first_imgLondon: Australia coach Justin Langer says he won’t be surprised if wearing a neck guard on the helmet becomes mandatory in the future after star batsman Steve Smith was felled by a bouncer in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord’s. Smith was batting on 80 on the fourth day on Saturday when he was struck by a bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer, timed at 92.4 mph (148.7 kph) on the (unprotected) back of his neck. He fell prostrate on the ground for a while, took time to regather himself and was initially withdrawn by the team doctor Richard Saw for precautionary concussion testing. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThere was widespread surprise when Smith re-emerged less than a hour later at the fall of Peter Siddle’s wicket but was finally out for 92 when he shouldered arms to a straight ball from Chris Woakes That dismissal denied Smith his third hundred in as many Ashes innings after he marked his comeback Test following a 12-month ball-tampering ban, with scores of 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win at Edgbaston. Significantly, Smith was wearing a helmet without the additional stem guard neck protection introduced following the death of Phillip Hughes after his former Australia team-mate was hit by a bouncer in a 2014 domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”You never like seeing your players get hit like that, no doubt about that. It was obviously some pretty rough memories of a blow like that, so there’s no fun in it,” Langer said later. Asked whether he thought neck guards should be made mandatory for the players, Langer said, “It might be my error but I didn’t realise they weren’t mandatory until today. At the moment the players have a choice, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they become mandatory in the future.” The former Australia opener feels that Smith will have to wear a neck guard on his helmet in future whether he likes it or not. “I think Steve wrote in his book he just doesn’t like or feel comfortable (with a stem guard). He’s got all these idiosyncrasies everyone’s talking about — he doesn’t like having shoelaces he can see, doesn’t like his shoes being dirty, so it’s the same, it just doesn’t feel right,” the coach said. “I’m sure after today it will get talked about again, I know they came in after the tragedy of Hughesy. So I’m sure it will get talked about, and he might rethink it now after seeing what happened today, but you would have to ask him that.” Langer also revealed that Smith insisted on going back to bat after he retired following the blow on the back of his back, protesting that he needed to be given the chance to make a century at the home of cricket. The coach said Australia had not taken an undue risk in allowing Smith to resume his innings. “He had the concussion testing and passed all that and that’s why he came back out to bat. These are like my sons alright, so you’re never going to put them in harm’s way, even though you’re always in harm’s way with Test cricket.last_img read more

first_imgSAO PAULO – Overcoming an effort to try him on corruption charges, Brazilian President Michel Temer tried Thursday to move past the scandals that have dogged him, but it was unclear if he has the support to push his market-friendly reform agenda.A congressional vote late Wednesday temporarily spared Temer from trial, but it was only the latest in a series of threats to his political survival. He emerged victorious from a court challenge earlier this year to the vote that elected him vice-president, he resisted calls for his resignation when bribery allegations came to light, and he has now beaten two attempts to remove him from office and put him on trial on graft charges. Temer has called the charges against him absurd and politically motivated.With all obvious threats to his removal behind him, Temer and his advisers appeared eager to get back to governing.“It’s time to focus on what interests our people. The bridge that we are building to the future is solid, firm and resistant,” Temer said in a video posted on social media. He touted incipient economic growth, early signs of job creation and falling inflation. His chief of staff also promised that a social security reform would be passed this year.But with so much political capital spent on merely surviving, analysts are questioning whether there’s any left over to cut spending on pensions or loosen labour laws to revive Brazil’s economy, Latin America’s largest.While cheered by many investors, those proposed reforms are deeply unpopular — as is Temer himself. His approval rating is as low as 3 per cent, making him the most unpopular leader in the world, according to a recent Eurasia group survey, and not just because of scandals. Temer’s decision last week to offer steep discounts on fines for environmental infractions created an outcry, as did a watering down of the rules that combat labour abuses.Temer’s promise was always that he would use his legendary deal-making skills to modernize Brazil’s economy and drag Latin America’s largest nation out of the deepest recession it had experienced in decades. Many lawmakers who supported Temer in Wednesday’s vote cited the need to sustain the nascent economic recovery as the reason for their vote.But now, the opposite might be true, said Helio Gurovitz, a columnist with media giant Globo.The “problem is that Temer’s continuation also offers risks to the economy,” he wrote Thursday. “The principal of these is the threat to the reform agenda, especially on social security. Temer emerged from yesterday’s vote with a parliamentary base ever more weakened.”The 77-year-old Temer’s gift for horse-trading was on display in recent weeks as he shored up support by doling out local projects, plum positions and favourable decrees in a bid to avoid being put on trial for charges of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization. In the end, Temer got more than the votes he needed, but fewer than the last time Congress voted to spare him from suspension and trial.“That leaves Temer having accomplished very little at extraordinarily high cost,” said Matthew M. Taylor, a professor at the School of International Service at American University. “The broader reformist impetus has been blemished by association with Temer and his horse-trading.”Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who despite a corruption conviction is the front-runner for next year’s presidential race, criticized the amount of funding Temer promised to fellow lawmakers in exchange for support.“Money that’s missing for investments in the country,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.Investors, who initially cheered Temer’s rise to power, seemed uninterested in the victory. The main Bovespa stock index was down in late trading and the currency slumped against the dollar.“The financial market is not particularly worried about what’s happening with President Temer,” said Pedro Paulo Coelho Afonso, the chief of operations at the Gradual Investimentos brokerage firm in Sao Paulo.The charges against Temer stem from a mammoth corruption investigation that began as a probe into money laundering and ended up uncovering systemic graft in Brazil’s halls of power. Dozens of politicians and businessmen have been jailed since the probe launched in 2014.Prosecutors allege Brazil’s government was run like a cartel for years, with political parties selling favours, votes and appointments to powerful businessmen. They say that Temer took over the scheme when he took power last year. Because the case involved a sitting president, two-thirds of the lower house of Congress had to accept the charges before Temer could be tried. But the vote only spares Temer while he remains in office; he could still face the charges after his term ends on Dec. 31, 2018.Many Brazilians are exhausted by the seemingly endless allegations of corruption against their leaders and are holding their breath for next year’s elections.“I am confused by all these crises and accusations of corruption that come one after the other,” said Anita Ferreira Pinto, a 46-year-old housewife who was window shopping in Sao Paulo. “I no longer know what to think or what is best for Brazil.”___Associated Press writers Mauricio Savarese in Brasilia, Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo and Peter Prengaman in Rio de Janeiro and AP photographer Andre Penner in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.last_img read more

