Brazilians Indians Greenest

first_imgBrazilians and Indians are the world’s most environmentally conscious consumers and Americans are the least. A survey on global attitudes toward the environment by the National Geographic Society generated a “Greendex,” which ranked India and Brazil at the top with an index of 60 points.They were followed by China (56.1), Mexico (54.3), Hungary (53.2) and Russia (52.4).Great Britain, Germany and Australia each had a Greendex score of 50.2; Spain scored 50.0 and Japan 49.1.US consumers had the lowest Greendex rating, at 44.9. According to the report, Americans were least likely to use public transportation, walk or bike to their destinations, or to eat locally grown foods.  Related Itemslast_img

Centre gears up for tussle with Gujarat over traffic penalties

first_imgThe Centre is gearing up for a tussle with the Gujarat government over the recently amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Amendment Act, 2019, which imposes steeper penalties for road traffic violations. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sought the Law Ministry’s opinion on whether State governments can tweak the lower limit for fines prescribed in the law after Gujarat slashed some of the fines.In its notification, Gujarat has imposed fines below the lower limit prescribed in the MV Act and has also altered those fines it is not permitted to change under the Act. Road transport falls in the Concurrent List and, therefore, both Centre and States are allowed to legislate on the subject.The Gujarat government has imposed a fine of ₹500 for not wearing a seatbelt but the Centre has laid down ₹1,000 as the penalty, without providing a minimum or maximum limit. Similarly, Gujarat says there is no need to impose a penalty if a pillion rider is not wearing a helmet, and offenders will be required to pay only ₹100 as fine if there is more than one pillion rider, but the Centre requires a fine of ₹1,000 on the person driving the bike along with disqualification of licence for three months for both these violations.Concurrent List“The Constitution is clear on what happens when there is a dispute between a State and the Centre regarding a subject on the Concurrent List,” a senior official of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said.Article 254 of the Constitution States that if there is a dispute between a State and the Centre on a provision of law on a matter that falls in the Concurrent List then the law made by the Centre will overrule the State.Also Read Uttarakhand followsUttarakhand too has slashed fines for compoundable offences by up to 50% and many States like West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka and Maharashtra have threatened to follow suit. Mr. Tewari says that the compounding process often requires consultation and, therefore, the delay by States to notify the changes shouldn’t come as a surprise.  “Section 200 of the MV Act gives power to States to decide penalties for 24 Sections and State governments are currently amending those to rationalise what they feel might be relevant to them, but the law does give them power. But Gujarat is violating Article 254 of the Constitution by touching the non-compoundable offences. This entire change made by Gujarat will be thrown out of the court,” says Piyush Tewari of Save Life Foundation.Also readA complete list of new traffic violation fines under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019Mr. Tewari adds that Gujarat has in fact provided penalties which are lower than the 30-year-old MV Act of 1988. While the older law levied a fine of ₹1,000 for not wearing a helmet or seatbelt, using a phone and not carrying a licence, the latest notification by Gujarat provides for a fine of ₹500.Dangerous driving and driving on the wrong side of road fall under non-compoundable offences and carry a punishment of jail between six months to one year or fine of ₹1,000 to ₹5,000. But Gujarat has gone ahead and amended these and provided staggered penalties of ₹1,500 for three wheelers, ₹3,000 for light motor vehicles and ₹5,000 for bigger vehicles.Also Read Nitin Gadkari defends steep fines under Motor Vehicles Act Facing ₹11,000 fine, man sets bike afirelast_img read more

