Substantial rise expected in orthopaedic problems in India:

first_imgDocsNew Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) Amid rapid socio-economic changes accompanied by increasing urbanisation, the country is set to experience a “substantial rise” orthopaedic problems in the near future, doctors said.Orthopaedic experts from across the country, who had gathered here for the Delhi Orthopaedic Associations Annual Conference today, concurred on the subject.A steady rise in ageing population and lifestyle shifts are set to drive an increasing burden of orthopaedic injuries in India, upping the need for improved procedures and better training of surgeons to make surgeries safer and more effective, they said.Hosted by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), the three-day DOACON-2016 has brought together leading experts, pioneers and delegates in the field of orthopaedics to discuss ways and means to deal with the increasing prevalence of traumatic orthopaedic injuries and osteoporotic fractures.A number of factors are driving a surge in orthopaedic problems as well as traumatic orthopaedic injuries these days, experts said.”Socio-economic development and resultant urbanisation is accompanied by increase in use of automobiles, rise in construction activities as well as lifestyle shifts towards the sedentary that tend to weaken the muscoskeletal system,” said H S Chabbra, Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director, ISIC.”At the same time, rising life expectancy gives us a huge population of the elderly who are prone to osteoporotic fractures suffered usually in falls.”In addition, trauma is an expediential increase in India, which is a significant number for orthopaedic related injuries… We are set to experience a substantial rise in burden of orthopaedic problems in the near future,” he said.advertisementOlympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra highlighted that “promoting sports medicine should be made an integral part of sports training culture in India”.”Timely intervention and safe surgeries can have dramatic effects on the recovery rate of injuries in athletes,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by the association.More than 18 academic sessions were held during the conference and informative case study scenarios discussed.”With increasing life expectancy, problems of hip and knee arthritis is also on the rise… We have the latest and most advanced technologies as well as implants for joint replacements,” said Bhushan Nariani, Head of Orthopaedic Department, ISIC. PTI KND NSDlast_img read more

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Afghanistan playing with India, not with Virat Kohli: Asghar Stanikzai

first_imgOn June 14, Afghanistan will become the only 12th Test nation when they take on the number one Test team in the world in Bengaluru. However, the hosts will go to action without their captain and premier batsman, who will instead be in Surrey to prepare for the tour of England.Kohli signed a contract with Surrey and will be available with the English county through June. The 29-year-old had a torrid time against James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the five-Test series in 2014 and is determined to set the record straight this time.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli to skip 1st T20I vs Ireland, Surrey confirms to India TodayKohli’s absence from the Afghanistan Test has led to a bit of a debate in cricketing circles. Michael Clarke, for instance, was surprised Kohli would miss a Test match, Shane Warne felt it was okay for Kohli to focus on the England tour.However, Afghanistan Asghar Stanikzai played down Kohli’s absence. “All Indian players are good and everyone is (a similar standard to) Virat Kohli. I believe we are playing with Team India and not with Virat Kohli.”ALSO READ: Rahane named captain for Test vs AfghanistanIn Kohli’s absence, the India Test team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane. It will still be a formidable challenge. Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha make up a power-packed batting line-up. India’s three spinners: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will be a threat in Indian conditions while Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma will be expected to cause serious problems with the new ball.advertisementAfghanistan will bank heavily on the experience Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who have done remarkably well in the IPL.”Rashid and Mujeeb have been performing really well and it is a proud moment for us. But we also have better spinners in Afghanistan,” said Stanikzai. “We have a lot of good spinners in Afghanistan, like Qais Ahmad and other spinners who will do better than Rashid.”Stanikzai is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead in their Test debut but he said Afghanistan are ready.”Indian conditions are good for spin and we are lucky to have good spinners. Our batsmen are in good form. In the last three or four years our team combination is good. We will try and play good and positive cricket,” he said.last_img read more

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Emma and Jacob Top Names for 2005

