India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli’s 39th hundred and MS Dhoni’s second successive fifty helped India gun down 299 in the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Chasing a steep target, India won by 6 wickets to draw level in the three-match ODI series. This is now the second-highest successful run chase at the Adelaide Oval.Virat Kohli top-scored with 104 off 112 balls while MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls and shared a crucial stand with Dinesh Karthik who scored 25 not out off 14 balls. Rohit Sharma (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (32) also chipped in with significant contributions.India had started their chase confidently earlier on Tuesday. Shikhar Dhawan, who was dismissed for a golden duck on Saturday in Sydney, looked determined to make the most of good batting conditions in Adelaide. However, he was dismissed for 32 which brought Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at the crease together.The stage was set for two of the most prolific run-scorers in one-day cricket. Rohit was the more aggressive of the two and Kohli was happy to rotate the strike – the duo added 54 runs for the second wicket. The partnership was broken when Rohit Sharma made an eror in judgement against Marcus Stoinis.Ambati Rayudu and Kohli then added 59 for the third wicket in good time. Thanks to Kohli, the asking rate never shot up beyond manageable proportions. On Saturday, India had muddled it up in the middle overs when MS Dhoni failed to accelerate – it was then too much to do for the lower-order despite Rohit Sharma’s classy hundred.advertisementThings were different on Tuesday.Dhawan scored at a strike-rate of 82.69, Rohit’s 43 came at a strike-rate of 114.28 while Kohli had a great strike-rate of 92.85 for his 112-ball 104. MS Dhoni, who was booed at Lord’s for failing to up the ante and scored his second slowest fifty in Sydney, accelerated beautifully towards the end to get India home. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were involved in an 82-run stand for the 4th wicket (AP Photo)Dinesh Karthik, who walked into bat at No.6 put the finishing touches to a great chase with a cameo the Indian team will remember for a long time. DK is known for his exploits lower down the order – his cameo in the final of the Nidahas Trophy is the reason why he has been given an extended run in India’s limited-overs teams.However, India will be more pleased with Dhoni’s exploits. This is the kind of innings the team expects him to play in big chases. And he delivered, with the series on the line. It was not easy – Dhoni, 37, was exhausted an had to be tended to between overs in the Adelaide heat.Even as India celebrate a well-deserved victory, Shaun Marsh, who scored his seventh ODI hundred would be heartbroken. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami had removed the Aussie openers early, Marsh anchored their innings with a 123-ball 131. Glenn Maxwell blasted a quick 49 but there were no major contributions apart from that.Bhuvneshwar, who was a little expensive in Sydney, was back at his best on Tuesday, picking up 4 for 45 off his 10 overs. He had Shami ensured Australia did not storm past the 300-run mark even as Mohammad Siraj became the most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debut.Also Read | Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan 4th opening pair to go past 4000 runsAlso Read | Dhoni quick as a wink, Jadeja on fire in Adelaide heatlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M40 launched: Key specs, features, price in India and availability

first_imgSamsung launched the Galaxy M40 in India on Tuesday. This is the fourth smartphone in the Galaxy M series and follows the Galaxy M30. The Galaxy M40 naturally comes with an updated design and hardware compared to the Galaxy M30. It touts an Infinity-O display, 32MP triple camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset.The Galaxy M-series has been a successful one for Samsung since its debut earlier this year. The Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 have offered consumers attractive displays along with features like gradient colours, large batteries and wide-angle cameras. The Galaxy M40 will look to continue Samsung’s streak, so here’s a quick look at its specs, features, price and when you can get your hands on it.Samsung Galaxy M40 specificationsDisplay: The Galaxy M40 sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Infinity-O LCD display with Gorilla Glass protection and 91 per cent screen ratio.Processor: It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset.RAM: The phone is offered with 6GB of RAM.Internal storage: It comes with 128GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The triple camera setup includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.Front camera: The front camera offers a 16-megapixel sensor.Battery: The Galaxy M40 houses a 3,500mAh battery.Software: It ships with Android Pie with One UI on top.Samsung Galaxy M40 features– The USP of the Galaxy M40 is its display. This is the first Galaxy M phone to come with an Infinity-O display that has previously been seen on the flagship Galaxy S10. This also makes the Galaxy M40 the most affordable phone with a punch-hole display. The M40 sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD display with a tiny circular cutout on the display to house the selfie camera. The hole allows the M40 to offer a large screen ratio and minimal bezels.advertisement– The rear panel is made up of a 3D curved plastic with a glossy finish. The Galaxy M40 is offered to two appealing colours – Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue. The Galaxy M40 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a sleek form factor with a thickness of 7.9mm. — The Galaxy M40 is the first in the Galaxy M series to be powered by a Qualcomm chipset. It gets a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. To recall, the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 all pack Exynos chipsets. You also get 128GB of internal storage with the M40, which is further expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.– This is also the first Galaxy M phone to ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box, which makes it more up-to-date as far as the software is concerned. With Android Pie, the Galaxy M40 gets One UI as well, which brings features like system-wide Night mode, redesigned user interface with an emphasis on one-handed use and new gesture navigation.– The Galaxy M40 also touts a versatile set of cameras. The triple camera setup includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5MP depth sensor. With this, Samsung is offering a few different shooting modes that the user can easily switch between.Samsung Galaxy M40 price and sale date on AmazonThe Galaxy M40 naturally slots above the Galaxy M30. It is priced at Rs 19,990 and comes in a single option with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Galaxy M40 will go on sale for the first time on June 18 at 12pm on Amazon India and Samsung’s online shop in Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue colours.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 quick review: A solid addition to the Galaxy M seriesALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 with Infinity-O display, 32MP triple camera launched: Price, specs, release datelast_img read more