Ministry drops archery coach Teja’s name for Dronacharya award

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) Archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja was on Wednesday dropped from the list of Dronacharya award nominees due to a past case of indiscipline while the Sports Ministry cleared all athletes recommended by the selection committee for Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand awards. Teja was among five coaches named by the selection committee for Dronacharya award on Sunday but it came to light that he had served a one-year ban following an incident of indiscipline during the 2015 World University Games in Korea. “Teja had served a ban of one year for indiscipline after an incident that happened in 2015 during the World Universiade in Korea. He was the chief archery coach there and the women’s team under him could not reach on time for competition. India had to forfeit a match due to the late arrival,” a source from the ministry told PTI on condition of anonymity. “The Archery Association of India had banned him for one year for the incident. So, the minister has decided to drop him from the list of those recommended for Dronacharya award. All the other sportspersons recommended for Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand have been cleared by the minister,” the source added. S S Pannu (athletics), C A Kuttappa (boxing), Vijay Sharma (weightlifting) and A Srinivasa Rao (table tennis) were the others recommended for Dronacharya award. An official of the AAI said it would be “injustice” to Teja if he was dropped on account of this incident that happened three years ago.advertisement “It is true that Teja was banned by AAI after this 2015 incident but he has come out after serving that ban and since then he has produced results. It’s an injustice to him if he is dropped on the basis of this incident,” the AAI official said. The Dronacharya is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. It carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Clarence Lobo (hockey), Tarak Sinha (cricket), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (judo) and V R Beedu (athletics) were recommended for Dronacharya award in the Life Time category. Satyadev Prasad (archery), Bharat Chhetri (hockey), Bobby Aloysius and Chougale Dadu Dattatray (wrestling) were named for Dhyan Chand award which is bestowed on athletes for life-time achievements and contribution to sport during their active career and post retirement. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were jointly recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, while star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna awards. Besides Chopra, other prominent names recommended for Arjuna were junior world champion sprinter Hima Das and Asian Games gold-medallist middle distance runner Jinson Johnson, cricketer Smriti Mandhana, hockey players Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, multiple Commonwealth Games gold-medallist table tennis star Manika Batra and Asiad doubles gold-medallist tennis player Rohan Bopanna. The Khel Ratna awardees are entitled to a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna winners are given Rs 5 lakh. President Ram Nath Kovind will present the awards on September 25 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on September 25. This year’s award ceremony was postponed to September 25 from the usual August 29 National Sports Day event due to clash of dates with the Asian Games in Indonesia. PTI AT PDS BSBSlast_img read more

Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan beats her at rock climbing. Watch hilarious video

first_imgShilpa Shetty is one of the biggest health and fitness influencers in Bollywood. The actress keeps herself fit and healthy by trying different forms of workouts.She is a pro at yoga and can beat anyone at the gym. Recently, she took to her official Instagram account to share her latest and way more fun form of doing a workout.The post that is captioned, “Ways of keeping the child alive within me. #indoorrockclimbing with my son, and he’s giving me a run for my money. ME NOT giving up. Summer has kicked in and I’m looking for ways to entertain him and myself! This was sooo fun and a great #coreworkout. 2 birds killed with 1 stone ?? #clawplay #mommymode #kids #entertainment #workout #gratitude #happiness #qualitytime #playtime #fun #momandson #goals #saturday #saturdayvibes,” shows the actress and her son, Viaan trying their hand a rock climbing.The mother-son duo looked super adorable together in the workout video and we are in love with every bit of this exercise routine.advertisementFor her workout session, Shilpa Shetty wore an orange halter neck top. She matched her grey sports bra with a pair of yoga pants of the same colour.The 43-year-old completed her look with a pair of white sneakers and a high ponytail.Shilpa is known for her healthy lifestyle and her rigorous workout routine.The actor is currently busy judging the reality TV show Super Dancer 3, along with Anurag Basu and choreographer Geeta Kapoor.ALSO SEE | Shilpa Shetty takes son Viaan to the gym. Seen the viral video yet?ALSO WATCH | First Richa Chaddha now Shilpa Shetty! Bollywod celebs face Airport racism’last_img read more

