Kerala grants financial aid to Chitra; job to footballer

first_imgVineeth Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 2 (PTI) Athlete P U Chitra, whose exclusion from the Indian squad for the upcoming World Athletics Championships triggered a controversy, would get a monthly scholarship of Rs 10,000 besides allowance for training, Kerala Government said today. A state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here also decided to employ in its services Indian footballer C K Vineeth, who lost his central government job recently due to lack of attendance. Chitra, hailing from a financially backward family in Mundoor in Palakkad, would also be given a daily allowance of Rs 500 to meet her training and food expenses in addition to the scholarship, the statement said. The Kerala athlete, who has won several national and international gold medals, was excluded by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) from the team for the London event to be held this month. The sports community in the state and the state government had backed Chitra over the issue. Chitra moved the Kerala High Court which last week ordered the Centre and the AFI to ensure her participation in the world meet. A contempt plea by her is also pending. The government decided to extend monetary support to the athlete in view of her brilliant performance and her poor family background, the statement said. Meanwhile, Vineeth would be appointed in the government service on par with the post of Secretariat Assistant. Hailing from Kannur, Vineeth was working with the Accountant General Office as an auditor on probation under the sports quota since 2012. However, he was terminated from service recently with effect from May 7, 2016 on the ground of irregular office attendance. Because of his busy training schedule and matches, the player was unable to attend his office regularly. PTI LGK VS BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Suspense continues over Asian Games contingent announcement

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) The Sports Ministry continued its deliberation with regards to size of the Indian contingent for the Asian Games as suspense prevailed over its announcement. The Games begin in Jakarta and Palembang in less than 10 days but the Indian contingent is yet to be known officially. After much changing and chopping, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA submitted a list of 575 athletes and 213 officials to the Sports Ministry on Monday. The ministry is yet to make the final clearance and is continuing its deliberation on the final official list. “It may take a day or two to give the final clearance of the contingent,” a source from the sports ministry said. The IOA has announced a send-off ceremony on August 10 and it is likely that the official list is cleared by the ministry by that time. It is learnt that the Ministry is not happy with the naming of Raj Kumar Sacheti as one of the four deputy Chefs de Mission of the Indian contingent. In 2013, the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) has recommended registration of a disproportionate assets case against Sacheti in the wake of the 2010 CWG corruption scandal. He worked as Joint Director-General in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. He was one of the aides of former IOA President and head of 2010 CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi who was jailed and then released on bail. The IOA, it is learnt, is unlikely to budge from its position and is mulling over sending Sacheti to Indonesia for the Games at its own cost if the Ministry refuses to clear him. PTI PDS PDS KHSKHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli tells Prithvi Shaw the secret behind his success in England

first_imgPrithvi Shaw is expected to make his Test debut for India in the upcoming two-match series against West Indies and the Mumbai batsman is making sure to gain all the knowledge that he can about batting in the longest format from the best in the business.Shaw recently revealed how he approached India captain Virat Kohli and asked him about his mantra for success in Test cricket and how he scored so many against England in the five-match series which the visitors lost 1-4.Kohli told Shaw that he put the team before himself which is why he could score the amount of runs that he did on the tour.Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj: Meet India’s new picks for West Indies TestsThe England tour was Kohli’s opportunity to show the world that he could score runs in swinging conditions, where he struggled four years back. And he did exactly the same, scoring a record 593 runs in the five Tests at a staggering average of 59.30 with two hundreds and three half-centuries.India vs West Indies: Mayank Agarwal, Siraj earn maiden Test call-ups, Dhawan axed”Batting ke time, England me swing hota hai. So the opposition played with lot of mind. They knew where to bowl and how to bowl to each batsman. I asked Kohli how he managed to score all those runs. He told me that he always puts the team before him. Woh hunger apne aap aa jata hai,” Shaw told Indian Express in an interview.Kohli’s performance with the bat in the tricky conditions of England helped to reassert himself as the best batsman in the world. The series also helped him to exorcise the ghosts of the horrible tour of 2014 during which he could only manage 134 runs in 10 innings.advertisementShaw meanwhile, has been retained in the Indian side after receiving his maiden Test call-up for the final two Tests in England even though he didn’t get to play a game.The 18-year-old Shaw, who had captained India U-19 to World Cup triumph earlier this year, was rewarded for his consistent performance in the first-class cricket.Shaw has scored 1418 runs in 14 first-class matches with an average of 56.72 and seven centuries. He was one of the star performers along with Vihari and Mayank Agarwal during India A’s recent tour of the UK.Vihari has also been retained in the Test side while Agarwal has been rewarded for brilliant 2017-18 season with a place in the squad.last_img read more

