Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository passes major hurdle

first_imgRemember Yucca Mountain? In another turn in the 27-year odyssey of the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada, a key safety evaluation published yesterday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) gives it a thumbs up. The 781-page report concludes that the proposed site, as described in a 2008 application by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), includes “multiple barriers to isolate radioactivity from the environment” for hundreds of thousands of years, commission staff said in a statement. That should allow it to comply with standards to protect ground water and people in the distant future.The lengthy document is the second of five assessment volumes to be published on Yucca, which would theoretically hold up to 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste for up to 1 million years after it would be sealed. Chapters systematically assess the geology of the site and nearby aquifer, how waste will be packaged and stored, and the fate of the “drip shield” that is intended to protect the packaged waste from ground water. “DOE has demonstrated compliance with the NRC regulatory requirements for postclosure safety,” the document states.The Yucca site was designated in 1987 legislation as a repository and has faced political opposition in Nevada ever since. In 2008, DOE submitted a license application to open the repository, but withdrew it 2 years later. In response, the states of Washington and South Carolina—both large producers of nuclear waste—and others filed suit. 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The Republican-led House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee called the report “game-changing.”“[T]his is a major triumph of the [scientific] community of repository design and performance assessment,” said nuclear engineering professor Joonhong Ahn of the University of California, Berkeley, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “Having said this, there are still numerous hurdles ahead” before Yucca can open, he wrote. In addition to the other three required assessment volumes, he noted, the NRC commissioners themselves must rule on the application. Even if DOE receives the license, he adds, it may decide not to proceed.For its part, the state of Nevada vowed to continue its long-standing fight against the Yucca plan. “The NRC licensing board has admitted more than 200 Nevada contentions challenging the safety and environmental impacts of the proposed repository, and Nevada is prepared to aggressively prosecute these challenges. It is not apparent that the [NRC report] specifically addressed these and other safety contentions,” the state said in a statement.last_img read more

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India’s predicted XI for the third test.

first_imgAdvertisementThe action-packed test series moves to the iconic Trent Bridge at Nottingham where thetwo nations will collide in the third test of the five-match series. Both sides head into theencounter with contrasting mindsets, while the hosts have managed to find thembalanced side and resolve their issues from the opening test, the Men In Blue look jadedwith a lack of contributions from both the batting as well as the bowling unit.After their dismal show at the home of cricket, the visitors have a huge statement tomake in the upcoming series if they need to make a comeback in the series. Issues suchas the team balance would be one of the few areas that Virat Kohli and coach RaviShastri may pinpoint.With the Trent Bridge test not far away, let’s have a look at the line-up that the Bluesmay go for.1. Shikhar DhawanThis tour has been a nightmare for the openers, to say the least, and Murali Vijay’shorrible outing at Lord’s may force skipper Kohli to bring back Dhawan at the top of theorder.2. KL RahulAfter a bright display in the limited over series, the Kings XI Punjab batsman hassurprisingly faded away in the test series. The lack of choices may force India to go withRahul at the top.3. Cheteshwar PujaraDespite the run chart not pointing towards an impressive display, Pujara was solidagainst the England seamers and will get the nod to add the much-needed stability in themiddle order.4. Virat KohliThe skipper would hope for more contributions from batsman around him as the Indianbatting line-up is yet to cope up with the conditions in England.5. Ajinkya RahaneDespite going through one of the leanest patches of his career, Rahane would look tobring in confidence with a good display in Nottingham.6. Rishabh PantA below par tour for Dinesh Karthik could prove decisive for the Delhi wicket-keeperthe batsman who might get to don the whites for the first time in the senior squad.7. Hardik PandyaThe decisive need for an all-rounder might go on to secure Pandya’s place in theline-up despite not being up to the mark so far.8. Ravichandran AshwinOne of the few lone bright spots for India, Ashwin is integral to the team’s successand will be one of the first names to be fixed in the playing eleven.9. Mohammed ShamiA key member of the Indian test set-up, Shami will hope to bring the goods atTrent Bridge.10. Ishant SharmaClearly India’s most reliable seamer on the tour, the lanky pacer is expected tolead from the front to topple the deep English batting line-up.11. Jasprit BumrahHaving recovered from his finger injury, Bumrah would be raring to go in thewhites after a good showing in the South Africa tour earlier this year.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli-Steve Smith: The torchbearers of their generation