Video: Maryland’s OL Is Reportedly Describing Ohio State As “Spoiled, Entitled, And Not No. 1”

first_imgOhio State's band does a performance against Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State is likely going to hang on against Maryland, but once again, the Buckeyes didn’t look as dominant as they did a year ago. Apparently, even some players on the Terrapins aren’t impressed.BTN’s Rick Pizzo told viewers that some players on Maryland’s offensive line called Ohio State “spoiled, entitled, and not No. 1” on the sideline during the game. Ironically, during the play after the comment, the Buckeyes registered a sack.Well then, Maryland— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 10, 2015Maryland did score 21 points and rack up over 300 yards of offense. But you’re supposed to do the talking when you win, not lose by multiple touchdowns. Still, this will make for some interesting commentary during the week.last_img read more

5 Craft Beers to Celebrate New Beer’s Eve and the Anniversary of the End of Prohibition

first_img Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations With April come pranks and Easter egg hunts and tax frustrations, but there’s one notable spring day you may not know about that makes a great excuse to crack open some one-of-a-kind craft beers.In 1933, people all over the country gathered outside of bars and breweries to count down the minutes until midnight on April 7th, when they would finally be able to purchase alcohol again after nearly 14 years of Prohibition. As they waited in gleeful anticipation, the crowds dubbed the celebratory night New Beer’s Eve, and one of the punny-est (and sudsy-est!) American holidays was born. And today, you can still spend the holiday sampling suds – and getting a little taste of trivia, too – with this round-up of the best beers to toast New Beer’s Eve.Pure Hoppiness, Alpine Beer CompanyWhat better way to celebrate the joy those springtime revelers must have felt when they finally took a sip of their first legal beer in nearly a decade and a half than with a brew curtly named Pure Hoppiness. This IPA from California Brewer Alpine Beer Company promises to take you to “hop heaven” and its unique flavor profile produces an almost fruit-like crispness and a springy flavor that is both prickly and sweet.Crime, Arrogant Brewing CompanyAlthough proponents argued that Prohibition would reduce crime and boost the economy, the ban ultimately had the opposite effect. Once they could no longer depend on revenue from alcohol sales, many businesses had to close, which in turn meant a lot of people were suddenly out of work. On top of this, bootlegging fostered a huge rise in gang activity, encouraged rampant bribery of police officers and Prohibition agents, and made full-blown criminals out of average citizens who simply wanted to toss back a drink or two on a Saturday night. Luckily, you don’t need to keep an eye out for the authorities while you’re enjoying Arrogant Brewing Company’s infamous Crime ale on New Beer’s Eve – but we should warn you, it’s still a little risky. The company brews this beer by blending three varieties of ale with jalapeno, serrano, and other chile peppers, resulting in an intensely unique final flavor profile that’s heavy on the heat.Dawn of the Red IPA, Ninkasi Brewing CompanyCrime wasn’t the only unforeseen consequence of repealing the 18th Amendment. Although we may tend to think of Prohibition as a blanket ban on alcohol in the United States, it didn’t officially ban the consumption of it – only the manufacturing, sale, and distribution. This meant that more people began drinking illegally manufactured alcohol, which could be quite dangerous due to a complete lack of oversight in its production. Home-brewed alcohol was much more easily tainted, and as a result, an average of 1000 Americans died every year during Prohibition from drinking illegal alcohol. Alright, so this trivia tidbit may not put you in a celebratory mood, but a swig of Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Dawn of the Red IPA will. This hop-heavy brew starts with a bitter opening note that quickly crescendos into a fruity mango, pineapple, and papaya blend.Black and Tan, YuenglingThough many companies weren’t able to recover from the financial hit of the Prohibition era, some breweries decided to find a way to survive or go down swinging. Yuengling, established in 1829, survived Prohibition by selling near-beer products and opening a dairy across from their brewery. The dairy turned out quite well for the company – they produced ice cream for over 65 years, even after Prohibition was repealed, and they brought back the sweet treat in 2014. It’s lucky for us this company stuck around, because they’re still brewing strong today with some truly tasty flavors. The Black and Tan, brewed with a combination of traditional and citrus hops, is a silky-smooth ride with delicious hints of coffee and chocolate.Brew Free! Or Die Blood Orange IPA, 21st Amendment BreweryNo New Beer’s Eve celebration would be complete without a toast to the good old fashioned American freedom and democracy that made all those happy toasts on April 6th, 1933 possible. After 13 years, it became obvious that Prohibition was having a negative impact on the lives and freedoms of American citizens – and in 1932, prez-to-be Franklin Delano Roosevelt picked up on the country’s frustrations and campaigned on a promise to end the ban. On March 22, 1933, less than a month after his inauguration, Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, making the sale of drinks with up to 3.2% alcohol legal. As he signed the Act, Roosevelt quipped “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” By the end of that same year, the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition in its entirety. So, raise a frosty mug to your rights this New Beer’s Eve with 21st Amendment’s Brew Free! Or Die Blood Orange – an IPA made with four hop varieties and bursting with fresh citrusy flavor (you’ll love it so much that you may just want to revisit the brewery in the fall, when they release their Fireside Chats Ale – a winter-spiced treat celebrating FDR himself).last_img read more

