Juvenile Justice Bill was rushed through in Rajya Sabha: CPIM

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Stating that the Juvenile Justice bill was “rushed through” in the Rajya Sabha without thinking on ways to fight crime in detail, CPI(M) today rued that Parliament missed an opportunity to consider the “important” bill in a more “dispassionate and scientific” manner.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also questioned the Government why recommendations made by Justice JS Verma committee on women safety were allegedly ignored in the bill and expressed disappointment that the bill was not sent to select committee for a detailed study.”Verma Cmtee & Standing Cmtee opposed this lowering of age. Need to think about how we treat our young persons & how crime should be fought. Fighting juvenile crime has had to be thought through. Bill should have been sent to the Select Committe. Pity it was rushed through.”The Justice JS Verma Committee had so much more to offer for womens safety. Why are those recommendations being ignored? Regret that the Parliament has missed an opportunity to consider such an important bill in a more dispassionate and scientific manner,” Yechury said in a series of tweets.Juveniles aged 16 years and above will now be tried under laws for adults for heinous crimes as Parliament today passed a much-expected bill in this regard against the backdrop of a juvenile convict being released in the gangrape-cum-murder case of December 2012.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, which provides for lowering the age for trial from 18 years, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote after a walkout by Left parties which wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha earlier. PTI ENM RGadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli named Captain of the Year by popular cricket website

first_imgIndia Test skipper Virat Kohli has been named as the ‘Captain of the Year’ at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards. Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year gone by. (Virat Kohli grateful to Anil Kumble for helping him evolve as a cricketer)Englishman Ben Stokes won the Test Batting Performance of the Year for his incredible counterattacking innings of 258 runs off 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town.Stokes team-mate Stuart Broad’s 6 for 17 in the third Test ensured a series victory for England and fetched him the Test Bowling Performance of the Year award for the second year running.Winners were selected by an independent jury including former cricket greats, ESPNcricinfo’s senior editors, writers and global correspondents, comprising Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene, Ramiz Raja, Isa Guha, Sambit Bal, Courtney Walsh, Mark Butcher and Simon Taufel among others. (Virat Kohli creates a positive environment in the dressing-room: Wriddhiman Saha to India Today)Quinton de Kock’s 178 against Australia in Centurion was the second-highest individual score by a South African player, and it was voted the ODI Batting Performance of the Year.Mystery spinner Sunil Narine was awarded the ODI Bowling Performance of the Year award for his 6 for 27 against South Africa in the Tri-Nation series in Guyana.Carlos Brathwaite received the T20 Batting Performance of the Year award for his 34 not out against England in the World T20 final in Kolkata, in which he hit four consecutive sixes off the last over to win West Indies the match. (Tendulkar a legend but hard to look past Virat Kohli: Chris Woakes)advertisementBangladesh left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman took away the T20 Bowling Performance of the Year award for his 5 for 22 during the World T20 against New Zealand in Kolkata.Mehedi Hasan Miraz, one of the brightest young stars of Bangladesh’s national team, was declared Debutant of the Year for his 19 wickets in the two Test matches against England, one of those being possibly their finest Test win ever.This year ESPNcricinfo introduced awards for women’s cricket across all three international formats.West Indian Hayley Williams received the Batting Performance of the Year award for her match-winning 66 off 45 balls performance in the World T20 final against three-time champions Australia.Leigh Kasperek, the talented New Zealand offspinner, took the Bowling Performance of the Year award for her 3 for 13 spell, defeating Australia in the teams’ World T20 group match.Speaking about the awards, Sambit Bal, Editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo and ESPN South Asia said, “The ESPNcricinfo Awards are about meaning and context, so we are chuffed a ten-ball innings sits beside a score of 258 in the list of winners. There is delight and irony in the fact that these two performances belong to Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Stokes, whose names will be forever entwined for those dramatic four balls in the World T20 final.”The tenth year has seen some inspirational talent come to the fore, we are pleased to introduce winners from women and Associates cricket this year.last_img read more

