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first_imgLike many expats, when 43-year-old Hrishikesh Sathawane decided to tie the knot, the US-based techie wanted a traditional Marathi ceremony in his hometown. This may sound like yet another run-of-the-mill NRI wedding… but it is not.California-based Sathawane solemnised the union with his same-sex Vietnamese partner Vinh on December 30 as per Hindu rituals in Yavatmal. “Usually, people marry in the bride or groom’s hometowns,” says Sathawane, speaking to DNA from California, adding, “If I had chosen to get married elsewhere, it would have been a problem for my family and friends to attend.”Sathawane came out to his parents in 1997, but they took about five years to digest it. “Once they accepted it, they felt I should settle down,” said the engineer-turned-marketing strategist.Read it at Nyoooz Related Itemslast_img read more


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first_imgLater, Far Eastern U needed a breakout performance from rookie Royce Alforque and a late explosion from Brandrey Bienes to whip University of Santo Tomas, 72-58, that paved the way for a two-way tie at third spot.A flurry of triples, including three straight from Bienes, allowed the Tamaraws to pull away from a tight contest late on and claim a share of third spot with the Growling Tigers, who also own a 5-5 record.That win by the Tamaraws also gave Ateneo a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four.Wendell Comboy and Alforque also hit a triple each in the blistering finish by the Tamaraws, who saw their lead trimmed, 51-53, on a Mark Nonoy trey with 6:34 remaining.Bienes actually scored all of his points in the late FEU surge that also saw LJ Gonzales hit a mid-range jumper to keep the Tigers at bay with 2:35 remaining.Staking his claim as the Tamaraws’ go-to-guy, Gonzales finished with 17 points, while Alforque added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting.Coming off a 79-85 overtime loss to National U last Wednesday, the Tamaraws came out with a sense of urgency, controlling the game right from the get-go with their defense.“I’m just trying to understand my team more,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, whose team faces Ateneo next on Wednesday“We’ve proven that we can compete against the top teams, but we’re just hoping to do that in a consistent basis. We may commit mistakes and miss shots but I always tell my players to just focus on the next play. I’m glad we came out with this performance after that loss to NU.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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In any game, any player can step up,” said Ateneo captain Mike Nieto, who had five points. “That’s what we worked on the whole off-season.”Baldwin still gave plenty of credit to the Archers for their effort and toughness.The Archers showed up with a more ferocious stand compared to their first round meeting as the trio of Encho Serrano, Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio kept them in the game, before Wong once again came to the fore in the final period with seven of his total output.“We gave up 39 points in the second half,” said Baldwin.“We can’t do that, especially in big games, especially in critical situations. So there, you know, as I said earlier, this is the second time teams see us, this is the second time they feel the defensive schemes that we’re using.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Becoming his own man Playing in the shadows of Thirdy Ravena and Ange Kouame for most of the season, Wong found his range early en route to a season-high 18 points, opening up the game for the rest of the Eagles who rolled to their 10th straight victory.“I think if Adrian doesn’t come out hot, we’re in trouble in the first half,” said Baldwin of Wong, who was held to just a single point in the win over Adamson last Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“But fortunately, he did. And I think it’s another example of, you know, somebody else on our roster stepping up and, you know, having a good game when it was needed.”The Archers led by four points, 13-9, in the first period, before Wong got going, hitting a couple of three-pointers that turned the tide for the Eagles, who went on to lead by as many as 13 points. This jewelry designer is also an architect Adrian Wong. (file) Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo coach Tab Baldwin takes pride at the fact that he can pluck anyone from his team to come up with a big game in UAAP Season 82.On Sunday, it was Adrian Wong who delivered the telling blows for the Blue Eagles as they completed an elimination-round sweep of fierce rival La Salle with a 77-69 win that also secured a Final Four berth for the two-time defending champions at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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first_imgVirat Kohli and his newly-wed wife Anushka Sharma danced their heart out at their first reception party in New Delhi on December 21.The couple who got married in an intimate affair in Italy were back in India for their reception parties and the celebrations turned out to be grand and far from secrecy.Kohli, who was last seen dancing with Anushka at Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge’s wedding reception, let his hair down at his own party as Shikhar Dhawan