Medicos’ strike in Rajasthan escalates

first_imgHundreds of resident doctors of the hospitals attached to medical colleges in Ajmer, Kota and Jodhpur on Wednesday extended their support to over 8,000 in-service doctors who have gone on an indefinite mass leave, as the deadlock between them and the Rajasthan government continued for the third day.While the resident doctors boycotted work for two hours, the medical services in the government hospitals continued to remain crippled. The doctors have placed as many as 33 demands, including the formation of a separate cadre and fixation of new pay grades.Talks inconclusiveTalks between Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf with the representatives of agitating doctors ended without any result on Tuesday night. Mr. Saraf reviewed the situation of healthcare services and seasonal diseases at a meeting with the Health Department’s senior officers at Swasthya Bhavan here on Wednesday.Mr. Saraf said that contrary to the doctors’ claim of having submitted mass resignations, he had not received any papers. “There is no legal validity of collective resignations. Such an act will only invite disciplinary action,” he said.The Minister affirmed that no doctor had submitted an individual resignation because they knew that it would be accepted. “Our doors are open for talks, but the doctors should not test our patience,” he said, adding that alternative arrangements had been made for treatment of patients in private hospitals.last_img read more

Amarinder talks tough on molasses leak in the Beas

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday warned against any laxity in the probe into the leakage of molasses into the Beas river and directed the agencies concerned to pursue legal and penal action against the offenders.The Chief Minister sought a detailed report by May 24 from the environment department on the inquiry initiated into the incident. Several tonnes of molasses, a by-product of sugarcane processing, from a mill in Beas town leaked into the river, damaging aquatic life, polluting the river water and disturbing the canal-based water supply in the southern districts of Faridkot, Muktsar and Fazilka in Punjab. A large number of fish were found dead in the Beas on May 17.Formal hearingAn official release stated that the Punjab Pollution Control Board is scheduled to hold a formal hearing in the matter on May 24. Prosecution has already been initiated by the department of wildlife for the loss of aquatic life. The department of water resources has also initiated legal proceedings against the factory — Chadha Sugar Mill — under the Canal and Drainage Act.Notice issuedThe PPCB on Wednesday issued a notice to the mill seeking its reply on why action should not be initiated against it for the alleged violations detected by a probe committee.The committee, which submitted its report to the State government on Tuesday, found violations in the storage of molasses at the factory.“Notice has been issued to the Chadha Sugar Mill, Kiri Afghana in Gurdaspur to seek reply of its representatives on the findings of the probe committee,” a senior official said here.The mill belongs to Jasdeep Kaur Chadha, daughter of former Delhi Gurdwara Sikh Parbandhak Committee chief Harvinder Singh Sarna.The sugar mill representatives have been asked to appear before the PPCB authorities on Thursday, the official further said.Quality of water Reports of water samples collected by the PPCB from different places in the State suggest the quality of raw canal water had almost normalised. The departments of water supply, sanitation and local government, which are responsible for water supply to villages and towns in the affected districts, are, meanwhile, continuing with regular testing of water quality, said the statement.Contaminated water with dead fish and snakes from Punjab had also entered Rajasthan through Indira Gandhi Canal, affecting water supply to Hanumangarh, Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and other districts.The water sourced from the Indira Gandhi Canal is still unfit for drinking despite a drop in contamination levels, officials said on Thursday.”The drinking water supply has been reduced from 50 MLD per day to 15 MLD in Sriganganagar city as we are not using the canal water for supply due to contamination,” said Vinod Jain, superintendent engineer (additional charge), Public Health and Engineering Department. He said the water is being supplied on alternate days.The situation was similar in Hanumangarh. Superintendent Engineer PHED (Hanumangarh) Amar Chand Gehlot said 5 MLD water was being supplied against the regular quota of 13 MLD.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Sony PlayStation VR to launch globally in October, cost $399

