Bhubaneswar-bound Air India plane returns to Mumbai after smoke in cockpit

first_imgAn Air India flight from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar with 155 passengers on board returned to the city after being airborne for about 35 minutes after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit on Monday afternoon.A spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) told The Hindu that a full emergency was declared at 2.30 pm for Air India flight AI 669 — which went airborne at 2.14 pm from Mumbai for Bhuvaneshwar — returning due to suspected smoke in cockpit. “The aircraft has landed safely. The emergency has been withdrawn,” the spokesperson said.Airline sources said that the aircraft had been taken to a remote bay where Air India’s engineering staff would examine the aircraft. Efforts were on to accommodate the passengers on to another aircraft for their flight to Bhubaneswar.An Air India spokesperson in a statement said, “AI 669 received pushback at 1.45pm. The flight got airborne​ around 2.15 pm and returned​ to Mumbai at 2.50 pm. All 155 passengers are safe. Initially, the local authority declared an emergency. But it was later withdrawn. The flight is on ground. Another aircraft is ready and all the passengers will depart by new aircraft at 4.15 pm.”last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan hold nerve to win thriller vs gutsy Afghanistan

first_imgPakistan survived a mighty scare from Afghanistan, but emerged victorious by 3 wickets in their Super Four clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Shoaib Malik hit an unbeaten fifty, his 42nd of his ODI career, to see Pakistan through in a tense chase of 258.Malik with calm and composed batting eventually trumped the inexperience in the Afghanistan team, as he took Pakistan home with three balls to spare.Pakistan required 10 runs from the last over and Malik dispatched pacer Aftab Alam for a six and four after playing a dot ball.Pakistan vs Afghanistan – HighlightsWickets kept falling for Pakistan with star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan yet again proving his utility with a three wicket haul but Malik held his nerves to keep one end tight.Our Man of the Match, @realshoaibmalik with his trophyMore #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo Official (@TheRealPCB) September 21, 2018Pakistan though got off to the worst possible start when Fakhar Zaman was sent back in the first over of the innings by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.The pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam then came together for a mammoth 154-run partnership to steer Pakistan’s boat to safety.Imam-ul-Haq was run out in the 34th over but had managed to score 80 from 104 balls (his second ODI fifty) as Babar Azam too followed him within two overs. Babar also reached his 8th ODI fifty (a 94-ball 66).In walked Malik and along with the likes of Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz and finally Hasan Ali saw Pakistan across the line.advertisementMan of the moment, @realshoaibmalik #PAKvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo Official (@TheRealPCB) September 21, 2018Earlier, Hashmatullah Shahidi (97) missed out on his maiden ODI hundred by just three runs after skipper Asghar Afghan hit a combative 67 off 56 balls as Afghanistan scored a fighting 257 for.Shahidi needed a boundary off the last ball to complete his century but Hasan Ali denied him the milestone with a incoming yorker which the left-hander could not put away.With his skipper Asghar, Shahidi shared a match-changing 94-run stand for the fourth wicket.Shahidi shifted gears with ease after largely remaining patient in his unbeaten and career-best knock which came off 118 balls. He was bowled off a no ball when he was on 76 in the penultimate over.Five of his seven boundaries came during the last 14 balls of the Afghan innings.Asghar had joined left-handed Shahidi at the crease after left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3/57) removed the top three Afghan batsmen — Mohammad Shahzad (20), Ihsanullah (10) and Rahmat Shah (36).In his 67-run knock, Asghar showed both aggression and patience and Shahidi was determined, holding one end tight.Asghar chose right deliveries to go for big shots, hitting five sixes and two fours.Shahidi and Asghar were tested by the Pakistan pace duo of Hasan Ali and Usman Khan but they refused to be intimidated by the raw pace.They were sensible in defending and leaving the balls which moved after pitching outside off stump. They kept the scoreboard ticking with pushing and nudging the ball around.Breakthrough not coming, Pakistan captain Sarfraz handed the ball back to Nawaz but Asghar creamed off 11 runs from his over, hitting a four and six, to end the long boundary drought.Both the batsmen completed their half-centuries in the 40th over, bowled by young left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi.With few overs left, Asghar started hitting each everything thrown at him and was bowled by Afridi after being dropped by Haris Sohail in the 42nd over.Pakistan will play their next Super Four game against India on Sunday.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

