first_imgNotre Dame's Chase Claypool makes a diving catch.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 13: Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries make the catch after the pass interference on Dane Jackson #11 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half at Notre Dame Stadium on October 13, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)This year’s rivalry contest between Notre Dame and USC could have a lot on the line, should the Fighting Irish take down Syracuse this Saturday. Monday, the game time and channel for the contest were both released.The Fighting Irish and Trojans will do battle on November 24 at 8:00 PM ET. The game will be televised on ABC.At the moment, Notre Dame is 10-0 and No. 3 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The Fighting Irish likely need to win their final two games to stay in the field.USC, meanwhile, is fighting for bowl eligibility. The Trojans, with a 5-5 record, need to beat either UCLA or Notre Dame to play in the postseason.USC’s game against Notre Dame on Nov. 24 in the Coliseum will kick off at 5 p.m. PT. It will air live on ABC.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 12, 2018It’s very possible that when the two squads meet, Notre Dame is playing for a Playoff spot while USC is playing for the right to play in a bowl game.While Notre Dame will surely be favored, anything can happen in an end-of-the-season rivalry game. It should be a good one regardless.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – They’ll tell you to not go into work when you’re sick, but it looks like many Canadian doctors are not taking their own advice.New data shows about a third of doctors report feeling burned out with half of doctors surveyed saying they’ve gone into work in the last year while feeling sick — one-in-five said they went into work five or more times while feeling sick or “distressed.”“We will go into work even when we’re sick not because we want to make others sick but there may be nobody else who can look after your patients that day,” says Dr. Gigi Osler with the Canadian Medical Association, which compiled the data.“You feel a sense of responsibility because, you know, people have been waiting for their appointment or their surgery, they booked off time, they’ve arranged child care.”Doctors report being overworked, with many saying they work an average 48 hours a week, plus about 110 hours every month on-call. More than half are also not happy with the efficiency and resources in their workplace and 40 per cent are dissatisfied with their work-life balance.“Long work hours, excessive paper work, electronic medical records, so electronic charting, that are all taking physicians away from direct face-to-face time with your patient and patient care,” adds Osler.It’s also contributing to doctors neglecting their own health. Almost half report not leading a sufficiently active lifestyle and 1 in 5 say they don’t have a doctor themselves.The Canadian Medical Association says the data shows it’s time for coordinated efforts to support doctors, as well as their health and wellness.“This data confirms the shift that is already taking place, to not only consider what individuals can do on their own to improve their wellness, but to also consider the system-level factors that need to change.” Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, vice-president of physician health and wellness, says of report findings.The CMA is calling on all levels of government, healthcare employers, and other stakeholders to work with doctors to improve conditions.“We’re doing our part here, as doctors and CMA, to keep doctors healthy to look after patients and what we want to see, and I think what we need to see, is our health authorities, provincial governments, and our federal government stepping up to fix our ailing health care system,” adds Osler.Read the full report:Failed to fetchlast_img read more

first_imgLondon: Uncapped pacer Jofra Archer was the only surprise absentee from England’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad, although he was named in the team for warm-up games against Pakistan and Ireland. After a change in residency rules, Barbados-born Archer, 24, had qualified to play for England. “The selection panel has been impressed with Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket,” national selector Ed Smith was quoted as saying by BBC. “He is a talented and exciting cricketer,” Smith remarked. Archer, currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rajasthan Royals, will now look to impress in the warm-up games as changes to squad can be made until May 23. England will play a match with Ireland on May 3 before a five-match series against Pakistan. The preliminary World Cup squad is unchanged from the winter one-day series against the West Indies.last_img read more