first_imgEmma and Jacob were the most popular choices for baby names in 2005, according to figures released today, Feb. 28, from Nova Scotia’s Vital Statistics office. This is not just a trend seen in Nova Scotia, Vital Statistics offices across Canada, the United States and in Europe also place these names in their top five spots for most popular baby names. According to baby name websites, Emma is Latin for healer or universal. Jacob is Hebrew in origin, and means holder of the heel or supplanter. In 2005, the top five girls’ names were Emma (100), Madison (69), Olivia (65), Emily (63), and Hannah (60). The top five boys’ names were Jacob (77), Ethan (68), Alexander (63), Logan (63), and Jack (62). In 2004, the top five girls’ names were Emma (138), Madison (86), Emily (81), Hannah (57), and Abigail (56). The top five boys’ names were Ethan (95), Ryan (67), Liam (66), Alexander (64), and Noah (63). Emma has been the top choice for baby girls’ names and Madison was the second most popular choice for four years. Jacob was the top choice for boys’ names in 2000 and 2001 but moved down the list of top 20 names over the past five years until now. Ethan was the most popular boys’ baby name for the past three years and is now the second most popular name in Nova Scotia. Other popular names are Nathan (up nine places to number 11), William (up six places to number 13), Nicholas (up five places to number eight) and Olivia (up four places to number three). “Parents seem to be more adventurous when naming their children this year,” said Liz Crowley Meagher, deputy registrar general of Vital Statistics at Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Brianna, Sophie, Samantha, Brooke, Ava, Samuel, Noah and Jack didn’t make it on last year’s list, and boys’ names moved up and down the list more frequently this year.” “It’s interesting to see how parents are swayed by pop culture, literary and historic influences,” she added. “Jack failed to appear on the list last year, but this year is the fifth most popular name for boys. This name may be popular because the main character from the popular TV show Lost is named Jack.” In all, there were 8,498 births in Nova Scotia in 2005, slightly fewer than the 8,667 births reported in 2004. There were 4,417 boys and 4,081 girls born in 2005. In 2004 the girls outnumbered the boys by just 25.last_img read more

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Big Bang Theory Star Wants You To Go Vegan

first_imgA potentially deadly salmonella outbreak in the U.S. and the Netherlands—from tainted salmon—has been reported just days after the largest beef recall in Canadian history, prompting Emmy-nominated sitcom star, mother of two, and neuroscientist Dr. Mayim Bialik to offer a simple solution for moms who want to protect their families: Toss the meat!Mayim Bialik For PETAThat’s the message in her brand-new campaign for PETA, in which the Big Bang Theory star—dolled up as a ‘50s homemaker—tosses a “steak” into the garbage beneath the words “It’s a No-Brainer: Go Vegan!” The ad concludes, “The only way to be sure that meat doesn’t poison your family is to throw it out. Protect your families (and animals!) now by choosing vegan.”In an exclusive PETA interview, Bialik opens up about some of the other health benefits that can accompany a switch to vegan meals. “I’ve never had a sinus infection or been on antibiotics since cutting out dairy,” she says. And the changes go beyond the physical: “I think the most significant shift for me was I used to feel guilty. Even as a child, I felt very guilty about eating animals and never knew that there was something to do about it. And as I got older, it became clearer that there are things that I can do and choices I can make.”Also known for her roles on Beaches and Blossom, Bialik is the author of Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way and a contributor to Jewish parenting website Kveller. She joins a growing list of celebrities—including Alicia Silverstone, Paul McCartney, Alec Baldwin, Casey Affleck, and Joaquin Phoenix — who have teamed up with PETA to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.For more information and to view the ad and interview, visit PETA.org.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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Alberta considering heading north with oil

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Alberta government is running out of options to get their oil to foreign markets.The province is blocked on all sides by widespread opposition to both the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway projects.Their latest proposal has a pipeline running from the tar sands through the Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean.APTN’s Cullen Crozier explains territorial leaders are seriously considering the idea.last_img

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General Assembly makes tangible progress to revitalize itself its President says

19 December 2007The 192-member General Assembly is well on the road to revitalizing its role within the United Nations, where the 15-member Security Council makes the binding decisions, and is planning major debates in the coming year on issues ranging from climate change to development funding to management reform, its President said today. “I think that we have made tangible progress and obvious progress in terms of improving the working methods of the General Assembly, thus making it dynamic and vital,” Srgjan Kerim said at an end-of-year news conference in New York.There was no need even for a resolution on revitalising the Assembly, he said, noting that such a resolution had become “totally superfluous” in light of the very intensive activities and the more constructive and cooperative atmosphere among Member States.“We cannot behave in terms of business as usual because the agenda, the problems, the challenges we are facing do not allow for that,” Mr. Kerim stressed. “So in that regard I have talked to Member States very often that we have to change our mindset and through this our attitude towards the General Assembly in making it a central, vital body of the United Nations which deals with the most important issues and challenges of today’s world.”He stressed the importance of thematic debates, such as the one already held on terrorism, which paves the way for the review of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy scheduled for next September.In February the Assembly will debate climate change. In April there will be an informal thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to drastically slash poverty, hunger and maternal and child mortality, and boost access to health care and education by 2015.That debate “will be focused on three crucial goals – poverty, education and health,” and include business people, academics and all those prepared to assist the UN in implementing the MDGs, Mr. Kerim said.There will also be plenary meetings in April on management reform, focusing on procurement, accountability and human resources. “That will be a very important exercise in which the Member States will be involved to give their input and their ideas and their options and solutions on what should be a very comprehensive management reform,” said the President. The coming months will be even busier than the past season. “As I said when I was elected in May this year, I promised hard work, a lot of dynamics and a vital General Assembly and I think I have [the] great support of the Member States,” he declared. Mr. Kerim also voiced confidence that the Assembly would soon adopt a multi-billion dollar budget for the UN, citing the “tremendous effort” by Japan, as well as the efforts of the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Egypt, India “and many, many countries in making sure that we will have a budget.“And we will have, but with a very clear message to the Secretary-General and the Secretariat that we would like to see more savings, more measures, more transparency in using the money because this is part of this reform and the budget is the best way we can exercise pressure to implement this reform of management,” he added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a $4.2 billion budget for the next two years. read more

