Goa Minister’s driver fined for rash driving

first_imgGoa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar’s driver was fined ₹600 for rash and negligent driving on Mandovi bridge near here on Friday morning. A social activist video-taped the vehicle overtaking a car and complained to the traffic police.“An incident happened in Goa, while I am on an official visit out of the State. My official vehicle driven by my driver, while taking it from Verna showroom to my residence after servicing, was found overtaking on Mandovi bridge,” Mr. Palyekar, who is on an official visit to Uttar Pradesh, tweeted and posted on Facebook on Friday.He asked Goa Director of Transport to direct the enforcement wing to issue a challan against his driver. Overtaking is not allowed on bridges is Goa, according to the motor vehicles rules.last_img

How much does the public support animal research? Depends on the question

first_imgEmbattled U.K. biomedical researchers are drawing some comfort from a new survey showing that a sizable majority of the public continues to support the use of animals in research. But there’s another twist that should interest social scientists as well: The government’s decision this year to field two almost identical surveys on the topic offers fresh evidence that the way you ask a question affects how people answer it.Since 1999, the U.K. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has been funding a survey of 1000 adults about their attitudes toward animal experimentation. But this year the government asked the London-based pollsters, Ipsos MORI, to carry out a new survey, changing the wording of several questions. (The company also collected additional information, including public attitudes toward different animal species and current rules regarding their use.)For example, the phrase “animal experimentation” was replaced by “animal research” because the latter is “less inflammatory,” notes Ipsos MORI Research Manager Jerry Latter. 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So they told the company to conduct one last round—the 10th in the series—at the same time they deployed the new survey. Each survey went to a representative, but different, sample of U.K. adults.The changes in wording seem to have given animal researchers a bit of a ratings bump. In the new survey, some 68% agreed that “I can accept the use of animals in scientific research as long as it is for medical research purposes and there is no alternative.” By comparison, only 64% of respondents to the ongoing (trends) survey said yes when asked if they “can accept animal experimentation so long as it is for medical research purposes.” Although still strongly positive, that number was down from the roughly 75% recorded throughout the previous decade (the figure had dipped to 66% in 2012).One confounding factor in the new survey is the addition of a reference to “no alternatives.” When that phrase is added to a comparable question in the trends survey, the positive response drops from 64% to 60%.The use of the word “medical” seems to have an even larger impact on public attitudes. When the trends survey asked a question that didn’t use the word “medical,” i.e., “I agree with animal experimentation for all types of research where there is no alternative,” only 47% of respondents say yes. And the positive response to the comparable question in the new survey is even lower. Only 37% say “it is acceptable to use animals for all types of research where there is no alternative.”Despite these subtleties, U.K. scientists believe the surveys show that the public will stand behind them if they speak out. “In the past, many scientists were understandably afraid of talking about their use of animals, but the climate has very much changed,” says Frances Rawle, head of policy at the Medical Research Council. “We encourage our researchers to be open about this work because it’s important that the public … are aware that research using animals is still an important and very necessary part of medical science.”At the same time, the new survey reveals that many people don’t understand what animal research is now being done and how it is regulated. For example, nearly one in three say that scientists in the United Kingdom can use animals to test cosmetics even though the practice has been banned for more than 15 years. Only 30% feel they are “well informed” about the use of animals in research, and some 55% would like to know more about efforts to find alternatives and improve animal welfare.That level of ignorance worries government officials. “It is of concern that most people feel uninformed about the use of animals in research,” BIS’s Brown says. “The lack of knowledge could be impacting people’s view of the need for animal research and their perception of the regulatory system around it.”last_img read more

Clean chit to BJD MP in scribe assault case

first_imgThe police have given a clean chit to Biju Janata Dal MP from Kendrapara Anubhav Mohanty and his younger brother Anuprasa Mohanty, who were booked last month for the alleged assault and harassment of a local woman journalist.City DCP Akhileswar Singh said the investigation so far reveals that there is no evidence for the assault of the woman scribe by the MP or the passing of lewd comments by his brother.“There was a heated exchange between the two parties on the day of the incident, but no such evidence [of harassment or assault] has been found from the CCTV footage and mobile phone recordings to substantiate the other allegations made by the complainant against the MP and his family,” the DCP said.The journalist had alleged that the MP’s younger brother repeatedly passed obscene comments on her and on June 13, when she had visited the MP’s house at Choudhury Bazar under Purighat police station to complain about it, the MP and his wife assaulted her.A day after, the police booked the MP and his family under Sections 294, 354-A, 323 and 34 of the IPC. A counter FIR was also filed against the journalist by the MP’s brother. The police have recorded statements of six witnesses in connection with both the cases so far.last_img read more


first_imgOn the teams middle-order, he said,”If we look at our On the teams middle-order, he said,”If we look at our middle order batting, we have potential batters in Marlon Samuels, Dinesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell. Bravo is one of the most experienced guys in the team when it comes to playing Indian conditions. They (England) have Moeen Ali and (Adil) Rashid but we know Wankhede is a seamer friendly track, games played in IPL it tells you that.” He also exuded confidence that Andre Russell, who missed three dope tests, thereby violating statutory Anti-Doping whereabouts clause, will be available for the entire tournament. “I am very much confident Russell will get to play the entire competition. We have always had setbacks and we thrived on all things and took that as motivation and went out and have performed well. The way we play, when we played, no other team could match it. “We as a team have supported Russell and we are confident he will take part in the whole tournament and make an impact like he has done in the past,” Sammy concluded. PTI NRB KHS AHlast_img read more

