Dilip Walse Patil of NCP appointed pro tem Speaker of Maharashtra assembly

first_imgSenior NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil was appointed pro tem Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly on Friday ahead of the floor test of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.NCP sources confirmed that Mr. Patil representing Ambegaon has been appointed as pro-tem Speaker.The floor test is likely to be conducted on Saturday, they said.Mr. Patil, serving his seventh term as legislator, replaced the BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar, who was appointed as pro-tem Speaker earlier when the MLAs were administered oath.Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister on Thursday.last_img read more

AFC Asia cup 2011: Sushil out, Rafi in

first_imgThings just don’t seem to be going right for the Indian footballers as they gear up for their biggest challenge when they take on Asian powerhouse Australia at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha at the Asian Cup on Monday.As if fitness problems to star striker and skipper Bhaichung Bhutia weren’t enough, Sushil Kumar Singh – touted to partner Sunil Chhetri in the forward line and one of the two strikers chosen ahead of consistent performer Mohammed Rafi in the initial 23- member squad – has been suspended for two matches by the AFC disciplinary committee for elbowing an opponent during their 2010 AFC Challenge Cup match against DPR Korea on February 21 last year to complicate things further.What is worse is the fact that the team management came to know of this ban only on Saturday night, a sure case of carelessness on the part of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).According to a senior team official, the team management failed to pay heed as they were certain that the AIFF would have informed them of the ban if there was any.”There wasn’t any information about the suspension from the federation. Actually Subrata Paul had been shown a red card in one match against Lebanon, but he was allowed to play some year and a half later without serving any ban. So we though even Sushil’s issue had been settled as both were last matches of the tournament,” he told Mail Today. ” But when the managers met on Saturday, AFC officials showed the Indian management a copy of Sushil’s two- match suspension letter. We later came to know that the AIFF had been sent the letter last April itself.” Elaborating further, a senior player said: ” We had gone for our regular team meeting on Saturday evening and we realised that while Chhetri’s name was there on the board in one striker’s place, the other was blank. On further enquiry we realised that his ban was still in place and he would have to skip the first two matches.advertisement”The move could actually turn to be a blessing in disguise for both Rafi and the Indian team as he will now definitely be playing on Monday and his conversion skills will augur well for us as we take on Australia in what will definitely be the biggest match of our careers.” Thankfully, the dilly- dallying regarding Bhutia’s role in the team – whether he will be registered as a player or an official – came to an end on Sunday when coach Bob Houghton named him in the final list of 23 players who will take part in the Asian Cup.”Bhutia is carrying a calf muscle injury which kept him out for long, and there have been doubts over his participation in the tournament.What worries me is that our captain is injured and we are anxious to give him some playing time,” Houghton said. ” Sushil will be replaced by Rafi and will be on our roster tomorrow.” Defender Gouramangi Singh said that although the Australians are fierce competitors, they like to keep it simple off the field. ” They have been mostly playing cards in the lobby and joking around. But when it comes to training, they are really serious and sweat it out. They don’t give an inch away on the field,” he told Mail Today.NOT MERE PUSHOVERSAlthough India will be the underdogs when they take on Australia, rival captain Lucas Neill has guarded his team from being complacent.”India will be a little bit of a surprise package. We know a few (Indian) names and I’m sure they’ll be better known after the tournament, but we won’t be allowing them to gain their reputations against us,” said Neill.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

End of the road for Sachin Tendulkar?

