Probe into Rajasthan human clinical trial


first_imgThe Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has sent a three-member team to Jaipur to inquire into an alleged unethical human clinical trial conducted by a pharma company at a private hospital in the Rajasthan capital, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) said on Saturday.State panel Rajasthan Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf also constituted a three-member panel to probe into the alleged incident. According to State officials, nearly two dozen people hailing from Rajasthan’s Churu and Bharatpur districts were allegedly subjected to the unethical human clinical trial for an osteo-ortho drug at the hospital. DCGI Dr. S. Eswara Reddy, in Delhi, said, “We have sent a team of three officials to Jaipur to inquire into the matter along with the State drug controller.” Mr. Saraf said a three-member panel, headed by an additional director-level officer has been constituted to probe the matter. “Action will be taken, if lapses are found, the Health Minister said. Hospital visitedThe panel on Saturday visited the hospital located in Vishwakarma Industrial Area to initiate the probe. “Principal investigator and patients enrolled in the clinical trial were not available at the site. We have asked the hospital staff to provide necessary documents related to the trial,” Dr. Ravi Prakash Sharma, the head of the three-member probe panel constituted by the State government, said.last_img read more

Three Men Found Guilty of Brutal Murder of Indian-Origin Elderly Jeweler in UK


first_imgThree men in their twenties were found guilty for the ruthless assault and murder of an elderly Indian-origin jeweler who went missing in Leicester on Jan. 24, 2018.Ramniklal Jogiya, 74, was abducted when he was on his back from his shop at Belgrave Road, and was later found dead in a lane nearby. After a five-week trial, the Birmingham Crown Court found Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Frances Mcauley, 20, guilty of murder on Aug.8. The third convict, 20-year-old Callan Reeve, was found guilty of manslaughter. They will be sentenced on Sept. 10. The three had earlier admitted to abduction and robbery.  A fourth defendant, Javon Roach, 30, was acquitted of all charges. The court heard that the accused bundled Jogiya in a van, threw his mobile phone away, before torturing and beating him in an attempt to get the security codes for the alarm system and safe at his shop. The men wanted to steal the £200,000 of gold jewelry that the safe contained, the court was told, according to the BBC. Jurors were told that the victim suffered multiple serious injuries to his hands and fingers, one of his biceps was ripped away from the bone, and six of his ribs on the left side were broken, the Sun reported. He also suffered 21 distinctive circular injuries to the torso and shoulder area, suggesting that something was used to inflict repeated pain on him, the report added.The incident had been planned by the convicts for weeks, the court was informed. “Rarely have I investigated a crime so wicked and ruthless. The depravity, inhumanity and utter contempt they showed for their victim has caused untold anguish for his family and stunned the whole community,” Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson from Leicestershire Police said. “The only possible comfort left for the family is that the people responsible for this terrible crime will now be locked up for a very long time.”The investigation, which was initiated as a search for a missing person, was turned into a murder investigation within 12 hours. The police examined several CCTV footages that showed Jogiya locking up the shop and beginning his walk back, while other images showed three men jumping out of a white transit van parked on Brandon Street and bundling the shopkeeper into the vehicle. Another footage showed that about 50 minutes later, a man dressed in a burka and pulling a shopping trolley entered Jogiya’s shop. This person was seen deactivating the shop alarm, going to the back of the shop where the safe was kept, and emerging a little while later, seemingly empty-handed.Realizing that the safe could not be accessed due to a 12-hour clock, the attackers drove away from the crime scene and dumped the injured man in a countryside, knowing he would not be able to get help there. “Although he was still alive at this point, the injuries he had suffered were so severe that he could not be saved,” David Swift-Rollinson said. Related ItemsLeicesterUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Amit Shah reviews preparations for cyclone Vayu