Ajax beat Liverpool to Schuurs signing

first_imgTransfers Ajax beat Liverpool and Tottenham to Schuurs signing Tom Webber 17:54 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PerrSchuurs - cropped Twitter (@AFCAjax) Transfers Liverpool Ajax Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie Premier League Eerste Divisie The promising teenage centre-back spoke to other clubs before deciding to sign a contract with the Dutch giants which will run until June 2022 Ajax have snapped up teenager Perr Schuurs from Fortuna Sittard following reported interest from Liverpool.Talented centre-back Schuurs has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract at the Amsterdam ArenA, but will be loaned back to second-tier side Fortuna for the remainder of the season when the deal goes through on January 1.The defender was named captain of Fortuna ahead of the 2017-18 season, at just 17 years of age, having impressed in his debut campaign with the first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Schuurs had been touted as a candidate to strengthen Liverpool’s under-fire defence, while also being linked with the Reds’ Premier League rivals Tottenham, but he felt Ajax was the right fit despite talking to other suitors.Staat je goed Perr, dat & die 3 ! #WelkomPerr— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) December 7, 2017″It is a dream to be able to play at a top club like Ajax,” he said in a statement on Fortuna’s official website.”There were several clubs interested and I also spoke with other clubs, but my feeling at Ajax was immediately very good. I think that’s important.”Ajax director of football Marc Overmars said: “He knows what is required of him to be able to reach the top. The fact that he is already captain at Fortuna Sittard at this young age also says something about his personality.”We are pleased that we have been able to sign this great Dutch talent.”It is already being suggested that Schuurs could be a long-term successor at Ajax for Matthijs de Ligt, with the 18-year-old centre-half being heavily linked with a switch to La Liga giants Barcelona.Ajax have also announced the signing of Boureima Hassane Bande from Mechelen this week. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: United States 3 Panama 0

first_imgThe Gregg Berhalter era opened with a 3-0 victory over Panama thanks to United States debutant Djordje Mihailovic, Walker Zimmerman and Christian Ramirez.Berhalter was appointed head coach in December, the former Columbus Crew boss replacing Dave Sarachan, who had temporarily filled the void left by Bruce Arena in October 2017.And USA – in rebuild mode having failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 – got a glimpse into the future in Arizona, where a youthful team defeated regional foes Panama in a friendly on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chicago Fire’s Mihailovic opened the scoring in the 40th minute before defender Zimmerman and substitute Ramirez sealed the win during the final 10 minutes at State Farm Stadium.Debut and goal! @DjoMihailovic scores the first goal of the Gregg Berhalter era! leads 1-0 in the 40′!— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019The January camp, which fell amid club fixtures in Europe, meant there were no stars like Borussia Dortmund’s Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic on show.Berhalter’s first line-up included five debutants – Nick Lima, Daniel Lovitz, Corey Baird, Jeremy Ebobisse and Mihailovic, though experienced midfielder Michael Bradley was in the XI.USA were comfortable throughout, Baird coming close to breaking the deadlock in the 25th minute after combining with Gyasi Zardes but his effort flashed agonisingly wide of the post.The hosts were rewarded approaching half-time when Mihailovic capped his first international appearance with a goal.Baird squared the ball back to 20-year-old team-mate Mihailovic, who finished first time from the top of the penalty area.USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who will join Premier League champions Manchester City on a four-year deal in July, did not have much to do throughout the match.____Just @zackstef_23 doing his thing.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019But he was called into action for the first time after 56 minutes and produced a fine stop to thwart Panama’s Edson Samms.Zimmerman added USA’s second goal with 10 minutes remaining, while Ramirez came off the bench to side-foot into an empty net in the 89th minute. read morelast_img read more

Boskalis Presses On with Fleet Rationalization Job Cuts

first_imgzoom Works Council of the Dutch dredging and maritime company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has unanimously rendered a positive advice on the company’s fleet rationalization plan announced early July which will see 24 vessels be taken out of service in the coming two years, resulting in the loss of approximately 650 jobs worldwide.As part of the approved plan, Boskalis will ”continue to crew two of the five Fairmount vessels for the time being with Dutch employees.”Boskalis said that the company has also reached an agreement in principle with the Works Council on a social plan by which the workforce reduction will be absorbed through attrition and redeployment where possible and affected employees will be able to make use of a social plan.The company plans to invite the trade unions involved to resume talks about the plans.Out of 24 vessels that will be taken out of service, ten are from the company’s dredging division and fourteen from the offshore energy division. These will include trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers, anchor handling tugs and heavy transport vessels.The average age of the vessels earmarked for scrapping or sale is in excess of 30 years. Vessels offered for scrapping will be dismantled at certified shipyards in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention and Boskalis’ own standards, Boskalis said back in July.last_img read more

