ScienceShot: Could You Repeat That Click?

first_imgHumans aren’t the only ones who lose their hearing as they grow older. Scientists report that wild Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis), which can live 40-plus years, also have trouble picking up sounds as they age. Other researchers had noted that the hearing of captive bottlenose dolphins and a captive false killer whale declines over time, but this had never been observed in the wild. In the new study, a team learned that a male humpback dolphin about 40 years old had been rescued after stranding itself in a river near Foshan, China. The scientists took the opportunity to test the animal’s hearing after its health stabilized. Using electrodes attached with suction cups to the dolphin’s head and back, the scientists produced audiograms (barcodelike images) that showed the animal’s auditory response to a range of tone pips, like those used in the Greenwich Time Signal, varying their frequency and loudness. By comparing the audiograms, the researchers were able to determine the softest noise the cetacean could detect. They also recorded the dolphin’s echolocation clicks, which the creatures use to navigate, hunt, and communicate, as it swam freely in a pool. In 2011, the researchers had collected similar data from a 13-year-old male humpback dolphin that had also been rescued after being stranded. Compared with the younger dolphin, the 40-year-old had trouble hearing high-frequency sounds; he also made echolocation clicks that were of a lower frequency than those of the 13-year-old, suggesting that the older dolphin had shifted his clicks into a range that he was able to hear, the team reports today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Perhaps the dolphin’s hearing had been affected by the shipping and boating noises in his habitat; but more likely, the researchers say, his auditory sensitivity had declined for the same reason it does in humans, and likely most mammals: He had lived a long life.See more ScienceShots.*Correction, 1 November, 3:10 p.m.: Researchers collected data from the 13-year-old male humpback dolphin in 2011, not 2007, as was previously reported.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Scientists Fix Errors in Controversial Paper About Saturated Fats

first_imgWhen a paper published on 17 March questioned whether fats from fish or vegetable oils are healthier than those in meat or butter, it quickly made headlines around the world; after all, the study seemed to debunk a cornerstone of many dietary guidelines. But a new version of the publication had to be posted shortly after it appeared on the website of the Annals of Internal Medicine to correct several errors. And although the study’s first author stands by the conclusions, a number of scientists are criticizing the paper and even calling on the authors to retract it.”They have done a huge amount of damage,” says Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “I think a retraction with similar press promotion should be considered.”Health officials have long argued that so-called saturated fatty acids, which are found in butter, meat, chocolate, and cheese, increase the risk of heart disease, and that people should instead eat more unsaturated fatty acids, the type that dominates in fish, nuts, or vegetable oils.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the new study, a meta-analysis, scientists from Europe and the United States pooled 72 individual studies to gauge how different fats influence the risk of a heart attack or other cardiac events, such as angina. These included trials in which participants were randomly assigned to different diets, as well as observational studies in which participants’ intake of fatty acids was determined by asking them about their diet or by measuring the fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream.When the researchers compared people with the highest and the lowest intake of saturated fats, they found no clear difference between the risk of heart disease or other cardiac events. Similarly, they found no significant difference between those consuming high or low amounts of the supposedly healthy unsaturated fats. “Current evidence does not clearly support guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats,” the authors concluded.But even before the paper was published, other scientists began pointing out errors, says first author Rajiv Chowdhury, an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. For instance, the authors took one study on omega-3 fats, one type of unsaturated fats, to show a slightly negative effect while, in fact, it had shown a strong positive effect. The correction means that the meta-analysis now says people who report eating lots of this particular fat have significantly less heart disease; previously, it said there was no significant effect.Critics also pointed out two important studies on omega-6 fatty acids that the authors had missed. The errors “demonstrate shoddy research and make one wonder whether there are more that haven’t been detected,” writes Jim Mann, a researcher at the University of Otago, Dunedin, in New Zealand, writes in an e-mail. “If I had been the referee I would have recommended rejection.”Mann and others say the paper has other problems, too. For instance, it does not address what people who reduced their intake of saturated fats consumed instead. A 2009 review concluded that replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates had no benefit, while replacing them with polyunsaturated fats reduced the risk of heart disease. Several scientists say that should have been mentioned in the new paper.Chowdhury says the paper’s conclusions are valid, however, even after the corrections. Randomized clinical trials are the “hardest” kind of evidence, he says, and they don’t show a significant effect of saturated or unsaturated fats. But even one of the paper’s authors, Dariush Mozaffarian, of the Harvard School of Public Health, admits that he is not happy with the key conclusion that the evidence does not support a benefit from polyunsaturated fats. “Personally, I think the results suggest that fish and vegetable oils should be encouraged,” he says. But the paper was written by a group of authors, he points out. “And science isn’t a dictatorship.”Another study author, Emanuele Di Angelantonio of the University of Cambridge, says the main problem is that the paper was “wrongly interpreted by the media.” “We are not saying the guidelines are wrong and people can eat as much saturated fat as they want. We are saying that there is no strong support for the guidelines and we need more good trials.”Willett says correcting the paper isn’t enough. “It is good that they fixed it for the record, but it has caused massive confusion and the public hasn’t heard about the correction.” The paper should be withdrawn, he argues.The controversy should serve as a warning about meta-analyses, Willett adds. Such studies compile the data from many individual studies to get a clearer result. “It looks like a sweeping summary of all the data, so it gets a lot of attention,” Willett says. “But these days meta-analyses are often done by people who are not familiar with a field, who don’t have the primary data or don’t make the effort to get it.” And while drug trials are often very similar in design, making it easy to combine their results, nutritional studies vary widely in the way they are set up. “Often the strengths and weaknesses of individual studies get lost,” Willett says. “It’s dangerous.”last_img read more

Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields unifies middleweight division

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Shields changed into an all-pink outfit when she met Hammer on a dais and told her to keep her head up because she was a great champion. With enough belts on display to fill a jewelry store display case, Shields is now tops in women’s boxing.“I’ve earned all these titles,” she said. “I’ve earned to be called the greatest of all time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Claressa Shields holds her belts after defeating Christina Hammer by unanimous decision in the women’s world middleweight championship boxing bout Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Claressa Shields tossed one championship belt around her neck, fastened another around her waist and draped one more over a shoulder.She had about run out of room for all her titles.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DeMar DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1 MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated At least the ones she can use as accessories. Shields staked her claim as the top middleweight in boxing and maybe even as the GWOAT — yes, the Greatest Woman Of All Time. She may not be there yet, but with more beatings like the one she put on Christina Hammer, Shields may soon earn that coveted title.Shields used her speed and power to push to the brink of a knockout as the two-time Olympic gold medalist remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Hammer in a middleweight championship bout and one of the most anticipated fights in women’s boxing history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShields (9-0) held three versions of the 160-pound title and snagged Hammer’s slice of the division championship to unify the belts Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall. The charismatic Shields had a few thousand fans on their feet — and A-listers rooting her on from home — to give herself plenty of gold to strap around her waist to go with the medals around her neck.“I am the greatest woman of all time. Give me that,” Shields said in the ring. “Women’s boxing, we’re on fire. I can’t wait to see the next super fight.” View comments Shields won Olympic gold in 2012 at London and 2016 in Rio, and hasn’t lost since 2012 as an amateur. Shields has made it a mission to revolutionize women’s boxing the way Ronda Rousey became a mainstream star in mixed martial arts. There have been more accomplished female fighters — Laila Ali, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker top the short list — but no bout has quite matched this one in anticipation or potential historic significance.Martin, who fought on cards headlined by Mike Tyson other heavyweight champions, was in attendance and Oscar winning actress Halle Berry tweeted her support.“Tonight is one of the biggest fights in women’s middleweight boxing – I’m so proud that this moment has arrived, and am even more proud of my dear sweet STRONG friend @Claressashields! Make some history tonight, CHAMP!!” Berry tweeted.Oscar nominee Rosie Perez was also watching the bout.“That right hand Shields. Needs to… Ooh! Nice body by Shields. Good scrap,” she tweeted.Her blue ponytail bouncing off her neck, Shields handed Hammer (24-1) the first loss of her professional career. Hammer piled up wins for a decade in the 160-pound division without much fanfare.“I didn’t fight very good or fast,” Hammer said. “That’s boxing, anything can happen. I wanted this fight. She won, respect to her. She’s a tough, strong woman and that’s all I can say. ”But the fight of a lifetime made Shields and Hammer the first female boxers featured on Showtime’s All Access YouTube sports channel.“I just told myself stay cool, stay calm,” Shields said. “I did everything I wanted to do. I beat her every round.”She called out 154-pound star Savannah Marshall, the British boxer who handed Shields the only loss of her career at the 2012 Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Odds are she’ll be in it.Undefeated and undisputed, the 24-year-old Shields won 98-91 on two cards and 98-92 on the other, and was simply dominant over 10 two-minute rounds.“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Shields said. “I knew I could hurt her. I thought I finished her around round 8. I was so pumped.”Hammer’s mouthpiece went flying in the eighth round — she may have spit it out — when she absorbed more blows to the face that left her reeling and with about no chance for a comeback.Shields, out of Flint, Michigan, nailed Hammer with a flurry of shots to close the eighth round and had the fans howling for “T-Rex!”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Cherry Rondina out to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher

first_imgCherry Rondina receives her award during the 2019 Collegiate Press Corps awards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Two weeks from now, volleyball superstar Cherry Rondina will be graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education at University of Santo Tomas.But it won’t take long before Rondina goes back to school again to fulfill her aspirations of teaching.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Rondina, though, cleared she would consider that option only if it’s going to be an offer from her beloved school.“If UST, why not? I love UST.”And that overflowing love for the black and gold pushed Rondina to be the best version of herself.READ: Breadwinner Cherry Rondina buys home for family in CebuThroughout her UAAP career, Rondina bagged four beach volleyball MVPs, led UST to four titles in the same event and spearheaded the Golden Tigresses to their first indoor volleyball finals appearance in eight years.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Analysis: NBA Finals will decide a champion, and much more PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I will study again at UST, teaching units, because I really want to teach,” said Rondina in Filipino on Monday during the 2019 Collegiate Press Corps Awards Night where he was named UAAP Volleyball Player of the Year.READ: Sisi Rondina on her legacy: I gave my all for UST FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 22-year-old Rondina said she only realized she wanted to teach just recently. Coaching, however, is an entirely different story.“I just don’t see myself becoming a coach because for me, coaching would just give me problems,” Rondina, the UAAP Season 81 indoor volleyball MVP, said smiling. MOST READ Rondina may have fallen short in bringing the Tigresses to the top after they lost to Ateneo in the championship round but the prolific spiker believes her teammates are capable of getting the job done next season.“They’re still young and they’re going to gain more experience and together they’ll be a much stronger team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Sterling subjected to racial abuse at Stamford Bridge? Chelsea to review video footage

