Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix to extend lead at the top

first_imgLewis Hamilton extended his lead over tital rival Sebastian Vettel to 40 points with his victory in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.Hamilton, who started from pole, beat Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Ferrari star Vettel for his seventh victory of the season.The Mercedes driver made a clean start and was largely untroubled.”Great job everyone, what a weekend… keep pushing, keep pushing, we’ve got this,” Hamilton told his team over the radio soon after crossing the line.pic.twitter.com/a96PDzeQqWMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 16, 2018Hamilton registered his 69th career victory and it was built on the foundations of a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday, when he stormed to pole in a car deemed inferior to the Ferraris and Red Bulls on this circuit.For Vettel and Ferrari it was another disappointing weekend after the car showed plenty of pace through all three practice sessions, the German’s cause not helped by a questionable strategy and a poor pitstop.”It feels significant because we’ve finally understood the car in Singapore. We won the race on merit. But there are six races left so we mustn’t take the foot off the throttle. It’s motor racing – anything can happen”- Toto Wolff, #F1 #SingaporeGPMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 16, 2018Hamilton won this race from the third row a year ago when Vettel, Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen collided on the opening lap but there was no repeat of such drama this time after the drivers got off to a clean start at the head of the field.advertisementThere has, however, been a safety car period in all 10 races in Singapore since it joined Formula One in 2008 and it was deployed on the opening lap after Sergio Perez pushed his Force India team mate Esteban Ocon into a wall after Turn Three.”Sorry guys there was no room,” Perez told his team over the radio.Vettel got past Verstappen before the safety car emerged and slotted in behind Hamilton, but his race unravelled when the German pitted first on the 14th lap but got stuck in traffic and overtaken by the Dutchman when he made his stop for fresh tyres.HAMILTON: “What a race… I’m spent! I was unlucky with the traffic, my heart was in my mouth for a minute… but I managed to get the pedal down” #SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Rorq1TnUAUFormula 1 (@F1) September 16, 2018Hamilton was cruising up front but suffered a mini-crisis on the 38th lap when he got stuck in a queue of tail-enders, which allowed Verstappen to get right up behind him.The Dutchman had a look up the inside as Hamilton struggled to pass the back markers but the Briton just stayed ahead and was able to pull clear all the way to the chequered flag once he had a clear track ahead of him.Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas held off a prolonged late challenge from Raikkonen in the other Ferrari to claim fourth place, the pair finishing just ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was closing in on them in the final laps.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso came home in seventh, with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg claiming eighth and 10th respectively, either side of Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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11 days agoWolves captain Coady: Strange playing against Liverpool

first_imgWolves captain Coady: Strange playing against Liverpoolby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady admits it still feels strange playing against Liverpool.The centre-back spent 15 years at Anfield before joining Huddersfield Town in 2015.”It’s a weird feeling, when I play against them I want to win more than ever. I don’t know why that is. I just do,” said Coady.Asked about the Reds’ chances this season, Coady added: “I know it’s early doors, but I think with Liverpool this year they don’t seem to be panicking.”People are talking about them conceding and not keeping clean sheets but when they do they think it’s okay cause we can score another. City seemed like that last year.”With Liverpool, they missed out on the Champions League the year before and then they kick on again because the manager is that good.”I don’t want to speak too soon but they look to be going [up] again which is so good to see for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Softball Player Pulls Off Ridiculously Impressive Bat Trick

first_imgGirl does bat tricks in her backyard.Bat Tricks GirlSoftball, as we all know, is a game of statistics. Here’s an impressive number for you. The below Vine, posted one day ago, has nearly 8 million loops. Why? Because it features an incredible softball bat trick.The girl’s name is Marisa Arriaga, and she hails from Cedar Hill, Texas. She posted the original video back in June, but it’s gone viral the past 24 hours. In the clip, she lifts a bat off of the ground with her foot, bounces it behind her back, kicks the ball off of the tee, juggles it, and then crushes it into the woods. It’s awesome.Bat tricks? pic.twitter.com/M2JqHXR08l— marisa (@marisa_arriaga) June 24, 2015Yeah, I can’t do that. Impressive, to say the least.last_img read more

