HC indicts Goa govt. over failure to set up District Mineral Foundations

first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa this week slammed the Goa government over its failure to register the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) as trusts and failure to change the rules to operate funds of the DMFs in consonance with section 9B of the Mines and Minerals(Regulation and ) Act.It also criticised the State government for failing to bring this lapse to its notice.In its interim order on a Public Interest Litigation filed by Goa Foundation, a Goa-based environmental NGO, the High Court indicted the State government for failure to put in place and make operational a website of the DMF. It directed that the website be made functional within two months from the date of this order. The order said the website should contain all necessary details relatable to the task of the district. In any district Section 9B of the Act thus mandates the State Government to establish a trust, as a non-profit body, to be called the District Mineral Foundation(DMF) to work for the district affected by mining.The object of the DMF shall be to work for the interest and benefit of persons, and areas affected by mining-related operations in such manner as may be prescribed by the State Government.The Goa Advocate General gave an undertaking to the Court that the State is in process of amending/ framing the rules governing the constitution and functioning of the DMF to bring it in consonance with the MMRD Act, 1957 and to form a Trust.The court observed that it was clear that the present DMFs established for North and South Goa districts cannot be said to be in consonance with the rules framed by the State itself as well as Section 9-B which contemplates the establishment of trust. “Admittedly there is no such Trust. Such ad hoc assemblage put together by the State of Goa, under the banner of DMF, hardly has any legal sanctity. To make matters worse, the entire corpus of ₹180 crores is handed over in custody of such assemblage,” the court order said.The court further noted that it was concerned about the credentials of these two groups as the petitioner had made a grievance that the ‘Foundations’ have far too much representation from the mining industry in the State which is hampering the rehabilitation work. “We are shown the bio-datas received from the members of the North Goa Foundation. Perusal of the bio-data placed before us shows that this apprehension cannot be said to be unwarranted,” said the court, adding, “ It is clear that these randomly put together groups, operating without legal sanctity, cannot be entrusted with the public funds of ₹180 crore.”The High Court directed the District Collectors of both North and South Goa to forthwith take charge of the funds of the DMFs in their respective jurisdictions and directed that till further orders it will be the task of both Collectors to supervise the work of the Mineral Foundations. Further, it said that the Secretaries of the DMFs, who are ex-officio members of the State government, will co-ordinate with the District Collectors to achieve the objects of the foundations laid down in the Rules of 2016 and as contemplated in MMDR Act, 1957 and to spend the amounts available with the District Mineral Foundations. The High Court deferred the hearing till October 31.last_img read more

Ebola survivor II, Nancy Writebol: ‘We just don’t even have a clue what happened’

