Nagpur gears up for polls

first_imgNagpur: Around 5,000 policemen have been deployed across various parts of the city for the civic polls on Tuesday.According to NMC commissioner Srawan Hardikar, the voting will take place at 2,783 polling booths, out which 54 have been identified as “sensitive booths”. Armed security personnel will be deployed at 162 polling booths across the city. The election is for 151 seats across 38 wards. An NMC press release said, “Nine Deputy Commissioner of Police, 12 Assistant Commissioner of Police, 32 police inspectors, 125 police sub-inspectors and ten platoons of the ‘striking force’ State Reserve Police force will be involved in the security arrangements.” Four Riot Control teams of police and one company of SRPF have been kept as “reserve.”The police have confiscated 124 weapons and asked the owners of 195 weapons to submit them to the police.The vehicle of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was surrounded by some angry protestors in East Nagpur area on Monday evening. The protestors reportedly belonged to Halba community, which is unhappy with the BJP for not keeping its promise of providing caste certificates. The Minister was escorted to his home safely.last_img read more

Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor PLAY LIST 02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Nets overcome James’ triple-double, beat Cavaliers Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern smiles during a news conference after an NBA board of governors meeting in New York. The recently retired Stern was elected Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014. APNEW YORK — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use should be allowed, but the league says it won’t allow players to use it for recreational use.Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted’s documentary “Concept of Cannabis.” Stern said he thought there was “universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Adam Silver, who replaced Stern as commissioner in 2014, has said he is interested in studying more about the safety of medicinal marijuana. But Stern, who spent 30 years as commissioner, seemed ready to go a step further in his interview.“I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state,” he said. “If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what’s legal in your state.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarijuana is listed as a prohibited substance on the league’s anti-drug program, and players can be fined or suspended for multiple positive tests.“While Commissioner Silver has said that we are interested in better understanding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana, our position remains unchanged regarding the use by current NBA players of marijuana for recreational purposes,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.last_img read more

Suicide Nation

first_imgSuicide Nation”In a country where democracy is a distant cry and is not allowed to bloom on one pretext or the other, the assassination of Salman Taseer by his trusted security guard was not unexpected.”K . R . Srinivasan, SecunderabadDeath WishWith its army functioning as a shadow government, Pakistan today stands at a dangerous threshold, where the weak government may lose the battle against Islamists (“Suicide Nation”, January 24). Such a volatile neighbour is a cause of concern.R.D. Singh, HaryanaThe killing of Salman Taseer raises fears about the future of Pakistan more than the killing itself. Pakistan faces a siege of terror laid by Islamic fundamentalists.Motupalli S. Prasad,ChennaiTaseer’s murder has really disclosed the cruel picture of Pakistan and its rigid mentality. The people of the country really need to indulge in some introspection.S. Rocky, Manipur.Politician Imran Khan and Islamic spiritual scholar Wahiduddin Khan are interestingly juxtaposed in the story. They not only expose double standards but also boldly talk about Islamic thinking.Anjum M. Samel, MumbaiThe Real PowerThe present crisis in Pakistan and the assassination of Salman Taseer by a member of the Elite Force (“The Praetorian Guard has Risen”, January 24) have brought to fore the popular contention that the real power that guides political events in the country is its military that manipulates all other powers.C. Koshy John, PuneThe Money TrapThe Citibank fraud has shaken the confidence of investors to a great extent (“Is Your Money in Safe Hands?”, January 24). We should not fall into the trap of these exotic schemes floated by such wealth managers.Bal Govind, NoidaLayered Crisis The rising price of onions is bound to leave consumers in tears. This has made life miserable for the aam admi, who survives on it (“The Great Onion Coverup, January 24). The Government needs to take punitive action against hoarders.P. ARIHANTH, SecunderabadThe Government should really pull up its socks and do something about this whole onion mess-up. It is very important for a country like ours to tackle shortage of such items. More so because vegetables like onion, potato and tomato constitute the staple food in India.Swati Gupta, PatnaPack TreatmentCabinet reshuffles over the years have proved to be exercises undertaken in compulsion (“Politics of Reshuffle”, January 24). Such reshuffles have been akin to the shuffling of a pack of cards, without actually considering the ability and suitability of an individual for a certain portfolio.P.K. Srivastava, New DelhiThe prime minister no longer picks his cabinet colleagues as per his own wishes but has to consider the recommendations of the leaders of other parties as well. In this scenario, the only real maneuverability a leader may enjoy is primarily with his own party within the framework of a coalition.advertisementK.S. Jayatheertha, BangaloreMystery MurderI am alarmed at what your magazine considers to be a story (“The Untold Story”, January 24). Rather than focus on the CBI’s failure, your story assists the coverup. Aarushi’s case is one that has disturbed many people, not because of the ‘sexual twist’ you suggest or the neatly manufactured speculation that endeavours to pronounce the parents guilty but because it shows yet again that the premier investigating agency cannot be relied upon. The CBI now says it has no evidence to prosecute, but the failure to gather evidence is not theirs. Your story buffers this coverup with an expert psychologist’s opinion, relying upon leading questions that prompt simplistic matching answers. I strongly protest the ‘sexual twist’ and the grotesquely voyeuristic use of photographs of the deceased girl. I am extremely disappointed.Madhu Mehra, Executive Director, Partners for Law in Development, New DelhiThe Aarushi story gave a graphic description of the murder scenario. It is totally unacceptable that the CBI has not been able to solve the case and wanted to close it. The agency could not prove its suspicions but left the Talwars in the glare as probable murderers, which has increased the agony of the parents of the deceased.Ashok Kumar Ghosh, KolkataThe infamous Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, instead of being solved by the CBI, has actually proven to be a riddle. Now the people have been left to wonder as to who is giving the clear picture. The facts have allegedly been tampered with and the story of Aarushi remains untold.Anu Roy, via www.intoday.inBeing a HinduIt is a known fact that Hinduism is a “way of life” and not a religion. So let us not confuse Hinduism with the rituals performed by Hindus (“A Dangerous Ploy”, January 24). Also there is no such thing as a “non-Hindu”.U.K. Jayadev, BangaloreGame Gone WrongadvertisementCalling a spade a spade was commendable (“The End of Dadagiri”, January 24). How could Dada delude himself so much for so long over his past performances? Only a stoic silence can redeem Sourav Ganguly. Anything else would be counter-productive and humiliate him further.Sant P. Gupta, AgraThe recently concluded IPL auction was a demonstration of how money is being foolishly splurged by rich Indians. Our hopes for the World Cup have been shattered following the IPL auction tamasha.A.A. Bhimaiah, KarnatakaThe game of cricket is no longer the sport that would drive the nation crazy. The IPL has made it a mere money-making machine for players. A great way to get yourself auctioned and pompously sold off for a few crores. This is just a cheap way of grabbing eyeballs.Garima Tyagi, via www.intoday.inlast_img read more

