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Indian-American Doctor in New York Pleads Guilty to Theft From Insurance Companies

first_imgAn Indian-American doctor practicing in Amherst, N.Y., pleaded guilty to stealing from insurance companies, according to a May 25, announcement by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York James P. Kennedy, Jr.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

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Letters August 2006

first_imgI really enjoyed the article “Out of Context” by Gaiutra Bahadur. As a Guyanese born American, I can relate well to Bahadur’s experience. I would love to see more articles about people of West Indian descent as they are often under-represented in the Indian community. People often forget that we too are Indian; we were just born somewhere else. I commend Little India for recognizing this and look forward to more quality articles.Tejwatie Sohan, Via eMail I was truly upset by Achal Mehra’s editorial “Worst President in History?” But is George W Bush really the worst president?While it is clear that you are a Democrat, but to insult our President is clearly wrong. I wonder what your thoughts were when President Clinton was in office? Did you feel the same anger when we messed up Somalia? Did you feel proud when our president was caught “red handed” with an intern? Did you hold your hand up high when his associates were literally found hanging in the White House? What about the DWI episodes of his close advisors on the streets of Washington DC?I wonder which president has not had “bad” associates. Which president did not favor his friends? Just look at the endless list of pardons that Pres. Clinton gave out in his last few days in office as did ex-presidents Bush, Reagan and many others.To say that our current president is incompetent and committing unconstitutional acts is ludicrous. No president in American history has had to deal with what Bush has. To fight a war against an enemy that has no name or face is the most difficult task. Bush did not ask for 9/11; it came to us. We are in the most difficult time of our lives.At this time instead of insults we should be showing support. And yes we do have a chance to change things in the mid-term elections and obviously in 2008. I look forward to that myself. But for now, I support the president we have, just like I supported Pres. Clinton when the Republicans waged a relentless personal war against him in his last years.Aash Shravah, New YorkCongratulations for your bold editorial “Worst President in History” from an 83-year-old Indian journalist visiting his daughter in New Jersey. I wish it would be reprinted in some Indian newspapers.Mahendra Meghani, Via eMailI thoroughly enjoyed your June 2006 issue, especially sections on Star Gazing, Inmerica, the article “Let’s Dance,” Gen2Gen and Chandani Chowk. When it comes to getting information about India, it’s always Little India magazine.Abraham, New York, NYMany years ago, when I first became involved in the travel industry, a very successful Indian businessman (also in the travel industry) advised me to avoid doing business with Indians if I wanted to stay in business. I never understood why Indians are the way they are until I saw the piece, “Hindu pre-approved for a loan,” in your May 2006 issue. I then got a better understanding of the Indian psyche.I recall how when any Indian walked into the agency (we had as many as 40 people working there) just about everyone would turn “busy” or “run away.” No one wanted to handle an Indian client. Indians had a reputation for being not just frugal, but cheap. In spite of their wealth, education and disposable income (there are exceptions), the vast majority of them continue to practice frugality to an extreme level.Until Indians as a group adopt and adapt, they’ll continue to have this negative perception when money, finance and business are involved. Sometimes I wonder if people see me that way too, since I’m 3rd-generation (now up to sixth) Indian.Dominic Anthony, Raleigh, NC  Related Itemslast_img read more

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino Vows to Take Tough Measures against Racism

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Dhaka: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has reaffirmed his organisation’s commitment to eliminate racism, saying it has no place in football.”We need to send strong messages, that if there are racists that abuse the soccer players we have to stop the game… We cannot let the racists win,” Efe news quoted Infantino as saying in a press conference held here on Thursday. “There is no place for racism in society and there is no place for racism in soccer,” the 49-year-old Swiss head of the world soccer governing entity said.Infantino, who came to the Bangladeshi capital on a short goodwill trip, was reacting to the recent incidents in European soccer play such as in Sofia during the qualifying match for the European Championship 2020 between Bulgaria and England.The Bulgarian police arrested four soccer fans over racist actions during England’s 6-0 win against Bulgaria in Sofia, the country’s interior ministry reported Wednesday.Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was among others to condemn the prejudiced and racially charged chants from some fans during his country’s loss to England.”We have to speak about it (racism), we have to educate, we have to educate our youths, our children and those who are a bit older as well,” Infantino said.The FIFA President ruled out any concerns the governing organization had of stadiums going empty in the next World Cup in 2022 in Qatar following a recent lack of interest in sporting activities during the Athletics World Championship played in the Persian Gulf country.”The tournament (World Cup) will actually be played in November-December, (November 21 till December 18) which is different compared to the Athletics World Championship, which was organised in September,” he pointed out.Infantino stated that the temperatures in November-December in Qatar were “ideal” for soccer, adding that players would be also at the top of their form in that time period.”It is not like in June and July when they come exhausted from a very long season.”I am sure in Qatar we will witness, from a technical point of view, the very best World Cup ever,” he added. FIFAfootballgianni infantinopresident First Published: October 18, 2019, 10:53 AM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgGovt pitches for some understanding on pending Land Bill New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) With the controversial Land Acquisition Bill pending for long, government today made a strong pitch in the Lok Sabha for “some sort of understanding” on it, saying passage of the legislation is necessary to make land available for the programme of Housing-for-All by 2020. “Land is a major issue…want some solution whereupon people of different parties try to find some sort of understanding on Land Bill at the earliest,” Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said while moving the Real Estate Bill for consideration and passage in the lower house. The Land Acquisition Bill has been stuck due to sharp differences among political parties after the Modi government introduced some amendments to the Act of 2013. The opposition, which is blocking the bill, contends that the new provisions are anti-farmer and pro-corporate. After amending the 2013 Act four times through ordinances, government had to finally give up the ordinance route in August last. The bill is now pending before a Joint Committee which has been seeking extensions. At the outset, Naidu noted that land is acquired for affordable housing and no one could create hundreds of houses without that. The Minister said the Real Estate Bill aims to protect the interests of buyers and bring more transparency in the housing sector. It is the need of the hour as lots of consumers have been taken for a ride by various unscrupulous people, he said but added that he was not berating the entire industry. He also assured the construction industry that the measure would help attract greater flow of investment, including from foreign investors and will ultimately help in reduction in cost of borrowing. The bill would also help in enhancing credibility and acceptability of developers. He also assured the industry that ongoing projects would not come to a standstill because of the legislation which has been approved by the Rajya Sabha with the support of almost all parties, except AIADMK. (MORE) PTI SPG NAB AKK AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Searching for a new job? Check out number of candidates who look for job change

