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Punjab to strengthen security in prisons

first_imgIn a bid to strengthen security in prisons of the State, Punjab government would be using drones and installing CCTV cameras in the prisons. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who chaired a high-level meeting to review the prison security system, also decided on sending Punjab police intelligence officials on deputation to the Jails Department to assist the staff in collecting intelligence that might be vital to ensuring fool-proof security in jails.An official statement said the chief minister has asked the Jails Department to formulate a comprehensive strategy to segregate undertrial gangsters and radicals from other prisoners, possibly by shifting them out to other jails outside the state. “Also, the Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioners to visit the prisons in their respective districts once a month to ensure proper monitoring of the security arrangements and welfare measures there,” said the statement.The ruling Congress government had been facing flak following the recent incidents of the murder of the main accused in the Bargari sacrilege case in Nabha jail as well as a riot in Ludhiana’s central jail.The Chief Minister ordered all the 700 vacant posts of wardens to be filled without delay. “While the government is already in the process of recruiting 400 wardens, for which the Finance Department has given approval, the Chief Minister directed immediate clearance by the Department for the filling up of the remaining 300 odd vacancies also,” said the statement.last_img read more

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Rajasthan occupies second rank in employment generation

first_imgWith 16 crore man-days having been created under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Rajasthan has occupied second position in generating employment this year. The Congress government in the State also plans to hold social audit of NREGA works in every village panchayat twice a year.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who holds the rural development and panchayati raj portfolio, said in the State Assembly that the statutory powers given to the panchayat bodies would strengthen them, while 5.88 lakh rural families had completed 100 days of employment under NREGA in 2018-19, bringing third rank to the State in this respect.Replying to the demands of grants for his department in the Assembly during the ongoing budget session, Mr. Pilot said that 8.73 lakh works, among the 10.66 lakh NREGA works sanctioned in 2018-19, would benefit small and marginal farmers, families living below the poverty line and members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Of these projects, 4.06 lakh were completed, against just 5,000 in 2017-18 during the previous BJP regime.The demands were passed by voice vote after the Minister’s reply. Mr. Pilot said nine lakh people were engaged in NREGA works in December last year and 32 lakh people were given work till March 2019 under a special campaign, “Kaam Mango Abhiyan” (Demand the Work), launched by the Congress government.‘Audit will check graft’Mr. Pilot, who is also president of the Pradesh Congress Committee, said social audit of NREGA works would bring transparency in the functioning of panchayat officials and help eradicate corruption.last_img read more

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Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gonzalez, of Nicaragua, stayed on the canvas for a couple of minutes. After rising slowly he had to be helped to his corner stool. The first knockdown came 42 seconds earlier when southpaw Srisaket landed a similar short right hook to the side of the head. Gonzalez was able to get up at the count of seven and continue — but looked out of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 30-year-old Srisaket went to work quickly in the first round, easily landing combinations and body shots — the fruits of months of intense training in the gym for the most important fight of his career.“I trained really hard for four months because I wanted everyone to know what I came here for,” said Srisaket of the brutal beatdown. “I have shown that I am the best 115 pound fighter in the world.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Gonzalez, who dropped to 46-2 overall, was taken to the hospital immediately after the fight for medical treatment.He was trying to avenge the only loss of his career against Srisaket but he failed to put up any defense against the onslaught of the Thai’s superior punches.The former pound-for-pound division king has had several gruelling fights in recent years, which have taken a heavy toll on his 30-year-old body.On the undercard, Japan’s Naoya Inoue won his US debut by defending his 115 pound WBO title with a sixth round knockout of Antonio Nieves. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Thai dynamo silenced critics who had claimed his majority decision win in the first fight six months ago in New York was a fluke and the result of accidental head butts.Both fighters came out swinging from the opening bell in Saturday’s 115-pound rematch at the outdoor StubHub Center stadium, as it became apparent in the early rounds that Srisaket was in charge and the fight likely would not go the distance.“For the first fight I only trained two months. This fight I knew I was going to knock him out,” Srisaket said. “I am not scared of anyone.”Srisaket (44-4-1, 40 KOs) said he wanted to make his country proud. “I fought for Thailand, for the pride of Thailand,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (R) of Thailand celebrates as Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua lays motionless at StubHub Center on September 9, 2017 in Carson, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPSrisaket Sor Rungvisai knocked out Roman Gonzalez in the fourth round Saturday with a devastating right hook to retain his WBC super flyweight world title in his second straight win over the former champ. Thailand’s Srisaket knocked ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez down twice in the final round, finishing the challenger off with a right hook with 1:45 to go in the fourth. ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215last_img read more

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Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

first_imgIn this file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. APBOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda clinches Final 4 berth, edges JRU Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.The “loss of consortium” lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.ADVERTISEMENT “If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it’s something we’re prepared to do,” he said.Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words “God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.“It’s something I deeply regret,” Baez said.A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