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UAE and Sri Lanka agree to resolve domestic worker issues

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), arrived in Sri Lanka today as a part of his Asian Tour. Minister Nahyan was received by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake at the Bandaranaike International Airport.During his visit, Minister Al Nahyan paid Courtesy calls on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and had bilateral discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana. Sri Lanka invited UAE investors to invest in Sri Lanka, especially in infrastructure projects which will support Sri Lanka’s endeavors to emerge as a maritime hub in the Indian Ocean.The two Ministers decided to hold the second round of Sri Lanka-UAE Joint Commission next year in Colombo, which will be a platform to resolve several issues related to Sri Lankan domestic workers in the UAE, and discussed areas of economic cooperation including enhanced market access to value added Sri Lankan products in the UAE. Minister Marapana confirmed that Sri Lanka would also participate at EXPO 2020 in Dubai from 20 Oct 2020 to 10 April 2021. Ministers agreed on several initiatives to strengthen cultural cooperation and employment prospects for Sri Lankan workers in the UAE, which will further expand the relations between the two countries. The Ministers concluded a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Establishment of a Joint Committee for Consular Affairs, and an Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance on Customs Matters.The UAE delegation headed by Minister Al Nahyan, included UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdulhamid Al Mulla, Deputy Chief of Staff Maktoum Al Maktoum, Head of Media and Content Jamal Al Suwaidi of the office of the Foreign Minister, Desk Officer of the West Asia Department of the Foreign Ministry and Third Secretary Maryam Azizi.Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana was accompanied by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Department of Commerce and the Department of Customs. (Colombo Gazette) Matters related to political affairs, trade and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and the UAE were discussed during the bilateral meeting. read more

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Global nucleartest ban urgently needed for safer more secure world – UN

Addressing a meeting to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the devastation caused by nuclear testing. “I have witnessed the lasting societal, environmental and economic damage nuclear tests have caused,” he told the gathering. “Since the first test in New Mexico 70 years ago, the world has endured over 2,000 nuclear tests. Those tests devastated pristine environments and local populations around the world.“Many have never recovered from the legacies of nuclear testing – including poisoned groundwater, cancer, birth defects and radioactive fallout,” Mr. Ban continued. “Today let us also send a strong signal that the international community stands united to take action that will lead us to a safer and more secure world – a world free of nuclear weapons.” The Secretary-General said that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was adopted in 1996, was an essential building block for achieving this goal as a legally-binding, verifiable means by which to constrain the quantitative and qualitative development of nuclear weapons. Stressing that the Treaty must enter into force in order to be truly effective, Mr. Ban called on all remaining States to sign and ratify the instrument, including China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.The importance of the CTBT was also highlighted by the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, who underscored the need for a world free of nuclear testing.“Nuclear tests and weapons constitute an existential threat to humanity and contradict some of the fundamental principles of the United Nations,” he said. “In its current session, the General Assembly reiterated its firm commitment to the Treaty,” said Mr. Kutesa. “I would like to use this occasion to stress the importance and urgency of realizing the CTBT’s entry into force without further delay.”The Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Kim Won-soo, emphasized the need to universalize the norm against nuclear testing.“It is true that we live in an increasingly complex security environment,” said Mr. Kim. “Yet we cannot allow the security environment to prevent us from making progress on nuclear disarmament. We should remember the lessons of the Cold War when arms control agreements provided valuable lessons to reduce strategic tension.“We cannot delay in taking the path to nuclear disarmament,” he continued. “We must act with urgency to reach our goal of zero nuclear weapons. And we must do so with a sense of compromise and our common responsibility to rid the world of these devastating weapons.” read more

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UN agencies provide seeds and food to break hunger cycle in Central

