Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years. “That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Mood of the Nation January 2019: Complete findings

first_imgWho does India want as its next prime minister? Is India’s mood in favour of Narendra Modi? Or is a change in the country’s political order in the offing? Soon, the country will hold general elections that will provide definite answers to these questions.But before that, India Today brings you,Who does India want as its next prime minister? Is India’s mood in favour of Narendra Modi? Or is a change in the country’s political order in the offing? Soon, the country will hold general elections that will provide definite answers to these questions.But before that, India Today brings you the Mood of the Nation poll, an extensive country-wide survey that aims to gauge the nation’s, well, mood. The Mood of the Nation poll was conducted by Karvy Insights Limited from December 28, 2018 to January 8, 2019.The survey was carried out across 97 parliamentary constituencies in 194 assembly constituencies in 19 states. A total of 12,166 interviews were conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.69 per cent of these interviews were in rural areas while the remaining 31 per cent were carried out in urban areas. An additional 1,103 interviews were carried out in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the politically important state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends the most number of parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha.So, what is the nation’s mood? Here are the complete findings of the India Today-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation January 2019 poll.1. Mood of the Nation poll: If elections were held today, what would be PM Modi’s fate?2. Mood of the Nation poll: Will UPA storm back to power if elections are held today?3. Mood of the Nation poll: How will UPA fare with help from Didi, Bua and Bhatija?4. Mood of the Nation poll: If not Modi, who would be next PM of India?advertisement5. Mood of the Nation poll: Who can fill Narendra Modi’s place as PM from the BJP or the Sangh Parivar?6. Mood of the Nation poll: How has Narendra Modi’s performance been as PM?7. Mood of the Nation poll: From taking risks to sabka vikas, what voters think of PM Modi’s style of functioning8. Mood of the Nation poll: How satisfied are voters with the overall performance of the Modi government?9. Kya hua tera vaada: Only 33% Indians believe Modi’s Achhe Din have come for them, finds MOTN poll10. Mood of the Nation poll: 35 per cent say Narendra Modi helped Reliance Defence get Rafale deal11. Mood of the Nation poll: Amit Shah’s popularity as BJP president dips12. Didi jaisi koi nahi: Mamata most popular CM 4th time in a row, finds Mood of the Nation survey13. Modinomics losing favour with India, finds Mood of the Nation poll14. 46% feel black money has returned in form of new currency notes: MOTN poll15. Mood of the Nation Poll: Did demonetisation cause more pain or gain?16. Rahul Gandhi only PM choice from Congress, finds Mood of the Nation poll17. Mood of the Nation poll: 55% believe Rahul Gandhi can revive Congress’s fortunes in 201918. 53% feel mahagathbandhan will say yes to Rahul Gandhi as PM: MOTN poll19. Shiv bhakt Rahul foiling BJP’s Hindutva politics, finds Mood of the Nation poll20. 46 per cent feel govt not doing enough to create jobs: Mood of the Nation poll21. India gives thumbs up to farm loan waivers, 68% think it will solve farmer distress: Mood of the Nation poll22. CBI vs CBI row boosted people’s trust in agency, say 41% polled Indians: Mood of the Nation poll23. Mood of the Nation poll: RBI vs Modi govt compromised central bank’s autonomy, feel 43% polled Indians24. Bhai, bhai, bhai: Salman Khan is India’s Hero No. 1, says Mood of the Nation poll25. Deepika Padukone is Bollywood’s queen after Padmaavat: Mood of the Nation poll26. India bleeds blue for sportperson of the year Virat Kohli, finds Mood of the Nation poll27. No country for minorities in India, finds Mood of the Nation poll29. Equality over faith: India bats for women’s rights on Sabarimala, triple talaq in Mood of the Nation poll30. Where is the love: 62 per cent Indians say same-sex marriages not accepted, finds Mood of the Nation poll31. Mood of the Nation poll verdict on India-Pakistan relations: Where there’s terror, there’s no talks32. Mood of the Nation poll: What does India think about the availability of clean water, electricity?33. Home is where the heart is: Rajnath Singh best minister in Modi cabinet, finds Mood of the Nation pollWATCH | Mood of the Nation poll: India heading for a fractured mandatelast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp puts Gerrard on notice