Maha govt demands Rs 14,000 cr compensation over GST bill

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) The Maharashtra government has demanded compensation of Rs 14,000 crore over the possible loss of revenue after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill.Speaking at the Inter-State Council meeting held here, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the state was expected to lose revenue of over Rs 14,000 crore if the GST bill was passed and the state should be compensated over a period of five years.He also demanded levying additional one per cent more GST in states with a flourishing manufacturing sector to compensate for the loss of revenue.The Chief Minister stated that in order to combat the menace of ISIS and Naxals, the state has taken several “successful” steps, including starting over 318 inter-state operations with the Chhattisgarh and Telangana governments.He said his government was not in favour of Justice M M Punchhi Committee recommendations of uniform number of representation of states in the Rajya Sabha and back the existing system.The Punchhi Commission was formed to look into contemporary issues of Centre-State relations keeping in view the changes that have been taken place in the polity and economy of the country.Fadnavis said by the end of 2018, over 28,000 Panchayats in the state will be connected with wi-fi services. He said since May 1, Gram Panchayats, health centres and schools of five hamlets in Nagpur district have been provided with internet connection with a speed of 10 mbps.By 2016-2017, 776 Gram Panchayats will be provided with similar service, he said.The Chief Minister also claimed to have covered 100 per cent registration of Aadhar cards while 73 per cent of the total population has opened Jan Dhan bank accounts.advertisementHighlighting the digitisation of state services, Fadnavis noted that since January this year, over 156 public services have found their presence online through “aaple sarkar” portal. PTI PR SRYlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar did not buy BMW cars for India’s Rio heroes. This guy did

first_imgRio Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Pullela Gopichand were gifted BMW cars on Sunday for their achievements at the recently-concluded Games, where India won two medals.The event, hyped and well covered by the media. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar handed over the keys to the three ladies and Gopichand but the expensive cars were actually bought by Hyderabad-based businessman Chamundeshwarnath, who also happens to be the president of the district Badminton Association.All the three Olympians and the cricketing legend along with national badminton coach Gopichand came together under one roof at P. Gopichand Nimmagadda Prasad Badminton Academy in Hyderabad where the swanky BMWs were gifted to Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Gopichand.CAR KEYS HANDED OVER BY TENDULKARThe luxury cars were given away to the four sportspersons for their outstanding achievements. Chamundeshwarnath roped in Tendulkar, the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics, to honour the sportspersons at a function on Sunday morning. Interestingly, it was Tendulkar who handed over a BMW to Saina Nehwal when she returned home with a Bronze medal from 2012 London Olympics.In company of champs who proved their mettle @Pvsindhu1 @SakshiMalik @DipaKarmakar & super coach #PullelaGopichand sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 28, 2016Star shuttler Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian badminton player to clinch a Silver medal in the Olympics while Sakshi became the first-ever woman wrestler from the country to win a medal when she bagged a Bronze. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar missed out on third-place finish by a whisker but more than that she created a record by becoming first Indian to qualify for gymnastics final.advertisementGopichand, the Indian national badminton coach, too is talk of the town after producing second medal for the country in the history of the Games. Under his guidance, Saina had won a Bronze in London Games four years ago before she switched to train with coach Vimal Kumar.last_img read more

Wise Wins Halfpipe Gold for U.S.

