Partners Eye LNGFuelled VLOC Design

first_imgzoom Hyundai Heavy Industries, Lloyd’s Register, Woodside Energy, Anangel Maritime Services and General Electric Company revealed their intention to commence work on a joint project aimed at exploring the sustainability of technologies for large ships, such as very large ore carriers (VLOCs).This was announced at Gastech 2017, a gas and LNG exhibition and conference being held in Japan from April 4 to 7.The first stage of the joint design project encompasses conventional dual-fuel powered VLOC incorporating proved technologies, while at the next stage the parties will investigate the design and benefits of next-generation LNG-fuelled propulsion systems.A program of work has been agreed by the parties to address design, construction and operational aspects including LNG bunkering. The aim is to create a new generation of cost-efficient, safe, reliable and environmentally optimised design for large ore carriers, according to Lloyd’s Register.Since the International Maritime Organization (IMO) nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emission limitations have been introduced and developments in the global supply of gas increased, there is a need for ship designs to evolve to provide further alternatives to traditional oil-fuelled designs, Lloyd’s Register said in a statement.In this regard, the ship propulsion design burning natural gas is considered as the most favorable option and the adoption of gas storage, supply and propulsion technologies is not only environmentally friendly but also provides possibilities for cost-efficient design and operation.last_img read more

Barty targeting no 1 spot after French Open triumph

first_imgParis: Ashleigh Barty said that she “certainly” did not think the French Open would be her first Grand Slam title, but with the Roland Garros crown sealed, she will head into the next few majors as one of the favourites and targeting her “next goal” of becoming the world number one. The Australian, the first player from her country to win in Paris since Margaret Court in 1973, took a break from tennis in 2014 to play professional cricket. But the 23-year-old has rapidly risen up the rankings since returning without a world ranking, and will be the world number two on Monday. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunHer dominant 6-1, 6-3 final victory on Saturday over Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova will certainly have her earmarked as a player who can consistently compete on the biggest stage. “Certainly not here, that’s for sure. It’s just been an amazing journey that we’ve had over the last few years,” Barty said. “I just tried to tell myself on the court that I may never get this opportunity again, so enjoy it, try and grab it with both hands and go out there and smile. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”It’s new territory for me going deep into Slams, that was the goal. One of our goals is to continue to do that.” Now the number-one ranking is well within her reach, with Naomi Osaka only holding a narrow lead at the summit, and Barty has the Japanese star in her sights. “Obviously, that’s the next point, the next goal, the next situation I can see myself in,” she said. “Being number two in the world is incredible and something I never dreamt of as a child and we’ll keep chipping away and try our best to get to number one.” – ‘Body was shot’ after comeback event – Barty played for the Brisbane Heat cricket team in the Women’s Big Bash League four years ago, playing nine matches with a top score of 39. “No, not at all,” she said of her hopes of winning a Grand Slam when she started her comeback with a surprising run to the semi-finals at Eastbourne in 2016. “I was very nervous (at Eastbourne) because I didn’t even know if I would get in the draw,” she said. “I only got in the draw because it wasn’t full in quallies. It was pretty nice to almost flip into tournament mode straight away… “I remember at the end of that week, my body was shot. It wasn’t used to playing matches again. It was incredible. “To know that it was three years ago — it feels like only yesterday that we were there and in the same breath it also feels like it was a lifetime ago.” Barty lost in three Grand Slam doubles finals alongside Casey Dellacqua in 2013, but had only won two singles matches and lost nine at the big four tournaments when she stepped away five years ago. She did not play another Grand Slam singles main-draw tie until 2017, and only reached the second week of a major for the first time at least year’s US Open. Barty does not think she could have seen such an upturn in her fortunes without taking a hiatus. “Absolutely not. I don’t even know if I’d be sitting here talking to you if I was playing tennis (and) if I didn’t step away,” Barty said. “It’s obviously a part of my life that I needed to deal with, and I feel like it was the best decision that I made at the time, and it was an even better one coming back.” She has not totally turned her back on cricket, though, and said she “would have loved” to have been able to attend Australia’s World Cup match against India at The Oval in London on Sunday.last_img read more

Good news in the offing on central grants for flood relief Karna

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday said some good news was in the offing from the Centre amidan outcry for central aid for effective relief work in the flood-hit areas of the state.The demand for central grants grew louder as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the city to witness the soft landing of Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the lunar surface from the ISRO centre.ISRO’s plan to soft-land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the Lunar surface did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”More than us, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aware of the flood situation. We are expecting good news from the Centre,” Yediyurappa told reporters in Mysuru when asked about any assurance from Modi on central grants for flood relief.The Chief Minister was in Mysuru, where he made offerings to the Kapila river at Kabini Reservoir, which is brimming.The offering was a mark of gratitude for bringing fortune to the people living on its banks, especially the farming community. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Chief Minister further said he spoke to Modi in Bengaluru too, though he had apprised him of the prevailing flood situation in the state.Noting that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had toured the flood affected regions, Yediyurappa emphasised that the Centre was well aware of the damage caused by floods.As the floods have caused immense damage, the government was focusing on flood relief for keeping aside other development works, he added. “The flood has caused an immense damage to the state.There is a need to build 1.25 lakh houses in the state. The state government is ready to release grants for the purpose,” Yediyurappa said.As many as 103 Taluks of 22 districts were hit by the floods last month. Approximately 7.5 lakh hectares of land was submerged in water and 82 people lost their lives.The floods in August compelled the government to open 493 relief camps where about 2.10 lakh people were accommodated till the water receded.Just when the government was planning to intensify its flood relief operations, another wave of a possible spate in North Karnataka, parts of coastal Karnataka and Kodagu is set to pose a challenge before the state government.last_img read more

