More Troubles for DSMEs Orderbook

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) said on Monday that its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran for the construction of offshore plants has been terminated as no progress was achieved on the deal.The MoU, signed in September 2016, was intended to provide the much-needed boost to DSME’s depleted offshore engineering orderbook, which has been one of the reasons behind the shipbuilder’s financial woes.The MoU was linked earlier to the construction of at least five jack-up rigs worth around USD 205 million each for the oil producer Iranian Offshore Oil Co. (IOOC).The deal came on the heels of the lifting of sanctions against Iran in January 2016, a move which saw international delegations rush to the country to negotiate shipbuilding deals as Iran looked to renew its outdated fleet.The post-sanction cooperation between the two nations has also seen DSME sign a business agreement on operation and technology instruction with the Iranian government for Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO).The offshore industry downturn and the overall slump in the shipbuilding industry stemming from oversupply across the board have seen DSME resort to debt restructuring measures aimed at cost-cutting.DSME has achieved two profitable consecutive quarters in the first half of this year, returning to black after last year’s red ink.The sales for the first half of the year amounted to KRW 6.1 trillion (USD 5.4 billion), the group’s operating profit came at KRW 888 billion, while its net income reached KRW 1.448 trillion.DSME and its two compatriot yards suffered a major blow last year in their order intake, which stood at USD 10 billion in 2016, slashed from USD 24.3 billion in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

System failed Manitoba girl returned to parent without support checks advocate

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth says a girl who suffered repeated sexual abuse and died of a drug overdose was failed over and over again by the province’s child welfare system.The girl — identified only as Angel — was born to a mother with addiction issues and was apprehended by social workers 14 times by the time she was 12, says a 118-page report from Daphne Penrose released Thursday.But each time, the girl was returned to her mother without a proper assessment of the home and without supports for the family.“The (child and family services) agency conducted no meaningful assessments as to whether Angel’s mother was ready or able to provide safe care to Angel. So inevitably, Angel would be returned home, left in the risky situations, and when the risk became so sufficient, she was reapprehended again,” Penrose said.“When she was in care, CFS did not complete any long-term planning and did not demonstrate an understanding of their legal mandate to protect and provide for Angel.”Penrose, an independent officer of the legislature, makes six recommendations in her report, including a call for greater oversight to ensure agencies are meeting minimum standards.Penrose also says children need better protection from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.Angel was sexually abused the first time when she was 21 months old, the report said. When she was seven, her family was waiting for housing on a reserve and living at the local healing centre. While her mother was out, another resident watching over Angel fell asleep and a third resident came into the room and sexually assaulted the girl.Angel dealt with her childhood trauma by acting out, Penrose said. She numbed herself with solvents and attempted suicide at age 11. She was later forced into the sex trade, became addicted to drugs and died of an accidental overdose in 2015 at the age of 17.She was in care at the time. The man who provided her drugs later pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death.“In Angel’s case, the public systems that should have protected her did not,” Penrose said.Penrose is also calling on government, police forces and others to expand outreach programs for exploited youth and to raise public awareness about the “relentless” sexual exploitation of children and youth.“As a community, we all have a role to play in making sure that people understand that … sexual exploitation is a violation of children’s human rights and we need to stop it from happening.”The report also calls for expanded mental-health services, specifically addressing childhood trauma and addictions. It can be hard to get a child into treatment, and even those going in voluntarily can find themselves turned away outside office hours, Penrose said.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ugandan rebels committing grave rights abuses in DR Congo UN reports

10 October 2008Since mid-September, the notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has killed over 200 people, including 159 children, according to a new United Nations report. A preliminary report issued by the UN Human Rights Office and the peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, said that in the past few weeks, LRA elements have carried out attacks on 16 areas in Dungu when 52 people were killed. An additional 159 children and 10 adults have been abducted and executed by the rebels. During joint fact-finding mission to Dungu from 29 September to 8 October, the investigation team met with three children who escaped their abductors and with survivors, host families, and school and church officials. “In all localities that suffered attacks, the LRA elements conducted a campaign of killing, systematic abduction of children, and burning of almost all houses,” the publication noted. Simultaneous attacks on 17 September resulted in the populations of the villages of Duru, Kpiaka, Kiliwa and Madola – all less than 90 kilometres from Dungu, the area’s main town – being either killed or abducted. Tens of thousands fled to Bangadi, more than 100 kilometres northwest of Dungu, the report said, while the population of the town of Gangadi has swelled from 10,000 to 25,000. The report said these attacks could be “reprisals and dissuasive attacks aimed at preventing splits and desertions possibly underway within the LRA.” It also suggested that they could be in response to the continued deployment in the region of Congolese armed forces (FARDC), supported by MONUC, “signalling the possibility of joint action against the LRA.” Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that at least 5,000 refugees from the DRC have arrived in South Sudan recently after fleeing “ferocious” LRA. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said that an estimated 150 Congolese are crossing every day into the villages of Sakure and Gangura, in the Yambio area of South Sudan. read more

