The Naveen Patnaik government launched its own food security scheme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday, benefiting 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act.“On Gandhi Jayanti, launched Odisha’s own food security scheme to benefit 25 lakh vulnerable populace that were excluded from coverage; sufficient and nutritious food is a basic need and prerequisite for a healthy Odisha, as a part of our resolve to eradicate hunger in Odisha,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a tweet after launching the scheme. The beneficiaries will get 5 kg of rice per person per month at the rate of ₹1 per kg, said the Chief Minister while launching the scheme at four different districts through videoconferencing from the State Secretariat here.The State government will spend ₹443.5 crore per annum to support the scheme and ₹221.75 crore in the current financial year, Mr. Patnaik added.The State government had decided to launch its own food security scheme after the Centre did not respond to its request to add additional beneficiaries under the NFSA.
BOSTON—We all know people who seem to have been born with good genes—they may smoke, never exercise, or consume large amounts of bacon, yet they remain seemingly healthy. Now, researchers have found that individuals who carry a rare genetic mutation that controls the blood levels of certain fats, or lipids, are protected from heart disease. The result, reported here yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, suggests that a drug mimicking this effect could prevent heart disease, a major killer.Triglycerides are lipids that the body makes from unused calories in food and later burns as fuel. Doctors often monitor patients’ blood levels of these compounds because higher levels have been linked to a greater risk of heart disease.One player in processing triglycerides is a protein called ApoC-III that is encoded by the gene APOC3. Five years ago, researchers discovered a mutation in APOC3 in 5% of the Amish population in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Those with this variant had unusually low levels of triglycerides after consuming a fat-laden milkshake. 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And it wasn’t clear whether the gene would show up in non-Amish people.Now, researchers have found APOC3 mutations in the general U.S. population. They sequenced the protein-coding DNA, or exomes, of 3734 white and African-American volunteers, then combed through the data for genetic variants linked to triglyceride levels. A few people turned out to have either the Amish APOC3 mutation or one of three other variants in APOC3 that also disable this copy of the gene. When the team checked the DNA of a larger group of nearly 111,000 people, they found that about one in 200 carried one of the four APOC3 variants, reported Jacy Crosby of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, who represented a large consortium called the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Exome Sequencing Project.The 500 or so people with one of these APOC3 variants not only had less ApoC-III in their blood and 38% lower triglyceride levels than the average person; they also had a 40% lower risk of coronary heart disease, whose effects include heart attacks. This result firms up the link between APOC3 and heart disease and also supports a possible prevention strategy, Crosby said: Reducing levels of the ApoC-III protein could potentially lower lipid levels and protect against heart disease. One such drug is already in clinical testing, she noted.The new study “is exciting, but one has to be cautious” about whether such a drug will work, says geneticist Stephen Rich of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. That’s because inhibiting ApoC-III late in life may not mimic being born with an APOC3 mutation, which protects for a lifetime, he says.
Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith her lean 5-foot-10 frame, flawless skin and winsome smile, Rachel Anne Daquis easily catches everyone’s attention. The highly popular open spiker for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga also happens to be a force on the hard court.A champion many times over with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, as well as with Philippine Army and Petron in volleyball’s commercial leagues, Daquis won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2015 PSL All Filipino Cup, which the Blaze Spikers won via 13-0 sweep.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 Games View comments Yet, instead of moping, she stepped down from the national team and said she would take a “specialized training course” abroad to help her earn credentials as a future fitness guru.“It was a very difficult decision for me because I have always aspired to represent our country,” Daquis said in a statement. “I am very grateful that you (national coaches) have considered me to be included in the team lineup. But I feel that there are other more capable candidates who can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”That’s Daquis gracefully telling them: If you’re not giving me my rightful place in the grand ball, I’m skipping the party altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Keeping up with Kobe That may explain the uproar in social media when she was relegated to the reserve list of the Philippine team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors tournament next month. After all, to paraphrase a classic line from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” “nobody puts Rachel in a corner.”For years, the 29-year-old Daquis painstakingly earned the tag “Face of Philippine volleyball.” During the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, giant posters bearing her image—she was an endorser for a top sports manufacturing company— adorned big malls around the Lion City’s OCBC Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDaquis has represented the country in international tournaments since 2011 and was part of the pioneering PSL-Manila squad that played in the FIVB World Clubs Championships in 2016.Fast-forward to last May’s AVC Asian Club Championship in Kazakhstan, where Daquis served as team captain of Philippine representative Rebisco-PSL and played the part well. She was on top of everything, from the team’s airport check-ins, to the daily bus rides, to the team bull sessions. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Over breakfast at Shiny River Hotel in Ust-Kamenogorsk, head coach Francis Vicente, worried sick by the bashing the national team was receiving in social media, tried to lighten the mood of the girls. After five matches in five days the team still could not buy a win against stronger clubs.“Hey, girls, have you said hello to your bashers this morning?” Vicente asked his players.Daquis offered a reply for the team in Filipino: “No coach. We have stopped checking [our social media accounts]. All we know is that we’re all very pretty!”Her remark brought the house down and conveyed the correct attitude the team, including Vicente himself, took to ward off online critics.So after Daquis was unceremoniously cut from the national team’s final roster by the coaching staff, supposedly in favor of younger and stronger open hitters, the news stunned her legions of fans, probably more than Daquis herself.ADVERTISEMENT