HOMER, Alaska — A furry fixture of an Alaska general store must leave after the owners were notified the black cat’s presence violates food safety standards.The Homer News reports the Fritz Creek General Store near Homer has been home to the female, slightly overweight cat named Stormy since 2012.Stormy is often found lounging on one of the store’s wooden chairs or soliciting customers for a scratch on her head.Jeremy Ayers, section manager for the state Food Safety and Sanitation Program, says the agency received a complaint about the cat, and an environmental health officer also observed her.Ayers says pets are not allowed in facilities that serve food.Stormy will be sent to live with family of store owner Sean Maryott.___Information from: The Homer (Alaska) News, http://www.homernews.comThe Associated Press read more

Rabat – Supporters of Raja Casablanca expressed their support for the Palestinian cause during their team’s game against the Palestinian team Hilal Al-Quds.Rajawi fans waved Palestinian flags and held banners against normalization with Zionists. The game that ended with Raja’s victory (1-0) was held in Casablanca’s Mohammed V stadium, on Monday, September 23. The match was part of the round-of-32 of Mohammed VI Arab Champions Cup.Before the start of the match Raja fans displayed a Tifo depicting “Handala,” a famous cartoon character portraying a 10-year-old refugee child. “Handala” was created by Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali, one of the most famous cartoonists in the Arab world, known mostly for his criticism of Arab regimes and Israel. Throughout the game, more than 50,000 supporters chanted songs in support of Palestine. The fans also shouted “Palestine, Palestine” and “Gaza, we will never let you down” for more than 90 minutes. The Palestinian’s team goalkeeper, Rami Hamada, started chanting with the crowds for some moments in the middle of the game.“I would like to thank the Moroccan people for their welcoming. The atmosphere was amazing, I even chanted during the game,” Hamada said in a post-game interview.His teammate Mohammed Sammar also expressed his gratitude towards Moroccan fans: “Many thanks to the fans who chanted for the glory of Palestine during the whole 90 minutes.”Impressed with the support shown by the Moroccan crowds, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, promised that the Moroccan team and their fans will be hosted for free during their upcoming travel to the West Bank to play the second leg of the game, on October 3.The solidarity expressed by Raja fans with the Palestinian cause is not the first time Moroccan people have declared their support for their Palestinian brothers. In June, 2019, thousands of Moroccans rallied in solidarity with Palestine. The crowds protested against the US proposed Middle-East Peace Plan, the so-called “Deal of the Century.”The Moroccan government is also known for its support for the Palestinian cause. King Mohammed VI was one of the first world leaders to warn the US and the United Nations after US President Trump decided to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.On September 15, during an emergency meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Secretary of State to the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mounia Boucetta, delivered a speech reiterating Morocco’s unwavering position on the Israel-Palestine conflict.In her speech, the Moroccan official said that violations by the Israeli authorities “undermine the two-state solution and hinder international efforts to revive the peace process.”The secretary of state also highlighted the special interest of King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, in promoting the Palestinian cause. read more

In the Creole-language audio messages, recorded for free at a studio operated by the mission, known as MINUSTAH, Mr. Jean focuses on the crimes of kidnapping, rape and “restavek,” or the local practice of using children as slave labour.“If you love Wyclef, that means you love Haiti,” the musician says in one of the public service announcements (PSAs). “So you should not be raping women, kidnapping people and children, because there can be no excuse for doing so. I reject these evil practices.”MINUSTAH has distributed the ads over the past two months to more than 20 radio and television stations across the country to boost public awareness at a time when Haitian authorities are dealing with a sharp spike in crimes, particularly kidnappings of children.Last month the mission and the Haitian National Police (HNP) announced they were setting up roadblocks and motorized patrols around the country to try to combat the crime wave.The scripts for the ads were largely written by Jean Buteau Remarque of MINUSTAH’s child protection unit and were drawn in part from the lyrics of Mr. Jean’s music.Massimo Toschi, a child protection adviser with the mission, told the UN News Centre today that the proposal for the advertisements emerged late last year during talks between Mr. Jean – who runs his own non-governmental organization (NGO) in Haiti – and senior MINUSTAH officials about the latest developments in the country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. 2 April 2008The Grammy Award-winning Haitian hip hop artist Wyclef Jean has taken to the airwaves of his native country to urge his compatriots to stop committing crimes in a series of advertisements created by the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the impoverished Caribbean country. read more

