Tiger translocation may continue: NTCA

December 3, 2019

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first_imgThe National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has hinted at continuation of the first-ever inter-State tiger translocation project in Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve despite huge setbacks.A two-member team, comprising an expert each from NTCA and Wildlife Institute of India, was assigned to study if protocols were followed after the death of a tiger. The team completed its probe and met top wildlife officials here.There was uncertainty over the fate of the reintroduction programme in the Satkosia reserve after the tiger, translocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh marking the first such inter-State transfer, was found dead on Wednesday last.The post-mortem report indicated that the death was due to infected ante-mortem maggot-infested wound followed by multiple organ failure.Initially, the project had run into trouble after the tigress, Sundari, brought from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in M.P., was recaptured following couple of incidents of mauling.Odisha had planned to bring three pairs of tiger from Madhya Pradesh to increase their population in Satkosia. One pair of big cats had reached Satkosia as part of the ambitious programme.“We are not rushing into taking a decision with regards to continuation or discontinuation of the project. First the tigress was recaptured and then came the death of a tiger. The NTCA authorities, Odisha government officials and experts of Wildlife Institute of India are now discussing the overall situation,” said NTCA director General Amit Mallik.‘Conditions satisfactory’“We have spent two days in STR and also visited different villages. The prey base is excellent. The forest coverage is very satisfactory. We are analysing the presence of people, habitat and also the failure. We may continue the project,” said Mr. Mallik. WII expert and another member, K. Ramesh, said: “The tiger had initially adapted to the situation and settled in the forest. It was not in conflict and its area was established. Everything was right. Its presence was noticed both in the core and the extended area.”last_img read more


Assam tea sets record, scales ₹75,000 a kg

December 1, 2019

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first_imgA kilogram of ‘Golden Butterfly tea’ struck gold at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) on Tuesday, when the Assam tea was sold at ₹75,000. This is a new international record, bettering the previous high of ₹70,501 a kg less than a fortnight ago.Growing demand for speciality tea helped the ‘Golden Butterfly tea’ surpass the earlier record by ₹4,499, GTAC said in a statement. The hand-crafted tea, made from tender leaves and buds available only around June-July, was produced by Dikom Tea Estate near eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh town. Dinesh Bihani, secretary of the Guwahati Tea Auction Buyers’ Association, said the tea was bought by one of the oldest tea trading firms that had also bought it at a premium at GTAC last month.“Speciality tea is setting records, riding on demand,” he said. “This will encourage quality tea producers to sell it through the auction centre,” he added.last_img read more


PBA D-League: Arvin Tolentino’s double-double leads Wangs past Trinity

November 27, 2019

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first_imgArvin Tolentino leads Wangs Basketball. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Wangs Basketball gave The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University of Asia a hard pounding for the  89-69 win in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.Arvin Tolentino continuously drilled the White Stallions’ defense to the tune of 13 points while also banging bodies underneath to grab 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 FEU-Diliman bags 9th straight UAAP juniors football title Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “We’re very happy because I really saw the effort of my players and all of hard work ultimately paid off,” said Wangs head coach Pablo Lucas in Filipino.Tolentino and Daryl Singontiko waxed hot for the Couriers as the twosome exploded for 23 points to give their team a 67-47 lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAxel Iñigo filled the stat sheets for Wangs with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Radge Tongco had his own moments with 13 points five assists, and three rebounds.Michael Canete led Trinity with 19 points and 10 boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more


SPORT-EURO-PORTUGAL 2 LAST

November 26, 2019

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first_imgPortugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio parried away a Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio parried away a stinging drive from Ilsanker within seconds of the restart, although Portugal soon reasserted their authority with Ronaldo leading the charge. His thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the area was turned behind by Almer, and the ensuing corner produced a similar result with the Austria keeper beating away Ronaldos downward header. Koller hauled off Alaba on 65 minutes, replacing the Bayern Munich star with Schalke midfielder Alessandro Schopf, but it failed to stem the flow of Portuguese attacks. And with 11 minutes to go it appeared Portugal would get the goal their display merited when they were awarded a penalty after Martin Hinteregger wrestled Ronaldo to the ground. But the three-time World Player of the Year was left shaking his head in disbelief as he smacked the ball against the base of the post to ensure his wait for a goal at a record fourth European Championship finals goes on. AFP BS BSlast_img read more


