Kalmadi, Chautala elevation against IOA Constitution: official

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 28 (PTI) A day after Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala were named Life Presidents of the Indian Olympic Association, a top official of the IOA today questioned the move, pointing out that it violated the Constitution of the top sports body. The official, who did not wish to be named, said that Kalmadis elevation as Life President was against the spirit of the IOA Constitution which barred charge-framed people getting elected as office-bearers. Kalmadi has already declined the position till the time his name is cleared. “If a charge-framed person is not allowed to become and executive committee member, how is that charge-framed person made a Life President?” the official asked. “Because of this issue only, the IOA was banned by the International Olympic Committee (from December 2012 to February 2014). Only after the IOA amended the Constitution to the effect that charge-framed persons will not be allowed to stand for elections, the IOC lifted the ban on IOA,” he said. “This Constitution of the IOA was approved by the IOC and it is sacrosanct. Instead of following the Constitution we have violated it,” he added. The officials argument against Chautalas elevation as Life President was even more elaborate. He said Chautala was never IOA President under its Constitution as his election was declared null and void by the IOC when it suspended the IOA in December 2012. “Why everybody is forgetting that the IOC, a day after IOA was suspended, had declared that the election of Chautala and Lalit Bhanot as president and secretary general was null and void? The IOC had refused to recognise Chautala-led dispensation and had communicated with V K Malhotra only,” he said. “So, under the IOA Constitution, only a person who has been a president can only be made Life President. Chautala was never a president of the IOA ans so can how he be made a Life President?” the official asked. In the Annual General Meeting of the IOA in Chennai yesterday, joint secretary Rakesh Gupta moved a resolution to make Kalmadi and Chautala as Life Presidents and there was no opposition from anybody in the House. The official also questioned the presence of Chautala at the AGM in Chennai yesterday. “I dont know how and in what capacity Chautala attended the AGM yesterday. I think he must have attended the AGM as Haryana Olympic Association President. He was recently elected as HOA chief but that was invalid under the IOA Constitution though the IOA President has approved his election,” the official said. He said the IOA Constitution bars charge-framed people from becoming office bearers in the state units also. “The provision of barring charge-framed people from becoming IOA Executive Council members also applies to state Olympic units. They (the state units) are also part of the IOA. So, Chautala cannot become HOA President,” the official said. There has been speculation that Chautala was elevated as Life President to placate him so that he does not create any further problem in the IOA giving recognition to the newly-formed Boxing Federation of India. The erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, of which Chautala was a former president, is still recognised by the IOA as the NSF for boxing event though it has been de-recognised by the world body AIBA and the Sports Ministry. Sources said IOA is now inclined to consider BFIs application for recognition positively. “IOA has asked the IABF whether it objects to granting recognition to BFI since it has been recognised by the AIBA as well as the Sports Ministry,” a source said. Last year, IOA Associate Vice-President Narinder Batra had wanted to move a no-confidence motion against IOA chief Ramachandran and had even got support from a lot of NSFs and state Olympic associations but Chautala, who still wields some support in the IOA, had put his foot down as he reportedly wanted to play a part in the boxing issue. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

NSW Politicians Win First Origin Clash

first_imgThe game was the first of two Origin Touch matches to be played, with the second one to tie in with the second State of Origin on Wednesday, 16 June. There will only be two matches played as Parliament isn’t sitting when the third State of Origin will be contested. New South Wales took a one-nil lead in its quest to win back the AMP Trophy following last year’s defeat to Queensland. Graham Perrett, Federal Member for Moreton (Queensland) and Alex Hawke, Federal Member for Mitchell (New South Wales) were two of the politicians to compete on Wednesday morning. Despite the bad weather conditions, both Members enjoyed the game. “It was certainly fast and lively. What I liked about it was that there was not as much cheating as there normally is when it’s the politicians without a referee so you guys (TFA) really lifted the standards immediately.”“It was pretty fast, I was pretty impressed with it,” Perrett said. Each Wednesday morning in sitting weeks, the politicians take to Senate Oval to battle it out on the Touch Football field.“There is a high standard of sledging, and a low standard of Touch,” Perrett said. “We’re here every week when Parliament sits, we have a Touch game in the morning with staff, MP’s. You have to perform pretty well to get a run,” Hawke said. “Touch is a great game, we love it,” Hawke said.  “It’s always played in a pretty good spirit, no one really spits the dummy. It’s a good message to the Australian people, that we can play as a team altogether,” Perrett said. And while it’s always competitive when the politicians take to the field, Wednesday’s Origin clash raised the stakes.“It didn’t matter what party you were in. It didn’t matter if you were Labor, Liberal, National, you just line up on those state borders immediately,” Perrett said. “It’s a good way to get to know your political opponents, in a way that isn’t confronting,” Hawke said. Perrett and Hawke named Barnaby Joyce, Susan O’Connor, Darren Chester and Bryce Wilson as some of the stand outs of the game. The focus now shifts to the next clash in three weeks time, and Perrett is hoping Queensland can level the series at one-all. “It’s a chance to regain some dignity. We might have to rustle up a few more Queenslanders,” Perrett said. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website for footage of the first Origin game.last_img read more