Lenovo’s new Moto G5, G5 Plus make last year’s Moto G4, G4 Plus look dumb

first_imgLet’s face it. Last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus weren’t as revolutionary as the original Moto G. Even though the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus stuck with the original’s philosophy – of cramming in some noteworthy specs at dirt cheap prices – somewhere down the line, competition was really starting to catch up. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus were good. They were just not good enough. Enter the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.Also Read: Why an all-metal Moto G5, G5 Plus should make Honor and Xiaomi nervous Lenovo’s new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are so good they make last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus look dumb.The first all-metal Moto G took a long time coming. But, eventually it got here. Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are carved out of aluminum and will be available for buying in lunar gray and fine gold options.Lenovo, last year, made a clear distinction between the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in terms of hardware specs. The Moto G4 Plus was the all premium Moto G while the Moto G4 was a relatively basic affair that was easier to overlook in a sea of significantly better smartphones from the kinds of Xiaomi and Honor. The fingerprint scanner was one major point of distinction. The Moto G4 did not have one.This year, too, the Moto G5 Plus is the heftier Moto G, but, the Moto G5 is also not very far behind. It also gets a fingerprint scanner on the front for one, just like it is in the Moto G5 Plus. In fact, keep the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus together, and it would be really hard to tell the difference. And while we are on fingerprint scanners, here’s the thing, it looks very different now. The capacitive button housing the fingerprint scanner in the Moto G4 Plus was an anomaly. It’s a pill-shaped even structure now – that looks pleasing — that (also) supports a new one button navigation feature.The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are both all-metal phones with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. While the Moto G5 is a 5-inch phone, the Moto G5 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.2-inch one. Both the phones rock a 1080p screen.The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, both, came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor inside and when combined with their near vanilla Android software, the two phones clocked good all-round performance. Both the phones, however, had an Achilles heel. They were prone to excessive heating — because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 inside these phones — when pushed to the edge. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, at least on paper, look like they can take heavy workload without breaking a sweat.While the Moto G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor the Moto G5 Plus has a beefier Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 inside. While the Moto G5 comes with 2/3 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal memory which is also expandable, the Moto G5 Plus comes with 2/4 GB of RAM and 16/64 GB of internal memory which is again expandable. Both the phones support dual-SIM and 4G LTE.The Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. The Snapdragon 625, for your reference, consumes up to 35 per cent lower power than its predecessor (the Snapdragon 617), in typical usage scenarios, according to Qualcomm. As for the Snapdragon 430 which is inside the Moto G5, well, it is no slouch either. Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime is a classic example to prove its mettle.The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. It’s a significant upgrade over the camera on-board the Moto G4 Plus. In layman’s terms, the Moto G5 Plus is supposed to focus quickly with minimum shutter lag and also it is supposed to excel in low light photography, in comparison to rival phones in and around its price category. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. The Moto G5 on the other hand comes with a standard 13-megapixel camera. Both the phones come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus run an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button.While the Moto G5 is backed by a 2,800mAh battery, the Moto G5 Plus has a bigger 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones support fast charging. Battery capacity is the only area (along with the screen resolution) where Lenovo has maintained a consistency. Still, the Moto G5, on paper, is a small downgrade as the Moto G4 also came with a 3,000mAh battery.advertisementadvertisementWhile the Moto G5 has been priced at around Rs 14,054, the Moto G5 Plus starts at around Rs 15,275. These are of course with respect to their European and US pricing. Their pricing may be a little different on arrival in India, but, looking at the history of the Moto G phones here, ideally, they should cost at under Rs 20,000.Also Read: Moto G5 Plus has almost same camera that is inside Rs 45,000 Galaxy S7 To refresh, both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are all-metal phones with plenty of juice under the hood that should make Honor and Xiaomi (very) nervous. This is because, it seems Lenovo has finally given the Moto G a much needed modern day revamp, the lack of which was keeping the humble Moto G4 (and G4 Plus) from getting a full 10 on 10 from critics and buyers.last_img read more