first_imgSony Corp announced on Tuesday that its virtual reality headset for PlayStation will launch globally in October for $399, a move that undercuts its biggest competitor by hundreds of dollars.Andrew House, head of Sony’s gaming division, made the announcement during a press event at the Video Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where virtual reality gaming counterpart Oculus Rift announced its headset a day earlier.The headset, a visor-style frame with a 5.7 inch (14.5 centimeters) screen, includes 360 degree head tracking, a 100 degree field of vision and latency of 18 milliseconds between the time a user’s head moves and the time they see the correct image.House said the company wanted the highly anticipated headset released at a price point that would encourage quick and widespread adoption.”We firmly believe getting the price right is crucial to driving consumer adoption of any new technology,” House said.Also Read: Pew pew! HTC Vive makes shooting robots mindless fun At $399,the package is notably less than the $599 price announced Monday by Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus Rift. Oculus will also sell bundles that include an Oculus Ready PC and a Rift for preorder in February starting at $1,499.Price is one factor but the amount of gaming content available will be “a strong factor in engaging fans,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of sales and marketing at game developer Ubisoft.Ubisoft’s “Eagle Flight” and “Werewolves Within” titles are both set to launch for PlayStation VR this fall.”Ultimately the customers will decide on what price point works for them as their entry point into VR,” he said.advertisementThe company said more than 230 developers are building content for the PlayStation VR device and 50 games are expected to be ready by the launch date. Users can download the Playroom VR at the PlayStation store and play six free games.The company has also teamed up with development company EA Sports and Lucasfilm for a Star Wars Battlefront game that will be released as a PlayStation VR exclusive.You may also like to read:Never tried virtual reality? Here’s is what it’s likelast_img read more



Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US

first_img Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Toronto Raptors Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Nick Nurse: the NBA champion coach who learned his trade in … Britain? Read more Sports has often been a trailblazer for an enlightened social agenda. Ibtihaj Muhammad won a fencing bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics – and also became the first woman to represent the United States at the Games while wearing a hijab. The so-called “ping-pong diplomacy” of the early 1970s, in which the US and China exchanged ping-pong players, is credited with easing tensions between the countries and making President Richard Nixon’s visit to China possible. The dozens of professional athletes who have taken stands against social injustice in the US, regardless of the cost to their careers, shows us that we have many athletes prepared to be international ambassadors.We already have ambassadors from other nations in the NBA. The 2018-19 season hosted 108 international players from 42 countries and territories, representing 24.5% of players in the league. Every one of the 30 teams had at least one international player. The influx of these exceptional players from other countries has resulted in a higher level of competition, forcing American-born aspirants to step up their games. There is no entitlement in the NBA, it is the ultimate meritocracy: your value is measured by performance alone. And if we increase the pool of competitors, the entire game will be elevated even higher. This is evident from examining the Raptors’ roster which includes Serge Ibaka (Congo and Spain), Pascal Siakam (Cameroon), Marc Gasol (Spain), and OG Anunoby (born in London to Nigerian parents). One of the assistant coaches, Patrick Mutombo, was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The team president, Masai Ujiri, was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria. Nick Nurse, the head coach, developed his coaching career in Europe.One of the obstacles to growing the game’s popularity has been that not all countries have a pipeline of educating young talent in the fundamentals of basketball. Americans have many opportunities to play organized basketball almost as soon as they can walk. For some other countries, the catch-22 is that a sport has to be popular to get the resources to develop children’s skills, but it can’t become popular without raising children with those skills. The NBA has been on a fervent mission to expand the league internationally through a variety of promising programs. Since 2001, they have conducted basketball camps in 27 countries on six continents. In February, they announced that they had established a 12-team Basketball African League that would begin in 2020. I participated in the Basketball Without Borders Africa 2018 camp in Johannesburg and saw first-hand the level of enthusiasm for the sport.Closer to home, who thought that Canadians would prefer the NBA finals over hockey’s Stanley Cup? Yet, an Angus Reid poll released the week the Raptors defeated the Warriors showed that 45% of Canadian men aged 18 to 35 preferred to watch the NBA finals over the Stanley Cup (39%). Women in that same age group also preferred the NBA finals 35% to 32%. Canadian men and women over 55 preferred the Stanley Cup. This difference in preference by age may highlight a shift in the younger generations to embrace basketball in countries where other sports have been dominant.In March 1939, the first World Championship of Professional Basketball was held in Chicago. The tournament was invitation-only and was created by a sports editor at the Chicago Herald-American. At the time, there were only about 20 professional teams, all declaring themselves the world champions. This would settle the issue. Of course, this was not a “world” championship, since it only had American teams. But in another way it was a “world” championship because playing among the all-white teams were two all-black teams, the Harlem Globetrotters (from Chicago, not Harlem) and the New York Renaissance (aka the Harlem Rens), the only team with a black owner. These two teams, despite their amazing records, faced such harsh discrimination during their tours they might as well have come from a different country than the white players. Just to make sure there wouldn’t be a final with both black teams, they were put in the same playoff bracket. Eventually, the Harlem Rens won the tournament to become world champions and make palpable to white fans the necessity of black players to elevate the competitive level of the game.This same spirit of inclusiveness can energize basketball even more. Distance keeps a global NBA from being practical right now, but certainly Mexico City and Monterrey franchises are possible. The NBA is already testing the viability by establishing a new G-League development franchise in Mexico City. This kind of expansion will make the sport more exciting while at the same time countering the kind of negative characterization of other cultures and people that has been on the rise recently, in America and beyond. As the Borg would say, “Resistance is futile.” The winds of change are already upon us. Despite California’s Golden State Warriors being the “hometown” favorites, it was Canada’s “visitor” team that most Americans were rooting for in the finals. According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans in every state except California, Nevada, and Hawaii were cheering for the Raptors to win. This is not a slight against the excellent Warriors, who may just be victims of their own deserved success in that people prefer rooting for the underdog. When it comes to sports, Americans don’t seem to share the xenophobia and nationalist fervor of the current White House administration.If that welcoming spirit continues to spread we may see changes beyond sports that extends to cultural and diplomatic areas. In 1996, economist Thomas Friedman proposed the “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict,” which suggested that no two countries with a McDonald’s franchise would go to war with each other because “countries with middle classes large enough to sustain a McDonald’s have reached a level of prosperity and global integration that makes warmongering risky and unpalatable to its people.” Of course, that didn’t hold up in reality for a few countries, but a similar basic ideal applies here: countries sharing an NBA franchise are more likely to also share cultural awareness – and that can lead to us focusing on our similarities without fearing our differences. Share on Twitter Play Video US sports Share on LinkedIn Share on Messengercenter_img 1:40 … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. comment Share via Email Share on Facebook Folklore tells us that if you can see your initials in a spider’s web, you have good fortune ahead. Maybe the NBA saw their initials in the hoop net last Thursday because the Toronto Raptors’ championship victory that night could be an early prognosticator of a brighter future for professional basketball worldwide. At the very least, it could encourage the expansion of NBA teams to include other countries from south of the border and elsewhere, leading to the league evolving into a more international competition. 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Video: Former Michigan Star Chris Webber Discusses Fab Five, Thinks Ex-Teammates Exaggerate Their Importance

