first_imgAmong other decisions taken today, Shirke, who was the Among other decisions taken today, Shirke, who was the lone nominee for the Secretarys position, retained the job, while the audited statement of accounts for the year ending March 31, 2016 and the budget for the year 2016-17 were approved. “The Working Committee, Standing Committee and Special Committees elected in 2015-16 were continued with vacancies being filled where necessary,” the Board stated. With the term of its first Ombudsman A P Shah drawing to an end, the “House authorised the President and Hony Secretary to appoint Ombudsman for the year 2016-17”. Another noteworthy decision was to nominate Board President Anurag Thakur as Indias representative in the ICC and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Former BCCI and ICC President Sharad Pawar was chosen to be the Boards alternate director for ICC meetings. Shirke, meanwhile, will represent BCCI in the CEC meeting of the ICC. Besides, the House approved the proposal to take possession of alternate land offered by the Karnataka Government in lieu of the earlier land, which was allotted but not handed over at Bengaluru. “The House also accepted the proposal of land being offered by the government of Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala for the development of facilities for NCA.” The Lodha panel had directed the BCCI that the AGM must be “limited only to routine business concerning the past year (2015-16)”. Already Aditya Verma, secretary of the non-affiliated Cricket Association of Bihar ? the petitioner in the case in the SC against the Board, has requested the Lodha panel to start “contempt of court” proceedings against the BCCI by pointing out the agenda for the meeting. PTI SSR PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

I didn’t choke on match points, Pliskova played her best tennis: Serena Williams

first_imgFour times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle awkwardly. The owner of the best serve in the sport would lose every point she served the rest of the way.And so it was that a startling reversal and result would follow Wednesday at Melbourne, with Williams dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.”I can’t say that I choked on those match points,” Williams said. “She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.”The 37-year-old American didn’t call for a trainer during the match and later wouldn’t blame the ankle for the way everything changed down the stretch, saying afterward that it “seems to be fine.”But instead of Williams moving closer to an eighth championship at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall, it is Pliskova who will continue the pursuit of her first major trophy.”I was almost in the locker room,” Pliskova told the Rod Laver Arena crowd, “but now I’m standing here as the winner.”At 5-1 down in the third set against Serena Williams, @KaPliskova’s mind was in the locker room…Somehow she ended up in the #AusOpen semifinals.This is how. (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019In the semifinals, Pliskova will face No. 4-seeded Naomi Osaka, who advanced by beating No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 earlier Wednesday. The other women’s semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against unseeded American Danielle Collins.advertisementIn the men’s quarterfinals Wednesday, 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic met No. 28 Lucas Pouille, before 14-time major champion Novak Djokovic was scheduled to face 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori at night.Williams’ surprising departure scuttled what would have been a much-anticipated rematch against Osaka, who beat her in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September.This defeat is the earliest in Australia for Williams since way back in 2014, when she exited with a fourth-round loss to Ana Ivanovic. Since then? She won the tournament in 2015, lost in the final in 2016, and won again in 2017 while pregnant, before missing last year’s edition a few months after the birth of her daughter.As for chasing Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 Slam trophies in singles, Williams said: “It hasn’t happened yet, but I feel like it’s going to happen.””My ankle is fine, maybe I’ll feel it tomorrow. I think she played incredible on match points, just hitting lines. I didn’t call the trainer out because I didn’t feel I needed it.”- @serenawilliams #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019The match against Pliskova was played under a stifling sun, with the temperature around 80 degrees (25 Celsius). Williams — coming off an intense three-set victory over No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round — often stepped into the patches of shade behind each baseline.She did not start well, not well at all. Her mistakes were mounting and deficit was growing.In the first set alone, Williams made more than twice as many unforced errors as her opponent, 11-5, a pattern that would continue throughout. By the end, the margin was 37-15.Looking increasingly frustrated, Williams would yell at herself after mistakes or gesture as if to say, “That’s NOT how I should be hitting the ball!” Add it all up, and Pliskova led by a set and a break at 3-2 in the second.Only then did Williams get going. From there, she immediately earned her first break point of the match and converted it to get to 3-all, beginning a run in which she claimed nine of 11 games.”You don’t really feel,” Pliskova said, “like you’re going to win this match.” Karolina Pliskova termed the turnaround against Serena Williams as “the best comeback ever so far in my life”. (Reuters Photo)Serving for the victory at 5-1, 40-30, Williams was called for a foot fault — reminiscent of an infamous such ruling at the U.S. Open a decade ago. During the ensuing point Wednesday, Williams twisted her left ankle and dumped a forehand into the net.She grabbed at her foot afterward, then double-faulted and would go on to cede that game.Not a big deal, right? She still had a sizable lead.Except that three more match points would follow while Pliskova served, and she saved each one.advertisement”There’s nothing I did wrong on those match points. I didn’t do anything wrong. I stayed aggressive,” Williams said. “She just literally hit the lines on some of them.”Williams would again serve for the match at 5-3 — and again get broken. The owner of the most feared and respected serve in women’s tennis was broken for a third time in a row at 5-all, and Pliskova was on her way.”She got a little bit shaky in the end,” Pliskova said. “So I took my chances. And I won.”Osaka will carry a 12-match Grand Slam winning streak into the semifinals.The 21-year-old from Japan moved closer to a second consecutive major championship by parlaying her aggressive and powerful style into a 31-11 edge in winners against Svitolina.”For me, right now, I just try to keep looking forward. So I’m not really satisfied. Like, I am happy that I’m here, but at the same time, I want to keep going,” said Osaka, who never had been past the fourth round at the Australian Open. “There is more matches to win.”Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | Barbecued chicken – Frances Tiafoe coins term for the ball hit by Rafa Nadal’s powerAlso Watch | Serena Williams walks out to world No.1 announcement by mistakelast_img read more

