New Delhi: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved has increased its bid value by around Rs 200 crore to Rs 4,350 crore for bankruptcy-bound Ruchi Soya, and the revised offer is likely to be considered by lenders soon. Adani Wilmar, which emerged as the highest bidder in August last year after a long drawn battle with Patanjali, has withdrawn from the race citing delay in completion of the insolvency process. “We have revised our bid to Rs 4,350 crore from earlier offer of Rs 4,160 crore. We are ready to bail out Ruchi Soya which has biggest infrastructure for soyabean. It’s a national asset,” Patanjali spokesperson S K Tijarawala said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe said the decision has been taken in the interest of all the stakeholders including farmers and consumers. The Committee of Creditors (CoC) could meet next week to consider the revised offer of Patanjali, sources said. In December 2017, Indore-based Ruchi Soya Industries was referred for the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process. Shailendra Ajmera was appointed the resolution professional (RP) by NCLT on the application of creditors Standard Chartered Bank and DBS Bank under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsRuchi Soya has a total debt of about Rs 12,000 crore. The debt-ridden firm has many manufacturing plants and its leading brands include Nutrela, Mahakosh, Sunrich, Ruchi Star and Ruchi Gold. In December last year, Adani Wilmar had written to the RP regarding significant delays in resolution process, leading to deterioration of the assets. Adani Wilmar had said the process was getting delayed as Patanjali moved National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Mumbai, challenging the lenders’ decision. Patanjali Ayurved had approached NCLT challenging the decision of Ruchi Soya’s lenders to approve Adani Wilmar’s Rs 6,000 crore takeover bid. Patanjali group came second with around Rs 5,700 crore bid, including the infusion of about Rs 1,700 crore in the edible oil company.
A World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts from the Inter-country programme for southern Africa, the Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) and from Headquarters, as well as partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), a technical collaboration of existing institutions and networks, are supporting Angola’s Health Ministry in strengthening active surveillance and contact tracing.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to organize a countrywide communication and social mobilization campaign to inform the population of the disease, for which there is no vaccine or curative treatment, and the preventive measures to take.”A timely and relevant communication strategy is absolutely crucial to prevent the virus from spreading,” UNICEF country representative Mario Ferrari said of the disease, which appears to be spread by close contact with bodily fluids of infected people, as occurs in health care or burial.Elements of the campaign are already up and running in the northern province of Uige, source of all the cases so far, with radio programmes constantly broadcasting messages to reach people at risk of the disease, which begins with severe diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and chest and lung pains, with a high proportion developing severe haemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract and lungs.Some 600 activists have been trained and given much needed materials to conduct house-to-house visits and ensure the word reaches the more isolated areas.A UNICEF emergency convoy with 42 kits of essential drugs and gloves for health workers arrived in Uige at the weekend to ensure dispensaries are stocked up to treat the related symptoms and other common illnesses. Thanks to the rapid response of UNICEF’s Copenhagen-based supplies team, badly needed disinfectants, intravenous liquids, masks, protection glasses, clothes and boots for health workers are on their way for prompt distribution to Uige and other provinces.”The response needs to be firm, rapid and multilayered,” said Guy Clarysse, head of the health section in Angola. “While we make sure the ill are cared for, we need to protect the health personnel. Their commitment is crucial to maintain the faith of the population and ensure they seek help in the hospital and health centres in Uige.”The disease, of the same family as Ebola, was first identified in 1967 during simultaneous outbreaks affecting laboratory workers in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany, and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. The outbreaks, which involved 31 cases and seven deaths, were subsequently linked to contact with infected monkeys imported from Uganda.Marburg occurs very rarely and appears to be geographically confined to a few countries in southern Africa. The largest outbreak on record, from 1998 to 2000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), involved 149 cases, 123 of them fatal.
by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2014 8:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Buyer of PokerStars online gambling site to start New Jersey licensing talks ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A Canadian company buying the PokerStars website will begin licensing talks with New Jersey casino regulators aimed at letting the world’s largest Internet poker site operate legally in the state, the state’s top casino regulator said.The state Division of Gaming Enforcement will begin the talks Thursday with Amaya Gaming Group, which is buying PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9 billion, division director David Rebuck told The Associated Press.Most importantly, the sale involves PokerStars executives charged with fraud and money laundering resigning from the company. That would appear to clear the way for PokerStars to enter the New Jersey market, something it had tried twice to do before the state suspended it for up to two years, citing the unresolved indictments against the executives.“We’ve had discussions with Amaya to reactivate the application, and we plan to begin discussions with them tomorrow,” Rebuck told the AP on Wednesday. “We’ll look at whatever they bring over.”He said he was “encouraged” by the sale and the licensing talks.