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp puts Gerrard on noticeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Steven Gerrard to succeed him when he eventually leaves his post at Anfield.Reds legend Gerrard is the current Rangers boss, and has guided the Glasgow club to second in the Scottish Premiership, three points behind bitter rivals Celtic.”Kenny (Dalglish) and Stevie have both been a really big support from day one,” Klopp told Four Four Two.”Second, my position as a manager has nothing to do with the people around me. If Liverpool were to sack me tomorrow, then maybe Kenny would be the first choice to replace me, but they would probably bring Stevie down from Glasgow.”If you ask who should follow me, I’d say Stevie. I help him whenever I can. If someone gets your job, it’s not about them, it’s about you not being good enough.”I’m old enough to know that I give this job everything. I’m not a genius, I’m not perfect, but I give the club 100 per cent. If that’s enough, great. If it’s not, then it’s just the problem of the situation.” last_img read more

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Urban BBQ: Embrace Indoor Grilling With Kenyon’s City Grill

first_img The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar Of all summer possibilities, BBQing is easily one of the greatest. However, grilling is widely considered an activity that requires a large amount of space; many of us who live in apartment buildings, condos, or other urban spaces feel locked out of this kingdom. In reality, urban/indoor grilling is possible — especially if you get your hands on a City Grill from Kenyon. For help putting together an indoor grilling guide, we reached out to Mike Williams, the Grill Specialist for Kenyon.1. Get an Electric GrillCooking with an open flame is fine when you have miles of sky above you, but not so much if you live in cramped quarters. Since electric grills do not have an open flame, they’re legit for use in apartment and condos. Though you can use any electric grill on your balcony or building roof, or any indoor-grade grill (hello, George Forman!), we really don’t think you can do any better than the City Grill.“We noticed that there was a need for a safe grilling option,” says Williams. “We needed to make something that wouldn’t catch fire, and wouldn’t have any flare-ups or smoke. So we developed our City Grill, which eliminated all those drawbacks from grilling while giving the user the benefits of the grill marks, grill flavor, and the overall enjoyment of grilling.”The City Grill is small, portable, and easy to use. Williams goes on to extol the main benefit of the grill: “It’s the only grill that’s UL-approved for indoor and outdoor use, so people who live in an apartment can take it outside to the balcony, or if it’s cold out they can bring it inside, and use it the exact same way they would if they were grilling outdoors.” The City Grill is meticulously designed to give off very little smoke — definitely not enough to set off a smoke alarm (or your neighbors).Related: BBQ Trends Just in Time for Summer2. Evaluate Your SpaceEven if you don’t have a lot of space, you have enough for grilling, we promise you. You just have to make sure you’re realistic about the type and volume of grilling you can achieve. “For small spaces, you need to think about how much room you have to prepare,” says Williams. “The types of food that you would grill if you had a big backyard are probably not going to be as open to you.”Unfortunately, you won’t be able to cook multiple racks of ribs at a time, or stick a whole pork butt in the smoker and leave it in there all day. You’ll also need to think about your grilling capacity in terms of the number of guests you’re inviting — don’t make food for 40 people if you can only fit 10 into your tiny apartment.3. Have No FearThough grilling indoors presents some limitations, we urge you to push against those limitations as much as possible. Mike Williams shared an anecdote with us regarding the City Grill’s capabilities: “One thing people might not think they can do in a small space is ribs,” he says. “We actually won a BBQ competition against Jackson charcoal grills using our own grill to cook ribs, proving that indoor grillers can still achieve legitimate BBQ-style ribs.”Whether you’re into grilling steak, burgers, hot dogs, fish, veggies, pineapple, or literally anything else, a good indoor electric grill should accommodate your needs. The only limitation, which we mentioned above, is the volume of food. The City Grill even offers something that gas and charcoal grills can’t deliver: The ability to add flavor by adding any kind of beverage to the drip tray. “I put wine in there if I’m cooking steak, then take the wine out after I’m done and turn that into a nice little dressing over the steak itself,” says Williams. “You can put Sprite in there if you’re doing fish, or you can put beer in there if you’re doing burgers or brats. To get the smoky flavor you’d get from a charcoal grill, you can put some liquid smoke in the bottom.” Whichever liquid you choose, you can count on the flavor evaporating into your food during the cooking process.As a reader of internet articles, you probably don’t appreciate having products jammed into your face. Sorry about that. We wouldn’t do this to you unless we truly believed the City Grill was a great product, which we do, and it is. We will leave you with one more piece of indoor grilling inspiration, courtesy of Grill Specialist Mike Williams: “Don’t be scared of getting creative. There’s no reason to sacrifice the enjoyment of grilling whatever you want just because you live in a small space or an urban setting.” So get out there — or in there, as the case may be — and get grilling.The City Grill is available for sale at Kenyon’s website for $475 Become a Grill Master this Summer with the Best Grilling Accessories An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Knowlast_img read more

