Records from 1992 World Cup

first_imgRecords from 1992 World CupColoured clothing and players’ names on jerseys were introduced during the 1992 World Cup.New Zealand’s Martin Crowe is the only captain to have won the man of the tournament award – in 1992.Manoj Prabhakar was India’s most successful bowler in 1992 with 12 wickets from 8 games.South Africa, who were the clear favourites to reach the finals lost owing to an odd rule for the rain-truncated matches. Playing against England in the semifinal, the Proteas needed 22 runs to win off 18 balls, but were given a revised target following a mid-match shower. The revised target was – 19 runs in 1 ball.last_img

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After Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja too leaves Rhiti Sports

first_imgMS Dhoni may be riding on the success of his biopic that hit the silver screen this week but Rhiti Sports, the sports management company of his friend and business associate Arun Pandey has lost yet another key India cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja from their clientele.India’s spin all rounder Jadeja has signed up with Baseline Ventures who also manage India’s latest badminton sensation and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu.Much before Jadeja, India’s limited overs match winner Suresh Raina also moved out of Rhiti to another management firm to craft his own identity. Industry experts concur its been an unwritten secret of Indian cricket that the firm which manages the captain attracts maximum India stars.Dhoni is still the one-day captain but his cricketing stocks have gone down since he quit test cricket and has been struggling to regain his form and swagger of old.This is Baseline’s first foray in Indian cricket and they hope to make the most of it. “He is an integral part of the current Indian cricket team across all formats. We plan to fully exploit his commercial potential over the next few years where we help to build the brand Ravindra Jadeja. I think after his stellar role in India’s win in Champions Trophy 2013 and his IPL success, his brand could have been leveraged much better,” Tuhin Mishra, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Baseline Ventures told India Today.Another connected and significant development in the Indian cricket brand space has been Test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane signing up with Cornerstone who manage Indian cricket’s hottest property and Test captain Virat Kohli. advertisementlast_img read more

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Academy for athletes to come up in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 6 (PTI) An academy for athletes will be built in the Kalinga Stadium here with the Odisha government today signing an Expression of Intent (EOI) with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). The EOI, signed in the presence of Odisha Cheif Minister Naveen Patnaik, is for establishing an Odisha-AFI-IAAF High Performance Academy, to provide coaching, integrated support services and education to athletes and junior potential elite athletes of the state.Signing of the EOI was significant as it took place a day after the Asian Athletics Championship was declared open by the chief minister here last evening. “The academy will provide professional environment and approach to athletes in track and field events in which the athletes with potential can grow and develop into champion performer,” said Patnaik. It would provide excellent coaching and integrated support services and educational experience for the athletes, which will build their mental skill, confidence, focus and determination, he said. The state government would provide infrastructure and support services including outdoor stadium, medicine and physio therapy facilities and specialists, international sports hostel for the athletes and coaches and visiting foreign specialists, Patnaik said. The state government would also provide all equipments required for proper training and development of athletes. “This initiative will be a giant leap to realise our dream of producing Olympic medallists for the country and Odisha in particular,” the chief minister said. The state Sports and Youth Services Department will provide funds and make available infrastructure and support services, said an official. The IAAF would provide specialists, assist in educating elite coaches and supporting specialists. The AFI will assist in the management of the academy and selection of its the head, teachers and other staff. It will also liaise with the IAAF. The EOI was signed by Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev on behalf of the Odisha government, AFI president Adille Sumariwala and IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe. PTI SKN PR AH LNSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Playing in UAE gives Pakistan edge over India in Asia Cup: Sarfraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said his side would try to take advantage of playing regularly in the United Arab Emirates when they face India in the Asia Cup next month.Defending champions India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19 in their second match of the 2018 Asia Cup.Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier while Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on September 28 in Dubai.Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to victory in the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy against India in England, also warned Pakistan against taking Virat Kohli’s team lightly.”Our team has relatively more experience of playing under UAE conditions and therefore we will try to take advantage of this experience in our Asia Cup match against India. On the other hand, Virat Kohli-XI is a stronger outfit as far as overall experience is concerned,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by Dawn.Don’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking scheduleIndia have been scheduled to play One Day Internationals on back-to-back days on September 18 and 19.”I have no information about the BCCI raising any objection over the schedule of India-Pakistan match,” the Pakistan skipper stated.Also Read – Pakistan prepared better for England and got better results: Sarfraz AhmedSarfraz had earlier fanned the flames in the growing controversy regarding Team India’s preparations for the ‘tough’ tour of England.advertisementKohli & Co. have been on the receiving end of a lot of flak for their performance in the ongoing Test series against England. After two Tests, India are 2-0 down in the series and the general lack of ‘practice’ from the team has been a concern for most pundits.Indians chose to take a five-day break after the ODI series and played just one three-day practice game against Essex to prepare themselves for the five-match Test series. Consequently, India’s batsmen were found out in the opening Test match at Edgbaston.READ – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonIn the second Test at Lord’s, Kohli and his team were subjected to a humiliating innings and 159-run defeat.Sarfaraz evaluated India’s performance in the Test series and said that Pakistan were well prepared for the England tour.Drawing on personal experience, he said, “I have toured England twice and both times Pakistan team performed well. According to me, whichever Asian team travels to England tend to struggle. India is no different as the conditions there are really tough,” Sarfraz told reporters on Wednesday.READ – India in love with London, hope they practice from Tuesday: Sunil GavaskarIn his second tour of England, he led Pakistan to a 1-1 draw and again they got acclimatised to red-ball cricket properly before getting down to business.”As for the last tour, Pakistan played almost three practice matches and then faced England,” he said.”As a player and a captain, I think our preparation was better and we got better results.”last_img read more