first_imgdan Patrick talks with Chris Webber about a Fab five.dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview: last_img read more

Video: Daniel Tosh Gives Alabama Grad On Writing Staff Auburn Tattoos

first_imgDaniel Tosh giving an Alabama grad an Auburn neck tattoo.Twitter/@winnalexComedian Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, really really really hates the Alabama Crimson Tide. On several occasions, he has ripped both Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on his show, and that continued with last night’s episode.To reiterate his disdain for everything Crimson Tide, a shirtless Daniel Tosh made two Alabama alumni on his writing team get temporary Auburn neck tattoos and yell “War Eagle.”#WarEagle @danieltosh @heartofauburn @wareaglereader— Laurie (@winnalex) August 3, 2016The two writers really don’t seem to mind the gag. Many Alabama fans probably wouldn’t be nearly as cool with it, although you know what you’re in for as an Alabama fan working for Tosh. We’re really unsure of the context here, or why Tosh decided to pull this with college football a few months away, but for him there is no bad time to troll Alabama fans.On a previous episode of his show, Tosh, a Miami Dolphins fan, read excerpts from an unauthorized Saban biography to children, in which the Alabama head coach gives sex advice to his players. The comedian, who bears a resemblance to Lane Kiffin, also made fun of his doppelganger amidst some salacious rumors that emerged about him last September. He also took shots at the College Football Playoff committee for Alabama’s ranking last November.Alabama isn’t the only college football target in Tosh’s cross-hairs, though. He also took a very NSFW shot at Michigan, which drew the ire of Wolverines Jourdan Lewis and John O’Korn on Twitter.Alabama isn’t going anywhere, and Tosh.0 was renewed for a ninth season this past March. You can expect that this won’t be the last time he decides to work his hate for the Crimson Tide into the show. If so, he probably won’t have too much trouble picking up some Auburn fan viewers along the way.[War Eagle Reader]last_img read more

