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AP-STATUS 2 LAST

AP-STATUS 2 LAST

first_imgIn his October 17 letter to Modi, Gandhi noted that (theIn his October 17 letter to Modi, Gandhi noted that (the then) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced special category status on the floor of Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014, and that was later approved by the UPA Cabinet and sent to the Planning Commission for implementation.Pointing that many of the commitments made to the state remain unfulfilled, he told the Modi, “I have been to Andhra Pradesh twice over the last year. Everywhere I went, I could sense the severe disappointment and pain the people were in due to the Centres failure to honour its commitments.”Today, the state is facing a huge revenue deficit and development initiatives are at a virtual standstill. Despite the obvious need for immediate aid, the Centre has still not acted to extend support.”Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, had said that the NITI Aayog was examining the matter of granting of special status to AP along with an assistance package to the state. PTI RS GK KKMlast_img read more

How every team in IPL 2020 looks after releasing and retaining players

How every team in IPL 2020 looks after releasing and retaining players

first_imgAdvertisementThe IPL never fails to amaze us. Be it the nail-biting super over in the final or the tense player auction; the biggest T20 league in the world has everything a cricket fan can ask for. The preparations for the next edition have already started and the teams are ready for the auction in Kolkata next month. Before the big day, the franchises were given a window to trade players among themselves and it’s safe to say that some serious changes took place which no one saw coming.The first major trade of the most active transfer windows in IPL history, came in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin who joined Delhi Capitals from Kings XI Punjab. Under their former skipper, KXIP showed glimpses of promise but ended their campaign empty handed two years in a row. Another major addition for the Delhi franchise was Ajinkya Rahane, who like Ashwin bid farewell to captaincy and joined from Rajasthan Royals. These two veterans will undoubtedly help the the youngest squad of the IPL finish in a respectable position they’ve been desperate of since the last decade.The only page you’ve waited to hear this from 😉🚨 Welcome to #DelhiCapitals, @ashwinravi99 🚨We can’t wait to watch the Spin King 👑 in #DC colours!#WelcomeAshwin #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/Sg0RcLv0eX— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) November 8, 2019 Rajasthan RoyalsRuthless Rajasthan Royals released 13 players including their match-winners K Gowtham and Rahane last week. Despite the addition of Ankit Rajpoot and Rahul Tewatia to strengthen their bench it’ll be hard for the Royals to find Rahane’s replacement. The management howver explained that they found it difficult to accommodate both Smith and Rahane in the lineup and decided to keep the former as their new leader.Like we said – Once a Royal, always a Royal! 😎Our new signing is a familiar face in the #RoyalsFamily! 🙌🏾#HallaBol | #RoyalsFamily | @rahultewatia02 pic.twitter.com/WOGESKjKeU— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 15, 2019Royal Challengers BangaloreRCB were idle during the transfer window but released 11 of their players including stars like Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Tim Southee as Virat Kohli’s side have 27 crores in their purse to refill the squad.Sunrisers HyderabadSunrisers can be considered as one of the few teams to have a well-balanced squad at their disposal. The Hyderabad based franchise have let go just five players including the suspended Shakib al Hasan. Trevor Bayliss’s team have only 17 crores to spend we’re pretty much sure that they will do that wisely.Now that the trade window is over and with a hefty amount to spend, the teams are eager to reshape and balance their squad on December 19th in Kolkata.Read Also:Mumbai Indians trade Mayank Markande for Sherfane RutherfordIPL 2020 auction set for December in Kolkata; each franchise allotted Rs 85 crore! To bolster their pace attack, Mumbai Indians pulled off the biggest coup, trading Kiwi pacer Trent Boult from Delhi Capitals. With the fiery Jasprit Bumrah to partner him, the Indians have built themselves a formidable pace attack for next year.Rajasthan Royals have also been busy these last few days but surprisingly, they parted with the most capped player in their history (Ajinkya Rahane) and also let go of K Gowtham, who has been a revelation in the domestic circuit. The Jaipur based team have brought Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Rajpoot and Mayank Markande from Delhi, KXIP and Mumbai respectievely and it’ll be an interesting auction for them. Mumbai IndiansReigning champions Mumbai Indians proved to be smart in the window. Beside Boult, West Indian Sherfane Rutherford has been included as a handy pinch-hitting option at the top of the order. But it is their pace attack which has garnered much attention. The likes of Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Trent Boult and the newly added Dhawal Kulkarni as the bowling options will send chills down the opponent’s spine.center_img While the complete list of players released and traded by franchises is quite long, we’re giving an overview of how the teams look after the end of the busiest trade window.Chennai Super KingsNo players have been swapped or traded in the window but five players including fast bowler Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey and Chaitanya Bishnoi find themselves out of the squad.Delhi CapitalsAs mentioned above Delhi Capitals, are desperate to reach the play-offs regularly. The team has undergone major changes following their rebranding, and after a long wait, reached the play-offs last time. However, the team management were looking for experience to lead the youngsters by examples and the acquisitions of Ashwin and Rahane adds the icing on the cake.🚨 HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨Right click > Save As > Player_Announcement_Video_Final.mp4 ✅#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/VG4PNcHaei— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) November 14, 2019Kolkata Knight RidersShah Rukh Khan’s team just added Siddesh Lad to the side from Mumbai in the trading window but have released some of their core players like Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla. With 35 crores in their kitty, KKR will be eager to revamp the squad and build around Andre Russell.Kings XI PunjabIt seems that Kings XI Punjab never learn from their mistakes. The franchise continue to change personnel more often than others in search for the elusive IPL crown. Therefore, Ashwin gets the boot this year and has been replaced by K Gowtham. However, they also released their crucial pinch-hitter David Miller in the process as well. With the highest amount to spend among all teams, Anil Kumble led KXIP need to bolster the squad in every department unlike everyone else. Advertisementlast_img read more