first_imgHome Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reviewed the preparations for cyclone Vayu which is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat and directed officials to ensure all possible steps for safety of people, officials said. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned 26 teams, comprising about 45 personnel each, and the rescuers are equipped with boats, tree-cutters and telecom equipment. The NDRF is also moving another 10 teams as requested by the Gujarat government. After review, the Home minister directed the senior officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated. He also told them to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water and their immediate restoration in the event of damages caused to them, a Home Ministry official said. The Ministry is in continuous touch with the State governments and Union territories including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Daman and Diu, which may be affected due to the cyclone. The Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force units have been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance, the official said.Mr. Shah also gave instruction for round-the-clock functioning of control rooms. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that cyclone ‘Vayu’ is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13, another official said. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat with storm surge with a height of about 1.0-1.5m above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall. The IMD has been issuing regular bulletins since April 9 to all the States concerned. The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences and senior officers of the IMD and the MHA. Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha has also convened a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee later in the day to review the preparedness of States and Central agencies, the official said. Chief secretary of Gujarat and advisor to administrator of Diu are scheduled to attend the meeting.last_img read more

Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA’s sprint to the finish


first_imgKevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City View comments LATEST STORIES Cleveland is the unknown, even with James. The Cavaliers added new pieces around him earlier this month, and there’s not a lot of time left to build championship chemistry.The Cavs went into the break with four straight wins, but they’re still just third in the conference and couldn’t gain any ground on the Raptors, who have won seven straight to pass the Celtics. Toronto is an NBA-best 24-4 at home and could make the Cavs’ NBA Finals plans difficult if they have to go through Canada.“We would hope so, but we’ve got to get there,” Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry said. “We’ve got to finish the season strong.”Much of the work is already done, since the NBA’s earlier start to this season means teams are well beyond the midway point of their schedules. They will have about 25 games remaining, with so much to sort out in both conferences.It’s a two-team race at the top of the West but things are tight well beyond that. San Antonio is just percentage points ahead of Minnesota for third while still hoping Kawhi Leonard returns from his thigh injury, and it’s a gap of only 4 1/2 games from there to 10th place, where the Utah Jazz have won 11 straight.ADVERTISEMENT What he really wants is to be celebrating in the postseason, not midseason.The NBA’s sprint to the finish begins Thursday with James riding high but starting again from back in the pack as Cleveland tries to catch Toronto and Boston in the Eastern Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We just added four new guys before the break, and we have a lot of work to do,” James said. “So I really don’t like to think that too far ahead. But obviously winning championships is what it’s all about. That’s what this league is all about and hopefully at the end of the road then I have the Cavs there to actually compete for one, to be in a finals representing the East.”The Golden State Warriors are also in the unusual position of pursuers, after red-hot Houston passed them for the league’s best record with 10 straight wins leading into the All-Star break. But nobody would count out the Warriors, not with their star-studded group that has won two of the last three titles. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH GALLERY: Lady Chiefs win back-to-back titles The East has a close race for fourth place and home-court advantage in the first round between Washington and Indiana, and positioning to be settled down the bottom of the bracket, where Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Miami hold the final three spots.But the biggest question might be the Celtics, who slumped into the break with three straight losses after leading the conference most of the season, and now have one team ahead of them and another behind that has the momentum.“The Raptors have been playing really well. Cleveland has been playing really well. But we’ve got to get back to playing really well, too,” the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown said. “So as the season moves forward, we’re looking forward to getting back to the top spot.”Same with the Warriors, who were hurt by the longer-than-usual time it took to reach the break. They were just 6-4 in their last 10 games and at 44-14 already have more losses than they averaged over the last three seasons (13).Coach Steve Kerr made it clear that his team needed a rest and now that the Warriors had it, they’re ready to try to reel in the Rockets.“We’ve got 20-something games before the playoffs to chase another championship,” All-Star Stephen Curry said. “So, ready to hit the ground running when we get back.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team LeBron’s LeBron James, second from left, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, shoots as Team Stephen’s Draymond Green, left, of the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson, second from right, of the Golden State Warriors, and Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, defend during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LeBron James had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face.That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA’s best in winning a game and MVP honors.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir on IAF airstrike in Pakistan: We decided the time, the place and the fate