NAFTA checklist A handy guide to key issues as formal process set

first_imgWASHINGTON – The formal process in renegotiating the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement could begin any day. The U.S. administration says it will soon serve notice that it will enter discussions with Canada and Mexico, following a 90-day consultation period.It’s now poised to happen, with Monday’s long-awaited swearing-in of Robert Lighthizer, Donald Trump’s trade czar.In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of key issues at stake:—Dairy: A prime sensitive spot when Canada negotiates trade deals. In Canada’s sheltered dairy industry, imports get slapped with a 270 per cent duty beyond a fixed quota. Canada faced intense pressure to pry open the system in recent negotiations. Canada accepted more European dairy on its grocery shelves, in a deal with the EU. It would have allowed another 3.25 per cent under the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dairy farmers were upset. The Harper government softened the blow with a multbillion-dollar compensation package. This time, with TPP dead, the U.S. could seek a more dramatic opening. U.S. policy-makers have two concerns: First, with Canada’s supply management controls, in general; and more specifically with rules related to milk-protein products.—Auto parts: Among the top U.S. priorities. It involves rules of origin — and how much local content is required to avoid tariffs. It’s clear the White House wants more car parts sourced at home, and fewer from Asia. What’s not clear is the details: will it insist on a specific quota for American parts, or be content with more production in North America, generally? How will it tinker with the rules — by simply raising the threshold for avoiding a tariff, currently 62.5 per cent, or by also insisting on a stricter formula for calculating that percentage? Will the policy lead to higher car prices? Will changes really shift production from Asia, or will companies simply pay more in duties and add it to the sticker price? The details matter here.—Consumer rights: The U.S. government wants to help Canadian shoppers — specifically, to help them buy more things from the U.S., through lower duties. It’s a standard priority of American administrations, and could wind up on the negotiating table. Canada has one of the most punitive duty systems in the world, taxing imported online purchases above $20, a pittance compared to the $800 limit Americans enjoy. But Canadian retailers say a change in this system would be of one-sided benefit to American retailers, resulting in shuttered bricks-and-mortar stores in Canada.—Buy American: Canada wants freer trade in public projects, specifically infrastructure. Some American lawmakers want to go the other way: they want more barriers to foreign bids, and would do away with the exemptions currently enjoyed by Canada and Mexico in NAFTA. Trump is a big booster of Biy American rules, generally, but hasn’t revealed his intended direction here. The U.S. has its own compaints about Canada. The U.S. bemoans the fact that some provincial entities have regulations that undermine U.S. suppliers, like Hydro-Quebec with wind energy. It also complains that U.S. software companies get shut out of public contracts, because of concerns about Canadians’ privacy.—Labour mobility: Canada wants changes here. So does industry. Businesses hate the current professional visa section in NAFTA. It allows easy visas for a list of jobs — but that list reflects the economy of 1993. It barely references digital jobs. Companies complain about unnecessary paperwork and hassles in sending employees to a branch across the border. Another problem involves spouses — one spouse gets a visa but the other can’t work across the border. One potential challenge in addressing this issue: it could quickly get dragged into the broader, heated and very political U.S. debate on immigration.—Softwood: Will there be peace in our time on softwood lumber? Perhaps. This was the first thing mentioned the day after Trump’s election, when the ambassador to the U.S. was asked what he’d like to see in a new NAFTA. Lumber has been the source of recurring spats: Once a decade, the U.S. imposes tariffs over what it views as illegal product-dumping from wood off public land; it winds up in tribunals; Canada tends to win most cases, and that leads to a temporary deal, with restrictions on Canadian wood, before the deal expires and the skirmishes resume. Canada isn’t the only party that wants a softwood deal in NAFTA; Trump’s point man on the negotiation, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, has also alluded to it as an ideal addition to the agreement.—Liquor: Canada’s liquor boards are a repeated source of complaint in the U.S. government’s annual report on trade barriers. It laments the high taxes and tight controls on what gets sold in Canadian stores. The U.S. is especially miffed at B.C. and Ontario for keeping imported wines off grocery shelves. It’s even launched a trade action over the issue.—Digital services: TPP allowed freer movement of data between countries. It would have restricted the right of any country to insist upon local storage facilities for digital information. Critics called this worrisome, for reasons of protecting personal information. Supporters called the change liberating — meaning it would become easier for someone to start a business from anywhere in the world.—Pharmaceuticals: The U.S. has tougher patent rules on drugs — which can delay the introduction of generics, increasing prices. One U.S. drug company, Eli Lilly, recently sued Canada at a NAFTA panel over court decisions that struck down patents. It lost. But many U.S. lawmakers, funded by big pharma, want changes in Canada. Another potential issue involves cutting-edge biologics drugs. It was a heated issue in TPP. Canada wasn’t involved in that tussle, but would be this time if the U.S. pushes a harder line: the U.S. allows 12 years of patent-like protections for data on these products, while Canada is closer to the international norm at eight years.—Telecommunications and broadcasting: Canada fought for cultural industries to be exempted from its U.S. trade deals — meaning books, recordings, broadcasts are not subject to free trade. Culture was a significant irritant in original negotiations; it hasn’t come up in recent complaints from the U.S. administration. One thing the U.S. could seek is greater access to telecommunications, like cell-phone services, according to a draft list of priorities recently sent to Congress.—Snapbacks: A controversial item on the draft document sent to U.S. Congress, a tariff snapback means a country could reinstate duties on a certain product if increased imports hurt its producers. Other countries will resist fiercely if U.S. negotiators seek this addition.—Dispute settlement mechanism: This was a make-or-break issue for Canada in the original Canada-U.S. trade deal. Rather than allowing American judges to preside over cases involving trade actions by American companies, Canada insisted upon a third-party mechanism. That demand almost sank the original trade agreement in 1987. The Mulroney government threatened to cut off negotiations over this issue. In the end, the mechanism was created. It was later incorporated into NAFTA. Many Americans still resent it. A key reason: Softwood lumber, and U.S. losses in Chapter 19 cases. The commerce secretary, Ross, says it’s unfair that an international panel, which might include one American and two Canadians, should interpret America’s domestic trade-remedy laws. Numerous members of Congress agree. Eliminating Chapter 19 is listed as a priority in the administration’s draft notice to Congress.last_img read more