joined him on the dance floor.The two explosive batsmen, close friends of many years, have had some stirring partnerships on the field. On Thursday night, as his captain celebrated his marriage, Dhawan showed the world his dancing skills were as good as his abilities to clear the rope with panache.ALSO WATCHDhawan, also a Delhi local like Kohli, attended the reception with his wife and kids.Both Dhawan and Kohli will soon get together in Mumbai where another reception has been scheduled for December 26, a day before Team India’s departure for the South Africa tour.Video ?? Look at those dance moves by @imVkohli ?? Pure Happiness ?? #VirushkaReception #VirushkaWEDDING pic.twitter.com/Q8KhvxLfcU- Virat Kohli #VirushkaWEDDING #VirushkaKiShadi (@iam_Vkohli) December 22, 2017Kohli and Anushka personally invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their Delhi reception, which was thrown for their friends and family who could not attend their Italy wedding.advertisementIn videos that have made way to the social media, Kohli and Anushka can be seen enjoying the Punjabi music at their reception and show off some Punjabi dance moves.While it is no secret that Kohli is a fan of Punjabi music and he has time and again danced on Punjabi music at different events, this indeed was a special moment for his favourite dance. Also, Anushka’s Punjabi moves were a surprise and much refreshing..@AnushkaSharma has become a true Punjabi, look at those moves with @imVkohli! #Virushka#VirushkaReception. pic.twitter.com/kuUuy9gfxW- Virat Kohli #VirushkaWEDDING #VirushkaKiShadi (@iam_Vkohli) December 22, 2017Kohli and Anushka were both dressed in ethnic wear for their reception – Kohli looked dapper in a bandhgala sherwani while Anushka chose to wear a red Benarasi saree for the function. Both outfits designed by renowned fashion designer Sabysachi Mukherjee.Virushka, as they are popularly called by fans, had invited some of the big-wigs from cricket, Bollywood and politics for both the wedding receptions but most of their guests are expected to be present for the Mumbai function on December 26.However, Kohli’s Delhi teammates along with big names like Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina made it to the Delhi celebrations along with their families on Thursday.While the wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy, Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret.The Delhi dasher, outspoken, bold and gutsy, recently said Anushka made him more sensible and taught him the virtues of patience. Therefore, it was a happy moment for fans of both superstars when the holy matrimony was finally made official.Kohli has taken to the dance many a times before and last year, he was even seen dancing at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding along with Anushka.Kohli has also danced innumerous times with West Indian batsman and Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle. Kohli has confessed that he loves dancing with Gayle.Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 when he smashed two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia before turning his focus to T20 cricket, breaking a plethora of records. After scoring hundreds of runs in the international format, Kohli amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 IPL.He also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh earlier this year. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Currently, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and is ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is also ranked number 2 in Test cricket.’Anushka on the other hand, had two releases this year in Phillauri and Jab Harry Met Sejal with Shah Rukh Khan.Virat and Anushka had reached Delhi on Tuesday. Photos of the couple, along with Virat’s sister Bhavna, at Virat’s house in the capital, surfaced online a few hours after they landed in the country. advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgReal Madrid Injury worry for Real Madrid as Varane taken off at half-time against Girona Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:35 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raphael Varane Getty Real Madrid Primera División Girona v Real Madrid Girona The Liga giants will be waiting nervously to find out the severity of their defender’s muscle complaint after he was withdrawn at the break Real Madrid could be facing an injury blow at the back after Raphael Varane was withdrawn at half-time against Girona. The French centre-back looked visibly uncomfortable towards the end of the first 45 minutes, and was seen grimacing after a challenge on Pere Pons. And after going down the tunnel at the break with Madrid 1-0 up, Varane did not make an appearance for the restart.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nacho was drafted in to replace Varane, who was making his 200th appearance for the club, with reports of an adductor injury in his right leg, although the severity of the problem is yet to be disclosed. Girona took full advantage of the disruption, hitting back from Cristhian Stuani and Portu to take a 2-1 lead in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Real Madrid 11/10 to beat SpursMadrid will now be waiting nervously for updates on their defender’s health, with a crunch Champions League match against Tottenham in just three days.last_img read more