EBRD Takes Stake in Turkish Cruise Port Operator

first_imgzoom The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it was investing in a minority stake of the Turkish port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) in a move to boost the company’s operations.GPH has eight ports in five countries in the Mediterranean and Asia Pacific region and it is an arm of Global Yatirim Holding AS (Global Investment Holdings) which operates in the infrastructure, real estate, energy and financial services sectors in Turkey.“The proceeds of the Bank’s investment will be used to finance the company’s future investments in ports in countries where the EBRD invests. Global Ports’ expansion abroad will promote integration among ports and create network synergies, as well as helping to further consolidate the company’s position in the international market,” EBRD said in a statement.As a shareholder, the EBRD intends to nominate a member for the board of Global Ports to help further advance the company’s corporate governance.An international listing is planned for 2016-18 and is expected to deepen capital market development in the Turkish port and infrastructure sectors, paving the way for other infrastructure companies in the country to list their shares.“I am honoured to follow the footsteps of the founder of GPH, Gregory M. Kiez, by welcoming the EBRD as our partner, which will support our expansion plan, especially in the cruise port arena where our company is the leading operator worldwide,” said Mehmet Kutman, Chairman of Global Ports.The Bank started investing in the country in 2009 and in 2014, Turkey became the leading recipient country of the EBRD, with new investments worth €1.4 billion.To date EBRD has invested over €6 billion in Turkey through close to 160 projects in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, industry and finance.last_img read more

CMA CGM Strengthens AsiaEast Coast South America Links

first_imgzoom French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America. Starting from January 20, 2017, the SEAS1 service will directly connect China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.Twelve containerships ranging from 8,700 to 9,400 TEU will be deployed in the service, in partnership with COSCO, Evergreen Lines and Yang Ming, according to CMA CGM.The SEAS1 service will have the following port rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Navegantes (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Rio Grande, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos (Brazil), Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai.Having commenced on January 12, 2017, the SEAS2 line directly connects South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.In partnership with Hamburg Süd, CMA CGM has deployed thirteen 8,700-10,500 TEU boxships in the service.Port rotation of the SEAS2 service is: Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan (China), Singapore (Singapore), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Itapoa (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), Rio Grande, Navegantes, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong-Kong (Hong Kong), Busan.last_img read more

Many Happy Returns

first_img Gift receipts are a simple way to reduce gift-giving stress. Some retailers can print a duplicate receipt with just the item details, excluding the price you paid. These receipts are great for items like clothing. If you buy the wrong size, the recipient can exchange the item for the right size without knowing how much you spent and without seeing your credit card or other payment information. If you are shopping online, be sure you know who you are dealing with. Order well in advance of Christmas and be sure to get complete purchase information including delivery dates and arrangements as well as the company’s return or cancellation policy. Also, be sure to print all web screens that are relevant to your online purchase. For more information about online shopping protections, see the website at . Keep your receipts. A valid receipt increases your chances of an even-value return. Retailers will rarely offer a refund without a receipt because they can’t be sure of the date of the sale or how much you paid for the item. If the item went on sale, you may only receive credit or exchange value for the sale price when you have no receipt. Gift certificates allow family and friends on your list to pick out something they really want and are a great way to avoid the hassle of returns. As always, start shopping early. Take advantage of sales throughout the year. You will have a better chance of getting something that everyone on your list will like. The joy of the holidays. Your holiday season to-do list and giftgiving ideas can be extensive but, in the end, the smiling facesof family and friends make it all worthwhile. Except when they aren’t smiling. Sometimes the gift that you thought was going to be perfect, isnot quite so. Here are some things you can do before and afteryour purchase that will help make your gift giving efforts asuccess:center_img Repairs are often done instead of refunds or exchanges on large expensive items. This is usually explained in the product warranty. Read it carefully. Items such as this often come with a manufacturer’s return policy which may override the retailer’s. Check return policies. Although retailers are not required to take back items you have purchased, most do have return policies. Because each store and product is different, it is important to understand return, refund and exchange policies before making your holiday purchases. For more information on consumer protections visit the ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations Consumer Information websiteat or phone 1-800-670-4357. -30- The first few days following Christmas are usually very busy for retailers. Some stores may not even offer refunds or exchanges at this time. It is best to call the retailer before heading to the store so you don’t have to wait in long lines and can avoid the crowds.last_img read more

Fire Marshals Partner Award Announced

first_imgAdministration, students and staff in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board are being recognized for their excellence in fire safety management and planning. The board is the 2006 recipient of the Fire Marshal’s Partner Award. The award is given each year to the school board that best meets its responsibility to ensure fire safety in schools. Deputy fire marshals and representatives of the Department of Education evaluated fire safety plans for 10 schools in each school board throughout the province. An inspection of the school and grounds was also conducted as part of the fire safety audit process. “I want to congratulate the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for its continued commitment to fire safety,” said Nova Scotia fire marshal Bob Cormier. “The school inspection and review of the fire safety plans showed a high degree of knowledge and preparedness by all schools in the board.” Mr. Cormier also congratulated the other school boards in the province for their increased awareness of fire safety procedures, their efforts to keep exits and hallways clear at all times and the reduction of combustible material on walls in schools. Mr. Cormier presented the award today, Sept. 25, to the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board at the annual school boards’ safety conference in Truro. “I am very proud of how the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and its schools are instilling a sense of fire safety in its staff and students,” said Mike Sweeney, senior executive director of public schools with the Department of Education. “These are potentially life-saving lessons.” The Nova Scotia school system is a leader in fire safety management and planning. All schools are required by law to have a comprehensive fire safety plan in place. Routine inspections of schools in the province are conducted.last_img read more