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This Year’s TOC CSC to Focus Big Ships and Alliances

first_imgzoom The advent of ultra-large container carriers and mega-alliances among liner shipping companies will be dominant talking points at this year’s TOC CSC Europe conference, taking place 24-26 June at London’s ExCel Centre under the headline theme “Making Sense of Scale”.Two of the senior industry analysts speaking on this topic are Martin Dixon, Director and Head of Research Products at Drewry and Andrew Penfold, Project Director at Ocean Shipping Consultants, who took part in a Q&A session to set the stage before the live debate.Q: As the wave of giant container vessels comes on stream what do you see as the main implications – positive and negative?Martin Dixon: “The deployment of larger vessels in conjunction with new alliance formations will enable carriers to lower their slot costs. And given the highly competitive nature of the container shipping market, this will feed through into lower long term freight rates.”“However, the short term implications are rising overcapacity and cascading of vessel capacity from the main East-West trades to smaller North-South and intra-regional trades which is unsettling the market.”Andrew Penfold: “We anticipate that other shipping lines who have not committed to giant ships will be under intense pressure to follow suit. The perverse effect of this could be to prolong the overcapacity even further.” “Very large ships will also definitely mean more transhipment and therefore, from the shipper’s point of view, more potential for links in the chain to be broken. And I don’t believe we have reached the ultimate size yet.” “We will likely see 22,000TEU vessel orders within 18-24 months, with ships breaking the 400m length barrier. While cascading is a complicated decision for carriers, it is indeed accelerating. This is putting pressure on ports in regions such as Latin America, India and Africa.”Q: Further carrier alliances are set to have a big impact on east-west container trades. Will moves such as P3 bring freight rate stability or likely increase price volatility?Martin Dixon: “Drewry’s view is that the new mega-alliance formations will bring some stability to container shipping, in so far as they will enable alliance carriers to better deploy capacity. However, overcapacity will contribute to continued freight rate volatility as the practice of frequent GRIs and skipped sailings in a weak market will continue to unsettle pricing.”Andrew Penfold: “I am not convinced of the durability of these major alliances. They are essentially defensive moves. They got together to manage tonnage oversupply, but that could change in 3 to 4 years if the oversupply issue is resolved, despite that fact that P3 is billed as 10-year alliance.”Q: How will new carrier alliances impact European port dynamics?Martin Dixon: “Larger ships are challenging ports, with fewer vessel calls but many more container moves per call, with the potential for some landside congestion both within terminals and for hinterland transportation. Those ports that rise to this challenge stand the best chance of taking advantage of new carrier alliance formations.”Andrew Penfold: “These alliances were never designed with terminal operations in mind – they were a tonnage management strategy. But P3 and other similar moves throw the issue of terminal-carrier relations into sharp relief and the cleverer stevedores have entered joint venture agreements for effectively dedicated terminals.” “Third party terminals have not just been sitting idly by, but are in a much less comfortable position than a line-owned facility. This will shake up European port dynamics and no-one knows yet where the sticks will land.”Q: What is the principal message you would like to get across to the supply chain professionals gathering at TOC CSC?Martin Dixon: “The combination of economic uncertainty and oversupply of shipping capacity means that the container shipping market will remain unstable and freight rates very volatile for the foreseeable future.”Andrew Penfold: “Over the best part of 30 years, I don’t think the liner shipping industry has ever been in balance. Thinking about the cargo owners, they can expect a prolonged period of low freight rates.”Martin Dixon and Andrew Penfold will participate in the debate Shipping Watch: Carrier Alliances, Schedules and the Supply Chain Impact on Conference Day 1 Tuesday 24 June.May 30, 2014last_img read more

