Seizure Action Plans for Schools

first_imgRuss SA, Larson K, Halfon N. A national profile of childhood epilepsy and seizure disorder. Pediatrics. 2012; 129(2):256-264 Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diagnoses, with nearly 1% of U.S. children having a lifetime prevalence of epilepsy.2   The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, and Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004, abled the majority of children with epilepsy to attend school outside of the home.The goal of the clinical report “Rescue Medicine for Epilepsy in Education Settings” is to help prescribing professionals become more aware of issues school personnel may face who care for a student diagnosed with epilepsy.Action plans are often written by the school nurse based off of the prescribing physician’s medical orders, with the intention of having school personnel educated in how to appropriately react when a student has a seizure. Although school personnel are often trained in basic first aid including what to do when someone has a seizure, an action plan needs to be created for students with epilepsy so that personnel respond effectively to that particular child’s needs.Because every student is different, every action plan can be different and might include information about a prescribed seizure rescue medication. Prescribing physicians have multiple options for prescription medication to stop a seizure, however, there are conditions with the medications that could prevent school staff from feeling comfortable administering the medication in the event of a child having a seizure. For instance, Rectal Diazepam Gel is one of the most widely used seizure rescue medications however it requires the patient to be partially undressed, which could present a problem for school personnel. With other medications administering the medication can be oral or buccal administration. Although these methods would most likely be more comfortable for school personnel, there are still factors the administrator would need to take into consideration before administering the seizure rescue medication such as clenched teeth, copious secretions, and emesis during  the seizure.For more information about creating an action plan for school, and seizure rescue medication options, read “Rescue Medicine for Epilepsy in Education Settings” from the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you would like to know more about Epilepsy check out some of the following resources:Epilepsy FoundationMayo ClinicNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and StrokeAmerican Epilepsy Society References:Hartman AL, Di Laura Devore C. Rescue medicine for epilepsy in Education Settings. Pediatrics. 2016; 137(1):e20153876last_img read more

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Attention Is Expensive

first_imgThe social tools make it possible for you to get attention. They provide you with everything you need to avoid obscurity. There is no reason that you should be a secret agent, possessing amazing abilities without anyone knowing who you are or how to reach you.The tools are mostly free. Attention, however, is expensive.Time: The first price you pay to gain attention you pay for in time. You have to invest time in the activities that drive attention. Getting attention takes more time than most people think, but it takes less time than any other period in human history. If you don’t have the time to invest, you also won’t have the attention you want.Energy: The second payment you must make is in energy. You have to devote your focus and energy to attention-getting activities. You can’t spend energy browsing the web, living in your inbox, or binge watching Netflix. Attention doesn’t follow passivity. It only follows action.Creativity: The third payment comes in the form of creativity. Attention follows creators, particularly those who create excellent content. The price to create content compelling to the audience whose attention you want is very high. Content creation requires resourcefulness and creativity. Taking pictures with your friends at a conference is fun, and it may get you a little attention, but it isn’t a long-term attention-gaining strategy. For long-term attention, look at Seth Godin.An attention-gaining strategy takes patience. You’re making a payment of time and energy and creativity. It works. Just not right away.A lot of people would like attention for their product or service. A good many people would like attention for their brand, personal or professional. A small number of people want attention for all the wrong reasons.Most people, however, will not invest the time, the energy, or their creativity to get the attention they need. They don’t want to make those investments, and they greatly prefer being comfortable.You can have whatever you want, provided you pay the price in full beforehand. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Lalu is Vadra of Bihar, says BJP

first_imgBihar BJP leader Sushil Modi, on Wednesday on Wednesday demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar take whatever action is “within his remit” against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and his brother and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav over charges of graft against them.He demanded that Mr. Kumar dismiss his deputy as three properties connected to him had been attached by enforcement agencies.Mr. Modi alleged that Mr. Kumar was indirectly patronising corruption by protecting his Ministers. At a press conference in New Delhi, Mr. Modi said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad acquired 125 pieces of property in Patna, Delhi and Kolkata during 2004-2009 when he the Union Minister for Railways and during 2000-2005 when his wife, Rabri Devi, was the Chief Minister of Bihar.“I have been disclosing his [Lalu Prasad] family’s property details for the last 90 days. They have acquired more than 125 properties in the last 12 years without any real business or industry. Lalu Prasad is Bihar’s Robert Vadra,” Mr. Modi said.He also claimed that two senior RJD leaders had met two Union Ministers to request them to save the political career of Mr. Prasad’s sons — Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav. The Ministers rejected the request, Mr. Modi said. He did not disclose the names of the people allegedly involved in this conversation.“From being the son of poor parents, Lalu Prasad Yadav has become the biggest landlord of Bihar, a title earlier reserved for the likes of the Maharaja of Darbhanga etc. He has become the Robert Vadra of Bihar,” Mr. Modi said.Mr. Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has been accused of acquiring properties in violation of rules and selling some of them at high prices soon after acquisition using his influence.Targeting Mr. Kumar, he said the Chief Minister’s claims of zero tolerance towards corruption rang hollow as he had “kept quiet” about the corruption charges against Mr. Prasad and his family members.last_img read more