BFI nominates Amit Panghal, Gaurav Bidhuri for Arjuna award again

first_img Next BFI nominates Amit Panghal, Gaurav Bidhuri for Arjuna award againPanghal, who claimed the light flyweight (49kg) category gold after defeating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the Asian Games, was nominated for the Arjuna Award last year as well . His name was not accepted by the awards selection committee due to the positive dope test.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 16:56 IST Amit Panghal has been nominated for the Arjuna Award. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmit Panghal is Asian Games and Asian championship gold-medallistPanghal was not considered for the Arjuna Award last year due to a failed dope test in 2012Gaurav Bidhuri was the lone Indian medallist at the 2017 world championshipsAsian Games and championship gold-medallist Amit Panghal and 2017 world bronze-winner Gaurav Bidhuri were Tuesday nominated for the Arjuna award by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).Panghal, who claimed the light flyweight (49kg) category gold after defeating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the Asiad final at Jakarta, was nominated last year as well for the second highest sporting honour after the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.However, he was not considered due to a failed dope test in 2012, for which he served a one-year ban.”We are nominating Amit again and we are confident that he will be considered this time,” BFI President Ajay Singh told reporters at a felicitation function.Panghal, who now competes in 52kg category, had said that the anabolic steroid for which he tested positive was a case of accidental intake during treatment for chicken pox.His name was not accepted by the awards selection committee due to the positive dope test. It remains to be seen whether there would be a change in the position due to the Armyman’s continuous remarkable performances, including a Commonwealth Games silver last year and most recently a gold in the Asian championships in the 52kg division.”Let’s see what happens now. I am hopeful that this time, I would be considered,” Panghal told PTI.Similarly, Bidhuri’s name has also been sent again. The Delhi-based boxer, who recently won a silver medal at the national championships, was the lone Indian medallist at the 2017 world championships in Hamburg.Other boxers who will be in contention but have not been recommended by BFI are former world silver-medallist Sonia Lather and former CWG bronze-winner Pinki Rani.Women’s assistant coach Sandhya Gurung and former women’s chief coach Shiv Singh’s names have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.advertisementAlso Read | Hasanboy Dusmatov intimidated by me now: Amit PanghalAlso Read | Heena Sidhu recommended for Khel Ratna, Ronak Pandit for DronacharyaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow Asian GamesFollow Commonwealth GamesFollow BFIFollow Hasanboy DusmatovFollow Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaFollow Arjuna Awardlast_img read more

