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She waited for a few months and came back again to Srinivasapur in May, when she heard that he was already married. She tried to meet his parents, but in vain. She then stayed put at a durgah in Muragmalla in Chintamani taluk and visited Srinivasapur often, but nobody helped her. Finally, she decided to end her life and consumed poison in front of Fayaz’s house, said Asif, who is taking care of things on behalf of Nasreen.Mulbagal DySP Siddaramaiah said Nasreen is out of danger, and police are on the lookout for Fayaz. Reddy said her visa had expired on Saturday, and she claimed she had no money either to go back to Sri Lanka or Kuwait, and wants to marry Fayaz Pasha and live in Srinivasapur. Since her visa had expired, he brought the matter to the notice of the higher-ups. Police said Nasreen alleged that Fayaz had promised to marry her, but returned to Srinivasapur about a year ago and married a local girl three months ago. He moved out of Srinivasapur and nobody, including his parents, know of his whereabouts, Srinivasapur PSI SLR Reddy said. A Sri Lankan woman Nasreen (name changed), aged about 23, consumed poison in front of her lover’s house in Zakir Hussain Mohalla in Srinivasapur India late on Saturday night, the Times of India reported today. She was admitted to a private hospital and later shifted to the Government Hospital in Srinivasapur, where she is recuperating.The girl, daughter of a mason from Sri Lanka, went to Kuwait five years ago in search of a job. She worked as a tailor in a garment factory when she met Fayaz Pasha, who was working as a driver. Asif Ali Khan, who runs a mobile phone shop in Srinivasapur, said he went to Kuwait 11 years ago, and later arranged for his friend Fayaz Pasha’s visa and got him a job as a driver. He said Fayaz, who was in love with Nasreen, promised he would marry her and both began saving money. Fayaz reportedly bought an Eicher Tempo with the savings, and the jewellery they bought was sent to Fayaz’s house in Srinivasapur. Meanwhile, Fayaz returned to India a year ago on the pretext of his sister’s marriage, but didn’t return to Kuwait.Nasreen waited for him for a few months, then came down to Srinivasapur in January and met Fayaz and his parents. Fayaz’s parents reportedly assured Nasreen that their marriage would be solemnized soon and that Fayaz would return to Kuwait. She returned to Kuwait, but Fayaz didn’t follow her. read more

Entering airport terminal without a valid ticket is illegal under Indian aviation rules. The man was identified as Nuwan U Fernando, a resident of Sri Lanka, he said. A Sri Lankan national has been apprehended at the Delhi airport for entering a terminal allegedly using a fake ticket, officials said today.The man was apprehended when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, deployed for the airport’s security, found him roaming suspiciously inside the terminal-III building, a senior official in airport security said, according to the Press Trust of India. The man told officials that he used a cancelled ticket to enter the airport terminal, he said.He was then handed over to the police which filed an FIR against him under various sections of IPC, he said. He told the CISF personnel that he had come to see off his mother, who was travelling to Colombo from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), the official said. read more

Abeygunawardena said that both the SLFP and the SLPP stand for the same policies. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will contest the Parliamentary elections with the Sri Lanka Freedom Alliance (SLFP) in a broad alliance, SLPP member Rohitha Abeygunawardena said.He told reporters today that talks on the broad alliance are underway and is likely to conclude this week. Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that the SLPP and SLFP will not be contesting against each other at the election.Several SLFP members joined the SLPP yesterday and obtained party membership. read more

“Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on the Day, marked around the world every year on 22 May, with the 2015 theme focusing on ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.’“The sustainable development goals and the broader post-2015 development agenda, which are under negotiation now, will provide an opportunity to mainstream biodiversity and promote transformational change in how economies and societies use and regard biodiversity,” he added. Later this year, the post-2015 development agenda will be adopted by the world’s Governments at a high-level United Nations summit taking place during the opening of the substantive session of the General Assembly this coming September. Mr. Ban said that reducing deforestation and land degradation and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, drylands, rangelands and croplands generate significant benefits and are cost-effective ways to mitigate climate change. Hence, any sustainable development framework must provide conditions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for more equitable sharing of benefits. The globally adopted Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets provide a model that Member States can use in considering how to implement the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Meeting these targets and addressing biodiversity loss more generally can contribute significantly to the post-2015 development agenda. Also speaking on the Day, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Braulio F. Souza Dias, said biodiversity serves as a critical foundation of the Earth’s life support system on which the development and welfare of current and future generations depend. “Biodiversity underpins all those ecosystem functions and benefits essential to human well-being, not only in terms of our economies, but also for our health, food security, prevention of natural hazards, and our cultural roots,” he added. Mr. Souza Dias said that in the 21st century, conserving, restoring, enhancing and using the components of biodiversity sustainably can provide solutions to a range of challenges to sustainability and human well-being, including poverty eradication, food security, sustainable production and consumption, water security, disaster risk reduction and climate change. Echoing the UN chief, Mr. Souza Dias said that reducing deforestation and ecosystem degradation, promoting ecosystem restoration and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, wetlands, drylands, rangelands and croplands are cost effective ways to mitigate climate change that generate other social and economic benefits. “We will not be able to achieve sustainable development and the goals established in the post-2015 development agenda if we do not effectively respond to the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and fail to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” he emphasised. Likewise, we will not achieve these internationally agreed goals for protecting and restoring biodiversity and using it sustainably and equitably if we fail to mainstream biodiversity firmly into the broader policies for sustainable development and in the implementation of those policies. “The time for global action is now, by Governments, businesses, civil society, indigenous peoples, and by individuals. We owe it to future generations to ensure that biodiversity will provide them with the same benefits that we enjoy. That is truly the future we want, a future of life in harmony with nature,” he added. read more

