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Children ask parties to include them in manifestos

first_imgAbout 200 children, who will become voters taking part in the country’s democratic process after a few years, have called upon the political parties to include their crucial issues in the manifestos for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly election. Their charter of demands is the outcome of a series of seven workshops organised at divisional headquarters under the ‘Dasham’ initiative.‘Cell for children’The children’s demands included construction of toilets in schools, free distribution of sanitary pads, power supply in villages, mandatory holding of ‘Baal Sabha’ in village panchayats and improvement in Anganwadi centre services. “All political parties should establish separate cells for children,” stated the charter.At the ‘Dasham’ event here earlier this week, Rajasthan Assembly Deputy Speaker Rao Rajendra Singh and State Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma (BJP), Mahesh Sharma (Congress), Sanjay Madhav (CPI-M), Nisha Siddhu (CPI), T.P. Sharma (Aam Aadmi Party) and Shailendra Awasthi (Samajwadi Party) interacted with the children.The event was an initiative of Rajasthan Right to Education Forum, Girls Not Brides — Rajasthan, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and Baal Suraksha Network. Resource Institute for Human Rights spokesperson Vijay Goyal said though the children below 18 years were not allowed to vote, they should be heard in their capacity as “future voters”.Children below 18 years comprise 41% of the State’s population. If the teenagers till the age of 19 years are included in this population, the figures touch 49.6%, requiring special steps for their development by the government. The participants said the children could not become responsible citizens without an effective intervention for their healthy growth.Parties’ assuranceWhile the political leaders assured the gathering that they would try to get children’s issues included in the manifestos of their respective parties, the children from different districts, including the hearing- and speech-impaired students of schools and colleges, raised the issues which were affecting their natural growth.‘No school or hospital’Amira Khatoon, 17, from Jodhpur, said her village had no school or hospital and the people often died before getting to hospital in case of emergency. Kundan Kunwar from Udaipur said children in the rural families, who did not know anything about career choices, were lagging behind in the competition.The young boys and girls also challenged the traditions of educational opportunities being denied to the girls and the children forced into unwanted marriages at the tender age. The demands of specially abled children pertained to an easy access to public places and the availability of interpreters. .last_img read more

IPL 2011: Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors- Match abandoned

first_imgThe Delhi and Pune IPL match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi was washed away on account of insistent rains on Saturday. Score | PhotosBoth teams were awarded one point each and as a result Delhi finished last on the points table with nine points from 14 matches. Pune too finished with nine points, but they had a better net run rate compared to Delhi.However, there was little that the two teams could have gained from it, had it continued till the end as the qualifiers for the knock-outs had already been decided. Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai have made it to the next stage while the rest would be hoping for a good show in the next season.Delhi captain James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat in the 68th IPL match of season 4.The match was reduced to that of academic interest, but Pune bowlers got on with the act of stifling the Delhi batsmen from the word go.Pune paceman James Faulkner got rid of opener David Warner with a perfect yorker in the fourth over of the innings when the Delhi total was 24. Then in the sixth over the other opener Naman Ojha departed to a Shrikant Mundhe ball on eight. Delhi were reduced to 32/2.Another yorker and another wicket! On the last ball of the 9th over Mitchell Marsh got rid of Matthew Wade with a yorker and Delhi were down to 47/3. With an average of 5/50 runs per over Delhi score was moving at a rather slow rate and by the 10th over they were 55/3.advertisementDelhi were batting on are 56/3 in 10.1 overs with Venugopal Rao and Colin Ingram at the crease when rain forced the match to be called off.Teams  Pune Warriors: Manish Pandey, James Faulkner, Sourav Ganguly, Callum Ferguson, Yuvraj Singh(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Sachin Rana, Mitchell Marsh, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas, Shrikant MundheDelhi Daredevils: David Warner, Naman Ojha(w), Colin Ingram, James Hopes(c), Venugopal Rao, Matthew Wade, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadavlast_img read more