first_imgSeveral Indian athletes from across different sporting disciplines have hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for Tuesday’s airstrikes that targetted Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists and trainers in Pakistan.Former India captain Gautam Gambhir, who has been vocal about several issues of national importance, took to social media and praised the way in which India responded to the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the terror attack.India carried out an intelligence-led, non-military, pre-emptive action targetting the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. A large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis were killed in the attack, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. Sources put the number of casualties to 300.”We decided the time, we decided the place and we have decided the fate,” Gambhir wrote on Twitter.IAF airstrike in Pakistan LIVE UpdatesGambhir’s comment comes hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country would choose the time and place to respond to what he called “uncalled-for aggression” by India, but denied that New Delhi had struck Jaish-e-Mohammed on Pakistani soil.We decided the time, we decided the place and we have decided the fate @IAF_MCC @adgpi #SurgicalStrikes2 #airstrikesGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 26, 2019Imran Khan was announcing decisions taken at a meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee soon after India said it had conducted a pre-emptive strike on the terrorist group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in a suicide bombing this month in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.advertisementEarlier in the day, Gambhir had lauded the IAF, saying: “Jai Hind, IAF.”Batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who is also Indian Air Force’s Honorary Group Captain, also took to social media to congratulate the IAF. “Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness. I salute the IAF, Jai Hind,” Tendulkar had written.Virender Sehwag came up with a cheeky tweet while praising the effort of the IAF: “The boys have played really well. #SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge #airstrike,” he had written.”Extremely proud of our #IndianAirForce. We salute the IAF , Jai Hind,” Yuvraj tweeted.Laxman added: “Salute to our brave IAF.”Top badminton players such as Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth also took to the social networking site to commend the IAF’s operation.”Big salute to our #IndianAirForce …. #IndiaStrikesBack .. Jai Hind,” Saina tweeted.Srikanth wrote: “Hats off to the #IndianAirForce for their strike against terror. Every Indian is proud of you! Jai Hind!”Prannoy added: “Badiyaaaaa #IndianAirforce #IndiaStrikesAgain.”Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia too expressed his gratitude to the armed forces.#IndiaStrikesBack …… ‘nough said! @IAF_MCC #SaluteIndianAirForce,” he wrote.Also Read | India strikes back again: This is what happened in Surgical Strike 2Also Read | Mirage jets destroy Pakistan terror camps with 1,000 kg bombsAlso See:last_img read more

Report: Newport 1 Tottenham 1


first_imgNewport County 1 Tottenham 1: Kane spares Spurs FA Cup embarrassment Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 03:24 1/28/18 kane-cropped Getty Images Tottenham rode their luck, relying on a late Harry Kane equaliser to secure an FA Cup fourth-round replay with Newport County. A late goal from Harry Kane spared Tottenham’s blushes as they rescued a 1-1 draw at fourth-tier side Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round.Padraig Amond’s first-half header deservedly put Newport ahead and they went close to hanging on, but they were ultimately denied by Kane eight minutes from time to earn Spurs another bite of the cherry in a replay.Spurs showed precious little evidence of occupying a division three rungs higher in the English football pyramid, particularly in the first period when Newport started with great intent and looked far more threatening. 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 The visitors found themselves trailing seven minutes before the break, as Amond headed in a teasing right-wing delivery, sending the home fans into raptures.Spurs improved after the break, though a bad Kane miss just before the hour mark saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men waste a rare opportunity.4 – Harry Kane has scored in each of his last four games for Tottenham in all competitions, his best scoring streak since November 2016. Equaliser.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 27, 2018Spurs’ pressure towards the end became increasingly intense and, although Newport often found themselves with 11 men behind the ball, their desire failed to trump the visitors’ desperation, as Kane tapped in to give the away side the opportunity to do it all over again at Wembley.For all the quality in their starting XI, Spurs looked rattled early on and could count themselves lucky not to be behind in the fourth minute.Joss Labadie did well on the right flank and squeezed a low delivery into the penalty area which fell to the unmarked Frank Nouble, but the former West Ham forward inexplicably fired over from 12 yards.Further chances fell to the home side, as Scot Bennett sliced wide a few minutes later and Kieran Trippier sent a glancing header into the side-netting of his own goal.Spurs appeared to get to grips with Newport as the half progressed and Kane forced Joe Day into a smart stop in the 32nd minute.38’ NEWPORT COUNTY LEAD TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR! What a goal! Padraig Amond has headed in at the back post and the Exiles are 1-0 up! Unbelievable! pic.twitter.com/3sSX8eSCFk— NCAFCLive (@NCAFCLive) January 27, 2018But Newport took advantage of slack defending soon after to take a deserved lead – Amond heading in at the back post after Trippier failed to deal with Robbie Willmott’s cross.Spurs looked more focused after the restart and they should have levelled in the 58th minute, but Kane headed over from inside the six-yard box.That ushered in a period of real dominance for Spurs, who withdrew the ineffective Fernando Llorente for Dele Alli with just over 20 minutes to go.And he nearly made an immediate impact, feeding Son Hueng-min into the left side of the area and he tested Day.But Day was beaten in the 82nd minute as Newport’s defences were finally breached.Son’s corner delivery went all the way through to the back post where Kane was left unmarked to tap in one of the simplest finishes he is every likely to produce, saving Spurs from an embarrassing defeat.Key Opta stats:- Spurs failed to beat a fourth-tier side in an FA Cup match for the first time since January 1996, when they drew away at Hereford United.- Newport avoided defeat against Spurs for the first time in their history, having previously lost all four meetings.- Harry Kane has now scored 30 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League player.- Kane has scored in four consecutive games for Spurs in all competitions, his best run since November 2016.- Padraig Amond scored his first FA Cup goal since November 2015, when he scored a brace against St Albans City for Grimsby Town.- Robbie Willmott has assisted seven goals for Newport in all competitions this season, more than any other Exiles player. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaer


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson has sung the praises of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robson has been with the squad for their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week and praised the way Solskjaer is getting the best out of them.“Since he’s come into the club he’s been really positive with what he’s been saying and the way he wants the team to play,” said Robson.“The atmosphere seems to be really upbeat around the squad and they’re enjoying the type of work he’s doing. “Obviously, winning five games on the bounce is great for confidence and put a smile back on everyone’s faces.” last_img read more

The Spun 2016 College Football Staff Picks: Week 10


first_imgCollege Football Week 10 picks by The Spun staff members.After the 31 games that our staff picked last weekend, the office race is unbelievably close. Four of us are within one game of first place, with a big shake-up at the top after the Week 9 results. Matt Lombardi and I are tied in first with records of 264-81 on the year, while Andrew Holleran and Matt Hladik are just one game back at 263-82. Andrew McCarty had a huge Week 9, finishing first for the week at 24-7.Here are the full office standings through eight weeks:Record:Picks Back:T-1.Matt Lombardi264-81T-1.Dan Lyons264-81T-3.Andrew Holleran263-821T-3.Matt Hladik263-8215.Andrew McCarty256-8976.Kaitlin McCabe250-95147.Steve Driscoll249-9615College Football Week 10 features 35 games that we’ll be picking this week. We have a rare Tuesday night game involving a ranked team, with No. 17 Western Michigan traveling to Ball State. On Thursday, Oklahoma makes the trip up to Ames to face Iowa State, and Colorado hosts UCLA. Saturday isn’t the craziest one of the college football season, but we do have intriguing match-ups between, Baylor and TCU, Florida and Arkansas, Penn State and Iowa, Ohio State and Nebraska, and of course, Alabama’s huge trip to LSU.Here are our staff picks for every Power Five and Top 25 game for College Football Week 10.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 10 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeMcCartyBall State vs. 17 WMUwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganball-statewestern michiganIowa State vs. 12 Oklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahoma21 Colorado vs. UCLAcoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocolorado21 Boise State vs. San Jose Stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateNotre Dame vs. Navynotre dame logonotre dame logonavynotre dame logonavynavynavyOle Miss vs. Georgia Southernole missole missole missole missole missole missole missMiss. State vs. 7 Texas A&M texas a&mtexas a&mtexas a&mtexas a&mtexas a&mtexas a&mtexas a&m11 Auburn vs. Vanderbiltauburn logoauburn logoauburn logoauburn logoauburn logoauburn logoauburn logoBoston College vs. 5 Louisvillelouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logoTexas Tech vs. TexastexastexastexastechtexastechtexastechtexastexasRutgers vs. IndianaindianaindianaindianarutgersindianaindianaindianaIllinois vs. Michigan StateMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoIllinois LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoNorthwestern vs. 8 Wisconsinwisconsinwisconsinwisconsinwisconsinwisconsinwisconsinwisconsin18 UNC vs. Georgia Techunc logounc logounc logounc logounc logounc logounc logoMiami vs. Pittpitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logomiamipitt logopitt logoWake Forest vs. VirginiaWake Forest LogovirginiaWake Forest LogovirginiaWake Forest LogovirginiaWake Forest Logo3 Clemson vs. Syracuseclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logo2 Michigan vs. MarylandMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMinnesota vs. PurdueminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaKSU vs. 22 Oklahoma Stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateDuke vs. 23 Virginia Techvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechduke logovirginiatechvirginiatechStanford vs. Oregon Statestanfordstanfordstanfordstanfordstanfordstanfordstanford13 Baylor vs. TCUtcubaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorArkansas vs. 10 Floridafloridaarkansas logoarkansas logofloridaarkansas logofloridaarkansas logoSouth Carolina vs. Missourisouth carolina logosouth carolina logosouth carolina logosouth carolina logomissouri logomissouri logosouth carolina logoTennessee vs. Tennessee Techtennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logo25 Washington State vs. ArizonawazzuwazzuwazzuwazzuarizonawazzuwazzuNC State vs. 19 Florida Stateflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoUSC vs. Oregonuscuscuscuscuscuscusc14 West Virginia vs. Kansaswest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginia20 Penn State vs. IowapennstatepennstatepennstatepennstatepennstatepennstatepennstateKentucky vs. Georgiageorgiageorgiakentucky logogeorgiakentucky logogeorgiageorgia15 LSU vs. 1 Alabamaalabama logoalabama logoalabama logoalabama logolsu logoalabama logoalabama logo6 Ohio State vs. 9 Nebraskaohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoCal vs. 4 WashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonSeason Record264-81263-82264-81263-82249-96250-95256-89last_img read more