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Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing.A Santa Barbara County jury found Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline guilty of a felony count of failing to properly maintain its pipeline and eight misdemeanour charges, including killing marine mammals and protected sea birds.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that Plains’ actions were not only reckless and irresponsible but also criminal.“Today’s verdict should send a message: if you endanger our environment and wildlife, we will hold you accountable,” he said.Plains said in a statement that the jury didn’t find any knowing misconduct by the company and “accepts full responsibility for the impact of the accident.”“We are committed to doing the right thing,” the company said.The company said its operation of the pipeline met or exceeded legal and industry standards, and believes the jury erred in its verdict on one count where California law allowed a conviction under a standard of negligence.“We intend to fully evaluate and consider all of our legal options with respect to the trial and resulting jury decision,” Plains said.The company is set to be sentenced on Dec. 13. Because it’s a company, and not a person, Plains only faces fines, though it’s unclear how steep the penalties could be.Plains had faced a total of 15 charges for the rupture of a corroded pipeline that sent at least 123,000 gallons (465,000 litres) of crude oil gushing onto Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles.Plains pleaded not guilty to the charges and accused prosecutors of criminalizing an unfortunate accident.But federal inspectors found that Plains had made several preventable errors, failed to quickly detect the pipeline rupture and responded too slowly as oil flowed toward the ocean.Plains operators working from a Texas control room more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometres) away had turned off an alarm that would have signalled a leak and, unaware a spill had occurred, restarted the hemorrhaging line after it had shut down, which only made matters worse, inspectors found.The spill, two weeks shy of Memorial Day, closed beaches with popular campgrounds for two months and put a crimp in the local tourist economy and fishing industry.It also crippled the local oil business because the pipeline was used to transport crude to refineries from seven offshore rigs, including three owned by Exxon Mobil, that have been idle since the spill.Last year, Denver-based Venoco, declared bankruptcy, in part because it wasn’t able to operate its platform. The state is now responsible for plugging and decommissioning Veneco’s wells at an estimated cost of $58 million. That doesn’t include the eventual cost to remove the enormous structure.Plains apologized for the spill and paid for the cleanup. The company’s 2017 annual report estimated costs from the spill at $335 million, not including lost revenues.It is seeking approval to repair or rebuild its corroded pipelines.The company still faces possible fines from the U.S. government and also faces a federal class-action lawsuit by owners of beachfront properties, fishing boat operators, the petroleum industry and oil workers who lost jobs because of the spill.The pipeline that spilled has been shuttered but Plains has applied to build a new one in the same location.Kristen Monsell, oceans legal director with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement that Plains can’t be given “a second chance to spill again.”“It’s time to get dirty, dangerous drilling out of our oceans, out of our coastal areas and out of our state,” she said.___Associated Press writer Brian Melley contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Govt preparing list of profit-making arms of CPSEs for listing

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry is in the process of shortlisting profit making subsidiaries of CPSEs having a minimum stipulated net-worth, which can be listed on the stock exchanges, an official said. Currently, profit making CPSEs with a minimum net-worth of Rs 500 crore are listed on the exchanges. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will be consulting administrative ministries and central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) before finalising the names of the subsidiaries for the stock exchange debut. “We are drafting a list of subsidiaries of CPSEs which can go in for listing through initial public offer. The net-worth threshold for such listing too would be decided after deliberation,” an official said. In 2017-18, there were 257 operational CPSEs, of which 184 were profit making. Most of the profit-making subsidiaries of CPSEs are in coal, power and oil and gas sector. The official said, CPSE arms having a track record of making profit for at least three years are likely to be picked up for listing. The DIPAM, the official said, is preparing the pipeline of state-owned companies which can be listed on the stock exchanges in the current financial year or subsequent fiscals. The pipeline is necessary as the government holding in most of the bluechip CPSEs is close to 51 per cent. Though the listing of CPSE subsidiaries will not fetch any money to the government directly but it will get money in the form of dividend from the parent company. In 2016, the DIPAM came out with capital restructuring guidelines for CPSEs, which mandates that they must pay a minimum annual dividend of 30 per cent of profit after tax or 5 per cent of the net worth, whichever is higher.last_img read more

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Mens volleyball Ohio State rolls over Saint Francis in straight sets

Then-junior setter Christy Blough (5) sets the ball during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6, 2016.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe momentum kept rolling Friday night as the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team added another win to its current 29-game streak, this time at Saint Francis University. The Buckeyes won in straight sets 25-23, 25-18, 25-18.The win puts OSU at 6-0 on the season while Saint Francis falls to an even 3-3. The game marks the 30th win for the Buckeyes over the Red Flash in the teams’ 31-game history.OSU has now won 87 of the last 105 sets with a sweep over Saint Francis. The Buckeyes are within striking distance of matching the school record 32-game win streak that was set during OSU’s 24-0 run to end the 1969 season and the first eight games of the 1970 season.Senior opposite Miles Johnson led the Buckeyes in kills with 11, while junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had eight kills on 12 errorless attempts, notching a .667 hitting percentage.Senior opposite Jeff Hogan was the Red Flash’s team leader in kills with 13, but had 6 attacking on the night. Redshirt junior outside hitter Stephen Braswell followed Hogan in kills with seven of his own.Neith team in the first set accumulated much of a lead with a total of 15 ties. Eventually, OSU pulled away with kills from redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson and junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, as well as a combined block by Hervoir and Lesson, to seal the deal for the Buckeyes to win 25-23.The Buckeyes thoroughly dominated the second set with a couple timely runs. Five straight points put OSU up 10-5, then a six-point run built the lead to 24-15. Lesson’s kill closed the set at 25-18.After a seven-all start, OSU went on another six-point streak in the third set. The Buckeyes were nearly perfect in their attacking with only one hitting error, swinging at .560 percent. OSU’s offensive efforts were complimented by senior libero Gabriel Domecus’ match high six digs to help the Buckeyes win 25-18.Ohio State plays again Tuesday night in St. John Arena in a Big Ten clash against No. 15 Penn State at 7 p.m. read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball takes weekend sweep in State College Pa