first_imgKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — David Wise considers himself a dad and husband first, a freestyle skier second. That might be why he also became an Olympic champion.Soaring through sloppy snow and sleet, Wise won the first gold medal in the young sport of halfpipe skiing on Feb. 18, outclassing a field in Sochi that had trouble with the slow, waterlogged conditions.Sightlines were less than perfect on the first true soaker of a night at the action-sports venue, but not so bad that Wise couldn’t look down from the top and see his wife, Lexi, and the rest of his family members cheering at the base of the halfpipe.Many of them were holding big pop-out pictures of his 2-year-old daughter, Nayeli, stapled to wooden sticks.“To see that face looking back up at me was cool,” Wise said.After placing a heart-shaped rock Lexi gave him into one pocket, the 23-year-old from Reno, Nev., dropped into the halfpipe and scored a 92 — a mark that held up to beat Canada’s Mike Riddle by 1.4 points.Kevin Rolland of France took bronze.That podium pretty much went to form, a fact not lost on Wise or any of the others, who have watched expected results in other action sports at these games get shuffled — partly because of conditions and maybe because of pressure. Shaun White never got comfortable with the tough halfpipe a week ago and finished fourth. Kelly Clark struggled and ended up with bronze, not gold.“I’ve been watching a lot of favorites lose this Olympics … seeing how much pressure it can be and how you have to perform, regardless of the conditions or how you’re feeling that day,” Wise said. “It’s kind of sobering, to say the least.”He had a couple new tricks he wanted to bust out for the Olympics, but because of the conditions, those will have to wait.Instead, he went with his most dependable jumps: 2½ spins; two flips with 3½ spins; back-to-back 720-degree spins; then another two-flip, 1260-degree move. Some went 14-15 feet above the halfpipe. Most had fancy grabs of the skis that the judges love. All had rock-solid landings that win gold medals.“Dave is, right now, on top of the sport,” said his 17-year-old American teammate, Aaron Blunck. “He’s the best. He’s proven it multiple times. He comes out in any condition and has amazing fun. He’s the dad out of the group. So, no matter what he does, we’re proud of him”Wise is the winner of three straight Winter X Games titles, which, until now, were the biggest prizes in his trophy case.All these major victories have come since he got married and became a dad. He’s a family man — the regular dude in a counter-culture sport — and he’s sure he wouldn’t be this good if it were different.“I can go and ski my heart out, but that doesn’t necessarily define who I am,” he said. “Being a good husband and father is more important. I can have passion with both things and it provides balance.”Riddle’s silver continued a sparkling stretch of freestyle skiing for Canada. Including the 1-2 moguls finish by the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, a 1-2 finish in men’s moguls and some other strong results, the Canadians have won seven medals in the action sports, three of them gold.This one means a little more, given that it came in the sport the late Sarah Burke of Canada pushed hardest to include in the Olympics. Burke was the freeskiing star who died two years ago after a training accident in the halfpipe.“Without Sarah, I don’t think ski halfpipe or slopestyle would be anywhere near what it is right now,” Riddle said. “It wouldn’t be in the Olympics. She had a massive impact and she’s been on my mind a lot this week.”Though the weather prevented the show from being the best the skiers have ever put on, certainly Burke would’ve appreciated the effort — and all those smiles.“The whole thing is to just go out there and try to have some fun,” said Blunck, who finished seventh.Wise had the most fun. He brought America’s medal total at the Sochi Games to 20 overall, with six golds. Eleven of the medals and five of those golds have come from the action sports, where Wise considers himself a role model.“I just want people to be excited about freeskiing,” he said. Soon, he’ll collect that gold medal and bring it home to Reno, where Nayeli stayed back with her grandma and watched her dad on TV.The new champion understands, of course, that the medal belongs to a great, big family. “You represent everyone who believed in you along the way — teachers, trainers, coaches, sponsors,” he said. “Everyone who thought you had a chance of being great at something is in that halfpipe with you.”(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PAOK Punishment Threatens Greek Title Hopes

first_imgATHENS (AP) — A sports court in Greece has punished league title contender PAOK for match violence, deducting three points from its tally and ordering the northern club to play its next two home matches without fans.A Feb. 25 match between PAOK and Olympiakos was canceled after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was hit in the face by a roll of paper thrown from the stands.The court on Monday awarded the match to Olympiakos. The ruling was not immediately implemented because PAOK has the right to appeal.PAOK and AEK Athens are fighting to break the dominance of Olympiakos which has lost only two championships in the last 21 years.AEK leads the standings with 54 points, followed by PAOK on 52 and Olympiakos on 47.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

UPT Adds Two Vessels to Handy Pool

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based shipping company United Product Tankers (UPT) informed that its UPT Handy Pool Fleet has been expanded with two tankers. Namely, Sea World Management from Monaco has added two Handysize vessels to the UPT-managed fleet.The MR1 ships in question are the 36,000 dwt Aston I and the 40,050 dwt Duke I.The Monaco-flagged Aston I was built at South Korean Daedong shipyard in 2001 and the Panama-flagged Duke I at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in 2002.As explained, Aston I is joining the UPT Pool within August, while Duke I will start trading in the company’s fleet after the completion of its present employment.The fleet entrusted to UPT comprises double hull product tankers between 33,000 and 75,000 dwt.last_img read more

