Kolkata collapse: more residents shifted out

first_imgAs residents from more houses were evacuated in Kolkata’s Bowbazar area on Thursday, city’s mayor Firhad Hakim said that reconstruction and removal of debris of houses in the affected area will start only after the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) provides a soil stability certificate. Over 350 residents from Durga Pituary Lane and Sakrapara Lane have already been provided alternative accommodation. Almost half a dozen houses collapsed in the area after the tunnel boring work of East West Metro Corridor hit a water reservoir on Sunday, leading to water seepage and ground subsidence. “The KMRCL will have to give a certification from a recognised organisation that the ground is no longer collapsing. Only then will the KMC [Kolkata Municipal Corporation] give the permission for removing the debris and repairing the damage,” Mr. Hakim said.Among those affected due to the metro work was Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Tapas Roy, who had to leave his apartment in the neighbourhood on Thursday and take refuge in a government accommodation. The KMRCL, in a press statement, said it will release ₹5 lakh to each family which had to evacuate the area suddenly. The metro authorities also assured that they would reconstruct the buildings that have collapsed or suffered damage. The KMRCL will bear the boarding and lodging expenses of the people who have been shifted from their homes and attempts are being made so that they can be provide them alternative accommodations. International experts The KMRCL has also sought the help of international experts like Pual Virell from South Africa, who was the lead engineer for the tunnel under the Hooghly, and Guy Bridges from Hong Kong, a renowned tunnelling engineer. Experts like John Endicott from Singapore and Kiril Shramko, a grouting expert from Russia, are among others who are helping the KMRCL in damage control.last_img read more

Kabaddi Masters Dubai: India thrash Iran by 18 points to win title

first_imgPutting up yet another superlative show, India thrashed Iran 44-26 to emerge champions of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai on Saturday.In a battle between the top-two sides of the world, the three-time world champions did not give Iran any ground to recover with captain Ajay Thakur (nine points) and youngster Monu Goyat (six) leading the raid charts. India inflicted two all-outs on Iran, en route the massive victory.The final had its share of hiccups as lights went off, disrupting the match for 10 minutes in the first half, while in the second half, Iran captain Amirhossein Maleki, who came in as a substitute, claimed “rough play” by the Indians but referee dismissed the protests.Both the teams last met in the World Cup 2016 final in Ahmedabad with Thakur playing a key role in handing them a slender nine-point victory.Having given the captaincy baton in this Asian Games build-up meet, Thakur was all over the mat with his superb raiding skills.India’s defence was also excellent with Surjeet Singh returning with seven tackle points. The captain drew the first blood with a running touch to send Mohammad Naseri to the bench.India, however, lost the early momentum after the power disruption to slip from being 15-5 to 18-11 at the break.The biggest positive for Iran in the closing stage of first-half was when they were able to evict Thakur with Mohammad Maghsoudlou’s fine attempt.But they could not keep Thakur away as India once again forced their way back after the changeover, displaying top-class raiding as well as defensive skills.advertisementIndia coach Srinivas Reddy gave young Goyat a start in place of a lackluster Pardeep Narwal.Iran, however, took a bold decision to keep captain Amirhossein Maleki out of the team as both the teams made one change each.last_img read more

LITTER QUICK PICK UP EFFORT LAUNCHED DOWNTOWN

first_imgDowntown Partners has started an effort to give a cleaner look to Sioux City’s downtown area.Director Ragen Cote says they have started the “Quick Pick-ups” program every other Friday:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LITTER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….things like that. :14There are 13 captains in the downtown who will distribute information and supplies to the businesses around their block.The businesses are encouraged to post a picture of their efforts on the Downtown Partners Facebook page.last_img