The No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team took home two wins this weekend after defeating California Baptist, 3-1, and Mount Olive, 3-0, in the Penn State Invitational, improving to 8-4 on the season. Some OSU players saw more action than normal in Saturday’s match against the Mount Olive Trojans. The team’s leading offensive players, senior opposite Shawn Sangrey, senior outside hitter Mik Berzins and junior outside hitter Chen Levitan, didn’t even enter the match. Junior outside hitter Nick Gibson recorded a match-high 14 kills, while redshirt freshman setter Peter Heinen tallied 23 assists for the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior middle blocker John Tholen had six blocks. This is the second time in two years that OSU has swept Mt. Olive, according to the athletic department’s team guide. OSU rode Friday’s momentum into the first set, and at 17-15, went on an eight-point drive. Four Trojan errors and kills by reshirt freshman middle blocker Shawn Herron and Tholen added to the victory, 25-16. Similarly, at 16-13 in the second set, the Buckeyes put up six straight points while holding the Trojans at 13. OSU took the set, 25-17. The third set was close with 12 tied scores. The Buckeyes maintained the lead for most of the set, but the score tied late in the match, 24-24, on an attack error by freshman outside hitter Michael Henchy. Tholen’s kill put his team at match point, and an error in their favor ended the weekend of play for OSU, 26-24. In Friday night’s performance, the Cal-Baptist Lancers came out strong and took the first set, 23-25. OSU gave up a six-point lead in the second set and the score tied at 24. Berzins and Levitan, delivered kills to end the set, 27-25. Levitan would seal the third set for OSU, 25-20, with two more kills and two Lancer errors. At 16-14 in the fourth and final set, OSU went on a four-point drive with a Sangrey kill, two blocks from Herron and a Lancer error. The Buckeyes ended the match on an attack by Levitan, who had 16 on the weekend. Sangrey posted a match-high 23 kills and Heinen led the team in assists with 55. The Buckeyes will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons at 7 p.m. Friday. OSU returns home the following Friday to play Ball State at 7 p.m. The OSU men’s volleyball team, which is 65-33 against IPFW, could not be immediately reached for comment. read more

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Ohio State womens hockey coaches Nate Handrahan Keith Maurice resign

Former OSU women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan.Credit: Lantern TVAfter just four seasons, Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan and one of his assistants has resigned.An OSU spokesman confirmed the resignation in an email to The Lantern Wednesday afternoon, as well as the resignation of Keith Maurice, who joined the program in May 2013.The spokesman did not provide a reason for the resignations.The OSU women’s hockey team went 67-64-15 in four seasons under Handrahan, including a 17-16-3 mark this season.In the 2012-2013 season, the Buckeyes posted a 19-win season, the second most in team history.Handrahan was just the second head coach in the 15-year history of the program. read more

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TCIs Ifeanyi Otuyonye named Male Athlete of the Year Sports Minister touts

TCIs Ifeanyi Otuyonye named Male Athlete of the Year Sports Minister touts

first_img Auntie Fannie adventure well received in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:angelo garland, Deputy Premier Akierra Missick, Ifeanyi Otuyonye, Male Athlete of the Year, US Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jun 2015 – The Turks and Caicos recently recorded a new long jump National record thanks to young Ifeanyi Otuonye, and quite significantly the college student set a new indoor record for the triple jump and was named by the US Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association as the mid-west Field Male Athlete of the Year. In her ministerial statement, Deputy Premier Akiera Missick congratulated Otuoyne on the feats as she announced that Akia Guerrier has qualified for the World Youth Track and Field competition which will be held next month in Colombia. It was also revealed that a team of primary schoolers will represent the TCI at the Caribbean Primary School Competition within the second week of July and came the announcement of the September UK Territory Games; it was not revealed who will represent the country at that track & field meet but local trials were organized by the TCAAA and said to be supported by sprinter, Angelo Garland. Delano Williams of Grand Turk, Bronze Medalist at IAAF Recommended for you Awardees, includes a true to life TCI herolast_img read more

