NQ All Stars Super Challenge

first_imgThe North Queensland Touch Association (NQTA) is proud to announce an exciting new event on the Touch Football calendar with the inaugural Mad Cow Tavern North Queensland All Stars Super Challenge to be held at Townsville’s Queens Park on October 5 & 6, 2013.The event will be run alongside the 2013 North Queensland Junior Regional Touch Football Championships and will showcase the best Touch Football talent across the North Queensland region.Games will be played over four fifteen minute quarters and will provide an insight into the elite level of the sport to the region’s junior players.The All Stars concept will comprise of a three game mixed-gender series with game one to be played in the afternoon of Saturday October 5, games two and three played in the morning and afternoon of Sunday October 6, respectively.Representative players from affiliated competitions in the northern part of the region, encompassing an area from Thursday Island to Cardwell, will go up against representatives from southern competitions in an area that extends from Ingham to Mount Isa and Mackay.The two sides will be made up sixteen of their area’s best players, eight male and eight female.NQTA Executive Officer Billy Grant said the new event will be a great opportunity for the region’s representative players to show off their skill as they play against the best the region has to offer.“Our representative players are some of the best in the country and the (Mad Cow Tavern) All Stars Super Challenge will be their chance to show that in front of their own region,” Mr Grant said.“We believe that the concept not only offers the chance to promote the sport and the talent that exists in North Queensland, but also showcase the pathway available to children in the sport.”The Mad Cow Tavern’s Mark Napier was happy throw his support behind the event, coming on board as the inaugural naming rights partner.“The All Stars Challenge is sure to highlight the region’s Touch Football talent and we are happy to be a part of it. We sponsor many local sporting teams and events in the region and we are really looking forward to this one.”Further information about the Mad Cow Tavern NQ All Stars Super Challenge will be posted on our Facebook page (facebook.com/nqtouch) and Twitter (twitter.com/nqtouch). Our website will be the home of all the news, event action and results – www.nqtouch.com.au.Related Filesmedia_release_-_mad_cow_tavern_nq_all_stars_super_challenge-pdfRelated LinksNQ All Starslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery hasn’t forgotten Sevilla midfielder Banega

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery hasn’t forgotten Sevilla midfielder Banegaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hasn’t forgotten about Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega.The Sun says Emery is set to launch an £18m January raid for Banega – the Argentine midfielder he’s worked with at Valencia and Sevilla.The offer will be tabled next month, but Serie A giants Inter Milan are also keen.The midfielder could act as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who is leaving the club on a free transfer next summer. last_img read more

10 months agoSuarez relieved as Barcelona win at ‘tricky’ Getafe

first_imgSuarez relieved as Barcelona win at ‘tricky’ Getafeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez and Leo Messi struck as Barcelona won 2-1 at Getafe on Sunday.Messi scored his 399th La Liga goal and Luis Suarez netted with a stunning volley as Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of the table with victory at Getafe.Argentine Messi opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he slotted in from a very tight angle.Suarez doubled the lead with a venomous shot from the edge of the area.Jaime Mata fired in to reduce the deficit before Jorge Molina missed an open goal for Getafe after the break.”It was very hard and tricky with so many people in the way, but I managed to hit it well,” said Suarez of his goal.”The opponent played well, we knew their qualities, how they defend, and we knew how to get the points, although there’s half a season to go.”On Messi he added: “Leo (Messi) is the best player in the world, wherever he plays. He’s got details of a different class of player and to share the pitch with him is incredible.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp finds Hoever positive in FA Cup defeat

About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp finds Hoever positive in FA Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was happy with Ki-Jana Hoever’s performance in their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.The 16 year-old played for 84 minutes at the back.“I am not sure what you all would have said if immediately from the beginning if our centre-half situation was Fabinho and Ki-Jana; then probably a few very smart people would tell me that I don’t respect the competition or whatever,” Klopp said.“So, we tried to do all the things [we could]. Of course, on the other hand it doesn’t make sense to bring in a 16-year-old boy from the start. You don’t bring him, you wait until he is completely ready, but he did well. He came on and did well. That’s how it sometimes starts – when you are really needed then it is only about if you are good enough and not how old you are.“He did well, so that was all OK. That’s it.” Hoever had replaced Dejan Lovren and Klopp added: “[It is Dejan Lovren’s] hamstring, is what I heard – without any signs before. I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that’s the decision you have to make.“I don’t know in this moment how long he will be out.” read more