The body of a missing Carbon County man was located in the Price River on Saturday morning.Tyler Joseph Patrick, 35 years old, went missing on Sept. 18, which was brought to the attention of local authorities on Sept. 20.According to Helper City Police Chief Trent Anderson, a number of searches took place in the Helper area following the missing person report. Eventually, Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood enlisted the assistance of Carbon County Search and Rescue.Members of the search and rescue team located Patrick’s body in the Price River next the Carbon Country Club Golf Course on Saturday around 10 a.m.According to Anderson, the exact cause of death has not been released. The investigation remains active and authorities are investigated potential leads.“We are thankful for the sheriff and the men and women of the search and rescue team for helping bring closure to Mr. Patrick’s family,” Anderson concluded. read more

DENVER — Former Humboldt Broncos teammates Jacob Wassermann and Ryan Straschnitzki received a standing ovation from hockey fans at the University of Denver Friday and will likely get the same treatment at a Colorado Avalanche game Saturday evening.Both players were paralyzed April 6 when a bus carrying the Broncos was hit by a semi-trailer, killing 16 and injuring 13.The duo reunited in a exhibition sledge hockey game — their first time together on the ice since the crash.They will drop the puck Saturday at a game between the Avalanche and the Dallas Stars.Colorado head coach Jared Bednar has been a lifelong friend of Kirby Wassermann, Jacob’s father.“We grew up together and played hockey together and have stayed in touch over the years. He was a great help in getting Jacob invited down here with Dawg Nation and the guys dropping the pucks,” said Wassermann.“He was a Humboldt Bronco himself when, I believe, he was 17 so he has that connection to Humboldt and the Broncos, plus being a friend of mine with our families.”The Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation helps adult hockey players and their families in times of crisis caused by catastrophic injury or illness, and it brought the two players to Denver.Wassermann said it’s appropriate it will be the “Broncos meeting the Broncos” Sunday at the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers.Tom Straschnitzki said the two families keep in touch because of the boys’ friendship and the similarity of their injuries. Ryan is paralyzed from the chest down for Jacob it’s below the navel. He said after the months of physiotherapy it’s a real morale boost for both of them.“Those two have been non-stop smiling since we got on the plane. It’s been fantastic.”Ryan Straschnitzki was excited about getting on the ice again but is relieved he is moving from participant to spectator for the rest of the weekend.“I’m more interested in watching the hockey rather than playing it,” he said with a laugh.Both players will get a little more hockey under their belts before returning home to Canada. They will be on the ice with the Dallas Stars at a Monday practice.Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Press read more

The Penguins Win Meant Redemption For The Numbers Too

The fact that Pittsburgh did it in such possession-heavy style — the Penguins outshot the Sharks 353 to 267 in the final — was just an added bit of vindication for the numbers. Hockey’s advanced analytics movement still has a long way to go in its evolution, but even in a down year for the metrics, the cup winner ended up being a team with proven statistical bona fides. 2015Blackhawks1 2011Bruins6 2009Penguins13 When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, it lifted Sidney Crosby’s standing among the game’s all-time greats and completed the redemption-story arc for once-maligned winger Phil Kessel. But it also provided some measure of atonement for hockey’s advanced statistics, which had been suffering through one of their worst seasons since hitting the scene in the mid- to late 2000s.For instance, “Corsi” — the proportion of total shot attempts (including misses and blocks) that a team amasses in its games — is a stathead favorite because it tracks well with possession time, making it a good long-term predictor of a team’s success. But Corsi also did a relatively poor job of telling us where a team would finish in the standings this season: 2014Kings1 2016Penguins2 2007Ducks8 2008Red Wings1 2010Blackhawks1 Corsi is event-, score- and venue-adjusted.Source: Puckon.net, Hockey-Reference.com SEASONCUP WINNERCORSI RANK 2013Blackhawks1 2012Kings6 2006Hurricanes15 Stanley Cup winners have great Corsi ranks And despite Corsi’s track record in the playoffs, the numbers were dealt a few early blows when the Los Angeles Kings (who ranked No. 1 in regular-season Corsi by some distance), the Anaheim Ducks (No. 5) and the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 9 this year but No. 1 last season) all bowed out in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.But things got a little better for the stats as the postseason grinded along. The Eastern Conference finals pitted the Penguins (No. 2) and the Lightning (No. 3) in an elite Corsi-off, while the sixth-ranked Blues made it to within two wins of the cup final in the West. At No. 11, the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks weren’t anyone’s idea of a possession powerhouse — they would have been the lowest-ranked champ since the Penguins, of all teams, won in 2009 — but Pittsburgh’s victory ultimately contributed to a stat that still stands out as surprising (and impressive) for a sport that, at times, seems so random: 55 percent of Cup winners since the lockout have finished either first or second in Corsi. read more