José Mourinho tells Marouane Fellaini to ‘shut up’ and sign United deal

first_imgShare via Email Share on LinkedIn José Mourinho says he has told Marouane Fellaini to “shut up” and accept Manchester United’s contract offer before the seriousness of the midfielder’s knee injury is diagnosed.The manager was smiling as he recounted the conversation but behind his jokingly delivered line to Fellaini appeared to lie a serious point. Fellaini’s deal ends on 1 July and the 30-year-old wants a sizeable increase on a salary thought to be around £120,000 a week. He suffered a knee problem that limited him to seven minutes as a substitute in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham. news “I told him yesterday: ‘Sign the contract and shut up,’” said Mourinho. “I told him: ‘Don’t gamble too much. Sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury.’ It is not an ACL, a complete rupture of any structure of the knee. But we need him, the Champions League is arriving [on 21 February] and lots of tough matches to play and probably we are going to lose him for a few weeks. Two, three, four or five, I cannot say at the moment.”Mourinho has conceded the title to Manchester City for the first time but wants their raising of the bar to be the “click” that drives his team on next season. Mourinho draws inspiration from United’s response after his Chelsea side won the Premier League for a second successive season more than a decade ago.“I always remember when Sir Alex [Ferguson] said in 2005-06, when we won the second title with Chelsea: ‘We need to improve a lot because they have raised the bar to such a level,’” Mourinho said. “They [Chelsea] won two titles in a row, the second title was easier than the first and then the biggest manager in the Premier League said Man Utd needed to improve a lot. That was the click for the improvement of the team.“In 2006-07 Man Utd won the title back. It has to be like that [for us]. That is why every match until the end of the season is important for us. It is not just about the points and finishing in the top four, which is important. Try to finish second. Try to play the best we can and improve the players individually the best we can and be the best possible team at the end of the season.“Then we must try to start next season in a good way, like we did this season, but try to be consistent and try not to lose points like we did this season in some matches where we shouldn’t.” Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend José Mourinho Manchester United Topicscenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral video

first_imgWatch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoIPL 2019: In a video posted on Ziva Dhoni’s Instagram account, the 4-year-old is seen giving wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant nursery lessons.advertisement India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 17:45 IST MS Dhoni with daughter Ziva Dhoni ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIn a viral video, Ziva Dhoni was seen teaching Rishabh Pant Hindi vowelsChennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals to book their spot in the 2019 IPL finalCSK will face Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 final for a record fourth title on May 12MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings made it to their 8th Indian Premier League final on Saturday, crushing Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets and an over to spare in Qualifier 2 in Vizag.With a final berth at stake, the match between Delhi Capitals was also considered to be a contest between master and apprenticeMS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant.On Saturday, the Delhi Capitals had lost the Qualifer 2 to Chennai, but after the match Rishabh Pant was seen taking some tips from MS Dhoni.Shortly after the one-sided contest, Pant was seen interacting with MS Dhoni’s daughter, Ziva Dhoni. In a video posted on Ziva Dhoni’s official Instagram account, the 4-year-old was seen teaching Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels. And here too, Rishabh Pant was being a good student to the teacher.Watch the video here:Rishabh Pant is considered to be the next big finisher after MS Dhoni but the young cricketer is still in the nascent stages of his careers. Pant has been idolising MS Dhoni and has revealed he has learnt a lot while watching him bat and sharing the crease with the senior wicketkeeper-batsman.”Whenever I needed any support from Mahi bhai, I used to ask him. From my IPL contract to my wicket-keeping, he’s advised me on everything,” Rishabh Pant had said in the past.Rishabh Pant had hit 25-ball 38 in the IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 where Delhi Capitals failed to make it to their first IPL final ever.advertisementThe IPL 2019 final will be contested between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday in Hyderabad.Also Read | Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL finalAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni shares insights, Rishabh Pant listens with rapt attentionAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ziva DhoniFollow IPL 2019 QualiferFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL finallast_img read more