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New Preprint Server Aims to Be Biologists’ Answer to Physicists’ arXiv

first_imgA well-known research lab is throwing its weight behind an idea that some biologists say is ripe for their field: a free website that will post raw manuscripts online before they’re submitted to a journal.BioRxiv, launched yesterday by the nonprofit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), aims to be biologists’ version of arXiv, the popular preprint server where physicists have shared their draft manuscripts for more than 20 years. The goal is to speed the dissemination of research and give scientists a way to get feedback on their papers before they are formally peer-reviewed, says John Inglis, CSHL Press executive director. “There is a growing desire in the community for this kind of service,” Inglis says.It will be free to submit a paper or to read it in bioRxiv, Inglis says. CSHL is paying the costs of the service (he declines to specify them) but hopes that, like arXiv, it will ultimately attract contributions. Although anybody can submit a paper, not everything will be posted: A group of more than 40 “affiliate” scientists have agreed to screen submissions to “assure us that this is real science,” Inglis says. “We certainly don’t want the enterprise to be sunk by publishing a load of crap.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Another limitation is that bioRxiv is for life sciences, not medicine, so it will not publish clinical trials or other research that is “medically relevant,” Inglis says. Human genetic data could be posted, however.The site debuts with a handful of papers and a few unusual features. For example, contributors will not only tag their paper with the scientific field, but must also mark it as “New Results,” “Confirmatory Results,” or “Contradictory Results,” depending on whether it is an advance or confirms or contradicts previous experiments. Researchers can post revised versions of the paper and add links to the published paper.BioRxiv is not a new idea. Fourteen years ago, then-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Harold Varmus proposed a preprint server for biology papers. Critics shot it down for numerous reasons, including discomfort with the government hosting such a repository. (The idea, however, led to PubMed Central, NIH’s archive of full-text published manuscripts.)Preprint servers aimed at biology did eventually appear, including Nature Precedings. It posted thousands of manuscripts over 5 years but closed last year because it became “unsustainable,” according to the journal. The Public Library of Science made an attempt at preprints 4 years ago with PLOS Currents: Influenza, but it apparently morphed into a peer-reviewed journal. More recent efforts include PeerJ PrePrints and F1000 Research; the latter site organizes open peer review of the paper and charges a fee.Skeptics have pointed out that the culture of biology is different from physics—biologists are often reluctant to share their results until they have been validated through peer review. Another concern is that some journals may reject manuscripts that have already been shared publicly. But it depends on the journal. University of California, Los Angeles, geneticist Leonid Kruglyak, an adviser to bioRxiv, keeps a list of journal policies on Wikipedia. (Nature allows preprint posting; Science does in some cases; most Cell journals do not.)BioRxiv’s 15-member advisory board includes some prominent names, including arXiv creator Paul Ginsparg and Anurag Acharya, co-founder of Google Scholar. Kruglyak says the site has a good shot at success because biology preprints are catching on. In the last couple of years, many quantitative biologists have been sending preprints to arXiv, Kruglyak notes. But that repository “is not designed to appeal to biologists more broadly” and couldn’t handle all their papers, he says. BioRxiv’s commenting features will also set it apart from arXiv.Inglis is a bit more cautious: “We certainly realize that cultural shifts may be required,” he says. If scientists aren’t interested, he adds, “we will have learned something.”last_img read more

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India to launch 25 foreign satellites from 7 countries this

first_imgyearNew Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) India will launch 25 foreign satellites belonging to seven countries, with the USA topping the list in 2016-17, Rajya Sabha was informed today.In written response to a question, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in Prime Ministers Office (PMO) which looks after the Department of Space, said till date 57 foreign satellites from 21 countries have been launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).He said Antrix – the commercial arm of ISRO – has signed agreements with Algeria and Canada for launching three satellites each, four for Germany, one each for Japan and Malaysia and 12 for the USA in 2016-17.In the last three years, from January 2013 till December 2015, ISRO launched 28 foreign satellites belonging to 13 countries, with Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA topping the list. ISRO earned 80 million euros for the launch. PTI PR AAR SK AARlast_img read more