Intermarine Transfers Marine Cargo Terminal to Watco

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Intermarine Ocean transportation and marine logistics services provider Intermarine and its affiliates, Industrial Maritime Carriers (IMC) and Industrial Terminals, Management, have transferred the leasehold ownership of their terminal assets to Watco Companies.As informed, the parties have entered into a long-term agreement “for continued and future use” of Industrial Terminals, a project cargo port.Intermarine inked the deal with Watco for the provision of stevedoring and terminal services as Industrial Terminals is directly adjacent to Watco’s Greens Port terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. Under the deal, Intermarine staff will remain located at Industrial Terminals.Combined, the two properties are comprised of 746 acres, seven berths and more than 5,000 feet of dock space.“Our ocean carriage business has evolved with the changes in the market and the transaction with Watco will allow us to seamlessly and efficiently continue operations at Industrial Terminals, while focusing on our core liner and worldwide chartering services,” Michael Dumas, President of Maritime Holdings and CFO of Intermarine, said.“We are very excited to add the Industrial Terminals assets to the Greens Port Industrial Park and enter into a long term agreement with IMC. The combined assets will allow us to expand the service offerings,” Bill Kinzeler, Vice President of Network Strategy for Watco Terminal and Port Services, commented.last_img read more

Sexual abuse charges against UN staff rose by 88 in 2018

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN received a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by the staff working in its agencies and their partner organisations in 2018, an increase of more than a hundred in such incidents from the previous year, according to a report presented by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The report, presented to the General Assembly, said that from January 1 to December 31, 2018, the UN received a total of 148 sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations directly involving UN workers, and 111 involving staff from partner organisations implementing UN programmes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThis represents an increase in the total number of incidents reported in 2017, when 138 allegations were made, and 165 allegations made in 2016, it said. The report said while the figures of allegations rose in 2018 compared with the previous two years, there was increased awareness among the UN and UN-related staff, and improved and harmonized reporting tools across the organisation towards a ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAccording to the report, not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are still under investigation or are still in a preliminary assessment phase. The report said that the third system-wide survey on sexual exploitation and abuse was administered in 2018 to the UN and affiliated personnel at 34 duty stations with humanitarian and/or peace operations. The duty stations included those in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, India, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Syria. There were some encouraging signs in Peacekeeping Operations, where allegations were down almost by half over the past two years, it said. While 103 SEA incidents were reported in 2016, only 54 allegations were made in 2018, the report said. Despite this improvement in the UN’s peacekeeping wing, the number of allegations went up against personnel in other UN entities, with 94 allegations received in 2018, compared with 50 in 2017. In a troubling sign, the number of allegations against partner organisations implementing the UN’s programmes reached a high of 109, increasing more than four-fold from 2017 when only 25 incidents were reported. “The numbers show that the UN’s victim-centred approach, implemented over a year ago, is paying off as there seems to be an increased trust among the victims and survivors to come forward and report incidents,” the UN said in a statement. The Secretary-General has stressed that there will be zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. His strategy, in its first phase, focuses on addressing the issue within the UN system, as well as those mandated by the world body to carry out programmes. This entails more than 90,000 staff in more than 30 entities and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel. In 2017, Guterres had launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel. A major element of this new approach was the creation of the ‘Circle of Leadership’ for Heads of State and Government to demonstrate resolve and commitment at the highest political level to eradicate the scourge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Circle of Leadership. The Secretary General said in the report that he encourages Member States to give greater visibility to their initiatives to eradicate sexual exploitation and abuse, including information on the status of administrative and judicial processes, which will be included in a public electronic hub. In 2018, he had asked the members of the circle to provide him with updates, and seven Member States have responded, including India, Australia, Germany, the UK and Uruguay.last_img read more