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez at Arena do Jacare Stadium in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, on June 17. (AP PhotoThe must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realise a loss on Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches.Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker Suarez back after he missed the opening loss to Costa Rica with a knee problem. He has declared himself fit, and if he starts Uruguay will be trying to feed him as many balls as possible.England, all too familiar with Suarez’s goal-scoring abilities from the Premier League, will be aiming to shut him down.The other matches on Day Eight at the World Cup are in Group C, with Colombia taking on Ivory Coast – both winners in their opening group matches – and Japan against Greece in a struggle to stay alive.Focusing ForwardThere are six Liverpool players on England’s squad, and they know better than most the threat that Suarez can pose.Having Suarez consigned to the bench was a major setback for Uruguay in its opening 3-1 loss to a rampaging Costa Rican team. Even if he plays, Uruguay has a weakened defense because of the loss of captain Diego Lugano. He was ruled out of the England match due to a left knee strain.Suarez had surgery on his left knee immediately after the Premier League season, and while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is happy to have him back, he’s lowering expectations.advertisement”In the case of whether Luis plays, there is a possibility that he won’t be like the Luis Suarez that was the top goal scorer of the Premier League,” Tabarez said.Suarez scored 31 goals to help Liverpool finish second in England’s top flight, somewhat reviving his image after bans for racism and biting, and his blatant handling of the ball on the goal-line that deprived Ghana a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.Uruguay will be relying on Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to take some heat off as Suarez finds his feet.England lost its opener 2-1 to Italy, but took some consolation from the impressive performances of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.England’s biggest concern remains Wayne Rooney’s inability so far to score a goal in three World Cups. Rooney played out wide against Italy, and there’s been speculation in Britain that the Manchester United star may not start against Uruguay.
Tehran: Thousands of Iranian women fans are to attend a football match freely Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy.The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men. World football’s governing body FIFA ordered Iran last month to allow women access to stadiums without restriction and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.The directive came after a fan dubbed “Blue Girl” died after setting herself on fire in fear of being jailed for dressing up as a boy to attend a match.Women were quick to get their hands on tickets to attend Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Thursday.The first batch sold out in less than an hour, and additional seats were also snapped up in short order, state media said.The sports ministry said the 100,000-capacity stadium — whose name means “Freedom” in Farsi — was ready to host even more women.One of the 3,500 women to have secured a ticket was Raha Poorbakhsh, a football journalist.”I still can’t believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, watching everything on television, now I can experience everything in person,” she told AFP.’BLUE GIRL’But Poorbakhsh said she was aware of many other women without tickets and some were expected to travel from as far away as Ahvaz in southern Iran in the hope of still getting one.There have been rare occasions in recent years when Iranian women have been allowed to watch matches, but this time they were free to buy their own tickets, albeit a set number.Those lucky enough to attend will be segregated from men and watched over by 150 female police officers.People on the streets of Tehran said they supported the decision to allow women into stadiums.”I would like there to be freedom for women, like men, to go freely and even sit side by side without any restrictions, like other countries,” said a woman who gave her name only as Hasti.Nader Fathi, who runs a clothing business, said the presence of women could improve the atmosphere in stadiums.But he said “they will regret it” if they are exposed to “really bad swear words” and “bad behaviour”.The bumpy road Iranian women have travelled in order to gain free access to stadiums has not been without tragedy.Sahar Khodayari died last month after setting herself ablaze outside a court in fear of being jailed for attending a match.Dubbed “blue girl” because of the colours of the club she supported — Tehran giants Esteghlal FC — she had reportedly been detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a boy.Her death sparked an outcry, with many calling for Iran to be banned and matches boycotted.The judiciary dismissed reports she had been told she would be jailed, and Khodayari’s father said she did not “sacrifice” herself for any cause.SHADOW OF FIFAAhead of Qatar 2022, FIFA has pressed Iran to allow women to attend qualifiers. But Iran denied its decision to allow women into Thursday’s match was a result of “foreign pressure”.”The presence of #women in stadiums is due to the internal social demands and government’s support of those demands,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei tweeted.The ban on women in stadiums is not written into law or regulations, but it has been strictly enforced.Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, women have only had rare access to stadiums in Iran.About 20 Irish women attended a World Cup qualifier in 2001, and four years later a few dozen Iranian women watched the national team take on Bahrain.In October, as many as 100 “handpicked” Iranian women watched a friendly against Bolivia.The day after, the prosecutor general warned there would be no repeat, saying it would “lead to sin”.Then in November, a select group of about 850 women attended a match between Esteghlal’s Tehran rivals, Persepolis FC, and Japan’s Kashima Antlers.The issue continues to be deeply divisive in Iran.Reformists have welcomed the latest move, but conservatives have come out strongly against it.The Donya-e-Eqtesad financial newspaper called it “a step to weaken a taboo and also free Iran’s football of the looming shadow of FIFA’s punishment”.But the ultra-conservative Kayhan daily said women were more concerned about economic issues. blue girlFIFAiranmatch First Published: October 9, 2019, 7:23 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Itanagar, Mar 11 (PTI) A youth from West Bengal who has embarked on a multi-nation cycle journey with a mission to raise cancer awareness today reached here to spread the message on how to prevent the deadly disease which affects nearly 1.6 lakh people annually in India.Covering a distance of 14,000 kilometres till date, 24-year-old Anirban Acharya from Kolkata, is planning to cover 100 countries in the world by 2020.Acharya, who reached Itanagar this morning, was felicitated by the members of Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Electronic Media Association for his cause.He was handed over a letter of appreciation and some cash.Starting his journey from New Delhi on June 6 last year, Acharya has covered Punjab, Harayana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Chennai, Kerala, Kanyakumari, Odisha and Kolkata before reaching Arunachal Pradesh.From here, he would start for Jorhat in Assam via the worlds largest river island Majuli and would proceed to Tripura from where he would set out for Bangladesh, Laos, Indonesia, China and other South East Asian countries.Acharya told reporters that he would also visit Europe and America to cover 100 countries in all the continents.”Since my school days, I was involved with adventure sports and I want to do something challenging. I got my inspiration from various books which I read during my school days,” he said.Previously, Acharya had travelled to Kashmir on his bicycle from Kolkata in 2012. PTI UPL NN CPS
GENEVA — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini lost their appeals Nov. 18 against interim 90-day bans for financial wrongdoing in the growing corruption scandal that has shaken world soccer.Platini’s lawyer said FIFA had “perverted its own rules,” and taken more than two weeks to notify him of a FIFA appeals committee verdict that was dated Nov. 3 — further stalling the former France great’s FIFA Presidential bid.“It’s crystal clear that this staggering delay is the result of an instrumentation aiming at holding back Michel Platini,” Paris-based lawyer Thibaud d’Ales told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.The provisional ban stops Platini from working as UEFA president and halts his candidacy for the FIFA election on Feb. 26. Blatter is also barred from his FIFA presidential office.Blatter’s American lawyer said the FIFA head was “disappointed” by the ruling, and called the lost time in publishing the ruling “inexplicable.”“President Blatter is committed to clearing his name and hopes this inexplicable delay is not an effort to deny him, during his elected term, a fair hearing before a neutral body,” Richard Cullen said in a statement.The rejection of their legal challenges was expected from the appeals panel — chaired by Larry Mussenden, the former attorney general of Bermuda — which rarely overturns judgments by FIFA judicial bodies.Platini and Blatter will now file further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where appellants can choose one of the three lawyers to judge their case.Platini will contact CAS by Nov. 20 and has “absolute confidence” in the Swiss court, lawyer d’Ales told the AP.“For the first time since he was suspended he knows that he will be treated in a completely independent and fair way,” d’Ales said.Blatter “looks forward to the opportunity to be heard, including through the presentation of evidence and argument of counsel, and thereby demonstrate he has engaged in no misconduct,” Cullen said.The bans were imposed last month by FIFA’s ethics committee pending full investigations into a $2 million payment Blatter approved for Platini in 2011 as backdated salary. Platini was employed by Blatter as a Presidential adviser from 1998-2002.Both men deny wrongdoing, though they have acknowledged there was no written contract for the extra salary.Blatter and Platini are expected to appear before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in December and face lengthy bans if misconduct is found proven.Switzerland’s Attorney General has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for suspected criminal mismanagement of FIFA money, over Platini’s $2 million and the undervalued sale of Caribbean TV rights for the World Cup.Swiss federal authorities also questioned Platini at FIFA headquarters on Sept. 25 and are treating him as “between a witness and an accused person,” according to the attorney general Michael Lauber.Platini is among six men competing to succeed his former mentor Blatter as FIFA President.While the other five candidates — including UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino — have passed integrity checks overseen by FIFA’s election committee, Platini’s vetting process is on hold until his ethics case is resolved.He faces a ban of at least several years if the FIFA ethics court finds him guilty of conflicts of interest and breaching the terms of his suspension. Whatever sanctions Eckert applies can also be appealed to CAS.Blatter could face an ethics charge of falsifying FIFA accounts if the $2 million did not appear in the financial accounts during the nine-year gap between Platini’s employment and payment.___By Graham Dunbar, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writers Samuel Petrequin and Jerome Pugmire in Paris contributed TweetPinShare0 Shares
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eSports FIFA 18 easter eggs: Five hidden quirks you might not have noticed Oli Platt 03:51 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EA Sports eSports WTF Think you’ve seen it all on EA Sports’ latest football sim? We took a deep dive for a few of the little details you might not have noticed FIFA 18 is a huge, huge game.From the second edition of the The Journey to the enormous world of Ultimate Team, there is never a shortage of things to do on EA Sports’ football simulation.That’s without even mentioning career mode, online competitions and all the other features big and small weaved into those various areas of the game. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It means that even the most die-hard FIFA player may inevitably miss out on or not even notice some of the details thrown in by EA’s developers.Goal took a deep dive into some of the quirks of FIFA 18 to uncover a few things you might have overlooked.ALEX HUNTER’S SPECIAL CELEBRATIONThanks to the numerous trailers that EA Sports released before FIFA 18 hit the shelves you’ll know that the start of the new game’s story mode, The Journey, sees Alex Hunter weighing up interest from other clubs – Real Madrid in particular.That doesn’t go down too well with anyone at his current club, and Hunter is dropped to the bench. As he warms up to come on as a substitute, he’s greeted with a chorus of boos.The boos continue with every touch he takes on the pitch but you can shut them up by hitting the back of the net.If you do that and then make your way to the nearest television camera, you’ll see a neat bonus goal celebration in which Hunter professes his loyalty to the audience at home.There was something similar in FIFA 17 – if you celebrated in front of a camera on last year’s game, Hunter would pay tribute to his grandad, who plays a key part in the storyline.HAPPY BIRTHDAY!This one’s been in FIFA for a while – at least as far back as FIFA 12, in fact, as the above video shows.If you play a game on the birthday of one of the players on the pitch, Martin Tyler will take a pause from calling the action to mention the special occasion.It’s a nice little added touch.FACING YOUR RIVALSThe pre-match team and kit selection screens feature a couple of players from the teams you have chosen lining up as a preview, as the screenshot above shows.But what you might not have noticed is that whereas those two players, normally stand facing you, they do something a little different if the clubs you have chosen are rivals.Instead of ambling around looking bored the players will turn towards each other, growling and glaring and getting a bit of intimidation in before kick-off.Even computer animations know what the Manchester derby is about.CELEBRITY REFEREESThis was a weird one.A few FIFA players noticed in this year’s demo that there was something familiar about the game’s referees.Something very 1992, in fact.Talk about a glitch Ryan giggs is our referee in our pro clubs match on FIFA 18 beta PS4 @NepentheZ @bateson87 pic.twitter.com/WfP4jIYcHu— Gary Mcinnes (@GTOmega_Gary) August 13, 2017@GNev2 making an appearance on Fifa 18 as a referee pic.twitter.com/7pFNic5fya— Garry warren (@Gug_9) August 17, 2017Oddly, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are the only two ex-players who have been spotted in all black.Who knows, though – perhaps EA were testing a couple of faces for a Class of ’92 release in Ultimate Team. That would be pretty special.HUNTER’S NO.1 FANWarning: Minor ‘The Journey’ spoilers follow.If you completed The Journey on FIFA 17, you might remember this young fan who asks Alex Hunter for an autograph before a game.Well, he’s back in FIFA 18!The only difference is that this time… he’s Brazilian.EA clearly decided to get another use out of the animation by dropping it in the game again, this time as one of two young fans from Rio de Janeiro who ask Hunter, enjoying a summer holiday, to join them for a three-on-three game.Hunter and his friend Danny Williams agree and what follows is a cool little feature to start The Journey on FIFA 18, with a kickabout in a cage reminiscent of FIFA Street.
Mr. Chuck was speaking at the Ministry of Justice’s third quarterly press conference, held recently at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road head office. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is calling on citizens to expose wrongdoers and speak out against corruption.“We have teamed up with National Integrity Action (NIA), because we recognise that there is too much wrongdoing across the country and somehow we need to expose the wrongdoers and to reduce wrongdoing wherever it occurs,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck was speaking at the Ministry of Justice’s third quarterly press conference, held recently at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road head office.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, speaks at the Third Quarterly Press Conference, held recently at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road head office in Kingston. Story Highlights “We have teamed up with National Integrity Action (NIA), because we recognise that there is too much wrongdoing across the country and somehow we need to expose the wrongdoers and to reduce wrongdoing wherever it occurs,” the Minister said. He encouraged justices of the peace (JPs) and law-abiding citizens to uncover corruption, regardless of the status of the offenders.“Wherever crime and corruption occur, we want Justices of the Peace and decent law-abiding citizens of our country to expose them, and it doesn’t matter if it is a minister, a mayor, a parliamentarian, a councillor, a bureaucrat, a permanent secretary or chief technical director. If they are engaged in corruption, they must be exposed,” the Minister emphasised.He pointed out that corruption eats away at the moral fibre of the country and reduces the benefits the Government can provide to the weak, poor and vulnerable of society.“A few wrongdoers are illicitly enriching themselves to the detriment of a wide cross section of our country, and that is why this Ministry will be working extremely hard, so that we can move from the 44 score that we’ve had for the last two years and work towards a better score and improve on the corruption index,” the Minister said.He said that ensuring citizens get value for their money is of utmost importance to the Government.“Where tax dollars are being wasted because contracts have a percentage that goes to illicit means, must stop,” the Minister said.He also urged contractors to be aware of corruption and refrain from engaging in illegal activities.“I want to send the signal out to contractors. You have no duty to give members of parliament (MPs), dons or anybody a portion of the contract. Whatever contract you have signed, make sure the people of Jamaica benefit enormously,” the Minister said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is calling on citizens to expose wrongdoers and speak out against corruption.
zoom Oslo-listed Tanker Investments Ltd. plans to reap around USD 50 million in net proceeds for its shareholders from the sale of the VLCC duo to National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri).TIL confirmed the sale in a stock exchange filing today, saying that it has agreed to sell its two 2010-built VLCCs, the Hemsedal Spirit and Voss Spirit, for gross proceeds of USD 77.5 million each with delivery to the buyers expected to occur during the second half of January 2016.“With the sale of our two VLCCs, we have now executed on this opportunistic investment, generating a significant return for the company,” commented William Hung, Tanker Investments’ Chief Executive Officer. “We acquired these ships for USD 77 million each in May 2014 and during this time we have generated a total of approximately USD 30 million in cash flow, helping to increase the company’s net asset value per share.” However, according to Hung, the company is no longer pursuing additional investments in tanker assets, and soon after closing these vessel sale transactions and repaying the associated debt, the company intends to return the expected net proceeds of approximately USD 50 million to shareholders.Tanker Investments Ltd. is a specialized investment company focused on the tanker market, formed in January 2014 to acquire, operate and sell modern secondhand tankers. The company is planned to be sold.