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Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic on clay for first time to win Rome title

first_imgAndy Murray beat Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the Italian Open title Sunday in a match that Djokovic argued should have been stopped due to rain.Gaining a measure of revenge for his loss to Djokovic in the Madrid Open final a week ago, the third-ranked Murray defeated the top-ranked Djokovic 6-3, 6-3.Djokovic had won all four of their previous matches on clay but had to fight fatigue following draining wins over Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori.It’s Murray’s first title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins.Earlier, Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American women’s final.last_img

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Freaky Ali star Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Salman Khan and I share a good rapport

first_imgNawazuddin Siddiqui and Salman Khan are members of the mutual admiration society. They worked together in two films, Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), which unsurprisingly are the highest-grossing films of Siddiqui’s career. “I share a good rapport with Salman Bhai,” says Siddiqui. And now the Raman Raghav 2.0 actor stars in Freaky Ali, a film presented by Bhai in which he also wanted to do a supporting part. “He seriously wanted to do it. He even said, ‘Tell Sohail [Khan] that I want to do the role’,” says Siddiqui. Reportedly, brother and film’s director Sohail had other plans. That part ultimately went to Jackie Shroff.ALSO READ: Jagga Jasoos: Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif agree to spend time together to promote filmALSO READ: Dabangg 3: If Rajjo is in the film, I’ll play her, says Sonakshi SinhaBut the part of gangster-turned-golfer Ali was always meant for Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Sohail Khan first wanted to narrate it to Siddiqui on the sets of Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Kashmir. “He couldn’t meet me because I was asleep,” said Siddiqui. “So he met Bhai and went. When I returned to Mumbai, he told me the idea. I liked it. It was a feel-good comedy with an inspiring story.” Ali does give whiff of Bollywood’s most beloved gangster, Munnabhai. It may have to do with the innocent ways of Ali and his friends, says Siddiqui. He adds, “Sohail has tried to emphasize that Ali has an inherent talent – in this case it is his batting. He extends it to golf with the swing.”advertisementThe film marks the first time that Siddiqui has worked with the youngest of the Khan brothers. “Sohail has a mind of his own,” he says. “He appreciates Anurag Kashyap and really likes the films he makes. Simultaneously, Sohail also has a commercial bent of mind which is necessary. I discovered that he has a solid sense of humour while working on the film. He has contributed to the dialogues along with Raaj Shaandilyaa. I was very impressed by him.  I think audiences will see him in a new light after this.”Siddiqui had never been to a golf course prior to the film’s shoot which took him to gold courses in Pune and Gurgaon. “Golf was not even remotely on my mind,” he says. Much like Ali who initially observes the sport with bemusement, Siddiqui too grew up seeing golf and “wondering why is he taking this long to put it into the hole which is so nearby”. Freaky Ali looks at an underdog entering the top dog territory, in this case the world of golf, and gradually excelling in it.   After playing the sport, Siddiqui has taken to it. “Now I feel that whenever I have free time I should go and play,” he says. “The greenery just absorbs all your stress. You can play it by yourself.  The only competition is with yourself. You don’t have to pressurise yourself to be focused. The concentration comes automatically. Your judgement skills become better. You realise how much power you have to exert to strike a shot as you study the course and the putt field.”Freaky Ali is Nawazuddin’s second release of 2016 which sees him in the shoes of a leading man. Has Bollywood finally taken to him? Says Siddiqui, “Of course I’m getting a lot of offers and I am enjoying my work. But it doesn’t mean that I will do anything for a solo hero project. I will think twice as much [before signing it] because there’s a lot more pressure. You have to ensure that the characters are not same. Thank God, I’m getting all sorts of roles. But I have to exercise discretion and see what I should do and not do. I don’t want to be a typical leading hero. In Bollywood, heroes are the most typecast of the lot. They have a certain image.”At the Raman Raghav 2.0 trailer launch, Siddiqui had joked about how he is unlucky when it comes to having a leading lady. With Freaky Ali that concern is addressed. British model Amy Jackson stars in the film. Siddiqui says that the love story is most interesting. “She is drawn to the talent of Ali,” says Siddiqui. “The way he plays. We don’t see much of that in Hindi films. Either the hero has to show off his macho side and save the heroine, chase her until she agrees or dance superbly. It is all predictable. Sohail has handled the love story very well.”  advertisementAfter the release, Siddiqui will get busy with shooting for Manto and later Munna Michael. The former is a biopic on the legendary writer directed by Nandita Das, the latter a commercial film also starring  Tiger Shroff. Shuttling between independent and mainstream cinemas is a pivotal to Siddiqui. “I do what I want to do,” he says. “My work is done once the film is wrapped up. I have got my joy. Whether it releases or not is not my headache.”last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Ambati Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action

