Delighted to have Ravichandran Ashwin in the team, says Virat Kohli

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets in England’s second innings as India cruised to victory in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday to wrap up the five-match series with a game to spare.England, who resumed the final day on 182/6, were only able to add 13 more runs to their total as Ashwin took all four remaining wickets in a little more than half an hour and the hosts won by an innings and 36 runs. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)The five-wicket haul was the 24th for the world’s top-ranked Test bowler and his seventh 10-wicket haul, after the 30-year-old also took six wickets in England’s first innings, inspired India to an unassailable 3-0 lead. He finished with an impressive match figures of 12/167.Apart from captain Virat Kohli, nobody has been more important to India’s Test success on home soil than Ashwin and today when India, the world top-ranked Test side, wrapped up a memorable win in Mumbai, Kohli couldn’t stop himself from praising the lanky spinner for his contributions. (Ravichandran Ashwin’s golden Test run in 2016 continues)”Ashwin obviously is a champion bowler, we are running out of words to describe his performances. Every Test we play a game, he’s there bagging the Man of the Match award and even the Man of the Series award. He has won so many,” Kohli said after the match.”So, you can understand the impact that he has had in this team going to No.1 and where we stand today, I think 50-60 per cent of that has been Ashwin’s effort to be very honest. The batsmen have played second fiddle to his performances. He has contributed with the bat as well,” he added.advertisementAshwin, who is the quickest Indian and second-fastest in the world to reach the 200-wicket mark in Tests, is the third Indian to take more than 50 wickets and score in excess of 500 runs in Tests in a calendar year.Ashwin, who is also the No.1 all-rounder, has been in terrific form this year and is winning India matches not only with his exceptional bowling but also by batting brilliantly.In 11 Tests this year, Ashwin has scalped 71 wickets, including eight five-wicket hauls. Whereas, he has amassed 545 runs in 13 innings this year, including two centuries against the West Indies and three fifties. Overall, Ashwin has 247 wickets and 1749 runs in 43 Tests.A tall off-spinner who bowls in half-sleeves, Ashwin is a rarity in an age when many slow bowlers look to hide the extent of their elbow bend under full sleeves. Ashwin has a penchant for targeting the opposition’s best batsman, and his ‘carrom’ ball – a finger-spinner delivered with the knuckle – has flummoxed the best players of spin. He also bowls a slider and has the ability to summon up the occasional leg-break when he feels he needs it.Kohli praised Ashwin for his intelligence and said any team would love to have him in their squad.”I am just delighted to have a guy like that in the team. Any team would love to have Ashwin in their squad right now. Such an intelligent cricketer, knows his field, knows his bowling, knows his batting and the opposition knows that. So, it is very difficult to get past him and a real boost for team India,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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22-year-old boxer from Mizoram creates history by vanquishing World No.1 Dusmatov

first_imgAt the age of just 22 years, Nutlai Lalbiakkima from a village in Mizoram has created history in the boxing world. Unfortunately, he could not experience the limelight like other sportsmen, but now, his achievement will be noticed by the entire world.Belonging to Siaha, a small village in Mizoram, the boy has amazed the entire world by defeating the prevailing Olympic light weight (49 kg) champion and emerged as an excellent boxer. The young boxer vanquished Hasanboy Dusmatov and reached the 49kg semifinals of the President’s Cup tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan”I have watched all his (Dusmatov) videos and it’s was a very special win. I used speed along with counter-punches and well-judged guard to keep Hasanboy at bay”, a delighted Lalbiakkima said from Astana to The Times of India.Read: Prevention of Corruption Act diluted? What changes did the amendment bill bring?Lalbiakkima’s background:Lalbiakkima belongs to a humble family. His mother takes care of the family by selling fish in the local market as his father is asthmaticLalbiakkima was exposed to boxing for the first time in a Pro-boxing tournament in 2009He is currently under the training of 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Suranjoy Singh in Navy Nagar, MumbaiLalbiakkima had also emerged as the 2015 ‘pro’ championHe had won bronze in the 2017 NationalsHe also got selected at the Mizoram Regional Sports Authority Center in 2011 “I played the 2017 Senior Nationals in Vishakhapatnam where I won a bronze. My performance was observed by the Santiago Nieva sir (federation’s high performance director) as well as Suranjoy Singh sir and then I was called to come and join the trials for Indian team in Patiala. And since that day, I have been working hard and only dreaming to represent India. I am thankful to God and all who have helped me in my journey so far,” an emotional Lalbiakkima said to the journal.advertisementHere is a list of some famous boxers of India:Mohammed Ali QamarPu ZoramthangaMary KomVijender SinghAkhil KumarRead: Why did West Bengal become ‘Bangla’? Here are the Indian states with changed namesInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Brooks Koepka survives to win PGA Championship after crowd sense a collapse