India pumped up to win Test series in Australia, says Ishant Sharma

first_imgIndia have been billed as the favourites to win the Test series in Australia starting December 6 in Adelaide.Ishant Sharma, the senior most member of the team and the leader of India’s pace attack, has admitted that the team is only focused on “winning a series in Australia”.India have never won a Test series in Australia but have drawn three series Down Under in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.”The biggest thing right now is to win the series and that’s what everybody is focusing on right now. We are not even thinking about personal performances. Just one aim that is to win a series in Australia,” Ishant told reporters ahead of the four-day practice match against Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday.Also Read – India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS Laxman”Everyone is really passionate. We are pretty motivated to win the series. Not only in Australia, when we played in South Africa and England we were pretty motivated to win a series abroad and I think that is the biggest opportunity for us right now because we always have a good balance in the side which can do things for us which is very promising,” he added.Also Read – Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing in Australia Tests: Adam GilchristIshant said the warm-up match is important for the team as it will set the tone for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”I think it’s pretty serious for us (the practice game), because we have to set the tone. You know the conditions, obviously playing here after a long time. You need to get into the groove, get used to the conditions and I think it’s a pretty important game for everyone,” he said.advertisementAlso Read – Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaWith pacers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar doing their job well, Ishant is taking this opportunity to make his mark.”If you’re representing the country the pressure is there, I think it’s a great opportunity as well because you have a healthy competition in the team as you can see there a lot of fast bowlers coming up and if you are not doing well then any time you can sit behind and watch the game,” he said.Also Read – Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India Today”I think it is a great opportunity for everyone to do well in any conditions as you can see we did well in the last two tours especially in South Africa and England as well,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

‘Tottenham have to do Eriksen deal’

first_imgTottenham “have to tie Christian Eriksen down with a new contract”, says Danny Murphy, with it imperative that the Dane is not allowed to head towards free agency if no transfer is made this summer.As things stand, the 27-year-old could be on the move before the current window closes, with reports of interest from Spain refusing to away.Spurs, though, are hoping to see a key creative influence – one who has entered the final year of his deal – stay put and commit to fresh terms. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Murphy told bwin of an unwelcome distraction for those in north London: “Tottenham have to tie Eriksen down with a new contract if he doesn’t leave this summer.“They may have to add a clause to the contract that allows him to leave if certain teams come in for him, but they can’t afford to let him leave on a free next season.“I don’t believe Eriksen will sulk if he doesn’t leave this summer, but he needs to make sure his head is 100% in the right place come the first game of the season.“If he does kick up a fuss then [Mauricio] Pochettino will have no issues dropping him and that will only make matters worse. I really don’t think Eriksen is that type of player though.“These situations are the exact reason why teams shouldn’t let players get down to one year on their contract.“Tottenham can’t afford Eriksen to leave on a free next season so will want him to sign a contract if they can’t sell him. Eriksen then has to put his faith in the board if he signs a contract, that they will let him leave if a big team comes in for him.”Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 2018-19While hoping to see Eriksen remain at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Murphy is looking for more additions to be made.He feels Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos would a be shrewd signing, amid competition from Arsenal, while Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is considered to be another long-standing target that should be snapped up.Ex-Spurs star Murphy added: “Tottenham need to sign Sessegnon regardless of whether [Danny] Rose stays or not.“Being young and English makes Sessegnon a typical Tottenham signing and one they should definitely make.“Pochettino’s track record with young talent means he will be confident that he can unlock Sessegnon’s full potential.“Rose had a fantastic end to the season and I don’t think Tottenham should let him go, but Sessegnon is the ideal replacement in the long term.“Rose was back to his best at the end of last season and I think he’ll have a great season. Keeping them rotating will keep them fit and there’s plenty of games to get minutes under their belt.”last_img read more

