The commentary said that the net export of services forThe commentary said that the net export of services for April-July, 2016-17 was estimated at USD 21,562 million which is lower than net export of services of USD 22,371 million during April-July 2015-16.Targeting the Modi dispensation, the opposition party said, “For a government that was clearly elected on an economic agenda, exports have come down for most of Modis term in office.”Last 21 of the 22 months have seen a decline in merchandise exports and while the baseline is considerably lower now, it does not look like either the Prime Minister or the Union Commerce Minister has too many ideas to get the exports sector back on the growth trajectory.” PTI SPG SC SPG TIR SC TIR DIP
Hyderabad, Aug 1 (PTI) Telangana Badminton Association vice president V Chamundeswarinath today gifted a high-end car to Indian womens cricket team Captain Mithali Raj for becoming the highest run-getter in the womens ODIs.The car was presented to the cricketer at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy here.”We presented a BMW car as promised (to her) for becoming the highest run-getter (in womens cricket),” Chamundeswarinath told PTI.Mithali Raj had on July 12 created a world record by becoming the first player to cross 6,000 runs in the history of womens One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during the ICC World Cup match against Australia in Bristol.This is the not the first time that Chamundeswarinath, popularly known as Chamundi, has gifted a luxury car to Mithali.The city-based sports administrator had also presented her a car in 2007, in recognition of the womens cricket team reaching the finals of the World Cup in 2005.Mithali Raj lauded Chamundeswarinath for encouraging sportspersons.The Indian womens cricket team was the runner-up in the recent world cup after losing to England by nine runs. However, the teams magnificent performance to reach the finals won laurels from all quarters.Chamundeswarinath had earlier gifted high-end cars to several sportspersons, including star shutter PV Sindhu (Rio Olympics silver medallist), Dipa Karmakar (women gymnast who finished fourth in the Rio Olympics) and badminton chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, for their stellar performances in various competitions.Gopichand also appreciated Mithali Raj for her performance.”Its really wonderful what the team has done. You (Mithali Raj) made a real motivation for all,” he said. PTI SJR RS GKadvertisement
Indian batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur made the cricket ball sail over the boundary like a six-hitting machine in the crucial semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup against the Aussies in 2017. India lost the cup, but the team won the billion-odd hearts of a cricket-crazy nation. The untold stories,Indian batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur made the cricket ball sail over the boundary like a six-hitting machine in the crucial semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup against the Aussies in 2017. India lost the cup, but the team won the billion-odd hearts of a cricket-crazy nation. The untold stories that led to that triumph-the endless struggle of women’s cricket in India, right from its origin and through the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s-are captured in veteran sports journalist Suprita Das’s superbly documented new book. Photo: Jan Kruger-Idi/Getty ImagesWith telling details, Das builds an inspiring narrative that reads like it was written by a dressing room insider, if women cricketers can lay claim to such an animal, considering dressing rooms are earmarked for men. The book upholds the free and fearless spirit of women who battled on and off the pitch, against discrimination, gender-based pay gaps and the sheer indifference of administrators, playing the game as fearlessly as a batsman awarded a “free hit”.