Wilhelmsens Income Narrowed in 2017

first_imgzoom Norway-based maritime industry group Wilh.Wilhelmsen Holding ASA saw a 15 percent reduction in its total income for 2017.The group’s total income was USD 793 million for the year, down from USD 930 million reported in 2016. The income reflected reduced operating revenue within maritime services, a material net sales gain from reclassification of assets and income from the new supply service segment in the fourth quarter.Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of parent was USD 11 million in 2017, plunging from USD  263 million in the previous year.During the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the company completed structural changes initiated one year earlier, which had material bearing on the reported results, lifting net profit for the quarter.Wilhelmsen’s total income in the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 205 million, surging from USD 104 million reported in the third quarter of the year. This was the first quarter with full consolidation of NorSea Group.Together with increased sales in maritime services, this supported a 42% uplift in operating revenue when compared with the previous quarter.Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the parent was USD 16 million in the fourth quarter, down from USD 18 million reported in the previous quarter.“The group has successfully completed several structural changes creating value for shareholders. Markets are challenging, but Wilhelmsen continues to hold leading positions in main business segments. The group is positioned for future growth, and the board expects to see positive developments in main markets,” Wilhelmsen said.last_img read more

China seeks Asian neighbors support in US trade war

first_imgBeijing: China is seeking support from Russia and from its Central Asian neighbours in its escalating tariff fight with the U.S., while also stepping up protests against moves to penalize its technology sector. Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Kyrgyzstan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said representatives of the eight-nation grouping had expressed “broad support” for China’s position. In comments reported Thursday, Wang reiterated China’s stance that it would never accept unequal trading arrangements. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsBeijing will match “extreme pressure” from the U.S. with its own measures, he said in remarks posted on the ministry’s website. The trade frictions have “aroused great concern from the international community,” Wang said. “I stress to everyone that China’s actions are not just about preserving our own legitimate rights and interests but also to maintain the norms of international relations and safeguard the international free trading system.” Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefA security group dominated by Moscow and Beijing, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization also includes Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. Several other countries are observer states and dialogue partners. Wang’s comments show how China attempting to global opinion in its favour. Beijing has already responded to Trump’s tariff hikes on $250 billion of Chinese imports by slapping penalties on $110 billion of American goods. Based on last year’s trade, that leaves about $45 billion in imports from the U.S. They include semiconductors and other critical inputs needed by fledgling Chinese tech industries. China has hinted it could also leverage its role as the main global supplier of rare earths used in smartphones, lightweight magnets, batteries and other components to slap back. It could also target Apple and other companies that rely on Chinese manufacturing and sales. So far, though, Beijing has sought to win sympathy and support by burnishing its credentials as a rules-abiding member of the World Trade Organization. China’s Commerce Ministry lashed out Thursday at an order by the Trump administration that will cut access for Chinese technology companies such as telecom gear giant Huawei to advanced American computer chips and other components. The move, to take effect after a 90-day grace period, constitutes the use of “American national power to suppress Chinese companies,” the ministry said in a statement on its website. This “not only seriously disrupts regular business cooperation between the sides’ enterprises, but also seriously threatens the security of the global industrial supply chain.” The Trump administration has singled out Huawei, accusing it of posing a security threat. As a result, U.S. allies and their companies increasingly have put cooperation with the company on hold.last_img read more

Volkswagen sets new fullyear sales record in race for No 1

first_imgFRANKFURT — German automaker Volkswagen has posted another annual sales record by selling 10.83 million cars in 2018 as new SUV models boosted deliveries.The Wolfsburg-based maker of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and other brand name cars beat its 2017 record of 10.74 million cars. Sales rose in the U.S., China, Europe and South America.In 2017, Volkswagen contested the title of world’s biggest carmaker with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, which claimed the title with 10.6 million and said Volkswagen should not have counted trucks. The alliance announces 2018 figures later this monthMarketing head Christian Dahlheim said the company overcame troubles getting cars certified under new emission rules in Europe.He called it “a great result” even though the company no longer sets unit sales records as a primary business goal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

German economy slowed in 2018 amid signs of global downturn

first_imgFRANKFURT — Germany’s economic growth eased to 1.5 per cent last year amid signs of a slowdown in Europe and the wider global economy.The growth figure announced Thursday by the government statistics agency was down from 2.2 per cent in 2017.German output fell in the third quarter by 0.2 per cent, but the dip was attributed to temporary factors such as bottlenecks registering cars under new emissions testing rules.Worsening economic data had raised fears that Germany may have turned in a subpar performance in the fourth quarter, for which figures will be reported Feb. 14. The statistics agency said there were “signs of a slight recovery” in the fourth quarter compared with the third.It was still the ninth straight year of annual economic growth in Germany.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stocks slip as oil worries surge after Saudi Arabia attack