first_imgManchester City’s Raheem Sterling has allegedly been subjected to racial abuse from the Chelsea fans on a day when the South West London club sprung a surprise in the Premier League title race by defeating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.Chelsea turned the Premier League on its head with a 2-0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge but now it is the topic of racism that has taken precedence over the football on Saturday night.According to a video posted on social media, a section of Chelsea fans can be seen screaming at Sterling as he went to collect the ball from behind the goal.Chelsea have said that they will review video footage to determine whether it is a case of racism.Raheem Sterling. Seemingly just put on this Earth to trigger Gammons everywhere. pic.twitter.com/LoiY3ve6gwGary Shaw (@shawryblue) December 8, 2018No arrests were made but the Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying they would review footage to determine whether any racist abuse took place.Chelsea said in a statement: “We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.”We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.”Also on Saturday, two fans were arrested in Scotland for allegedly directing racial abuse at Motherwell substitute Christian Mbulu during his side’s defeat at Hearts.”The club abhors racism and all forms of abuse, and the individuals in question will receive indefinite bans from Tynecastle Park,” a Hearts statement said.advertisementThese incidents come within a week of a Tottenham Hotspur supporter getting arrested for throwing a banana peel at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an act of racism during a Premier League match between the two teams.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso Read | Top Arsenal players allegedly indulged in ‘hippy crack’ at London nightclublast_img read more

Here’s how to get a verified Twitter profile

first_imgTwitter has become the most prominent platform in social media. It has become a stage for almost every influencer or public figure to connect with their respective audience. Getting a verified Twitter account to differentiate a person/organisation’s real profile from any fake one that might be created. If your profile qualifies, then you may apply for a verified Twitter account. Here are the steps to follow to get a verified profile.Here are the steps to get your profile verified on Twitter:Step 1: Update your profiles, make sure that all your information in your profile is updated including your bio, profile picture etc.Step 2: Verify your mobile number and confirm your mail ID from ‘settings and privacy’ option.Step 3: Change your Tweet’s privacy settings. Go to ‘settings and privacy’ then click on ‘privacy and safety’, by disabling the ‘protect your tweets’ your tweets will be visible to the public.Step 4: Make sure your profile relates to you or your business/brand. Having a good profile picture and Twitter handle will create your chances of getting a verified profile.Step 5: Apply for verification through a Twitter request verification form. Make sure you provide supporting documents and government issued ID.Step 6: A group of moderators will review your profile and then they take will the decision. In case your request is not accepted, you can apply again in 30 days.For more information, read the Verified Account terms and be more active on your Twitter.Note: One of the most important requirements to get your account verified is that the account should be of public interest.advertisementAbout Twitter: From breaking news and entertainment to sports, politics, and everyday interests, when it happens in the world, it happens on Twitter first. See all sides of the story. Join the conversation. Watch live streaming events. Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now.Read: How to re-issue SBI debit card: Steps to keep in mindAlso read: This is how you can find your iPhone when you lose itlast_img read more

Complete guest list of PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

first_imgComplete guest list of PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremonyA record number of 8,000 guests are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. In 2014, approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 17:45 IST PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on ThursdayHIGHLIGHTSPM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony will be attended by record 8,000 guestsGuest list includes foreign dignitaries, key Indian politicians, movie stars and moreFamilies of 50 BJP workers, who party claims died in poll violence in West Bengal, are also invitedAfter a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections 2019, Narendra Modi is all set to take oath as Prime Minister of India for his second term at 7 pm on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of the Union Council at Rashtraparti Bhavan in New Delhi in front of a large gathering of national and international dignataries.A record number of 8,000 guests are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. In 2014, approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony.The guest list includes heads of several neighbouring countries, chief ministers of most of the states and a few famous personalities of the entertainment world. The families of BJP worker who allegedly lost their lives in political violence in West Bengal in the last one year have also been invited.Here is a list of guests who will attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday, May 30:Foreign guests Leaders of all BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries have confirmed their participation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Member countries of BIMSTEC include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand besides India.MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli will attend the oath-taking ceremony.Raveesh Kumar said President of Myanmar U Win Myint and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering also confirmed their attendance at the event.advertisementFrom Thailand, Kumar said, its Special Envoy Grisada Boonrach will represent the country at the ceremony.Apart from BIMSTEC, the government has also extended invitation to Mauritius and Kyrgyzstan. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov also confirmed their participation at the event, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.PM Narendra Modi is likely to hold bilateral meetings with most of the international leaders on the next day.IMF Managing Director and Chairman Christine Lagarde has also been invited, sources said.Indian leadersThe chief ministers of all states have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Singh Bhaghel have expressed inability to attend the event.Mamata Banerjee rejected the invite to protest accusations of political murders in West Bengal. Her party, TMC, has denied allegations of poll violence and any political murders in the state.Odisha CM, who took oath earlier on Wednesday, denied the invitation but sent warm wishes.Bhupesh Singh Bhaghel cited prior engagements as reason of his inability to be present at the event.Newly-elected Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had earlier accepted the invites but late on Thursday said that they would be unable to attend the invite.All other chief ministers are expected to be present at the ceremony.From the Opposition, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have confirmed their attendance for the event so far. It is customary for the previous presidents, prime ministers and veteran politicians from all parties to attend swearing-in ceremonies.Celebrities Business: Industry bigwigs such as Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani and Ratan Tata have also been invited for the event, sources said. Besides Ambani, Adani and Tata, business honchos Ajay Piramal, John Chambers and Bill Gates have also been extended invitation for Modi’s swearing-in. TS Kalyanaraman of Kalyan Jewellers will also attend the ceremony.Sports: Former sprinter P T Usha, cricketers Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, badminton ace Saina Nehwal, badminton coach Pulella Gopichand and gymnast Dipa Karmakar are among the sports personalities invited to the ceremony, they said.Films: Superstar Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan are expected to attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.Several Bollywood stars, including Kangana Ranaut, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Bhansali and Karan Johar have also been invited.However, there was no confirmation on the invitees who have confirmed their presence.Families of deceased BJP workersThe family members of 50 BJP workers, who the party claims were killed in political violence in West Bengal in the last one year, have also been invited to the swearing-in ceremony.List of slain @BJP4India members from #Bengal whose family members are attending swearing in tomorrow pic.twitter.com/gq4pbI0ZFoSachin Singh (@sachinsingh1010) May 29, 2019Read | High-profile world leaders to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. A look at guest list Read | Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremonyRead | Naveeen Patnaik, Bhupesh Bhaghel not to attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremonyWatch | Modi’s swearing in ceremony: Who all are attendingadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwal Tags :Follow PM Narendra ModiFollow Swearing in ceremonylast_img read more