Water battles with elephants kick off Thailands New Year

first_imgAyutthaya: Elephants with hearts and flowers painted on their bodies sprayed water at revellers celebrating Thailand’s traditional new year Thursday, in an annual event which has animal protection groups crying foul over animal cruelty. In Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya, a tourist hotspot famed for its ancient temple ruins, more than a dozen elephants walked along the streets with their handlers on their backs, splashing and spraying water at locals and foreigners under a blistering sun. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe soaking by the pachyderms kicks off a weekend of festivities for Songkran, the traditional Buddhist new year celebration which officially begins on April 13. Revellers “can come to pay respects to Buddha and offer alms to monks in the morning and in the afternoon play water with the elephants,” said Laithongren Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Camp. “(Using their trunks to spray water) is the elephants’ natural way of playing,” he added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTraditionally marked by paying respects to elders and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, the Songkran holiday has largely evolved into a raucous water fight. Locals and foreigners armed with water guns and protective googles engage in soggy street parties, bringing much of the country to a standstill. “In other provinces, they have foam parties. But in Ayutthaya, you can celebrate Songkran with the elephants,” Laithongren said. Their handlers, known as mahouts, have trained the giant mammals to do tricks like lifting their front foot in greeting or gyrating their bodies to music as if they were dancing — much to the delight of revellers. Such practices are “cruel”, said Tom Taylor of Wildlife Friend Foundation Thailand, which rescues and rehabilitates domesticated elephants. “Forcing the elephants to perform unnatural behaviours is normally done through fear using a sharp tool called a bull hook,” Taylor told AFP. His organisation allows 24 rescued elephants to roam, bathe and forage freely, while tourists can learn about how the mammals should be treated with respect — “not chained up, beaten or ridden”, he said.last_img read more

Quitting cigarettes may cut bladder cancer risk in women

first_imgQuitting cigarette smoking may significantly reduce risk of bladder cancer in postmenopausal women, a study has found. According to the study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, the most significant reduction in risk occurred in the first 10 years after quitting, with a modest but continued decline in later years. Although bladder cancer is a fairly rare cancer type, representing an estimated 4.6 per cent of new cancer cases in 2019, it is the most common malignancy of the urinary system, with high recurrence rate and significant mortality, said Yueyao Li, a PhD candidate at Indiana University in the US. Also Read – The Puja carnival”Smoking is a well-established risk factor for bladder cancer, but findings on the relationship between duration of smoking cessation and the reduction in bladder cancer risk are inconsistent,” Li said in a statement. She added that while bladder cancer is more common in men, women often have worse outcomes, even when diagnosed at similar stages. In this study, researchers sought to analyse the dose-response relationship between time since quitting smoking and risk of bladder cancer among postmenopausal women, and to investigate whether risk among former smokers ever normalised to the risk faced by those who never smoked. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe researchers examined data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term national health study of postmenopausal women. They included data from 143,279 women, all of whom had supplied information on whether they had ever smoked cigarettes, how much they had smoked, and whether they were current smokers. In all, 52.7 per cent of the women were categorised as “never smokers,” 40.2 per cent as former smokers, and 7.1 per cent as current smokers. As of February 28, 2017, the researchers had identified 870 cases of bladder cancer. The study showed that, in comparison to never smokers, former smokers had twice the risk of bladder cancer, and current smokers had more than three times the risk. The researchers performed analysis using various statistical models to analyse the association between years since quitting smoking and the risk of bladder cancer, and to account for variables such as education, race/ethnicity, BMI, and dietary factors. They found that the steepest reduction in risk occurred in the first 10 years after quitting smoking, with a 25 per cent drop. The risk continued to decrease after 10 years of quitting, but even after 30 or more years, risk remained higher for women who had smoked than those who never did. However, in time-updated models that reflected those who stopped smoking during the study period, the researchers found that compared with women who continued to smoke, those who quit smoking during the follow-up years had a 39 per cent decrease in bladder cancer risk, and risk continued to decline over time. Li said that while the biological mechanisms of the association between bladder cancer and smoking are not known, the study results indicate that women of any age should be discouraged from smoking, and even those who have smoked for many years stand to benefit from quitting. “Our study emphasises the importance of primary prevention (by not beginning to smoke) and secondary prevention (through smoking cessation) in the prevention of bladder cancer among postmenopausal women,” Li said. “Current smokers should be advised to quit smoking in order to reduce the risk of bladder cancer,” she added. Li cautioned that the study was based on postmenopausal women, so results may not be fully generalisable.last_img read more

Paul Drops 40 Leads Clippers to Defeat Nuggets in

Chris Paul dominated the game with a high of 40 points and 11 assists to bring the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime defeat over the Denver Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.Paul made a layup with 22 seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. In a total of 42 minutes he added seven rebounds and 12 of 13 shooting to his efficient game.Paul had 15 points by halftime, when the Clippers trailed 47-46.The Nuggets lost their chance to win in regulation when JaVale McGee missed a 6-foot jumper at the buzzer.Clippers’ Darren Collison looked good with his 27 points, hitting 10 out of 13 shots. Blake Griffin scored 17 points with eight rebounds in 39 minutes of play for the Clippers.Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph both scored 16 points for the Nuggets, while veteran Andre Miller dropped 15.Los Angeles shot 52 percent from the field compared to the Nuggets’ 49 percent.According to Yahoo Sports, “This is the second straight year the Clippers played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Last year, the first time the Clippers hosted a game in Las Vegas, Ty Lawson’s layup at the buzzer gave Denver a 106-104 win.” read more