NEW YORK — Stock markets around the world took an apprehensive step backward Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility sent the price of oil surging.The attack, which Yemeni rebels said they were behind, raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil. President Donald Trump warned that the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond as his administration pinned the blame for the attacks on Iran.Crude prices soared 10%, while prices for Treasurys, gold and other investments seen as less risky rose.The S&P 500 was down modestly, and stocks across the New York Stock Exchange were nearly evenly split between winners and losers. Energy stocks climbed with the price of oil, while airlines and other companies that have big oil and fuel bills were sharply lower.The stock market has been volatile since the summer, as worries waxed and waned about the U.S.-China trade war. The move for stocks has been higher the past few weeks, boosted by renewed optimism about easing tensions between Washington and Beijing, and the S&P 500 had climbed back within 1% of its record.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 dipped 0.2%, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time, after paring a loss that hit 0.5% shortly after trading opened.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 73 points, or 0.3%, to 27,146, and the Nasdaq composite slipped 0.3%. Small stocks in the Russell 2000 index were better performers, and it climbed 0.3%.ENERGY SPIKE: The attack in Saudi Arabia caused a big disruption to oil supplies, but only a temporary one. Other countries can release some of the oil supplies they’ve built up in reserves to make up for the loss, analysts said. The bigger threat is the worry about more attacks in the future.“At a time when oil markets have been in the shadows of a weak global macroeconomic backdrop, the attack on critical Saudi oil infrastructure calls into question the reliability of supplies from not just one of the largest net exporters of crude oil and petroleum products but also the country that holds most of the world’s spare production capacity,” Barclays analyst Amarpreet Singh wrote in a report.Benchmark U.S. crude jumped more than $5 to $60.11 per barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, rocketed up $6.22 to $66.44 per barrel.That helped energy stocks in the S&P 500 surge 3.1%, the only sector among the 11 that make up the index to rise. Marathon Oil gained 9.2%, Devon Energy rose 8.1% and oilfield services provider Halliburton climbed 8%.PAIN AT THE PUMP: Airlines have huge fuel bills, and any rise in the price of oil can hurt them. American Airlines Group, which spent $3.7 billion on fuel and taxes in the first half of the year, fell 5.6% for one of the biggest losses in the S&P 500.United Airlines lost 2.9%, and Delta Air Lines lost 2.8%.Cruise ships also burn lots of fuel, and Carnival lost 2.6%.STRIKE ONE: General Motors sank 2.1% after more than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike. The union and company have been locked in contract talks, and it wasn’t clear how long the walkout would last.WEEK AHEAD: The week’s headline event is the Federal Reserve’s meeting on interest rates. Investors are confident the central bank will cut short-term rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 1.75% to 2%. It would be the second such cut in two months, as the Fed tries to protect the economy from a global slowdown and the effects of the U.S.-China trade war.MARKETS ABROAD: European markets mostly fell, and France’s CAC 40 was down 0.6%. Germany’s DAX lost 0.5%, and the FTSE 100 in London slipped 0.3%.Trading in Asia was mixed. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.8%, the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.6% and Chinese stocks in Shanghai were virtually flat.___AP Business Writer Joe McDonald contributed from Beijing.Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

Japans economy shrinks in 4th quarter driving push for weaker yen

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 3:31 am MDT Japan’s economy shrinks in 4th quarter, driving push for weaker yen TOKYO – Japan’s economy shrank in the last three months of 2012, its third straight quarter of contraction, giving the government ammunition to defend its “weak yen” strategy as necessary to getting growth back on track.The 0.4 per cent contraction in annualized terms in October-December was worse than expected. Many analysts had forecast the economy would emerge from recession in the final quarter of 2012 as the Japanese yen weakened against other major currencies, giving a boost to Japanese export manufacturers.Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga acknowledged the lingering weakness in the economy, while voicing optimism over a global recovery.“We also expect our nation’s economy to make a gradual recovery,” he said Thursday.The data predate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, which took power in late December with a platform of aggressive spending and monetary stimulus that has helped drive the yen to near three-year lows after years of hovering at much higher levels due to the currency’s status as a “safe haven” for investors.Although the government has not directly intervened to bring the yen’s value lower, its policies have convinced many in the markets that more money will be created, undermining its value. That has brought on a 20 per cent depreciation of the yen against the dollar since October, raising concern over the potential for competitive devaluations of other currencies that could undermine growth.The issue will likely come up at a meeting of top financial officials of the Group of 20 leading industrial and developing countries in Moscow beginning tomorrow.Finance Minister Taro Aso, in a statement to supporters on his official website, said he intended to thoroughly explain Japan’s stance at that gathering.“The world has been awed,” Aso said of the recent surge in share prices and weakening yen that has “brought huge benefits to the export sector.”“All countries want to know how we have done this; it is absolutely not a result of us intervening in foreign exchange markets.”In a statement issued Tuesday, the Group of Seven richest nations — which includes Japan — issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to exchange rates driven by the market, not government or central bank policies.The G-7 statement’s lack of any direct criticism of Japan’s economic strategy encouraged traders to continue selling the yen. On Thursday, the Japanese currency was trading at about 93.50 yen per U.S. dollar. Earlier in the week it hit a nearly three-year low of 94.40.After all that volatility, the G-20 meeting may skirt the issue, said Tony Nash, managing director of IHS Consulting in Asia.“I don’t think there’s a mood for any confusion,” he said. “After all, Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and you want to pull it along.”Apart from favouring a weaker yen, Abe successfully lobbied the central bank to set an inflation target of 2 per cent, aimed at breaking Japan out of its long bout of deflation, or falling prices, that he says are inhibiting corporate investment and growth.However, the Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged following a two-day meeting that ended Thursday, noting in a statement that “Japan’s economy appears to have stopped weakening.”The current central bank governor, Masaaki Shirakawa, is due to step down on March 19, and Abe is expected to appoint as his successor an expert who favours his more activist approach to monetary policy.Meanwhile on Thursday, the lower house of Japan’s parliament approved a 13.1 trillion yen ($140 billion) supplementary budget for fiscal 2012, which ends in March, to support the stimulus program.Although the opposition-dominated upper house of parliament may reject the budget, the approval by the lower house, which is controlled by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, will prevail.Japan’s growth has stagnated since its “bubble economy” burst in the early 1990s, despite massive investments in public works that have pushed its national debt to the highest level among major industrial nations, at more than twice the size of the economy.Last year began on an upbeat note with annual growth in the first quarter at 6 per cent, spurred by strong government spending on reconstruction from the March 2011 tsunami disaster. But the economy slipped back into contraction in the second quarter and deteriorated further as frictions with China over a territorial dispute hammered exports to one of Japan’s largest overseas markets.For all of 2012, the economy grew 1.9 per cent, after a 0.6 contraction in 2011.Despite the dismal data for last year, many in Japan expect at least a temporary bump to growth from higher government spending on public works and other programs. An index measuring consumer confidence, released earlier this week, jumped to its highest level since 2007, the biggest ever increase in a single month.Earlier this week, Abe appealed to businesses to raise wages to help boost domestic demand and carry on momentum from government spending. Data for the fourth quarter showed that private consumption, which accounts for more than two-thirds of Japan’s economic activity, rose 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter while housing investment climbed 3.5 per cent. Investment by businesses, however, fell 2.6 per cent and exports dropped 3.7 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Millions of children across Somalia vaccinated against measles in UNbacked campaign