first_imgWith the changing trends in the job culture across the world, many leading sectors like software engineering are surprisingly facing some of the biggest unemployment hits.As per a recent study of job seekers concluded by ManpowerGroup, a world leader in innovative workforce solutions, connecting human potential to the power of business, more than one-third of employees across the globe are always looking for their next job opportunity.(Check: Only 7 per cent engineering graduates employable: What’s wrong with India’s engineers?) Details of the report:One in three candidates across the world is a Continuous Candidate (those always searching for their next job opportunity)Among them, Mexico and the US are leading the race at 50 per cent and 41 per cent, respectivelyIn that number, around 60 per cent of ‘Continuous Candidates’ are from the age group 18 to 34Moreover, job losses taking place around the world gives a clear message to the aspirants that job security is not necessarily guaranteed at all timesAlso, Millennials or Gen Y with more experience in the workforce are seen consistently looking for jobsCauses behind changing work culture and job habits: Further the report said, “The popularity and visibility of the gig economy with companies like Uber, Lyft and Task-Rabbit are redefining how people work.”The main reason noticed behind this job seeking is the fact that alternative forms of employment emerge faster there than anywhere elseThe report further noted that “lack of access to quality jobs” consistently ranked first or second as the greatest personal career challenge among candidates globally”They may be unwittingly contributing to the Continuous Candidate phenomenon by not meeting candidates’ expectations for advancement or promotion,” report added.(Read: Cisco systems to slash 14000 jobs, says CRN) advertisementRecently, Cisco systems which represent nearly 20 per cent of the global workforce will soon be discharging 14,000 employees, according to a report of news portal CRN.The company is likely to announce its decision within the next few weeks, as the company shifts from its hardware roots into a software based organisation, said the report.Read: 93 per cent MBA graduates are unemployable: Problems with management education in India Read: Problems plaguing medical education: Why India suffers a severe lack of quality doctorsRead: Value based education is the priority of the state government, says AP HRD minister Click here for 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

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On this day: Sachin Tendulkar’s long wait for an ODI century ends

first_imgThe year was 1994 and boy-wonder Sachin Tendulkar was already five years into his international cricket career. Cricket pundits and former greats were already in awe of the ‘Little Master’ from India, who made batting look ridiculously easy and that too at such an young age.Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in November 1989 and played his first ODI a month later against the same opposition at Gujranwala and was facing the likes of the fast and furious Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. By the time he was 21, Tendulkar already had hit seven Test hundreds but it took him 78 matches score his first one-day hundred.The wait finally ended on the September 9, 1994, when a 21-year-old Tendulkar scored 110 off 130 balls against Australia at the iconic Premadasa stadium in the third match of the Singer World Series, also featuring Sri Lanka and Pakistan.Tendulkar’s innings was a mix of aggression and control as he smashed his first fifty in just 43 balls and then played a sensible knock from there on but was finally dismissed by a Craig McDermott yorker as India posted 246/8 in 50 overs after electing to bat first. Tendulkar had also got good support from his partners at the other end. He first stitched an 87-run stand for the first wicket with Manoj Prabhakar (20) and then put on 42 and 44 runs with Navjot Singh Sidhu (24) and Mohammad Azharuddin (31) respectively. When he finally got to the triple figures, with a square-cut off Shane Warne, he had his childhood friend and then teammate Vinod Kambli with him for company.advertisementTendulkar got to his maiden ODI ton with a square-cut off Shane Warne.Australia, in their reply, were bundled out for 215 with Prabhakar picking up 3 wickets while Rajesh Chauhan got a couple as India won the match by 31 runs. Steve Waugh (61) and David Boon (40) had stitched a 67-run partnership for the third wicket which threatened to take the game away from India for a brief period but once they were dismissed the rest of the Aussie batsmen collapsed in a heap.Tendulkar took five years and 75 innings to hit his first ODI ton but from there on he was unstoppable. From his debut in November 1989 till 5th September 1994, Tendulkar had made 2126 runs at a respectable average of 32.71 with 17 half-centuries to his credit. But after that knock he made 48 more hundreds in 385 ODIs and scored 16,300 runs at a staggering average of 47.11 with 79 half-centuries.The Master Blaster also breached the 100 international centuries mark with 51 tons in Test cricket and thus, etched his name in the history books as one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game.Watch Sachin Tendulkar make his maiden ODI century: 22 years ago!via @editorsuresh pic.twitter.com/StptURlYsf Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 9, 2016last_img read more