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Hartley has not played for England since mid-March, having taken an extended break to recover fully from concussion, and missed the summer tour series defeat in South Africa. He is now back playing club rugby again and a recent chat with the cricketer Alastair Cook, a Northampton Saints follower, has persuaded him there is still more he can achieve. The pair have spoken following Cook’s remarkable farewell performance against India at the Oval and it would appear Hartley has been suitably inspired.“I talked to him the other day,” the 32-year-old said. “Not about retirement, although naturally the conversation did head that way about him. Some of the things he said to me made me think I’m still in a good place professionally and with sport.”Hartley took nothing for granted at England’s training camp in Bristol this week. His team’s first autumn Test against the Springboks at Twickenham is barely five weeks away and the World Cup clock is starting to tick loudly. He believes his concussion problems are history.“I had six months between games and the advice, the research and the feeling I had was fine. A new perspective is always good. I’ve still got the desire to be involved in something good.” Robert Kitson Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Topics Read more Joe Marler has dropped a bombshell by retiring from England duty less than 12 months before the World Cup. The Harlequins prop has cited spending time with his young family as a key reason, stating he is unable to give all of himself to the England cause.The 28-year-old, who has won 59 caps, informed Eddie Jones of his intentions shortly before the England squad camp in Bristol this week before pulling out because of personal reasons and has played his last match for the national team. Share on Twitter “It is an incredible commitment to play rugby for England and I strongly believe that if you are unable to give yourself fully to it then it is time to step away,” he said. “Otherwise it would not be fair on the team, or my family. Being with England you have to spend an incredible amount of time away and I could not do that any more.”Marler missed Jones’s first summer tour in charge of England – to Australia in 2016 – and later said he withdrew because of physical and mental exhaustion. He explained that he had been struggling to focus on his game after his £20,000 fine from World Rugby for his “Gipsy Boy” comment made to the Wales prop Samson Lee.“Whenever you play for England you have to be 100% and unfortunately I’m not in that place,” he said at the time. “I would be letting my teammates and country down if I were to tour.”His decision to withdraw from England duty permanently is a blow for Jones, considering Marler’s experience and his reliability in providing back-up to Mako Vunipola. Marler has made 23 appearances under the Australian and was part of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017. “Now is the time to walk away and get some new blood in the team. And I am looking forward to being able to give my wife and children more of my time,” he said. “I will always be grateful for the memories playing for my country has given me.” England rugby union team Harlequins Support The Guardian In the short term, Jones’s loosehead options for the autumn internationals behind Vunipola are severely limited with Leicester’s Ellis Genge out with a shoulder injury. Alec Hepburn is another while his uncapped Exeter teammate Ben Moon was called into this week’s squad to replace Marler.Jones said: “Joe is a great player and team member so I am disappointed and we will miss him. But he has made his decision on personal grounds and we understand his reasoning. He’s a good guy – an honest, mature person who understands the demands of the game and the demands of family life. I have got to admire his honesty and the way he has gone about this.”Marler has been among the more vocal senior internationals to discuss the increasing demands on modern players and in April 2017, addressing plans to trim the duration of the Six Nations to six weeks, he told the Guardian: “If we lost a rest week – I think it’s ridiculous. If boys are playing 11 months and getting a four- or five‑week break their bodies, and mentally… it’s not that you’re bored but it’s like: ‘Christ, this is a slog now.’”During the Six Nations this year he was banned for England’s first two matches against Italy and Wales and talked of knuckling down because “I’m missing out on things I really want to be part of”. He has since had a change of heart and, like his fellow loosehead Alex Corbisiero, his England career comes to a premature end.Hartley heartened by Cook chatTiger Woods’s comeback may have grabbed more headlines but Dylan Hartley is trying his best to ensure a similar happy ending. With less than a year until the 2019 Rugby World Cup, England’s fit-again captain is determined to go to Japan as his country’s first-choice hooker and to make a significant Test return this autumn. Warren Gatland ‘bricking’ himself over attempts to go out on a high with Wales Read more news The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp RFU ‘perplexed’ at Agustín Pichot’s attempts to reform rugby calendar Reuse this content
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency took a major step toward the cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens today, June 29, calling for expressions of interest in the engineering design of the $400-million project. The successful bidder will also be responsible for managing construction contracts during the cleanup. “It’s a great milestone,” said Ron Russell, minister responsible for the agency. “This contractor will translate the project description released earlier this year into detailed engineering designs, and then supervise their implementation. This cleanup is on the move.” A request for expressions of interest is the first stage in a two-part process for awarding major tenders. The agency will evaluate and rank bidders who express interest, and then invite detailed proposals from the top three to five companies. The expressions of interest phase closes on Wednesday, Aug. 31. A request for proposal will follow and will be completed by the end of year. The contract that results from this two-stage tendering process will include preliminary design of the cleanup, detailed design, preparation of documents for construction contracts, and supervision of the construction work. It will also include a variety of consulting and advisory services, and project management. The request for expressions of interest requires bidders to set forth their experience in cleaning up former industrial sites, and a host of skills including environmental engineering, hydrology, engineering design, project management, scheduling, cost estimating and control, risk management, construction administration, quality assurance, hazardous material handling, and regulatory compliance. A joint federal-provincial environmental assessment of the cleanup is currently underway. The ultimate design of the project will reflect any changes that may result from that assessment. The current cleanup plan for the Tar Ponds, devised jointly by Environment Canada and the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, calls for the removal and destruction of the worst contaminants in an approved incinerator to be located at the former Victoria Junction Coal Wash Plant. Remaining materials would be stabilized and solidified in place, and then contained within an engineered containment system. At the Coke Ovens, the plan is to treat surface soils with land farming, a form of bioremediation, and then contain the site within an engineered containment system.