Continuous Training of Managers Vital for Company Development – Veira

first_imgThe continuous training of managers, particularly middle managers, is vital for the development of the organizations they represent, and by extension Jamaica, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Valerie Veira, has emphasized. She explains that training plays a vital role in assisting managers to “make their mark, instead of leaving a scar” on the organizations to which they are aligned. Ms. Veira was speaking at the press launch of a Middle Managers’ Conference, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Wednesday, April 3. The two-day conference, which will be held on April 22 and 23, seeks to address the need for proactive management by middle managers, in adding value to any organization. It will be hosted by Make Your Mark Consultants at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston under the theme: ‘The People at the Centre of Strategy’. Ms. Veira said that apart from training, the overall package of the individual manager is paramount to the company’s success. These, she said, include social etiquette, dress code, among others. “You have to remember that it is not only the intellect, but the total package which will decide the outcome,” she added. Commending the organizers for their foresight in staging such a conference, the Ms. Veira said it can only redound to the benefit of those who participate. She argued that the practical application that will be shared throughout the conference is fundamental in restructuring organizations and how they do business in the island. “I am very excited when I hear that there are programmes like this on the agenda, because it means there is hope for Jamaica,” Ms. Veira said, adding that individuals will garner added knowledge through their participation. Meanwhile, Managing Director of Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, said efficient middle managers are critical to the development and productivity of any organisation, to give it the competitive edge in the market. She said the conference is known for its practicality, while giving participants “a push” when they are going back to their offices. Mrs. Coke-Lloyd pointed out that the conference has a 96 per cent satisfied/very satisfied rating, hosting local, regional and international presenters. Middle managers are persons in the middle tier of management, who head specific departments such as accounting, marketing, production or business units, or who serve as project managers.They are responsible for implementing the top management’s policies and plans, and typically have two management levels below them.Middle managers represent the largest management group in Jamaica, making them the hub of the organization. Studies have shown that this large group of potential leaders and entrepreneurs will determine a business’ success or failure.Some of the presenters for this year’s conference include: Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier; Managing Director of KITCH Consulting (UK/Barbados), Felicia Linch; President and CEO of the Jamaica Public Service Company, Kelly Tomblin; CEO of the Toll Authority, Joan Fletcher; and President of Money Masters Limited, Claudette Crooks.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Legislation Allows Halifax Regional Municipality to Create Campaign Finance Bylaws

first_imgAmendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Charter were introduced today, April 15, to allow the municipality to create campaign finance bylaws. “Transparency and accountability are important to citizens and to all levels of government, particularly in the democratic process of elections,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “Halifax Regional Council asked for the authority to make bylaws around municipal election campaign financing, so we are making this change to their charter to allow them to do that.” This change will give HRM the authority to create bylaws, rather than embedding them in the charter. “We appreciate the province bringing this legislation forward,” said HRM Mayor Mike Savage. “Council has indicated that we want to move forward on municipal campaign finance reform. This will allow us to consider different viewpoints and engage in a discussion before bringing in changes.” HRM is the only municipality in the province where candidates raise enough campaign funds to require these kinds of bylaws. Provisions related to campaign financing in the Municipal Elections Act will continue to apply to HRM and all other municipalities in the province. They include requirements for reporting campaign contributions. HRM’s power to create campaign finance bylaws will apply only to municipal elections, not school board elections.last_img read more