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Week In Review 2428

Week In Review 2428

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Wednesday 2/6Audio PlayerWEDNESDAY-2619.mp3VmWEDNESDAY-2619.mp300:00RPdPresident Trump “We Need To Govern As One Nation”, Borough Assembly Request BOF Rescind Decision To Move 2020 UCI Meeting, Nikiski Student Among Alaska’s Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019,  Borough Mayor Addresses Road Clearing Concerns Monday 2/4Audio PlayerMONDAY-2419.mp3VmMONDAY-2419.mp300:00RPdConstruction Update On North Road Extension Project, Traffic Stops Leads To Chase Down Swanson River Road, City Of Kenai Looks At Amending Mobile Food Vendor Requirements, Soldotna Accepting Applications For Storefront Improvement Program Tuesday 2/5Audio PlayerTUESDAY-2519.mp3VmTUESDAY-2519.mp300:00RPdCommunity Members Donate To Kenai Animal Shelter, Alaska Takes Top Spot In Gun Related Deaths, Again, KPBSD Continues Push For More Counselors, DOT: Plowing Priorities For State Roadscenter_img Thursday 2/7Audio PlayerTHURSDAY-2719.mp3VmTHURSDAY-2719.mp300:00RPdKenai Fire Training Facility To Be Rented Out To Red Cross, Larry Persily Delivers Reality Check For AK LNG Project, Alaskans Targeted Via Phone And Text Message Scam, Kenai City Council Asks BOF To Rescind Decision To Move 2020 UCI Meeting Friday 2/8Audio PlayerFRIDAY-2819.mp3VmFRIDAY-2819.mp300:00RPdKPBSD Teachers Still Without A Contract, Knopp To Speak At A Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber Breakfast, DHSS Commissioner Assumes Management Of Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Vote Postponed On Amending Mobile Food Vendor Requirements, Soldotna PD Warns Of Scam Circulating The Local Arealast_img read more

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Get Apple discounts at Best Buy with these tradein offers

first_img Read full review Sprint MacBook Air, $1,000 (with $200 trade-in discount) See at Walmart See at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS The entry-level 64GB iPad Air carries a list price of $500, which you can bring down significantly with a $150 Best Buy gift card by trading in your old iPad. Again, the caveat applies that you’ll get less than that if your current iPad is in less-than-great shape. You could also get the much roomier 256GB iPad Air for $500 — again, if you are able to max out the trade-in offer.The iPad Air sits between the 9.7-inch iPad introduced last year, which starts at $329, and the 11-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799 and has a more powerful A12X processor. The iPad Air is essentially a refresh of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, which Apple has discontinued. It has a nearly identical design — and accessories will be interchangeable between the two — but a few newer components, including the same A12 Bionic processor used in the iPhone XS. See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Thinking of trading in your current Apple Watch for a model from the latest Series 4 line? If your current Apple Watch is in good condition, then you can get up to $100 in the form of a Best Buy gift card to apply toward the purchase of an Apple Watch Series 4, which starts at $400 before any discount. A quick scan of Best Buy’s site reveals that you could get $40 for a Series 1, $65 for a Series 2 and $100 for a Series 3. See It See at Best Buy reading • Get Apple discounts at Best Buy with these trade-in offers See it This trade-in deal is in-store only, but you can save up to $575 on the purchase and activation of an iPhone XR, XS or XS Max if you combine the current discount of up to $200 off of one of the new iPhone models (minimum discount is $50) with up to $375 via a Best Buy gift card when you trade in your current iPhone. Don’t have a phone to trade in? Sprint is running iPhone discounts at Best Buy: save $150 on an iPhone XS or XS Max or $390 on an iPhone XR. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 iPhone XR or XS: Save up to $575 $999 Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Comment See at Best Buy Read more iPad Air, $350 (with $150 trade-in discount) Apple Watch Series 4, $300 (with $100 trade-in discount) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read full review The entry-level model usually costs $1,200 but can be had for only $1,000 if you trade in a working MacBook, which can fetch up to $200 via a Best Buy gift card. (Of course, you’ll get less for a banged-up MacBook.) The entry-level model features a 13.3-inch Retina display along with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. You could also use the trade-in for pricier MacBook Air models, including the step-up model that lists for $1,400 and bumps you up to a 256GB SSD or the $1,600 model that supplies a 512GB SSD. Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Read full review Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Angela Lang/CNET See All See at Best Buy $999 Boost Mobile iPhone X, $750 (save $150) Apple Watch Series 3, $199 (save $80) It’s not the latest series, but the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a stellar smartphone. And a great deal at $199 for the 38mm model or $229 for the 42mm model. Apple Watch Series 3 sale at WalmartTo round out the Apple deals this week, Walmart is running a deal on Apple Watch Series 3 models. Mobile See It Apple Best Buy See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Share your voice Read full review Read more Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1 With its gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED screen, dual rear-facing cameras and Face ID, the iPhone X is still a contender. It is still fairly spendy at $900 for the 64GB model, but you can get it for the more reasonable sum of $750 right now at Best Buy. • Sarah Tew/CNET Apple discounts, generally speaking, are rare, but they are currently abundant at Best Buy by way of trade-in offers, which can help bring down the prices of a MacBook Air, iPad Air and Apple Watch. There’s also a few iPhone deals worth investigating if you are in the market for a new phone. Of course, the usual caveat applies that you’ll get less than maximum trade-in value for your current Apple gear unless it’s in good shape.Here are the highlights of Best Buy’s Apple Shopping Event.Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Top 5 Apple deals at Best Buy Walmart Best Buy Intel Applelast_img read more