first_imgEbola nearly killed Nancy Writebol in July—and it also made her famous, which helped broadcast to the world that it needed to respond more aggressively to what had grown from a small outbreak into an out-of-control epidemic.Writebol, a clinical nurse associate, became ill with the disease while working for the missionary group SIM in Monrovia. She and her husband David spoke with Science on 24 September about a topic that has yet to receive much attention: How do health care workers who are trained to protect themselves nevertheless become infected with the Ebola virus? The Writebols also discuss how the outbreak grew into an epidemic, as well as the treatment she received both in Liberia and then at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.Q: Any idea how you became infected?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)N.W.: I don’t know how I became infected and how I contracted it. There are some thoughts about how I might have gotten it. Nobody is really sure, least of all me. I never felt like I was unsafe and I never felt like I walked into a situation where I was being exposed. I was on the low-risk side of things. I never was in the crisis or the Ebola center. I was always on the outside. I made sure doctors and nurses were dressed properly before they went in, and I decontaminated them before they went out. We kept a close check on each other about whether people felt safe.We had an employee who was doing the same job that I was doing. He got sick and I didn’t know he was sick. He didn’t tell anybody. He actually thought he had typhoid. The day that I started having symptoms, at least a fever, was the last day I saw him. He did have Ebola. He did not survive.I never remember touching him, although it’s possible he could have picked up a sprayer to decontaminate someone, and I could have picked up the sprayer. Or we touched the same thing. I never touched him.Q: You were educated about Ebola transmission?N.W.: Oh my goodness, yes.Q: Did you have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE)?N.W.: Yes, we did. It was my responsibility to make sure they were dressed properly in PPEs before they ever went into the isolation. I didn’t want any of our doctors or nurses getting infected. I mean, I saw people dying of Ebola. We had PPEs and followed every single protocol that [Doctors Without Borders (MSF)] had in their manual—and we had been trained by MSF.Q: Were you wearing PPE in your job, disinfecting doctors and nurses? N.W.: No, I was wearing gloves and a disposable apron. There were times I had a mask on. I was behind a line where I did the disinfecting. They were on one side of a line and I was on the other side. I never crossed those lines. We just don’t even have a clue what happened.I’ve often wondered if I was back there now, having been through the experience, what would I do differently. The only thing is I took temperatures of family members who would come to see patients. I never had to turn anybody away because they had a temperature, but it’s possible I might have come in contact with somebody on the outside who had Ebola and maybe shook a hand? Although we weren’t really shaking hands with anybody. Most people had a fear of even us. They felt like to be involved with Ebola, you had it.Q: On what date did you start feeling symptoms?N.W.: Tuesday, 22 July. That afternoon I started running a fever. I felt like I had malaria. I contacted an SIM doctor. We did a malaria test and it was positive. I had malaria medication at home, and I went home and I stayed home. I was weak. I had the headache. Had the fever. Those were my symptoms. I took malaria medications but was just not shaking the fever at all. On Saturday, our doctor came over and she said, “We’re just going to do the Ebola test to relieve everyone.” I was just thinking still malaria. They did another malaria test and it showed negative, because I had taken the medication. Then they did the Ebola test that Saturday morning, and Saturday night the result came back that I was positive.Q: Do you think you had malaria coincident with Ebola?N.W.: I did. I tested positive for it.Q: What happened next?N.W.: They left me at home for the next 10 days.Q: Was David there?N.W.: Yes. It’s just the grace of God that David did not come down with Ebola. For the whole 4 days that they thought it was just malaria, David did the cooking at our home. I just didn’t feel good. We were still sharing our bedroom. Our doctor was exposed and she had dinner with us the night she told us I had Ebola. I’d had malaria once that year. I knew what it felt like and it was so similar.D.W.: They isolated me after that. For a few days, I went in to see Nancy in a PPE. Our home became an isolation unit. Then they said, “We can’t let you do that anymore because you can’t get back to the United States by commercial aviation.” They kept me out.N.W.: Thankfully there was a window near where my bed was and David could stand outside and talk to me.Q: David, did you check your temperature every few hours?D.W.: Yep. I got close to 99.2° [37.3°C], but I realized after I took my temperature that I’d just had a cup of coffee.Q: What happened with Kent Brantly?N.W.: I got sick the 22nd and Kent on the 23rd. Kent was actually much sicker to begin with, and then I took a turn for the worse. Kent went out on Saturday the 2nd. I left August 4.Q: You and Kent Brantly both received ZMapp. Do you think it helped?N.W.: It’s given at three different times. I had two of the doses in Liberia, and the third at Emory. I don’t know that I can say when I was given the ZMapp it made a dramatic difference in how I was feeling. I think I was very, very, very sick, critically sick. I’m not saying it didn’t help—I do think it had some benefit to it—but it wasn’t this huge, dramatic “I had this ZMapp and now I can sit up and take a shower.”They give ZMapp via IV and they give it slowly and then turn it up a little. When they turned it up on me, my hands started itching terribly and then they turned it back down so I wouldn’t have a reaction to it. That’s the only thing I remember about the ZMapp.Q: Were you very ill when you left Liberia?N.W.: I didn’t know whether I would survive the flight.D.W.: I wasn’t sure either. She had to be carried into the aircraft. She didn’t walk in or walk off.N.W.: I was in PPE the whole trip back. And I was dehydrated. They were having a terrible time in Liberia finding a vein in which to run fluid. At one point they decided to try and do an IV into the bone. That was very painful. They don’t really know what happened, whether the needle bent when it went into the bone, but once they tried pushing fluid, it was excruciating and they decided to stop. When I got to Emory they just put a central line in.Q: Would you go back again and work in an Ebola treatment unit?N.W.: I’ve done some reading on that and talked to doctors at Emory about that. My doctors at Emory are not sure how long immunity would last. It’s not been studied. I’ve read that even if a survivor was willing and able to help with the care for Ebola patients, because there are so many strains of Ebola, it would still be very wise and necessary to operate in PPEs and not just assume you’re immune.Q: What do you think of your own role in this epidemic and the fact that it wasn’t until you and Kent Brantly became ill that the world began to take notice that something was seriously amiss?N.W.: Never in my life would I have dreamed this would happen. We’d been in Liberia for a year and had a doctor come into the country in March or April who laid out a graph of other Ebola timelines and how the disease had gone along in Congo and Uganda, and how it was just this steady little disease working its way along—and then it spikes and spikes again and grows into a mushroom. He overlaid where Liberia was on that graph. He made the observation that we had not seen the worst of it yet.D.W.: People were calmed down and thought it was over. In early June, Monrovia started getting the multiple cases from Foya [a town in the north that borders both Sierra Leone and Guinea, the two other hard-hit countries].N.W.: We hadn’t started to hit the mushroom at all. And then Samaritan’s Purse had an epidemiologist who came into the country who sat with us and said, “I went to Foya. You have not seen the end of this. It’s going to get bad.”D.W.: All along, we were concerned there was not a larger response. It’s the publicity that was generated from Nancy’s story and Dr. Brantly that woke things up. That was astonishing.Q: You knew it was wildly out of control?N.W.: I would have never predicted the numbers WHO [the World Health Organization] and CDC [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] are predicting now. I looked at that and thought, “Oh my goodness”; we had no clue it was going to go to that extent. You’re talking a half-million in Liberia alone.Q: What did you think of the media coverage of ZMapp?D.W.: Initially it seemed a bit sensational: This is the magic bullet. That’s what they do, they gravitate toward that, but they’ve also backed off that and had a more balanced approach. It’s promising, but don’t put too much hope into it until more studies are done.N.W.: I think they understand, too, that nobody really knows how much it helped. Because there were so many other things playing into it. There were blood transfusions. The other care given to us.Q: Did you have a blood transfusion?N.W.: I did. I had blood transfusions in Liberia and Emory. Neither was convalescent serum, though. There wasn’t a match.Q: How’s your health now?N.W.: I’m recovering. I’m regaining my strength. When I left Emory, I could hardly walk up steps at all. I have some neuropathy in my feet. While I was in Emory it was excruciating. They couldn’t even put sheets or blankets on my toes. That’s much better.I wear out easily. And of course there’s just the emotional side of it. I was on that job from the 11 June case, that first patient we had, to 22 July, and I saw about 40 people and we saw one survivor during that period of time. To watch the rest of those people die was difficult. I was dealing with some of their families and trying to encourage them and pray with them. To watch families watch their loved ones die, that’s hard, too.For a story about Ebola’s infection risk for health care workers, click here.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