The TSX was slightly higher Thursday with strength coming from mining stocks while the market gave a tepid reception to higher profits at Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and CIBC (TSX:CM).The S&P/TSX composite index was up 16.4 points to 12,749.01 as Royal Bank posted $1.9 billion of net income in the second quarter, up 26 per cent from a year earlier. The profit amounted to $1.27 share while adjusted diluted EPS was $1.31, which met a Thomson Reuters estimate but missed a Bloomberg estimate by a penny. RBC shares lost $1.24 to $62.74.CIBC had a second-quarter profit of $876-million, up eight per cent from a year ago. Its net income and adjusted net income both came in at $2.12 per share, above the consensus estimate. CIBC said its quarterly dividend will rise by two cents to 96 cents per share.CIBC also said it has taken steps to create alternatives in case it does not renew its Aeroplan credit card agreement with Aimia (TSX:AIM), which is set to expire at the end of the year. President and chief executive Gerry McCaughey didn’t rule out the possibility of renewing the existing contract with the company formerly known as Aeroplan, which has partnered with the bank for more than two decades to create the popular CIBC Aerogold Visa. CIBC shares dipped 70 cents to $79.73 while Aimia slipped 11 cents to $15.06.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.45 of a cent to 97.05 cents US amid rising prices for gold and copper.U.S. markets were positive amid a slightly weaker than expected showing in U.S. economic growth during the first quarter, a rise in jobless insurance claims and an indication of further strength in home sales in the coming months.The Dow Jones industrials rose 42.56 points to 15,345.36, the Nasdaq gained 21.59 points to 3,489.11 while the S&P 500 index rose 6.89 points to 1,655.25.A second reading on U.S. gross domestic product for the first quarter showed GDP coming in at an annualized rate of 2.4 per cent, a bit below the initial reading of a 2.5 per cent gain. But the showing was still a marked improvement from the 0.4 per cent gain in the final quarter of 2012.The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000, a sign layoffs have increased. The Labour Department also said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 6,750 to 347,250, the third straight gain. The average had fallen to a five-year low of 338,000 earlier this month.On the housing front, the National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted index for pending U.S. home sales rose 0.3 per cent to 106, the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit inflated sales. Signed contracts have jumped 10.3 per cent in the past 12 months. Also, sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million, a 3 1/2 year high.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up 4.5 per cent while gold was up $23.70 to US$1,415 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) jumped $1.35 to C$21.88 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran ahead $1.20 to $29.90.The base metals sector rose 1.54 per cent as copper futures were ahead two cents at US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 91 cents to C$28.81.Most bank stocks were lower, taking the financial sector down 0.4 per cent as Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) shed 39 cents to $62.11.The energy sector fell 0.2 per cent as oil prices backed off for a second day as the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off the worst levels of the session, down 44 cents to US$92.69 a barrel.Data from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration is expected to show a decline of 1.5 million barrels in crude oil stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was down 25 cents to C$31.83.Traders also looked to a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Friday to discuss, among other things, production levels.Overhanging the meeting is the rise of shale oil production in the U.S. and a report from the International Energy Agency saying total production could top nine million barrels a day by 2018. That would mean near self-sufficiency for the U.S. as well as significantly less dependence on OPEC imports.In other corporate news, shares in Facebook Inc. jumped $1.25 or 5.36 per cent to US$24.57 after BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon raised his rating on the social-networking giant to outperform from market perform. Salmon also lifted his price target on Facebook’s stock to $33 a share from $32, saying “sentiment around Facebook advertising remains quite positive.”European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.19 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.64 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.58 per cent. read more

The grant, which is a part of the EU’s wider programme in support of rural development in Sri Lanka, will benefit rural communities in the entire country. The programme is expected to be operational for three years (2018-2020). (Colombo Gazette) The European Union has launched a project to support the modernization of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector.The Rs. 810 million project “Support to the modernisation of the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka” will be implemented by Ecorys. The technical assistance team will assist the Government in making the agriculture sector more productive, diversified, climate-resilient, market-oriented and equitable through facilitating an agricultural sector reform process. The programme will support the development of an overarching agriculture policy where issues such as gender, climate change, nutrition and youth will be integrated. In addition, it will promote the diversification of high value agricultural production, including a focus on improved export earnings. Climate change and identification of ways in which malnutrition can be eliminated will also be an integral part of