first_imgA coronation almost turned into a calamity but Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday and establish himself as golf’s new top dog.The American, who had held a seven-stroke lead at the start of the final round, almost lost control of the title when he made four successive bogeys from the 11th hole before staving off Dustin Johnson for a two-stroke victory at Bethpage Black.Koepka shot a four-over-par 74 to finish at eight-under 272 and captured his fourth major title in his last eight starts in grand slam events.Johnson (69) was second on six-under, with Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay and Britain’s Matt Wallace four strokes further back tied for third.What had seemed for much of the tournament to be a coronation almost became a calamity on Sunday, to the delight of most of the raucous New York gallery, who were openly cheering against Koepka as he walked off the 14th green with a tenuous one-stroke lead.He has played with a chip on his shoulder his entire career, and hearing chants in his face of “D.J., D.J.” only served to fire him up as he walked down the steep hill and across Round Swamp Road to the 15th tee at Bethpage Black.Johnson was playing the adjacent 16th hole when the chants went up after Koepka’s mini-collapse.”I wasn’t nervous. I was just in shock at what was going on,” Koepka said. “When they started chanting D.J. on 14, it actually kind of helped.advertisement”That was probably the best thing that could have happened … helped me refocus and hit a good one down 15.”Koepka’s playing companion Harold Varner III, however, was annoyed by the crowd reaction.”I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke,” Varner said.”That’s not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that. I have a few choice words for that. Just cheering for him to do bad, I just don’t get that.”Johnson, however, subsequently bogeyed the 16th after misjudging his approach shot in the strong and gusty winds and the lead was back up to two strokes.In becoming the first champion to lead wire-to-wire since Hal Sutton in 1983, Koepka successfully defended his title and also displaced Johnson as world number one.Koepka, who also won back-to-back U.S. Open titles in 2017-18, admitted his run of bogeys had put him under pressure.”Tell you what, the hour spent from number 11 to 14 was interesting,” Koepka said. “I just got stuck in a bogey train. I just made mistakes at the wrong time.”You’ve got to hit good drives and I put it in the rough. I challenge anyone to play this course in 15-to 20 miles-per-hour winds and see what they shoot.””Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was, how stressful D.J. made it.”I know for a fact, that was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life … on 18.”Also Read | Tiger Woods double bogey on 1st hole, Brooks Koepka birdiesAlso Read | Tiger Woods sued after employee dies in car crashAlso Seelast_img read more

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Höegh LNG Names Its Tenth FSRU

first_imgHöegh LNG, a Norwegian owner and operator of floating LNG import terminals, has named its tenth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), Höegh Galleon.The naming ceremony for HN2220 was held at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea on June 26, 2019.On the occasion, Höegh LNG welcomed Kylie Hargreaves as a sponsor. Hargreaves is Head of Government and Stakeholder Relations for Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) and works with the Port Kembla LNG import project in Australia where Höegh LNG has been selected as the FSRU provider. Under the exclusivity agreement reached last year, AIE has the right to lease one of Höegh LNG’s 300-meter-long 170,000 cbm FSRUs.As informed, the 170,000 dwt FSRU LNG newbuild is scheduled for delivery in August this year. The Marshall Islands-flagged Höegh Galleon features a length of 297.5 meters and a width of 43.4 meters.Last year, Höegh LNG received commitments for sale and leaseback financing of up to USD 206 million for Höegh Galleon. The facility is provided by CCB Financial Leasing (CCBFL), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Construction Bank (CCB).In 2018, Höegh LNG took delivery of two FSRU newbuilds, Höegh Esperanza and Höegh Gannet. Combined with the nine FSRUs already in operation and following the delivery of the company’s tenth FSRU, Höegh LNG will have a fleet of 10 FSRUs as well as two LNG carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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UK business groups plead for deal to prevent nodeal Brexit

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s five leading business groups are pleading with the government to act to prevent the country’s departure from the European Union without a deal.In an unusual expression of unity, the groups that represent hundreds of thousands of businesses employing millions told the nation’s leaders to put their political party affiliations aside and prevent a so-called “no deal” Brexit.The statement says “businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The lack of progress … means that the risk of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is rising.”The statement was signed by the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the manufacturers’ organization called EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of DirectorsThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Morocco Sentences 9 People Protesting in Jerada After Mining Deaths