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iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 10.5 announced, coming to India in June

first_imgApple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has been largely software-centric, until now, that is. Breaking from tradition, the 28th edition of the WWDC saw Apple launch slurry of hardware products across quarters, but the iPhone (8). At the keynote, Apple announced an all-new 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro – among other things — with supposedly better Retina displays, faster processors and all-day battery life. More importantly, the new iPad Pros introduced by Apple this year sport a nearly all-screen and a nearly no-bezel design, hinting at things to come in the days to come. The next iPhone – the special edition iPhone 8 – is expected to be based on a similar concept.”These are by far the most powerful iPads we’ve ever created with the world’s most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing said. “Together with iOS 11 these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad,” he added.The new iPad Pros won’t of course boot with iOS 11 out-of-the-box if you buy them right now because the update is expected to land on devices sometime later this fall which means around September. The new iPad Pros, will meanwhile, be available for buying in India later this month. While the 10.5-inch iPad Pro starts at $649 for the base 64GB Wi-Fi-only model and goes all the way to $1079 for the top-end 512GB Wi-Fi plus Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for the base 64GB Wi-Fi-only model and goes all the way to $1229 for the top-end 512GB Wi-Fi plus Cellular model. Pricing is expected to be different – read more expensive – when the devices will be available in India.advertisementThe new Retina displays on-board the new iPad Pros have a 120Hz refresh rate, “so movies and videos look spectacular, while games play smoothly without distracting artifacts,” according to Apple. The devices are powered by Apple’s A10X Fusion chip and are said to be 30 per cent faster than the outgoing models. These come with a four speaker set-up and boast of up to 10-hours of battery life.Interestingly, the new iPad Pros have the same cameras as the company’s current-generation iPhone 7, which means a 12-megapxiel camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and 4 LEDs, and a 7-megapixel camera on the front.iOS 11 is what would really set the tone for the new iPad Pros though. The update will introduce a bevy of features like Files and Dock. Yes, iOS 11 will bring a file manager to the iPad, but not the iPhone. The file manager app, called simply the Files, will be able to better organise how things are inside your iPad. “Not just the ones on your iPad, but also those in apps, on your other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive and across other services like Box and Dropbox,” according to Apple. The new Dock — available from any screen — will meanwhile allow users to open and switch apps instantly. It will be customisable as well. iOS 11 will also introduce a split view drag and drop functionality to allow users to drag and drop files between two open apps in split view on the iPad.iOS 11 in the iPad Pro will support Instant Markup via the Apple Pencil. “Now you can mark up a PDF or screenshot faster and more easily. Step one, pick up your Apple Pencil. Step two, touch it to the screen. Step three, start writing,” according to Apple. Also, it will bring in the ability to take notes directly from the lock screen by simply tapping on it with the Apple Pencil.”The new Document Scanner in Notes automatically senses and scans a document, crops the edges and removes any tilt or glare,” according to Apple.Also Read: iOS 11 at WWDC 2017: 11 features that make it Apple’s biggest iOS update to datelast_img read more

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Raptors Rake Knicks in OT, 95-90

first_imgNEW YORK — Too many fouls. Way too many turnovers — nine alone from their star point guard.So what if Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors weren’t perfect? Come overtime, they went from flawed to nearly flawless.“We had so many mistakes on both sides, even defensively,” coach Dwane Casey said. “But it was one of those games, if you’re serious about winning, you find a way to get it done and our guys did it.”Lowry had 21 points and 11 assists, controlling the overtime period and leading the Raptors to a 95-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Dec. 14.Lowry had nine turnovers and missed a jumper that would’ve won it to end regulation, but then had two baskets and an assist in overtime, accounting for more points than the Knicks managed as a team.Terrence Ross added a season-high 22 points for the Raptors, who maintained the best record in the Eastern Conference at 18-6. “It took overtime but I thought everyone stepped it up tonight,” Lowry said.Carmelo Anthony had 34 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who played without injured guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.Anthony missed all three shots in overtime, when the Knicks went 1-of-8. “They applied a little bit more pressure than they had throughout the course of the game and kind of got us playing a little bit faster than we wanted to play,” Anthony said.Tim Hardaway Jr. got the start and scored 18 points, but missed eight of his final 10 shots and finished 4-of-15. The Knicks, who ended a 10-game losing streak with a victory at Boston on Friday, fell to 5-21.Ross gave the Raptors an 86-84 lead on a short jumper with 2:39 remaining in regulation and the teams then went scoreless across the next 2 minutes before the Knicks finally tied it on Anthony’s drive with 28 seconds to go.Lowry missed a short jumper before the buzzer but Toronto then held the Knicks without a basket in overtime until Hardaway’s meaningless layup with 5.2 seconds left.Patrick Patterson’s 3-pointer opened the scoring in OT and put Toronto ahead for good. Lowry later made a pair of jumpers before feeding Amir Johnson for a basket that made it 95-88 with 1:05 left.Shumpert is expected to miss at least three weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. Smith is day to day with a small partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot.Coach Derek Fisher said Smith would start, but the former Sixth Man of the Year was ruled out after warming up.___(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Colombia scores 2 first-half goals, beats US in Copa opener