the assistance provided. The workshop concluded by agreeing on a common approach on the development of an overarching agricultural policy and its implementation strategy.Tung-Lai Margue, the Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said “This programme has been designed with the needs of the small farmers in mind. Given the large number of institutions involved in the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka, strengthening coordination and developing a joint policy are key to a successful transformation of the sector. We are pleased to partner with the Government of Sri Lanka, civil society and private sector in this regard, a partnership that will make a lasting difference in the lives of the people.” A workshop held in the context of the project with participants from Government institutions, private sector, civil society and academia focused on a coordinating mechanism for the New Agriculture Policy (NAP), the impact of decentralisation and fragmentation of the agriculture sector. read more

WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in June by the largest amount in seven months, reflecting weakness in home building, nonresidential construction and the largest drop in government projects in 17 years.The Commerce Department said Thursday that spending fell 1.3% in June. It followed a 0.5% decline in May and was the biggest drop since a similar 1.3% decline last November.The weakness in June was widespread. Housing construction decreased 0.5 per cent, reflecting continued troubles in homebuilding. Nonresidential construction fell for a third straight month, down 0.3 per cent, with declines in such sectors as hospitals, schools and transportation.Government spending was down 3.7%, the biggest decline since a 6% drop in March 2002. Spending by state and local governments, the largest category, fell 4.1% while federal outlays rose 2.6%.The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to growth at an annual rate of 2.1% in the April-June quarter, down from a 3.1% rate in the first three months of the year.Analysts believe second-half growth will remain around the 2% level and they are hoping that home construction may rebound with mortgage rates falling further in reaction to the decision by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday to cut its key policy rate for the first time in a decade.Residential construction fell at a 1.5% rate in the second quarter, its sixth straight quarterly decline.In a separate report Thursday, the government said the number of jobless workers filing for unemployment benefits rose by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000 last week. It was the highest level in four weeks but even with the gain application, which serve as a proxy for layoffs, remained near historic lows.The government will release the July jobs report on Friday and many economists think it will show the jobless rate returning to near a half-century low of 3.6 per cent, after rising slightly to 3.7% in June.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant says he guarantees that the struggling Lakers will make the playoffs and be a force to be reckoned with once they secure a playoff spot.“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that was published on Thursday. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”Bryant is highly confident despite the Lakers being in 10th spot in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers currently trail the Houston Rockets by 3½ games for the eighth spot. They are 26-29, but have won six of their last nine games, including a 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.After losing to the Miami Heat earlier this month 107-97, which most believed at the beginning of the season would be a preview of the NBA Finals, Bryant used the loss as a confidence booster to resurrect what has been a horrendous season.But Bryant acknowledged that the Lakers showed positive signs in their loss to the Heat.“And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game,” Bryant said. “We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the pass.”Bryant quickly conceded that the Heat took control of the game due to the play of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.“OK, they have two great players [James and Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game,” Bryant said. “But we were right there. We can do it.”Despite Bryant saying he guarantees making the playoffs, he admitted that it will take a team effort for them to reach the playoffs and make a deep run.The Lakers will host the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, hours after a private funeral will be held for former owner Jerry Buss, who died on Tuesday at the age of 80. They have a great opportunity to climb the standings as they begin an eight-game stretch in which five of their opponents have losing records. read more