“It is a priority for WHO [World Health Organization] to continue supporting the Ministry of Health and maintaining the close partnership with the local health authorities and partners to control disease outbreaks like measles and ensure high vaccination coverage for all Somali children,” said Dr. Ghulam Popal, WHO Representative to Somalia. “It is unfortunate that measles cases are still being reported while there is effective vaccine available,” he added. The campaign was conducted in partnership with WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Somalia’s Ministry of Health.In 2017, amidst a drought emergency, a total of 23,002 suspected measles cases were reported – alarmingly high compared to previous years. Among those cases, 83 per cent were in children under age 10. In response to the outbreak, two rounds of vaccination campaigns were conducted in March and April of 2017, reaching 516,934 children aged nine months to five years. “Together with our partners, UNICEF was able to achieve great results for children and families affected by drought in 2017,” says Jesper Moller, UNICEF’s acting Representative. “However, the crisis is far from over,” he continued. “The threat of famine continues to loom large, and so does disease outbreaks such as measles.” During the campaign, a support dose of Vitamin A will be administered to eligible children alongside the measles vaccine. Social mobilizers and health workers supported by WHO and UNICEF are also encouraging adults who are not fully immunized, or not sure of their immunity status, to get vaccinated as well. “The only way to protect children from this deadly disease is through mass vaccination campaigns. And we will remain vigilant and sustain our emergency efforts in 2018,” Mr. Moller concluded. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Routine vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns in countries with low routine coverage, are key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths, says WHO. read more