Comic Relief Announces Line Up For StarStudded Lets Sing And Dance

first_imgThe star-studded line up for Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief has now been revealed.Hosted by comedy duo Mel and Sue, the show will see celebrities sing their hearts out and dance their socks off, as they take to the stage to recreate legendary musical numbers.Celebrity performers include TV Presenter Alison Hammond, Actor Danny Boy Pratchard, Comedians Pete Firman and Ellie Taylor and Radio DJ’s Rickie Haywood Williams and Melvin Odoom.Each week, celebrities will take to the stage to perform in front of a different panel of guest star judges including Julian Clary, Tameka Empson, Miranda Hart, Rufus Hound, Russell Kane and Adil Ray as Citizen Khan. Judges already announced are Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Paul O’Grady, Frank Skinner, Jennifer Saunders and Claudia Winkleman.Rickie and Melvin will perform a sensational medley of Will Smith’s biggest music hits.Rickie said, “I literally cannot wait to perform on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief! Melvin and I have always fancied ourselves as pop stars so surely this is the next best thing!”Melvin added, “I’m so excited to get on the dance floor again after my time on Strictly and this time around I get to sing and perform with my best friend – what more could you ask for?”Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief is a four-part series and starts on Saturday 4th March at 6:45pm on BBC One.To follow all the action visit read more

James says BC budget puts priorities on NDPs poverty environment plans

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s finance minister says the budget she tables Tuesday undertakes development of social, environmental and economic initiatives as other provinces across Canada implement cuts to programs and shifts to the right.Carole James says her budget builds on the minority New Democrat government’s goals of making life more affordable, improving services and ensuring a sustainable economy.“I see them as hand in hand,” said James in an interview. “The investments we make in people and the investments we make in environment are investments in a sustainable, strong economy.”Prof. David Black said he expects the social and economic agenda laid out in James’s budget to contrast sharply with the right-leaning policies in some other provinces.Manitoba and Ontario have Conservative governments. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government, is essentially conservative, and the Saskatchewan party is right-leaning. Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party in Alberta, meanwhile, is considered the front-runner in this year’s Alberta election, said Black, a political communications expert at Royal Roads University in the Victoria area.“If the Alberta NDP lose in the spring election that leaves six out of 10 provinces with right-of-centre control,” he said. “It puts a powerful spotlight on B.C. as a place of social democratic governance.”Black said while many province’s fight the federal carbon tax and cut education and child care, B.C. is spending billions on affordable housing, promising 22,000 child-care places and hiring teachers.James’s budget is expected to include new funding for the government’s poverty reduction strategy and its Clean BC plan to fight climate change.Black said the B.C. New Democrats led by Premier John Horgan are on a social building agenda that he labelled “radical pragmatism.”Rather focusing attention on one issue — the environment, economy, education — the New Democrats are touching numerous social concerns that are building large-scale changes, he said.“It is a much more humble, circumspect, careful, but nonetheless ambitious program of change,” said Black. “It’s not legislation by thunderbolt. It’s a kind of radical pragmatism.”James said B.C.’s growing economy allows the government to pursue social, environmental and economic initiatives.“Certainly all of our economic indicators are very positive,” James said, citing record low jobless rates and solid growth projections. “We’re in a strong economic position. It certainly is my plan to go forward with a balanced budget.” She said she expected the government’s poverty reduction and climate change strategies to be priorities in the budget.The government passed legislation last year to cut B.C.’s overall poverty rate by 25 per cent and the child poverty rate by 50 per cent over the first five years of the plan.The government’s Clean BC climate plan, introduced last December, is slated to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, 60 per cent by 2040 and 80 per cent by 2050. By 2040, all new cars and trucks sold in B.C. will be zero emission and new buildings will be 80 per cent more efficient than now.“The poverty strategy will be a priority in this upcoming budget along with Clean BC,” said James. “Both of those will certainly have a priority when it comes to budget 2019.”She said the dollar amounts designated to the poverty and environment plans will be revealed in the budget.“The comprehensive poverty strategy will look across ministries, across government and at what kind of investments and supports we need to put in place to help people get ahead,” James said.Iglika Ivanova, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said the poverty strategy needs to address homelessness, income, transit and child care.“I’m a numbers person,” she said. “Until I see the numbers in the budget and see exactly how much is allocated to each priority, I don’t want to make too much out of promises and rhetoric. I want to see action in a number of different areas. The strategy needs to be comprehensive to be successful.”The government said in its throne speech on Tuesday that making life more affordable will be the hallmark of its initiatives in the coming months. It promised to tackle cellphone costs, ticket scalpers, money laundering loopholes and poverty.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press read more

Security Council deplores deadly blast in Belarusian capital

14 April 2011The Security Council has strongly condemned this week’s apparent terrorist attack in the Belarusian capital in which an explosion at a subway station killed at least 11 people and injured dozens of others. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the 15-member panel said in a press statement issued yesterday.Media reports stated that Monday’s explosion occurred at Oktyabrskaya station in the centre of Minsk just before 6 p.m., during the early evening rush hour period for commuters.In the press statement the Security Council reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the United Nations Charter.“The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed sadness over the attack and offered his sympathies to the families of the victims. read more