UN agency launches initiative to ship donated books to Haitian children

The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the “A Book for a Child in Haiti” project this month, collecting French-language books from staff, friends, pupils and publishers for distribution to children in Haiti.The first shipment of 800 books arrived in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, earlier this month. The books – novels, fairy tales, comic strips and storybooks – offer Haitian children from the ages of three to 17 a welcome distraction from the harsh reality of their immediate surroundings and an opportunity to read despite the destruction of many libraries.UNESCO has been urging parents and neighbourhood organizations to encourage children to read and write so that they do not lose what they had already learned. Younger children tend to forget much of their reading and writing skills from lack of practice, according to UNESCO.Pupils and students in Paris, where UNESCO is based, will be asked to donate more books for the project when the French school year begins in September.Planned book shipments to Haiti include contributions from a wider donor base. The operation will then be extended to providing educational content to child-friendly spaces in the IDP camps and to school libraries.Through the book distribution project, UNESCO hopes to stimulate informal learning in the IDP camps and add a personal touch to an exchange between Haitian and French children, who are encouraged to write personal messages of solidarity on the title pages of donated books. 26 July 2010The United Nations agency tasked with promoting education has launched an initiative to send donated books to camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haiti, in an effort to restart the learning process for the country’s children whose schools and libraries were destroyed by the earthquake in January. read more

Residents of South Sudan flashpoint town in need of aid after attack

Over the weekend, thousands of members of the Murle ethnic group who had sought refuge in Pibor in Jonglei state fled the town as it came under attack by a 6,000-strong column of armed youths from the rival Lou Nuer community.“There is no doubt that there have been casualties,” said Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, speaking to the press via teleconference from the national capital, Juba.“I would put the number in the tens, perhaps the hundreds, but we don’t know,” she added, pointing out it was too early to confirm the overall number of deaths in and around Pibor.Ms. Grande said peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), supporting the Government, had rescued and evacuated civilians in Pibor and helped to deter further violence.“The focus of the UN now is in tracking the column as it goes back and in providing emergency assistance to the people in Jonglei who need it the most.”Jonglei has been blighted by a series of reprisal attacks between the two communities, which have a history of animosity over grazing land, water sources and cattle raids during which women and children are often abducted.Ms. Grande told reporters that as the Lou Nuer column had withdrawn from Pibor and was heading back to its own territory, tensions had subsided with many of the town’s Murle inhabitants returning.“The situation [in Pibor] is much more stable. We see this as a very positive step,” she said, but also noted that while the security situation had improved, the humanitarian outlook was quickly deteriorating. “The situation on the ground now, in humanitarian terms, is grim,” Ms. Grande said, warning that there was “no question” that the returning inhabitants were in trouble. “They haven’t had food. They haven’t had access to clean water. And in a number of cases some of their people are wounded.”Pointing to humanitarian relief efforts, Ms. Grande said the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had flown in its first supplies of aid and distributed it to the most highly vulnerable – unaccompanied and orphaned children.“Over the course of the next week,” she continued, “WFP is going to be providing additional support.”She further noted that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were also mounting a “massive emergency support programme” to help people as they returned. Since the start of last year, more than 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed in South Sudan’s ethnic clashes, with Jonglei one of the states worst affected by the violence. Thousands more civilians have been displaced from their homes.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the situation in Jonglei yesterday by telephone with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and commended his Government’s efforts to resolve the ethnic tensions in the area.Mr. Ban noted that the commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights was fundamental. He also stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of the conflict. Over the weekend, thousands of members of the Murle ethnic group who had sought refuge in Pibor in Jonglei state fled the town as it came under attack by a 6,000-strong column of armed youths from the rival Lou Nuer community.“There is no doubt that there have been casualties,” said Lise Grande, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, speaking to the press via teleconference from the national capital, Juba.“I would put the number in the tens, perhaps the hundreds, but we don’t know,” she added, pointing out it was too early to confirm the overall number of deaths in and around Pibor.Ms. Grande said peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), supporting the Government, had rescued and evacuated civilians in Pibor and helped to deter further violence.“The focus of the UN now is in tracking the column as it goes back and in providing emergency assistance to the people in Jonglei who need it the most.”Jonglei has been blighted by a series of reprisal attacks between the two communities, which have a history of animosity over grazing land, water sources and cattle raids during which women and children are often abducted.Ms. Grande told reporters that as the Lou Nuer column had withdrawn from Pibor and was heading back to its own territory, tensions had subsided with many of the town’s Murle inhabitants returning.“The situation [in Pibor] is much more stable. We see this as a very positive step,” she said, but also noted that while the security situation had improved, the humanitarian outlook was quickly deteriorating. “The situation on the ground now, in humanitarian terms, is grim,” Ms. Grande said, warning that there was “no question” that the returning inhabitants were in trouble. “They haven’t had food. They haven’t had access to clean water. And in a number of cases some of their people are wounded.”Pointing to humanitarian relief efforts, Ms. Grande said the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had flown in its first supplies of aid and distributed it to the most highly vulnerable – unaccompanied and orphaned children.“Over the course of the next week,” she continued, “WFP is going to be providing additional support.”She further noted that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were also mounting a “massive emergency support programme” to help people as they returned. Since the start of last year, more than 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed in South Sudan’s ethnic clashes, with Jonglei one of the states worst affected by the violence. Thousands more civilians have been displaced from their homes.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the situation in Jonglei yesterday by telephone with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and commended his Government’s efforts to resolve the ethnic tensions in the area.Mr. Ban noted that the commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights was fundamental. He also stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of the conflict. 3 January 2012While the showdown between the South Sudanese military and thousands of armed tribesmen over the flashpoint town of Pibor has subsided, the humanitarian situation in the area remains grim, a top United Nations official in the country warned today. read more