Alabama Realtor Trolls Les Miles Big Time With Billboard

first_imgLes Miles featured on a realtors billboard.Twitter/@UnlimitedTideIt did not take long at all for someone in Alabama to troll Les Miles about being fired by LSU.It has been just over 48 hours since Les Miles was fired by LSU, and apparently that is plenty of time for someone to buy a billboard ad and troll the former head coach.This is Savage. Dagger to the heart from Pritchett and Moore. pic.twitter.com/9VM4I6rMYv— UnlimitedTide (@UnlimitedTide) September 27, 2016What other fan base would take it to this level of trolling at that rapid of a pace than Alabama supporters? It’s pretty creative and quite impressive if you really think about the logistics behind buying an ad space and getting it out there so quickly.It’s also great publicity for the company as well. They get a laugh out of those that see it, and people will remember that billboard when they think of Pritchett and Moore.I wonder if Tyler Bigbie, who is an Alabama alum, has gotten any phone calls from LSU fans since the ad was put up?last_img read more

UK: Lloyd Register Unveils New Brand Identity

first_imgLLoyd’s Register, December 9, 2013 zoom Lloyd’s Register (LR), yesterday unveiled a refreshed brand identity, with the introduction of a new logo that celebrates the culture of innovation built over the company’s 253-year history.LR has undergone significant change and growth over recent years, having grown to a £1 billion-turnover service provider with over 9,000 employees worldwide and undertaken the acquisitions of ODS, Human Engineering, ModuSpec, Scandpower and West Engineering. The group has also restructured to create the Lloyd’s Register Foundation as the organisation’s parent entity, invested in technology leadership through its global technology centres, diversified its services further into energy and rail, and expanded its management systems business, LRQA. In September 2013, it announced a significant investment in Senergy, an integrated energy services company.Richard Sadler, LR Group CEO laid out the reasons for the change: “We wanted to refresh our brand identity to reflect these changes to the market, our clients and all our stakeholders – with a logo that works in the digital age.”“We took inspiration for our new logo from the LR stamp – the true ‘brand’ that our surveyors have stamped into steel as proof of approval since 1884. But this is not a name change – we will continue to be called Lloyd’s Register, recognising the value that the Lloyd’s name has around the world as a mark of quality.”“Our new identity reflects our heritage and our continued commitment to independence, technical excellence and public benefit. And the new logo is a device that links together all the members in our group, including LRQA, making our broad service portfolio easier to navigate.”Mark Stokes, Group Communications Director, said: “In line with our ethos of sustainability, to minimise the environmental impact we are introducing our new logo on digital items first. You will still see our old logo in use for a while on printed material and on our employee’s safety equipment which will be replaced gradually through wear and tear.” IndependenceLR’s reputation as an independent body – with safety, integrity and high standards as guiding principles – has been built up over 250 years. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK registered charity, is the parent entity in the organisation. The operating company, Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd (Lloyd’s Register) and its subsidiaries, is a professional services organisation that generates profits that fund the public benefit activities of the Foundation.“Our independence from shareholder dividends and government control marks us out as truly different, meaning that we provide impartial and informed advice that clients can trust, free from compromise, free from prejudice,” said Stokes.“Our clients face continued pressure for transparency, environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, profitability and safe, sustainable operations. Our obligation is to support our clients in meeting these demands – with intelligent, practical and expert advice to help them build truly a sustainable business.” Technical excellenceLR has confirmed a commitment to innovation through the investment of around £100 million in two global technology centres, in Southampton, UK and Singapore. LR is developing and supporting the innovations that will play a vital role in the immediate and long-term future of shipping and energy.“As an independent third-party, we need to keep at the forefront of technology and increasingly understand the fundamental science and academic analysis behind new technologies. The two GTCs will serve as the cornerstones of our global R&D network that, along with the activities of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, will help to provide society and industry with the advanced technologies, systems and solutions required for this increasingly complex world,” said Sadler. Public benefitThe Lloyd’s Register organisation is a global body with a mission to protect life and property and advance transportation and engineering education and research. The parent entity in the organisation, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, is a charity, with a mission to fund science, engineering and technology research for public benefit worldwide.The operating company, LR, is a professional services business that generates the profits that fund the public benefit activities. Its compliance, risk and technical consultancy services directly support a significant part of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s charitable objectives, to enhance the safety of life, property and the environment by helping our clients to ensure the quality construction and operation of critical infrastructure.On the launch of LR’s new identity, Sadler said, “LR is a truly unique organisation; a global body with a mission to protect life and property and advance transportation and engineering education and research. Our heritage is an important part of our culture and forward-thinking approach to our business and the new identity should serve us well in the years ahead.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Closelast_img read more