Household food stocks are typically lowest at this time in the planting season. Under the ‘seeds protection’ initiative, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides crop and vegetable seeds, while the World Food Programme (WFP) provides groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, and beans to the same families.“Helping families rebuild food production is an important part of the recovery in this country, as it creates a source of food and income and can help bring stability to communities,” said FAO country representative Jean-Alexandre Scaglia. “That’s why it’s critical we make sure families don’t cope with the current scarcity by eating their seeds meant for planting.”“We know that during this period, food is limited and families are already struggling,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Central African Republic Country Director. “The food provided by WFP ensures that the seeds get planted and families don’t go hungry at the same time. Our support now can help people escape the vicious cycle of hunger.”Three years of conflict have disrupted agriculture and severely constrained people’s access to food as they have been struggling with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods.“As peace is returning to CAR, this initiative is a beam of hope for thousands of families,” added Mr. Djossa.Another 50,000 families will be supported during the second planting season in August/September, meaning 100,000 families, or 500,000 people in total, will be supported under the initiative this year.With 75 per cent of the population depending on agriculture, FAO, WFP and their partners have been working together since the beginning of the unrest to mitigate negative impacts on agricultural production and food security; the seeds protection initiative was first implemented in 2014.FAO and WFP are supporting the Government’s initiative to revive the agricultural sector through longer-term programmes that aim to save and strengthen livelihoods and build resilience.However, the two UN agencies warn that with only half of both agencies’ funding needs secured, people in CAR face receiving only half of the support they need. read more

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ThreeMinute Thesis proposals sought

Do you have what it takes for the Three-Minute Thesis challenge? The contest to describe graduate research in 180 seconds happens April 10 at Brock. Graduate students are invited to take a new challenge during this year’s Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference on Wednesday, April 10.The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition that is growing in popularity internationally and nationally has found its way to Brock and will be added to this year’s conference lineup of oral and poster presentations.Thesis master’s students and PhD candidates who enter the contest will have three minutes, and not a second more, to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate a non-specialist audience.That’s no easy task given the complexity and scope of thesis work under way at Brock says Prof. John McNamara, who is organizing the competition for the conference.McNamara has viewed many online videos of past contests held in Canada and around the world since the University of Queensland in Australia held the first 3MT challenge in 2008.“Winners from other contests demonstrate a real knack for telling their thesis stories,” he says. “They make very compelling presentations that are more casual in tone. They break down complex topics to give a clear understanding of what they are doing and how it will make a difference. They speak with enthusiasm about what they do and it’s infectious.”The contest is open to master’s or PhD students who are at the final stages of writing their thesis, or have recently defended but not yet graduated. Along with keeping to the three-minute time frame, the contestants are limited to using only one presentation slide for the duration of their talk.A panel of judges will score each presentation with the winner receiving $500 and runner-up receiving $250. As well, Brock’s winner will advance to the first provincewide 3MT competition that is being hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston on April 18.“This is a fun format that offers a meaningful exercise to help students sharpen professional communications skills – the kind of skills needed in today’s world, from grant writing to job applications,” McNamara says. “The Brock community is invited to join us for the contest. It’s a chance to hear about all great work that’s under way by our graduate students.”The conference call for proposals is open until Monday, March 4. Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the conference in one of the following ways: give an oral presentation, display a poster or, for those eligible, compete in the 3MT. read more

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Football Justin Fields moves forward after eligibility confirmed

Then-Georgia quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against Massachusetts on Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Courtesy of TNSJustin Fields is eligible for the 2019 season. And now he wants to be done talking about it. “My dad always tells me that ‘you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’ I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life,” Fields said in a statement. “I will not be speaking about my transfer again.” This was the mentality the freshman took when speaking for the first time as an Ohio State quarterback. When asked about his prospective eligibility on Wednesday, he said time and time again it was out of his control, saying he hopes to find out soon, so he could focus on his new team. With the eligibility confirmed, Fields’ focus is now solely on filling the shoes of Dwayne Haskins: the Heisman candidate, who, after one season, is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But that was his focus all along, which is something Fields was willing to admit about his transfer from Georgia to Ohio State. “I think I made more of a business decision,” Fields said. “Coach Day, he’s been in the NFL so he knows that it takes to get there. Just the offense and how successful it was last year, I just hope to do the same thing again.” Fields said he describes himself as an exciting playmaker, one that can extend plays with his legs when they break down. He showed this in the 12 games he played with the Bulldogs last season, accumulating 328 yards through the air, 266 yards on the ground and eight total touchdowns in limited playing time. However, when he got here, Fields said he was not immediately handed the reins of the Ohio State offense. With freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin in the room, who sat behind Haskins last season, Fields said he will have to earn the starting job. “Coach Day didn’t promise me anything,” Fields said. “He told me I would have to come here and work for it. So I’m just looking forward to getting better.” While waiting for his eligibility to be confirmed, Fields said he had been learning the Ohio State offense. He said, though it’s different from the pro-style offense Georgia runs, he is picking it up relatively quickly. Fields said he is also getting used to the pre-progression reads, utilizing the wide receivers and their skill sets on the outside to make his job easier in the passing game. To Day, this was the offense that Fields was excited about when he transferred to Ohio State. “They want to be in an offense where they’re throwing at the high efficiency that we did last year, we’re throwing in an offense where it’s very pro style oriented, mixed in with the college run game, with [run-pass options]. We think we’re on the cutting edge that way,” Day said. “That’s the response we’re getting from a lot of quarterbacks around the country.” When he decided to transfer from Georgia, Fields said Ohio State did not give him a sales pitch. But the quarterback also said they really didn’t have to.“Just going based off what Dwayne did last year and how much success he had in this offense, I felt like I could come in and hopefully do the same thing that he did,” Fields said. WIth his eligibility confirmed for 2019, Fields now has the opportunity to do so. read more