TSX experiences hangover from last week as gold and oil fall

TORONTO • The Toronto Stock Exchange was dragged down to a triple-digit decline on Monday as gold and oil prices fell.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 217.29 points to 14,425.55.The Toronto market’s move mirrored a slide in the prices for both oil and gold.Kevin Headland, director of capital markets and strategy at Manulife Asset Management, said the market was still experiencing a “hangover” from last week, when the Bank of Canada cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point.He said markets have been hurt by recent news that Canada may be in a technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters without economic growth, and that the country’s exports have been outpaced by imports recently despite a falling Canadian dollar.“We’re in a net trade deficit and we’re a trade surplus country,” he said. “We rely on a trade surplus for our economic growth.”The August contract for gold ended the day down $25.10 to US$1,106.50, while the September contract for crude oil closed down 77 cents to US$50.44.“It’s still a commodities-based index,” Headland said. “You’re not seeing any reason to move higher and you’re just getting pushed back by oil prices.”Headland said that indicators show the worldwide supply of oil is at its highest point in a decade, even before factoring in the impact of the recent nuclear deal with Iran that includes returning some of that country’s oil supplies to the global market.“The expectation is that oil could go even weaker from here,” he said. “Companies have kept up production. I won’t say the world is awash with oil but there’s enough supply, enough inventory to go around.”In Halifax, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said on Monday that Canada needs to find new buyers and new markets for its oil.The August crude contract, which expired at the end of Monday’s session, settled at US$50.15.The slide in gold reflects the commodity’s decreasing value as a safe haven for investors, Headland said.Headland added that despite recent events in Greece and China — the latter a country where a stock-market free-fall was only halted by government intervention — the world’s economy has less uncertainty.And with stock markets recovering in the United States, Headland said, gold loses its lustre as a place to park your money.“I wouldn’t be surprised to see it bounce back off this low, but I think we’re going to see lower gold in this range for quite some time,” he said.The August contract for natural gas closed down 4.7 cents to US$2.82.In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 13.96 points to end the day at 18,100.41, while the Nasdaq gained 8.72 points to a record 5,218.86. The S&P 500 added 1.64 points to total 2,128.28.The Canadian dollar closed down 0.06 of a cent to 76.94 cents US.The Canadian Press read more