Thesis defences — Jan 10

PhD in Biological Sciences — Lauren PinaultLauren Pinault will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. in Plaza 600F.  The title of her thesis is “Aspects of spatial and habitat ecology of multiple Anopheles species (Diptera: Culicidae): malaria vectors in the highlands and foothills of Ecuador.”  Examining committee members are:  Brian Jeynes, chair; Jan Conn, Wadsworth Centre, New York State Department of Health, external examiner; Fiona Hunter, supervisor; Ana Sanchez, internal examiner; Liette Vasseur and Glenn Tattersall, committee members.MSc in Kinesiology — Cody Vandommele Cody Vandommele will defend his thesis on Friday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WC204B. Title: “Regulation of protein turnover during hyper-osmotic stress in skeletal muscle.” Supervisor: Brian Roy; advisory committee: Paul LeBlanc and Sandra Peters; external examiner: Darren Candow, University of Regina; chair: Gail Frost.MA in Physical Health and Education — Kelsey PinchKelsey Pinch will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “School Directors’ Perspectives of Physical Education in El Salvador: A Qualitative Case Study.” Supervisor: Jamie Mandigo; advisory committee: Mary Breunig and John Corlett; external examiner: Sarah Hillyer, Georgetown University; chair: Nancy Francis. (teleconference)All are welcome to attend. read more

Historic election shocker Donald Trump wins becomes 45th US president

Historic election shocker: Donald Trump wins, becomes 45th U.S. president by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2016 5:29 am MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The market-shaking, adjective-defying prospect of a Donald Trump presidency became reality Wednesday, with a brash billionaire and reality TV star known for building skyscrapers and flinging insults suddenly poised to enter the White House.It was sealed at 2:31 a.m. Wednesday by The Associated Press, followed shortly afterwards by reports that Hillary Clinton had conceded the race to her bitter rival. In a statement, President Barack Obama said he had spoken with Trump, would comment publicly Wednesday, and would meet with him the following day to prepare a smooth transition.So the country’s first African-American president, progressive and still relatively popular, stands to be replaced by a nationalist he deeply disdains and who rose to political prominence by insinuating Obama was born in Africa.Trump was written off again and again, repeatedly shocking the political establishment since last year — first by running, then by becoming a contender, winning the nomination and finally by moving into the Oval Office.He gave a gracious concession speech that complimented his rival, sought to reassure minorities, promised peace with other countries, and asked for help in governing even from people who opposed him.”(Ours is) a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs,” Trump said, his family and advisers by his side.”We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us…We expect to have great, great relationships.”Trump vastly outperformed electoral prognostications and market forecasts that viewed a historic Clinton victory as a fait accompli, taking Florida, Ohio, and northern industrial states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that hadn’t gone Republican in decades.Clinton did not speak Wednesday — but she called the president-elect.The prospect of a Trump presidency jolted the markets: at one point, Dow futures plunged more than 4 per cent and Japan’s major index nosedived more than 6.1 per cent, its largest drop in years. The Mexican peso likewise tumbled and investors looking for safe assets bid up the price of gold.Trump’s threat to scrap trade deals and slap tariffs on foreign-made goods as punishment for job outsourcing might have dismayed many Canadians, economists, businesses and brokers. Yet it was central to his message to white working-class voters in the old industrial belt.Democrats made another bet — that his comments about Mexicans, Muslims and women that made him a hero to white-supremacist groups would prove so disgusting to other voters that Clinton would be carried to the presidency on the backs of minorities, the college-educated, and females, the coalition that elected Barack Obama.The first reaction from a famous foreign politician came from the leader of France’s far-right National Front. Marine Le Pen tweeted: ”Congratulations to the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, and to the American people, free.”Trump was considered so unpalatable a choice by so many that senior members of his party refused to endorse him or appear at election rallies with him. He was shunned by every living Republican nominee except Bob Dole.The Bushes made it known they didn’t vote for him, along with Mitt Romney and John McCain. A former speechwriter for George W. Bush offered an example of the fatalistic attitude permeating political circles in Washington.”On the bright side, 227 years is a really good run for a republic,” tweeted Canadian David Frum, referring to the number of years since George Washington became the first American president.At Trump headquarters in Manhattan, people chanted, ”U-S-A!” and, ”Lock her up!” in reference to Hillary Clinton. People were reportedly in tears, some even leaving early at the Democratic gathering across town.Democrats began the evening expecting to celebrate a different kind of history.Clinton had an evening rally scheduled under a see-through roof, a symbolic nod to the prospect of the first female president smashing the ultimate glass ceiling and occupying perhaps the most powerful office in the world.Her campaign was repeatedly sidetracked: by hacks of her aides’ emails, conflict-of-interest allegations into her family’s charitable foundation, an investigation and leaks from the FBI and voter confusion about her platform.The Democrats’ campaign even focused on Trump.Clinton’s platform, titled “Stronger Together,” was a nod to her opponent’s racially tinged rhetoric. The message obscured the actual purpose of her platform — economic inequality. Some elements, like a parental-leave program, are shared by her rival — who is the least conservative Republican nominee in memory.Trump’s inimitable style of American populism veers from right to left; from military hawkishness to doveish language. He could have the opportunity to pass an unusually high number of bills, depending on which party agrees with his policy of the moment.His North American neighbours would be watching nervously for moves on trade. He’s demanded a renegotiation of NAFTA, without offering details, and promises to rip it up if unsuccessful.One Canadian official expressed doubt in a recent conversation that it would get that far. Even if a president did order NAFTA scrapped, the impact of the move would be softened by several firewalls — the need for Congress to reinstate old tariffs, and potentially by the continued existence of the old 1987 Canada-U.S. agreement.“I don’t really think we’re in danger there,” said the Canadian official. “There would be a revolt by the private sector… His own party would revolt.”If it happens, a Trump victory would also deprive the current president of a historic achievement.A Democratic win would have placed Obama in the company of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as the only postwar presidents to have a successor extend their party’s time in the White House beyond two terms.Republicans roared to big victories down-ballot that allowed them to retain some control of Congress: they held the House of Representatives as expected, and narrowly retained the Senate — which would give a Republican president considerable, but not total, power.Pundits struggled to process what was happening.On Fox News, the moderator of the last presidential debate wondered whether, in the seat of power, he’d continue to be the erratic insult-flinger he’d been on the stump.”Is he going to be different than the candidate Trump? The only answer you can really give is, ‘Who the hell knows?’ And I don’t know that he necessarily knows,” Chris Wallace said.”But let’s face it: He’s a 70-year-old billionaire who pulled off the most improbable victory in the history of our country. I’m not sure that humility and a feeling of, ‘Gee, I’ve gotta change the way I do business,’ is necessarily gonna be at the top of his agenda…”He may think: ‘You know what? I’m smarter than all these guys.”’Others debated what caused this result — which could keep busy generations of historians and political scientists.A former ambassador to Russia who’d clashed with Vladimir Putin bitterly tweeted, in reference to the Wikileaks hacks: ”Putin intervened in our election and succeeded.” Michael McFaul added in Russian: ”Well done.”He got a blunt response from an international-relations expert who’d accidentally helped coin Trump’s foreign-policy slogan. Ian Bremmer had noted that it sounded like the ”American First” isolationists during the Second World War — and Trump loved the slogan, embracing it.”Disagree,” Bremmer tweeted back. ”If Trump wins it’s our fault alone.” read more