first_imgIndia batsman Ambati Rayudu has been reported for suspect bowling action during the first of the ongoing three-match ODI series between India and Australia in Sydney on Saturday.Rayudu bowled two overs during India’s 34-run defeat as Virat Kohli was forced to use the 33-year-old’s services after Mohammed Shami walked off the field with a niggle.Kohli, unsure of Shami’s return, needed someone to bowl the overs. He threw the ball to Rayudu as India went in with an extra batsman in Dinesh Karthik ahead of Kedar Jadhav, who generally rolls over his arms for a few overs, for the first ODI.”The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the India team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 33-year-old off-spinner’s bowling action,” an ICC release read.”Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.”He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”Rayudu, not a regular bowler by any stretch of the imagination, came on to bowl his right-arm off breaks in the 22nd over. With Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja looking good, it was a risk for India. He went only for 3 runs in his first over but his action made social media sit up and take notice.Rayudu finished with two overs as Mohammed Shami returned and completed his full quota of 10 overs.advertisementIndia conceded 288 runs after a late push by Marcus Stoinis helped Australia take 93 runs from their last 10 overs. India were unable to gun down the target despite Rohit Sharma making a 129-ball 133.India were jolted early by Australia’s new-ball bowlers Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff. While the latter removed opener Shikhar Dhawan for 0, Richardson, who was named the Man of the Match for his figures of 4 for 26, dismissed Rayudu for 0 and captain Kohli for 3 in a space of three deliveries.Also Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsAlso Read | Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: NehraAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAslo Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is India’s ideal No.4, says Rohit SharmaAlso See:last_img read more

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Australia Wins Fifth World Cup Division

first_imgThe Men’s Open team has won a thrilling encounter against New Zealand this afternoon, winning 7-6. With a player sent for a period of time for the final two minutes of the match, things could have ended differently, but Australia dug deep and defended strongly to take out the match and the title. The Women’s Open team, after conceding the first touchdown, didn’t look back, to take the 5-3 win over New Zealand. The Mixed Open team came back from an early 3-0 deficit to eventually take the game 10-7.The Men’s 30’s were 18-2 winners over England, while the Men’s 35’s were 11-6 winners over South Africa. In the earlier game, New Zealand beat Australia 5-4 in the Men’s 40’s division.Australia has also lost its Senior Mixed final in a drop off, 7-6.More to come. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest news and information.last_img read more

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Master Sarin, the Grandmaster| Sports

first_img Next Master Sarin, the Grandmaster| SportsAt just 15, Nihal Sarin has become the chess player to beat.advertisement Shail Desai New Delhi July 19, 2019 ISSUE DATE: July 29, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 13:45 IST Whether he is talking, eating or playing badminton, Nihal Sarin always has chess at the back of his mind. (Photo: Saikat Paul/Getty Images)A video uploaded by ChessBase India shows Nihal Sarin, then 11, take on a chess puzzle. He runs through the possibilities and in a flash, rattles away the answer, complex and precise. There was no chess board on hand; Nihal had worked it out in his head.Now 15, Nihal isA video uploaded by ChessBase India shows Nihal Sarin, then 11, take on a chess puzzle. He runs through the possibilities and in a flash, rattles away the answer, complex and precise. There was no chess board on hand; Nihal had worked it out in his head.Now 15, Nihal is the third youngest in the world and the youngest Indian to have crossed the Elo 2600 rating points on the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) rating list. In November last year, he played out a draw against India’s No. 1 and former World Champion, Viswanathan Anand, at the Tata Steel Rapid Chess tournament in Kolkata. It hadn’t quite gone as per plan, he admits. “I wanted to fight and play a full game and try and maybe even win. The advantage came after the middle game when he began to make slightly inaccurate moves. But I failed to make the most of it and then he just defended very well,” Nihal says.Though reverential while sitting across the legend, Nihal started picking Anand’s brains backstage the minute it was over. It’s what makes Nihal tick-a relentless hunger to learn ever since that first game against his grandfather at their home in Kottayam.One of his first coaches, Nirmal E.P., then state champion, first met him at his school in 2012. “He was quick and showed the facial expressions of a genius,” Nirmal recalls. He rates the gold medal at Durban, South Africa, in 2014, when he became the U-10 world champion, as the win that gave him his break. By then he had earned the reputation of “the boy who never sits”. Nihal says, “I calculate better when or after I take a walk. Maybe it scares my opponent a bit,” Nihal says.advertisementOver time, those emotions have sobered up, though the work rate has only gotten more efficient. A sign of it came at the World Blitz Championship last year, where he finished ahead of experienced players such as Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Boris Gelfand.”He is a guy who will keep knocking until the door opens,” says Priyadarshan Banjan, an integral member of Nihal’s team. “He may be talking to you, eating, or playing badminton, but at the back of his mind, chess is still running. He knows that to win more he must take risks, but he’s a shrewd guy.”That said, there’s just one opponent that Nihal has a tough time dealing with even today-his younger sister, Neha. “Because she never loses– the pieces just vanish,” Nihal says.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow ChessFollow Sportslast_img read more