“I think in the long run it will be a good story for New Jersey,” he said. “I’m optimistic that they know what the rules are, and I fully expect them to be very aggressive because they want to be here.”Internet gambling has hit a wall in New jersey after just six months. The Atlantic City casinos’ online operations posted revenue declines for the past two months.Since the launch, the casinos have won about $61.9 million online, a far cry from the pace some state political leaders expected. Republican Gov. Chris Christie had estimated they would rake in $1 billion in the first year. Many Wall Street analysts have reduced their estimates to the $200 million to $300 million range, but even those may need to be adjusted downward.The entry of PokerStars could provide a jump-start to the nascent industry in New Jersey.Amaya, which has already been approved for Internet gambling operations in New Jersey as the platform for Caesars Interactive, is optimistic about its chances for the PokerStars approval, company lawyer Marie Jones said.“They are optimistic they will get this done quickly,” she said.No documents have been filed, but Jones said she expected a licensing application to be submitted by next week. Rebuck said he could see Amaya getting approval to operate PokerStars in New Jersey by the fall.PokerStars tried to buy the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City before that deal fell apart. The casino shut down in January.PokerStars then partnered with Resorts Casino Hotel, which has been unable to offer Internet gambling while PokerStars was under suspension in New Jersey. A PokerStars spokesman had no immediate comment, and Resorts declined to comment.The website operated in the U.S. after online gambling was banned in 2006 but exited the U.S. in 2011. It paid a $547 million fine to the Department of Justice but didn’t admit wrongdoing.In a note to investors on Monday, Fitch Ratings called PokerStars’ re-entry into the U.S. gambling market “a game-changer.”“The return of the exiled poker giant would inhibit the online poker ambitions of big U.S.- based operators such as Caesars Entertainment, Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos,” it wrote. “PokerStars, with its Full Tilt unit acquired in 2012, commanded roughly 70 per cent of the U.S. market until authorities shut the sites down in 2011.”New Jersey is one of three states that legalized Internet gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware. But as many as 10 others are considering or recently have considered joining the online market.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC
9@ TBD@ TBDTBDTBDTBD 8W–IowaL–MinnesotaL–NebraskaW–N’Western 3W–NebraskaL–MarylandL–IllinoisL–Michigan Here’s what a schedule would look like with these rules in place: 2Ohio St.@ Mich. St.N’western@ Penn St.Minnesota Indiana3-1Ohio State3-1 7L–Penn St.L–WisconsinL–IowaW–IllinoisW–Michigan WeekMichigan St.MinnesotaNebraskaNorthwesternOhio State Michigan4-0Penn State4-0 5L–PurdueL–Ohio St.W–MarylandL–IowaW–Penn St. I’m going to proceed — fairly quickly — through a simulation of this schedule, in order to show you how the power-pairings would work. If a matchup was actually played in real life during the 2016 Big Ten regular season, I abided by the original result — so Ohio State still beats Michigan, for instance.3This holds even if there’s a different home team than in the original matchup. Otherwise, I simulated the result using ESPN’s Football Power Index, accounting for home-field advantage. Based on FPI, for instance, Iowa would have an 87 percent chance of winning a home game against Maryland, a matchup that didn’t occur in the actual Big Ten schedule but which could occur under power-pairing.We’ll zoom ahead to Week 5, when we encounter our first flex-scheduling week. (To see the simulated results for every game, scroll down to the big table toward the end of this article.) Here’s how it works: We take the 14 Big Ten teams and split them into pools of seven home teams and seven away teams based on where they’d been assigned to play ahead of time. We then have to pair the teams so as to give each one exactly one opponent for the week. There are, in theory, 5,040 possible ways to do this. An algorithm sorts through each of the combinations to find the best possible set of pairings, using the following rules:It eliminates all combinations that involve a game that was already played or which was already scheduled to be played. This cuts down on the number of legal combinations quite a lot — to about 600 for Week 5, for example.From among the remaining combinations, the algorithm finds those cases where the win totals match up as well as possible.4More specifically, it identifies cases where the average number of wins separating the paired teams is the smallest. It’s best to pair three-win home team Indiana against a three-win team from the road pool, for instance. If you can’t do that, then pairing Indiana against a four-win team or a two-win team is the next-best option.If several combinations are tied after Steps 1 and 2, the algorithm picks the set of matchups that are least likely to occur in the future, based on how the teams are assigned to home and away games in subsequent flex weeks.5For instance, Nebraska and Northwestern are both scheduled to play on the road in Week 8 and both scheduled to play at home in Week 9, so if they aren’t matched up against each other in Week 5, the only other chance is Week 6. The algorithm will prioritize that matchup before others in which teams have several more opportunities to face each other.If several combinations are still tied for being the most optimal after Steps 1, 2 and 3, the algorithm picks one of them at random.Here’s what the algorithm came up with for Week 5, for example: TEAMRECORDTEAMRECORD 9TBD@ TBDTBDTBD@ TBD 6TBD@ TBD@ TBDTBDTBD 9@ TBD@ TBDTBD@ TBD 1MarylandPenn StateOhio St.