Avoid making populist promises during session: Opposition

first_imgSetting the tone for what is expected to be a stormy Budget session of the legislature, the Opposition parties on Sunday demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government should refrain from making “populist” or policy decisions. Instead, they demanded, the government should concentrate on bringing real change to the lives of people.The Opposition also slammed the ruling coalition on it’s recent announcement of contesting the forthcoming elections together. Terming the agreement as “fake” they pointed at the differences which surfaced over the Chief Minister’s post. At a press conference on Sunday after deciding to boycott the eve of session tea-party organised by the government, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, said that the trend in the Central government has been to make populist claims. “We have lost confidence in this government. We are not happy at the way the BJP-Shiv Sena is running the government. The farm loan waiver and water conservation schemes are mired in corruption but no action has been taken,” said Mr. Vikhe-Patil.“Hence we have decided not to respond to the Chief Minister’s invitation for tea on the eve of the interim session,” he said.Leader of Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde said it being an interim Budget session before the Lok Sabha elections, he hoped the government will not make any “populist announcement” like those made by Union minister Piyush Goyal.Responding to this, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said at a press conference later that the Opposition should concentrate on setting it’s own house in order instead of criticising others. “We initiated seat-sharing talks after them and have already announced the alliance. The Opposition is yet to complete their negotiations,” he said.Snubbing the second-rank leaders of both BJP and Sena, who indulged in war of words even after the announcement of alliance, Mr. Fadnavis said that only his and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s word should be considered final. He said that the state government is committed to extending relief to drought affected farmers. The seven-day session will begin with an address by Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Monday. The vote-on-account, which will have budget provisions till July 31, will be tabled on February 27. The government will be presenting 11 Bills in the session.last_img read more

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Taekwondo jin Alora also a ‘keyboard warrior’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Alora, if her schedule permits, just might wear two hats for Team Philippines in the Aimag, fighting in the taekwondo mat and at the same time slugging it out on the keyboard.The 27-year-old-old Alora said playing Dota relaxes her from the grind of taekwondo training.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“I enjoy playing it,” said Alora, who, in 2005 as a 15-year-old SEA Games rookie, rocked the competition after she captured the gold medal. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Kirstie Elaine Alora has one more passion outside of taekwondo: Playing the popular video game Dota or Defense of the Ancient.An all-time favorite among Filipino youth, the computer game has been added as a demonstration sport in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) next month in Turkmenistan.ADVERTISEMENT Perez leads Heroes side, Bolick heads Saints roster in NCAA All-Stars View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Aortic aneurysm repair- endovascular- discharge

first_imgAlternate NamesAAA repair – endovascular – discharge; Repair – aortic aneurysm – endovascular – discharge; EVAR – discharge; Endovascular aneurysm repair – dischargeWhen You Were in the HospitalYou had endovascular aortic surgery repair to repair an aneurysm (a widened part) in your aorta, the large artery that carries blood to your belly (abdomen), pelvis, and legs.Your doctor made a small incision (cut) near your groin to find your femoral artery. Then your doctor inserted a stent and a manmade (synthetic) graft through the incision into the artery. The doctor used x-rays to guide the stent and graft up into your aorta where the aneurysm was located. The graft and stent were then opened up and attached to the walls of the aorta.What to Expect at HomeIf the doctor put a catheter in through your groin to place the graft:You can walk short distances on a flat surface. Limit going up and downstairs to around 2 times a day for the first 2 to 3 days after the procedure.Do NOT do yard work, drive, or play sports for at least 2 days, or for the number of days your doctor tells you to wait.Self-careYou will need to take care of your incision.Your doctor or nurse will tell you how often to change your dressing.If your incision bleeds or swells up, lie down and put pressure on it for 30 minutes.Walk short distances 3 to 4 times a day. Slowly increase how far you walk each time. When you are not walking, try to keep your legs higher than the level of your heart.advertisementAsk your doctor about follow-up x-rays you will need to have to check if your new graft is okay.Your doctor may ask you to take aspirin or another medicine called clopidogrel (Plavix) when you go home. These medicines are blood thinners. They keep your blood from forming clots in your arteries or stent. Do not stop taking them without talking with your doctor first.See also:Clopidogrel (Plavix)Aspirin and heart diseaseLifestyle ChangesEndovascular surgery does not cure the cause of your aneurysm. Your arteries may become wide again. To prevent the aneurysm from coming back:Eat a heart-healthy diet, exercise, stop smoking (if you smoke), and reduce stress to help lower your chances of having a blocked artery again.Your health care provider may give you medicine to help lower your cholesterol. See also: Cholesterol – drug treatmentIf you were given medicines for blood pressure or diabetes, take them as your doctor has asked you to.When to Call the DoctorCall your doctor or nurse if:You have pain in your belly or back that does not go away or is very bad.There is bleeding at the catheter insertion site that does not stop when pressure is applied.There is swelling over at the catheter site.Your leg or arm below where the catheter was inserted changes color, becomes cool to the touch, pale, or numb.The small incision for your catheter becomes red or painful, or yellow or green discharge is draining from it.Your legs are swelling.You have chest pain or shortness of breath that does not go away with rest.You have dizziness or fainting, or you are very tired.You are coughing up blood or yellow or green mucus.You have chills or a fever over 101 F.You have blood in your stools.You are not able to move your legs.If your belly starts to swell and is painful.ReferencesDe Bruin JL, Baas AF, Buth J, Prinssen M, Verhoeven EL, Cuypers PW, van Sambeek MR, Balm R, Grobbee DE, Blankensteijn JD; DREAM Study Group. Long-term outcome of open or endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 20;362(20):1881-9.Gloviczki P, Ricotta JJ II. Aneurysmal vascular disease. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 65.Greenhalgh RM, Powell JT. Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. N Engl J Med. 2008 Jan 31;358(5):494-501.Lederle FA, Kane RL, MacDonald R, Wilt TJ. Systematic review: repair of unruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ann Intern Med. 2007 May 15;146(10):735-41.Review Date:2/10/2011Reviewed By:Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD, Specializing in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-LD DD 3LAST