Working on strategy to treat beemar railways: Prabhu

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Railways is “beemar (sick), Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said in Rajya Sabha with an assertion that he is working on a strategy to put the national transporter on track by tackling issues like resource crunch, ageing tracks and increasing investment in infrastructure. He said he was working on both short-term and long-term measures and following a regime of dos and donts as the Railways is passing through “very difficult times”. He said government will put in place a new independent regulatory framework for revising rail fares to help maintain a balance between consumers and Railways, for which a bill will be brought soon in Parliament. Replying to a debate on Rail Budget in Rajya Sabha, Prabhu said he would also partner with states to make investment in rail infrastructure and 16 states have agreed to partner with railways and some have also signed MoUs. The Minister also said all states have received more money by way of investments in rail infrastructure in this budget. “Railways is passing through very difficult times. As some members said that Railways is beemar (sick). It is right that Railways is beemar and there is need to treat it and bring it on track,” he said. Prabhu said Railways has many challenges to grapple with that include lack of resources, ageing tracks and increasing investment in infrastructure. To revitalise Railways, emphasis is being laid on austerity and saying by reducing administrative expenses, generation of revnue, augmentation of services and optimisation of costs, he said. The Upper House later passed the appropriation bills and the demands for grants in connection with rail budget for 2016-17, after a long debate that saw participation of a large number of members. (MORE) PTI SKC AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer says he plans to play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_imgFederer made the announcement in Tokyo during at an exhibition event for his Japanese uniform supplier.Federer will turn 39 shortly after the Olympic tournament. He had previously planned his schedule up to Wimbledon, which ends two weeks before the Tokyo Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe will need a wild-card exemption because he has not played Davis Cup games to be eligible.Federer won doubles gold for Switzerland with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in singles at the 2012 London Games at Wimbledon. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers He missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with an injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to spectators as he leaves the court after he lost to Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)TOKYO — Roger Federer says he plans to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Swiss great, a four-time Olympian, says “at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After record world medal haul, Simone Biles a face of 2020 Olympics View comments Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33‘We are all suffering,’ Panelo says of commuting02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

MCI to start tracking medical faculty attendance on regular basis

first_imgIn a way to make the college system more transparent and accessible for all, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recently announced a system that will help in tracking the daily attendance of faculty in all the medical colleges across the nation.(Read: Need to improve PG medical education: ANBAI to government) Details of the monitoring system:Under the Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP), the Medical Council of India (MCI) will be able to monitor attendance of faculty membersThis digital initiative will be applied in about 439 medical colleges through biometric systemNot only this, the new system also foresees ‘One Country One Registration’The budget allocated for this wide project is Rs 45 croreAs per official data, it will be completed in the next six monthsUnder this system, all the doctors will be issued electronic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) registration card which will further help them in practicing across the country by registering with the MCI one time only(Read: A new body may replace MCI to monitor medical education in India)Moreover, this project will be enabling online submission of applications for opening of new medical colleges or seat enhancement along with creating a national database of faculty in medical colleges which will be linked with their Aadhar Card.What MCI president Jayshree Mehta has to say:”The most remarkable thing of this project is monitoring of attendance of faculty through a biometric system and a unique identification for each and every medical practitioner across the country. There have been issues of fake and ghost faculty in many medical colleges””With this system, everything will now be online. There will be a server in that particular college as well. Sitting here (Delhi), we can monitor everything, the faculty’s presence in college, how long they have taken a lecture and other such things.” (Read: Problems plaguing medical education: Why India suffers a severe lack of quality doctors)advertisementFurther, Jayshree Mehta said, the DMMP project is a step towards achieving the Digital India project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this will successfully  improve “transparency and efficiency” of MCI’s working.”Every faculty will be issued a RFID-enabled identity card and the attendance, salary and work status of the faculty shall be submitted to the MCI on a real time basis, besides other information required for regulatory compliance,” the medical education regulator said. Read: 7 types of medical degrees with related jobsRead: More MBBS seats added to Telangana colleges Click here f or more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