The chief United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, was in Beirut today to meet with senior officials of Lebanon and brief them on last week’s Quartet meeting in New York.Following separate meetings with Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, Mr. Roed-Larsen said he reiterated Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s position that on the Palestinian track, final status issues should be resolved between the parties and the parties alone, within the framework of the Road Map.The Road Map is a plan sponsored by the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States calling for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two states – Israel and Palestine – living side-by-side in peace by 2005.Mr. Roed-Larsen also said Israel’s proposed withdrawal from Gaza “should mark a proper end of the occupation in Gaza” and must take place within the broader framework of a region wide peace process, including the Lebanese and Syrian tracks. read more

Landfill loses: Waste-to-biofuels plant to divert Edmonton’s trash from dump by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – A new plant that has opened in Edmonton will use trash diverted from the city’s landfill and convert it into biofuels and chemicals.The plant owned by Quebec company Enerkem is believed to be the world’s first full-scale waste-to-biofuels facility.Enerkem is to handle operations and the city is to supply 100,000 tonnes annually of sorted municipal waste that cannot be composted or recycled.Enerkem CEO Vincent Chornay (CHOR’-nay) says the process is slightly more expensive to Edmonton taxpayers than landfilling garbage, but is more sustainable.Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson (EYE’-veh-suhn) says the plant should be a game-changer for dealing with household waste.He says the plant, along with the recycling and composting the city already does, will keep almost all of Edmonton’s waste out of the landfill by 2016.“Here we are with one of the last pieces of the puzzle to get us to almost complete diversion from the landfill,” he said Wednesday. “We think 90 per cent of our trash will now go to some higher purpose than being buried in the ground.“We’re creating green jobs, we’re creating value and we’re helping support innovation in Alberta and in the Canadian economy.”Chornay said the plant makes turning waste into useable fuels simple.“We break down the waste using heat and convert it into a gas that is as clean as natural gas. Then we convert the gas to liquid methanol — and all that happens in three minutes.”Edmonton currently composts and recycles about 60 per cent of residential waste.It’s expected that, at full capacity, the Enerkem plant will produce 38 million litres of clean fuels and biochemicals annually. It will initially produce methanol and later ethanol — enough each year to fill the tanks of 400,000 cars using a five per cent ethanol blend.Edmonton is considered a leader in municipal waste management. Its facilities are visited by officials from all over the world.(CHED, The Canadian Press) read more