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DP Worlds UK Terminals Start Handling THE Alliances Calls

first_imgzoom DP World’s UK terminals have welcomed the first services from the Far East following a global shake-up of the world’s shipping lines. Inaugural calls of Asia/Europe services by THE Alliance, which comprises Mitsui O.S.K Line (MOL), Yang Ming, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), K Line and Hapag-Lloyd/United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), saw the 20,150 TEU MOL Triumph, the largest vessel to ever call at a UK port berth at DP World Southampton on May 11.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) arrived in Southampton as part of THE Alliance’s FE2 service.Southampton is the only UK port to be handling vessels on services operated by the three major consortia of 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance, according to DP World. All three alliances have started taking delivery of new ULCVs in 2017, capable of handling more than 20,000 TEU containers.The port is also expected to welcome 20,568 TEU Munich Maersk later this year.Furthermore, DP World London Gateway will see the first ever weekly Far East service arrive in the capital when the NYK Lloyd Don Pascuale berths on May 13. The ship will herald the official start of two weekly Asia-Europe service calls, coming just over a month after the port’s third berth opened to handle an increase in cargo brought about by THE Alliance’s Asia-Europe and transatlantic services, DP World said.Two Far East and two transatlantic services will call at London Gateway, effective from this month – THE Alliance’s FE3 and FE5 and AL1 and AL2.In March, members of THE Alliance announced that ten of their services will call at DP World’s container terminals at London Gateway and Southampton.“Welcoming MOL Triumph at Southampton and opening a third berth at London Gateway, as two Far East services begin calling, are significant and proud occasions for DP World in the UK,” Chris Lewis, UK Managing Director, DP World, commented.“It is an honour to be hosting one of the world’s largest container ships as it arrives in Northern Europe for the first time. And the start of Asia-Europe calls at London Gateway means the River Thames is, once again, a truly international port and shipping hub,” he added.last_img read more

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Province Announces 950000 in New Health Equipment

first_imgNew digital diagnostic imaging equipment in the Colchester East Hants Health Authority will allow area physicians and their patients to make faster and better treatment decisions. The Department of Health has invested more than $950,000 in new equipment as part of the Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS) expansion project. The project will replace nearly all film-based imaging in the province with faster, safer and more streamlined processes. PACS gives physicians instant access to results of diagnostic imaging tests including CT scans, X-rays and ultrasounds. The PACS system has been up and running in the Colchester East Hants Health Authority at both Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro and Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche since December 2005. “Our plan is to introduce new information technology across the province that will improve the quality of care and access to tests and treatment,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont, today, March 6. “In fact, the PACS system is already making a difference for patients in communities where it has been implemented, including quicker treatment decisions and the reduction of unnecessary travel for some patients.” The PACS system is currently in place in the districts of South Shore Health, Capital Health, Cumberland Health, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority and at the IWK Health Centre. These systems will be upgraded and enhanced to a common standard as part of the project. “PACS technology has enhanced our ability to care for our patients, by reducing the time it takes to process images and improving our ability to share images between departments and facilities,” said Sue MacEachern, vice- president of patient care in the Colchester East Hants Health Authority. “I would like to commend staff and physicians on a successful implementation.” Previously, if patients at Colchester Regional Hospital were transferred to another facility for care or referred to out-of-town specialists, it was necessary for their X-ray film to go with them. Films were later returned to the hospital for its records and future reference. Patients who were X-rayed at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital had their film sent to Colchester Regional Hospital the next day to be read by radiologists in Truro. This is no longer necessary. Now, images can be instantly transmitted to Truro to be reviewed and interpreted by the radiologists, reducing the turnaround time by as much as 24 hours. “Within our first week of operation I heard feedback from a physician in Tatamagouche who was impressed with the prompt turnaround provided through the new system,” said Allan Walsh, diagnostic imaging manager for the health authority . “Instead of waiting until the next day for the results, the physician had the radiologists’ report available within hours.” In addition to several new pieces of equipment in the diagnostic imaging department, additional workstations were added in the emergency department and in the intensive care units where physicians and other authorized staff can access digital images. The PACS expansion project is a partnership between the health districts in Nova Scotia, the Department of Health and Canada Health Infoway, a federal agency supporting electronic health record initiatives across Canada. The project began in 2004 at a total cost of $25 million. Canada Health Infoway funds 75 per cent of specific elements of the project that meet its funding criteria.last_img read more