Noble: Kane worth more than £100m

first_imgPremier League Noble: Kane worth more than £100m Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:20 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HarryKane - Cropped Getty Images Premier League Harry Kane West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur The West Ham captain hailed the Tottenham star, saying he’s deserving of a massive transfer fee Tottenham star Harry Kane is worth at least £100 million, according to West Ham captain Mark Noble.Kane made it six goals in seven games in all competitions this season as his brace led Spurs to a 3-2 victory over West Ham on Saturday.West Ham 4/1 to be relegated 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 Noble believes the England international, who is contracted until mid-2022, is worth more than £100m.”He easily has to be worth £100m-plus because he gets goals and goals in this game are hard to come by and you pay a premium for that,” Noble said, via the Daily Mail.”You can spend, like they did when they sold Gareth Bale — they went and spent £120m.”But you bring Harry Kane back to the club, give him a chance and [Mauricio] Pochettino puts his arm around him and he’s reaping the benefits of that now.””It feels great to win!”@HKane assesses this afternoon’s 3-2 win over West Ham United.#COYS pic.twitter.com/KIYd79PH0X— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 23, 2017Noble added: “It’s not often you get a talent like Harry come through the ranks and score goals like he does.”They have kept him too and if he keeps on playing like he is they are going to have to be strong to keep him.”Spurs are fourth in the Premier League after losing just one of their opening six games, but they are five points behind Manchester City and Manchester United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Simply signing an All Black is not a golden ticket for European clubs

first_imgNorthampton had signed the Wales fly-half Dan Biggar before recruiting Boyd. He is a contrasting 10 to Beauden Barrett, all competitive hustle and bustle and suddenly Northampton was not the club he had joined. Wales left Biggar on the bench for their major internationals last autumn in favour of the more attacking Gareth Anscombe but Boyd is coaxing a different side out of the former Osprey.Biggar has profited from having Piers Francis outside him, but the England international will be out for up to six weeks after suffering a shoulder injury during last Friday’s victory over Exeter. He may only miss one Premiership match with rounds of the Challenge Cup and the Premiership Cup taking up the rest of the month after this weekend, and the way the Saints are now using possession has helped them offset struggles up front.Change takes time. It was hard not to feel for Sopoaga at Twickenham last Saturday, a marquee signing struggling to make his mark. He prefers to stand deeper than most Premiership outside-halves but, unless operating off turnover ball, it makes the gainline harder to breach. He remains the player Wasps recruited but with the Premiership campaign now at the halfway point and his side tumbling down the table he needs to start emulating the good Evans.• This is an extract from our weekly rugby union email, the Breakdown. To subscribe just visit this page and follow the instructions. Share on Facebook Read more “One of the biggest surprises I had when joining Racing was that everyone did what the coach said,” Carter said in an interview with the Observer last summer. “In team meetings, players would not say a word … I had to bite my tongue. There was no awareness of playing what you see. My career has been about backing my instinct and being prepared to go against the gameplan.”Boudjellal signed Carter’s fellow World Cup winner Ma’a Nonu at the end of 2015 but was soon complaining that he had expected more. The New Zealand wing Julian Savea has failed to make an impact at Toulon this season; all that is gold does not always glitter.Lima Sopoaga’s arrival at Wasps this season was intended to mitigate the loss of Danny Cipriani but the New Zealand fly-half has taken time to adjust to the Premiership, not helped by injuries to the players inside and outside him, Dan Robson and Jimmy Gopperth. He is further proof that it is unwise to expect an instant return from pedigree players when they are exposed to a distinctly different climate. Reuse this content Topics Share on Messenger Such is the impact New Zealand have made at all levels of the game for so long that their players and coaches are always in demand. Pau thought they had signed Julian Savea’s brother, Ardie, after this year’s World Cup, only for the flanker to agree a new contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union, prompted by the neck injury suffered four months ago by the first choice All Black in his position, Sam Cane.A number of New Zealanders will be off to Europe, including the experienced Ben Smith and Kieran Read. The latter, who has been lined up by Racing, makes commercial sense, like the Carter deal: All Blacks spend their careers having their playing loads closely monitored but in France they play even when not fully fit. It is Read’s presence and all that he stands for that Racing, settled into their new stadium, will look to exploit.There have been a number of examples of New Zealand players who have successfully made the transition, notably Nick Evans at Harlequins. It is not so much how quickly they adjust but that they do. Carlos Spencer, another All Black 10, dazzled intermittently for Northampton and Gloucester but was never going to bring the controlling influence Premiership coaches demand. Rugby union The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Support The Guardian When Daniel Carter joined Racing 92 after the 2015 World Cup he was treated like rugby royalty. He arrived in Paris to a fanfare, introduced on a prime time television show not as the world’s highest paid union player, as he had become with a contract in excess of £1m a year, but as one of the greatest of any generation.The expectation was that Carter would dazzle in the Top 14 as he had for the Crusaders and the All Blacks but the environments were markedly different. The signing was condemned by the Toulon owner, Mourad Boudjellal, as a triumph of commercialism over rugby: he should know, given the number of southern hemisphere pensions he has boosted since resurrecting the club, but the Carter effect went beyond boosting Racing’s turnover.They made two European Champions Cup finals in his three years there and won the Top 14 but Carter’s influence at a club that included five other former All Blacks was, if not muted, understated. Boudjellal’s point was not made out of mere jealousy: Carter had to adapt to Racing and French rugby, not the other way round. The same applies to coaches. Northampton raised eyebrows last year when they announced Chris Boyd was arriving from the Hurricanes, home of the Barrett brothers. A club that for a decade had been arguably the most structured side in the Premiership had turned into risk-takers.Boyd said immediately on arriving in England that he would not look to turn the Saints into the Hurricanes, not least because the ingredients were different; evolution not revolution. New Zealand coaches who join clubs in the Premiership or Top 14 are confronted by something they have not experienced at home – relegation. Share on Pinterest Share via Email Read morecenter_img Twitter Pinterest New Zealand rugby union team 2019, World Cup fever No 3: rugby union hits Japan amid uncertainty Lima Sopoaga has taken time to adjust at Wasps. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images Facebook The Breakdown Since you’re here… This must not be the year when rugby union trashes its finest qualities Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter featureslast_img read more