Teachers Union walks out on Govt officials over impasse on salary

…to commence strike action next week Friday By Jarryl BryanIn a new twist, an unsatisfied delegation from the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) staged a walk out on officials of the Ministry of Education during a meeting on Thursday to discuss a proposed Multi-Year agreement.Present at the meeting were Education Minister Nicolette Henry, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and team; while the union had its President Mark Lyte, General Secretary, Coretta McDonald and other union members.According to the Ministry in a statement after the meeting, the walk out was prompted by Minister Henry informing the union that Government could only offer teachers the same increases it offered all public servants.Government had announced its “final offer” to the unionized workers in the Public Service—an increase in the minimum wage from $55,000 per month to $60,000 along with staggered increases in wages and salaries with the band of lowest paid workers being offered an eight per cent increase.The two sides as they sat down for the meeting“Teachers, being public servants therefore will also benefit from the proposed wage increases,” the Ministry said. “Dissatisfied with the response, the GTU President decided that the meeting should not continue and together with his colleagues left the boardroom thereby leading to a premature end of the discourse.”According to the Ministry, the GTU had informed them it has no problem with the Government’s approach to non-financial issues, based on the last meeting the union had with officials. The problems reportedly arose from the financial aspect of discussions which included salary increases, debunching, allowances and duty-free concessions.“What should be noted is the fact that even as the GTU President Mr Lyte stood up to truncate the meeting; all other members of the union remained seated including the General Secretary of the union Ms Coretta Mc Donald. McDonald suggested to Mr Lyte to sign the non-financial aspect of the agreement but those pleas were not heeded.”“Following the meeting, Minister Henry reiterated that at this point in time, the Government of Guyana is proposing to all of its public servants including teachers’ increases which have been made public,” the Ministry noted.GTU President, Mark Lyte standing after it was announced  that teachers will receive the same increases as public servantsWhen contacted by this publication, Lyte stated that the walk out resulted from the Government not addressing the union’s substantive proposal. While noting that they remained open to talks with the Government, Lyte revealed that the union will be commencing countrywide strike action from next week.“The talks were specific to proposals from the union two and a half years ago. The Minister, in her chairing of the meeting, subsequently tried to treat with matters outside of the purpose of the meeting.”“Also, the Minister bluntly indicated during the five minutes or so the meeting lasted that the teachers would get the same that was offered (to) public servants, without even talking about what we proposed,” Lyte claimed, adding that the Government’s “imposition” would not be accepted this time around.Among other proposals, the union was reportedly seeking a 40 per cent increase in salaries for teachers.That being said, Lyte stated that a countrywide strike is expected to commence by next week Friday. This, according to the GTU President, is to allow enough time to ensure the membership is properly notified.“Even in that interim, we are still open for something definitive to be put before us in terms of our proposal. (But) I take having the Minister trying to side-line the discussion this afternoon as an indication that the Administration was not prepared to treat with the proposal put forward.”GTU union members as they walked out of the meeting with the MinistryIt was only on Wednesday that Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, had thrown his support behind the GTU and called for Government to have a sit down with the union. The union had recently threatened strike action over frustrated efforts to negotiate salary increases.Jagdeo had expressed his support for a new agreement and had lauded the previous agreement that gave teachers a number of benefits. In light of this, Jagdeo had urged that the Government make meeting with the teachers a priority.“Teachers have been calling for two and a half years now to have another agreement similar to the five year agreement that they had with us that had many benefits, for example money set aside for housing for teachers and duty free concessions for teachers of certain categories.”“A lot of teachers are retiring now and they can’t get the benefits there. So I would urge that the Government meet urgently with those teachers and continue to have the discussions surrounding an agreement that would look at all those benefits the teachers enjoyed,” he stated.At a press conference last week, Lyte had been critical of government refusing to act on proposals for salary increases and benefits. In retaliation for this inaction, he had said GTU would be calling out its members to engage in strike action.Lyte said that, after more than two years, officials at the Ministry of Education remain reluctant to have a sit down with the Union and discuss debunching payments. He had noted that the teachers are becoming more frustrated by the day, and warned of the consequences if the teachers decide to down tools to make their voices heard.“Another budget would be presented and we have not come to an agreement for the proposal. We believe that this is disrespectful and comes in direct contravention to the labour agreement (in effect) between the Ministry and the Union, and it is a clear fact that this administration is not seeking to properly remunerate our teachers,” Lyte had said.The issues of concern to the union include the stagnated negotiation between the GTU and the Ministry of Education. This negotiation included for increased teachers’ remuneration and outstanding paymentsAdditionally, the union had expressed concern about a memorandum that could see teachers having to work during their designated lunch period. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers receiving same salaries as public servants was never the final position- HarmonOctober 27, 2017In “latest news”GTU strikes called off: ‘High-Level Task Force’ to be established for Education sectorOctober 30, 2017In “latest news”Teachers’ strike: Gov’t reconvening meeting with GTU tomorrowSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news” read more

European Youth Championship U20 begins today

european championshipturkeyu20 championshipyouth championship The European Youth Championship (U20) beings today. The host nation for this championship is Turkey. In the more interesting matches from todays programme, Denmark plays Iceland, Germany plays Serbia, Poland-Russia and Norway-Czech Republic. For those who wish to watch it live – streaming will be available at—u20-erk/7.html ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL Qual Draw: Viborg and Byasen strong favorites – Cluj against Rostov or Zajecar! Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Logo revealed read more