first_imgSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The United States would have preferred a far better first impression in the Copa America opener.Now, the Americans find themselves under the pressure of needing to win.Cristian Zapata scored his first international goal, James Rodriguez added a 42nd-minute penalty kick and Colombia beat the United States 2-0 Friday night.“It’s obviously disappointing and frustrating because I think they were there for the taking,” defender Geoff Cameron said. “You want to get into the tournament with some momentum. … We have two more opportunities to win out. You can’t dwell on it.”U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke about the importance of a strong showing in this special edition 100th anniversary Copa to create buzz for a potential 2026 World Cup bid. Instead, the 31st-ranked Americans began the biggest tournament at home since the 1994 World Cup with a dud as new FIFA President Gianni Infantino watched among the announced sellout crowd of 67,439.“We always were maybe a step or two too late,” midfielder Jermaine Jones said.Colombia’s Farid Diaz, right, and Gyasi Zardes of the United States, center, fight for control of the ball during the Copa America Centenario opening match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Cameron lost his mark on the first goal, and following a turnover by U.S. captain Michael Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin left a raised arm that led to a hand ball call and Rodriguez’s penalty kick. Colombia attacked at every chance, with Carlos Bacca putting a shot of the crossbar in the 77th minute.“That penalty decision was a major point in this game. But it is what it is, you cannot change it anymore,” said Klinsmann, who considered “we were absolutely even” aside from two hard-luck goals.The Americans will look to rebound on Tuesday against Costa Rica at Chicago. They close their group stage four days later against Paraguay at Philadelphia.“Now the response has to be strong and the mentality has to be right,” Bradley said.Clint Dempsey, a 33-year-old veteran of three World Cups, had the three best U.S. chances in the Americans’ first Copa appearance in nine years.“Clint was a warrior out there giving everything he had,” Klinsmann said. “He was really fighting that fight very positively ’til the very last second, so we wish that one goes in then you build on that one.”Klinsmann started eight players who appeared in the 2014 World Cup, joined by forwards Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood plus World Cup backup goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Trying to spark the attack, he put in 17-year-old Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe in the 66th minute.Thousands of yellow-clad fans at $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium chanted “Co-lom-bia! Co-lom-bia!”“It was absolutely beautiful to see all the yellow jerseys and all the red jerseys,” Klinsmann said.Rodriguez came down hard on his left shoulder in the second half after tripping over Bradley, and Rodriguez exited in the 73rd minute.Colombia’s Carlos Bacca, center, Alejandro Bedoya, right, and Gyasi Zardes, second from right, both of the United States, go for a header during a Copa America Centenario Group A soccer match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, June 3, 2016.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)“I don’t want to think the worst about James, but we will have to wait until the medical staff says otherwise,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. “I won’t say this was a perfect example of their ability, but the U.S. team has evolved from what we saw in Brazil.”No. 3 Colombia, a World Cup quarterfinalist two years ago, went ahead in the eighth minute on an unseasonably warm night when Zapata volleyed from about 10 yards off a corner kick from Edwin Cordona. With Bradley marking Daniel Torres, Zapata circled around the pair to get away from Cameron, and the defender scored his first goal in 42 international appearances.Moments earlier, Cameron said Mexican referee Roberto Garcia instructed him to put his hands down from hugging Zapata.“As soon as he told me, the play happened. I’m a little frustrated in that,” Cameron said. “I’ll take responsibility. I know I could have done better.”Garcia awarded the penalty when Yedlin, just inside the penalty area, jumped and turned to try to avoid a cross by Farid Diaz but left his right arm elevated as the ball hit.American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, whose father was born in Colombia, argued with Garcia to no avail, and Rodriguez fired a left-footed penalty kick past Guzan, who had dived the other way, for his 15th goal in 43 appearances. Guzan was picked by Klinsmann to start in the tournament over Howard, the Americans’ goalkeeper at the last two World Cups.Dempsey had a shot from the top of the area that went just wide in the 37th minute, and his header in the 60th minute off Bradley’s corner kick was cleared off the line by Sebastian Perez. Dempsey curled a free kick around a defensive wall in the 60th minute that was parried by goalkeeper David Ospina.The U.S. will switch gears in a hurry.“It’s a big game against Costa Rica coming up and we’ll keep our heads held high. We know what we have to do. We have to win,” Cameron said. “We did show some good things. We’re playing better soccer than we have in a long time. … It will come.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchange

