Haryana to set up ‘Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’

first_imgIn an attempt to increase farm productivity and farmers’ income, the Haryana government on Tuesday announced the setting up of ‘Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’, an authority which will undertake measures to make agriculture remunerative.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the State government was aware of the condition and needs of the farmers, and that’s why it had decided to set up the body.“The Pradhikaran will undertake all possible measures to enhance farm productivity and mitigate the physical, financial and psychological distress of farm households and landless workers. It will also maintain close liaison with line departments for implementation and monitoring of schemes, programmes and projects thorough the Agriculture Advisory Council and issue necessary guidelines from time to time,” he said.The Chief Minister will be the chairperson of the Pradhikaran and the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister would be its ex-officio vice-chairman.Farmers’ welfareMr. Khattar said the body will oversee regulations, guidelines and procedures for farmers’ welfare and suggest amendments in the statute governing farmers’ welfare in the State in consonance with Central Acts.last_img read more

Warne, Modi predicted India-Eng tie

first_imgA tie between India and England in a high scoring match on Sunday might have been an unbelievable result, but two men closely related to the game had predicted it even before the match began. Before the match, former Aussie legend Shane Warne tweeted on the micro blogging site: “Looking forward to the game between India and England today, it should be a cracker. My prediction a tie!” Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi tweeted that he had predicted a tie before the game. And now clearly believes that 2011 was his year. “Can’t believe my prediction 7/8 hours ago was right – tie!! Classic, didn’t think it would happen but hey-not bad!!!! 2011-my year! Lol,” Modi tweeted. He also tweeted on Warne’s prediction: “My good friend Shane Warne should become Paul the Octopus.” Incidentally, Warne has led Rajasthan Royals — the team in which Modi is accused to have stakes — in all seasons of the IPL.last_img read more

WWE: Braun Strowman defeats Roman Reigns in Last Man Standing match on RAW

first_imgBraun Strowman had the last laugh against Roman Reigns after emerging as the Last Man Standing on Monday Night RAW.Strowman attacked Reigns even before he could make it to the ring and it soon converted into a brawl.’The Monster among Men’ had the upper hand in the beginning before Reigns took the steel steps and started hammering Strowman repeatedly and for the first time in the match, the referee began the count with Strowman looking to beat it. However, Strowman got back to his feet at the count of 8.Reigns looked to unleash the Superman Punch but Strowman caught Reigns in the middle of the air and slammed him. Reigns was down for another 8-count before making back to his feet.The hammering continued and ‘The Big Dog’ was all set to hit his opponent with a spear but Strowman did one better and dropkicked him to take the Samoan down.After getting up and forcing Strowman out of the ring, Reigns grabbed a table from underneath the ring. However, Strowman recovered and was taunting Reigns after hitting him with a few blows. Reigns then showed great strength and picked Strowman up and Samoan Dropped him through the table.Both men were down and it was heading towards a draw but both men got up at 8 with Reigns.Action moved outside and Reigns was poised to spear Strowman through the barricade but the Monster among Men amazingly flung an office chair into Reigns’ head — stopping him on his tracks.advertisementReigns somehow managed to beat the 10-count and the two rivals took the fight into the crowd. The action then shifted to the stage as Strowman used the screen to wear Reigns down. But Reigns won’t give up and Strowman then looked to put him through the announcer’s table. But that didn’t work out as Reigns hit him with two Superman punches. He was all pumped up sprinted down the ramp to stun Strowman with a spear.By the look of this, Reigns was about to be the Last Man Standing before Samoa Joe interrupted. He was a part of the audience and completely blindsided Reigns and locked him in the Coquina Clutch and put him to sleep.With both men down, The referee started a fresh count and at the count of 8 both men were down before Strowman somehow made it to his feet with a jolt to pick up the victory.last_img read more

How Many Plays Does OSU Want to Run This Season?