Budget 2012 Continues Strong Fiscal Discipline

first_imgFinance Minister Graham Steele tabled the 2012-13 provincial budget today, April 3. This budget illustrates that the government’s fiscal plan is working. “This budget reflects strong discipline and follows through on the government’s commitment to make life better for families in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Steele. “Through good management, we have restored sense to the province’s finances. Getting back to balance has not been easy, but now a balanced budget is just one year away.” “We have many reasons to be optimistic about our province’s economic future and Budget 2012 supports the game-changing opportunities that lie ahead.” Key initiatives include: The 2012-13 budget projects a deficit of $211.2 million. This is slightly better than the $215.8 million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Revenues for 2012-13, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $9.3 billion, an increase of $391.7 million over the 2011-12 estimates. Total expenses for fiscal 2012-13 are budgeted at $9.5 billion. Departmental expenses are budgeted at $8.5 billion, up $189.9 million from 2011-12. The 2012-13 budget will reduce the provincial tax rate for small businesses for the third year in a row. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the rate of corporate income tax for small businesses will drop to 3.5 per cent from four per cent. The small business tax rate, which was five per cent in 2010, was lowered half a percentage point in both 2011 and 2012. These decreases represent a 30 per cent drop in the small business tax rate. Eligible small businesses can apply this rate on the first $400,000 of taxable income. This budget also outlines changes to personal income tax, which will return $7.5 million to about 78,000 Nova Scotian taxpayers this year. The dependent amount and spouse amount will increase to $8,481 to match the basic personal amount. Additionally, the disability amount will increase to $7,341. These changes will be in effect for the 2012 tax year. As reflected in March’s 2011-12 forecast update, the province’s spending came in below estimate. This is the first time since at least 1967 that this has happened three years in a row. Continued restraint and good fiscal management will result in a $260.8-million deficit for 2011-12, an improvement of $128.8 million from the budget estimate. Nova Scotia’s overall net debt is estimated at $13.3 billion as of March 31, 2012, $457 million less than was estimated in April 2011. The province’s debt-to-GDP ratio, a widely used indicator of fiscal health, continues to get better. It now stands at 35.2 per cent. For more information on the 2012-13 provincial budget, visit investing in the jobsHere plan to help businesses be more productive, innovative and competitive reducing the small business tax rate for the third year in a row providing modest income tax reductions for tens of thousands of Nova Scotians supporting low-income Nova Scotians by increasing the Income Assistance Personal Allowance, the Nova Scotia Child Benefit, the Affordable Living Tax Credit, and the Poverty Reduction Credit providing Better Care Sooner through investments in Collaborative Emergency Centres, hospitals and treatment options, and mental health and addictions helping seniors stay in their homes longer, and investing in the new Kids and Learning First plan and increasing the per-student funding to its highest level ever.last_img read more

An old favourite joins battle for most valuable company

first_imgA funny thing happened in the competition to be the most valuable public company in the U.S.Apple became the first U.S. company valued at $1 trillion in August, and Amazon briefly joined it a month later. With Apple selling phones for more than $700 a pop, on average, and more and more consumers shopping on Amazon, it was no surprise that those companies rose to the top of the value chain.Then came October and November. Both companies issued cautious outlooks for the holidays amid a downturn in the stock market and investors dumped their shares, opening the door for a third player.Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment, has eclipsed Amazon and is close to passing Apple in market value. Around midday Thursday, Apple’s value topped Microsoft’s by just over $2 billion: $847.6 billion to $845.2 billion. Amazon was back to $820.8 billion.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple would have been unheard of just a few years ago.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts.Microsoft even momentarily passed Apple in value on Monday, the first time in eight years it was more valuable than the iPhone maker. Apple has been the world’s most valuable firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft hasn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Wall Street analysts are encouraged by Microsoft’s growing cloud-computing business while a bit concerned about a slowdown in Apple’s phone sales. Research firm Canacord Genuity lowered its price target for Apple to $225 from $250 on Thursday, while maintaining a “buy” rating. Apple shares have fallen from around $225 in early October to below $180.That 21 per cent decline has allowed Microsoft to again be a contender for most valuable company. Microsoft shares have dropped only 4 per cent in the same time frame, a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.The Associated Presslast_img read more