Gov’t Taking Strategic Approach to Improving Road Network


first_img The Prime Minister noted that Marcus Garvey Drive, which runs through one of Jamaica’s major industrial zones, is a pivotal link to existing and potential factory, logistics and port facilities and developments. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is taking a strategic approach to improving Jamaica’s road network.He pointed out that due to budget constraints, the Government cannot undertake repair or upgrading of every road that needs such work at the same time.As such, he said, priority is being placed on roads that are in close proximity to the centres of industry and commerce and can create the level of connectivity to facilitate seamless commuting.“So persons have to appreciate and understand that the Government has to be strategic to address your needs. If we don’t fix your road this year, it doesn’t mean that it will never be fixed… but that we are putting a plan in place to ensure that we can fix your road… and we are serious about that,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at last week’s opening of the newly upgraded Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.The US$20.5-million project, which was undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), entailed significant upgrading of 2.44 kilometres of the roadway between East Avenue and Harbour Street.Key features include widening of the roadway from four to six lanes; construction of sidewalks and a median to separate the eastbound from westbound traffic; installation of traffic signals, street lights and the requisite signs and markings; and major drainage improvements.The project was executed under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) with funding support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China.The Prime Minister noted that Marcus Garvey Drive, which runs through one of Jamaica’s major industrial zones, is a pivotal link to existing and potential factory, logistics and port facilities and developments.“So, when we decided to fix this road that is carrying 40,000 motorists every day, which is near to the ports (and) near to where we can develop logistics, this illustrates how that connectivity will drive (economic growth),” the Prime Minister explained.Mr. Holness informed that several other roads are either being upgraded or earmarked for improvements under the MIDP.These, he said, include the US$64-million Mandela Highway project now under way, which entails widening of the road from four to six lanes, for which a US$68-million extension has been signed incorporating a section of Spanish Town Road.“When we are finished, you should be able to move (seamlessly) from Three Miles to the Old Harbour Road roundabout,” the Prime Minister said.He further highlighted the US$4.4-million Barbican Road improvement project, which commenced in August and is slated for completion in December. This project entails significant upgrading of 1.1 kilometres of the 3.75-kilometre roadway, which is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in that area.Earmarked projects include the widening of Hagley Park Road in Kingston, for which lands have been acquired; Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew for which plans have been developed and land acquisition is in progress; and the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project, the commencement of which is expected to be announced shortly.The Prime Minister also mentioned the Ferris to Mackfield Road in Westmoreland, for which the designs have been completed and negotiations for its implementation are in progress.He advised that the designs, road alignments and traffic study have been done for the Montego Bay bypass road. “We have to now finalise the costing and find a programme under which to accommodate (it),” he said. Story Highlights Key features include widening of the roadway from four to six lanes; construction of sidewalks and a median to separate the eastbound from westbound traffic; installation of traffic signals, street lights and the requisite signs and markings; and major drainage improvements. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is taking a strategic approach to improving Jamaica’s road network.last_img read more