Mumbai: Ayushmann Khurrana says for him more than his character, the story of a film and the message it leaves behind, is a bigger priority. The 34-year-old actor said he does not mind playing an immoral character if the plot does justice with the fate of the part. “I would love to do a variety of scripts and characters. If the story resonates with me, I would definitely do a character which is not moral. “But at the same time, it has to be a message in the end, against a character or maybe whatever that character needs to learn eventually. For me the story matters above my character. I am obsessed with good stories,” Ayushmann told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The actor, who has made a mark for himself courtesy his unique choice of films, believes every performer has “different aspirations”. “It also really depends on what your priorities are. Some scripts are to prove your acting abilities, some scripts are there to have a certain social responsibility and as I said everyone has different aspirations in life, so, being progressive and regressive is a very subjective thing,” he added. Ayushmann has struck a chord with the audience, but the actor said there is no formula to maintain the connect. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary “Anybody can go wrong. Whatever is relevant right now may be irrelevant five years from now. Our industry is ever-changing and our society is ever-evolving so I cannot be cocky and pompous enough to say that I have a great script sense. I hope my gut supports me in future as well,” he said. His latest “Article 15” has turned out to be the second-biggest opener of his career after “Badhaai Ho!” and the actor is elated with the overwhelming response from both the audience and critics. The Anubhav Sinha-directed film, which released on June 28, has earned over Rs 70 crore worldwide. “Commercial success is really important but at the same time, it has to be a mix of both critical and commercial acclaim. Credibility is the key for any artiste.” Ayushmann will be seen next in “Dream Girl” and “Bala” – releasing this year while his other film “Gulabo Sitabo” with Shoojit Sircar will come out next year.
18 November 2011United Nations Member States today deplored a disrupted plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States and called on Iran to cooperate with any countries trying to bring to justice those who planned, sponsored or attempted to carry out the plot. In a resolution adopted in the General Assembly this afternoon, Member States voiced deep concern at the plot and said they were “alarmed by the new and recurring acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials.”The resolution, introduced by Saudi Arabia, received 106 votes in favour and nine votes against. Forty countries abstained. A series of proposed amendments from Iran did not obtain a majority and were not adopted.In the resolution Member States stressed that acts of violence against diplomatic missions or inter-governmental organizations or their officials “can never be justified.”The text noted that the US had last month reported to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on “an Iranian plot” to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.Deploring the plot, the resolution encouraged all countries to take extra steps to prevent the planning, financing or commission of “similar terrorist acts and to deny safe haven to those who plan, finance, support or commit such terrorist acts.”Member States called on Iran to comply with all international legal obligations, including the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons. They also asked Iran to cooperate with countries seeking to bring to justice those involved in the plot against the Saudi ambassador.
Answering questions in his first meeting with reporters at UN Headquarters in New York after his return from three weeks’ holiday, Mr. Annan called the hostage-taking at the school in Beslan “terrorism, pure and simple.”Even without what happened in Beslan, we are all aware of the terrible toll terrorism has taken on people and nations around the world, and the need for the international community of nations to come together and work to confront this phenomenon,” he added. “I think what happened in Russia underscores that point even more.”Asked how he assessed future UN operations after the United States elections in November, Mr. Annan reiterated his oft-repeated call for multilateralism and the important role the UN has to play in that field.”I think we are working well with this administration, and we did work well with the previous administration, and I am confident we’ll work well with the next one,” he said. “I think many Governments around the world believe that the only way to deal with some of the crises we are confronting is through multilateral efforts, and the UN has an important role to play, and many governments consider the UN an important institution.”Pointing to the European Union as a great example of how regions and governments have demonstrated that coming together to work together enhances the progress of countries and individuals, he added: “So I think on the question of multilateralism, I think the world is on our side.”
“The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks in North Sinai on 29 January, which killed dozens of people, including civilians, and injured scores of others,” said a statement issued through his spokesperson. “He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and expresses his solidarity with the people of Egypt,” the statement added.According to media reports, four separate attacks on security outposts took place in North Sinai beginning Thursday evening and into the early morning hours on Friday. News agencies suggest that at least 30 people were killed.This is the second deadly attack to hit the area within the past few months. Mr. Ban and the members of the Security Council previously condemned the 24 October 2014 terrorist attacks against military checkpoints in Sheikh Zuweid and al-Arish in North Sinai, killing at least 31 members of the Egyptian security forces and injuring dozens more.Strongly condemning today’s terrorist attacks, 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 and whenever and by whomsoever committed. The Council, in a statement to the press, underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this terrorist attack to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Egyptian Government in this regard.