Your #GivingTuesday Questions, Answered

first_imgMake this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help. Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign. Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever.With less than two months until #GivingTuesday, we at Network for Good are ramping up the resources to make sure you have the best year-end yet! In our recent Nonprofit 911 Webinar: Get Ready for #GivingTuesday, you asked several great questions. Here are some answers to help you get started on your #GivingTuesday campaign.What suggestions do you have for organizations with limited capacity (staff, budget, skill sets)?Setting an appropriate goal and having a solid plan is the key. Focus on your fundraising strengths, and examine what worked well in the past for each type of donor, then leverage that for your #GivingTuesday ask. Rethink your limitations, even if you don’t have a large staff (or any staff), and tap into your networks and those of your board to identify ambassadors, pro bono help, and community partners. Identify these groups early so you have time to organize and use their skills to their full potential. To learn more, check out this article: #GivingTuesday Success with a Staff of One: Q&A with CASS.What is the relationship between #GivingTuesday and a nonprofit’s annual year-end appeal?The big opportunity is to launch December on #GivingTuesday and carry the energy and excitement straight through to New Year’s. Think of it as a chance to throw a virtual giving-season kickoff party for your cause. Through Network for Good’s platform, nonprofits that raised money on #GivingTuesday received, on average, 10 times more than nonprofits that didn’t.#GivingTuesday can be a chance to tell fresh stories, attract new or younger supporters, accelerate your social media presence, or diversify your fundraising channels. Your goals can be about more than dollars raised. Consider a goal focused on recurring givers, new donors, volunteers, in-kind gifts, or even social media followers.How do you go about setting specific goal metrics if you have never participated in #GivingTuesday before?What are you aiming for? Dollars are likely to be one element of your goal, but it doesn’t need to be the only one. Every successful endeavor is a combination of planning and luck, and a successful giving day is no exception. In your first year, setting goals will be an educated best guess. Look at your past campaigns and donors as a way to get started.#GivingTuesday sounds great. Would you encourage us to participate even when we’re doing another online giving campaign this fall? We don’t want to annoy our supporters.#GivingTuesday is still a great opportunity to generate activity and revenue for your organization, thanks to the popularity of the event. So it will likely be top of mind for your donors and something they’ll hear about in the media and from other organizations. If you’re worried about oversaturating your audience, keep in mind that #GivingTuesday is a good time to target specific segments of donors, focus on a certain program or type of giving, and stand out with specific messaging and branding. This will help differentiate your #GivingTuesday campaign, from both your other asks and those of other organizations. Another way to set your campaign apart is to use it as an opportunity to activate your base to fundraise on your behalf through a peer-to-peer campaign.Is Twitter essential to this process? We have a social media presence, but Twitter doesn’t really work for us.If Twitter doesn’t work for you, there’s no reason to feel compelled to use it for #GivingTuesday. You have a limited window to generate excitement and activate your donors for this giving day, so focus on what does work for your organization and donors, and build from there. A large social media presence isn’t a requirement for #GivingTuesday, but you should have shareable content and updates for your supporters to use to help spread the word and activate their friends and family.Thanks to everyone for attending the webinar and asking these great questions! If you missed our #GivingTuesday webinar, you can listen the full recording. If you want to put on a great #GivingTuesday campaign ahead, we can help.last_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer: I haven’t discussed my future

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: I haven’t discussed my futureby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says he has not spoken about his future with Manchester United.The Norwegian has won his first five games in charge, but faces his biggest test to date with Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.And Solskjaer insists he’s taking one game at a time.”We haven’t had that conversation,” he said.”You don’t plan five or six months or whatever it was and then suddenly after two weeks change that.”No, nothing has changed. We just keep on working every single day on improving the team here. I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say, to put a plan together on how we want to look over the next few months.” last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Had A Pin Inserted In His Wrist, Per This X-Ray Photo From His Father

first_imgEzekiel Elliott wrist x-ray photo.Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/W7VuNTyWiZ— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.last_img read more

This Virginia Distillery Just Released a Beer-Finished Whisky

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Can you really go wrong when you put beer and whisky together?No. The answer is no. Sipped separately or served as a Boilermaker, it is one of our favorite combinations (outside of whiskey mixed with more whiskey, of course).This is why we were excited when Virginia Distillery Company released its latest expression: Brewers Batch 1, a beer-finished whisky.Before we go on, if anyone out there is wondering, yes, there is no ‘e’ in this whisky. Virginia Distillery Company marries Highland Scotch whisky with a single malt whiskey that they make in their distillery, which they call Virginia-Highland whisky.Now, onto the new release.To accomplish this beer-finished expression, the Lovingston, Virginia-based distillery worked with Three Notch’d Brewing Company (located about 35 miles away in Charlottesville) on a beer brewed specifically for the collaboration: a Wee Heavy style beer named Stage Road.(Quick beer fact: Wee Heavys — sometimes also referred to as Scotch Ales — are typically sweet, full-bodied beers with an ABV of between 6-10 percent. Some of the Wee Heavys we love around here are Oskar Blues Old Chub, Founders Backwoods Bastard, and for both the name and the beer, Moylan’s Brewery’s Kilt Lifter.)On the actual production side, Three Notch’d took Virginia Distillery Company whisky casks to age the beer. After a few months, the distillery took the casks back and put their whisky back in to finish it off.The resulting whisky is rich in cocoa and caramel, with malty notes accentuated by the vanilla flavors that came from the casks.In total, 250 cases of Brewers Batch 1 were produced. If you’re looking for this release, your best bet will be to head to a Virginia ABC store, as only a small number of bottles will be available online and in the Washington D.C. market. The bottles retail for $65 plus tax.Virginia Distillery Company is already working on the second edition of Brewers Batch — this time with Three Stars Brewing, which is located in Washington D.C. There’s no word yet as to what style of beer Three Stars is using, but if it ends up as tasty as Brewers Batch 1, we can’t help but be excited.Also, if Virginia Distillery Company plans to continue their Brewers Batch with breweries with the word three in them, we’ve gone and found a few they might want to think about (even though they’re not based in Virginia): Three Floyds Brewing Co, Three 3’s Brewery, or Three Four Beer Co, just to name a few. Three, in fact.last_img read more