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Flood situation in Assam remains grave

first_imgGuwahati: The flood situation in Assam continued to be grave on Friday with more than half of the districts submerged by waters of the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries, leading to the death of three persons and affecting 4.23 lakh people.The swirling flood waters have forced the railway authority to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section, Northeast Frontier Railway sources said. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority(ASDMA), the affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Baksa, Sonitpur, Darrang and Barpeta. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayBarpeta is the worst hit with over 85,000 people reeling under the impact of the floods, it said. The ASDMA said nearly 800 villages in 41 revenue circles are under water and about 2,000 marooned people have been put up in 53 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations. Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site, has been affected too forcing the authorities to set up road barricades on the national highway passing near it to limit the speed of vehicles, said Kaziranga divisional forest officer Ruhini Saikia. See P6last_img read more

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Commissioners named for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and

first_imgBy Dennis WardWINNIPEG – A National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will get underway next month.After a series of unexplained delays, the federal government announced details about the inquiry this morning, including the five commissioners who will head up the process.The commissioners are:· The Honourable Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner· Michèle Audette, Commissioner· Qajaq Robinson, Commissioner· Marilyn Poitras, Commissioner· Brian Eyolfson, CommissionerThe national inquiry will have a budget of 53.86-million dollars and run for a little more than two years, from September 2016 to December 31st, 2018.And for the first time, a national inquiry will be able to make recommendations across all juristictions.Buller, who will act as chief commissioner, was the first female First Nations member of the B.C. judiciary.Michele Audette is the former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Qajaq Robinson is an interesting choice for some. She practises general civil litigation with particular emphasis on Aboriginal law, She was born in Nunavut but is reportedly not Inuk.Marilyn Poitras is a University of Saskatchewan professor. According to her biography, her expertise and passion is around Constitutional and Aboriginal Law.Brian Eyolfson is an Ontario human rights lawyer.In response to the pre-inquiry recommendations, the government also announced today $16.17 million over four years for the creation of Family Information Liaison Units in each province and territory and to increase victims services funding to provide culturally-appropriate victims services for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and survivors of violence.More coming….last_img read more

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UN agriculture agency adopts new strategy to combat animal disease outbreaks

26 July 2010Strengthening measures to prevent and control outbreaks of animal diseases could result in the saving of large amounts of money for governments, the United Nations agriculture agency said today, announcing a new strategy to more effectively detect and combat the diseases. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said it had drawn on its experience in past animal health emergencies to develop the “One Health” initiative, which aims to improve global response to disease outbreaks, implement effective prevention and containment strategies and manage risks.The strategy, developed in collaboration with UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health, also includes boosting the knowledge of the causes of disease outbreaks in livestock production. FAO is requesting donors to invest in its suggested five-year initiative.Actions envisaged in the One Health initiative include: enhancement of disease early warning and detection systems; strengthening of capacity for surveillance and response; identification and assessment of disease causes in food animal production and natural resource management.Others are the strengthening of the capacity of public veterinary services in preparation, prevention and response to animal disease occurrence; assessment of the social and economic impact of diseases; associating private sector stakeholders with public sector action in livestock and wildlife health.The pandemic influenza viruses H5N1 and H1N1, foot-and-mouth disease, Rift Valley fever, and rabies are among the more recent animal disease outbreaks that have had an impact on human health and people’s livelihoods, FAO said in a press release.Land use, ecological dynamics including climate change, and expanding trade and trade routes are all posing new challenges to animal disease prevention and control, the UN agency warned, pointing out that the emerging threats are also related to increased urbanization and rising demand for meat, milk and eggs.“We are expecting the costs to human, animal and plant health of these pathogens, and their overall economic costs, to rise substantially over the next decades,” said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer.In the United Kingdom, for example, a 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was estimated to have cost the Government and private sector between $25 and $30 billion. The 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada is estimated to have cost between $30 and $50 billion.In developing countries, high impact trans-boundary animal diseases pose a direct threat to the food security, nutrition and income of rural communities that are dependent on livestock.The collective influenza virus gene pool currently circulating in humans, poultry, pigs and other animals is becoming more diverse with new strains of the virus across different hosts becoming increasingly common, according to FAO.Given the increase in urban food waste, an increasing number of scavenging animals such as dogs are roaming in urban spaces and human habitats. Certain wild species of animals are also thriving in urban environments posing new threats to human health such as rabies.As a result of human population increases, people are farming animals in locations closer to natural habitats, thereby increasing the risk of disease transmission between domestic animals and wildlife and thus affecting biodiversity and conservation efforts.“This is not science fiction,” said Mr. Lubroth. “The threats are very real. Deadly and economically devastating livestock epidemics have existed throughout history but there is no doubt that more pathogens are emerging – and spreading. The good news is, with the right policies, they can be better detected and contained,” he said. read more