Germany Bankrolls Boxship LNG Conversion

first_imgzoom German shipping company Wessels Reederei has received a government grant to convert one of its container ships to liquefied natural gas (LNG).The company has chosen the 2011-built, 1,000 TEU Wes Amelie to undergo retrofitting, which will be performed in collaboration with the engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo and gas specialist TGW Marine Gas Engineering.The retroffiting of the Wes Amelie is expected to start in the third quarter of 2016, and the vessel is expected to return to service in early December 2016.A ”seven figure” funding was provided through the country’s federal program Mobility and Fuel Strategy, which promotes the maritime use of LNG as an environmentallyfriendly fuel.“For many years our shipping company has been committed to ‘Green Shipping’ – through the development and implementation of more efficient alternative propulsion systems. With the conversion to LNG we and our partners showcase our technical expertise and demonstrate practical environmental solutions for the merchant marine industry,” said Gerd Wessels, Managing Owner of Wessels Reederei GmbH.The Wes Amelie operates in the North and Baltic Seas. The vessel has 23 sister ships, 16 of them structurally identical, which allows follow-up projects to be easily implemented, the company says.The use of LNG as fuel requires the availability of liquefied natural gas on shipping and trade routes, and the existing LNG infrastructure in even high-traffic ports in Europe is not nearly sufficient enough for full coverage of ships under LNG operation, according to Wessels.This project contributes to the resolution of this “chicken or the egg problem” by promoting the demand for LNG as fuel for the maritime industry.“By converting one of our ships, we demonstrate together with the Federal Government and our partners: ‘German shipping can LNG’. With each rebuild we finish together, we are creating an increasing demand for LNG as a clean fuel. Only in this way – and not only through appeals – can the development of an LNG infrastructure continue to gain momentum,” said Christian P. Hoepfner, General Manager of Wessels Reederei.last_img read more

CMHC looks to raise extra money for housing outside of billions from

first_imgOTTAWA — The president of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says his agency wants to raise millions more dollars to help Canadians afford places to live despite the billions already available in government funding.Evan Siddall says the aim is to raise $100 million more for housing, quickly and likely from private sources, because the tens of billions pledged by federal and provincial governments over the next decade or so isn’t enough to make housing affordable for everyone in the country.CMHC’s corporate plan released last month set the ambitious goal of providing Canadians with homes they can afford and meet their needs by 2030.An estimated 1.6 million Canadian households are considered in “core housing need,” meaning they live in places that are too expensive or aren’t really suitable for them.Siddall admits the goal is a moon-shot, but it’s designed to force his agency and others to achieve more than is already eyed in the long-term national housing strategy, whose price tag is over $40 billion.The Liberals’ latest budget included extra housing spending the government hopes will help some first-time buyers enter the housing market and expand the stock of rental units.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Carleton University offers indigenous languages

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis year Carleton University is offering something new.Old indigenous languages, in danger of being lost.This is part of the Department of Linguistics program ‘Languages less commonly taught’.Officials say that these languages hold a great deal of traditional knowledge and cannot be allowed to disappear.APTN National News reporter Candace Maracle has more.last_img