This gun is smoking 100 leaked Huawei staff CVs prove links with

A manager at Huawei who has worked at the company since 2012 worked at the National Information Security Engineering Centre, which reportedly “collaborated for years” with Unit 61398 of the Chinese Army, a unit accused of being “at the heart of China’s alleged cyber war against Western commercial targets.” The study links another Huawei engineer, who has worked in Europe, to being a “representative” of the Ministry of State Security, China’s intelligence agency.A further CV reveals a senior Huawei engineer worked on “a database-driven surveillance system capable of accessing every citizen’s record and connecting China’s security organisations” — otherwise known as the “Great Firewall of China.”One more CV shows a Huawei telecom engineer involved in development of 5G “base stations” who says on his CV that he cannot comment on his previous employment “due to the involvement of military secrets.” Prof. Balding said “these CVs are a treasure trove.”Charles Parton, a British diplomat who spent much of his career in China, said the cases “give the lie to Huawei’s claim that there is no evidence that they help the Chinese intelligence services. This gun is smoking.”Ed Brewster of Huawei, said: “Huawei does not work on military or intelligence projects for the Chinese Government. This information is not new and is not secret, being freely available on career websites. It is not unusual that Huawei employs people from public service and government. We are proud of their backgrounds and we are open about them.” LONDON — Huawei staff admitted to having worked with Chinese intelligence agencies in a “mass trove” of employment records leaked online.Analysis of CVs of Huawei employees appear to show “far closer links” between the telecommunications company and military-backed cyber agencies than previously thought, a think tank claims.The employment files suggest that some Huawei staff have also worked as agents within China’s Ministry of State Security; worked on joint projects with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army; were educated at China’s leading military academy; and have been employed by a military unit accused of a cyber attack on U.S. corporations.Analysis of the CVs found 11 Huawei staff graduated from the PLA’s Information Engineering University, a military academy reputed to be China’s centre for “information warfare research.” Down to Business podcast: Why Huawei thinks Canada should trust its 5G gear U.S. ban is hurting Huawei more than it thought — $30 billion more Huawei controlling Canada’s 5G would be ‘crazy,’ warns Rogers vice-chairman The claims will strengthen demands for the telecom operator to be frozen out of a deal to build part of Britain’s new 5G mobile phone network. The Daily Telegraph disclosed in April that Theresa May had given the green light to Huawei to build parts of the network despite national security concerns. Huawei said it does not work on military projects for China’s regime.The CVs of up to 25,000 Huawei employees were uncovered by Christopher Balding, an associate professor at the Fulbright University Vietnam, while investigating Huawei’s ownership structure. The CVs were uploaded on Chinese recruitment platforms in the past year and began to appear online and on publicly accessible sites. Prof. Balding, in conjunction with the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank, concluded that about 100 Huawei staff had connections with the Chinese military or intelligence agencies and their “backgrounds indicated experience in matters of national security.”The study claims that one Huawei project team leader refers on his CV to work on joint projects between the telecom company and the Chinese Army’s National University of Defence Technology, one of China’s leading military academies and was put on a U.S. list, banning American firms from selling it technology in 2015, under Barack Obama’s presidency.Another Huawei employee’s CV says she works both at the telecom giant as a software engineer and also at the Radar Academy of the Chinese Army. The academy, says Prof. Balding, “matches closely her work for Huawei.”(These cases) give the lie to Huawei’s claim that there is no evidence that they help the Chinese intelligence services. This gun is smoking.Charles Parton, former British diplomat to China read more