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first_imgBe sure to follow Touch Football WA on their social media pages as well: The event is the first school event hosted by Touch Football WA in recent years and it is hoped that the event will grow in coming years into a series tournament as well as providing more schools the opportunity to be a part of Touch Football in Western Australia. For more information about the event, please visit the Touch Football WA and event websites: The inaugural WA ‘Be Active’ Super School Series will be held on Friday, 12 April at Curtin University. www.facebook.com/touchfootballwa www.schoolstouch.com.au www.touchfootballwa.com.au Teams from across Perth and surrounding areas will compete in the one day Mixed event. www.twitter.com/touchfootballwa Related LinksSuper School Serieslast_img


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first_img all sites reported an increased emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention, primarily through the work of the nurse practitioner in clinic and community; and The introduction of nurse practitioners in Nova Scotiacommunities was a huge success, according to a report releasedtoday, Nov. 29, by Premier John Hamm and Health Minister AngusMacIsaac. The pilot project was an effort to enhance the health of NovaScotians by promoting health and preventing illness and injury. “Most of what we have accomplished and learned confirms thisproject was successful in meeting community expectations byhelping patients get the care they need, when and where they needit,” said Premier Hamm. The assessment shows the project, called Strengthening PrimaryCare, worked well at each of the four demonstration sites. Theproject aimed to enhance primary care services at physicians’offices or clinics in Springhill, Pictou West, Caledonia andHalifax. As part of the project, each of the four demonstration sites: patients readily accepted the nurse practitioner and were satisfied with the quality of care provided by the nurse practitioner and the clinic; hired a nurse practitioner to work in collaboration with a physician and other health-care providers; the initiative has strengthened collaboration among primary care providers. –used computerized information systems; –adopted an alternative payment method for physicians; and –participated in an ongoing evaluation. For patients, the most obvious benefit is improved access toprimary care providers and a broader range of primary careservices including health promotion. Rae Gunn is a patient of Dr. Gordon Young in the collaborativepractice with nurse practitioner Sheila McGray in Pictou. “Having a nurse practitioner is wonderful for the people of thiscommunity who don’t have to wait as long, or travel as far, toget the care they need,” said Ms. Gunn. “The number of wellwomen’s clinics she’s done and the number that would haveotherwise not been done in the area, has been quiteoverwhelming.” Among the achievements listed in the report are: the quality of primary health care was improved as a result of the initiative; “We’ve learned that these changes were enormous and required ahigh level of commitment and support from communities andproviders,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “The next step will be to applywhat we have learned from this project as we continue to improveprimary health care in Nova Scotia.” The project was funded jointly by the provincial Department ofHealth and Health Canada’s Transition Fund. Although HealthCanada’s funding for the project ended on March 31, 2002 theprovince continued to fund the project until December 2002. Nova Scotia is recognized across Canada as a leader in thedevelopment of community-based health care, referred to as”primary health care.” Health Care in Nova Scotia is changing tomeet the unique needs of communities through a team-basedapproach to health-care delivery, all-day access to essentialhealth services, care for people of all ages and cultures intheir communities, and the appropriate use of technology toimprove access to health information. the information system improved the readability and completeness of patient records;last_img read more


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first_imgVICTORIA – An expert task force will advise the British Columbia government on how to eliminate medical premiums within four years.Finance Minister Carole James says the panel’s expertise “will ensure the path we take is fiscally responsible, fair and evidence-based” as the government seeks to eliminate “regressive” Medical Service Plan premiums.The task force will be chaired by Prof. Lindsay Tedd, an expert in applied economic research and policy analysis at the University of Victoria.Paul Ramsey, a former NDP cabinet minister for health, environment and education, has also been appointed to the task force along with David Duff, a law professor from the University of British Columbia.The NDP government already announced in its budget plans this fall, which will cut premiums by 50 per cent as of Jan. 1. That would save individuals up to $450 a year and families up to $900.The threshold for households exempt from the premiums was also raised by $2,000, meaning couples with a net income of up to $35,000 and single parents with two children and a net income of up to $32,000 would pay nothing.“People know that MSP premiums are unfair and place significant burden on British Columbian families,” James said Thursday in a news release.The New Democrats had promised ahead of the spring election to get rid of the premium in favour of a progressive tax system similar to other provinces where higher-income earners pay more than middle- or lower-income earners.The move to get rid of the fee was also included in Premier John Horgan’s list of priorities for James after the NDP took power in June.The former Liberal government had also promised to cut premiums in half as of January, but the party said ahead of the election that it wouldn’t ditch the fees within the next three years.The Liberals said eliminating the fee would cost the province $1.7 billion.The Greens want to roll medial premiums into payroll and personal income taxes.The newly appointed task force will consult citizens, businesses and other groups on their views of replacing the premiums and look at health funding models in other provinces to determine an alternative revenue stream that is stable, efficient and simple.Keeping the premiums in place or increasing provincial sales tax are not options the task force is allowed to propose.It is expected to deliver a final report on its findings to the government by March 31.last_img read more