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Govt hospitals might hire private doctors at higher or equal salaries

first_imgNew Delhi, India – Patients and their attendants wait outside the Out Patient Department (OPD) at a government-run hospital in New Delhi, India, November 22, 2017. [Representational Image]ReutersThe Union Labour and Employment Ministry is seeking to hire doctors engaged in private practice at higher or equal salaries in a bid to improve public healthcare.According to a government official, the ministry might also allow such doctors shorter working hours and the option of operating from their own clinics, Economic Times reported.The move is likely to increase the coverage of government healthcare facilities for workers enrolled under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) programme across India apart from countering the problem of shortage of doctors at the ESIC hospitals.This insurance provides medical care and cash benefits in times of illness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury to all workers under the Employees’ State Insurance Act. It covers around 120 million beneficiaries.However, at present, the ESIC hospitals do not hire doctors who have graduated from private medical colleges and also the ones who are in private practices which stop many skilled doctors from catering to wider healthcare services.Although in times of shortage, some states and even Centre hire doctors on a contract basis, most of the private doctors refuse to serve because of lower salaries than the market rate even for full-time doctors.According to reports, government hospitals are under pressure due to a rising number of patients, limited infrastructure and personnel. These hospitals generally have a long waiting period, running into days to one consultation. Kolkata, India A doctor examines a dengue fever patient at a government hospital in Kolkata, India, October 31, 2017. [Representational Image]Reuters”There is an acute shortage of doctors and we would like to rope in private doctors to address the issue on a nationwide scale,” said the official cited above.According to the latest data by the Union Health Ministry, the number of doctors at public health centres is about 3,000 less than the desired strength of 25,650 as of March 2017.India requires 65,018 nursing staff at public health centres and community health centres. There is a shortage of 13,194.The requirement of specialists is 22,496 but the shortfall is 18,347.last_img read more

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Local Artist Paula Whaley Found Voice Healing In Clay

Local Artist Paula Whaley Found Voice Healing In Clay

first_imgTwelve years ago, at age 58, sculptor and traditional doll maker Paula Whaley purchased a property near the intersection of North Charles and 21st streets. Her neighbors at the time consisted of a methadone clinic and boarded up houses. “Because I was from Harlem and I had gone through the ’50s with the whole heroin epidemic … this didn’t bother me,” said Whaley in a rare interview with the AFRO. More than her Harlem upbringing, however, it was something she learned from her brother, the late literary icon James Baldwin, which led to the purchase of what is now her home and studio – a willingness to face one’s fears and risk everything for the sake of the person one might become as a result. Baldwin’s passing in 1987 served as a wakeup call, putting Whaley on the path to finding and expressing her authentic self, and living out a fuller purpose through her art. Whaley had made a name for herself in the world of fashion, traveling the world with her own clothing line among other accomplishments. However, she had come to feel that her life needed to be about more than just clothes. “My life had to be more of a sharing and a giving,” said Whaley. “It could not just be about me.”While reeling from the loss of her brother, who, at 19 years her senior, had served as more of a father figure (their father died on the same July day Whaley was born), Whaley turned to the molding of clay at the behest of a sculptor-friend who thought it could help her process her grief.As Whaley shaped the clay, figures began to emerge. “What’s very interesting about it was I’m watching this and these faces are coming, but they were the faces of my brother,” said Whaley.Her brother’s face has never left her work. It is reflected in the eyes of the figures and dolls Whaley crafts. These eyes have become something of a signature, an instantly recognizable element of her work that often touches on the themes of ancestry and the way one carries the legacy of those who affected one’s life but have passed on. “When you talk about the loss and what’s gone, I had to start to realize that it’s not really gone,” said Whaley of what her art has taught her. Much as her purchase of the building on Charles Street was a revisiting of her past in Harlem, Whaley’s work preserves her connection to a past that lives on not only in the faces of her work, but in the very way her studio has become an open house for other artistic endeavors in Baltimore. In addition to serving as a gallery showcasing area artists, Whaley has opened her studio, named the Oneeki Design Studio, to Fanon Hill and Navasha Daya’s Youth Resiliency Institute, which uses the space to introduce children to the artistic process, and recently, to film an episode for a youth-directed video news program. The studio has become a place of surrender for Whaley. The she surrenders to her mission to share and give, honoring the legacy she inherited from the brother that raised her and from her mother, who tended over a home in Harlem that was always open to those in their community. “You can’t do someone else,” said Whaley of what her art and studio have come to represent. “Or you can’t follow everything to the letter like how we’re trained. You have to come out of that box and really be you. Your authentic self.” The Oneeki Design Studio is located at 2103 North Charles St. and is open to the public on Sundays, so visitors can see and purchase the works of Thomas and Helena Wise.last_img read more