New UN report urges greater efforts to improve child survival in Africa

26 November 2008Africa, and particularly sub-Saharan Africa, remains the most difficult place in the world for a child to survive, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which also calls for greater efforts to improve the lives of the continent’s youngest citizens. UNICEF’s inaugural report “The State of Africa’s Children 2008” complements the agency’s annual flagship publication, “The State of the World’s Children,” and outlines some of the recent achievements in child survival and primary health care in Africa.With only 22 per cent of the world’s births, sub-Saharan Africa now accounts for half of all under-five deaths, according to the report, which was launched yesterday in Nairobi by former President of Mozambique Joachim Chissano.The report shows that in 2006, five million African children died before reaching their fifth birthday, an average of 14,000 a day. Sub-Saharan African countries accounted for nine out of the top 10 countries with the highest under-five mortality rates in the world. Between 1970 and 2006, sub-Saharan Africa reduced its under-five mortality rate by just one third. The report urges all stakeholders – including governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and the private sector – to unite behind the goals of maternal, newborn and child survival.“In the whole report the need of uniting efforts and solidarity is a common feature,” stated Mr. Chissano. “It is now time to renew our commitment and efforts towards child survival and health. Together we can succeed in our quest to achieve social justice and sound health for the African children.”He called the report “an excellent blueprint” on how to accelerate the attainment of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the internationally agreed targets for eradicating poverty and other social ills by 2015.If sub-Saharan Africa is to meet the MDG of reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, an annual mortality reduction rate of more than 10 per cent is needed over the next eight years. “It is clear that we need strong political will from each African Government,” said UNICEF Regional Director of Eastern and Southern Africa, Per Engebak. “There is no cause more important than ensuring our children survive and thrive with the best start in life.” read more

Judge agrees criminal can go on summer holiday before he is sentenced

Admitting to serious crimes usually lands lawbreakers straight in prison. But one lucky man has been allowed to spend a week in the sun on holiday before he faces his sentence.A judge in Wales has agreed to delay the sentencing of Colin Watson, 51, by a matter of weeks as he prepares his remarks.Judge Jeremy Jenkins agreed that Mr Watson, from Pontypool, can go on the holiday he booked to the Canary Islands in the meantime, warning him to come back and face prison, as he told him: “Don’t let me down”.But reacting to the “bizarre” turn of justice, campaigners have suggested that it would confuse the process to allow a criminal to go on holiday and that it sends mixed messages to victims of crime.On Monday the 51-year-old pleaded guilty to five offences, including possession of cocaine and a stun gun.Cardiff Crown Court heard how the defendant was caught by police with cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis in Newport Town Centre whilst armed with a stun gun and an extendable baton in October last year.Mr Watson admitted to possession of a prohibited weapon, having an offensive weapon, and possession of cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis on High Street, Newport on a Saturday. “It’s also a bizarre message to send to victims of all crime who are concerned about sentencing in this country.”Judge Jenkins said: “You have pleaded guilty to a number of very serious matters.”I am trusting you. Don’t let me down.”Mr Watson will appear in court on May 31 instead.A spokesman for the judiciary said: “Judges take different factors into account when sentencing or setting a timescale for sentence.”  The five counts all carry strict penalties, with possession of Class A drugs, cocaine and ecstasy, each carrying a sentence of up to seven years in prison, or an unlimited fine, or both.Possession of a weapon capable of discharging a noxious thing, or a stun gun, also carries a maximum of 10 years according to the Crown Prosecution Service.But Mr Watson was spared an immediate prison sentence after his defence barrister, Hashim Salmman, asked Judge Jenkins for time to prepare a pre-sentence report, which was turned down by the judge.At the plea hearing, Mr Salmman also asked for permission for his client to travel on his pre-booked summer break to Tenerife before being sentenced.“There are unusual circumstances. He has a background worthy of exploration,” said Mr Salmman.Judge Jenkins responded to the unusual request by setting a new date for the 51-year-old’s sentencing as “an act of mercy”.But the unusual events in this case have been described as “extraordinary” by campaigners who feel it is confusing to allow Mr Watson to travel abroad.Harry Fletcher, the victims’ rights campaigner, said: “It is quite extraordinary and virtually unprecedented in my experience for a judge to adjourn sentencing of a convicted serious offender to allow them to go and enjoy a holiday. 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

Macedonian star Elena Gjeorgijevska will miss EHF EURO 2012

The biggest Macedonian handball star right now, right back Elena Gjeorgijevska is seriosly injured during the match between Budućnost Podgorica and Zvezda Zvenigorod 29:21 at the opening Round of VELUX EHF Champions League. She broke ankle in the fifth minute of the match and has to be operated in the next days, what mean that she will miss rest of Preliminary Round matches and for sure, Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia next December. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL start: Budućnost, Gyori and Larvik began the race! Next Story → Swiss NLA: Kadetten fails to win again, only 32:32 at home against Stäfa EHF EURO 2012Elena GjeorgijevskaElene GjorgievskaWomen’s EHF EURO 2012

World Handball Referee 2017 – Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen

Danish referee’s pair, Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen, is the best in the world of handball in 2017! For the second year in a row organized the Contest for the WORLD HANDBALL REFEREE 2017, based on opinion of handball journalists from all over the world and handball fans, who voted in the last two weeks and added their votes to existing number of points given by the expert’s jury.VOTES (cumulative number given by journalists / fans):Gjeding – Hansen 41+10 = 51Geipel – Helbig 42 + 5 = 47Sabroso – Raluy 41 + 1 = 42FANS’ SUPPORT:World Handball Referee 2017? Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen (Denmark) (67%, 985 Votes) 10 points Martin Gjeding and Mads HansenWorld Handball Referee 2017 – Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen Oscar Raluy and Angel Sabroso (Spain) (3%, 39 Votes) 1 Total Voters: 1,464WORLD HANDBALL REFEREE 2016 – Nacevski / Nikolov (Macedonia)JURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Rici Gjamovski (, Macedonia)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Jozsef Simon (Nemzeti Sport, Hungary)Piotr Karpinski (NC TV, Poland)Johan Flinck (Aftonbladet, Sweden)Dražen Pinević (Sportske Novosti, Croatia)Jasmin Tajić (Oslobodjenje, Bosnia and Herzegovina)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)HANDNEWS TEAM (, France)Yuki Hattori (Japanese Handball Magazine, Japan)Sergey Novikov (PRESSBALL, Belarus)Rui Guimaraes (O Jogo, Portugal)Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou (, Greece)Igor Grachov (Komanda newspaper, Ukraine)Tarif Girgin (, Turkey)Luca Zadra (, Italy)Sascha Staat (Kreis Ab, Germany)Sergey Prigolovkin (, Russia)Sreten Raskovic (Arena Sport TV, Balkan)Hernan De Lorenzi (Handball De Primera Radio, Argentina)Rasmus Boysen (Hballtransfers, Denmark)Peter Bruun (EHF, Denmark)Handbollskanalen TEAM (Sweden)Johannes Hahn (ORF, Austria)Nikola Nikolić (VIJESTI, Montenegro)Dean Shmuel Elmas (Sport 1, Israel)Života Bogdanović (, Serbia)Walid Belaid Oui (Tunisia)JURY MEMBERS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICAOur goal that handball world gets a public and fair contest for the World best players of the year, since 2010 received a big support from the parts of handball globe. WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2017 Jury is consisted of the people with their names and CV’s with the clear aim to get opinion from different countries, continents, handball schools and traditions. Our Jury members are famous handball specialists in their countries, which coming from the biggest media (Marca, TV 2 NO, Globoesporte, Aftonbladet), but also from specialized websites and newspapers as Handball Woche,,,, Handbollskanalen, Stregspiller…WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2017 – PARTNERSCREATIC – HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2018 – ← Previous Story Raul Gonzales is World Handball Coach 2017! Next Story → DKB Bundesliga derby: RNL walkover Fuchse Berlin! Lars Geipel and Marcus Helbig (Germany) (30%, 440 Votes) 5 read more

Column Are political families healthy for democracy

first_imgTHIS WEEK, THE newly elected TD from Meath East, Helen McEntee, gave her maiden speech in Dáil Éireann. The 26-year-old was elected in a March by-election that resulted from the tragic death of her father, Shane McEntee. While many in Ireland then offered their sincere congratulations on what must have been a bittersweet victory to Deputy McEntee, who holds a degree in politics and worked with her late father for two years, the reaction of others wasn’t as positive.The gist of this reaction was that she was elected almost solely because of her family name and the Meath East electorate’s sympathy for the McEntees. Additionally, a deeply offensive question was posed by one Sinn Féin councillor: “Isn’t it amazing that the McEntee family can put their grief aside to keep their snouts in the trough?” Although he was rightly condemned in virtually every quarter, there is no doubt that others share this point of view.Not the first Irish politician whose electoral success owes something to surname or tragedyHelen McEntee’s candidacy surely benefitted from widespread name recognition and sympathy under difficult circumstances. She is far from the first Irish politician whose electoral success owes something to surname and/or tragedy, however. The Lenihans and Cowens are leading examples of two such political families. And indeed, the present Taoiseach was first elected to the Dáil at age 24 after the untimely passing of his father, Henry Kenny TD, in 1975.The political family is not unique to this country. In the US, political families are equally prominent. The Irish American Kennedys are the most well-known political family of the 20th century. President John F Kennedy was not the first in his family to enter American political life.  His maternal grandfather, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, was Mayor of Boston and a major player in Massachusetts Democratic politics. And of course, the late US Senator Edward Kennedy and the late Attorney General and US Senator Robert Kennedy were elected to office in the years immediately following their brother’s election and assassination. The Kennedy tradition is carried on today by recently elected US Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.Bush and Clinton legacies live onMoreover, the Bush and Clinton families have dominated American politics for the past quarter century. Even now, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is still said to have White House ambitions and his son, George P Bush, is a candidate for statewide office in Texas next year. Hillary Clinton is likely to seek the presidency again in 2016 and, rather intriguingly, Chelsea Clinton said last month that she is open to running for political office in the future. There are also local and regional political families throughout the US.Clearly then, political families are a fact of life on both sides of the Atlantic. This reality gives rise to a vitally important question: are they healthy for democracy? This is a complex, multi-layered question that is not amenable to easy answer but, based on personal experience, I can shed some light on why I believe it is that those from political families tend to become involved themselves–  and on why I believe it would be healthy for democracy in Ireland and in the US to have more political families.Politics is in our bloodI come from a Boston Irish political family. My great uncles were Boston city councillors and held other statewide offices in Massachusetts; my uncle was a Massachusetts state legislator and US Congressman; my father worked on a number of political campaigns and declined several requests to stand for office himself. As such, the discussions at our family gatherings are invariably about politics and civic life.To this day, the telephone conversations I have with my father back in Boston revolve around political speculation or post-election analysis of vote totals – ward by ward and precinct by precinct.  It may seem strange, yet it feels absolutely normal. It is in our blood. And now, Irish politics keeps me doubly busy.We are probably over the top. By contrast, however, I’ve had nowhere near the same amount of meaningful discussions with other families here or in Boston about politics and civic life. Most that I have had are typically characterised by virulently anti-politician sentiment, an understandable by-product of always looking at the process from the “outside-in.”There’s no reason why we all can’t help shape the future of this countryIt’s unfortunate that so many people choose not to get involved. The importance of political and civic engagement is one of the things I stress over and over again to my law students. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be involved to the fullest extent in helping to shape the future of this country.Accordingly, I’m delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm – on the campus of NUI Galway and at other third level institutions in Ireland – of the youth wings of all the political parties and of the numerous student groups working strategically to create a better country in a variety of ways within and without the political system. I am especially inspired by those students who indicate that their families are relatively apolitical and/or disengaged. I hope this activist impulse stays with them and they create new political families. In so doing, they needn’t necessarily seek elective office themselves.I think a multiplying of the number of political families would be a most welcome development. Having more families for whom politics and civic life are a central part of their own, and not just somebody else’s, lives would be very healthy for democracy everywhere. For one thing, I believe more people would recognise that snide comments about active citizens from political families are actually quite unfair.Larry Donnelly is a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist for To read more from Larry for click here. Read: Helen McEntee describes first day in Dáil as “emotional”>PIC: The world’s most exclusive club holds a rare meeting>last_img read more