Rosetti Marino Delivers PSV HIGHLAND PRINCESS

first_imgrosetti, March 27, 2014 zoom Rosetti Marino, an integrated Group providing engineering and construction services to the Oil & Gas industry worldwide, delivered platform supply vessel (PSV) HIGHLAND PRINCESS to Gulf Offshore N.S. on March 22nd 2014.The PSV is the second of the two sister ships which were ordered in October 2011 by the Scottish company.Highland Princess’s Godmother, Mrs. Lisa Rubio, cut the ribbon and christened the vessel. The ceremony took place at the Rosetti Marino San Vitale shipyard managed by Cesario Mondelli in the presence of the authorities, guests, top management of both companies and their employees and families.This special occasion coincides with the start of expansion and development work at the San Vitale shipyard, which demonstrates how the Ravenna based company led by Daniele Rossi is eager to adapt to the new offshore vessel market.After the ceremony, Highland Princess set sail to its first operational base in the Mediterranean.Highland Princess has a length of 75 metres, a breadth of 16 metres and a deadweight of over 3,000t. The ship’s propulsion is made up of two variable pitch propellers, each with a diameter of approximately 3m and set at the end of shafts, driven by two General Electric diesel engines producing a total power of 5,580 kW (approx. 7600 hp).Her top speed is over 14.5 knots, with a cruising range of about 3,500 miles and excellent manoeuvrability is guaranteed by 4 thrusters. The vessel boasts cutting edge Rolls-Royce Marine engineering, automation and technology and it has been designed to provide assistance to offshore oil platforms and to transport equipment and material to and from the platforms guaranteeing safe operation of the vessel in all weather and sea conditions.last_img read more

Intense winter storm expected to bring snow high winds to Maritimes

first_imgHALIFAX – An intense storm is expected to bring another blast of winter to the Maritimes this week.Environment Canada says a low pressure system is forecast to develop east of Cape Hatteras today and intensify as it tracks northeastward toward the Maritimes on Tuesday.Winter storm warnings and watches have been issued for most of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.Up to 10 centimetres of snow is expected by Tuesday evening before changing to rain in some areas.As well, the national weather forecaster is warning that winds could gust up to 90 km/h, and blowing and drifting snow could cause power outages.A special weather statement has been issued for the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia, with the potential for storm surge and damaging waves Tuesday night into Wednesday.last_img read more