first_imgSri Lankan Perera creamed off two sixes off Tahir to end Sri Lankan Perera creamed off two sixes off Tahir to end all hopes of the hosts, who remained at third position in the table. Shami had Perera caught in the first ball of the last over but that turned out to be no ball. Earlier, Dinda was consistent in hitting the right areas from the start and bowled at a decent pace to contain the home openers. He bowled five dot balls to young Riashabh Pant (2) and the pressure got the better of the young batsman, who missed the line while trying to whack one out and was bowled in the pacemans second over. Nair made a confident start with a boundary off Scott Boland, adding to the two boundaries hit by Samson off Perera. Dinda, who was very impressive in his first two overs, conceded two boundaries in his third to Nair, who drove the first ball to cover region fluently and then relished a waist height full toss which he dispatched to fine leg boundary. Daredevils were going at a decent pace but Samson fell to a soft dismissal, ending his 35-run partnership with Nair, when he chipped one straight to R Ashwin at mid-wicket. That was the last ball of power-play with the hosts sitting pretty at 48 for two. Off-spinner R Ashwin and Bhatia then bowled very tight two overs each as Daredevils reached 69 for three at the half stage. Bhatia also got rid off Nair (32) in the 10th over. Billings, who had made an impression on his debut at this very ground against Kolkata Knight Riders, joined his captain Duminy at the crease. The England batsman brought the crowd to its feet when he smashed R Ashwin for two consecutive sixes in the 13th over. Duminy then brought up the team hundred with a couple in the last ball of that over. Bhatia returned to complete his quota and dismissed Billings, who attempted a switch hit and found the fielder near boundary ropes. Bhatia finished with excellent figures of 4-022-2. Brathwaite batted with his usual flair as he launched Murugan Ashwin for two sixes. The West Indian then hammered a flat straight six off Boland in the next over but failed to connect a slow bouncer and was holed out to Perera at square leg. PTI AT SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Ravindra Jadeja in trouble for posing with lions at Gir National Park

first_imgMonths after a controversial celebratory firing at his wedding, Ravindra Jadeja is in trouble again after posing with lions at Gujarat’s Gir Forest.Jadeja posted a photo of himself and his wife Reeve Solanki posing with endangered Asiatic lions. Forest officials have now ordered an inquiry into the incident. Incidentally, Jadeja had violated the forest rules by getting off the safari jeep and posing with the animals.      (Also read: Meanwhile at Gir, Ravindra Jadeja gets his lion’s share of controversy) “The Gir National Park and Sanctuary is a protected area and people are not supposed to get down (from) their vehicle during safari,” a chief forest conservator AP Singh told AFP.”Since it is against the rule to get down (from) the vehicle in jungle, we have ordered a probe into the matter,” he said.Jadeja is likely to be fined after the investigation, according to the official.FATAL INSTANCES Jadeja has breached the security officials’ warning as the forest department had asked visitors not to take selfies with the big cats earlier this week following incidents in which three persons, including a 14-year-old boy, and a woman, were killed by lions.The Gir forest is known for the Asiatic lions, who have been classified as critically endangered in 2008. Despite the numbers improving to 523 in a recently recorded census, the forest officials have been extremely cautious after the fatal instances at Gir, which is the only place where Asiatic lions remain in the wild.advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma attend Yuvraj Singh’s dazzling wedding ceremony

first_imgStar Yuvraj Singh’s wedding with model-turned-Bollywood actress Hazel Keech, now Gurbasant Kaur, has been a star-studded affair so far. The couple and their families completed a second round of their marriage, this time according to Hindu rituals, today in Goa.Virat Kohli, accompanied by his girlfriend Anushka Sharma, and Rohit Sharma with his wife Ritika, were among the host of other celebrities who attended the second wedding ceremony. Brotherman down! Best wishes to my older brother @YUVSTRONG12 ! All eyes on @ImZaheer now ??? pic.twitter.com/kYYyqSSCMc Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 2, 2016While the first ceremony took place according to Sikh customs at a Gurudwara in Fatehgarh Sahib, which is 50 kms from Chandigarh, on Wednesday, the couple tied the know this time in a typical Hindu wedding at a beach-side resort in north Goa.Yuvraj, who wore a red sherwani in Chandigarh, graced a gold brocade sherwani for his Goa wedding while Hazel went for a Banarsi saree.Earlier, Yuvraj’s Chandigarh wedding function included family and very close friends. However, the Indian team, including skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, were present at a star-studded mehendi and sangeet ceremony a day before the wedding.The reception will be held in New Delhi on December 7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the reception in the capital.last_img read more