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Negre asserts Hockey India is the national body

first_imgInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre has expressed the hope that the Supreme Court of India would eventually rule in favour of the “democratically elected” Hockey India (HI), the national body that FIH recognises.Leandro NegreAlso, Negre categorically said that there was no question of the FIH recognising the KPS Gill-headed Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) as it has been suspended for not adhering to the world governing body’s guidelines on the merger of men’s and women’s bodies.”I would like to remind you that so far the Supreme Court has given good results (verdicts) to us in all cases. Recently, when India had to field a team at the women’s World Cup in Argentina, they allowed HI to send the team.For the Commonwealth Games (CWG) too, it was HI. I am quite sure the result of this case will be in favour of HI. If it doesn’t happen that will be a big damage (to the game in India),” Negre told MAIL TODAY in an interview.HI and IHF are locked in a bitter and messy battle over who controls the game in the country, with the sports ministry being a third party involved in the court cases being fought in Delhi and Patna. IHF had called for AGM/election on October 3 but the Patna High Court put a stay on it when a Bihar hockey official challenged the holding of the AGM.”At this moment, HI has all the authority to be the sole body of hockey in India. For the FIH, it’s very clear: the only body we can recognise in India is HI, no other one. The International Olympic Committee is doing the same,” he stressed. “The future of hockey in India is fantastic, incredible. People will have to stop all these small political issues – it’s egos of some political people – for the best of hockey. These are only personal issues; people have to have a vision for the future.”advertisementAbout the status of the IHF, the FIH president said that for the world body it doesn’t exist. “The IHF was suspended by us three years ago because they didn’t merge with the women’s hockey, and that’s against our constitution. They created a new body called Indian Hockey Confederation but again there was no real merger. Finally, the confederation was also suspended,” he pointed out.”For FIH, it’s a big surprise that after three years IHF has risen again. Why? I submitted this question to many people, but I haven’t got any good answer until now. If some people are looking to damage Indian hockey, go ahead. But they will never be recognised by the FIH. The IHF is past and HI is the future,” he emphasised.Former India captain Pargat Singh lost to Vidya Stokes for the top HI post, but Negre said he would not oppose anyone. “I met Pargat and he told me that he would support HI,” he said.The Spaniard said he’s ready to visit India again if that helps in resolving the complex issues. The FIH, at its congress in Montreux, near Lausanne, next month, is set to amend its constitution vis–vis the upper age limit for its executive board members.”We are reviewing the size of our executive board, and one of the main points is the upper age limit of 70 for its members. I fully support that. If this rule is in the FIH statutes, I have to agree to such a limit for HI (too, as per the new guidelines of the sports ministry),” he said.”I’m sure all the continental federations will abide by the same solution about the age issue. We’d love if all national federations abide by the same steps.” Negre revealed that at next year’s Champions Trophy, the first ever wild cards will be issued to the hosts and Pakistan, though they would be in different pools.”It will be held in three cities. Two of these will be picked from amongst Jalandhar, Mohali, Chandigarh, and Amritsar. There will be a change in format. Instead of two pools, teams will play in a round robin format, there will now be three. The two top teams from each pool will advance to the next stage, a third pool,” he explained.”These two teams will not play against each other again but their results [points] will be counted. This will be followed by the semi-finals and the final.”last_img read more

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Use of mobile phones enhanced education quality in Maharashtra