UBook dualscreen laptop wants to be the Nintendo DS of notebooks

first_imgAfter the iPad introduced most of the world to tablets in 2010, we’ve seen several hybrid devices pop up. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer (and Transformer Prime) can be docked to an optional keyboard accessory to become an Android-powered netbook. Dell tried to hit that middle ground from the other side, with the touchscreen Insprion Duo laptops. Now a company called Najmtek is releasing a device that might actually bring the worst of tablets to the laptop world: the U-Book is a dual-screen laptop that forgoes a physical keyboard for a multitouch one.There are some potential perks in having such a device. The keyboard can be customizable, implementing different layouts, colors, and languages. A virtual trackpad can be added or subtracted at will. The keyboard can disappear altogether and allow for other types of multitouch input. Some customers may be waiting for something like this to come along.The cons, however, can’t be ignored. Typing on a virtual keyboard is probably one of the most inconvenient parts of the tablet experience. When you buy a laptop, you’re investing in a device that lets you type speedily without a second thought. The U-Book takes that away and opens up a whole can of frustrating typos, missed keys, and overall discomfort of rapidly tapping on glass.Perhaps this is slightly unfair. We have yet to see the U-Book in person, much less actually use it. But we have spent hours typing on virtual tablet keyboards. How improved can the experience be on the U-Book? If you want a laptop, then why not get one with a physical keyboard? If you’re masochistic enough to do elaborate typing on a multitouch display, then why not forgo a novelty device like the U-Book and just get a tablet? It’s a hybrid that a) nobody is asking for, and b) makes no practical sense.Najmtek has yet to release specs for the device, but as it runs Windows 7, it isn’t likely to be too big of a slouch in that department. Pricing info also isn’t known, but it will probably be considered a high-end device that carries a premium.You can see more of the U-Book in the video below, which includes a deceptive Mac OS X screensaver (are they suggesting that the U-Book would make a great Hackintosh?):We love innovation, and we love thinking outside of the box. Sometimes, however, innovation-for-innovation’s-sake can lead to nothing but a pointless product that will only be appreciated by niche groups.Najmtek, via The Digital Readerlast_img read more

Motorists warned to be careful as heavy fog hits many parts of

first_imgMet Éireann has said that after the mist and fog over parts of the midlands and south clears, the day will be “fine and dry” with spells of sunshine. However, it warned that low cloud may linger near some south coasts. Road users are this morning reporting very poor visibility, according to AA Roadwatch. “Many sure you have fog lights on anywhere you need them,” it said. It noted that foggy conditions are beginning to lift in some parts, and advised road users to make sure to turn off fog lights once that happens, as to not dazzle other motorists.  HEAVY FOG IS affecting many parts of the country this morning. AA Roadwatch has reported that thick fog is affecting many routes across the country, including Dublin, Wicklow, Leitrim, Mayo, Tipperary and parts of the midlands.  11,135 Views By Hayley Halpin ForecastTemperatures will today range between 14 and 16 degrees, and may reach 17 degrees locally inland. Most areas will be dry and calm tonight, according to Met Éireann. It’s again due to turn misty, and fog will return to many central, eastern and northern areas. Damp conditions with patchy rain are expected to develop in the southwest before morning. Tomorrow is forecast to be a cloudier day. All areas will have good dry spells, but scattered outbreaks of drizzle and rain are expected before noon and in the afternoon, especially across the south. Temperatures will range between 11 and 15 degrees.  12 Comments Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Feb 27th 2019, 9:40 AM Short URL Share31 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 9:40 AM Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Traffic: Dense fog on many routes this morning, in parts of West Dublin, Co. Wicklow, Midlands and Co. Tipperary. Turn fog lights on as required and remember to turn them off as fog lifts. #SlowDown— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 27, 2019 After early mist and dense fog over parts of the midlands and south and east will clear, today will be fine and dry with good spells of pleasant sunshine. However low cloud may linger near some south coasts. Highs14 to 16 degrees and may reach 17 degrees locally inland.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 27, 2019 Motorists warned to be careful as heavy fog hits many parts of country Met Éireann said it will be a dry day with sunshine after the mist clears. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Varoufakis Greece must stop being festering wound on eurozone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that he had agreed with British finance minister George Osborne that it was necessary to end the “pretence” that had led to Greece being a burden on the rest of Europe.“(We have) a determination to put an end to the extended pretence cycle which has rendered Greece a festering wound on the side of the eurozone,” Varoufakis said in a television interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News.“Even for Britain, which is not a member of the eurozone, (this) is a great concern because the deflationary crisis in Europe certainly doesn’t augur well for the British economy,” he said after meeting Osborne in London.Varoufakis, who became finance minister on January 27 as part of Greece’s new left-wing government, said in Paris that Greece needed to end its “addiction” to overseas borrowing and go “cold turkey.”Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Heidi Klum est la personnalité la plus dangereuse du Web selon McAfee