NFL week 7 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ben Roethlisberger: So much for being rusty. Big Ben returned from his suspension throwing for 257 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Browns. This week, he takes on a Dolphins defense that allows 22 points per game and Big Ben’s last game against Miami, 220 yards and three touchdowns. From here on out, Big Ben is a Top Ten quarterback. Matt Cassel: Cassel and the Chiefs offense woke up last week against the Texans, 209 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Cassel gets another great matchup against Jacksonville, who allows 264 passing yards per game. Look for Cassel to find Dwayne Bowe or Tony Moeaki around the goal line. Consider Cassel as a bye-week filler. Joe Flacco: Flacco has been solid in the past four weeks, throwing six touchdowns versus one interception. Flacco is a must-start this week against Buffalo. Buffalo is known for its horrid defense against the run, but showed holes in the secondary against David Garrard in Week Five, 178 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Expect Flacco to lean on Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin in the passing attack. Chris Ivory: Ivory took advantage of his rare playing time last week against Tampa Bay, 15 carries for 158 yards. Ivory will continue to get the workload if Pierre Thomas (high-ankle sprain) is out. Ivory will find running lanes against a Browns defense that has allowed 100 yards to opposing running backs in four out of the first six games. If you’re in a bind at the running back position, Ivory is worth picking up. Michael Bush: Darren McFadden is still nursing a hamstring injury, so Bush should see the majority of the carries. The Raiders face a Broncos defense that allows 128 rushing yards per game and Bush has had success against Denver, 133 yards and a touchdown. Before playing Bush, monitor McFadden’s health status. Jeremy Maclin: Maclin ran past the Falcons defense last week, 159 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin will be the focus of the Eagles’ offense because DeSean Jackson will be out with a concussion. Look for continued success as Maclin and Kevin Kolb are developing a tight bond and face a Titans’ pass defense that ranks 27th in the league. Bench ‘Em Chad Henne: Henne has now thrown two touchdowns passes in three straight games after his performance against Green Bay, 239 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. If you’re looking for quarterback help, avoid Henne this week against the Steelers. Henne’s last game against Pittsburgh wasn’t too impressive, 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Along with Henne, avoid running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Ryan Torain: Torain looks like the better back in Washington over Clinton Portis, but I’m not jumping on the bandwagon yet. I expect the Bears to bounce back from a poor outing against Seattle, 114 yards and two touchdowns allowed rushing. They will stack the box and force the Redskins to throw the ball. Until Torain puts up consistent numbers, I’ll continue to pass on “The Train.” LeSean McCoy: McCoy is dealing with a rib injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Even at full strength, I would advise sitting McCoy. The Titans have a stout run defense that allowed Maurice Jones-Drew 57 yards Monday Night. The Eagles still remain a pass-first offense and will take advantage of the Titans’ weak pass defense. Marques Colston: I am losing patience with the Saints receiver as he continues to be mediocre. He had 53 yards against Tampa Bay. Colston continues to get the majority of the targets, but is not involved in the red zone. It’s tempting to start Colston against Cleveland, but Lance Moore and Robert Meachem continue to be involved in this offense. read more

Maguire respects Leicesters decision to block his transfer

first_imgThe Foxes’ defender was wanted by Manchester United but his club decided to slap a £75 million price tag on himAfter Leicester City decided to put a £75million price tag on Harry Maguire, deterring Manchester United’s intentions to buy him, Harry Maguire is focusing on the future.The Foxes’ center-back says he respects his team’s decision not to let him move to The Red Devils.“There was obviously a little bit of interest, you’ve probably all seen,” he told Metro UK.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The owners spoke with me and they reiterated that I wasn’t for sale at any price.”“So I respected their decision, they’re the ones that gave me the chance to come to Leicester and play for such a great club,” he explained.“So I respect that decision, and I just got my head down and got ready to play the season for Leicester.”last_img read more