Chelsea sign Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi

November 25, 2019

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first_imgEnglish football giants Chelsea on Sunday announced the signing of Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille on a five-year contract for a reported transfer fee of $44 million.”Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Michy Batshuayi has today completed his transfer from Marseille. The 22-year-old signed a five-year contract,” said a statement on Chelsea’s website.He was part of the Belgium squad at Euro 2016 and netted with his first touch on his competition debut last week, converting a cross from his new Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard in a 4-0 triumph over Hungary.He was linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus, West Ham United and Crystal Palace.Batshuayi began his career at Standard Lige and joined Marseille in the summer of 2014, scoring 15 goals in his first season with the club.He scored 23 goals last season for Marseille as well as providing 10 assists, statistics made all the more impressive considering he was playing in a team which finished 13th in Ligue 1.Batshuayi said: “I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career. I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies during my time at Stamford Bridge.”Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it’s an exciting time to become a Chelsea player.”This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family, I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League next season.”advertisementChelsea, winners of the 2014-15 English Premier League, finished last season at the 10th spot.The season saw them sack champion coach Jose Mourinho in the winter before they appointed Guus Hiddink till the end of the campaign.The London club will be coached by Italian Antonio Conte, who coached previously his country’s national team and Juventus.last_img read more


J-K chief minister, governor hold hour-long meeting

November 18, 2019

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first_imgJammu, Nov 9 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today held an hour-long meeting with Governor N N Vohra and discussed various matters pertaining to the affairs of the state, an official spokesman said.Governor Vohra and Mufti spoke on the internal security situation in the Valley, functioning of various departments, particularly the power development department, the social welfare department, the information department and the sports and youth affairs department, and the extent to which results have been achieved toward the goals set, the spokesman said.The governor suggested that stringent measures be adopted in regard to departments which were not performing adequately, he said.Vohra also discussed with Mufti the advantages of commencing the process of conducting elections to the panchayats and the urban local bodies without delay, he said.The governor reiterated that the government must ensure prompt attention to public grievances, efficient delivery of public services and severe punishments to those involved in corruption, the spokesman added. PTI AB IJTlast_img read more


Handball team plays in casual gear

November 17, 2019

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first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association has a new kit sponsor which does not believe in delivering on time. At least, that is the impression one gets with competition in some disciplines of the Asian Games having already begin in Jakarta today.On Monday, the controversial Indian men’s handball team lost to Chinese Taipei. More than the result, a loss, what was galling was how the players were not in proper sporting attire.Sources told Mail Today the kit sponsor, a well known Chinese brand, failed to provide the T-shirt and shorts on time. Men’s handball has been in the eye of a storm as the team was at first not cleared by the Indian Olympic Association. The last one wanted to see was the team turning out not in proper uniform but sporting casual gear with India logo fixed on it and playing numbers patched on the back.When Shiv Naresh was the sponsor, there was hardly any instance of athletes and teams not getting their kits on time. The IOA had signed a new deal with the Chinese company till the Youth Olympics. It is supposed to be a good deal on paper.IOA treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey, who is also secretary of the Handball Federation of India, should have at least ensured his team did not go to Indonesia without proper attire. “The athletes are representing India and this is shameful,” said an official.Before the match began, the local organisers did not want India to take the field of play in casual dress. It required persuasion from the Indian officials in Jakarta with the international handball federation, before the match began.advertisementIOA president Narinder Batra, who had done a lot of good work when he was boss of Hockey India would do well to look into the matter. In fact, even secretary Rajeev Mehta and his colleagues in the IOA who have negotiated sponsorship deals with the kit and clothing sponsors should take up the matter seriously.One hopes other teams leaving India will not go in shabby, casual dresses. The hockey team leaves for Jakarta on Tuesday.last_img read more


Messi: I’d swap Barca title for World Cup

November 9, 2019

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first_imgWorld Cup Messi: I’d give up Barcelona title for World Cup glory Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 14:34 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Images World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina v Haiti Argentina v Croatia Nigeria v Argentina Argentina v Iceland Argentina Barcelona Primera División Coming off a Liga and Copa del Rey double, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is desperate to taste success with Argentina in Russia this summer Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said he would swap a Barcelona title for a trophy with the national team ahead of the World Cup in Russia.Messi has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Barca, however, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still searching for his first major senior title with Argentina.The 30-year-old was involved as Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, while Messi could not prevent back-to-back defeats in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America deciders. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Coming off a Liga and Copa del Rey double, which took his trophy tally to 32 at Camp Nou, Messi is desperate to taste success with Jorge Sampaoli’s men.”I would change a Barcelona title for one with the national team,” Messi told Argentinean TV channel El Trece.”Winning a title with Argentina would be something unique.”Argentina will face Iceland (June 16), Croatia (June 21) and Nigeria (June 26) in Group D at the World Cup, starting next month.The two-time world champions – who last won the showpiece event in 1986 – scraped into the tournament thanks to Messi’s magic.And Messi conceded Argentina are below the likes of Brazil, Spain and reigning champions Germany.Lionel Messi swap Barcelona title for Argentina win“I have great faith in this group, we are working very well, we have players with a lot of capacity and experience,” he said.”But we do not have to throw the message of ‘we are going to be the world champion because we are the best’, because the reality is that it is not like that.”On Group D, Messi added: “Iceland are a team that showed in the last European Championship that they are difficult for anyone.”Croatia have a midfield that plays very well, it is a style like Spain but one level below, and Nigeria always challenge us.”last_img read more