What Is Burns Night? A Celebration of Scottish Poetry, Haggis, and Whisky

first_imgThink back a few weeks. The ball in Times Square has just dropped. Confetti is has coated every last partygoer in the city and you’ve just kissed the person closest to you (it could be the love of your life or it could literally be the person standing next to you). What do you do next? You sing “Auld Lang Syne,” of course. You know the one:“Should auld acquaintance be forgot / And never brought to mind?”While you know the words, did you know you have the Scottish poet Robert Burns to thank for what is now the New Year’s Eve celebration song? You didn’t and you want to make up for years of not thanking him? Well, you’re in luck. Every year on January 25, lovers of poetry, Scotland, and all things Robert Burns celebrate Burns Night.Before we get into how to celebrate Burns Night, let’s learn a little more about the man himself.Who Is Robert Burns?Library of CongressRobert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, near Ayr in Alloway, Scotland. Both his parents were tenant farmers and he was the youngest of seven. It wasn’t until the early 1780s that a friend of his, Captain Richard Brown, encouraged him to become a poet. Burns continued to bust his ass at various jobs, had a few children, moved around for work, and eventually ended up in Edinburgh, where he published Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect in 1787 (book titles were much simpler then, it seems).Over the next decade, Burns continued to produce poetry, mostly in the Scottish dialect, to great acclaim. Many of-of the poems Burns penned have gone on to popularity, both officially and unofficially, in Scotland over the years. After a hell of a career spanning almost two decades, Burns died in 1797 following a dental extraction. He sired 12 children and had multiple affairs in his lifetime. Because of his work, he became a cultural icon across Scotland. All in all, a productive life, most would say.What Is Burns Night?Graeme Robertson/Getty ImagesIn 1801, five years after his passing, some of Burns’ friends got together to celebrate his life. They ate traditional Scottish food, they drank Scotch whisky, and they recited his poems. This is the tradition that’s been handed down — more or less uninterrupted since its inception — in the form of Burns Night and the Burns Supper, celebrated every January 25 to coincide with Burns’ birthday.Burns Night is celebrated every year on January 25.One of the recitations that occurs at every Burns Supper is “Address to a Haggis,” a poem that celebrates one of Scotland’s national dishes (and is also what is supposed to be served on Burns Night, but more on that soon). Here are the first three stanzas of “Address to a Haggis” in the original dialect:Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,Painch, tripe, or thairm:Weel are ye wordy o’ a graceAs lang’s my airm.The groaning trencher there ye fill,Your hurdies like a distant hill,Your pin wad help to mend a millIn time o’ need,While thro’ your pores the dews distilLike amber bead.His knife see rustic Labour dicht,An’ cut you up wi’ ready slicht,Trenching your gushing entrails bricht,Like ony ditch;And then, O what a glorious sicht,Warm-reekin, rich!Have no clue what that means? Here is a translation, courtesy of the Alexandria Burns Club:Good luck to you and your honest, plump face,Great chieftain of the sausage race!Above them all you take your place,Stomach, tripe, or intestines:Well are you worthy of a graceAs long as my arm.The groaning trencher there you fill,Your buttocks like a distant hill,Your pin would help to mend a millIn time of need,While through your pores the dews distillLike amber bead.His knife see rustic Labour wipe,And cut you up with ready slight,Trenching your gushing entrails bright,Like any ditch;And then, O what a glorious sight,Warm steaming, rich!Of course, any Burns Supper needs some actual victuals. Traditionally, as we mentioned, haggis is the centerpiece of the meal. Haggis, for those that don’t know, is a pudding made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs mixed with vegetables and spices, then served in the animal’s stomach. It doesn’t sound delicious, but it is.How to Celebrate Burns NightYou can buy haggis online, but once you’ve bought the good stuff, how do you prepare it?  Check out the recipe below for haggis with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), which was developed by Jeff Bland for Scotland.A meal wouldn’t be complete without something to drink, and with this being a Scottish meal, whisky is the way to go. A dram of your favorite whisky is perfect, but you could also mix up a few Scotch cocktails while you’re at it.Traditional Haggis with Neeps (Turnips) and Tatties (Potatoes)Blackjake/Getty ImagesIngredients:400 g of haggis (purchased from a good quality butcher)8 shallots4 baking potatoes3 cloves of garlic1 turnip1 sprig of thyme50 g butter50 g creamtu50 g of sugar500 ml of brown chicken stock200 ml of red wine200 ml of cream80 ml of port10 ml of whiskySaltMethod: Scrub the potatoes and bake them whole in the skins in the oven at 180 degrees Fahrenheit until cooked. Remove from the oven and scoop out the flesh of the potatoes and pass through a fine sieve or potato ricer. Add in the cream and butter, and mix.At the same time, peel and dice the turnip, then cook in salted water. Pass through a fine sieve or potato ricer.Follow the butcher’s instructions for the haggis based on size.Use a round metal ring and layer with one third of haggis layer followed by a third of mashed turnip before adding the mashed potatoes to fill the ring.To heat, put in a medium oven until warm.Make a stock from the port, red wine, sugar, garlic, thyme and salt. Simmer in a pan together with the shallots until tender. Remove the tough outside layer of the shallots when cooked.Make a whisky sauce with the brown chicken stock and cream before adding the whisky at the end to taste.Serve the timbale of haggis with shallots and the whisky sauce. 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BIMCO 2018 Absolutely Horrible for Crude Oil Tankers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license A historically bad crude oil tanker market is struggling to find solid support, BIMCO said in its latest report.Earnings for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) in the first half of 2018 were as low at USD 6,001 per day on average, with a Suezmax tanker earning USD 10,908 per day and an Aframax making USD 9,614 per day.All of these are heavily loss-making levels for an industry which needs a much-improved fundamental market balance to lift freight rates above break-even levels into profitable territory, BIMCO informed.“Having enjoyed a very strong 2015 that saw the highest freight rates for crude oil tankers in seven years, 2016 was a step down, but still profit making. As the crude oil tanker fleet kept growing faster than demand in 2017, losses returned to the industry, after three profitable years.”“2018 has been absolutely horrible for the crude oil tankers with freight rates and the fleet utilisation rate falling to a record low level,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst, said.The total crude oil tanker fleet hasn’t grown at all in 2018. The VLCC and Aframax fleets specifically haven’t been growing over the past 12 months. The freight market is severally impacted by very weak demand growth.“Overall, the freight market is oversupplied. The key to higher earnings lies within a very low fleet growth and a return to normalised demand level. The sooner the better – but patience is required,” Sand explained.The first half of the year has seen a very serious deterioration of freight rates when compared to 2017. A drop which the medium to longer term fundamental changes alone cannot explain, BIMCO said.2018 is set to become another loss-making year for the crude oil tanker industry as the industry will most likely have to wait until the second half of 2019 before an improved market balance will yet again deliver profits.last_img read more