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Motherwell vs Celtic: Team news & TV Guide

first_imgCeltic Motherwell vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & League Cup final preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Moussa Dembele Celtic Getty Celtic League Cup Motherwell v Celtic Motherwell The Bhoys must raise themselves up and dust themselves down following their Champions League humiliation if they are to lift the trophy Holders Celtic will attempt to retain the Scottish League Cup when they take on Motherwell in the final at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon.Brendan Rodgers’ side come into the game following a humiliating 7-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and they will have to quickly put that disappointment behind them as they look to pick up their first piece of silverware this season.Motherwell will be no easy task either and Stephen Robinson’s men will be eager to end the Bhoys’ record domestic unbeaten streak in style, having already beaten Aberdeen and Rangers en route to the final. Article continues below 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 Game Motherwell vs Celtic Date Sunday, November 26 Time 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Brendan Rodgers Celtic League CupIn the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1 and by live stream using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app In the United States (US), the match will not be available to watch live on television but it can also be watched by live stream using Celtic TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Celtic TV SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Motherwell players Goalkeepers Carson, Griffiths Defenders Tait, Hammell, Grimshaw, Hartley, McHugh, Plummer, Dunne, Kipre Midfielders Bigirimana, Cadden, Frear, Rose, Petravicius, Campbell, MacLean, Gordon Forwards Moult, Bowman, Fisher, Blyth, Newell, Tanner Motherwell have no fresh injury concerns coming into the final and Robinson will be pleased that his star striker Louis Moult is fit for the game after bagging two goals in their last match against Aberdeen.Potential Motherwell starting XI: Carson; Hartley, Dunne, Kipre; Cadden, Grimshaw, McHugh, Rose, Tait; Moult, Bowman. Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries Defenders Simunovic, Gamboa, Tierney, Boyata, Ajer, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Ralston Midfielders Bitton, Roberts, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Ntcham, Benyu, McGregor, Forrest, E. Henderson, L. Henderson, Eboue Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard, Miller, Johnston, Aitchison Mikael Lustig is the chief concern for Celtic after the Sweden international was taken off with an injury in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to PSG.The Bhoys are also likely to be without Anthony Ralston and potentially Nir Bitton, but the return of Jozo Simunovic is a welcome boost.Potential Celtic starting XI:  Gordon; Bitton, Boyata, Simunovic; Tierney, McGregor, Armstrong, Brown, Sinclair; Griffiths, Dembele.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Carl McHugh Peter Hartley MotherwellCeltic are heavy favourites to beat Motherwell in the final with dabblebet pricing them at 2/7 to win. Motherwell are rated 10/1 bets, while a draw is available at 9/2.Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths are joint favourites to open the scoring at Hampden Park at 5/2, while Well’s star man Louis Moult is priced at 9/1 to score first.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s markets for the game, including correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Leigh Griffiths Kieran Tierney CelticCeltic can collect their first piece of silverware for the 2017-18 season on Sunday but they must shake off a morale-bruising thrashing from PSG if they are to do so.The Bhoys are the reigning League Cup champions and they went on to achieve a domestic treble after beating Aberdeen in the final last term. They have certainly exerted their dominance since then, smashing the UK record for the most domestic games unbeaten with 64 consecutive matches without a loss.However, after experiencing the depths of disappointment just three days earlier, Rodgers faces a difficult task to raise his players’ spirits as they prepare for the showpiece occasion at Hampden Park.”I said to the players afterwards that they gave absolutely everything,” the former Liverpool boss told the official Celtic website. “We will be disappointed, of course, but we will be back on the training field and we will be ready and even more determined to win on Sunday.”Motherwell, meanwhile, are determined to be the team that ends Celtic’s impressive unbeaten run and it would be the perfect occasion for them to do it – in a national final with the rest of Scotland watching on.”If we go out and do what we did against Aberdeen and Rangers in the last rounds then there’s no reason why we can’t beat them,” Well midfielder Chris Cadden told reporters. “At the end of the day, someone’s got to do it, so why not us?”last_img read more

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Joe Root bemoans ‘very soft dismissals’ after England’s battering by Windies