By Josh BabbRabat – Several accidental deaths in defunct mines initially sparked the protests in Jerada last December, which extended until the spring of this year. The nine sentences on Thursday were the first punishments to be formally handed down in the Jerada case by the Moroccan court system in the nearby city of Oujda. The court charged the nine with “destruction of public property, incitement to commit crimes and offenses or participation in a non-violent demonstration,” their lawyer said in a statement to AFP. The court gave its ruling one day after another informal miner, 25, died in a mine collapse on Wednesday, November 7.Read also: 25-Year-Old Miner Dies in Jerada Mine CollapseThe judicial system held all nine in custody since mid-March following prolonged clashes between protesters and police.The government closed Jerada’s coal mines in 1998. Due to a lack of economic opportunity, many workers in the town take risks to continue extracting resources from the mines. In two separate mine accidents, four informal miners died in December alone.  Demonstrations quickly swelled in size attracting as many as 20,000 people, all calling for the Moroccan government to fix the economic and social disparities which plague the region. The protests sometimes turned violent. In mid-March demonstrators clashed with police and torched five police vehicles, causing an unspecified number of injuries to officers and activists. Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, criticized the government’s response, saying, “The authorities must allow peaceful protest by prioritising the safety of protesters. People should be free to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and security forces should never be allowed to use excessive force against protesters.”In the wake of the Jerada protests, Moroccan officials have pledged new economic opportunities for the region including the opening of new mines and a pledge to turn the region into an industrial zone, “which will provide young entrepreneurs in several business sectors with the opportunity to carry out their projects.”Read also: Morocco Signs Agreements to Revive Socio-Economic Integration of Jerada Youths read more

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Bosnian Muslim army chief receives threeyear jail term from UN tribunal

15 September 2008The head of the Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s was today sentenced by a United Nations court to three years’ imprisonment over the cruel treatment his troops inflicted on Bosnian Serb soldiers captured during the conflict. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, found Rasim Delić guilty of failing to take necessary and reasonable measures to prevent and punish the cruel treatment carried out by the El Mujahed Detachment of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The charge focused on crimes committed in Livade village and Kamenica camp in central Bosnia in July-August 1995, when 12 Bosnian Serb soldiers were subject to maltreatment by detachment members that included severe beatings and electric shocks.The trial of Mr. Delić, who served as Commander of the Main Staff of the army, heard that the captured soldiers were also forced to kiss the severed heads of other detainees.But the ICTY trial chamber acquitted Mr. Delić of three counts of murder and cruel treatment, relating to three separate incidents involving the detachment – which was comprised of foreign Muslim fighters – between 1993 and 1995. The detachment came into existence in August 1993 as the result of an order from Mr. Delić.This included the killing of 24 Bosnian Croat civilians and soldiers by Mujahedin troops in the central Bosnian villages of Maline and Bikoši. The ICTY found that no superior-subordinate relationships existed between Mr. Delić and the troops at that time.Announcing the sentence, the judges on the tribunal noted the appallingly brutal nature of the maltreatment against the captured soldiers, but also that Mr. Delić was found to have imputed, rather than actual, knowledge of these crimes. read more

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Fluidity of Enbridges pipeline plans a frustration at environmental hearings

“What concerns me and my clients is mainly to what extent there’s continual changes to the design, continual changes to the route. At some point I’m trying to understand what exactly will be built”PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — For critics, the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is a moving target — literally — and the uncertainty of everything from the route to the type of steel that will be used in the pipeline is a source of frustration at environmental assessment hearings.For a third day Thursday, a panel of experts who have worked on the project proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge were questioned under oath at final hearings in Prince George, B.C.And for a third day, frustrations were palpable on both sides as interveners seeking answers about the $6-billion project came up against experts who simply don’t have definitive answers at this stage of the proposal.“I can’t help but get the sense from some of the answers that this panel has given that very much what’s going on here is a work in progress, that you’ve put together a proposal and there’s a lot of preliminary process and preliminary design, but with respect to the actual pipeline — where it will go, what it will look like, how it will cross certain streams — that it’s very much, ’We don’t really know at this stage.’ Is that fair?” asked Tim Leadam, the lawyer for EcoJustice, which represents a coalition of conservation groups at the hearings.Ray Doering, manager of engineering for the Northern Gateway project, said Enbridge has filed a preliminary design and supplemental information, and the review hearings themselves will result in further changes before a detailed design is completed.“We have provided the preliminary feasibility assessments but we have made it very clear that there is further work and further process that needs to be undertaken to finalize those, crossing methodologies, in this case,” said Doering, one of nine experts sworn-in at the hearings.Asked for specifics about the crossing of one of nearly 800 water course crossings on the latest incarnation of the pipeline route, Drummond Cavers, the project’s geotechnical engineer, said they are “part way through” geotechnical investigations.Unable to get specific answers about another part of the route on the Maurice River, Leadam said he is trying to understand the process.“Because what concerns me and my clients is mainly to what extent there’s continual changes to the design, continual changes to the route. At some point I’m trying to understand what exactly will be built,” he told the panel.“Now I’m told there’s going to be a route revision V, so that means that there’s a different route that will be built than the one that we’ve all been focused upon, which is U.“Do I have that evidence right, Mr. Doering, that there’s now a route revision V that’s being contemplated?”“Yes,” Doering. “We have identified the anticipated changes going from Route U to Route V.”B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake had a similar complaint after the province’s initial two days of questioning.Lake said he was “extremely concerned” about the incomplete responses from Enbridge experts.“One thing that is crystal clear after the last two days is that Enbridge/Northern Gateway is putting off making commitments about including these systems in the pipeline design until after they get approval to proceed,” Lake said in a statement after hearings ended on Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward John Carruthers, president of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, said outside the hearings that after the environmental assessment is complete, final design and planning continue under the eyes of the National Energy Board.“We will have spent $300 million getting through this part of the process, to getting to a decision: Is the pipeline in the Canadian interest and what will be the environmental impact of that project,” Carruthers told reporters.“After those larger questions are answered at this stage, the NEB has a very thorough process as the specifics of construction are decided.”The company has filed more than 20,000 pages of documents with the joint review panel, more information than has been filed on any pipeline in the past, he said.“People want to know the specifics, but there’s another phase if the project is approved, then we have to go into the more detailed design and the NEB approves that as well,” he said.That’s not good enough for those concerned about potential environmental impacts of the 1,100-kilometre twin pipelines that will carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands to a tanker port on the B.C. coast, and condensate from Kitimat back to Bruderheim, Alta.Chris Peter, a local engineer, was trying to find out whether the company will use a higher standard of pipe in construction of the Northern Gateway. He was told it “would be considered.”“It probably would reassure Canadians… to actually see that clause in the Enbridge standards somewhere…,” said Peter, a Prince George businessman who has spent hundreds of hours of his own time evaluating the documents as an independent intervener in the panel proceedings. read more