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Dry Bulk Sector Outlook for 2015 Uncertain

first_img“We remain nevertheless optimistic about the dry bulk sector and believe that increased coal imports to India, long-haul Brazilian iron ore imports to China and South American grain exports could lead to a sustainable rally,” he pointed out. The outlook for the containership sector hinges on geopolitical uncertainties receding and global economic growth picking up, but at the same time, tonnage providers are being squeezed by liner companies that have formed themselves into alliances focused on increasing profitability and efficiency.During the third quarter of 2014, deliveries reached approximately 10.5 million DWT (139 vessels) while demolition levels were approximately 3.9 million DWT (70 vessels). As a result there was a net increase in the fleet of approximately 6.5 million DWT or 0.9% in terms of capacity and approximately 70 units in terms of number of vessels.New orders showed a noticeable decrease from Q2 and reached around 78 units of 8.0 million DWT compared to 120 units of 10.5 million DWT. The current orderbook stands at about 2,092 units representing about 20% of the world fleet in terms of number of vessels and about 23% in terms of carrying capacity.During the nine-month period to 30 September 2014 there have been 242 orders placed in the wider Handymax sector and the current orderbook of 820 units represents about 26% of the operating Handymax fleet.With regard to containership demand, the report said that in the third quarter, the world containership fleet increased by approximately 2% in terms of the number of vessels to 5,110 units and 2.3% in terms of capacity to 18.0 million TEU. This is the result of larger vessels being introduced into the market and utilised by the liner companies, and smaller vessels reaching the end of their economic life being scrapped.During the third quarter of 2014, about 39 new building contracts were signed, equivalent to about 287,000 TEU. This represents a 21% decrease from the first quarter and it is mainly attributed to the increase in the price of newbuildings.The current orderbook stands at about 465 vessels of about 3.5 million TEU and this represents approximately 20% of the world fleet in terms of capacity. The vast majority of the investment in the container segment is focused in the asset class of over 8,000 TEU, which represents about 82% of the current orderbook in terms of capacity.“From a chartering point of view, there has not been any significant movement in the freight market. Despite the ongoing cascading effect, whereby larger vessels substitute smaller ones, and the delivery of more “eco” vessels throughout the quarter, the majority of standard feeder vessels continue to find employment albeit at historically low rates,”the company said regarding the market outlook. zoom Market expectations for China to meaningfully reduce domestic iron ore production in favour of imports proved to be overly optimistic, CEO of  shipping company Goldenport Holdings,  John  Dragnis said commenting on the third quarter results of the company.Dry bulk freight rates during the third quarter of 2014 were weaker than in the first half of the year, as demand lagged net fleet growth, Dragnis went on to say.“Coal imports to China have been affected by adverse policies and the Indonesian nickel export ban remains in place. In this environment, Supramax rates were once again more resilient than Capesize and Panamax rates, reflecting their versatility and reduced earnings volatility, while containership rates remained broadly stable, but at levels close to all time lows,” he added.During the quarter the utilisation rate of Goldenport’s fleet reached 96%, while a small improvement in the time charter equivalent rate for the fleet was offset in dollar terms by a slight increase in average daily operating expenses. “We have continued to employ our dry bulk fleet on a short term basis under 3-6 month time charter agreements and have recently extended the charters for several of our containerships for another 8-12 months. In line with our strategy to reduce our exposure to older containerships, we concluded the sale of the 2,452 TEU, 1998-built vessel “Thasos” to an unaffiliated third party and the vessel was delivered to the new owners on 1 December 2014,” Dragnis said. Furthermore, the outlook for 2015 is uncertain, according to Dragnis, and the long-awaited recovery in the dry bulk sector may not materialize in the near term as the orderbook casts a shadow over subdued demand. This is reflected in the Capesize and Supramax FFA for calendar year 2015 which are currently trading at USD12,200 and USD 8,825 per day, respectively.last_img read more