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Fatality Numbers Spiking,Province Calls for Change Traffic and pedestrian fatality numbers are spiking this year inNova Scotia and politicians, police and paramedics are askingmotorists to drive safely. Traffic fatalities to date are about 41 per cent higher this yearthan in 2003 and pedestrian fatalities are 450 per cent higher.As of July 25, 55 people died in vehicles on Nova Scotia’shighways and 11 pedestrians were killed. The three major reasons for this year’s fatalities are alcohol,no seatbelts and speed. “It’s pretty simple: Buckle up … slow down and never, everdrink and drive,” said Ron Russell, Nova Scotia’s Minister ofTransportation and Public Works, at a news conference today, July28. “I want people to hear this message, especially with thelarge number of drivers expected to be on our roads this summer.” “The RCMP is committed to the safest highways in Canada by theyear 2010,” said Superintendent Craig MacLaughlin. “RCMP TrafficServices will continue to work towards that goal.” “Halifax Regional Police has identified speeding as a primarycitizen concern, and is using directed enforcement and aproactive communications campaign to encourage citizens to slowdown, wear their seatbelts and abide by the rules of the road,”said Chief Frank Beazley. “It is our hope that this will reduceand prevent the number of motor vehicle and pedestrianfatalities.” “Paramedics have seen some terrible things at collisions, and ourgoal is to prevent them in the future,” said Michelle Pierce, EHSparamedic. “Our goal is very clear — drive safe.” In the last five years, 1999 was the worst year for fatalities onNova Scotia’s highways with 97; 2003 was the best with 70. Mr. Russell said the province will launch an aggressive publicawareness initiative this summer — including a radio campaign –informing drivers about the need to buckle up, slow down anddrive sober. He hopes radio stations in the province will alsoair public service announcements. He also pointed to other steps being taken by police,Transportation and Public Works and the provincial Road SafetyAdvisory Committee, including:– Operation Road Safety: police checkpoints conducted four timesa year;– Roadcheck 2004: checkpoints targetting unsafe heavy trucks;– Work Zone Safety Campaign: annual awareness campaign about theneed to slow down in work zones;– Winter Safety Day: provincial snowplow operators pass alongsafety tips to elementary school students; and– Cara Johnston: nationally acclaimed speaker tours Nova Scotiahigh schools and discusses drinking and driving. “Success depends on all of us,” said Mr. Russell.
Kolkata: In a rare surgery the Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital (DHGMCH) successfully reconstructed vagina and uterus in a 24-year-old woman, who had a congenital anomaly characterised by the lack of development of the vagina and uterus.The hospital authorities claimed that this is for the first time such a complicated operation has been conducted by any government hospital in the state. The patient, a resident of Mograhat area in South 24-Parganas, got married to a youth from Joynagar around five years ago. As the she failed to conceive, the woman along with her husband visited the doctors at the DHGMCH four months ago. The doctors conducted a thorough investigation of the patient. Some clinical investigations were also performed on the patient. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAfter going through the reports the doctors found that the patient’s vagina and uterus did not develop properly which is a congenital problem. The patient told the doctors that she never had periods. The patient first visited the hospital around four months ago. After primary treatment, the patient went home but she was in touch with the hospital doctors since then. Recently, the doctors called up the patient and asked to get admitted for a surgery. The doctors also briefed the patient and her husband about congenital problem of the woman. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA team comprising senior doctors was constituted for the surgery. According to Dr Samadrita Chakraborty, the head of the gynecology department of the hospital, Laparoscopic Vaginoplasty through Davydov procedure was adopted during the surgery. The patient’s vagina and uterus was reconstructed after a long operation. Dr Chakraborty was assisted with other doctors, including Prof Dr Manas Saha and Dr Nita Roy. The doctors said the patient would not be able to conceive and hence the couple will have to go for surrogacy or adoption. However, the couple would not face any difficulties while indulging in sexual intercourse, doctors said. According to the doctors, the vagina and uterus were successfully reconstructed in the patient. The surgery was complicated and risky. The treatment of this condition consists in the creation of a neovagina, allowing sexual intercourse, the doctors said.
Researchers have found that alternate-day fasting (ADF) can be a safe option for calorie restriction. The study published in the journal Cell Metabolism looked at the effects of strict alternate-day fasting on healthy people and found several health benefits. “In this study, we aimed to explore a broad range of parameters, from physiological to molecular measures. If ADF and other dietary interventions differ in their physiological and molecular effects, complex studies are needed in humans that compare different diets,” said researchers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a randomised controlled trial, 60 participants were enrolled for four weeks and randomized to either an ADF or an ad libitum control group, the latter of which could eat as much as they wanted. Additionally, the researchers studied a group of 30 people who had already practised more than six months of strict ADF previous to the study enrolment. They compared them to normal, healthy controls who had no fasting experience. For this ADF cohort, the main focus was to examine the long-term safety of the intervention. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We found that on average, during the 12 hours when they could eat normally, the participants in the ADF group compensated for some of the calories lost from the fasting, but not all.” “Overall, they reached a mean calorie restriction of about 35 per cent and lost an average of 3.5 kg [7.7 lb] during four weeks of ADF.” The researchers found several biological effects in the ADF group: the participants had continuous upregulation of ketone bodies, even on non-fasting days. This has been shown to promote health in various contexts. The participants had lowered levels of cholesterol. They had a reduction of lipotoxic android trunk fat mass, commonly known as belly fat. “The elegant thing about strict ADF is that it doesn’t require participants to count their meals and calories: they just don’t eat anything for one day.”