first_imgJoe Root Share on Messenger Roston Chase humiliates England as dominant West Indies win first Test Of the batting, which was rolled for 77 in the first innings before Saturday’s 246 all out, Root said: “There was a few very soft dismissals in there. In the first innings there was a little bit of misfortune and West Indies bowled extremely well but there wasn’t a huge amount on offer for West Indies today. It was disappointing to see some of the dismissals.“It is difficult to take but just because we’ve had three bad days of cricket – and one really bad hour which has swung the Test dramatically – it doesn’t mean we can’t win here. We are desperate to put it right in Antigua. At no point have we underestimated West Indies.”While crepe-paper batting was the cause of England’s heaviest defeat in the Caribbean by way of runs, the make-up of their three-seamer, two-spinner bowling attack on a seemingly misread pitch has been the source of much debate over three sorry days.Jimmy Anderson and Ben Stokes were forced to carry the attack throughout, with Sam Curran disappointing in his first defeat for England and both Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali off colour. The latter’s pair with the bat will also be a huge concern.Root said: “It was a very difficult decision to make and easy to pick apart by how we have played. The guys that did go out there didn’t perform. We made bold calls in Sri Lanka and we reaped the rewards out there. It’s very easy to overlook that and start making rash decisions. We just have to take it on the chin in terms of how we play but also the pitch, trying to read it a bit better.” Reuse this content Share via Email The Observer West Indies cricket team England in West Indies 2019 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Cricket Joe Root bemoaned a raft of soft dismissals amid England’s second Bridgetown collapse, but insisted one horror week against West Indies does not make them a bad side. The captain was one of eight victims to Roston Chase – a batting all-rounder who barely turns the ball and previously took his Test wickets at 47 apiece – and now has five days to pick the troops off the floor before Thursday’s second instalment in Antigua.center_img Support The Guardian Topics Rory Burns excels but falls short of maiden Test century for England news Share on Facebook Share on Twitter England cricket team Share on LinkedIn Read more On Stokes, who must surely rein in his aggressive training habits this week following a 50-over workload, Root added: “He works so hard on fitness so his body can handle weeks like this. He’ll be stiff and sore but desperate to get out there again. I thought him and Jimmy were exceptional. It’s very important to make sure they’re fresh for Antigua.”Jason Holder was named player of the match for his bullying 202 not out from No 8. But, in keeping with his understated demeanor, the West Indies captain was keen to share the credit around, not least with his fellow Bajan, Chase, sitting alongside him in the press conference.Asked how this shock result will affect the two sides, Holder said: “It should boost us. I don’t want to talk about England, they have their stuff to worry about. One win doesn’t make us world beaters. We have got to do the small things well and we’ll head towards being a good side.” Share on WhatsApp Read morelast_img read more

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Port Waratah Abandons Newcastle Coal Port Expansion

first_imgPort Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) has decided to abandon the Terminal 4 development project in Newcastle as the capacity of the existing coal terminals would be sufficient for future growth in coal exports.Namely, PWCS advised the Port of Newcastle that it intends to allow the Terminal 4 agreement for lease to lapse when it expires in August 2019.Chief Executive Officer Hennie du Plooy explained that the company opted for the moveafter concluding that the capacity of the existing coal terminals, including potential expansion options, “are likely to be sufficient to cater for future growth in coal exports.”Market conditions for Hunter Valley coal are strong, with Newcastle exports stable near record levels and prices are once again above USD 100 per tonne. At Port Waratah’s terminals 105 million tonnes were loaded in 2017 and incremental growth is expected this year.“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” du Plooy added.last_img read more

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Concordia Maritime Agrees Two Charter Deals

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Swedish tanker owner Concordia Maritime has strengthened its position in the crude oil tanker segment with two charter deals.Namely, the company chartered in another modern Suezmax vessel, and secured an extension contract to charter out the P-MAX tanker Stena Paris for the sixth consecutive year.The 158,000 dwt Suezmax vessel, which was built in Korea in 2015, was chartered in for a period of 12 months. With effect from July, the vessel will be employed on the spot market through the Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool. As with previous charters, this is a joint charter with Stena Bulk, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent.“We continue to act based on our belief in a progressively stronger market from autumn 2018 onwards, and we have now brought in a total of four Suezmax vessels on 50 percent charters. We have increased our earning capacity through the contracts, and the weak market has enabled us to enter into the contracts at a level that is advantageous to us,” Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said.In parallel, Concordia Maritime has signed the extension agreement for the P-MAX tanker Stena Paris. The contract is for one year and runs from July 2018 to July 2019.The company said that Stena Paris has been used by the same customer since 2013 for consecutive niche transportation of refined petroleum products, mainly in the Asia Pacific region.last_img read more

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Abortion rights advocate calls for more clarity on summer jobs program