first_imgIn 2017, when he was ridiculed for making it mandatory for the teachers to send selfie with the students every Monday, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde resolved to go ahead with his plan more aggressively.He is bearing the fruits of his resolution today as the number of out of school girls in the state has come down to 5.1 per cent which is much below than the national average of 13.5 per cent.The Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER) conducted by an NGO Pratham has revealed that Maharashtra has taken a giant leap in terms of infrastructure, quality of education, sports facilities and enrollment in the rural schools.Tawde tells India Today that the initiative like ‘selfie with students’ is one of the reasons behind the success.Q. The report states that 99.2 per cent children are enrolled in the schools in rural Maharashtra. How did you bring them to the schools?A. The credit goes to the teachers, school coordination committees and the residents who created an atmosphere where everyone felt an urge to study.They are like a family now and no one in the family wants to be left out.They succeeded in creating an education friendly environment in their villages.They collectively raised Rs 350 crore through public participation across the state to improve the infrastructure. That worked out.Q. Your Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra mission is much talked about. Did that help in enhancing quality of the education?A. The mission is highly successful. I believe in three points. If you see, you will know, if you write you will understand but if you do you will adopt.advertisementWe teach mathematics and languages through various games and audio-visual medium.We have focused on practical more than the theory. We have one teacher who visits the weekly market and teaches mathematics to the children there.As a result, our students’ understanding of mathematics has gone up by 30 per cent whereas they understand languages 15 per cent more than the earlier.Q. Are the rural teachers well versed with the modern technology?A. They are not only well versed but also know how to use the technology effectively.The first thing I did after assuming the charge of the office was allowing the use of mobile phones in the class rooms.Not every teacher misuses the phone. One teacher has developed a mobile application for smooth study.One teacher introduces world map to his students using his mobile phone and the audio-visual system installed in the class room.Q. What is the result?A. In last two years, 33, 000 students have switched over from English medium private schools to Marathi medium Zila Parishad schools.They have experienced that the education in ZP school is getting better.We are at par with the private schools. You will be surprised, if I tell you that parents in some areas stand in queue from midnight for securing admissions in ZP schools though there are some good private schools nearby.Q. You claim the ‘selfie with students’ initiative helped in identifying the out of the school children. How?A. The selfie helped us identify which students are not attending schools regularly.When we investigated about the absent students we came to know that they had migrated with their parents in search of employment.We traced them in the specific villages and sent them to the local schools even if the migration was temporary.In Jalna district alone, 300 out of school children were sent back to the school.Gondiya, known as an undeveloped district, has become the first district in the state where there is not a single out of school child. We also have appointed Bal Suraksha Dal to identify the out of school children.Q. What is this group? Who are they?A. The Bal Suraksha Dal are groups of teachers, members of school co-ordination committees and adolescent children.They have been tasked to identify whether there is any out of school children in their area.We have trained them in behaving with the children. We also take care of their travel expenses. They are our eyes and ears.Q. Then why 5.1 per cent girls are still out of school?A. The percentage has come down significantly. I admit it is a matter to dealt with seriously.These are the girls who stay far away from the schools. We are providing them transport so that they can reach the nearby school without difficulty.I hope the situation will change soon.Q. Maharashtra is above the national average when it comes to quality of education and infrastructure. But it is lagging behind Haryana, HP and Kerala?A. They are small states where the number of students is in several lakhs.advertisementWe have two crore students in Maharashtra. It is always a difficult task to take care of everyone.last_img read more

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Moto G7 and G7 Power may come to India before March-end

first_imgMotorola’s upcoming G7 series is expected to debut in February in Brazil. Although the company is yet to confirm anything just yet. It is widely reported that there will be four models in this lineup that includes the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. Now, we assume all these models will come to India sooner or later, and a new report this week suggests Motorola will first bring the Moto G7 and G7 Power to the country before the end of March.According to a report by MySmartPrice, the Moto G7 and G7 Power will be launching in India in Q1 2019, while the Moto G7 Plus and G7 Play will be coming to the country later this year. The report does not provide any reason as to why Motorola is spacing out the launch of the Moto G7 in India, but it wouldn’t be surprising. Last year, Motorola announced the Moto G6 Plus about three months after the Moto G6. The G6 Plus, however, was not positively received in the country due to its higher-than-expected price tag.The Moto G7 series will come with notched displays with some variations. The regular Moto G7 is said to come with a waterdrop display with a tiny notch and bigger screen real estate. The G7 is also expected to come with dual rear cameras and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the Moto G7 Power is expected to come with a wider iPhone X-like notch and a single rear camera.The Moto G7 is expected to come with a Snapdragon 636 or a Snapdragon 660 chipset, which would be a major bump over the G6’s Snapdragon 450 SoC. The Moto G7 Power, on the other hand, is still a mystery with regards to the hardware. It may get a Snapdragon 625 or a Snapdragon 632 processor. But the major USP of the G7 Power will be a 5,000mAh battery that should promise well beyond a full day of battery life.advertisementWe haven’t heard anything yet regarding the price of the Moto G7, but it would be safe to assume that Motorola will keep it around Rs 15,000. The G7 Power, on the other hand, will slot below the G7 and should cost around Rs 12,000. That being said, a recent report by MySmartPrice claims that the G7 Power will cost EUR 209 (approx Rs 17,000) in European markets.ALSO READ | Moto G7 spotted on benchmark site with Snapdragon 625 chipsetALSO READ | Moto G7 Play, G7 Power prices leak out, new press renders reaffirm designlast_img read more