Alvarez injury highlights Martino’s Gold Cup roster error

first_imgTata Martino rarely makes mistakes.  You can see it in his record. At his previous, he won MLS Cup with Atlanta United. He’s three for three with Mexico after El Tri’s 3-1 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday.  But sometimes the wiser a man, the more significant his errors. Martino has stepped in it with his choice to name only a 29-man provisional roster rather than the flush 40-man squad.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Edson Alvarez limped off the field early in Wednesday’s victory, grabbing at the same knee that kept the Club America defender/midfielder from helping Las Agilas during the Liguilla. He tried to stay in the game but eventually made way in the 31st minute.  Martino now doesn’t have tough cuts to make. He has no cuts to make at all. Alvarez will stay on the roster unless a quick diagnosis is made. Obviously, the hope is the 21-year-old will be fine. He’s a valuable part of the national team, playing at the 2018 World Cup as a right back but now profiling as the defensive midfielder of the future for Martino. The links with teams in the Netherlands and even in the Premier League or La Liga make sense. This is a star on the rise. “Apart from what Edson means for the team and for the way the team works, it makes me sad that he could be out after a friendly match and after all the effort he put in to be there,” Martino told Univision. “Training, double sessions with the trainers, because he had a lot of desire to be part of the team. Unfortunately, we’ve taken care of him a lot in every training, even participating in reduced spaces, after when he was playing a really good game an unfortunate play happens and he falls again. “We’re going to wait and see. Apart from the football, where it’s obvious he’s not the player you want to lose, it worries me or, better said, it makes me sad that with the effort he made may not be rewarded.” If he isn’t fit, though, it’s a simple math problem. From the 29-man squad, Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun were ruled out before the first flight. That makes 27. Marco Fabian and Ivan Rodriguez are unlikely to recover from ankle injuries in time for the tournament. That takes it down to 25. Mexico currently is carrying four goalkeepers. Cut one of them and you’re at 24. Alvarez, or anyone else, getting injured brings you to the 23-man max allowed at the competition. Edson Alvarez Mexico 2019The manager did have his logic for calling up a limited group rather than filling out his squad.  “If we included all the players who are out on the list, surely we would’ve gotten close to 40,” Martino said Tuesday in a pre-match news conference. “If we consider that those players could have been part of the 40 and we’d given the list of 40 like that, we would have run the risk of putting a player on the list that could be the 50th, and I don’t like to generate expectations in a player who normally has just a small chance of coming.  “Today, including having made the decision we made with Diego Lainez and Jose Juan Macias, who played at the U-20 World Cup, and all the players who went to the U-22, I think it was the exact quantity of players we had to bring in because even with problems we still have, we’re covered in case Ivan or Marco can’t be there. Today, if we don’t have any inconveniences, we wouldn’t have to ask for any permission.”  But that’s the whole point of the provisional roster.   Martino was frustrated at the lack of communication from Jesus “Tecatito” Corona in March. The player was called in, then Martino heard from someone else that he wouldn’t be there. The manager is right to be bothered, even upset at the situation. But why can’t he open the same lines of communication.  Is a player like Omar Govea or Jonathan Gonzalez not able to hear from Martino that the coach has him on the provisional roster but considers him to be a long shot for the Gold Cup? Are Victor Guzman or Isaac Brizuela not mature enough to be told they’re on the cusp but ultimately not in Martino’s plans? Heck, could he not have tossed Giovani dos Santos on the list, making clear to the player he would be called upon only in an absolute emergency? Gio at the Gold Cup may seem crazy, but having an “In case of emergency break glass here for warm-bodied attacker” wouldn’t be the worst option.  Managers of every other Gold Cup team save Cuba have been having the same conversations with their fringe players. Why would it be any different for someone who has managed egos as large as the ones present at Barcelona?  The victory Wednesday at least will help alleviate some of the worries heading into the tournament. El Tri now has beaten three quality South American teams in 2019. With Peru topping Costa Rica 1-0 Wednesday and Honduras drawing with a Paraguay team Mexico beat, the results show Mexico still should be the favorite to lift the Gold Cup. “Honestly, it helps us a lot, most of all with our confidence,” said Rodolfo Pizarro, who scored Mexico’s second goal. “We know that a lot of important players, unfortunately, have had to leave the national team because of decisions. Those who are here are here, and we have to give everything for the national team.” Martino may get a break with Alvarez being fit for the tournament. He may be able to lead Mexico to the Gold Cup title even with a shorthanded squad. If the results keep coming, we won’t remember who was on the provisional or that there seemed to be a depth crisis before the tournament.  Yet, the veteran manager seems to have made a rookie mistake. He took an unnecessary risk in not putting more names on his list. It’s a risk that didn’t pay off.last_img read more