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CEB instructed to pay interest on deposit for connections

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator has issued guidelines to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Lanka Electricity Company private limited (LECO) to pay an interest on security deposit of electricity consumers which CEB and LECO receive when providing an electricity connection.Electricity consumers are entitled to receive a payment for the security deposits under the Section 28 of Electricity Act No.20 of 2009, where it describes the Distribution Licensee (CEB or LECO) to pay interest on such sum of money at the rate approved by the PUCSL for the period in which security deposit remains in the hands of the licensee. Accordingly, the interest payment on security deposit of the retail consumers (A Tariff Customer in any tariff category whose maximum contract demand is less than 42 kilo-volt-ampere), will be calculated on a yearly basis and credited to the consumer’s electricity bill in the month of January of the following year. Interest payment for the bulk supply consumer (A Tariff Customer in any tariffs category whose maximum contract demand is more than 42 kilo-volt-ampere), will be calculated monthly and will be credited to the electricity bill in monthly basis. In a termination of an electricity connection, PUCSL asked CEB and LECO to pay the interest up to the date of termination, together with the security deposit within a month from the date of termination, after deducting all dues to the licensee with respect to the billing account.PUCSL has approved an annual interest rate of 8.93 percent for the security deposits (a monthly interest rate of 0.715 percent) for the year 2017, effective from 1st of January. The interest rate is based on the average weighted fixed deposit rates (AWFDR) published by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. PUCSL will announce the interest rate applicable for the respective year in the month of Janaury each year. The Consumers can make complaints to the respective licensees (CEB or LECO) when they encounter any issues related to obtaining interest. If a customer is not satisfied with the solution given by the licensees, such disputes related to interest payment may be submitted to the PUCSL for mediation.PUCSL has stressed non-payment of interest on security deposit would result as committing an offence under the provision the Electricity Act. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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New CareerZone opens Wednesday