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State has always played fast. Maybe not Oregon fast or, more recently, Baylor fast, but it’s been a staple of the Mike Gundy Era.[1. Since he hired Dana.]How fast does it want to play? Well faster than last year, certainly. I’ve looked at this the last two years and tried to determine a good benchmark for speed of play. The best I can come up with is time of possession divided by total plays.[1. It’s not perfect. The reason these numbers might seem inflated is because a team holds the ball for a while when it punts, has turnovers, and commits penalties. I didn’t include these as offensive “plays” because, well, those are all things that slow an offense down and I don’t feel like they should be added to artificially enhance these numbers.] Here are those numbers.Seconds per play2005: 24 seconds per play2006: 26 seconds per play2007: 23 seconds per play2008: 26 seconds per play2009: 28 seconds per play2010: 22 seconds per play2011: 20 seconds per play2012: 21 seconds per play2013: 21 seconds per play2014: 24 seconds per playA good reference is Baylor which ran a play every 19.9 seconds last season. Lightning.Last year was the slowest year on a per-play basis for OSU since Dana transformed the offense in 2010. The empirical data backed this up. Also, OSU ran a lot (56 percent of the time in 2014 compared to 51 percent in 2013) which ate up a lot of clock and didn’t move their possessions along quickly.Like I said, this is not the greatest stat ever, but it’s something.[1. That OSU was so much faster in 2011 than any other year and slower in 2009 than any other year tells me it’s something.] There are a number of things that play into going faster. Chief among them are how quickly you can call and run plays (experience), how quickly you score (talent) and how quickly your defense can get it back to you (as an offense, that’s out of your hands).I don’t think any of us would call the Pokes “good” at any of these last season. And it’s not like it was slowing down on purpose or running fewer plays so it could score more. No, OSU was slow last year because they were not very good.“We’d like to play the entire game fast,” said Mike Gundy on media day Saturday in Stillwater. “We should be able to play faster now that we’re more experienced. The quarterback has a better feel for it. Our offensive line played as big of a role in that as anybody last year.“If you go fast and they’re confused about what they’re doing, then it doesn’t look very good. So we should be able to play faster. Our goal is to get 80 plays in a game. If things go well, we’re firing on all cylinders and our scheme is good, then we’ll hit 90.”Last year was nowhere close to 90. Or 80.Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 4.32.19 PMThis will be something to keep an eye on when the season starts. The magic number since Dana came in 2010 has been an average of 75 a game. OSU has had some really good offenses that scored a lot and scored quickly. They’ve all run over 75 plays a game (until last year).The other factor is how you finish those plays when you start them. QB1 helps.“He’s 228 (pounds) now so he’s obviously stronger and a little more experienced,” said Gundy. “What I hope for is that he continues that because that’s not something you can coach. Guys can either escape and get away or make a play or they can’t so hopefully he can continue that.”#okstate Gundy on Rudolph’s knack for extending plays: “Those things make the difference in an eight-win season and an 11-win season.”— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) August 10, 2015last_img read more

Ohio State Fans Will Love What Urban Meyer Said About Michigan Tonight

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is getting ready to coach the final game of his career, with the Buckeyes preparing for the Rose Bowl contest against Washington.Meyer has said that he doesn’t want to do too much reflecting on his career until after the Rose Bowl, as he wants all of the focus to be on the Huskies.However, Ohio State’s head coach did boast about one aspect of his time in Columbus while speaking to reporters tonight.Of course, it’s about Michigan.“Knowing we went 7-0 against our rivals; of all the really cool things we’ve been a part of as a staff the last seven years, I don’t know if we could top that. That’s the respect that I have for that rivalry,”  Meyer said.Urban Meyer on going unbeaten as Ohio State’s coach against Michigan: “Knowing we went 7-0 against our rivals; of all the really cool things we’ve been a part of as a staff the last seven years, I don’t know if we could top that. That’s the respect that I have for that rivalry.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 27, 2018Meyer will finish his Ohio State career as successful against Michigan as any coach in Buckeyes’ history.Ohio State is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar scored his 1st ODI hundred exactly 25 years ago on this day