ACC Coaches Speak Anonymously About Clemson Football

first_img “Brent Venables is a head coach, flat out. He’s in a better situation as a DC there than more than half the head jobs in the country, but he’s a head coach. He’ll have that next set ready.”But perhaps the highest praise was that Clemson had reached the point where they were “an SEC-caliber program” and “an Alabama-caliber school.”“What can you say? They’re a step-and-a-half past everyone else in the ACC. You can’t even call them an SEC-caliber program. They’re an Alabama-caliber school, a Georgia-caliber school. Literally. Coaches in our league have been talking about this for almost a decade now; we could see the money they were raising and spending and how it was translating. They’re a war machine.”Over the past four seasons the Clemson Tigers have become arguably the best program in college football. They’ve made four straight trips to the College Football Playoff, with three appearances in the national title game and two title victories – both over Alabama.It probably helps that Clemson has been able to feast on the relatively weaker ACC, but they’ve still beaten some terrific programs in the regular season.In the past five years, Clemson has beaten programs like Notre Dame, Auburn and Texas A&M in the regular season.Of course, they wouldn’t be able to win those  titles without beating some elite teams in the College Football Playoff.Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma have all fallen to the Tigers on the biggest stage.Clemson looks like it will be a powerhouse for many years to come.You can read all of the ACC coaches’ anonymous quotes here. Trevor Lawrence attempts a pass for the Clemson Tigers.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 24: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Last week, Athlon Sports managed to get some anonymous quotes from coaches in an effort to get honest opinions out of them. But when it came time to talk about ACC powerhouse Clemson, there were some interesting answers.Two factors appeared to stand out to coaches: That Clemson is incredibly well-run, and that quarterback Trevor Lawrence is elite.One coach said that Lawrence is already showing pro-level talent despite coming off a true freshman season.“Lawrence is smarter than he should be at this point in his career. He’s processing stuff like a pro.”Another pointed out that defensive coordinator Brent Venables is essentially a second head coach, and in a better situation than most head coaches.last_img read more

German Navy Should Go Outside Triton Zone to Save Migrants

first_imgzoom German Navy should deploy ships outside the EU’s Triton operational zone to save migrants crossing the Mediterranean, as merchant ships are ill-equipped to perform rescue missions, Ralf Nagel, Chief Executive Officer of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) said in the lead-up to the German federal government’s refugee summit held today.The 150-mile area between the coast of Libya and the boundaries of the Triton is where the biggest tragedies are occurring, and the German navy vessels should be deployed there, according to Nagel.”Here our seafarers are often the first to encounter and rescue refugees in distress at sea. However, these crews are unable to provide adequate medical care on board to the sick and the injured, to highly pregnant women and to small children. Should a refugee boat capsize, the seafarers are unable to save everyone’s life, despite their best efforts. These are traumatic experiences for the crews,” said Nagel”Rescuing people at sea ought to be the responsibility of navy and coast guard vessels as a rule. Together with the German Chancellor, we therefore demand that the boundaries within which maritime rescues are conducted by government forces be expanded beyond the Triton zone. Merchant vessels must be enabled to handover any refugees they have rescued to ships operated by EU authorities quickly. In emergencies, the ship crews need to be assisted by Navy medical teams brought in by helicopter.”Last year merchant ships saved 40,000 people in the Mediterranean in 800 separate incidents. German merchant vessels alone have brought more than 5,300 refugees in distress on board in the first months of this year.The rescue operations are very stressful for the ships’ crews, both physically and mentally, says VDR.Despite the best preparations, merchant vessels and their crews are ill-equipped to carry out rescue missions and provide medical care to what may amount to several hundred refugees at a time.The rescue missions in the Mediterranean have been carried out on a daily basis this year. Only this week more than 6,000 people were rescued in several operations while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe.The latest operation saw the UK Navy’s HMS Bulwark rescue over 110 migrants from a 30ft makeshift rubber dinghy in the middle of the Mediterranean.So far in 2015, more than 35,000 asylum seekers and migrants have arrived by boat in southern Europe, and up to 1,600 have died while trying to reach Europe.Image: the Royal Navylast_img read more

Konecranes Closer to Buying Terex’s MHPS

first_imgzoom The Finnish manufacturer of cranes Konecranes Plc could soon complete the acquisition of Terex Corporation’s Material Handling & Port Solutions (MHPS) segment as China’s Zoomlion Heavy Industries Science & Technology decided to terminate its merger plans with Terex.In mid-May, Konecranes and Terex sealed a deal for the sale of the MHPS segment and decided to end their previous merger plans.However, as Terex was in merger talks with Zoomlion, the company could have terminated its deal to sell MHPS prior to May 31, 2016, if it enters into, or reasonably believes that it will promptly enter into, a legally binding merger agreement.The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, and is expected to close in early 2017.Valued at EUR 1.13 billion (USD 1.28 billion), the MHPS acquisition would improve Konecranes’ position in the Industrial Lifting & Port Solutions market, according to the company.“Of central importance is the fact that with MHPS we will have additional installed base for cranes. This, including the digitalization of our services, will offer broader opportunities to expand our service business and create earnings potential,” Panu Routila, President and CEO, Konecranes, said.last_img read more