Where Cheerleading Ranks in Safety Among High School Sports

Cheerleading falls in the middle of the pack. The total concussion rate across all girls sports is 41 concussions per 100,000 competition athlete exposures; cheerleading has a rate that’s about three-tenths of that.But when we factor in concussions accumulated in practice, we see something interesting. In every sport except cheerleading, the rate drops steeply — concussions in practice happen about one-sixth as often as concussions in competition. Cheerleading was the only sport of the 20 surveyed that had a higher risk of concussion in practice (14 per 100,000) than in competition (12 per 100,000).“When we delve into the data more closely, we can actually find out where practice-related concussions are occurring,” Comstock said. “With cheerleading, they’re occurring all over the place. They’re occurring on asphalt, on grass, on tile. And if you think about it, if cheerleading isn’t considered a sport, [it] may not be afforded the same resources — even for practice — as other sports.”Here’s Comstock’s theory on why the injury rate is higher during practice: If cheerleading isn’t officially designated as a sport at a school, there are better odds that the team isn’t practicing on athletic mats and instead setting up in, say, a parking lot or school cafeteria. In competition, however, the students are likely to be on proper mats and therefore less likely to be at risk for getting a concussion. The reports from the 2011 catastrophic injury study at UNC seem to back this up; a high number of the injuries seem to occur both during practice and also as a result of contact with a hard surface.What does that mean? “Recognizing cheerleading as a sport may actually make the sport safer because they should then be given a designated space to practice,” Comstock said. Official sport status means that money, equipment and resources come from schools, not necessarily from the cheerleaders themselves or alternative sources.Is there a difference in concussion and injury rates between the 35 states that have made cheerleading a sport and the 15 that haven’t? We don’t know, because the data doesn’t exist for that kind of determination yet. But Comstock’s team is working on it.Although the raw-injury count in cheerleading may tell a headline-grabbing story, it’s important to look at those numbers in context. Yes, catastrophic injuries happen, as do concussions. But keeping in mind that a lot of kids are cheerleading — and that every day we may take risks that have even grimmer statistics — we can get a better picture of the actual risks involved. Think of a dangerous high school sport, and football is probably the first that comes to mind. You might not think of those students in uniform on the sidelines, cheering for the players.And yet cheerleading isn’t as safe as you might think, which was one of the reasons New York State — following 34 other states and Washington, D.C. — reclassified it as an official school sport last month.Media coverage of the New York decision largely focused on athlete safety — in some cases referring to cheerleading as one of the most dangerous sports. The raw statistic that cheerleading accounts for two-thirds of all catastrophic injuries among female high school athletes was repeated by news outlets across New York.1Consider: New York’s CBS Local, The Buffalo News, the New York State Sportswriters Association, The Wall Street Journal, MyFoxNY, The Suffolk Times, The Daily Gazette, the Times Union, etc. Some, like The Wall Street Journal here, showed an iteration of a chart similar to this:The data for this chart was pulled from the 29th annual report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, an independent research body at the University of North Carolina.2This 2011 report, written by Frederick O. Muller of UNC and Robert C. Cantu of Emerson Hospital in Massachusetts, contains a section on cheerleading. The center classifies catastrophic injuries as either “serious,” “nonfatal” or “fatal.” An injury is considered serious when it’s severe but has no ongoing functional disability. For example, a 17-year-old cheerleader in 1998 attempted a back flip, slipped on wet artificial turf and landed on her head, shocking her spinal cord and causing temporary paralysis. Nonfatal injuries lead to permanent disabilities. Fatal injuries need no explanation.But it’s not the raw numbers that should scare people. (These numbers are misleading, as I’ll explain in a bit.) Rather, it’s how these cheerleaders are getting injured that should warrant concern.Cheerleading is different from every other high school sport (for which there is injury-tracking data) in one critical way: More cheerleaders are getting injured during practice than in competition. And that’s why cheerleading’s official designation as a sport could go a long way toward reducing the number of injuries that make it risky.The earliest incarnation of high school cheerleading — think girls in school-letter sweaters and thick skirts encouraging a football team — has morphed into a hypercompetitive and acrobatic institution. And all the flips, throws, jumps and human pyramids have resulted in more injuries. A lot more injuries. That’s why it has been seductive for media organizations to report raw numbers.But it’s the rate of injury that matters.3To determine the rate, we can divide the number of injuries in a given period by the number of participants in that given period, and multiply by 100,000 to determine the injury rate per 100,000 participants.A rate makes a world of difference in how people interpret dangers and risks. For example, if I told you there were 179 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010, you might get frightened. But when I turn that into a rate — by factoring in that 200 million people visit beaches every year, and they visit multiple times — it shows that the probability of being attacked by a shark is one in 11.5 million. That’s much less frightening.Similarly, when we factor in how many high-schoolers are participating in cheerleading, we get a different perspective on “the most dangerous sport” narrative.4Finding participation numbers for cheerleading isn’t easy, especially because for decades, it wasn’t considered a sport (and still isn’t in many states) and thus keeping a tally on athletes wasn’t necessarily required. The authors of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research report admitted difficulty in finding an accurate number of competitive cheerleaders, which is crucial for determining a rate.The authors of the report I referred to earlier cited two participation numbers in cheerleading. A 2009 news release by the National Federation of State High School Associations said there were 400,000 high school cheerleaders in the U.S. (The number, however, didn’t distinguish between competitive and noncompetitive cheerleaders.) A 2010-11 high school participation survey showed significantly lower participation: 96,718 girls and 2,846 boys for a total of nearly 100,000 participants in competitive cheerleading squads.The authors decided to go with the 100,000 count in estimating the rate of injury. Because there was one catastrophic injury that school year, they said the effective rate was one catastrophic injury per 100,000 participants. Had they gone with the more inclusive estimate, they would get 0.25 catastrophic injuries per 100,000 participants. A couple of years earlier, study co-author Frederick Mueller told The Washington Post that he estimated the rate from 1982 to 2007 to be 2.68 catastrophic injuries per 100,000 high school participants, a figure derived by dividing the 67 known catastrophic injuries by an estimate of 2.5 million high school cheerleaders over the 25 years. Compare those rates with these other high school sports:It’s crucial to get perspective on these numbers. Let’s assume that Mueller’s estimate — 2.68 catastrophic injuries for every 100,000 high school cheerleaders — is accurate. In comparison, each year 17.9 of every 100,000 New York state residents are hospitalized for traffic-related pedestrian injuries — nearly seven times higher than the upper-bound catastrophic-injury rate for high school cheerleaders. So, even if cheerleading is the most dangerous high school sport, it might be less dangerous than walking to work.But what about more common, non-catastrophic injuries, like concussions?Dawn Comstock, a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, runs High School RIO, a national database that has monitored 20 high school sports since 2005. She referred me to a 2012 paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The paper, based on High School RIO data, looked at concussions among high school athletes — where they occurred (in practice or competition) and in what sport — as well as participation rates during the 2008-10 school years. The finding?“Cheerleading is not nearly as dangerous a sport as some of the previous research painted it to be,” Comstock said. “It has the 10th-highest concussion rate of the 20.”Concussions are a compelling data set for tracking the dangers of a sport because they’re relatively common, and yet they’re severe enough to be reported (as opposed to, say, sprains and strains). But they often don’t have long-term impact. Here are the competition concussion rates per 100,000 athlete exposures:5An athlete exposure is defined as one athlete participating in one game or practice. Boys Volleyball was not included in the chart because no concussions were reported. read more

Exprison officer arrested in London media conduct probe

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON investigating alleged inappropriate payments by journalists to police and public officials have arrested a former prison officer.The 39-year-old man is suspected of misconduct in a public office and corruption.He is the 66th person to be questioned as part of the probe, known as Operation Elveden. He was detained at his home in the borough of Waltham Forest early this morning and taken to an east London police station.The investigation into the conduct of News of the World journalists was undertaken following revelations during the phone hacking scandal.In January, a British counter-terrorism detective was found guilty of trying to sell information about the hacking investigation to a newspaper.Woolwich accused disrupts court hearings, shouting: ‘I’m a soldier’Man due in court over IRA murder of four British soldiers at Hyde Parklast_img read more