Showa Shell Idemitsu Kosan to Join VLCC Fleets

first_imgzoom Japanese oil and energy companies Showa Shell Sekiyu and Idemitsu Kosan have reached an agreement to combine their very large crude carriers (VLCCs) as part of the companies’ merger arrangements.Under the deal, the parties would jointly operate some 20 VLCCs, with loadings scheduled to start after May 2017.The agreement includes sharing vessel positioning of all ships, as well as lending and borrowing of VLCCs between the parties.The companies would also jointly work on bunker fuel procurement as part of the alliance, to be called Brighter Energy Alliance.Signed on May 9, the deal was entered into as the business environment surrounding the companies “is becoming more challenging.”“We will form the alliance as equal business partners, and extensively deepen our business collaboration while restarting or accelerating the processes for the integration,” the parties said.The alliance would focus on optimization of crude oil purchase and transport, production planning, interchange of finished products and intermediate products, and improvement of efficiency of logistics network.last_img read more

Parents should avoid mocking kids

first_imgDear parents, please take note. Kids who are mocked by parents are at a greater risk of becoming bullies and its victim too, researchers said, stressing that many bullies come from hostile, punitive and rejecting backgrounds. According to experts, derisive behaviour is a unique form of parenting that increases the risk of adolescent children adopting inappropriate anger management strategies that increases their risk for peer difficulties. “Constant criticism affects the self-esteem of a child, especially when done by parents. Children tend to feel inferior and lose their sense of confidence. This affects their relationship with parents, making them more vulnerable to various other forms of bullying. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Due to hesitation in seeking help, children end up enduring bullying. This has a long-term negative effect on their psyche and overall personality development,” said Samir Parikh, Consultant Psychiatrist. Derisive parents use demeaning or belittling expressions that humiliate and frustrate the child, without any obvious provocation from the child. These parents respond to child engagement with criticism, sarcasm, put-downs, hostility and rely on emotional and physical coercion to obtain compliance. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe study in which researchers followed 1,409 children (aged 13-15 years) for three consecutive years, emphasised on the emotional underpinnings of peer difficulties. It was found that derisive parenting fosters dysregulated anger in adolescent children. Increases in dysregulated anger, in turn, place adolescents at greater risk for bullying and victimization. Dysregulated anger is indicative of difficulties regulating emotion, which typically results in negative emotions, verbal and physical aggression and hostility. The behaviour of parents as well as other close family members towards children does have a lasting impact on their personality and mental development, said mental health expert Prakriti Poddar. “Subjecting a child to insult, mockery or derision creates a wave of repressed anger and frustration in the child. Imagine a child telling a parent or another family member about an incident or about his/her understanding of a subject, and the parent responding by mocking or belittling the child! Now imagine, if this happens regularly. Not only will the child lose trust in the parent and stop confiding things, he/she will also grow into a vexed and confused personality,” said Poddar. “This child would not be confident about himself, will have repressed feelings of frustration and in a way will also start normalising the behaviour of insulting of belittling others. This creates problems with peer adjustment and might lead the child to start victimizing or bullying others. kids develop in response to their environment, therefore, when their environment is toxic or negative, it breeds self-harm,” she added.last_img read more

Constitutional arguments begin in case of BC man found guilty of polygamy

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – A British Columbia man found guilty of marrying two dozen women says he believed he was entitled to practice polygamy because he wasn’t charged when police investigated the allegations in the 1990s.Winston Blackmore appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook on Tuesday, where a judge is hearing arguments on whether Canada’s polygamy laws infringe on his rights to freedom of religion and expression.Blackmore is a leader of the small community of Bountiful, B.C., where the court has heard residents follow the tenants of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a sect that condones plural or “celestial” marriage.He was found guilty earlier this year of one count of polygamy after the court heard he had married 24 women, including three who were 15 years old at the time.His co-accused, James Oler, was found guilty of having five wives.Blackmore is asking for a stay of the proceedings and an exemption from prosecution based on his religious beliefs. If he is convicted, Blackmore is asking for an absolute discharge.The convictions have not be entered pending the outcome of the constitutional arguments.Blackmore says in an affidavit for the current court proceedings that he was detained by RCMP investigating polygamy allegations in 1990, and later released without charges being laid.The court document says he believed the release without charges meant he could practice polygamy and he relied on that when he proceeded with future marriages.In 2011, a decision from the B.C. Supreme Court said Canada’s polygamy law was constitutional and that eventually led to charges being approved against Blackmore and Oler.The constitutional reference case established that polygamy is a crime and the harms of plural marriage outweigh any claims to freedom of religion.The court found the harms arising out of the practice of polygamy include physical and sexual abuse, child brides, the subjugation of women and the expulsion of young men who have no women left to marry.Blackmore is now arguing that polygamous marriages occurring before the decision should not be prosecuted, as it was not legally and constitutionally clear whether it was a crime.He testified in court on Tuesday, saying that as far as he knew, plural marriage, or polygamy, is legal and lawful in the sight of God.Special prosecutor Peter Wilson suggested that Blackmore knows the marriages aren’t legal, lawful and proper in the eyes of the Government of Canada.“Fair statement?” Wilson asked Blackmore in court.“Fair statement,” Blackmore answered.(Cranbrook Townsman)last_img read more