Buckeye Brief Demario McCalls role justifying Terry McLaurins block and more

Ohio State freshman running back Demario McCall (30) runs in a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThree days after Ohio State defeated Rutgers 56-0 in Piscataway, New Jersey, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, a few of his teammates and three assistant coaches spoke to the media. Here are four things we learned.Defensive ends taking snaps at middle linebackerEarly in the Buckeyes’ shutout of Rutgers, redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard sprinted onto the field late, lined up at middle linebacker and forced a fumble. That might have been chalked up to miscommunication, but it happened a second time. Early in the third quarter, freshman defensive end Chase Young lined up on the second level of the defense, between outside linebackers Jerome Baker and Malik Harrison, and blitzed up the middle.Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) goes head to head with a Scarlet Knight in the first quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive line coach Larry Johnson did not deny this as a scheme Ohio State hopes to use in the future.“We’re just trying to build our package in our Rushmen package,” Johnson said. “We’re just trying to change it up so teams don’t get a feel for what we’re doing. So, it’s just part of what we’re doing right now.”In the past, Ohio State’s Rushmen package has featured four defensive ends — Nick Bosa, Jalyn Holmes, Tyquan Lewis and Hubbard — in likely passing situations. In spring and fall camps, the Buckeyes discussed potentially using Hubbard as a de-facto linebacker and playing Bosa, Lewis, Hubbard and Holmes along with defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones together in certain packages. But no one ever mentioned playing five defensive ends at once.For a team like Ohio State, there is no better time to experiment with plays and different lineups than against overmatched opponents such as Rutgers, UNLV and Army. Of course, the Buckeyes might just be showing this wrinkle to future opponents, such as Penn State, so the offense has more schemes to prepare against.“We try to make sure teams work on what we’re doing, so we’ll give them something to work on during the week,” Johnson said. “That’s always part of the process.”Ultimately, will this package, which adds a fifth defensive lineman onto the field, actually be used in future games?“We hope so,” Johnson said.Why hasn’t Demario McCall played more?Sophomore H-back Demario McCall took an opportunity and ran with it Saturday as he played his first extended snaps of the season. Though he didn’t play until the second half when the game’s outcome was not in doubt, McCall led the Buckeyes with 11 carries for 103 yards and a touchdowns. He also snagged a 35-yard touchdown reception.After the impressive performance, head coach Urban Meyer said he still did not believe McCall was fully healthy yet and was missing some of his explosion. Running backs coach Tony Alford agreed with Meyer.The Buckeyes celebrate freshman running back Demario McCall (30) after running in a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“He’s pretty close. You’d have to ask him, but I think he’s coming along pretty well, but he’s not all the way back,” Alford said.Though Alford said McCall was playing more H-back in fall camp after bouncing back and forth between the hybrid position and running back, the sophomore was used mainly out of the backfield Saturday. “He’s still battling, he’s got to get better,” Alford said. “He’s still a little small in comparison to those guys and we’ve got to still work on some things as far as pass pro and some things like that. And he’s still trying to get back healthy.” The 5-foot-9, 195-pound McCall is not only the shortest running back listed on Ohio State’s roster, but also the lightest. With H-backs Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill succeeding in the hybrid role and running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber at full strength, McCall’s playing time might be sparse until he’s fully healthy and earns it with more success in garbage time. Former highly-rated prospects easing into college gameYoung, a former five-star prospect, has made a good impression on the coaching staff over the past few games as he has played meaningful snaps, including some first-team reps against Rutgers. Young has picked up nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, this season. Johnson believes the 60 plays he has played in the last two games will be invaluable to Young’s development.Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) waits in between plays in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sept. 23, 2017. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“This is about a growing process, just learning how to play, get them on the field, how to play at maximum speed at this level,” Johnson said. “And [Young has] done a great job. There’s some growing pains he’ll go through, but so far, so good.”Though Young is physically imposing and listed as 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, do not expect him to play extensive snaps. Johnson likes to be cautious with his freshman linemen. Even if the Buckeyes’ foursome of starting defensive ends was not ahead of him on the depth chart, Young likely would not play much. “The thing I don’t want to do with freshmen is put them in a situation he’s given a chance to fail,” Johnson said. “I want him to have success every time he hits the football field and I don’t want to put him in situations that the game is on the line and he is in the game. I don’t want to do that right now. His time will come.Freshman wideout Trevon Grimes, a former four-star prospect and the highest-rated receiver to commit to Ohio State in his class, caught passes against Army and UNLV, but has not played substantially.“He’s getting there, he’s developing,” Dixon said. “Coming in as a freshman, it’s kind of hard to pick up the college game. But he’s coming along.”Terry McLaurin block justificationIn the second half of Saturday’s game, well after the game was out of reach, redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin delivered a crushing block on junior linebacker Deonte Roberts, earning an unsportsmanlike penalty and a targeting penalty, the latter of which was rescinded.Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) runs the ball in the third quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIf the officials agreed the hit was targeting, McLaurin would have been prevented from playing in the first half against Maryland. Despite that, Meyer did not seem overly concerned as he honored McLaurin as a “champion” on Monday for his effort against Rutgers. Meyer said though he does not condone the hit and had a “little talk” with the wideout, a Scarlet Knights player took a cheap shot on McLaurin earlier in the game and the Buckeyes wide receiver “carried it with him for a while.”His teammate, redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, agreed with the assessment.“I thought it was a clean hit, I thought it was a real good hit,” Dixon said. “The guy cheap-shotted him earlier in the game. Something happens like that in the the game, you kind of feel disrespected as a man. It was a clean play to me. He did what he’s supposed to do.” read more