Sony To Release A77 Digital Camera

first_imgSony has finally confirmed that they will be releasing a new digital camera to replace the A700, later on this year. The new camera is called A77, which they have released a photo of the model. As of yet, Sony has not released much info on the camera except the above image–and the fact that it will be released later on this year.The teaser photo shows us two things. One is the transparent mirror on the lens, which will help the lens focus better. The second item is that the case is clear, which creates more of a robotic look for the A77.Neither items are big news, but it does give us a good sneak peek at what is to come.AdChoices广告Hopefully, Sony will have something that will make the A77 stand out this time around.Via Engadgetlast_img read more

Greek Cypriots pessimistic over peace talks

first_imgAlmost three-quarters of Greek Cypriots believe slow-moving talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots will not lead to a deal reunifying the ethnically divided island in the next year according to a poll published last week. The GNORA/RAI poll in the Phileleftheros newspaper also showed that 67 percent of respondents reject Turkey’s full European Union membership. Some 71 percent believe EU-member Cyprus should block Turkey’s ascension into the EU if it doesn’t open ports and airports to Cypriot traffic. Reunification talks resumed in September, but little tangible progress has been made. The poll used a random sample of 623 adults with a three percent error margin. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A Nuclear Exchange Would Be Even Worse Than We Thought

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Nuclear weapons are, we hope, the only globally-recognized nope-weapon. No matter how shitty we humans are, we have all generally agreed that nukes are uniquely terrible. They can cause destruction on cataclysmic scales, and while they’ve only been used twice in war, those bombs were laughably small compared to their modern counterparts — and they each leveled a city. But, scientists are still sifting through data on the dozens of tests the US and USSR performed during the Cold War, and, wouldn’t you know it, it turns out these bombs are even worse than we thought.Setting off massive nukes creates temporary radiation belts around the planet. These are bands of high-energy particles that are hugely damaging to us and just about any electronic systems they encounter. Earth has several of these belts naturally, the Van Allen belts. And they’re a major obstacle for space flight, particularly for electronics, which would be fried by excessive radiation (silly computers, we just get cancer).As you probably know, nuclear weapons get their destructive power by splitting atoms. These splits release neutrons which cause neighboring atoms to become unstable. Before you know it, you’ve got a chain reaction, and the amount of energy released is positively staggering. Intrepid engineers and physicists have made these already terrible weapons far more powerful, though, by using that initial fissile reaction to trigger a larger fusion one. This second reaction slams atoms together instead of breaking them apart, and, in so doing, releases orders of magnitude more destructive energy.Both of these reactions generate huge amounts of radiation as well as countless high-energy particles. And, because nukes sling this toxic shit so high in the air, upper-atmosphere currents and the like carry the particles about and eventually create broad streams that wrap around Earth. Scientists say that these artificial bands of radiation did major damage to a number of satellites at the time.These days, huge chunks of modern society are critically reliant on satellite communications and infrastructure. Even a relatively minor nuclear spat with a few launches could cause critical damage to vital pieces of our technological backbone. On top of the immediate human cost of a nuclear weapon deployment, we’d suffer many months of ancillary effects that will dramatically increase the overall death toll. The morale of the story? Nukes are bad news, folks. Stay on targetlast_img read more

725 NXT Results West Palm Beach Florida BalorBreeze

first_img Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Pinterest Eva Marie Twitter WhatsApp E! Orders Two More Seasons Of Total Divas Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 7/25 WWE NXT Results: West Palm Beach, Florida* Uhaa Nation def. Solomon Crowe.* Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder def. Scott Dawkins & Sawyer Fulton.* Bull Dempsey def. Mike Rallis.* Eva Marie & Lena def. Jessie & Cassie.* The Vaudevillians def. Blake & Murphy.* Bayley def. Emma & Dana Brooke.* Samoa Joe def. Tye Dillinger.* NXT Champion Finn Balor def. Tyler Breeze.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipE! Orders Two More Seasons Of Total DivasVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 41.46%0:03Remaining Time -0:34 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 Videos Articles WWE Superstar Natalya Strongly Believes Women Will Main-Event WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship?center_img Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Facebook Brie Bella Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Elizabeth Banks: She Does Have A Thing For Puppets Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguezlast_img read more