TCI Junior Tourism Minister represents well in Curacao

first_img Related Items:blythe clare, curacao, william elliot, youth congress Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – Turks and Caicos Junior Tourism Minister – William Elliot – is hailed as an example of greatness by Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson after a stellar presentation at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Youth Congress. While Tourism government and business leaders were in talks at the State of the Industry gathering, as is customary, the junior tourism ministers of the countries of the region were engrossed in their own activities. William Elliot is the current junior minister for the Turks and Caicos and while he did not place, PDM Leader Sharlene Robinson gushed over his presentation and reactions to it. “I have never been more proud of William… I sat and watched for over three hours waiting to hear our Junior Minister speak and then to hear the winners announced. Though disappointed and admittedly confused that we did not place, William’s presentation from content to delivery was first place quality.” Each junior tourism minister had the task of marketing their country as the ultimate destination. State of the Industry and the Youth Congress was this year held in Curacao. William was accompanied by Tourism Education Officer, Blythe Clare. PAR wins Curacao electionslast_img read more

ABM Adds Nine Companies to Membership Roster

first_imgABM, which is wrapping up its Executive Forum being held in Chicago this week, voted nine new companies into membership at its board of directors meeting Monday.Media members include Editorial Projects in Education, InsuranceNewsNet.com and new international member Beuth Verlag GmbH.The association also added six associate members, including Adobe Systems Inc., bXb Online, LiveIntent, MagToGo, Tout and WeiserMazars LLP. “These new members—ranging from traditional and international media companies to progressive businesses focused on app development, social media, virtual event technologies and digital monetization solutions—support ABM’s initiative to represent the wide range of platforms and models leveraged by business information and media companies,” said ABM president and CEO Clark Pettit in a statement. Meanwhile, news out of the Executive Forum includes a bit of research ABM did in partnership with Outsell that examined mobile content and business models. B-to-b executives responding to the joint survey, it seems, are not in it for the money—yet. Instead, brand enhancement, content delivery, serving advertisers’ needs and creating a superior digital experience were the top mobile objectives, with 64 percent, 60 percent, 60 percent and 52 percent of responses, respectively. At the bottom of the objectives list were “new revenue from mobile users (29 percent) and “enable mobile e-commerce” (24 percent).Additionally, only 20 percent of respondents indicated they have a formal mobile strategy in place. The majority of respondents (56 percent) say their mobile strategy is somewhere between formal and ad hoc. A quarter, or 24 percent, say mobile is on an ad hoc, project or case-by-case basis. Given that objectives aren’t quite standardized and that 40 percent of respondents expect to break even with their mobile investments and 48 percent expect a negative ROI, mobile initiatives are clearly still in the experimental phase.For more results from the study and the slide deck on the ABM/Outsell presentation from the Executive Forum, click here [pdf].last_img read more

Rohingya repatriation relocation stalled

first_imgHundreds of Rohingya refugees shout slogans as they protest against their repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, on 15 November 2018. — Photo: ReutersBangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis have been stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programs only likely to be revisited following year-end general elections, a top Bangladeshi official said on Sunday.Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner, told Reuters “a new course of action” needed to be adopted on repatriation that took into account refugees’ key demands.More than 720,000 Rohingya fled a sweeping army crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017, according to UN agencies. The crackdown was launched in response to insurgent Rohingya attacks on security forces.Rohingya refugees say soldiers and Buddhist civilians killed families, burned many villages and carried out gang rapes. UN-mandated investigators have accused Myanmar’s army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has denied almost all the accusations, saying its forces engaged in a counter-insurgency operation against “terrorists”.In late October, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled, but the plan has been opposed by the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the UN refugee agency and aid groups, who fear for the safety of Rohingya in Myanmar.The repatriation of the first batch of 2,200 refugees was to begin officially on 15 November, but it stalled amid protests at the refugee camps. None of those on the list agreed to return if their demands for justice, citizenship and the ability to go back to their original villages and lands were not met.“I don’t think anyone’s agreeing to go back without these,” said Kalam, who last week called on the international community to pressure Myanmar to accept certain “logical and acceptable” demands in order for any repatriation to take place.Myanmar does not consider the Rohingya a native ethnic group and calls them “Bengalis”, suggesting they belong in Bangladesh. It has agreed to take the Rohingya back and said they would need to accept the National Verification Card, which it says would allow Rohingya to apply for citizenship. The Rohingya reject the card, saying it brands them foreigners.Kalam said he believed Myanmar needed to propose a “clearer path” to citizenship for the Rohingya if any returns were to take place, adding he would raise the matter at the next bilateral meeting on repatriation, likely to take place next month.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay was not reachable on Sunday for comment.With Bangladesh now set to go to the polls on 30 December, any decision either to repatriate people, or relocate refugees from the crowded camps to Bangladesh’s Bhasan Char island will not proceed until 2019, Kalam said.“Elections are coming up now, so the government will only finalise a future course of action after the elections,” said Kalam, adding that Bangladesh remained ready to repatriate refugees if any volunteered to return.Bangladesh has vowed not to force anyone to return.Kalam said construction work on alternative housing on Bhasan Char was “nearly complete.” He said he was hopeful some refugees would agree to move, given the island’s “livelihood opportunities” such as fishing and farming. Aid agencies express caution as the island is prone to flooding.last_img read more