U.S Calls on Morocco, Turkey to Train Libya’s Military

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco – The Obama administration has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military.More than two years after the toppling of former Libya’s strong man Moamar Gaddafi and the constitution of a new transition government, the North African country is still grappling with a fragile security situation. This is compounded by a weak military that has so far failed to extend its grip throughout a territory that has become a fertile ground for Al Qaeda operatives.To help the Libyan government strengthen its authority, the American government has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military. According to the World Tribune, the Obama Administration is seeking the help of Morocco to rebuild Libya’s weak military.“Between the four European partners, the U.S. and the Moroccans, they’ve committed to train up to 20,000 people in that force,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. David Rodriguez was quoted by the World Tribune as saying.“The U.S. right now is waiting on money coming from the Libyan government to begin to fund the training in Bulgaria,” he added.Morocco is major non-NATO US ally and is one of only 15 at the global level and two on the entire African continent.last_img read more

Tracing small arms key to preventing their diversion for illicit use –

“The Security Council may wish to encourage States to strengthen their tracing capacity and to enhance international cooperation regarding tracing in these contexts, including with the United Nations,” he writes in a report to the Security Council on the trade in illicit small arms and light weapons.In his recommendations to the Council, which discussed the report in a closed-door meeting today, Mr. Ban states that in post-conflict weapons collection programmes, weapons should be recorded in sufficient detail to ensure accountability and to facilitate their tracing in the event of diversion.He says that the International Small Arms Control Standards currently being developed by the UN will provide practical guidance on the appropriate collection and record keeping of small weapons gathered in post-conflict environments.In the biennial report, submitted to the Council in line with requirements of the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA-ISS), Mr. Ban recommends that expert groups monitoring arms embargoes could be aided in their work if they have basic information on the ammunition marking practices of States.He recommends that the Council encourages Member States to provide the UN, on a voluntary basis, with public information on the markings applied to ammunition for small arms and light weapons by manufacturers under their jurisdiction, as well as the markings on ammunition recovered from illicit use.The Secretary-General notes that unsecured or poorly monitored national ammunition stockpiles account for a substantial amount of the global diversion into illicit markets, a key factor in the prolongation and escalation of armed conflict, as well as in terrorism, crime and other forms of armed violence. They are also an important source for the assembly of improvised explosive devices, he added.“The destruction of surplus arms and ammunition is cost-effective when compared with the costs of properly securing and maintaining stockpiles, and should be pursued vigorously by States, United Nations country teams and peacekeeping missions,” writes Mr. Ban, adding that the Council may wish to encourage States to apply, on a voluntary basis, the international ammunition technical guidelines once they are finalized.To effectively combat armed violence in conflict, post-conflict and conflict-prone settings, peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities and development assistance should require planning for armed violence reduction as a priority, the Secretary-General notes.“In such contexts, it is vital that traditional arms control measures be integrated into interventions that target the demand for weapons and enhance the ability of security providers and governance authorities to strengthen community security, manage conflict and mitigate violence,” he adds.The Secretary-General also recommends that in line with his 2009 report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the Council may wish to further identify ways to increase compliance by non-State armed groups with international norms relating to the use and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition in times of conflict.He also reports that coordination with the UN on the issue of small arms has improved significantly over the past three years, with the world body’s Coordinating Action on Small Arms mechanism having grown from 16 participating UN entities in 2008 to 23 currently.States are also being provided with such tools as a legislative guide, a technical guide and a model law on the UN Firearms Protocol. 25 April 2011Keeping track of small arms in conflict, post-conflict and conflict-prone areas is a key to identifying where such weapons and ammunition may be diverted for illicit use, and thus improve the security of stockpiles and shipments, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Russia monitoring reports of arrest in Lanka

They also had various equipment including laptops in their possession which were used in the credit card scam. The police spokesman said that the Russians had over Rs. 2.5 million in their possession. The Russian embassy in Sri Lanka is looking into the information on the reported arrest of five  Russians over a Credit Card scam.“The embassy has not received any official information from the police on the arrest of Russian citizens. Nevertheless, the information reported by the media is being checked,” a spokesperson from the Russian embassy in Sri Lanka told RIA Novosti. Police spokesman Priyashantha Jayakody had said earlier that the Russians were arrested in Wellawatte on Friday and placed in police remand. read more

UN agency to employ record number of Afghan women to survey food

“WFP will start the largest-ever house-to-house survey and issuance of food coupons to people living in the city of Kabul,” spokesperson Lindsey Davies told reporters in Islamabad. “Not only is it the largest survey of its kind done in Kabul, but it also involves the largest number of women paid by WFP in Afghanistan,” she added, noting that some 2,400 women would be among the 3,612 surveyors.”Mobilizing these thousands of women to work en mass with WFP is hugely significant,” said Ms. Davies. “We’re able to do something now that we haven’t been able to do for years,” she added, referring to the period of Taliban rule when women were virtually barred from working.Following the registration process, expected to take several days, food distribution can begin “hopefully by the weekend,” she said. Surveyors will issue each household a token good for a 50-kilogramme bag of wheat, roughly enough to feed a family for one month. The agency will then use local radio and TV stations to announce where families can collect their food.In a related development, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, spent the weekend in Kabul, where she pledged both immediate and long-term relief aid and assistance to Afghan families.”Ms. Bellamy said that for some time, Afghanistan has been one of the worst places in the world for a child to grow up in,” UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun told the press in Islamabad. “The challenges are daunting, but there is also great opportunity.”The UNICEF chief today continued her five-day tour of the region, visiting Kotkai camp for Afghan refugees in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. “She had opportunities there to speak at length with children and women, and in discussions with various NGO and local government officials, she urged the UNICEF partners to increase their level of participation in providing more education opportunities to the children,” the spokesperson noted.Ms. Bellamy’s programme also included a stop in Quetta, Pakistan, where she was scheduled to meet with UNICEF staff as well as representatives of the Pakistani Government. read more