In his first press conference since returning to New York from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Mr. Ban said that should a UN weapons team confirm use of chemical agents in the 21 August incident in Syria, it would be an “abominable crime” and the international community “would certainly have to do something about it.”“The Syrian people need peace,” he declared. “Should Dr. Sellström’s report confirm the use of chemical weapons, then this would surely be something around which the Security Council could unite in response – and indeed something that should merit universal condemnation,” Mr. Ban told reporters.The UN chief added that he is already considering “certain proposals that I could make to the Security Council” when presenting the investigation team’s report.Those include urging the Council to demand the immediate transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons and chemical precursor stocks to places inside Syria where they can be safely stored and destroyed, Mr. Ban said.He also urged Damascus to become a party to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Syria is not a party CWC, but it is a party to the Geneva (Protocol) of 1925 which prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons, according to the OPCW. In response to a question about how quickly the UN can act, if Syria agrees to a transfer of its alleged chemical weapons stock under international control, Mr. Ban said he is sure that the international community will take “very swift action” to make safely store and destroy the chemical weapons stocks. Meanwhile, the biomedical and environmental samples taken by the UN chemical weapons inspection team have been undergoing analysis in Europe since last week.Mr. Ban has said he would promptly share the results of the analyses with the 15-member Security Council and all 193 Member States.Addressing journalists, the UN chief again reiterated the need to come together for a so-called Geneva II conference, which would include representatives of Syrian parties as well as senior United States, Russian and UN officials, to find a political path out of the crisis in the country.A political solution “is the only viable option at this time”, Mr. Ban said, adding that he and Joint UN-Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, who was also in St. Petersburg, have been working very closely with Moscow and Washington to get all parties to the table.The UN chief noted that Syria dominated the G20 talks “in a way no other political development has ever done.” In addition to those discussions at the summit and on the sidelines, Mr. Ban said there was progress on growth, jobs, trade and investment. Mr. Ban said he was “encouraged” by the response to this call for concentrated actions to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), define a global development agenda beyond 2015, and addressing climate change. He looks forward to building on the G20 discussions at the high-level General Assembly debate later this month at the UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Opening the first meeting of the 2017 session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the body’s new President, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, of Zimbabwe, said today that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a “rallying call” to address the complex challenges facing the world.He called for cooperation among UN Member States and for concerted action, at all levels, for effectively implementing the SDGs, which would complete the unfinished tasks of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and realize the future we want.“[The] spirit of cooperation and shared values has made it possible for us to envision a world where all challenges, however complex and resource intensive […] can be navigated successfully,” said Mr. Shava in his inaugural statement, referring to poverty eradication, climate change, humanitarian crises and breaches of peace and security.To better focus the work of the main UN economic and social body, the President proposed that as its first priority, it should dedicate enough time to discuss the question of infrastructure development and industrialization, especially in the context of support for African development and as a high priority for all the countries in special situations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries, the small island developing States and those emerging from conflict.“Funding for infrastructure projects is a challenge that has not yet been surmounted in Africa and most countries in special situations,” he said, emphasizing that infrastructure and industrialization is critical for the countries furthest behind.Mr. Shava further added that the nexus between development, human rights, peace and security should be recognized.“There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development,” he said, expressing his intent, as the President of the Council, to explore options for enhancing the partnership between ECOSOC and relevant UN bodies such as the Peacebuilding Commission on the interlinkages between development, peace and security.Recalling that Member States of the UN recognized the role of ECOSOC as crucial in breaking silos and bridging divides across thematic issues, work pillars and governance structures, he said the body could consider how it could promote a strategic and coherent direction for the UN development system in this new development era.“We already have very clear guidance on these issues. What is needed is to ensure that they are being implemented fully,” he concluded.Also speaking at the occasion, outgoing President Oh Joon, of Republic of Korea, recalled that the 2016 session was a landmark year for the Council that saw the initiation of actions to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other major global agreements of 2015.Recalling, in particular, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held earlier in July, at the UN Headquarters in New York, on the theme ‘Ensuring that no one is left behind’, Mr. Oh said: “The national reviews of 22 volunteer countries have set an excellent stage for the follow-up and review of the SDGs for years to come.” For further strengthening the work of ECOSOC, the outgoing President said that developing the structure of the ECOSOC system to make it fit for purpose, in the context of the entire UN development system, should be explored.He further said that the agenda and the working methods of the Council should be reviewed in a systematic manner to ensure that no items remain “merely due to inertia, and added that a renewed spirit of cooperation is required to overcome the “outdated divide” between the groups of developed and developing countries.Underscoring that the efforts and commitments of all Member States of the UN are critical to ensure win-win outcomes for the entire UN development system, let alone that of ECOSOC, Mr. Oh concluded, “The Council should by all means remain the central platform for collaboration of the global south and north.” Mr. Oh served the ECOSOC Bureau for the past two and a half years, the first one and a half as Vice President and then for one year as its President. read more

(CMC) A Jamaican has been arrested at New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport after he was found to be in possession of five pounds of cocaine.The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Mario Hudson, who is due to appear before the US Eastern District Court of New York later this month, was detained on March 27, posing as an airline pilot.“Mr Hudson was dressed in what appeared to be a pilot’s uniform and claimed he was a ‘dead-heading crewmember’,” CBP said, adding that he indicated this on his arrival from Jamaica.But during the baggage inspection, CBP said officers discovered that Hudson had what appeared to be two fraudulent Delta Airlines ID badges. The officers also noticed that the sides and bottom of the luggage appeared to be unusually thick and heavy.CBP said Hudson was escorted to a private search room, “where his suitcase was probed, revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine”.Hudson was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to US Homeland Security Investigations.The cocaine had a total weight of five pounds and had a street value of US$85,000.“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance and dedication demonstrated daily by CBP officers at JFK, in keeping these prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets of our communities,” said Leon Hayward, acting director, Field Operations in New York for CBP. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConsumer Affairs mulling new regulations for auto industryJanuary 28, 2019In “Business”Govt to reduce excise tax on new vehicles – Govt sourceJanuary 14, 2016In “latest news”Butt, Asif to be part of CPL draftFebruary 3, 2016In “Sports” read more