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Ranji Trophy final Day 2: Snell Patel leads Saurashtra fight after Pujara fails

first_img India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 17:12 IST Vidharbha still have a first innings lead of 154 runs over Saurashtra after Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final (Umesh Yadav Instagram)Snell Patel continued his cracking form in the Ranji Trophy to lead Saurashtra’s fight on an attritional second day of the final against Vidarbha in Nagpur. After being reduced to 200 for 7 overnight, Vidarbha rode on Akshay Karnewar’s unbeaten 73 to post 312 all out. At stumps on Day 2, Saurashtra were 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs.Saurashtra got off to a disastrous start. They lost Harvik Desai to Aditya Sarwate who finished with three big wickets. After trapping Desai LBW, Sarwate snapped up Vishvaraj Jadeja as Saurashtra slipped to 79 for 2 in the 26th over. Two runs later, Sarwate removed Cheteshwar Pujara who had guided his team into the final with his 49th hundred in the semi-final against Karnataka last week.Saurashtra had pinned their hopes on Sheldon Jackson to stand with Patel after Pujara flopped but he was dismissed for only 9. However, Snell Patel did not disappoint and brought up his third successive fifty in the Ranji Trophy.Patel had scored 85 in the semi-final against Karantaka and 72 in the quaterfinal against Uttar Pradesh.Saurashtra were in a real spot of bother after skipper Jaydev Unadkat’s sensational spell of fast bowling had left Vidarbha reeling on the opening day. The failure of Cheteshwar Pujara meant Vidarbha had a foot in the door and when Sheldon Jackson departed cheaply, the defending champions had a real edge.But Snell Patel had other ideas. A 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Patek is playing only his 21st first-class match but he showed the confidence of a seasoned pro against a good bowling attack.advertisementHe will face a stiff challenge when play resumes on the third day – giving Snell Patel company at the other side was Prerak Mankad who was unbeaten on 16.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ranji Trophy 2018-19 finalFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Vidarbha vs SaurashtraFollow Snell PatelFollow Aditya Sarwate Ranji Trophy final Day 2: Snell Patel leads Saurashtra fight after Pujara failsRanji Trophy Final 2018-19: Snell Patel scored 86 not out as Saurashtra reached 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs at stumps on Day 2. Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 1.advertisementlast_img read more

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Eimskip Not Allowed to Acquire Nor Lines

first_imgzoom The Norwegian Competition Authority has rejected the proposed acquisition of Norwegian shipping firm Nor Lines by Icelandic transportation company Eimskip. The acquisition would have “significantly impeded” effective competition in the market for transportation of frozen fish with reefer vessels from Northern Norway to Northern Europe, according to the authority.“The Competition Authority is obligated to block acquisitions that harm competition. Eimskip and Nor Lines are close competitors and collectively hold a substantial market share in today’s market,” Lars Sørgard, Director General of the Competition Authority, said.“Our assessment is that an acquisition would result in reduced competition, which would make it possible for Eimskip to increase prices or reduce quality for its customers,” Øyvind Nilssen, Acting Director of the Competition Authority, explained.The authority’s decisions are subject to appeal to the newly established Competition Appeals Board.Commenting on the authority’s decision, Gylfi Sigfússon, President and CEO of Eimskip, said: “I am very disappointed with this decision as the Norwegian Competition Authority defined the market in a very narrow way and consider Eimskip market leading in transportation of frozen fish in North Norway.”Announced in November 2016, the acquisition of Nor Lines was part of Eimskip’s efforts to expand its presence in the country.The company earlier informed that it would restructure Nor Lines’ business in order to improve its services and profitability by aligning it with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway.After the authority rejected Eimskip’s proposal, the company said it “will seek other options in developing and strengthening its operations in Norway.”According to Eimskip, the potential acquisition of Nor Lines has no effect on the company’s EBITDA forecast for the year 2017. Acquisition cost related to this project was expected to amount to EUR 300,000 (USD 319,719) which will be expensed in the first quarter of 2017.last_img read more

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Dorian LPG Says No to BW LPGs Takeover Bid

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license U.S.-based gas carrier owner and operator Dorian LPG has rejected a takeover bid from Singapore-based counterpart BW LPG.The stock-for-stock transaction would have created an owner and operator of 73 vessels, including 70 VLGCs, and 3 LGCs, with an aggregate fleet capacity of 6 million cubic meters.After a consultation with financial and legal advisers, Dorian LPG’s Board of Directors decided that the USD 1.1 bn offer ‘undervalues Dorian on both an absolute- and relative-value basis’.Dorian LPG added that the BW LPG’s proposal doesn’t recognize the value of Dorian’s younger, more fuel-efficient ships, the company’s superior commercial performance and forces shareholders to accept equity in a more highly-leveraged combined company.Namely, Dorian’s fleet includes 19 ECO-ships, comprising 86% of the company’s total fleet, while only about 40% of BW LPG’s 51-ship fleet consists of ECO-ships. What is more, BW LPG’s owned and operated fleet is considerably older than Dorian’s, the LPG owner explained.As such, considerable investment would be required to renew BW LPG’s fleet and make it compliant with the new regulations, which Dorian believes should not be  subsidized by its shareholders.Furthermore, the arguments against the bid claim that the proposed dual listing of the combined company was not going to benefit Dorian shareholders.“The board believes that Dorian’s current strategy is working and that Dorian’s younger, more fuel-efficient fleet with lower leverage protects the company at the bottom of the industry cycle and positions it best for long-term growth and success,” the company explained.“A combination of BW LPG and Dorian would improve financial flexibility for BW LPG, but would have the opposite effect for Dorian,” John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian, said in a letter to Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BW LPG.Hadjipateras concluded that Dorian would be willing to discuss acquiring or consolidating some or all of BW LPG’s  17 ECO-ships into its commercial platform.“We believe that such a proposal would allow for a more transparent relative valuation and could be concluded relatively expeditiously. If your board is interested in this type of consolidation, we would be prepared to enter into discussions about its potential merits,” the letter reads.Dorian LPG booked a net loss of USD 3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, and a net loss of USD 20.4 million for the year ended March 31, 2018.last_img read more