first_imgHatch has been working for Sierra Gorda SCM (jointly owned by KGHM and Sumitomo) since mid-2012, when it started detail engineering for the molybdenum plant. The mine’s molybdenum feed grade is approximately 900 ppm—significantly higher than the industry average of 100 to 200 ppm. Therefore, for the first five years of operation, the molybdenum concentrate will be extremely rich. For the remainder of its estimated 35-year life, the plant will continue to process 110,000 t/d of ore with an option to expand to 190,000 t/d.A unique attribute of the Hatch-designed molybdenum plant is its as-built capacity. The design is sophisticated and flexible enough to operate from year one to the end of the mine life with only minor piping changes (no major upgrades) required to process the different throughputs coming from the collective copper/molybdenum main concentrator.The picture shows Sierra Gorda tailings thickeners with process water ponds in the background, for which seawater will be piped 142 km from a power plant cooling facility on the Pacific coast.To achieve the project’s business goals and 2014 production target, the mine and concentrator activity had to align with a very steep ramp-up curve. Hatch’s South American operational performance team was engaged at Sierra Gorda since March 2013 and, in November 2013, it mobilised a small site team to review the pre-commissioning and commissioning plan, and to assist in startup preparations. For 30 days, the team integrated pre-commissioning and commissioning data with existing schedules in Hatch’s iPas CS system, to demonstrate progress, identify potential risks, and advise on developments to minimise startup delays.In January 2014, Hatch was awarded additional work to provide ongoing support with pre-commissioning, commissioning and operational readiness for the multi-billion-dollar copper and molybdenum concentrator project. Hatch provided a full-time site team of 20 (with specialists from Chile, Peru and Canada) to support this effort.This team supported the operations group in further development of detailed schedules and checklists to enable efficient pre-commissioning turnover as well as execution of commissioning work. The team also helped Sierra Gorda audit spares, develop health and safety standards and isolation procedures, and facilitate overall plant operational readiness activities.Sierra Gorda is an open-pit, 110,000 t/d operation in northern Chile that will produce copper and molybdenum concentrates. The project is located about 170 km northeast of the coastal city of Antofagasta, at an altitude of 1,626 m in the Atacama desert.The mine has an expected life of 35 years, over which it will produce copper and molybdenum concentrates in two separate streams. For the first five years, the very high-grade molybdenum concentrate will produce significant revenue for the operation.The focus on efficiency paid off — Sierra Gorda is on track to produce first copper concentrate this year.last_img read more

One of the most ambitious guy in the World of Handball, former Rhein Neckar Lowen Master, now owner of Danish TOP team, AG Copenhagen, Jesper Nielsen called Kasi thinks that his team will win EHF Champions League next year:– I think AGK players have made an excellent EHF EURO 2012 and revealed that AGK is one of the best teams in the world. It’s also what I heard from people down there. There is a huge respect from the world to AG Copenhagen. – says Jesper Nielsen, who has reinforcements on the way, according to his assessment, the Danish champions to the title candidate for next year’s Champions League.– We have announced that the goal this year is called the quarterfinals, but we can also easily win the Champions League this year. If we get into the Final 4, we can beat all the others. But we can also lose to them – says Jesper Nielsen.AG Copenhagen is already in the EHF CL TOP 16, fight for the Group First Place with THW Kiel. ← Previous Story Joachim Boldsen will go “under the knife” Next Story → Baltic Handball League: Estonian Kehra leader after 10 Rounds AG CopenhagenEHF Final FourJesper NielsenKasi JesperTHW Kiel read more

3. Naturhouse La Rioja210156:50(6)2 6. TATRAN Presov200243:63(-20)0 2. Futebol Clube do Porto320183:76(7)4 1. HC Meshkov Brest330097:69(28)6 5. Vojvodina310271:85(-14)2 ← Previous Story VIDEO: Where are you going? Next Story → VIDEO: FC Barcelona Lassa “Gràcies Rutenka”! FC Porto and Meshkov Brest celebrated their new wins at the VELUX EHF Champions League Group C. Portuguese champions had furious 40 minutes in Novi Sad against 4.000 home fans (19:9), but Vojvodina managed to come back on 23:25 five minutes before the final buzzer. However, Porto led by fantastic goalie Hugo Laurentino kept the advantage until the end – 27:23 (14:8).Rodrigues Areia and Brito Duarte scored five goals each for the winners, while line-player Zoran Nikolić netted six for the Serbs.Another Serbian line-player were dominant tonight. That was the role of Rastko Stojković, who netted 10 goals in win of his Meshkov Brest against Chekhovskie Medvedi 33:27 (17:14). Dainis Kristopans added 8 goals on the final winning score, while Kotov scored six for the home team.STANDINGS: PHOTO: bgk-meshkova.com 4. Chekhovskie Medvedi310278:85(-7)2 read more

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcQHgYEIW0wPUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has expressed confidence that the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee will get to the bottom of the scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic.Howlin was speaking on his way into Cabinet this morning when he was asked about the CRC in the wake of the chief executive, Brian Conlan, resigning yesterday.Conlan has said he will not be appearing before the CRC, but Howlin told reporters: “Anyone who’s involved in the public’s money should make themselves available to the Public Accounts Committee.”Howlin said that the PAC is “robust” and “they normally get to the bottom of things” adding  that they will “pursue this until they get the full facts”.The Minister pointed out that committee has the “power of compellability” but said that is “strictly a matter for the committee” itself.- Video from Michelle Hennessy at Government Buildings. Read: Extra powers sought as ex-CRC chief ‘puts two fingers up to the PAC’last_img read more