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Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake Attends Her Final Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake Attends Her Final Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

first_imgMembers of some of Baltimore’s most distinguished businesses and corporations gathered at the Horseshoe Casino early Thursday morning for the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with the Mayor.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during her final Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast event. (Photo by Maliik Obee)As the clock continues to count down toward the end of her six-year stay in office, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined the chamber for her last outing with the event. The second woman to serve as Baltimore’s mayor, Rawlings-Blake is also the current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.Despite the positive changes Baltimore has undergone during Rawlings-Blake’s tenure, the mayor told attendees that the bad publicity the city receives often outweighs the good. Among her achievements, Rawlings-Blake cited major strides in the development of small, minority and women-owned businesses in Baltimore City. Including the introduction of 2,000 jobs to the city through the development of the Horseshoe Casino, the city has seen an increase of 20,000 jobs since Rawlings-Blake took office. Preparing for the next generation has been a major point of emphasis for Rawlings-Blake, who noted the $49 million invested into new and renovated recreation and educational centers across the city.Business leaders from across Baltimore City conversed and dined on a full breakfast spread. After receiving a standing ovation and warm applause from the members of the Chamber of Commerce, Rawlings-Blake reminded everyone of her dedication to change in Charm City.“Baltimore’s progress could not be more evident,” said Rawlings-Blake. “We will not lose the great momentum that we created with your help.”Following Rawlings-Blake’s speech, the Chamber of Commerce recognized members and other entities that are helping to create a better Baltimore with a series of Advocate Awards.The Workforce Development Advocate Award was given to Robert Matthews of BGE. The Business Development Advocate Award was given to Jeanne Hitchcock of Johns Hopkins University. The Educational Advocate Award was given to Baltimore City Community College. The Community Advocate Award was given to Chase Brexton Health Care. The Chamber Advocate Award was given to John Walters of Walters Relocations, Inc. Finally, the Chamber of Commerce Career Award was given to Charlie Owens, who will soon retire from his position as president of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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KardashianJenner Sisters Shut Down Their Subscription Apps

KardashianJenner Sisters Shut Down Their Subscription Apps

first_img Popular on Variety The Kardashian-Jenner multimedia brand has millions of social-media followers — but evidently not enough of them are willing to shell out three bucks per month to get the inside dope directly from the clan’s sisters.This week Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner announced that they will stop updating their three-year-old apps and websites in 2019. The coordinated move came after another sister, Kendall Jenner, shut down her app and site last year.The Kardashian-Jenners’ digital properties, launched in 2015, were developed and managed by Whalerock Industries, the production house headed by CEO Lloyd Braun. Reps for the company didn’t respond to requests for comment.“We’ve had an incredible experience connecting with all of you through our apps these past few years but have made the difficult decision to no longer continue updating in 2019,” Kardashian West wrote in a Dec. 19 message on her website, which was identical to notices posted by Kylie and Khloé. “We truly hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as we have, and we look forward to what’s ahead.” The subscription model may have failed given that the celebs already share copiously on social media, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Kourtney Kardashian alluded to this with a slightly different spin on her shutdown announcement, which included an additional call for fans to “follow me on Instagram to stay updated.”The sisters’ biggest platform is Instagram, where Kourtney currently has about 71 million followers, bested by Kim Kardashian (122.8 million) and Kylie (122.1 million). Kendall has 100 million and Khloé has nearly 84 million.The Kardashian-Jenner apps were free but offered additional content to subscribers who paid $2.99 per month. Kardashian West’s app, for example, has been billed as providing an “exclusive selection of free and premium paid content. The experience includes exclusive livestreams, beauty tutorials, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, personal journals, fashion content and much more.”West Hollywood-based Whalerock had big ambitions for its digital-media group through its pacts with the Kardashian-Jenners, as well as Ellen DeGeneres, Howard Stern and Tyler, the Creator. But with the shutdown of the remaining four Kardashian-Jenner apps, the only Whalerock-published apps still available are emoji/sticker apps Kim Kardashian’s Kimoji ($2.99), DJ Khaled’s Moji Talk ($1.99) and Lakers Showtime Stickers (free).Separately, still available from Glu Mobile are role-playing/story games “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” — which generated estimated revenue of $8 million in Q2 — and “Kendall and Kylie.”Pictured above: Kim Kardashian West (left), Khloé Kardashiancenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Hundreds of Princess Cruises images now a click away for agents