I was prepared to be sacked from day one: Roelant Oltmans

I was prepared to be sacked from day one: Roelant Oltmans

first_img“I was always prepared to be sacked,” says Roelant Oltmans after Hockey Indian removed the legendary Dutchman as head coach despite a largely successful stint of four-and-a-half years.India has always been a difficult place to work for foreign hockey coaches due to difference of opinion with national federations and bureaucratic hurdles.In the past, renowned coaches like Australian Ric Charlesworth, Spaniard Jose Brasa, Micheal Nobbs, Terry Walsh and Paul van Ass were shown the door unceremoniously even before the completion of their tenures.Asked whether he came prepared for the tough job when he was appointed as Indian hockey’s High Performance Director in 2013, he answered in the affirmative.”We all (foreigners) know India is not the easiest of countries to work — especially in the sporting sector because of a host of issues. But in my mind, I was always prepared. When I took up the offer, I knew someday I will be sacked but I was ready for that,” Oltmans told PTI in an interview just after his sacking.The Dutchman, who came to India in 2013 as High Performance Director, however, said he has no regrets and hoped that he has made good roadmap for the team to follow.”I have no regrets because I know I have left certain legacy for India hockey in the last four-and-a-half-years. The team has made significant progress and I just hope the process which I had set continues in the future,” Oltmans said.Oltmans said the day he took up the role he emphasized on the need to set long-term goals for Indian hockey to revive its past glory.advertisement”My plan from day one was to set long-term goals for India hockey to put the house in order and achieve a level a consistency. I had always said that India needs 6 years to to be in the top 3,” he said.”But it seems it’s different in India. People want overnight results. But it takes to build a process after a slump. In India it’s all about winning a tournament, everyone thinks from the point of view of a fan. It takes time.””But I never had any disagreement with the authorities here. I had a great time and enjoyed here,” Oltmans clarified.The Dutchman, however, was taken aback with the sudden decision of Hockey India and said it was not in the best interest of the country.”I don’t think it was the right moment to take this decision. We had always set our target for 2017 Asia Cup and winning the Hockey World League Finals.”The Dutchman feels he has set in a system for the Indian men’s team to propel in future.”We had prepared the team for the future. I am 100 per cent confident we will win the Asia Cup and I absolutely feel we can finish on the podium in the HWL Finals, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games provided we have the systems in place,” Oltmans said in a caustic tone.”But you never know because a new coach will come and he will have his own style of play. But I feel the team is heading in the right direction,” he signed off.last_img read more

Four-time world champions Italy on the brink of missing 2018 FIFA World Cup bus

Four-time world champions Italy on the brink of missing 2018 FIFA World Cup bus

first_imgThe sight of Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne being brought on for the final 15 minutes of Italy’s World Cup playoff in Sweden was a welcome one for away fans.With Italy trailing 1-0 in the first leg, the Azzurri desperately needed the creative skills of the 26-year-old Insigne.But fans and even the Italy players themselves were bemused when Insigne took up Marco Verratti’s central midfield role.Insigne had to explain to his teammates, saying “in the middle” before shrugging his shoulders with resignation and responding “yes” to their incredulity.The substitution failed to change the score and Italy were left at serious risk of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.”The coach knows what kind of player I am, and when I’m called upon I always try to give my best,” Insigne said. “I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make a difference tonight. If the coach asks me to play for one minute or 90, I’ll always try to give 100 per cent.”The coach asked if I felt ready to replace Verratti and I said yes because we have to give 100 per cent in any role the coach asks us to play, and even more with the national jersey … I’m disappointed, but now we must get our heads down and work because we have the return match Monday and we have to try to win it at all costs.”It is this creative midfield role that will be Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura’s biggest headache as he ponders what changes to ring for the second leg in Milan on Monday.advertisementVerratti is suspended after picking up a second booking in Sweden. Jorginho has been in fantastic form for Napoli this season and seems the most natural replacement but he has never played for Italy before. However, the only other option is Roberto Gagliardini and the Inter Milan midfielder lacks the offensive capabilities needed this time round.Italy were too predictable and slow to punish Sweden’s well-organized defense on Friday. Although Ventura shelved his unpopular 4-2-4 formation, the 3-5-2 system didn’t work either.The players appear perfectly suited to a 4-3-3 system used by Napoli and Roma, who are playing the best football in Italy at the moment.Ventura will have better options up front for the return match. Simone Zaza should be back from the knee injury which kept him out of Friday’s match, while Andrea Belotti – who has only just returned from injury – will also be in better shape.Matteo Darmian was Italy’s best player on Friday and should start again at San Siro.The veteran “BBC” defense of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini also proved solid. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was rarely tested and the only goal was deflected in off Daniele De Rossi.Buffon has called for Italy to play with more ferocity in Milan.”We’ll need a physical Italy side,” the Italy captain said. “But a physical match will not be enough: we have to keep our balance, conceding a goal would be disastrous.”We can talk about our mistakes but it won’t help anything. We need to hold our heads high and stand tall to come back. We need to be fierce, us and the whole San Siro.”last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: THORSUN Goes “Modern Pueblo” For SS15