Turn it down Deafness charity warns of hearing risk from loud earphones

first_imgIt is perfectly safe to listen to music on headphones at volumes up to 85dB. With each additional decibel you should be limiting the length of time you listen on the device. For instance, at 91dB anything more than two hours a day will cause permanent damage. OVER 60 PER CENT of young people are in danger of causing permanent damage to their hearing from listening to their earphones too loudly.The warning comes from hearing support group who say that they are conducting tests in schools around the country to measure the sound levels used by teenagers on their personal music devices.Brendan Lennon of say that early results of the tests are worrying with three out of five young people listening to earphones at unsafe levels: At over 100dB, exposure of more than 15 minutes per day will cause permanent and irreparable hearing damage he adds.85 dB is about the equvilalent sound of city traffic from inside a car while 90dB is about as loud as a lawnmower.The group wants parents to ensure that their children use ‘over ear’ head phones and not ‘in-ear’ earphone buds as research shows they are four times less likely to damage hearing.“This is the most effective step to protect your child’s hearing, ” said Lennon.Read: Irish sign language website for parents launched >WATCH: 26-year-old woman hears sound for the first time >last_img read more

Bomb expert walks away after car explodes next to him

first_imgYesterday one member of a bomb squad got to test the protective clothing he was issued with to its full extent. He did this by being right next to a car that exploded.The bomb expert in question was investigating a car bomb in the Narathiwat province, to the south of Bangkok in Thailand yesterday. The bomb is one of three found so far this week thought to have been planted by Islamist militants. Unforttunately they have killed two people and wounded 13 so far.The bomb expert was one of the injured, not killed, although from watching the video above you’d probably think he was. That is until he recovers and starts to get up. To put this into perspective the same bomb injured seven police officers who were standing at a much safer distance away.At the time of the explosion he was attempting to make the third bomb safe, but it is thought a secondary device was triggered to ensure he didn’t have a chance of defusing it. Luckily for him, modern bomb suits can protect the wearer from fatal injuries even when standing so close to the device.The video below shows a snapshot of the moment the bomb is triggered and the sheer force of the blast.via Autoblog and MSNBClast_img read more