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first_imgJustine Dufour-Lapointe was close to making Olympic history. The Montreal freestyle skier had a chance to become the first woman to defend an Olympic moguls title, and she knew her fast and aggressive final run in Sunday’s final would be tough to beat.She ended up coming just short, edged off the top of the podium by France’s Perrine Laffont. But Dufour-Lapointe’s silver medal capped an impressive Day 2 for Canada at the Pyeongchang Olympics that saw its athletes pick up three silver medals plus a bronze.Snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris got things started claiming silver and bronze, respectively, in men’s slopestyle. Parrot fell in his first two runs but nailed his third to bump McMorris out of the silver medal position with a score of 86.00.“It’s my first Olympic medal, so it’s a little check next to that,” said Parrot, who is from Bromont, Que. “It’s mission accomplished for me here. I’m really happy.”Later, Calgary speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen took the silver in the men’s 5,000 metres, finishing second only to Dutch legend Sven Kramer.Bloemen, the world-record holder in the distance, didn’t feel he had his best performance Sunday but said he gave it everything he had.“That perfect race where you get into a flow and just fly to the finish, it doesn’t always happen and it didn’t happen today,” Bloemen said. “But I made the most out of it and I got everything out of myself that I had. I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t have more to give today. But overall I’m really happy and really proud to be on the podium and it’s a really big reward for my whole team.”In other results, Canada’s mixed-doubles curling team of John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes finished round-robin play with a 7-3 rout of South Korea. The Canadians finished the round robin at 6-1 and had already qualified for the semifinals.In figure skating, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, women’s singles skater Kaetlyn Osmond and pairs stars Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford made sure made sure Canada kept a solid grip of first place in the team event.In women’s hockey, Rebecca Johnston and Melodie Daoust each scored twice as Canada opened its quest for a fifth straight Olympic women’s hockey title with a 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia.And in luge, Calgary’s Sam Edney finished sixth in his final Olympic men’s singles race. That’s the best ever Olympic result for Canada in the event.After two days of competition, Canada’s four medals is good for a third place tie with Germany on the overall medals table. Norway leads with eight, followed by the Netherlands with five.Germany leads all nations with three gold medals.McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before American Redmond Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt. McMorris fell in his last trip down the course.It’s the second Olympic bronze for McMorris, who is coming back from life-threatening injuries suffered in a backcountry crash less than a year ago.The 24-year-old from Regina suffered breaks to his jaw and left arm, a ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks.“I’m on the podium. I probably shouldn’t even be here,” said McMorris.From the start of his recovery, he was determined to get back to his previous snowboarding form. McMorris showed he could do it by winning a World Cup just eight months after the crash.“The lowest point (was) not being able to move,” he said of the time after the crash. “Being super uncomfortable, not being able to talk, that sucked. It was for one stupid mistake. I wish I could take that back every day of my life.”McMorris, who won bronze four years ago at the Sochi Games when slopestyle made its Olympic debut, hit a tree off a jump during a trip to the backcountry with some friends, including his brother Craig.In women’s slopestyle, Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., was cleared to return to the hill after suffering an apparent head injury during a training session earlier this week at Phoenix Park. She was on the start list for Sunday’s qualification round, which was postponed due to poor weather.“Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin has been cleared for practice by Team Canada medical staff,” Canada Snowboard spokesman Brendan Matthews said in an email. “Following thorough testing and evaluation including an independent second opinion, Blouin is asymptomatic and is cleared for practice this morning.”The reigning world champion took a hard fall Friday when her board got stuck in a crack after she landed a double jump. Blouin was taken to a regional hospital as a precaution before returning to the athletes’ village later that day.Most of the slopestyle competitors will also compete in the big air event in Pyeongchang, a new addition to the Olympic program for 2018. The big air finals are set for Feb. 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.Bloemen finished in the 5,000 in 6:11.616. He skated head-to-head with Sverre Lunde Pedersen, edging the Norwegian by two-thousandths of a second.The Dutch-born, Calgary-based skater said he didn’t know if he had beaten Pedersen when he crossed the finish line.“I was just trying to catch that guy in front of me. I was so tired I could barely stand on my legs but just taking every risk and giving it all to get ahead.”In figure skating, three-time ice dancing world champions and Olympic gold and silver medallists Virtue and Moir scored 80.51 points for their short dance to the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Hotel California” by the Eagles and Santana’s “Oye Como Va.”Osmond of Marystown, N.L., earned a 71.38 score in the women’s competition, good for third in her segment of the event. That added eight points to Canada’s total.Duhamel, of Lively, Ont., and Radford, of Balmertown, Ont., then took top spot in pairs, giving Canada an additional 10 points and 45 overall.Evgenia Medvedeva’s 81.06 points were best in the women’s competition on Sunday, giving the Olympic Athletes from Russia 10 points for a cumulative score of 39, good for second.The United States sat third after the women’s with 36 points. Japan and Italy also qualified for the next round.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Bloemen winning silver by two-hundredths of a second.last_img read more