Space Renews Canadian Supernatural Sensation WYNONNA EARP for Third Season

first_imgAdvertisement  @SpaceChannel Space on FacebookAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its eleventh season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. TORONTO – Space continues to fuel its schedule with high-octane, Canadian original productions as it announced today it has committed to an additional 12 episodes of fan-favourite western-horror drama, WYNONNA EARP. Created by Emily Andras, produced by Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films, and distributed globally by IDW Entertainment, Season 3 of WYNONNA EARP sees the return of Canadian actor Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter of the one-hour cult hit, slated to debut in 2018.“Space has a long tradition of investing in unconventional programs that push boundaries, and WYNONNA EARP is no exception,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming. “With just two seasons under its gun holster, this spirited series has garnered accolades, amassed a loyal fan base, and captured the hearts of critics. We’re thrilled to be on board with SEVEN24 Films, and the talented cast and crew, for a third season.”WYNONNA EARP follows legendary lawman Wyatt Earp’s descendant, Wynonna (Scrofano), who inherits his mystical gun, Peacemaker. With that gun, Wynonna and her posse of dysfunctional allies must fight against supernatural beings and other paranormal occurrences in a raucous, whisky-soaked struggle to break her family’s demonic curse. Advertisement Andras (KILLJOYS, LOST GIRL) developed the wildly imaginative series for television and serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox serve as Executive Producers along with Ted Adams and David Ozer, as well as Todd Berger and Rick Jacobs.Since its premiere on June 9, Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP has seen its total audience more than double with a 52% increase compared to Season 1, and seen a 73% increase in the key A18-49 demo. During its Fridays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot, Space is the most-watched entertainment specialty network.In the next episode, “Future in the Past” (Friday, July 28 at 10 p.m. ET), Wynonna has an opportunity to discover the origins of the Earp curse while her team races to save the future.WYNONNA EARP was developed for television by Emily Andras who also serves as executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Executive producers are Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND), Tom Cox (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), David Ozer, Ted Adams, Rick Jacobs, and Todd Berger. Brian Dennis (THE BEST LAID PLANS) is producer. The writing team spearheaded by Andras includes Alexandra Zarowny, Brendon Yorke, John Callaghan, and Caitlin Fryers. Directors are Paolo Barzman, Ron Murphy, Brett Sullivan, and April Mullen.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. Login/Register With: Source : Numeris, 6/9/17-7/7/17Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Litro Gas chairman arrested over hacking of Taiwanese bank

Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe has been arrested over the hacking of a Taiwanese bank.Moonesinghe was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after US$1.1 million from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan was found in his personal bank account. Two suspects were arrested last week in Sri Lanka when they tried to withdraw the money, and police were looking for a third person. Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank. Litro Gas is a government owned gas company. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pepsi joins Coke in support of UNbacked guidelines on local peoples right

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that PepsiCo has joined the Coca-Cola Company in giving its official support to a set of global guidelines that protect the rights of poor and vulnerable people to land, livelihoods and food security.Initiated by FAO and endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure promote secure ownership rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and protecting the environment.The guidelines call for the commitment of both the public and private sectors, and include recommendations to safeguard local people’s rights in the event of large-scale land acquisitions, warding off land grabs.According to a news release from FAO, PepsiCo has published a policy recognizing its obligations to respect and protect the rights of local people and encouraging its supplier countries to meet certain standards, including the principles listed in the Voluntary Guidelines.In addition to fair and legal negotiations on land transfers and acquisitions in developing countries, the company has pledged to carry out social and environmental assessments across its global supply chains, beginning in Brazil, its top sugar-sourcing country.PepsiCo is the second big beverage company to give its support to the guidelines after the Coca-Cola Company publicized a commitment to land rights in November 2013.Working with Oxfam, Coca-Cola committed to help protect the land rights of communities and conduct assessments in some of the world’s top sugarcane-producing regions, in addition to implementing a zero tolerance stance on land grabbing.Both the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have vowed to increase their participation in the Committee on World Food Security to further demonstrate support of responsible land rights practices.“Securing the official commitment and operational support of both PepsiCo and the Coca-Cola Company is tremendously significant for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines and we hope that more large private companies will follow their lead,” said Marcela Villarreal, Director of FAO’s Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development.For this purpose FAO is currently working on a private sector technical guide for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines, in collaboration with major private sector actors.“FAO considers compliance with the voluntary guidelines as the baseline for all our partnerships, and we call on all of our current and potential partners to support them,” Ms. Villarreal said. read more