Ozil nets hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Ludogorets 6-0 in Champions League

first_imgMesut Ozil applied the gloss to a ruthless Arsenal display with a second-half hat-trick in a 6-0 hammering of Ludogorets that put the Gunners on the brink of the Champions League knockout rounds on Wednesday.Arsenal were cantering against the Bulgarian champions thanks to sublime first-half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott and a strike straight after the break from Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain before playmaker Ozil joined the party.As Ludogorets crumbled, his well-taken goals in the 56th, 83rd and 87th minutes helped Arsenal to their biggest Champions League win since a 7-0 thrashing of Slavia Prague in 2007 and sealed their seventh successive win in all competitions.Arsenal, who have fallen at the last 16 stage six seasons in a row, lead Group A on goal difference from Paris St Germain with both clubs on seven points. Ludogorets and Basel have one and are effectively playing heading for a Europa League berth.”In the second half we took control of the game completely and could have scored more,” manager Arsene Wenger told reporters. “Ozil has got the taste to score goals. (Messi hits treble as Barcelona sink Guardiola’s Man City)”We want him to be a provider and a scorer and it looks like he has got that balance now.”Sanchez struck after 12 minutes with a majestic lob over Ludogorets keeper Vladislav Stoyanov but until Walcott slammed home his eighth goal in 10 games from 25 yards shortly before halftime it was a surprisingly even game.Ludogorets, featuring three Brazilians in their starting line-up, cut through Arsenal’s defence several times and should have been level through lively winger Wanderson who forced David Ospina into a sharp save before hitting the post.advertisementThe second half was a romp as confidence ebbed through an Arsenal side unbeaten since the opening day of the season.Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first start for a month, swept in from close range in the 46th minute and 10 minutes later Ozil raced on to Santi Cazorla’s long punt and finished coolly past the over-exposed Stoyanov.With victory in the bag Sanchez and Walcott were both substituted but Ozil stayed on, first converting substitute Lucas Perez’s low cross, then burying a volley to become the fifth Arsenal player to score a Champions League hat-trick.Despite the emphatic nature of Wenger’s 100th European win for Arsenal, the Frenchman admitted his side had ridden their luck.”We maybe eased off a bit early in the first half, we were sometimes in danger and I would like to give credit to (David) Ospina who saved us twice,” Wenger said.It could, however, have been a cricket score by the end.”The only good thing is that this is not the heaviest defeat in the history of the UEFA Champions League,” Stoyanov said.Arsenal will try to keep the pressure on PSG in the race for top spot when they go to Bulgaria in two weeks time.last_img read more

Virat Kohli 2nd player after Ricky Ponting to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awards

first_imgThe legend of Virat Kohli keeps growing every year. In just over 10 years, the Indian captain has achieved so much success that it would take ages for upcoming or even some of the present cricketers to replicate.The 30-year-old added yet another feather to his cap on Tuesday when he bagged the top three honours at the International Cricket Council (ICC) awards, a feat which he achieved for the first time and became the first cricketer ever to do so.Kohli was named Cricketer of the year and won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the second time in succession, was named best Test player of the year and also ODI player of the year after his extraordinary batting form in 2018. Only former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has the won the award in two successive years.In 2017, Kohli had finished as the highest ODI scorer, collecting 1460 runs from 26 matches including six hundreds. He was also one of the leading scorers in Tests, accumulating 1059 runs from 10 matches including five hundreds.It is a clean sweep for @imVkohli at the #ICCAwards. Here’s the #TeamIndia captain reflecting on an outstanding 2018 and looking forward to an even better 2019Full video Link https://t.co/X6eRPmmrse pic.twitter.com/2tLBvmEhzKBCCI (@BCCI) January 22, 2019Just as it seemed he couldn’t get any better, he went one step ahead and bettered his performance in 2018 as he finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.advertisementHe also became the third cricketer after former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson to bag the Cricketer of the Year award twice, with Kohli getting in two years in succession.The ICC also announced the final XI of both teams which features three Indian players in the Test side while four have made the cut for the ODI team with Kohli named as captain of both sides.KING KOHLI’S DECADE OF DOMINANCECricketer of the decade!Virat Kohli for in all internationals:Most runs: 18681 (next best: 14825 H Amla)Highest ave: 56.60 (next best: 54.32 AB de Villiers)Most 100s: 63 (next best: 47 H Amla)Most 50s: 84 (next best: 74 J Root)Most 50+ scores: 147 (next best: 112 H Amla)Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 22, 2019In just the last decade, Kohli has left his competitors way behind. He was for long being chased by the likes of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers but the Delhi batsman in the last two years has been virtually untouchable thanks to the amount of runs he has scored all around the world and in every format.Kohli ended 2018 as the No.1 batsman in Tests and ODIs for the second year running.In the last decade Kohli has amassed a staggering 18681 international runs at an average of 56.60. The next best batsman on the list is Amla with 14,825 runs while de Villiers has the next best average of 54.32.Well & Truly, The KingICC Cricketer of the YearICC Test Player of the YearICC ODI Player of the Year #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/krtf1ucIPFBCCI (@BCCI) January 22, 2019During this period Kohli has smashed 63 international hundreds, again leading Amla who has scored 47. Joe Root trails him in the fifties list with 74 while Kohli has 84 in his kitty.No record is safe when Kohli comes out to bat these days as he demonstrated in the last year.Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in the year with 11 hundreds but he also became the first Asian captain to register Test wins in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.37 matches, 47 innings.2,735 runs at an average of 68.37.11 centuries, 9 fifties.What a year for @imvKohli! He wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2018!https://t.co/ROBg6RI4aQ#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/oeSClhcfJQICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain.On top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.But not just in whites, Kohli also dominated the run charts in ODIs. During the ODI series at home against the West Indies last year, he became only the fourth batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for India and in the process, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach the milestone.advertisementKohli joined Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Kohli also scored more than 1000 runs in a calender for the sixth time in his career in 2018 after 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.Also Read | Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of the Year after stellar 2018 seasonAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historylast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah go on a ‘fast-bowling coffee date’