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was given a warning by on-field umpires over the use of abusive language during Day 3 of the ongoing third Test against England at Gros Islet.During the afternoon session of play on Monday, Shannon Gabriel was spotted having a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating online, Root can be heard on the stump mic calling out the West Indies pacer for use of abusive language.”There is nothing wrong with being gay,” Root can be heard telling Gabriel after the pacer has had a go at the two England batsmen. While Root’s voice can be heard on the stump mic, it’s unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen.However, Root, during the post-match press conference, revealed that Gabriel might have said something that the pacer would regret. Nonetheless, Root hasn’t reported about the incident to officials and suggested such exchanges should stay on the field.”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.pic.twitter.com/kTaA27b1gyAlan Conduct (@misterc88) February 11, 2019He added: “It’s Test cricket and he [Gabriel] is an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match. He is a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he has had a wonderful series and he should be proud.”advertisementEven the officials have reportedly understood to have told match referee, Jeff Crowe, that they didn’t hear anything that would get Gabriel into trouble with regards to ICC’s Code of Conduct.If it is untoward, we will be addressing it: West Indies head coachWest Indies head coach Richard Pybus, meanwhile, said he had no knowledge of any comment made by Gabriel but insisted that the team would be addressing the issue if the comment is found to be “untoward”.”Nothing has been reported to me. If a comment was made, we will review it. And if it was untoward, we will be addressing it,” Pybus said, as quoted by The Guardian.Joe Root led England’s charge with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 111, his first hundred in the ongoing series. The visiting England team were blown away in the first two Tests and handed an unbeatable 2-0 lead to the West Indies. However, Root’s men have fought back in St Lucia and are on course to seal a consolation win.Without their suspended captain Jason Holder, West Indies lacked fire in the pace department and the England batsmen made full use of it. Root had stitched a 74-run stand with Denly who made 66 from just 99 balls.Jos Buttler made a half-century while Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 29 along with his captain Root as England extended their lead to 448 runs. West Indies were notably bowled out for 154 in the first innings after Mark Wood and Moeen Ali ran through the hosts’ batting order.Also Read | West Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs EnglandAlso Read | India vs Australia series at home a chance to give youngsters a go: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Pakistan cricket has to rise to force India to resume bilateral ties: New PCB MDAlso See:last_img read more

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Fekir: I’m not close to Liverpool move

first_imgTransfers ‘I’m not close to Liverpool’ – Fekir deals Reds a transfer blow Robin Bairner 18:11 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nabil Fekir Lyon Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Olympique Lyonnais v Nice Real Madrid v Liverpool Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas remains insistent that there have been no talks for his team’s star man Nabil Fekir has said that he is “not close” to a move to Liverpool and intimated that he will take some time to decide upon his future.The Lyon attacker had been closely linked with a move to the Anfield club this summer, though OL president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Friday that he still hoped the France international may yet remain with the Ligue 1 outfit.While Fekir is still talking about the prospect of leaving Champions League-bound Lyon, he has said that any transfer to Liverpool is no formality and that there are still several clubs in the running for his signature. 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 “I’m not close to a move to the Reds,” he told TF1’s Telefoot programme. “There are discussions with several clubs, but I will take time to think.”This was information supported by Aulas, who reiterated what he had said earlier in the week.“For the moment, we’re not talking with Nabil,” he said. “He’s been the architect of a great season. Nabil has not indicated that he wants to leave or if he wants to play one more year with Champions League football.”Fekir enjoyed a stellar season with Lyon, scoring 18 goals and creating seven more in Ligue 1 as they finished third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.There was disappointment in Europe, however, as Fekir missed the CSKA Moscow defeat that ultimately cost them a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, the final of which was played at Parc OL.His words, meanwhile, will be a further blow for Liverpool, who are smarting from European defeat of their own, having suffered a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League, in which star attacker Mohamed Salah went off injured with a shoulder injury that manager Jurgen Klopp described as “serious”.Fekir has been touted to leave Lyon this summer but would likely command a price tag in the region of €70 million (£62m/$82m).Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with a potential move for the 24-year-old, who will be a member of Didier Deschamps’ 23-man France squad in Russia for the World Cup this summer. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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JFB to Conduct Follow-up Fire Safety Assessments of Children’s Homes