The Vikings Are Mediocre And Thats Confusing

TEN46.519.0WSH11.010.859.71495 NO69NO72NO 12, CAR 9-0.6– 2018Kirk Cousins7-6-1124100103109105111105 DET51BUF50BUF 14, DET 13-0.9– Minnesota7.313L.A. Rams3.741 HOU64HOU72HOU 29, NYJ 22+3.2– SEA71SEA75SF 26, SEA 23-8.2– Atlanta5.329Minnesota6.704 * Excluding games against the team in question.Source: ESPN.com JAX60JAX63WSH 16, JAX 13-5.3– Cousins has held the Vikings’ passing stats steadyAdvanced passing index numbers for Minnesota Vikings starting QBs from 2017 (Case Keenum) and 2018 (Kirk Cousins) OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION PIT51NE56PIT 17, NE 10-9.7– DAL95.27.2TB0.00.014.91493 IND34.06.4NYG0.00.013.61477 2018Case Keenum6-8-09592851001049092 MIN72MIN66MIN 41, MIA 17-6.2– And that’s to say nothing of Keenum’s own nosedive in performance after leaving Minnesota for Denver, where he has strongly reverted back to the form he’d shown in four seasons leading up to 2017 as a mediocre spot-starter. Keenum’s passer rating this season (82.1) has a lot more in common with his 78.4 career mark before 2017 than the out-of-nowhere 98.3 rating he posted last season. Had the Vikings brought Keenum back, their offense would likely be in even worse straits than it has actually been this season.Instead, Minnesota paid the going rate to Cousins, easily the best available option on the QB market,2Especially considering that Drew Brees returned to New Orleans and the 49ers backed up the Brinks truck for Jimmy Garoppolo. in order to keep the passing game afloat — and in the big picture, that plan basically worked. But Cousins and the Vikings haven’t been able to convert those raw numbers into points as readily as they did last season. Minnesota already has six more turnovers this year than last; it’s also fallen from the league’s third-best third-down conversion rate to 19th, and from the ninth-best red-zone scoring percentage to 21st. (Cousins’s own penchant for taking ill-timed red zone sacks — he’s tied for the third-most in the NFL — hasn’t helped there.)The offense boasts plenty of talent between Cousins, running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray — a pair collectively averaging more yards per carry this year (4.4) than last (4.1) — and wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who are on pace to become the 68th teammates in NFL history to each average at least 70 receiving yards per game in a season.3Minimum 13 games played in a season by each player. Yet the moments of excellence have been few and far between. In Weeks 11 through 14, Minnesota averaged just 15.3 points per game, culminating in a 7-point disaster against the Seahawks that ultimately cost DeFilippo his job.It wouldn’t be a Vikings season without a hint of hope, however — this time in the form of that 41-point outburst against Miami under new play-caller Kevin Stefanski. Tasked with running the ball more, Stefanski had Cousins hand off 40 times and throw just 21 passes, a reversal of the team’s tendency toward the pass on nearly 70 percent of plays under DeFilippo. Some of the newfound run-heavy game plan owes to the quick 21-0 lead Minnesota jumped out to over the Dolphins, but it also represents a change in offensive philosophy for a team generally built to pass the ball.Said tight end David Morgan after the Miami game: “In days leading up, [Stefanski] was talking about kind of the identify we wanted to be and be physical and kind of run the ball really well and kind of just set it how we used to run it.”We’ll find out over the next two weeks how much the Vikings’ new identity sticks — and, perhaps more importantly, how well it works. Their next game, against Detroit, carries plenty of playoff implications not just for fans in Minnesota but also those in Philadelphia and Washington. That’s a big part of why, according to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),4Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. Vikings-Lions is the fourth-best game of Week 16: The best matchups of Week 16Week 16 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com GB0.00.0NYJ0.00.01.81402 CHI100.00.0SF0.00.03.01492 YearPlayerRecordCmp%Y/ATD%Int%Sack%QB RtgANY/A BAL76BAL74BAL 20, TB 12-2.6– MIN57.525.9DET0.00.052.91510 2017Case Keenum11-3-0115104102115114111111 PHI38.918.6HOU99.70.238.31569 Seattle8.331Seattle6.679 Washington7.329L.A. Chargers3.718 * Advanced passing indices are scaled where 100 is league average, and 15 points in either direction represents 1 standard deviation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Adv. Passing Index* NE99.50.9BUF0.00.02.61505 DEN69%DEN57%CLE 17, DEN 16+12.4– TeamWinsOpp. WPctTeamLossesOpp. WPct CIN0.00.0CLE0.00.04.41415 That will set up what might be an even more crucial matchup in Week 17 against the Bears, where the fate of this baffling Vikings squad could be decided once and for all. In a way, the Vikings were always primed to regress in 2018 — it was just a question of how much. Their defense was unusually great last year, and it has fallen from first in points allowed last season to 12th this year.5Even as it continues to rank as the game’s stingiest on third down, where it figured to lose a lot of its performance this season due to regression. The offense was going to need to sustain its efficiency despite breaking in a new QB and coordinator. The expectations might have been unrealistically high; either way, they haven’t been consistently met. But despite everything, the Vikings have still given themselves a chance to play their way into the postseason. Although their destiny could be redemption or it could be doom — at least they control it.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersFor up-to-date playoff probabilities and Super Bowl odds, Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive. It simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s chances of winning it all. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game, so give it a shot and try to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PIT74.711.6NO100.00.024.11664 BAL40.7%+/-29.2LAC100.0%+/-0.058.61614 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CIN66CIN59CIN 30, OAK 16-7.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 15Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 15 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game SEA96.43.3KC100.00.07.61624 CAR1.00.8ATL0.00.02.51492 KC66KC62LAC 29, KC 28+2.8– DEN0.00.0OAK0.00.01.61398 Arizona3.269Kansas City3.795 A vaguely above-average team that can only beat inferior opponents is not what the Vikings were envisioning when they signed Cousins to that massive contract — which, of course, the 2018 Vikings’ entire season will ultimately be viewed as a referendum on. Though it was later surpassed by a number of other deals, Cousins’ three-year, $84 million contract was the largest in NFL history when he put pen to paper in March. With it came the weight of the franchise and the responsibility to improve on last year’s offense, which was seen as the team’s weakness relative to its top-ranked defense. And by that standard, Cousins has failed. This season, Minnesota is down from 10th in points per game to 17th; from tied for 11th in yards per play to a tie for 14th; from eighth in expected points added to 23rd.Cousins’ individual passing numbers aren’t so different from Keenum’s a year ago, though. In fact, Cousins beats his predecessor’s 2017 stats in terms of completion percentage (70.5 percent to 67.6), touchdown percentage (4.8 percent to 4.6) and passer rating (99.0 to 98.3), while