How would Irelands hospitals cope with a mass casualty incident

first_imgLAST WEEK DEFENCE Minister Alan Shatter said that Ireland is ready to respond to a natural disaster, despite the budgetary situation.Shatter was mainly speaking about the capability of the defence forces and their resources but as the country’s hospitals come under increased pressure due to budget cuts, questions have been raised about their ability to deal with a large influx of patients.In the event of a mass casualty incident, like a train derailment, a chemical incident or even a terrorist attack, the Major Emergency Plan would be implemented and all response agencies would have their own procedures to follow. Let’s take a look at how it would work.At the sceneFirst responders, like the fire and ambulance service, would assess the scene and once a major emergency has been declared an ambulance loading point for casualties would be set up.Emergency services would then sort through patients assessing their vital signs and designating triage cards to indicate how serious their injuries are.One paramedic explained to TheJournal.ie that in normal circumstances, when an unconscious person is assessed a paramedic will “shake, rattle and shout at them and listen for breathing for ten seconds but at a major incident you have just one chance to open your airway”.You have three triage cards for casualties and it’s like a traffic light system. Green is for the walking wounded, yellow is for patients with good vital signs but who are potentially unstable and red is for life threatening injuries. For the people who are already dead, we have a black card. It’s just a way of grading them to get everything moving.The most serious patients are removed from the scene by ambulance first and taken to one of the surrounding hospitals, as all emergency departments in the area would be sharing the load.At the hospitalsDepending on the size of the incident, several hospitals may be involved in taking in casualties. Hospitals operate on a different system during a mass casualty incident and every hospital will have its own major incident plan to implement.INMO industrial representative Eddie Mathews explained that a whole hospital would be effectively “shut down”.Staff are called in, other patients are moved to different areas like x-ray halls, waiting rooms etc., discharges would be expedited and all day surgery would be cancelled Basically the entire normal functioning of the hospital chances, it goes into emergency mode and within hours an emergency department would be emptied.An emergency consultant and spokesperson for the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine (IIAM) told TheJournal.ie that, at the moment, a national level major incident template is being developed but theses types of plans are rarely tested.“We haven’t had any big incidents recently but if we did have an incident hospitals would just have to modify to receive those numbers of casualties.Strained resourcesMathews said overcrowding is a “huge problem” as “all emergency departments remain overcrowded and Connolly [in Dublin] is in a particularly difficult situation”.However he said it was important to remember that in the event of a serious incident, normal operating rules are suspended.“The principal aim is to do the best you can for the maximum number of people,” he said. “In a high level of emergency you’re required to improvise with constrained resources. This is more difficult though if a hospital is overcrowded”The IIEA spokesperson echoed Mathew’s comments on overcrowding, describing it as a “big problem throughout the country”.“People can be on trolleys for many says and this does impact on plans like this. Certain strategies would have to be adopted to move these people up into ward corridors to empty the emergency department and it would be a very difficult situation in our current climate of overcrowding.The spokesperson said training, or the lack thereof, as the main problem as it is important for emergency and hospital staff to be fully prepared for an incident.“Another major concern would be that resources have to be generated very quickly and that can be overwhelming as it is physically difficult to test these plans on a regular basis because of  resources,” they said.While they said the national plan should be updated it “has to be practiced, training should be given and there definitely needs to be a push towards changing and improving the structure of most of the emergency departments in the country.”Read: Ireland ready for natural disaster despite ‘budgetary situation’>Read: What can Irish firefighters learn from Superstorm Sandy?>last_img read more

Fabric Depot to close this weekend

first_imgPORTALND — A Southeast Portland fabric store with a cult following announced Thursday night it would close its doors after 26 years.“Dear Friends and Loyal Customers,” Fabric Depot said in a Facebook post. “After 26 years in business, we are sad to announce that Fabric Depot is shutting its doors, Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5:00 p.m.”The 40,000 square foot fabric store on Southeast 122nd Avenue is popular with quilters and sewers, and sad patrons took to Facebook to express their disappointment in the store closing.“Very sad news indeed,” wrote Jennifer Brand. “I’d drive from the west side to get to the best fabric store in the Portland metro region. The fabric arts community will feel this one for sure!”Others simply wrote, “Nooooo.”The Facebook post had over 2,000 comments and over 4,000 shares by Friday morning.According to the post, everything in the store will be 40 percent off until Fabric Depot closes for good on Sunday. The store is located at 700 SE 122nd Ave. in Portland. “We are profoundly saddened by the necessary decision to close Fabric Depot — our family business that has been beloved by so many in the sewing community over the past 26 years,” reads a statement attributed to “The Fabric Depot family,” sent out Friday afternoon.last_img read more