China swim king demands open hearing in doping case Report

first_imgBeijing: Under-fire swimming superstar Sun Yang has asked for a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Chinese state media reported Saturday, where he will mount a defence against explosive doping allegations. Sun is one of the biggest names in the sport, the only swimmer to capture Olympic gold over 200, 400 and 1,500 metres, but has been plagued by scandal throughout his career. A leaked report by swimming’s world body FINA claimed Sun, the sport’s pantomime villain, destroyed his own blood samples with a hammer last September. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFINA cleared Sun to compete but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appealed the decision at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which will hold hearings in September, with the swimmer’s career on the line. Sun’s lawyers released a statement on Friday demanding a public hearing “to be fully transparent and to clear his name”, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported in a dispatch from Geneva. The explosive contents of the FINA report were published by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph, and Sun’s lawyers accused the newspaper of publishing “an incomplete and biased account of the drug testing on Sun Yang” and of defaming the swimmer, Xinhua said.last_img read more

Canada to keep paying for F35 development during fighterjet competition

first_imgOTTAWA — A senior official at the Department of National Defence says Canada will remain a member of the F-35 stealth fighter program until the government knows which jet it plans to buy to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s.That means Canada will continue to pay tens of millions of dollars over the next couple of years to help pay for development of the fighter jet even though it may end up buying something else.DND’s head of procurement, Patrick Finn, says staying on as one of nine partner countries makes sense so Canada can compete for billions of dollars in contracts associated with the F-35.Partners also get a discount when purchasing the plane.Canada has so far invested roughly half-a-billion dollars in the F-35 over the past 20 years, even as successive federal governments have wrestled with whether to buy the plane or not.The Trudeau Liberals are scheduled to launch a competition to pick a new fighter jet this spring, a winner won’t be identified for several more years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

JUSTIN BIEBER ENGAGED TO HAILEY BALDWIN

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) July 7, 2018TMZ reported Bieber and Baldwin appeared to have become involved again after Justin broke up with long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez.Baldwin has appeared in American Vogue, Marie Claire and Spanish Harper’s Bazaar.She has also appeared in a number of modelling campaigns, music videos and television shows.Baldwin, pictured in May, and the singer reportedly attend the same church. (Reuters)She is the daughter of Stephen Baldwin, the actor and producer who has starred in films like Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.She is also the niece of actor Alec Baldwin, who has starred in films like The Hunt for Red October and is known more recently for the television series 30 Rock and his portrayals of US President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.But while this is obviously happy news for the future Mr and Mrs Bieber, many social media users appear to be less thrilled:If Justin Bieber really is engaged to Hailey Baldwin. My heart breaks twice, once for myself and once for Selena— Kait Pennington (@kaitpennington) July 8, 2018 Bieber and Baldwin only recently reunited, having dated in the past.Bieber’s father, Jeremy, posted a photo of his son on Instagram, saying he was “Excited for the next chapter”, while his mother Pattie Mallette expressed her excitement on Twitter. If Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin are engaged, everything I’ve worked for since I was 12 was FOR NOTHING— Ellie (@elliefogel) July 8, 2018 Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is engaged to US model Hailey Baldwin, US media report.The 24-year-old popped the question at a Bahamas resort, according to TMZ. His security staff reportedly asked restaurant patrons to put away their phones before the star proposed.CNN and E! News confirmed reports of the engagement, which Bieber’s parents also appeared to celebrate online. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Hervé Renard Staying Mum on Belhandas Substitute