Get Ready For Sport Relief Weekend

first_imgThe Sport Relief Weekend is kicking off with a stellar line-up of sport and entertainment stars bringing viewers an unmissable evening of entertainment broadcast live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday 18th March.Highlights on the night will include some very special one-off sketches all in aid of Sport Relief, including David Walliams bringing back popular Little Britain character, Emily Howard for a sketch with comedian Micky Flanagan and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as you’ve never seen him before!The Night of TV itself will be presented from the Copper Box Arena by some of the best loved names in sport and entertainment including John Bishop, Alesha Dixon, Greg James, Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman.Other sketch highlights include Jack Whitehall enlisting the help of Gareth Bale in a bid for English football glory at the Euros this summer. Plus a one-off Luther special as Idris Elba stars alongside Lenny Henry and a whole host of sports stars including Rio Ferdinand, Denise Lewis, Louis Smith, Ian Wright and David Haye.And returning to the role after nearly 40 years, Michael Crawford will don his beret as the disaster prone Frank Spencer in an exclusive Some Mothers Do Ave ’Em sketch with Michele Dotrice and cameos including Sir Bradley Wiggins.Throughout the night viewers will be treated to live events from LeeValley Velopark and Aquatics Centre as Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff captain two teams of celebrities in a return of the Clash of the Titans competition hosted by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba.Audiences at both arenas will be treated to a thrilling contest across five events including – rhythmic gymnastics, elimination cycling, synchronised swimming, and, for the first time, wrestling and triathlon. It is set to be must-see TV as Paddy McGuiness and Harry Judd go head-to-head in a wrestling spectacular, Russell Kane and Will Young don nose pegs for synchronised swimming routines and Freddie Flintoff and Darren Gough have their twirling batons at the ready as they take to the floor for rhythmic gymnastics.During the evening Jo Brand and Greg James will re-live their outstanding fundraising challenges, whilst Eddie Izzard nears the climax of his epic 27 day Marathon Man endeavour in South Africa. Not forgetting the six brave celebrities, Alex Jones, Hal Cruttenden, Ore Oduba, Angellica Bell, Doon Mackichan and Suzi Perry that sailed around the UK in 5 days battling fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. There’s also live music from Birdy and the official Sport Relief 2016 single performed by James Bay and we find out exactly where the money raised by Sport Relief goes.Powerful reminders of the serious side of Sport Relief will be shown throughout the night with moving appeal films, presented by the likes of Danny Dyer, Marvin and Rochelle Humes and Olivia Coleman, showing how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and around the world.Sport Relief Night of TV Friday 18th March, 7pm, BBC One.last_img read more

Dismissing Kohli and AB best moment of my cricketing career says Shreyas

first_imgJaipur: Claiming the coveted wickets of Virat Kohli and South African run-machine AB De Villiers was the best moment of my cricketing career, says young Rajasthan Royals spinner Shreyas Gopal. The leg-spinner took 3 wickets for 12 runs in his magical four-over spell, which helped Rajasthan Royals secure their first win of the season, a seven-wicket victory over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night. “Getting Virat Kohli and AB Villiers in same match is a dream for any youngster. It is the best moment of my cricketing career and definitely one of biggest moments of my IPL cricket,” Shreyas said at the post match conference here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Any wicket is a big wicket but obviously these two are big names so it feels that much more better. But I feel I shouldn’t be getting ahead of myself and stay calm,” he added. The 25-year-old said that it was hard to devise a plan against batsmen of Kohli and De Villiers’ stature. “Honestly, I feel it is hard to plan a dismissal for batsmen like them (Kohli and De Villiers). You just need to be able to bowl your best ball and try and hit the best area on that particular wicket. It is all based on the situation,” Gopal said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”When you land on the ground you obviously do your homework. What the type of ground is, how the wicket is reacting, how the opposition has been playing. So for example (Krishnappa) Gowtham bowling three of his overs in powerplay felt like a good idea at that moment.” The youngster said he was keen to learn from more experienced cricketers in the team, including captain Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. “In between overs I just go to Ajju Bhai (Rahane), Jos (Buttler) or Smith and have a couple of words and try to understand what they think about the game because they have a lot of experience.” Asked about his side leaking runs in the death overs, Gopal said it was part and parcel of the game and the entire bowling unit should take responsibility and lift the team. “In this cricket (T20) you will definitely be hit for boundaries depending on the kind of overs you are bowling,” he said.last_img read more