I live in enduring constant severe pain Versatis patches made things bearable

first_img‘I live in enduring, constant severe pain – Versatis patches made things bearable’ I’m sick of the medical ‘power and control’ that give us little choice and expect us to suffer, writes Margaret Kennedy. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39,016 Views In the NHS Versatis is not recommended either due to lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness – page 18 #CBLive— Catio6 (@catio6) February 12, 2018 Short URL I think Tony O’Brien is trying to cut costs, he’s not looking at the experience of patients.One always has to be suspicious when ‘cost-cutting’ is the real cause of withdrawal – not that the product doesn’t work. It does and a great many patients find it does.As for Versatis only working for one type of medical condition … that was found for aspirin, which is now used for strokes.Thalidimide was first used for morning sickness (with disastrous consequences) but is now used in cancer treatment. Drugs said to be only for one purpose have been found to be effective for many conditions and for multi-condition use.When the HSE listen to patients they’ll find we contradict so-called ‘research’.‘Enduring, constant pain’I’ve asked my GP for a Volterol gel prescription, a pain gel to have instead of Versatis. The chemist said there was great difficulty sourcing supplies of Volterol, so offered me Diffene gel instead.Diffene gel is a far smaller tube – about a third of the size of Volterol, so I’d have to get more frequent prescriptions and thus spend more money in prescription charges.I believe the Versatis is better. I used it alongside morphine and panadol – a multi-analgesic approach – but I’m still in agony a lot of the time.It’s time pain was taken seriously by the health services in Ireland.It is simply torture to leave medical card holders in agony. It must constitute a human rights violation.I live in enduring, constant severe pain and I get virtually no care for it. My life is a misery.I personally believe we pain-patients know best. I’m sick of the medical ‘power and control’ that give us little choice and expect us to suffer.Margaret Kennedy is a disability activist and campaigner on rights for disabled people in Ireland. She (and her identical twin sister Ann) have a rare neuro-muscular degenerative disease. Margaret is a wheelchair user and moderates the facebook forum ‘Wheelchair Rights Ireland’. Feb 15th 2018, 7:01 AM Share355 Tweet Email5 I LIVE WITH extreme pain. I have a rare neuromuscular disease that comprises parkinsonism, muscle myopathy, dystonia and a concomitant severe osteoarthritis of my spine, hips and knees.I have been using Versatis patches for well over two years. I found Versatis patches took the edge off my pain. It wasn’t revolutionary, it just made things bearable.In January, my GP prescribed them for me as usual but when I went into the chemist with the prescription a couple of weeks ago, the chemist told me, “These are no longer approved for medical card holders”.I’ve since learned that GPs can now only prescribe the patches on a medical card for people using it for post shingles pain.I was told by the pharmacist that the only way I could get the patches was with a private prescription for post shingles pain and it would cost me €160 for one box.However, I don’t have post shingles pain. I used the patches to treat the pain from my osteoarthritis. I used to put them on my knees and left hip where I have degeneration of tendons, called tendinopathy.My right hip and left knee have completely degenerated but surgeons are reluctant to operate for replacements because of my rare disease. So I’m left with excruciating pain where I rarely get a good night’s sleep.‘I’m still in agony’Last week the HSE Director General Tony O’Brien told the Oireachtas Committee that there was no directive to doctors to withdraw Versatis pain patches from medical card holders.This week he retweeted a tweet about Versatis not being recommended in the NHS due to a lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness. Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM 48 Comments Margaret Kennedy Source: Catio6/Twitter By Margaret Kennedylast_img read more

That could change the game Bertie Ahern weighs in on Mary Lou

first_img‘That could change the game’: Bertie Ahern weighs in on Mary Lou as Sinn Féin leader He also said he wouldn’t mind rejoining Fianna Fáil and said the EU deal on Northern Ireland was no big deal. 35,754 Views Image: Maxwells/PA Images I don’t believe in the long-term that the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, bitter enemies of the past will continue.But when he was asked on whether Fianna Fáil would be willing to form a coalition with Sinn Féin if deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald was leading the party, Bertie gave his cautious approval, saying “that could change the game.”“I don’t think it could just happen that Mary Lou comes in and it would just happen and everything just changes, she would have to be in there for a period of time.” Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Gerry Adams and then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern prior to a meeting about Northern Ireland in 2005. Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!During the course of the interview, the Celtic-Tiger Taoiseach weighed in on the North and the EU, his feelings towards the Mahon Tribunal and whether he’d like to rejoin Fianna Fáil.‘Not a big deal’When asked about the Northern Ireland deal the EU agreed to yesterday, which would mean the Northern counties would rejoin the EU in the event of a vote for a united Ireland,  ”It’s not a big deal.”“It’s a fact of life because the German precedent is there and nobody could take that away for us. To be honest; it was a given,” he said.(That argument has been made by other critics, particularly those looking to avoid praising the government too much).Rejoining Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieOn a reconciliation and rejoining Fianna Fáil, he said: “I spent over forty years as an active member, from treasurer to youth officer to secretary… By Gráinne Ní Aodha Of course, listen if I was a card carrying member tomorow I would be happy, in the meantime I still go on and support it in whatever way I can.Last November, Fianna Fáil’s chairman in Dublin Central Brian Mohan confirmed that Bertie Ahern had been invited to rejoin the party.Brian Mohan said that while Ahern is “controversial in some people’s eyes, he has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”, but no developments have occurred since.You can listen to the interview in full here.Read: Bertie was back in Leinster House today and he managed to take a dig at Sinn FéinRead: Bertie Ahern says Ireland isn’t ‘mad enough’ to leave the EU Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 6:08 PM Image: Maxwells/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 FORMER TAOISEACH BERTIE Ahern was interviewed on Newstalk’s Yates on Sunday show today, and indulged in some speculation on which party he’d go into coalition with if he was Fianna Fáil leader.Given the choice between Fine Gael or Sinn Féin, Bertie said he was always more on the left, and previously wanted to go into coalition with the Labour party.But he said that the mood from his Fianna Fáil friends at the moment, is there’s no feeling about going with Sinn Féin whatsoever.On the possibility of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition, he said that it wouldn’t be too difficult to find six or seven major points that both parties agree on: Short URL Apr 30th 2017, 6:08 PM 81 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Its very hard to look at your child lying in the cold