OTTAWA – MPs chastised an Equifax Canada executive Monday for not doing more to make amends to thousands of Canadians whose personal information was compromised by hackers.John Russo, chief privacy officer for the Canadian branch of the global credit-reporting firm, faced a barrage of pointed questions at a House of Commons committee over how the breach happened and the adequacy of the company’s response.Russo unreservedly apologized for the lapse at Equifax’s U.S. parent that affected 19,000 Canadians this year.“Being a trusted steward of information has long been one of Equifax’s core principles, so we were devastated when this happened,” Russo told the Commons committee on information, privacy and ethics.“I can assure you that in the months and years leading up to this incident, Equifax U.S. did not take data protection lightly. In fact, it has invested aggressively, particularly over the past five years, in security and network resilience. Nevertheless, a cyberattack and breach occurred, and information was stolen by criminals.”The breach included names, addresses and social insurance and credit card numbers, as well as usernames, passwords and secret question/secret answer data.Hackers also accessed or stole the personal data of 145.5 million U.S. consumers and nearly 400,000 Britons in the breach, which was discovered July 29.Equifax first notified the public of the breach on Sept. 7, though it says the unauthorized access is thought to have happened from mid-May through July.Equifax has notified affected Canadians by mail — making efforts to ensure it has up-to-date postal addresses — and has offered them free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for one year.The protection includes daily credit monitoring with alerts, daily access to personal Equifax credit reports and scores, Internet scanning of suspicious credit-card number and SIN use, and up to $50,000 of identity theft insurance to help affected people with out-of-pocket expenses.Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, the committee chairman, said given that the effects of identity theft “can be life-changing,” $50,000 seems insufficient to cover people.“They might not be able to buy a house, they might not be able to have a car for many, many years,” he said.“I would challenge you to do the right thing and make sure that Canadians are made whole again if affected by this.”Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan questioned why the company would end full protection for the 19,000 Canadians after one year.“It should be for life, Mr. Russo — for life.”More than 1,600 Canadians have signed on for the complimentary protection services to date, and some who were notified more recently are likely to do so in coming days.Russo said Equifax was eyeing the so-called dark web — the shadowy, underground corners of the internet — for “any suspicious traffic” linked to the compromised information.Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith asked Russo to follow up in writing about what the company was doing to monitor the dark web.So far, Equifax says it has no complaints of fraudulent activity linked to the affected Canadians.The committee has been studying Canada’s private-sector privacy law, including the possibility of giving the privacy commissioner power to levy fines.Russo insisted the company was taking steps to ensure such a breach never happens again. “We want to go above and beyond the industry standard.”Since the lapse, Equifax Canada has held regular meetings with the privacy commissioner’s office and provincial counterparts, he added.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
2 April 2008As the United Nations marked the first World Autism Awareness Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the courage of children with autism and their families, who strive every day “to confront the disability with a powerful combination of determination, creativity and hope.” The General Assembly declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day last November in a bid to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the complex brain disorder. Autism, which affects people all around the globe, impedes the ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioural challenges. In his message marking the Day, Mr. Ban stressed the need to build enabling environments for children with disabilities so they can prosper as future members of their communities, citizens of their countries and as fully-fledged members of the global community. “Let us empower them and respond to their needs today, so as to make our societies more accessible, enabling and empowering for all our children tomorrow,” he stated. The Secretary-General noted that throughout its history, the UN has promoted the rights and well-being of the disabled, including children with developmental disabilities. “It is especially fitting that this inaugural Day falls in 2008 — the year in which we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights, and expect to see the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the General Assembly in 2006,” he added. Yesterday Jordan became the 18th country to ratify the Convention – which opened for signature one year ago. The treaty only needs two more ratifications to enter into force and become an internationally legally binding document.UN Headquarters in New York is marking the Day with a discussion sponsored by Qatar, which spearheaded the initiative to create an annual observance, along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the non-governmental organization Autism Speaks.