@ Rutgers@ Nebraska 4@ MichiganIowaWisconsinMarylandPenn St. WeekPenn StatePurdueRutgersWisconsin Wisconsin2-2Michigan State0-4 Nebraska1-3Northwestern1-3 2L–Ohio St.W–Mich. St.L–N’WesternL–Penn St.W–Minnesota That worked out pretty nicely — 12 of the 14 teams were power-paired against an opponent with the same win total, generating a key early matchup between 4-0 Michigan and 4-0 Penn State. Still, the home pool was slightly stronger than the road pool and some team had to draw the short end of the stick. It turned out to be 0-4 Michigan State, which was matched up against 2-2 Wisconsin.From there, Michigan beat Penn State in that matchup of undefeateds to go to 5-0. Meanwhile, a couple of overachieving 3-1 teams encountered a dose of reality against stiffer competition, as Indiana lost to Ohio State and Maryland lost to Iowa. That’s one of the benefits of power-pairing teams: The pretenders who benefited from quirky wins are fairly quickly weeded out because they face a tougher schedule.Since hearing about a hypothetical college football season is about as exciting as someone else’s fantasy football team, we’ll work through the rest of the schedule quickly. Ohio State ruined its chances by losing to Iowa in Week 6 (in a matchup that didn’t occur in real life). After Week 8, Penn State and Michigan both wound up at 7-1, with Michigan in the driver’s seat for the conference championship by virtue of having defeated Penn State in Week 5. However, Michigan drew a tough matchup against Iowa in Week 9, which it lost, while Penn State (having already defeated most of the good teams in the conference) beat Illinois to win the conference title. Here are all the simulated games in one chart, in case you want to see the dirty detail: WeekPenn StatePurdueRutgersWisconsin 4L–IndianaW–IllinoisW–MinnesotaW–N’WesternW–Mich. St. Minnesota1-3Rutgers1-3 3@ Nebraska@ MarylandIllinoisMichigan 4@ Ohio St.Rutgers@ Purdue@ Nebraska 5@ TBDTBD@ TBDTBD 6TBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD Big Ten simulated schedule with power-paired matchups 8L–IllinoisW–PurdueW–RutgersL–WisconsinW–Maryland WeekMich. St.MinnesotaNebraskaNorthwesternOhio State HOME POOLROAD POOL 1L–MarylandL–Penn St.L–Ohio St.L–RutgersW–Nebraska A Big Ten schedule with predetermined and power-paired games 7@ N’westernPurdueNebraskaRutgers@ Ohio St. 4L–MichiganL–IowaL–WisconsinL–MarylandL–Penn St. 1W–MinnesotaL–IowaW–N’WesternL–Indiana 9L–NebraskaW–MarylandW–Mich. St.W–PurdueW–Wisconsin WeekIllinoisIndianaIowaMarylandMichigan 5@ TBDTBDTBD@ TBDTBD For me at least, that feels a lot cleaner than having a conference championship game. Thanks to power-pairing, the top four finishers — Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan in our simulation — all played one another, so a championship game wouldn’t have left a lot more to prove or disprove.It’s true that we got slightly lucky in this simulation by having a lone champion (Penn State) instead of a tie. But the bounty of head-to-head games between the top teams under power pairing makes potential ties easier to break, because the best teams would play each other more often.I hear what you’re saying: Penn State beat Ohio State in the real-life Big Ten and the committee chose to ignore that, or at least to de-emphasize it. I certainly don’t mean to suggest that power-pairing would remove every controversy. But in the spirit of a team debate, I have a couple of rebuttals.First, power-pairing would create a higher number of meaningful games, making it more likely that disputes would be settled on the field. In our simulated season, Penn State played (and defeated) Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois, a decent group of opponents whom they didn’t play in the actual regular season,6Penn State played Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, but not in the regular season. but skipped games against mediocre Indiana, Purdue and Rutgers, whom they pointlessly faced in real life. That made Penn State’s schedule harder and made its one-loss conference record even more impressive. On the flip side, Ohio State’s schedule got tougher also,7Ohio State played Iowa and Illinois in our simulated season, sacrificing real-life games against Michigan State and Rutgers. but they couldn’t handle the heat, blowing a game against Iowa that they didn’t have to play in real life. This is the algorithm working as intended: It improves the résumés of the very best teams while also thinning out the crop with (at least theoretically) entertaining games against closely matched opponents.Second, power-pairing would make teams easier to compare, by eliminating divisions and the potential ambiguities created by conference championship games (such as if Florida had become the nominal conference champion despite having more losses because it beat Alabama in the SEC championship). The top teams would simply be those that won the most games from the start of the regular season to the finish. And under power-pairing, the top teams would usually play one another, further aiding comparison.And third, eliminating conference championship games would free up a week in the schedule, so we could tack on another round to the College Football Playoff without further bloating the college football schedule. That would make it easier for strong conferences such as the Big Ten to place two or three teams into the playoff when deserving.It isn’t a perfect system, and it’s easy enough to imagine what some of the complaints would sound like. A team’s partisans would curse “the computer” every time the algorithm came up with an opponent they didn’t like. Coordinating travel logistics would become mildly more annoying. But power-pairing would get the best teams in the conference to play one another more often and create more deserving conference champions. It might be a nerdy solution, but it would make for better football. 6L–NebraskaW–MarylandW–Ohio St.L–IndianaW–Purdue Purdue1-3Illinois1-3 3@ RutgersMinnesota@ Mich. St.Purdue@ Wisconsin 9W–IllinoisL–N’WesternL–IndianaL–Ohio St. 1L–MichiganW–WisconsinW–PurdueW–Mich. St.W–Illinois 2Indiana@ Michigan@ Purdue@ Iowa@ Illinois 8TBD@ TBDTBDTBD WeekIllinoisIndianaIowaMarylandMichigan 7@ Penn St.@ Wisconsin@ IowaIllinoisMichigan 7Mich. St.@ Indiana@ MarylandMinnesota 8@ TBD@ TBD@ TBDTBDTBD 8TBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD@ TBD 9L–Penn St.W–RutgersW–MichiganL–MinnesotaL–Iowa 6TBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD@ TBD 2MarylandNebraskaWisconsin@ Rutgers Ohio State somewhat embarrassed the Big Ten in getting shut out by Clemson 31-0 in the College Football Playoff semifinal last week. Still, hindsight is 20/20, and I don’t necessarily begrudge the playoff selection committee for having turned down Penn State, which won the Big Ten championship, in favor of the Buckeyes. Ohio State was probably the better regular-season team and had fewer losses against a tougher schedule. Penn State — which for its part blew a big lead to lose the Rose Bowl to USC — had a head-to-head win against Ohio State and the conference title, two factors the committee explicitly says it considers in ranking the teams. It was a tough decision.My point is simply this: Conference championships, as currently devised, don’t make much sense. Because of imbalanced divisions, championship games often don’t pit the two best teams in a conference against each other (Big Ten championship participant Wisconsin was probably the fourth-best team in its league, for instance). They’ll sometimes result in an awkward rematch of a game that was already played during the