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Sovcomflot Reels In USD 126 Bn of Debt Financing

first_imgzoom Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF) has completed a series of financing transactions in the total amount of USD 1.26 billion, which include USD 750 million of unsecured public debt and USD 512 million of bank loans raised for to funding SCF’s fleet renewal and expansion programme and for the refinancing of maturing debt.The company said that the latest in this series were new long-term credit facilities for a total amount of USD 252 million signed in August 2016 to finance the acquisition of nine ice-class tankers and two multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels as well as for refinancing of the company’s existing bank debt.“With this latest round of financing we have fully covered Sovcomflot’s capex funding requirements, including for the recently completed acquisition of nine ice-class tankers and two ice-breaking platform supply vessels, and addressed the group’s refinancing needs,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, said.Earlier in June 2016, the company returned to the international debt capital markets with a new USD 750 million seven year Eurobond offering. The proceeds from the issue were used to fund a simultaneous tender offer for the group’s outstanding Eurobonds due in 2017 and to refinance other indebtedness.Also, in June 2016, SCF signed a USD 260 million thirteen year loan agreement with VTB Bank for the financing of construction of the first Arctic LNG carrier for the Yamal LNG project. The vessel is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.“The new financings have allowed the group’s debt repayment profile to be enhanced significantly, have improved its liquidity position, and have strengthened the group’s overall corporate credit standing,” SCF said.last_img read more

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Calgary and Edmonton join growing list of cities to cancel New Years

first_imgA long-lasting cold snap is leading more cities to cancel or adjust their New Year’s Eve plans, including Edmonton and Calgary.The cities join a growing list of others with adjusted plans, including Ottawa and Toronto, as much of the country remained under extreme cold warnings issued by Environment Canada.A spokeswoman for the City of Edmonton says in a written statement that activities would be moved mostly indoors — while fireworks will go ahead at midnight, people are encouraged to watch the festivities online.Calgary announced that its indoor Family Dance Party would still be held from 7 to 9 p.m. as planned, but that people should watch the ball drop on TV rather than out in the cold.Cape Breton also cancelled its outdoor plans on Sunday afternoon, noting that Environment Canada was calling for wind speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour and a wind chill of -20 C.And Mississauga, Ont., followed Toronto’s lead, opting to begin its outdoor festivities just a half hour before midnight — a plan its next-door neighbour finalized on Thursday.The Toronto Polar Bear Club deemed the weather too cold for its annual dip into Lake Ontario, though would-be swimmers were still able to make the trip to neighbouring Oakville, Ont., for the Courage Polar Bear Dip.But in spite of the frigid temperatures, other cities decided to forge ahead with their plans.In Montreal, a huge New Year’s Eve party to cap the city’s 375th-birthday celebrations will go ahead as planned, but organizers said they expect attendance to drop because of cold-weather warnings.Quebec City organizers say residents are accustomed to the cold and they’re not cancelling anything for New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

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UN World Habitat Day 2005 to focus on cities slums and development

The theme for this year’s Habitat Day, which was set by the UN as the first Monday of October and falls on 3 October 2005, will be “The Millennium Development Goals and the City,” according to the agency, UN-HABITAT. The event, celebrated in cities around the world, will be spearheaded this year from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to remind the world that countless thousands of homes were destroyed last December by the tsunami killer waves that devastated Banda Aceh and hundreds of other settlements on the coasts of the Indian Ocean, the agency said. UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka, will be travelling to Jakarta for the occasion. She will stress the urgent need for global action to tackle the slow-motion tsunami of growing urban poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She will also present awards for achievements in the provision of shelter and sustainable urban development. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of eight ambitious targets for reducing the impact of poverty, illiteracy, hunger, unsafe water, disease and urban and environmental degradation, agreed upon at the UN’s Millennium Summit in 2000. Targets include improving the living conditions of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020, and halving the amount of people who lack access to safe drinking water. UN-HABITAT is working with a number of international and civil society organizations, cities and governments to realize those targets. Its Global Campaign on Urban Governance and its Global Campaign for Secure Tenure are connected to that work through a series of UN-HABITAT programmes, mainly in developing countries that shoulder the heaviest poverty burdens. read more

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Canadian Natural Q3 profit drops bitumen upgrader gets the green light