Young Males Urged to Focus on Positives


first_img “We can achieve anything. That must be how we change the narrative. The story of our generation must not be primarily negative… we have to change that. There are a lot of positives that we can talk about, and once we keep talking about the positives, we put ourselves where the positives take us,” he added. Story Highlights Mr. Reid was speaking at a one-day conference for teenage schoolboys staged by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open Campus in Montego Bay on February 21 at the Grandiosa Hotel in the Second City. Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Region IV, Stokely Reid, is imploring the country’s young males to focus on the positives, noting that their dreams can be realised as long as they work steadfastly and earnestly towards these goals. Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Region IV, Stokely Reid, is imploring the country’s young males to focus on the positives, noting that their dreams can be realised as long as they work steadfastly and earnestly towards these goals.“Stop looking at the past and the negativity and what will hold us down and start looking at where we want to go despite the fact that things may not be the best in our lives,” he noted.“We can achieve anything. That must be how we change the narrative. The story of our generation must not be primarily negative… we have to change that. There are a lot of positives that we can talk about, and once we keep talking about the positives, we put ourselves where the positives take us,” he added.Mr. Reid was speaking at a one-day conference for teenage schoolboys staged by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open Campus in Montego Bay on February 21 at the Grandiosa Hotel in the Second City.The event, under the theme ‘Be bold. Change the narrative: harnessing the power and potential of young adult males’, was aimed at celebrating masculinity, as well as engaging young males who are considered at-risk and who were not necessarily a part of any of the formal leadership positions or groups in schools.It was held as part of the institution’s year-long calendar of events in commemoration of its 10th anniversary.Among the institutions that participated were Herbert Morrison Technical, Harrison Memorial, Green Pond, Spot Valley and Cambridge high schools and Cornwall College in St. James as well as Hopewell High School in Hanover.Mr. Reid told the youngsters, who span grades 11 to 13, that there are many positive male role models across the country, to whom young men could look for inspiration and emulation, but, oftentimes, these persons are not highlighted.“Many young men are not doing well academically and in new fields of business. When we apply our minds as Jamaicans to do anything, we can reach the stars. Once we apply ourselves, there is no limit that can be set on us. We are among the most skilled artisans and construction workers. We are in demand in the United States, in Canada, in the United Kingdom,” he noted.“Jamaicans are among the most creative innovators in the world. Look at our music. When Bob Marley died he was in his 30s. Look at Chronixx, just a little older than you are,” he pointed out further.last_img read more

Pan Ocean Up for Grabs


first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, October 01, 2014 zoom South Korea-based bulk shipper Pan Ocean Co Ltd, formerly STX Pan Ocean, has been put up for auction, Reuters reports citing a sales notice from October 1st.According to the sales notice, potential bidders will conduct due diligence during Nov 10-28, with binding bids due on Dec 11.It is expected for the bid to range from USD 570 to 660 million, according to unnamed investment banking sources of the Korea Economic Daily.Pan Ocean entered court receivership in June last year,  for the second time in two decades, after its parent company STX Group failed to sell the unit due to an ongoing downturn in the industry.Pan Ocean managed to recover from the last year’s loss of 93.8 billion won this year recording  an operating profit of 115.3 billion won in the first year half.last_img read more

BC child welfare system needs complete overhaul says childrens advocate


first_imgAPTN National NewsThe British Columbia government has faced a lot of criticism on the way it handles Indigenous children in care.And the province’s child advocate says the child welfare system needs a complete overhaul.APTN’s Tina House has this story.last_img