Microsoft to mentor startups in tier 2 cities in India

first_imgGandhinagar: Microsoft on Tuesday launched a new initiative called “Highway to a Hundred Unicorns” to mentor and support startups in tier 2 cities in India. Organised in collaboration with the Industries Commissionerate and Gujarat’s Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), more than 250 startups attended the first such event here. Microsoft said it will engage with innovators and entrepreneurs through a series of outreach programs across tier 2 cities and work closely with state governments to strengthen the startup ecosystem. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Through ‘Highway to a Hundred Unicorns’, we will reach out to startups in tier 2 cities and support them to achieve scale at their place of origin,” said Lathika Pai, Country Head, Microsoft for Startups – MENA and SAARC. Some of the key challenges in scaling their businesses include lack of cutting-edge technology support and dearth of mentorship from ecosystem players. “Our tech expertise and experience of engaging with some of the most successful Indian startups will help innovators across the breadth of the country become enterprise ready and scale their operations in India and globally,” she added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Startups will receive guidance and mentorship through technology workshops on subjects like Azure, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Identified top startups in the “Emerge 10-Gujarat” will receive Azure credits and select startups will also be invited to pitch for access to the Microsoft “ScaleUp” programme. The Microsoft “ScaleUp” programme supports Seed or Series A funded B2B and select B2C tech-enabled startups to co-sell with Microsoft sales teams, get access to top tech VCs globally and receive mentorship from the startup ecosystem. With its strong focus on “Microsoft for Startups”, an advanced technology platform, a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, and the venture fund M12, Microsoft said it is uniquely positioned to help startups embrace the next phase of growth and evolve from being market ready to enterprise ready.last_img read more

A lotto heartbreak

first_imgAPTN National NewsA lot of people dream of winning the lottery.Big money can lead to some big dreams.This next story is more a lesson on what not to do with your lottery ticket and about not letting your hopes get the best of you.last_img

Enerplus focuses 600 million budget on growing North Dakota oil production

first_imgCalgary-based Enerplus says it produced an average of 97,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the fourth quarter, up from 88,600 boepd in the same period of 2017.In a three-year forecast, it says it plans to increase average production this year by nine percent and by 10 to 13 percent in 2020 and 2021.Enerplus peers with most of their crude oil production in Canada, including Whitecap Resources Inc. and Crescent Point Energy Corp., have announced cautious budgets for 2019, citing volatile Canadian oil and natural gas prices. CALGARY, A.B. – Enerplus Corp. says it will increase spending and production this year while continuing to focus on its North Dakota Bakken light oil play.The mid-sized producer says it plans to spend between $565 million and $635 million this year, with the mid-point of $600 million set slightly higher than actual spending of $594 million in 2018.Only 7.5 percent of the funds are to be spent in Canada in 2019. Eighty percent is allocated to fund a net 42-well drilling program in North Dakota and the rest is earmarked for its assets in the northeastern U.S. and Colorado.last_img read more

Chetwynd Fire Department responds to fire at Canfor Sawmill

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Fire Department responded to fire Saturday night while the temperature was minus 27.Crews were called to the Canfor Sawmill in Chetwynd just after 11 p.m. February 2, 2019.  The fire was in a portable air compressor at the sawmill.The compressor was quickly extinguished by the fire department.  One employee suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital.  The employee is commended for her quick response.last_img