Canadian tourist facing four years in Cuban jail has conviction overturned wife

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec man who was sentenced to four years in a Cuban jail following a boating accident that killed a fellow tourist isn’t being allowed to return to Canada even though his conviction has been overturned, his wife said Wednesday.Kahina Bensaadi says her husband Toufik Benhamiche is no longer charged with any crime, but has not been allowed to leave the country because the case is still under investigation.“He’s no longer convicted, he’s no longer charged, he’s no longer anything, but they don’t want to let him leave,” she said in a phone interview.Benhamiche, 47, was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.A Cuban court found the Mascouche resident guilty of criminal negligence causing death and sentenced him to four years in prison.But in June, Cuba’s highest court found flaws in the lower court’s handling of the case and reversed all its decisions including the conviction, Bensaadi said.She said the judge’s decision recognized the arguments in Benhamiche’s defence and that it suggested bringing charges against those who were responsible for renting out the boat.“(The decision) clearly stated the responsibility of other people in violating all norms and procedures, and explained the violation of all these norms of conduct probably led to the accident,” she said.She says that while the family was orginally thrilled with the news, the elation turned to despair when they realized the judge’s decision means the case had been returned to the prosecutor and must be reinvestigated — a process she believes could take years.Now Bensaadi is calling on Canadian immigration officials to help allow her husband to return home while Cuban authorities decide whether to bring new charges.She says she’s been offered no help so far, and accuses the Canadian government of choosing to abandon her husband rather than ruffle feathers with Cuban officials.“It’s not normal that the Canadian government continues to favour diplomatic relations to the detriment of the rights and liberties of its own citizens,” she said.The MP representing Behamiche’s riding also issued a statement blasting Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland for failing to resolve what he called an “appalling” situation.“You go for a week’s vaction with your family to have fun for seven days in Cayo Coco and end up with four years in prison,” Quebec Debout MP Luc Theriault said later in a phone interview.“Is anyone going to wake up and get him out of there?”Bensaadi said the year-long ordeal has devastated the family both financially and emotionally.Benhamiche has lost his engineering job near Montreal, and she has been forced to care on her own for their two daughters, aged six and eight, while trying to pay for lawyers and flying to Cuba for her husband’s court dates.“If we had wanted to destroy our family, we could not have done better,” she said.The family has also filed a lawsuit in Canada against travel company Sunwing, alleging Benhamiche was given little instruction on how to operate the craft and was assured it was easy to use and by no means dangerous.last_img read more