first_imgIndia fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah enjoyed their day off in Southampton to the fullest and even went out for a “coffee date” together before their big match against Australia in the World Cup 2019.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video of India’s premier fast bowlers going out for a cup of coffee in Southampton after their training session. But it was actually before India’s first match against South Africa which they won by 6 wickets earlier this week.Both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar played a key role in India’s resounding victory over the Proteas in their campaign opener at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.The Indian team is now gearing up to face Australia in their second match in London on Sunday. Australia registered a narrow 15-run win over the West Indies in their last match and are placed second in the points table behind New Zealand with two wins from two games.The Indian team couldn’t practice on Friday as rain washed out their session, leaving the Virat Kohli-led side with only one day to train ahead of Sunday’s big-ticket showdown with Australia.The players instead visited the Indian High Commissioner’s residence in London on Friday. The Indian team, along with the support staff, were pictured together with Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the images on social media.#TeamIndia at the High Commissioner’s residence in London today. pic.twitter.com/XptReRw1jwadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2019India traveled to London from Southampton on Thursday, a day after beating South Africa by six wickets in their tournament opener on Wednesday.India began their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5, that is six days after the start of the tournament and registered a 6-wicket win over South Africa in their first match.Rohit Sharma hammered a century to take India home after Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah restricted South Africa to 227 for 9.Also Read | ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesAlso Read | World cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Team India visit High Commissioner’s residence in LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at Ovallast_img read more

Liverpool’s Mane ban appeal rejected

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool appeal against three-game Mane suspension rejected Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 22:52 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Sadio Mane Mohamed Salah Manchester City Liverpool Getty Liverpool Sadio Mané Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Premier League The attacker will miss Liverpool’s next three domestic clashes after his suspension for clattering Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was upheld Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane will have to serve out his three-match red card ban after the Football Association rejected the club’s appeal to have the ban reduced.The Senegal international was handed a red card in the 37th minute for delivering a high boot to the head of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson when the sides met Saturday, which forced the keeper out of the game. City, who led 1-0 when Mane was sent off, went on to win 5-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Liverpool had hoped to see the suspension reduced from three-games, but the FA has denied the club clemency, issuing a brief statement confirming their decision.The statement reads: “Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension, which was effective immediately, remains in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”The denial of the appeal means Mane will miss the Reds’ next three domestic matches, ruling him out of two Premier League matches against Burnley on September 16 and Leicester City on September 23 and a League Cup fixture on September 19, also against the Foxes.However, Mane, who later apologised for the incident, is eligible to feature in the club’s Champions League fixture against Sevilla on Wednesday.Mane evens to score anytimeMane will next be able to return to Premier League action October 1 against Newcastle. The Premier League player of the month for August, Mane has hit three goals and added an assist in the league this season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir retires from Tests to focus on white-ball cricket