regular season. And conference championship games waste a weekend that could be better spent on something else, such as expanding the College Football Playoff to six or eight teams.And now we have pretty good evidence that the playoff selection committee doesn’t really care one way or another. So let’s get rid of them! Imagine a world in which we’re spared the annual indignation of having to watch Florida lose to Alabama 59-2. Imagine a world in which historical rivals always play each other every year and yet, by almighty Rockne, the best teams in a conference always play one another, too. Imagine a world with no divisions. By which I mean: a world in which we eliminate divisions such as the ACC’s perplexingly named Atlantic and Coastal divisions, and all teams within the same college football conference compete as one.Not only have I imagined such a world, my friends, but I have seen one. I have seen it in the hallways of a high-school debate tournament.High-school debate tournaments — all of you will be shocked to learn that I was a master debater in high school — face some of the same constraints that college football conferences do. In any given tournament, there are lots of teams of radically varying quality levels, and there’s not nearly enough time to have them all play one another. A typical debate tournament, for example, might involve 60 teams but only six rounds of competition, with the best eight or 16 teams advancing to the playoffs (or what debaters call the “outrounds”). Each round is precious, and you don’t necessarily want to watch some some pimply-faced sophomores from a Class D school debating a Class A juggernaut like my alma mater, East Lansing High School, any more than you want to watch Rutgers lose to Michigan 78-0.The solution that debate tournaments devised is something called power-pairing. Power-pairing just means that teams with the same record are paired off against each other, so that a team that starts off the tournament 2-0 will face off against another 2-0 team, for instance. It usually works by drawing the first two rounds of a tournament at random,1Alternatively, the teams may be seeded somehow, such that everyone starts out with one matchup against an experienced team and another matchup against an inexperienced team in their first two rounds, for example. and after that, everything is power-paired.This turns out to be a surprisingly elegant solution. It helps to make the matchups relatively even, which not only helps students to learn more but also usually tells you more in determining the best teams. Furthermore, the pairings are somewhat self-correcting. Suppose a good team happens to randomly draw very tough opponents in its first two rounds and gets off to an 0-2 start. They’ll receive some compensation by being paired with easier opponents the rest of the way out — an 0-2 team and then a 1-2 team, and so forth. As another bonus to this system, the best teams are put through the gantlet and really earn their keep. A team that finishes its tournament undefeated or with just one loss will have beaten a lot of very good teams along the way.What would power-pairing look like in the context of a college football season? Here’s an example that I drew up involving this year’s Big Ten. I experimented with a few different setups, and happen to like this one, but feel free to disagree with the particulars (this is more a proof-of-concept than anything I’ve thought all that much about).It works like this: Each team plays nine conference games, the same number they play under the Big Ten’s current rules. Five of these are scheduled in advance, while four are power-paired or “flex” matchups determined only once the season is underway. To be more specific:Teams play rivalry games in weeks 2, 4 and 7. These matchups are the same every year. Week 7 features the most storied rivalries such as Michigan vs. Ohio State — the games that the Big Ten currently plays in the last week of the season. The games in weeks 2 and 4 involve secondary or tertiary rivals, such as Ohio State vs. Illinois or Michigan vs. Minnesota. Granted, this doesn’t always work out perfectly, since some teams (such as Michigan) have lots of Big Ten rivals and others (here’s looking at you, Maryland) don’t really have any. In real life, you might retain some of these games but have others chosen on a random or rotating basis.The matchups in weeks 1 and 3 are based on the previous season’s standings. Week 1 is a high-low pairing (the best teams from the previous season play the worst teams) while Week 3 is a high-high pairing (the best teams play the best teams and the worst teams play the worst teams). In theory, this gives each team one relatively tough and one relatively easy matchup within the first few weeks of the season.Weeks 5, 6, 8 and 9 are flex or power-paired matchups, where teams are paired against others with similar records that they haven’t played previously and that they aren’t already scheduled to play against in the future. (I’ll describe the procedure for pairing teams in a moment.) Each team has two home flex games and two away flex games, with the weeks designated in advance: For instance, Penn State has away games in weeks 5 and 9 and home flex games in weeks 6 and 8. Home and away weeks are set up such that every team has the opportunity to play every other team at least once.2For example, since Michigan State and Ohio State weren’t originally scheduled to play one another, there has to be at least one flex week where one of them is scheduled to be on the road and the other is scheduled to be at home. 3L–IowaW–IndianaL–Penn St.L–Ohio St.W–N’Western 4Indiana@ Illinois@ Minnesota@ N’westernMich. St. 5L–WisconsinW–RutgersW–N’WesternL–NebraskaW–Indiana 3W–RutgersL–MinnesotaW–Mich. St.W–PurdueW–Wisconsin 7W–Mich. St.L–IndianaL–MarylandW–Minnesota Iowa3-1Maryland3-1 7L–N’WesternW–PurdueW–NebraskaW–RutgersL–Ohio St. 4W–Ohio St.W–RutgersL–PurdueW–Nebraska 5@ TBDTBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD 1MichiganWisconsinPurdue@ Mich. St.@ Illinois 6W–RutgersW–N’WesternW–IllinoisL–MinnesotaL–Iowa 3Iowa@ IndianaPenn St.Ohio St.@ N’western 5L–MichiganW–IllinoisL–MinnesotaW–Mich. St. 6W–WisconsinL–MichiganL–Mich. St.L–Penn St. 2W–MarylandL–NebraskaL–WisconsinW–Rutgers 1@ Minnesota@ IowaN’western@ Indiana 8W–Mich. St.L–MichiganL–Penn St.L–Ohio St.W–Indiana Power-paired Week 5 matchups in hypothetical Big Ten schedule 2L–IndianaL–MichiganW–PurdueW–IowaW–Illinois