Watch: After creating history in Australia, India reach New Zealand for ODIs and T20Is

October 25, 2019

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first_img India Today Web Desk AucklandJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 20:56 IST India have played 7 bilateral ODI series in New Zealand (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and New Zealand play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is from January 23India last won an ODI series in New Zealand in 2008-09New Zealand lead India 4-1 in ODI series head-to-head at homeVirat Kohli-led Team India arrived in New Zealand for another gruelling limited-overs series starting January 23. India rewrote history books in Australia by winning the Test and the one day international series this month. India and New Zealand will play five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals from Wednesday.The Indian cricket team reached Auckland Sunday morning and was given a warm welcome by the fans at the airport.The fans cheered and shouted “welcome” but the loudest cheer was reserved for the captain Virat Kohli, who was spotted with his wife Anushka Sharma in New Zealand.Hello #TeamIndia. Auckland welcomes you #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/8ER80bKS5bBCCI (@BCCI) January 20, 2019India produced a dominant show to win 2-1 win in the four-Test series in Australia, the three-match ODI series was a much closely-fought contest and the Kohli-led side bounced back strongly after losing the first match to win 2-1. Both the series victories were India’s first on Australian soil.The T20 series in November had ended 1-1 after the second game in Melbourne was washed out. While Virat Kohli had a below par Test and ODI series by his standards, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant emerged top two leading run-getters in the Test series.After a poor 2018 in ODIs, MS Dhoni was back with a bang. Dhoni not only ended as India’s highest run-getter in the series, he was also named the player-of-the-series. Dhoni hit fifties in all three matches and played an important role in India’s series victory in the ODIs.advertisementIndia will be keen to maintain that form in New Zealand during the tour especially given their poor record in the country. India have played 7 bilateral ODI series in New Zealand but have one only once. While two have ended in drawn series, New Zealand have won it four times.India squad:Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman GillAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Dinesh Karthik Watch: After creating history in Australia, India reach New Zealand for ODIs and T20IsIndia will play 5 ODIs and 3 Twenty20 internationals in New Zealand during their 20-day tour starting January 23.advertisementlast_img read more


Lady Gaga Shows up in Istanbuls Neighborhood in Islamic Headscarf

October 12, 2019

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Rabat-  The American singer Lady Gaga, who was in Istanbul to perform in a concert, was seen wearing an Islamic headscarf and a long black dress in the streets of Ni?anta??, one of the busiest places in Turkey.While the pop diva entered many shops incognito, she did not leave Istanbul’s busiest neighborhoods unnoticed.The photo of the pop star was shared widely on twitter. ?stanbul konserinde sahnede soyunan Lady Gaga bugün kapal? olarak görüntülendi. pic.twitter.com/0Kd08GOO33— REPORT TURK (@reportturk) September 18, 2014During her recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, Lady Gaga has reportedly said that ‘it is important to respect other cultures and not force them to adhere to the beliefs of your own country.”While the American singer appears in Turkey with decent dress, the photos she posts on her Instagram are believed to be mainly provocative. read more


New Chinese Drug Circulates in Moroccos Night Clubs

October 12, 2019

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Rabat – A new trend in Moroccan night clubs has young people consuming a Chinese drug with an unknown name.According to Akhbar Al Youm, the Chinese drug is consumed when establishments stop serving alcohol after midnight. Known as an “inhalation drug,” the substance is reportedly also used by people living on the streets. The new poison invading tourist cities, including Marrakech and Agadir, during summer costs between MAD 20 and 80, depending on the dose ordered. The Chinese drug is inhaled in plastic bags to achieve quick euphoria. The new drug has the same effect of agitation and euphoria as rags soaked in chemicals and other anesthetic products.Consumers inhale fumes or chemical vapors directly from substances in a small plastic or paper bag. The chemicals could have an adverse effect on the health of the consumer by immediately damaging the body and brain.A study conducted by the Biochemistry and Nutrition and Cellular Biology group in affiliation with Casablanca’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy found in 2017 that 600,000 Moroccans are addicted to drugs, with 16,000 addicted to hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. Young people aged 18 to 28 are the most addicted to hard drugs, comprising 70 percent of total Moroccans addicted to the destructive substances.According to the 2015 annual report of the National Observatory of Drugs and Addictions, around 4 to 5 percent of Morocco’s adult population uses drugs, a minimum of 800,000 users. read more