first_imgOTTAWA – A reproductive rights advocate who urged the Liberals to deny summer job grants to groups pushing for restricted access to abortion said the government may have gone a step too far in rolling out the changes.Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, said she supports what she believes was the government’s primary goal: targeting organizations that would hire students to undermine reproductive rights, or discriminate against the LGBTQ community.“They are not interested in stopping churches or whatever,” Arthur said. “It’s really all about anti-choice groups or anti-LGBT groups.”Faith-based organizations are welcome to seek federal funding to create summer jobs for youth, the government says, but they are being asked to attest to their respect for sexual and reproductive rights — including “the right to access safe and legal abortions” — as well as other human rights.That stipulation applies not only to the job activity, but the core mandate of the organization.The change to the Canada Summer Jobs program, which created nearly 69,000 jobs in 2017, stems from a controversy last year when officials approved tens of thousands of dollars for groups opposing abortion — a fact Arthur and her national political advocacy organization helped bring to light.But Arthur said she thinks the message is getting lost, thanks to vague language that has faith-based groups fearful that the government is treading on fundamental freedoms of conscience, religion and thought guaranteed by the charter.Many churches and other religious groups say that forces them to choose between their spiritual values and funding that helps run soup kitchens, shelters and other activities that have nothing to do with abortion.“If there is a confusion in the wording, then that is a problem I think that they should look at and hopefully fix,” Arthur said. “There should be some way of doing it without raising the ire of all these other religious groups.”Arthur wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Employment Minister Patty Hajdu last week, recommending the government clarify the wording on its website, both to “correct the confusions” and “mitigate the effects of any lawsuits.”Some groups have discussed adding a letter to the application form explaining that while they do support all charter and human rights law, they do not want to be compelled to express broad support for reproductive rights. Employment and Social Development Canada suggests such applications would be rejected outright.Still, Arthur is not alone in her support of the government’s original goal.Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale Canada, an organization that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities, said she hopes the Liberals will expand the policy change to other areas and that provincial governments will follow their example.“I don’t understand why someone would not welcome that type of inclusion with respect to the mandate of their organization,” Kennedy said.“I think it’s really important to set a standard of what Canada is about in terms of human rights.”Diane Bergeron, vice-president of the CNIB — formerly known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind — suggested those opposed to the new requirements are reading too much into them.“They’re not actually checking a box saying they believe in abortion,” Bergeron said. “They’re saying that they understand that it is a right that women have to choose.”Bonnie Brayton, the national executive director of DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada, said she is proud of the government and its stance.“Too often, people don’t want to offend anyone with the way they unpack a program like that, because they want it seen as it’s for everyone,” she said, “and it is for everyone, provided the people who receive these things respect Canadian laws and Canadian human rights.”Karen Segal, the staff lawyer for the Women’s Legal and Action Fund (LEAF), said freedom of belief does not mean the right to money.“It’s reasonable to establish a set of criteria, a set of goals that the program is intended to advance.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Board extends parole grants overnight leaves for convicted killer Kelly Ellard

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Parole Board of Canada has granted overnight leaves and extended day parole for a British Columbia woman convicted in the 1997 swarming and murder of Victoria teenager Reena Virk.The board says Kelly Ellard, who now goes by Kerry Marie Sim, has show “sustained positive change” since her conviction and life sentence in 2005 for the second-degree murder of the 14-year-old.Ellard, who is now in her late 30s, received day parole in November 2017, shortly after the birth of a child she conceived during a conjugal visit with her boyfriend.The board has extended parole in six-month increments since then, and its latest decision authorizes overnight leaves, although it notes her continuing relationship with the child’s father, also a convicted criminal, still requires monitoring.The board ruling, issued late last month but just released to the media, says Ellard is coping well with several sources of stress, and any risk to the public continues to be manageable. Ellard must still abide by several conditions, including abstaining from alcohol and drugs, and she is not permitted any contact with Virk’s family.“The deceased victim’s family has suffered the violent loss of their child, and they have the right to live their lives without any concern of unwanted contact from you,” the two-member parole board panel writes.Ellard was 15 at the time of Virk’s murder, but was sentenced as an adult. She was convicted at her third trial in 2005 after a B.C. Court of Appeal decision set aside the guilty verdict in her first trial and her second trial ended with a deadlocked jury.Court was told Ellard and several other teens swarmed and beat Virk before Ellard and a teenage boy held her head underwater until she drowned.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SecretaryGenerals emissary meets with Saudi king

5 March 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special advisor on efforts to consolidate peace and pursue political, economic and social development in Iraq met with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah over the weekend for talks that focused on a range of regional issues as well as the country’s relations with the United Nations. Ibrahim Gambari, the former head of the UN Department for Political Affairs who was named Special Advisor on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Political Issues just last Friday, delivered a message from the Secretary-General to the king during the meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, yesterday. Mr. Gambari has since spoken with Mr. Ban by phone and will fully brief him on all his discussions upon his return to New York. While in Saudi Arabia he will continue contacts with senior government officials and will travel to Jeddah later in the week to meet with the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.The Compact was launched last July in an effort to end the killings and bring stability to Iraq and then Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that without greater global support, the violence-torn country would fail to attain peace. read more

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Condos make up more than half of housing starts in Canadas biggest