Audit results for Access to Emergency Health Services

first_imgYet targets in Rural and Remote areas are being met.The Fire Department First Responders play an essential role in supporting BCEHS providing a quick response but the BCEHS does not have a coordinated approach with the Fire Department.The Auditor General shares improved collaboration with fire departments is needed to support the consistent application of medical standards, information sharing, and improvements to patient care.Yet improving this coordination will not be easy for several reasons, as the fire department first responders are employed by local governments, while BCEHS is part of the provincial government. As well, BCEHS and some municipalities have different views on how the fire department first responders can best support BCEHS in providing effective access to emergency health services.These challenges may require support from the provincial government shared the Auditor General to creating solutions. VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) was recently audited and knows where they are succeeding and where they need work.The BCEHS is usually the first point of contact for someone that requires medical attention as they are being transported to a health care facility or hospital. The goal of the BCEHS is to provide timely and appropriate access to health care when provided.The BCEHS struggles to get out in a timely matter to provide critical care yet their greatest disadvantage is in urban centres where the desired time of arrival is 9 minutes and the actual time is reached 50 percent of the time, shared the audit report. This increases the risk to patients not receiving care in the time they need it.last_img read more

Arconic no longer considering sale shares slide

NEW YORK — Shares of Arconic are sliding at the opening bell after the aluminum maker said it’s no longer exploring a sale.The company formerly known as Alcoa had considered a sale over the past year, but said Tuesday that it didn’t receive any offers it thought was in its best interests.The maker of aluminum parts for the aviation and automotive industries was created after Alcoa split into two companies in 2016.Shares in Arconic Inc. have lost about one-third of their value in the past 12 months, at tumbled 20 per cent in early trading.The Associated Press

UN relief chief urges unfettered access for aid workers in Darfur

23 August 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official today urged all parties to the conflict in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur today to ensure that humanitarian workers are free of harassment and intimidation as they endeavour to help those in need. In his last briefing to the Security Council as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes noted that the humanitarian situation in the area is steadily deteriorating this year due to resumed clashes between Government forces and rebels, as well as stepped up tribal fighting.“The level of restrictions imposed on humanitarian operations, and of harassment, threats and violence directed at humanitarian personnel, is once again becoming unacceptable,” he stressed.“All this render the civilians we are trying to help even more vulnerable.”Mr. Holmes pointed to the recent politically-driven deadly violence over the Darfur peace process in Kalma camp, one of the largest sites sheltering people uprooted by fighting.Thousands of Kalma’s residents have had their lives disrupted, forcing many to flee, hampering the delivery of humanitarian services.“This situation was further aggravated when local authorities denied NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and UN agencies access to the camp for 15 days after 1 August, amid suggestions that they wanted to get rid of the camp altogether,” the official said.This move prevented a proper assessment of the humanitarian situation and prevented camp residents from receiving aid.Six NGOs and UN agencies were allowed to deliver medicines and fuel to power water pumps in the camp on 16 August, shortly after intense dialogue between the world body and Sudanese authorities.Of the 82,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kalma before the violence broke out, aid organizations and state authorities found that between 50,000 to 60,000 camp inhabitants remained, and they have also began drawing up an action plan to respond to gaps and to help the uprooted, wherever they may now be.The current situation in the camp is reported to be calm, Mr. Holmes said, largely due to around-the-clock patrols carried out by the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID.“This underscores the vital importance of UNAMID’s mandate on the protection of the civilian population and of the close cooperation between the humanitarian community and the mission,” he said, adding that the situation is tense and fragile, with Government talk of moving IDPs out of Kalma and dismantling the camp ongoing.UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York today that over the weekend, 13 houses for IDPs were burned to the ground in one area of Kalma. He added that the Humanitarian Aid Commission continues to grant access to NGOs to Kalma, but that some of the assistance is not getting through.Further, he said that no new population movements have been reported either within or out of the camp.Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, also called today for restrictions against aid workers to be lifted in Eastern Jebel Marra, where some 100,000 people have been affected by fighting between the Government and members of the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).“In this environment, it is important that we insist on strict adherence to basic humanitarian principles by all parties to the conflict,” he stressed. “All concerned need to understand that humanitarian action is carried out by independent and neutral actors to alleviate human suffering, that assistance is provided impartially, based on humanitarian needs alone, and that the humanitarian community in Darfur is committed to upholding these principles in every aspect of its work.”Following the meeting, the Council “condemned the instigation of violence in Kalma camp,” welcoming UNAMID’s efforts to restore calm.“The members of the Council stressed the need for a demilitarisation of this and other IDP camps in Darfur,” Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the body’s rotating presidency this month, said in a statement to the press.They spoke out against attacks against aid workers and UN personnel and Darfur, voicing concern over ongoing restrictions on aid workers.“They recall the obligation of the Sudanese authorities and all other parties to ensure timely and unhindered humanitarian access,” as well as reiterating the importance of ensuring “an effective and inclusive process of political settlement in Darfur,” the statement continued.UNAMID said today that after nearly five days, clashes between the Misseriya and Rezeghat tribes are reported to be continuing in the Kass region, some 90 kilometres northwest of Nyala, in South Darfur.The Deputy Wali, or Governor, of South Darfur attempted to mediate between the groups over the weekend, and a UNAMID verification mission is under way to assess the situation, including the number of casualties. read more