first_imgIt looked as if it was waiting to happen. A rare sight which is fast becoming a common one – stumps all over the place and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar walking back amid the ruins.Since the time Sachin took guard on Monday with India at a precarious 83 for two chasing 261, New Zealand knew what exactly they needed to do to get rid of the world’s best batsman.The plan was set – attack the stumps, and Sachin’s defence would be breached. Twice in the series, the master blaster had been bowled through the gate. A hat-trick followed in the second innings of the Bangalore Test. Fast bowler Tim Southee crashed through Sachin’s defence and was fittingly rewarded with the prized wicket. Not one to let emotions get the better of him, it was uncharacteristic of Sachin to lift his bat in rage with the intention of almost smashing it to the ground. On his way back to the pavilion though, he pulled himself back and shook his head.Sachin faced 34 balls and hit five fours for his 27, but all the while New Zealand bowlers kept the ball up to him, making him play every delivery. They waited patiently for Sachin’s defence to fall apart. After 78 minutes of battle in the middle, Sachin caved in, setting tongues wagging it is time for him to retire.Sachin was bowled by Trent Boult in the 1st Test, and in the 2nd Test, by Doug Bracewell.Senior cricketers have also started suggesting that Sachin should call it a day. Captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team Kapil Dev said: “From what we have seen in the last three months, he (Sachin) should have announced his retirement after the World Cup (2011) or even earlier. It’s important to know that every cricketer has his time. Having served India for 22-23 years, there surely is no greater cricketer than him. But he should have announced his decision to retire from the shorter format soon after the World Cup.”advertisementSunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar wondered whether age has made Sachin slow on his feet after he was clean bowled in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test. When his stumps were shattered for the third consecutive time on Monday, Abbas Ali Baig felt Sachin was perhaps overconfident. Ajit Wadekar, also a former coach of the Indian team, said it was wrong shot-selection that caused his dismissals. “He seems to be going through a bad patch,” Wadekar added.So what ails Sachin’s batting? Is it the fact he has not scored a Test century in 24 innings, spanning more than a year? Or is there something wrong with his technique? Or is it, if someone dare ask, a mental thing?Fact is that Sachin’s last century came in January 2011, against South Africa in Cape Town, and since then he has got out twice in 90s and once in 80s. And he has hasn’t scored a half-century in the last seven innings.Sachin has ruled out retirement as of now. Even if he is thinking about his future, he hasn’t shared it with the media so far.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly felt the little master’s presence was justified in the team. “Sachin knows when he has to retire. He is just going through a lean patch as he is playing after quite some time. There is no dip in his ability. He cannot be judged in just three innings. And he is obstructing no youngsters’ entry into the team,” he said.If the captain’s words make any difference to a player’s performance, Sachin has every reason to believe Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Backing the senior-most player in the team, the India captain said: “The good thing is that whenever people talk about Tendulkar’s form, he comes up with a brilliant performance and I’m waiting for that. I don’t really get worried about that.”last_img read more

IOA demands federations to pay for damages caused by Indian athletes at CWG

first_imgIndian Commonwealth Games 2018 contingent returned home with 66 medals, but now it has come to light that they also came back with a fine of Rs 73,988.The fine was a result of the damages caused by Indian athletes at the Games village at Gold Coast, Australia.And now the Indian Olympic Association has asked national federations, including those of basketball, hockey and athletics, to pay up their respective share.In an e-mail communication, IOA President Narinder Batra has asked Secretary General Rajeev Mehta to take this matter up with respective NSFs.I strongly recommend that the total amount of Rs 73,988 debited to IOA by CWG OC should be recovered from the respective NSFs (less refrigerator hiring charges) immediately and the NSFs should be asked to speak with concerned athletes and support staff that such things should not happen in future, Batra wrote in his communication to the IOA secretary general.Such kind of activities bring bad name for our country and these are basic things each participating NSF now needs to explain and tell its participating athletes and officials in Asian Games and thereafter in all other games in future, he added.Batra also mentioned the disciplines, amount and room numbers of the erring athletes and officials. Athletes and officials from eight disciplines, including squash, para athletics, table tennis, shooting, basketball, athletics, weightlifting and hockey, were found guilty of causing damages.Of them, basketball accounted for the maximum damage of 400 AUD (Rs 20,400); followed by athletics 232 AUD (Rs 11,832); hockey 154 AUD (Rs 7,854); shooting and weightlifting AUD 100 each (Rs 5,100); squash 76 AUD (Rs 3,876); and table tennis 50 AUD (Rs, 2,550).advertisementThe damages most relate to door keys which accounted for 550 AUD (Rs, 28,055) while other expenses added up to 262 AUD (Rs 13,360). Besides, the list also included an expense of 288.75 AUD (Rs 14,726) for refrigerators which the IOA said it will pay.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Small Businesses Big Ideas Brighter Future