Southbound: The Latest Addition to Richmond’s Rich Culinary Scene

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers When you think of the culinary hotbeds in the United States, your mind probably jumps to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco or Miami. Hell, we’ve covered the food renaissance that is occurring in Atlanta for several years now. But it’s a safe bet that Richmond, Virginia, wouldn’t be top of your list.It should be. Richmond is most certainly one of the most under the radar culinary hubs in the country. There are 550 restaurants within the city limits, many of which are being helmed by award-winning and cutting edge chefs. Restaurants such as Pasture, Heritage, Lemaire,  the Roosevelt and Acacia Mid-Town set the bar for fresh ingredients and inventive dishes incredibly high.One of the newest restaurants in Richmond is Southbound, which is located in the Southside neighborhood. Southbound is the brainchild of Chef Lee Gregory, Chef Joe Sparatta and Matt Gottwald. Gregory is the co-founder of the Roosevelt, Sparatta is the co-founder of Heritage and Gottwald is the co-owner of Beechwood Farms. That kind of “dream team” pairing has resulted in Southbound rising fast through the ranks of Richmond’s top-flight restaurants.Chef Lee Gregory took some time to chat to The Manual about the Richmond food scene, the challenges in opening Southbound and the lessons a chef learns in the restaurant business over time.How was the idea for Southbound conceived? Have you always wanted to work with Chef Sparatta?Joe and I met when he was working for our friend Jason [Alley] at a restaurant called Pasture. That was right around when the Roosevelt opened in 2011. Joe had moved down from Jersey and we spent time together through the chef community and became buddies.We were both looking to do our own thing. Joe was interested in creating a kind of market concept, but I was looking to do a more standard restaurant. As you can see, we went more in my direction. But the bottom line was that we both agreed that two heads are better than one. The idea of two people in charge was just kind of less scary.I read an interview where you said that the restaurant is, “very much location-specific.” For readers not familiar with Richmond, what does that mean?We didn’t want to open a restaurant downtown and compete with all of the great restaurants there; places like Pasture, Lemaire, Rappahannock, and Comfort. The idea wasn’t just to open a restaurant. Southside was dying for any kind of good restaurant. To compare, it would have been like opening the first restaurant in Williamsburg.Southside is very much bordering on suburbia. It’s a neighborhood we both live in. It’s still filled with people who work and shoot into the city—the restaurant is in the City of Richmond—but there’s just not much there other than some old Italian restaurants and steakhouses.Did you both share the same vision for the menu? Was it easy to construct and conceive of the dishes that you wanted to serve?All of us in Richmond buy from the same farmers and sources. Everyone in town, through the seasons, uses the same ingredients—just kind of differently. So Joe and I sat down and kind of figured out what we wanted.Joe is big on fresh pasta, which is something that I’ve never really done before, so it was exciting to learn about that. But it really wasn’t a complicated thing. It’s kind of funny, people come in and try to pick out which dish is mine and which dish is Joe’s. It always seems like nine times out of ten that people pick the wrong source. A great example is that there is a fried catfish dish with hot sauce butter and slaw, which sounds like something we’d serve at the Roosevelt. But I don’t think I even put that dish on there because I was trying to come up with dishes that were different from what I’ve been doing at the Roosevelt.How would you explain the menu? There’s obviously a nod to Southern cooking, but there are certainly some twists.It definitely has a Southern lean, but its all pretty rooted in modern technique and modern food. We have the nicest ingredients, but we make it appealing to the Virginia appetite. We’re not in this business to show off—this isn’t the restaurant for that. We want to cater to our audience. After you’ve been a chef for awhile you learn that you have to cook what the people want, so you can continue to cook for yourself—to experiment and see what you can do. You have to make money and not compromise at the same time.Related: Cooking Heritage Breeds with Fred NeuvilleFor the locally sourced ingredients, do you think that the influx of high quality chefs and restaurants to the Richmond area has pushed the quality of the ingredients and the sources to another level?Because of the success of all of the restaurants in town, we’ve had the doors open to the D’Artagnans of the world. They run trucks down here all the time now—they used to not do that. We’re starting to get our hands on more of that kind of thing.There are also enough restaurants now that we can really support small farms. Ten or fifteen years ago, you’d have a great product that would come around, but it would fizzle because there just wasn’t an audience there to buy it. We buy from farms all over the state, from the Shenandoah down to the Shore.I want to talk a little bit out the interior. What was the inspiration there? The bar is especially impressive. Where did you get the wood and materials for the bar?Joe’s father and mother-in-law are in the interior design business and they already did a restaurant in Princeton called Elements, so we decided to kind of tap into their expertise. We created a Pinterest of things we liked and turned it over to them. And somehow they captured it all for us. As far as the bar goes, almost all of the wood was reclaimed from an old church in the nearby area.What we really wanted to do was to provide a variety of seating options so that we could encapsulate any kind of dining experience. We have the bar, the patio, private dining and banquettes.What was the inspiration for your cocktails? I know that the Roosevelt’s cocktails have been written up in a variety of places. Were you hoping to recreate that same vibe with the cocktails at Southbound?We’re still finding our way. Overall, the drinks are a little bit more classic; the drink names are more recognizable. At the Roosevelt, it’s a little bit trendier or “hipster” or whatever you want to call it.How has Southbound been received so far? What are you looking to add/improve?Its been much more successful than we imagined. It is 160 seats where the Roosevelt is 40 seats. We’ve just been trying to figure out how to make things work for a larger house. We’re trying to figure our what our diners want. We don’t have people coming in and eating two, three or four courses, which is what we were used to. We want to find repeat customers who will return to the restaurant and explore the entire menu.The idea was also to have a family friendly restaurant. Joe and I have kids and it sucks to go out and eat anywhere with little kids. The Roosevelt is small and packed, so no one really wants to bring their kids in there. Southbound is big enough so that you aren’t on top of anyone else and you can bring the entire family.Featured image courtesy of Mark Gormus. All other images courtesy of Diego Valdez Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Star Bulk Closes Acquisition of 15 Songa Bulk Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers has closed the acquisition of 15 dry bulk vessels from Norwegian shipowner Songa Bulk.The ships were acquired for an aggregate of 13.725 million common shares of Star Bulk andUSD 145 million in cash.Following the closing of the transaction, the company said that Arne Blystad will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Star Bulk as Class C Director and Herman Billung will join the management team of Star Bulk as Senior Vice President. Additionally, Songa is expected to distribute the consideration shares to its shareholders.First trading day of the secondary listing of the company’s common shares on Oslo Børs is expected to take place by mid‐July.The cash portion of the Songa consideration was financed through proceeds of a five‐year capital lease of USD 180 million with China Merchants Bank Leasing with a margin of 280 bps, offering USD 35 million of additional liquidity for Star Bulk.last_img read more