OTTAWA — Condominiums accounted for more than one-third of all Canadian housing starts last year, and more than half of the total in several of the country’s biggest cities, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says.[np_storybar title=”Too many condos in Canada? Looks like we may not have enough” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/11/19/housing-bubble-begone-turns-out-we-just-might-need-all-those-new-condos-and-houses/”%5D Are we really overbuilding, constructing too many condominiums and creating too much sprawl? A new report maintains we need that housing more than ever [/np_storybar]The federal agency says condominium apartment starts represented less than one in five Canadian housing starts in the early 1990s, but that proportion had grown to more than one in three in 2013.Vancouver, the country’s most expensive real estate market, saw condos make up 62.6% of its housing starts last year. In Montreal, condos accounted for 56.3% of the starts and in Toronto they accounted for 53.9% of new housing construction, CMHC said in an annual market review released Thursday.“This long-term trend toward a higher share of condominium starts, especially in higher-priced urban centres, is likely due to the relatively lower price of condominium apartment units compared to freehold single-detached dwellings,” CMHC said in the 2014 Canadian Housing Observer.“In addition, in most large urban centres, the secondary rental condominium market has become an increasingly important complement to purpose-built rental housing.”CMHC said the share of purpose-built rental starts was about 20% of total starts in the early 1990s, but fell to 14% in 2013.Vancouver saw rental starts make up 16.8% of total, while 15% of the starts in Montreal last year were purpose-built rental properties. However in Toronto, just 2.1% of the housing starts were purpose-built rental starts.The report also noted that after taking into account differences due to exchange rates, inflation and other factors that affect the purchasing power of home buyers, Canadian home prices remain higher than those in the United States“This Canadian ’premium’ could be a cause for concern, because it may indicate that house prices in Canada are overvalued,” the report said.“CMHC is analyzing these differences, in order to understand the reasons for the price differential, be they structural, temporary or reflective of relative overvaluation in Canada.”The strength of the Canadian housing market and concerns about a possible housing crash have garnered much attention.Last month, the Bank of Canada raised concerns about the “renewed vigour” it detected in the housing market and consumer spending since the summer.However, both Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and Finance Minister Joe Oliver have downplayed the susceptibility of the Canadian housing market.Oliver and most analysts have predicted a soft landing for the real-estate market.The Canadian Press read more

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Hospital staff sick with stress over crippling parking fines racked up every

first_imgFor years, staff had ignored the tickets, believing they were not legally binding.But in 2015, UHB told staff to pay any fines, saying they had been correctly issued and it did not intend to dispute them. Hospital car parking is a fraught issueCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last April, Indigo said it would cancel all parking charge notices up to the end of March 2016 as a “gesture of goodwill” and reduced the charge to £10 if paid within 14 days.But the problem did not go away and more than 100,000 tickets are said to have been issued since then, amounting to a potential bill of almost £13 million.One medical worker, who like the others asked not to be named, said her permit had been changed while she was on maternity leave and that she was given tickets while waiting for her new one to arrive.“So, so many people are stressed and worrying about their financial futures,” she said. “It’s hundreds of staff who can’t park in the right area due to volume of cars, but just abandon their cars as the patients and colleagues are more important.”Staff say public transport to the hospital is simply not good enough, with a park and ride scheme launched this May finishing before most doctors and nurses shifts have ended.UHB said proper parking enforcement was vital to keep traffic flowing and enable ambulances and other emergency vehicles safe access to the site.Len Richards, chief executive of the health board, wrote to staff this week saying the trust recognised it was “deeply distressing” for those liable for costs Hospital car parking is a fraught issue A car given a parking fine outside the University Hospital of Wales despite a sign stating “cardiac emergency nurse on call” displayed in the window Credit:South Wales Echo “This unfair action has caused me to call into question why I even became a nurse as the people who employ me have clearly walked away and don’t care.”The parking crisis at UHW came after the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) last year authorised its car park operator Indigo to pursue the case against its own staff.Hospital car parking fees were abolished in Scotland and Wales in 2008 unless external contracts were already in place and Indigo’s contract is not due to expire until March 2018.In a letter seen by the Telegraph UHB said it “acknowledged and agreed” that Indigo was “entitled to pursue all outstanding parking charges, including, without limitation, through pursuing court action against infringers.”A three day test case at Cardiff Civil Justice Centre, brought against three “persistent offenders” who had more than 100 charges between them, resulted in a judge ruling against the staff.The verdict was considered binding on a further 72 of their colleagues facing court action.But the staff were represented in the case by lay campaigners with no legal background, such as Barry Beavis, a chip shop owner from Billericay, Essex, who had previously taken his own parking charge case to the Supreme Court in 2015.center_img A car given a parking fine outside the University Hospital of Wales despite a sign stating “cardiac emergency nurse on call" displayed in the window  Many employees have racked up three or four tickets a week and fear they will have to sell their homes or declare bankruptcy in order to pay the charges.One young nurse said that despite being heavily pregnant she now feels she has to cycle to work as she is too scared to park on site because of the “ludicrously high fines”.Nurse reveals she left the NHS after being charged £80 for parking as she treated patient having cardiac arrestShe told The Telegraph: “I love my job, we are a fiercely loyal and hardworking profession. All we want is to help people that are seriously unwell with life threatening illness. ​They are set to appeal against the ruling after raising enough funding to instruct a solicitor.Surgeon who couldn’t find hospital parking space fined after he dumped car in rush to treat patientsUniversity Hospital of Wales (UHW) has only 1,800 parking spaces but as many as 8,000 staff are issued with parking permits, allowing them to park in designated zones for £1.05 a day.But those spaces are often full by 6.40am, leaving employees, many whom are dashing to work to deal with serious cases, to park where they can.One medical worker received ticket after rushing into work at 3am when a patient was having a heart attack.He said: “I drive 11 miles, park, run up to the theatre, save the patient’s life. Stabilise the patient, return to car at 6am to find a parking ticket. Should I have cycled to work? Caught the bus? Scrounged for change and gotten a ticket? We do what’s best for our patients and get punished and ridiculed for doing so.” He said: “As a Health Board we take no comfort from our staff being involved in this legal process and we are consistently working to try and find alternative and sustainable modes of transport to the site. Our plea remains for staff to comply and help us try to find the solutions together.” Dozens of doctors, nurses and support workers have been left suffering high levels of stress and sickness after a NHS trust authorised a private car park operator to pursue them through the courts over unpaid fines.Several members of staff at the Cardiff trust are understood to have gone off work with stress-related illnesses, off sick with stress, with many others anxious about how they will cope with paying multiple fines for parking at work while saving lives.Medical and admin staff at University Hospital of Wales (UHW) face an estimated total bill of £12.8 million after a court ruled they were liable to pay £128 for each ticket they received, plus tens of thousands in court fees.They are now preparing to appeal against the ruling.last_img read more