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Quebec health minister promises change after woman gives birth in car

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s health minister is promising change after a pregnant woman who was told to go to another hospital to deliver gave birth in her car.The woman and her partner first went to their local hospital in La Malbaie, Que., last week when she began experiencing irregular contractions. They were told they had to drive almost two hours to Quebec City because the obstetrics unit had been temporarily closed due to a staff shortage.Health Minister Danielle McCann says from now on an ambulance will be used to transfer pregnant women who are close to giving birth.The woman’s partner, Jean-Francois Dandurand, told radio station 98.5 FM that his spouse’s water broke midway through the journey, and she gave birth about 15 minutes from their destination.He said the mother and baby are doing well, but he feels the family should have been offered more support.McCann said the closure of La Malbaie’s obstetrics ward was due to unforeseen circumstances, and the hospital is working to resume its services as soon as possible.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Michael Bloomberg To Be Honored At International Rescue Committee Freedom Award Dinner

first_imgThe International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner supports the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world.The Freedom Award has been presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity.This year’s honorees are Michael Bloomberg (Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York) and Liv Ullmann (Actress and Director). Additional guests to include: Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw, Alan Cumming, Keegan Michael Key, Don Lemon, Debi Mazur and a performance by K’naan.WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017 Media Check In: 5:30 PM Arrivals: 6:30 – 7:30 PMWHERE: New York Hilton Midtown 1335 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, NYlast_img read more

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PM should stop thinking people are fools they see through everything Priyanka

first_imgMirzapur (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi should stop thinking that people are fools and understand that they see through everything, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Wednesday. The Congress leader, who is incharge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, is on a three-day boat journey down the Ganga, meeting people living on the banks of the holy river as part of her outreach ahead of the general election beginning on April 11. “The prime minister has attacked every institution in this country for the last five years, including the institution of which all of you are a part,” Priyanka Gandhi told reporters. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “So I think the PM should stop thinking that people are fools and understand that they see through all this,” she added. The Congress general secretary went on to say that she is not afraid of being “harassed”. “Even if anything is done, and we are harassed, we will not feel afraid. We will continue our fight against them. The more we are harassed, the stronger will be our fight,” she said. Speaking at a ‘chaupal’ near a temple in the city late last evening, Gandhi blamed the Modi government for “not doing anything” for the development of the country. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “This government has given only lollipops,” she charged. She said politics should be done for the development of the country. Talking about employment created during the Congress-led dispensation, she said, “The Congress government had given the biggest employment guarantee programme MGNREGA.” But under the BJP government, she alleged, machines were replacing labourers. “If the Congress is voted to power, it would work for farmers and the poor,” she asserted.last_img read more

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Côte dIvoire Annan urges parties to cooperate as peace process moves forward

The Security Council has endorsed an African Union (AU) proposal for the appointment of a powerful new prime minister in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been divided since rebel forces seized the northern part of the country in 2002.Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, in a meeting last week with the senior UN envoy to the country, said he accepted that arrangement.In a statement today, the Secretary-General said this provides a “clear framework for the governance arrangements and for moving the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire after 30 October.” President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, who had planned to travel to Côte d’Ivoire to consult with the parties on the appointment of a new Prime Minister, just tragically lost his wife and has not been ale to go, Mr. Annan noted. “I am, however, in close contact with the President and will extend all the necessary support to him on these consultations,” the Secretary-General added.In the meantime, he called on all the Ivorian parties and their followers “to refrain from any actions that might create tensions and to remain committed to the ongoing process aimed at restoring lasting peace and stability to their country.”Mr. Annan also urged them to continue cooperating with their international partners under the current political arrangements, pending the upcoming mission by President Obasanjo to Côte d’Ivoire. read more

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Fortis to sell minority stake in ITC to Singapores sovereign wealth fund