Yaya Toure: I’d teach Pogba a few things

first_imgPaul Pogba ‘I want to teach Pogba some things’ – Toure jokes about Man Utd move Last updated 1 year ago 17:23 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Yaya Toure Paul Pogba Manchester City Manchester United 2017-18 Getty/Goal Paul Pogba Manchester United Yaya Touré Manchester City Premier League African All Stars The 35-year-old is on his way out of the Etihad Stadium and says he would love to head to Old Trafford to whip a certain midfielder into shape Yaya Toure has joked that he would like to join Manchester United so that he can help Paul Pogba fulfil his potential.The Ivorian midfielder has played his last game for Manchester City after an eight-year spell and is on the lookout for a new club this summer as the 35-year-old hopes to keep his playing career alive for at least another two years.Although Toure admits he would not ditch City for their main rivals, he does like the idea of going there to whip Pogba into shape after the criticism the Frenchman has faced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It’s difficult because of the way the media has treated [Pogba]. We don’t have the same characteristics because for me I was involved in all the ball, I ran everywhere,” he told   Manchester Evening News . “I liked that. I was prepared for that. I was working for that for a long time. When I was in the academy in Africa I had to run everywhere, get box to box in 50 seconds. It’s something I’ve been loving to do.“Pogba is the same size, power – but different in the way he wants to go. Technically and in the ability to score goals as well. It’s a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.”Pogba is a great player. He’s a fantastic player. He’s a little bit young at the moment.“Criticism is a part of life. If they criticise you it’s because they want you to be good or be better. I’ve been criticised and I love to be criticised. I like it. I don’t mind if people talk about me – it’s good. It means I have to achieve, I have to be better.”Even if you continue to be at the peak of your game, sometimes they are going to find something to tell you. It’s part of life. We have to deal with that.”After spells with Monaco, Barcelona and City, the midfielder is used to playing at a high level, and he hopes to find a positive environment for next term .”I don’t rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me. What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important,” he added.“I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve.“It’s going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job.“I’ve been playing football for such a long time, I’m no good in the office or something else. I am good in football.“To see myself at a different club is going to be difficult. I have been such a big part of City for such a long time now. I just want to say that definitely I will continue to play at a high level – Champions League or Europa League.“I want to play two more years. They have to be in the higher level and then I can do something else.”last_img read more