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Revenue We assumed that people would be somewhat familiar with the concepts

first_imgTHE CHAIRPERSON OF the Revenue Commissioners has admitted that there was a “mistaken assumption” that people would be familiar with the property tax payment options for 2014 given they had paid a half-year of the tax earlier this year.Appearing before the Oireachtas Finance Committee this afternoon, Josephine Feehily broadly defended the Revenue’s handling of administering the charge.Her appearance came in the wake of controversy caused by letters many homeowners have been receiving letters in recent weeks asking them to state how they will pay the tax for next year by this month.Feehily said today that Revenue “assumed that people would be somewhat familiar with the concepts” and the options available for paying the tax next year given they had been informed of these options when paying the 2013 liability earlier this year.She said this had been “a mistaken assumption on our part”.Feehily added that she is “intrigued as to why we didn’t have this issue in July” adding that “nobody seemed to get bothered” with a filing date of May and a payment deadline of July for 2013′s liability earlier this year. Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath asked what the Revenue would be doing about those not among the 91 per cent who have complied with paying the charge so far.Feehily told the committee that in terms of valuations there are “clear outliers” and said that with “other data sources” gaps will be identified where people have not complied.“We can see gaps that we’ve had no compliance in and we will be following up,” she said, noting that no property can be sold without being compliant with the property tax.Read: Your questions about the local property tax answered She insisted that “no one has to pay LPT before 1 January… unless they choose to do so”.Figures disclosed to the committee show that compliance rate for 2013 has been 91 per cent, which equates to returns for 1.6 million of t he 1.9 million properties on its register.Feehily said that 205,000 returns have been filed in respect of 2014 and when combined with rollover from 2013 there is a total compliance rate for next year of 35 per cent with three weeks until the online filing deadline.Fianna Fáil members at the Oireachtas Finance Committee this afternoon The committee heard that 36.5 per cent of people opted to pay by debit card last year with 15 per cent paying by credit card, meaning over 50 per cent chose to pay using one of these methods.Committee chairman Ciaran Lynch said that given 50 per cent of people used cards it would be preferable if Revenue could organise a system whereby the card merchant could put a “hold” on the card to take the money at a future date, similar to how some hotel bookings operate.Feehily told the committee that such a method is not in the terms of the contract that the government has with the merchant company.“One way or another we don’t have that type of contract,” she said. “We operate within the government contract.Later, although she said she would consider the possibility of changing this, Feehily expressed concerns that the Data Protection Commissioner may not be satisfied with people disclosing their credit card details to Revenue.center_img “Do you really think taxpayers would be happy giving us their credit card details and letting us dip in when we like?” she told TDs and Senators.She later added: “Debit card or credit card, I have no authority to dip.”last_img read more

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Controling incar functions with simple gestures

first_imgWith Google working on self-driving cars it’s not too far fetched to imagine, in the near future, a world where we no longer have to focus all our attention on driving and just let the car do all the work for us. Until that day comes however, engineers will always be working on ways to make driving a car safer. One way of accomplishing this is to reduce the amount of distractions available to the driver, such as making a phone call or adjusting the stereo.Harman, a provider of premium audio and infotainment solutions, has started trials of a prototype car which could be on sale in two to three years time. Using an infrared sensor mounted on the dash and in the gear stick, gestures can be performed to access in-car functions — gestures such as performing a wink to turn the stereo off, or tapping either side of the steering wheel to skip forward a track. The system is even designed to distinguish between a wink or a blink by simply measuring the amount of time the gesture is performed.Other gestures include motioning over the gear stick to change the temperature of the car, tilting your head to the side to adjust the volume on the stereo, and performing the hand-phone gesture and speaking a contacts name to begin a phone call.The gestures aim to make performing these actions while driving safer by keeping them as simple and intuitive as possible, so you can keep your eyes and attention on the road at all times. Harman stated that some work is still needed on finalizing a list of gestures that could become the standard in cars around the globe. This is especially important for different cultures so that actions aren’t performed involuntarily potentially causing more harm than good.via Daily Mail[Image via Flickr]last_img read more