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Nipah virus Six suspected patients test negative

first_imgNew Delhi: Six persons admitted to a quarantine facility at the Government Medical College in Kerala’s Ernakulam have tested negative for the potentially deadly Nipah virus, a senior Health Ministry official said Thursday. The condition of the college student, diagnosed with Nipah infection, is stable and a total of 314 persons who were in touch with the infected person have been kept under observation, the official said. “The blood and serum samples of all six suspected patients have tested negative for Nipah virus infection,” the official said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The Union Health Ministry has deployed a six-member team comprising an epidemiologist to conduct contact tracing for early detection of suspects and review of isolation facilities. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who reviewed the public health measures put in place in Kerala on Wednesday, said the situation is under control and people need not panic. During the review meeting, the Centre also discussed SOPs for quarantine of symptomatic contacts, sample collection or testing and dedicated isolation facility with trained health staff and epidemiological investigation by multi-disciplinary central team to ascertain the possible source of infection and history of exposure. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France A designated control room has been established at the district collector’s office and an isolation ward established at the Government Medical College Ernakulam, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Isolation facilities have also been ensured at medical colleges at Calicut, Thrissur and Kottayam, it said. All healthcare facilities have been asked to ensure high index of suspicion in cases with similar symptoms and also ensure availability of isolation and emergency management facilities before referral, the ministry said. According to the WHO, Nipah virus is a newly emerging disease that can be transmitted from its reservoir (natural wildlife host), the flying foxes (fruit bats), to both animals and humans. Symptoms range from asymptomatic infection, acute respiratory infection and encephalitis. Infected people initially develop influenza-like symptoms of fever, headache, vomiting and sore throat. This can be followed by dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness, and neurological signs that indicate acute encephalitis.last_img read more

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40 dead in Bangladeshs worstever dengue outbreak

first_imgDhaka: At least 40 people have died in Bangladesh’s worst-ever outbreak of dengue, officials said Tuesday, as overburdened hospitals struggled to treat thousands of patients. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne viral infection, which causes flu-like symptoms but can be deadly if it develops into a haemorrhagic fever, usually occur in the South Asian nation during the monsoon season between June and September — but this year the disease has reached epidemic proportions. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US More than 44,000 people have been admitted to hospitals with the illness since January, including some 2,100 on Monday alone, said health ministry official Ayesha Akhter. “We have confirmed 40 dengue-related casualties so far to Monday,” she told AFP. Local media put the number much higher, reporting that the death toll passed 100 last week. The week-long holiday marking the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha has seen hundreds of thousands of people leaving Bangladeshi cities to return to their family homes in the countryside, raising concerns that the disease will spread further. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The country’s health minister said the outbreak was “gradually reducing” while inaugurating an emergency dengue ward at a public hospital in Dhaka this week. For the first time on record, holidays for all public health workers have been cancelled to help respond to the crisis, said health ministry director general Abul Kalam Azad. “It is getting very tough to cope up with the amount of work pressure,” one medical officer told AFP.last_img read more

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Via Rail places 989million train order with Siemens for key rail corridor

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Via Rail has selected Germany’s Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont.The company confirmed the contract that will see trains built in California.Deliveries will begin in 2021 for entry into service the following year.Via Rail and Siemens also announced a 15-year technical services and parts agreement valued at $355.5 million.The Canadian rail company requires 32 new trains to maintain its current capacity of 9,100 seats. The equipment must be able to run on electricity once that is installed along the route.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said the decision to bypass Bombardier and workers at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., is justified because Canada’s free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States doesn’t allow Via Rail to favour Bombardier in the awarding of contracts.last_img read more