Hundreds of Princess Cruises images now a click away for agents

first_img SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises has integrated its Princess Media Library to its online travel agent centre, OneSourceCruises.com, allowing travel agents to create customized flyers, banners and other sales materials using images of the most recent amenities offered on board.“The addition of the Princess Media Library to OneSource gives travel agents the freedom to personalize their own sales collateral with photos and highlight specific offerings to suit the needs of their clients,” said John Chernesky, Vice President of North America Sales, Princess Cruises. “The wide variety of images available on OneSource offers our travel partners new resources to communicate the amazing experiences Princess provides their clients.”OneSource offers a range of programs to assist travel agents in all aspects of cruise planning. In addition to the Princess Media Library, OneSource includes POLAR Online, the booking tool built exclusively for travel agents to simplify the process of booking cruises.OneSource also houses Princess Academy, an online educational program for travel agents to take detailed courses on everything Princess Cruises has to offer. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Princess Academy offers benefits for travel consultants who reach the Commodore level.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTravel partners can access OneSource and the Princess Media Library at OneSourceCruises.com. Tags: Princess Cruises Thursday, August 18, 2016 Hundreds of Princess Cruises images now a click away for agents Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Purchase Apps Rise to NineYear High

Purchase Apps Rise to NineYear High

first_img The purchase applications index of Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) increased in June to its highest level in nearly nine years as the national MiMi remained on the outer range of the historical benchmark for housing activity.The MiMi covering June 2016 reported a value of 85 for the national index, a slight uptick from May (0.08 percent) and a three-month improvement of 1.37 percent. A value of 80 is the lowest point of what is considered stable, meaning the June value for purchase applications (77.5), an increase of 1.75 percent from May, is on the cusp of stable.“Nationally, MiMi in June was largely unchanged at 85, marking a 5.76 percent year-over-year increase and the 50th consecutive month of year-over-year increases,” Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer said. “Low mortgage rates and consistent job gains are helping to bolster homebuyer demand, which is reflected in the MiMi purchase applications indicator. Purchase applications, as measured by MiMi, rose 1.75 percent month over month in June to the highest level since December 2007.”The national MiMi has rebounded by 42 percent since hitting an all-time low in October 2010, but is still significantly off of its all-time high of 121.7 reached in 2006.Purchase applications is one of four indices that make up the national MiMi; purchase applications had a MiMi value of 68.7 in June, indicating still below stable; the current-on-mortgage index had a MiMi value of 87.0 in June, while the employment index was highest with a value of 106.8. The only one of these four indices that did not decline from May to June was purchase applications.According to Freddie Mac, 38 out of 50 states and 77 out of 100 metros have MiMi values within range of their benchmark averages. The states with the MiMi values closest to their historical benchmark index levels of 100 in June were Utah (97), Hawaii (96.9), Oregon (96.9), Montana (96.8), and Colorado (96.3); the top metros in the same category were Los Angeles (99.8), Salt Lake City (100.4), Honolulu (98.9), Portland (98.2), and Provo, Utah (98.2).Click here to view the entire Freddie Mac MiMi for June 2016. Share September 1, 2016 561 Views Freddie Mac Housing Market Multi-Indicator Market Index 2016-09-01 Seth Welborncenter_img Purchase Apps Rise to Nine-Year High in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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Rep Chatfield announces November office hours

Rep Chatfield announces November office hours

first_imgChippewa CountySault Area Chamber of Commerce2581 I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie?4-5 p.m. State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of November. Categories: Chatfield News,News ?Monday, Nov. 21? Emmet CountyGrand Traverse Pie Co.?316 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey?9-10 a.m. No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling ?(517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. Mackinac CountyAng-Gio’s Restaurant?232 S. M-134 in Cedarville?2-3 p.m.?center_img Cheboygan CountyChristopher’s Cafe?3725 S. Straits Hwy. in Indian River?11 a.m.-12 p.m. “Since taking office, my staff and I have held monthly office hours in every county throughout the district for 22 consecutive months,” said Rep. Chatfield. “Monthly office hours is a great opportunity for me to stay accessible and anyone is welcome to attend.” His November office hours schedule is: 16Nov Rep. Chatfield announces November office hours ###last_img read more

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In what is likely to be the final shareholders mee