Samajwadi Party leader shot dead in Gr Noida

first_imgGreater Noida: A 30-year-old Samajwadi Party leader was shot dead by a group of unidentified assailants in broad daylight in Dadri area of Greater Noida on Friday afternoon. Police suspected old family rivalry to be a reason behind the murder.According to police, the incident occurred around 12:30 pm and the deceased has been identified as Ramtek Katariya, a native of Garhi village at Dadri-Jarchha road. Katariya was a local leader at Samajwadi party and was also into property business. Cops said that nearly five bullets were fired at Katariya out of which one bullet hit him in his head. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that Katariya was shot outside his house while he was looking after a construction work. “Police received information around 1 pm and a team rushed to the spot. The victim was shot when he was supervising construction work of a wall outside his house. Around four men travelled to his house in a car and opened indiscriminate fire at him. Nearly five bullets were fired at him while one hit his head and he immediately fell on the ground. Family members took him to a nearby hospital from where doctors referred him to Yashoda hospital in Ghaziabad where he succumbed to injuries,” said Krishna. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceA labourer working at the site who is also an eyewitness in the case said that four men travelled in a new Maruti Alto car and took just 25-30 seconds to commit the crime. “The criminals immediately fled the spot and we responded to the sound of bullet and raised an alarm,” the eyewitness said. Meanwhile police ruled out possibility of an political rivalry into the incident and registered a case against a few distant cousins of the deceased man. “Prima Facie investigations showed that the man has been killed over an old family enmity. We have received complaint from victim’s family and a case under sector 302 (punishment for murder) has been registered at Dadri police station. We have formed teams to work out that case at the earliest while further investigations are underway,” added Krishna. As per reports, police have registered a case of murder against six persons including Krishna, Chandrapal, Anu, Rana, Baleshwar and Nitthe, natives of Garhi village. A senior police officer said that deceased Katariya was into a personal enmity with some of his cousins who have also tried to involve him in a murder case, earlier in January. However, police found him innocent in the case and a final report was also submitted by police.last_img read more

Farm bankruptcies on the rise in Upper Midwest

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.The analysis found that 84 farms filed for bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014.“Current price levels and the trajectory of the current trends suggest that this trend has not yet seen a peak,” said Ron Wirtz, an analyst at the Minneapolis Fed.The increase in Chapter 12 filings reflect low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, The Star Tribune reported. The situation has gotten worse for farmers since June because of the retaliatory tariffs that have closed the Chinese market for soybeans and held back exports of milk and beef. Chapter 12 bankruptcy allows for repayment of debt over three years.“Dairy farmers are having the most problems right now,” said Mark Miedtke, the president of Citizens State Bank in Hayfield. “Grain farmers have had low prices for the past three years but high yields have helped them through. We’re just waiting for a turnaround. We’re waiting for the tariff problem to go away.”Miedtke said the underlying problem began before the trade issues, with farmers being too efficient for their financial good and demand not keeping pace with the production.“The picture could start changing this spring,” Miedtke said. “We do what we can to try to work with farmers.”___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

‘Economic growth, high disposable income to aid banks’ deposit mobilisation’

first_imgMumbai: Accelerating the rate of growth of the economy and disposable incomes holds the key to higher deposit mobilisation by the banking system, says an RBI paper. The slowdown in bank deposit growth in the recent period alongside a revival of credit demand raised concerns about a structural liquidity gap in the system, possibly amplified by substitution effects of small savings and mutual funds on bank deposits in the aftermath of demonetisation, as per an article published in the latest monthly bulletin of the RBI. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTo address the issue of structural liquidity gap, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in recent months took several initiatives including Open Market Operations and dollar rupee swap auction. The article highlighted that the widening wedge between credit and deposit growth is triggering concerns about a structural liquidity gap in the system, which can throw sand in the wheels of the financial intermediation process through which deposits are converted into productive investments by way of lending, thereby greasing the wheels of the economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”Outstanding deposits of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) at Rs 1,25,726 billion as on March 31, 2019 accounted for 128.7 per cent of outstanding bank credit (lower than 132.5 per cent a year ago), reflecting the tightening of financial conditions on account of low deposit growth,” it said. Noting that the bank deposits remain an important part of the financial savings of households and key to the financing of bank lending, it said deposit growth is picking up in recent months in a cyclical upturn since December 2018, which is overwhelming a trend slowdown that has been underway since October 2009. “The latter warrants policy consideration since deposit mobilisation is fundamental to India’s bankbased system of financial intermediation. Empirical evidence puts forward several interesting facts about the behaviour of bank deposits,” it said. First, it underscores the income as its most important determinant, both in the short-and in the long-run, it said. It further noted that interest rate matters for deposit mobilisation but only at the margin and financial inclusion has a boosting effect on deposit mobilisation over the long-run suggesting expansion of bank branches in unbanked areas. Besides, substitution effects associated with Sensex returns for deposit growth are limited to the short-run, warranting a careful appraisal of regulatory reforms and tax arbitrage, even as efforts need to be intensified to make both more market determined. “In the final analysis, therefore, accelerating the rate of growth of the economy and disposable incomes holds the key to higher deposit mobilisation by the banking system,” it said. The RBI in a disclaimer said that views are of authors and do not represents the views of the central bank.last_img read more

Javier Bardem on Western Sahara and Catalan Independence: Duplicity or Ignorance?