Morocco to Receive 2 Planes to Monitor Sea

Rabat- The two twin turbo engine planes were manufactured by the American Textron Aviation company in 2016. They are currently being equipped with an observation and surveillance system, a friend/enemy identification system, and a real time communication system, according to Spanish outlet, defensa.comAn aeronautical company at the Toulouse airport in France is making the upgrades.The $8.358 million planes are in the testing phase currently. They will be used, in cooperation with the Royal Marine, to monitor Morocco’s seafront and not for military operations. The two planes will join three Airbus helicopters AS565 Panthers that Morocco received in 2002.The Royal Air Force of Morocco already employs a dozen Beechcraft planes that primarily operate from Morocco’s military airbase in Sale, Rabat’s neighboring city. read more

Ethiopia Top UN rights chief hails release of political prisoners

24 July 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the recent pardon and release of over three dozen political leaders and activists in Ethiopia and urged fair proceedings for dozens of other defendants still on trial. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the recent pardon and release of over three dozen political leaders and activists in Ethiopia and urged fair proceedings for dozens of other defendants still on trial. “The pardons by the Government of Ethiopia are commendable,” Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva on last Friday’s of action concerning 38 persons.“They are significant for what they represent in terms of the expansion of the democratic space in Ethiopia and prospects for national reconciliation.”The trials of another 67 defendants held on charges similar to those previously leveled against the pardoned activists are set to resume on 25 July and 29 October, according to the statement. The High Commissioner voiced hope the trials of these individuals “will abide by international standards of due process and be concluded in a timely fashion.” read more

Fed minutes show extensive discussion at January meeting over risks from Feds

WASHINGTON – Several Federal Reserve policymakers were concerned last month about the risks of the Fed’s efforts to boost the U.S. economy by keeping borrowing costs low for the foreseeable future.Minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 29-30 policy meeting showed that some officials worried about the Fed’s monthly purchases of $85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds. They expressed concern that the continued purchases could eventually escalate inflation, unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to absorb losses once it begins selling its investment holdings.In the end, the Fed voted last month to keep its bond program open-ended and at the same size. The Fed said in a statement that the bond purchases would continue until the job market improved substantially. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 2:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed minutes show extensive discussion at January meeting over risks from Fed’s bond purchases read more

Ohio States Marshon Lattimore set for surgery

Ohio State football freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, according to his personal Twitter account @_ShonL2 Tuesday night.Lattimore has since deleted the tweet.Lattimore, who was a consensus four-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Cleveland, and a U.S. Army All-American, starred on a Tarblooder team that advanced to the Division II Ohio state championship game in 2013.The news of Lattimore’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Coach Urban Meyer did not mention Lattimore’s name Monday when he discussed the open corner position opposite senior Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Pronias education programme addresses the challenges of palliative care

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Pronia has commenced it’s three-year Greek community education program “Mazi” (Together).The programme aims to inform the Greek community about palliative care, especially carers of people that are living with a life-limiting illness. Topics discussed during the seminars are tailored to the needs and interests of Greek community members dealing with palliative care, and will be based on Greek cultural practices.By raising awareness of issues related to the experience of death, it is hoped that the process can be normalised and viewed as an important part of life.Understanding the difficulties faced by carers, the programme hopes to improve their quality of life as well as the quality of life of those living with a life-threatening illness.An annual two-day carers retreat will take place annually on the outskirts of Melbourne to enhance carers wellbeing and stamina.Pronia is now recruiting carers for the peer support groups which are commencing in February. To register, contact Pronia’s Community Educators, Anton Anagnostou (Thursdays and Fridays) or Adonis Maglis (Monday) at 9388 9998, 9am – 4pmlast_img read more