CareerZone staff are looking forward to opening doors — both literally and figuratively — for those who enter their new space.The important pillar of the University’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education unit has recently found a new home attached to Market Hall. And with the new location comes the ability to more comprehensively partner with students.“The philosophy behind what we are doing in this space has changed and how we use the space has transformed as well,” said Stephanie Harper, Brock’s Associate Director of Career Education. “Preparing our students for their careers requires more than a good resumé, and our role is to help them understand their skills, navigate options, build their network and make informed choices.” Students will notice a shift away from transaction-based services to a partnership that helps them navigate their career and facilitates conversation.The physical and operational changes Harper refers to will be highlighted at the CareerZone launch and open house Wednesday, Jan. 10.The event will feature speeches from Gervan Fearon, the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, and Anna Lathrop, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success, as well as a keynote address delivered by Brien Convery, Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Attraction and Engagement at RBC.Hosting industry partners like Convery highlights an important addition in the functionality of the new space.“We have never had a dedicated in-house location to host outside employers,” said Harper. “Now employers like RBC can use CareerZone to have career conversations and drop-in sessions with students. The movable furniture allows us to offer events on campus in smaller formats, where students are already coming to ask the type of questions employers are ready to answer.”Cara Krezek, Brock’s Director of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, reflected on how far CareerZone has come since it was launched as a website in 2010. The first home of CareerZone, previously called the Career Resource Centre, was opened in a much smaller space in the James A. Gibson Library before moving to the current location.“We loved the idea of bringing CareerZone to life as a physical space where students can have personal interactions and coaching with a brand they are familiar with,” said Krezek. “Having CareerZone in a central area where students can have career chats, learn how to convey their skills and become more aware of opportunities available to them has reinforced Brock’s commitment to intertwine career conversations with the student experience.”The new space features couches for idea sharing and dedicated workspaces for students to complete their career-related documents. Also, there are conversation pods where students and staff can chat in a more one-on-one environment about their careers.During the event, CareerZone’s student and full-time staff will be on hand to guide visitors through the space and to answer questions about the many services the team provides, including career and job search coaching, mock interviews, professional networking, career assessments and resumé help.In addition to students and employers, Harper also encourages members of Brock’s departments and Faculties to explore the renovated area.“Drop in to talk about ways we can support you and your students,” she said. “Know that you have a resource in us. If you or your department is in a position to hire students, we can help.” With the grand opening ready to go, Harper is eager to get services rolling.“We can’t wait to celebrate our grand opening with the entire Brock community and to continue supporting our students, employers and campus partners in this new space,” she said.The CareerZone launch event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 10 in the new location at the south end of Market Hall. Speeches will commence at 11 a.m. with tours and a door prize draw to follow. read more

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Seven nuns at Seven Sisters the story behind the divine photo

first_imgDedicating their lives entirely to prayer, silence and solitude and leaving their cloisters only for medical appointments, the Carmelite nuns may seem to be the antithesis of the modern age. So when they left the walls of their monastery and ventured into London, what appeared to be seven nuns standing next to the Seven Sisters station sign would have been suprised to become an internet hit. But the timing was not lost on one commuter, who could not resist taking a photograph which has been widely shared online.  When I realised it definitely wasn’t a hen do I decided I had to capture itBen Patey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Joys of London. Seven Sisters on the platform at Seven Sisters. #sisterhood pic.twitter.com/chBxLfnjqd— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 10, 2017 Carmelite nuns at Seven Sisters station Credit:Ben Patey / SWNS.com The  group, which actually numbered eight from Ware Carmelite Monastery, had been to a meeting for enclosed religious orders where they were addressed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westmister. It was the first time such a meeting had ever been held, a spokesman for the Diocese of Westminster confirmed. The nuns were making their way back from the Notting Hill Carmelite Monastery  in London to their own in Hertfordshire, in a journey that would have taken them around an hour, when they were spotted. Sister Fiona, who belongs to the Ware Monastery, said: “They had simply been to an important meeting in London. They are not often out, we go out for medical appointments and that sort of thing, but we do make the exception for an important meetings.”center_img He said: “I did a double take. It was one of those strange but amusing moments. It is not something you see every day and when I realised it definitely wasn’t a hen do I decided I had to capture it.”  Founded by hermits in the 13th Century, the Carmelite nuns still live by a set of principles set out more than 500 years ago in a “small community of friends entirely dedicated to prayer, silence and solitude”.There are 15 Carmelite Monasteries in the UK made up of 200 nuns. They had met on Thursday morning with a group of around 50 sisters from different orders all of whom live enclosed lives seperate from the community. The group were discussing guidelines about their way of life from Pope Francis issued last year.Sister Francesca, from Arkley Poor Clares in Barnet, said that the meeting was “wonderfully successful”.  When asked how the nuns felt about their newfound fame, Sister Fiona said: “I don’t tend myself to look for publicity, we tend to lead more of a hidden life.” But Ben Patey, 33, couldn’t resist taking taking the photograph when he saw what he thought was seven nuns as he travelled home from work.  Carmelite nuns at Seven Sisters station last_img read more

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Salary discrepancies continue

first_imgAlmost three years after legislation was passed to create a unified pay structure in the public sector, many discrepancies still exist in the salaries civil servants receive in Greece.In October 2011 the government approved a law introducing an across-the-board wage system with the aim of reducing salary costs and eliminating numerous inequalities.According to figures seen by the Greek daily Kathimerini, although civil servants’ wages have dropped since then (in some cased by more than 30 per cent), there are still discrepancies, particularly between the wages paid to those working in the central administration and those in the wider public sector.For instance, an employee at the Development Ministry who has only finished junior high school earns 1,848 euros gross a month, whereas a university graduate working for the Centre for Research on Equality Matters earns 1,610 euros.An employee at the Environment Ministry with a university degree earns a monthly wage of 2,033 euros whereas at the Centre for Renewable Energy, which operates under the ministry’s auspices, a staff member with the same qualifications earns 2,540 euros.The troika recently asked the government to re-examine the civil service wage structure and to iron out the differences without increasing public expenditure.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire définition déroulement de lexamen et risques