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2017 IPL auction delayed until late February

The IPL 2017 player auction is likely to take place in the third week of February following a delay from the originally proposed date of February 4. Although the BCCI has not issued a final date yet, franchises understand it would be anywhere between February 20 and 25. Last November the IPL Governing Council decided to schedule the IPL 2017 tournament between April 5 and May 21.David Warner and the Hyderabad Sunrisers will be looking to defend their IPL 2016 title (AFP photo)At that time, the player auction was slotted in tentatively for February 4 but that was ruled out as soon as the Supreme Court of India dismantled the BCCI house at the start of the year by removing its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke and imposing various restrictions on the remaining eligible office bearers at the board. Although the BCCI management under its chief executive officer Rahul Johri was ready to stick to the timelines drawn last November, the court’s delay in appointing the committee of administrators put the IPL decisions on the backburner.However, with a four-member committee of administrators taking charge on Monday, the IPL is back on the priority list. The committee of administrators met with the BCCI management team to discuss the immediate decisions that need to be taken concerning IPL.“The Committee of Administrators (COA) met the concerned BCCI officials today to take stock of the urgent and important matters mainly concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017,” a BCCI media release said. “The committee of administrators assured the franchises that it was overseeing the preparations for IPL and the ‘operational timelines’ will be sent out shortly.”On their part, the franchises have remained patient throughout the delay. Officials at several franchises said the main reason behind their confidence was the court had always made sure that cricket was never affected, both domestic and international. Also, the delay in the auction, one franchise chief executive officer said, would be an advantage because teams could scout for domestic talent in the ongoing Inter-State T20 tournament which finishes on February 18.If there is one thing the franchises are keen to get their hands on is the player roster – the final pool of players that will enter the auction. Normally the franchises get the roster two weeks ahead of the auction.“If we get the roster we can start making a shortlist of players we are after as then we come to know their availability which is always a big determining factor on which players teams pick,” one franchise CEO told ESPNcricinfo.This will be the last year of IPL before teams overhaul their rosters for the 2018 season. All existing player contracts will expire after IPL 2017 and it is expected most players will go under the hammer at the mega auction ahead of the 2018 season. There has been no decision yet on the player retention rules though.The current cycle of broadcasting rights, currently held by Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI), will expire after IPL 2017. Last September, the BCCI had announced that the next cycle of IPL rights would be sold via an open tender process. Eighteen companies including Facebook and Twitter bought the invitation to tender document for television and digital rights. The bids were meant to be opened on October 24, but the Lodha Committee deferred the process until the BCCI complied with the court order of July 18 last year. (ESPNCricinfo) Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL 2019 to be played entirely in India, will begin on March 23January 8, 2019In “Sports”IPL teams could be allowed to retain three playersOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”SLC softens stance, Lasith Malinga likely to be available for Mumbai Indians’ next two gamesMarch 25, 2019In “latest news” read more

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CJIA immigration officer slapped with felony charges

An immigration officer attached to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was hauled before the courts on Tuesday to answer to three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.Jonathan Rausch, 25, denied all three of the charges when they were read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge alleged that on April 1, 2018, while at CJIA, Timehri East Bank Demerara, he conspired with person(s) unknown to commit a felony by forging the Border Management System (BMS) with intent to defraud the public by purporting to show that Columbia nationals Juan Carlos and Maquilon Perez entered Guyana on March 27, 2018.Facts presented to the court alleged that on the day in question about 15:00h a Beech jet bearing registration numbers N119tc landed at the CJIA from Aruba for an emergency fuel stop and subsequently departed with Carlos and Perez without any documentation.An investigation was launched and revealed that the names of the Columbians were not featured on the manifest nor were there any embarkment or disembarkment cards in favour of the duo as is prescribed by the law.A thorough check of the BMS further revealed that the accused immigration rank allegedly entered and updated those names into the system to show that they had arrived in Guyana aboard another flight.As suspicions grew the accused was contacted, questioned and subsequently told of the allegations to which he denied.After summing up the matter the Chief Magistrate released the rank on $150,000 bail.The matter will continue on September 17, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCuban National facing felony and fraud charges remandedJanuary 9, 2019In “Court”Nepal Nationals remanded for illegal departing GuyanaDecember 8, 2014In “Crime”Brazilian charged for forged immigration documentAugust 26, 2013In “Crime” read more