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Hadi Saleh Bakum, yesterday, 1 July, continued the cross examination of Mr. Momodou Sabally, theerstwhile Secretary General and Minister for presidential Affairswho is standing trial before Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the Banjul High Court.The accused was represented by Antouman Gaye, whilst the DPP appearedfor the state.“You did not want to tell your boss the truth that the vehicles werefor sale?” said the DPP“I disagree with your statement because I had already told my boss thetruth that the vehicles were presented as donations to him,” saidSabally.“You did not tell your boss that the purported donation was associatedwith a business deal as it was purportedly presented to you by PW10?”ask the Chief prosecutor.Sabally said, “The cars were presented as gifts for donation to the presidentwithout any conditions attached and they were accepted as such?”“If the cars were for donation why did you not care to ask for thetitle deed from PW10?” ask  the DPP.“The office I was running was a very busy office as such  most of myresponsibilities were delegated and as heard in evidence the keys werehanded to Lieutenant Colonel Ansumana Tamba in the presence of Ndoyeand I expected him to surrender anything related to the vehicle to himhenceforth,” said the former SG.“Did you delegate Ansumana Tamba to collect the title deeds?” enquired the DPP.“Yes, I delegated Tamba to receive the keys and everything related tothe vehicle, including the title deeds,” said SaballyDPP asked, “Could it be that because of your busy schedule you did not have timeto attend to PW10 when  presented exhibit P7 and P8?” “These exhibitswere never presented to me.”DPP asked, “Did you remember telling this court that PW1 brought an envelopebut you told him that you have a number of documents on yourdesk and that you will get back to him?” Sabally responded, “An envelope was presented tome and I decline receiving it because was too many documents on mydesk and I feared losing it.”DPP asked, “Are you are saying that that you decline to take the envelope because ofyour busy schedule?” Sabally answered, “No am not saying that, this was a weekend andthe records clerk were not in court for reasons of safety andprocedure. I always receive documents through the records office.”DPP added, “I’m putting it to you that you knew what PW1 was bringing to youearlier, as the same document was brought to you by PW10 because youhad made up your mind to scuttle the sales transaction because you didnot want to hear about it.” Sabally answered, “I disagree with you because there is noway I can know the content of the sealed envelope, at that time no salewas mentioned and  I had no intention to scuttle any sale and I didnot remember PW10 giving me any envelope.”DPP asked, “I’m putting it to you that the issue of the cars were for sale fromthe inception?” Sabally answered, “No the cars were never meant for sale from thebeginning.”DPP added, “The deal of the purported donation was your misrepresentation?” Sabally answered, “Nothe cars were meant for donation and that is the truth.”Mr. Sabally while still responding to questions from the DPP told thecourt that he has a dual relationship with Lamin Manga, the formerDirector of Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS).He added that Mr. Manga used to receive official instructions from himand report back to him. He added that Miss Mariama Sillah was anacquaintance and that she was introduced to him by Mr. Manga purposelyfor the transaction.When asked whether he knows the relationship between Manga and Ms.Sillah,  Sabally responded in the negative.“How close were you with Mr. Graham, the Managing Director of SocialSecurity and Housing Finance Corporation?” asked the DPP.“We have professional and official relationships,” responded Sabally.“Why did you take it upon yourself to introduce Ms. Sillah to Mr.Graham?” asked the DPP.“Because the project she presented to me (Youth Career development)was relevant to national development and the institution Mr. Grahamheads is also for national development?” responded the former SG.“Do you have any ministry of youth in this country?” asked the DPP.Sabally responded in the positive.DPP asked, “Why did you not forward her request to the ministry of youths andsports?” Sabally answered, “I thought they did not have the capacity to meet herassistance for the project.”Sabally said he presented the issue to the MD of SSHFC by phone andthat he did not write to him formally knowing fully well that he wasnot giving any instruction from his office.He was asked whether that was in line with his purview as SG.“I was not acting in my capacity as SG but as a concerned youngGambian interested in youth development and that Manga presented Ms.Sillah to him so that he could help and that he had a relationshipwith MD SSHFC during my tenure as Budget Director under the ministryof finance and I did not know any relationship between Manga andGraham,” said the former SG.At this stage, exhibit P1A was shown to him and the DPP asked himwhether he stated there that he was acting as a concerned youngGambian and not in his capacity as SG.“It is not explicitly stated there,” replied Sabally.The case will resume on Monday 6 June 2015 for continuation ofcross-examination.]]>last_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola revealed he was proud of Kevin De Bruyne’s performance in the club’s 5-0 routing of Burnley FC in the Fourth round of the FA Cup.Midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne was in superb form as provided two assists in addition to his stunning long-range strike in what was a Man of the Match display to earn the plaudits of his managerGuardiola admitted the Belgian still needs minutes to regain his best form but is pleased with the playmaker’s recovery.“It’s not easy when players have long injuries,” he said via the club’s website. “That’s why we tried to handle his minutes.“Of course, we need him because he’s so clever and aggressive in his game. He helps a lot.”Asked if he would relish or fear the prospect of a Manchester Derby in the FA Cup Fifth Round draw, Guardiola replied: “I can’t control the draw!jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“It’s important to be in there. United have also won eight games in a row but I don’t know what the draw will be.“Hopefully, we can go through.”Up next for Man City is a League tie away to struggling Newcastle United as they bid to maintain their chase on League leaders, Liverpool.Ohhh Kevin De Bruyne 🎶 Here’s City’s 3rd goal, with a rocket coming from De Bruyne ⚽️ (3-0)#MCFC #MCIBUR pic.twitter.com/E9t74wwqiw— City Central (@City_CentraI) January 26, 2019last_img read more