Province Universities Sign Memorandum of Understanding

first_imgA four-year memorandum of understanding between the province and Nova Scotia’s 10 universities will help maintain a quality, accessible and sustainable university sector. The new memorandum of understanding, which is retroactive to April 1, 2015 and runs until March 31, 2019, provides improved supports for students around things like sexual violence prevention and disability services. It also provides guidelines around executive compensation and a clear process for reviewing auxiliary and ancillary fees with students and also outlines what the fees are for. “Our universities are so important to our province, our students, and our economy,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This agreement will help keep our universities here, healthy, and provide our students with a quality education for years to come.” A key element of the memorandum requires that outcome agreements be established with each university. They will include measurable sector and institution-specific outcomes around quality and sustainability. This will encourage and enable transparency, accountability and alignment with provincial priorities. It also requires universities to have specific sexual violence policies, which must be renewed every three years through an inclusive process. Each university will also address sexual violence in its outcome agreement. A Sexual Violence Prevention Committee will be established to help address the issue on campus and make recommendations. The memorandum also outlines: Student groups provided extensive input on the improved supports for student success and ancillary and auxiliary fees sections of the memorandum. To view a full copy go to http://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs/. educational and quality measures, such as key performance indicators around program quality and student progress efforts to maintain and improve accessibility funding for universities, including a one per cent increase in the operating grant in each year of the memorandum transparency and accountability, requiring universities to provide financial reports and projections using a standardized template tuition policy, capping tuition increases at three per cent for Nova Scotia students after one-time market adjustments are made efforts to encourage collaboration to support Nova Scotia’s economic and social objectives.last_img read more

Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

first_imgColombo: A state of emergency was extended by Sri Lanka’s President Saturday, going back on pledges to relax the tough laws introduced after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people. Maithripala Sirisena said in a decree he believed there was a “public emergency” in the country, and was invoking provisions of the public security act extending the state of emergency. The tough laws, granting sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects, were due to expire on Saturday. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Just over 100 people, including 10 women, are in custody in connection with April’s Easter Sunday suicide attacks against three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo. In late May, Sirisena told diplomats — from Australia, Canada, Japan, the US and European states — the security situation was “99 per cent back to normal” and he would allow the emergency laws to lapse by June 22. He assured diplomats security forces had either detained or killed all those directly involved in the attacks, blamed on a local jihadi group and claimed by the Islamic State group. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador There was no immediate word from the government why Sirisena changed his mind, but security remains tight in the capital. The emergency can be declared for a month at a time, and parliament must ratify it within 10 days. The continuation of the emergency came as police announced criminal investigations against several top officers, including the Inspector-General, for negligence and lapses ahead of the bombings. Sirisena himself has been criticised for failing to act on precise Indian intelligence that jihadists were about to hit Christian churches and other targets in Sri Lanka. A parliamentary public inquiry has been told Sirisena — who is also the minister of defence and law and order — failed to follow proper national security protocols. The mainly Buddhist nation of 21 million people was about to mark a decade since ending a 37-year-long Tamil separatist war when the Islamic extremists struck.last_img read more

Habitat for threatened plant species sweet pepperbush protected in Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says the protection of lands that are home to a nationally imperilled plant species marks a significant step towards the recovery of the sweet pepperbush.The trust says the newly protected property in Digby County is one of only two conservation habitats for the plant in Canada.The 44 acres of land — donated by Mary Guptill and Delbe Comeau — encompasses almost an entire island on Belliveau Lake, near Weymouth, N.S.The trust says the scenic shoreline provides a habitat for threatened sweet pepperbush, and protection of the lands could be critical for the species’ survival.Within Canada, the plant is found only on six Nova Scotian lakes, including the protected Louis Lake — part of the Tusket River Wilderness Area.The sweet pepperbush is a leafy shrub with small, fragrant white flowers.Bonnie Sutherland, executive director of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, said other remaining habitats for the plant are threatened by cottage development.“Where many of our most unique and important natural areas are privately owned, the success or failure of biodiversity conservation in Nova Scotia depends largely on protecting nature on private land,” Sutherland said in a news release.“This achievement is big news for recovery and conservation of a species at risk of extinction.”Guptill, a forester by profession, became interested in the island 30 years ago when she learned that it was home to the sweet pepperbush.The trust said Guptill devoted herself to protecting the entire island, a significant task given its highly fragmented landownership.Guptill reached out to every landowner on the island, sharing her vision of amalgamating all the parcels to protect the rare plants and unique forests.Eventually, she successfully acquired 90 per cent of the island, and turned to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to ensure it would remain protected.“I feel tremendous relief knowing this special place is now in safe hands,” said Guptill, who spent many days and nights exploring and camping on the island.The Nova Scotia Nature Trust protects more than 11,000 acres of land in Nova Scotia, encompassing 94 protected areas across the province.last_img read more

Canadian Press NewsAlert Police say manhunt suspects died by apparent suicides

first_imgVANCOUVER — The RCMP say two British Columbia men who led police on a cross-Canada manhunt died by what appears to be suicide by gunfire.Police say Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod appeared to be dead for a number of days before their bodies were found in northern Manitoba but the exact time of their deaths isn’t know.McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged with the murder of Leonard Dyck, a University of British Columbia botany lecturer, and were also suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Dease and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler. More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img