Amnesty uses World Water Day to highlight environmental racism in Canada

first_imgThe United Nations’ ____ has called for Canada to halt construction of the Site C dam pending a First Nations legal challenge to the project. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsSeamus O’Regan is marking World Water Day with a tip of the hat to the Liberals’ work on eliminating long-term boil water advisories in First Nations communities.“Everyone should have access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water,” the Indigenous Services minister said in a statement released Friday. “Today, on World Water Day, we reflect on the progress that has been made toward that goal, both in Canada and around the world, and acknowledge the important work still ahead.”The Trudeau government has pledged more than $2 billion to lift all long-term drinking water advisories on reserves. To date, 81 of those advisories have been lifted, while 59 remain.But while the government is noting its achievements this March 22, a leading human rights organization is using the occasion to highlight federal government policies and resource development projects that harm Indigenous communities’ water and contribute to environmental racism in Canada.“Far too often, governments in Canada have demonstrated that they place little value on the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and the revitalization of their cultures and traditions,” Tara Scurr, business and human rights campaigner with Amnesty International Canada, said in a statement Thursday.“That’s why we are marking World Water Day by renewing our commitment to support the Indigenous water defenders leading these crucial and inspiring human rights struggles.”Amnesty says the 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia, the ongoing harmful impacts of industrial pollution at Grassy Narrows, and the construction of the Site C dam in B.C.’s Peace Valley all represent instances of environmental racism and threats to fresh water.In August 2014 the collapse of a tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley copper and gold mine sent roughly 25 million cubic metres of water and toxic mining waste into Quesnel Lake and other nearby waterways, where Amnesty says up to 25 percent of salmon in B.C. return to spawn each year.The long-term and full impacts of the 2014 Mount Polley mining disaster in Secwepemc territory is not yet known. File photo.On unneeded Secwepemc territory, the event represented the worst mining disaster in Canada’s history.“The loss of the salmon, for us as Secwepemc, is a matter of life or death for our culture,” Secwepemc Elder Jean Williams has said.Almost five years later, charges have yet to be laid and locals are still fighting a discharge permit that allows Imperial Metals to dump 10 million cubic metres of treated mining effluent into Quesnel Lake, even though the impacts of the 2014 disaster are not yet fully known.“We have already lost access to our land, traditional foods and medicines,” says former Xat’sull First Nation Chief Bev Sellars, who fight and lost a case against Imperial Metals subsidiary Mount Polley Mining Corporation, which operates the mine.“We can’t afford to sit back and watch more toxic waste being dumped into our sacred waterways.”Meanwhile, several hundred kilometres north, First Nations say the Site C hydroelectric dam threatens fresh water, fish and their communities’ livelihoods in the Peace Valley.In December the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) wrote a letter to Canada’s ambassador to the U.N., Rosemary McCarney, calling on the federal government to halt work on the controversial dam pending the outcome of a First Nations-led legal challenge to the project.“The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples control and use of their lands and natural resources,” CERD Chair Noureddine Amir wrote in the Dec. 14, 2018 letter.The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations launched a treaty rights challenge against the project in January 2018.The two Treaty 8 Dane-zaa Nations also applied for an injunction to stop work on the project in order to protect 13 site of cultural importance, but were rejected by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last October.Justice Warren Milman said in his ruling, however, that the treaty challenge trial be concluded by 2023, prior to the earliest possible date for reservoir flooding on the Peace River.West Moberly Chief Roland Willson has called Site C’s impacts cultural genocide.In Thursday’s Amnesty release he says his people are already “living with the harm caused by previous dams on the Peace River and now the B.C. government wants to take away some of the most critical cultural and ecological areas that are left for us.“There’s a good reason that this project has been condemned by the UN’s top anti-racism body. The only question now is whether the federal and provincial governments will listen and act.”CERD has given the provincial and federal governments until April 9 to show what it’s doing to halt construction of the $10.7 billion project.“It is the responsibility of resource development companies to respect human rights – and for our governments to swiftly act when they do not,” Amnesty said in its statement Thursday.Amnesty calls Site C a “planned disaster,” the Mount Polley mine disaster a “preventable disaster,” and the mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows “a disaster ignored.”A health study released last year links the effluent dumped by the operators of a mill in Dryden, Ont. into the English and Wabigoon river systems in the 1960s and ‘70s to a multitude of physical and mental health illnesses and conditions.“Despite the impacts on our community of decades of mercury poisoning, our incredible children and youth have demonstrated their resilience by drawing so much public attention to our struggle,” Grassy Narrows First Nation Chief Rudy Turtle says in Thursday’s release.“We need Prime Minister Trudeau to do everything in his power to join us in preventing more generations from bearing the brunt of this environmental crisis.”“It’s no coincidence that three of our highest priority human rights cases in Canada all revolve around contamination and threats to the rivers and lakes on which Indigenous peoples depend for their livelihoods and ways of life,” Scurr says.Amnesty says “it is the responsibility of resource development companies to respect human rights – and for our governments to swiftly act when they do not.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