He echoed calls from education experts for teachers to be barred from setting exams that their own students will sit after both Winchester and Eton College suspended staff accused of telling their pupils about questions which would be in the test. Parents at the leading public schools caught up in a “cheating” scandal should ask for their money back, the Chair of the Education Select Committee has said. Students are “completely disadvantaged” by advance knowledge of the exams and therefore their families could consider demanding a refund of part of the up to £38,0000 a year fees, Robert Halfon MP told the Daily Telegraph. Both schools were forced to nullify the exams in question and the…
Goran StojanovićMontenegrin handballRhein Neckar LowenVfl Gummersbach handball One of the best goalkeeper of Toyota Handball Bundesliga, for many years in T-shirts of VfL Gummersbach, Goran Stojanović (33) will from the next summer play for Rhein Neckar Lowen. Montenegrin, Stojanović, played for VfL Gummersbach from 2006. Before that, he spent a season in Pfullingen and some time in Grasshopers, Switzerlan. At the national level in that time, Yugoslavia, he played for Crvena zvezda Beograd, Lovćen Cetinje and native team, Mornar Bar.Contract with the “Lions” will keep Stojanović in the game until summer 2014. ← Previous Story EHF CL (Round 7): Barcelona held THW Kiel in crisis Next Story → Women’s WC 2011 qualification: Four teams find their way to June
OVER 4,000 outpatients have been waiting over four years at the Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom, Co Limerick, figures from the end of January have revealed.The Department of Health’s Patient Treatment Register lists 10,347 outpatients as being on outpatient waiting lists at the hospital. 4,109 (39.7 per cent) have been waiting more than four years.The Mid-Western Regional Hospital, in Dooradoyle, Co Limerick, has the second highest number, with 1,716 outpatients waiting over four years.In third place is Waterford Regional Hospital, with 1,086 patients.Dublin’s Tallaght hospital has 876 outpatients waiting over four years.In total, there are 9,784 outpatients throughout the country that have been waiting more than four years for outpatient consultation, with a further 8,989 outpatients waiting between three and four years.The total number on outpatients, regardless of their waiting time, was 386,643.The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, has set the end of this year as the target by which no outpatients will be waiting more than one year before receiving treatment.Read: Reduction in waiting lists welcomed by Health Minister >
Google s’agite, la Chine calme le jeuChine – Les relations entre Google et la Chine deviennent électriques. Le géant américain accuse l’Empire du milieu d’être derrière une importante tentative de piratage. De son côté, la Chine assure respecter ses liens commerciaux avec les États-Unis.Le torchon brûle entre Google et la Chine. Le géant américain menace de fermer ses bureaux installés au sein de l’Empire du milieu. La raison ? David Drumond, vice-président chargé du développement et des affaires juridiques, explique : “Notre infrastructure a subi une attaque ciblée et très sophistiquée en provenance de Chine qui s’est traduite par un vol de propriété intellectuelle de Google. Le but premier était d’accéder aux messageries des militants chinois des droits de l’homme.” À lire aussiVoici pourquoi les bébés OGM risquent de vivre moins longtemps que les autresL’entreprise précise que l’opération a échoué mais que des messageries ont auparavant été piratées par des méthodes plus classiques. En guise de réaction, Google a décidé de cesser les censures sur son moteur de recherche afin d’engager le débat sur la liberté d’expression. Le deuxième moteur de recherche de Chine avec 31,9% de parts de marché n’exclut pas de quitter le territoire en cas d’échec des négociations. De son côté, le gouvernement chinois calme le jeu : “Quelle que soit la décision que prendra Google, cela n’aura pas d’impact sur les relations commerciales et économiques d’ensemble entre la Chine et les États-Unis”, a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère du Commerce, Yao Jian. “Les deux pays ont des canaux de communication multiples. Nous avons confiance dans le développement sain des relations économiques et commerciales entre la Chine et les Etats-Unis”. La Chine compte plus de 360 millions d’internautes… sous surveillance politique.Le 15 janvier 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
Asian cruise ship operator and casino investor Genting Hong Kong saw its losses narrow from US$202.2 million last year to US$140.1 million in the six months to 30 June 2018, helped by a strong 40.6% increase in revenue.Genting HK saw its revenue climb to US$777.6 million, including a 36.2% increase from its primary cruise ship business to US$642.0 million. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said the improved cruise ship revenue was driven by increases in Capacity Days of 25.9% and Net Yield of 12.3%, with the increase in Capacity Days due to the launch of World Dream and four Crystal River Cruises vessels in 1H18. Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Load More Improvement in Net Yield was driven by higher occupancies and increases in passenger ticket and onboard revenue.Genting HK also saw an increase in its revenue share from Travellers International Hotel Group – the 50%-owned joint venture with Alliance Global Inc that operates Resorts World Manila – to US$15.2 million from just US$2.5 million in 1H17.Adjusted EBITDA from its cruise and cruise-related activities more than tripled to US$63.0 million in 1H18. RelatedPosts
Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lty Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM), says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission.“I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif.One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs, Dahl said. Barracks renovated to the current “1+1 standard” — private rooms with shared kitchenette and living areas — is another inefficient arrangement, reported IMCOM.The Army’s effort to offer healthier dining options at its facilities and at outlets managed by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will help meet the needs of today’s service members, he said.The commander also praised the installation’s partnership with the city of Monterey, which provides maintenance support to its public works division.“It’s a really great thing you have going here,” Dahl said during a stop at the Presidio of Monterey Services Administration, the agency operated by the city. “I’m not sure it would work everywhere. But what you have here is really special,” Dahl said.