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) has signed a deal to help finance its blockbuster US$11.3 billion acquisition of U.S. electric transmission company ITC.The utility company announced Wednesday it has an agreement that will see Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund take a minority stake in ITC Holdings Corp. for US$1.228 billion in cash.Under the agreement, GIC Private Ltd. will acquire a 19.9 per cent equity interest in ITC Holdings Corp.The ITC deal announced in February would expand Fortis’s holdings in the U.S. and give it access to more than 25,000 kilometres of transmission lines.The agreement requires the blessing of ITC and Fortis shareholders as well as regulatory and federal approvals and other closing conditions.It is expected to be completed later this year.“An important milestone in the acquisition of ITC has been accomplished,” Fortis chief executive Barry Perry said in a statement.“We are very pleased to be partnering with GIC in the future growth and development of ITC. GIC is astute and thoughtful, with a proven track record in North American infrastructure investing.” by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2016 6:59 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fortis to sell minority stake in ITC to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund read more

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Swedish student startup gets deal to build electric cars

Swedish student startup gets deal to build electric cars In this Monday, March 13, 2017 photo, a Uniti development vehicle sits in the startup’s temporary production facility in Lund, Sweden. A group of Swedish students that raised 1.2 million euros in crowdfunding for their startup to build electric cars has caught the attention of German industrial heavyweight Siemens. The two sides said Wednesday that they were starting a partnership that will see them create 50,000 lightweight city cars a year starting next year. (AP Photo/James Brooks) by James Brooks, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 1:25 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LUND, Sweden – A group of Swedish university students that raised 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in crowdfunding for their startup to build electric cars has caught the attention of German industrial heavyweight Siemens.The two sides said Wednesday that they were starting a partnership that will see them create 50,000 lightweight city cars annually starting next year.The twin-seat vehicles, called L7e, have 15kW engines with a maximum speed of 130 kilometres (81 miles) per hour. They weigh 400 kilograms (880 pounds) each and have a 150 kilometre (93 miles) range.The cars are made from sustainable composite materials and will be unveiled in late 2017, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2019. The first high-end vehicle has a target price of 200,000 kronor ($22,285) — the price for an electric Smart Car in Sweden is at least 210,000 kronor ($23,400).The vehicle’s steering system resembles a Wii controller more than a traditional car’s steering wheel.Lewis Horne, the CEO of the startup, called Uniti Sweden, says the deal gives his company “the opportunity to not only develop a sustainable car, but also manufacture it in a sustainable way at a large scale.”Ola Janson of Siemens Industry Software said he was “really looking forward to having that partnership” between “Siemens as the very old, stable company, yet still innovative” and Uniti Sweden made up of “young people, innovative people, (who) don’t have the legacy, don’t have the limits like myself.”The student startup’s ambitions come at a time of feverish activity within the auto and tech industries on building more ecological cars, more autonomous driving systems and even fully self-driving vehicles.“There definitely are some famous success stories of automotive startups, but there are a lot more companies that are trying to break in right now, some that we think will succeed and some that won’t,” said Tim Stevens, editor of the website Roadshow, on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show this month. “Making a car is very, very difficult thing, and certifying that car worldwide is very difficult thing too.”The vehicle will be unveiled in the fall of 2017, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2019.___Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report. read more

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Mens Basketball Guard CJ Jackson overcomes early struggles against Radford to put