PGE bankruptcy could mean price hikes unpaid fire lawsuits

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation’s largest utility won’t get all the money they may be owed.Here are some key things to know about the impact of the company’s financial situation:WHAT DOES BANKRUPTCY MEAN?PG&E says it can’t afford at least $30 billion in expected costs related to California’s deadly 2017 and 2018 wildfires. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy will allow the company to hold off creditors and keep providing electricity and natural gas service while it gets its finances in order.Richard Kelly, chairman of PG&E’s board of directors, said the reorganization allowed under Chapter 11 is “the only viable option to address the company’s responsibilities to its stakeholders.”While the filing wouldn’t make the lawsuits against PG&E disappear, it would consolidate them into a single proceeding before a bankruptcy judge, not a jury. That could buy the company time and prevent excessive jury verdicts.Bankruptcy also makes it easier for a company to take out new loans and sell off assets. PG&E, which also went through bankruptcy early 20 years ago, has been considering splitting off its gas division.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?The utility’s Monday announcement kicks off a 15-day period before the official filing, which is expected on or before Jan. 29.California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he wants to keep the bankruptcy from going through, but that it might not be possible. He’s put his chief of staff in charge of looking for solutions, with help from financial and bankruptcy experts.Lawmakers may not be so eager to prevent the bankruptcy, but they have other questions to answer, such as how to keep electricity rates from rising or ensure wildfire victims who win lawsuits against PG&E get paid.WHO ARE PG&E’S CUSTOMERS?San Francisco-based PG&E is the nation’s largest utility based on customers and revenue. It serves more than 16 million people with electric or gas service.It also serves an area with roughly three-quarters of the California land most vulnerable to wildfire, Newsom said, putting the utility in a unique position compared with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, two of California’s other largest utilities.PG&E customers could bear some of the cost from the bankruptcy as a charge on their power bills. PG&E customers still have a charge on their monthly bills from the utility’s 2001 bankruptcy.The bankruptcy judge will determine what happens to parties owed money by PG&E, but state regulators will still decide what rates customers are charged.WILL THE POWER GO OUT?Newsom stressed Monday that the situation is not the same as PG&E’s bankruptcy in 2001, when the state faced an energy crisis that led to rolling blackouts.“We are not in a position where we’re worried about the lights turning out,” he said.The earlier bankruptcy stemmed from rising electricity costs during a shortage caused by the state’s attempts at deregulating the power industry.Now, the company is filing for bankruptcy because of crushing wildfire liability costs. California officials have determined PG&E’s equipment caused multiple 2017 fires.State investigators have not yet determined what caused a blaze that swept through Santa Rosa in 2017 or the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and killed more than 40 people last November. But PG&E already faces lawsuits because it reported equipment issues around the time and place where last year’s fire sparked.PG&E is on the hook for major wildfire costs because California law makes utilities entirely liable for fires sparked by their equipment, even if the company didn’t act negligently.WHAT CAN LAWMAKERS DO?They tried to prevent a PG&E bankruptcy last year by approving a law allowing the utility to pass on some costs of the 2017 wildfires to ratepayers. It didn’t include a similar provision for 2018, which was a deadlier and more destructive wildfire season.State Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat who wrote the law, said lawmakers didn’t want to give PG&E incentives to stop focusing on safety.But now lawmakers are forced to confront a bankruptcy. State Sen. Jerry Hill, a PG&E critic, said it might be a good thing because PG&E as it exists does not have a record of safety.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fire breaks out in 22storey building in Bangladesh several feared trapped

first_imgDhaka: Several people were feared trapped in a 22-storey building which caught fire in Dhaka’s Banani area on Thursday in the latest blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon in the building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers. The actual number of people inside the building when the fire broke out was not known. “The fire broke out at FR Tower around 12:52 pm on Thursday,”Ataur Rahman, an officer of the Dhaka Fire Service Central Control Room, was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. “Twenty one firefighting units of the Dhaka Fire Service and Civil Defence are trying to douse the fire,” he said . Apart from the fire tenders, Bangladesh Air force helicopters and Navy commandos have been sent to the spot to douse the blaze. The blaze was such that over half a dozen people jumped off from various floors of the high-rise, while the ambulances on the ground immediately rushed them to the hospital, other senior officials at the spot said. While the actual reason behind the blaze was not known, eye witnesses and a government officer at the spot said that the fire broke out on the eight floor of the building and later spread to the other parts. However, fire service did not comment on what caused the fire. “Three units of Bangladesh Navy are working to tame the blaze. We have brought around 50 per cent of the fire under control,”Siraj, a Navy officer, said. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director Abdullah Ibn Zaid said that three Bangladesh Air Force helicopters are aiding the search and rescue operations, along with teams from the Bangladesh Army and Navy. “Many have taken shelter on the roof, and some are asking for rescue through windows, the paper quoted him as saying. The officials concerned have reported that several groups of people have already been rescued from the burning building. Last month at least 70 people were killed and over 50 injured when a fast-moving fire swept through an apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in Dhaka’s congested Chawkbazar area.last_img read more

AAP govt has no interest in development Puri

first_imgNEW DELHI: Had the ruling Aam Aadmi Party worked diligently in Delhi, it would not have been so much willing to firm up an alliance with the Congress, Union minister Hareep Singh Puri has said. The Union minister also rejected the AAP government’s claims of good work in the education sector, saying it has not opened any school since it came to power.Puri, who is the Housing and Urban Affairs Minister in the Modi government, sought to know the track record of the Arvind Kejriwal government in the national Capital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They (AAP) do not have any interest in development. They have different approach… Had they worked in Delhi diligently, they would not have been so much willing to firm up an alliance with the Congress,” Puri said. On Friday, AAP leader Gopal Rai said the Aam Aadmi Party is capable of defeating both the BJP and the Congress in Delhi and an alliance is possible with the Congress only when it will be done on 33 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress announced that it will fight the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi alone, but maintained that it is still willing to have an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party provided that the tie-up is restricted only to the national Capital. Puri also charged the Arvind Kejriwal with creating impediments whenever his ministry has sent any proposal, be it RRTS projects and Metro Phase-IV.last_img read more