first_img The Brigade will stage a community and fire safety walk in Westmoreland on Tuesday (Oct. 23). This will entail 42 firefighters walking through the community of Whitehouse to spread the message of fire safety. All of the homes were initially assessed and provided with recommendations for improving fire safety practices, which are being implemented by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA). The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) will be conducting further assessments of the island’s child care facilities to ensure they are up to the stipulated JFB safety standards.All of the homes were initially assessed and provided with recommendations for improving fire safety practices, which are being implemented by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA).The follow-up inspections will evaluate the extent of the facilities’ preparedness, in the event of a fire.The exercise will form part of activities marking Fire and Life Safety Awareness Week, from October 21 to 27.According to JFB Acting Deputy Commissioner, Sean Martin, the inspections will serve to greatly improve the child care facilities’ overall safety practices.“We are working with these homes to develop evacuation drills so that, in the event of an emergency, the caregivers and wards know how to evacuate, where to go and what to do,” he said.The Acting Deputy Commissioner, who was speaking with JIS News following the launch of Week at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (Oct. 19), said the inspections are expected to be completed by the end of November.Meanwhile, JFB Assistant Superintendent, Nicholas Ogilvie, said he is aware that the homes have been working hard to implement the Brigade’s recommendations.“They are really working with us. The CPFSA is one of our major partners as it relates to children. So they are working with us assiduously, putting these recommendations in place to ensure that all of these places of safety are actually in compliance with Jamaica Fire Brigade standards,” he said.The Assistant Superintendent said the JFB is hoping to further empower the wards to protect themselves by being better prepared for a fire, through activities undertaken during the Week.“We have realised now that once you focus on (the children), they will even take the message to the adults. So we are trying to get them empowered so they know exactly what to do in the event of a fire, before a fire and what to do after a fire,” he added.The focus on children this year is significant, in light of data indicating that since 2009, a total of 88 youngsters have lost their lives to fires. These include the two tragic incidents in 2018 at the Walker’s Place of Safety and a house in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew.For her part, CPFSA Chief Executive Officer, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said the message of fire prevention is very timely, “having experienced our own loss at the Walker’s Place of Safety earlier this year”.“It was the programme of engagement with the Jamaica Fire Brigade [and] children and caregivers who went through a series of drills, which assisted them to prevent further loss at the home,” she said.Fire and Life Safety Awareness Week kicks off with a church service at the Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in St. Ann’s Bay on Sunday (Oct. 21).On Monday (Oct. 22), members of the JFB will visit the Rudolph Lopez School of Hope in Portland to install fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, and also teach the students how to use fire safety equipment.The Brigade will stage a community and fire safety walk in Westmoreland on Tuesday (Oct. 23). This will entail 42 firefighters walking through the community of Whitehouse to spread the message of fire safety.On Wednesday (Oct. 24), the JFB will be at the St Mary Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, where a primary and prep school jingle competition will be staged.Other events include a forum entitled: ‘A Burning Issue – Jamaica Fire Building Code and You’ at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, on Thursday (Oct. 25); and a “Mek Wi Fix It” fire safety family fun day at the waterfront in downtown Kingston as well as a fire safety awareness week symposium at Annotto Bay High School in St. Mary, on Friday (Oct. 26).The Week culminates with a fire fighters ball at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Saturday (Oct. 27) to commemorate the JFB’s 147 years of service to Jamaica.The Week is being observed under the theme: ‘Mek Wi Fix It … Make Fire Safety and our Children our Priority!’ Story Highlights The Week culminates with a fire fighters ball at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Saturday (Oct. 27) to commemorate the JFB’s 147 years of service to Jamaica.last_img read more

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Burning Permits Now Required

first_imgFire season officially began in some parts of the province onApril 1 and in the remaining areas on April 15. The season willend Oct. 15. As a result, provincial permits for burning brushare now required. In several areas of the province, municipalities require anadditional municipal permit. Property owners, particularlyresidents of Halifax Regional Municipality, must check with theirmunicipal offices. Fire season is taken seriously by the Department of NaturalResources for the safety and protection of the forest. The datesfor the season are based on legislation and are related toweather patterns, forest conditions, and typical fire activity. During early spring, before our forests green up, 50 per cent offires take place, putting our forests, vegetation and wildlife atrisk. During this time, weather can be deceiving as rain and cooltemperatures can quickly change and dry out woodlands within afew days. “Permits enable us to ensure burning is carried out in aresponsible and controlled manner, yet enable land owners toclean up their properties and reduce the fire hazard,” saidNatural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Under provincialregulations, permits are required during fire season, making itsafer for all Nova Scotians at a time when the risk of forestfire is greatest.” Last year, Nova Scotia had 272 forest fires which burned 1257hectares (3106 acres). The cost to the Nova Scotia taxpayer was$818,500.last_img read more

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New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor energy minister

first_imgPOINT LEPREAU, N.B. – New Brunswick’s energy minister says he’d like to see another nuclear reactor built in the Maritime province.Rick Doucet said the development of small modular reactors could present a significant economic and export opportunity.“Canada and New Brunswick have an opportunity to become world leaders in the SMR technology and into bringing a clean, new and reliable source of ultra-low carbon power to the forefront of global climate change,” Doucet said Monday.Advanced Reactor Concepts — a U.S.-based company — announced it will commit $5 million to operations and research in New Brunswick.“The long-term vision is to build a commercial demonstration SMR plant at the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station,” Doucet said. “Construction of an SMR would be a major undertaking, which would see thousands of workers hired for construction.”The company wants to build small, 100-megawatt reactors that it describes as inherently safe. A prototype operated for 30 years in the United States but the technology was never developed.“We intend to demonstrate that the inherent safety features of our reactor enable a simple and cost effective design which will be competitive with all other forms of electricity generation,” said Don Wolf, chairman of Advanced Reactor Concepts.Their ARC-100 reactor uses a technology that Wolf says doesn’t require the costly safety measures required by other nuclear reactors.“The fuel is not an oxide of uranium, it’s a metal. The combination of the sodium as a coolant (rather than water) the metal fuel and the proprietary core design of the ARC reactor gives it inherent safety,” Wolf said.Gaetan Thomas, president of Crown utility NB Power, said such reactors can be cost efficient.“When you put all those factors together, it’s an ideal solution for the future,” Thomas said.The New Brunswick government recently announced it will spend $10 million to create a nuclear research cluster.New Brunswick’s 660-megawatt Candu-6 reactor at Point Lepreau is the only nuclear power plant in Atlantic Canada.It underwent a $2.4 billion refurbishment between 2008 and 2012. The refurbishment was plagued by repeated delays and cost overruns.Wolf said his company could start building ARC-100 reactors as early as 2030, and he said New Brunswick would be an ideal place to do it.“I think you have an ideal situation here with respect to the trained workforce, the enthusiasm about nuclear power, and all the ingredients to have this be a world export hub,” he said. “There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be built here.”Robert Blakely, a director with Canada’s Building Trades Unions, called Monday’s announcement significant.He said while it doesn’t mean shovels in the ground in the near future, it provides hope for the years to come.“This provides an opportunity to get young New Brunswickers into great trades, high-skilled, high-paying, rewarding careers,” Blakely said.last_img read more