Medchal: Inaugurating EMRI’s emergency care simulation complex at Kompally in Medchal district on Saturday, Governor ESL Narasimhan described the new facility as a milestone in the State’s healthcare. “Though technology is an important component in the health care, human touch is more important and that is what GVK’s EMRI is doing,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor asked Health Minister Eatala Rajender to introduce a pilot project to revive the concept of family physicians. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Through ‘108’ medical services and Basti Dhawakhanas, there was a possibility of connecting family physicians with patients, he said, adding that immediate care for patients should be at home. The GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute (EMRI) set up the Emergency Care Simulation Complex at Kompally that would equip trainees with the requisite skills and provide state-of-the-art education in emergency care. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The simulation complex has been commissioned with a financial grant received from the Tata Trusts and provides simulation-based medical education using sophisticated and technically advanced manikins and enabling students evaluate, perform and repeat the same exercises till they get a procedure right. Labour Minister Ch Malla Reddy, Malkajgiri MP A Revanth Reddy, GVK founder-chairman GVK Reddy, Tata Trusts Trustee RK Krishna Kumar, GVK EMRI director Krishnam Raju and others were present on the occasion.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the most challenging budget of the Narendra Modi era on Wednesday (February 1). This would be the first after the prime minister took the shocking financial step of demonetisation on November 8 last year.Also read: From halwa ceremony to leather briefcase, interesting traditions of Union Budget 2018Now, to what extent will the Budget 2017 be able to satisfy the common man after the November shock therapy is for time and the experts to tell. Meanwhile, we can focus on some lighter facts related to India’s budget, things that would make it a not-so-tedious read amid all the complicated calculations:A Scottish presented India’s first-ever Budget: The first-ever Indian budget was presented by James Wilson, the founder of The Economist, in April 1860. Wilson was the Finance Minister of the Indian Council which had advised the Indian Viceroy. He passed away a few months after presenting his Budget.The Indian to present first-ever Budget: The first-ever budget in independent India was presented by R K Shanmukham Chetty, the country’s first finance minister, in November 1947. That budget covered a period of seven-and-half months between August 15, 1947, and March 31, 1948. Chetty had also introduced the term ‘Interim Budget’ during his speech in 1948-49. It meant a budget for a short period.A scandal had broken in the UK over its budget the same year it was presented for the first time in independent India. The then British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Hugh Dalton, had met a journalist on the Budget Day after he walked into the British parliament and revealed to the latter a few details on tax changes that he had in his plans. The journalist broke the story before the speech was made and Dalton had to step down. It is said that the incident had made Chetty extra-cautious while preparing independent India’s first budget back home.John Mathai did not read out the Budget: John Mathai, the successor to Chetty and in office between1949-50 is said to have delivered the most plain budget speech ever. He had decided not to read out the budget and told the members that a White Paper including all details had been circulated. The highlights of this budget were setting up of the now-defunct planning commission and beginning of the five-year plans. Mathai also used the opportunity to give a speech on economic policy.Morarji Desai presented the Budget 10 times, the most: It is said the credit of turning Budget into a ‘tool of publicity for the finance minister’ goes to former prime minister Morarji Desai, who had presented it the maximum number of times: 10.Desai presented the Budget on his unique birthday twice: On two occasions, Desai had presented the Budget on his birthday – February 29. That happened in the years 1964 and 1968.The 1973 Budget was ‘Black’ one, while the 1997 one was called ‘Dream’: While the Budget of 1973-74 was called the ‘Black Budget’ owing to a deficit of Rs 550 crore, that presented by former finance minister P Chidambaram in 1997 was called the ‘Dream Budget’ owing to its roadmap for big reforms.Two presidents have presented Budget as FMs: Other than Pranab Mukherjee, R Venkataraman was the only finance minister who later went on to become the president of India.Yaswant Sinha presented four Budgets under difficult conditions: Yaswant Sinha, who presented five Budgets under two governments, had faced challenges almost every time he presented it as the NDA’s finance minister. While the 1999 Budget was presented after the Pokhran II blasts, the 2000 was presented after the Kargil war. Similarly, his presentation in 2001 came after the horrible earthquake in Gujarat. His budget presented as the finance minister of the National Front government in 1991 was also in the wake of the forex crisis.Only one woman presented Budget: The only woman to have presented the Budget is late prime minister Indira Gandhi, who did so in 1970-71 after Desai’s resignation.Railway and general budgets were separated in 1924: The railway budget was separated from the general budget in the year 1924. They have been merged this year.First disclosure scheme for black money in Budget: The first disclosure scheme for black money came in the Budget of 1965-66.Three PMs presented budgets: Three prime ministers – all from the family – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had presented the Budget while serving as prime minister.Biggest-ever Budget was presented in 1991: The biggest Budget ever in the history of India was that of 1991 when the country’s economic policy underwent a complete change. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had presented that budget and late PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister then.Budget timing was changed from 5 pm in 1999: Earlier, the Budget used to be presented at 5 pm, which was essentially a continuation of the colonial-era practice. It was during the NDA government of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999 when this ritual was changed. That year, the budget was presented by Yashwant Sinha at 11 am. PM Modi’s government also made another change by bringing the Budget ahead by a month to present it on February 1.The halwa ceremony: Printing of the Budget documents begin with the annual halwa (a sweet dish) ceremony. It marks the beginning of lockdown for many officials in the Ministry of Finance who remain in the budget printing press till the finance minister’s speech gets over. During this time, the officials are not even allowed to contact their family members.