CERC debates on tariff structure for thermal power plants

first_imgKolkata: In view of decreasing PLF of the thermal generating stations, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) is relooking the current two-part tariff structure and seeking feed back from stakeholders to replace it with a three-part tariff structure. This in turn could encourage signing of long term PPAs by the state owned power distribution companies as it may decrease some of the stress in the power sector for units unable to complete the project or remain idle due to lack of long term power demand agreements, an utility company official told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDue to low demand, coal based power plants are running at a PLF of around 60 per cent. PLF in 2017-18 was 59.68 down from 77.5 per cent in 2009-10, while the government forecasts the same to go lower to 56.50 by FY22′.Consequently, the states have not been coming forward for long term power purchase to avoid fixed cost liability and they have been resorting to short term power purchase to meet their demand, the CERC said in its latest tariff consultation paper. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe two-part tariff system structure is suitable when the demand for power ensures utilization of capacity or around the target availability, CERC has said in its new 2019-2024 tariff consultation paper.Two-part tariff operates well in power deficit scenario.The CERC seeks feedback on three parts tariff-fixed charge (for recovery of fixed cost consisting of depreciation for repayment, interest on loan and guaranteed return to the extent of risk free return and part of operation and maintenance expenses), variable charge (incremental return above guaranteed return and balance operation and maintenance expenses) and energy charges (fuel cost, transportation cost and taxes, duties of fuel). The recovery of fixed component could be linked to target availability, whereas variable component could be linked to the difference between availability and dispatch. Fuel charges could be linked with dispatch, it said.CERC consultation paper on ‘2019-2024’ tariff will remain open for comments and suggestions till July 15.The CERC has also mooted consultation on increasing extension of useful life for very old thermal power plants which is now restricted at 25 years, giving a new lease of life to several power units.”It is to be noted that performance of a unit does not necessarily deteriorate much with age, if proper O&M practises are followed,” the regulator said.Extension of useful life is one of the options among others like phasing-out, renovation and replacement with super critical plants.According to central electricity authority, the capacity of coal based thermal power plants more than 25 years old is about 37,453 MW, out of which around 35,506 MW capacity pertains to state/central sector, as on March 2016.last_img read more

Tooth loss in elderly linked to malnutrition

first_imgOlder adults with just 10 to 19 teeth are at higher risk malnutrition, warns a new study. These patients also had higher rates of weight loss, lower appetite and were at increased risk for dementia and/or depression as well as severe illnesses than those who had a normal nutrition status. “The mouth is the entry way for food and fluid intake. If its integrity is impaired, the functional ability of an individual to consume an adequate diet may be adversely impacted,” said Rena Zelig, lead author at Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, the researchers said that dental clinics were ideal locations to perform nutritional status screenings as they can identify patients who may not regularly visit a primary care provider and who may be at risk for malnutrition. “Clinicians also can provide patients with referrals to Registered Dietitians and community assistance programmes such as Meals on Wheels to prevent further decline in nutritional status,” Zelig said. The study, published in Journal of Ageing Research and Clinical Practice, analysed the health records of 107 senior citizens treated aged 65 and above.The results showed that 20.6 per cent of participants were at risk for malnutrition and 4.7 per cent were malnourished. In addition, greater than 87 per cent of them partially or completely lacked teeth. However, further study was needed to examine the relationships between tooth loss and malnutrition risk and the impact of tooth loss on the eating experience and eating-related quality of life.last_img read more