Washington DC — While Javier Bardem continues his campaign promoting an independent Sahrawi Republic, he hasn’t showed any support for Catalonians’ right to self-determination. Bardem’s clashing attitudes show arbitrary and uninformed positions on two decisive political crises.The Spanish actor vigorous support for “Western Sahara “independence from Morocco and his “nonexistent” positions on Catalan rights to self-rule are two contradictory and perplexing positions that raise doubts about the Hollywood star’s ability to grasp the political nuances of his standpoints.Unfazed by Catalonians calls for independence from his native Spain, Bardem continues his campaign for the Sahara, while he conveniently ignores the brewing crisis in his backyard. The pseudo rights activist bemoaned that Morocco is denying the Sahrawis the right to hold a referendum on independence, and yet he doesn’t utter a word on the rights of 7 million Catalonians to secede from Spain. Unfortunately, Bardem’s represent a large number of Spanish activists who have, for years, supported the Sahrawi independence movement, but squashed Basque and Catalan nationalist movement, violently at times.  The Bardem like nationalists consider a referendum in Catalonia unconstitutional, insisting that polls on sovereignty must be held at the national level. But for the Western Sahara, they support a local referendum that excludes the rest of Morocco.Bardem’s arguments for the rights of people to self-determination are not sincere. Unlike some brave Spanish artists who came out in support for Catalonia’s nationalist rights, Javier is hiding behind a deafening silence. His refusal to take a defined stand on the Catalans entitlement to hold a referendum on independence from Spain makes his commentaries about the Western Sahara conflict deceitful at best.  With his absence from the national political discourse on the future of Catalonia, in contrast to his international activism on behalf of Algeria and in support of the Sahara independence, Mr. Bardem is in fact endorsing the Spanish right-wing political establishment positions denying Catalonia’s right to self-determination. Considering his energetic engagement for the Sahrawi cause, Catalan should have hoped for a Bardem endorsement.In essence, Bardem champions a referendum for the Sahara, but disavows the same process for Catalonia. Instead of criticizing Morocco’s handling of the Sahrawis, he should denounce his own government harassment and bullying of Catalan nationalists.Spain’s use of its judiciary system to deny Barcelona the basic right to vote is a shameful behavior that Mr. Bardem should condemn. Although he proudly proclaims his support for human rights, his backing for the extreme right wing narrative denying Catalan rights amounts to cheerleading for neo-Francoism.There are many Spaniards, especially on the left, who hold understandable support for Sahrawi and Catalan independence based on personal and political morals. However, Bardem’s stances are based on either political hypocrisy or simple obliviousness.It seems that Mr. Bardem’s support of the Sahrawis is not based on principles and beliefs. It is rather a manifestation of either a prejudice or distaste for Moroccans or pure ignorance. If playing an activist is a hobby for the Spanish actor, defending Morocco’s territorial integrity is a moral obligation for the millions of Moroccans. They hope that this bizarre duplicity will convince the international community that the actor is a fake activist.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Vietnam Vice President discusses ties with Sri Lankan delegation

She said both sides should facilitate all-level visits to deepen bilateral ties in the future, and expressed her belief that the Sri Lankan government and people will recover from the recent landslide that killed and injured hundreds of people. Samitha Thero, who is also a member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Politburo and the Southern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka, congratulated the host on her new position, which he said reflected Việt Nam’s stance on enhancing women’s roles in national leadership. He said he hoped that Viet Nam and Sri Lanka would further increase people-to-people exchanges and economic co-operation for the benefit of the two peoples, in addition to political, cultural and educational joint efforts. (Colombo Gazette) Vietnam Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh hosted a reception in Hà Nội for a delegation of the Sri Lanka-Vietnam Solidarity Association led by the Most Venerable Baddegama Samitha Thero, a member of the association’s executive board, vietnamnews.vn reported.The host hailed the delegation’s visit as a contribution to reinforcing the traditional friendship between the two peoples. read more

PM instructs officials to repair homes damaged by Kosgama incident

Later he had a meeting with the Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and others, including joint opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena.At the meeting he discussed the measures to be taken to assist the families affected by the incident. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today instructed officials to repair the homes damaged by the Kosgama incident using Government funds.The Prime Minister visited Kosgama today and inspected the damage caused by the fire and massive explosions at the army camp. Several houses around the camp were damaged from the vibrations and shrapnel. (Colombo Gazette) read more

IAEA signs accord for enhanced UN nuclear inspections in Iran

Iran signed an agreement today with the United Nations nuclear watchdog for enhanced, unannounced and on-the-spot inspections of its atomic facilities.The action comes less than a month after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) strongly deplored Tehran’s long-term breaches of safeguard provisions aimed at preventing the development of nuclear weapons. The agreement, signed at the Agency’s Vienna headquarters, is an Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Tehran has stated that it is acting in accordance with the Protocol’s provisions pending its formal entry into force.In November IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei reported that Iran had committed numerous breaches of its NPT safeguards agreement in a deliberate counter-effort over many years to conceal material, facilities and activities that should have been declared. These covered the entire spectrum of the nuclear fuel cycle including experiments in enriching uranium and separating plutonium – potential ingredients for nuclear weapons.At the time Mr. ElBaradei said IAEA had no proof that Iran’s activities had been linked to a nuclear weapons programme and Iran consistently denied any such intention.The Protocol signed today by Mr. ElBaradei and Iranian Ambassador Ali Akbar Salehi “requires States to provide an expanded declaration of their nuclear activities and grants the Agency broader rights of access to sites in the country,” the IAEA said.The Agency has been heavily engaged in the verification of the Iranian programme since February but first raised its concerns publicly in June.Following Mr. ElBaradei’s report last month, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution declaring that “should any further serious Iranian failures come to light, the Board of Governors would meet immediately to consider, in the light of the circumstances and of advice from the Director General, all options at its disposal.” These options include referring the matter to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions.The Director-General is scheduled to provide his next report on the implementation of Agency safeguards in Iran to the Board of Governors in February, just ahead of its March meeting. read more