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first_imgTRIPOLI – Dozens of demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli on Friday to protest against Libya’s General National Congress extending its mandate until the end of 2014.An AFP correspondent said the protesters gathered in Martyrs Square to chant slogans against Monday’s move.In July 2012 Libyans chose the GNC in their first free election after rebels overthrew and killed Moamer Kadhafi, ending his 40-year dictatorship. The body was given 18 months to steer the country through the political transition towards general elections, to be held after a constitution was adopted.Under that timetable, the mandate of the GNC, Libya’s highest political authority, was due to expire in February.But on Monday GNC spokesman Omar Hmeidan said the assembly had accepted the “principle… to fix the end of the mandate for December 24, 2014 to hand over power to another legislative body.”On Friday the demonstrators chanted “No to an extension!” and “If you extend we will bring another revolution!”The political class opposes any extension, deeming it necessary to push ahead with the transition in order to build sustainable institutions to counter the chronic security problems plaguing the country.last_img read more


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By Youth for Youth In Safety and Security This year, the Day’s principal theme is the promotion of youth in radio, both as a conduit for the greater participation of young people in radio journalism and communications as well as encouraging the world’s under-30 population in being facilitators for sustainable development. Ms. Bokova noted that people under the age of 30 are more than half of the world’s current population yet, she added, they remain underrepresented in radio, leading to exclusion, the perpetuation of stereotypes, and entrenching inequality. As a result, UNESCO has taken the initiative to boost youth voices across the radio waves through the promotion of workshops and initiatives aimed at empowering young people around the world. “Young people are taking action as both citizens and freelance journalists and many of the major media companies depend on their work but we need to do more,” Ms. Bokova continued. “By giving young people a voice, we can catalyse new energy to rejuvenate and develop societies. By supporting young people, through education and training in the media professions, through media content, we can help create more inclusive and prosperous societies.” In his message for the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon similarly declared the important role radio can play for youth across the world and for the post-2015 development agenda. “As the international community shapes new sustainable development goals and the new global agreement on climate change, we need to hear the voices of young women and men loudly, strongly and urgently.” Youth and Radio As the international community marks the 2015 edition of World Radio Day, United Nations officials have called for the greater participation of young people in utilizing the medium as a critical tool for shaping a sustainable future. “Young women and men are not sufficiently represented in the media — an exclusion that often reflects a wider social, economic and democratic exclusion,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in her message for the Day. “Young producers and broadcasters are still rare. Too few programmes are devoted to or designed by young people. This deficit explains the many stereotypes concerning young people circulating in the media and over the airwaves.” In 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946. Radio is the most prevalent mass medium, with the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population. As a result, World Radio Day aims to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves. read more


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Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation, announced on Monday the establishment of the Centre for Local Business Development in Georgetown in collaboration with DAI Global, LLC.The Centre will assist small – and medium-sized Guyanese businesses with building their capacity and improving their competitiveness in a range of sectors that serve the oil and gas and other industries.“The Centre for Local Business Development is an investment in the people of Guyana and the future of the country. ExxonMobil is proud to assist in the design and implementation of this important resource,” said Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Country Manager Rod Henson. “The Centre will play a key role in furthering the capabilities of local businesses with which we are eager to partner.”The Centre will focus primarily on developing local vendors that serve key sectors of the oil and gas industry, including areas such as safety equipment, marine operations, offshore supply and civil construction. It will also provide mentoring, coaching, and access to financial support.“Local suppliers are important to the success of ExxonMobil’s operations,” said Henson. “Through the Centre, we hope to strengthen the capabilities of these local companies, as well as improve the competitiveness of Guyana’s industrial base.”The Centre will be a reliable resource for information on safety, technical standards, procurement opportunities, and project-specific information.ExxonMobil, its contractors, the broader oil and gas industry, and the Government will be able to utilise the Centre for sourcing local vendors and services.Following the Centre’s opening in July, ExxonMobil will work with DAI Global over a three-year period to transition the Centre to Guyanese management. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil confirms 8th oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail-1 wellJune 20, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil expanding local workforce- Country ManagerJune 13, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 2 to produce over 200,000 barrels of oil per dayMay 3, 2019In “Business” read more