first_imgDries Mertens has been heavily linked with a move away from Napoli and mostly the Premier League clubs have been said to be interested – however, the player himself claimed that he can stay at his current club.Maurizio Sarri ended as the Napoli coach and Carlo Ancelotti was announced as his replacement – Mertens hasn’t had a chance to meet him yet but he insisted that it is not about the coach but about the team’s strength.The Belgium international spoke about his future plans as he said that he might stay at the club, according to Calcio Mercato:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Stay in Naples? Let’s see how the story is, I do not understand what happened with Sarri, now I’m here, when I come back I’ll see.”“Am I fine with Ancelotti? For me also Sarri was fine, I look at the team: we have a strong team, it is not the coach who changes it.”last_img read more

first_imgOfeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR, Ryan Eskalis/NPR, Sanjit Das for NPRFrom left, Zainabu Hamayaji, who pretended to be mad to keep her children from being abducted by Boko Haram; Malebogo Malefhe, a winner of the 2017 International Women of Courage award; Eqbal Dauqan, a scientist from Yemen who could no longer work because of the conflict but then found a way to continue her career as a refugee.Editor’s note: This story was originally published in December and has been updated on March 8.March 8 is International Women’s Day — dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in all arenas: social, economic, cultural, political and personal as well.To mark the day, we’ve compiled some of the profiles we’ve done of truly remarkable women, from a 101-year-old runner from India to a Yemeni refugee who didn’t let war stop her from being a scientist.ArgentinaAlika Kinan, the sex trafficking activist who sued her captorsShelby Knowles/NPRAlika Kinan was one of eight activists honored at the State Department in 2017 for their work against human trafficking.When Kinan was a teenager in her native Argentina, a woman offered to buy her a plane ticket. Kinan thought was going to go on a great adventure. Instead, she was trafficked — stripped of her travel documents and taken to a brothel, where she was expected to have sex with 15 to 30 men a day. It was nearly 20 years before she was rescued. She went on to become the first Argentine woman to sue her traffickers and the state, winning a settlement of about $50,000. Her years of activism against trafficking were noted by the U.S. State Department in June: Kinan was one of eight activists honored at the unveiling of the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.BotswanaMalebogo Malefhe, a domestic abuse survivor who is fighting gender-based violenceRyan Eskalis/NPRMalebogo Malefhe is a winner of the 2017 International Women of Courage award.When people find out that Malefhe uses a wheelchair because she was shot by her boyfriend, the first question they ask is: “What did you do to him [to deserve it]?” Now Malefhe, who sustained eight bullets from her boyfriend of 10 years, wants to make sure that no woman who has faced domestic abuse is asked this question ever again. Since then, she has devoted herself to fighting gender-based violence in her native Botswana and teaching women that when men hurt them, it’s not their fault. The U.S. State Department honored her with a 2017 International Women of Courage award.IndiaMan Kaur, a 101-year-old runner from India who’s showing the world it’s never too late to start a new hobbyMichael Bradley/AFP/Getty ImagesMan Kaur of India celebrates after competing in the 100-meter sprint in the 100+ age category at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, in April.A competitive runner, Kaur is a record holder in her age group for several categories and is now training for the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Malaysia in September. The centenarian is a role model for women and runners everywhere. The diminutive Kaur hasn’t been a lifetime runner. She started running in 2009, when, on a whim, her son took her to the track. She enjoyed it — and she hasn’t stopped since.KenyaEdna Kiplagat, a daughter of peasant farmers who won the Boston MarathonJohn Tlumacki/Boston Globe via Getty ImagesEdna Kiplagat crosses the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17. It was her first time running the race.Kiplagat was the fourth of 6 children. Her parents were peasant farmers. Last year, she took home $150,000 in prize money for winning the Boston Marathon. She’s done this while raising not just her two biological kids but also the two children of her sister, Alice, who died of breast cancer in 2003. She also has adopted another child whose parents passed away.