Five year tax relief on agricultural income for small scale entrepreneurs

October 8, 2019

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Therefore, Agricultural income generated specially by the small scale entrepreneurs in the  cultivation of any agricultural produce such as tea, spices, coconut, rubber, paddy, fruits, vegetables, etc, to be exempted from income taxation for a period of 5 years.With the introduction of several changes to the tax system by the previous government, Sri Lanka’s business community particularly the small and medium entrepreneurs those engaged in professional and other services and agricultural activities have been confronted with complex taxation and heavy tax burden.In addition to the imposition of high income taxes on wage income and other remuneration, interest and rent incomes, tax burden has also increased through high tax rates and reduction in tax free thresholds for the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT), Nation Building Tax (NBT) Economic Services Charge (ESC), withholding taxes, etc. People are looking for a simple, broad based, low tax rates, a transparent tax system and a simplified tax administration. Agricultural income generated, specially by small scale entrepreneurs in the cultivation of any agricultural produce such as tea, spices, coconut, rubber, paddy, fruits, vegetables, etc, are to be exempted from income taxation for a period of 5 years.In order to promote the  agricultural production in the country for exports and consumption purposes the Government has decided to provide a five year tax exemption to the agricultural based small and medium industry. In addition the annual income tax rate on processing industries using local agricultural commodities is to be reduced from 28 per cent to 14 per cent. Further, as a measure to ease the serious hardships to small holder business operations, it has been proposed to raise the threshold for the application of ESC Economic Service Charge from Rs. 12.5 million per quarter to Rs.50 million per quarter. The relief measures have been introduced on the instructions of the President and the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and are aimed at providing highest priority to agricultural development.Accordingly the Government is of the view that every effort should be made to make use of the 2018 /19 Maha cultivation season as a new beginning. Such a system of taxation is important to provide an environment conducive for doing domestic business in the SME sector, professional and other services and agricultural activities. While formulating a simple tax system takes some time, Mahinda Rajapakse, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, proposes at this stage to introduce some specific measures towards providing incentives that will enable SMEs and small sector business activities to revive rapidly. read more


Afghan people appreciative of international security force UN envoy says

October 6, 2019

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“I think on days like this, what one really feels is a sense of hope,” Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said at the handover ceremony in Kabul, referring to the enormous difficulties facing that country.Despite the challenges towards peace and stability, Mr. Brahimi added, “It is do-able because the people of Afghanistan are tired of war, they are tired of conflict, they are tired of this destruction that has descended on them for so many years. They would like to enjoy a little bit of peace, a little bit of stability and they are counting on the international community to help them do that.”In addition to the outgoing and incoming Commanders of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the Defence Ministers of Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands were also present at the ceremony, presided over by President Hamid Karzai. read more


TSX gives up early gains on worries about possible Greek exit from

October 6, 2019

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX gives up early gains on worries about possible Greek exit from eurozone by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2012 4:45 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market gave up solid gains Wednesday as anxiety over Greece’s possible exit from the eurozone trumped early moves to buy up stocks beaten down during a string of losses.The S&P/TSX composite index had ran ahead as much as 131 points during the morning but ended the session down 16.97 points at 11,326.08. The energy sector led declines as crude prices deteriorated further.The market has plunged about 400 points over the past three sessions alone.The deterioration in investor confidence has left the TSX at its worst level since early October of last year, down more than 10 per cent from its most recent highs registered at the end of February.The TSX Venture Exchange eased 22.3 points to 1,217.77.But the hunt for safety continued to punish the Canadian dollar. It closed 0.57 of a cent lower at a four-month low of 98.75 cents US.New York markets also shed early advances despite data showing housing starts rising 2.6 per cent in March while U.S. factory production increased 0.6 per cent in April.There was limited reaction to news that Federal Reserve policymakers are open to further efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy if growth falters or economic threats escalate.Minutes of the central bank’s April 24-25 meeting stated that “several members” thought additional Fed support could be needed if the recovery lost momentum or if the risks to the economy became great enough. The minutes did not spell out such circumstancesThe Dow Jones industrials were 33.45 points lower at 12,598.55.The Nasdaq composite index lost 19.72 points to 2,874.04 and the S&P 500 index fell 5.86 points to 1,324.8.Greece has weighed heavily on buying sentiment since an inconclusive election May 6 left no party with enough votes to form a government and Greeks will go back to the polls on June 17.Many Greeks voted for parties that had been on the fringe of the political spectrum and which want to see the country abandon the tough austerity measures adopted in return for the huge international bailouts that are propping up that country.Without agreeing to another round of austerity measures, it’s conceivable that Greece’s partners in the eurozone will withhold the next round of bailout cash. An exit from the euro might then become inevitable.If Greece leaves the euro, then a precedent would be set that could be taken up by other countries burdened by high debt levels.“Investors are definitely getting increasingly frustrated that we had heard this story over and over again,” said Jeff Bradacs, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“As they approach the June deadline, I think investors are really looking for a kind of a decision here on whether they will stay in the eurozone or exit the euro.”The flight from risk continued to drive commodities lower since no one knows how much damage a chaotic Greek exit from the eurozone would have on the broader global economy.But a higher U.S. dollar has also hammered prices for oil and metals. That’s because prices are denominated in U.S. dollars and a higher greenback makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.And even before Greece reoccupied centre stage on markets, commodities and resource stocks were losing ground amid signs of a slowing global economy.“And a lot of concern there rests on China,” Bradacs said.“Growth in China has been slowing from a very high pace. To get those stocks moving again we need to see more accomodative moves from China to really move our commodity stocks.”On the TSX, losses were led by the energy sector, down 0.7 per cent as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $1.17 to US$92.81, its lowest level since last November. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) slipped 22 cents to $27.45.Financials also weakened with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) down 39 cents to $11.25.The base metals sector was the biggest advancer, up 1.4 per cent even as copper prices continued to slide with the July contract down four cents to US$3.48 a pound, its lowest level since early January. The metal, viewed as an economic barometer since it is used in so many industries, has plunged 10 per cent this month. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) climbed 32 cents to $9.07 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) ran up 90 cents to C$17.74.Investors also sold off bullion, which was down $20.50 to US$1,536.60 an ounce, a price not seen since last July. But the gold sector ticked about one per cent higher and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed 48 cents to C$35.71.Industrial stocks also supported the TSX, with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) up $1.69 to $75.86, a day before CP’s annual meeting. Shareholders will vote on a proposal from Pershing Square Capital Management, its biggest shareholder, to install a new slate of directors and replace CEO Fred Green with former Canadian National CEO Hunter Harrison. read more