first_img Next Sachin Tendulkar scored his 1st ODI hundred exactly 25 years ago on this dayThis Day, That Year: Sachin Tendulkar ended his 5-year-long wait for his maiden ODI on September 9, 1994 when he hit a 130-ball 110 against Australia in Colombo. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 14:13 IST Sachin Tendulkar ended his long wait for an ODI hundred on this day in 1994 (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar went without an ODI hundred in the 1st 5 years of his ODI careerTendulkar ended the streak against Australia, in ColomboTendulkar turned into a different beast in ODI cricket after he was promoted to open in 1994Sachin Tendulkar was labeled as the wunderkind even before he made his international debut. His stature grew and he was labeled the next big thing as soon as he went on Pakistan in his maiden tour and took on the fearsome opposition attack with the nonchalance that he later came to be known for.Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 but the young prodigy was not being able to get the big scores in the initial years of his ODI career. Tendulkar was batting in the middle order and getting starts but were somehow not being able to convert them into big scores.While Sachin Tendulkar got his maiden Test hundred as early as his 2nd year in international cricket, the ODI hundred remained elusive for 5 years and 78 matches.However, it all changed in 1994 when Sachin Tendulkar toured New Zealand. Mohammad Azharuddin, the then India captain, pushed the Mumbai teenager higher up the order and opened the innings with him.Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness as an opener began in Auckland when he smashed 82 from 49 balls, hitting 10 boundaries and 2 sixes against New Zealand.Ever since Sachin Tendulkar was promoted to open the innings in ODI, he became a different beast.On September 9, 1994, Sachin Tendulkar hit his maiden ODI hundred — 110 from 130 balls against Australia in Colombo. The knock came against a high-quality bowling attack that had the likes of Glenn McGrath, Craig McDermott and Shane Warne among others. Tendukar’s blazing innings that saw him smash 8 boundaries and 2 sixes gave India a 31-run win over the mighty Australians.advertisement#OnThisDay in 1994 – Batting great @sachin_rt scored his first ODI hundred. Relive the magic – DD SPORTS#Legend #SRT pic.twitter.com/hgvSm42yKKBCCI (@BCCI) September 9, 2019Incidentally, Sachin Tendulkar got past the 3-figure mark in leg-spinner Shane Warne’s over. Tendulkar would go on to dominate the legendary spinner in his heyday, breaking several records across Tests and ODI formats.After getting to his 1st hundred, there was no stopping Sachin Tendulkar. The man from Mumbai came out with unprecedented hunger to get big scores and delivered more often than not. A couple of hundreds (against New Zealand and West Indies) followed at home in 1994.Over the next 4 years, Sachin Tendulkar would go on to score 18 hundreds and 9 in 1998 alone. The batting great finished his ODI career with 49 hundreds and took his international tally to 100 – a world record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.Also Read | Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve HarmisonAlso Read | ICC’s ‘Karma’ tweet is an attempt to hit back at England fans for trolling Steve SmithAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Sachin Tendulkar ODI hundredsFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Mohammad Azharuddinlast_img read more

COSCO Shipping Selling USD 2 Bn of Shares to Fund Boxships

first_imgzoom China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings has unveiled its intentions to raise up to CNY 12.9 billion (USD 1.9 billion) in an effort to finance the construction of new containerships.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the net proceeds of the sale would be used to fund the building of 20 boxships, six of which would have a capacity of over 21,200 TEU.Four of the remaining vessels from the batch would have a capacity of over 14,500 TEU, five would be able to carry 13,800 TEU and the final five would have a capacity of over 20,100 TEU.The move would see the company sell over 2 billion of its Series A shares through a private placement.As part of the issuance, the company and COSCO Shipping entered into a subscription agreement pursuant to which COSCO Shipping has conditionally agreed to subscribe for, and the company has conditionally agreed to issue, 50% of the total number of Shares A to be issued under the placement.COSCO Shipping suspended trading of shares on October 27 and is expected to resume trading on October 31.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Toronto Stars Tanya Talaga shortlisted for RBC Taylor book prize