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UN urges reviews to surmount obstacles to HIVAIDS treatment

18 February 2010With progress uneven towards meeting this year’s goal of universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, the United Nations today called on countries and regional bodies to convene review meetings to identify obstacles and plan better strategies. “Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is about achieving equity,” UN Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said on an official visit to Botswana, noting that some countries are exceeding some of their targets but not reaching others in the programme launched in 2006.“This is a groundbreaking global movement that is saving millions of lives. However progress has been uneven so now we need to take stock of what’s working and what is not and to link future national progress in AIDS to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to the targets set by the 2000 UN summit to slash a host of social ills, including HIV/AIDS, all by 2015.In 2006, UN member states signed a political declaration to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, with countries affirming their commitments by setting ambitious national targets.UNAIDS urged countries to undertake an open and inclusive consultations, bringing together governments, development partners, civil society, networks of people living with HIV and community groups to review progress in reaching country targets.It will help convene these reviews, which will use data collected this year in country progress reports to identify barriers and strategies to meet their targets this year and beyond, and set up an international advisory team to analyze them and make recommendations on how to redouble progress towards universal access. Mr. Sidibé is on a visit to Southern Africa, which began with a trip to Swaziland, the country with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the world with more than one in every four people infected.UNAIDS has praised Botswana for progress towards achieving universal access targets. Despite having one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, it has been able to provide antiretroviral treatment to more than 80 per cent of people in need. It has also made significant strides in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV, achieving over 93 per cent coverage in 2009. Botswana was one of the first countries in Africa to adopt universal access targets. read more

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CIBC hikes dividend as profit declines 28 on restructuring charges

TORONTO — CIBC reports its net income for the fourth quarter was $778 million, a 2.8 per cent decline from the same time last year due to higher restructuring costs at the corporate level.The bank’s profit for the three months ended Oct. 31 amounted to $1.93 per CIBC common share — or $2.36 per share after excluding $161 million in restructuring expenses after taxes.The bank also announced that its dividend would rise three cents to $1.15 per share on common shares for the quarter ending Jan. 31, 2016.Canada’s banks pulling off another miracle earnings season, but for how long?Royal Bank of Canada’s profit climbs 11% to record on higher earnings in capital markets and personal bankingScotiabank, BMO posted big profits, but is there danger hiding below the surface?Revenue increased to nearly $3.5 billion from about $3.2 billion in the comparable period last year, up 8.4 per cent, with all three main portions of the business contributing to the increase.CIBC’s retail and business banking operations accounted for most of the overall fourth quarter profit: $655 million — up $53 million from the same time last year.The bank’s wealth management arm also increased its profit to $123 million from $119 million and its capital markets operations grew net income to $209 million from $136 million.The decline in overall fourth-quarter profit was at the corporate level, where the loss grew to $209 million from $46 million.The bank had disclosed in October at an investor day that it would take a restructuring charge of up to $200 million in the fourth quarter, but provided no further details then or in Thursday’s press release on its quarterly and 12-month results.It did reveal that CIBC’s total workforce was reduced by 124 positions during the quarter to 16,977, but they accounted for less than one per cent of CIBC’s employees.Excluding the restructuring and other items, CIBC’s adjusted earnings for the quarter rose to $952 million from $911 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.For the full financial year ended Oct. 31, CIBC had $3.59 billion of net income and $7.92 billion of revenue, up from $3.22 billion of net income and $7.5 billion of revenue in fiscal 2014.“In 2015, all three of our strategic business units delivered strong performance,” CIBC president and CEO Victor Dodig said in a statement. “Looking to 2016, I am confident that our client-focused strategy and our investment in innovation and process improvements will add long-term value for our shareholders.” read more

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Woman hacked to death in JaEla

The Police identified the victim as 60 year old Indra Pauleen de Silva Wickrematilake. A woman was hacked to death in Rajamawatha-Kanuwana in Ja-Ela this evening, the Police said.The Police said that the woman had been killed while she was walking along the street.