Payal Tadvi case Crime branch allowed to quiz 3 women doctors

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court on thursday refused to grant crime branch the custody of three women doctors arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of their junior colleague, but allowed it to interrogate them for four days. A single bench of Justice S S Shinde said the crime branch can take the three accused from the Byculla Jail for questioning during daytime. “The arrested accused shall be taken from jail, where they are lodged today (Thursday) from 2 pm to 6 pm, and from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for interrogation,” the court said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The crime branch had earlier this week approached the HC seeking custody of the three doctors – Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher and Ankita Khandelwal. The trio, attached to the B Y L Nair Hospital here, were arrested last week on the charges of abetment of suicide of their junior colleague Dr Payal Tadvi. A special court had on Friday last remanded them to judicial custody after rejecting the police plea for further custody. Crime branch counsel Raja Thakare told the court on Thursday that it was handed over the probe in the case the day the lower court sent the three accused to judicial custody and hence it did not get an opportunity to interrogate them. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Advocate Aabad Ponda, appearing for the three accused, opposed the plea and said the accused persons were ready to cooperate with the investigation and can be taken from the jail daily for questioning. “The bail pleas filed by the accused are listed before the special court on June 10. The crime branch has three days time to question them and send them back to jail by the evening,” Ponda said. The court, while agreeing to this said, “The accused persons are medical officers and are making themselves available for interrogation. They are not habitual offenders or hardcore criminals.” The court added that the crime branch, during its interrogation of the three accused should, keep these factors in mind. Referring to the special court order remanding the three accused to judicial custody, Justice Shinde said, “The lower court has said the police did not do anything for two days when the three accused were in their custody.” “The state realises that it is a sensitive case, then when such an offence takes place why does the police not entrust investigations into the case to a senior officer immediately,” Justice Shinde said. Ponda claimed the three accused had only pulled up the deceased for not performing her duty in the hospital and shirking work. “The accused and the victim were attached to the women and child department of the hospital which is considered as a very sensitive department. Any lapse or flaw on part of the doctors there would result in serious consequences. The victim had on several occasions made mistakes in her reports,” Ponda claimed. The accused have been booked under relevant section of the IPC and under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.last_img read more

Calgary ranks 33 in poll of best places to live

first_imgTake Our Poll CALGARY – When it comes to Canada’s top places to live, the bragging rights go to Ontario.That’s according to Maclean’s magazine which ranked 415 communities across the country.The number one place to live is Burlington, ON while 16 other cities in that province were ranked in the top 20, the other four belonged to B.C.So how did Alberta fare in the rankings? According to the report, only three cities in the province made the top 50: St. Albert at 23, Canmore at 28 and Calgary at 33.FULL RANKINGS “Even though the oil and gas sector has been struggling a little bit in Alberta which has hurt the province in the rankings, Calgary is emerging as a solid pick for a place to live,” said Claire Brownwell with Maclean’s.The rankings take in several factors including affordability, crime stats and wealth and economy.The No. 1 city in Canada is in a hybrid location that gives residents the option to commute or work within its limits— Maclean’s Magazine (@macleans) August 8, 2019Brownwell said that Calgary’s top draws are urban amenities, entertainment and commute times.“It has the third most bars and restaurants of anywhere in the country in Calgary. It’s population is growing quickly, it’s grown ten per cent over the past five years.”She adds that small towns dominated the list with 31 of the top 50 places having populations under 40,000.While Calgary was able to crack the top 50, the same can’t be said for the Alberta capital, Edmonton was ranked 79th overall.READ MORE: The best community is Canada is…Unfortunately, other nearby communities didn’t rank so well in the report. Airdrie was placed at 346, Cochrane 143 and Strathmore was 308.The community at the bottom of the list: Mountain View County which surrounds the towns of Carstairs, Didsbury and Olds. Do you agree with Maclean’s ranking Calgary as the 33rd best community to live in Canada?YesNo, it’s too lowNo, it’s too highVoteView Resultslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Writer/director Nyla Innuksuk is filming a feature about an alien invasion in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. (Guy Godfrey) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Teen girls are fighting against an alien invasion in the first feature movie to ever be filmed in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.Writer and director Nyla Innuksuk and a film crew of 50 people have descended on the Baffin Island community to begin filming Slash Back this week.“I loved watching movies like E.T. and I grew up with horror movies,” said Innuksuk. “So I had this idea about making a horror sci-fi movie that’s [also] an adventure movie with a bunch of girls.”last_img