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

first_imgVatican City: Pope Francis on Thursday passed a measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, following a global clerical paedophilia scandal. Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican — but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional. It is time to learn from the “bitter lessons of the past”, Francis said in the text of the legal decree. It follows a series of clerical assault cases in countries ranging from Australia to Chile, Germany and the US. The “Motu Proprio”, a legal document issued under the pope’s personal authority, declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse, or suspects it, is “obliged to report (it) promptly” to the Church, using “easily accessible systems”. “Though this obligation was formerly left up to individual consciences, it now becomes a universally established legal precept” within the Church, said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Vatican’s communications department. The law only applies within the Church and has no force to oblige individuals to report abuse to civil authorities. Under the new measure, every diocese around the world is obliged by June 2020 to create a system for the reporting of sexual abuse by clerics, the use of child pornography and cover-ups of abuse. The document focuses particularly on the sexual or psychological abuse of children and vulnerable adults, but also targets sexual abuse and violence resulting from an abuse of authority — such as the exploitation of nuns by priests. Pope Francis admitting publicly in February that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” — and may still be doing so. Victims’ groups have long called for Francis to put in place concrete measures to tackle clerical child abuse, including immediately firing any cleric found guilty of even a single act of abuse, or of covering it up. They also want all abusers or suspected abusers to be reported to police, and any abuse-related files handed over to them.last_img read more

Precision Drilling suspends dividend says Q4 loss more than doubled

CALGARY – Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) says uses of its rigs was cut by more than half in Canada and the United States in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, resulting in less cash from operations and a bigger loss.As a result, the Calgary-based company — Canada’s largest contract drilling company for the energy sector — says it’s suspending its dividend immediately. It had been paying seven cents per share each quarter throughout 2015.Precision Drilling also revealed that its spending on capital projects last year totalled $459 million — $72 million less than a revised plan announced in October as the fourth quarter began.The company’s net loss for the fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31 was $271 million, or 93 cents per share — more than double the year-earlier loss of $114 million or 39 cents per share.Revenue for the quarter was $345 million, 44 cents below the fourth quarter of 2014, and cash provided by operations was $71 million — a decline of 47 per cent.Bad as the fourth quarter was, Precision Drilling’s president and chief executive says the company’s cash flows were better than expected and its financial liquidity improved — with $445 million of cash plus available credit.“The land drilling industry is almost a year and a half into a deep downturn, a result of lower commodity prices pushing customer spending down and decreasing drilling demand,” Precision Drilling CEO Kevin Neveu said in a statement.“There is limited visibility with few positive market signals. In this protracted challenging environment, financial stability is paramount for both survival and sustaining competitive advantage.”Rig activity in Canada was down 51 per cent while in the United States it was down 55 per cent and elsewhere it was down 23 per cent. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 5:43 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 11:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Precision Drilling suspends dividend, says Q4 loss more than doubled read more