AAA will tow you home for free this Thanksgiving weekend

first_img(WSVN) – AAA is reminding drivers not to drive home impaired over the long holiday weekend. Drivers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee can take advantage of the Tow-to-Go program, sometimes called “Tipsy Tow.”AAA will take the driver and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius if the driver believes he or she is too impaired to drive. The service will be available from Wednesday, Nov. 22 through 6 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.The company says the towing service is free for anyone, not just AAA members. However, they said it should be used as a last resort.There are also alternatives to the AAA Tow-To-Go program: Drivers can select a designated driver for the day, ask a sober friend or family member to pick you up or use an Uber, Lyft or a taxi.In 2014, there were 9,967 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher, accounting for 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year, according to AAA.For more information on the Tow-to-Go program, visit AAA’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Shipping Safety Advocate Criticizes Arctic Preparedness Plans

first_img(Graphic from Marine Exchange of Alaska)As the summer arctic shipping season gets underway, a member of a group that formed after the Selendang Ayu ran aground a decade ago, is calling for more rescue tugs, monitoring and risk management measures in the Bering Strait and Unimak Pass.Download AudioIn letters to the Coast Guard, Rick Steiner with the Shipping Safety Partnership, says the money to address these concerns could come from the 3.5 billion-dollar Oil Spill Liability Trust fund the Coast Guard has.“It’s used almost exclusively for spill response, but we all know spill response simply doesn’t work, so we’re arguing that this fund should be broken open and used to charter these rescue tug assets during the summer shipping season through the arctic and then they could relocate this tug to the Dutch Harbor, Unimak Pass area for the winter which is where the risk increases down there.” Steiner said.The Coast Guard has no deepwater port north of Dutch Harbor, so it has to deploy its assets north seasonally. It has ramped up its presence there over the past three shipping seasons with a program called Arctic Shield. Before leaving for his new post in Washington DC, Seventeenth District Commander Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo visited Dutch Harbor with Senator Mark Begich. Ostebo said the Coast Guard is focused on the Bering Strait and northern sea route. Ostebo says response preparation is key but the U.S. can’t govern the Bering Strait.“The Bering Strait is an international strait. Anybody who wants to can go through that. We don’t own it, we don’t control it, we don’t have a toll booth there, we don’t manage that. The northern sea route, also an international strait overseen very heavily by the Russians obviously, but what I like people to first realize is, we don’t control this, so all of this is going to happen whether we want to play or not and our involvement in this I think needs to be appropriate for the likely hood of a mishap.”This is a very different Arctic presence for the Coast Guard than what Ed Page remembers from his thirty years of service“When I was in the Coast Guard, the arctic was, we spent no time up there. It was totally off the radar screen.”Page now heads up the Marine Exchange, a Juneau based vessel tracking organization that has 95 real time monitoring stations in Alaska. Page says back in the day, there was none of that.“And if you would have asked me where the ships were in the arctic or the Aleutian islands, I go, well, we’ll put a plane up tomorrow, we’ll look out the window and I’ll get back to ya. Today the Coast Guard can say, well, I got it on my iphone or ipad or my desktop, I can tell you exactly where the vessels are right now because, through international treaty, international maritime organization has required that all vessels, larger vessels, commercial vessels have this technology, transponders much like aircraft have.” Page says the vessel’s name, speed, dimensions are displayed and are tracked. Vessels are now required to stay farther off shore. This allows more time to get help if they have engine problems, before they run aground. Page says if this system would have been in place when the Selendang Ayu had trouble a decade ago, they would have known immediately rather than 19 hours after the vessel lost engines, because it would automatically have triggered an alarm in the operations center.If the vessel doesn’t respond, the Marine Exchange notifies the Coast Guard. Page says he appreciates the concerns of Steiner and other environmentalists who want to protect the fragile arctic ecosystem but he says although arctic vessel traffic has increased in the last decade, its still relatively low compared to other shipping routes.  He says if vessels had to pay a fee to support rescue assets, it would be high based on the few transits. He worries they may then decide to go to Canada and bypass Seattle, allowing them to transit Alaskan waters on innocent passage. Besides, He says, other coastal states wouldn’t want to use the Coast Guard’s spill response fund to bail out Alaska.  His biggest concern is with enormous cargo vessels. Ships that are 1300 feet long, carry thousands of containers and have hundred thousand horsepower engines. If they have trouble in a storm, there’s no tug large enough that can help.“Absolutely no tug. It’s gonna go wherever Mother Nature decides it wants to take that ship. That’s the concern I have. You just watch it unfold, because you can’t do anything about it, they’re so big.”But Rick Steiner insists there’s still a lot more that can and should be done and he’s persisting in urging that the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund be reprogrammed to include prevention.“The greatest missing link here is the political will to drive the risk as low as possible. I get the sense that the Coast Guard and the state of Alaska and the shipping industry are willing to roll the dice and hope for the best and just expect that this won’t happen on their watch. But what if it does?” Steiner said.Whoever’s watch it may be, the system has been evolving, and will continue to. The Coast Guard hopes to have a voluntary vessel separation scheme in place through the Bering Strait before long, and while Congressional funding for more icebreakers may be nowhere in sight, other ice hardened vessels are being tried. Ed Page says the Coast Guard has not secured funding from Congress to build a vessel tracking network for Alaska, making the Marine Exchange’s monitoring program all the more critical for observing who is transiting the vast and remote waters of the arctic.last_img read more