Das underlines need to stick to fiscal targets

first_imgMumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Tuesday underlined the need for sticking to the fiscal roadmap by adopting a commonly agreed expenditure code-based spending plan to address the socioeconomic challenges. He also advocated giving permanent status to the finance commission. The comments from the former-economic-affairs- secretary-turned-central banker assume importance as the government for two consecutive terms have missed it fiscal deficit targets by 10 bps in the outgoing fiscal year. Many analysts fear that even the upwardly revised fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent may be difficult to meet given the massive shortfall indirect tax collection and also shortfall in other budgeted non-tax revenue. Das, speaking at the launch of a book ‘Indian Fiscal Federalism’, by former RBI governor YV Reddy along with GR Reddy here this evening, Das said there is now general agreement about the importance of fiscal consolidation roadmaps both at national and state levels. “While adhering to fiscal deficit targets and debt- to-GDP ratios, it is equally important to undertake a robust expenditure planning based on a ‘commonly agreed expenditure code’ to address the socioeconomic challenges without diluting the goals of fiscal consolidation,” he said. Das, however, said his views do not represent the deliberations or the direction of thinking of the 15th Finance Commission, where he was a member for more than a year. Das said over the past several decades, the successive finance commissions have adopted different approaches with regard to principles of tax devolution, Central grants to be given to the states and fiscal consolidation issues. While at one level, there has to be a framework for fresh and innovative thinking by every finance commission, there is also a need to ensure broad consistency between various finance commissions so that there is some degree of certainty in the fund flow, especially to the states, he said adding this has become more critical in the post-GST scenario. “There has to be continuity and change between finance commissions. Increasingly, it is felt that there is a need to give permanent status to the finance commission,” Das said. According to him, the principle of decentralisation works better when powers and functions are delegated based on which tier of governance is best suited to fulfill that responsibility. Although the Constitution has provided for delegation of certain functions to the urban and rural local bodies, it is seen that there is still a good distance to traverse when it comes to devolution of funds to these local bodies. “It is, therefore, essential that state finance commissions are constituted every five years as well, he said. Das said recent initiatives in fostering cooperative federalism have opened new chapters of cooperation between the Centre and the states, as reflected in the GST Council, which is functioning on the principle of shared sovereignty. “We are, however, a union of states in which both the Union and the states have to be fiscally strong. While this issue has to be addressed by the finance commission, the challenge for GST council is to realise the full potential of GST for enhancing tax-GDP ratio and work on other areas of the economy to enhance competitiveness,” he said. Das mooted that the GST Council can expand its scope and agree to work on other areas of reforms to generate national consensus. But he warned aganist cooperative federalism breeding inertia instead of encouraging competitive federalism.last_img read more

UN human rights probe on DPR Korea set to begin hearings in

Michael Kirby, the chairman of the three-member Commission of Inquiry, said Pyongyang had not replied to an invitation to participate in the commission hearings.“Lacking direct access to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, we are still able to gather numerous first-hand accounts from people who have managed to leave the country in recent years,” Mr. Kirby said in a news release.“We hope their brave decision to testify will raise the international profile of the human rights situation in North Korea – not just with a general global audience, but also among the member states of the United Nations,” he added in a statement issued by the UN human rights Office.Mr. Kirby reiterated that the commission is conducting the inquiry with impartiality and with no preconceptions.The abduction of Japanese citizens by DPRK remains a sharp issue in Japan and a point of tension between the two countries.In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, a number of Japanese were abducted by suspected agents of the North Korean Government. “Although the number of abductions is subject to debate, there are at least 17 acknowledged cases. The likelihood is many more,” the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The hearings will be held on 29 and 30 August at the United Nations University in Tokyo.Members of the commission will also hold meetings with senior Government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and research institutions.The commission is currently in Seoul, Republic of Korea, where is it holding five days of public hearings, as well as other consultations, on potential human rights violations ranging from political prison camps and torture, to religious persecution, discrimination and the right to food in DPRK.Established by the UN Human Rights Council in March for a period of one year, the commission is tasked with investigating the “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in DPRK in order to ensure full accountability, in particular for violations which may amount to crimes against humanity.In addition to Mr. Kirby, a retired judge from Australia, the commission comprises Sonja Biserko, founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, and Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia and the current UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK.The commission is scheduled to present an oral update to the UN Human Rights Council in September in Geneva, and to the UN General Assembly in New York in October. A final written report will be submitted to the Human Rights Council next March. read more