Ontario has work to do to meet longterm climate change goals report

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s first year of carbon pricing went well but more work is needed if the province wants to meet its long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province’s environmental commissioner said Tuesday.In her annual report, the commissioner said the government needs a better plan for spending the funds brought in by the cap-and-trade system, which amounted to close to $2 billion last year.The money is meant to be earmarked for green projects and almost all of the $1.37 billion spent as of last November met the established criteria, Dianne Saxe wrote.What’s more, some government ministries need to make more of an effort to consider climate change in their decision-making and spending, Saxe said. The Ministry of Energy was named as a top offender, in part because Saxe deemed that its newly announced long-term energy plan is “incompatible” with the province’s climate change law.But despite some hurdles in the system, she said switching to a carbon tax, as the Progressive Conservatives have vowed to do if they win the spring election, isn’t likely to deliver results faster.“The research that we’ve seen suggests that changing policies delays progress,” she said.“There isn’t any jurisdiction in the world that’s changed from cap and trade to a carbon tax. Most jurisdictions choose cap and trade because although it’s more expensive to implement for the economy as a whole you produce the same level of emissions for a lower cost.”The cap-and-trade system, which was launched last year, aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit.If they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap declines about four per cent each year to 2020 and then roughly 2.9 per cent each year afterwards to 2030. The province’s goal is for greenhouse gas emissions to drop to 15 per cent below what they were in 1990 by 2020 and to 37 per cent below the 1990 level by 2030.“I would expect that, from a compliance point of view, Ontario will be able to meet the 2020 target because it includes the availability to use offsets and buy allowances from outside Ontario,” Saxe said.“It’s much more challenging moving forward from 2020 to 2030,” she said. “We now know what the maximum number of allowances will be each year but we don’t know how the province intends to get there. So that’s one of the reasons why I’ve recommended a specific carbon budget for each ministry and each sector.”Ontario’s Environment Minister Chris Ballard said the government is proud of its record on climate change but recognizes there is a lot of work ahead. He said he would discuss Saxe’s concerns with her and take the report and its recommendations into account.All departments are aware of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but face other pressures that can sometimes get in the way, he said.“It’s a matter of how fast we can get there as a province, how fast we can get there as ministries, but I also have to take into account not only my schedule but their schedules as well,” he said. “But they know this is something that needs to get done.”Ballard said he is confident the province can meet its 2030 goals, particularly as green technologies such as electric vehicles become more mainstream.“We just have to keep staying the course,” he said.Critics said the report shows not enough is being done to combat climate change.“Clearly the Liberals are talking about this a lot but in very key areas they’re not taking the action that has to happen,” said New Democrat Peter Tabuns, the party’s environment critic.last_img read more

Health care debate hobbles stock in drugmakers insurers

While much of the stock market sprints ahead powered by economic gains and investor confidence, the health care sector is limping behind.Drugmakers and health insurers have been on the defensive most of the year as politicians criticize the high cost of prescription drugs and medical care. The issue is acting like an anchor for their share prices, especially heading into an election cycle where health care costs will be a key topic.“The market right now is trying to be a little bit safe rather than sorry,” said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Group.The sector is down 2.7% for the year while the broader S&P 500 index has gained 15%. Technology stocks are the clear leaders, with a 23% gain. Even the lagging materials sector is far outpacing health care at 8.4%.During testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in April, executives from the nation’s biggest pharmacy benefit managers were accused of “gouging” customers by charging more than the prices negotiated with drugmakers. In February, senators chastised drug company executives over drug prices.UnitedHealth Group CEO David Scott Wichmann has warned investors that proposals to rein in drug prices “would surely jeopardize the relationship people have with their doctors” and “destabilize the nation’s health system.”The beginning of the 2020 election cycle has added to calls for changes in the health insurance industry, including proposals for universal coverage that would undercut private insurers. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a “Medicare for All” plan.Although analysts don’t expect any drastic changes soon, the image of Congress grilling health care executives has raised uncertainty around the sector. And, the issue of the high cost of health care isn’t going away.Despite the weak stock performance so far this year, the health care sector had a solid first quarter. Earnings growth is projected to finish off at about 9%, while the broader S&P is expected to contract slightly.The S&P 500 earnings are expected to contract again in the second quarter, while health care is expected to post 2.7% growth, with health insurers topping the list of gainers.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Queen Elizabeth and new envoy discuss relations with Sri Lanka