first_imgTanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers traces the lives and deaths of several teens in Thunder Bay. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Also making the cut is Stephen R. Bown’s Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska (Douglas & McIntyre), about the explorers sent across Russia by Peter the Great to seek a route to North America.In addition to the winner’s prize, the runners-up will each receive $5,000.The winner also gets to award a $10,000 emerging writers prize to an author of their choosing. That prize will be handed out shortly after the winner is named.A jury including Christine Elliott, Anne Giardini and James Polk evaluated 153 non-fiction Canadian written books submitted by 110 Canadian and international publishers.The RBC Taylor Prize was set up in 1993 to honour journalist Charles Taylor. Login/Register With: Advertisement Non-fiction books about life as an ER doctor and indigenous teens who died in and near Thunder Bay are among the titles shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize.A three-member jury announced five finalists for the $30,000 award, to be handed out Feb. 26 in Toronto.James Maskalyk’s Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine (Doubleday Canada) contrasts medicine as practised in a world-class Toronto hospital to the bare bones clinics in Sudan and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City (House of Anansi Press), from Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga, traces the lives and deaths of several teens in northern Ontario.Other books in the running include: Max Wallace’s look at the final days of the Second World War, In the Name of Humanity (Allen Lane Canada); and Daniel Coleman’s exploration of the Niagara Escarpment, Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place(Wolsak and Wynn). Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Pipelines UN immigration feature as protest convoy reaches Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A convoy of Canadians fed up with the Liberal government rolled into Ottawa Tuesday with demands as varied as their vehicles.The United We Roll convoy began in Red Deer, Alta., on Valentine’s Day and made its way east over four days with stops for rallies along the way. After four days of cross-country driving, the convoy mustered in Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital but got off to a late start Tuesday morning. With police escorts, its trucks, buses and cars hit downtown Ottawa after the morning rush hour, disrupting the city only slightly.Scores of semis, pickups and other vehicles occupied several blocks of the street in front of Parliament as about 150 people gathered in knee-deep snow on the Hill for speeches by organizers and a handful of conservative lawmakers. One placard on a truck outside Parliament declared NO to “UN/globalism, carbon tax, tanker ban, dirty foreign oil, open borders” and YES to “Charge Trudeau with treason, Energy East, yes to pipe lines, look after veterans, photo ID & Canadian citizenship to vote.”Other signs backed a variety of causes, including Canadian agriculture and protecting free speech. One called on Canadians to eat beef.Started by Glen Carritt, the owner of an oilfield fire and safety company in Innisfail, Alta., the convoy protesters have demanded the Liberal government scrap the carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia.“The core message is we need immediate action for our pipelines to get in the ground, to get to tidewater and to the rest of Canada,” he told The Canadian Press in a previous interview. About 30 police officers stood between the convoy members and a counter-protest that gathered nearby, focused on Indigenous causes.“It is time that Canada has a prime minister that is proud of our energy sector,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told the crowd. He emphasized the convoy members’ demand that the federal government get pipelines built to help get Alberta oil and gas to new markets.Half a dozen Conservative MPs and senators blasted the Liberals’ carbon tax and reiterated their support for the oil and gas sector. They left out another of the convoy organizers’ complaints: that Canada signed a non-binding United Nations agreement on migration in December.The Conservative party opposed the signing of the global compact, although Scheer did not mention it.Nor did People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, whose omission drew cries from the crowd when he spoke about the importance of the oil industry.“Where’s the UN?” yelled one woman.center_img Mark Friesen, a convoy organizer from Saskatoon, gave one of the day’s first speeches, talking about federal policies as the results of agreements with the United Nations to implement its sustainable development agenda.“You cut the head of the snake off, we get our country back, all of it, including pipelines built, including dumping the carbon tax, including getting rid of the migrant pact,” he said.Friesen, like many of the convoy participants, is affiliated with the populist “yellow-vest” movement, Carritt said the convoy was not itself a yellow-vest protest. Amid concerns the convoy had become a magnet for extremist, anti-immigrant activists, organizers stressed the rally was peaceful and open to anyone fed up with the federal government.Despite charges by its critics, Friesen insisted the yellow-vest movement is not racist or anti-immigrant.“We are a country of immigrants,” he said. “We need more immigration but we need to determine these policies in Canada for Canadians.”Meanwhile after a cabinet meeting inside Parliament’s West Block, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told reporters he was focused on increasing pipeline capacity.“It’s very unfortunate that the convoy that is here today, their message has drifted away from pipelines to issues that are not relevant to the discussion on pipelines,” the Edmonton MP said.A second day of protests is planned for Wednesday.last_img read more

Former Moroccan Futsal Player Joins the Islamic State

Rabat – A former Moroccan futsal player is thought to have joined the ranks of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known by its Arabic acronym Daesh.Hatim Halawa, a Tetouan native who played for the Moroccan national futsal team, is believed to have joined the terrorist group’s fighters waging war in Syria.The group has been blamed for murders and beheadings in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria. According to local news website Canaltetouan.com, Halawa did not inform his family about the decision to join the ruthless group and only contacted them once he arrived in the Middle East.The player participated with Morocco in the 2012 Futsal World Cup which took place in Thailand. He also embarked on a sporting career in Kuwait and Qatar.According to the Moroccan interior Ministry, an estimated 1,350 Moroccans have joined the ranks of terrorist organizations in the Middle East.Interior Minister Mohammed Hassad said that roughly 2000 Moroccans joined terrorist groups from various European countries.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Utah rethinks medical pot distribution plan amid pressure