Brock grad to represent Canada at creativity festival in Cannes

A Brock University graduate is headed to Cannes, France after winning a prestigious national marketing contest.Christian Di Vincenzo, a graduate of Brock’s Goodman School of Business (BBA ’13), won the Young Marketers division of The Globe and Mail’s national Young Lions and Young Marketers competition, putting him on an international stage next month at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity held annually in Cannes.The competition showcases the best of the best in marketing and advertising. Only those marketers who win first place in their national divisions make it to Cannes. The three-round Canadian competition was held over the past few weeks.Di Vincenzo works as a digital marketing consultant at Lexus Canada, where he leads the brand’s national digital marketing strategy while managing an internal team and external agency partners.Along with his Lexus colleague Olena Sapojnikova, Di Vincenzo developed and designed a pitch for the competition, answering a call to young marketers in Canada to create a marketing campaign that incorporated their companies’ brands and David Suzuki Foundation’s Superhero Challenge, an initiative to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.Di Vincenzo credits his success to his time at Brock, where he was actively involved in co-curricular activities.“Four key things from my Goodman experience have helped me in my career so far: co-op, international exchange, business competitions and Monster Pitch,” he said.Di Vincenzo was on winning teams at both the Monster Pitch competition and Nicol Business Plan Competition, competed at the prestigious Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition and went on an international exchange at the University of South Australia.“Co-op and competitions taught me how to think on my feet and come up with creative ideas,” he said. “Going on exchange and having these experiences has helped me learn to connect with people, which is ultimately the most important thing in marketing.“You have to understand how to connect with individuals and speak to their emotions, which is essentially what advertising is all about and what we do as marketers.”Working with their mentor, Mark Childs, chief brand officer of Samsung Canada, Di Vincenzo and Sapojnikova are now preparing for the final round of the competition. Nearly 15,000 delegates will gather in Cannes, where the coveted golden lion statue will be handed out to the contest winner. read more

NCAA reinstates Ohio State footballs Brown Hall and Howard

The NCAA on Tuesday reinstated Ohio State football defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard, according to an athletic department release. The release said that the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff decided the players can play after repaying $200 to a charity. Brown, Hall and Howard received white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. “The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” OSU athletics director Gene Smith said in the release. The release, sent by OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg, also said: “Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete’s involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions. The enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.” With Brown, Hall and Howard sidelined by suspension, the Buckeyes began their 2011 season with a 42-0 victory against Akron in the Sept. 3 season opener, as well as a 27-22 win against Toledo on Saturday. Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. The Buckeyes will next travel to Miami for a Saturday game against the Miami Hurricanes (0-1) at Sun Life Stadium. The 7:30 p.m. game will be televised nationally on ESPN. read more

No improvement in heart failure death rates since 1990s

first_imgBoth the incidence and prevalence of heart failure increase steeply with age, with the average age at first diagnosis being 76 and numbers are expected to increase as the population ages.The study was the first to provide survival rate estimates for heart failure in the UK based on the medical records of 54,313 heart failure patients.It found found 81.3 per cent survived for one year, 51.5 per cent survived for five years, and 29.5 per cent survived for 10 years, following diagnosis.Dr Clare Taylor, a primary care researcher said: “Getting an accurate estimate of heart failure prognosis is vital for those who commission healthcare services, so resources can be allocated appropriately.”Perhaps more importantly this allows patients to make more informed choices about treatments and possible end-of-life care.”While the survival rates were better than other studies, we disappointingly didn’t see any improvement over time.”We plan to do more work to examine why this might be the case and find ways to improve the outlook for patients with heart failure in the future.”While the study did not look at the effect of medication following heart failure on survival rates, it found that survival rate estimates vary depending on a person’s age, gender, other health conditions and blood pressure.These are all factors doctors should take into consideration when discussing heart failure with their patients.Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This is a slightly surprising finding as other similar studies have shown some improvement in the prognosis of patients with heart failure as new evidence-based treatments such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and in selected patients used of defibrillators and pacemakers have become standard practice.“Nonetheless, the study shows how devastating a condition heart failure is, with a prognosis that is still worse than many cancers, and that much more research is needed to improve its outcome.”The BHF are funding major initiatives in this area including its regenerative medicine centres, but we urgently need the public’s support in order to find new ways to treat this devastating condition.”The study was published in the journal Family Practice. By contrast cancer survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.Heart failure has a poor prognosis and will kill a fifth of those diagnosed within a year, half within two years and two thirds within 10 years.It is a common long-term condition affecting around 900,000 Britons and the second highest cost to the NHS for any disease after stroke.It happens when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly with a heart attack, high blood pressure or cardiomyopathy, diseases of the heart muscle, the most common causes.Other triggers are heart valve problems, alcohol or drugs, uncontrolled irregular heart rhythm, congenital heart conditions, a viral infection affecting the heart muscleand some cancer treatments.The condition is incurable and treatment aims to control symptoms for as long as possible and slow down progressionDrugs are prescribed to control blood pressure and help the heart pump while sufferers told to eat healthy, exercise and stop smoking and drinking.Others will be given a pacemaker or ICD. Heart failure still kills the same number of middle-aged Britons as it did nearly two decades ago, a new study warned.While medical advances has slashed the number of Britons dying from cancer, the same has not happened for those suffering from heart failure.The University of Oxford led study found between 1998 and 2012, survival rates for people aged over 45 with heart failure showed no improvement. Survival of heart attacks has improvedCredit:Alamy Cartoon of man with blood We disappointingly didn’t see any improvement over timeDr Clare Taylor, Oxford University 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_img read more