Air Canada plans appeal of heavy maintenance court ruling

MONTREAL — Air Canada is contravening federal law by not maintaining heavy-maintenance operations in Canada, the Quebec Superior Court ruled Monday.In a 39-page ruling, Justice Martin Castonguay said the airline has an obligation under the Air Canada Public Participation Act to maintain such operations in Montreal and Winnipeg, along with Mississauga, Ont., where smaller overhaul work was completed by Aveos Fleet Performance until it closed last year.Quebec’s former Liberal government launched a lawsuit against the airline last April following the closure of Aveos, whose bankruptcy resulted in 2,600 employees losing their jobs, including 1,800 in Montreal.Aveos had announced plans to liquidate its assets under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act on March 20, citing a decline in business from Air Canada. Various parts of Aveos have been sold off to businesses in Canada and abroad.“The court concludes that Air Canada doesn’t respect the law put in place when it privatized in 1988,” the judge wrote.Castonguay said Parliament couldn’t have envisioned 25 years ago that the carrier would let go highly specialized jobs in Canada, only to create the same specialized jobs abroad.After Aveos closed, Air Canada gave American company AAR a five-year renewable contract to maintain its airplanes in a specially built facility in Duluth, Minn., that employs 350 workers.“If Air Canada wants to modify its business plan so significantly, it must be supported by a legislative change,” added Castonguay.Quebec’s former government argued that a federal law passed in 1988 required the airline to maintain those aircraft overhaul functions in Canada even though it obtained contrary legal advice from the federal Justice Department.Montreal-based Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) had argued that it respected the law by conducting aircraft maintenance at its three Canadian facilities. It also told the court that the Quebec and Manitoba governments have no jurisdiction because aviation is a federal matter.It frequently cited a ruling by Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Newbould that concluded the carrier met the act’s requirements by having its own overhaul and maintenance operations.“Air Canada will be appealing this Quebec Superior Court decision, given the importance of the matter, and makes no further comment at this time,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.But Castonguay said his ruling isn’t inconsistent with Newbould’s decision because it was rendered when Air Canada continued to contract work to Aveos in addition to what it completed internally.The union representing former Aveos employees said it is pleased with the ruling.“We hope it will help us to get our guys back to work, but Air Canada contests the Quebec Superior Court decision so the battle will continue and we hope to eventually be the winners,” said Georges Bujold, general chairman, eastern region, for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.He said workers shouldn’t expect to get their jobs back quickly because the legal process could be dragged out for months and months if the case eventually winds its way to the Supreme Court. Forcing Air Canada to provide heavy maintenance work in Canada would also be costly if it is forced to cancel long-term contracts.Bujold added the union is concerned that the Harper Conservatives will change the law to short-circuit the legal challenges.“We never know with the Tories what position they would take but it wouldn’t surprise the IAM that Air Canada would make that request to the prime minister or the minister of transport to revisit the Air Canada Act and make those modifications.”Quebec said the closure of Aveos caused the loss of 1,785 jobs and $18.5-million of taxes, while Manitoba claimed nearly 600 jobs lost and $5.5-million of taxes.The court heard that Air Canada paid Aveos $450-million to do work in 2011 alone, but that the company faced growing problems after the airline began to pull back the volume of repair work.The Quebec government couldn’t be immediately reached for comment, but Manitoba welcomed the court ruling.“This is a positive ruling for Manitoba as the Quebec Court has ruled that by closing its maintenance and overhaul facilities in Montreal it is in violation of the Air Canada Public Participation Act,” said Rachel Morgan, press secretary to cabinet.“Unfortunately, it appears that Air Canada will appeal this ruling. If so, Manitoba will consider its options.”After Quebec filed its lawsuit, the Harper government reiterated that it had no power to save Aveos jobs.In Ottawa, Transportation Minister Denis Lebel reiterated that the federal government has no power to save the Aveos jobs.“Air Canada is a private company in the same way (as) Aveos,” Transportation Minister Denis Lebel said in the House of Commons.“We presented a legal opinion which confirms that Air Canada respect the laws and we will let the Air Canada people take their business decisions.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed down five cents, or 2%, at $2.43 in Monday trading. read more

Wildlife officers on strike

Wildlife officers have decided to go on strike after some officers were attacked by villagers in the Ambanpola area last evening.The wildlife officers were returning after rescuing an elephant from a ditch yesterday when they were attacked by angry villagers. Vice Chairman of the Wildlife Regulatory Officers Association, A.J.D.K Tennakoon said that the wildlife officers want those involved in the attack arrested.The police said that a vehicle of the wildlife department was also damaged in the attack by the villagers. One wildlife officer was injured and admitted to hospital following the attack while the others had managed to escape to a nearby jungle. The villagers had been agitated over the fact that the wildlife officers had freed the elephant in the area close to a village.