TGIF Shopping: THORSUN Goes “Modern Pueblo” For SS15

first_imgNow that April’s here, it might as well be Spring. In that spirit, we’re turning our attention toward swimwear, particularly THORSUN, ​a new company launching a unique blend of essentials including original prints and hand embroidered details.For SS15, THORSUN designer George Sotelo travelled to Mata Ortiz, a little known desert town one hundred miles south of the US border (population 1,182). The town is known for having the largest concentration of artisan ceramic makers in the Americas, having dedicated themselves to the revival of forgotten Mesoamerican pottery since the 1960s.Related: Tax Season Travel Splurge: Vacationing at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives“I grew up going to Mexico every summer as kid,” explains Soleto. “When you travel by road in-between these places you cross through some really cool and diverse Indigenous towns. I went to the Artisanal Ceramic Museum in Morelia that was showcasing pottery from different regions of Mexico and that’s where I first came across this style of pottery.”From there, he slowly started collecting and buying ceramics and pottery as gifts. “I started becoming that guy who collects plates and pottery,” he jokes.Soleto looked no further than his second home for inspiration, but wanted to eschew the more traditional route of references including Frida Khalo, Fiesta wear or typical Tulum bohemia.“Developing this line was a lot of fun for me, but there were definitely a lot of challenges trying to get across the artisanal vibe without being too aggressive or coming off too bohemian. I had to play with the scale a lot and modernize some of the prints.”To do this, he started introducing other styles and art movements such as Bauhaus and Modernism, settling on a style of prints he refers to as ‘Modern Pueblo’.The entire line is made in New York’s Garment District with fabrics sourced from France. Each swimsuit features five pockets: Deep pockets with a coin pocket, a zippered back pocket and an internal security pocket for cash and credit cards.You can purchase THORSUN at Bergdorf Goodman NYC, Webster Miami, Matches Fashion UK and online at Thorsun.com. Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree 1. Thorsun Shorts SS15 2. Thorsun Shorts SS15 3. Thorsun Shorts SS15 4. Thorsun Shorts SS15 5. Thorsun Shorts SS15 The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Nowcenter_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Zhonggu Shipping Orders Four Boxships from Jinling

Zhonggu Shipping Orders Four Boxships from Jinling

first_imgzoom Jinling Shipyard, a shipbuilding arm of CSC Sinotrans, has signed a construction contract with Shanghai-based Zhonggu Shipping for four 2,500 TEU container ships.The boxships will be designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) and will feature the latest energy-saving features, the yard said.The ships will boast a length overall (LOA) of 180 meters, a width of 32.2 meters and a depth of 16.2 m.According to the Chinese shipbuilder, the orders received mark a new breakthrough for Jinling Shipyard in the battle for market orders, especially when considering the overcapacity in the country’s shipbuilding market.Under the terms of the contract, the ships are slated to start delivery as of March, 2018.This is the second order placed by Zhonggu Shipping in less than a month, as the company had in May booked construction of four 2,500 TEU boxships at Shanghai Shipyard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Dont vote for a PM who divides people

Dont vote for a PM who divides people

first_imgNamkhana/Metiabruz (South 24-Parganas): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee urged people not to cast any vote in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who believes in using nasty divisive politics to destabilise the society. She was addressing a mammoth rally at Metiabruz on Monday afternoon.”Modi creates divide between the Hindus and Muslims and tries to destroy our tradition and culture. In Bengal, people belonging to different castes and religions live peacefully. You will find many Hindus taking part in Iftar and many Muslims organising Durga puja. I will not allow anyone to destroy our tradition and culture,” said an irate Mamata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaRetorting to the fact that people have often criticised her for Muslim appeasement, she said: “What does this mean? Should I shun them? Aren’t they my brothers? I come from a Brahmin family and it was Firhad Hakim and his wife who had offered bhiksha to the son of my brother during his sacred thread ceremony. We do not discriminate between Hindus and Muslims.” She alleged that BJP is spending huge amounts of money to win the election. “They are spending crores of rupees to win the election. I have demanded electoral reforms. BJP leaders are staying in different hotels and guest houses with boxes containing money. I have asked the police to check the cars of all the leaders including myself. In Midnapore, money was found in the possession of a BJP leader,” Banerjee said, without naming Bharati Ghosh. The Trinamool supremo’s apprehension came true when Rs 1 crore was found from the personal assistant of state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Monday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBanerjee said the saffron party has taken control over all the institutions. “The Central Forces jawans are opening fire and are harassing people. Law and Order is a state subject. Some of the Central Force personnel are even asking people to cast their vote for Modi. We have taken up the matter in the proper forum,” she added. Coming down heavily on CPI(M) and Congress, Banerjee alleged that both the parties are helping BJP clandestinely and vice-versa. “In Jadavpur, BJP is helping Bikas Bhattacharya while RSS has helped Congress candidates Adhir Chowdhury and Abhijit Mukherjee in the Berhampur and Jangipur seats. This is most unfortunate. I have to fight against BJP, CPI(M), Congress and the Central agencies at once,” she said. Criticising BJP national president Amit Shah, who said that she has reduced Bengal to a Kangal (beggar), Banerjee said: “What an audacity. BJP has ruined India financially. Note ban was a disaster and hasty implementation of GST has affected the small and medium scale traders and businesses. Instead of self-analysing he is criticising Bengal where tremendous development has taken place in the past eight years.” “It was May 13, 2011 when Trinamool Congress had ousted CPI(M) and put an end to 34 years of misrule in Bengal. Now, the rule of BJP will come to an end in similar fashion. We will set up a stable government at the Centre, which will be secular and pro-development,” the Trinamool supremo added. She urged people to vote for C M Jatua in Mathurapur and Abhishek Banerjee in Dianomd Harbour, saying: “Cast your vote in favour of Trinamool Congress to oust Modi from Delhi and pave the way for a stable government at the Centre.”last_img read more