sticking relatively close on interception percentage (1.8 percent vs. 1.5). The only area in which Cousins hasn’t really matched Keenum is sack rate — Minnesota’s 2018 starter has hit the deck on 5.9 percent of his dropbacks (compared with 4.4 percent for Keenum in 2017). Even granting that passing standards have gotten higher since last year, Cousins has done a good job of roughly approximating Keenum’s 2017 output according to Pro-Football-Reference’s advanced passing indices, which scale everything relative to a league average of 100 (where 15 points in either direction equals one standard deviation of performance): LAR70LAR76PHI 30, LAR 23-10.2– MIA5.03.9JAX0.00.09.01421 ATL73ATL71ATL 40, ARI 14-2.7– Minnesota beats the bad teams, loses to the good onesAverage opponent winning percentage* for 2018 NFL teams, by team’s outcome in game CHI74CHI69CHI 24, GB 17-5.4– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS ARI0.00.0LAR100.00.01.71464 TEN51TEN51TEN 17, NYG 0-2.5– If it feels like we still don’t know how good the Minnesota Vikings are after 15 weeks of football, it’s probably because … we still don’t. With their playoff hopes on the line Sunday, the Vikings cruised past the Miami Dolphins — a team whose own playoff future was in flux — in a 41-17 rout. According to the FiveThirtyEight Elo prediction model, Minnesota now has a 58 percent chance of making the postseason, giving the Vikings an edge in playoff odds over Philadelphia (39 percent), Washington (11 percent) and Carolina (less than 1 percent) in the battle for the NFC’s second and final wild card spot.1Despite losing Sunday, the 8-6 Seattle Seahawks have all but clinched the playoffs, with a strong probability of owning the No. 5 seed in the NFC.And yet, the Vikings have been one of the tougher teams to figure out this season. (As if they would have it any other way.) Surprise Super Bowl contenders last year, they pre-emptively moved on from journeyman quarterback Case Keenum to the highly paid Kirk Cousins — a move that seems to get second-guessed on a weekly basis. But every time this team is written off, Minnesota has responded with a performance like Sunday’s win. So why have these Vikings been so mystifying? Did the recent firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo do anything to fix the team’s malaise? And is Minnesota still in a position to realistically contend for that elusive first Super Bowl ring in franchise history?One reason the Vikings have seemed so disappointing is that expectations were very high after last season’s miraculous run to the NFC title game. This time last year, Minnesota’s Elo rating was 1639, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. And before the 2018 season began, its Elo was 1602 — the highest it had been before any season since 1999. (That year, the Vikings went 10-6 and lost in the divisional round, which was also disappointing relative to expectations.) Compared with either lofty standard, the Vikings’ current rating of 1560 — 11th-best in football — hasn’t really hit the mark. Among teams that are still above a 1500 (i.e., average) Elo right now, only Philadelphia has fallen short of its preseason rating by a wider margin than the Vikings have.Minnesota hasn’t been able to gain much ground in Elo in part because it only ever beats the opponents it’s supposed to. (Except when it loses to them as 16½-point favorites.) The Vikings’ wins have come against a group that has a combined .313 winning percentage in games against other opponents, which is second only to the Cardinals (.269) for lowest in the league in terms of opponents a team has beaten. Meanwhile, the teams who have beaten the Vikings have a combined winning percentage of .704, fourth-highest in the league. (Their tie was against a Packers team with a .385 winning percentage in other games.) Playoff %Playoff % DAL53DAL52IND 23, DAL 0-1.1– Just when readers pulled closer to the Elo model in Week 14, our algorithm struck back in Week 15, winning by an average of 44.4 points over the typical reader. The field picked up points for believing in the Browns against the Broncos — or at least considering Cleveland less of an underdog. (Cleveland won, continuing its incredible turnaround season.) But that was one of the week’s few bright spots for readers, as Elo had the better pick on average in 13 of 16 matchups, including Pittsburgh’s upset win over New England and the Eagles’ victory at the L.A. Rams.Despite the carnage, congrats are in order to James Hare, who won Week 15 with a tally of +123.9 points. And let’s give yet another round of applause to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who stayed at No. 1 for the season with +960.2 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair impasse: President brushes aside CJ’s ruling, says will continue to act with his ‘perception’July 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Court ruling: State should abide by CJ’s declaratory orders- Bar CouncilJuly 22, 2017In “Court”GECOM Chair Ruling: Plaintiff to appeal, says Chief Justice ‘extended herself beyond case requirement’July 18, 2017In “Court” The High Court, on Monday, ruled against the Government’s interpretation of Guyana’s Constitution with regards to the appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.Marcel GaskinThe decision was taken by Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire as she noted that persons within the Judicial system hold no precedence over others for the position of the Chairman.The Chief Justice further explained that the arguments presented by Attorneys on behalf of President David Granger’s case proved to be irrational, highlighting that while the Constitution states that nominees for the post should fall into the categories of judge, former judge or someone eligible to be a judge, the first two categories are not compulsory.Furthermore, she noted that the term “any other fit and proper person” allowed more space to select the six candidates, while highlighting that “there is no mandatory category.”According to the Chief Justice, Granger should provide reasons for rejecting nominees presented by Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo for the position of the GECOM Chairman in accordance with Article 161 (2) of the Constitution which refers to the need for communication and negotiation. However, the President is not obligated to provide reasons.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David GrangerThe case was called before Chief Justice George-Wiltshire on June 27 2017, with submissions from a representative of the State; the plaintiff, businessman Marcel Gaskin’s attorney; Glenn Hanoman and the Guyana Bar Association representative; Attorney-at-Law Teni Housty.Gaskin, a businessman and engineer, had moved to the High Court in March of this year to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of six nominees.Gaskin, also the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, had wanted the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by President Granger.Granger has maintained that the list of nominees must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge. On the other hand, Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be judge-type as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.The most recent GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally was not a judge or qualified to be a judge and neither were most of the past chairpersons. Granger had also accepted the nomination to serve as GECOM Chairman several years ago. read more