Strike at General Motors CAMI plant to end after workers approve deal


TORONTO — Workers at General Motors’ CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., accepted a tentative agreement Monday, ending a four-week-long strike.The contract proposal was hammered out last week and Unifor, which represents 2,500 of the 2,800 workers affected, had recommended the deal be accepted.The union says almost 86 per cent of production workers and 79 per cent of tradesworkers approved the contract. About 2,400 workers voted.Mike Van Boekel, CAMI unit chairman for Local 88, says employees will receive four per cent wage increases over the four-year deal, a $6,000 signing bonus and annual payments of $2,000 each Christmas.While GM didn’t agree to specific investments at the plant, CAMI will remain the main production centre for the Equinox with three shifts.Van Boekel says the automaker will be forced to pay $300 million for any future job cuts. About 400 workers are currently on layoff.The automaker threatened last week to shift more production to Mexico if a settlement wasn’t reached swiftly and the two sides agreed to a deal on Friday.Striking workers will start returning to the job at 11 p.m. Monday. read more

Rajitha says no talk of a cabinet reshuffle


Cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne says there was no talk of a cabinet reshuffle at the cabinet meeting today.Speaking to reporters at the BMICH today, Senaratne said that the media had reported that a cabinet reshuffle was going to be discussed at the cabinet meeting today. However the Minister said that President Maithripala Sirisena did not discuss anything about a cabinet reshuffle today.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets


TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,202.85 up 62.52 points):Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 48 cents, or 4.36 per cent, at $11.48 on 8,725,007 shares. New York-based Goldman Sachs upgraded RIM to buy from neutral based on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at the end of January. The bump comes one day after the stock fell, then rose, after Nokia Corp. asked courts in several countries to uphold a Swedish arbitrator’s ruling that could prevent RIM from using certain patented wireless technology.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 2.83 per cent, at $2.40 on 8,001,330 shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $2.83 on 5,473,316 shares.Centamin PLC (TSX:CEE). Miner. Up five cents, or 5.62 per cent, at 94 cents on 5,459,283 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.04 per cent to 937.49 points.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Up 19 cents, or 0.30 per cent, at $64.57 on 12,398,138 shares. Telecommunications sector increased 0.62 per cent to 110.69 points.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 21 cents, or 1.66 per cent, at $12.83 on 4,201,755 shares. The financial sector was up 0.80 point at 186.82 points.TSX Venture Exchange (1,218.38 up 13.01 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 3.05 per cent, at $1.69 on 9,911,765 shares. The Calgary-based company climbed for a second day in a row after it booked third-quarter profit of $4.6 million, more than double its year-earlier profit of $1.7 million or a penny per share. Revenue jumped 60 per cent to $21 million. The company has agreed to merge with Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO), subject to shareholders’ approval in January.Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSXV:BOE). Oil and gas explorer. Up eight cents, or five per cent, at $1.68 on 4,567,600 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up three cents, or 1.69 per cent, at $1.80 on 281,136 shares. The Montreal-based company will introduce a direct service next summer to Istanbul, Turkey and will use two new Boeing 777 aircraft to expand its reach into the Asia-Pacific market.Gildan Activewear (TSX:GIL). Apparel. Up 89 cents, or 2.69 per cent, at $33.98 on 1,002,360 shares. The maker of T-shirts, socks and other clothing is expanding its U.S. production for the first time by investing US$85 million on yarn-spinning facilities in southern states. The company made the announcement as it posted fourth-quarter profits jumped to $89 million from $48.5 million. Net sales increased to $561.6 million from $481.6 million.The Royal Bank (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 26 cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $58.61 on 2,465,303 shares. The first of Canada’s big banks to report booked a record full-year profit, which includes $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter compared with $1.57 billion in the same 2011 period. Total revenue was $7.5 billion, up from $6.7 billion. The boost in the recently-concluded quarter came from personal and commercial banking business earnings which topped $1 billion. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 5:49 pm MDT read more

As Guinea awaits election results Ban urges all political leaders to maintain


“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the first round of the presidential election in Guinea on 11 October,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.Urging calm while stakeholders await the final results, the UN chief in his statement also reiterated his call on “national stakeholders to resolve any disputes that might arise peacefully, through established legal procedures.”