Morocco to Host Global Summit of Alliance of Civilizations in 2020

Morocco to Host Global Summit of Alliance of Civilizations in 2020

Rabat – The High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAO), Miguel Angel Moratinos, is full of gratitude to Morocco for hosting the Global Summit of the 2020 Alliance of Civilizations. The former Spanish foreign minister held talks with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on Sunday, September 22  in New York on the sidelines of the UN Climate summit.“ I am grateful to the King [Mohammed VI] and Morocco for the confidence they have placed in the Alliance of Civilizations to hold this summit in the kingdom next year,” Moratinos told the press after his meeting with Bourita. Initiated in 2005, the UN Alliance of Civilizations seeks to promote intercultural relations across the world.Moratinos said that the major summit will not only focus on relations between the countries of the Arab and Muslim World and the West but “also Africa and Latin America.”The UN representative also said that his talks with Bourita touched on “Morocco’s excellent relations with the Alliance.”“We are working on all issues, including the prevention, mediation, and the fight against terrorism,” he said.This is not Moratinos’s first positive comment on Morocco’s role in promoting interfaith dialogue and intercultural connections. Amid Pope Francis’s visit to Morocco in late March, the Spanish diplomat lauded Morocco’s efforts in fighting against religious intolerance. The comment comes after the visit of Pope Francis o Morocco at the end of the month of March.Moratinos described the trip as “historic” and a reflection of Morocco’s King’s commitment to interfaith dialogue and the peaceful cohabitation of different religions.“This visit is also part of the will of two great personalities, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Majesty King Mohammed VI, who both have a roadmap to show that belonging to a religion and to a culture should not be an obstacle, but on the contrary, an element of mutual understanding and respect for each other’s part,” Moratinos said. read more

Tractor trailer roll over

Tractor trailer roll over

The Ford Drive off ramp from the Toronto bound QEW will be closed for most of the morning after a tractor trailer carrying 2 000 cases of Twisted Lemonade rolled over.It happened around 5:30 am this morning. The 48 year old driver and his dog were not hurt and were able to crawl out on their own.Conditions were dry and clear this morning, OPP will analyze the truck and will look at all the factors to determined why the truck rolled.The clean up is expected to take several hours, left lane will remain closed for clean-up and repair all other’s are open.