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Apple Admittedly Slows Older iPhones to Protect Electronic Components

first_img Surprise: Apple iPhone performance slows as the device (and its battery) ages.The struggle is real for iFans who, like clockwork, see a decline in their smartphone or tablet’s efficiency after about a year of use.Conspiracy theorists claim it’s Cupertino’s way of encouraging folks to upgrade their handset for the latest and greatest version. But, according to Apple, it’s actually the battery’s fault.In a statement published by TechCrunch, the company admitted that it deliberately slows older iPhones to prevent damage:“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge, or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.“Last year, we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”The news broke this week after a recent Reddit post sparked discussion about the long-standing problem, addressed via benchmark tests by Primate Labs’ John Poole.“While we expect battery capacity to decrease as batteries age, we expect processor performance to stay the same,” Poole wrote in a Monday blog post. “However, users with older iPhones with lower-than-expected Geekbench 4 scores have reported that replacing the battery increases their score (as well as the performance of the phone). What’s going on here?”What’s going on—as Apple confirmed—is that the tech titan added power management to limit functionality once the battery condition declines past a certain point.As TechCrunch pointed out, it’s not just age that can negatively affect the power unit: excessive heat (whether from the sun or overuse) will also cripple a battery.But before you start sending angry tweets to Apple, remember that this is the fault of lithium-ion chemistry, not Cupertino.Which is, in large part, why graphene has gained such attention among battery manufacturers with the allotrope’s top-notch physical and chemical stability. Graphene is 100 times more efficient than copper in conducting electricity and boasts electron mobility 140 times faster than silicon. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Thieves take 5 tons of watermelon from Oregon stores

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. — Police and Clackamas County sheriff’s detectives say two men stole 17 pallets of watermelon — about 5 tons — from grocery stores in Beaverton and Tigard.Officials say they hit WinCo stores in the early morning hours of June 7. The watermelons had been left outside for sale. The men told one employee who confronted them at the Beaverton store they were removing the melons because they had black spots.The Oregonian reports surveillance video helped investigators identify two suspects — 42-year-old William Jake Traverso of Canby and 40-year-old Brad A. Taylor of Molalla. Deputies arrested Traverso on Tuesday at his parents’ home. They’re looking for Taylor.Police believe the pair sold most of the melons to small markets to support a methamphetamine addiction. Five pallets were recovered.last_img read more

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38 say flexible working is top influencer of job satisfaction globally

first_imgEmployees in western countries consider themselves to be happier in their jobs, more loyal to their employers and more productive at work, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.The Mobility, performance and engagement report, which is based on the self-assessment of 1,865 employees, found that the ability to work anywhere at any time is the top factor providing job satisfaction for respondents globally, cited by 38%.UK respondents rated this most highly, with 43% saying this was the case.In addition, the research found that just under a third (29%) of US respondents say that they are completely loyal to their employer, while 27% of German respondents say the same. However, just 5% of Japanese respondents say they have this level of loyalty to their employer.The report also found:15% of US and 10% of German respondents give themselves the maximum score for job satisfaction, compared to 6% in Singapore and 3% in Japan.A fifth (20%) of US respondents give themselves the maximum score for productivity, followed by 16% in Germany, 12% in the UK, 9% in Singapore and 5% in Japan.40% of early adopters of technology say they would never work for an organisation that did not allow them to use their own mobile devices for work.Chris Kozup, vice-president of marketing at Aruba, said: “The way we work is changing to suit the needs of GenMobile and if [organisations] do not stay ahead of the curve, they may inadvertently be creating less productive working environments that are overlooked by the best candidates.“It is clear that the freedom to work at a time that is most productive to the employee is crucial, which is why mobility is at the top of their checklist. Businesses need to evolve their offering now in order to secure GenMobile employees before their competitors do.“By doing this, the benefits will be long term and employers, both East and West, can compete on an equal footing to attract and keep talent.”last_img read more

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This Salvadoran Woman Is At The Center Of The Attorney Generals Asylum