Innovation minister orders CRTC to revisit wireless network access decision

A government-ordered review of a recent decision restricting access to the networks of Canada’s big wireless service providers is being hailed as potential good news for consumers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled in March that Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) could block customers of Sugar Mobile, a subsidiary of Ice Wireless, from roaming on its network.The decision not only effectively paralyzed the startup, but also prevented other smaller mobile service providers from offering cheaper plans and consequently limits choice in the market, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Monday in calling for a rethink of the ruling.“This decision excludes Wi-Fi based providers from access to regulated roaming services,” Bains said while speaking at an annual conference in Toronto for the Canadian telecommunications industry.“And that effectively prevents Wi-Fi based providers from offering their low-cost plans to consumers. This lack of choice does not benefit Canadians.”Sugar Mobile, which doesn’t have its own wireless infrastructure, relied on the network set up by Rogers to provide service to its customers through a so-called mobile virtual network, or MVN.In a brief email message, the CRTC said it would comply with the order, being careful to say it would reconsider the “aspect of its decision that established the final terms and conditions for access to wholesale mobile wireless roaming service.”A spokesman for Bains said the review will also include a second decision issued by the CRTC on March 1 that reinforced its position that wholesale roaming cannot be used as a way to get permanent access to a telecom company’s network.An advocate for greater wireless choice praised the review, predicting it could result in cheaper services from new low-cost entrants into Canada’s wireless marketplace.“We’re excited that the CRTC has been asked to look again at this issue and we hope they’ll come back with a solution that will lift big telecom’s blockade and lead to lower prices and greater choice for Canadian consumers and small businesses,” said OpenMedia digital rights advocate Katy Anderson.“Allowing smaller providers to enter the market will improve innovation, encourage competition, and enable low-income Canadians to participate more fully and meaningfully in our digital society.”In ordering the review, Bains also made clear he expects any new ruling from the CRTC would not stifle investment by the big telecom companies to keep their wireless networks up to date.Rogers said it would work with the regulator with the aim of keeping wireless costs down while at the same time improving its service infrastructure.“We look forward to working with the CRTC to examine creative ways to bridge the digital divide and maintain fast and reliable networks,” said David Watt, senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Rogers.OpenMedia spokeswoman Meghan Sali pointed to Toronto-based Tucows Inc., which operates Ting Mobile in the United States by piggybacking on carrier networks south of the border — but doesn’t offer services in Canada — as an example of a small wireless provider that could help transform Canada’s wireless landscape.Ting offers wireless service through a patchwork of Wi-Fi-based networks in the U.S., including talk, text and data, with monthly bills that it says average US$23.TekSavvy, which offers home Internet service in central Canada, but has been looking at broadening into mobile service, called the CRTC review “potentially game changing.”“This is a fresh approach to kick-starting mobile competition in Canada,” said TekSavvy’s chief legal and regulatory officer, Bram Abramson, who noted that Wi-Fi-first carriers in other countries are fostering competition.“There’s no reason we cannot create the same environment (in Canada).”Canada’s last remaining independent wireless provider, Wind Mobile, was rebranded as Freedom Mobile after being bought by telecom giant Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) last year.Bains also announced consultations Monday on the release of spectrum to support the development of so-called 5G wireless infrastructure, something he said is needed to meet demand from Canadians for faster networks and higher capacity for wireless data.As well, the government released new rules for the deployment of next-generation satellites that it hopes will lead to more high-speed Internet services for Canadians living in rural and remote communities. by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 9:24 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Innovation minister orders CRTC to revisit wireless network access decision read more

NHS set to ban sale of sugary drinks and fatty snacks in

first_img Show more Simon Stevens  Hospitals will be banned from selling sugary drinks and high calorie snacks next year unless action is taken to drastically cut their sales, health officials have said.Under a national plan, retailers including Marks & Spencer, WH Smiths and Subway have agreed to cut sales of sweet drinks to a maximum of 10 per cent of their drinks output.The stringent rules will mean sweet fizzy drinks, coffees made with sugar syrup and fruit juices with extra sugar will be heavily restricted in hundreds of NHS cafes, as well as in staff canteens.England will be just the second country in the world to introduce such a plan, with Portugal taking pioneering action last year. Baker Greggs has also signed up to the plan, along with Medirest which supplies hospitals with ready meals and uses suppliers such as Costa and Starbucks. The Government is introducing a sugar tax from next April on the producers and importers of soft drinks with added sugar.Drinks with 5g of sugar per 100ml will face a lower rate of tax ,while those with more than 8g per 100ml will face a higher rate. These rates have not yet been set.Ministers have come under repeated fire for not going far enough to tackle obesity, with charities saying a childhood obesity strategy published last year does not go far enough to restrict marketing and advertising of such foods.The new rules Retailers should cut sales of sugar drinks to 10 per cent or less of their total drinks sales by next April – or face a ban 60 per cent of chocolate and sweets sold in shops should not exceed 250 calories – rising to 80 per cent in 2018/19. 60 per cent cent of pre-packed sandwiches and meals should contain less than 400 calories by April 2018, with a maximum of five grams of saturated fat per 100g. This should rise to 75 per cent in 2018/19. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has set out plans which could see a ban on sugary drinks being sold on hospital premises if voluntary action fails  Credit:PA  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Britain’s obesity levels are the second highest in Europe, second only to Hungary “It’s great that following discussion with NHS England, big name retailers are agreeing to take decisive action, which helps send a powerful message to the public and NHS staff about the link between sugar and obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”Subway has already removed all high sugar drinks from its stores, in a trial to see how customers respond if they are only offered drinks with reduced or zero sugar.Katherine Button, the co-ordinator of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “We are delighted that NHS England has taken such decisive action to reduce the sale of sugary drinks in hospitals.”NHS hospitals are trusted by patients, families and staff to keep them fit and well and NHS England is helping everyone to take a big healthy step in the right direction.”center_img He said people with diabetes, who sometimes need sugary drinks to quickly raise their blood sugar levels, would still have access to them.Rachel Clark, Health Promotion Manager at World Cancer Research Fund, said: “Sugary drinks are a big contributor to the nation’s obesity epidemic and they contain little nutritional value.“With 62 per cent of English adults being overweight or obese, it is encouraging to see NHS England taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption across England. Hospitals should be leading by example to make the healthier choice the easy choice.“Being overweight or obese increases the risk of a number of different health conditions, including 11 common cancers.” Almost 700,000 of the 1.3 million people employed by the NHS are thought to be overweight or obese.Health officials have previously announced measures to improve healthy eating in hospitals, including axeing deals on sugary drinks as well as those for salty, fatty or sugary foods.Retailers have also been told to remove these foods from checkouts, while healthy food should be made available at all times, including to staff working night shifts.Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “As a nation, we’re consuming too much sugar.”This can lead to weight gain and in turn increase our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and other health conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.”It’s great news that NHS England is leading by example and taking this step to make hospitals healthier places for all of us.” The Government’s new sugar levy will come into force in 2018Credit:Luis Ascui/Getty obese man  NHS England said all sugary drinks will be banned if the voluntary target is not met within 12 months.The new rules will also heavily restrict the sale of any high calorie foods.From next April 60 per cent of sandwiches and pre-packed meals on sale in hospitals must contain a maximum of 400 calories per serving – rising to 75 per cent of cases a year later.And 60 per cent of sweets and chocolates sold must not exceed 250 calories – rising to 80 per cent of items by 2019.NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down but spoonfuls of added sugar day-in, day-out mean serious health problems. 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GREAT NANTES WITH 9357 FANS Second defeat for PSG