Opinion A mental health nurses experience of mental health issues

September 22, 2019

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first_imgI AM AN ordinary married man, with three children, a semi-detached house in the suburbs and I commute daily to a job as a mental health professional.I also have mental health issues.Does that surprise you? It surprised me, and I have worked in this area for over a decade.I grew up thinking mental health was someone else’s problem. That it was that man in a bus shelter who talked to himself. That it was the ‘cat lady’ down the street who rarely set foot outside her home. I never realised that mental health touched my life and that it touched the people I loved.My story is all too common, without celebrity or scandal. I was bullied as a child. It took me to a dark place in my head and I learned to hide it from the world on a daily basis. I would put a ‘front’ on; a mask that only I knew was there. A mask to hide the anxiety I felt going near school or other children, the low self-worth I was experiencing that kept reminding me I was no good. Soon the voices in my mind were negative enough to keep me down and I no longer needed the bully to help.I quickly became an expert at hiding itI kept the front up to make people believe I was strong and confident when inside I was scared and unhappy. I went to a dark place in my head more than once where I would have been more than happy to not wake up the next morning. I had a loving family who did not even realise it was going on because I quickly became an expert at hiding it.It was my own prejudice and fear that kept me from talking about it. This same fear kept me alone in my feelings when, actually, all around me there were supports that could have lessened my burden. I didn’t even understand what depression or anxiety was back then and until recently I believed these were things ‘other people’ experienced. It was my own sense of stigma that got in my way.In 2012, research showed that 56% of Irish people surveyed would not want others to know about their mental health problem and 24% would hide it even from close family.I don’t tell you this story to make you feel sorry for me. I tell it because fear, worry and self-doubt are feelings everyone can relate to and yet we continue to think mental health is someone else’s problem. The WHO uses statistics to show that 1:4 people will experience a diagnosable mental health problem at some point in their life. However mental health isn’t just about diagnosis. We don’t have to wait to have a heart attack to begin eating well or take regular exercise. We do it because it keeps us well.The statistic should be 4:4; we will ALL experience a mental health problem in our lives. It has happened, or will happen when we have a problem at work, in a relationship, a grief issue, a financial worry or an anxiety about something. Surely we can all relate to being afraid, grief stricken, worried or feeling down about something.I survivedI also tell the story to show I am OK, more than OK actually. I am loved by people who care for me; and I do my best to care for them. I survived this time and while like everybody else I continue to have my mental health issues, I take steps to take care of myself – to ‘mind’ my mental health. To take responsibility for my own mental health the same way we take responsibility for our physical health. I developed and nurtured resilience in my life and I didn’t even have the language to describe how I managed that. I had supports I wasn’t even conscious of.People with mental health problems can and do recover. However these same people often report that living with the stigma of mental health is often worse than living with the illness.Just like we all have physical health we all have mental health. At what point did we decide to treat ourselves as if our head and mind was not always attached to our body and that our mental health was something to be scared of?I work for Saint John of God Hospital and See Change. Together with over 70 partner organisations we are supporting the fight to end stigma around mental health. This month has been GreenRibbon month. A whole month to get people engaged in talking about mental health.I hope everybody reading this will start a conversation about mental health with their family and friends, their husbands or wives, and their children or colleagues, talk in schools with teachers, at home with parents and children, around coffee tables and board rooms. You don’t have to be an expert to show someone you care and are willing to listen if they are having a bad day, or even a good day. Let’s change minds about mental health, one conversation at a time.Visit the Saint John of God Hospital website or Facebook page, and learn more about the Green Ribbon campaign #greenribbon #makearipplelast_img read more