Departing UN spokesman highlights Afghanistans progress remaining challenges

United Nations spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva gave his final briefing in Afghanistan today after more than three tumultuous years, highlighting some of the country’s successes during his tenure there but also pointing out the remaining challenges in the rebuilding process.Offering his perspective on progress so far, Mr. de Almeida e Silva, the spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), recalled the early days of his tour, when the capital Kabul was “a sea of destroyed buildings” as well as “empty streets, very few cars, a number of bicycles, and fewer people than what we see now.”Illustrating the lack of national capacity, he noted that one of the first priorities of the international community had been “to put furniture in the offices of ministers, to put glass in the windows, to give a set of cars to government officials, because there was nothing” at the time.”There were no phones,” he added. “If you wanted to have a meeting you had to give a driver a piece of paper to say [to the person you wanted to see]: ‘Meet me at such a place and at such a time.'”While acknowledging that much remains to be done, he voiced satisfaction at improvements over the past three years and cited progress in the realms of education and health. “There are more than four million children in school, which this country never had before; 30 per cent of them are girls,” he said. “Polio is about to be eradicated.”The spokesman also paid tribute to the reporters covering Afghanistan. “This is a key role of the media as society’s watchdog – through your questions and your stories you contribute to the transparency and accountability of governments and institutions like the United Nations.”He noted that last year’s election had been a particularly telling milestone. “Who would have thought that more than eight million people would come out and vote in spite of the fears? There were fears in those days, we all remember that – but people went out and voted.”Mr. de Almeida de Silva, who has previously worked for the UN in the former Yugoslavia, Guatemala and other field missions, will head to New York for a new assignment at the world body’s Headquarters. read more

Weekly applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 331K near a 5year

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remained near the lowest level in more than five years last week, a sign that companies are cutting few jobs.First-time applications for benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 331,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four week average, a less volatile measure, inched up 750 to 331,250 after falling to its lowest level since November 2007 the previous week.Applications for unemployment benefits reflect layoffs. At the depths of the recession in March 2009, they numbered 670,000. The average has fallen 10 per cent this year.All told, nearly 4.5 million people received unemployment benefits in the week that ended Aug. 10, the latest period for which figures are available. That’s about 30,000 more than in the previous week.Though employers are cutting few jobs, most have yet to start hiring aggressively. Fewer layoffs can increase net job gains, even if hiring doesn’t rise much.Employers have added an average of 192,000 jobs a month since January. That’s enough to gradually lower the unemployment rate, which fell to 7.4 per cent in July.The economy is growing at a pace that might be too weak to accelerate hiring. It expanded at a 2.5 per cent annual rate from April to June, the government said Thursday. That’s up sharply from the government’s previous estimate of 1.7 per cent.Growth may not be picking up much in the current July-September quarter. Manufacturing and housing, two key sectors, have shown signs of weakening. Rising interest rates may be slowing the housing recovery, which could lead to fewer construction jobs. Sales of new homes plummeted in July to their lowest level in nine months.And a measure of pending home sales — which reflects the number of people who sign contracts to buy homes — fell in July. That suggested that final sales could slow in the coming months.U.S. factories received fewer orders in July for long-lasting goods, a sign of less-than-robust manufacturing output. Businesses cut back on orders for computers, electrical equipment and other costly items. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2013 9:13 am MDT Weekly applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 331K, near a 5-year low read more

My Jobseekers Allowance was cut to €40 a week I cant afford

first_img 139 Comments Anonymous Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Anonymous I’M A 23-YEAR-OLD media production graduate. I’ve spent four years in third-level education, and have spent nine months working under the JobBridge scheme, working for €5 an hour.I’m from a small rural town, with little to no employment opportunities. There aren’t any jobs in retail or the service industry, never mind in the media industry. On a Jobseeker’s Allowance payment of €100 a week, I had a tiny sense of comfort in the knowledge that I could use my payment to travel for job interviews.I can’t afford to look for a jobNow, my payment has been assessed against my parents’ incomes, and I have been reduced to a payment of €40 a week. How can I possibly afford to get a job? Getting a job costs money. There are the travel expenses, which can range from €40 to €70 a train ticket. There’s the right clothes you need to wear to present yourself as a professional.Getting a job isn’t easy. So many of us have studied for years to find ourselves unemployed wearing the cap and gown.I’m not some entitled millennialI know what some of you are thinking… that I’m a spoilt, entitled millennial who should just “get a job” and “suck it up”. At least this has been the general response that I get when I tell people my problems.Since graduating in 2015, all I was able to get was a JobBridge scheme. At 23 years of age, that’s 30-40 hours a week of work for a measly €150 a week. I thought that after four years of study, and nine months of free labour, I’d finally get a proper job. But I’m still waiting for that job to come my way.JobBridge has its upsides Source: Shutterstock/SanchaiRatI will admit that my Jobbridge internship was hugely beneficial to me. Mainly, it greatly increased my confidence in the workplace. I now feel confident in my abilities and talents.The company I was with did want to keep me on as a staff member afterwards, but unfortunately they are publicly funded and they had already met their staff quota. The funding simply just isn’t there for an additional staff member. Half of the staff members at present are on Community Employment placements.I did get a few interviews after my internship, and my media experience was looked on favourably. It was clear that I was more appealing to employers now than I had been as a fresh graduate.No experience equals no job offerHowever, I have been unsuccessful so far. When I’ve asked for feedback from employers, the main problem has been that I don’t have “enough” adequate experience.Before you make assumptions, note that until my “dream job” presents itself, I am more than happy to work in retail. The problem is that very few retail employers even entertain my application knowing that I’ve attended college for media production.They tell me that they want someone who can commit long-term and they believe that having studied at third-level, I won’t commit to them. So, I turn back to media, IT, and marketing but my application is unsuccessful because I don’t have adequate experience.At this point, I as an Irish citizen should be able to turn to social welfare to help support me during my time of unemployment. But, as a 23-year-old, that option is unavailable. We as under 25 year olds are only entitled to €100 a week Jobseekers Allowance, regardless of if we are living independently or not. That number dwindles even further when you live with your employed parents.I’m sure the reasoning behind this is they want us young graduates to emigrate. I am more than happy to do so. But, to emigrate, I need money. And to get money, I need a job. To get a job, I need experience. To get experience, I need a job. Without a job, I need a bank loan, which I can only get with an income. And so the vicious circle continues…Nowhere to turnI want to make something clear here. I’m not looking for handouts. I would work anywhere, and this is evident through my job applications. But it feels like I’m getting nowhere.I know some of you are probably thinking that I shouldn’t expect money for doing nothing. And you’re absolutely right. I shouldn’t. No-one should. But many people do. Which is why we’re in the predicament we’re in.In the Celtic Tiger days, countless people lived on Jobseekers Allowance unquestioned and weren’t that fussed about getting a job. When the country crashed, young people took the fall.Increased college fees, year after year, reduced social welfare payments, little to no employment opportunities. With nowhere to turn, hundreds of us emigrated, and left behind the country that failed us so terribly.With Brexit, working in the UK is soon going to become much harder for Irish people. I myself frequently apply to jobs in the UK, and receive almost instant rejection emails when I fully meet the criteria. I have a hunch that British employers are weary of taking on Irish people due to Brexit.Instead of cutting the longterm unemployed, they cut meIf I were 3 years older, I would be classed as an independent. I would receive €188 a week unquestioned, even if I were living with my parents. This is the main issue.Anyone living with their parents should be deducted by their parents’ incomes, regardless of age. Age should never have been a deciding factor.When I think of the amount of people I know personally, who are older than me and have been unemployed for years, I wonder why they aren’t being questioned about why they have medical cards, rent allowance, back to education allowance, Christmas bonuses etc.I realise that they have all of that and I don’t because the State doesn’t want the future generations to live off the State too. So instead of cutting them, they cut me.I’m not looking for a free rideI don’t want a free ride. I want the Department of Social Protection to assist me as an Irish adult in my time of need. I feel this should be an entitlement of all Irish unemployed citizens. Not just a select few.As I’ve been cut, how can I attend job interviews? I am sickened, and heartbroken, at the price we as young people are paying.The author of this piece has requested to remain anonymous.Ireland has the highest rate of young people receiving benefits across 35 countries>Irish jobs: Unemployment is down again but we shouldn’t be complacent> Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM Share112 Tweet Email3 ‘My Jobseeker’s Allowance was cut to €40 a week – I can’t afford to go to interviews’ I don’t want a free ride. I want the Department of Social Protection to assist me. Nov 27th 2016, 8:30 PM Short URL 9,737 Views last_img read more