Many Ontario and Quebec ski hills suffer devastating season while West prospers

Many Ontario and Quebec ski hills suffer devastating season while West prospers by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 22, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A skier makes her way down a ski hill on Mont Rigaud, Que., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. Ski conditions flipped this year in Canada with Western operators popping champagne and those in Central Canada bidding good riddance to one of the poorest seasons in memory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes MONTREAL – Ski conditions flipped this year in Canada with Western operators popping champagne and those in Central Canada bidding good riddance to one of the poorest seasons in memory.While the amount of snowfall at Western Canadian resorts nearly doubled from last year, warm weather melted away revenues and profits from Ontario and Quebec’s most frequented ski regions.“It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen since we’ve been in operation,” said Fred Korman, owner of Owl’s Head, a mountain in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.A lack of snow early in the winter forced it to miss the Christmas season, which can generate up to a quarter of the hill’s annual revenues. It then contended with inconsistent weather, including rain, that made snow-making a challenge.Poor conditions left some trails closed as overall ski traffic was slashed in half during the hill’s 50th year.The season brought back painful memories for Louis-Philippe Hebert, CEO of six mountains including Mont St. Sauveur, one of the most popular ski destinations near Montreal.He remembers the pouring rain on Christmas Day a quarter century ago that devastated his father, who had purchased the main ski hill with partners.Hebert experienced his own anxiety last Christmas Eve when temperatures climbed to a balmy 22 C.“It kind of turned off people from skiing for the rest of the winter,” he said.Attendance was 14 per cent below what it was last season, which was already weak due to temperatures that were too cold. Despite efforts to control costs, he estimates profits this season will be 30 per cent lower than 2014-15 and 45 per cent down from a normal season.The head of Quebec’s ski association said the year was among the three worst for the province, with hills closing for a record number of days and many shortening their season.“It was definitely a year of a lot of Mother Nature hiccups,” said Yves Juneau.Juneau said it forced operators to cut costs and curtail hours of work. Nearby communities also felt the pain as hotel reservations were cancelled, restaurants had fewer customers and some sports retailers closed.The skiing industry has been adapting to climate change by spending more money on snow-making, he said, though he worries that owners will have less money to invest in further infrastructure upgrades and stay afloat.“This industry has shown resilience over the years,” he said. “I’m hopeful that everyone is going to be able to be back next year.”In Ontario, weather woes delayed the opening of Blue Mountain north of Toronto by a couple of weeks, marking the latest start for the hill. A shortage of snow forced the Intrawest-owned resort to reopen some summer activities like zip lines and mini-putt.Spokeswoman Tara Lovell said the ski hill experiences similar challenges about every decade. She said snow-making investments in 2007 helped it respond to environmental changes and allowed it to remain open until this past Sunday — six days longer than its shortest season.Despite poor conditions surrounding Toronto and Montreal, areas near Quebec City, Saguenay and Eastern Quebec enjoyed ample snow coverage.After a slow start, Mont Tremblant said it had a good season as it was spared most of the rain that drenched other regions. It attracted U.S. skiers, particularly from Vermont, which suffered from snow challenges of its own, and was helped by a low Canadian dollar.“When you work in this business you’re always hoping for a perfect winter, but you come to know that it’s always going to be dependent on Mother Nature,” said Annique Aird, vice-president of sales and marketing for Mont Tremblant.Out west, Sun Peaks Resort and Whistler Blackcomb said they were on track for record-setting winter seasons due to the low loonie and a high amount of snowfall.The region saw more visitors from Eastern Canada, the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, said Christopher Nicholson, head of the Canada West Ski Areas Association, though he added final figures won’t be available until May.“From an overall perspective, it’s definitely been a solid year for the industry,” he said.“With the East having a challenging year with snow, it attracted Eastern Canadian skiers to the West. What it also did was Eastern Canadian skiers that may have considered going to the States, the dollar kept them north.” read more

Ministers urged not to set care cost cap that may be too

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. Ministers have been urged not to set a cap on care costs which is so high that it fails to help almost all of those in need.Theresa May is expected to publish a green paper on social care before Christmas, which will set out options about how to fund care of the elderly.The vexed issue nearly cost the Conservatives the last election, when their proposals were branded a “dementia tax”.  Under those plans, pensioners’ assets – down to the last £100,000 – would be used to fund care whether or not they were still living in their homes.Amid a growing backlash, Mrs May last year said the deal would include a cap on costs, with no one having to pay more than £72,000.  However, the plan was shelved, amid promises to publish a green paper – which has been repeatedly delayed – to explore the options.Charities for the elderly raised fears that future proposals could be even worse than those which were abandoned – and could help as few as one in 20 of those in need of care.Calculations for the Alzheimer’s Society suggest that capping total costs at £72,000 would only affect seven per cent of those who receive care.And a higher threshold of £80,000 would mean just five per cent of pensioners receiving care would receive help, while just two per cent would get help if it rose as high as £100,000, the estimates by analysts LaingBuisson show.The average resident of a care home spends two and a half years there, with annual costs of between £30,000 and £40,000.Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has indicated his interest in new models of funding for care of the elderly – including either a voluntary or compulsory system of insurance for those of working age.Such a system could cover all care costs, but would be more likely to cap them at a certain level.The green paper on social care – likely to be published the week before Christmas – is likely to propose a cap, but defer setting the specific level of it.The Alzheimer’s Society said any on ceiling on costs needed to be lower than £72,000 if it was to make a real difference.When a cap was first proposed, in 2011, it was at a level of £35,000.The charity urged ministers to introduce an NHS Dementia fund, to subsidise the higher care costs faced by those with the disease.Jeremy Hughes, the charity’s chief executive, said sufferers were forced to cut back on food, heating bills or sell personal possessions to cut the cost of care.He said: “It’s been more than ten years since we first called on the Government to end the grossly unfair ‘dementia tax’. While the social care green paper is a great opportunity to finally put things right, if they suggest a cap on care costs higher than the previously mooted £72k proposal, it will leave people with dementia hung out to dry.“A cap at £80k, alongside the proposed £100k floor, would help a paltry 5 per cent of people with dementia – many would die before they even reached it. This would completely betray people with dementia, and generations to come. What’s really needed is an NHS Dementia Fund – which we’re calling for to cover the extra costs people are charged for their specialist dementia care.”A Department of Health and Social care spokesman said: “We are determined to make social care sustainable for the future. We have set out our principles for social care reform and will publish our proposals in a green paper soon.” read more