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 23, 2016 – Investigators of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a shooting incident that occurred around 12:25 am this morning (Friday 23rd December 2016), in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales that left a 19-year-old female with injuries about her body. Police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where the female was seen being treated by doctors for non-life threatening injuries.This is an active investigation and if anyone have any information that can assist investigators with this shooting incident, contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 339-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.More updates to be provided. #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 28, 2017 – Nassau – Bahamas First General Insurance Company recently facilitated a free public education seminar under the topic, Hurricane Prep 101. The event took place at The British Colonial Hilton and featured a presentation by Caroline Turnquest, Director General for The Bahamas Red Cross on hurricane preparedness followed by a panel discussion with insurance industry experts.The informative panel included Leonard Sands, President of The Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA); Iain Parish, Managing Director of Technical Adjusters Bahamas Ltd.; Keith Rolle, SVP, Underwriting, Bahamas First General Insurance and Warren Rolle, Managing Director of NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers. Attendees gained valuable information and advice on how to maintain their homes and property to prepare for the possibility of and recover from a storm. Stressing the importance of regular building maintenance, the panel encouraged property owners to conduct regular assessments, carrying out repairs where needed and planning for more extensive projects including window and roof repairs or replacement.Reflecting on lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew, president and CEO for the leading general insurer, Patrick Ward noted, “We want to do our part to ensure that our clients are in the best state possible to protect their families and homes and minimize their risk in the event of a hurricane this year. This forum was about providing practical advice and solutions and also creating an opportunity for the public to get answers from subject matter experts on not only insurance topics but also on home maintenance, disaster relief and other related issues.We see ourselves as partners with our clients and following last year’s significant event, we want to leverage that experience to ensure that our clients are well-informed, have adequate coverage and are best positioned to recover and move on with their lives in the unfortunate event of a loss.” Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Alaska lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Bill Walker this week urging measures to rein in budget items. Incoming Senate President Kevin Meyer, a Republican from Anchorage and House Speaker Republican Mike Chenault of Nikiski signed the letter, along with the chairs of the finance committees for both chambers. The letter lays out suggestions such as a hiring freeze for all state departments, limiting agency travel and requesting department budgets for the first six months of 2015.Download AudioSenator Meyer says lawmakers only have 90 days to do their work and they’ve not seen the Governor’s plans.“We’ve heard all kinds of things during the campaign that he wants to add to education and add to the Medicaid expansion but yet he wants to make 15, 16% across the board reductions, and I don’t know that those are accurate in today’s environment so we just want to see what his expectations are. It’s more of a courtesy thing, just that the sooner we can get this information, the better,” he said.Meyer says ideas like a hiring freeze may not be possible in all departments, such as public safety or corrections but the desire is to get clarity from the Walker administration about what could be coming.“A statement to that effect would help us send the message out to the general pubic that we have a major budget deficit that we’re serious about addressing and we want to incorporate everyone’s thoughts and ideas on it and especially the governor’s,” Meyer said.Other ideas are to look at capital appropriations that are more than five years old to see if that money could be re-appropriated to other, more pressing needs. Meyer says Office of Management and Budget figures show between three and four billion dollars in capital projects that are encumbered but not yet spent.As others have acknowledged, Meyer says Alaska has seen large fluctuations in oil prices in the past and as recently as the late 90s and early 2000s, there were deficits to be dealt with.“In the past the problem, in recent years was production, the price was high, but now we have a problem with both price and production,” Meyer said.He says lawmakers hope the gas pipeline project will stay on track so production can add to state revenue in a decade.“Our gas looks good because it can replace coal in China and nuclear in Japan, but oil is always going to be around and countries like the Middle East and Russia will make sure that they’re around and as economies rebound in Europe and China, the demand is going to grow so I do see the prices will go back up but when is anybody’s guess,” Meyer said.Governor Walker sent a letter today asking all commissioners to identify potential cuts to their departments by January 10th.A statement from Walker’s office says in part that Walker shares the concern about a need for action, and that he and his team have been in nearly daily budget meetings for several weeks.