People continue to surprise us with their antics every day even when we ask, “Can humans get any weirder?” As a testament to the above question, a woman from the United States reportedly ended up in a hospital after she put an octopus on her face for a photo op. She experienced a lot of pain when the octopus latched onto her skin and bit her twice.The incident took place on Friday when the 45-year-old women, identified as Jamie Bisceglia from Washington, was participating in a fishing derby near Tacoma Narrows Bridge.She came across fishermen in the area who had caught an octopus and she could not resist taking a photograph with it and enter the photo in the derby’s photography competition.Talking to Kiro 7, Jamie said, “It was a photo contest in the derby. So, crazy me, hindsight now and looking back, I probably made a big mistake.” “All of a sudden its beak entered my chin and my eyes popped open wide and they could all see that I was getting attacked, and the photos are taken at the moment it was attacking me,” Jamie recalled to Fox News.Jamie confessed that she did not go to the hospital until two days after the incident because she wanted to continue fishing at the derby.”I could tell I couldn’t swallow properly and I could tell when I opened my eyes it was kind of blurry, the left side of my face, my throat, my glands were swollen and it felt my left side of my face was paralysed,” said Jamie.A similar incident took place in May when a Chinese vlogger tried eating a live octopus for her audience but the octopus latched onto her face. The video which the woman uploaded showed her trying to pry the octopus from her face with as little pain as possible.
Photo: CollectedWestern powers accused Russia on Thursday of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands.The United States indicted seven alleged Russian members of the GRU military intelligence agency for targeting the Hague-based OPCW, the US Democratic party, world sports bodies and US nuclear energy company Westinghouse.The charges came as part of a coordinated pushback by allies Britain, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States against a series of hacking attempts by what London dubbed “pariah state” Russia.Russia scathingly accused the West of “spy mania”, with the Russian foreign office describing the accusations as “propaganda directed against our country”.In scenes reminiscent of a Cold War spy novel, Dutch security services said they had expelled four Russian GRU agents in April after they attempted a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, from a car parked in a nearby hotel.The OPCW was at the time probing the nerve agent poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain and an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma by the Moscow-backed regime in Damascus.The Dutch and British prime ministers Mark Rutte and Theresa May in a joint statement accused the GRU of “disregard for global values” and lashed out at the Russian agency’s “unacceptable cyber activities”.Unacceptable cyber activitiesThe Russians were tracked by Dutch and British secret services from their arrival in Amsterdam on diplomatic passports in April, and then seen hiring a Citroen car which they parked outside the Marriott hotel next to the OPCW.When Dutch agents swooped on April 13 they found electronic equipment in the boot of the car to intercept the OPCW’s wifi and login codes, including an antenna hidden in the back of the car, facing the chemical weapons watchdog.Marriott manager Vincent Pahlplatz told AFP there was “no James Bond involved” and that the Russians had been arrested without the use of force as they emerged from a lift into the hotel lobby.Investigations found the Russians had originally taken a taxi from GRU barracks in Moscow to the airport, for which Dutch agents later found a receipt from their hotel. Some of their mobile phones were also activated in Moscow near the agency’s headquarters.“They were clearly not here on holiday,” said the head of the Dutch MIVD intelligence service, Major-General Onno Eichelsheim.A laptop belonging to one of the four was linked to Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia—while the activities in Malaysia were related to the investigation into the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.It also revealed that the agents had also made searches for the OPCW-affiliated Spiez laboratory in Switzerland—which the Swiss last month said had been targeted by Russia.Dutch authorities released the Russian diplomatic passports of the four men identifying them as Oleg Sotnikov, Alexei Morenets, Alexei Minin and Yevgeny Serebryakov. They also showed photos of the men outside the hotel.Rutte said they had taken the “unusual and powerful” step of releasing details of an intelligence sting in order to bring Russia to account.“I do not think that Moscow has a nice day, because it is impossible for them to deny what has come out,” the Dutch PM told broadcaster NOS.The OPCW confirmed it had suffered “increased cyber-related activities” since the beginning of the year and had “undertaken measures to mitigate them”.Pariah stateThe four Russians allegedly involved in the OPCW attack were included in the list of seven men indicted by the US Justice Department.John Demers, US assistant attorney general for National Security, confirmed that known attack targets included the OPCW, football body FIFA, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and Westinghouse.Demers said the operations dating back to 2014 “involved sophisticated, persistent and unauthorised access into the victims’ computer networks.”The case also overlaps with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, with two of the men targeted on Thursday having featured in an earlier indictment on interference in the US polls.US intelligence says the GRU conducted the 2016 Democratic party hack in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency.Canada confirmed Thursday it believes itself to have been targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its centre for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based WADA.Britain and Australia had just hours earlier pointed the blame directly at alleged GRU front operations such as Fancy Bear and APT 28 for the same string of worldwide attacks.The West’s coordinated response also saw NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warning Russia to halt its “reckless” behaviour and the European Union condemning “aggressive” Russian spying.British defence secretary Gavin Williamson said that these were “not the actions of a great power, this is the actions of a pariah state”.Spy maniaRussia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the allegations had been mixed together “indiscriminately”.“That’s a hell of a mix for a perfume,” she told reporters.London has accused two of GRU’s officers of poisoning former double-agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March, using a perfume bottle containing the powerful nerve agent Novichok.A Russian foreign ministry representative told AFP separately: “Western spy mania is gathering pace.”GRU stands for the Main Intelligence Directorate, Russia’s military intelligence agency which is one of Moscow’s three spy agencies along with the FSB security service and the SVR foreign intelligence agency.
Last month we brought you a story about a YouTube group named UpIsNotJump that recreated the Captain America: Civil War trailer in Fallout 4. Although it wasn’t a 100% perfect recreation, it was a really fun and quirky video that managed to capture the spirit of the original trailer but with the griminess of the Fallout universe. The same group is back at it again and has given the same treatment to the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer. This recreated video is nothing short of internet gold.Several of Fallout 4‘s locations are used to stand in for those seen in the trailer. For example, the hangars of Yavin-4 are actually the interior of the Brotherhood of Steel’s airship, while the main communication room of the rebel hideout is actually one of the offices of The Institute. Instead of giant AT-ATs attacking the rebels, we see a couple of Liberty Prime robots take their place. There is even a shot of the dreaded Death Star, though it appears to be an image of the planet-destroying battle station instead of something that was rendered in-game.For the sake of comparison, here is the original Rogue One trailer:UpIsNotJump has given the Fallout treatment to the Daredevil season two trailer in addition to Civil War and Rogue One, so let’s hope that we can expect similar videos from them in the future. There certainly are a lot of geek-centric films coming out this year, so who knows what we can expect to see next.