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first_imgSeverstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Melsonda Holdings Ltd., has invested in Pangaea Ventures Fund IV, LP. Pangaea IV is managed by Pangaea Ventures Ltd., the leading advanced materials venture capital fund in the world. In parallel with this investment, Severstal has established a new corporate division, Severstal Ventures, to develop venture projects involved with new production technologies and materials. This twin approach – investing in high profile funds and working with start-ups directly – will give Severstal access to innovative technology and projects with high impact potential.Andrey Laptev, Director of Business Development and Corporate Venture Projects of Severstal (previously its Head of Corporate Strategy), commented: “Innovative technologies can significantly disrupt the processes, products and business models of global industrial companies. Therefore, it is crucial for businesses to actively monitor breakthrough trends, identify and implement potential opportunities and mitigate any possible risks. This requires a systematic approach. Investments in venture capital funds provide unique access to a vast range of projects. In addition to investment income, we expect to receive value add benefits, mostly through introducing interesting technologies which will enable us to maintain our leading cost position as well as develop unique products. Our focus will be on technologies that are ready for rapid implementation and we will aim to collaborate with these start-up projects at an operational level. This could be done in several ways including, ‘pilots’, licensing agreements and direct investments. We believe that Severstal’s approach is unique to the global steel industry, although it is common in other major industries, such as the energy sector.”Chris Erickson, General Partner of Pangaea Ventures, commented: “Pangaea is pleased that Severstal has invested in Pangaea IV and chosen it as the first venture fund to work with globally. While the steel and mining industry is traditionally quite conservative, Severstal Ventures has an entrepreneurial team that values new technology. We look forward to working with Severstal.”last_img read more


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first_imgA NUMBER OF Fine Gael TDs have put forward the idea of a ‘sunset clause’ for abortion legislation in Ireland.Fine Gael TD Michael Creed wrote to the Taoiseach suggesting that a sunset clause be included in abortion legislation, which would involve a review of legislation after a number of years, after which it could be further extended, RTÉ’s The Week in Politics said today.He believes it would provide comfort to those who fear the “opening of the floodgates” if the X case was legislated for. It is expected that the law will be enacted in July. Creed’s idea is supported by fellow Fine Gael TDs John O’Mahony and Deputy Jim Daly.If it the idea of a sunset clause was put forward, it will go before the Oireachtas Health Committee, who is to report back to government on the heads of the bill.Minister Pat Rabbitte told the programme the draft heads of the bill “will emerge very quickly now” and that the legislation will be enacted before the Dáil’s summer recess.He said the  phrase ‘sunset clause’ implies that the legislation fades away after a specific date put into the legislation, and he is “not sure that’s appropriate” but he would have no objection to the matter being reviewed as does happen in any event.He said that “what we are about in Dáil Eireann is reviewing the legislation” and that this means this legislation will be reviewed as per normal anyway.Last strawRabbitte also said that “Galway is the last straw”, referring to the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar of a miscarriage, and that “we have to take our courage in our hands as legislators and do what is necessary in the interests of women’s health in this country”.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming told the programme that his party is a pro-life party, and they do want legal clarity on the issue.He said the only key issue is the issue of suicide, and they want legislation that will deal with that but does not lead to a “UK-style abortion regime”.He said it wouldn’t be good for a sunset clause to mean that the legislation would collapse after a few years, but a review would be welcomed.Read: McGuinness: Sinn Féin is an anti-abortion party>last_img read more


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first_imgHP is trying to make more products that can compete with companies like Apple or Google. However, it’s hard to compete with a huge product like the iPad, so the company are taking a new approach. HP created two new tools that were designed for teachers and can even be used for businesses or personal use.The Digital Sketch and Pocket Whiteboard are part of the new HP Digital Learning Suite line. Both are tablets, but not the typical variety. The Digital Sketch allows teachers to freely move around their classroom, while still being able to access their desktop computer and the files on it. The Pocket Whiteboard allows teachers or students to turn any flat surface into a virtual whiteboard for projects or notes. Both products’ prices will vary on how many are ordered, along with other factors may also apply. The Pocket Whiteboard will be available later on this month, while the Digital Sketch will come out next month. No word on if they will be sold at retail stores or solely via HP.Via ZDNetlast_img read more


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first_imgGood Will Hunting is the story of a school janitor who also happens to be a math genius. It’s a fictional tale starring Matt Damon who has no formal education, but somehow demonstrates the natural skills required to solve the most complex of math problems. Now this fictional story has become a real story in China.The real-life equivalent of Matt Damon is a 33-year-old man named Yu Jianchun. He works for a parcel delivery company and has no college degree, and yet he’s created an alternative proof for verifying Carmichael numbers. What are Carmichael numbers? Wikipedia is your friend here for a detailed explanation, but in summary they are not prime numbers but still pass Fermat’s primality test, making it more complicated to prove a number is actually prime.The excellent Numberphile video below also offers a great explanation:Carmichael numbers were verified with a proof written 20 years ago by a group of academics. Since then variations have been created, but they all follow the same base proof. What Yu has done is to create a completely different proof that’s much more efficient, which is incredible considering he’s done it all on his own with no specific math education.Yu describes himself as shy, introverted, and diligent. He explains that he has a sensitivity to numbers and spends long periods of time in solitude with a calculator going over numbers. He wrote the proof during 2015 in his spare time and as he built himself a house in the village where he lives.Yu JianchunSo far Yu has presented his proof and several other problem solutions during a graduate student seminar at Zhejiang University last month. His proof is being verified, but is already going to be included in a book written by Professor Cai Tinxin of Zhejiang University. Yu has also been offered a new job at a local silk manufacturer that has promised him more free time to study. Depending on how his proof verification goes, he may not need to take the new job or even keep his old parcel delivery gig.last_img read more