Guardian of Rockefeller fortune philanthropy dies at 101

Guardian of Rockefeller fortune philanthropy dies at 101

by Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2017 9:03 am MDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 8, 1984 file photo, David Rockefeller, left, chairman of the Council Americas, shakes hands with President Ronald Reagan at the State Department in Washington. David Rockefeller, the billionaire philanthropist who was the last of his generation in the famously philanthropic Rockefeller family died, Monday, March 20, 2017, according to a family spokesman. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File) Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101 NEW YORK, N.Y. – David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for charitable giving.That lesson lasted throughout his life; to mark his 100th birthday in 2015, Rockefeller gave 1,000 acres of land next to a national park to the state of Maine.Rockefeller died Monday in his sleep at his home in Pocantico Hills at age 101, according to his spokesman, Fraser P. Seitel.He was the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller and the youngest of five sons and one daughter born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. He was also the guardian of his family’s fortune and head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that ranged from environmental conservation to the arts.Unlike his brothers Nelson, the governor of New York who hungered for the White House and was briefly vice-president, and Winthrop, a governor of Arkansas, David Rockefeller wielded power and influence without ever seeking public office. Among his many accomplishments were spurring the project that led to the World Trade Center.“No individual has contributed more to the commercial and civic life of New York City over a longer period of time than David Rockefeller,” said Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor and fellow billionaire. “I have long admired his commitment to the city, which began with a dollar-a-year job working as a secretary to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. During my time in City Hall, he was always there for the city when we called.”Unlike his other brothers, John D. 3rd and Laurance, who shied from the spotlight and were known for philanthropy, David Rockefeller embraced business and travelled and spoke widely as a champion of enlightened capitalism.“American capitalism has brought more benefits to more people than any other system in any part of the world at any time in history,” he said. “The problem is to see that the system is run as efficiently and as honestly as it can be.”Rockefeller graduated from Harvard in 1936 and received a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1940. He served in the Army during World War II, then began climbing the ranks of management at Chase Bank. That bank merged with the Manhattan company in 1955.He was named Chase Manhattan’s president in 1961 and chairman and CEO eight years later. He retired in 1981 at age 65 after a 35-year career.In his role of business statesman, Rockefeller preached capitalism at home and favoured assisting economies abroad on grounds that bringing prosperity to the Third World would create customers for American products.He parted company with some of his fellow capitalists on income taxes, calling it unseemly to earn a million and then find ways to avoid paying the taxes. He didn’t say how much he paid in taxes, and he never spoke publicly about his personal worth. In 2015, Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $3 billion.As one of the Rockefeller grandchildren, David belonged to the last generation in which the inherited family billions were concentrated in a few hands. The next generation, known as “the cousins,” are more numerous.Rockefeller was estimated to have met more than 200 rulers in more than 100 countries during his lifetime, and often was treated as if he were a visiting head of state.In addition to the philanthropy that “touched and lifted innumerable lives,” Rockefeller’s “connections and keen aptitude for issues made him a valuable adviser to presidents of both parties — yours truly certainly included,” said former President George H.W. Bush. He said Rockefeller was a “wonderful friend” to him and his wife, Barbara.Under Rockefeller, Chase — now known as JPMorgan Chase — was the first U.S. bank to open offices in the Soviet Union and China and, in 1974, the first to open an office in Egypt after the Suez crisis of 1956.In his early travels to South Africa, Rockefeller arranged clandestine meetings with several underground black leaders. “I find it terribly important to get overall impressions beyond those I get from businessmen,” he said.But Rockefeller took a lot of heat for his bank’s substantial dealings with South Africa’s white separatist regime and for helping the deposed, terminally ill Shah of Iran come to New York for medical treatment in 1979, the move that triggered the 13-month U.S. embassy hostage crisis in Tehran.Rockefeller maintained the family’s patronage of the arts, including its long-standing relationship with the Museum of Modern Art, which his mother had been a fervent patron of. His private art collection was once valued at $500 million. The Rockefeller estate at Kykuit, overlooking the Hudson River north of New York City, is the repository of four generations of family history, including Nelson’s art and sculpture collection.One of the major efforts of Rockefeller’s later years was directed at restoring family influence in the landmark Rockefeller Center, most of which had been sold in the 1980s to Japanese investors. He eventually organized an investor group to buy back 45 per cent of the property.His philanthropy and other activities earned him a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, in 1998.“Throughout his life he used his fame and fortune to do good here and abroad,” former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton said in a statement. “His tremendous support of arts and humanities in America gave millions of people in communities across the country the opportunity to experience our great heritage of painting, dance, music, and so much more.”Rockefeller and his wife, the former Margaret McGrath, were married in 1940 and had six children — David Jr., Richard, Abby, Neva, Margaret and Eileen. His wife, an active conservationist, died in 1996. read more

North American stock indices relatively flat ahead of Memorial Day weekend

North American stock indices relatively flat ahead of Memorial Day weekend

North American stock indices relatively flat ahead of Memorial Day weekend by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2017 9:36 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets were relatively flat Friday, while the price of oil rebounded after dropping nearly US$2.50 a barrel the day before.The S&P/TSX composite index inched forward 6.20 points to 15,416.93 as the gold sector led the way.The June gold contract soared US$11.70 to US$1,268.10 an ounce, while the S&P/TSX global gold index gained 0.74 per cent.“We’re still seeing the U.S. dollar sub-performing and I think that’s giving gold some support,” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management.The U.S. dollar’s lacklustre performance comes in part from doubts about whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates at its June meeting, as well as economic conditions not showing enough acceleration, he said.Meanwhile, the July crude oil contract rose 90 cents to US$49.80 per barrel, helping the energy sector in Toronto gain 0.39 per cent.The increase came a day after investors showed disappointment over OPEC’s decision to extend production cuts by nine months. Some had hoped for deeper and longer cuts.“A little bit of a bounce back was to be expected today,” Pyle said. “I think yesterday’s drop was probably exaggerated.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 2.67 points to 21,080.28. The S&P 500 index gained a meagre three-quarters of a point to a record-high 2,415.82, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 4.93 points to a record-high 6,210.19.The U.S. markets will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.The Canadian dollar fell 0.01 of a U.S. cent to an average price of 74.32 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, the July natural gas contract advanced 3.5 cents to US$3.31 per mmBTU and the July copper contract shed about 3.2 cents to roughly US$2.57 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Humanitarian needs outpacing response amid ongoing obstacles to aid delivery in Syria

Humanitarian needs outpacing response amid ongoing obstacles to aid delivery in Syria