first_img Share Kevin D. Liles for NPRMs. A.B. has been allowed to stay in the U.S. for four years while her case is pending. She requested that NPR identify her only by her initials because she is afraid her ex-husband might find her.Who should get asylumMs. A.B.’s case is the latest turn in a long-running debate over who should get asylum in the United States. Over more than a half-century, immigration lawyers pushed to expand the boundaries.To understand how the U.S. asylum system works, you have to go all the way back to World War II.Millions of people were displaced after the war, including Jews who fled the Holocaust and political outcasts who escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. Many of those refugees couldn’t return home. So European diplomats gathered in Geneva in 1951 to figure out how to help them — and to establish an international framework for future refugees.“There was certainly a very strong humanitarian impulse behind it,” said David Martin, a former U.S. immigration official and a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law. “But the drafters of the treaty said, we don’t want to write a blank check.”The delegates in Geneva agreed that asylum should be reserved for people facing persecution based on race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Then, at the last minute, Martin says, a delegate from the Netherlands suggested one more factor: membership in a “particular social group.”“He was concerned that some victims might not fall within the four factors that already were listed,” Martin said. “And that’s about all we know about it. No real guidance as to who would be included.”So “particular social group” was open to interpretation. And that would turn out to be important when the United States and other countries adopted this legal framework decades later.Over the years, immigration lawyers in the U.S. have argued that all sorts of people deserve asylum as persecuted members of a “particular social group.”“There was a beginning of a shift, and a new awareness that women could get asylum, and that rape was a form of harm that constituted persecution,” said Deborah Anker, a professor at Harvard Law School and the founding director of the Harvard Immigration Refugee Clinical program.One of the landmark cases concerned the asylum claim of a woman from Guatemala named Rody Alvarado. She says her husband beat her repeatedly for a decade.“It was a form of torture,” Alvarado said in Spanish through an interpreter. “It was a matter of life and death. If I stayed, he would have killed me.”Eric Risberg/APAfter suffering 10 years of violent abuse at the hands of her husband, Rody Alvarado fled her native Guatemala in 1995 and applied for asylum in the U.S. It took a 14-year battle with federal officials over whether domestic violence qualifies for refugee status for Alvarado’s application to be granted, in 2009.Alvarado fled to the U.S. in 1995 and applied for asylum in U.S. immigration court. Initially, she won her case, but the government appealed. That’s when Alvarado started working with Musalo, the same lawyer who represents Ms. A.B. today.“You know this is clearly a situation deserving of protection,” Musalo said, “when you have someone who beats you unconscious, who throws machetes across the room at you. When you have someone who wakes you up in the middle of the night with a knife at your throat, and tells you that he can kill you, and nobody would care. And then when you go to the police repeatedly and they laugh at you, and you go to the court and the court takes no action.”Musalo has argued in both cases that these women deserve asylum because they’ve been persecuted by their husbands and ignored by their own governments.At first, some courts rejected this theory. In Alvarado’s case, a panel of 15 judges agreed that the abuse she had suffered was brutal. But they ruled the system of asylum was not intended to protect survivors of domestic violence.“It’s a grave, pervasive, chronic international problem. But this is the wrong tool to solve that problem,” said Michael Hethmon, a lawyer at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which favors lower levels of immigration.While Musalo and other lawyers argued that survivors of domestic violence and other sexual and gender-based crimes deserve asylum protections, Hethmon was on the other side, writing briefs of his own.“Asylum was never designed to deal with those problems,” Hethmon said. “Asylum is not some sort of global make-a-wish foundation.”But Musalo and other immigrants’ rights lawyers didn’t give up. They kept returning to the phrase “particular social group” and insisting that domestic violence survivors do fall into that category.Gradually, that argument won out. And over the years, immigration lawyers have successfully argued for an even more expansive interpretation of asylum law — one that provides protection for women fleeing female genital mutilation, and people facing persecution for being gay or transgender.For a while, the law seemed settled.Sessions steps inLast fall, Sessions gave a speech in Falls Church, Va., at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation’s immigration judges. And Sessions made clear that he favors a strict interpretation of the language crafted at the 1951 Refugee Convention.“Our asylum laws are meant to protect those who because of characteristics like race, religion, nationality, or political opinions cannot find protection in their home countries,” he said. “That’s what it’s for. They were never intended to provide asylum to all those who fear generalized violence, crime, personal vendettas, or lack of job prospects. Yet vague, insubstantial, and subjective claims have swamped our system.”Sessions and other immigration hard-liners point to a sharp increase in asylum claims over the past decade.“We’re concerned about too many people getting asylum,” said Jan Ting, a former immigration official who teaches at Temple University Beasley School of Law.“I think it’s a legitimate question to ask,” Ting said. “Wait a minute, do we really want to say everyone who has experienced violence at the hands of a domestic partner is entitled to asylum in the United States?”But immigrant advocates say that’s an oversimplification. They say these claims are still difficult to win, because asylum-seekers must demonstrate that the abuse rises to the level of persecution and that the governments in their home countries can’t or won’t help.If there is an increase in asylum claims from the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, Musalo argues, it’s because women are trying to escape a region where the United Nations has raised concerns about high levels of violence against women and children.