Kakinada: National SC, ST Commission member K Ramulu directed the East Godavari district officials to initiate stringent measures on the guilty involved in SC, ST atrocity cases in the district. Participating in the review meet organised at district collectorate on Saturday evening, the commission member reviewed the progress in the cases booked under SC, ST atrocity cases. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us The commission member expressed concern over raise in SC; ST atrocity cases even afar 70 years of Independence. The commission member on this occasion received representation from public who turned up from various parts of the district. District collector D Muralidhar Reddy, District SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi and other officials participated in the meeting.
GNA Axles, one of the 17 companies to approach the primary market via initial public offering (IPO) this year, saw its Rs. 130 crore public issue oversubscribed 1.64 times until afternoon on the second day on Thursday. The issue closes on Sept. 16, 2016 (Friday) and the price band is Rs. 205-207 per share.The company had earlier raised Rs. 38 crore from anchor investors at Rs. 207 per share.The company’s IPO is concurrent with that of another firm, L&T Technology Services, whose public issue opened on Sept. 12 and closes on Thursday, Sept. 15. The firm had received 71 percent subscription for its approximately Rs. 900 crore issue by the end of the third day (Sept. 14), according to data available with the stock exchanges.Another IPO, of ICIC Prudential Life Insurance, will hit the markets on Sept. 19 and close on 21. The price band is Rs. 300-334 per share and the issue size is in the range of Rs. 5,440 crore to Rs. 6,057 crore.GNA Axles, which was established in 1993, is a Punjab-based manufacturer of rear axle shafts, other shafts and spindles used in on-highway and off-highway vehicles.The company commenced domestic supplies in 1995 and exports in 2003 and generated about 54 percent of its revenues from exports in the financial year 2015-16. Here is what Angel Broking and Kotak Securities have to say about GNA Axles Limited (GNAAL):GNAAL’s export revenue is constituted by America (~49 percent), Europe (~33 percent), the Asia Pacific (~18 percent), and the balance is accounted for by Australia.Major clients include Meritor HVS AB, John Deere, Transaxle Manufacturing of America, Dana Ltd and Kubota Corporation.GNAAL has two manufacturing facilities: Unit I located in Hoshiarpur, Punjab and Unit II located at Kapurthala, Punjab.GNAAL’s manufacturing units had a total annual manufacturing capacity of 2.3mn rear axle shafts, 0.4mn other shafts and 0.3mn spindles as of March 31, 2016.GNA Axles IPO snapshotIssue size: 63 lakh shares, including 2 lakh shares reserved for employeesPrice band: Rs. 205-207 per shareBook runners and managers: PNB Investment Services Ltd and Ambit Private Ltd.Lisiting: Shares to be listed on NSE, BSEPromoters’ holding, post issue: 70.7 percentObjects of the issue: Purchase of plant and machinery, working capital requirement and general corporate purposes.
Map of Narail. File photoEight members of a family sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out from a gas cylinder at their house of Sadhukhali village in Narail sadar upazila on Friday noon, reports UNB.The injured are Abdul Fakir Sabur, 45, Khandaker Imran, 42, Lipi Begum, 30, Munni Akhter, 16, Sifat, 10, Chaina Begum, 35, Humayun Kabir, 45, and Murad Mollah, 25.House owner Fakir said they replaced the old gas cylinder with a new one today. The fire erupted when the gas stove was ignited around 12:30pm.They tried to douse the fire with sacks and sand.However, the fire engulfed the entire house when they removed the sacks, leaving eight family members injured.Md Ahaduzzaman, station officer of Narail Fire Service, said three fire-fighting units rushed in and doused the fire.Of the injured, five sustained 50-60 percent burns on their bodies, said duty physician Hafizur Rahman Mukta at the Narail Sadar Hospital.