first_img John Hamlin, Alex Gillis and Peter Moreira, winning Startup Canada awards in Atlantic Canada Leslie Gallagher, being selected as Nova Scotia’s only representative to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance summit, less than a year after starting WorkLocal.jobs Admiral Insurance, reaching more than four million customers and almost 500 employees after starting in Halifax with just 19 employees in 2007 Kinduct Technologies Inc., helping the Toronto Blue Jays and more than a dozen other professional baseball, hockey and basketball teams collect data to better manage their athletes. There is nothing small about small businesses in Nova Scotia. The overwhelming majority of businesses in this province are small businesses, and they employ almost half of all our workers. For our economy to grow, we need all sizes of businesses to be successful. Every large business has to start somewhere, and we know small businesses are the big opportunities of tomorrow. That’s why we celebrate them during small business week from Oct. 18 to Oct. 24. We believe in making smart investments that benefit Nova Scotians. That’s why government doubled the Credit Union Loan Program, and increased our guarantee to 90 per cent. So far, more than $90 million in financing has been approved for 1,864 small businesses across every region of Nova Scotia. This has helped create and maintain more than 11,400 jobs. Through the Department of Business, we’re bringing government departments and agencies together to focus on economic growth. Nova Scotia Business Inc. delivers our business and export programs, and Innovacorp fosters innovative startups that strive to change the world. Right now, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranks Nova Scotia highest in Canada, in terms of business confidence. We wouldn’t be at the top without entrepreneurs who are willing to sacrifice and take risks. Many of these ambitious and talented leaders are having tremendous success. Just a few recent achievements from Halifax-area people and companies include: Government understands the importance of small businesses, and we have one very clear objective – to make Nova Scotia the most competitive and business-friendly environment. We are reducing red tape, eliminating unnecessary licences and placing more services online to make it easier to do business with government. We are committed to small business success. I offer my admiration and congratulations to all of our small business success stories and to those just starting out. For the first time in Nova Scotia this is being proclaimed small business week. I encourage every Nova Scotian to join me in celebrating small businesses, and help spread the word of all the good things that are happening in our business community. -30-last_img read more

John Abraham is a thorough gentleman Amruta Sant

first_imgMumbai: Marathi actress Amruta Sant, who is playing the role of a social activist in John Abraham-starrer “Batla House”, says the actor is humble and chilled out. The actress is working with John for the first time. “John is a superstar! Until this film happened, I didn’t know him on one to one basis. He is chilled out and humble, a thorough gentleman,” Amruta said. The film also features Mrunal Thakur. “Mrunal also is kind and very helpful. It was great working with her too,” said Amruta, who has earlier worked in “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir”, directed by Ken Scott. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Nikkhil Advani’s “Batla House” traces the story of the shootout between a seven-member Delhi Police Special Cell team and suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists who were allegedly involved in the Delhi serial blasts of September 13, 2008. It will open on August 15. Talking about the film, she said: “I am playing the activist, who is against the special cell, police, government and is protesting against the system. It’s a very strong character, who is fighting against the government and the police force, trying to convince people to stand against injustice. “I am glad I got a chance to work with Nikkhil Advani. He made sure that all his actors were comfortable on the set.”last_img read more

Communications between first responders in Haiti to be strengthened – UN agency

16 February 2010A United States software business is set to provide a reliable and secure communications system to emergency response teams assisting in the Haitian relief effort under an agreement with the United Nations, the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced today. As part of the new agreement with the ITU, the United States-based Collabria LLC will install a platform which allows Haitian ‘first responders’ to collaborate quickly across wired, wireless and private networks, as well as the Internet amidst the devastation left by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake.The software combines text, voice, video, data and large file transfer capabilities into a single application for desktops, laptops, mobile phones and other IP-based devices, the ITU said in a news release.In addition to providing the ITU with the software to strengthen ongoing emergency telecommunications efforts in Haiti, Collabria will also dispatch engineers to help ITU restore the country’s communications links.“My sympathy is with the people of Haiti who are trying to re-build their lives after this terrible tragedy,” said ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid.“Re-establishing communication links is an essential part of the relief effort and I am delighted that Collabria has come forward to join us in this effort,” added Mr. Al Morshid.Speaking from Haiti, where ITU has been overseeing network restoration efforts, Cosmas Zavazava, ITU Chief, Emergency Telecommunications said harmonization of communication systems for law enforcement and humanitarian agencies in major emergencies remains one of the most daunting challenges, noting that Collabria’s software provides a common platform that will greatly enhance coordination.Since the disaster struck more than a month ago, ITU has contributed 100 satellite terminals to Haiti to help re-establish basic communications links in the country, as well as setting up 100 wireless hotspot locations across the Caribbean nation and allocating a budget of over $1 million to strengthen disaster response in Haiti. read more