Johnson Johnsons 4Q profit rises sharply on lower onetime charges higher overseas

Higher sales of prescription drugs and medical devices helped Johnson & Johnson post a much bigger fourth-quarter profit than a year ago, when a slew of charges depressed results.However, consumer health product sales dipped and the company again pushed back its timeline for returning recalled products to stores. In addition, J&J’s 2013 profit forecast, for $5.35 to $5.45 per share, is below the average analyst estimate of $5.49.The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company said Tuesday that net income was $2.57 billion, or 91 cents per share, up from $218 million, or 8 cents per share, in 2011’s fourth quarter.Excluding about $800 million in charges in the latest quarter, earnings would have been $3.38 billion, or $1.19 per share, 2 cents above analysts’ expectations. The charges include J&J’s biggest acquisition ever and increased litigation reserves over recalls of defective DePuy hip implants.The maker of attention deficit drug Concerta, Acuvue contact lenses and consumer health products such as No More Tears shampoo said revenue totalled $17.56 billion, up 8 per cent from a year ago but just shy of analysts’ average estimate of $17.69 billion.J&J shares fell 54 cents to close at $72.69 Tuesday.“On the whole, the quarter was no problem,” said WBB Securities analyst Steve Brozak, adding J&J needs to quickly decide what to do with its $12.5 billion in free cash flow. “Are they going to buy, are they going to sell or are they going to stand still?”CEO Alex Gorsky told analysts during a conference call that the company is exploring alternatives such as the sale or spinoff of its Ortho Clinical Diagnostics business. It makes equipment and supplies for detecting and diagnosing conditions such as HIV, diabetes and high cholesterol and for ensuring donated blood is safe.“Johnson & Johnson delivered solid results in 2012, with momentum continuing to build and sales growth accelerating,” Gorsky said. “As we enter 2013, I believe we’re well positioned to drive growth in this increasingly competitive, dynamic market.”However, J&J’s long-running manufacturing quality problems continue to hurt sales of consumer health products, which were down 3.6 per cent in the U.S. and 0.4 per cent worldwide at $3.65 billion in the quarter.The company has issued about 30 recalls of Tylenol and other products since September 2009. Reasons range from nauseating packaging smells to tiny glass and metal shards in liquid medicines.Costs for upgrades and completely rebuilding one factory, and for lost sales as Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other products remained off store shelves, top $1 billion. Upgrading its factories and getting all the products back in stores has dragged on far longer than the company initially predicted.“We will return a consistent supply of our key products over the course of 2013,” Gorsky said, with about 75 per cent of the brands getting back on the market.Two years ago, Gorsky’s predecessor, Bill Weldon, said all the products would be back in stores by the end of 2011.“They haven’t turned the corner on the fallout from the string of recalls,” said analyst Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “Without the sales added by the Synthes acquisition, overall sales were anemic and medical device and diagnostic sales took a dive.”The $19.7 billion acquisition of surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants maker Synthes Inc. last June drove a 14 per cent increase in sales of medical devices and diagnostics, J&J’s largest segment, to $7.38 billion.Prescription medicine sales rose 7.1 per cent, to $6.53 billion, despite continuing revenue losses to generic competition for several drugs. Newer medicines posted double-digit sales jumps, including HIV drug Prezista, Invega Sustenna for schizophrenia and Simponi and Stelara for immune disorders such as psoriasis.Gorsky told the analysts the company is poised to take advantage of expected growth of health care sales in developed countries from $5.5 billion in 2012 to $8 billion in 2022.Brozak said the company’s growth assumptions are too optimistic, given that government health programs, particularly in debt-laden European countries, are trying to trim their spending.“They’re talking about a pie … that’s only growing in terms of demand, but who’s going to pay for that demand?” he said.For all of 2012, J&J reported net income of $10.85 billion, or $3.86 per share, on revenue of $67.22 billion. The company expects 2013 revenue of about $71 billion.During a lengthy presentation on the medical device business — the world’s largest — managers of its three divisions said they intend to increase market share, partly by expanding sales into more countries.Other sales-boosting strategies they cited include developing innovative products, such as a new artificial knee with improved range of motion that makes climbing stairs easier. Another is giving customers “both clinical and economic value,” as with a program J&J developed to speed up each step in treating patients with new hip fractures — so they’re sent home from the hospital quicker, saving insurance plans lots of money.___Linda A. Johnson can be followed at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Johnson & Johnson’s 4Q profit rises sharply on lower one-time charges, higher overseas sales by Linda A. 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Queens Christmas message 30 things you didnt know about Her Majestys annual