Rabat – Morocco’s National Team coach, Hervé Renard, has reportedly decided not to reveal the name of the player who will replace injured offensive midfielder, Younes Belhanda during the 2017 African Cup of Nations (CAN), scheduled to take place in Gabon, January 14th.Renard is staying mum despite the negative reaction from Moroccan fans over his decision to exclude AFC Ajax’s superstar, Hakim Ziyech, who just awarded Holland’s best player for 2016.The injury to Belhanda’s left foot occurred during Nice’s match against Toulouse on December 4th and was confirmed Sunday via an announcement by the administrative office for France’s team. 19-year-old Nantes midfielder, Amine Harit is rumoured to be a potential replacement for Belhanda. Renard is looking to place Harit among the national team players, acknowledging the desire of many international clubs, such as Liverpool, Bayern and AC Milan, who have shown a keen interest in Harit.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

Focus on the Markets

by News Staff Posted Sep 27, 2012 4:26 pm MDT Focus on the Markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at 101.95 cents U-S, up 0.45 of a cent from Wednesday’s close.The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index jumped 105.99 points to 12,338.85.Volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 318.41 (m) million shares, valued at 4.35 (b) billion dollars.In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 72.46 points to 13,485.97.The Nasdaq composite index was up 42.90 points at 3,136.60.The New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures price for December climbed 26 dollars, 90 cents U-S to 1,780 dollars, 50 cents an ounce.The crude contract for November jumped one dollar, 87 cents U-S to 91 dollars, 87 cents cents per barrel.(The Canadian Press, The Associated Press)—JDT read more

Nintendo chief rules out Wii price cuts promises return to operating profitability

Nintendo chief rules out Wii price cuts, promises return to operating profitability, new games by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Nintendo’s president Thursday ruled out price cuts for its new Wii U home console as a way to boost sales, vowing to become profitable again in its core businesses as smartphones and tablets increasingly threaten specialized game machines.Satoru Iwata, speaking at a Tokyo hotel to investors and reporters a day after earnings were released, acknowledged the sales momentum for the Wii U, as well as the 3DS hand-held game machine, had run out of steam during the key year-end shopping season, especially in the U.S.But he said no price cuts were in the works. Price cuts are common in the gaming industry to woo buyers, but the move can backfire by trimming revenue. The Wii U now sells for about $300 in the U.S. and 25,000 yen in Japan.“We are already offering it at a good price,” he said.Iwata said he expects operating profit of more than 100 billion yen in the 12 months ending March 2014, promising that as “a commitment.”But he acknowledged more work was needed to have consumers understand the Wii U, which went on sale globally late last year, as well as producing more game software to draw buyers.All game machines have suffered in recent years from the advent of smartphones and other mobile devices that have become more sophisticated and offer games and other forms of entertainment.Nintendo returned to net profit for the April-December period of 2012 from deep losses the previous year, but that was due to a perk from a weaker yen, which helps Japanese exporters such as Nintendo.Its operating result, which removes currency fluctuations, was a loss of 5.86 billion yen ($64 million), and Nintendo expects that to swell to a 20 billion yen ($220 million) loss for the full business year ending March 2013 as sales of its game consoles fall short of expectations.Iwata said Nintendo is preparing more game software, including those developed in-house, for the end of this year.Kyoto-based Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, lowered its full year sales forecast Wednesday to 670 billion yen ($7.4 billion) from 810 billion yen ($8.9 billion). It also said it was going to sell fewer Wii U consoles for the fiscal year through March than its previous projection. The Wii U has a touch-screen tablet controller called GamePad and a TV-watching feature called TVii.The company forecasts it will sell 4 million Wii U consoles for the current fiscal year, ending March 31, down from its earlier estimate of 5.5 million units. The Wii U, which went on sale late last year, was the first major new game console to arrive in stores in years.Nintendo, also behind the Donkey Kong and Zelda games, lowered its full year sales forecast for Wii U game software units to 16 million from 24 million.Iwata said last year holiday sales quickly dissipated in the U.S. and some European nations, including Great Britain, the key market. He said the U.S. home console sales were the worst for Nintendo in nearly a decade.He said Nintendo needs hit games to push console sales, and the company remains confident Wii U will prove more popular with time.“The chicken-and-game problem has not been solved,” he said of the need for both game software and machine hardware.“I feel a deep sense of responsibility for not being able to produce results for our year-end business,” said Iwata.He declined to say what he would do if the company failed to attain the promised operating profits.Nintendo sank into a loss the previous fiscal year largely because of price cuts for its hand-held 3DS game machine, which shows three-dimensional imagery without special glasses. That machine is also struggling in most global markets.Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s famed game designer, said what was missing were games for the Wii U that made its appeal clear. The progress in smartphones has also posed a challenge for Nintendo, he said.“People have to try it to see it is fun,” Miyamoto said of Wii U.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at www.twitter.com/yurikageyama read more