Government urged to establish hybrid mechanism

The Government has been urged to establish a hybrid-international mechanism to deal with allegations related to the war.Amnesty International says by seeking to deliver on all four pillars – justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of nonrecurrence – through the establishment of these four mechanisms, Sri Lanka promises to break new ground and set global precedents that other states may follow in seeking to address impunity. The London based human rights organization says the mechanism must have a mandate to address crimes by all sides.Amnesty also notes that a broad temporal jurisdiction must be established and the mechanism must have jurisdiction over all crimes under international law. Successive Governments have announced programmes to provide permanent housing for the displaced; repair damaged houses; improve water and sanitation, assist with livelihood development and improve infrastructure, but Amnesty International says the programmes did not reach all those in need. (Colombo Gazette) Amnesty says a hybrid-international justice mechanism must be established and the mechanism must be provided with a clear mandate. “It is important that the commitments are delivered without delay and that all mechanisms coordinate with each other to ensure the effectiveness of their work,” Amnesty International said. The Government has also been urged to allow a Special Counsel to prosecute suspects at all levels and the Judges should be selected in an open, independent and transparent process.Amnesty also notes that victims of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including crimes under international law, have a right to full and effective reparation to address the harm they have suffered.It says reparation should seek to be transformative and address the individual, institutional and structural aspects that constitute the cause, contributing factors and/or consequences of violation and abuses. read more

UN envoy seeking Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon holds talks with Europeans

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 calling for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, discussed his mission with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.Mr. Larsen, who said he would brief Mr. Solana on his return from Syria and Lebanon, also met with the EU’s Policy and Security Committee, consisting of the Permanent Representatives of the 25 member states, who assured him of full EU backing for his difficult mission.He last visited Lebanon and Damascus in the first half of February, his first trip in the new job he assumed in January after serving as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Since then, the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has increased tension in the area.Syrian troops have been in Lebanon since the early stages of the 1975-1990 civil war and last week Mr. Annan reiterated his earlier hope that he will be able to report progress when he submits his next report in April.Speaking to reporters today, the Secretary-General said there was no plan for the United Nations to send in a force to monitor the withdrawal of Syrian troops.”That is an issue that the Security Council will have to decide – whether they want to send in an international force or not,” he said in response to a question.”I have indicated that I do not have a mandate from the Security Council to send a force to Lebanon. Obviously, we do have our forces in southern Lebanon, but they have a separate mandate which does not include the monitoring of the Syrian withdrawal,” he added, referring to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). read more

Annan commends Cameroon and Nigeria on progress made on demarcating boundary

“Looking back at the progress already made, I want to commend both Presidents for the smooth transfer of authority that took place along the land border in 2004, as well as for the generally good atmosphere which prevails in the area and the good relations between the population and the new administrative authorities,” he told a news conference in Geneva after a two-hour mini-summit there with President Paul Biya of Cameroon and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.The ICJ ruled in October 2002 on the dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over their 1,600-kilometre land border, extending from the Lake Chad area to the Bakassi peninsula, and maritime boundary into the Gulf of Guinea.Implementation of the ruling is now coordinated by the UN-chaired Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission.”I called on both Presidents to give their full support to ensure the success of the work of the Commission,” Mr. Annan said. “It is important that the Mixed Commission proceed with its work as expeditiously as possible.”He welcomed the additional funds the two countries themselves have donated to carry out demarcation operations.In a communiqué issued after their meeting, all three also expressed their gratitude for recent contributions to the UN trust fund for demarcation, including the 1 million pounds sterling from the United Kingdom. They also welcomed the prospect of an additional €4 million (euros) from the European Commission in addition to the €400,000 previously granted. read more