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Strong US hiring last month is expected to make 2014 best year

Strong US hiring last month is expected to make 2014 best year for jobs since 1999 by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2015 2:08 am MDT FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Joe Wilhelm, left, a recruiter with payment processing company First Data Corp., shakes hands with U.S. Army Spc. Vincent Knowles, at a job fair that was part of a “transition summit” intended to provide employment and educational information to soldiers who may exit military service in the next year, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Labor Department releases employment data for December 2014 on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The best year for U.S. hiring since 1999 likely ended with another solid gain in December, supporting expectations that the United States will strengthen further even as overseas economies stumble.Analysts have forecast that U.S. employers added 243,000 jobs in December, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to remain a nearly normal 5.8 per cent, the lowest in six years.The Labor Department will release the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday.American businesses have been largely shrugging off signs of economic weakness overseas and continuing to hire at healthy rates. The U.S. economy’s steady improvement is especially striking compared with the weakness in much of the world.Europe is barely growing, and its unemployment rate is nearly double the U.S. level. Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is in recession. Russia’s economy is cratering as oil prices plummet. China is straining to manage a slowdown. Brazil and others in Latin America are struggling.Fears about significantly cheaper oil spooked investors earlier this week before financial markets recovered. But most economists remain optimistic that lower energy prices will benefit U.S. consumers and many businesses and give the American economy a further boost.Hiring surged in November as 321,000 jobs were added, the most in nearly three years. December’s job gain should raise last year’s total to nearly 3 million, which would be the most in 15 years.The improving jobs picture has healed some of the deep scars left by the Great Recession. The number of people who have been unemployed for more than six months fell 27 per cent last year. And the number working part time who would prefer full-time work dropped 12 per cent.A rate that includes the officially unemployed as well as the involuntary part-timers and people who have given up looking for work was 11.4 per cent in November. That was down from 13.1 per cent at the start of 2014.And the percentage of the adult population who have jobs rose to 59.2 per cent in November, from 58.6 per cent when 2014 began. That was the first sustained improvement in that measure since the recession officially ended 5 1/2 years ago.Still, much healing remains to be done. To keep up with population growth since the recession began, the economy would need to create 4.9 million additional jobs, according to the Brookings Institution.Average hourly pay is barely staying ahead of inflation. It rose 2.1 per cent in November compared with a year earlier, not far above the 1.7 per cent inflation rate. In 1999, average wages rose 3.5 per cent.Economists do expect more healing to occur this year. Tumbling oil and gas prices have put more money in consumers’ pockets, enhancing their ability to spend. Goldman Sachs estimates that the additional spending on restaurants, auto dealers and other goods and services will lead to the creation of 300,000 more jobs this year than if oil prices remained at their June levels.Spending at retail stores and restaurants rose in November by the most in eight months, an early sign that Americans are already spending some of the savings they are enjoying on gas-pump prices.Car sales jumped 6 per cent last year to the highest level since 2006, according to Autodata Corp. Analysts forecast that sales will reach 17 million this year, near the record of 17.3 million set in 2000. That should lead to more jobs at automakers, parts suppliers and dealers. read more

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US housing starts fall in notably cold and snowy January

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 6:47 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US housing starts fall in notably cold and snowy January WASHINGTON – Cold winter weather appears to have cut into homebuilding in the Midwest and Northeast, causing the pace of construction to tumble in January.Housing starts slipped 3.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.1 million homes, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. A sharp 12.8 per cent decline in construction in the Midwest and a 3.7 dip in the Northeast propelled the broader decrease, with construction also falling in the South. It was nearly unchanged in the West.The setback occurs after months of improvement for the real estate market. For all of 2015, builders broke ground on 1.1 million properties, the most since 2007 when the housing bubble was beginning to burst into a broader recession.“Seasonal weather and the recent uncertainty in the stock market are likely explanations for the decline in January housing starts,” said Bill Banfield, vice-president of mortgage provider Quicken Loans. “Taking a step back to look at year-over-year growth, we continue to see healthy and steady gains.”Construction firms also see further room for expansion. Building permits came in at an annual rate of 1.2 million in January, a slight 0.2 per cent dip from December but a 13.5 per cent increase from a year ago.The steady demand for new homes reveals a sharp split in the U.S. economy. Global headwinds, such as uncertainty in China and volatile financial markets, have disrupted overall growth. Yet strong hiring and low mortgage rates have boosted the housing sector as more Americans buy new houses or sign leases for expensive apartments.The residential market continues to recover from the dramatic crash brought about subprime mortgages nearly a decade ago. Home construction remains well below its annual pace of roughly 1.5 million during the 1990s, a reflection of both higher housing costs and the damaged financial credit that remains more than 6 1/2 years after the recession officially ended.And unlike the housing bubble when builders focused on owners, the industry has shifted more of its efforts to address an increase in renters. Multi-family construction — which includes apartment buildings — reached its highest levels of starts last year since 1987.Homebuilders expect the demand from buyers to persist, yet their optimism about sales growth has become a bit more tempered leading up to the start of the spring home-selling season next month.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday fell to 58 in February, a decrease of three points from January. The index had stayed in the low 60s since June. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as positive. In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, photo, a “For Sale” sign hangs in front of a home under construction in Atlanta. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in January. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) read more