“These are three countries that have the highest homicide rates in the world and the highest femicide rates in the world, and high levels of violence and killings of children and adolescents,” said Musalo.“It took us a long struggle to finally get it accepted” that survivors of domestic violence can get asylum, Musalo said. “And it’s concerning that this attorney general wants to revisit that.”Relief for Rody AlvaradoNo matter what happens, Alvarado can stay in the U.S. She was granted asylum in 2009 — 14 years after filing her initial petition.“I felt an immense happiness,” she said. “I felt, far far away from that world of suffering.”Alvarado became a U.S. citizen last year. Her story has become an inspiration for other women, women like Ms. A.B., whose own asylum claim is now in doubt.Kevin D. Liles for NPRA Bible and other religious symbols sit on a table inside Ms. A.B.’s home.“I was very confused, very sad,” Ms. A.B. said, because Judge Couch has continued to deny her asylum claim, insisting she doesn’t qualify even after she won her appeal. “I felt like they are playing with me,” she said. “Like I’m a child who was given candy, only to have it taken away.”Now her case is in the hands of Sessions. And what he decides could have big implications — not just for Ms. A.B., but for thousands of other asylum-seekers, too.Richard Gonzales contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Kevin D. Liles for NPRMs. A.B. and her housemate have made their home into a little corner of El Salvador. She says it all reminds her of the homeland she fled to get away from her abusive ex-husband.“The violence started around 1999,” Ms. A.B. said. He hit her with beer bottles, she said, and held a gun to her head.“I remember when I was pregnant with my second child, he beat me a lot,” she said, fighting back tears. “He threatened to hang me from the roof. And I got down and covered my stomach, and he started kicking me in the back.”When her children were older, Ms. A.B. moved to another part of El Salvador. But her husband found her, she says, and raped her.“El Salvador is a small place,” she said. “I used to go to the police, but they didn’t do anything.”Finally, Ms. A.B. traveled north, crossing the border illegally into Texas. She has been allowed to stay in the U.S. while her asylum case is pending.Ms. A.B.’s case wound up before immigration Judge V. Stuart Couch in North Carolina, who has become well-known for rejecting the vast majority of asylum claims he hears. Couch wrote that the abuse Ms. A.B. described seemed “criminal” but decided that wasn’t enough to give her asylum.She appealed, and won. Still, the North Carolina judge hasn’t granted her asylum. And now Sessions is intervening.It’s not clear why Sessions picked Ms. A.B.’s case. The Justice Department declined to comment.But critics say it’s clear Sessions wants to curtail asylum as part of the Trump administration’s broader immigration crackdown.“It’s a blind spot about women, and women’s human rights,” said Karen Musalo, Ms. A.B.’s lawyer, who directs the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “And kind of a fundamental misunderstanding about what human rights means.” “He beat me a lot”We met Ms. A.B at a double-wide trailer framed by tall pine trees. She shares the house with another immigrant from El Salvador, the only person she knew in the U.S. before she moved here.They’ve made their backyard into a little corner of El Salvador. There’s an outdoor shelter called a champa, with hammocks and a fire pit. Chickens roam free around a henhouse. She says it all reminds her of the homeland she fled to get away from her abusive ex-husband. Kevin D. Liles for NPRMs. A.B. is seeking asylum in the U.S. after suffering more than a decade of domestic violence in El Salvador. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has personally intervened in her cAttorney General Jeff Sessions is stirring panic in immigrant communities by moving to limit who can get asylum in the United States. Perhaps no one is more alarmed than one Salvadoran woman living in the Carolinas.She is known only by her initials in immigration court papers, so her lawyers call her Ms. A.B. She fled to the U.S. four years ago, after enduring more than a decade of domestic abuse in her home country, and requested asylum here.Now Sessions has personally intervened in her case, questioning whether she and other crime victims deserve protection and a path to American citizenship. The attorney general has been highly critical of the asylum system in recent months.“I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving behind difficult situations,” Sessions said at a news conference in San Diego earlier this month. “But we cannot take everyone on this planet who is in a difficult situation.”Immigration attorneys across the country are watching Ms. A.B.’s case closely. They worry that Sessions is trying to roll back years of case law that expanded who gets asylum in the U.S. — and that he’s using her asylum petition to do it.Ms. A.B. is speaking out publicly for the first time, in an interview with NPR. She asked that we not use her full name or say exactly where she is living because she is still afraid her ex-husband might find her.“In El Salvador,” she said in Spanish through an interpreter, “there’s no protection for women. Anyone who’s been there knows this.”Ms. A.B. said she had heard Sessions’ name on the news. But she didn’t really know who he was until he picked her case to review. Since then, she has learned a lot more about the attorney general.She knows that he oversees the nation’s immigration courts. That he has the power to intervene in individual cases, and to set precedent that can affect all asylum-seekers. And that, for some reason, he has singled out her case from the thousands of asylum claims filed every year.last_img read more

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Synergy Visual Arts Exhibition – Opening Night

first_imgThe D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents a visual arts exhibition featuring some of the District’s finest visual artists applying for the Fiscal Year 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP). Each artist has submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective.This exhibition captures the broad scope of the District’s dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for the artists to express their visions directly to the public and a panel of peer reviewers. Admission is free. This event will be held in the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Center, 200 I Street SE on July 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. To register for this event, visit eventbrite.com.last_img read more

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