What Your Business Can Learn About Leveraging Big Data From Netflix Eloqua

first_imgDecember 19, 2014 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For many organizations, big data is the engine of their success. Netflix , Eloqua and Obama’s 2008 winning campaign for the presidency provide key lessons for entrepreneurs looking to harness the power of big data. Each of these businesses used big data to get closer to its customers — and to develop a successful strategy. In show business, a sector traditionally ruled by executives making decisions based on gut instinct, Netflix brought big data to the table when making the initial decision to invest in what eventually became a huge hit, House of Cards. When pitched the show that other producers had passed on, Netflix consulted its viewership data, according to David Carr of The New York Times. Related: Mine Big Data’s Promise. Selling Info You Gather Is a Profitable Sideline.After seeing that it had enough viewers who watched the films of David Fincher (who was directing the series), movies with Kevin Spacey (who was the star of the series) and the original British version of the show, Netflix agreed to invest $100 million to produce the show. The company was so confident in the data that it took the unusual step of green-lighting two seasons. Netflix originally started as a mail-order to alternative to Blockbuster. But at its heart, Netflix is a data play. The selection queue gave Netflix insight into its users’ viewing habits and enabled it to recommend movies and TV shows its customer might enjoy. That capability has been expanded and made more immediate now that Netflix streams entertainment to its viewers. Related: 5 Ways to Pull Big Data Into Your Marketing StrategyEloqua is another startup that rode big data to success: This marketing-automation software company was sold to Oracle in 2013 for $957 million. One of the secrets to Eloqua’s success was its software-as-a-service model. Because it hosted its solution online, Eloqua had access to rich data on how its customers were using the product, which gave the company tremendous insight into how to serve individual customers and how to make the software better.   “I think what’s interesting about the technology phase we are in today is that for the first time we have a pretty good sense of how people are using our software and when they’re using, how frequently they’re using, and how many people are using it,” Joe Payne, the former CEO of Eloqua, explained in an interview for my book The Big Data-Driven Business. “If you pay attention to all of those things, it can give you insight that will help you win your market.” In 2008, Obama for America in 2008 used big data not to win a market but win a presidential election. Dan Siroker was the director of analytics for the initial Obama campaign for the White House. In this role, Siroker focused on website optimization — often using A/B and multivariate testing. Obama’s campaign embraced the use of data, particularly for the campaign’s website, and this was critical to getting supporters’ email addresses because each individual averaged $21 in contributions to the Obama campaign. To drive sharing of email addresses, the Obama team tested a variety of combinations of visuals and calls to action, 24 in all. Using A/B testing, the campaign discovered the combination that outperformed the others: A photo of Barack Obama with his wife and children combined with a call to action of “learn more” drove 11.6 percent of visitors to share their email address, which was a 40.6 percent improvement over the 8.26 percent average of the 24 combinations, according to a blog post written by Siroker.  Ultimately, that combination led to the collection of 2.88 million additional email addresses and an extra $60 million for the campaign, Siroker said. In 2010, he used the lessons he learned on the campaign trail to launch his own big-data business, Optimizely, a platform that helps companies get the most from their websites, email marketing and other digital marketing. Next on Optimizely’s plan is to help improve mobile marketing for its customers. “Our vision is to enable the world to turn data into action,” Siroker said. “We think website and mobile optimization are just the first steps on that journey.”Related: 5 Ways Open Government Data Can Inspire Startup Innovation This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Danish broadcast production start up NIMB TV has l

first_imgDanish broadcast production start up NIMB TV has launched what it claims to be the country’s first UltraHD mobile unit.The compact three-wheel scooter van can be used for live broadcast productions and big screen events and is equipped for multi camera 4K production.Softron’s OnTheAir Video Express powers 4K playout from the unit, which was designed specifically for news production and live shows.last_img

Nadine Nohr TRX is looking to add movies to the TV

first_imgNadine NohrTRX is looking to add movies to the TV content on its soon to launch rights trading platform.The platform, which received funding from Sky and Channel 4 in its latest funding round, was conceived as a way to buy and sell TV rights.David and Matthew Frank are behind the service and have assembled a team of seasoned execs, largely from the TV business. One of these, former ITV and Shine distribution chief Nadine Nohr, will spearhead the push into features.Nohr, a TRX board member, told DTVE sister title TBI: “Adding film and other types of content to TRX is a natural extension to the TV content already launched on the platform, and this is something we’re exploring in response to the current market demand“We’re keen to offer the TRX experience, which enables entire TV rights licensing deals to be completed online, to all types of buyers and rights holders.”Nohr will be working with Jennifer Buzzelli, senior VP North America Acquisitions for TRX, and independent media consultant and former ITV buyer, Jay Kandola, who also consults for Foxtel Australia in the UK.TRX is in live testing mode at the moment and will roll out globally next year. The move into film came about as a result of talking to clients and potential clients, David Frank told TBI.“It’s being led by Nadine and came about because of two things,” he said. “Buyer demand – they want movies, and on the sell side we found that rights holders could make them available.“There was a misapprehension that films are a different commodity, and while you do need to tweak things, that process is not as dramatic as we thought.”The live beta test is taking place across a chunk of Asia and central and eastern Europe, with more countries to be added by year-end.Distribution partners include All3Media International, Hat Trick International, Sky Vision and Sesame Workshop and Frank said there will be over 1,000 buyers registered  ahead of the full launch.last_img read more