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OZ Minerals contracts Epiroc Mobilaris for Carrapateena mine digitalisation

first_imgEpiroc Australia and Mobilaris have announced that they have been contracted by OZ Minerals to deploy the Mobilaris Mining Intelligence™ (MMI) information management system for the digitisation of its new Carrapateena copper-gold underground operations in South Australia. The digitalisation aims to increase production, efficiency and safety.Working with Mobilaris and Epiroc’s underground specialists, OZ Minerals has developed a detailed plan for the staged rollout of selected MMI features across 2019. Mobilaris Mining Intelligence™ being an open and technology agnostic platform, has already delivered digitalisation to mines globally and is well suited to the operating environment at Carrapateena.“OZ Minerals aims to be a modern mining company, and the partnership with Epiroc and Mobilaris will foster enhanced safety and facilitate advanced mining methodologies,” says Myles Johnston, General Manager, Carrapateena. General Manager Epiroc Australia, Terry Browne said he is “excited by the opportunity to add value and depth to Epiroc’s automation offering.”In Australia, support for MMI will be provided through Mobilaris regional support based in Australia as well as the new Epiroc’s Regional Application Centre in Perth.last_img read more

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Généralisation du test de dépistage du sida il devrait être 100 remboursé

first_imgGénéralisation du test de dépistage du sida : il devrait être 100% rembourséFrance – A l’occasion du plan sida 2010/2014, Roselyne Bachelot annonçait mercredi 6 octobre à Libération que les tests de dépistage du sida pourraient bientôt être pratiqués de manière généralisée. Hier, Le Parisien annonçait que ce test devrait être à 100% remboursé par la Sécurité Sociale.Après avoir annoncé mercredi la possible généralisation du test de dépistage HIV, lors d’un entretien exclusif accordé à Libération, Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé hier en exclusivité au Parisien que ce test serait certainement remboursé en intégralité par la Sécurité Sociale. Une proposition qui entrerait dans le cadre du plan sida 2010/2014, et qui serait destinée à l’ensemble de la population, entre 15 et 70 ans.L’objectif d’une telle mesure est d’identifier les individus porteurs du virus qui s’ignorent être séropositifs. Une campagne de communication en ce sens devrait également être mise en place. A noter également, l’annonce faite par la ministre de la Santé concernant l’ouverture prochaine de “centres de santé sexuelle”, des lieux d’échange où les tests pourront être effectués.Le 8 octobre 2010 à 09:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Blame game intensifies as big cuts loom