first_imgOne scores a ton, the other thumps a double hundred. One throws a passionate fist pump after hitting a match-changing hundred at India’s Mecca of Cricket, the other thumps his chest in front of a passionate crowd at Australia’s Home of Cricket after a match-saving ton.This is the story of two of cricket’s modern day greats, captains and perhaps biggest rivals — Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.While Kohli finally rose over his bad record at the Eden Gardens and then followed it up with his fifth double hundred in the span of seven series, Smith’s unbeaten 141 gave Australia a slender first-innings lead at the Gabba. The Aussies kicked on from there and completely dismantled England in their second innings and won the first Ashes Test by 10 wickets while India hammered Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to win the second Test of the three-match series at the VCA Stadium.Both the team rode on knocks from their captains to win the match and that has become synonymous with these two in the past few years. So much so, that they have become bigger than their teams and people feed off them when it comes to promoting a series between the two countries. It is more like Kohli versus Smith than India versus Australia and that is what makes this rivalry even more special — much like India-West Indies in the late 1990s and early 2000s because of two greats — Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, who have perhaps shared the greatest rivalries in terms of success and greatness in the gentleman’s game.advertisement18th Test century for @imVkohli followed by the declaration. Sri Lanka need 231 runs to win the 1st Test #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/J0Lqp650SZ- BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2017Awesome. #Ashes #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/asoMAsPSeV- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 25, 2017Tendulkar and Lara were good friends but that cannot while Kohli and Smith are not really the best of friends. But both men score runs, make big hundreds and have massive fan followings, hold records and they lead the team from the front.Even in terms of technique, the two give you a glimpse of the Mumbaikar and the Trinidadian, two of the greatest batsmen in the era gone by. While Kohli strikes those classical cover drives on the up, Smith’s unorthodox technique much like Lara, pays huge dividends for him.In terms of records, Smith overtook Tendulkar to become the third quickest to score 21 Test tons while Kohli, on Sunday, equalled Lara in terms of most double hundreds in Test cricket as captain — both have five.Reuters PhotoBut comparisons are not fair, people often say and that was echoed by Kohli himself in a chat show, when asked about Tendulkar.”You can only compare those who are worthy of comparison. You are comparing me to someone because of whom I started watching cricket. I stand no chance in terms of skill level. He’s the most complete batsman ever. Then how can you even compare,”  Kohli said on Breakfast with Champions.”I’ve always said it’s not fair on him. Because of what he has given to us, he doesn’t deserve to be compared to us. This generation…no chance,” he added.But, when you are doing what greats have done before you (but quicker), fans and observers are bound to compare the greatest players across eras. That is the thing about numbers, records and stats.And the same can be said about Smith. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who himself is one of the greatest ever to have played the game, certainly thinks so.”These guys (Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis) have scored 15,000 and 13,000 runs, but they played in 150-plus Tests, Tendulkar 200 Tests, to achieve what they achieved. Smith is nearly halfway there in just over 50 Test matches,” Ponting said to ABC Grandstand on Sunday.Ponting’s stats game was right and he certainly had a valid point. Kohli has played 62 Tests and scored 4,975 runs at an average of 51.82. He has hit 19 centuries, out of which five of them have been double tons. Whereas, Smith has smashed 5,511 runs from 57 games at an average of 61.23. He has scored 21 hundreds and one double century.BCCI PhotoHowever, in the shorter format of the game, Kohli is miles ahead of his Australian counterpart. From 257 (202 ODIs and 55 T20Is) games, he has hammered 10,98 runs. Out of which 9030 have come in ODIs and 1956 in T20Is. He has also hi 32 tons in the 50-over format, second only to Tendulkar. Smith on the other hand has played only 133 (103 ODIs and 30 T20Is) games for Australia. He has hit 3,760 runs in limited-overs cricket. Out of that 3,329 have come in ODIs and 431 in T20Is. The Australian has eight centuries to his name in ODIs.advertisementTendulkar has 34,357 runs from 664 international games. Out of which 200 were Tests, 463 ODIs and one T20Is. He has 100 international centuries to his name is perhaps believed to be the greatest ever player to run on the 22 yards.Lara on the other hand finished with 22,358 runs from 430 internationals. He has played 131 Tests and 299 ODIs for West Indies. He has 53 centuries.Kohli, 29 and Smith, 28, have many years ahead of them and will break many more records in the years to come and much like the great rivalries of the past (Sunil Gavaskar-Allan Border, Tendulkar-Lara), these two are headlining the current crop and will continue to do so in the recent future.last_img read more