HexBright is the first open source flashlight

first_imgHere’s a new one. We’ve all heard of the term open source which is most commonly applied to software. The reality is that open source is a term applied to anything that can be engineered without any concerns about patent infringement. To that end, Christian Carlberg and Terry Cooke have designed the world’s first open source flashlight using open source mechanical and electrical designs in addition to software.Carlberg is best known for his engineering skills when it comes to building battle robots such as his Minion featuring a 14-inch saw blade. Now, instead of coming up with new ways to shred other robots, Carlberg has put his knowledge toward building a better flashlight. Cooke comes to the project with mechanical and electrical design experience from his work for NASA, as well as designing the 3D camera systems for the movie Avatar. It was Cooke’s expertise that helped put the “bright” into the HexBright according to Carlberg.The flashlight, called the HexBright, is made out of solid aircraft grade aluminum hex-bar stock, features a CREE XM-L super bright LED, will come in four colors and will be offered in two models. The HexBright Prime is 4.75 inches long and features a maximum output of 350 lumens. The flashlight is powered by 2 CR123A batteries and comes with three default modes including hi, low and flash. However, if you are looking for the Cadillac of flashlights then the HexBright Flex may be more up your alley.The HexBright Flex, which is slightly longer than the Prime model at 5.25 inches, offers a light intensity of up to 500 lumens which is five times greater than that of conventional LED flashlights. It is fully rechargeable through its micro-USB port thanks to its 18650 lithium-ion battery which is easily replaced. The Flex will ship with four default modes including hi, medium, low and flash, but one thing that differentiates it from other flashlights, besides its brightness, is that it can be re-programmed via USB. This allows the flashlight’s microprocessor firmware to be re-flashed when connected to a PC.The HexBright Flex will ship with easy interface software to program the flashlight, but the interface’s source code will also be provided. This will encourage the community to develop custom source code for it which will be supplied through the Hexbright.com website to allow users to swap and share lighting code. In regards to whether the HexBright models are waterproof, the Carlberg says that they are, “as waterproof as we can make it”, but he’s is still exploring the possibility of a cap for the Flex that you can screw off for sealing the USB port.Carlberg originally built a prototype of the HexBright Prime, but after conceiving the HexBright Flex he ran out of the money to actually make one. As a result, he turned to Kickstarter to fund the building of it while also using the opportunity to offer both HexBright models to the public. Carlberg had a goal of only $31,000 which would fund the manufacturing of 1000 HexBrights, but has now received pledges as of this week totaling twice that amount. As a result, Carlberg will use the extra money to put both HexBright models through tests to qualify them as “tactical lights.”The consequences of building a business model for a flashlight around open source is dependent upon what type of open source licensing is being used. A GPL license is a reciprocal licensing meaning that there are certain obligations around using it. For example, someone who distributes GPL software with their products would need to open source any of their software they ship with it. That could be the very reason Carlberg is offering the source code to re-flash the Flex since he may be falling into this obligation. A permissive license is less restrictive since there is no obligation to open source any product or application you may have just because you used open source.You can help fund the project, as well as receive one of the HexBright flashlights, by pledging $35 to receive a HexBright Prime or $60 to receive the HexBright Flex. Both pledge amounts include shipping within the USA. An additional $10 is required for shipping to Canada or $15 if shipped internationally. After the funding period is over, those who pledged an amount qualifying them to receive a HexBright will receive an email asking what color flashlight they would like. Carlberg currently estimates that he could possibly ship HexBright flashlights by the end of August.Read more at DeviceGuru and Kickstarter.last_img read more