Four months after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding unimpeded access to people in need of assistance in Syria, relief agencies continue to face obstacles to aid delivery while the needs continue to grow and are now outpacing response efforts, the United Nations humanitarian chief reported today.Resolution 2139, adopted by the Council in February, demanded action by parties to the conflict in a number of areas including ceasing attacks against civilians and doing everything in their power to facilitate rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need of assistance. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told the Council that since the adoption of the resolution, an additional 1.2 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, bringing the total to 10.8 million. The number of people in need in hard-to-reach areas now stands at 4.7 million. “Thousands of people continue to lose their lives every month. In the continued absence of a political solution to the crisis, humanitarian workers will continue to do everything they can, but we recognize that we cannot do it alone,” she said in her briefing.“We look to the Council to help us ensure that the parties to the conflict abide by their obligations under international law,” she added, noting that 10.8 million women, men and children depend on that support.Ms. Amos said that while UN agencies and non-governmental organization partners continue their efforts to meet urgent humanitarian needs, insecurity and active conflict play a role in preventing humanitarian access to many locations. “However, arbitrary restrictions and obstructions, including bureaucratic procedures imposed by the Government, limit or obstruct where we deliver aid, to whom and how often. Some opposition groups have also attacked, threatened and refused to cooperate with humanitarian workers.” For example, the Government of Syria introduced new truck sealing procedures in April intended to streamline and ensure safe passage of regular aid deliveries. This new mechanism was poorly implemented and resulted in a large backlog of deliveries. Food assistance fell by nearly a million in May and has yet to be restored to previous levels, with only 50 per cent of planned food assistance dispatched in June, Ms. Amos noted. On 9 June, the Government announced additional requirements involving the submission of monthly distribution plans and weekly loading plans. In addition, the Government introduced new procedures for the delivery of assistance to hard-to-reach locations through UN hubs. The new procedures require three levels of approval, undermine previous agreements and have caused two successive months of decline in aid deliveries. “I cannot describe to the Council the frustration felt by experienced aid workers who have to spend endless hours trying to get agreement for aid deliveries as people’s lives hang in the balance,” said the Under-Secretary-General.“The focus of the Government of Syria remains on controlling the work of the UN and its partners. Our focus remains on the people who so desperately need our help.”She also reported that violence and attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue unabated, with devastating consequences for those affected. “There have been numerous examples of targeted or indiscriminate attacks on civilians in densely populated areas, in violation of the most fundamental principles of international humanitarian law.”One example was the morning of 18 June when barrel bombs were dropped on a camp for displaced people in As Shajara in southern Syria, near the border with Jordan. Around 350 families lived in the camp. Dozens of people, including women and children were killed. Countless others have lost their lives or been injured as the conflict – now in its fourth year – continues to rage in other parts of country, including in the Governorates of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb, Dar’a, Rural Damascus and Deir-ez-Zor, said Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. She said 241,000 people continue to live under siege conditions unable to leave their communities. Since her last briefing to the Council, only 2,467 people – or 1 per cent of those living in besieged areas – have received much needed food assistance.“Once again, I remind this Council that targeting or indiscriminately attacking vulnerable civilians constitutes a war crime,” said Ms. Amos. “There can be no justification for such action. Deliberately obstructing humanitarian access and depriving civilians of access to services essential to their survival, is unlawful and inhumane.” read more

Offensive execution fuels win streak for womens soccer

Offensive execution fuels win streak for womens soccer

After getting off to a slow start in 2008, the Ohio State women’s soccer team has done just the opposite in 2009.Nine games into their season, with the non-conference schedule complete, the Buckeyes are playing well and are getting prepared for Big Ten play. Coach Lori Walker credits the hard work and dedication in the offseason as the reason for the great start. “The biggest thing was our preparation in preseason,” Walker said. “Our team came in extremely fit and that’s allowed us to have high expectations for our game.”The Buckeyes have gotten off to a solid 7-1-1 start, having navigated through a tough West Coast trip in which they won three games. On the trip out west they knocked off No. 14 San Diego and won an overtime thriller against UNLV.“[The West Coast trip] was a relaxed atmosphere,” Walker said. “We were able to train a little but our focus was playing some really quality soccer.”OSU opened its season against Bowling Green with a 2-0 win. They followed that victory with a tie against West Virginia and a loss to Pittsburgh. After posting a 1-1-1 record, the team headed off for a three-game road trip.OSU finished off their non-conference schedule with wins against Youngstown State, North Texas and Toledo. The win last Sunday against Toledo was the Buckeyes’ sixth consecutive win and third consecutive shutout.The team’s offense has been producing plenty of opportunities. The Buckeyes top the Big Ten in shots on goal and in points. They are averaging about 2.3 goals per game, but Walker knows the key comes from good defense.“We create our offense from solid defending and we want to put the ball in good places so we can give our attackers good opportunities to be able to score,” she said.Leading the way for the Buckeye offense is sophomore forward Paige Maxwell, who was the leading scorer for the team in 2008. She has picked up where she left off last season with five goals so far in ’09.“As a team we’ve been working really hard and my job is to put away the goals, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” Maxwell said. “Luckily it’s been happening for me.”Maxwell is just the second Buckeye in history to record multiple three-goal games.As with the offense, the Buckeye defense has been rock solid at the start of the year. The defense is led by senior goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson who sits second in the Big Ten with a 0.55 goals against average.She refuses to give up goals, giving up just four on the season and putting her team in a position to win each and every game. She also leads the conference with six shutouts on the season.It took only eight games before the senior broke the OSU record for most shutouts with 23.OSU will now turn its attention to the Big Ten as the Bucks open conference play when they host Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Researchers invent inkjet that prints out living skin