first_img More From Roadshow Share your voice 16 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags The 2020 BMW 745e has more power and a longer range 3:01 1 Five things you need to know about the 2020 BMW 745e BMW also came up with a gamification strategy for this kind of environmentally-woke driving. It’s created a service called BMW Points. Here’s how it works: Drivers get a certain number of points based on the distance their cars travel under electricity, with the hope of maximizing EV-mode driving and, by extension, environmental benefit. Those points can be turned into rewards like free charges on the Charge Now network or other products in BMW’s mobility sphere, like parking or car-sharing. This system, too, will be live on BMW PHEVs starting in 2020.The automaker already tried both of these schemes out in a pilot program in Rotterdam. About 50 PHEV drivers were given an app that mimicked the eDrive Zone geofence and monitored to see whether or not that changed drivers’ habits. Another chunk of drivers had the same app, but it included an early version of BMW Points. According to the results, the PHEV owners used electric power for 90 percent of all suggested routes, proving that BMW’s ideas had some legs. Clearly, the results justified the inclusion of these systems on upcoming plug-in hybrids.center_img Hybrids Enlarge ImageBMW now plans to launch 25 electrified models by 2023, two years sooner than originally planned. BMW People already have enough stuff swimming around in their heads. Knowing the right time to engage their plug-in hybrid’s electric stores adds yet another piece of tedium to a brain likely filled with it already. But BMW has a solution — two solutions, actually.BMW announced on Tuesday that its future plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be capable of operating in specific “eDrive Zones.” These zones are geofenced areas that, upon a vehicle reaching the border, will automatically switch the car’s propulsion from hybrid mode to pure electric. This eliminates the need for a driver to manually change vehicle settings while driving. This feature will be standard in BMW PHEVs starting in 2020.While that might seem odd in the US, it won’t in Europe. Many municipalities are trying to find a way to reduce urban air pollution, and banning or otherwise heavily taxing combustion engines in specific locations is a solution that’s increasing in popularity. If these zones were connected to geofences, BMW’s PHEVs would be able to run in electric mode in these special areas. It could also work in a more generalized way, perhaps kicking a car to EV mode when it enters any city, as electric motors are far more efficient in city driving than on the highway. 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian BMW 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV 2020 BMW 7 Series first drive: Travel comfortably and carry a big grille BMW Commentlast_img read more

first_imgVisakhapatnam: District Collector V Vinay Chand has directed the officials to ensure that Giri Pradakshina to be conducted on July 15 is arranged in a hassle-free manner. The Collector conducted a review meeting with Devasthanam and GVMC officials at Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Simhachalam on Saturday. As part of it, the Collector reviewed the arrangements made for Giri Pradakshina. Speaking on the occasion, he said 30 boats with 60 expert swimmers were arranged at Lumbini Park where devotees will be performing ‘Samudra Snanam’. Streetlights are being facilitated en route. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Similarly, he instructed the officials to arrange makeshift toilets, dress changing rooms (separate for men and women), drinking water facility, barricades, signage boards to indicate the route of Giri Pradakshna and place 108 ambulances at various spots to meet any emergency. Vinay Chand visited Simhachalam, Adavivaram, Madhavadhara, Seethammadhara, Lumbini Park and made several suggestions for the ensuing event. GVMC Commissioner G Srijana, Simhachalam Temple Executive Officer K Ramachandra Mohan, among others were present.last_img read more

first_imgMaruti Suzuki (MSIL), India’s largest car maker, sold 1,11,333 cars in India during December 2015, up 13.5% from 98,109 units in December 2014.Hyundai, the second-largest player, sold 41,861 units in India in December 2015, up 28.8% from December 2014 sales of 32,504 units. Its exports fell 17.2% to 22,274 units from 26,887 units in December 2014. In calendar year 2015, the company sold 4.76 lakh units.Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) sold 18,197 passenger vehicles, 1% more than 17,980 units sold in December 2014.Overall domestic sales, including LCVs, stood at 34,839 units in December 2015, up 1% from 34,460 units in December 2014., the company said in a regulatory filing. Exports were up 65% at 3,076 units.For the April to December 2015 period, passenger vehicle sales stood almost flat at 163,616 units.Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) car sales in December 2015 declined by 11% to 10,442 units, as against 11,738 units sold in December 2014, reports IANS.During calendar year 2015, TKM sold 1,39,815 units, as against 1,32,673 units in 2014. Tata Motors sold 8,069 passenger vehicles, a fall of 33% compared to 12,040 units in December 2014. In commercial vehicles, M&HCV sales grew 6% to 11,686 units, while light & small commercial vehicle sales at 14,674 units represented a growth of 11% over December 2014.In the domestic market, overall commercial vehicles sales rose by 6% to 27,347 units in December 2015, compared to 25,736 nos in December 2014. Cumulative sales of commercial vehicles in India for the fiscal stood at 227,655 units, 3% lower when compared to sales for the corresponding period last year, the company said in a statement.The cumulative sales for Maruti Suzuki for the period April to December 2015 stood at 9,71,958 units, up 13.9% from 8,53,532 units during the corresponding period last year, the company said in a press statement.Exports fell sharply in December 2015 at 7,816 units, as compared to 11,682 in December 2014.Overall, the company sold 1,119,149 units in December 2015, up 8.5% from 1,09,791 units in December 2014.The Maruti Suzuki stock was trading at Rs 4,651.80, up 0.79% on Friday at about 11.35 am. Dzire Tour sales went up phenomenally to 3,614 units in December 2015, up 115.6%, while the company sold 9,168 units of units of Gypsy, Ertiga, Grand Vitara and S-Cross, up 58% from 5,774 units in December 2014.Sales of Omni, Swift, Ritz, Celerio, Baleno, Dzire, Alto and WagonR also went up while SX4 and Ciaz saw a decline at 2,841 units in December 2015, down 23.9% from 3,731 units in December 2014. The details came on a day when the AAP government in Delhi kick-started the odd-even formula in the city to check pollution.Other companies such as Renault, Ford, Honda and Mercedez-Benz are yet to report their December sales numbers.last_img read more