EPFO may invest over Rs 6,000 cr in equity mkt in 2016-17

first_imgHyderabad, May 15 (PTI) Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may invest more than Rs 6,000 crore in equity market during the current financial year.The minister, however, said a final decision will be taken by the Central Board of Trustees at the next meeting.Last year, EPFO had invested about Rs 6,000 crore through SBI Mutual Funds two index-linked ETFs (exchange-traded funds) — one to BSEs Sensex and the other NSEs Nifty.”It (investments into ETFs) may increase over last year because it will yield benefits in the long run even if there is no benefit in the short term. Last year, we had invested Rs 6,000 crore. This year, we may invest more than that. There was discussion with bankers and investment managers and officials from BSE and NSE,” Dattatreya told PTI on the sidelines of a programme yesterday.The Finance Ministry had last year notified a new investment pattern for EPFO, allowing the body to invest a minimum of 5 per cent and up to 15 per cent of its funds in equity or equity-related schemes.However, the EPFO management decided to invest 5 per cent of its incremental deposits in ETFs only during the last year, the minister added.”Our ministry has prepared a report on the investment performance. We will study that report also. Based on that report, we will decide how much to invest in ETF and shares of PSUs. We will take a decision on whether to increase the investments in stock markets, and if so, how much,” he explained.advertisementAccording to Dattatreya, the pension body has so far invested Rs 5,800 crore in shares of state-owned oil companies shares. PTI GDK ARS ARD SDMlast_img read more

Six Russian weightlifters suspended for doping

first_imgRussia’s Weightlifting Federation has suspended six athletes for between two and eight years for doping based on the decisions of a disciplinary anti-doping committee, the official website of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said on Monday.The athletes suspended for eight years are silver medallist of the 2014 European Championship among juniors Yegor Ivanov and five-time champion of Russia Aminat Maskhadova, reports Tass.Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, the champion of Europe in 2014 among juniors, has been banned for two years. Larisa Kobeyeva, who won the world junior championship in 2014 in Kazan, and also Kseniya Kolomiyets and Anton Kotlayrov have been suspended for four years.Russia’s Judo Federation has suspended for four years the country’s champion in 2015 Pyotr Khachirov for violating anti-doping rules, the press service of RUSADA said.last_img read more

Mehbooba Mufti elected PDP president for 6th consecutive term

first_imgJammu, Dec 2 (PTI) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was today re-elected the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the next three years.Mehboobas election for the sixth consecutive term was unanimous, party leaders said.She thanked party leaders for “reposing their trust and electing me as their president”.”Will work tirelessly to fulfil our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K,” she wrote on Twitter.The PDP leadership met at the official residence of the chief minister here for the election of the party president.A law graduate, 57-year-old Mehbooba took the plunge into mainstream politics of the state in 1996 by joining the Congress, along with her father, at a time when militancy was at its peak in the state.She emerged from the shadow of her illustrious father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who founded the PDP in 1999, to head Jammu and Kashmir as the first woman chief minister of the state last year.”Under @MehboobaMuftis leadership, the party strives to carry forward its mission of holistic development and stability in Jammu and Kashmir,” senior PDP leader and sports minister Imran Raza Ansari said.The partys Twitter handle posted, “From grassroots politics to emergence as a beacon of hope for young & dis- empowered, your dynamism & all inclusive politics have set new benchmarks & changed the course of polity in subcontinent. May your leadership continue to steer us to newer heights.” PTI TAS SMNlast_img read more