first_imgTHE CHAIRMAN OF union claiming to represent over half of Dublin’s firefighters says he has been barred from entering all fire stations in the capital as of this morning.John Kidd, the chair of the Irish Firefighters and Emergency Services Association (IFESA), has been barred from entering all stations effective from this morning amid ongoing dispute with management over cuts to resources in Dublin Fire Brigade.A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade was unable to confirm that Kidd had indeed been barred.Kidd, who retired from active fire service duty two years ago, told TheJournal.ie this afternoon that management “did not want me talking about inefficiencies”.“They are trying to instigate 20 per cent operational cuts in Dublin,” he said adding that he did not know specifically why he had been barred having only found about it this afternoon.A recent policy document published by the Department of Environment has caused outrage among many rank-and-file firefighters.The ‘Keeping Communities Safe’ policy document proposes to reduce the manning of fire engines by a fifth.It also proposes that certain automatic fire calls would be replaced with manual calls with union representatives warning that the planned changes will increase the risk to the safety of firefighters and the general public.IFESA claims to represent around 380 of the 700 firefighters working in Dublin and says it has 120 more who want to join the association. But it is not recognised by Dublin City Council and fire brigade management who only negotiate with SIPTU and IMPACT.IFESA claims that it is entitled to negotiating rights under its affiliation with the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), which is part of the 24/7 Alliance of frontline, emergency services alliance.Kidd said that being barred from fire stations in Dublin would “make me even more popular”.Earlier this month firefighters in SIPTU were reported to be undertaking a national ballot for industrial action in response to the DoE policy document.Read: GRA national executive meeting to ‘consider all options’ following votes for industrial actionlast_img read more