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II delivers her 2007 Christmas speech in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace The Queen in the Long Library at Sandringham after making the first televised Christmas day broadcast to the nation in 1957Credit:PA The custom of a Royal Christmas address was came into force for good in 1939, when King George VI wanted to boost morale during WWII. The Queen has given an address every year since 1952, apart from one – in 1969. In 1969, the Queen decided to write a Christmas message instead of broadcasting one. This was apparently because the Royals felt that they had been in the spotlight too much, after the release of the documentary film ‘Royal Family.’ It was also the same year as Prince Charles’ investiture. The Queen wrote ‘I want you all to know that my good wishes are no less warm and personal because they come to you in a different form.’ During the 1957 broadcast, some viewers complained that their radio transmissions were interrupted by an American police radio frequency. One instance of interference included a police officer saying “Joe, I’m gonna grab a quick coffee.” 1992 was described as an “annus horribilis,” by Her Majesty. In a year where the marriages of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew  fell apart as well as a large fire at Windsor Castle, The Sun leaked the speech two days early. The Queen sued, and the paper paid £200,000 to charity. Between 1986 and 1991, David Attenborough produced the Queen’s Christmas address. In 1989 Elizabeth II read part of her speech in front of an audience at the Royal Albert Hall. This was the first time that an audience had heard the speech prior to broadcast. The Queen writes her Christmas address herself. Rather than using a script writer she is believed to sit with advisors and put forward her ideas and words. The broadcast is filmed at Buckingham Palace, or one of the Queen’s other properties a few days before Christmas. The idea for a Royal Christmas address came from Sir John Reith, founder of the BBC The time of 3pm was chosen so that all parts of the commonwealth could listen or watch at a reasonable hour. Today, the message is broadcast to New Zealand at 6:50pm local time, Australia at 7:20pm local time and Canada at midday, local time, as well as live on the Royal’s YouTube channel. The Christmas address was broadcast on radio or television exclusively by the BBC until 1997. Since then, the production has rotated every two years between ITV, and from 2011, Sky News. In 2015, the Queen’s message was the most watched Christmas Day programme, pulling in 7.5 million viewers in total, beating Downton Abbey’s 6.9 million.Who writes the speech?While poet and author Rudyard Kipling drafted the first speech for King George V, the Queen writes her own Christmas speeches and it is one of only a few instances where she is able to speak publicly without any advice from her ministers.Planning begins months earlier once the Queen decides on her theme of the year. From there appropriate archive footage is collected and assembled for the speech which is recorded a few days before Christmas. The Queen in the Long Library at Sandringham after making the first televised Christmas day broadcast to the nation in 1957 Queen Elizabeth II making her first ever Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham House Queen Elizabeth II making her first ever Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham HouseCredit:Getty Every year, at 3pm on Christmas Day, millions of us around the country turn on the radio or television, take off our party hats, and listen to the Queen’s Christmas message.But what are the origins? Why did we hear American police officers in 1957? And which phrases does the Queen reuse the most?Here are 30 things you might not have known about the Queen’s Christmas Day address: ‘The Queen’s Speech’ is not actually called ‘The Queen’s Speech.’ The formal name given to the event is ‘Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech.’ The first ever Christmas address, by King George V started: “I speak now from my home and from my heart to you all; to men and women so cut off by the snows, the desert, or the sea, that only voices out of the air can reach them.” The first Royal Christmas address was written by Rudyard Kipling, in 1932 and delivered by Elizabeth II’s grandfather King George V. The first Christmas address was 251 words long. Queen Elizabeth II averages 656 words. There was no broadcast in 1936 or 1938 because the annual tradition was not yet established. Queen Elizabeth II making her Christmas broadcast to the peoples of the British Commonwealth from New Zealand in 1953 When and where can I watch or listen to it?The Queen’s Christmas Message is embargoed until 3pm on Christmas Day. It is then broadcast on BBC One, ITV, Sky 1, and Sky News from 3pm until 3.10pm. You can also listen to it on BBC Radio 4.center_img Queen Elizabeth II delivers her 2007 Christmas speech in the 1844 Room at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Why is it done?King George V’s original Christmas speech in 1932 was intended to be a one-off event as a way to inaugurate the BBC World Service, but over the years it has become one of the most important events in the royal calendar, and a Christmas staple for those living in the Commonwealth.It was firmly established as tradition during the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 where King George VI, in his first Christmas as the King, sought to reassure people and boost morale.What did she say in last year’s speech?Reflecting on a year of terror attacks including the events in Paris and Tunisia, the Queen used her 2015 Christmas Day broadcast to make one of her most “overtly religious” addresses to the nation in many years. What is the Alternative Christmas Message?Since 1993 Channel 4 has been broadcasting an alternative Christmas message to the Queen’s Christmas Message broadcast on BBC, ITV, and Sky.Sometimes it is a humorous message – Marge and Lisa Simpson gave the speech in 2004, where they compared the “special relationship” between the UK and the US to the relationship between Mini Me and Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers films.Other times the message is a serious one. In 2013 Edward Snowden delivered the message and urged the government put an end to mass surveillance, while Abdullah Kurdi, father of Alan Kurdi, the young Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, gave the speech in 2015. What is the Queen’s Christmas Message?The Queen’s Christmas Message is a broadcast made by the monarch to the 52 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations each Christmas.Originally called the King’s Christmas Message when the tradition began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V, the message has been read by Queen Elizabeth II since 1952.The Queen typically uses the speech as a chance to reflect on the year and the major events that have occurred throughout it. She also makes a comment on her own personal milestones of the year and expresses her opinion on Christmas in general. Queen Elizabeth II making her Christmas broadcast to the peoples of the British Commonwealth from New Zealand in 1953Credit:PA Quoting directly from the Bible, she said: “It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’.” In her first Christmas address, the Queen described the British Commonwealth and Empire as an “immense union of nations” which “can be a great power for good – a force which I believe can be of immeasurable benefit to all humanity.” The highest ratings for the Christmas address came in 1980, when an extraordinary 28 million people turned onto the BBC at 3pm. According to mathematicians at UCL, The Queen has said 42,000 words during her Christmas addresses. But…only 3991 are distinct – meaning she has used 90% of the words more than once in a Christmas Address. This high percentage of recycled vocabulary is comparable to rappers Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z, in their music catalogues. Although their language is rather more colourful, the Queen likes to repeat the phrases ‘shining example’ ‘weak and innocent’ and ‘the Commonwealth.’ In 1952 the broadcast was shown on television for the first time, but with sound only. The first broadcast in colour came in 1967, the same year as the Queen had taken part in a five week tour of Canada. In 1975, the Broadcast was filmed outside for the first time, in the Buckingham Palace gardens. 2015 also saw the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, something the Queen also touched on in her speech: “One cause for thankfulness this summer was marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War. On VJ Day, we honoured the remaining veterans of that terrible conflict in the Far East, as well as remembering the thousands who never returned.”Acknowledging the birth of Princess Charlotte in May, the Queen also added: “One of the joys of living a long life is watching one’s children, then grandchildren, then great grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree. And this year my family has a new member to join in the fun!” 2006 was the first year in which you could download the speech as a podcast. In 2012, Sky News produced the christmas address in 3D. Viewers were able to see the Queen donning a pair of 3D glasses, rather different to her usual rimless spectacles. This year, the broadcast will be live on Facebook and Youtube as well as television and radio. last_img read more