first_imgHow budget cuts could affect Washington stateThe White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.Some examples of programs that could be cut in Washington state:EDUCATION:$11.6 million for primary and secondary education, putting 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 50 fewer schools would receive funding.$11.3 million for education of children with disabilities, jeopardizing the jobs of 140 teachers, aides and staff.Around 440 fewer low-income students in Washington would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college.About 1,000 children would be cut from Head Start and Early Head Start services.ENVIRONMENT:$3.3 million to help ensure clean water and air, and prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.In addition, Washington could lose $924,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.MILITARY:Furloughs for 29,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would reduce gross pay by $173.4 million.Army base operation funding would be cut $124 million.POLICE:About $271,000 in grants that support law enforcement, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.EMPLOYMENT:$661,000 for job search assistance, referral and placement.CHILD CARE:Up to 800 disadvantaged and poor children could lose access to child care.VACCINES:2,850 fewer children will receive vaccines.DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:$143,000 for providing services to victims of domestic violence.SENIORS:$1 million for providing meals to seniors.PUBLIC HEALTH:$1.7 million in grants to prevent and treat substance abuse.$642,000 to help respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological events.WASHINGTON — The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who’s to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts set to take effect at week’s end, with the administration detailing the potential fallout in each state and governors worrying about the mess.But as leaders rushed past each other to decry the potentially devastating and seemingly inevitable cuts, they also criticized their counterparts for their roles in introducing, implementing and obstructing the $85 billion budget mechanism that could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms to meat inspections. The GOP’s leading line of criticism hinged on blaming Obama’s aides for introducing the budget trigger in the first place, while the administration’s allies were determined to illustrate the consequences of the cuts as the product of Republican stubbornness.last_img read more

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RMLD To Roll Out New Electric Vehicle Pilot Rebate Program On June

RMLD To Roll Out New Electric Vehicle Pilot Rebate Program On June

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) will launch its new electric vehicle (EV) pilot rebate program on June 1, 2018. The pilot is set to run from June 1 through October 31.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits as well as reduced fuel costs for EV owners. RMLD’s new program aims to support the adoption of EVs in our service territory by providing customers rebates for the purchase of 100% electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and EV charging stations. This new program aligns well with RMLD’s ongoing Be Efficient, Get Greener, and Go Paperless initiative.Be on the lookout for the official program announcement on June 1st. For more information on electric vehicles, visit https://pluginamerica.org/why-go-plug-in/.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”RMLD Launches Pilot Electric Vehicle Rebate ProgramIn “Government”last_img read more

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Teachers resume nonstop sitin demo

Teachers resume nonstop sitin demo

first_imgTeachers to resume nonstop sit-in demoTeachers of private educational institutions said they would resume their sit-in programme demanding inclusion of their institutions into the government’s monthly pay order (MPO).Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions announced on Sunday that members of the platform will begin sit-in demonstration in front of the National Press Club at 10:00am on Monday.The teachers came up with the announcement after another sit-in at the same venue on Sunday, which they continued since 10 June.They have even staged a demonstration on the Eid day there after the Eid prayers.“Our movement (sit-in) was running half a day due to Ramada and Eid. We will be staying on the streets until being enlisted in MPO as per the prime minister’s pledge,” said president of the federation Golam Mahmudunnabi.On 31 December 2017, the non-MPO teachers began their hunger strike that continued till 5 January this year. They stopped their strike after an official of the prime minister’s office (PMO) told the agitators that their demand would be fulfilled soon.Some of the agitating teachers said the government last enlisted institutions as MPO in 2010. None of the institutions has been made MPO since then.However, the government is saying that it is a continuous process.The teachers said they have been suffering from huge financial crisis.“No allocation has been made for us in this budget. So, we’ve to come back to the streets,” said teachers’ leader Mahmudunnabi. “The non-MPO institutions are not being enlisted as MPO just for the education minister’s ego.”General secretary of the federation Binoy Bhushan told Prothom Alo that many of the teachers have started their journey to Dhaka to join the sit-in programme on Monday morning.There are 7,500 non-MPO educational institutions in the country. Of these, 5,240 have been recognised by the government.last_img read more

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Texas Leaders Wont Commit To More Resources For SexTrafficking Victims