Theophanous committal hearing continues

September 21, 2019

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The committal hearing in the case of Theo Theophanous who is accused of rape is continuing on Friday in the Melbourne’s Magistrate Court. A woman claims that she was raped by the Victorian MP in a night of September 1998, inside his Parliamentary office. Last week the court heard testimonies from the alleged victim as well as three of her friends. The friends were testifying to the fact that they were contacted by the woman after the alleged rape. Two of the three witnesses disputed her claims that they were made aware of the alleged incident and even went so far as to testify that their friend tried to cajole their cooperation to her claims. “She wanted me to help her out with the case,” one of the witnesses said on Wednesday, according to media reports. “She was coaching me to say things. She was asking me to give false evidence,” she added. In her testimony she even discredited the claim that she exchanged emails with the alleged victim regarding the supposed sexual attack. A third woman on Friday testified that she did receive a distress call from the alleged victim. She testified via video link from London saying that her friend called her from a pay phone in September of 1998 in a state of panic revealing to her that she had been the victim of an attack. “Raped, attacked, I don’t remember the exact words,” she said.“She was very upset, more than upset, she was in a panic, she was very distressed,” she added. The friend also testified that the connection was abruptly cut because the alleged victim did not add money to extend the duration of the call.Defence lawyer Robert Richter QC, however, disputed her claim saying that local calls in Australia are paid on a fixed rate rather than on a time basis. Moreover, Mr Theophanous’ lawyer questioned the fact that after the distress call two days passed without any communication between the two women. The witness responded that she didn’t feel that close with the alleged victim at the time to initiate contact pressing for more information.At the end of the hearings Magistrate Peter Reardon will decide if the matter will go to trial.last_img read more