first_img Darren Kearns Image: RTÉ Crimecall Monday 25 Jun 2018, 10:31 PM Share35 Tweet Email 3 Comments 30,088 Views Darren Kearns Short URL His father Philip also talked about the strong bond the two men had shared and how difficult it was to lose his son.“People say you can’t be a father… and a best friend. We were… and that’s how close we were as a family and a unit,” he said.Didn’t I bury two people that day; my son and my best friend… The only thing we have now is these photographs… memories and a headstone.Gardaí are appealing directly to those who may have information about Darren’s murder.Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60 or Blanchardstown Garda Station on (01) 666 7000.center_img The last memory I have with him… he was so happy, we were going away and the next memory I have he was coming home in a box. ‘It’s very hard to look at your child lying in the cold night’: Family issue public appeal over man shot dead in Dublin Darren Kearns was shot dead outside a restaurant on 30 December 2015. THE FAMILY OF a man shot dead in a car park in Dublin city over two-and-a-half years ago have appealed for anyone with information to come forward to assist gardaí.Darren Kearns and his wife Sharon were out for dinner on 30 December 2015 at the Rising Phoenix restaurant on Blackhorse Avenue in Dublin.As they made to drive out of the car park, the exit was blocked off by a silver BMW 5 Series car. A man approached them with a gun and fired several shots into their car. Darren was hit several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.Two-and-a-half years later, and gardaí are still hunting for those responsible.Kearns’ family issued an appeal on RTÉ Crimecall tonight for anyone with information to come forward to assist gardaí.His mother Frances spoke about the night when he was shot, after the family had rushed to the scene.“Next I hear everyone was roaring that he was gone. It’s very hard to look at your child lying in the cold night… lying on the ground,’’ she said. Jun 25th 2018, 10:31 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: RTÉ Crimecall Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hyderabad Rs 200 cr scam unearthed in ESI hospitals

first_imgHyderabad: The Vigilance and Enforcement (V&E) wing of the state unearthed Rs 200 crore scam in ESI hospitals which procured the medicines at a higher price. After a probe was conducted by the department on the contracts given to the firms for supply of medicines to dispensaries and ESI hospitals for the 2016-17 and 2018-19 financial years, the V&E authorities initiated action against ESI director Dr C Devika Rani and five others for being involved in the scam. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Devika Rani had allegedly transferred the money illegally to the Benami firms and claimed to have paid bills of Rs 200 crore without actually supplying the medicines. The ESI had procured several medicines for an exorbitant price. For instance, Lactulose syrup (200ml) priced at Rs 74.20 was obtained by ESI at Rs 260. It is learned that indents were given to the firms by communicating over phone and orders were sent through an ordinary post. All the three quotations accepted during tender are said to be owned by a single-family. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us However, a drug procurement committee should initiate the entire proceedings pertaining to the drug requirement, but the probe at the beginning of the year found that no such committee was formed. The director also kept the joint director aside from the drug purchase committee and no committee on local purchases and tender scrutiny were formed to identify the pre-bid process. The Vigilance officials also failed to identify the firms as they were shut down after supplying the medicines to the hospitals. The officials caused loss to the government by purchasing drugs at a price of their will through local purchase.last_img read more

HP May Cut up to 16000 More Jobs as Results Disappoint

first_imgHewlett-Packard Co plans to cut as many as 16,000 more jobs in a major ramp-up of CEO Meg Whitman’s years-long effort to turn around the personal computer maker and relieve pressure on its profit margins.Whitman said the turnaround remained on track and her raised target reflected how HP continued to find areas to streamline across its broad portfolio, which encompasses computing, networking, storage and software. But some analysts wondered whether it signaled a worsening outlook for the coming year, or if more jobs may be cut.”The rationale makes sense,” said RBC analyst Amit Daryanani. But “you do worry if there’s a finality to this process, or if it’s an ongoing thing that may affect morale at the end of the day. So far the trend has been worrisome.”HP, whose sprawling global operations employ more than 250,000, estimated about three years ago when it first hatched its sweeping overhaul that it would need to shed 27,000 jobs. That number rose to 34,000 last year.On Thursday, it estimated another 11,000 to 16,000 more jobs needed to go, scattered across different countries and business areas. That took the grand total under Whitman’s restructuring to 50,000.The Silicon Valley company is trying to reduce its reliance on PCs and move toward computing equipment and networking gear for enterprises, part of Whitman’s effort to curtail revenue declines and return the world’s No. 1 PC maker to growth.But that goal remains elusive. The company posted a disappointing 1 percent drop in quarterly revenue, as it struggled to maintain its grip on the shrinking personal computer market and weak corporate tech spending.That marked its 11th consecutive quarterly sales decline.Shares in HP closed down 2.3 percent at $31.78, after the company inadvertently posted the results on its website more than half an hour before the closing bell.A PIVOTAL DIVISIONResearch jobs, which are vital for innovation and long-term growth, will continue to grow, Whitman stressed.HP is looking to cut back more in “areas not central to customer-facing and innovation agendas,” she said in an interview, rather than areas like research. “That’s not what we’re doing here. You need to look at the R&D spending, which is up.”HP recorded sales of $27.3 billion in its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, just shy of the $27.41 billion Wall Street had expected.Whitman said China remained a challenging region, though revenue from that country rose in the quarter. U.S. companies like International Business Machines Corp and Cisco Systems Inc have blamed recent lackluster performances on a backlash against American companies in China, in the wake of U.S. spying allegations.On Thursday, HP forecast full-year earnings of $3.63 to $3.75 a share, compared with Wall Street’s estimate for $3.71.It reported non-GAAP diluted net earnings of 88 cents a share in the second quarter, up 1 percent from a year earlier and about level with what analysts, on average, had expected.last_img read more