French champion Paris Saint German is on the way to lose the leading position in the French Championship before New Year’s break. HBC Nantes beat PSG 30:26 in the match of LNH Round 12 in front of 9.357 fans! That was the second defeat in a row for team of world’s stars. Nantes’ right back Maqueda scored 9 goals for his team, Jonnson was second best scorer with 7, while Alberto Entrerrios scored 6. In defeated team from the capital Igor Vori scored 5…STANDINGS:1. Dunkerque 19 (match less)2. PSG 193. Montpellier 17 (match less)4. Nantes 14… ← Previous Story Dominik Klein stays loyal to the “Zebras” Next Story → FRIDAY “D” DAY: Who will win the groups in Serbia? French handballhandballhandball fansHBC NantesPSG Handball read more

Castaway survived 16 months adrift at sea by eating turtles

first_imgA MEXICAN MAN who claims to have survived 16 months adrift in the Pacific is today regaining strength on a remote Marshall Islands atoll waiting to be picked up by a Navy ship.The emaciated castaway, who identified himself as Jose Ivan when he washed up on Ebon Atoll on Thursday, told his rescuers he set sail from Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 and has been floating on the ocean ever since.“We’ve been feeding him nutritious island food and he’s getting better,” Ebon Mayor Ione de Brum said in a phone interview from the southernmost cluster of coral islands in the Marshalls. He has pain in both knees so he cannot stand up by himself. Otherwise, he’s OK.The man, with long hair and beard and dressed only in ragged underpants, was discovered when his 24-foot fibreglass boat with propellerless engines floated onto the reef at Ebon Atoll and he was spotted by two locals.Ivan said he had a companion who died several months ago, according to Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student doing research on the atoll who spoke with the man on Friday.SurvivalThe castaway indicated to Fjeldstad that he survived by eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood when there was no rain.No fishing gear was on the boat and the man suggested he caught turtles and birds with his bare hands. There was a turtle on the boat when it landed at Ebon.De Brum said she and Ivan were communicating through drawings, since he cannot speak English and she cannot speak Spanish.“I’ve gotten to know him through pictures he’s drawing,” she said.He said he was on his way to El Salvador by boat when it started drifting.But beyond that details of how and what happened remain sketchy.“It’s been difficult trying to communicate with him,” she added.Despite communication challenges, the Ebon Atoll community is doing its best to help him, bringing clothes, food and mosquito coils to ensure he is comfortable, she said.Getting homeOfficials with the police department’s Sea Patrol in Majuro said that the agency’s surveillance and rescue patrol vessel left early on Saturday to pick up Ivan and bring him back to the capital.The vessel was expected to arrive in Ebon Saturday night and depart for Majuro on Sunday.Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Gee Leong Bing said that as soon as Ivan arrives and his particulars can be verified, official contact would be made with Mexican government authorities to begin the repatriation process.There are virtually no islands in the more than 12,500 kilometre expanse of Pacific Ocean north of the equator between southern Mexico and the Marshall Islands.The Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands (Image: Google Maps) Had the drifter not washed onto the reef at Ebon, there is another 1,000 or so miles of open ocean before he might have made landfall in Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.Stories of survival in the vast Pacific are not uncommon.In 2006, three Mexicans made international headlines when they were discovered drifting, also in a small fibreglass boat near the Marshall Islands, nine months after setting out on a shark-fishing expedition.They survived on a diet of rainwater, raw fish and seabirds, with their hope kept alive by reading the bible.Castaways from Kiribati, to the south, frequently find land in the Marshall Islands after ordeals of weeks or months at sea in small boats.- © AFP, 2014Read: Meet the man attempting to become the first Irish person to row 2,100 miles across the Pacific Ocean > Read: This man is seeking a woman to live on Inishfree with him Castaway style >last_img read more