Kolkata: Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as the new Home Secretary replacing Atri Bhattacharya who was transferred by the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Chief Secretary Malay De was looking after the Home department.Bandyopadhyay, who was in charge of the MSME & Textiles department with the additional charge of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises will also look after these departments, a notification issued by the state government said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the order published on Monday, Atri Bhattacharya has been made the Principal Secretary of the state Tourism department. Apart from Bandyopadhyay, former Additional Chief Secretary of state Panchayats and Rural Development department Sourav Das has been made the state Election Commissioner, replacing Amarendra Nath Singh who had been appointed in 2015. As per the regulations, a person can hold the post of Election Commissioner for up to six years from the date of appointment or till 65 years of age. This month, Singh will be completing 65 years and hence, he has been replaced. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeveral other IAS officers’ postings have also been reshuffled on Monday. Principal Secretary of Youth Services and Sports Ajit Ranjan Bardhan has been posted as the Principal Secretary of North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) along with the additional charge of Commissioner of Jalpaiguri which was already there. He has been replaced with P B Salim who was holding the charge of Secretary in Minority Affairs. Barun Kumar Ray who was posted as Principal Secretary of NBDD has been made the Commissioner of Malda. Choten D Lama who was holding the post of Secretary in the Panchayats and Rural Development Department with additional charge of Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of West Bengal State Rural Livelihoods Mission (WBSRLM) has been posted as the Secretary of Backward Classes Welfare with additional charge of Secretary, Tribal Development. P Ulganathan has been made the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas who was earlier DM Murshidabad. J P Meena, who was holding the post of DM Hooghly, replaced Ulganathan and has been made DM Murshidabad. DM South 24-Parganas Y Ratnakara Rao has been posted as DM Hooghly. Chaitali Chakraborty who was posted as DM Howrah has now been made DM North 24-Parganas. She will be replaced by Mukta Arya who was posted as DM, Bankura under the order of the Election Commission. DM North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya has been posted as Additional Secretary in the state Finance department. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated that Acharya did not want to continue as DM for personal reasons. Another IAS officer, Vijay Bharti, who was holding the post of Director in MSME & Textiles has been made the DM of East Burdwan. Anurag Srivastava who was holding the charge of DM East Burdwan has now been made the Director of MSME & Textiles. Vishwanath who was posted as DM Kalimpong has been appointed as the Director of Census Operations. Lalita Lakshmi will be joining as DM Kalimpong. Umashankar S who was removed by the EC has been reinstated as DM Bankura.
Kolkata: The state Education department has began ground work for bringing Class V under the ambit of the state Primary Board and with this objective, has began work for developing infrastructure in the primary schools across the state.A recent notification has been sent from the Education department to the primary district inspectors (DI) to take measures for erecting extra classroom facilities in the schools. The DIs have also been asked to construct boundary walls in the schools for boosting security. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe schools with lack of infrastructure have been asked to inform the department in a specific format so that measures can be taken to revamp the same. The total number of primary schools in the state currently stands at 50,108 that include classes from nursery to Class IV. If class V comes under the ambit of primary then the student strength will go up by 16 lakh. The schools have been asked to inform in detail about how many extra classes need to be constructed and what other infrastructural developments need to be taken up. As per assessment of the department, 40,000 extra classes have to be set up to make this a reality. According to sources in the primary board, the state government has recruited nearly 60,000 teachers at the primary level since 2011, after the Trinamool Congress government assumed power in the state.
Advertisement Maryville quarterback Dylan Hopkins was the B.M.O.C. after beating Oakland High School in the Tennessee 6A high school football playoffs, but was quickly cut down to size when his girlfriend – an Oakland cheerleader – took exception to something he said following a postgame hug.The tiny blonde channeled Woody Hayes and grabbed Hopkins by the facemask to pull him down to her eye level so she could give him a piece of her mind. It appears she got her point across.The two are a couple so this is just relationship stuff. Either way, watching the poor kid get dragged around in front of his buddies is good for a laugh.“Are we clear, Dylan?” Run Dylan, run. Run while you can.I NEED to know the back story behind this. pic.twitter.com/OP8ligkal1— College Sports Only (@OfficialCSO) November 25, 2017
Summer used to be synonymous with poring over a juicy read at the beach, or curling up next to a good book outside on the porch.But not anymore. A new survey conducted by New York-based research firm Miner & Co. Studio reveals that, while 76 percent of Americans say they have a summer reading list, 85 percent report to having a summer “streaming” list — a catalog of content that they intend to binge before summer ends.And the great outdoors has slowly become the venue of choice for streaming. Sixty-four percent of participants said that they are consuming video in places where they used to spend time reading outside, including on porches, decks, backyards, beaches and lakes.Related: Binge-Watching Is Our New NormalYouTube (93 percent) and Netflix (90 percent) are the two platforms leading this streaming trend, according to the report, which surveyed 800 adults aged 18 to 59.But before you’re quick to bemoan the unplugged vacations of yesteryear, Miner also found that summer streaming can have certain social benefits. Ironically, streaming has increased social interaction between friends and family, according to the survey, in that 65 percent of participants said that they now spend more time with their loved ones watching and talking about their favorite shows.For additional streaming trends this summer, check out Miner’s infographic right here:Click to EnlargeRelated: As Online Video Explodes, a Look at 5 of the Industry’s Biggest Trends (Infographic) 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 28, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
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