Xylem dewaters Dannemora underground iron ore for future mining

first_imgMining in Swedish Dannemora came to a halt in 1992. Due to a severe drop in the price of iron ore the operation was no longer sustainable. As the market is now booming, Dannemora Mineral is working to get the mine dry and back in operation. Xylem has been working with Dannemora Mineral since May 2009 to rid the mine of water and ensure  it remains water-free throughout the operation. Water had accumulated at a rate of 10 m a year in the main shaft and drifts since the mine was closed 20 years ago. The bottom of the main shaft is 620 m below ground; water had reached 323 m by 2007.Xylem designed a customised dewatering system for Dannemora. In May 2009, when the water level was at 311 m below ground, four parallel Vogel pump systems, each with a capacity of approximately 60 litres/s, hanging in 180 m long steel pipes, at levels of -480 m and -300 m, were installed. Since then Xylem has drained 3.4 million m3 of water from the mine.As well as the initial dewatering and drainage work, Xylem has designed, and is in the process of installing, a permanent system that will ensure the mine stays dry and in operation.Lars Thoro, consortium manager with Xylem, said, “The permanent dewatering system consists of 12 Vogel and Flygt pumps which together remove 20 litres of water per second. The Flygt 2400 and Flygt 2630 pumps are ideal for this type of operation as they are specifically designed to withstand tough operating conditions. They are ideal for dewatering applications such as the Dannemore mine, delivering highly consistent performances over a long period of time.”According to Xylem, special features unique to its Flygt brand of dewatering pumps such as Dura-SpinTM, a hydraulic system which minimises impeller wear; Spin-OutTM a system designed to prevent clogging and protect theouter seal and the K-Impeller, a hard iron impeller specifically designed for high efficiency and wear resistance, make the company the experts in mine dewatering.Thoro continued, “A great addition to the Dannemora dewatering operation is a Scada system which enables the operation to be monitored from above ground. A Flygt APP521 pump controller at each pump station manages operation of the pumps. This information is then communicated back to a computer system at ground level. Thisgives operators access to critical data from one location above ground allowing operators to monitor equipment, troubleshoot and identify trends, diagnose and resolve issues, quickly and easily. The end result is a pump station control system that provides ease of operation, flexibility and reliability, ensuring more uptime, greater energy savings and less operating and maintenance costs.”last_img read more

Ministers knew about topup payments for senior health staff

first_imgIt’s all well and good to talk about recouping back pay but as long as they’re continuing to be paid next week and the following week, there’s no point.The HSE is to publish a report into State-funded hospitals and health agencies that are in breach of the rules on payments to their executives in the coming days.All 44 State-funded hospitals had until 6pm last night to respond to a request from the HSE for full details on their compliance with pay rules.Read: HSE will report on hospital executive pay breaches ‘ in a couple of days’ > Column: Paying top-ups to senior staff raises serious questions about hospital operations > Read: ‘This has got to stop’: Reilly concerned about pay top-ups for some health chiefs > MINISTERS WERE AWARE of controversial top-up payments made to some senior executives in publicly-funded hospitals, a Fianna Fáil TD has said.Séan Fleming, who made public the information that some bosses are being paid more than is permitted under official guidelines, said an internal audit report was finished by the HSE in March of this year. He received a copy of the report in recent days as he is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and said government ministers would also have received a copy already.The disclosure centres around senior management at some State-funded health bodies being given ‘top-ups’ on their annual salaries from additional sources, including income from hospital shops and car parks and outside sources in the private sector.Fleming said that there needs to be “a bit of action” on the breaches of pay guidelines.“There’s only one thing that should happen now,” he told RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland. “Come next week, these payments must cease”.last_img read more

Sony exec NGP will not cost 599

first_imgThe Sony NGP won’t even be released until near the holidays this year, but people are already speculating wildly about the PS3 caliber handheld’s price.On their part, Sony’s being coy about the price, which isn’t helping matters of speculation, but who can blame them? They haven’t even started manufacturing the NGP yet… they probably don’t know how much it’s going to cost either.AdChoices广告That said, Sony does want to set the record straight that no matter how much the NGP costs, it’s not going to be in the $599 range that some people are speculating.Speaking to GameInformer, SCEE president of worldwide studios Shu Yoshida went on record saying that the NGP would not cost $599 when it debuted after being reminded of the surprise and horror many gamers felt when the PS3 debuted at that price.“From the very beginning of the project — since 2008 — pricing was one of the considerations that we had,” Yoshida has said. “Hopefully when we announce the price, people will see the proper value.”That might, at first, seem like a promise in regards to pricing this thing cheaply, but in actuality, the “we hope people will see the value” implies this is going to be very expensive. How expensive remains to be seen, and surely $599 or more is too much, but I could easily see the Sony NGP costing $499 when it launches, can’t you? After all, that’s the price of an entry level iPad, and this thing is easily more capable.Read more at Game Informerlast_img read more