OTTAWA — One year after the United States imposed stiff import duties on Canadian softwood, strong demand for wood and record market prices mean American consumers and not Canadian producers are feeling the pinch.Unlike the last softwood dispute with the U.S., which led to the loss of 20,000 forestry jobs and saw an estimated 400 sawmills close in Canada, this time the industry in Canada is holding up just fine so far.There has been very little uptake in federal aid programs, predictions of widespread job loss and mill closures haven’t materialized, and demands to get a deal with the United States to solve the trade dispute seem to be taking a back seat to more pressing concerns about pests, forest fires and rail car shortages.“We haven’t seen any (mill) closures linked to the trade dispute to this point,” said Derek Nighbor, president of the Forest Products Association of Canada.After the U.S. announced its decision to apply duties on April 24, 2017, Canada responded with an $867-million aid package, including government-backed loans and loan guarantees, funds for innovation and aid for workers like extended job-sharing agreements. Thus far, only six workers have applied for job-sharing, and the Export Development Bank of Canada has doled out just $70 million of $500 million made available as loans to forestry companies.“Overall, the Canadian softwood lumber sector is doing well, which explains the modest uptake on EDC’s softwood lumber envelope,” said EDC spokeswoman Jennifer Stewart in an emailed statement.“In our discussions with Canadian lumber exporters, they are telling us that they have largely been shielded from the worst effects of softwood lumber duties.”Mostly, the companies have taken advantage of the situation to get help diversifying markets and pushing innovation in their products. A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said $63 million in the forest innovation program has been fully disbursed and $55 million has been handed out for a forest industry transformation program, as has $11.8 million in aid to promote Canadian wood products in offshore markets.The main buffer is a 30 per cent increase in prices, more than offsetting the 10 to 24 per cent import duties the U.S. has imposed. Data from the publicly traded lumber companies shows at least $195 million has been deposited with the U.S. to pay the duties, a number that is likely twice as big once the duties paid by privately-held companies are factored in. The actual amount paid is not currently public information.The U.S. forest industry has long accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing its industry by setting low prices for trees on government-owned land. Most trees in Canada are on crown land and companies harvest those trees by paying a stumpage fee. The U.S. also alleges Canadian companies sell lumber into the U.S. at prices below what they sell it for in Canada.Both the Canadian government and Canadian softwood companies deny the U.S. accusations and Canada is challenging the American duties at both the World Trade Organization and under the dispute mechanism of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada is also trying to negotiate a trade settlement on softwood with the U.S. but the American industry has kiboshed any potential settlement thus far.Market prices are being driven up partly by the duties, but also because of high demand, roaring U.S. housing starts, and supply-chain concerns from forest fires and winter weather shipping delays. Those prices have some Canadian companies reporting a declining interest from U.S. customers in their products, and overall shipments of softwood of the U.S. were down seven per cent last year.Still, Canadian companies earned more for selling less, and their revenue lines are strong.In the meantime, U.S. consumers are paying more to build new homes, renovate existing homes and rebuild after massive hurricanes hit Florida and Texas last fall.The U.S. National Association of Home Builders calls the duties imposed on Canada “a tax on American home builders and home buyers” and says since the U.S. can’t meet all domestic demand for wood itself, it is turning to offshore companies to fill the void. In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture reports German softwood imports were up 268 per cent, while those from Russia went up 30 per cent.Nighbor said it’s true the negotiations to settle the dispute have gone quiet, overshadowed by the bigger NAFTA negotiations. But he said even though companies are doing well now, that is predicated on U.S. demand staying high. In the long-term, companies still want a settlement before things start to go south.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2016 3:00 pm MDT OTTAWA – The federal Liberals are banking on the creation of a new, arm’s-length lending machine that could leverage billions in public money and turn it into new highways, bridges and transit projects.The centrepiece of the Liberals’ economic update is something that they hope will also be a signature piece for the Trudeau government: a new, experimental infrastructure bank that will take $35-billion in public money to create an investing system many times that size by pulling in private sector dollars.But just how the bank will work is unclear.The government unveiled high-level details in its economic update Tuesday, leaving the nitty-gritty for next year’s budget.“There still a lot of details that need to be fleshed out,” said former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page.“But it’s an exciting initiative. Personally, I like the fact that they’re doing it, but there is still a lot of work to do to get that thing up and running.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisers recommended the government create an infrastructure bank to attract private sector dollars for major projects, possibly generating $4 to $5 in private funding for every $1 of federal money.The government plans to infuse the arm’s-length bank with $15 billion in cash, taken from extra money outlined in the economic statement, to pay for projects that may not turn a profit.The government also plans to provide $20 billion in seed capital that the bank would provide in loans, with the repayments preventing a hit to the government’s bottom line. Federal capital, backed by private investment, would target projects that generate profits from water and hydro rates and road tolls.Government officials hope the new bank will prod cities and provinces to seek private sector partners for projects that are on the cusp of being commercially viable, such as mass transit.Morneau said the government will begin work immediately to create a pipeline of projects for the bank to fund. The bank will formally come into creation after budget legislation is passed, he said.Clark Somerville, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, said it is too early to know what projects would be involved. He said cities wouldn’t worry about partnering with the private sector and would look at public-private partnerships for large projects as part of budget planning.The $15 billion for the bank will come out of an extra $32 billion in infrastructure money the Liberals outlined in the economic update, bringing total infrastructure spending over the coming 11 years to $81 billion.Morneau said the extra cash and the new bank are part of the government’s plan for dealing with a challenging economic situation.“This plan is about how we can make a real difference for the middle class and Canadian families over the long-term,” he said.“It’s about knowing that one, two, and three decades from now we can have a more productive economy. We’re going to get this going in the near-term so we can create good jobs.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said the government is doubling down on a plan that hasn’t shown results by making large, expensive promises with no real sense of how they would create jobs.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said the bank would lead to the privatization of roads and bridges, with average Canadians shouldering the cost through more tolls and user fees.The Liberals vowed in last year’s election to spend $60 billion in new infrastructure money over the coming decade on projects ranging from new roads, bridges, seniors’ homes and social housing, as well as water and waste water projects.The first tranche of money in this year’s budget, about $11.9 billion, was aimed at getting money out the door quickly to refurbish and renovate aging and crumbling infrastructure across the country. So far, some 760 projects have been approved for funding with about two-thirds either started or completed.The remaining funds, about $48 billion, are to flow to provinces and cities to build what the government calls transformative projects, such as large-scale transit systems designed to alleviate congestion on clogged highways.Tuesday’s expansion of the infrastructure plan extends the spending time frame by two years to 2028, adds two new funding streams for rural communities and trade projects, and creates the infrastructure bank.The bulk of the new money is forecast to be spent in 2027 and 2028, by which time the country will have gone through three more federal elections.— Follow @jpress on Twitter. Infrastructure bank a keystone in Liberal economic plan