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Google releases Android 42 source Nexus 4 is not supported by AOSP

first_imgGoogle’s release cycle has never been particularly dependable, but there’s usually a pattern: the new version of Android is released, the products supporting that version are released, and the source code for that version is available at some point in the future. Open source developers like the CyanogenMod team will then take that code and use it to bring their existing ROM’s to the most current version of Android. Just after the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 3G went on sale the source code for Android 4.2 was released to the Android Open Source Project.As is typical with their releases, the Google Group for Android Building came alive as AOSP technical lead Jean-Baptiste Queru posted the details for the newest addition to the platform. In the post, Queru commented on the various devices that are now supported. The Nexus 10, for example, is hailed by the technical lead as being the most “open” flagship device to have been released so far. The Nexus 7 3G, on the other hand, is not currently supported by AOSP due to some licensing issues with the 3G component of the tablet. Galaxy Nexus and the WiFi Nexus 7 support has been included, but there is currently no support for the Nexus 4 at all.This release of Android could also signify the end of support for the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom. The 4.2 update does not offer support for either of these former flagships, with the only note about them being that 4.1.2 is the version that they should continue to use. The release date for these fall in line with previous statements from Google about the life expectancy of software updates, specifically that there should be 16 months of software support. It makes perfect sense, with the release of the Nexus 10 and the Nexus 4, that Google would expect users to move on.Obviously there’s no mention of when to expect updated for any specific smartphone or tablet, but the release of the source code makes it easy for third party developers to start the process of working the new material into their own ROMs. The release to AOSP marks the final public step of the Android release cycle, which more than likely means we’ll start hearing rumors about the next version in a week or two.More at Google Groupslast_img read more

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Did Reed Ever Really Plan to Sell the Titles it Closed

first_imgFollowing the announcement Friday, a Reed spokesperson told FOLIO: the company would be open to discussions with potential purchasers of the intellectual property associated with any of the closed down brands. But questions came up regarding whether those titles were ever actively up for sale.”So far as I know they were never brought to market,” says Frank Anton, CEO of construction trade publisher Hanley Wood. Among the titles shuttered by RBI were Building Design+Construction, Construction Bulletin and Construction Equipment. “Had they been, Hanley Wood would have taken a look at select assets in RBI’s construction portfolio.”“The only explanation [for not bringing the titles to market] I can think of is that Reed intends to build a strong data presence in those markets and doesn’t want anyone competing with them,” says one source who wishes to remain anonymous. “It’s what we are now calling the ‘Gourmet Magazine Must Die’ syndrome. Condé Nast owns Bon Appétit and couldn’t allow anyone to compete against it—they had no other choice. They had to kill Gourmet.”Or did management decide the process would be too big a distraction without a meaningful upside? When asked if Reed did in fact actively try to sell the shuttered magazines, the company spokesman said “our preference was to sell the titles rather than close them.”Offers RebuffedBut Adam Schaffer, president of media sales and consulting firm Media Revenue Partners, isn’t so sure. A former publisher of Tradeshow Week (one of the shuttered titles), Schaffer says he had contacted RBI and its broker numerous times over several months about purchasing the magazine but was never given a solid response either way.“I was publisher of the magazine from 2002 to 2007, so I am intimately familiar with the brand, its P&L and its opportunities,” says Schaffer. “At one point I even offered to buy the magazine as-is, without going through the usual due diligence, but was never told yes or no. I was kept in limbo until the announcement that it was closing.”Schaffer says the conversations never progressed to a price negotiation phase. “I think this is a great argument about why big companies shouldn’t own too much media,” he says. “Tradeshow Week is an important part of the tradeshow industry. For a company like Reed, that makes so much money off Reed Exhibitions, to turn around and  shut down the magazine that serves that market, you have to wonder how committed they are to the industry.”Fingers Crossed for a ResurrectionIf Reed is indeed open to discussions with potential buyers, any one or several of these shuttered magazine brands could someday live again. From Randall-Reilly’s Modern Woodworking to Nielsen Business Media’s newspaper industry title Editor & Publisher and book industry magazine Kirkus Reviews, a number of shut-down trade titles have found new owners—and a new life—over the last several months. And, presumably, on the cheap.“If an owner closes a magazine before selling it, it means they don’t want to incur further losses and have come to the conclusion that the sale price will be lower than the losses they might incur,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “Buyers of magazines that have closed are presumably buying them for very little consideration.”Schaffer says he’s already contacted RBI about acquiring the IP rights to Tradeshow Week. So has the Tarsus Group, a London-based international media company that produces the Trade Show News Network, an online tradeshow directory. U.S. CEO RD Whitney declined to say whether Tarsus previously pursued RBI’s Tradeshow Week, but says Tarsus “will definitely fill this void in a very big way, whether it’s picking up the Tradeshow Week assets or by launching something completely organic from our assets.” London-based Reed Elsevier rocked the trade magazine publishing world when it announced Friday that it was shutting down the last 23 titles published under its Reed Business Information U.S. division that it did not sell or intend to keep. Knowledgeable sources, however, tell FOLIO: that Reed never had any intention to sell those particular titles on the open market.The shut-downs follow a nine-month period during which Reed said it put nearly all of the titles published under RBI U.S. back on the block, after a failed auction of the entire unit in 2008. During that time, the company managed to sell 20 titles which it says collectively accounted for approximately two thirds of the overall revenue of the portfolio it was divesting. The company intends to hold onto noted Hollywood trade Variety, Reed Construction Data, Marketcast and 411 Publishing, as well as Buyerzone, a lead generation business. In January, RBI shuttered Video Business, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution.last_img read more

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