first_imgThe Twenty-First Century Fox Studios lot is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 6, 2017ReutersEven though the first round of talks between Disney and 21st Century Fox regarding the sale of the latter’s film and television assets failed to materialize, Disney has reportedly reignited its interest in buying parts of the Rupert Murdoch-controlled firm.In case the deal goes through, the sale would include Fox’s film studio, its cable channels like FX, and international businesses such as India’s Star network and Sky, the Financial Times reported.It has been said that Fox has been wanting to sell a few parts of its business as its senior management believes that the media landscape has changed over the years and there are different ways people consume information these days. With the sale, Fox intends to focus on just sports and news and it believes that these are the fields where the firm can efficiently compete.Meanwhile, the plan also works perfectly for Disney as it could get access to Fox’s wide consumer base especially in foreign markets such as the UK, Germany and Italy. Not just that Disney would even land the very popular X-Men and Avatar franchise.The Wall Street Journal too has said that talks between the two parties are being held and “gaining momentum,” but also reported that the discussions have even fall through. Despite the speculations of the sale, the Murdoch family will only make a decision by the end of the year.Reports of the talks between Disney and 21st Century Fox first emerged early November, and it was then said that the two parties had been discussing the matter for a few weeks. CNBC had said that the firms had discussed the structure as well as the price of the deal, but these details were kept under wraps. Also neither Fox nor Disney has commented on the matter yet.last_img read more

first_imgDr Kamal HossainGano Forum on Wednesday proposed the election commission (EC) to ensure the neutral role of the election-time government and proper enforcement of laws during the next general elections, reports UNB.A 10-member delegation of Gano Forum, led by its president Kamal Hossain, placed its 22-point proposal at the EC’s dialogue held at Nirbachan Bhaban. Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.“The election-time government and administration will have to be impartial for the sake of a fair election as per the constitution. We asked the commission to ensure its impartiality and proper enforcement of laws,” Kamal, a reputed lawyer, told reporters after the meeting in the afternoon.He said there should be talks to find ways to make the administration impartial. “It must be kept free from interferences.”The Gano Forum chief said his party also proposed the EC to take an initiative to protect elections from the illegal use of money and muscle power.“Two ‘Ms’ are the main barriers to fair voting. One is money and another is muscle power. This two Ms are destroying the country’s parliamentary democracy,” he added.His party demanded reinstating ‘the armed forces’ in the definition of law enforcement agency in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972.If the armed forces are brought under the definition, the members of the Army, Air Force and Navy deployed for election duty will get authority to arrest anyone within the 400-yard radius of a polling station for violation of electoral laws on any polling day.Other proposals of Gano Forum include ensuring voting rights of Bangladeshi expatriates, arranging direct election to seats reserved for women and stopping the misuse of religion in election.Replying to a question whether they want the army to be deployed during election, Kamal Hossain said, “If needed, the army will have to be deployed. The armed forces will have to be kept under the control of EC.”Earlier in the day, Gano Front proposed formation of an election-time government and deployment of army in the next general elections.A 12-member Gano Front delegation, led by its chairman M Zakir Hossain participated in the EC’s talks at 11:00am and placed their proposals.“If needed, the present government will have to amend the constitution for the formation of an election-time government (which neither be caretaker nor apolitical),” said a written proposal of the party.The election-time government can be constituted with leaders from the registered political parties having representation in different non-controversial parliaments after the country’s independence and the leaders cannot contest the election, the party said.Its other proposals are arranging a fair and neutral election with the participation of all, increasing the number of parliamentary constituencies and ensuring the voting rights of expatriates.The Commission on 24 August started its dialogues with 40 registered political parties to take their opinions over the EC’s preparation for the next general election.last_img read more

first_imgThere have been a lot of rumors and speculation about Nintendo’s plans for their upcoming console, code named “NX.” While we still don’t have any official confirmation from Nintendo about what its next system will be, a new report sheds light on what to possibly expect.The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the NX will be both a console and a handheld that would effectively replace the Wii U and the 3DS. Much like the Wii U and its gamepad, the handheld could be used in conjunction with the NX. Unlike the gamepad, which could only be used in close proximity to the Wii U, the NX’s handheld device could be taken on the road and function independently.The report says that IHS Technology senior principal analyst Hiroshi Hayase expects “a small recovery in shipments of flat-panel displays for game devices because of Nintendo’s new game hardware expected to be released in 2016.” Hayase expects manufacturing of displays ranging from 3.1 to five inches will increase to 16.5 million units this year, which is up from 14.1 million units last year. Hayase doesn’t say which size screen Nintendo’s handheld will be, but he does state that it will be a standalone device.Last year, we reported on a patent Nintendo had for the NX’s controller. The design had a controller which was almost completely covered in a display, with grip handles, shoulder buttons, and two analog sticks. Instead of buttons, one would use touch controls by pressing on the area around the analog sticks. Though we don’t know if this is what the NX handheld will look like, it does give us some sort of clue as to what to expect.Regarding the console itself, the report says that Nintendo has begun to deliver a software development kit for the NX. This goes with reports that Nintendo is reaching out to other developers. The console will be using “industry-leading chips” to run it, hopefully putting it on par with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though it was earlier reported that the console may run games at 900p resolution.Nintendo has a long history of creating consoles and devices which are unique, and this latest report seems to suggest that the company will continue doing things in an unconventional manner. With both the Wii U and 3DS winding down, 2016 is the perfect time for Nintendo to release something brand new into the market. It will be interesting to see exactly what the company has in store and if those plans will enable them to gain some kind of foothold in the industry.last_img read more