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Fiscal austerity measures driving global economy towards recession – UN

“The vicious circle induced by fiscal contraction, weak financial institutions and financially fragile households is fuelling a crisis of confidence and holding back investment and job creation in the private and public sectors simultaneously,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development said in a policy brief published today.“The countries threatened by recession and deflation should avoid intensified austerity measures because these are unlikely to produce the intended outcomes and could propel the world into a renewed bout of recession, or even into an outright depression,” UNCTAD cautioned.The economic contraction will affect emerging and developing economies alike, it warned, stressing the need to prepare contingency plans.“Unless there is a rapid policy turnaround, the world is in danger of repeating the mistakes of the 1930s,” the agency added.The Group of 20 (G20) major economies initially seemed to recognize the threat of fiscal austerity to the global economy, but recent actions have not been consistent with that recognition, according to UNCTAD.“In particular, the fiscal restraint in the countries with current account surpluses and very low long-run interest rates in Europe, point precisely in the wrong direction. A fragile global economy has a significant interest in the implementation of expansionary, rather than contractionary, fiscal policies in key economies,” the brief stated.“Only the former can open a path towards lower fiscal deficits and falling public debt ratios. A ‘lost decade’ for the world economy would risk the development gains achieved during the recent years, and throw into question the ability of democratic governments to tackle the most urgent challenges of our age,” it added.Meanwhile, UNCTAD released its annual Handbook of Statistics, a wide-ranging survey of numerical information on international trade flows, commodity prices, maritime transport, and the economic performances of developing countries.Trends revealed by the publication include volatile prices for commodities since the beginning of this century and long-term economic gains by several developing countries between 1981 and 2010.China’s share of world exports in goods and services, for example, grew by over eight percentage points, and its share of global gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by nearly seven percentage points, according to the Handbook.Over the same period, the United States’ share of world exports in goods declined by 3.5 percentage points and its portion of global GDP fell by nearly 2.5 percentage points.Countries in the European Union saw a decline in services export share of eight percentage points for the period.Those statistics provide evidence of the growing prominence of developing economies in the global economy.The Handbook also shows that commodity price indices displayed record volatility from 2001 through 2010, climbing at an annual average rate of 12.2 per cent per year, a sharp change from the two preceding decades, when they increased by only 0.5 per cent per year (1981 to 1990) and then fell by 1.3 per cent per year (1991 to 2000).The price of rice, the most important staple food for a large part of the world’s population, showed the sharpest increases between 2001 and 2010, climbing by an average of 15 per cent per year. 19 December 2011Fiscal austerity policies being implemented by countries are driving the global economy towards a recession, the United Nations trade and development body warned today, stressing that greater attention should be paid to high unemployment, which it called a more pressing problem than budgetary deficits. read more

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Over 100 hospitalised

Hospital sources said that the people who were admitted were suffering from vomiting and tummy aches.Investigations have been launched into the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Over 100 people including children were hospitalized from suspected food poisoning in Dik-oya today, the police said.According to the police the people had fallen sick after consuming food at a Hindu temple in the area last evening.

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Athabasca Oil announces sudden departure of president from company

Athabasca Oil announces sudden departure of president from company AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2013 1:51 pm MDT CALGARY – Shares in Athabasca Oil Corp. hit a record low Monday after the company announced the abrupt departure of its president and a new executive committee to “refine” its operational performance.The stock sank as much as 9.4 per cent to $5.71 — a new low — but recovered somewhat to close down 34 cents or 5.4 per cent at $5.96.A company news release doesn’t say why Bryan Gould left the company. Calls to the company were not immediately returned.“We appreciate the many contributions that Bryan made during his time with Athabasca and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” CEO Sveinung Svarte said.Svarte is assuming the role of president.Athabasca said it has also formed an “executive operational and development committee.”“The committee is intended to refine the company’s operational performance plan, targeting top tier operational performance while incorporating operational flexibility consistent with corporate financing,” Athabasca said.Athabasca has been trying to form a joint venture for its Hangingstone oilsands property in Alberta, but so far a deal has failed to materialize.The fate of its Dover oilsands project, part of a joint venture with PetroChina, is also uncertain. PetroChina has the option of buying Athabasca’s 40 per cent stake in Dover for $1.32 billion within a month of the project obtaining regulatory approval. The longer the approval process drags on, the longer Athabasca has to wait to get that much needed cash infusion.Early last year, PetroChina bought the remaining stake in the MacKay River oilsands project for $680 million, which was also included in the joint venture. read more