United Nations officials today marked Human Rights Day by declaring that everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their lives and communities. “International law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 10 December. “On this Day, let us unite to defend your right to make it heard.” This year’s theme for the Day, which is being observed through numerous events around the world, is ‘Inclusion and the Right to Participate in Public Life.’ The General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948 – and the date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The UDHR sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction. In his message, Mr. Ban noted that there has been “undeniable” progress over the past century along the path of inclusion. However, far too many groups and individuals face obstacles, including women, indigenous peoples, religious and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities or those with a different sexual orientation or political opinion. “These are not just nice ideas,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stated in her remarks to a Human Rights Day event in Geneva, referring to this year’s theme. “Millions of people have gone on to the streets over the past few years, some demanding civil and political rights, others demanding economic, social and cultural rights,” she said. “This groundswell is not simply a question of people demanding freedom to say what they think. “They have been asking for much more than that. They have been asking for their right to participate fully in the important decisions and policies affecting their daily lives. That means not only the democratic processes, but also the key economic decisions that can have such a huge impact on individuals, families, and even entire groups and nations.” In a separate statement for the Day, Ms. Pillay saluted all those who have suffered so much seeking what is rightfully theirs, saying that “we have a voice, we have our rights and we want to participate in the way our societies and economies are run.” The voices of too many women and girls, in particular, continue to be stifled through discrimination, threats and violence, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, said in her message for the Day. “This is holding back progress for women and for all members of society,” she stated. “Women’s participation is fundamental for sustainable development, peace and democracy. It is time to remove the barriers to women’s full and equal participation in the economy, in politics and in all aspects of public life.” Commenting on the Day, the UN peacekeeping chief noted how human rights are “at the heart” of the work carried out by the world body’s ‘blue helmets.’“Human rights teams are integrated into our large peacekeeping missions – they are focussed on protecting and promoting human rights in countries emerging from conflict and histories of large scale abuses,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous. “Just as importantly, they help build national capacities and institutions so that the people of these countries can work to protect and promote human rights for the long term,” he added.The human rights components of UN peacekeeping missions work in close cooperation and coordination with other civilian and uniformed components of peace operations, particularly in relation to the protection of civilians, addressing conflict-related sexual violence and violations against children, strengthening respect for human rights and the rule of law through legal and judicial reform, security sector reform and prison system reform. As part of today’s celebration, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding a high-level event at its Paris headquarters in support of girls’ education, with a special tribute to Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban in October for her efforts to defend the education of girls in her native Pakistan. ‘Stand up for Malala – Girls’ education is a right’ aims to accelerate political action to ensure every girl’s right to go to school, and to advance girls’ education as an urgent priority. Speakers include UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. “Whenever and wherever a young girl is forbidden from going to school, it’s an attack against all girls, against the right to learn, the right to live life to the full; and it is unacceptable,” Ms. Bokova stated last month in support for Malala, who is recovering in a hospital in the United Kingdom. UNESCO and the Government of Pakistan launched the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education at the event, with President Zardari announcing that his country would donate the first $10 million. In addition, participants adopted a Statement of Commitment to Girls’ Rights to Education, promising “to actively strive to make every effort to end all forms of violence against girls and to eliminate the obstacles that prevent them from attending school.”Observances for Human Rights Day also include a special event at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday on the role of leadership in the fight against homophobia, which is organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a number of permanent missions to the UN as well as international human rights organizations.
At Steinexpo, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe, Metso will introduce the revolutionary Metso MX cone crusher featuring multi-action crushing technology to the European market, as well as the updated Lokotrack mobile jaw plants. Since the US launch in March, over 20 MX crushers have been sold globally.“The sales of MX crushers have really exceeded our expectations, and they are evidence of our customers’ desire to achieve longer uptime and reduced operating costs. Metso’s new MX cone, combining piston and rotating bowl adjusting technologies, fits well with the current needs of aggregates producers,” comments Jouni Mähönen, VP for Global Sales & Product Support at Metso.“We believe that interest in MX will be high in Europe, too, after Steinexpo. Metso has been known on this continent for decades as a main developer of cone crusher technologies. Introducing the multi-action MX shows that our commitment to finding new solutions for our customers continues to be strong,” Mähönen adds.The Metso MX4 being displayed during Steinexpo operates in the 315 kW power range. Benefiting from the maximum feed opening of 254 mm, the crusher can reach capacities of up to 600 t/h.During the Steinexpo exhibition, taking place in Homberg, Germany from August 30 to September 2, Metso will also display two examples of its proven, original range of Lokotrack mobile crushing plants.The Lokotrack LT120 presents a robust, 60-t quarry range meeting all customer requirements for capacity and total efficiency in primary crushing in quarries. The large, 1,200 ×870 mm jaw feed opening accepts even large feed sizes. Its sister model, the LT120E, enables economical full-electric use with an external power source.The more compact and recently updated LT96S is a very popular model in the German market in processing recycled materials. The optional active setting control ensures continuous process, while in case of a blockage, the jaw opens to prevent damage. ASC also returns the setting automatically to the previous setting used.“Both Lokotrack jaw plants on display represent the most popular crushing plants in their size classes globally. The key features of both are their good fuel economy, latest Tier 4 Final motor technology, safe use, and easy service,” says Jouni Hulttinen, Product Manager for Compact Lokotracks at Metso.