La France réhabilite la méthode Coué

first_imgLa France réhabilite la méthode CouéLa célèbre méthode Coué a longtemps été méprisée. Les choses ont évolué et elle est maintenant mise à l’honneur par des spécialistes, comme ceux qui se sont réunis ce week-end à Nancy, la ville où Emile Coué, pharmacien de son état, avait développé l’autosuggestion positive.Le pharmacien Emile Coué avait développé, au début du XXème siècle, une méthode d’autosuggestion positive consciente. Mais il est également connu pour avoir réinventé le principe du placebo, qu’il délivrait à ses patients en employant une formule restée célèbre : “Vous irez de mieux en mieux, et ça n’est qu’un début”.C’est pour rendre honneur à cet homme qui a souvent été méprisé pour ses méthodes peu orthodoxes que la ville de Nancy, où il exerçait, a réuni dans un congrès une quinzaine de spécialistes internationaux “couéistes”, comme le dit TV5monde. “Les progrès des neurosciences font que l’on reconnaît ce qu’Emile Coué a construit de manière empirique il y a un siècle”, observe l’un des organisateurs du congrès, Luc Teyssier d’Orfeuil. “Le postulat de Coué c’est : toute pensée que nous avons en tête devient réalité dans la limite du raisonnable. Ce n’est donc pas une question de volonté, mais d’imaginaire”, explique-t-il. “Celui qui dit “je veux”, souvent, termine par “mais je ne peux pas”. En revanche, quand vous cherchez par exemple un nom et que vous dites : “Ça va me revenir”, c’est de la méthode Coué. D’ailleurs, le nom vous revient”, poursuit l’organisateur du congrès.Un pharmacien “original” À lire aussiNeurosciences : regarder l’endroit douloureux du corps réduit la souffrancePour Antoine Onnis, président d’un des deux cercles couéistes de France, la méthode permet de “retrouver la confiance en soi, gérer le stress et déblayer le chemin de sa vie”. Pourtant, Emile Coué, mort en 1926, continue à être considéré comme un original qui n’est pas souvent pris au sérieux, déplore Gilbert Grellet, un journaliste qui a consacré un ouvrage au pharmacien.”On lui a reproché de ne pas vouloir se faire d’argent !”, raconte l’auteur. “Aux Etats-Unis, Coué était accueilli comme une star par des dizaines de journalistes et multipliait les conférences”, rappelle pourtant André Rossinot, le maire de Nancy, médecin de formation, qui affirme “avoir appliqué la méthode Coué” avec ses patients. En Europe, en Suisse et en Grande-Bretagne notamment, où il s’était lié avec la famille royale, Emile Coué avait pu développer sa méthode, loin de ses adversaires français qui l’accusaient d’exercice illégal de la médecine et de charlatanisme.Des principes de plus en plus employés Aujourd’hui en passe d’être réhabilités, les préceptes couéistes sont d’ailleurs en partie réemployés dans de nombreuses techniques de développement personnel très en vogue à l’heure actuelle telles que la PNL (programmation neurolinguistique) ou la sophrologie. “Aujourd’hui, des tas de gens utilisent Coué sans le dire ou sans le savoir”, insiste Luc Teyssier d’Orfeuil, en se répétant la célèbre phrase du pharmacien : “Aujourd’hui, à tous points de vue, je vais de mieux en mieux”.Le 5 septembre 2011 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Add VR Support To These Nintendo Switch Games