Ballon dOr round 2 between Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann

first_imgThis Wednesday we get the second round in the Ballon d’Or race between Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. We got a great match this Wednesday for all of you, the European Supercup between Real Madrid and Atletico will take place, and we are excited for the second round of the Ballon d’Or race between Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann. Yes, you read correctly. We are convinced that this season will be the first one that doesn’t have Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as the Ballon d’Or winner and we think that Luka and Antoine will take their place as the first player to win it ten years after a long reign from both giants. Neither Cristiano not Lio were able to win the World Cup with their national teams this summer, plus France won the competition and the Ballon d’Or is delivered by French magazine ‘France Football’. It really is a no-brainer.? ¡Nuestros 29 convocados para la Supercopa de Europa! #RMSuperCup pic.twitter.com/7LFy5IUaoL— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 13, 2018In fact, we actually think that there is even a small chance of Leo Messi not even getting into the podium of this year’s award and Cristiano Ronaldo finishing third in the voting. If this happens it would really be a huge change in the football landscape, we could very well be on the brink a new era in which other players are considered to win the coveted award instead of that duopoly dominated by M10 and CR7. But in order to get that result by the end of the season and see a different player being recognized with the Ballon d’Or, first we need either Luka Modric or Antoine Griezmann to deliver more consistent performances apart from the World Cup they had where the French forward won the collective accolade and Modric got the individual recognition as the best player in the competition.? Tallin. ? Un derbi. ? La #Supercopa en juego.¡VAMOS, ATLETI! ?⚪??#AúpaAtleti #RealMadridAtleti pic.twitter.com/3JDL9ZGigL— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 14, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Modric and Griezmann’s best aspects to win the Ballon d’Or.Now, to have a better understanding of how great of a chance each of these players have to actually win the individual award by the end of the season, first we have to take a look at what each of them accomplished with their club and country. Antoine Griezmann has the better shot at the prize because of the two group trophies he got with Atletico Madrid and France, he won the World Cup with his national team and the UEFA Europa League with the Colchoneros by scoring goals in each of the two finals. That alone could be the deciding factor for Antoine to win the award, but Modric also completed an outstanding season with both Real Madrid and the Croatia National Team.Ne lâchez rien !! ???? pic.twitter.com/096kRlZDrJ— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) July 21, 2018The Croatian midfielder was not only the best player in the World Cup, he also made the case to be considered the best midfielder of 2018 given the various accomplishments he had with Real Madrid and also leading his country to a World Cup final as a true underdog of the competition. With Los Blancos this season, Luka Modric wasn’t able to take his team to win La Liga or the Copa del Rey, but he had a fantastic Champions League season where he won the third consecutive playing for Los Blancos after they defeated Liverpool in the final. Modric played fantastic football alongside German midfielder Toni Kroos with Real Madrid, this leaves today’s European Supercup performance with everything still in play and it gives both players a chance to make a case for themselves in from of all the Ballon d’Or voters.Back to work! ⚽️? pic.twitter.com/c3mAvc93VO— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) August 10, 2018Who do you think has a better chance at winning the Ballon d’Or, Luka Modric or Antoine Griezmann? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Public Invited to DrBernard Nottage Funeral

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12th 2017: Cabinet says the public has been invited to attend the official funeral for former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Dr.Bernard Nottage. The funeral service is carded to take place at the St. Agnes Church, Baillou Hill Road this Friday at 11am. This will be followed by the Interment at Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, located along JFK Drive.On Thursday, the body will lie-in-state in the foyer of the House of Assembly, Parliament Square, from 9am until the body departs for the church on Friday. However, viewing for the general public will be from 12 noon til 6pm on Thursday. Dr.Nottage passed away on June 30th, after being airlifted to a hospital in Florida. #MagneticMediaNews#PublicInvitedToDrBernardNottageFuneral Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Soybean Producers Disappointed 90 Days Brings No Tariff Conclusion

first_imgAfter nearly three months of negotiations, President Trump and Chinese President Xi could not reach a conclusion and bring to an end tariffs imposed on soy growers by China since July 2018, a measure that would have brought great relief to soy growers.Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Kentucky, and American Soybean Association (ASA) president stated, “We are glad that talks between these two countries will continue without the tariff hike previously expected at the 90-day deadline later this week, but we need resolution and are discouraged that it’s still hard to see a tangible end in sight.”The Chinese government has recently announced and begun to make good on government-to-government commitments to purchase American soybeans totaling around 20 million metric tons (735 million bushels), which is a positive step. However, ASA continues to push for more than piecemeal purchases and see open access to the China market restored through the removal of tariffs.The value of U.S. soybean exports to China has grown exponentially the past 20 years, from $414 million in 1996 to $14 billion in 2017. China imported 31 percent of U.S. production in 2017, equal to 60 percent of total U.S exports and nearly one in every three rows of harvested beans. Over the next 10 years, Chinese demand for soybeans is expected to account for most of the growth in global soybean trade, making it a prime market for the U.S. and other countries.While ASA is pleased that the Administration has announced that negotiations have been positive and will continue past Trump’s imposed 90 day window, soy growers continue to urge the Administration to rescind the tariffs and instead make soybeans a part of reducing our trade deficit with China.last_img read more