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first_img Google Algorithm Detects Lung Cancer Better Than Human DoctorsStargazing Technology Could Soon Be Used to Detect Cancer Stay on target Catching cancer early could mean the difference between life and death.But most modern screening approaches are expensive and time consuming—not ideal for folks in rural or developing areas.So a pair of international engineering labs developed a cheaper, faster, easier-to-use test that changes the color of urine when colon cancer is detected.The early-stage technology, created by teams at Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has so far only been tested on mice.Once injected into the body, nanosensors are broken up by proteases—enzymes released by tumors—which pass through the kidney.Researchers found that urine from tumor-bearing mice turns blue, relative to the yellow-ish samples taken from healthy rodents.“By taking advantage of this chemical reaction that produces a color change, this test can be administered without the need for expensive and hard-to-use lab instruments,” according to Imperial professor Molly Stevens.“The simple readout could potentially be captured by a smartphone picture and transmitted to remote caregivers to connect patients to treatment,” she said in a statement.For this study, the Imperial-MIT team developed nanosensors with ultra-small gold nanoclusters (AuNCs), which change color when treated with a chemical substrate and hydrogen peroxide.Once broken apart, the AuNCs travel via the blood to the kidneys, where they are filtered through into the urine.In healthy mice, the complexes are too large to pass through and remain intact.For this study, researchers injected 28 vermin—14 with colon tumors, and 14 without—with sensors; the color-change test accurately detected which urine samples came from the cancerous critters.During a four-week follow-up, the animals showed no signs of side effects; there was no evidence that the protein-sensor complex or fre AuNCs lingered in their bodies.“The AuNCs are similar to materials already used in the clinic for imaging tumors, but here we are taking advantage of their unique properties to give us additional information about disease,” co-first author Colleen Loynachan of Imperial’s Department of Materials, said. “However, there’s still a lot of optimization and testing needed before the technology can move beyond the lab.”Moving forward, the team will work to increase the specificity and sensitivity of their sensors by testing them in more animal models.“Proteases play functional roles in a number of diseases such as cancer and infectious diseases,” co-first author Ava Soleimany of MIT explained. “By designing versionf of our sensors that can be cut by different proteases, we could apply this color-based test to detect a diversity of conditions.”A paper describing their findings was published this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.More on Geek.com:Google Algorithm Detects Lung Cancer Better Than Human DoctorsStargazing Technology Could Soon Be Used to Detect CancerStudents Create World’s First Bricks Made From Human Urinelast_img read more


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first_imgNewsweeklies saw some recovery in the third quarter as both Time and The Week edged up 1.6 percent and 1.4 percent in pages, respectively. The Economist, however, dropped 7.3 percent in pages year-over-year.Food magazines saw ad page totals climb as Bon Appetite increased 19.8 percent, Eating Well spiked 69.8 percent and Fine Cooking jumped 57.7 percent.Business titles were mostly down, but only minimally, with the exception of Barrons, up 29.2 percent as compared to 2012. Kiplinger’s fell 3.1 percent, Harvard Business Review declined 2.7 percent and Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes were relatively flat year-over-year slipping 1.3 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively. Fortune took the biggest tumble, dropping 17.5 percent as compared to a year ago.“Marketers are shifting dollars in some instances from print to tablet editions, but continue to invest in magazine media,” says Mary Berner, president and CEO of MPA in a release. “Print is improving and the tablet business is growing.”PIB tracked ad sales for 58 magazines that have print and iPad editions. Total tablet ad units rose 6.8 percent in the third quarter as compared to the same period a year ago and increased 7 percent Jan.-Sept. 2013 versus 2012.While tablet ad unit numbers remain behind print ad page totals, the upward trending momentum does show stability. Third-quarter ad page totals extended losses for the ninth consecutive quarter, falling 1.8 percent year-over-year, as reported by the Publishers Information Bureau (PIB) and MPA—The Association of Magazine Media.Losses have slowed, however, with year-to-date consumer magazine ad page totals down just 3.8 percent so far in 2013 as compared to 2012.Decelerated losses could be thanks to ad-heavy September issues that bulked up many fashion titles. For September issues year-over-year, Vogue saw a 1-percent gain to its second-biggest issue ever at 665 ad pages, Elle jumped 12-percent to 442 ad pages and Glamour bumped up 18 percent to 224 ad pages, among others. last_img read more