first_imgThe PlayStation Network has slowly been stumbling back online. First developers started to see signs of life, then Sony turned parts back on for gamers. Two days after doing so an issue was found with the password reset that allowed anyone with your email address and date of birth to take control of your account. In response, Sony took access to some of its websites and the password reset page offline again.The good news is, PSN is coming back slowly, and now we have found out we can expect to get the PlayStation Store back online come May 24.That news comes via a memo Sony sent to developers and publishers explaining its plans. The date is still tentative as it will only be honored if no more issues occur. If it does go ahead, expect a lot of new content to appear over the coming weeks.Being offline for three weeks has meant new content planned for release has built up. So Sony is going to release it in batches a couple of times a week for a few weeks. When they have caught up we will go back to a regular schedule.The planned batch releases will occur on May 24 and 27, then May 31 and June 3. The release schedule will be the same as was originally intended, but publishers can ask for it to be changed if there is a good reason for doing so.The PlayStation Store is one of the most important areas of PSN. Sony, develoeprs, and publishers count on it for revenue, while gamers use it to purchase digital games and get DLC. Having it come back online should help calm angry gamers, but it should also allow Sony to start saying sorry by offering free games to everyone.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3239517 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Saurya Cherfi Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM Source: Shutterstock/LestermanA SIX-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl, who suffered second degree burns to her face after she was served “excessively hot soup” while attending a creche four years ago, has been awarded €17,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.Barrister Conor Kearney said Emily Murphy was attending the Nest Childcare in Drumcondra, Dublin, when she was given a beaker with the hot soup.Kearney said Emily, who was one-and-a-half-years-old at the time, suffered burns to her mouth and chin when she tried to drink the soup. A cold compress had been immediately applied to her burns by creche staff.The court heard that Emily was then taken to the A&E Department of Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, where her burns were dressed.Counsel said the burns had left a small two-millimetre pock mark on Emily’s chin which was only visible on close examination. He said the injured area becomes red and flushed in cold weather.Emily, through her mother Laura Murphy of Glasnevin, Dublin, sued creche owner Bowers Childcare Limited for negligence.Kearney told Judge Karen Fergus that the defendant had made a €17,500 settlement offer which he recommended to the court. The judge approved it.Read: Former hairdresser who claimed she was intimidated by ex-employer awarded €25,000 in damagesRead: Man jailed for eight years for making 500lb bomb Feb 15th 2017, 6:20 AM 85 Comments Share81 Tweet Email3 Short URL Young girl receives €17,500 after being fed “excessively hot soup” by creche Emily Murphy was aged one at the time of the incident. 31,144 Views last_img read more

first_imgDemocratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking re-election, is constrained by law from speaking about the proposed oil terminal, which would be the nation’s largest and is slated for the Port of Vancouver. But his opponent, Republican Bill Bryant, a former Port of Seattle commissioner, is not held to the same rules.When asked whether he would support the controversial oil terminal, Bryant said, he would consider three factors: “Safety … second is environmental protection and the third is local-community interest.”OK, so it’s unclear whether the Republican gubernatorial candidate would approve the Tesoro-Savage project if he were elected.Bryant did tell The Columbian Editorial Board on Friday afternoon that he believes if a project meets the state’s “strict environmental standards, it should be permitted,” however.Whichever candidate is elected on Nov. 8, he could have the ultimate say over whether the project materializes.And although Inslee has captured the moniker of the “green governor,” Bryant said he hopes to carve out a reputation as the education governor.Bryant sees the state’s school funding crisis as an opportunity, he told The Columbian Editorial Board.“I think of McCleary (the court decision mandating the Legislature to amply fund education) as an incredible opportunity for us,” Bryant said. “We should be able to step back and ask ourselves, what does a successful public school system look like in the 21st century?”last_img read more