Prior to her current appointment, she was the Chairperson and Managing Director of the Swadeshi Group of Companies, a reputed public listed company, engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of well recognized personal care and fabric care products in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Amari Mandika Wijewardene presented her Letter of Credentials to Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremonial event held at the Buckingham Palace.High Commissioner Wijewardene, who was escorted to the Buckingham Palace, accompanied by four other Sri Lankan diplomats, by traditional horse carriages of the Royal Mews, had a very cordial discussion with Her Majesty The Queen. High Commissioner Wijewardene extended the warmest felicitations of President Maithripala Sirisena to Queen Elizabeth II. They discussed the deep rooted bilateral relationship and the importance of strengthening the friendship between the two countries. High Commissioner Amari Wijewardene counts 36 years of management and administrative experience in industry, manufacturing, marketing and exports in her career as a leading business personality in Sri Lanka Following the presentation of credentials, a vin d’honneur was held at the High Commission of Sri Lanka for parliamentarians of the House of Lords, House of Commons, representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in London. read more

Aston Martin Lagonda to invest £200m in new product development

Aston Martin Lagonda has announced £200 million of new investment for product expansion and the development of new models.The funding will allow the manufacturer to expand its current range of luxury cars, enabling the production of the all-new DBX crossover based on the concept shown at this year’s Geneva and Shanghai motor shows. This announcement is in addition to the company’s previously announced investment plan, and follows a 45% increase in product development spending in 2014.Aston Martin Lagonda chief executive, Dr Andy Palmer, said, “This additional long-term funding will enable us to add extra model lines and broaden our presence in the luxury market segment by the end of the decade. The additional investment announced today will allow us to realise the DBX and other new luxury vehicles that will form the strongest and most diverse portfolio in our history.”2015 has already been a record year of investment for automotive manufacturing, with an unprecedented £1 billion invested in just one week earlier this year. Keep track of the industry’s investment highlights here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Why We Still Dont Know How Many NFL Players Have CTE

Over the past few years, the NFL has been haunted by the early deaths of some former players whose brains showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss, mood disorders, dementia and other brain-related problems. But how prevalent is CTE, and how likely are players to develop it? Those remain unanswered questions, despite ongoing attempts to answer them.A paper published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that among 111 brains from NFL players donated to a brain bank created to study the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma, 110 had CTE. Sounds bad. But as alarming as those numbers seem, they really can’t tell us much about the actual risk of CTE among football players, nor can they reveal how common the condition is among people who’ve played the game. If you wanted to know the true prevalence of CTE among NFL players, you’d have to check the entire population of NFL players for CTE. That’s impossible because right now, CTE can be definitively diagnosed only by looking at the brain post-mortem. And the the brains that were examined for the JAMA study didn’t end up in the brain bank by chance — they were donated, for the most part, because the deceased’s next of kin suspected he might have had CTE.So the statistical quandary remained: how to get a sense of the prevalence of CTE in the NFL? An analysis published last month in the journal Neurology tried to get around the problem of sample bias with what amounts to a thought experiment. Epidemiologists Zachary Binney1Binney co-wrote a story about the NFL draft for FiveThirtyEight in 2016. and Kathleen Bachynski took what we know — that 99 percent of the NFL brains in the brain bank had CTE — and then tried to figure out what that could mean about the prevalence of CTE among the entire group of 1,142 former NFL players who died during the eight-year time frame during which the brain bank collected its samples (February 2008 to May 2016).2The researchers used data from Pro-Football-Reference.com to determine the total number of deaths.The estimates vary depending on how completist you think the brain bank’s collection was. If you assumed that half of the brains from NFL players with CTE who died during the study period ended up in the brain bank, that would mean the prevalence of CTE in the broader group of deceased players was 19.3 percent, according to Binney and Bachynski’s calculations.3Here’s the math: If 110 cases is half of the total cases among people who died, the full number of cases is 220, and 220 is 19.3 percent of 1,142, the total number of people who died. On the other hand, if 90 percent of the brains with CTE were sent to the bank, the prevalence of CTE would be 10.7 percent. “I’m reasonably confident that it’s somewhere north of 10 percent, and I would not at all be surprised — and indeed it’s my best guess right now — that the prevalence is probably more in the 20 to 30 percent range,” Binney said.But even if that’s correct and as many as 1 in 3 NFL players who were in the league at the same time as the players whose brains ended up in the JAMA study had CTE, that doesn’t mean that those numbers also apply to the current pool of players, said Bhramar Mukherjee, a biostatistician and epidemiologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. “The probability of developing CTE could be changing over time, because the protective gear and the style of play is changing over time.”And Binney and Bachynski’s numbers are still just “back of the napkin” estimates that should be taken with a grain of salt, said statistician Donna Stroup, a consultant on study design and statistical methods in Atlanta. The Neurology paper is a “contribution that’s helpful,” but it doesn’t tell us a lot about the true prevalence of CTE, she said. It’s just a guess.And it’s a guess based on ways of diagnosing CTE that are still evolving as researchers work to understand the condition. The study of CTE is relatively new, and researchers are continuing to work out some of the condition’s most basic details. So far, there’s no telltale symptom of CTE in a living person, and the diagnosis of CTE in brain samples is still subject to some debate. In a written response to the JAMA study, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine researcher Scott Zuckerman and some colleagues criticized the criteria used to diagnose CTE as potentially too lax. The study of the correlation between abnormal-looking features seen in brain samples and specific neurological symptoms is “in its infancy,” the researchers wrote. And if the original JAMA study overestimated the number of CTE cases, the prevalence ranges that the Neurology analysis calculated are overestimates too.“The uncertainty is still very large,” said Jesse Mez, a professor of neurology at Boston University and lead author of the JAMA study. His group recently secured funding for a study that will look for CTE in brains collected from the general population. But Mez said that to really understand the prevalence of CTE among NFL players, what’s needed are longitudinal studies that follow players throughout their careers.In the meantime, Mez and a working group of other researchers are holding a consensus meeting this spring to continue discussing criteria for the condition’s diagnosis. The long-term goal is to find biomarkers and other diagnostic tools that can be used to recognize CTE in living people. “We definitely have a sense that it’s the repetitiveness — the hits over and over and over again — that matters,” Mez said. But researchers are still a long way from being able to pinpoint exactly how CTE develops and how many players might be affected. read more