first_img India Today Web Desk July 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 16:35 IST Mohammad Amir during a tour game in England. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricketAmir, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in July 2009, said he wanted to focus on ‘white-ball cricket’Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Amir, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in July 2009, said he wanted to focus on white-ball cricket’.Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling figures were six for 44 against the Windies in April 2017. After breaking into the international scene as a 17-year-old, Amir was handed a five-year ban for his involvement in spot fixing scandal in 2011. Amir returned from his ban in 2016 and played 22 Tests, picking up 62 wickets.”It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game,” Amir said in a statement. “I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white ball cricket.”Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.”It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.”I want to thank all my team-mates as well the opponents in red ball cricket. It has been a privilege to play with and against them. I am sure our paths will continue to cross in limited-overs cricket as all of us play and compete with the same vigour and determination.advertisement”I also want to thank the PCB for providing me the opportunity to don the golden star on my chest. And, I am grateful to my coaches who have groomed me at various stages of my career.”Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mohammad AmirFollow ‘Test CricketFollow retirement Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir retires from Tests to focus on white-ball cricketMohammad Amir, 27, said he decided to quit the longest format of the game in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. Amir played only 36 Tests over a 10-year period for Pakistan.advertisementlast_img read more

Diego Aponte More Transparency Needed in Cargo Declaration

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license There should be more accuracy and transparency in declaration of cargo to shipping companies, Diego Aponte, President and CEO of Switzerland-based MSC Group said.“It is imperative that shipping companies are well informed on what is being transported in containers in order to safely manage dangerous or potentially dangerous cargoes. The public may assume the shipping line is at fault – it is our logo on the ship – but many of the tragedies that occur in our sector are down to incorrectly declared cargo,” Aponte said in the company’s Sustainability Report for 2017.In September 2018, New York District Court said that MSC was not liable for the explosion and losses related to the MSC Flaminia fire from July 2012 that claimed the lives of three crew members and destroyed thousands of cargo containers.Instead, Deltech, the manufacturer of the chemical transported aboard the ship, and Stolt Tank Containers B.V. (Stolt), responsible for trucking the chemical,were found responsible for not informing MSC of the dangers related to the storing of the chemical that eventually led to the incident.“And where there have been accidents at sea, we have always taken all necessary actions and moved promptly to rectify the situation to limit environmental damage and protect lives. No amount of technological progress or digitalisation, it seems, can help fix this relatively simple problem in our industry,” Aponte added.According to the report, in 2017 MSC achieved an 11% reduction in CO2 per tons of cargo moved on a per mile basis, compared to 2015.The reduction was ascribed to a comprehensive fleet retrofitting program, optimisation of bulbous bow and propellers, ballast water management, as well as installation of scrubbers.The company’s overall climate action strategy involves an investment of approximately USD 1.5 billion.“This enormous financial commitment was made possible by MSC’s growing and stable economic performance as well as by the continuous support of key financial institutions,” MSC said.Commenting on its path toward achieving compliance with the sulphur cap, MSC has been exploring the viability of three key solutions: scrubbers, LNG and low sulphur fuel.“Based on current forecasts and considering the size of our fleet, there is a strong business and environmental case for retrofitting our ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (ECGS). The systems are costly and complex to install, however, with drydock, manufacturing and installation capacity all being potential limiting factors,” MSC explained.As for LNG, MSC pointed to the shortage of global bunkering infrastructure, especially for bigger ships, while numerous concerns remain with regard to the quality, availability and reliability of new fuel blends.“Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) plays a significant role in our current fuel mix and we will continue to monitor developments,” MSC added.last_img read more

2009 PengrowthNova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant Winner Announced

first_imgTravis Deacon is helping improve offshore emergency safety thanks to the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant. Mr. Deacon is working towards a master’s degree in applied science at Dalhousie University. He is conducting research on natural human behaviours in emergency situations. It will improve emergency procedures and offshore equipment to help save lives. The Pengrowth Research grant gives Mr. Deacon $15,000 over two years to help fund his project. “My research is not only important to those working in Nova Scotia’s offshore, but also their families and the entire industry,” said Mr. Deacon. “The Pengrowth Research Grant makes completing this research possible.” “The support offered to students through the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is very important to government,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Ensuring continued growth and knowledge in our offshore industry can only benefit the entire province.” The Pengrowth Research Grant was established in 2005, as part of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program. Up to four grants are awarded each year to deserving students. Funding is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Pengrowth Corporation. Pengrowth has contributed $2 million to the program and the province has committed $1 million. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is a great example of how government and corporations can work together to build a strong future for Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” said Jim MacDonald, director, East Coast operation, Pengrowth. “Pengrowth is delighted to be able to help these students further expand their education.” The program also provides up to 22 undergraduate and trades scholarships annually. To date, nearly 100 Nova Scotia youth have benefitted from the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program. The deadline for the 2010 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is Jan. 22. For application forms or additional information on this program or others offered by the department, visit www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