first_imgExploration fonctionnelle respiratoire : définition, déroulement de l’examen et risquesL’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire, ou EFR, est un examen médical permettant de mesurer le débit pulmonaire et de diagnostiquer un problème respiratoire.Définition de l’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoireL’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire (EFR) est un examen au cours duquel on mesure le volume pulmonaire et le débit d’expiration à l’aide d’un spiromètre. Retranscrites sur un graphique, ces informations sont étudiées par le thérapeute, qui les compare aux courbes standards à la recherche d’une anomalie. En cas de problème, et grâce à la mesure de la fonction des alvéoles pulmonaires, cet examen permet ainsi de mettre en évidence un trouble respiratoire qui peut être pulmonaire ou bronchique, comme une bronchopneumopathie chronique obstructive (BPCO). L’EFR permet également de surveiller l’évolution d’une pathologie respiratoire déjà connue (asthme, myopathie, etc.). Enfin, réaliser une exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire est utile dans le cadre d’un bilan préopératoire avant une chirurgie thoracique.Comment se déroule une EFR ?L’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire est un examen qui consiste à respirer uniquement par la bouche (le nez est bouché avec un pince-nez pendant tout l’examen) dans un tuyau spécial équipé d’un embout (spiromètre). Il est également possible de réaliser cet examen dans un caisson particulier (une cabine étanche), le pléthysmographe corporel. L’appareil va enregistrer les variations de pression, tandis que la courbe des volumes inspirés et expirés est tracée. Dans un premier temps, il est demandé de respirer normalement, le volume habituel normal étant compris entre 0,5 litre par cycle et 7,5 litres par minute.Dans un second temps, il faut inspirer à fond, puis expirer le plus possible (volume expiratoire maximum), ce qui permet de traduire les volumes pulmonaires et la capacité vitale. On fait faire ces exercices deux ou trois fois. On réalise alors un rapport entre les deux (rapport de Tiffeneau) qui doit se situer autour de 80 %. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?En dessous, cela signe une obstruction bronchique, ce qui révèle un asthme ou un emphysème, voire une fibrose pulmonaire. Par ailleurs, il reste toujours un peu d’air dans les poumons : c’est le volume résiduel. Si les premières conclusions sont négatives, on peut poursuivre en réalisant une mesure de la fonction des alvéoles pulmonaires. Pour cela, on fait respirer une dilution d’oxyde de carbone qui, après avoir été retenue une dizaine de secondes, va être mesurée à l’expiration afin d’évaluer la qualité des échanges gazeux entre l’air et le sang. En cas de mauvais résultat, on peut estimer que les alvéoles sont épaissies, comme en cas d’infection ou de fibrose. L’ensemble de l’examen dure environ 45 minutes.Exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire : quels sont les risques ?Il n’existe aucun risque particulier à réaliser une exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire puisqu’il s’agit simplement de mesurer la capacité respiratoire d’un individu. De plus, cet examen n’est ni invasif ni douloureux. La seule contrainte est qu’il faut s’abstenir de fumer une heure avant l’examen.Le 27 juillet 2017 à 11:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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BNP to Cut Employee Salaries 25 Percent

first_imgFive and 10 percent salary cuts have become near-commonplace for magazine publishers in 2009, but this week employees at BNP Media learned the company will cut staff salaries by 25 percent. The pay cut is effective May 1. In an internal memo obtained by FOLIO:, BNP co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggert Henderson said banks are “forcing near unattainable terms on companies such as ours, considering the fact that there has been such a severe downturn in the economy.”“While we (the Henderson family) are certainly partially to blame for having taken on such a high amount of risk, were it not for their demands, we would be able to just pay them and move on,” the memo reads. “But, beyond just paying them (which we are doing and can continue to do) they require we meet certain financial covenants; these are what are causing us such serious problems. This unfortunate set of circumstances has forced us to make cuts that none of us could have ever imagined.” Concurrently, BNP is also adopting a four-day workweek for the summer. (Employees will be paid for each Friday during that span, albeit at the reduced level.)Harper Henderson says there is no set timeframe for re-instituting salaries. “The term we’re hearing in all sectors is ‘survival,’” he told FOLIO:. “We need to survive until this economy can turn around and everyone can get back on their feet and back to business as usual. I don’t see any threat to publishing or long-term damage to what we do in terms of magazines or Web sites or shows, but this some sort of strange, perfect storm that’s been ongoing.“We want to make it to the other end and make sure we have as many employees as we possibly can on the other end,” he continued. “I’m hearing this is the bottom and I’m hearing good things about 2010. If that’s the case, we’ll start seeing things improve in all areas.” BNP publishes more than 40 titles, including Sustainable Facility and Appliance Design. In 2007, BNP acquired Ascend Media’s Professional Services Division, which included 17 magazines in the food, beverage and packaging space, for an estimated $30 million.last_img read more