Christies To Hold Second Indian Auction In Mumbai This December

first_imgChristie’s, one of the world’s largest fine arts and antique selling auction house, is poised to hold its second auction event in India in Mumbai this December.The bidding event will reportedly offer 80 classic artworks including some by the famous abstract painter V S Gaitonde. One of his paintings sold for a record INR 23.7 crore during Christie’s debut auction in India last year.Works of several other leading contemporary painters like Subodh Gupta, Anish Kapoor, Rashid Rana and Dayanita Singh will also be offered at the auction. Proceeds from the sale would go to Khoj, an artist residency, according to The Business Standard.The auction is all set for a December 11 date and a special preview of the paintings to be auctioned will be held in Delhi before the auction.”Christie’s second sale in India underlines the every growing demand for the best Indian modern and contemporary art by national and international collectors. Our first sale in India welcomed 35% of new buyers to our sale room in Mumbai. Furthermore, the 80 artworks on sale, as well as our support to different cultural initiatives throughout India and abroad, demonstrate our long term engagement with India, its art and its art community,” Sonal Singh, head of Christie’s Mumbai told The Hindustan Times.Christie’s second event and two other major art events slated to be held between December and March are being interpreted by experts as a “revival” of the art industry.Neha Kirpal, the founder and director of Indian Art Fair told The Economic Times that if the events were a success, it would be a clear sign of growth in the industry. She also attributed the reprisal of the industry to a steady Indian government and a better buyer sentiment.last_img read more

Big B Invests in Fire Fighting Equipment Company Share Spurts 20 in

first_imgReports of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan buying shares of Nitin Fire Protection Industries have led to the stock gaining almost 20% in two days. On Tuesday, the share price of the Mumbai-based fire-fighting equipment maker closed 9.46% higher at Rs 51.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.On the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the share closed at Rs 51.50, up 9.33%.The stock had spurted by 10% on the bourses on Monday.According to the bulk data available on the NSE , Bachchan bought 15 lakh shares in Nitin Fire last Friday at Rs 42.99 per share. This, say traders, has triggered interest in the counter over the past two days, reports NDTV Profit. Also, there has been a spurt in trading volumes of Nitin Fire shares on the exchanges ever since the news broke out. The volume went up by nearly 19 times on Friday on the NSE compared to previous session.For the fiscal year ending March 2015, Nitin Fire posted a net profit of Rs 13.6 crore and revenues of Rs 489 crore.In May, Amitabh along with his son Abhishek, had invested Rs 1.6 crore or in Meridian Tech Pte Limited.Meridian Tech, valued at $71 million, is a Singapore-based company that runs free cloud storage, e-distribution and micro-payment platform Ziddu.com. The start-up has its development centre in Hyderabad, Business Standard reported.Domestic Internet search firm Just Dial had allotted over 62,000 shares to Bachchan, after he signed as its brand ambassador in December 2010 for three years. Bachchan’s holding in Just Dial is now worth over Rs 6 crore.Besides, the Bachchans have a 3.4% stake in Stampede Capital, a Hyderabad-based equity and currency brokerage house.last_img read more

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Unemployment rises in Cyprus drops in the EU

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