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Shakib Al Hasan out for 3 months, likely to miss Zimbabwe, West Indies series

first_imgShakib Al Hasan has been ruled out for at least three months because of an injury to his left little finger.Shakib, who missed Bangladesh’s virtual semi-final against Pakistan and the final versus India, will miss out on action because of a delay in surgery.Shakib, 31, will have to wait three weeks more to undergo surgery on the finger because of an infection caused by the accumulation of pus, which has reportedly spread to his left wrist.”The moment I arrived in the hospital, the doctors told me that I have to get the pus out as soon as possible. Any delay would put me in great danger as the infection spread till my wrist,” Shakib was quoted as saying by Prothom Alo.”If I had waited another few days, my wrist would have become disabled. I feel better after they took out the pus, but the problem is until the infection isn’t gone, there isn’t going to be a surgery on my injured finger. It will take another two-three weeks to fix. After surgery I will need eight weeks, which means I am out for three months.”Shakib picked up the injury in January 2018 during the final of the tri-nation series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He was also a doubt for Asia Cup 2018 but played on before deciding to opt out in the later stages of the tournament.”I have been in this state for the last 14-15 days. The doctor immediately understood what had happened, but our physio couldn’t find out,” Shakib explained.advertisement”The BCB president [Nazmul Hassan] asked if I could play the Asia Cup or I could go for the surgery. He told me to take the decision. When I asked the physio about what damage it may have, he told me it won’t be that dangerous. Then I decided that since the Asia Cup is important for us, I will play four-five matches with the pain.”Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe in October-November and the West Indies in November-December, and Shakib is likely to be out for the two series.last_img read more

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Will big ticket international cricket return to Pakistan in 2019? New PCB boss hopes so

first_imgWasim Khan, the incoming Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managing director, is hopeful that Australia will visit the country for a part of their ODI series in March which is scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates.International cricket has rarely been played in Pakistan since the 2009 gunmen attack on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers to the stadium in Lahore. The attack claimed he lives of six security personnel and two civilians.If not teams, some international stars have played in Pakistan, as part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final but Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998. Something Wasim Khan hopes can change.Incoming Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managing director Wasim Khan has said he hopes Australia will come to the South Asian nation to play at least part of a one-day series currently scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in March.”I will ask the question,” Wasim Khan, who is born in Birmingham Eng;land, told ESPNcricinfo.”We will continue to offer them the highest level security and, if they have any concerns, we will act to meet them.”The only teams to play since the attack is Sri Lanka, when they returned in 2017 for a one-off T20 International, while West Indies played a 3-match T20I series in Karachi in April in 2018.Khan said he intends to speak with other boards about how Pakistan can reclaim regular international cricket.”It will probably be a process of baby steps,” Khan said.”I need to sit down with other boards and ask them: where are the gaps in our plans that worry you? What can we do to assure you? What will it take to get you to come back? I want to hear what concerns they have and find a way of meeting them.”advertisementKhan, who remains Leicestershire chief executive until the end of January, also said that he has invited English county teams to use the PCB academy in Lahore for pre-season training.”We have excellent facilities. We have a great passion for the game. If we can get more foreign players coming to Pakistan more often, hopefully we can normalise playing in the country again.”last_img read more

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‘Beckham one of the best free-kick takers ever’