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Nandan Nilekani Helions Sanjeev Aggarwal launch 100 million startup fund

first_imgAn Indian forex dealer counts US $100 currency notes in Mumbai on August 25, 2015.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesInfosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and venture capitalist Sanjeev Aggarwal announced the launch of a $100 million start-up fund that will invest predominantly in consumer technology and IT firms.Dubbed as The Fundamentum Partnership, it will be investing in two to three ventures every year.Nilekani, whose other investments include 10i Commerce Services and Sedemac, said, “The management team that we are putting in place for the fund are all young people, so we are going to make sure that they make some money,” according to business daily Mint. The two investors would together invest about $35 million, with the rest expected from others.Time to think long term, says Nilekani”While I was at Infosys and in the government, I never did any start-up investments. In the last three years I’ve experienced working with start-ups and I’ve made investments—one thing that struck me was that while there was a lot of start-up activity, what we really need is scale-up where people are focused on building companies for the long term,” Nilekani, who was earlier chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said.Infosys co-founders are big-time investorsBesides Nilekani, other co-founders of Infosys are also big time investors investing money in start-ups. Narayana Murthy, who launched Catamaran Ventures seven years ago, has invested around $90 million in six ventures till date, including Cigna HealthSpring, Yebhi, Innoviti, Paper Boat and Lookup.Senapathy Kris Gopalakrishnan, along with another co-founder S D Shibulal, floated Axilor Ventures in 2014, with other investors. Gopalakrishnan was the vice-chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014 and currently the chairman of Axilor Ventures.In his personal capacity, Gopalakrishnan has invested in many ventures, including Lookup, Freshworld, BuyHatke, Ampere and MagicX, while Axilor Ventures has put in money in 13 companies, according to the Crunchbase.The co-founders, along with their family members, hold about 12.75 percent in Infosys, according to the company’s regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).last_img read more

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Humorous signs bring attention to potholes around Ladysmith

first_imgBy now, everyone in Ladysmith either knows of the hilarious signs found near potholes in town or have personally driven past one.Frikkie and Cobus Kruger are the ones responsible for these humorous signs that range from the famous ‘Houdini’s hole: Watch your car disappear in this one’ to a giraffe disappearing into a pothole.Cobus first had the idea and then Frikkie got involved, helping him create and put up the signs.“We wanted to draw attention to the potholes, as they are one of the main service delivery issues in town,” states Frikkie.Read also: Update: Municipality comments on illegal dumping in Surat RoadAlso read: Update: A plan for Ladysmith potholes WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img The signs have drawn a lot of attention and after a week of the signs being put up, the Francis Road pothole (that the men dubbed ‘Houdini’s hole’) was repaired.Soon, members of the public began moving the signs around to where other potholes are.“People see it as a way to communicate and draw attention to the issues they are having,” explains Frikkie.The two men say they are willing to help their community in any way possible.The municipality has already put a plan into action to combat potholes, and many potholes have already been filled.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 22, 2013 Elekta Receives CE Marking for Clarity 4-D Monitoring Soft tissue visualization system addresses organ motion challenges during prostate cancer radiotherapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications July 22, 2013 — Elekta has received CE marking for its Clarity 4-D monitoring system, permitting European clinics to implement this new way of reducing the uncertainty caused by prostate motion during radiation treatment. Physicians will be able to monitor the motion of the prostate with sub-millimeter accuracy during the delivery of therapeutic radiation beams.The ability to continuously visualize the prostate and surrounding anatomy during treatment is especially important for clinicians pursuing advanced prostate protocols, such as reduced margin hypofractionated therapy or advanced stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR).Continuous target visualizationFour-dimensional monitoring of the prostate with Clarity during treatment offers continuous tracking of the target and imaging of the surrounding anatomy, including the bladder, rectum and penile bulb. Clinicians are keen to avoid this surrounding anatomy to minimize the chance of side effects of treatment such as erectile dysfunction, incontinence or rectal bleeding. Being able to visualize these structures during treatment could potentially enable clinicians to create plans with tighter margins around intended targets, thereby minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue.Clarity 4-D monitoring uses Autoscan acquisition technology to robotically acquire live transperineal ultrasound images of soft tissue anatomy. The noninvasive imaging procedure does not involve any extra radiation dose to the patient and does not require the use of implanted markers.Cancer patients at Hopital Riviera in Vevey, Switzerland, will soon benefit from the custom technology configuration of their newly acquired Versa HD radiotherapy system and Clarity 4-D monitoring system.”We are committed to offering the most advanced technologies to our patients, which is why we chose Elekta’s Versa HD solution, including Clarity 4-D monitoring for prostate. We will use this system for transperineal imaging of the prostate to align the daily treatment with the prostate’s position and eventually monitor that position during treatment. This represents a substantial step forward in treating patients and we look forward to using the technology,” says Oscar Matzinger, M.D., radiation oncologist at Hopital Riviera and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (Lausanne, Switzerland).Physicians at Torino, Italy’s University Hospital of Turin also are looking forward to improving prostate tracking with Clarity 4-D monitoring.”Intrafractional motion management will continue to increase in importance as more sophisticated methods of treating the prostate gain acceptance,” says Umberto Ricardi, M.D., radiation oncologist at the center. “Clarity 4-D monitoring will be an important component in realizing the potential these protocols offer us as clinicians.” For more information: www.elekta.com/clarity FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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Hitachi Highlights Arietta 850 Premium Ultrasound System at RSNA 2017