first_img Nintendo has finally, fully ripped off the VR bandage. After high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have primed consumers for VR they can own in theory, Nintendo is now offering a VR headset you can actually afford. Later this week you can turn your Nintendo Switch into a VR headset using the crafty cardboard of Nintendo Labo.Initially, we thought Nintendo’s VR experiments would just be contained to Labo’s tiny educational minigames. But we just learned you’ll also be able to use the headset with Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, two of the biggest Nintendo games around. So now that real VR for real Nintendo games is now a real thing, here are some other Nintendo we’d like to see get the virtual reality upgrade.Luigi’s Mansion 3The original Luigi’s Mansion on GameCube actually supports stereoscopic 3D. But Nintendo ended up scrapping this feature in the hardware itself so there’s no way to see it. Still, from the very beginning Nintendo saw this spooky second-banana series as a way to explore immersive and atmospheric new graphics technology. Sounds like a great fit for VR.Pokemon SnapOf all the numerous Pokemon spin-offs, Pokemon Snap is by far the one most people want to see make a comeback. You don’t always want to make the monsters fight. Sometimes you just want to take pictures of them chilling. Nintendo Labo VR Kit lets players make a little cardboard camera. Using that camera to take pictures of Pokemon would be beyond cute. Definitely cuter than a new Fatal Frame.Metroid PrimeMetroid Prime 4 isn’t coming any time soon. Its entire development got basically rebooted a few months ago. But in the meantime we’re expecting Nintendo to re-release the entire original Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch. An HD remaster of those classics would be appealing enough on its own, but VR support would add new wonder to exploring those old alien spaces.Virtual Boy GamesBefore Labo VR Kit, Nintendo first tried out the VR gimmick with the Virtual Boy back in the 1990s. It was a huge headset you propped up on a stand to play slightly more advanced Game Boy games in a red and black color scheme. It was horrible tech that actively hurt your eyes and as a result remains Nintendo’s biggest failure. And yet some of the games on the platform are worth playing, like Virtual Boy Wario Land, so what better time than now to rescue them?Captain ToadAside from first-person games, VR also shines in games where you omnisciently observe and interact with intricate little puzzle box dioramas. And there’s no better way than that to describe Nintendo’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This Wii U game turned Switch (and 3DS) already got some DLC recently. So some new VR levels isn’t out of the question.3DS GamesWith rumors of a new smaller Switch coming soon, it seems obvious the console/handheld hybrid has now replaced both halves of Nintendo’s hardware markets. The Switch is so radically different from the 3DS that just popping the same cartridges into the device for backward compatibility would never work. However, VR remakes of select 3DS games could preserve the 3D effect. And it’s not like their resolution was ever that high anyway.Mario KartWe originally wanted to say here that F-Zero should get VR support, and that would still be cool considering how long it’s been since that series last appeared. But let’s be real. Mario Kart is a way bigger deal. Millions of Switch owners already own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game that also already supports other Labo accessories. Adding VR support would be a no-brainer. And the reduced intensity of the game would probably be easier to stomach in VR compared to F-Zero.Punch-Out!!Punch-Out!! is a simple boxing game about fighting absolutely larger than life characters like Bald Bull, King Hippo, and Mike Tyson. A VR version of Punch-Out!!, whether it’s the Wii remake or a nifty 3D interpretation of the 8-bit NES original, would make us feel like Rocky, barely dodging blows and hitting back twice as hard. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Harry Kewell sacked by Notts County

first_imgEnglish League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s replacement at Notts County in September on a three-year deal.However, Kewell only managed three wins in 14 games with seven of those ending in defeat.With Notts County now 22nd in the league table, Kewell’s short reign in charge came to an end on Tuesday.“Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern,” chairman Alan Hardy told the club website.SWINDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Notts County fans show their support after the Sky Bet League Two match between Swindon Town and Notts County at County Ground on May 04, 2019 in Swindon, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)For the first time in 157 years, Notts County is out of Football League Manuel R. Medina – May 4, 2019 The team known as the oldest Football League club in the world has been relegation to the National League for the first time ever.“We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”Notts County announced Steve Chettle will take temporary control of the first-team.Kewell is a former midfielder who enjoyed a successful 12-year Premier League career with Leeds United and Liverpool.The 2005 Champions League winner leaves Meadow Lane with assistant Warren Feeney and analyst Paul Murphy.last_img read more

Crews set to install new I5 Skagit bridge span

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — Crews are installing a new section of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River that collapsed four months ago and hope to have the crossing open to traffic Sunday morning.The state Transportation Department says the temporary crossing that’s currently in place will be closed at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Crews plan to work overnight to slide the permanent section into place and be done within 12 hours.Travis Phelps, a DOT spokesman, said the bridge swap is a daunting task, requiring the removal of a temporary span that weighs 500 tons and the installation of a permanent span that is some 900 tons. Officials cautioned that the operation is complex and that the closure could be extended if things don’t go according to plan.“We’re confident, but we obviously want to do this right,” Phelps said.The overnight replacement is designed to minimize traffic impacts at the crossing that carries roughly 70,000 vehicles a day.Officials have been working toward this moment ever since an oversize truck load hit the bridge on May 23, sending one 160-foot section and two vehicles with three people into the water. No one was killed.Traffic was detoured for a month through Mount Vernon and Burlington until a temporary span was installed.The total cost of removing the temporary span and installing a permanent replacement is $8.5 million — paid by federal emergency relief funds. The contractual deadline for the permanent replacement span is the beginning of October.Along with the permanent span installation, the state is planning additional nighttime bridge closers in the coming weeks because crews also plan to retrofit the overhead bridge supports.last_img read more