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 2:11 pm MDT Canadian Natural Q3 profit drops, bitumen upgrader gets the green light AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. scaled back its oilsands production expectations and reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit on Thursday as it and partner North West Upgrading Ltd. also announced they’ll go ahead with building a new bitumen refinery near Edmonton.The major Calgary-based oil producer (TSX:CNQ) said it took the “conservative” step of running its Horizon oilsands operations near Fort McMurray, Alta., at reduced rates during the third quarter in preparation for a planned maintenance outage in October.The outage was to take place earlier in the year, but Canadian Natural delayed it so it could add some more maintenance tasks meant to protect the equipment during the winter months.The downtime affected production volumes during the third quarter, and is expected to also do so during the fourth quarter as well. But chief operating officer Steve Laut says it’s the right thing to do.“Although these actions impacted production in Q3 and Q4, it is the right decision to make as it increases our reliability going forward, especially as we head into the winter months and will result in greater yearly production volumes as we go forward,” he told a conference call with analysts.Canadian Natural has been working to improve its oilsands operations after fire wrecked a coking unit at the Horizon upgrader in early 2011, leading to seven months of downtime, and separate issues earlier this year took down the facility for five weeks.Horizon churned out 99,200 barrels per day during the third quarter, an improvement from 50,345 barrels per day during the same period a year earlier, when it was still recovering from the fire.For the fourth quarter, Canadian Natural expects production to dip to between 85,000 and 95,000 barrels of oil per day from Horizon and finish off 2012 with a total average rate of between 87,000 and 95,000 barrels of oil per day.As recently as Oct. 26, Canadian Natural had pegged full 2012 production guidance at 90,000 to 98,000 barrels per day from Horizon, but it encountered some issues after restarting the facility that crimped output.Also Thursday, Canadian Natural and its partner, North West Upgrading Inc., said their respective boards had given their formal blessing to the first phase of the Sturgeon refinery in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.The project is expected to cost $5.7 billion and will process 50,000 barrels per day of bitumen from Alberta oilsands once the first phase starts up. It can be expanded in two more phases to up to 150,000 barrels per day.The refinery will take about three years to build and above-ground construction is set to begin in the spring.The Alberta government will supply 75 per cent of the bitumen to the refinery as part of a program to help support the province’s oilsands processing industry, while Canadian Natural will supply the rest.The facility will capture 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which will be sold to oil companies who can use the gas to increase pressure in mature reservoirs and boost production.Canadian Natural shares fell nearly four per cent to $27.83 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange as investors took in the company’s lower quarterly results.For the quarter, Canadian Natural’s net income fell to $360 million, or 33 cents per share, or $836 million, or 76 cents per share a year earlier.Adjusted for unusual items, the company’s fourth-quarter earnings would have been $353 million, or 33 cents per share, compared to $719 million, or 65 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue after royalties was $3.54 billion, up from $3.29 billion.Canadian Natural is one of Canada’s biggest energy companies. Most of its production comes from Western Canada, but it also has operations in the North Sea and West Africa.The company has said keeping costs in check and ensuring quality will be more important when embarking on an expansion to its Horizon oilsands mine in northern Alberta than sticking to strict schedules. It has allowed itself the flexibility to stop and start construction as circumstances warrant.It’s a view fellow oilsands miner Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) has also taken, as industry players look to avoid some of the pitfalls that led to major cost overruns in the years leading up to the recession. Suncor has pushed back startup of its Fort Hills mine by a year and has said it might not go ahead with that and other projects if the economics don’t work.Note to readers: This is a corrected story; An earlier version had the incorrect 2011 results read more

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On World Day UN agencies urge countering threats to cultural diversity

“Across the world, violent extremists have targeted cultural minorities and destroyed our shared heritage, to weaken the essential links between people and their history,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Marking the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Ms. Bokova called for a new humanism for the 21st century, to renew the fundamental aspirations to justice, mutual understanding and dignity that guide all women and men. She quoted Martin Luther King Jr., saying: ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.’ By embracing cultural diversity, the international community can more easily achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which draw upon “the strength and creative potential of humanity’s diversity of cultures.” Similarly, the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, urged Governments and their citizens to embrace migration, despite its challenges, and help to develop common understandings, values and perspectives.“It is sometimes asked whether the West’s multiculturalism, its diversity, has reached its limits? Can a society only cope with so much diversity? The answer is no. There has never been a city or a country brought down by too much ‘diversity,’” said Mr. Swing. IOM has compiled stories from some of the migrants with whom it has worked, highlighting their lives and journey, and how they are making their families and their new community better. The ‘I am a migrant’collection is available online. In today’s statement, Mr. Swing noted that all societies are so-called multi-ethnic because no single State lives with a single culture: “Even States averse to permitting entry to more ‘foreigners’ must acknowledge the multiple ‘cultures’ within their own borders. All countries have them: religious, ethnic, social, societal, sexual, occupational, educational, dietary specificities.” The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 2002 and celebrated annually on 21 May, is meant to be an opportunity for mobilization on the part of governments, policy makers, civil society organizations, communities and cultural professionals to promote culture in its diversity and in all its forms. read more