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History repeats itself OSU exits NCAA Tournament following Sweet 16 falter

NEWARK, N.J. — For the second consecutive season, Ohio State exits the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 — and, for the second consecutive season, an SEC team showed it the door. Shooting a season-low 32.8 percent from the floor, the OSU men’s basketball team could not hold on, and fell to Kentucky, 62-60, on Friday in Newark, N.J., in the NCAA Tournament. “Some of the shots we missed are shots we have been making all year,” OSU senior guard Jon Diebler said. “It is one of those games you have to give them credit. … Those are shots that we make, and tonight they weren’t going in.” Though a 3-point basket from Diebler tied the game, 60-60, with 21.1 seconds left, Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight hit a jumper in the lane with 5.4 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats the win. “Today he struggled shooting, but he made that last one,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If we are in another game and it is late, that coach will know we’re playing through Brandon.” The final attempt by OSU junior guard William Buford was off the mark. After averaging 18 points in the Buckeyes’ first two tournament games, Buford had just nine points on a dismal 2-for-16 shooting. “Will got a great look off, and we had enough time to make a play on it if it didn’t go in,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I don’t know who it was that tipped it away from us.” The contest opened with poor shooting from both teams in front of a crowd of 18,343. OSU and Kentucky had hit only one field goal each when the whistle was blown for the first media timeout with 15:35 remaining in the half. OSU had three turnovers to Kentucky’s two during that stretch, but the Buckeyes led, 4-2. Though OSU shot just 30.8 percent from the floor in the first half, it was able to remain in the game by putting multiple Wildcats in foul trouble and connecting on 12 of its 15 free-throw attempts. The teams went to intermission knotted, 30-30. “Well,” Matta said, “one of those games where we had a hard time putting the ball in the basket.” Kentucky entered the locker room with 11 team fouls — including two on starters Knight, freshman forward Terrence Jones, senior forward Josh Harrellson and junior guard Darius Miller. The Wildcats’ sixth man, junior guard DeAndre Liggins, also had two fouls at the break. OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty was able to stay in front of Kentucky’s dribble-drive offense, and drew three charges early, including one on each of Kentucky’s two leading scorers, Knight and Jones. Foul trouble aside, Harrellson led the way for Kentucky early with 12 first-half points to go along with seven rebounds. The senior finished the game with 17 and 10, respectively. Overall, the Wildcats used a balanced attack as all six players who logged minutes scored. Liggins nearly matched Harrellson’s output with 15 points of his own. The teams traded baskets and played evenly for much of the second half as the score was 53-53 with 5:38 remaining in the game. With Buford struggling, the team relied on Freshman of the Year forward Jared Sullinger, who tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds, both game highs. Diebler added 16 for the Buckeyes, while Lighty had 12. Nothing the seniors could do made up for the team’s overall poor shooting. Lighty leaves OSU as the program leader in wins, with 128, and Diebler’s 374 made 3-pointers are tops in Big Ten history. “(We had) an incredible season, an incredible run for these guys,” Matta said. “I told them I never had a team like this, and, you know, these two guys (Diebler and Lighty), as seniors, were incredible.” The 19-for-58 shooting from OSU was good for more than 20 percentage points below its average in its first two tournament games. “It hurts,” Diebler said, “just because we felt we could — we could make a run at the championship.” The Buckeyes will be forced to watch the remainder of the NCAA Tournament from home as they follow Duke and Pittsburgh as No. 1 seeds to make an early exit. read more