This Zambian nurse swapped 5000 babies in 12 years just for fun

first_imgElizabeth Bwalya MwewatwitterA nurse’s shocking confession has revealed that she had swapped nearly 5,000 babies just for fun while working at University Teaching Hospital in Zambia.Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa, a former nurse at the UTH, had this odious revelation that she had swapped over 5,000 babies between 1983 and 1995. She disclosed this as she is suffering from terminal cancer and doesn’t want to rot in hell in the afterlife. The news has created quite an uproar in social media after it went viral.”I have terminal cancer and I know I will be dying soon. I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service. I have found God. I’m now born again. I have nothing to hide, in the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5,000 babies,” Elizabeth said.Elizabeth added that if anyone’s born between 1983 and 1995, the chances are that their parents might not be their true biological parents as she had developed a habit of swapping babies just for fun.”So, take a good look at your siblings, if for example everyone is light and you are darkie… you are that child and I am really sorry for that”, she said.She further said that she has sinned against God and was the reason behind the divorce of many faithful couples after going for DNA tests. She said that she was being used by a demon for doing such heinous crime.”I have caused many mothers to breastfeed children who are not theirs biologically. I don’t want to go to Hell for that, I’m really sorry I have sinned a lot. Please forgive me,” she added.However, the initial investigation revealed that there is no midwife by her name under the General Nursing Council of Zambia and no nurse by that name had ever existed or worked at UTH.last_img read more

Two rape cases filed in Sreenagar

first_imgRapeTwo separate cases were filed with the Sreenagar police station on Friday and Saturday over ‘raping’ of two teenage girls in the upazila.aIn Baghra union, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Mamun, 42, at Talukdarbari on Wednesday. Locals said the girl used to work as a domestic help. She went to bring papaya from the orchard when Mamun took her to a nearby bush and raped her, they added.The locals rescued the victim hearing her screams but Mamun fled.Later, the victim’s mother filed a case with police on Friday.In Kukutia union, 50-year-old Azizul Sheikh of Nagarvag area allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl repeatedly on false promise of marriage.He last raped the girl on 11 July. Since then, the victim has been asking him to marry her but he was dillydallying.Later, the victim’s brother filed a case at the police station.Md Ali Yunus, officer-in-charge of Sreenagar police station, said they were trying to arrest the accused.last_img read more

Fast Company Unionizes With Writers Guild of America East

first_imgLowell Peterson, WGA East executive director said, “We welcome the editorial, social and photo staff of Fast Company to the powerful movement for collective bargaining in digital news.  We are inspired by their talent and commitment to their work – and to building a voice on the job to address workplace issues.”The Fast Company Organizing Committee announced Wednesday that it had issued the following message to management:Fast Company’s editorial, social, and photo staff has decided to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. Because we are committed to Fast Company’s values of supporting progressive, forward-thinking business, we want to make sure we adhere to the best practices–in terms of fair pay, benefits, and employee protections–that we extol in our editorial. Fast Company is a collaborative, innovative, and nurturing workplace that values the input of its employees, and we want to preserve those values and have a voice in how it evolves. The best way to do that is to form a union.We love Fast Company and want to help work toward preserving its best aspects during a tumultuous time in digital media. By organizing, we want to make sure that our voices are part of the major decisions required to navigate this industry.By creating a contract collectively, we believe we can make sure that all of Fast Company’s staff are protected and treated fairly, that Fast Company’s editorial independence is preserved, and that we fully live the business values that appear in Fast Company in our own workplace.As a union, we hope to work together to address these issues:Transparency and Communication:We want to make sure that management is communicating and consulting with employees about major decisions, especially in times of crisis. We want mechanisms in place for employees to have input on major decisions, and to hold management accountable for its promises. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Equitable and Fair Compensation:We are seeking respectable salary floors for each position, reasonable cost of living adjustments, a clear, consistent system for performance reviews and raises, a strong commitment to diversity in hiring, and the end of any gender wage gaps that may exist across positions.Benefits and Severance:We want to make sure our freelance colleagues are correctly classified and receiving the benefits to which they are entitled. And we are asking for clear policies on termination, and a severance package that guarantees a minimum and adjusts that amount in accordance with time served at Fast Company.We want Fast Company to remain free of regulations and red tape, and we are dedicated to the company’s continued success and growth. We believe that a solid contract will free us to do our best work, and allow Fast Company to thrive–and to be the kind of business we believe in. Popular on Variety The editorial, social and photo staff at business news site Fast Company has unionized with the Writers Guild of America East.The staffers announced Wednesday that an “overwhelming” majority of the approximately 40-member staff have signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the WGA East as its collective bargaining representative. The demand for voluntary recognition was sent to Fast Company editor Stephanie Mehta and to Eric Schurenberg, CEO of owner Mansueto Ventures.A spokesman said, “Mansueto Ventures does not have a comment at this time.”Fast Company is the latest in a growing list of digital news sites which have unionized with the WGA East in the last three years. The union, which has around 5,000 members, currently represents about 1,300 professionals at digital news sites including Talking Points Memo, The Dodo, Thrillist, Vox Media, Onion Inc., HuffPost, Vice, The Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Salon, Slate and Gizmodo Media Group. Talking Points Memo was the most recent staff to unionize with the WGA East.last_img read more