Chris Webber To Serve As Michigan’s Honorary Captain For Penn State Game

first_imgMichigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard, guard Jalen Rose, and forward Chris Webber (l to r) look on during a game against the Indiana Pacers.8 Mar 1992: Michigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard, guard Jalen Rose, and forward Chris Webber (l to r) look on during a game against Indiana.He’s coming home. Former Michigan Wolverines star Chris Webber is returning to Ann Arbor this fall after a lengthy ban kept him from the university.Webber will serve as the honorary captain for Michigan’s game against Penn State. Set for November 3, the matchup will go a long way to determining which team will come out of the Big Ten East (Ohio State included).It’s a significant moment for Webber, who hasn’t returned to campus since he left following his sophomore year. After turning pro, Webber implicated in an NCAA investigation for accepting improper benefits from booster Ed Martin.Now, he’ll be back in a big way. Head coach Jim Harbaugh got the ball rolling when he invited Webber to a game earlier this year.Whether or not Webber will rekindle his relationship with the Fab Five remains to be seen.Regardless, he’ll be in attendance as the Wolverines hope to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive as the Nittany Lions come to town.last_img read more

New Sideline Video Of Urban Meyer vs. Michigan Is Going Viral

first_imgurban meyer on the sideline of the maryland gameCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Urban Meyer on the sideline against Maryland and Urban Meyer on the sideline against Michigan might as well have been two different people.The Buckeyes’ head coach looked extremely distraught on the sideline during the overtime win over Maryland.Then, against Michigan, he looked extremely different.Check out this video of Meyer reacting to a play in the first half:Look at the reaction by Meyer and OSU players after McLaurin plows for a first down. pic.twitter.com/lSLdZxn1fJ— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 26, 2018That’s not something you’ve seen from Meyer very much this season.Of course, Ohio State hadn’t been playing very well for most of the year, so it’s understandable for Meyer to be frustrated. Now, with the Buckeyes finally playing well – and on a massive stage – it makes sense for him to look a lot better.Ohio State now moves on to the Big Ten Championship Game, where it’ll face Northwestern.last_img read more

1000 children to receive access to inclusive child care

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced that 1,000 children with extra support needs will have access to inclusive child care with the help of SCD and ASCD programming.The funding is part of a three-year, $30-million investment through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada.The ministry says this funding, announced in February 2018, will reduce waitlists for inclusive child care and improves access to programs across the province for children with extra support needs. “Every parent wants the best for their child, yet many families with children who have extra support needs have been struggling for years to find quality care,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development.“This investment is a key part of our vision of affordable, quality child care for every B.C. family who wants it.”Supported Child Development (SCD) can include:One-On-One help for children who may need assistance during meals or to take part in activities with peers.Information and training for child care staff to help them make their programming more inclusive, such as creating a visual schedule to help children better understand their daily routine, or allowing children to begin their day earlier to be better oriented before the day begins.Working with families to link them to other local resources and support groups in the community, or to help them access medical and other needed services.The Province is investing more than $1 billion in child care over the next three years through Childcare BC, moving towards its long-term vision of a universal childcare system in B.C.last_img read more

Mayawati attacks govt over farmers cane dues

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Monday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over rising cane arrears to farmers,asking why it cannot act tough against the erring sugar mill owners. “How can the UP sugarcane farmers be happy and prosperous when their arrears amount to Rs. 10 thousand crores ? This is a matter to ponder on. Anti-farmers and pro-capitalist BJP government need not make wrong claims,” Mayawati said in a tweet. “Why is BJP not acting tough against the mill owners like the BSP government and getting all the arrears of the farmers cleared?” she asked. On Sunday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers and alleged that ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) were only working for the rich and are not bothered about the poor. She had also shared a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state.last_img read more