Comment le hibou peutil faire pivoter complètement sa tête sans dommages

first_imgComment le hibou peut-il faire pivoter complètement sa tête sans dommages ?Publiant leur étude dans Science, des chercheurs américains ont mis en évidence les adaptations du squelette et des vaisseaux sanguins qui permettent au hibou de tourner la tête presque indéfiniment sans risquer un accident vasculaire cérébral.Beaucoup de personnes sont victimes du ‘coup du lapin’ ou d’une torsion excessive du cou, qui peut endommager leurs vaisseaux sanguins et provoquer un accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC). Le hibou, lui, n’a pas ce problème puisqu’il peut facilement faire pivoter sa tête de près de… 270 degrés !Or, “jusqu’à présent, les spécialistes de l’imagerie cérébrale, comme moi, qui traitent les blessures humaines causées par un traumatisme des artères de la tête et du cou, ont toujours été perplexes quant aux raisons pour lesquelles les rapides mouvements de torsion de la tête [chez les hiboux] ne laissent pas des milliers de ces oiseaux raides morts sur le sol de la forêt”, a déclaré le Dr Philippe Gailloud, de la Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland).Pour résoudre cet irritant mystère, lui et son équipe ont injecté un colorant dans le sang d’un de ces rapaces (déjà mort de mort naturelle), rétabli artificiellement le flux circulatoire dans le corps de l’animal, puis fait pivoter son cou. Ils ont alors observé des particularités inattendues : sous cette torsion – qui couperait la circulation sanguine chez un humain -, les vaisseaux sanguins à la base de la tête du hibou se gonflent vers l’extérieur en de petits ‘réservoirs’, propres à alimenter le cerveau et les énormes yeux en fluide vital.Une tête qui tourne sans comprimer les artèresÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les hiboux ont également, dans leurs vertèbres cervicales, des cavités particulièrement volumineuses à travers lesquelles les artères passent très largement, avec une marge de manœuvre qui leur évite d’être comprimées lors des mouvements du cou, ont aussi constaté les chercheurs. Enfin, il existe de petites liaisons entre les artères carotide et vertébrale, permettant au sang de passer de l’une à l’autre au cas où l’une des deux serait bloquée lors d’une rotation extrême du cou.Les résultats de l’étude démontrent donc que des particularités physiques sont nécessaires pour permettre ces mouvements de tête extrêmes, concluent les chercheurs, qui mettent ainsi en garde les patients contre les traitements des chiropraticiens trop brutaux.Le 2 février 2013 à 16:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews ASSASSINS CREED 2016