Texas Leaders Wont Commit To More Resources For SexTrafficking Victims

first_imgBut when it comes to providing more resources for those victims, they were mostly noncommittal.The state’s top leaders have remained silent on whether that will translate into more money for sex-trafficking victims — or more resources for the crippled child welfare system that’s supposed to protect vulnerable kids.Despite repeated requests for interviews, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have refused to speak with The Texas Tribune about their anti-sex trafficking efforts. Speaker of the House Joe Straus also declined to answer questions for this story; Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not respond to a reporter’s inquiry.Lawmakers who did talk to the Tribune all said they were surprised to learn so many domestic sex-trafficking victims had contact with the state’s child welfare system.“That honestly is something over the years that just has not come up,” said state Sen. Van Taylor, a Republican from Plano, who along with other lawmakers said the apparent sex-trafficking pipeline highlighted the need to better protect vulnerable Texas children.The Texas Department of Child and Family Services has asked for more than $1 billion to make basic improvements to the child welfare system, including more resources to prevent mistreatment and neglect and more staff to investigate child abuse. Lawmakers in both chambers have proposed allotting $325 million of that— less than one-third of what the agency says it needs.State Rep. John Zerwas, who leads the House’s budget panel, said the budget proposal is just a starting point — “If anything, I could see it actually going up,” he said —  but he added that the $1 billion requested by the agency is “a big number.“I think it’s a very problematic thing, human trafficking in general, but the foster kids are the kids that the state is responsible for, and it certainly behooves us to step up as much as we can to make sure that those kids are protected,” said Zerwas, a Richmond Republican.Zerwas’s Senate counterpart on budget matters, state Sen. Jane Nelson, declined to be interviewed. She has previously said lawmakers need assurances that additional child welfare funding will actually result in better performance at the beleaguered agency.In response to written questions, Nelson did not directly say whether lawmakers should provide more money for victims or to the child welfare system.“These are heartbreaking stories that are unfortunately becoming more common,” she said in a prepared statement. “We have worked to expand the network of support for these children, but clearly more work is needed. We need to do more to protect foster children, and we need to get much tougher on the criminals exploiting them.”Meanwhile, the Legislature is again poised to consider a broad anti-sex trafficking bill. But, like previous measures, the legislation is expected to focus primarily on criminal enforcement rather than providing resources for victims.How to help sex-trafficking victimsJoin us for a live chat on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. CT.Learn moreThe bill has yet to be filed. One of its authors, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, said it would include provisions that enhance punishments for prostitution-related offenses, make it easier for the attorney general to pursue civil cases against traffickers and help fast-track child sex-trafficking cases in court.The Houston Democrat said that without more of a “public push,” it was unlikely lawmakers would provide money specifically to improve services for sex-trafficking victims.“With the budget constraints and all of the things that are popping up that need to be funded, I don’t think that we’re gonna be seeing funding in some of those areas. It’s just that there are higher priorities that need to be funded,” she said.State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, said the state should fund the construction of new facilities to treat trafficking victims, or at least raise payments to private providers who want to build more treatment facilities.“You either let these kids fall through the cracks and just slide into the gutter, or you spend the money to take care of your children,” Wu said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be cheap, but if we actually are sitting here saying we care about children, we don’t want them being trafficked as prostitutes, then we have to do it.”Lawmakers have so far filed a handful of other measures that could touch the lives of sex-trafficking victims, including legislation that would allow them to seal or expunge their criminal records, raise the age of legal adulthood and make reforms to the foster care system.Most of the proposed foster care reforms focus on administrative fixes that seek to improve efficiency and accountability at the agency. One House proposal would make the Department of Family and Protective Services into a standalone agency with its chief appointed directly by the governor.It’s a move the bill’s author, state Rep. James Frank, says would help the agency react more quickly in times of crisis.“It’s not just a money thing … It is money, but we also need to make sure we are using that money absolutely as effectively as possible,” said the Wichita Falls Republican.“It’s easy and convenient to go, ‘Oh, [lawmakers] are just a bunch of idiots and they aren’t putting money in there,’” Frank said. “And certainly, we are idiots and we do stupid things … but to me, that’s a little simplistic.”Do you see signs of sex trafficking in your community?Share your storyOther lawmakers who spoke to the Tribune over the past week said there were still misconceptions among their colleagues about the nature and extent of sex trafficking.“I think they understand that there is a problem out there but they don’t see how it relates to them or their legislative district,” said state Rep. Harold Dutton, a veteran Democrat from Houston. “Because many of these kids are not members of the voting public, and so they are kind of out of sight for the members.”State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, said the Legislature has approached trafficking in a “very disjointed way.”“I think we all know it’s a bad, bad problem,” he said. “It’s making the connections … when you can make the connection, you can find the real policy solutions.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/21/lawmakers-say-more-resources-sex-trafficking-victims-unlikely/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Todd Wiseman A week after the Texas Tribune’s Sold Out series examined how the state’s crusade against sex trafficking has largely failed to help victims, lawmakers have called the issue “heartbreaking,” “surprising” and “very problematic.” center_img Sharelast_img read more

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