Un hacker sur quatre renseigne le FBI

first_imgUn hacker sur quatre renseigne le FBIUne enquête du Guardian révèle que le FBI recrute des informateurs parmi les hackers en utilisant la menace. L’enquête menée par le journal britannique The Guardian fait froid dans le dos. Le quotidien y révèle les méthodes utilisées par le FBI afin de s’assurer du renseignement sur les hackers américains. Ce serait ainsi 25% d’entre eux qui informeraient le Bureau Fédéral des Investigations. Pour les “recruter”, le FBI utilise une méthode simple mais efficace, la menace de longues peines de prison. La méconnaissance de ces hackers en matière juridique explique qu’ils soient facilement impressionnables indique Zdnet. Une situation qui entraîne une certaine paranoïa dans ce milieu. Un ancien porte-parole d’Anonymous explique d’ailleurs que le FBI est “toujours là. Ils surveillent en permanence les chatrooms”. Ce qui n’a pas empêché le groupe de hackers LulzSec de s’en prendre au site affilié au FBI…Le 8 juin 2011 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat 11 Get New Characters For EVO

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form EVO, the premier fighting game tournament, is this weekend. So get ready to see lots of colorful characters, both in the games and in real-life in the case of SonicFox, go at it in a lineup featuring the newest and best games in the genre. With so much glory (and money) on the line, lots of folks will be tuning in online or even on ESPN2. So naturally game publishers are eager to hype up this showcase of their products.One of the easiest ways to build hype at EVO is to announce a new character for your fighting game. Cool characters are the lifeblood of fighting games, and new characters can change everything players think they know about the competitive scene they know and love. Nintendo already got ahead of this by just releasing The Hero from Dragon Quest as a bonkers new DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the biggest game at the show. But two other huge fighting games, Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat 11, have just revealed new characters as well.After these characters were first leaked, Capcom confirmed the latest additions to Street Fighter V, characters that will be available during the tournament itself. First, E. Honda finally joined the roster. The sumo wrestler was the only character from the classic Street Fighter 2 cast still missing so it’s about time. Meanwhile, the Street Fighter/Final Fight relationship got even more incestuous with two more characters Metro City. Sadistic Mad Gear gangster Poison returns with her whips. Opposing her is police officer Lucia with her Harley Quinn accent and Sonya Blade tactics.Meanwhile, we also already know about many of the characters coming soon to Mortal Kombat 11 like Sindel and Spawn as well as rumored characters like Ash, The Joker, and The Terminator. However, NetherRealm just dropped the first gameplay trailer for Nightwolf, debuting in early access August 13. This Native American warrior returns from Mortal Kombat 3. He uses a variety of spiritual powers drawn from bears and wolves as well perfectly fine weapons like axes and bows. Time for some payback.For more on fighting games, check out our ultimate history of the genre and read our reviews of Mortal Kombat 11, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Stay on targetlast_img read more