EUFUNDED PROJECT TO BOOST FOOD EXPORTS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Nov. 24 (JIS): Jamaica’s small farmers and food producers are set to benefit from a European Union (EU)-funded project, aimed at raising the quality of food products and increasing access to export markets.The project, being implemented under the €7.25 million Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) II Programme, was launched this morning (November 24), at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston.The initiative, dubbed ‘EPA Support to Jamaican Food Exports,’ aims to work with farmers and small and medium enterprises to lift the quality of their food products, such as sauces and spices, Blue Mountain Coffee and packed fresh produce for local distribution as well as export.It will also help producers identify and access new markets beyond the traditional export zones.The EPA II programme is being executed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and is focused on improving the competitiveness of specific value chains with export potential, as well as strengthening the quality and standards control environment.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, in his remarks at the launch, noted that the project seeks to increase and diversify the country’s exports and impact positively on employment, while contributing to poverty reduction, particularly in rural areas.“We welcome the positive impact that the project will have in promoting control in the use of chemicals in agricultural production, and wide implementation of environmentally-friendly management schemes, and relevant certification,” Mr. Hylton said.He added that the Ministry also appreciates the greater attention that is being placed on international food safety standards and access to safer foods for Jamaicans.He noted that traditionally, the country’s trade policies have been guided by the concept of selling primary raw materials and low value finished products into the global marketplace.“We are moving beyond that and that is one of the reasons we welcome this project. We have to build the capacity of the Jamaican companies to upgrade and to become integrated into the global value chain. We must move beyond the domestic market,” Mr. Hylton stated.The Industry Minister further noted that the project should go a far way in addressing the country’s trade deficit, competitiveness and growth, while integrating the economy into global markets.For his part, Resident Representative of the IFC, Rajeev Gopal, informed that over the next 25 months, the entity will work with local companies and associations to connect small and medium enterprises in Jamaica’s food sector with importers, who are interested in buying Jamaican food products.He said the IFC will seek to build the capacity of trade associations and others to better serve their members by increasing their ability to tap into new markets; and help farmers to improve their agricultural practices through business training, risk management and technical support, aimed at improving their productivity.“The road ahead may have challenges, but it also holds significant promise. The IFC stands ready to continue being a partner to Jamaica’s food sector, its entrepreneurs and its farmers,” Mr. Gopal said.Head of the Delegation of the EU in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, noted that with business reforms being undertaken, “we will see a more competitive and diversified Jamaican economy, to the benefit of all citizens.”“The European Union will continue to assist Jamaica in achieving these objectives,” Mrs. Amadei said. One Stop Shop plan Rebooted, who knew? Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes Turks & Caicos will be hit, if EU dumped by British Related Items:Anthony Hylton, Blue Mountain Coffee, Economic Partnership Agreement, european union, good food quality, Rajeev Gopal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageWill it be the hardtop equivalent of a landaulet, or will it be something closer to what the Jeep Wrangler offers? Henrik Fisker via Twitter If famed car designer Henrik Fisker isn’t careful, he’s liable to throw out so many teasers for his upcoming electric SUV that we’ll be able to piece the thing together before its official unveiling. His latest finally takes us inside the EV ute, but it only focuses on a single piece of switchgear.Henrik Fisker on Monday teased yet another feature of his forthcoming battery-electric crossover. The teaser, which came from Fisker’s Twitter account, shows what appears to be part of the overhead switchgear inside the vehicle. There are the usual buttons for map lights, in addition to a toggle between the two that shows a typical sunroof control.But Fisker is Fisker, and true to form, it appears that the toggle in question isn’t for a typical sunroof at all. In his tweet, Fisker referred to it as a “California package!” He claims it can open all the way up without requiring a soft top, which the designer believes is a first for an SUV. It’s likely similar to the retractable roof on the new Jeep Wrangler, which can fully retract with the push of a button, offering an experience similar to removing hard roof panels by hand. But the Wrangler does it with fabric, whereas Fisker’s SUV appears to do it with a regular ol’ hard roof. By the looks of the button in question, it probably won’t turn the vehicle into a proper convertible, but nevertheless it will be interesting to see how those hard panels contort to offer all that sunshine.Fisker aims to get his electric SUV in buyers’ hands in 2021, although a drivable prototype is believed to debut later this year. The designer claims the car will start under $40,000, with an electric range of about 300 miles. It’ll have a solar roof, although it’s unclear if this option will be available in conjunction with the roof mentioned here, because the solar-roof teaser shows what appears to be a norma ol’ sunroof. Fisker also claims that the car’s interior will make use of recycled materials for extra green cred. We should hopefully know more within a few months.fisker-suv-front-teaser-promoHere’s a shot of the front end from late in July, in case you missed it. Henrik Fisker via Twitter Post a comment 0 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance Share your voicecenter_img Tags More From Roadshow 2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough Electric Cars Future Cars Crossoverslast_img read more

MoghbazarMouchak flyover opened to public

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened the final portions of the much-awaited Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover, reports UNB.She inaugurated the Kakrail-Malibagh, Rajarbagh-Mouchak, Rampura-Mouchak and Mouchak-Eskaton portions through a videoconference at noon.With the inauguration of the rest 5.5-km overpass of the entire 8.7-km one, vehicles can now go over eight road intersections and three level-crossings at Karwan Bazar, Moghbazar and Malibagh, substantially improving the city trips.A total of Tk 1,218 crore has been spent on the construction of the country’s longest flyover.Aiming to ease traffic in one of the city’s busiest areas, the construction work on the integrated Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project began in January 2013 with a deadline to complete it by June 2015.On 19 January 2016, the project timeframe has been extended by another 18 months till June 2017 as its length has been extended through redesigning of its structure to make it more usable for easing traffic jam in the capital. But, the construction farm also missed the deadline, annoying the commuters further.On 30 March last year, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first part, stretching over two kilometres from Holy Family Hospital to Saatrasta intersection.Local government minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain inaugurated the one-km portion, Eskaton to Moghbazar Wireless Gate, on 15 September 2016 and the 450-meter long part, Hatirjheel to Sonargaon intersection, on 17 May this year.last_img read more