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is considering new ways to distribute medical marijuana amid growing scrutiny from county attorneys who argue a planned state-run dispensary system would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws.On Tuesday, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings said current plans to use local health departments throughout the state as pickup points for medical marijuana would make the employees de-facto drug dealers.Marijuana is still banned at the federal level, though a congressional amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states that have them.But some district attorneys said distribution is still risky. “There’s no exemption for a state employee to distribute marijuana,” Rawlings said.More than 30 other states allow medical marijuana in some form. But none have state-run dispensaries because they fear the potential legal fallout, said Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel with the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based pro-legalization advocacy group. Utah’s proposal is unique and, if successful, could set a precedent for other states, he said.Advocates who pushed for last year’s voter-approved law legalizing medical marijuana in Utah said they are pleased the state may go back to the plan outlined in the ballot initiative for a network of private dispensaries.That was scrapped when Utah lawmakers made sweeping changes to the ballot measure, and built in the distribution system that uses local health departments.The current plan allows for seven private “cannabis pharmacies,” with a state-run “central fill pharmacy” distributing the remainder of medical marijuana orders through each of the state’s 13 local health departments.Medical marijuana will be available for purchase only by patients with certain medical conditions. Residents can buy the drug at one of the state-selected dispensaries after obtaining a patient card from their medical provider.Desiree Hennessy, director of the Utah Patients Coalition, the main medical marijuana advocacy group that backed the ballot initiative, said she’s grateful legislators are recognizing issues with distribution and finding new ways to make it work. In light of counties resisting the “central fill” concept, Hennessy said she will push state officials to provide more private dispensaries to help distribute the drug.“We didn’t think a central fill was going to be successful, and now that state officials realize that, we can work toward a plan that works … prioritizing private dispensaries,” she said.Republican Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers said the goal of the central-fill pharmacy was to reach patients in rural communities.He said state leaders have been hearing prosecutors’ concerns for months and are exploring alternatives. Possible solutions include modifying how cannabis would be delivered to local health departments, cutting counties out of the distribution process, and replacing the state’s “central fill” system with an additional privately owned dispensary.State officials are expected to meet later this month to discuss and enact changes to the law.House Democratic leaders blasted legislators for making changes to the initial ballot measure.“The Legislature cannot override the will of the voters with failed plans and hope to maintain any kind of trust with the people we are supposed to represent,” the Utah House Democratic Caucus leadership said in a Tuesday statement.Gill, Salt Lake County’s district attorney, said he’s confident state officials will craft a new distribution plan that excludes local health departments.“Whatever solution they come up with, frankly I don’t care, as long as it gets medical cannabis to patients and removes us from the equation,” he said.Utah’s medical cannabis program is set to open next year but has run into other obstacles. Two advocacy groups, Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education, or TRUCE, and the Epilepsy Association of Utah are suing the state over changes made to the medical-marijuana ballot initiative.Morgan Smith, The Associated Press read more

Japan trade deficit swells to record 37B in first half as fuel

by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 1:08 am MDT Japan trade deficit swells to record $37B in first half as fuel imports soar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Japan reported its biggest half-year trade deficit ever as exports weakened and fuel imports soared to keep the power on while most reactors are idled in the aftermath of last year’s nuclear crisis.The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday reported a 2.9 trillion yen ($37.4 billion) trade deficit for the first half ended June 30. The deficit was triple the size of the deficit reported for the same period last year. First half exports fell 2.5 per cent from last year while imports surged 13.1 per cent.The latest trade deficit is the biggest since Japan started compiling such records in 1979.Until this month, all 50 of Japan’s working nuclear reactors were offline after the nuclear crisis set off in March 2011 by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Two reactors are now back online but the country still must rely more on oil and gas to supply electricity.Exports were dented by weaker demand stemming from Europe’s debt crisis. A strong yen also hurt exports.Disruptions to parts supplies caused by the disaster in northeastern Japan have also hurt exports as production of autos and electronics slowed, although have since recovered.Imports surged on the back of the growing cost of importing fuel, including oil, petroleum products, gas and coal.Japan has managed to eke out small trade surpluses in some months over the last year.Earlier this year, Japan reported a record annual trade deficit for the fiscal year ended March. read more

On this night in 1995 you were listening to Ini Kamoze

first_imgWE’RE NOT QUITE sure what a hotstepper is, but we think it’s someone who likes to hang around bikini-wearing ladies in sheds made out of corrugated iron.At least, that’s what the video for Here Comes The Hotstepper shows us, which also explains that a hotstepper is somewhat of a ‘lyrical gangster’.This single reached number three in the Irish charts in 1995, and hung around for 13 weeks. Those were the days.Ex-CUSE me mistah officah!(youpi444/YouTube)On this night in 1997 you were listening to… No Doubt>On this night in 1996 you were listening to… Babylon Zoo>last_img