Researchers invent inkjet that prints out living skin

first_imgIf you’ve ever seen the lesser-known Sam Raimi movie Darkman, you probably remember that the plot involved the main character, Dr. Westlake, trying to figure out a way to “print” liquid skin to help burn victims. Westlake never did figure out how to keep the synthetic skin from destabilizing past the 98 minute mark, but luckily, Wake Forest Instititute for Regenerative Medicine researchers seem to have mastered it, showing off their amazing skin printer that uses living cells instead of ink.As the researcher note, “any loss of full-thickness skin of more than 4 cm in diameter will not heal by itself.” Enter their device, which allows a modified inkjet printer to produce reams of fresh skin which can be used to patch up victims of skin trauma. They’ve already tested it on mice, with extremely positive results.How does the printer work? It has two heads: one dispenses skin cells mixed with a blood coagulent and type I collagen, and the other pumps out thrombin, which is another coagulate. Sprayed together, these chemicals create a reaction and form fibrin, which again helps to clot blood. On top of that, the printer then adds a layer of outer surface skin. Voila!There’s still testing to be done — the next stage is on pigs, then human trials — but so far, this looks promising… if not to replace burned off skin, then at least to print out some life-like Halloween masks.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

Former Celtic captain and Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill has died aged 79

Former Celtic captain and Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill has died aged 79

first_img Share Tweet Email1 RIP: Billy McNeill. Short URL FORMER CELTIC CAPTAIN — the leader of the Lisbon Lions — and manager Billy McNeill has died aged 79.The club confirmed the news this morning with a statement from McNeill’s family on their website:“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Billy McNeill,” it reads in full.“He passed away late last night (Monday, 22 April) surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life.“We would also like to note our love and appreciation to our mother, Liz, for the care, devotion and love she gave to our father throughout his illness. No one could have done any more.“Whilst this is a very sad time for all the family and we know our privacy will be respected, our father always made time for the supporters so please tell his stories, sing his songs and help us celebrate his life.”McNeill famously led the Scottish outfit to European Cup glory in 1967, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in the final in Lisbon. He was key as Celtic won nine league crowns on the bounce, adding seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups in the process.As manager, he had two stints at the helm and steered the Bhoys to a further four league titles. He also had spells in charge of Manchester City and Aston Villa.McNeill, who was also capped 29 times for Scotland, had suffered from dementia since 2010.Rest in peace, Cesar. You’ll Never Walk Alone. pic.twitter.com/FLCdURfuox— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 23, 2019 Apr 23rd 2019, 9:38 AM 23 Comments Subscribe Former Celtic captain and Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill has died aged 79 Also an ex-manager at the club, McNeill skippered the Hoops to European Cup glory in 1967. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell added: “Billy McNeill was our greatest-ever captain and one of the finest players ever to wear the famous green and white Hoops.“His record as a player is extraordinary. He made 790 competitive appearances for Celtic – more than any other player in our history – and during that time he won nine league titles, seven Scottish Cups, six League Cups and, of course, the European Cup triumph in 1967.“That remains the greatest moment in our club’s long and illustrious history, and the image of Billy holding aloft the trophy in the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon is an iconic one which is now immortalised in the stunning statue at the front of The Celtic Way.“It is often said that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but with Billy, as with all the Lisbon Lions, meeting them has always been a wonderful experience. They have remained humble men, regardless of their incredible achievements as Celtic players, embodying everything that is good and positive about Celtic Football Club.   “This is the saddest of days for the Celtic Family, and also for the wider football world. We mourn Billy McNeill’s passing and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends, while we also give thanks for Billy’s life and the incredible joy he brought to so many people as a Celtic player, a Celtic manager and a great Celtic man.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:center_img Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 9:38 AM By Emma Duffy RIP: Billy McNeill. Image: Celtic FC website. Image: Celtic FC website. 16,419 Views https://the42.ie/4602765 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Crash west of Battle Ground causes backup in the area

Crash west of Battle Ground causes backup in the area

first_imgA crash at Northeast 72 Avenue and 199 Street west of Battle Ground has traffic backed up in the area. The crash, reported at about 7:30 a.m., did not result in injuries, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy. Traffic remained backed up in the area, however, and Dawdy anticipated backup to remain slow through the intersection throughout the morning commute.last_img

BSO county officials host reopening of Fort Lauderdale fire station

BSO county officials host reopening of Fort Lauderdale fire station

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County, in association with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, county hosted the grand reopening of a fire station in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday.People throughout the community were invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Fire Station 23 along Southwest 46th Avenue and 21st Manor.“We have a huge crowd here, and we are very excited to have a local fire station reopen to provide prompt response times for all the residents in this community,” said Broward Commissioner Tim Ryan.The day also doubled as a fire safety and emergency preparedness expo. Free smoke alarms were given out, as well as and hurricane kits and resource materials.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