Distressing short film imagines fate of missing child


first_imgvia ISPCC Childline/YoutubeThe hotline 116 000 was launched in June to provide advice and support to young people and adults – it is not an emergency service number, but it is hoped that it can be a place for children to turn if they are feeling desperate.Today is Missing Persons Day – the first such in Ireland. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said that the 116 000 hotline is “not only to support families of children who have gone missing but also to support children who have run away or are thinking of running away”.There have been over 30,000 missing children reports in Ireland since 2008.The ISPCC hopes that the video will be shared through social media – using the hashtag #MissingChldren on Twitter, for example – in order to reach as many young people as possible.The 116 000 number is free to call and there is also an automated text support service – look at missingchildrenshotline.ie for more information.Ceremony to mark first national Missing Persons Day> WHY DO CHILDREN go missing in Ireland – and what happens to them?The ISPCC has envisaged one worst-case scenario in an upsetting (be warned) short film which they are hoping will highlight their 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline.The video – available to share on Youtube – tells the tale of ‘Molly’, a young Irish girl who runs away from an abusive home and wanders the streets of Dublin, vulnerable and alone.Warning: the six-minute film – which shows events through Molly’s eyes – is distressing and not suitable for younger viewers:last_img read more

New abortion guidelines spark condemnation on all sides


first_imgPOLITICIANS AND ACTIVISTS have reacted strongly to new guidelines on how and when abortions may be performed under the 2013 Protection of Life Under Pregnancy Act.The Department of Health had distributed the advice to clinicians potentially involved in certifying the termination of a pregnancy, but TDs and campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate have been strongly critical.Independent TD Mattie McGrath has condemned the guidelines as amounting to a “butcher’s charter”, and claimed that the government parties were “deliberately providing for the legal ending of a child’s life days from birth.”The guidelines have been circulating among health professionals such as psychiatrists, obstetricians and GPs, and set out the terms under which a woman may have a termination certified.The Irish Times reported on Thursday that the legislation requires:that a woman’s life be in real danger, either for physical reasons, or due to suicidal intentionsthat only an abortion could avoid that riskthat supervising clinicians had properly considered “the need to preserve unborn human life where practicable.”Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said such requirements would force women to “run a gauntlet of doctors and bureaucracy to access an abortion.”“The idea that suicidal women would be left waiting for referrals etc. is totally unacceptable when the time sensitivity of the decision to terminate a pregnancy…is taken into account,” she added.The guidelines also state that where a psychiatrist, having met with a pregnant woman, is of the view that she is suicidal and only a termination will avoid her suicide, the psychiatrist will certify that conclusion.If a second psychiatrist agrees that a woman’s suicidal intentions pose a risk to her life, her case will be forwarded to an obstetrician/gynaecologist for the termination to take place.Pro-life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock condemned this section of the guidelines, claiming they would allow two “like-minded psychiatrists” to “sign the life of an unborn baby away.”This could be done, Sherlock claimed, “without a shred of medical evidence that it would help save the life of the mother.”According to the guidelines, however, the legislation – which came into force on 1 January – would not force health professionals with a “conscientious objection” to take part in a termination.This allowance risked being abused by doctors, according to Coppinger, and contributed to what she called the “narrowness” of the legislation.The “conscientious objection” dispensation would not apply, however, where the risk to the life of a pregnant woman was deemed to be “immediate.”More than 3,500 women from Ireland travelled to the UK for abortions last year>Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act to come into force on 1 January>last_img read more

Cork garda station evacuated as man brings in pipe bomb in a


first_imgUpdated 3.51 pmA GARDA STATION in Cork City has reopened following an earlier evacuation when a member of the public brought in a suspect device believed to be a pipe bomb.The man is understood to have found the pipe bomb close to his home and decided to bring it to nearby Togher Garda Station at about 10am this morning.There are numerous reports that the man wheeled the device into the station inside a pram.Gardai called the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Team who removed the device for examination.A cordon that was placed around the building was lifted and the station is operating as normal.Originally posted 1:00pm.Read: Bomb scare in Dublin suburb deemed a hoax >last_img read more