Bi’ja Thatch sat nervously beside her mother when her doctor entered through the doors of her hospital room a little over a year ago bearing troubling news. Thatch was diagnosed with a rare, cancer-like disease that causes cells to destroy and damage each other.Thatch’s only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant.Thatch was lucky. It took her a year find a donor, but she did find one. Every day, however, 20 people in need of transplants die waiting for organs. Ten of them, like Thatch, are African-American. In fact, 35 percent of people on the national waiting list for major organs are African-Americans.Thatch, 21, successfully underwent the transplant last July and is in recovery.“I am so grateful for this transplant because I know many people are not as fortunate as me to make it off the waiting list,” Thatch said. “Transplants are extremely helpful to those fighting fatal diseases.”Despite the African-American community’s high need for major organs, statistics show they are the lowest ethnic group of registered donors. Blacks comprise only 14 percent of organ donors.Consequently, African-Americans are in desperate need of kidneys for diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, more than any other ethnic group. They also need bone marrow and tissue transplants.There are numerous accounts of African-Americans, some famous and some not so famous, dying for lack of donors.Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly’s sister, Jacqueline Donahue, died at age despite her family’s four-year attempt to find a bone marrow to help cure her of leukemia.Shannon Taverez an 11-year-old actress who played Nala on Broadway in the “The Lion King,” died six months after being diagnosed with leukemia when her mother was unable to find a bone marrow donor.Dr. Clive Callender, senior transplant surgeon at Howard University Hospital, has seen and heard the stories. In response, Callendar, who performed the first kidney transplants at Howard University and one of the city’s first liver transplants, founded the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program, in order to increase the number of blacks who agree to be donors.Using a $1.2 million study, Callendar discovered there were five reasons African Americans shied away from organ donation lack of knowledge of organ donation, their religious beliefs, their fear of being used as a “guinea pig,” a fear of being prematurely killed for organs and a mistrust of the medical system.By working to dispel those myths and misconceptions, Callendar’s organization saw the number of African American donors in the District of Columbia increase by 125 percent over the past 20 years.“Many said that minorities would not donate,” Callendar said, “but we have demonstrated that minorities will become apart of the solution to this problem.”Though progress has been made, Callender says there is still a great need for more African-American organ donors.Delise Hampton, 21, made a decision to become an organ donor two years ago when she became aware of the African-American community’s needs.“When I pass away, my organs will be of no use to me,” Hampton said. “It is very fulfilling to know that I will really save someone’s life”.The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), organ procurement organization, is dedicated to making sure this goal is achieved. This organization facilitates relationship between donors, donor families, transplant teams and waiting list patients.It also provides professional education programs to encourage healthcare professions to get involved in the donation process. They host public education programs designed to promote donor registration and awareness.“If someone walked up to you and asked if would you like to save a life at no cost to you or your family, most would say, “Yes,” said Lesley Compagnone, a manager and spokesperson for WRTC. “That’s what being an organ donor is. When you pass away, you can save up to eight lives. ”To learn more or to become an organ donor, visit: organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/
Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack Stay on target Space is cool. I think we can all come to a consensus on that, yeah? It’s big. It’s vast. There’s planets and stars and asteroids and look, I’m not saying there’s definitely aliens but I’m also not saying there’s aren’t aliens, either. And over the last few decades no organization has propelled our understanding of the universe we live in quite like NASA.Maybe the love they’re getting these days is long overdue but it’s rad to see it happen regardless. NASA is everywhere these days. Those official flight jackets are everyday wardrobe staples for the fashion-minded. Vans recently released their “Voyager” collection of NASA-inspired shoes and clothing that sold out almost instantaneously. It was only a matter of time before the king of the sneaker game, Nike, got involved.In collaboration with NASA, the PG 3 “NASA” draws inspiration from NASA’s Armstrong Building 703 in PG’s hometown of Palmdale, Calif. (Photo Credit: Nike)On Saturday, January 26, Nike will launch the Paul George 3 x NASA collection. The highlight of the line is the new signature sneaker for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s George (or “PG”), which is a stunning piece on a visual level but also utilizes plenty of new tech to up the sneaker’s performance quality.It’s not the first time PG’s sneaker line has drawn inspiration from different corners of geekdom — the lifelong gamer has gotten PlayStation involved in his signature sneaker line plenty over the last year. It’s sometimes hard to remember that basketball sneakers are crafted to elevate a player’s game first and foremost and PG and Nike designer Tony Hardman are very much keeping that in mind with the PG 3.The shoe features a mesh upper and a lighter midsole foam, making for a shoe that comes in a whole ounce