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. Related Content February 27, 2009 – As the country moves to transform healthcare with the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 42 U.S. hospitals recognized as a Stage 6 by HIMSS Analytics serve as role models in healthcare IT adoption for other healthcare systems just beginning this process. Out of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics, these 42 achieved recognition for implementation of the electronic medical record Achieving electronic medical record (EMR) sophistication. They achieved significant advancement in their information technology capabilities as measured by the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). HIMSS Analytics developed the EMRAM in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of EMR systems for acute care delivery environments. With an almost paperless environment, Stage 6 hospitals are positioned to successfully address many of the expected industry transformations, such as HIPAA claims attachment, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs. There are a total of eight stages on the EMRAM. The goal is reaching Stage 7, which is operating in an environment where paper charts are not used to manage the delivery of patient care, and clinical data is used for performance improvement and analytics of care delivery. “Only 0.5 percent of hospitals (tracked through the HIMSS Analytics Database) have achieved Stage 6 capabilities,” said Mike Davis, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “The hospitals we rank as Stage 6 have implemented advanced clinical applications that improve patient safety and care delivery outcomes.” The list includes hospital systems and single hospitals.The hospitals will be honored at HIMSS09 at the first ever Stage 7 Awards reception on Monday, April 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The awards ceremony will celebrate both Stage 6 and 7 hospitals in their efforts for leading the way in EMR implementation. A link to the complete list of Stage 6 hospitals appears on the HIMSS Analytics Web site at www.himssanalytics.org/hc_providers/stage6Hospitals.aspThe Stage 6 hospital systems include: 1. Midland Memorial Hospital (320 Beds)/ Midland, TX 2. Clarian Health (1,688 Licensed Beds for the system)/ Indianapolis, IN3. Newport Hospital (148 Beds)/ Newport, RI 4. NorthShore University HealthSystem, (858 Licensed Beds for the system)/Evanston, IL 5. Citizens Memorial Healthcare (74 Beds)/Bolivar, MO6. Memorial Health University Medical Center (580 Beds)/Savannah, GA7. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (763 Beds)/Baton Route, LA 8. St. Clair Memorial Hospital (329 Beds)/Pittsburgh, PA 9. St. Agnes Hospital (322 Beds)/Baltimore, MD 10 University Health System (597 Beds)/San Antonio, TX11. Carle Foundation Hospital (535 Beds)/Urbana, IL12. HCA – Lewis Gale Medical Center (521 Beds)/Salem, VA13. UC San Diego Medical Center/San Diego, CA 14. Vanderbilt University Medical Center/Nashville, TN 15. SSM Health Care (5,000 beds)/St. Louis, MO16. Watertown Memorial Hospital (95 licensed beds)/Watertown, WI17. UPMC (3,762 Licensed Beds for the System)/Pittsburgh, PA18. Parkview Adventist Medical Center (55 Beds)/Brunswick, Maine19. Swedish Covenant Hospital (334 licensed beds)/Chicago, IL20. Sacred Heart Medical Center (623 licensed beds)/Spokane, WA21. Stellaris Health Network (1056 beds for the system)/Armonk, NY22. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center (473 licensed beds)/Chicago, IL23. Baystate Medical Center (746 licensed beds)/Springfield, MA24. Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation (7,654 beds for the system)/Oakland, CAFor more information: www.himssanalytics.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | February 27, 2009 HIMSS Analytics Announces Hospitals at Stage 6 of EMR Development A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. 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first_imgTFE Hotels (Toga Far East Hotels) is celebrating the launch of its next generation technology platform for Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Events (MICE) clients, bookers and guests.The event was hosted by the iVvy team at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) on Tuesday, as they showcased the world’s first booking engine for the events’ industry, enabling organisers to search, compare, book and pay for function space, drink and dine menus and group accommodation in real-time.TFE Hotels has 46 of its 70 hotels featured on the site across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. With a successful 6-month trial prior to launch, the cloud-based system prepopulates information that the booker has already entered for quoting and contracting.The system creates group reports by brand and location based on leads received, value and booking results. The ability to set these rules to notify higher level managers when high value leads are received, means a smoother process all round.This partnership ensures that TFE Hotels gain more centralised control over its MICE booking and inventory functions so it can deliver faster solutions, drive growth through process efficiencies and increase overall visibility across its properties.“We are proud of the partnership and to be working with a progressive company that understands the pulse of its digitally connected customers, investing in solutions that offer the fastest way to manage revenues across all of their channels,” said Lauren Hall, CEO of iVvy.“We, at TFE Hotels, are very proud to be an early adopter partner with iVvy, and with some exceptional results from the pilot to date, it was a smart and strategic partnership,” said Emma Fraser, Group Director of Marketing at TFE Hotels.“iVvy is a challenger brand, and has brought disruption to a crowded meeting space, meaning people can work in real time, getting what they want, where they want it, at a time that they want it.”The iVvy partnership will encompass all TFE Hotels brands including Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and properties falling under the TFE Collections portfolio, including Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. TFE HotelsSource = TFE Hotelslast_img read more