its programs include family dinners, much-needed food distribution; and services for families in crisis. May 5, 2018 John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom USO San Diego Stars and Stripes Gala to honor our military 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 Settings Posted: May 5, 2018
RelatedPosts Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Wynn Resorts says it has ceased its pursuit of Crown Resorts after news of a potential US$7.1 billion acquisition of the Australian casino operator broke on Tuesday morning.In a statement released overnight, Wynn spokesman Michael Weaver said, “Following the premature disclosure of preliminary discussions, Wynn Resorts has terminated all discussions with Crown Resorts concerning any transaction.” Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More Wynn’s withdrawal follows confirmation by Crown Resorts that it was in confidential discussions with the US-based gaming industry giant.As reported by Inside Asian Gaming early Tuesday, Wynn Resorts had submitted a takeover proposal to Crown to test whether the Australian-listed company’s shareholders would be willing to pursue a takeover deal.In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange shortly afterwards, Crown revealed that the proposal suggested an acquisition of Crown by Wynn via scheme of arrangement that would see 50% paid in cash and the remaining 50% in Wynn shares.“The proposal currently contemplates acquisition consideration with an implied value of AU$14.75 per share with the exchange ratio being fixed, using a volume weighted average price for Wynn shares, immediately prior to the announcement of an agreed transaction,” Crown explained.“At the date of the proposal, the volume weighted average price of Wynn shares implied an exchange ratio of 0.042 Wynn shares per Crown share. The terms of the consideration are yet to be agreed.”Crown added that it had not yet considered Wynn’s most recent proposal and that any potential takeover would depend on a recommendation by the Crown board and Wynn obtaining all necessary approvals.“The discussions between Crown and Wynn are at a preliminary stage and no agreement has been reached between the parties in relation to the structure, value or terms of a transaction. There is no certainty that these discussions will result in a transaction,” Crown said.Crown Resorts operates Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth and is currently developing its luxury AU$2.2 billion Crown Sydney at Barangaroo, due for completion in 2021.The company has had some prior dealings with Wynn, having sold the company a 34.6-hectare parcel of land adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip in December 2017 for AU$300 million. The site had previously been purchased by Crown to build its now defunct integrated resort concept, Alon Las Vegas.
Republican Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democrat Mark Begich are the two main candidates for governor. (Photos by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)New poll results show a much closer race for governor after independent Gov. Bill Walker suspended his campaign.Listen nowPollster Ivan Moore of Alaska Survey Research found Republican Mike Dunleavy is leading Democrat Mark Begich by 4.6 percent, 48.3 percent to 43.7 percent.The poll was taken Friday through Monday.Dunleavy led in a poll taken a week earlier by 17 points, in a three-way race that included Begich and Walker.Moore’s latest poll results say that 5.3 percent of voters plan to vote for Walker, even after being told that Walker ended his campaign and endorsed Begich.The poll results say that if Walker actively campaigned for Begich, it wouldn’t help him. Begich lost ground to Dunleavy in a question about how Alaskans would vote if Walker actively campaigned for Begich, talking particularly about the gas line.Libertarian candidate Billy Toien was not included in the poll.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid deep homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi. Photo: Prothom AloPresident Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid deep homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the nation is observing the 42nd anniversary of his martyrdom in a somber mood, reports news agency UNB.President Hamid and PM Hasina paid tributes to the architect of the independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the capital in the morning.The day is being observed as the National Mourning Day.As part of the state programmes, at first the President and then the Prime Minister laid wreaths separately at the portrait of Bangabandhu. After placing the wreaths, the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time showing respect to the great leader.A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while the bugle played the tune of grief and somber to the last post.A munajat was offered seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the 15 August carnage.Bangabandhu, his spouse Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, his three sons—Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, and most of the family members of three close relatives of Bangabandhu—were killed in cold blood on 15 August 1975 by a cabal of army men.Two daughters of Bangabandhu—Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana—escaped the carnage as they were abroad at that time.Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Bangabandhu, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice SK Sinha, cabinet members, Prime Minister’s advisers, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-Party and senior government officials were present.Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Chief Justice SK Sinha followed the President and the Prime Minister in paying tributes to Bangabandhu.Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Awami League, flanked by party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders, placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.After paying the tributes to Bangabandhu, the Prime Minister along with her sister Sheikh Rehana visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 42 years ago.Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana stayed for some time in the house which now has been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.Later, the Prime Minister went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of 15 August were laid to the eternal rest.Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana placed floral wreaths and spread petals on their graves.She also offered fateha seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of 15 August.
Photo via Twitter @HarrisCountyDAO Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez said District Attorney Kim Ogg‘s call for an independent financial audit of his office is out of line because he said there are already such audits underway.“Not one red cent of county money was ever used and it’s not been alleged that it was used and, in fact, we are routinely audited by the auditor’s office,” said Sanchez. Photo via click2houston via HCSOGregory Lueb, 56, was charged with theft.Authorities arrested Harris County Assistant Treasurer Greg Lueb last week for stealing some $30,000 from a credit union account through check fraud. Sanchez also criticized Ogg’s representation of crimes, calling them ‘alarmist’. “The District Attorney created the impression there was public money involved in this nefarious activity one of my employees was involved in,” said Sanchez.In a statement, Ogg defended her call for an audit, saying Lueb had access to agency funds and a desire to steal.“County leaders are obligated to protect taxpayer money; it is our job to be vigilant and perform our due diligence,” said Ogg.“That can be done by taking a look at other accounts to make sure all money is accounted for and once that is done, then we can ensure taxpayers their money is indeed safe.”Sanchez fired Lueb as soon as he found out about the investigation – a day before Lueb’s arrest last Thursday. Sanchez said he wished either the District Attorney or the Sheriff had notified him about ongoing investigations of Lueb to take action sooner. Share
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite There has been snow in surrounding areas, as predicted by the South African Weather Service, bringing with it an icy-cold breeze blowing through Ladysmith.Snow has fallen over most of the mountain ranges in KZN, with the Drakensberg covered in a thick white blanket.Social media is a hive of activity, with everyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the “white winter wonderland”.Also read: Weather warning: Cold and possibly wet conditions in store for Ladysmith todayAlso read: Icy weather expected for Ladysmith as cold front approaches, with snow predicted in some areasAlso read: Snow predicted to start falling from today, bringing cold weather to Ladysmith Also read previous snow stories: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may fallAlso read previous snow stories: Snow on the mountains brings in the coldSnow-gazers, however, need to be careful that they don’t get trapped in snowbound areas. In addition, people are warned not to go into private properties or damage farm fences.There are many areas open to the public where the snow can be viewed.So, enjoy the cold weather and be safe when travelling on the roads.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!