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UNbacked meeting on forced displacement crisis in Central America urges regional responsibilitysharing

“We are very encouraged by the open and frank spirit in which the discussions took place and hope that the various actions announced will have a direct positive impact on the people who are affected by displacement,” said Volker Turk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in his closing remarks to the high-level event, which wrapped up yesterday.Co-chaired by UNHCR and the Organization of American States (OAS), the two-day gathering was the first international event to focus on current forced displacement in the region and one of several key events leading up to the UN General Assembly’s summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants in September.The number of people fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, a region known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, has surged to levels not seen since armed conflicts wracked the region in the 1980s, according to UNHCR.In 2015, asylum-seekers from this region topped nearly 110,000 – a more than five-fold increase over three years – with most of them seeking safety in Mexico and the United States, as well as Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.A set of actions agreed on at the event included: ensuring access to territory and asylum and enhancing arrangements for the reception of asylum-seekers and refugees; strengthening opportunities for self-reliance and local integration of refugees, including through investments of development funding; and enhancing regional cooperation and partnership through increased responsibility-sharing, including increased engagement by civil society organizations.Among the displaced population from the region, the protection needs of unaccompanied or separated children, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities, indigenous people and Afro-descendants, as well as individuals with disabilities, are most acute.Opening the event on Wednesday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, stressed the importance of embracing “regional responsibility-sharing mechanisms, with concrete actions in countries of origin, transit and asylum to resolve compelling protection and solutions needs.” read more

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Bucks take down Michigan advance to round of 16

The Ohio State men’s tennis team opened up the 2010 NCAA tournament this past weekend at home, downing both Western Michigan and Michigan to advance to the field of 16.The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes opened play Saturday afternoon against the Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Broncos and made quick work of their opponent, winning 4-0.Despite a 12-day layoff, OSU was able to grind it out early and come out on top in the end, advancing to take on Big Ten rival Michigan in the second round on Sunday.“Whenever you have a block of two weeks or so when you don’t play, it’s rough,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “It’s always difficult to see how they are going to be out there but the guys responded well.”The Buckeyes returned to the Stickney Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon in front of a packed house to take on the Wolverines. Coming off Saturday’s win in which Tucker said the Bucks were able to “shake the rust off,” his team came out strong on Sunday, grabbing the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead.While juniors Matt Allare and Balazs Novak were able to garner the first two singles points with relative ease, the four other singles matches were dog fights.“Michigan always plays us tough,” Tucker said. “Bruce Berque always has his guys ready to play, they love the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, and it was a battle out there.”After Michigan snagged its first point, freshman Dino Marcan gutted out his three-set match 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 and clinched the OSU victory, 4-1.   “I was kind of excited that I was able to clinch it,” Marcan said. “I always like to rely on my teammates when I am not doing well, but it was pretty exciting to clinch it.”  With the win, the Buckeyes will head to the University of Georgia on Friday for the round of 16 and the chance to take on another Big Ten foe, the Wisconsin Badgers.Although Tucker’s team was just one match away from a national title a year ago, he said his team’s focus goes no further than its next match.“The expectation is to play as good as we can against Wisconsin and see where that takes us,” he said.   Tucker said he is confident in his team’s ability and resiliency.“I feel comfortable that our guys come to play. They battle and compete and do what they have to do to win the matches,” Tucker said. “I haven’t seen a Buckeye yet rollover for even five minutes.” read more

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Acid victim posts online appeal from hospital bed after random attack

An acid victim has made a direct plea for information from his hospital bed after being left with facial injuries in a “random” attack.Mike Glover-Johnson, a pizza restaurant manager, posted a picture of himself wrapped in a facial bandage.The victim was said to have been in his car when he was approached and had a substance thrown in his face in Bloxwich, Walsall.In a post on Facebook, he described the incident as a “random” attack and thanked passers-by who helped him.He added that staff at a takeaway he went into after the attack had tried to charge him for water to douse his injury. Mr Glover-Johnson later received an apology from the manager. Mr Glover-Johnson wrote: “Any witnesses to me being randomly attacked with acid on Bloxwich high street thus (sic) evening please contact police on 101.”Thankfully people helped and their quick reactions may have stopped permanent scarring. Thank you Lee Glover-Johnson for being by my side.”Police described the attack, at around 6.50pm on Sunday, as an “isolated incident”.A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “The investigation is at an early stage, the motive is unknown and police are keeping an open mind.”A number of enquiries are under way, including a CCTV trawl, officers are also trying to identify what the substance was.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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CleanTeQ reports positive feasibility for Sunrise battery minerals project