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Eurovision votes buck the trend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sweden’s Mans Zelmerloew was crowned the 2015 Eurovision winner with the help of generous points from Australia and Greece on Sunday.Australia’s first (and sadly last) chance at voting saw 12 points awarded to Sweden, while Greece gave its 12 points to third placed Italy.It was one of the first times Greece shied away from its usual 12 points to Cyprus, known for voting with a political angle rather than for song choice. It didn’t shy too far away though, with Greece giving Cyprus its second place with 10 points.Cyprus also bucked the trend and gave its 12 points to Italy, with Sweden and Greece getting its 10 and eight points repressively. Interestingly, both the Greek and Cypriot acts were performed by Cypriot nationals, with Maria Elena Kyriakou for Greece and John Karayiannis for Cyprus. Australia’s votes were very on trend with the eventual final rankings. All of its 10 votes were for the top 10 artists, with Sweden, Russia and Italy getting Australia’s 12,10,8 points respectively.Sadly Greece nor Cyprus were handed a bone by the Australian vote, despite many Greek Australian fans casting votes in the early morning of Sunday.The fan vote only accounts for 50 per cent of the final vote for the countries taking part. A national panel decides on the other 50 per cent, a measure recently enacted to stop block voting by political allies.After being given a place in the song contest as a special one off thank to our love of the competition, Australia’s Guy Sebastian took to the stage and charmed audiences, managing a very respectable fifth place.It was awarded 12 points by Austria and Sweden, while the UK and Norway gave us 10 points.Greece and Cyprus awarded Australia five and four points respectively. last_img read more

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Rougeole lépidémie saccroît dans les groupes dâge sujets à complications

first_imgRougeole : l’épidémie s’accroît dans les groupes d’âge sujets à complicationsFrance – L’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) a fait état d’une “augmentation significative” du nombre de personnes touchées par l’épidémie de rougeole parmi les moins de 1 an et les 20-29 ans. “C’est un constat préoccupant car les complications sont plus sévères dans ces groupes d’âge”, a souligné l’institut. Depuis le début de l’année 2009, deux personnes touchées par la maladie sont en effet décédées suite à des complications. L’Institut de veille sanitaire rappelle que le vaccin contre la rougeole est fortement recommandé, notamment chez les plus jeunes sujets.En décembre 2009, l’épidémie aurait connu une léger regain d’activité après deux pics épidémiques en février et juin 2009. Le nombre de cas annuel aurait d’ailleurs doublé par rapport à 2008 : selon un bilan provisoire, 1.525 personnes atteintes de rougeole auraient ainsi été recensées par l’InVS. 1.313 seulement connaissaient leur statut vaccinal et, sans surprise, 83% n’étaient pas vaccinées.Le 11 mars 2010 à 10:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Oregon fines local man 1 million for alleged fraud

first_imgOregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency said Tuesday it has imposed a $1 million civil penalty against a Vancouver man for violating securities laws.The Department of Consumer and Business Services also ordered Shelby H. Bell and his companies — Hobo Prince Economic Project LLC and Be’Rio Transports LLC — to stop doing business in the state.The agency says Bell was not licensed to sell securities in Oregon and the investment was not registered with the state. Bell’s Hobo Prince Economic Project promised investors a return of $900 a week for seven years, according to the agency.He also invited investors to bid on assets worth more than $1.8 trillion that he claimed to own, including an International Bill of Exchange reportedly worth $357 billion, an electric generator worth at least $150 billion and a children’s book worth between $50 million to $175 million domestically and more than $1.25 billion globally.“While no investors apparently have made money, Bell in less than a year attracted more than $187,000 from at least 7,480 people in multiple states and U.S. territories,” the agency said in a news release.last_img read more

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The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is down to 300 Update Sold out