Pitram guidance solution deployed using Carlson at Erdenet

first_imgMICROMINE has implemented its Fleet Management and Mine Control Solution Pitram, at one of Mongolia’s largest mines, Erdenet Mining Corporation (EMC). The implementation of Pitram on EMC’s hauling fleet included integration to BELAZ payload and fuel management systems, along with Carlson Software Machine Guidance (HPGPS) across their drills and loading equipment. MICROMINE’s Chief Operations Officer, Michael Layng says “This is the first deployment of the Pitram Machine Guidance Solution utilising Carlson technology in the world.”Layng added “Pitram will improve operations by providing advanced fleet management capabilities including optimisation of truck assignments, tight control of fuel usage and vehicle speed restrictions and high precision machine guidance.”The integration between Pitram and Carlson technology “provides a seamless experience for the operator with both machine guidance and fleet management functionalities visible on the same screen at the same time. Equipment operators are able to perform activities such as drilling, excavation and loading more precisely, ensuring the mine’s objectives are achieved more efficiently.”EMC has been using MICROMINE software since 2011. The addition of Pitram to the existing Micromine and Geobank technologies on site provides true integration from exploration and mine design through to production, allowing for increased operational management in real-time and tightly controlled delivery of ore to the mill.Pitram is an essential and proven system for the management, control and process improvement of mining operations. Used to record data related to equipment, personnel, locations and materials data, providing an overall view of mine status, thereby increasing control and efficiency. Pitram’s analytical tools help mine controllers and engineers identify operational constraints, improve the utilisation of resources and increase production.last_img read more

Mercy Committee ends near two year dormancy new procedures coming to streamline

first_img Foreign relations to be enhanced between TCI, Haiti, Dominican Republic Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidencial 07 Jul 2015 – Finally, the Mercy Committee has had a subsequent meeting after being legally in existence in the TCI since September 2013 and meeting initially then. The Governor’s Office not only shared names of the members of the group but that there are 15 cases up for review by the Committee which has the power to grant pardons for convicted offenders, exoneration from punishment for crime; to substitute a lesser penalty for crime and to delay or reverse penalty for any crime. There are people who are seemingly prime for pardons from the Mercy Committee, but are held up by the infrequent meetings and continue to have criminal records which prevent them from getting a job for example. But the Committee in that meeting July 2nd, found that the applicants are not clear, there is pertinent information missing and so it is decided the TCI will create a standard application which will be modeled after some already in existence. The Governor also said some appeals need to be passed on to the Commissioner of Police who has the power to wipe eligible candidates’ police records clean. Constant questions in the House of Assembly on when the Mercy Committee would convene likely moved things along for the group which is led by the Governor, Attorney General and includes Fr. Bernard Been, Oral Selver, Emily Saunders and Mervyn Cox. The new applications will be available soon and according to HE, Peter Beckingham, the Mercy Committee will again meet in the third quarter of the year and it is hoped the Committee will be able to make decisions on the applications in time for the holidays. Related Items:Attorney General and includes Fr. Bernard Been, Emily Saunders, governor, meeting, mercy committee, Mervyn Cox, Oral Selver, pardons, peter beckingham Clement Howell High meeting at 5pm today Premier to showcase TCI’s financial rebound at London meetings Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Prepaying property taxes