A Big Fat Greek High Tea for Emily

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Diagnosed with two rare diseases, Idiopathic HyperEosinophilic Syndrome together with a myriad of other features, including postural tachycardia, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Raynaud’s Phenomenon, Bechets Disease, chronic fatigue, vasculitis and fibromyalgia, to name a few, 16-year-old Emily Karakatsanis has had no quality of life over the past three years.Having been suffering terribly with exhaustion, mouth ulcers, colon ulcers, severe joint pain, breathlessness, dizziness and low blood pressure and migraines with aura, the once exemplary Brighton Secondary College student has had to compromise her studies due to her debilitating symptoms. Her condition causes her to collapse regularly and suffer from ongoing dehydration, among other things. “She’s been in and out of hospitals and has barely made it to school, missing nine months last year and only attending for an hour-and-a-half each day this year,” her mother, Lauren Karakatsanis, tells Neos Kosmos. “Emily is currently in Year 11 and has sadly just had to exit her VCE due to the illness attacking her immune system.”Australia does not have the means to provide the right treatment for the rare combination diseases, leading the family to seek medical consultations and management solutions in London and the United States.“Most of her specialists are in America at the Mayo Clinic and The National Institute of Health in Washington,” she explains. “They have several research teams studying her at present but so far little progress has been made. The medical field says she is one of a kind − we always thought that anyway − but she certainly has some of the best specialists in the world perplexed, and hence our sense of desperation grows.”So far, medical specialists in multiple countries have tried four different therapies without positive outcome. After exhausting so many other options, Emily began chemotherapy treatment on Friday 17 June and unfortunately, even this invasive therapy has been stopped after day five of 30 consecutive days, as she is suffering with rare side effects from the drug. The family will soon embark on another journey to America to meet with leading world specialists, in the hopes that they can suppress Emily’s immune system, with the cost of the trip to be in excess of US$50,000. Her doctors believe they have a drug and symptoms management plan which may help Emily, but it is expected to cost over $80,000 dollars and, since it is not available in Australia, may require Emily to live in the States for three to six months. As a result, Emily and her family have been under much financial strain. Moreover, in an unfortunate turn of events, Emily’s little brother Charlie, aged six, is also believed to be carrying a variant of the same disease requiring medical consultations, testing and genetic testing in America alongside his sister.“If a cure or treatment to her disease is not found, Emily will die of vital organ failure,” her mum says.“We do not know if she will be able to continue with this treatment. Sadly, because of her Mast Cell condition, her body rejects everything, even medications that can potentially help her. We have made a decision as a family that this will be the last fundraiser held for our daughter. Our pride has been lost and Emily is just too tired to keep going through the emotional toll it takes on her, let alone the physical. “As we have lost everything in this fight for our daughter, we truly need the help of our local community and I am hoping you can assist us once more. “My beautiful friends are holding a fundraiser for Emily to assist us in getting her back to America in January for one last shot at trying to find a cure or at least something to control this rare disease she has,” Mr Karakatsanis continues.The event, My Big Fat Greek High Tea, will take place on Sunday 16 October at The International, in Brighton, organised by a group of close friends and local business owners who are trying to find some hope for Emily. The family is also holding a mini Camilla Fashion show which will be modelled by five of Emily’s friends, all of whom have cancer and are undergoing treatments with Emily. Jimmy Hellas, an international dance choreographer, will also be there, getting everyone up to do the Zorba, while live band Strofes will be offering their time to provide great music. Vanilla Cakes and Lounge will be donating all of the cakes (approximately 800 pieces) including spanakopita and tiropita. Meanwhile, Zouki cafe (Monash Clayton campus) which provides catering and food to all of Melbourne’s major government hospitals, is donating all of the sandwiches and antipasto platters for every table and coffee. “We are wanting this to be a classy take on the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and we have had amazing sponsorship towards our gift bags so far, not to mention all the food items donated for the high tea, which is incredible.”“We would really love to get as many people there as possible as every donation, even the smallest, means the world to us,” Emily’s mum concludes, thanking everyone for their help.Neos Kosmos, as one of the sponsors, will also be offering copies of the Weekend English edition and DVDs of the My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 film.If you wish to make a monetary contribution, please donate to: Account Name: Emily Desiree Boardman Karakatsanis BSB: 193 879 Account Number: 432263584 Bank of Melbourne Or go to webpage: GoFundMe.com/hope4emilymedicallast_img read more