Rona to focus on customer service as it seeks turnaround from weak

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 12:44 pm MDT Rona to focus on customer service as it seeks turnaround from weak results AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Rona has vowed a better customer experience at its stores as the big home improvement retailer struggles to turn around results weakened by the poor economy and intensifying competition from U.S.-based rivals.“The customer experience will be our 2014 priority,” president and CEO Robert Sawyer said Tuesday during a conference call to discuss third-quarter results that missed analyst expectations as Rona also reported its 13th consecutive quarter of declining same-store sales.Among the areas that will be beefed up are basic things like hours of operation and employee training, he told analysts, acknowledging that the chain took its eye off the consumer experience as it dealt with pressing financial challenges.“It’s not rocket science. . . . we’re just trying to be pleasing to the customer,” Sawyer saidThe Quebec-based company earned $30 million or 25 cents per share in the period ended Sept. 29. Net income was up from $5.5 million or five cents a share from a year earlier, but down from $33.5 million or 28 cents per share in 2012 when excluding one-time items.Revenues for the summer quarter decreased 4.3 per cent to $1.17 billion from $1.22 billion due to store closures and a 2.4 per cent decrease in same-store sales, a key metric involving stores open at least a year.Rona (TSX:RON) said the decrease in same-store sales was affected by a sharp drop in Canadian single-family housing starts, particularly in Quebec where it earns nearly half its revenues. The company said Ontario and Western Canada performed well aside from 18 Totem stores in Alberta that are being rebranded with the Rona name.Store closures cut $18.2 million in sales while new openings added $3.5 million.The retailer has completed eight of 11 planned big box store closures in Ontario and B.C. announced earlier this year. The remaining three locations will be shuttered by year-end.Rona was expected to earn $39.2 million, or 30 cents per share, in adjusted profits on $1.25 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Sawyer said the results didn’t meet Rona’s own expectations but the company is delivering on elements under its control.It has achieved $63 million of its $110 million in planned cost reductions this year. The cost savings are mainly related to job cuts, the renegotiation of major administrative service contracts and store closings. About 30 per cent of the savings are to be reinvested in the company.A $21-million cut in selling, general and administrative expenses was more than offset in promotions which lower prices and reduced gross margins by $26 million.“In fact, for me, this is short-term pain for long-term gain,” he said, adding he’s confident of a turnaround.Sawyer said the free cash generated in the quarter and $214 million of proceeds from the sale of its commercial and professional market division put the company in “an excellent financial position” to repurchase up to 8.6 million common shares, or 10 per cent of its stock over the next year.Analysts have suggested that Rona shareholders need to be patient about a recovery for the company.“Overall a very tough quarter,” said Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity, who highlighted the weak same-store sales numbers.“I think the market likes the share buyback that the company announced…but I still think the company’s facing a lot of headwinds here going forward and we’re going to see a few more quarters that look like this,” he said in an interview.Dley said Rona continues to struggle amid tough consumer spending in Canada and increasing competition from U.S. players Home Depot and Lowe’s. While Rona’s same-store sales are in decline, Home Depot recently said its Canadian store numbers have improved.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Rona shares closed at a 52-week high, gaining 44 cents or 3.66 per cent, to $12.45.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the results “underscore the challenging macro environment and the challenge facing Rona as it works to rebuild its foundation.”“2013 best viewed as transitional year as new management team works to realign offering, pricing, cost structure,” she wrote in a report. read more

Paul Walkers daughter sues Porsche over fatal 2013 crash that killed Fast

by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 6:46 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over fatal 2013 crash that killed ‘Fast & Furious’ actor FILE – In this April 29, 2011, file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie “Fast and Furious 5,” in Rome. Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, has filed a lawsuit Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, against Porsche, claiming the sports car that her father was a passenger in when he was killed in late 2013 suffered from numerous design defects. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Paul Walker’s daughter sued Porsche for wrongful death Monday, claiming the sports car that her father was in when he was killed suffered from numerous design defects.The lawsuit filed by Meadow Rain Walker seeks unspecified damages for defects that her lawyers claim kept the actor trapped in the Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed and burst into flames in November 2013.Walker was on a break from filming the seventh film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise when he was killed. He was riding in the Carrera GT driven by friend and business associate Roger Rodas when the car spun out of control, struck three trees and burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita, California.The wrongful-death suit claims the car, which was marketed as a street-legal race car, lacked a proper stability control system and safeguards to protect occupants and keep it from catching fire after a collision.“Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,” the lawsuit states.An email sent to representatives of Porsche Cars North America was not immediately returned.The 18-page lawsuit includes a detailed recounting of the crash and contends that the Porsche was travelling 63 to 71 mph (101 to 114 kph) when it spun out of control.Investigators concluded the Porsche was going much faster — up to 94 mph (151 kph) — when it crashed.The investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash. That investigation was aided by engineers from Porsche, who evaluated the wreckage of the rare car.Meadow Walker’s lawsuit contends Porsche didn’t include a stability control system in the Carrera GT model Rodas was driving but includes it in other models. It also claims the car lacked proper reinforcements in its doors and used rubber fuel lines that didn’t break free to prevent a fire in a crash.Similar allegations of design and safety defects were included in a wrongful death lawsuit by Rodas’ widow, Kristine Rodas, that remains pending in a federal court in Los Angeles. Rodas was trained as a race car driver and was only driving 55 mph (89 kph), according to his wife’s lawsuit. He left behind two young children when he died.Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” film franchise, co-owned an auto racing team with Rodas named Always Evolving. Meadow Walker, 16, is the sole heir of his estate.Walker’s two brothers helped complete action scenes in “Furious 7,” which earned more than $1.5 billion globally after it was released in April.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP___This story has been corrected to show the title of the latest film is “Furious 7” not “Fast & Furious 7.” read more

Celtics Jared Sullinger Suspended One Game For Domestic Abuse

The Boston Celtics have decided to suspend forward Jared Sullinger for one game for a domestic violence arrest he was involved in on Sept. 3, the team announced Tuesday.The team’s statement reads: “The Boston Celtics announced today that they have suspended forward Jared Sullinger one game for his role in an incident that occurred on August 31, 2013. The suspension will be served during the team’s game at Toronto on October 30, 2013.‘Jared’s case was dismissed yesterday in Waltham District Court,’ said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. ‘While we are satisfied that this was the correct ruling, we are suspending Jared for one game because he failed to meet the high expectations we have for all Celtics employees.’The team will have no further comment on this matter.”Sullinger will miss Bostons’ opener in Toronto on Wednesday night.The domestic abuse charges were dropped Monday. read more

Surrey Police apologise after judgment reveals disclosure failings in Jonathan King sex