first_imgPrimera División Beckham one of the best free-kick takers ever, says Roberto Carlos Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:58 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Beckham Roberto Carlos Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Primera División Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Manchester United Premier League The former England international has been selected in his former Real Madrid team-mate’s top three set-piece takers, along with Diego Maradona Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender Roberto Carlos has named David Beckham amongst his top three best free-kick takers ever, describing his technique as “phenomenal”.The pair played together whilst at Real Madrid between 2003-2007, winning one La Liga title and the 2003 Spanish Super Cup.England 7/2 to beat Brazil Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Both players built a reputation as the finest set-piece takers in Europe, and Roberto Carlos believes Beckham is one of the best he has ever seen.”At Madrid with Beckham and Zizou, Roni, Ronaldo would also come but he’s never scored one goal against me in his life so we got rid of him,” Roberto Carlos said, speaking at Betsafe Star Sixes 2017. “The top three are Beckham, Zidane & Diego Maradona. “I didn’t study any of them, but I played many years with Branco, and yes I do think Branco was my teacher,” Roberto Carlos added. “He taught me how to position myself, where to put the ball, where to aim for, how to keep the quality in the kick and so that’s why I think Branco was my teacher.”But of course I saw Maradona take free-kicks, and Beckham he’s phenomenal at free-kicks and Zizou with his elegance in taking free-kicks.”Roberto Carlos Real Madrid Champions LeagueRoberto Carlos earned the nickname ‘Bullet Man’ while at Real Madrid due to the velocity of his strikes, with his seemingly impossible, long-range free-kick against France still one of the most famous to have been scored.And Roberto Carlos believes success is all in the preparation.”The secret is to train. Train every day, half an hour, 40 minutes, not too much or your legs will start to feel heavy but you should train to kick the ball in all directions and this requires training every day.”I think that the strength comes down to your own, what you have to do is train every day and to make sure you put the ball between the posts, you can kick the ball whichever way you want to but the quality of it is down to you – so train every day to place the ball in the right place and, of course, it helps to have a bit of technique.  “I’ve spent 26 years playing football, 26 years always staying on after training – we would always put the goals up and we would start hitting the ball and before you knew it half an hour, 40 minutes would have passed and we would always put a bet on it, it would cost a lot, the loser would buy dinner.”Roberto Carlos made over 800 appearances during his trophy-laden career and remains one of Brazil’s most-capped internationals with 125 Selecao appearances to his name.And, while the 44-year-old is unable to select just one standout moment from his 26 years as a player, he has highlighted a particular memory which holds great importance to him.“The last 26 years of my career have all been great,” he added. “From the time we lost the European Cup or the World Cup, these are all moments that teach you something, you have a lot of responsibility of course.”I honestly can’t tell you that this or that has been the best, my entire career has been great.”One of the best moments was playing for this small team in Brazil called União Sao João – the first match was the best, the most interesting, I loved it.”Carlos was speaking exclusively to Betsafe Star Sixes. For all the odds and betting markets on England vs Brazil,  please click herelast_img read more

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Sporting News Updated Its College Football Preseason Top 25

first_imga closeup of clemson quarterback trevor lawrenceARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks on before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The official Associated Press college football preseason top 25 poll will be released later this month.In the meantime, media outlets are updating their college football preseason top 25 polls heading into the season.Sporting News has updated its preseason top 25 poll.Alabama, not Clemson, is No. 1 in the poll.Here’s the top 10:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateOklahomaTexasLSUFloridaNotre DameMichiganClemson is the near-unanimous preseason No. 1 in most polls, so having Alabama at No. 1 here is a bit of a surprise.It’s hard to argue against what Nick Saban is bringing back, though.You can view the full poll here.last_img read more

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US trade official holds talks with US businesses in Sri Lanka

The closed door meeting held today covered issues such as trade tariffs and remedies, e-commerce, issues facing US companies in Sri Lanka and the trade/investment climate in the country.Before assuming the role of Executive Director, Golsen was the Commerce Department’s coordinator for the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. (Colombo Gazette) AMCHAM said that Golsen’s visit to Sri Lanka comes at an opportune time with U.S. trade policy being at the forefront of topical issues. In this role, Golsen oversees the Commerce Department’s operations in 14 Asian posts and manages three Asia-focused policy offices in Washington, DC. A US trade official had talks in Colombo today with American businesses operating in Sri Lanka.AMCHAM hosted James Golsen, Executive Director, Asia, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce had talks with US companies on issues they face in Sri Lanka. read more

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Afghanistan UN joins campaign to immunize 6 million children against polio

As polio continues to be the leading cause of disability in Afghanistan, two United Nations agencies have joined the national government’s nation-wide campaign to immunize more than 6 million children in three days.The Afghani Ministry of Health, with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), will tomorrow kick off the first round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) for this year. “For too many years, the world has seen my country struggle with a difficult history, but I am proud to say that through this campaign, we are on the verge of making history that will benefit future generations,” Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said in a statement marking the start of the campaign. “I hope that all communities across Afghanistan will play their part, not least in ensuring that vaccinators can undertake their work safely and without any form of hindrance.”UNICEF said teams of vaccinators will go from house to house to ensure that all children five years and under receive two drops of the Oral Polio Vaccine, regardless of prior immunization status or geographical location. The agency has advised families to keep all eligible children at home from the 15 to 17 of April so that volunteers can reach them.This week’s campaign is particularly critical as April to September is considered the peak season for polio transmission, UNICEF said. Afghanistan is one of the last ten countries in the world where polio remains endemic and is also among the top five priority countries for global eradication. UNICEF and WHO will provide technical assistance, vaccines, and vaccine storage equipment as well as support for the transportation of monitors and the payment of incentives for the vaccinators. More than 30,000 vaccinators, supervisors and other volunteers will also be in the field. read more