Coalition confers as SYRIZA ups ante

first_imgWith the cohesion of the tripartite government still fragile following austerity votes in Parliament earlier this month, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met his coalition partners on Monday for talks that reportedly focused on an anticipated reshuffle as well as on Greece’s efforts to secure crucial foreign rescue loans. The leaders agreed to the creation of a committee with officials from all parties to better coordinate the work of the coalition and discussed candidates for the reshuffle, which will not happen until after a decision on rescue aid. Speaking to reporters after talks with Samaras, socialist PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos said the country needed a “new start” and hit out at the opposition, remarking that “those who have invested in the death of the country will be sorely disappointed.” The leader of Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis stressed the need for a “viable economic and social program” to be put into place once aid has been secured. The head of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, whose party is leading in the polls, repeated calls for early elections and indicated that SYRIZA was open to cooperation with other parties. He also lashed out at the government for introducing two legislative acts – emergency legislation that does not require parliamentary approval – imposing stricter supervision on ministries and state bodies and the payment of privatization revenues directly into an escrow account. “The country is turning into a debt colony,” Tsipras said, describing the government as dangerous and Samaras as a “cheerleader” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Responding, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou accused Tsipras of engaging in “obsolete party politics” and of trying to “bring the country to its knees” while the government tries to put it back on its feet. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Glaucoma – the thief of sight

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Glaucoma is known as the ‘Thief of Sight’. And so, World Glaucoma Awareness Week is an important initiative that aims to bring attention to this ‘devious’ disease, which can sneak up on a person without their knowledge and take away valuable sight. If left untreated, this lost vision cannot be returned.In fact, glaucoma is the number one cause of irreversible blindness in the world.Melbourne ophthalmologist Dr Alex Ioannidis of Vision Eye Institute encourages everyone to ask a friend, loved one – or themselves – this simple question: have you had an eye examination in the past two years?“It’s extremely important for people over the age of 50 to have regular eye examinations, especially if there’s a history of glaucoma in the family,” says Dr Ioannidis, who speaks fluent Greek and Spanish. “The reason for this is simple: the sooner glaucoma is detected and treatment begins, the better chance you have of retaining good quality of vision.”Dr Ioannidis, a glaucoma specialist, has recently adopted new technology for the treatment of glaucoma.The iStent is a 1mm titanium implant, which is inserted into the eye during cataract surgery. “Studies have shown that this amazing implant, which to the human eye looks like a grain of sand, can reduce intraocular pressure in patients who have mild glaucoma.”The device works in this way: the trabecular meshwork is an area of tissue located at the front of the eye near the cornea and is responsible for draining fluid, called the aqueous humour, from the eye. If the natural outflow from the area is inhibited, the intraocular pressure builds up. This can lead to the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending visual messages from the eye to the brain, being irreparably damaged. “By inserting the iStent, the natural outflow of the aqueous humour can bypass the affected meshwork, via a silicone tube, thus allowing reduction in pressure on the optic nerve.”At this stage the device can only be implanted in a glaucoma patient during cataract surgery. However, Dr Ioannidis has been using the iStent for five months now. “I’ve seen some great results,” he says. “The problem with people who have mild glaucoma is that they sometimes forget to use their drops. For patients who have had the iStent implanted, they can reduce the frequency of drops – some can even go drop free for a period of time. However, it is still vital to monitor this on a regular basis.”He also points to a recent development in glaucoma drops. “Unfortunately, some people are reluctant to use their drops because they can irritate the eyes. This reluctance greatly concerns ophthalmologists because drops are vital for retaining vision.”“Recently, preservative free drops have come on the market, which makes the experience far more comfortable for patients.”Even with these developments, the fact remains that glaucoma doesn’t discriminate. This World Glaucoma Awareness Week, make sure you or a loved one don’t become a statistic.last_img read more