Mobil SHC Gear Series oils meet new GE offhighway certification

first_imgExxonMobil has announced that its Mobil SHC™ Gear Series of synthetic industrial gear oils have been approved for use in General Electric (GE) off-highway vehicle motorised wheel gearbox applications requiring GE’s new gear oil specification, D50E35. Effective January 1, 2016 the new GE D50E35 specification replaces the D50E27 specification for GE drives used in equipment such as construction vehicles and mining haul trucks. The new spec establishes micro pitting protection requirements in addition to scuffing wear resistance and other improvements.“Since their introduction, Mobil SHC Gear Series oils have been helping companies in the mining and construction sectors get more out of their equipment,” said Larry Mokan, Senior Equipment builder Engineer at ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. “Mobil SHC Gear Series synthetic oils meet the stringent new gear oil requirements for GE motorised gear drives with a formulation that delivers outstanding protection in extreme temperature and load conditions while combating micro pitting fatigue wear, rust and corrosion.” The gear oils offer up to 3.6% improved energy efficiency versus conventional oil.The company said that the Mobil SHC Gear Series “represents the company’s continued commitment to developing advanced, high-performance lubricant technologies that can help customers decrease costs and improve the productivity of their operations.” These oils contain an advanced, proprietary additive system designed to protect gears from conventional wear modes, such as scuffing, while offering a high-level of resistance against micro pitting fatigue. In addition, the oils offer the potential for improved lubrication of gearbox rolling element bearings as compared to conventional gear oils.“We began GE D50E35 qualification testing early and met the new requirements shortly after they were published in late 2014. We are confident that owners of GE OHV motorised gearbox drives who choose Mobil SHC Gear oils will also experience the same excellent field performance enjoyed by our customers over the past four years under the current GE specification,” said Mokan. The complete range of viscosities for the Mobil SHC Gear Series, ISO VG 150, 220, 320, 460 and 680, are approved for use under GE Material D50E35, categories A-E.last_img read more

WSJ Sprint will unveil dualscreen Android phone tonight

first_imgShortly after the Verizon iPhone debuted in mid January last month, Sprint sent out a mysterious invitation to a press event in New York City, featuring an appearance by magician David Blaine. At the time, speculation was that Sprint would also be getting the iPhone, now that AT&T’s exclusivity has lapsed.Well, Sprint’s event is tonight at six, and if a report from the Wall Street Journal is anything to go by, it’s a lot stranger than another carrier getting the iPhone. Rather, the WSJ’s sources say that Sprint will unveil the Kyocera Echo smartphone, a handset meant to bridge the smartphone and tablet sectors by featuring a unique, dual-screen design.Apparently, the Echo will run Android and be a true multitasking device, not only running apps in the background but allowing two apps to be run side-by-side, like on a desktop OS. This design will also allow items to be dragged and shared between panes.Does that phone look weird to you? Kyocera and Sprint are putting a lot of emphasis on their cool new hinge design which allows the Echo’s dual screens to be folded with one screen flat behind the other, turning it into a more traditional single screen device. Presumably, this “magic” ability of the Kyocera Echo is what we can blame David Blaine’s appearance upon.We should know all in just an hour and a half, although if you’re hoping the Kyocera Echo will use Sprint’s WiMax network, think again: sadly, the WSJ reports that the Echo will be a 3G-affair only.Read more at Wall Street Journal (via Slashgear)last_img read more