first_imgHeidi Klum est la personnalité la plus “dangereuse” du Web selon McAfeeLe spécialiste de la sécurité informatique McAfee a publié son classement 2011 des stars les plus dangereuses du Web qui a couronné cette année le mannequin Heidi Klum comme célébrité qui présente le plus de risques pour les internautes…  Effectuer des recherches en ligne est très loin d’être anodin et peut parfois conduire l’internaute vers des sites à contenu infecté surtout quand il s’agit de… célébrités. Vendredi, le spécialiste de la protection de données McAfee, a publié son classement 2011 des “célébrités les plus dangereuses dans le cyberespace”. A la tête du podium, se trouve le mannequin Heidi Klum qui détrône ainsi l’actrice Cameron Diaz élu en 2010 comme personnalité “la plus dangereuse du web”. Selon l’étude de McAfee, une recherche en ligne au nom du mannequin occasionne pour l’internaute 9 % de chances de tomber sur un site présentant des menaces telles que spyware, adware, spam, phishing, virus ou autre malware, explique Generation-nt. À lire aussiQuels sont les dangers du virus informatiques Gauss ? “Cliquer sur les sites à risque et télécharger des fichiers comme des photos, des vidéos ou des économiseurs d’écran exposent l’internaute ou le consommateur au risque de télécharger des virus ou des malwares”, explique ainsi McAfee qui reconnait néanmoins que d’une manière générale, la recherche sur des célébrités est plus sûre qu’en 2010. En outre, l’éditeur souligne particulièrement l’importance de se méfier des liens raccourcis qui peuvent être malveillants et qui se répandent rapidement à travers les réseaux sociaux, cite Generation-nt.  Les stars françaises moins dangereuses Après Heidi Klum, les personnalités les plus “dangereuses” du top 10 comptent notamment l’actrice Cameron Diaz, le journaliste britannique Piers Morgan, les actrices Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson ou encore Brad Pitt. Si les recherches sur les célébrités françaises sont moins dangereuses, elles ne sont toutefois pas laissées pour compte. Parmi les plus risquées, figure Sophie Marceau (2,7 %) qui devance Zinédine Zidane (2,5 %). Dominique Strauss-Kahn qui a défrayé la chronique ces derniers mois ne représente en revanche que 0,73%. McAfee précise ainsi : “Que les fans de Sophie Marceau et Zinedine Zidane se rassurent, les risques sont moindres pour les célébrités françaises ! Avec un taux de dangerosité ne dépassant pas les 5 %, surfer sur leurs noms ne représente pas d’importants dangers”. Le 17 septembre 2011 à 16:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UN closely observing election situation in Bangladesh

first_imgThe United Nations has said it is closely following the situation in Bangladesh ahead of the national election scheduled to be held on 30 December, reports UNB.”We’re following the situation closely and it’s very important as a matter of principle that anywhere there are elections, that they be conducted freely and fairly and that the space be given for people to express themselves,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at a press briefing on Thursday.Earlier at a regular briefing at the UN on 10 December, the spokesman made it clear that the United Nations does not send observers saying, “The UN has no observers. We don’t send observers.””We believe, as a matter of principles, that elections should be held in a positive climate, free from any sort of intimidation,” said Dujarric.Following a request for UN electoral assistance from the Bangladesh Election Commission, the spokesman said the UN office in Bangladesh is providing technical electoral assistance through the UNDP/UN Women’s support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Election Project.last_img read more

Singing whistling timeless melodies

first_imgSinging whistling has always been considered to be one of the toughest forms of music where the whistler has to maintain the scale along with musical score and has to perform along with several other instruments. Tarun Goswami who got initial training in whistling from Salil Chowdhury, is the only whistler in eastern India. The maestro will be performing a solo show, Sur E Sarbashreshtha Sadhana, through singing whistling at Uttam Mancha, on December 30. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGoswami, a fellow of the ‘American School of Whistling’ is a trained whistler who has been performing for quite some time. Madhurdwani’s two hour show will feature many of the all time hits of world music. Songs like Never on a Sunday, Do Re Me, Jingle bells, Jamaica Farewell, Sadher Lau Banalo More Boiragi,Kon Se Alor Swapno Niye.Eto Sur Aar Eto Gaan, Aaha ki ananda, Jeena ihan marna ihaan, will be presented. These tunes stand for simplistic approach through their melody, orchestration. Good compositions are timeless, they do not belong to any specific time span and this musical extravaganza will showcase some of the versatile compositions that Indian popular music has witnessed till date. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Salil Chowdhury, V Balsara are my lifetime inspiration. Salilda once told me if a song can be rendered then the same can be articulate on whistling. It needs a lot of hard work. Performing a song in a live concert and whistling the same song are not the same,” says Goswami.Whistling is a rare form of art. In the remote past, whistling was used for communication. In Madrid University, whistling is taught as one of the subjects of music. But whistling an entire song and maintaining scale is a tough job and it becomes tougher when accompanied by instruments like the tabla, mandolin, guitar and piano accordion.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 22, 2008 Digirad’s New Reconstruction Software Speeds SPECT Procedures News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more September 23, 2008 – Digirad Corp. yesterday announced FDA clearance of its nSPEED reconstruction software, to be used in its imaging systems for SPECT procedures at either half-time and/or half count densities with parallel and non-parallel hole collimators, reportedly resulting in quicker exams, improved image quality and less radiation exposure.With nSPEED, Digirad Cardius solid-state dedicated cardiac systems can now perform cardiac SPECT imaging procedures in as little as three minutes or with one-half the required pharmaceutical dosages. Data that the company submitted to the FDA was obtained from a 448-patient, 10-center evaluation using Digirad’s single, dual and triple-head Cardius cameras.In June 2008, the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) issued new technology-standards for SPECT image acquisition and processing, and stated, “For new software methods specifically designed for reduced acquisition times and/or lower count density images, cardiac count density should be in accordance with that specified in or implicit to the method’s 510(k) FDA approval.”According to Digirad, nSPEED reconstruction software enables SPECT procedures that meet new ASNC technology standards.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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