lighter than the PG 2.5 (that may not seem like much but relative to the weight of a shoe, it makes all the difference).The quote emblazoned on the heel of the PG ‘NASA’ shoe reads: a quote emblazoned on the heel of the shoe, a favorite of PG’s: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” (Photo Credit: Nike)Then there are the actual NASA accents: the shoe’s mesh upper is a bright NASA orange with bright blue and red accents on the sides. The sole and fabric upper are a cool metallic silver. The tongue sports an American flag patch and the heels feature a NASA logo on one shoe and the official Apollo 11 logo on the other.Each shoe also sports the numbers “93552,” the zipcode for George’s hometown of Palmdale, CA (which also happens to be the location of a NASA research center). But the coolest detail is a quote emblazoned on the heel of the shoe, a favorite of PG’s: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”Photo Credit: NikeIn addition to the sneakers, the line features a dope backpack in NASA orange, a blue tracksuit that draws inspiration from NASA flight suits, cool tees, and a dad hat. It’s a great lineup for fans of Paul George, Nike, or just space exploration as a whole. I’d say it looks like the sky is the limit for Nike in 2019 but, well, you know. There are footprints on the moon.The Paul George x NASA collection is available on Nike.com starting January 26.More on Geek.com:10 Best Geeky Sneakers of 20187 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would WearVersace Designer Teases Apple Computer-Inspired Sneakers
KOLKATA: The 18th edition of Stylefile, Kolkata’s eagerly-awaited lifestyle exhibition, will be held on Saturday, November 17 at ‘The Old Bungalow,’ 7/6 Burdwan Road in Alipore. A galaxy of leading designers, sculptors and painters, jewellers and accessory-makers, will showcase their creations along with promising new names.Preeti Goenka, co-founder and organiser of the exhibition said: “This year’s Stylefile is essentially about celebrating fashion, art and design and instilling innovation and imagination to make our everyday lives inspiring. Each of the products on display at Stylefile is hand-picked and exclusive. The creations often transcend geographical boundaries and distinctions between fashions and art; rendering styles that are quintessentially unique and stunningly elegant.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSumedha Saraogi, the other co-founder and organiser, said: “We have put in a lot of effort to curate this year’s Stylefile with an unprecedented collection of fashion, accessories and art. We also have an interesting assortment in men’s fashion. Among the participants, there are stalwarts who are always there with us and at the same time we are having many new designers, as well as a few who are coming back after a long time.” There will be the Khanijo collection for men which is about relaxed silhouettes, functional handloom fabrics complemented with classic menswear tailoring. Keeping in sync with the festive spirit this collection includes marigold oranges, lush greens, rustic browns, classic ivories and sunrise yellows. Arjan Dugal’s designs will reflect a subtle sartorial sense, pioneering innovations in design. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA central art installation by a very renowned artist will be unveiled on the day of the exhibition. There will also be many smaller art installations adorning the venue. The event will be on from 3 pm to 11 pm. In the art segment, David Gerstein, internationally-renowned painter and sculptor from Israel, will bring in paintings made out of handmade cut-out steel. Delhi-based Mousumi Biswas will display her realistic paintings and fibre-glass sculpting.
Firefox’s upcoming bookmark sync improvements address long-standing issues by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2018 in Firefox – 11 commentsMozilla introduced Sync functionality in Firefox a long time ago. Sync came in the form of the add-on Mozilla Weave first but was integrated into the Firefox web browser later on to provide all users of the browser with sync functionality.Mozilla changed how Sync works in Firefox with the release of Firefox 29 by switching over to a new account system that allowed authentication using an email address and password opposed to keys that the previous version of Sync required.While the current version of Sync in Firefox works reliably, for the most part, some data sets proofed to be more error-prone than others in the past.Firefox users who sync bookmarks may notice a number of issues associated with that.Firefox bookmark syncing issuesAn upcoming update to bookmark syncing in Firefox addresses the following issues that may occur when syncing bookmarks using Firefox Sync:Partial downloads — The current Sync in Firefox applies records to the database one at a time. Interruption, for instance by the dropping of the Internet connection, could lead to issues such as items showing up in the wrong folder or out of order.Changes made during sync operations — Changes that are made during a sync operation won’t be included until the next sync run as bookmark syncing pulls changes once on start and not during the run.Out-of-order downloads — Bookmark children may be uploaded or download before parents which may lead to all kinds of issues, for instance that bookmarks get stuck in the “other bookmarks” folder as it is used by Firefox Sync as a temporary storage during the sync process.Deduping — Sync flattens the “local tree into a map of bookmark attributes” and uses it to detect and ignore bookmarks with similar attributes but different IDs. This map is not updated when bookmarks are changed during a sync, and it does not differentiate between local and server records.Mozilla’s solutionChanges to bookmark syncing address the issues listed above. The solution uses a mirror copy that matches the server so that data