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | November 24, 2015 Hitachi Releases Evolution 5 MRI Software Platform Platform expands applications for neuro, angiography and breast imaging, among others Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read morecenter_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content Echelon Oval image courtesy of Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.November 24, 2015 — In conjunction with the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 exhibition, Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. (HMSA) announced the availability of their new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) software platform Evolution 5. The platform is available for current Hitachi customers and new system orders.Evolution 5 offers nearly 40 new features and improvements implemented that continue to raise the level of imaging performance and quality, while simultaneously growing the breadth of applications available for diagnostic evaluation.With the integration of a new image processing algorithm (VIVID), new reconstruction task (NCC) that reduces redundant noise pickup, and new optimized fast-spin echo sequence (opFSE), customers that migrate to Evolution 5 will see the difference with dramatically improved sharpness and clarity. The resulting images show greater overall uniformity and contrast, enabling better readability and clinical insight.In addition, HMSA continues the expansion of their portfolio of applications including:Motion compensation with the “All Around RADAR” neuro suite;Selective saturation for controlled magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) evaluation in the abdomen;Diffusion with enhanced functional analysis including kurtosis imaging (DKI);Liver imaging with iron quantification; andBreast imaging with breast spectroscopy for therapy monitoring.Evolution 5 is available now on the Echelon Oval 1.5T, with new shipments and no charge software upgrades for customers under warranty or service maintenance agreement beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Availability is expected for Hitachi Medical’s other MRI products, including the Oasis 1.2T open high-field and Trillium Oval 3T systems, later in the year.For more information: www.hitachi.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

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Rioters turn May Day demonstrations violent in Costa Ricas capital ahead of

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica unions plan large ‘peaceful’ protests on Labor Day PHOTOS: Students, LGBT activists join public workers in May Day demonstration PHOTO REPORT: Marching on May 1 in Costa Rica Public demonstrations during the international Labor Day holiday in San José turn violent as a group of young, self-proclaimed anarchists, started rioting in front of the Legislative Assembly buildings at around 1 p.m.Disturbances broke out when some of the protesters, with masked faces, began hurling rocks and bricks at police officers and members of the media, breaking several of the Assembly building’s windows.Protesters then removed metalic barriers that police had installed to keep demonstrations under control and threw glass bottles – allegedly containing gasoline – against the walls of the building.Police formed a human barrier to protect other demonstrators and media workers, who reported various cameras and other equipment damaged.Police arrested some 20 rioters after officers were injured by rocks and bricks.National Police Director Juan José Andrade reported the seizure of some 30 bottles containing “gasoline or diesel from some of the detainees who intended to use them as Molotov cocktails.”He also said various windows at the Legislative Assembly “were shattered from huge rocks.”Last year, a public protest of students demanding the right to photocopy books for academic purposes ended up costing Costa Rican taxpayers ₡7 million ($14,000) in repairs to walls, windows and doors of the Legislative Assembly, officials said at the time.Before arriving at the Assembly, other protesters from dozens of causes marched in the Labor Day Parade, which included demonstrations from labor groups across the country. That part of the parade was peaceful.“This is the country’s day to express everything that we have problems with,” said Ana Doris González, a teacher from San Carlos who traveled to San José with the High School Teachers Association.A large group of demonstrators dressed as mimes drew attention to the lack of water in regions outside of San José.“The whole country is living without water right now,” said Laura Padilla, one of the demonstrators. “Where I live, we go from seven in the morning until seven at night without a drop.”Costa Ricans opposed to U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit on Friday were also out in force, with banners and caricatured posters of the president. One of the groups that marched, the National Association of Public and Private Employees, issued a letter addressed to U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew Wednesday morning citing 11 reasons for their opposition to Obama’s visit, including the U.S. foreign policy on combatting illicit drug trafficking in the region, the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba and regional free trade agreements, which they say bring no benefits to the majority of Central Americans, among other issues.“President Obama needs to know that the majority of Costa Ricans do not consider themselves part of the United States’ backyard,” the letter stated. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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