“It’s not hard,” she says of balancing being a mother of five and a world-class athlete. “It’s about organizing yourself and making sure that everything is done at the right time.”NigeriaZainabu Hamayaji, a Boko Haram survivor who pretended to be crazy to save her childrenOfeibea Quist-Arcton/NPRZainabu Hamayaji went to extreme lengths to keep her children from being abducted by Boko Haram.Ingenuity, inspiration, an elaborate ruse and a touch of madness. That is what it took for Hamayaji to protect her family from Boko Haram. The terror network in northeastern Nigeria has killed 20,000 people, abducted thousands and driven more than 2 million people from their homes during its eight-year insurgency. The 47-year-old mother of 10 — four biological and six orphaned children ranging from age 5 to 15 — feigned insanity to keep the insurgents away. “I was told Boko Haram was approaching and looking for young girls,” she says. “Someone had tipped them off that I had a daughter of marriageable age, but I swore to myself that I would never allow them to wed or abduct my daughter.” And they didn’t want to mess with a “madwoman,” says Hamayaji, whose husband had been killed earlier by the insurgents. She and her children now live in a camp for displaced persons in her hometown.YemenEqbal Dauqan, a refugee who didn’t let war deter her from being a scientistSanjit Das/for NPREqbal Dauqan, a scientist from Yemen, is now working at Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia.In March 2015, Dauqan’s hometown of Taiz was pulled into Yemen’s bloody civil war. Planes dropped bombs — and not just on military targets. “They were bombing my university!” says Dauqan, a biochemistry professor. “They killed some of my students.” After the bombings began, she had to stop her research. The university shut down. And it wasn’t safe for her to leave home. After months in hiding, Dauqan had an idea: Maybe her science could get her out of the war. She applied for a scholarship for refugees — and won it. Today, she works as a scientist, researcher and professor at Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia.ZimbabweChenai Mathabire, winner of a prize for her research on a faster tuberculosis testCourtesy of MSFResearcher Chenai Mathabire, center, takes part in an HIV awareness campaign in Malawi in 2016.There was a time when Mathabire read Vogue, watched beauty pageants on TV and fantasized about being a supermodel. Today she helps the sick and injured as a nurse and epidemiologist. This year, she received an International AIDS Society prize for showing that a faster tuberculosis test could be implemented at health centers in southeast Africa. Her goal is save the lives of HIV-positive patients who contract TB. “Nursing is often looked down upon and people just think you are there to be the maid of the doctor or do the dirty work. But teachers made me realize that nurses have a big role to play,” she says.Your TurnTell us about a woman who’s making life better for other women — especially in the developing world.It can be a woman you know personally, a woman you’ve read about in the news or an under-the-radar woman whose story you think the world needs to know. We’re taking submissions until March 16. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgAzevedo acknowledges this may not be a permanent situation. Volatility and unpredictability were equally extreme during the 1950s, for example, but in the decades leading up to the early 2000s things were a lot less volatile and more predictable.But she notes that the energy world looks very different now. It’s truly an international business, with oil and gas coming from scores of countries and new technologies changing the energy landscape constantly. Meanwhile, numerous economies that used to be small players, especially China and other Asian countries, now have huge influence over world supply and demand.Azevedo says the current volatility is a “stark reminder” that “surprises” may be the new norm.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Charlie Riedel/APAn oil field near Lovington, N.M. A new study finds that in the last decade energy analysts have grown worse at predicting future energy production, demand and prices.A lot of smart people spend a lot of time trying to predict how much oil and gas is going to come out of the ground in the future.Lately, they’ve been getting it wrong.“Unpredictability, measured as the frequency of extreme errors in … projections, has increased in the most recent decade,” according to an unusual new study by a team at Carnegie Mellon University that found analysts are getting worse at predicting both how much oil and gas will be produced and how much Americans will need.That’s not good news, according to Ines Azevedo, an engineer at Carnegie Mellon who supervised the study. Oil and gas alone contribute about $250 billion per year to the economy, and fuel-dependent transportation of people and goods add almost a trillion dollars more.Azevedo’s team examined the last six decades of data on energy supply, demand and prices, as well as several decades of projections by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Part of the federal government, the EIA makes projections each year that lay out how much oil, gas and coal will be produced in the near future, as well as what consumers are likely to demand.These projections are the gold standard for business and power companies, and anyone else who cares about energy economics. Businesses, state governments and utilities depend on the projections to plan how much fuel to buy, what to charge consumers for electricity and fuel and what kind of new power plants to build.How much consumers pay