is not added to the database directly anymore.Mozilla notes:Structured application helps mitigate corruption caused by changes made during a sync, partial downloads, and out-of-order downloads. Instead of inserting downloaded bookmarks directly into the database, we store them in a “mirror” that matches the server.We then walk the local tree and the mirrored remote tree, produces a new merged tree, and update the local tree to match the merged tree. Finally, we stage locally changed records in an outgoing buffer, upload the records, and update the mirror again to reflect what we just uploaded.You can follow the bug on Bugzilla, or this bug which tracks when the feature is enabled by default in Firefox.You can set the preference services.sync.engine.bookmarks.buffer to true to enable the functionality right now. I suggest you backup your bookmarks regularly if you do as this is still a work in progress at this point in time.Closing WordsIf you experienced issues with bookmark syncing in Firefox, especially issues such as bookmarks syncing not working reliably, bookmarks landing in the wrong folders or out-of-sync issues with bookmarks on different systems, you can expect that things will be better once the update lands.Now You: Do you use Firefox Sync or your browser’s sync solution?Related articlesAbout Sync: Firefox Sync troubleshooting add-onFirefox 53: Bookmark Syncing reliability improvementsFirefox Passwords can’t be synced if you use a master passwordHow to set up a new Firefox Sync serverSummaryArticle NameFirefox’s upcoming bookmark sync improvements address long-standing issuesDescriptionMozilla plans to improve bookmark syncing in the Firefox browser soon by making the syncing more reliable and less prone to errors and other issues.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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 March 23, 2018 — The average size of breast cancers at diagnosis decreased dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s following the introduction of screening, according to research presented at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference, March 21-23 in Barcelona, Spain.However, the new research also reveals a slight increase in the average size of breast tumors since 2001, perhaps as a result of a decrease in the number of women going for screening in the same period.The researchers say it is not yet clear whether the recent increase in average tumor size will lead to more deaths from breast cancer in the coming years. But they point out that, in general, women with smaller tumors at diagnosis have a better chance of surviving the disease.The research was carried out by Manon Jenkins, junior doctor, Louise Merker, surgical registrar, Nicholas Gallegos, consultant surgeon, and colleagues at Weston General Hospital in Bristol, U.K.Jenkins said: “In general terms, small breast cancers have a better prognosis than larger ones. Screening aims to detect breast cancers before they are large enough for a woman to feel them. If that’s the case then the number of large cancers among women who are offered screening should fall and mortality should also decline.”The study involved 386,454 women in the United States who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1983 and 2014. Researchers categorized the women according to when they were diagnosed and their age at diagnosis. For each group they calculated the average tumor size, allowing them to see how this has changed in different age groups over the decades since screening was introduced.The results show that average tumor size has decreased by 23 percent over the 32-year period, from 26mm to 20mm, but the trend was not consistent over the years and varied according to the women’s ages.When breast screening was introduced in the early 1980s the average size of breast cancers fell sharply. In women aged between 70 and 74, there was a decline in the average size of tumors of 27 percent but in women aged 85 and older, the decline was only 10 percent. Average tumor size in these older women, who are less likely to be screened, remains the highest.From 2001 to 2014, researchers discovered an unexpected rise in average tumor size of between 3 percent (in the 75 to 79 age group) and 13 percent (in women aged 50 to 54 years).Jenkins said: “Rates of breast cancer survival have been improving steadily thanks both to the introduction of screening and to improvements in treatments. What we don’t know is which has played the biggest role in improving survival.”This study suggests that by reducing tumor size, screening provides a platform from which breast cancer treatments might work more effectively.”The recent increase in the average size of tumors may reflect a decline in rates of screening. If this is followed by a deterioration in breast cancer mortality rates it would strengthen the argument for screening programs to continue. On the other hand, if declining screening rates are not followed by a rise in breast cancer death rates, it probably signals that advances in treatment are the main reason for the improvement in breast cancer mortality.”The researchers hope to continue to study this group, comparing the stage of the women’s tumors as well as looking in more detail at the elderly population.Prof. Robert Mansel is chair of the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference and Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Cardiff University School of Medicine, U.K., and was not involved with the research. He said: “This study suggests there has been an overall decline in the average size of breast tumors since screening was introduced and we know that smaller tumors do lead to better prognosis.”The research also shows that the decline has been less pronounced in older women and that, more recently, there has been a slight increase in average tumor size overall. 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