Welcome to a dream come true

In the former Canada Hair Cloth building, President Jack Lightstone, left, and Dean Rosemary Hale present MPP Jim Bradley with a commemorative Badgers hoodie for his efforts in helping Brock secure funding for the downtown performing arts centre.It’s a moment Brock and fine arts supporters have been waiting for: the announcement of provincial funding for the new downtown home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley announced Wednesday morning that the Ontario government will provide $26.2 million for the project. He made the announcement in front of the old Canada Hair Cloth textile factory in St. Catharines that will be the future home of the Walker campus.Bradley announced the funding — provided over four years — to long applause from a large crowd.“I know this will certainly act as a catalyst for the larger vision our leaders have for downtown revitalization,” he said. “Downtown St. Catharines will boast a diversity that will be the envy of many cities.”Chancellor Ned Goodman described the announcement as “a tremendous transformative event for all of Niagara.”The new Marilyn I. Walker School will provide state-of-the-art facilities for more than 500 full-time students and faculty, freeing up much needed space for other programs at Brock’s main campus.The downtown fine arts campus is being built in partnership with the City of St. Catharines, which will build a civic Niagara Centre for the Arts on the other half of the downtown site. With the provincial funding now secured, Brock will fund-raise about $20 million to pay for its part of the Walker campus.“This is an incredible day for Brock,” said President Jack Lightstone, “a day we have been working toward for a long time, with unceasing commitment and help from Jim Bradley. This is much more than wonderful news for a university that desperately needs more space. This investment in post-secondary education by the Government of Ontario will help change the lives of thousands of students whose knowledge and careers will be greatly enhanced by vastly improved educational facilities.”The Walker campus will mean a dedicated theatre, rehearsal, teaching and research studios for students, said Rosemary Hale, Dean of Humanities.“Welcome to a dream come true,” said Hale, who called about 30 arts students to stand with her during her speech.“This is going to be an extraordinary place for all the creativity and imagination unfolding in the renaissance that is Niagara.”Quick links:• $26.2. million for downtown arts school — St. Catharines Standard• Brock U gets provincial funding! | 610 CKTB• BUSU press release: Brock students excited about new downtown campus• Artist renderings (PDF): 1 | 2An exuberant Rosemary Hale speaks at the announcement for Brock’s downtown fine arts complex. Photo: City of St. Catharines read more

Fatherhood matures Ohio States Deshaun Thomas on the court

Deshaun Thomas plays the game like he doesn’t feel pressure. Whether the screaming fans boo or cheer him, whether the clock is his friend or his foe, whether he missed his last five shots or made them, his game is the same. See ball, score ball. It’s robotic in its invariability, but organic in its instinctiveness. The Ohio State men’s basketball team is reliant on this rare combination as Thomas, who averages 20 points per game, is the only consistent scorer for an inconsistent Buckeye team that sits at No. 10 in the national rankings. But as soon as he walks outside the gym, Thomas has responsibilities that make carrying the scoring burden look a lot less daunting. Thomas has a child – a son – and his responsibilities on the court are vital to fulfilling his responsibilities off of it. The two worlds of pressure have been intertwined from the start. The child was born on the same day OSU beat Cincinnati in the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament – a game in which Thomas torched the Bearcats for 24 points. But because Thomas was in Boston with his team, he had to miss the birth of his son. “It was kind of hard and the mother was kind of sad about it, but she understood what it takes and the business side of it and going out and performing for him,” Thomas said. Two days later, Thomas scored 14 points to help catapult OSU to the Final Four. When he returned home, his son was there waiting. “The day that changed me was after Syracuse, and I went home and he was there, like how little he was, how small he was, and it really changed me,” Thomas said Monday. “It brightened my eyes knowing I got somebody to look up to me.” Thomas bypassed the opportunity to declare for the NBA Draft after OSU lost to Kansas in the Final Four – instead returning to be the unquestioned No. 1 scoring option of a team many expect to do big things come March. Coupled with the responsibility of being a father, it’s a lot of pressure for a 21-year-old, and one his coach said Thomas might have had a tough time handling when he was a freshman. “Deshaun has obviously blossomed as a person in terms of from where he started on day one to where he was now,” said coach Thad Matta. “I know the parenting situation is something he takes very serious. His life is a little different now than most college guys and him accepting that responsibility, very proud of how he handled that situation.” Thomas has a future in basketball. He won’t be the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, but he can make a good living playing professionally in the states or abroad. The better he plays, the better his future career will be and the better he can provide for his son. It’s a fact Thomas said he’s keenly aware of. “You can’t do anything negative,” Thomas said. “Because you got somebody looking up to you following in your footsteps, so you got to watch what you do and just knowing that you got to work even harder and harder for someone in your life who’s very important in your life to eat and to live.” Tuesday Thomas and the Buckeyes begin a brutal two-game stretch starting against No. 3 Michigan that will end Sunday against No. 1 Indiana. How the Buckeyes do could go a long way in determining where they finish in the Big Ten title race and the NCAA Tournament. But Thomas – like normal – is immune to the pressure. “It’s going to be nice for a scorer like me,” he said. Tipoff against the Wolverines is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday. read more