Jonathan King arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last yearCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA  Logs of complaints made by witnesses were not kept and decisions were based on inaccurate material.The judge said there had been a “widespread failure” to follow proper procedures and branded the approach taken by at least one officer “lamentable”.King, 73, from west London had denied 23 serious sexual assault charges against boys aged between 14 and 16, between 1970 and 1988. Jonathan King arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court last year Surrey Police said in a statement: “We recognise that there were serious organisational failings in the investigation, particularly in relation to disclosure process and we will continue to study the Judge’s ruling in detail.”The force said it has been a complex investigation involving an “enormous” amount of data, adding: “When the issues relating to disclosure became apparent we, with other members of the prosecution team, worked tirelessly in an effort to correct these errors. Birds solicitors, which represented King, said: “This case is yet another example of failings in the disclosure process.”It should be of great public concern that the numerous shortcomings in the disclosure process would not have been discovered but for the determination of the defence team.”King took to Twitter to confirm he had been found not guilty and blast the “false allegations” made against him. I can now confirm that I was found #NOTGUILTY of several false allegations last month; trial collapsed and jury dismissed; today the #Judge suggested the #CPS and #SurreyPolice abandon the further false claims and they have agreed to do so. No retrial. Sometimes the system works.— Jonathan King (@KingOfHits) 6 August 2018 The former Genesis producer was found guilty in 2001 of sex offences against five teenage boys in the 1980s and was released from jail in 2005 after serving half of a seven-year sentence.But the more recent police investigation was flawed from the outset.Surrey Police launched its investigation in 2000 but it resulted in no charges and was the subject of a review by Merseyside Police.As a result of that review, Operation Ravine was established in 2014 and King was arrested the following year.“It was imperative that the Operation Ravine investigation and prosecution was conducted with scrupulous fairness and efficiency in order to be seen to remedy the claimed failures of the past,” Judge Taylor said.“The disclosure fiasco shows that it has failed in its objective.” “We deeply regret that despite these efforts we did not meet the required standards to ensure a fair trial.”As a result, the evidence will not be tested by a jury and neither the complainants’ nor the defendant have their voices heard in court. For this we wholeheartedly apologise.”We recognise that for policing nationally, and at a local level, it is vital that we get disclosure right in order to ensure both the integrity of the criminal justice system and public confidence.”The force is commissioning an independent review of the investigation.The CPS said it would contact the complainants to explain its decision not to appeal the ruling.A spokesperson said:  “During the trial the police made us aware of issues with their handling of disclosure in the case.”We asked the court to dismiss the jury and worked with the police to remedy this ahead of a retrial.“We appreciate today’s decision will be upsetting for the complainants and will contact them to explain our decision not to appeal the ruling.“While we are satisfied the CPS handled the disclosure process appropriately and robustly in this case, there is an unprecedented focus from police and prosecutors to drive improvements in this area.” Police have “wholeheartedly apologised” for repeated, serious failings in the sex abuse trial of Jonathan King that allowed him to walk free from court.The disgraced pop mogul will not be retried over the historic allegations after his trial collapsed and was branded a “debacle” by the judge.Judge Deborah Taylor said Surrey Police made “numerous, repeated and compounded” errors over the course of its lengthy investigation into King, primarily on disclosure.She detailed the damning mistakes in a judgement released on Monday, weeks after she was forced to discharge the jury a fortnight into the trial at Southwark Crown Court.Rather than undertake a detailed review of more than 4,500 documents relating to the case, Surrey Police conducted a simple “keyword search,” the judgement reveals.Several “clearly relevant” items were left off the trial schedules while other key material was missed due to inaccurate descriptions. 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. read more