first_img Assassin’s Creed is a series of popular video games (or rather, a series of video games that were popular for a couple of years – a couple of years ago) set in various meticulously recreated historical periods and chronicling the centuries long battle between the world-domination scheming Templars and their nemesis The Assassins. The “gimmick” of the games, however, is that despite this, they’re technically set in the present: The historical periods we’re seeing are actually the visions of various protagonists who are hooked up to a machine called The Animus that lets one relive the genetic memories of their ancestors… who without fail tend to have been Assassins, because nobody was going to play Accounts Receivable Manager’s Creed.Ostensibly, this gimmick is meant to be Assassin’s Creed’s in-game explanation for why time-jumps, invisible boundaries, pop-ins and other “video-gamey stuff” is happening in Rennaissance Italy (or The Crusades, or Colonial New England, or wherever,) but in practice it’s also an interesting example of a narrative conceit that really only works in the context of a game: Unlike in a passive viewing scenario, it doesn’t really matter that what we’re seeing is “just a simulation” of something that already happened – and thus doesn’t really possess any real tension – because we’re playing it and still have to trigger the proper sequence of events. Clever and functional!But in a movie? Yeah, that was always going to be the problem: The actual plot is telling us that all the Assassin stuff doesn’t actually matter because it’s just a video feed of a wonky sci-fi flashback device, but the Assassins are all anyone really cares about – that’s why they get the fancy hoodies and the parkour and the elaborate martial arts business. So instead, the Assassin’s Creed movie decides to relegate the Assassins themselves to the B-story and focus on the present-day… which anyone who’s played an Assassin’s Creed game can tell you is always the most tedious fucking part. What could go wrong?Well, everything – but yet also nothing. We’ve pretty much known for over a year that the Assassin’s Creed movie was going to be a pile of ass because otherwise why would they dump something fairly expensive (and full of fairly well-regarded movie stars) to die at the holiday box office against all the family-friendly blockbusters, after all. But what’s shocking is just how empty it is. The action is barely passable, the look of everything is hopelessly generic, the story is stripped bare and totally uninvolving, there isn’t a single memorable or remotely interesting thing going on in it.The only noteworthy thing I was able to take away is that it’s ugly as all hell – every scene looks like it’s been processed through a different hideously-unpleasant Instagram filter. The present-day “laboratory” scenes are bathed in a blue-gray sheen that evokes nothing so much as pretentious cologne commercials. The Assassin flashbacks are a muddy brown mess where a constant haze of smoke and grit works to obscure shockingly weak CGI and a paucity of things actually going on. A drawn-out finale involving the modern-day Templars looks like a direct rip from the same basic faux-Illuminati nonsense from the last James Bond movie, only somehow more boring.In case you were wondering, we aren’t following any of the known protagonists from any of the various games – after all, that might have been interesting. Instead, we’ve got Michael Fassbender trying to chomp his way through the scenery in a nothing role as a death row inmate. He gets grabbed up by the Templars because he’s the last known descendant of an Assassin from Inquisition-era Spain who was the last person known to possess the magic McGuffin (“The Apple of Eden” – no, really) the bad guys are looking for. Jeremy Irons is the Templar running the program at Abstergo Inc.; Marion Cotillard is the scientist running the Animus, Michael K. Williams, Brendan Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling are… also in this, for some reason (well, okay, Gleeson is playing Fassbender’s estranged father, but I couldn’t explain who Williams and a handful of fellow Animus lab-rats are or what they’re meant to be doing.)It’s pretty obvious that the studio knew they had a bomb on their hands for awhile because it shows every sign of having been cut to shreds in the vain hope that it’ll at least be fast-paced enough to function as a disposable second choice for action fans. There are dozens of characters in both time periods, but we barely learn their names and their motivations remains murky outside of who’s a Templar, who’s an Assassin and… that’s kind of it, I guess. The Inquisition-era scenes feature a female Assassin played by newcomer Ariane Labed who has the most screen presence of anybody (and looks more dynamic in her action beats than Fassbender) but I’d be at a loss to tell you her character’s name or the nature of her eventually plot-necessary connection to the hero. The sheer level of apathy the film inspires is really something to behold.I mean, let’s be clear: This might have at least been mildly enjoyable. The plot is a bunch of nonsense, but it has all the same basic components as those DaVinci Code movies and those are usually entertaining on their own dopey merits. So taking that and adding a bunch of parkour ninja stuff with a dash of National Treasure should be a slam dunk for at least some dumb fun at least if they aren’t going to bother to try and be good. But what puts the final nail in Assassin’s Creed is that it’s so incredibly self-serious: It doesn’t just fail to see the inherent humor in its ridiculous premise, nobody in the cast ever seems to be fully awake. They’re as bored by this as we are, blandly mouthing expositional dialogue without a sign of life. All except Fassbender, who for some reason digs into this bullshit like he thinks he’s about to morph into Daniel Day-Lewis any second now (a particularly contrived sequence lets him get dragged around-mid breakdown while belting out a manic cover of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” so yeah – one of those.)I wish I could even muster some righteous anger here, but the plain fact is Assassin’s Creed is a nothing movie that isn’t even good at being disposable… which maybe makes it the perfect piece of shit to close out a genuinely miserable year on this planet. Don’t take the leap. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Tijuana resources stretched and thousands more expected to arrive