Rihanna and former Australian PM to raise US3 Billion for education

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKevin Rudd ousts Australian Prime Minister Julia GillardJune 26, 2013In “World”Australian ruling party looses to oppositionSeptember 7, 2013In “Other Stories”Warne criticises Australia for too much whingeingMay 18, 2018In “latest news” Barbados’ superstar Rihanna and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard first came together for a good cause in 2016 and were reunited earlier this year while doing philanthropic work in Malawi.RIHANNA (LEFT) AND FORMER AUSTRALIAN LEADER JULIA GILLARD (RIGHT) IN A CLASSROOM IN MALAWILast week, a video of their January trip was released, showing the multiple Grammy award-winner and the former politician meeting with community leaders and schoolchildren as they seek to raise US$3.1 billion between 2018 and 2020.“I’m really here to see it. It’s one thing to read the statistics, but I want to see it first-hand and find out all that can be done and where to start first,” Rihanna said in the clip.“We’re here really to get a sense of the dimensions of change and what more needs to be done, and we know these challenges are profound,” Gillard added.The pop princess and the politician previously joined forces for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a campaign designed to improve the quality of education in developing countries.Gillard joined the charity in 2014 as chair of the Board of Directors, while Rihanna, who founded The Clara Lionel Foundation in honour of her late grandparents, is an ambassador.Also present on the trip was Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, an organisation committed to helping GPE raise money and help children access education in more than 60 impoverished nations.Various issues impact the education system in Malawi, including a lack of skilled teachers and limited access to education.“Statistically 70-75 percent of students get into primary school, but only eight percent get to complete secondary school,” said Angeline Murimirwa, Regional Executive Director of Camfed.There is approximately one teacher to every 100 students in the south-east African nation. (Caribbean360.com) read more

Water charges will be announced in or around August

first_imgWATER CHARGE PRICES will be announced in or around August according to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER).Commissioner at the CER Paul McGowan made the revelation this evening during a sitting of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee at Leinster House.The charges are set to begin in October with the first bills due in early 2015 but a pricing structure has yet to be decided.One of the roles of the CER is in  regulating  price changes in other utilities such as gas and electricity.McGowan told the committee members this evening that the CER has not yet been given this statutory regulatory power over Irish Water but assured members that “the commencement order is due within days”.In setting the charges, McGowan said that the CER would ensure that the charges are reasonable in terms of the costs of setting up Irish Water.He said, however, that he could not provide any details as yet as to whether these charges would be universal or whether they will be different across various local authorities.McGowan did pledge however that the CER will publish Irish Water’s submission on its proposed charging structure along with the CER’s commentary on it.A public consultation programme will then follow with the final decision on charges expected in late Summer.McGowan was then questioned about whether there would be different charges for water that is used for drinking taps and that used for sewage leaving a property. He said that although no definitive decision has been taken on such matters that he would envisage that this would be the case.He added that in some properties, those with septic tanks for example, charges would only be incurred for water used in sewerage removal.CEO of Irish Water John Tierney reiterated that the new semi-state will not have the power to cut off customers for non-payment of charges.Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming asked Tierney whether supply limiters would instead be put on properties instead, echoing a loopholes used by local authorities currently.“If you look at the last three charges that were introduced including the property tax, 93 per cent of people pay these charges. Those people want to see that for people who don’t pay that there are penalties in place,” he responded.Read: ‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs’: Hogan defends Irish Water spending >Read: Irish Water will spend nearly €86 million on consultants, contractors and legal advice >last_img read more