at the pump or to your power company depends on how well energy producers plan.Steven Davis, an energy expert at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved in the study, says predictions have gotten worse for two main reasons. “One was this revolution in how we were able to extract gas and oil through fracking and horizontal drilling, which really shook up the energy sector,” he says. Suddenly, oil and gas that was once thought unreachable could be extracted using this new technology. Supplies shot up, and prices dropped.Economic volatility is also to blame. “The recession that struck around 2007 and 2008,” he adds, “really started tanking economies around the world.”The new study shows how prices, production and consumption sometimes exceeded expectations, and sometimes fell below what had been predicted. Davis says the uncertainty has real consequences beyond making hedge fund managers nervous. It leads businesses to be more conservative.“You’re less inclined to take on big, irreversible investments on things like a gigantic power plant, and instead you may sort of hedge by holding tight with what you have,” Davis explains. If “what you have” is an old, polluting power plant, that could be bad for the environment.One part of the energy business left out of the analysis, published in the journal Nature Energy, is the market for electricity from solar energy and wind power. But past analyses have found the unpredictability holds true there as well; prices have been significantly lower and growth higher than what was projected a decade ago. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgWeeping, wailing and lamenting out loud, displays of the aching anguish felt at the death of a loved one, can also be a traditional art.For Lakshmi R, who hails from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, weeping on command and often during funerals for strangers, is a profession she has been practicing for the past over 20 years The 57-year-old professional mourner, a practitioner of  ‘Oppori’, the ancient tradition of singing to express grief and lament, gave a live performance at Khoj Collective recently. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event was part of the finale event marking a show curated by the Delhi-based artist collective Khoj. Titled Nameless Here for Evermore it showcased art reflecting on global suffering and collective trauma. “It was fairly disturbing”, says Amitesh Grover, an assistant professor at the National School of Drama who was invited by Khoj to put up the performance.“I wanted to investigate what mourning means. I have been observing a lack of collective mourning in urban society. It is entirely absent in society. Nowadays we do not meet to mourn collectively,” says Grover. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDuring his research Grover spent some time in Tirunelveli and among Oppori singers, of whom he says there is no correct estimate available. “There are no correct estimates on the community. It is a dying tradition. No new women were interested or allowed to practice and existing Oppori singers are stigmatised by neighbours and not invited to weddings etc because they are thought to carry the stigma of death,” says Grover. Lakshmi, who ran away from her abusive husband provided an intimate autobiographical account of her life and sorrows to a select audience in Delhi, which was visibly moved by the performance. Some people even completely broke down into tears moved by the sheer force of her songs. “The event was designed for her to see death not just as a private affair but also a lament,” says Grover.“Lakshmi has been singing for 20 years now and we set up a tutorial during event so that the young artist Janagi learnt to sing the Oppori repeating after Lakshmi,” says Grover.The show was intended as a way to look at transferrance of the quality of mourning, to set up a dialogue with a traditional performative practice. “It is a deep experience,” says Grover.“From my perspective I wanted to see how Lakshmi managed to produce tears. Everytime, I have seen her perfrom I have seen her cry and the tears are genuine. Sometimes she had to stop and wipe them away. She brings out the intimate sadness and to me that is mark of a true performer,” says Grover. The performer herself draws strength from the responses of the audience. She sings, wails and beats her chest and accompanied to the sounds of a beating drum she helps mourners bring their burried grief to the surface.Meanwhile, the Khoj show has got togther an exhibition of multimedia artworks by 10 international artists based on various incidents like the violence in Jammu and Kasmir over the last decade, the Punjab and Delhi riots of 1984, the occupation of Afghanistan besides others.last_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The recent spike in fuel prices is cause for great concern, as it is impacting on the lives of all South Africans, especially the poorest of the poor who rely on paraffin for heating, lighting and cooking.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The day is coming closer when another petrol price increase is on the cards at the end of July going into August.This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.The AA explains: “International oil prices see-sawed during the first half of July, but remained within a fairly narrow band and did not contribute substantially to the price rises we are anticipating for next month.”The AA says the current data suggests a price rise of 19 cents a litre for petrol, 13 cents for diesel and 22 cents for illuminating paraffin.last_img read more