LeBron And Kobe Probably Got A Lot More AllStar Votes Than They

On Thursday, the NBA announced the final results of fan balloting for the 2015 All-Star Game, to be held in New York City on Feb. 15. The fans’ votes determined which players — specifically, two guards and three frontcourt players — will start for each conference. (Reserve selections are made by the league’s head coaches and will be announced next Thursday.)Some of the results were beyond dispute. For instance, Golden State’s Stephen Curry led all NBA players with more than 1.5 million votes, an honor thoroughly befitting the current league leader in Real Plus-Minus (RPM). Others were less supportable; Kobe Bryant garnered more votes than all but three players despite sub-replacement level play this season, while Carmelo Anthony was elected an Eastern Conference starter despite his Knicks’ well-documented awfulness.The fans have a long history of casting votes for big names playing subpar ball, and it’s clear there’s not a perfect relationship between All-Star voting and actual on-court value. To see what kind of link exists between the two, I plotted vote totals against RPM wins above replacement (WAR) for the 50 players whose results were released Thursday. For a sense of how many WAR are generally needed to earn a given number of votes, I also ran a local regression between the two numbers.The relationship between voting and WAR isn’t particularly strong, especially for players with fewer than 5 WAR. Once a player is beyond that territory, it appears he can at least begin to grab voters’ attention with better play. But for players below that threshold, performance can be lost in a sea of other confounding factors.Bearing in mind that rather large caveat, the most underrated player in the sample was the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard; his 7.4 WAR appears to deserve nearly 800,000 votes, but he amassed less than half that. Similarly, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks was picked on only about 122,000 ballots, despite a WAR total that would seemingly justify over four times as many votes.At the other end of the spectrum, Bryant certainly looks overvalued — his 1.15 million votes were about four times what would be expected from his WAR total. But the player with the biggest disparity between actual and predicted voting this season is Kobe’s old rival LeBron James. James’s 5.5 WAR seems to correlate with about 412,000 votes — roughly the same as what the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler compiled (and deserved) in the balloting — but James’s actual total of 1.47 million beat that prediction by more than a million votes.Here’s each player’s vote total compared to what would be expected based on WAR: read more

Kim Dotcom neighbors thought BMI would get him before FBI

first_imgPut a high-profile hacker and millionaire (on paper at least) in jail and the stories soon start appearing about his personality and his past. And that seems to be the case for the recently arrested MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom. The latest nuggets of information about him come from his neighbors in New Zealand, one of which is really surprised the authorities managed to take him down.The reason she is surprised isn’t because she thought Kim Dotcom was too clever to be caught. Instead, she was convinced his weight problems and body mass index (BMI) would be his undoing. As you can see from pictures of Dotcom, he has always had a weight problem and surely classes as obese.We have also learned from an e-mail he sent, that Dotcom did have a sense of humor and tried to be friendly with the people living around him. When he found out his neighbors were sending concerned emails to each other discussing his criminal past, he responded in an attempt to alleviate their fears. He pointed out his hacking conviction was 15 years ago, and his insider trading was a decade old. All he wants is a “a chance to do good for New Zealand and possibly the Neighborhood.”His neighbors may have given him a chance if it wasn’t for the last line of the email, which read, “If you feel like it come over for coffee sometimes[sic]. And don’t forget to bring the cocaine (joke).”In the end, his neighbors fears turned out to be true, and Kim Dotcom is now facing piracy charges, which he has pleaded not guilty to. So far he’s been unable to secure bail, and every day he doesn’t, his Modern Warfare 3 ranking is going to get worse. via Forbeslast_img read more

Brisbane Paniyiri roaring success

first_imgBeing the longest running Greek festival is no easy feat but for a weekend that saw between 50 to 60,000 people walk through the doors was exceptional. The Brisbane Greek festival showed Australia on the weekend just why and how they have survived 35 successful years. The two-day spectacular – which began Saturday, and concluded Sunday night – showcased plenty of traditional Greek dancing groups, bouzouki players and all the Greek food you can poke a stick at. In fact, it is reported that over 4 million loukoumathes have been sold at this annual event. The Greek club and church opened their doors for the festival with a Byzantine choir from Adelaide performing in the church. Along with public lectures, a children’s play area and face painting there were also fireworks at night.“We spread Hellenism, it’s not just for Greeks, it’s become very diverse,” Chris Kazonis told Neos Kosmos. Andrew Tambakis, who has been involved in the festival since its inception said it has evolved markedly over the years. “It’s the biggest two-day Greek festival in Australia and around 80 per cent of the people attending are non-Greeks,” Mr Tambakis said. “There’s only 20,000 Greeks in Brisbane and we get around 60,000 or 70,000 people coming along over the weekend.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Free son offre triple play à 35 euros

first_imgFree : son offre triple play à 35 euros ?France – Les abonnements triple play de Free pourraient voir leur tarif augmenter de 5 euros d’ici la fin de l’année, pour arriver à un prix de 35 euros. L’opérateur accuse les taxes et l’UFC Que choisir de faire monter les prix. Free affirme être contraint d’augmenter ses prix : son offre triple play passera ainsi de 30 à 35 euros. Les dirigeants d’Iliade accusent les pouvoirs publics et l’association de consommateurs UFC Que choisir de faire monter les prix : “Les taxes nous pénalisent trop, explique Xavier Niel, fondateur du groupe. De plus, l’UFC Que choisir veut nous obliger à fournir une facture papier aux clients qui le souhaitent et mettre fin à l’installation par défaut d’un service plus coûtant 9,99 euros par mois.”  Le 25 mars 2010 à 13:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more