In what is likely to be the final shareholders mee

first_imgIn what is likely to be the final shareholders meeting before selling off assets to Disney, ‘New Fox’ boss Lachlan Murdoch has revealed that the company will stick to its original ‘Fox’ name.Lachlan MurdochDuring the meeting, Murdoch, who was temporarily joined by father Rupert Murdoch and brother James Murdoch, stated that Fox sans its 21stCentury entertainment assets will continue to deliver “disruptive” TV shows, “brash” sports coverage and continue its news operation.Separately, Lachlan Murdoch also addressed the recent shareholder proposal to rid the company of its dual-class ownership structure – which sees the majority of Fox shares traded publically as class A shares with no voting rights.The Murdoch family owns 39% of class B voting shares that do have voting rights, a sticking point for some shareholders who have suggested the Murdochs have too much power as a family in the organisation.A regulatory filing that followed the discussion ultimately showed that 61% of the votes cast sided with the position of Fox’s board and argued that the current share structure provided flexibility and focused the company on long-term results, while 37% voted in favour of ridding of the structure.Earlier this week Fox did not submit a bid for the regional sports networks it sold off to Disney within the allocated time despite its strong interest in sports programming. The US Department of Justice forced Disney’s hand to rid of the assets on the basis that the company would gain too much power in the space with its new acquisition of Fox assets.last_img read more

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Give a man a bowl of noodles and you feed him for

Give a man a bowl of noodles and you feed him for

first_imgGive a man a bowl of noodles and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to make noodles and you feed him for a lifetime.That’s how the famous proverb about fish is being reinvented in China these days. In the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu, the government believes that one way to eliminate poverty is tied to the region’s specialty dish — hand-pulled noodles in a beef broth.The chewy noodles, made from flour and water, are a popular dish, bathed in clear broth and topped with spice-braised beef, fresh cilantro, green onions and hot chili oil. A bowl goes for as little as 8 yuan — about $1.50.In mid-March, Gansu province authorities announced that this year they will train 15,000 people from impoverished areas to make the noodles from scratch. The hope is that these new noodlers will land jobs at noodle shops or open their own. The government will offer financial incentives to companies and individuals to meet the goal of opening 1,500 new noodle shops in 2019.It’s not the first noodle initiative. Last year, some 12,000 people joined the noodle skills training programs in the province’s capital city Lanzhou and in Beijing. According to the government, 90 percent of them found noodle-related jobs after. Those who left the province for noodle work are earning more than 4,000 yuan (about $590) a month.There does seem to be a lot of opportunity in the noodle field. China has an estimated 50,000 Lanzhou beef noodle shops, 4,000 of them in the poverty-stricken Gansu province. According to the provincial commerce department, the annual noodle shop sales volume in that province alone is 12 billion yuan (about $1.8 billion), and the region employs more than 40,000 noodle-makers.But there is only so much that noodles can do in the war against poverty. And President Xi Jinping is putting on the pressure by vowing to eradicate rural poverty by 2020. There are 16.6 million rural poor in China.In Guizhou, the country’s poorest province, the local government has partnered with private enterprises to develop tourism. Wanda Group, a high-profile Chinese property developer, allocated 1.5 billion yuan (about $223 million) in Danzhai county, building a tourist village to showcase the architecture and dancing and singing performances of the ethnic Miao and Dong minorities. In addition, the county established a vocational school to teach tourism management, nursing and accounting skills.The tourist village appears to be generating jobs. Within a year of its opening in 2017, the state media agency Xinhua reports 5.5 million visitors from outside cities. The tourists took time out from posing for selfies to devour local dishes (which is good news for pig farmers, among others) and buy local products such as tea and crafts including embroidery. According to Xinhua, in that first year of operation, the village has created 24,000 jobs, and some 16,000 people increased their monthly income to 3,000 yuan ($440), which puts them way above China’s official poverty line of 2,300 yuan ($340) per year.Sometimes, it’s the people themselves who find opportunities and help themselves. Folks in the Beishanyun village of Shanxi province, which is home to more than 30 courtyards built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, have turned to acting for extra cash. The farming village’s traditional architecture has reportedly made it a desirable shooting spot for film and TV dramas set in the Republic of China and Sino-Japanese War periods, roughly 1912 to 1945. Working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as an extra brings one 100 yuan ($15) per day. Some families can earn a good amount in a few days if all its members work as extras.Meanwhile, the noodle-making dreams in Gansu province may have some bumps ahead — at least that’s what people are joking about on Chinese social media Weibo. “Most Lanzhou beef noodle shops in the country are run by people from Qinghai province,” joked one Weibo user. “Is there any space left for Gansu folks?””Gansu people are finally getting the hang of it, years after Qinghai took the special away from them,” another said. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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