Press Talk No way on BK but …

first_img Thanks, but no thanks.For me, that’s the obvious, correct answer to this cluster frenzy surrounding the Senate’s confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Frankly, it should be a no-brainer. Easy-peasy.Unfortunately — barring an epiphany — Republican senators won’t follow the sage advice I’ve occasionally dispensed to those in power: Don’t do stupid stuff. The conservative darling drunk, the man with the hands, the boys-will-be-boys poster boy, is about to get supremed. (I just made that word up.)So how did we get to this dark place? It’s easy to blame Donald Trump because, well, he’s to blame. But despite Trump’s bringing Kavanaugh’s name forward, rejection of this character should have been easy. But here’s where — step by step — Kavanaugh’s supporters got it wrong.• • •First, there are too many attorneys and attorney wannabes in the Senate. Why is that a problem? Because they wanted to turn this process of vetting the soon-to-be Supreme Court bad boy in a trial.Am I right? The Republicans bring in an outside prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford — one of the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. That sure feels like a trial. Then that prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, exacerbates the issue even further by concluding that a “reasonable prosecutor” would not bring a case against Kavanaugh. Huh? Bring a case? What case? Again, it’s feeling like a trial. But there is no defendant. So if it’s not a trial, what is it? And why is that important? Read on. Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com.last_img read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more

5G is safe says the FCC

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment US regulators say there’s no evidence that cellphones harm health and they’re not changing current safety limits.  Pau Barrena / AFP/Getty Images Cellphones — old and new — are safe, including those that’ll use new 5G technology. That’s according to a new proposal that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated Thursday. It would keep the agency’s current safety limits for radio frequency exposure the same as they’ve been for 23 years.  Following more than six years of public input and review, the agency said the current exposure levels for cellphones, wireless towers, Wi-Fi routers and all other devices emitting RF signals are safe. Agency officials added that they don’t have any concern for new gear using 5G technology, including gear that uses millimeter wavelength frequencies.The FCC, which sets radio frequency limits in close consultation with the Food and Drug Administration and other health agencies, said that the other agencies were also in agreement on keeping the current limits in place.  “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC. “No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”Rally Against 5G Networks In PolandThe FCC says that current RF safety levels are sufficient. And that 5G poses no risk to health.  NurPhoto There have been concerns and questions about the safety of mobile devices for years. In 2011, the World Health Organization said cellphones might cause some brain cancers, leaving open the possibility that a link exists between cancer and cellphone radiation.But most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease. Concerns have grown recently as mobile carriers throughout the world race to deploy this fifth generation of cellular technology, or 5G. Specifically, there have been concerns that the high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths, or mmWave, used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public. Adding to the concern is the fact that 5G deployments require many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school. The growing fear about the health effects has caused lawmakers and policy makers throughout the world to start putting on the brakes. But FCC officials on Thursday reiterated there’s no reason for concern. An FCC official told reporters during a press briefing that there’s “nothing special about 5G.” They added that the scientific evidence to date indicates that 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G in terms of causing health effects. They also added that the higher-frequency signals used to deliver 5G also pose no health risk, and that the existing RF exposure guidelines are still applicable to 5G, regardless of the spectrum band used to deliver the service. The officials also emphasized that current RF exposure limits apply to any device emitting a radio frequency signal and are not limited to phones. Also, as part of the proposal, Pai recommends the agency establish a uniform set of guidelines to ensure companies making devices comply with the limits regardless of the technology that’s being used.  The FCC has for years been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics have argued that the levels should be reviewed based on the latest wireless technology. The agency uses a value known as a SAR, or specific absorption rate, to determine if devices can be safely sold in the US. The SAR measures the amount of power that’s absorbed in the body per given mass. While the FCC hasn’t updated its SAR level recommendations since the 1990s, others have reviewed the limits. In March of this year, the engineering group IEEE recommended the safety levels remain about the same as they have been since 1996.The FCC opened a proceeding in 2013 to look into the RF levels. And the order circulated Thursday by Pai is the result of that review.  Mobile 0 FCClast_img read more