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first_imgDunleavy administration dismisses Alaska ferries chiefJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Alaska Marine Highway System’s top official lost her job this week to cost-cutting.US Army Corps extends comment period on Pebble’s draft EISIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period on its draft environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine.House Resources Committee considers making Tier 3 water protection a legislative processHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesThe House and Senate are considering bills that would make the state Legislature responsible for approving Tier 3 nominations for federal waters.Four months into 2019, Anchorage on pace to break homicide recordCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThrough the first four months of 2019, Anchorage is now on pace to surpass the 35 homicides that occurred in 2017, the most ever in Alaska’s largest city during a calendar year. That broke a record — by one death — set the year before.In Anchorage, land acknowledgements are gaining groundZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMaybe you’ve heard of something called a “land acknowledgement.” It’s a statement of respect at the beginning of an event acknowledging the Indigenous inhabitants of a place and their claim to the land. In Alaska, the conversation around land acknowledgement is relatively new, but it’s picking up.Homer High School students place in Caring for the Kenai ContestAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerCaring for the Kenai, a local idea contest for high school students, announced its 2019 winners last week and two Homer High Schools students took home first and fourth place. Sophomore Austin Cline took first prize for his idea to recycle number-five plastics into 3-D printer filament.Single winner of Alaska ice-melt guessing game announcedAssociated PressNenana Ice Classic organizers have announced this year’s winner for the guessing contest.AK: Search dogs harness their super-powered nosesMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauIf you become lost or injured in Alaska, your best chance of being found may rest in the paws of an unassuming hero: a search dog. Man’s best friend has a super-powered sense of smell that can detect just about anyone, anywhere.49 Voices: Geser Bat-Erdene of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Geser Bat-Erdene in Anchorage. Bat-Erdene is a foreign exchange student at the University of Alaska Anchorage who will serve as commencement speaker on Sunday. He had previously served as UAA’s student body president; a term that ended last weekend. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more


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first_imgAfter Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru.ReutersThe investigation in the multi-crore bank fraud involving fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has widened after the Enforcement Directorate detected unaccounted transfer of funds by his former executive assistant V Shashikant.Based on an intelligence input, the ED raided the residential and business premises of Shashikant on July 24. He was an employee of Vijay Mallya till February 2017 and a former Managing Director of United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL).The investigation revealed that UBHL exported Kingfisher beer and shoes manufactured by United Breweries International Trading Limited and was liquidated after Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loan repayment of about over Rs 7,000 crore to banks.UBHL owned 10.72 percent stake in United Breweries Ltd (UBL). Heineken, a Dutch brewing company, now owns over 46 percent stake in UBL.After Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru in which his wife Jayanti Shashikanth and daughter Archita are partners.”It has been detected that this partnership firm has taken over the business of UBHL for exporting both kingfisher beer and shoes and export turnover is approximately Rs 220 crore per annum,” said an ED official. UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:39Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mallya owes a consortium of 17 Indian banks more than Rs 9,000 crore. The businessman fled India and moved to London in March 2016 and has been declared a fugitive economic offender by a court in Mumbai. India has also requested Mallya’s extradition from UK.He recently filed a petition which said that only properties of Kingfisher Airlines should be seized. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on August 2 his plea challenging the confiscation of properties belonging to the companies.center_img Close The firm has monopolistic rights for exporting and trading all brands of Kingfisher beer since March 2018.”One interesting fact has also come to the notice that 60% of export by UBG has made to M/s Tammy International Dubai which in turn exporting beer to other countries,” the ED official added. Tammy International is allegedly owned by Shashikant’s son-in-law.Ultimate Branding is allegedly getting a commission from UBL for “getting business” and the profit is being “repatriated” to Mallya through “overlapping transactions” to fund his “daily maintenance and legal expense”.”I have never heard of Tammy International and have no connection with them,” Mallya told The Indian Express in an email response.”We acknowledge that the Enforcement Directorate searched the offices of Ultimate Branding Worldwide. We have extended full support to them and shall continue to do so. We deny the allegation that the two companies are associated with Vijay Mallya nor do they have any transactions with him,” said a spokesperson of Ultimate Branding.Various incriminating documents, emails and WhatsApp messages were seized during the raid in Shashikant’s office, which indicate that V Shashikant was is in regular touch with Mallya.The ED also found that Mallya’s dummy companies – Gold Reef Investments Ltd and McDowell Holdings Ltd – support 20 to 25 employees of UB Group. The agency has frozen shares worth Rs 3 crore held by McDowell Holdings Limited.last_img read more