first_imgPre-production capital cost estimate of $1.33 billion (A$1.77 billion) (excluding $165m estimated contingency) reflects a significant increase in refining capacity, relative to the 2016 Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS), to provide the opportunity to increase production volumes. The estimate also includes conservative assessment of indirect costs through construction. Clean TeQ Sunrise is set to deliver significant economic and social benefits over many decades…including safe and well-paid employment, infrastructure upgrades, royalties, taxes and local community contributions. Robert Friedland and Jiang Zhaobai, Co-Chairmen of Clean TeQ Holdings Ltd and Sam Riggall, Chief Executive Officer, are pleased to announce the results of the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Clean TeQ Sunrise Project.“The Definitive Feasibility Study confirms Clean TeQ Sunrise’s proven status as a globally significant cobalt, nickel and scandium resource which, once developed, will become a major supplier of critical raw materials to the lithium-ion battery market. Lithium-ion batteries represent an important enabler of the clean energy revolution, helping alleviate the profound environmental issues caused by the unconstrained burning of fossil fuels by the global transport sector. Being part of the solution is a core objective for Clean TeQ and a strategic driver to develop Clean TeQ Sunrise.”Study Highlights include:The Definitive Feasibility Study models the first 25 years of production, with sufficient ore reserves to extend beyond 40 years. Strong cash flow supports a post-tax NPV of $1.392 billion (A$1.856 billion) and post-tax Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 19.1%. The DFS assumes long-term metal prices of: Nickel: $7/lb + $1/lb sulphate premium (current nickel price: $6.73/lb); Cobalt: $30/lb (current cobalt price: $36.63/lb). High relative cobalt production results in extremely low average C1 operating costs of negative $1.46/lb Ni after credits and $4.68/lb Ni before credits. Completion of Definitive Feasibility Study provides the platform to enable the acceleration of product offtake agreements and project financing. Value optimisation work continues to assess significant opportunities to reduce capex in areas of pre-assembly, modularisation, procurement and value-added engineering. Average scandium oxide production capacity of 80 t per year, which can readily be expanded to 160 t per year, with the DFS conservatively capping sales at 10 t per year for the life of mine. The potential exists to revolutionise the scandium market with a massive, low-cost source of supply in a stable Australian jurisdiction. Clean TeQ has existing agreements with companies including Airbus Group and Chinalco, to develop new light-weight aluminum scandium alloys for the aerospace and automotive sectors.center_img Steady-state operations workforce of approximately 300 people to generate strong employment opportunities in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Project delivery model is to be determined during Q3 2018 with a final investment decision targeted for early 2019 and construction expected to commence shortly thereafter. Average production post ramp-up of:21,780 tpa nickel and 4,640 tpa cobalt (Year 2 – 6)19,620 tpa nickel and 4,420 tpa cobalt (Year 2 – 11)18,520 tpa nickel and 3,450 tpa cobalt (Year 2 – 25) Market demand for battery minerals remains extremely strong. YTD2018 global passenger plug-in EV sales were 418,000 units (up 66% year on year). Electric vehicle lithium ion battery sales in January-April 2018 were 12.3 GWh (up 60% year on year).“The outstanding outcomes generated by the DFS confirm the strong technical and economic viability of the project. Next steps are to progress the project towards FID by the Board in early 2019 with the commencement of construction expected shortly thereafter. To achieve FID within the above timeframe, there are several key workstreams which need to be completed.”Clean TeQ has two proposed delivery models for project execution; the Integrated Alliance model with SNC-Lavalin and McDermott and an EPC (Engineer-Procure-Construct) model using a Chinese contractor. Discussions are ongoing with the parties to ensure both proposals are thoroughly assessed with respect to delivered cost, risk and capability. The preferred model will be selected during Q3 2018 and any material impacts to the outcomes of the DFS will be reported.Clean TeQ has been actively marketing to end users and intermediaries in the battery supply chain over the past 18 months. These discussions have progressed well and, with the DFS now complete, the company expects to sign further binding offtake agreements in coming months.Clean TeQ has commenced some of the early works activities to prepare the Project for formal construction post-FID. These works include connecting the site to power and water, installation of the construction accommodation facility and early site works. Planning and works are well underway, with activity set to increase during the second half of 2018.While a substantial volume of work has been completed as part of the DFS, there is a substantial body of work required to produce the final designs and detailed engineering to enable construction to commence as early as possible post FID. This work is underway and will continue through to the end of 2018.last_img read more

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Paludisme enfin un vaccin pour 2012

first_imgPaludisme : enfin un vaccin pour 2012 ?Monde  – Réunis en congrès à Washington, les chercheurs spécialistes en maladies infectieuses viennent d’annoncer l’efficacité du vaccin contre le paludisme, actuellement en phase 3 d’essai clinique.Le paludisme est la maladie infectieuse la plus répandue dans le monde. Elle tue plus de 900.000 personnes chaque année, dont une majorité d’enfants en Afrique subsaharienne. Depuis 10 ans, le laboratoire GlaxoSmithKline a mené des essais de vaccins sur 12.000 enfants dans sept pays : Tanzanie, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya et Mozambique.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?La phase 3 des essais cliniques permet d’obtenir 50% de réussite dans la protection contre la maladie pendant une période d’un an. Si les tests à venir confirment ces résultats, le laboratoire devrait demander une autorisation de mise sur le marché dès 2010, et des campagnes massives de vaccination pourraient être envisageables à l’horizon 2015.L’organisation Malaria Vaccine Initiative soutient ces essais, avec pour objectif un nouveau vaccin efficace à 80% sur une durée d’au moins quatre ans. Le 5 octobre 2010 à 09:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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