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) talks with head coach Chris Holtmann during a timeout in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorZero points, zero assists, four turnovers. Ohio State junior point guard C.J. Jackson’s statline was not good when he sat on the bench with head coach Chris Holtmann in his ear early in the first half.“At the beginning my mind was sped up a little bit,” Jackson said. “I was trying to make the home-run play and once [Holtmann] pulled me to the side he just told me to hit singles. And that’s what I tried to do once I came back in.”Jackson slowed his mind down and found his rhythm to overcome his rough start. The 6-foot-1 point guard helped lead Ohio State to an 82-72 victory against Radford at the Schottenstein Center Sunday. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Holtmann wants his point guards to be able to facilitate for others while avoiding turnovers. Jackson began the Buckeyes’ matchup with the Highlanders turning the ball over on the opening possession. Jackson proceeded to commit three more turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game before Holtmann subbed him out with 13:21 remaining in the first half.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said he and Jackson both have to work on reducing turnovers as the team’s primary ball-handlers, but praised his teammate’s ability to respond to adversity.“Once coach pulled him out I went over to him like, ‘Look bro, there’s a lot of basketball to be played,’” Tate said. “And once he got out there and saw a couple shots going in and hit the singles like coach said, then he just took over the game — more aggressive, he found his rhythm and he made everybody around him better too.”Holtmann only sat his starting point guard for 3:18 before calling his number to check back into the game. Despite leading 15-14, the Buckeyes had already committed seven turnovers while converting on only five shot attempts.After a two-minute lull in scoring for the Buckeyes, Jackson hit a 3-pointer to give Ohio State a 18-14 lead with 15:14 remaining in the first half. Jackson’s 3-point basket sparked a 13-0 Ohio State run and the Highlanders did not come within eight points for the remainder of the game.Holtmann said Jackson has been making great strides at the point guard position and commended his coachability and willingness to improve.“I thought he responded well,” Holtmann said. “Obviously outside of his turnovers, I thought he was pretty good defensively and I thought he — he can make shots, he can really shoot the ball.”The Eastern Florida State transfer played his first season at Ohio State last year, but only started nine games, primarily serving as Jaquon Lyle’s backup. Jackson’s stats were unimpressive. He shot below 40 percent and averaged less than six points per game. However, he came on strong to finish the season, averaging 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his final seven games.After Lyle quit the team in April and transferred to New Mexico, Jackson became the sole point guard on Ohio State’s roster. In his second season at Ohio State, Jackson has been thrust into a much larger role as the team’s floor general at the Division I level. Holtmann admitted there will be some growing pains for the JUCO transfer.“He’s got a big load, right,” Holtmann said. “He’s against pressure, he’s our primary ball-handler. We’re going to live through his mistakes. I’ve been really pleased with a lot of his growth.”Jackson hopes he’ll be able to avoid early statlines like he had Sunday and find his rhythm from the opening tip. read more

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Robert Markotic stays in NEXE until 2015

HC NEXERK NexeRobert Markotic ← Previous Story Serbian legend, Nedeljko Jovanovic: “France is the best ever” Next Story → TRAGEDY: Bernd and Reinhard Methe die in car accident One of the “hot perspective for the future” in Croatia, right back, Robert Markotic (21) prolonged contract with vice-champion and one of the best teams of SEHA League, NEXE from Nasice. New deal until 2015 will help team’s coach, Kasim Kamenica to build strong team with Markotic, as one of the best player and scorer.Markotic is already five seasons in Nasice. He was the part of the U19 NT squad, who won gold medal at the WCh in 2009. Second Croatian team, HC NEXE is stronger and stronger, season by season with strong Management and secure general sponsorship.

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Tatran beat Metalurg in Presov