Jet Saga Buyers await regulators scrutiny of airlines flying license

first_imgNew Delhi: With prospective buyers lining up to take a shot at bagging Jet Airways cheap, its prime asset — the flying license — is under the aviation regulator’s scrutiny that might derail the NCLT-backed resolution process. Industry insiders privy to the development say that buyers are waiting for the final word from the regulator which is expected to be announced on July 16. Even the bankers to the now grounded airline are nervous. A revoked Air Operator Certificate (AOC) will render lower than expected recovery from the airline which has an outstanding of over Rs 8,000 crore. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepA meagre return will be equivalent to bank’s taking a massive haircut, somewhere in the tune of over 90 per cent. However, since the NCLT has stated that matter of resolution at Jet Airways is considered to be of “national importance”, the resolution professional is widely expected to request the aviation regulator to extend the AOC’s validity. At the same time, buyers have shown interest in the grounded airline. Recently, London-based AdiGroup partnered with Jet Airways Employee Consortium partnered to bid for 75 per cent stake of Jet under the insolvency resolution process. AdiGroup Chairman Sanjay Viswanathan said the combined bidding entity expects a likely investment of Rs 2,500 crore-Rs 5,000 crore, adding that the exact figures will be reached once complete financial details about the company’s liability emerge.last_img read more

Global panel to review FAA approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

first_imgCHICAGO — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities, including Transport Canada, have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart will lead the group, which also will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They will look at the plane’s automated system including the way it interacts with pilots. The group will meet Tuesday and is expected to finish in 90 days.The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people. Investigators are focusing on anti-stall software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on erroneous sensor readings.In a statement Friday, the FAA said aviation authorities from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to help with the work, called a Joint Authorities Technical Review.The group will evaluate the automated flight control design and determine whether it complies with regulations. It also will decide if changes need to be made in the FAA’s approval process.Chicago-based Boeing is working on a software fix to the planes’ anti-stall system, known by its acronym, MCAS. In both an October crash off the coast of Indonesia and a March crash in Ethiopia, a faulty sensor reading triggered MCAS and pushed the plane’s nose down, and pilots were unable to recover.Pilots at U.S. airlines complained that they didn’t even know about MCAS until after the October crash. They then received computer training that described the system and how to respond when something goes wrong with it.On Wednesday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company completed its last test flight of updated flight-control software. Muilenburg said test pilots flew 120 flights totalling 203 hours with the new software. The company is expected to conduct a crucial certification flight with an FAA test pilot on board soon, possibly next week.“We are making steady progress toward certification” and returning the Max to service, Muilenburg said as he stood in front of a Max jet at Boeing Field in Seattle.Muilenburg said he went on a test flight that day and saw the updated software “operating as designed across a range of flight conditions.”In the U.S., United Airlines has removed its 14 Max jets from the schedule until early July, while American, with 24, and Southwest, with 34, are not counting on the planes until August.It could take longer before foreign airlines can use their Max jets. Regulators outside the U.S. once relied on the FAA’s judgment in such matters but have indicated plans to conduct their own reviews this time.Foreign countries may impose additional requirements, delaying the use of the Max by their carriers.For example, FAA experts concluded in a draft report that while pilots need training on the anti-stall system, they do not need additional time in flight simulators. Canada’s transportation minister said this week, however, that he wants simulator training for Max pilots. Air Canada has 24 Max jets, while Sunwing has four.WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13, but Boeing has suspended all future deliveries.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UNs message to mothers breastfeeding can save your babys life