first_img Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Line Friday, December 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has announced the name of its new Vista-Class ship, set to debut in fall 2019.Carnival Panorama is the third in the line’s highly successful Vista-class series, which are all named to reflect the connection between the ships and the sea. Panorama will join its sister ships: Vista, which entered service in 2016, and Horizon, set to debut on April 2, 2018. The three 3,954-passenger Vista-class ships are the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line.Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will offer venues with both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi, along with open-air attractions like the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare recreation area.Also featured will be a vibrant Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool, Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations, the Family Harbor Lounge, a luxurious Cloud 9 Spa and Ocean Plaza, a spacious dining and entertainment venue with indoor and outdoor seating.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“Carnival Panorama is the perfect name to reflect the design inspiration of our Vista-class ships providing more venues and opportunities to connect with the sea,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Panorama will offer a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor experiences along with exciting one-of-a-kind features that will provide our guests with a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories,” she added.Currently under construction at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, Carnival Panorama is scheduled to enter service in November 2019. Homeport and itinerary, along with other new features of this ship, will be announced at a later date. And the name of Carnival’s new Vista-Class ship is… Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressBEIJING (AP) – The wife of a long-imprisoned ethnic Mongolian activist in China said Monday that she has spent nearly two years in detention and house arrest on a fabricated charge to silence her family, and that her husband is suffering from depression.Xinna told The Associated Press by telephone that her husband, Hada, who was accused of separatism and spying in China’s region of Inner Mongolia and has been detained for 17 years, has become “very depressed” in custody. Many ethnic Mongolians use only one name. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Xinna appealed for the international community to help win Hada’s release.“He is in a very bad state,” Xinna said by telephone Monday from the regional capital of Hohhot, adding she has seen her husband about once a month recently.“I asked him to walk around, but he wouldn’t. The doctor suggested that he should be transferred to a mental health hospital, but they won’t allow that. They don’t even give him toilet paper,” she said.She said he is being kept at a police-rented compound inside an ecological park near Hohhot airport.Xinna, 57, said she and her son, Weilesi, 28, were initially detained at the same place in December 2010 _ she on charges of bootlegging CDs and he on drug charges _ and that both have been under tight surveillance since her release in April.Weilesi was released on bail in September 2011, and authorities decided not to prosecute him last month, Xinna said. She was given a three-year sentence in April that was commuted to house arrest. Both have denied any wrongdoing, and Xinna said the charges were aimed at silencing them.While ethnic separatism is not well known in Inner Mongolia, it’s a sensitive issue for China’s government, which fears the spread of the violent unrest that has hit its regions of Tibet and Xinjiang in recent years. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Repeated calls to police and government offices in Hohhot rang unanswered Monday.Chinese authorities routinely harass family members of prominent dissidents, subjecting them to monitoring, questioning, house arrest or detention to silence them or to pressure the activists into compliance.Hada formed a political group in the early 1990s that strived for self-determination for Inner Mongolia, a Chinese region bordering the independent state of Mongolia. The family bookstore in Hohhot became the center of the movement.A court ordered Hada to spend 15 years in prison and to be deprived of his political rights for four years. At the time of his scheduled release in December 2010 he was detained again by authorities. Xinna and Weilesi were taken into custody shortly before Hada’s scheduled release.Xinna said police told them they were keeping him detained because he had been deprived of his political rights. Under Chinese law, people deprived of their political rights are subject to police surveillance and lose the freedoms of speech and assembly.Mother and son now share a rented house in a Hohhot suburb.“There are several cameras that have been installed around my house,” Xinna said. “If I go out I need to get approval from authorities and I am followed by police.” Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more