William Davis journey to Gallipoli

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMelbourne’s impressive Trades Hall Building was once the host to a little known celebrated send-off. It was in this classically-inspired building that a function was held on 1 October 1914 to honour a group of Anzac volunteers about to depart from Port Melbourne.They were all Victorian members of the Federated Engine Drivers Federation and Firemen’s Association (FEDFA). Among the 10 trade union members was Colour Sergeant William Edwin Davis, the former Victorian president of the union. William and his comrades would leave the classical columns of Trades Hall and voyage to Lemnos on an ultimately fatal journey to the killing fields of the Gallipoli peninsula. I became aware of William Davis through the research of author Malcolm McDonald. A former engine driver and secretary of the FEDFA, Malcolm discovered the story of the Trades Hall send-off while writing a history of the union. I discussed William’s story with Malcolm over a lunch of yemista followed by Greek coffee prepared by his wife Flora in their home in Melbourne’s Burwood. Flora hails from the village of Ligaria, near Serres, her parents having fled on foot there from eastern Thrace in the early 1920s as children. Malcolm and Flora met not long after she arrived in Australia, introduced by mutual friend Spiros Kokkinos. Malcolm remembers well the times they spent at Melbourne’s Democratis Club with Spiros who was club president for a time. Spiros was also one of the volunteers who promoted Neos Kosmos in the early days of the newspaper.William was born in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. An only son, he grew up to become an engine driver and active in his trade union. He was soon married to Maud. By 1914 they had seven children and were living in Prahran. Life was no picnic for working class families like the Davis’. William’s wages were hardly enough to keep the family afloat, with Maud taking in sewing to make ends meet. Every penny had to be accounted for and there was no room for extravagances.William Edwin Davis Photo: NAA, uploaded by Faithe JonesReading the history, it is clear that William and Maud were a team. Maud shared his passion for social justice and worker rights. It was Maud’s evidence before Justice Higgins in 1911 detailing the frugal reality for a family living on workers’ wages that resulted in significant wage improvements for engine drivers. William left all of this behind when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 August, not long after the outbreak of the war. As a former militia volunteer, William was appointed to the rank of Colour Sergeant in the 6th Australian Infantry Battalion. William and the battalion sailed from Melbourne’s Princes Pier on 19 October 1914 aboard the HMAT Hororata – not far from the location of Melbourne’s Lemnos Gallipoli memorial. Malcolm wonders what Maud and the children felt as they waved him off to war.After a period of training in Egypt, William departed Alexandria and arrived at Lemnos in early April. A photograph from the time shows the battalion in Mudros Bay aboard their troopship Galeka. William would have marvelled at the vast armada of some 200 warships and transports being assembled in the bay. At Lemnos William would have spent the time as all other diggers did on Lemnos – training for the coming landings at Gallipoli. The morning of 24 April was a sunny day on Lemnos, “real Australian sunshine” one soldier recorded. William and the 2nd Brigade sailed from Mudros Bay, headed for the Bay of Pournia on Lemnos’ northern shore. Here they lay at anchor until their departure in the early hours of the following day. This quiet bay features well in Lemnos’ history – for not only did the Anzac’s depart from here, but they were following in the wake of Homer’s Odysseus who, legend says, sailed from here to Troy. And here too Lemnos’ 15th century warrior Maroula Komnenos defended Kotsinas Castle against the Ottomans. Her statue stands sentinel at Kotsinas on the edge of the bay.William took part in the landing at Anzac Cove as dawn broke on 25 April and the subsequent defence of the beachhead. His service would be rewarded by his promotion to Second Lieutenant on 28 April, barely three days after the landing. But William’s Gallipoli would take him and the 2nd Brigade to the southern end of the peninsula and one of the most murderous attacks of the whole campaign – the Second Battle of Krithia. Like many of the villages on the Peninsula, Krithia had been inhabited by mainly local Hellenes but was now empty. The local Hellenes across the peninsula had been removed by the Ottoman authorities to villages across the Marmara Sea in the weeks prior to the Gallipoli campaign.William left Anzac Cove on 6 May and by the morning of 8 May was in position behind the lines at Krithia. William’s unit was ordered to attack with barely ten minutes notice. William’s section was one of the advance companies of the battalion when it launched its assault. Spreading out and rushing forward to the enemy lines more than 1,000 metres away. William faced increasing rifle and machine gun fire as well as shrapnel from artillery shells bursting overhead. Ottoman snipers picked off the advancing Australians. The enemy fire was so devastating that the attack was suspended at 6.30 pm, the Australians having barely crossed the half the ground required. Over 50 per cent of the battalion was killed, wounded and missing. Many officers were killed along with their men, including William. We don’t know if he was killed instantly or died after lying on the battlefield. A photograph from that terrible morning shows the carnage exacted on the Australians. The official British historian of the Gallipoli campaign called the battle Australia’s “unrecognised Balaclava”. Although never captured by the Allies, the village would be devastated by Allied bombardments and left in ruins. In 2015 I visited the rebuilt village of Krithia (now named Alcitepe) on my journey to the Helles Memorial to the Missing at the end of the Gallipoli peninsula. The Asia Minor catastrophe saw the Greek villagers of Krithia forced to flee to Greece and establish their new village of Krithia to the north of Thessaloniki, not far from Flora’s village near Serres.The former Greek village of Krithia today. Photo: Jim ClavenWilliam’s death is recorded on the Helles Memorials’ sandstone memorial walls, one of the 248 Australians amongst the over 20,000 Allied names recorded there. His name may well have been etched by one of the many local Greek stonemasons who had returned to the area following the end of the war and who worked on the memorials on the peninsula. It was also recorded in his home suburb of Prahran, in the gilt lettering on the grand Memorial Wall of the local RSL Hall. William was also missed by his fellow trade unionists. In 1915 the Union recorded “their admiration for their late comrades who died fighting for the Empire” and “their sincere sympathy for those whose hearts were sad for their loss of their beloved ones”. The union’s journal recorded the “deep regret” of the union’s Victorian secretary at the news of the death of ‘Comrade Davis’ and on behalf of all Victorian members “extend[ed] their heartfelt sympathy to Mrs Davis and her family in her hour of trial”.William Davis’ story reveals more of the story of Anzac and how it affected society. With his death, Australia and his family were denied the future contributions of William and all the others killed and wounded in the war. We know that later in the First World War, Australian society was divided by the two conscription referendums unsuccessfully launched by the Hughes government. William was one of those who volunteered – as all diggers did – and indeed the majority of enlisted men voted against the introduction of conscription. Many trade unions were in the forefront of the movement opposed to conscription. We don’t know William’s view but as a prominent trade unionist it is likely he would have opposed its introduction. The success of the campaign opposing conscription is commemorated on the walls of the very Trades Hall that witnessed William’s send-off.Some years ago Malcolm McDonald made the journey to Gallipoli where William’s journey had ended. More recently, Malcolm and Flora made their own pilgrimage to Lemnos, following in William’s footsteps. They arrived on Lemnos from Kavala and were guided through the island’s war cemeteries, and the ancient site of Poliochni, by a generous local. Staying in one of Myrina’s harbourside hotels, Malcolm and Flora sat on the very harbour were hundreds – if not thousands – of Allied soldiers and nurses walked in 1915. And no doubt many would have enjoyed the wonderful seafood in the local fish restaurants, as Malcolm and Flora did.Flora and Malcolm McDonald at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, Melbourne. Photo: Jim ClavenThe story of William Davis – and that of Malcolm and Flora McDonald –reveals again the web of connections linking ordinary Australians and Hellenes through our common Hellenic Anzac story.* Jim Claven is a historian, freelance writer and secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee (LGCC). He is working with committee president Lee Tarlamis on a commemorative event to be held at the Lemnos Gallipoli memorial honouring Anzac trade unionists such as William Davis. Malcolm McDonald is also a member of the LGCC. Jim Claven thanks Flora and Malcolm McDonald for sharing their story. Jim can be contacted via jimclaven@yahoo.com.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Sida un traitement contre lherpès réduirait la progression du virus