Breastfeeding is directly linked to reducing the death toll of children under five, yet only 36 per cent of infants below the age of six months in developing countries are exclusively breastfed, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“With so much at stake, we need to do more to reach women with a simple, powerful message: Breastfeeding can save your baby’s life,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated from 1 to 7 August. “No other preventive intervention is more cost effective in reducing the number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthdays,” he stated. Among the benefits of breastfeeding, UNICEF pointed out that the practice could lead to a 13 per cent reduction in deaths of children under five if infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continued to be breastfed up to one year. “Breastfed is best fed, whether the baby is born in Uganda or England, China or Canada,” said Mr. Lake.However, while breastfeeding rates in the developing world are on the rise in two-thirds of countries with data, millions of infants are not benefiting from this life-saving practice. Therefore, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners are using the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week to spur new and creative ways to raise awareness and reach a larger audience with the message of the benefits of breastfeeding.The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, which is an initiative of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience.” It emphasizes the importance of communication at various levels and between various sectors to promote breastfeeding.“Communication is key to attain progress,” said Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health. “This year’s theme for the World Breastfeeding Week highlights the opportunity of new communication technologies for making qualified support accessible to health care providers, mothers and families…“Protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding is important because, even though breastfeeding is natural, it is also a learned behaviour,” added Dr. Bustreo. 1 August 2011The United Nations and its partners are promoting the use of all possible means of communication, including social networking, blogs and even flash mobs, to get the message out on the benefits of breastfeeding beyond clinics and delivery rooms to the wider public. read more

Television kills child

Further investigations are underway, the police media unit added. A child was killed when a television set fell on her in Medagama yesterday, the police media unit said today.The police said that the eight year old girl was placed next to the television set in her house by her parents. Investigations revealed that the television set had fallen on the child when she had been kicking the table on which the television was placed.The child was admitted to the Bibile hospital for treatment but she succumbed to her injuries.

In Sierra Leone UK Prime Minister Blair lauds UN peacekeeping effort

During a meeting on Saturday in Freetown with Oluyemi Adeniji, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sierra Leone, Mr. Blair was briefed on developments in the peace process. Mr. Adeniji emphasized the need to reintegrate ex-combatants, reconstruct communities and extend the Government’s authority throughout the country. Mr. Adeniji also briefed the British Prime Minister on the status of the voter registration process and the support being provided by UNAMSIL to the National Electoral Commission in advance of May’s elections. Emphasizing the need for continued international commitment to Sierra Leone, the UN official urged the British Government to take the lead in encouraging other donors to contribute to the country’s reconstruction. For his part, the Prime Minister said the United Kingdom would maintain a long-term commitment to Sierra Leone as well as the rest of the African continent, and that the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short, would pay a follow-up visit to the region in the coming weeks. In another development, representatives of a dozen donor nations and international organizations urged greater support for Sierra Leone following a week-long tour of the country. Welcoming their visit, Alan Doss, the UN Coordinator in Sierra Leone, told the press on Friday that the response from donors had been “extremely” positive. “There was no indication of donor fatigue, but a real willingness to assist,” he said. Also speaking to reporters, a representative from the Netherlands said he was “shocked” by the amount of devastation in the areas the team visited. A representative from Sweden said there was no more important challenge than to create a peaceful environment so that people could go back to their villages and live normal lives. Several donor representatives expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and secure environment that has been established by UNAMSIL. read more