Prince Philip crash passenger who broke wrist claims police havent asked her

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on SundayCredit:Mark Cuthbert The scene of the crash, near Sandringham The scene of the crash, near Sandringham She added: ““There needs to be a decision as to whether Prince Philip and I are from the same walk of life or not, and we either receive the same treatment or we don’t.”I haven’t had a full medical check over yet, I just feel that his treatment or his experience hasn’t been the same as mine.”A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “In any collision investigation our priority is to ensure medical welfare is addressed in the first instance before taking any statement.”We can confirm arrangements were made on Friday (18 January) to take a statement from the passenger involved in the collision. This will take place tomorrow (22 January).“Further contact was attempted on a number of occasions over the weekend but unfortunately these were not successful.“Family liaison officers are not normally deployed for collisions of this nature. However, recognising the level of public interest in this case we felt it appropriate to provide additional support.“All family liaison officers give advice around handling media attention, and as part of this, it is made clear that it is a decision for the individual whether or not to speak to journalists.”Ms Fairweather was interviewed on ITV’s This Morning, following several interviews with the Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers.  The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018Credit:Peter Jolly Asked what she hoped for from officials, she said: “I think an acknowledgement, not so much any admission of responsibility, but that somebody who would like to talk to me about how difficult this is going to be for me.”I’ve had no support. The only support I’ve had is my very immediate family.”Neither party [the Duke or the second driver] have been forthcoming with very much information.”Asked about whether she had spoken to the Duke immediately after the crash, she said: “Somebody said he did try to but he was advised not to.”[But] I don’t think asking if you’re OK is accepting liability.”The Duke was photographed on Saturday driving a replacement Land Rover near to the Sandringham Estate, without wearing a seatbelt.  A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash with the Duke of Edinburgh has criticised police for their treatment of her, claiming she has still not been asked for a statement four days on.Emma Fairweather, 46, was a passenger in a Kia Carens which collided with the Duke’s Land Rover on Thursday, and has said she is “very upset” by the treatment she has received from police and Buckingham Palace. Claiming she has not even been asked to give a statement detailing what happened, she said she believed she was being treated differently to the Duke, who has since been photographed out driving again.Ms Fairweather has received a message of support from the Queen, delivered by a lady-in-waiting via a telephone message while she was away from home, but said of the approach of police and palace: “The support that I was offered initially hasn’t really been the reality for me.”I’ve had no opportunity to discuss this in any formal capacity.”I need somebody to understand that I still have medical concerns. I’m very worried that I haven’t been asked for a statement from the police. Her friend, the 28-year-old driver of the car Ellie Townsend, has chosen not to speak publicly, understood to be shaken by the experience after fearing for her nine-month-old baby son in the back of the car.Ms Fairweather claimed she has asked for car insurance details from Mrs Townsend “a number of times” in the aftermath of the crash, telling This Morning: “Finally yesterday afternoon I received a very formal email from her husband to share those details with me.” The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018 The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday “When I contacted the Family Liaison Officer to say I have a number of questions, he hasn’t been prepared to listen to those.” Ms Fairweather said she had been “very upset” after seeing the pictures, adding: “Of course accidents happen, but there needs to be a period of reflection on what could be done differently to prevent the same thing happening again.”It was highly insensitive and inconsiderate to me.” Mary Morrison, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, had telephoned Ms Fairweather prior to the interview, saying in a message: “Hello, I’m ringing from Sandringham House.”The Queen has asked me to telephone you to pass on her warmest good wishes following the ­accident and she is very eager to know how you are and hope that everything is going as well as can be expected. “We’re all thinking of you very much at Sandringham and I’ll try you at a later date. Unfortunately I’ve got to go out quite shortly but I hope all is well as can be expected for you. Thank you very much indeed. Goodbye.”A senior Palace aide has also spoken directly to the driver. read more

EHF CL Derby matches in Paris and Skopje

8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu7106183:230(-47)2 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601226:199(27)12 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7304179:182(-3)6 5. KS Vive Tauron Kielce7322214:202(12)8 GROUP D:Motor – Baia Mare 18Sunday:Skjern – Elverum 16.50STANDINGS: 5. HC Metalurg8206172:187(-15)4 6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214189:207(-18)5 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko7106184:200(-16)2 The VELUX EHF Champions League Round 9 weekend is on the way…GROUP A:MVM Veszprem – RK CELJE Pivovarna Lasko 16Besiktas MOGAZ – Orlen Wisla Plock 17PPD Zagreb – SG Flensburg 19PSG Handball – THW Kiel 20.45 2. Skjern Handbold7412198:182(16)9 GROUP B – SUNDAYRK Vardar – FC Barcelona 17.45Vive Tauron Kielce – KIF Kolding Kobenhavn 19STANDINGS: 4. THW Kiel7403206:187(19)8 4. HCM Baia Mare7331194:190(4)9 3. HC Vardar7502207:180(27)10 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7502211:189(22)10 6. IFK Kristianstad8206235:253(-18)4 1. FC Barcelona Lassa7511211:194(17)11 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn7106174:212(-38)2 GROUP C:FC Porto – Naturhouse La Rioja 18Meshkov Brest – Tatran Prešov 18 5. Vojvodina8206202:235(-33)4 3. Futebol Clube do Porto7502195:189(6)10 2. MVM Veszprém7511195:179(16)11 1. Naturhouse La Rioja7601218:184(34)12 2. HC Meshkov Brest7502225:184(41)10 4. MOL-Pick Szeged8503231:226(5)10 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen8512217:202(15)11 1. HC Motor Zaporozhye7502204:195(9)10 6. TATRAN Presov7106170:202(-32)2 3. Kadetten Schaffhausen8413223:216(7)9 6. Elverum Handball Herrer7115187:208(-21)3 4. Chekhovskie Medvedi8305215:231(-16)6 7. Montpellier HB8206211:231(-20)4 EHF CLhandball ← Previous Story MIZUNO World Handball Player 2015 reaches 100.000 votes! Next Story → THE END OF WINNING SERIES: Melsungen stop RNL! read more