← Previous Story Knudsen and Rasmussen face their former team mates Next Story → PSG Handball celebrate first EHF CL win In the second round of Group C in the Champions League Tatran Presov defeated Metalurg Skopje 27:22 in Tatran Handball Arena, Presov, Slovakia.The Slovakian champions were 2:9 down in the 15th minute of the game. At that time Metalurg dominated the match by their great defence and efficient counter attacks. After Tatran´s time out home team coach RastislavTrtikchanged the defensive system of his players from 6-0 to 4-2, which proved to be the most decisive moment of the game later on.The Macedonian vice champions could not get through Tatran´s active defence and excellent goalkeeper VadymBrazhnyk. TatranPresov, who missed their key centre back Lukas Urban because of ankle injury, claimed their first Champions League Group Stage victory of the season.Post-match statement:Rastislav Trtik, coach of TatranPresov:“I am glad we managed to win this important game. The fans could see a top quality game in Tatran Handball Arena. Lino Cervar is very experienced and respected coach. He has a great composition of good and young talented players within his team. Normally they would beat us badly. But after first 15 minutes we risked and completely changed our defensive system to 4-2. This system put Metalurg under huge pressure. They were not able to react to it until the end of the game. It was only first away game of Metalurg in the Champions League, so finally they paid for it.”Oliver Rabek, left back of TatranPresov:“I am very pleased we managed to win this important game. First 15 minutes were disastrous for us. Then we started to play with maximum concentration. We started to play together as a team. I enjoyed the game despite they marked me personally. We managed to be efficient against their excellent defence. I would like to thank our fans for their support.”Vadym Brazhnyk, goalkeeper of Tatran:“We prepared thoroughly for Macedonians during the week. Unfortunately we did not manage first 15 minutes at all. Then we changed a defensive system and started to play with concentration as a big team. It was the game of high quality defences. Metalurg´s defence was great in the beginning of the match and their goalkeeper had many important saves. Then we came back to the game and dominated last 45 minutes. Finally we deserved to win and take two important points.”Dominik Krok, left back of Tatran:“We played a great game from 15th minute of the match.Our defence and attack started to work very well at that time. To be 2:9 down in the game and finally win it by 5 goals is absolutely brilliant. We delivered a team performance. We gave our hearts into the game and deservedly won it. I would like to thank our fans for their amazing support during the entire match.”JakubHrstka, left wing of Tatran:“I would like to completely forget the first 15 minutes of the game. We did not play what we planned before the match at all.We were not aggressive in defence, so Metalurg´s backs scored from all positions. After our time out, when we were 2:9 down, we built the momentum with our great defensive system 4-2. We put Metalurg under huge pressure. They started to lose the balls. We were able to score many counter-attack goals. VadymBrazhnykhad outstanding saves in our goal. We lost the first half only by one goal. In the second half we became even more aggressive and we put their backs under enormous pressure. They made a lot of technical faults and we scored a lot of easy goals. We are glad we managed to clinch two precious points against high quality rivals at our home court.”Lino Cervar, coach of Metalurg Skopje:“Congratulations to Tatran on their victory. My team played very well in the first 15 minutes. Then we completely lost our concentration. TatranPresov came back to the game. They were better side until the end of the game, especially in the second half time and deserved to win the game.”NemanjaMladenovic, centre back of Metalurg Skopje:“I would like to congratulate to Tatran on their performance. They showed us how to fight at home court. We played perfectly in the first 15 minutes, when we were in 9:2 lead. Everything was working for us. We were concentrated and converted our chances. Then we lost concentration and everything in the game. We have to forget this match, learn from our mistakes. In the next games we have to remain focused for 60 minutes.”After Saturday´s games of the 2nd round of the ChampionsLeagueGroup Stage TatranPresovwent up to the 3rd place of Group C with 2 points. In the third round Slovakian champions travel to Logrono to encounter Naturhouse La Rioja. The game is scheduled for Saturday 8 October 2016 at 17:30 CET in Palacio de los Deportes de La Rioja, Logrono, Spain.Champions League 2016/2017 – Group C – 2nd roundSaturday 1 October 2016 (15.00 CET), Tatran Handball Arena, Presov, SlovakiaTATRAN Presov (SVK) – Metalurg Skopje (MKD) 27:22 (11:12)TATRAN: Chupryna, Brazhnyk – Rabek4, M. Sarpataky, Humenansky, Hrstka7, D. Krok4, Sadovyi 3, Pekar, Cip 3, Peskov, Vucko 4, Jankovic 2, Pales, Tsarapkin. Coach: R. Trtik.Metalurg:Arsic, Dupjacanec – Petrov, Mladenovic3, Kosteski,Obradovic3, Matijasic, Dragas5, Nelovski 2, Taleski4, Velkovski2, Brajovic, Peshevski1, Kuzmanovski 1, Drogrishki 1, Palevski. Coach: L. Cervar.Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL), 7m given/goals: 2/1 – 2/2, 2´ penalties: 1 – 2, Spect. 1200.Author: Richard FechPhoto: Viktor Zamborsky, TatranPresov read more

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Le tabac responsable de 40 millions de décès par tuberculose dici 2050

first_imgLe tabac responsable de 40 millions de décès par tuberculose d’ici 2050 ?Selon une étude publiée hier par le British Medical Journal, le tabagisme pourrait être responsable de 40 millions de décès par tuberculose d’ici 2050.Si l’on connaissait l’impact du tabagisme sur le risque de tuberculose, c’est une nouvelle inquiétante que vient tout juste de révéler une étude publiée dans le British Medical Journal. A l’université de Californie, l’équipe du docteur Sanjay Basu a mis au point un modèle mathématique afin de déterminer l’impact du tabagisme sur l’évolution des cas de tuberculose et du nombre de décès imputés à cette maladie. À lire aussiTuberculose : pulmonaire, osseuse ou ganglionnaire, de quoi s’agit-il ?Leurs résultats tendent à prouver que le tabagisme pourrait causer près de 40 millions de morts par tuberculose d’ici 2050. Mais plus sérieux encore, si les tendances actuelles se confirment, celui-ci augmenterait le nombre de cas de tuberculose de 7%, soit 18 millions de cas en excès entre 2010 et 2050 (274 millions contre 256), rapporte 7sur7.be. Des cas qui se manifesteraient notamment en Afrique, dans l’Est de la Méditerranée et dans les régions sud-est de l’Asie. Par ailleurs, les scientifiques soulignent également que lorsque des fumeurs développent la maladie, ils ont davantage de risque d’en mourir que les non-fumeurs.”Cela fait près de 20 ans que l’Organisation mondiale de la santé a déclaré la tuberculose comme ‘alerte de santé mondiale’. Depuis cette époque, les taux ont plutôt augmenté que réduit, et fumer accroit le risque d’attraper et de mourir de la tuberculose”, explique le Dr John Moore-Gillon, spécialiste de la maladie pour la British Lung Foundation cité par BBC News. Les chercheurs estiment ainsi que “réduire drastiquement la prévalence du tabagisme pourrait diminuer le nombre de décès par tuberculose attribuables au tabac de 27 millions d’ici 2050”. Le 5 octobre 2011 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more