LAfssaps alerte sur lusage abusif de certains médicaments contre le nez bouché

first_imgL’Afssaps alerte sur l’usage abusif de certains médicaments contre le nez bouchéDans un communiqué, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé appelle à respecter les précautions d’utilisation des médicaments contre le rhume contenant un vasodilatateur. Quinze “cas graves d’effets indésirables” ont été signalés depuis début 2011.Alors que le rhume gagne de plus en plus de personnes depuis l’arrivée des jours d’hiver, c’est une information importante qu’a tenue à communiquer l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps). Depuis le 1er janvier 2011, elle a recensé pas moins de quinze “cas graves d’effets indésirables” chez des patients ayant pris un médicament contenant un vasoconstricteur. Ces traitements sont utilisés pour diminuer la sensation de nez bouché, en cas de rhume et peuvent se présenter sous différentes formes. Il s’agit de solutions pour pulvérisation nasale (sur prescription médicale), comme Aturgyl, Dérinox, Déturgylone, Rhinofluimucil, ou de médicaments à prendre par voie orale (accessibles sans ordonnance), seuls ou associés à une autre substance active (paracétamol, ibuprofène), comme Sudafed, Actifed Rhume, Dolirhume, Humex Rhume, Rhinadvil, Rhinureflex. Des molécules qui sont aujourd’hui largement utilisées avec pour le Dérinox par exemple, plus de 3 millions de prescriptions par an et pour l’Actifed Rhume Jour et Nuit plus de 3 millions de boites vendues chaque année. Or, ces médicaments peuvent causer des effets indésirables graves au niveau cardiaque tel que de l’hypertension artérielle, crise d’angor ou angine de poitrine mais aussi au niveau neurologique avec des convulsions, des troubles du comportement ou des accidents vasculaires, et ce, notamment s’ils ne sont pas utilisés conformément à leur autorisation de mise sur le marché. Aussi, l’Afssaps rappelle aux patients de “ne pas recourir de manière abusive à ces médicaments”, de “toujours vérifier auprès de leur médecin ou de leur pharmacien s’ils sont bien adaptés à leur cas” ainsi que de “ne pas les associer entre eux”, relaye l’AFP.5 jours de traitement au maximumÀ lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Contre-indiqués chez l’enfant de moins de 15 ans, ces médicaments sont également déconseillés en cas d’hypertension artérielle, d’antécédents d’accident vasculaire cérébral ou de facteurs de risque d’AVC, d’insuffisance coronarienne sévère, d’antécédents de convulsions. En outre, la durée maximale de traitement ne doit pas excéder 5 jours et la posologie maximale journalière ne doit pas être dépassée. Des recommandations et contre-indications qui figurent sur les notices de ces produits, suite aux résultats de deux enquêtes françaises de pharmacovigilance. L’Afssaps précise néanmoins : “une actualisation de l’enquête française est en cours, afin d’envisager si besoin des actions supplémentaires”. Le 16 décembre 2011 à 16:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des Indiens du Mexique menacés de famine à cause des aléas climatiques

first_imgDes Indiens du Mexique menacés de famine à cause des aléas climatiquesAprès les gels de l’hiver et la sécheresse exceptionnelle de l’été, les Indiens Raramuris du Mexique sont gravement menacés de famine. Cette année particulièrement difficile au niveau climatique pour le Mexique menace de famine 220.000 Raramuris, une ethnie du nord du Mexique. “Il n’y a pas de nourriture, il n’y a pas de travail”, relate un jeune Mexicain. Avec les élections présidentielles de juillet, la dure réalité de cette communauté focalise aujourd’hui l’attention du pays. En particulier après que, mi-janvier, des rumeurs de suicides par grèves de la faim d’une cinquantaine de Raramuris ont circulé. Des bruits qui ont prospéré sur fond de sécheresse, estimée par le président Felipe Calderon comme étant la pire depuis des décennies. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Celle-ci s’est en effet cumulée au déficit hydrique de l’hiver en raison du gel et a privé les torrents d’alimentation en eau. Ainsi, les habitants n’ont même pas pu arroser leurs maigres cultures qui leur permettaient habituellement de survivre. Octavio Hijar, l’un des responsables de la fondation qui accueille les Indiens, explique à l’AFP qu’on n’a pour l’heure signalé ni suicide ni cas de malnutrition sévère mais qu’on constate effectivement “une pénurie alimentaire, à cause de l’absence de neige puis de pluie”. Il avertit également que la situation pourrait s’aggraver “de mars à juin”.”Nous n’avons pas de nourriture. Ni maïs, ni haricot et nous n’en avons quasiment pas eu de l’année”, affirme une Indienne qui attend, comme plusieurs centaines d’autres de recevoir une aide alimentaire. De longues files d’hommes et de femmes de tous âges, enveloppés dans des couvertures pour se protéger du froid et emportant comme ils le peuvent les paquets qu’ils viennent de recevoir. Mais le climat n’est pas le seul responsable de cette détresse des Raramuris. En effet, la région est également contrôlée par la mafia et le crime organisé. La ville la plus peuplée de l’Etat, Ciudad Juarez, est frontalière avec les Etats-Unis et est aujourd’hui la plus meurtrière du pays avec 1.206 homicides de janvier à septembre, selon des chiffres officiels. Les touristes ont donc déserté la région ce qui a accentué le chômage dans cette zone. Selon Cesar Duarte, gouverneur de l’Etat venu présider une distribution d’aide alimentaire, si l’absence de pluie “n’a pas permis de générer la vie en 2011, seulement 28 personnes sont mortes de dénutrition”, contre 47 en 2010. Le 24 janvier 2012 à 16:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Airbnb in Hot Water Again Over Hidden Cameras