Over 6500 horses were slaughtered in Ireland for human consumption last year

first_img 64 Comments By Adam Daly Friday 12 Apr 2019, 9:10 PM Image: Shutterstock/gadag MORE THAN 6,500 horses in Ireland were slaughtered for meat last year, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture. The data released to Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath revealed that 6,573 horses were slaughtered for human consumption in 2018.The figures also show that 453 horses were slaughtered in the first two months of this year. The horses included in these figures are slaughtered at government-approved abattoirs and are then exported to the continent for human consumption.The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed gave the breakdown number of horses slaughtered for human consumption in 2018 and to date in 2019.  Source: Oireachtas.ieThe number of horses slaughtered has dropped dramatically since 2012 when it peaked at 24,362, according to figures released last year. 2013 saw 10,711 horses slaughtered – a drop of 13,651 on the year previous. The number continued to drop for the next two years – with 7,602 in 2014 and 6,033 in 2015.However, there was an increase of 1,569 horses slaughtered between 2015 and 2016 bringing the number to 7,618 for 2016.And there was another increase of 130 in 2017 compared to 2016 – bringing the total number of horses slaughtered in 2017 to 7,748.The massive drop of 13,651 horses between 2012 and 2013 is largely put down to stricter regulations put around the slaughter of horses for human consumption following the horse meat scandal.The 2013 horsemeat scandal resulted in meat products being pulled from supermarket shelves across several countries in Europe when it was revealed that horsemeat was in products listed as beef.After the controversy, the Department of Agriculture took over the responsibility of abattoirs previously run by local authorities and the number of plants were reduced.Prior to 2013, it’s believed that some horses were slaughtered for export for human consumption without having clean passports but new checks were then put in place. 45,116 Views Apr 12th 2019, 9:11 PM Share4092 Tweet Email3 Over 6,500 horses were slaughtered in Ireland for human consumption last year Almost 500 were slaughtered in the first two months of this year. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/gadag Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Modern Greek may be in final phase

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett, met with a delegation from the Australian Hellenic Council last week to discuss the community’s response to the current set up for Modern Greek in the Australian curriculum.The delegation – which consisted of Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis (The University of Sydney), Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association President Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, AHC (NSW) Coordinator George Vellis and AHC (NSW) Secretary Mary Giannisis – expressed the community’s satisfaction that Modern Greek has been included as a priority language, however raised concerns that Modern Greek may be listed in the final phase. As it stands, there are eleven priority languages to be included in the Australian curriculum. Both Professor Karalis and Dr Diamadis stressed that with this existing infrastructure, along with the expected timeframe between the present and the introduction of the the language programs, all eleven languages can be introduced simultaneously.“The Australian Curriculum – Languages, needs to be treated in the same way as the other curricula,” stated Dr Diamadis. “To phase in the eleven language separately is being interpreted by education professionals and interested members of the community as a de facto ranking of languages.”last_img read more

Sprint provides 2500 Broward students with devices WiFi access

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Sprint is making an effort to help some Broward County students with their homework.Sprint will provide 2,500 students throughout the county with free devices and Wi-Fi service.Several students at Deerfield Beach High School received and were able to activate their devices on Thursday. With a few words for our guest and a few pictures, superintendent @RobertwRuncie wrapped up @Sprint 1 Million Project with a #selfie— Deerfield Beach High (@DBHSpathfinder) October 26, 2017This is all part of the company’s One Million Project initiative, which is designed to help close what has become known as the “homework gap.”More than five million families with school-aged children in the U.S. do not currently have internet access at home. last_img read more

State Senator Students Will Play Critical Role In Preventing Future School Shootings

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /09:25 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan BachmanTen roses left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at the Santa Fe High School.center_img In the aftermath of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Gov. Greg Abbott is hosting a series of roundtable discussions about preventing future such incidents. Republican State Sen. Larry Taylor represents the 11th District, which includes Santa Fe. He told Houston Matters host Craig Cohen he’s open to the possibility of a special session of the Texas Legislature, should the governor call one to address this issue. Lawmakers aren’t scheduled to be in session until January.Taylor said the idea of the roundtables is to bring in stakeholders and experts from various backgrounds — from educators, to security experts, to mental health professionals.“It’s such a complex issue there’s not one answer,” he said. “And, if there was one answer, it might work for one campus but not work for another. So, it’s just very multifaceted. So, bring in all these people in — hopefully in a spirit of unity — to try and find some real solutions and not argue about some of the things that people argue about.”He said some people have suggested putting metal detectors at all schools, but that might not work at every campus and at every district. Others have suggested doors with limited access during school hours, but there are challenges to that at some campuses.“Each school is going to have to do an assessment of their own campuses and what’s going to work best in those campuses,” Taylor said.He said students will play an important role in improving school safety too. And they might have to get used to a new reality of heightened awareness, much like many adults did after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.“Look out for your fellow students,” he said. “When you see lonely students or loner-type students walk up to them, talk to them, see if you can’t develop relationships with them. And, frankly, when you see changes in people’s personality or how they’re dressing all of a sudden make people aware because no one knows the fellow student better than the other students. And I think they’re going to have to be our first line of defense.” Sharelast_img read more