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, March, 1. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:30Slow traffic on A500 D Road Westbound from A5010 Etruria Road (Hanley) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Basford). 17:29Slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions from Hancock Street (Stoke-On-Trent) to A50 Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square, Hanley). 17:23Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Westbound from A5010 Etruria Road (Hanley) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Basford). 16:58A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15. 16:58Slow traffic due to accident on Moorland Road in both directions from Sneyd Hill (Smallthorne roundabouts, Smallthorne) to B5051 Ford Green Road (Smallthorne roundabouts, Burslem).Affecting traffic towards all approaches of the junction, affecting traffic using the junction between Stanfield, Smallthorne, Snyed Green, Cobridge and Burslem. 16:55⚡️ “Storm Freya follows a record-breaking February” by @metofficehttps://t.co/4QP7vkOanX— Met Office (@metoffice) March 1, 201916:52 Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes. 16:52 Usual congestion on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 16:51We’re pleased to report that the 48-year-old man reported missing from Alsager earlier today has been found safe and well. Thank you for your help.— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) March 1, 201915:40 Usual slow traffic on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 15:39Slow traffic on B5341 Wellington Road in both directions from A530 Audlem Road to Station Road. In the roadworks area.There are temporary traffic lights in operation not far from the train station. 15:39Slow traffic on A530 Nantwich Road Northbound at Wistaston Green Road. In the roadworks area.There are temporary traffic lights in operation. 11:40Services being diverted on trainsServices being diverted via Stafford on Virgin Trains West Coast Northbound between Lichfield Trent Valley and Stoke-on-Trent due to emergency engineering works. Journey times extended by up to ten minutes. 11:40Appeal after arsonists target North Staffordshire farmThe farm was targeted in the early hours of the morning – with significant damage caused. More here.11:26Arrest after BMW crashes into parked carThe driver fled the scene – with police making an arrest an hour later. More here.10:36Delays on trains due to track faultPossible delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Lichfield Trent Valley and Stoke-on-Trent due to track fault.10:33Weather Warning for wind issued North Staffordshire and South Cheshire as Storm Freya heads for UKThe Met Office Yellow Weather Warning is in force from 3pm on Sunday until 6am on Monday. More here.09:29Firefighters called to chimney blazeFirefighters were sent out last night. More here.09:09Gap to close more than 200 storesThe company has one store in North Staffordshire. More here.07:49Congestion on M6 due to emergency repairs at busy viaductThe delays at Thelwall Viaduct in Cheshire are expected to run into the afternoon – with Highways England advising motorists to factor extra time into their journey. More here.07:26Slip road now open following earlier accidentThe slip road has now reopened – Highways England have confirmed.A spokesman said: “The slip road is now open on the M6 southbound entry slip at J14 Stafford North following the earlier collision.”07:25Home made tasers and other weapons seizedPolice seized the weapons last night. More here.07:22M6 slip road closed due to accidentThe entry sliproad onto the southbound carriageway at junction 14 near Stafford remains closed. Live updates on that here.07:21Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news and traffic updates throughout the day.last_img read more

first_img September 8, 2008 – Royal Philips Electronics reached an agreement to acquire India-based Alpha X-Ray Technologies, a manufacturer of cardiovascular X-ray systems targeting the economy segment of the Indian market, as Philips positions itself in high-growth emerging economies.Upon closing of this transaction in the fourth quarter of 2008, which is subject to certain contractual and other conditions such as regulatory approvals, Alpha will become part of the Cardiovascular X-Ray business within Philips’ Healthcare sector. Philips is growing its presence in high-growth healthcare market in emerging economies, and follows the earlier acquisitions of healthcare companies Brazilian Dixtal Biomédica e Tecnologia, Shenzhen Goldway Industrial in China and VMI Sistemas Medicos in Brazil. “The acquisition of Alpha is another great example of how Philips continues to strengthen its industrial and commercial footprint in emerging markets. It provides us with significant presence in the high-growth economy segment for Cardiovascular X-Ray systems, underlining our commitment to deliver affordable healthcare solutions in emerging markets,” said Ronald de Jong, CEO Emerging Markets of Philips Healthcare.Alpha’s product portfolio complements Philips’ existing high-end cardiovascular X-ray range and helps Philips to capture an even larger slice of the global EUR 1.8 billion cardiovascular X-ray market. Analysts estimate that the economy segment is the fastest growing segment of the global cardiovascular X-ray market, with anticipated annual growth rates of 10 to 15 percent in coming years. Philips will use its global distribution network to sell Alpha’s cardiovascular X-ray products .The acquisition of Alpha comes on the heels of two key product introductions in India: the SureSigns VM3 patient monitor and the Ultrasound HD15 system.For more information: www.medical.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | September 07, 2008 Philips Targets Cardiovascular X-Ray in Emerging Markets center_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more last_img read more

first_imgOctober 1, 2014We continue our report about upgrade work in the East Crescent Keystone area. You can see an elevation and a plan of this project in our report from August 15. and the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/22 9/26 and 10/1/2014.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Concrete of the lower three steps is set enough to walk on and the crew is now pouring the upper part of the staircase.Paolo Van Erp distributes the concrete along the stair.Finishing the surface.Before the concrete hardens the surface of the stairs is been scrubbed with a hard brush to give good traction.More to come.last_img read more