Steve Jobs goes on medical leave of absence

first_imgSteve Jobs has today requested a medical leave of absence. In an e-mail sent to all Apple employees Jobs explained the reasons:Team, At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011. I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy. Steve The news will obviously raise concern as to how well Jobs is doing following his liver transplant in 2009. He returned to work slowly following the transplant managing a few days a week, and through 2010 he looked to be back to working full time if remaining quite thin.We wish Steve all the best and hope he manages to recover quickly and return to Apple fully fit as soon as possible.Read more at Business Wirelast_img read more

Debunking food scares Whats this I had heard about toast causing cancer

first_imgDebunking food scares: ‘What’s this I had heard about toast causing cancer?’ Up to one third of the most common cancers are preventable by making improvements to our diet. But there’s no need to ban toast just yet, writes Louise Reynolds. 30 Comments Louise Reynolds Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3221128 197 Views By Louise Reynoldscenter_img Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER nutrition story making the news headlines – so far, so normal. But as my slice of wholegrain toast popped up out of the toaster this morning I found myself pondering the colour and just how toasted it really was.Not too pale and soft but maybe too brown and crunchy? And then I thought, another food scare on a Monday morning.As a dietitian I can usually embrace or dismiss these news headlines pretty quickly or at least know where to go to read a little more and find out what’s actually going on. So when I saw this latest report casting doubt on our popular breakfast food, I decided to take a closer look.All about acrylamideThe issue is a compound called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are cooked or baked to a brown colour. This chemical reaction is called the “maillard reaction” and occurs when toasting or browning certain foods.The main food groups affected are fried potato products, such as chips, crisps, roast potatoes and other roasted root vegetables, bread, biscuits and crackers. Coffee also contains acrylamide. The darker the toasting or browning, the more acrylamide is produced.What the experts sayThis week, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a report that said acrylamide has been found, in animal studies, to increase the risk of cancer. However, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland updated their advice this week in response to the UK report.They said that their research had found that while the intake of acrylamide in Ireland was low, as in other EU member states, they are working with the commission and other member states to set controls for acrylamide in legislation.The agency said people could reduce the amount of acrylamide in their diets by choosing cooking methods such as boiling or steaming instead of frying or roasting. In addition, you can reduce your dietary intake of acrylamide by ensuring you have a balanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.Cancer Research UK have also spoken out this week to highlight that there is no need to panic if you have enjoyed a slice of well done toast or a crispy, well browned roast potato with your Sunday dinner this week.The supporting studiesStudies in animals have shown that acrylamide has the potential to damage the DNA inside cells. And because of this it has been linked to cancer. But looking at studies in humans, they go on to say that there isn’t a clear and consistent link between acrylamide and increased risk of cancer.They highlight that the report gives yet another good reason to consider eating a well balanced diet for overall good health and weight management. And the key here is balance – there’s no need to cut these foods out entirely, just cut down if you eat them a lot.In fact, some of the largest sources of acrylamide – crisps, chips, cakes and biscuits – are foods that you should avoid eating every day anyway, as they are high in calories and low in beneficial nutrients and fibre.Preventing cancer?But when it comes to preventing cancer there are other things we can all do to reduce our risk. Up to one third of the most common cancers are preventable by making improvements to diet, exercise and body weight.In fact, each diet modification can lead to a 5% reduction in cancer risk – so in fact, all the small changes can add up to make a big difference to your overall risk of developing certain cancers.At the launch of their “My Small Change” campaign this week, Dr Aoife Ryan, INDI Dietitian, UCC Lecturer and Principal Investigator with Breakthrough Cancer, explained that:Our risk of developing cancer depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lifestyle. We have control over many of these factors and, in some instances, can directly alter our chances of developing cancer. Cancer is caused by damage to our DNA, the chemical instructions that tell our cells what to do. Things in our environment, such as our lifestyle, can damage our DNA.So what can we do to reduce our risk?The eight key recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are:Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.Limit consumption of high calorie foods and avoid sugary drinks.Eat more grains, vegetables, fruit and beans.Limit consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats.Limit alcohol consumption.Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt.For cancer prevention, don’t rely on supplements.And of course we could add to this – don’t smoke and if you do smoke, quit. But I don’t think we have to cross toast off the breakfast menu just yet. Louise Reynolds is a CORU Registered Dietitian and works with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.The diet is dead: ‘Many of us spend far too long feeling unhappy with our bodies’>Fad diets harming Irish cancer patients> Short URL Feb 4th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more