One Year Ago

first_img One Year Ago Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.05 3.06 3.32 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.91 36.73 50.00 TSX Venture 987.45 1,005.62 951.43 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,838.90 14,612.29 12,409.33 Gold Producers (GDX) 22.64 24.28 30.30center_img Oil 102.66 99.50 94.76 Silver 19.01 19.65 22.71 Dear Reader, Jeff Clark recently conducted a survey around the Casey Research virtual water cooler. The results turned out to be much more interesting than he expected, so we’re sharing those with you below. But first, I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and make an open and direct pitch for my services as a metals and mining analyst, which I hope you have come to value by now. As you know, I have written many words in these dispatches pointing out the courage needed to be a true contrarian—and the rewards for the few people who have it. Well, if any of those words rang true to you, I have an offer for you. I have to say up front, however, that this offer is not for everyone. Yet, for those who see the metals trends as I do, and who have the means and the courage to act, this offer could be the single most profit-enhancing opportunity available today. Here’s the deal: our exclusive alert services—my Casey Investment Alert and Marin Katusa’s Casey Energy Confidential—have been opened to new subscriptions for a brief period. Subscribers to these services tend to be fund managers, brokers, traders, and experienced, deep-pocketed investors who can move the market when there’s an exceptional opportunity. So we have to keep enrollment strictly limited to keep some subscribers from pushing share prices too high, to the detriment of other subscribers. Result: It has been 18 months since it was possible to subscribe to my alert service. And now you can. Not only that, if you subscribe to my Casey Investment Alert now, we will throw in a subscription to the Casey Energy Confidential. That’s a $5,000 value, completely free. You also get subscriptions to our monthly letters (BIG GOLD and the International Speculator from my team and Casey Energy Dividends and Casey Energy Report from Marin’s) included. If you already subscribe to one of these, we’ll apply your current subscription fee prorated to your alert subscription, so you lose nothing. As I said, however, these services are not for everyone, and they are not simply more expensive versions of the monthly letters; they are designed for individuals with a higher level of risk tolerance, willing to risk more to gain more. To maximize profit, they need to be willing and able to act promptly and decisively when a Casey Investment Alert arrives. On the other hand, if you ever wondered how Doug Casey hears about the best private placements, it’s the work Marin and I do for our alert subscribers that he and other accredited, qualified investors rely upon. If you ever wondered how to find the best of the high-risk/high-reward, early-stage plays, before they make their big discoveries or surprise the market with a much-larger-than-expected resource estimate, this is how. Worried about gold? Think maybe this is not the time to subscribe to a premium service? Then you probably should not; you’d need courage and conviction to act upon our alerts, so the service wouldn’t do you any good if you’re not convinced that the time to buy is while the markets are correcting. But if you are sure that it’s when markets go into reverse that you can best “buy low” in order to later “sell high,” and you have the mental and financial resources to benefit from our most leverage-enhancing service, then now is the time to act. You have to act quickly, however, as the window of opportunity to subscribe to our premium services closes in three days, on June 12. You could consider this a self-test; if you can’t make up your mind about this offer in three days, it’s almost certainly not for you. That said, I don’t want to talk anyone into making a mistake, so if you subscribe now, we’ll extend our usual 30-day, money-back guarantee to 90 days. If you’re not completely satisfied with the service, just let us know, and we’ll give you a 100% refund within that time frame. So, I’m offering you a way to maximize your profits when the metals markets rebound—which they will—with no risk if you decide it’s not for you within three whole months. No hassles. Here are the subscription details. That’s a lot of upside with little downside: a great spec. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 11.76 12.44 14.63 Gold 1,252.75 1,308.60 1,415.80 One Month Agolast_img read more