first_imgStay on target Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business TravelAirbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise Airbnb has a serious hidden camera problem.A week after The Atlantic reported on Peeping Tom hosts, a California couple did anything but smile upon discovering they were on candid camera.Christian Aranda and Alondra Salas wanted some quiet time together. So they booked a one-night stay in Garden Grove, not far from their Santa Ana home.Billed as “cozy and romantic,” the dream room quickly turned into a nightmare.According to the local ABC affiliate, the pair found a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector—hanging directly over the bed.“It’s disgusting, that there’s people out there, recording you, getting intimate,” Salas told the news station. “They have this labeled as a romantic getaway on Airbnb.”The next morning, they confronted the homeowner—whose name has not been released—and called the police.The camera, it turns out, was not turned on and nothing of Aranda and Salas’s night was recorded; Garden Grove officers say no crime was committed.Airbnb does allow “any mechanism that can be used to capture or transmit audio, video, or still images,” including Wi-Fi cameras, nanny cameras, Web cameras, baby monitors, and surveillance systems.Hosts, however, are required to list any such devices in their House Rules, and disclose if an active recording is taking place.“The safety and privacy of our community—both online and offline—is our priority,” Airbnb said in a statement emailed to Geek. “We take reports of any violations very seriously.”Following Salas and Aranda’s complaint, Airbnb provided a full refund and removed the unidentified host from its site. That’s not enough, though.“They need to do something about this because not only [were we] in the room with the cameras,” Aranda said, “but 24 other people who left reviews were in the room with cameras, as well.The couple are considering legal action against the homeowner and Airbnb.It’s obvious why someone might want to spy on strangers staying in their home; evidence of theft, vandalism, or deception is always helpful for the police.But it’s against Airbnb’s rules, and can result in an investigation, removal from the site, and possible jail time.That hasn’t stopped some folks, though, according to The Atlantic, which highlighted the issue in a recent in-depth article.More on Geek.com:Airbnb to Acquire Last-Minute Booking Service HotelTonightAirbnb Host Admits to Killing Guest Over Unpaid $149 BillAirlines: Creepy Entertainment Screen Cameras ‘Not In Use’last_img read more

WWE announces WrestleMania 32 tickets onsale party

first_img Videos Articles Pinterest Sasha Banks Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss The following was issued by WWE on Thursday.Get WrestleMania 32 tickets at the On-Sale Party on Nov. 5One night before WrestleMania 32 tickets go on sale to the general public, WWE Universe members in the Dallas area will have an opportunity to score tickets at the official On-Sale Party at AT&T Stadium! This one of a kind event is FREE and open to the public.Join WWE Hall of Famers, Superstars and Divas on the Dallas Cowboys field Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CT, as The Road to WrestleMania heats up.The party will feature live NXT matches and include special appearances by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Lita, Booker T, Lana and Mark Henry, as well as Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. Corey Graves, Fan Axxess emcee Christian Litke and Greg Hamilton will co-host the big event.The following NXT matches will take place during the evening:Samoa Joe vs. Baron CorbinApollo Crews vs. Tye DillingerAsuka vs. Peyton RoyceThe Hype Bros. vs. Blake & MurphyCarmella vs. Alexa BlissIn addition to WrestleMania 32 tickets, select WrestleMania gear will also be available for purchase at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 5. Fans can bring one item to the stadium to be autographed, but must adhere to the AT&T Stadium bag policy.WrestleMania 32 tickets will be available at the AT&T Stadium box office beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Doors to the stadium open at 5 p.m. CT for the Party. Fans can enter through Entries A, C, K, & H. Complimentary parking will be available at the stadium. Don’t miss the biggest WrestleMania On-Sale Party in history!*Autographs granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Talent subject to change.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 40.58%0:02Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp A&E Network and WWE Studios will be producing five new “Biography” documentaries Twitter Impact Wrestling partners with Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling for the July 6 Deep Impact Videos Articleslast_img read more

1 dead as latest fire portends explosive Northwest season

first_imgPORTLAND — A fast-moving fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest killed one person, forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday.The flames near the city of The Dalles started Tuesday and expanded Wednesday to more than 56 square miles as the fire spread into vast fields of wheat while desperate farmers tried to salvage their crops in the midst of the harvest season.One person was found dead Wednesday a short distance from a burned-out tractor. The person was likely trying to use the heavy farm machinery to create a fire break to hold back flames, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.Firefighters crept into the fields in water trucks and attempted to douse the leading edges of the fire from behind as it burned through acres of wheat, with everything behind the flames charred black.The news of the fatality also came as authorities on Wednesday ordered additional mandatory evacuations in the small communities of Moro and Grass Valley.last_img read more