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Tijuana braces for the arrival of thousand of people from the caravan, which has their resources stretched.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman reports from the US-Mexico border. Tijuana resources stretched and thousands more expected to arrive KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Chevy app adds Vehicle Locate function and geofence alerts for your phone

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 1 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 42 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageParents can use the function to get text message alerts about their teen driver’s journeys. Chevrolet Chevrolet’s latest update for its connected-car phone app, myChevrolet, is designed to help you keep track of not only your vehicle, but also family members. The Vehicle Locate function allows for seeing the car’s current location on a map and for setting up text-message alerts when the car enters and exits certain geographic areas.As the name suggests, the new app function allows a vehicle to see where their car is on a map. That’s ideal if you can’t recall where you parked or want to know where a family member took your borrowed vehicle. But the myChevrolet update also adds special notification options to keep even better track of the car. App users can select certain geographic areas — as wide as a 20-mile radius or as focused as a single street address — and receive text messages when the connected vehicle arrives in or leaves those locations.myChevrolet Vehicle Locate functionEnlarge ImageThe alert boundary areas can be as small as a single address or as large as a 20-mile radius. Chevrolet For instance, Chevrolet says a parent might want to receive a text when a teen driver reaches school of if they veer too far from home. A long-distance commuter, meanwhile, could configure Vehicle Locate to send a text message to family members when they depart their office, Chevrolet suggests. And if you’re a generous truck owner who lends your pickup to friends who need to move, the app will let you instantly find where it’s currently parked. Chevrolet’s example, for instance, shows a parent receiving texts like, “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at wrestling” and “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at home.”Each boundary alert can be sent to up to 10 people, and both parties — both the sender and recipient — must opt-in, Chevrolet says.Vehicle Locate replaces an existing functionality for Chevrolet vehicles, Family Link, which worked only through a web interface rather than an app. It works on model-year 2012 and newer Chevrolet vehicles in North America, and it requires a subscription to Chevrolet’s Remote Access Plan OnStar service. Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Tags Chevrolet More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techierlast_img read more

Colins Blazin 5 Prediction Podcast NFL Week 2

first_imgIt’s time for the Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast for NFL Week 2! Colin sits down with  RJ Bell from for the second in his web exclusive podcast series to see how his Week 2 NFL picks stack up against the wiseguys.Last week, Seattle was the sharps’ biggest disagreement, and it came back to bite Colin in a big way. He was 2-3 in Week 1, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.Colin is feeling great about his Blazin’ 5 picks this week:Kansas City (+2.5) vs. Houston Titans (+5.5) vs. DetroitAtlanta (+4.5) vs. OaklandIndy vs. Denver (-6)Dallas vs. Washington (-2.5)See where the wiseguys agree and disagree with Colin and whether Vegas thinks he’ll be making deposits or withdrawals on Monday.The Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season.  Download and subscribe to it exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t miss it.last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | February 15, 2019 Amazon Comprehend Medical Brings Medical Language Processing to Healthcare Amazon recently announced Amazon Comprehend Medical, a new HIPAA-eligible machine learning service that allows… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | February 06, 2019 IMS to Unveil Prototype Imaging Machine Learning Platform at HIMSS19 International Medical Solutions (IMS) announced a solution that will enable radiologists and other clinicians to use… read more Pseudocolor accentuated CT scan image of a liver tumor. 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To improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivered to Medicare beneficiaries, CMS is shifting responsibilities for measuring and preventing improper payments to inpatient hospitals from the QIOs to the FIs and MACs, thus allowing QIOs to focus on improving patient quality of care and provider assistance efforts. To support these contractors in making consistent level-of-care decisions while accommodating their shifting roles, McKesson is making available additional criteria sets, including rehabilitation, skilled care and the newly released molecular diagnostic testing product. The criteria will be delivered via InterQual Online Anonymous Review, a McKesson-hosted solution that allows users access to InterQual Criteria without exposing patient-identifying information. Users will also be able to use the hosted solution to review historical criteria, facilitating date-sensitive reviews for programs that look at medical necessity information retrospectively. 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EU China agree to regular defense security talks

first_img The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family BEIJING (AP) – The European Union and China say they will begin to hold regular talks on defense and security and are looking at boosting their cooperation on anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia.The agreement was made Tuesday during the third session of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, a two-day forum meant to minimize disputes and deepen ties between China and its biggest trading partner.EU efforts to grapple with its debt crisis were also on the agenda of the two-day talks that kicked off Monday. Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement Tuesday that her Chinese counterpart, Dai Bingguo, noted Europe’s “firm determination” in dealing with the debt problem.China’s stake in Europe’s economic health has increased as Chinese companies step up investment there.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more