September 20, 2019

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first_imgSida : un traitement contre l’herpès réduirait la progression du virusÉtats-Unis – Une étude publiée dans le journal médical The Lancet révèle que l’acyclovir, traitement destiné à soigner l’herpès génital de type 2, permettrait de réduire la progression du VIH chez les personnes atteintes des deux maladies.D’après le docteur Jairam Ligappa de l’université de Washigton, un traitement quotidien contre l’herpès génital HSV2 avec l’acyclovir réduirait le taux de concentration du VIH dans le plasma.L’étude a été menée sur quatorze sites d’Afrique orientale et méridionale sur 3.381 personnes hétérosexuelles atteintes à la fois du VIH et de ce type d’herpès. Durant 24 mois, on administrait chez la moitié d’entre eux une dose d’acyclovir deux fois par jour, pour l’autre moitié il s’agissait d’un placebo. Ces personnes ne prenaient aucun traitement anti-sida et présentaient un taux de CD4 (lymphocytes dont la réduction montre une baisse de l’immunité qui conduit au sida) supérieur à 250 par microlitre.C’est en analysant le taux de CD4 que les chercheurs ont pu constater l’effet du traitement contre l’herpès sur la progression de la maladie. Cette prise quotidienne réduisait de 16% la progression. Les personnes recevant ce traitement étaient moins nombreuses à descendre sous le seuil de 200 CD4 que ceux recevant un placebo (284 contre 324). Pour les auteurs de l’étude, cette réduction reste modeste, mais le traitement pourrait être “un outil de plus pour aider les séropositifs à rester plus longtemps en bonne santé” comme l’explique le Dr Lingappa. Car si le niveau de CD4 reste stable plus longtemps, les malades retarderont la thérapie antirétrovirale dont les effets secondaires sont lourds. Cependant, l’acyclovir ne réduirait pas la transmission du VIH d’autant que l’herpès génital est un facteur qui augmente de deux à huit fois ce risque en cas d’ulcérations herpétiques, même inapparentes.Le 15 février 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Pet Health with Helen Woordward Animcal Center Water Safety

September 17, 2019

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first_imgPet Health with Helen Woordward Animcal Center: Water Safety Updated: 10:46 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – When the whole family is out enjoying water activities, be sure to consider the safety and well-being of your pets as well. Dr. Angela Gaeto from Helen Woodward Animal Center joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss water safety guidelines owners should consider.Pool Safety:If you have a pool or your pet spends time near a pool, there are many safety guidelines you should consider. First, do not assume your pet can swim. If you have a new pet that will have access to the pool, you should start with supervised pool time to make sure they can swim. Also, many pets know how to swim but cannot find their way out of the pool safely, especially puppies, small dogs, and breeds with short legs. While training your pet, teach them how to walk out of the pool and where the stairs are located. Also, make sure your pet has access to fresh water outside to avoid drinking large amounts of pool water.Beach/Ocean Safety:There are many fun, dog friendly spots on San Diego’s beaches. If you and your canine plan to partake in the fun make sure you are doing it safely. Pet should have access to somewhere they can rest as well as fresh water. If your pet is still learning to swim, avoid areas with waves in favor of shallower areas with calmer water such as bays. If you plan to take your pet into deeper water on a paddle board, kayak, or boat, make sure they have a life jacket to ensure a safe and easy rescue if they get over excited at sea. If your pet is going into the water, watch out for rip currents and strong waves. Even experienced doggy swimmers can need help, so always supervise your pet at the beach. Posted: June 26, 2019last_img read more


House GOP moves to end money for new body scanners

September 16, 2019

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans controlling the Transportation Security Administration’s purse strings are moving to cut off new funding for those advanced airport scanners that have sparked outrage over their revealing images of travelers’ bodies.Draft legislation released Thursday by the Appropriations homeland security subcommittee denies the Obama administration’s $76 million request for an additional 275 of the scanners, which many travelers dislike because TSA employees can view full body images of travelers.The GOP move wouldn’t affect the 500 or so machines already in place at 78 of the nation’s airports or the 500 just funded in a recent spending bill. Efforts are under way to solve the privacy concerns with new computer software. TSA currently gives passengers the option of a pat down in private — a choice that most people find even more intrusive.Panel chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., said his move was sparked by budgetary factors rather than protests from privacy advocates. And it comes as the TSA is trying hard to modify the machines so that they won’t produce revealing images. Instead, the agency is trying out new software that would have the machines read the images and alert airport screeners when there’s a potential weapon or other threat. The screener would then see the location of the threat is shown on a stick figure of the body.That technology hasn’t been proven yet, and with the new privacy software showing uneven results, Aderholt is refusing the fund additional machines.“We don’t want to skimp on security but we want to make sure that where we can make smart cuts, we do,” Aderholt said.last_img read more