Risk of heart problems from antidiabetes drugs is being overlooked experts warn

first_imgTRIALS OF GLUCOSE-LOWERING drugs are not taking potential heart risks into account, experts have warned.In a review published today in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, a range of heart and diabetes experts have reviewed evidence showing a link between drugs used to treat diabetes and heart attacks.There is already an increased risk of heart failure among those with diabetes.They note that while ‘major adverse cardiovascular events’ such as cardiovascular death, heart attack, and stroke are all taken into account in clinical trials of the drugs, it is not seen as a key factor when accessing the associated health risks.“Until heart failure is systematically evaluated in clinical trials, the cardiovascular safety of antidiabetes drugs will remain uncertain,” Professor John McMurray from the University of Glasgow, who led the study, said. Fortunately, some trials in progress are taking heart failure into account as a secondary outcome. But many others are neglecting to report this important complication as a key trial outcome.Diabetes Ireland say that the number of people with diabetes in Ireland is expected to hit 194,000 by 2015, a rise of 37 per cent from the 2007 figure.They say one in eight people over 60 has diabetes.Column: Fat isn’t funny anymore – not when it’s costing the country almost €4bn a year >Read: More than half of Irish people over 50 have two or more chronic diseases >last_img read more

Local cops plan to look for distracted drivers today

first_imgPolice from Clark County law enforcement agencies are planning extra patrols beginning today, looking  to ticket drivers distracted by their phones or other devices.The extra patrols are part of a statewide effort that lasts through April 14. The overtime is being paid by grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.Under the new “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics” (E-DUI) law, drivers may not hold cell phones or watch videos while they are driving, stopped in traffic or at a traffic light. This includes tablets, laptops, games, or any hand-held electronic devices. The law restricts hands-free use to a single touch.Local police departments from Battle Ground, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Washington State Patrol, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are participating.last_img read more

Jamaica tops USA in IAAF medal standings for second overall

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – Also from the athletics championships of noteworthy mention; in the medal standings Jamaica with seven gold, two silver and three bronze placed second in the medal count. Magnetic Media has been unable to confirm this as yet, but it may be the first time at a major track & field meet that a Caribbean country has topped the United States of America, which got more medals at 17, but less on the point spread of those medals putting them in third behind Jamaica, second and Kenya, which finished first in the medal standings at the IAAF World Championships which were held in Beijing, China. Related Items:IFFA, jamaica, medals, USA Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, – December 14, 2015 – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony held on December 12, 2015 at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected four awards, demonstrating the continued commitment to excellence of the brand and its resorts. “Sandals Resorts International is thrilled to continue its role as the world’s leading all-inclusive company,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “These awards are a testament not only to our company’s ongoing legacy of innovation, but the memorable experience our team offers guests every single day.” With a total of four trophies, Sandals Resorts International rose above other highly acclaimed hotel brands throughout the world. The Caribbean resort company’s top honors included: World’s Leading All Inclusive Company: Sandals Resorts International (20th Consecutive Year)World’s Leading All Inclusive Family Resort Brand: Beaches Resorts (18th Consecutive Year)World’s Leading All Inclusive Resort: Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (3rd Consecutive Year)World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company: Island Routes Caribbean Adventures (6th Consecutive Year)The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 for the express purpose of acknowledging and celebrating achievements in all areas of the world’s travel and tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region. For more information about these award winning resorts, visit www.sandals.com and www.beaches.com. Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again! Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Related Items:sandals resorts international, world travel awards Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Batman Captain America and Monty Python apparently worked for the US government

first_imgThe President’s annual economic report has a number of interns who have the names of superhero alter egos. Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images The 2019 Economic Report of the President lists many superhero alter egos as White House interns. Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Steve Rogers and even Aunt May are all included, as well as Monty Python member John Cleese and possibly the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones (it lists John Snow instead of Jon Snow).screen-shot-2019-03-19-at-1-44-40-pmThe 2019 Economic Report for the President features a list of interns, many of which have similar names to characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Screenshot by CNET This isn’t the first time characters with such fictional prestige have been interns according to the White House. The 2018 Economic Report of the President included Star Trek characters J.T. Kirk and J.L. Picard. (That’s James Tiberius Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.)We spot-checked the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2007 reports for superhero or famous interns but there were no obvious names.screen-shot-2019-03-19-at-1-50-43-pm2018 Economic Report of the President includes characters from Star Trek. Screenshot by CNET We reached out to the White House to try and ascertain how this came about, but they have not yet responded to a request to comment. White House Council of Economic Advisers responded via Twitter claiming it was intentional. Thank you for noticing, our interns are indeed super heroes! We’ve thought so all along, but we knew it’d take a little more to get them the attention they deserve. They have made significant contributions to the Economic Report of the President and do so every day at CEA.— CEA (@WhiteHouseCEA) March 19, 2019 It might be someone on the White House staff trying to troll the public or the administration. It could also be a way to beef up the number of actual interns, or placeholder names for interns who didn’t want to be named, although LinkedIn also lists some interns publicly. Another theory might be that those who refused to sign NDAs last month, as reported around the web, simply had their names removed in favor of more famous people.First published 2:10 p.m. PT. Updated 2:35 p.m. PT: Adds CEA response.  Politics Online DC Comics Marvel Star Trek Share your voice Comments Tags 4last_img read more