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Can we move on Jeremy Corbyn shows his agitation as journalist presses

first_imgCorbyn urges the reporter to move on from 'traingate' questioning In footage taken during the briefing, Mr Corbyn asks: “Can we move on, please?”He continues: “we’re discussing the NHS today. We’re discussing the NHS, can we have an NHS questions please? Can we have an NHS question?”After the reporter argues that he is entitled to ask a question in a “free country”, Mr Corbyn responds: “I am very well aware we live in a free country. I am very proud to live in a free country. As are you.” Corbyn urges the reporter to move on from ‘traingate’ questioningCredit:ITN Jeremy Corbyn tried to direct attention away from the ‘traingate’ scandal on Wednesday after CCTV footage revealed he had taken a seat on a “ram-packed” train.Mr Corbyn expressed frustration as he was quizzed by a reporter over the matter during a press conference on the NHS.center_img He adds: “I’m glad you’ve watched the CCTV so carefully. It’s really an important issue this, absolutely crucial to the future of the whole nation and the NHS.”Watch the spat in the video above. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img 9,396 Views The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start the day. Mar 15th 2017, 9:03 AM No Comments Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 9:03 AM Image: Shutterstock/YaiSirichai EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BLACKSOD: The search is continuing this morning for the remaining three missing crewmembers from the coastguard helicopter that went down in Mayo early yesterday morning.2. #TRIBUTES: The remaining crew member, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, died yesterday after she was found following the crash. Her family has led the tributes to the deceased captain.3. #GOA: An Irish woman has reportedly been found dead in the Goa area of India.4. #TAX: US president Donald Trump paid about $38 million in tax in 2005, the White House acknowledged last night.5. #BEGGING: A new report has found that there are up to 80 people begging for money on Dublin’s streets at any one time.6. #POLLS: People in The Netherlands will go to the polls today to decide the future of the country in elections.7. #COSTS: New figures have shown that it costs the Irish state €2,773.38 to house a juvenile prisoner for one day.8. #SEIZURE: Gardaí seized controlled drugs and a firearm during a planned operation at a location in Pelletstown, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath yesterday.9. #STELLA: Storm Stella hit the US east coast yesterday, but New York and Washington DC escaped the worst of it. Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/YaiSirichai Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3288174 By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Appeals court strikes down Calif ban on gay marriage

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled California’s ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to “lessen the status and human dignity” of gays.The OlympianThe bill to make Washington the seventh state to legally recognize same-sex marriages goes to a vote in the state House of Representatives starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Senate Bill 6239 already passed the Senate last week on a 28-21 vote. Gov. Chris Gregoire requested the measure and is expected to sign it soon.The historic House vote in Olympia comes as gay-marriages advocates won another round in court Tuesday in a California case.Opponents of gay marriage are gearing up to challenge SB 6239 with a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. Advocates with the evangelical Faith and Freedom Network, led by Gary Randall, and others plan a referendum once Gregoire signs it, and they face a June 6 deadline for signatures.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave gay marriage opponents time to appeal the 2-1 decision before ordering the state to allow same-sex weddings to resume.“I’m ecstatic. I recognize that we have a ways to go yet. We may have one or two more legal steps,” said Jane Leyland, who was gathered with a small crowd outside the federal courthouse in downtown San Francisco, cheering as they learned of the ruling.last_img read more

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Firefighters Landscaper in Pembroke Pines taken to hospital after possible lightning strike

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A landscaper in Pembroke Pines was taken to the hospital after, firefighters said, he was possibly struck by lightning.The incident happened along Southwest 87th Way, north of Pembroke Road, just before 3 p.m., Wednesday.According to Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, the man was working on a median and holding a shovel.Lightning was reported throughout Broward County, Wednesday afternoon.First responders said they did not find any obvious entrance or exit marks on the man and did not find burn marks on the ground from the possible strike, which fire officials said is unusual for a lightning strike.Hours later, fire officials said it is very likely the man was indirectly struck by lightning.Gisele Pean, who lives nearby, described what she heard. “I was inside the house when I heard the lightning,” she said. “It was like a really … like I was screaming like, ‘Oh, my God’ because it was like a big boom. When I came outside, the people was standing in front of my door because it was raining so hard. They’re standing in front of my door, and I ask them what happened. They said one of their co-workers went to get a shovel because they were leaving, and when he went and picked up the shovel, the lightning just strike him. He wasn’t saying anything, no. He wasn’t talking. He was just moving back and forth.”7 Skyforce hovered over a nearby home where the landscaper was possibly struck. A worker could be seen reenacting what had happened to his colleague.“That is dangerous,” Pean said. “It was really a big, big boom that happened. It was a big thing. Very frightening.”Fire rescue crews have transported the man to Memorial Regional Hospital after he went into cardiac arrest. His injuries are said to be life-threatening, and he remains inside the hospital’s intensive care unit.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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