first_img Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 is premium without the big… Laptops Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Tags The Cheapskate Tent mode, tablet mode, stand mode (pictured) and laptop mode — the Chromebook Plus V2 does them all. Sarah Tew/CNET Chromebooks aren’t perfect for everything, but they’re awesome for a lot of things. And Samsung makes some excellent Chromebooks, though you usually pay a premium for their premium models.Not today: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Two-in-One laptop is just $299.99, a full $200 off the regular price. Pro tip: Ebates is currently offering a 3-percent rebate on Samsung purchases, which would save you an extra $9.See it at SamsungThe Chromebook Plus V2 is a Celeron-powered two-in-one, meaning it offers both laptop and tablet modes — and a few in between. It features a 12.2-inch screen, a built-in pen for drawing and note-taking, a pair of USB-C ports (plus a Type-A USB as well) and a 13-megapixel “world-facing” camera. Now playing: Watch this: Comments Amazon Bluetooth Samsung Share your voice 12 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 1:31 Although it’s normally priced at $500, the Chromebook Plus V2 has only 32GB of onboard storage — not uncommon given that the Chrome operating system relies heavily on cloud storage, but still less than one might expect. Thankfully, it’s easily expandable via a microSD slot and the aforementioned USB ports.Other dings include a non-backlit keyboard and the lack of an onboard HDMI output. Those aren’t deal-breakers, they’re just annoyances.To get a more complete picture of the system, read CNET’s Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 review. It’s based on that $500 price tag, of course, and takes the system to task for not quite living up to that premium price.But for $300? I daresay the machine would score at least another half star, if not a full one.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: You know I can’t resist a good Bluetooth-speaker deal. Today, there are two I can’t resist.vava-voom-23Go ahead, listen in the rain. Vava First, for a limited time, and while supplies last, the Vava Voom 23 rugged waterproof portable speaker is just $16.99 with promo code YBPVQSBY. Regular price: $35.See it at AmazonThe Voom 23 is IPX6-rated for protection against water, dust, drops and the like. It’s not submersible, but splashes won’t hurt it. Vava promises up to 24 hours of playtime, and over 300 buyers “promise” a 4.4-star speaker experience.coke-speaker Daily Steals Next up: If you like your speakers novelty-style, or you just really like Coca-Cola, this is pretty sweet.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Coca-Cola Bluetooth Speaker and FM Radio for $13.99 with promo code CHPSKTCOLA. It’s $18-$19 elsewhere.See it at Daily StealsSo, yeah: It’s a Coke can! And a speaker. And an FM radio. There’s also a line-in jack and even a microSD slot (here referred to as a TF-card slot).I wouldn’t expect top-notch sound quality, and I suspect the radio doesn’t let you store presets — it’s probably a seek/manual-tune situation.But as novelty speakers go, this one seems pretty cool.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! last_img read more

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CCTV appears to show Parsons Green bomb suspect

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:23Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:22?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … CCTV footage appears to show images of the Parsons Green bomb suspect on his way to plant the device. The images were filmed in Sunbury, where a home was under police investigation. CCTV appears to show Parsons Green bomb suspectcenter_img Closelast_img read more

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Khaledas fake birthday celebration destroys dialogue atmosphere Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader alleged on Tuesday that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has destroyed any atmosphere for a national dialogue by celebrating “fake birthday” on 15 August.Speaking to newsmen after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi 32 in the morning, Quader further alleged that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson thwarts democratic process by observing “fake birthday” on 15 August.“By celebrating this birth day, she [Khaleda] is destroying any atmosphere for dialogue. According to her marriage certificate and passport, 15 August is not her birth date,” claimed Quader, also road transport and bridges minister.The AL general secretary mentioned that AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to Khaleda’s Gulshan office to visit her after the death of her son Arafat Rahman Koko.“But, Khaleda declined to meet her [Hasina]. A congenial atmosphere would have been created had Khaleda met the prime minister on the day,” claimed Quader.last_img read more

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Special Ed Experts Raise More Questions About Controversial DataMining Company

first_img X 00:00 /01:14 PexelsSince 2004, Texas has discouraged schools from enrolling more than 8.5 percent of all students in special education. Now lawmakers have banned that practice.More concerns are emerging about a company awarded a $4 million no-bid contract to mine special education data in Texas, based on the company’s previous work in Louisiana.News 88.7 obtained a copy of that report by SPEDx, which experts say raises serious questions about their methods and findings.“What jumped out at me is that it seemed counter to much of the research that has been done nationally,” said Randy Soffer, with the University of St. Thomas.SPEDx_Louisiana-reportSoffer pointed to national research that shows children with disabilities do better academically and socially when they’re included in general education classes. But SPEDx found that in Louisiana, students made more progress when they were more isolated in special ed classes.Soffer added other concerns include how SPEDx based its findings only on standardized test scores — instead of including student work, individualized education plans and more qualitative analysis — and how it focused on how to save money.“If they were to replicate what they did in Louisiana here in Texas, I would have major concerns,” Soffer said. “Again, based on the methods that were used, the limited data that was analyzed, how it was analyzed. I just think there are a lot of concerns here.”Texas has already been scrutinized nationally for limiting special ed services.Sabina Duhon, a speech language pathologist, echoed many of the same concerns, especially since Texas has already been scrutinized for limiting special ed services.She said for speech therapy, the report took a standardized approach instead of what individual students need.“I think Texas is moving backwards if they were to make determinations about children and whether they should be eligible for services or not, if they go by this report. This report is cost-cut analysis at best,” Duhon said. “It diminishes children as individuals. It looks at them as a stereotypical group rather than the unique children that they are. I believe it would cut the number of special education even lower.” Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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