TCI Caicos Express Airways force to cease operations in Salt Cay

first_img Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7th 2017 – Salt Cay – Caicos Express Airways has announced the suspension of service into Salt Cay effective today. The announcement came via a press release and explained that the airlines’ Aerodrome certificate, which expired on June 26th was not renewed by the Caicos Islands Civil Aviation Authorities.Caicos Express Airways revealed, “The Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Aviation Authority (TCICAA) decision not to renew the certificate is due to long term safety concerns relating to the condition of the runway surface and associate areas.”For years the depreciating condition of the airport’s runway has been of grave concern, yet no repairs were done. There has also been public outcry over allegations of Caicos Express receiving government subsidy despite canceling the route. As a result, the Civil Aviation Authority has made the decision to restrict public transport operation into Salt Cay’s aerodrome.The Turks and Caicos Islands Aviation Authority is yet to make a statement on the issue.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Malcom Barcelona players support Dembele

first_imgBarcelona forward Malcom revealed that both himself and the team are fully behind the under-fire Ousmane DembeleThe French striker hasn’t started for Barcelona since September and his troubles at Camp Nou have since been brought into the spotlight.Reports claim Dembele skipped a training session before the international break which left manager Ernesto Valverde fuming afterwards.The Spaniard then omitted Dembele from the team which lost 4-3 at home to Real Betis last time out in La Liga.However, Malcom insists that Dembele still retains the support of his team-mates.“[Dembele] is young, but we will support him in all situations to learn,” Malcom told beIN SPORTS. “I am too. We are supporting him from the dressing room.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Nothing is ever easy. Barcelona are the best team in the world,” he said. “It is difficult.“There are many players with quality, many who were at the World Cup, and you have to be patient, keep calm.“And when there are opportunities, you have to take advantage of them.”The Brazilian scored his first goal for Barcelona in their 1-1 draw at Inter Milan in the Champions League earlier this month.“Scoring in the Champions League gave me more confidence, strength and desire to continue,” said Malcom.“You have to work and fight until the end. I will not give up.”last_img read more

Parole grant reversed again for man who killed San Diego Police Officer

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Governor @GavinNewsomstops parole for @SanDiegoPD Officer Archie Buggs’ killer after District Attorney @SummerStephan urges reversal: https://t.co/9CMdXEelyy pic.twitter.com/eRuRb03HB8— SD District Attorney (@SDDistAtty) January 24, 2019 Updated: 6:08 PMcenter_img Parole grant reversed again for man who killed San Diego Police Officer Posted: January 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed a decision to grant parole to a gang member who was a teenager when he shot and killed a San Diego police officer in 1978, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Wednesday.Stephan had urged Newsom to reverse the state Parole Board’s decision of last August, saying Jesus Cecena’s parole would jeopardize public safety because he minimized the true execution nature of his killing.SDPD Officer Archie BuggsThen-Gov. Jerry Brown previously reversed Parole Board decisions to grant Cecena parole in 2014, 2016 and 2017.Officer Archie Buggs, 30, was shot four times after he stopped a car driven by Cecena, a gang member in the Skyline neighborhood who was 17 years old at the time. Cecena fired five times at Buggs, then paused, walked toward the fallen officer and fired a final bullet into his head at point-blank range.The officer died in the street, his hand still on his service revolver.“This defendant killed an on-duty police officer in cold blood and in spite of his claims to the contrary, he still lacks honest insight and remorse into this heinous crime,” Stephan said. “We appreciate the governor’s thoughtful analysis and ultimate decision to reverse parole and safeguard the public. Officer Buggs was one of the first African-American police officers in San Diego and he was a hero to his family, his law enforcement colleagues and to the entire San Diego community. We will continue to fight for justice.”In his decision, dated last Friday, Newsom said that Cecena — despite his many years of incarceration — still has not sufficiently explained his “callous actions” on the night of the crime.In 1979, Cecena was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Because he was underage at the time he killed Buggs, his sentence was reduced to a seven years-to-life term in 1982.Cecena’s next parole hearing is in February 2020. January 23, 2019last_img read more