Murkowski Jewell Spar Over North Slope Oil And Gas Development

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell faced off in a Senate hearing Tuesday morning in Washington.Murkowski repeated accusations that the Obama administration is shutting off development on the North Slope, starving the trans-Alaska pipeline of oil. And Murkowski says the process has already started in the western Lower 48.“Interior’s decisions are hurting Alaskans. You’re depriving us of jobs, revenue security and prosperity,” Murkowski said. “But Alaskans aren’t alone in this. And I want my colleagues to understand, I think what we’re seeing in Alaska is a warning for those in the West. And the fact is almost every other Western state has multiple legitimate complaints against the Interior.”Jewell suggests the low throughput of the pipeline is not solely the government’s doing.“I am fully committed to supporting the efforts in the North Slope of Alaska to keep the trans-Alaska pipeline full,” Jewell said. “As you know I worked on that pipeline as a college student. As a petroleum engineer I understand how fields peak, and Produhoe Bay oil field and related oil fields have been passed their peak production for some time, I’m aware of that.”Jewell says her department has left a lot available for development, particularly in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, where Jewell says 72 percent of the estimated recoverable oil is in areas open to leasing.“And we have recently approved Conoco-Phillips’ preferred proposal for drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve,” Jewell said. “Offshore, 90 percent of the estimated recoverable oil and gas will be available for leasing in the Beafort and Chukchi Seas.”Jewell was defending her proposed budget before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Murkowski chairs.last_img read more

Refugee children vulnerable distressed

first_imgRohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar. ReutersThe government and development agencies have no information on over half the child refugees entering Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent times. Around 240,000 children have entered Bangladesh this time, but not all of them are being registered. The persons and agencies working with children there, say that these children will face even further hazards if they are not registered.With support from the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Bangladesh government is registering the refugees coming in from Myanmar. However, children under 12 years of age are not eligible for biometric registration as their fingerprints change. Without registration, their rights cannot even be ensured.Teacher of Dhaka University’s disaster management department Gowher Naim Wara yesterday, Monday, told Prothom Alo that the UN charter for children lists the right to birth registration as the first right of every child. That is an acknowledgement of the child’s existence. Without registration, the child is lost in the masses. Such children can be easily forced in child labour or child marriage, can face sexual abuse or trafficking. Wara said, fingerprints cannot be an excuse not to register the children.It has been a month since the Rohingyas were attacked and driven out of the Rakhine state, to flee into Bangladesh. Yet yesterday children were seen at the refugee camps, waiting in long queues for relief, bringing water from far, wandering around without guardians, begging, and sitting by the roads in hope of relief. Most of them were scantily dressed and barefoot. Many of the children have reportedly been subject to sexual abuse.In a UNICEF report on the condition of the refugee children, it was said that the Rohingya refugee children were situated in Cox’s Bazar, the district with the most backward indicators for child rights in Bangladesh.Immigration expert Asif Munir told Prothom Alo, the government can instruct the organisations providing health care to the children, to include the names of the children, their parents’ names, their address in Myanmar and the address of the camp where they reside at present, on the immunisation or health cards. If the UN agencies are involved in this, then no questions about the children’s identities will arise during repatriation.Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 21, 2017. ReutersThe state of childrenThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 23 September finalised a report on the state of children. A survey was run of the 128,000 refugees in five temporary camps and the newly formed camps. A total of 57 per cent of this refugee population were children. Of them, 9 per cent were one-year-old and 23 per cent below the age of five. And 28 per cent of them were between 6 and 18 years old. UNICEF has identified 512 children who have no guardians. Another 167,040 remain unidentified, with no information about their names, ages, parents, addresses in camps here or back in Myanmar.Those working in the refugee camps are reeling under the tough challenge of tending to the refugees, particularly as a burgeoning number of them are children. Children have a variety of requirement. A Myanmar government health and demographic survey of 2015-16 reveals that the Rakhine state has the highest number of children suffering from extreme malnutrition. And this is worst in Buthidong and Maungdaw, the two areas which came under army attack. A large number of the children entering Bangladesh are severely undernourished and have not been immunised.At the initiative of the government, UNICEF and WHO, 100,000 children of the 5 to 15-year-old age bracket arriving in Bangladesh, have been vaccinated against measles and rubella. And 19,795 have been administered polio vaccines.Children unprotectedBRAC is working with children at a field level. The organisation’s emergency response expert Mahmud Hossain said, many of the children entering Bangladesh, like the women, were sexually abused in Myanmar. The temporary camps are very unsafe, particularly the recent camps at Kutupalong and Balukhali. Three sisters, who lost their parents in the violence in Myanmar, have been sexually abused in the camp where they are living at present. There are over 2000 such allegations till now, but the number is likely to be much higher as not many want to speak out about sexual harassment.It is the parentless children who are the most vulnerable. The prime minister’s office recently issued 20 directives regarding the Rohingya issue. One of them was to run a survey on orphaned children. This survey so far has found 570 such children in Ukhia and Teknaf. However, officials of the social welfare department were unwilling to say what will be done with these children and whether they would be provided with any special protection.last_img