AP Sources VW to pay near 102B to settle emissions claims

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. A person briefed on the matter said Thursday, June 23, 2016, Volkswagen has agreed to pay about $10.2 billion to settle claims in the U.S. from its emissions-cheating scandal. The money would go mainly to compensate 482,000 owners of cars with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed to cheat on emissions tests. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by Tom Krisher And Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 10:13 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Sources: VW to pay near $10.2B to settle emissions claims DETROIT – Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation’s history.Two people briefed on settlement talks said most of the money would go to compensate 482,000 owners of cars with 2-litre diesel engines that were programmed to turn on emissions controls during government lab tests and turn them off while on the road.Investigators determined that the cars emitted more than 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans. VW diesel owners first learned of the deception in September, and most have seen the value of their cars decline. According to the two people, Volkswagen will offer to fix the cars for free, but any fix will likely hurt the cars’ acceleration and fuel economy. Alternatively, owners can sell their car back to the company.Volkswagen, which admitted to intentionally deceiving regulators, will also pay penalties to government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board and the Federal Trade Commission, one of the people said.The settlement is not final yet and terms could change as lawyers work around the clock on final details, said the people, who asked not to be identified because a judge in the case has issued a gag order. Details are scheduled to be released Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco.The $10.2 billion would eclipse the cost of all recent automotive scandals — and the amount VW ultimately pays out could grow by billions of dollars. A lawsuit by the Justice Department is ongoing, and the company could be fined by the state of California. The company also faces as much as $20 billion in fines for violating the Clean Air Act.General Motors, by comparison, paid roughly $6.9 billion for a series of embarrassing recalls that started two years ago with defective ignition switches that caused at least 124 deaths.Owners of the VW cars, which date to the 2009 model year, can either sell their vehicles back to the company at the pre-scandal value or let the company fix the vehicle for free, one person said. In either case, owners would also get $1,000 to $7,000 depending on their cars’ age, with an average payment of about $5,000, one of the people said.The average value of a VW diesel has dropped 19 per cent since just before the scandal began. In August of 2015, the average was $13,196, and this May it was $10,674, according to Kelley Blue Book.Attorneys representing owners, VW and government agencies have not yet agreed on the steps VW will take to repair the cars, the person said. Any fix likely would require a bigger catalytic converter or injection of the chemical urea into the exhaust to help neutralize the pollution. The fixes likely would hurt the cars’ performance.Spokesmen for the EPA, VW and the Justice Department would not comment Thursday.Around 11 million cars worldwide also had the cheating software, but nitrogen oxide emissions standards aren’t as stringent outside the U.S.Volkswagen owners filed dozens of lawsuits against VW after it acknowledged in September that it intentionally defeated emissions tests and put dirty vehicles on the road.The $10.2 billion figure also does not include the cost of damage done to VW’s brand value and sales. Since the scandal became public, the Volkswagen brand’s sales have fallen each month. Through May, sales are down 13 per cent compared with a year ago.The company has admitted developing sophisticated software that determined when the cars were being tested by the EPA on a treadmill-like device called a dynamometer and turned on the pollution controls. Once all wheels began spinning and the steering wheel was turned, the controls were turned off.The company, which knew the EPA’s testing routine, got away with the scam for seven years before being caught by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which hired West Virginia University to test a VW on real roads.The settlement to be announced Tuesday does not include 3-litre Volkswagen diesels, which had another version of cheating software.____Biesecker reported from Washington. Follow Tom Krisher at https://twitter.com/tkrisher. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tom-krisher read more

Emery Sweeps Doubleheader Against Grand Photo Gallery

Photos by Dusty Butler The Grand Red Devils came to town for a doubleheader against the Spartans on Wednesday. Koda Alton was the big story in the first leg, hitting a three-run homer and tallying five RBIs in the contest. Cade Brazier got the win, giving up two earned runs on five hits over five innings. He pitched a complete game as the mercy rule came into affect. The Spartans erupted with six runs in the second and eight runs in the fifth for the 15-5 victory.Grand started off hot in the first inning of the second game, immediately scoring three runs. The Spartans responded well in the bottom half, loading up the bases and eventually pushing six runs across. Kyson Stilson had three hits in the game while Teagan Christmas went 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Alton pitched 6.2 innings and gave up two earned runs on two hits while striking out 11. Emery won 12-6.Brax Jensen went a combined 4-6 (.667) in the two games and scored four runs for the Spartans. Emery will host North Sanpete on Tuesday, March 19. read more

New AD Familiar Face at USUE

Photo and quotes from USUEasternAthletics.comScott Madsen was named the interim Athletic Director back in January and USU Eastern Chief Administrator Greg Dart has announced that the “interim” part of the title will now be dropped.“Scott has been serving as an interim director of athletics for several months. We are excited to have him continue in the role permanently,” said Dart.Madsen has been the head baseball coach for the past 16 years at the college and he also served as the Assistant AD over Advancement for a time.“I feel privileged to be named to this position after being the interim for the past seven months. I feel like the athletic department is moving in the right direction and I hope I can continue to build off the success that I have had,” said Madsen. “I have really enjoyed working with all the coaches here and I feel like we have a good environment in our department.”Madsen and his wife Denice, have five children and the duo resides in Price. Madsen has a bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University and a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. He was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho.Kirk Haney was named as the new USU Eastern head baseball coach after Madsen was given the new role. read more