VIDEO Odell Beckham Jr takes cornerbacks soul with more onehand sorcery

VIDEO Odell Beckham Jr takes cornerbacks soul with more onehand sorcery

first_img Advertisement Beckham produced this little gem while messing around in warm ups of the first preseason game. No big deal, just the best catch of the preseason in a game he didn’t even play.Looks like it’s gonna be a big year for OBJ, and a bad year for NFL defenses.Odell. Beckham. Jr. ?? pic.twitter.com/zvOMJFkceE— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) August 11, 2017 Odell Beckham hasn’t seen any preseason game action yet, so all he can do right now is roast teammates in practice and make impossible circus catches in warm ups. He does it often.Today, Beckham victimized a Giants cornerback on a fade in the endzone with a trademark one-hand stab. Oops, he did it again.If you look closely, you can pinpoint the moment where he takes ownership of the corner’s soul.Is there anything Odell Beckham Jr. can’t catch? #Ridiculous pic.twitter.com/3Bqi7kF599— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) August 14, 2017last_img read more

Nations First Mobile Lung CT Unit to Debut in the Carolinas

Nations First Mobile Lung CT Unit to Debut in the Carolinas

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 22, 2017 Nation’s First Mobile Lung CT Unit to Debut in the Carolinas Equipped with a 32-slice Samsung NeuroLogica BodyTom CT system, the unit will bring lung cancer screening and education to underserved populations Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Related Content March 22, 2017 — Samsung NeuroLogica announced that its portable computed tomography (CT) technology will be included in Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute’s innovative Mobile Lung CT Unit. The unit will bring lung cancer diagnosis and intervention to underserved populations in the Carolinas.The mobile unit, constructed by Frazer Ltd. and funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, is the only solution of its kind in the country, according to the company. Developed to address common barriers to screening including financial barriers, drive time and lack of public transportation, the Levine Cancer Institute mobile unit will enable patients to receive lung screenings and education about lung cancer in their own communities. Samsung NeuroLogica’s BodyTom is a central feature of the unit, featuring a portable, full-body, 32-slice CT scanner that delivers high-quality images of both soft tissue and bone. The system also features an 85cm gantry and 60cm field of view, the largest field of view available in a portable CT scanner, according to Samsung NeuroLogica.Since the company introduced BodyTom in 2011, the scanner has been adopted and is now in use in over 100 centers worldwide. As a multi-departmental imaging solution, BodyTom is capable of transforming any room in the hospital — including long-term acute care (LTAC) settings, operating rooms, intensive care units, radiation oncology suites and emergency departments — into advanced imaging suites, eliminating the need to transport patients between departments.BodyTom’s ability to provide versatile, real-time portable imaging enables healthcare providers to administer point-of-care CT to underserved populations with limited access to high quality healthcare. The mobile unit will decrease the time it takes to diagnose and initiate treatment for patients diagnosed with lung cancer, and reduce overall costs often associated with late-stage disease. In addition to lung cancer screenings, the mobile unit staff will offer smoking cessation education, and treatment navigation services to assist patients with any necessary follow-up intervention.For more information: www.samsungneurologica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Ghan celebrates 90 Years with birthday festivities in 2019

The Ghan celebrates 90 Years with birthday festivities in 2019

first_imgThe Ghan celebrates 90 Years with birthday festivities in 2019The Ghan celebrates 90 Years with birthday festivities in 2019Next year marks 90 years since The Ghan embarked on its inaugural journey cementing its place in Australian history and its reputation as one of the world’s best train journeys.To celebrate this momentous occasion, guests are invited to travel in The Ghan’s 90th year and be part of the birthday celebrations. With a dedicated anniversary train, 90 days of celebrations and six signature packages featuring The Ghan, there are a range of ways you can join us for the ride!For a truly memorable experience, board The 90th Anniversary Train, which will depart Adelaide for Darwin on 4 August 2019 – 90 years to the day since the original ‘Afghan Express’ left for Alice Springs. This one-off journey will include unique on-train experiences and Off Train Excursions, plus a birthday party like no other in the outback.Festivities will amplify in the months of June, July and August with 90 days of celebrations. Guests on any departure during these months can expect a little something extra by way of a birthday treat from The Ghan.A journey on The Ghan has always been about more than just the train trip itself. Join us on one of six signature packages and make the most of your journey through the outback, going beyond the tracks. Discover the people and places between Adelaide and Darwin that make an adventure on The Ghan even more memorable.Package highlights include visits to Uluru and Kakadu National Park, 4WD adventures and Darwin city touring. Each itinerary heroes a different part of the journey and allows guests to explore further afield on eight to 14-day holidays.Also new in 2019 is more Platinum Service cabins for The Ghan, meaning more guests will be able to travel in this premium accommodation. Selling out up to nine months in advance, Platinum Service offers more space, upgraded Off Train Excursions and extra courses when dining.Be part of The Ghan’s anniversary next year and join us for a celebration that’s 90 years in the making. For more information on how to be a part of the festivities, visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/ghan90Source = The Ghanlast_img read more