Abhinandan Varthaman spends sick leave with IAF squadron in Srinagar may resume

first_img Watch: Then Flight lieutenant Abhinandan now the Wing Commander who is now in Pakistan’s custody Close Abhinandan Varthaman.By now, the whole country is in awe of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who displayed utmost valour when he was in Pakistan’s captivity a month ago. And it seems like, professionalism runs in the blood of the fighter pilot. Abhinandan was reportedly advised by the doctors to go on four weeks sick leave from March 14, but he chose to go back to his squadron in Srinagar instead of spending time with his parents and wife in Chennai.The IAF pilot was captured by the Pakistani Army on February 27 in Horran village of Bhimbar district in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, barely seven kilometres away from the Line of Control. His Mig 21 Bison jet was shot down during an aerial stand-off with the Pakistan Air Force.Pakistan released Abhinandan on March 1. Abhinandan’s display of ethics and bravery when he was in Pakistan’s captivity had turned him into an overnight hero and a youth sensation.After his release, Abhinandan underwent a protocol of two weeks’ debriefing. He was also treated at the Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi and was advised four weeks rest. But the Wing Commander went back to his professional turf in Srinagar, preferring to stay with his men and machines.”During his sick leave, the officer had the option of going to his family home in Chennai where his parents live but he decided to go back to Srinagar where his squadron is deployed for operations,” the ANI quoted sources as saying.Abhinandan can’t wait to get back to flying his fighter jet but he would have to be reviewed by the medical board in New Delhi after the completion of his sick leave to resume flying.Abhinandan’s brilliant professional conduct may be attributed to his lineage. He is the son of Air Marshall (Retd) S Varthaman, who also served in the IAF and was posted as the air-officer-commanding Eastern Command till 2014.Soon after Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan, an old video of the Indian pilot surfaced on the internet where the wing commander talks about ethics while serving in the Indian Air Force.He also says that having a “bad attitude” is not best suited for those who wish to serve the nation. “I trust (Sandy), my co-pilot with life and he trusts me too. That is our training. That is blind faith. No two ways about it,” Abhinandan quips. Watch the video here: IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:27Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:21?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Looks like, Abhinandan is a man who lives by his words and prefers his colleagues over anyone elselast_img read more

Allout preparations to thwart AL blueprint BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday alleged that the government has ‘crafted a blueprint of minus-one formula’ to remove their chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics ahead of the 11th parliamentary polls.”Thousands of cases have been filed against our chairperson, senior vice chairman and other leaders and activists at the behest of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina. A move has now been taken to hurriedly deliver verdicts in the cases targeting the next parliamentary polls,” he said.Speaking at a press briefing at the Naya Paltan central office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), he further said, “It’s now clear to people that the government is doing all this to keep BNP away from election. Sheikh Hasina made a blueprint of minus one-formula to cling to power.”‘Minus-two formula’ was a much-talked-about issue after the 1/11 political changeover in 2007 as the then military-backed interim government had reportedly tried to exile AL president Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics designing such a formula.Rizvi alleged that Sheikh Hasina is making an evil effort to eliminate her opponents as she did not take lesson from the 1/11 political changeover.He warned that the government will not be able to escape its fall if it tries to implement any blueprint against Khaleda using the court.”People have taken all-out preparations to face those who want to execute minus-one formula.”The BNP leader also alleged that their party will not go to the next polls if their chairperson is barred from joining it through any plot. “We also won’t allow holding any polls without her.”He also criticised the attorney general and some ministers for what he said their seditious comments on the verdict of the Zia orphanage trust graft case to be delivered on 8 February.”The government is trying to convict Khaleda Zia using the court. How can they say she’ll have to go jail? How did they know the court decision? It suggests they’ve obviously made any evil design to fulfil their desire using the court,” Rizvi noted.last_img read more

Watch This JetpackWearing Entrepreneur Rocket Past the Statue of Liberty VIDEO

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Talk about a jetpack joyride. Soaring solo above the Hudson River, boldly gliding like Iron Man past the Statue of Liberty, twin mini jet turbines strapped to your back.Australian entrepreneur-adventurer David Mayman realized that sweet moonage dream this week, in a spectacular stunt that showed off Jetpack Aviation’s lightweight JB-9 jetpack in all its blazing glory. Mayman, who learned to fly before he could drive, successfully piloted the futuristic machine impressively near Lady Liberty before safely landing on a boat to the cheers of onlookers.Related: Fade to ‘Vantablack’: Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can’t See It”It was an incredible experience, one I have been dreaming of since I was a young boy,” said Mayman, JetPack Aviation’s CEO and test pilot. “We have just proved that personal flight is a reality. It’s here and we will stay at the forefront of this.”The high-powered jetpack was 40 years in the making, the culmination of millions of dollars spent and decades of trial and error by Mayman and his business partner, Nelson Tyler. In 1969, Tyler, a three-time Academy Award winner who has long built personal flight devices for use in Hollywood films, created the first civilian rocket belt, a later version of which was piloted at the opening of the 1984 Olympics.   The duo’s latest invention takes off and lands vertically, hovers and cruises for extended periods of time. They say the smooth, sustained maiden flight over the Hudson was FAA and U.S. Coast Guard approved. There’s no word on if and when the mini jet turbine backpack will be available for purchase, but we imagine it won’t be cheap. We reached out to Jetpack Aviation for more details on the sweet ride, but have yet to hear back.  Related: Google X Head: ‘I’m Afraid of People’s Reactions to Technology’The JB-9, which can climb 10,000 feet in the sky at speeds of up to 63 miles per hour, is far from the first jetpack to take to the skies and it won’t be the last. But, if Mayman and Tyler have their way, it could go down in history as the first commercially viable machine of its kind. It’s a feat the inventors are “willing to risk everything” to achieve. They plan to eventually market the innovative personal transportation device to law enforcement, search and rescue and disaster relief organizations, even to everyday dreamers (and commuters) like me and you.   Rock on, rocket man.Related: Bionic Eye Shows Promise for People With Age-Related Vision Loss 3 min read November 6, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more