La disquette 35 pouces cest fini

first_imgLa disquette 3,5 pouces, c’est finiJapon – La disquette 3,5 pouces ne sera quasiment plus fabriquée : Sony, qui détient 70% de son marché, a annoncé qu’il cessait de la produire. La fin d’une époque. Elle était le symbole de l’informatique des années 80-90. La disquette 3,5 pouces disparaît du paysage électronique. Sa capacité de stockage de 1,44 Mo en fait un produit obsolète face aux clés USB. De plus, les Mac et les PC n’incorporent plus de lecteurs de disquettes sur leurs machines. La demande s’est écroulée ces dernières années et Sony, qui détient 70% du marché, a affirmé vendre 8,5 millions d’unités par an actuellement alors que l’inventeur de l’outil en distribuait 47 millions en 2000. L’activité cessera officiellement en mars 2011.Le 27 avril 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scientists Study Snake Venom To Find Cure for Snake Bites

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend One bite from the Bothrops jararaca pit viper can be deadly.Toxins in the snake’s venom cause necrosis, stroke, and kidney failure; death typically results from blood loss, renal failure, intracranial hemorrhage, and hypotension.Not exactly my idea of a good Saturday night.Leave that to fester, and there’s a 7 percent chance you’ll die; with treatment, that number drops to somewhere between 0.5 percent and 3 percent. Which, if we’re being honest, still isn’t ideal.Solange Serrano, a researcher at the Instituto Butantan in Brazil, gets it: She studies the protein toxins in these serpents’ venom in hopes of helping develop improved medication for envenomation.“The antivenoms do a reasonable job, but they are not so good at neutralizing the local effects of snakebite,” including swelling, redness, and bruising, she said in a statement.Results of the study, conducted in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire, were recently published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.Led by Serrano, the team examined glycans—sugar molecules attached in a complex chain—and how they affect proteins in the venom of B. jararaca (also known as lancehead) snakes.Graduate student Debora Andrade-Silva partnered with glycomics expert Vernon Reinhold in New Hampshire to analyze the structure of 60 glycan chains in eight lancehead species’ venoms.The researchers found that a disproportionate number of glycans contained sialic acid—a sugar with a negative charge—which may help with venom solubility and increase toxin half-life, according to Serrano.Another department of the Instituto Butantan produces most of Brazil’s antivenom. But the current formula doesn’t always cut it: Every snakebite is unique, and its vaccination must match the type of envenomation that occurred.(i.e. You can’t care for a king cobra wound with the same medicine as you would a black mamba. Neither of which you want to find yourself in need of treating.)So, a better understanding of how venom differs between slithering species may improve the potency and precision of treatments.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Video Aleister Black back in action on Smackdown Live against Andrade

first_img NXT stars were back in action for the second night in a row.After appearing on RAW last night, Shane McMahon opened Smackdown Live earlier tonight announcing that NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano, Ricochet and Aleister Black would be back in action.Up first was Aleister Black, who took on Andrade in a singles match. Black picked up the win over Andrade via Black Mass on Tuesday night.Match recap courtesy of our Smackdown Live recap:Black and Andrade are trading elbow shots. Black with a series of takedowns, leg kicks, sweep and knee to the face. Andrade dumps Black to the outside. Black with a german suplex into a bridge for a two count on Andrade. Black hits the corner hard when Andrade moves. Andrade catches Black with double knees in the corner for two. Black connects with Black Mass and gets the pinfall victory. Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Pinterest WhatsApp WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twittercenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more