first_img Updated: 4:50 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diegans are rushing to beat a looming change resulting from the recently enacted federal tax reform bill that limits the deductibility of property and other assessments, county Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said Thursday.The property owners are impacted by a provision in the bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump last week, that caps state and local tax deductions at $10,000 for those who itemize their returns.The change unleashed a flood of homeowners wishing to prepay their property tax bill before Jan. 1, so that this year’s tax rules would apply, allowing a higher deduction.McAllister said compared to this time last year, 22,000 more bills had been paid, as of Wednesday night.Roughly 18,000 payments arrived in the six days after the tax law was signed, amounting to about $80 million, he told City News Service. He said that in a similar period last year, 3,000 payments were received, totaling $14 million.“The number of payers is up, the dollar amount is up,” McAllister said. “We take it as a good sign, as people are doing things that will help them down the road.”He said he estimates that the county could receive an additional $60 million over the next three days. Treasurer-Tax Collector offices are open on Friday, and electronic payments can be made over the weekend.On Wednesday, the IRS informed tax professionals that deductions will be accepted for prepayments that apply to 2018 as long as the local government assesses and bills the property this year.The county of San Diego mails its bills in early October and provides for two installments, one normally due Dec. 10 and the second on April 10. The early payments being made now are to make sure the second installment is deductible — if the taxpayer believes his or her state and local tax deductions will climb over the $10,000 threshold.Deductions won’t be accepted for paying anticipated property taxes that haven’t yet been assessed or billed, such as for the 2018-19 fiscal year, the IRS advised.Financial experts say taxpayers should consider whether prepayment would put them over the figure where the Alternative Minimum Tax would kick in, or if they already pay the AMT, which would negate any prepayment benefit. It’s also suggested that homeowners consult with their mortgage-holder if they pay their property taxes via an escrow account, so they don’t accidentally pay their property tax twice.McAllister recommended that San Diegans talk to their tax preparer, CPA or financial adviser before paying their bill early. He said that after consulting his adviser, he made a prepayment himself.He said the best way to pay is by using a free e-check online at sdttc.com KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 28, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, center_img December 28, 2017 Prepaying property taxes Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SE Residents Outraged About Va Avenue Tunnel Project

first_imgResidents of Southeast Washington living near the Virginia Avenue Tunnel being expanded by CSX Corporation Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., recently protested the project. They demanded the D.C. Council take action to protect their neighborhood.D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is chairman of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.The D.C. Council convened a rare summer recess hearing on Aug. 26 to hear residents, CSX officials, and leaders of the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) testify on the century-old railroad tunnel. CSX, which owns the rights to the tunnel, wants to expand the it to handle more freight and to break bottlenecks in rail traffic on the East Coast.Area residents are not happy about the process. “The people who work at CSX and DDOT are talking about this project being built and they say it is inevitable,” Debra Frazier, who testified on behalf of the Arthur Capper Community Group, an organization of residents who live in the Arthur Capper Senior Center, said. “Does inevitability mean that we will be harmed? Will our residents be able to breathe while construction takes place?”The tunnel is located beneath the side Virginia Avenue’s eastbound lanes. The tunnel’s west and east portals are located near 2nd Street. S.E. and 11th Street., S.E. It is approximately 4,000 feet long and contains a single railroad track.CSX wants to operate double-stack intermodal container freight trains to carry more cargo and to modernize it. An environmental impact study is completed and CSX is ready for DDOT to approve permits and begin work. Approval of the project by the Federal Highway Administration is expected in a few weeks.What upsets residents is the perceived lack of transparency by CSX and DDOT. “CSX is attempting to expand the tunnel and they are making no effort to appease the neighborhood,” resident Helen Douglas said. “We are seeing that making a profit is more important than the needs of the people. We have to look at the health concerns of the people and put life over profit.”D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) agrees with the residents and thinks the council needs to complete a railroad plan for the District in the near future. “The tunnel is old and needs to be repaired and replaced,” Grosso said. “Construction will be a headache for those who live in the area and we need to look at a comprehensive rail plan to guide the city on these matters. This federal government plays a big role in this.”D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) announced Aug. 9 that per her request, the Federal Highway Commission delayed its decision on the tunnel until Sept. 15 to allow oversight from the D.C. Council on DDOT’s role in the project. However, Cheh told residents the council may not have the authority to act the way they want. “The primary request that I am hearing is that the council votes to delay the issuance of permits, and I am trying to think of the legality of that,” Cheh said. “The council, as far as I can tell, cannot interfere in particular permits.”Chris French, the president of the Navy Yard Neighborhood Association, said the council should get involved with concerns about information regarding the project being kept from the general public, DDOT’s collusion with CSX to move the process forward that he argues is not legal, and the safety concerns not being addressed by CSX or DDOT. French said the council should take action before the tunnel project proceeds.“Members of the council, it’s not too late for the city to protect its own best interests and not abdicate its future to the profit motives of a private corporation,” French said. “I urge the council to pass legislation that places a moratorium on the issue of any railroad projects proposed by any entity until the council-funded rail study is complete.”CSX officials testified that they have been transparent with residents and the company is aware of their safety concerns. An official with DDOT said CSX is working well with the city to get the project moving along.Nevertheless, Frazier said the council needs to take action to protect the residents. “We need more hearings to be held on this and to stop the granting of permits,” she said. “We need to get the best possible deal for the community if this is inevitable. Our residents want a safe place to live.”last_img read more