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Annan recommends threepronged solution to the horrendous situation in Lebanon

“A cessation of hostilities, a political framework, the deployment of an international force, and agreement on a reconstruction programme would give us the beginnings of a way out of this crisis,” he told delegates at a high-level conference in Rome called to discuss the worsening situation.“The death and destruction we have witnessed in the past two weeks, including yesterday’s tragic killing of UN peacekeepers, compels this conference to send a strong message, and to speak with one voice. We must say, to the people of Lebanon, to the people of Israel, to people throughout the wider Middle East, that we will do our utmost to help them find a path towards peace.”During Mr. Annan’s address, delegates stood and observed a minute of silence for those killed, while afterwards the Secretary-General warned there remains “great potential” for further escalation in the conflict and that was why it was most urgent to have an immediate cessation of hostilities.“I call on Hezbollah to stop its deliberate targeting of Israeli population centres. And I call on Israel to end its bombardments, blockades and ground operations. A temporary cessation of hostilities would offer crucial hours and days for essential humanitarian tasks, including the distribution of relief aid and the evacuation of non-combatants and the wounded.”He said an international force would have a vital role to play, helping in the short-term with the humanitarian operation, but over the longer term assisting Lebanon’s Government in implementing various agreements and Security Council resolutions, particularly by helping it extend its authority and disarm all militias.Mr. Annan acknowledged such a force could only operate with the consent of the Government and all “Lebanese parties.” The second part of his strategy calls for a political framework so that a cessation of hostilities can be transformed into “a longer-term process of enduring peace.”“Such a framework should address several issues, including captives, delineation of Lebanon’s borders and a mechanism for monitoring and guaranteeing its implementation,” he said, while stressing that wider regional involvement was needed for any long-term solution.“We must bring our best ideas together into a coherent, achievable package that all parties can endorse… And for solutions to last, it will also require the constructive engagement of the countries of the region, including Syria and Iran.”Turning to the third part of this approach, he called on the conference to commit to a strong economic package for Lebanon because the conflict had seen years of painstaking reconstruction “undone with terrible speed,” and a donor framework was needed to secure funding.The co-chairs of the Rome conference, whose participants included representatives from 14 countries as well as the European Union and the World Bank, expressed their determination in a statement “to work immediately to reach with the utmost urgency a ceasefire that put an end to the current violence and hostilities.”“Calling Israel to exercise its utmost restraint, they welcomed Israel’s announcement of humanitarian corridors to Lebanon, including for humanitarian flights into Beirut International Airport, and within Lebanon that can allow for the rapid delivery of relief aid, and called for their immediate operation,” the statement read.The conference called for an International Force to “urgently be authorized under a UN mandate to support the Lebanese Armed Forces in providing a secure environment,” and there was wide support for a meeting to discuss security assistance for the Lebanese forces.Participants pledged their determination to provide immediate humanitarian relief and also agreed to the convening of an international donor conference to assist with the revival of Lebanon’s economy. read more

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New guidelines on global care standards during childbirth issued by UN health

“We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. However, the increasing medicalization of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to give birth and negatively impacting her birth experience,” said Princess Nothemba Simelela, the Assistant Director-General at the UN World Health Organization (WHO) for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents.Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies.However, according to WHO, over the past 20 years, health practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections. Studies show that a substantial proportion of healthy pregnant women undergo at least one clinical intervention during labour and birth.“If labour is progressing normally, and the woman and her baby are in good condition, they do not need to receive additional interventions to accelerate labour,” added Dr. Simelela.Based on 56 evidence-based recommendations, the new guidelines include having a companion of choice during labour and childbirth; ensuring respectful care and good communication between women and health providers; maintaining privacy and confidentiality; and allowing women to make decisions about their pain management, labour and birth positions and natural urge to push, among others.If labour is progressing normally, and the woman and her baby are in good condition, they do not need to receive additional interventions to accelerate labour — Dr. Simelela, WHO Assistant Director-GeneralEvery labour is unique and progresses at different ratesRecognizing that every labour and childbirth is unique and that the duration of the active first stage of labour varies from one woman to another, the guidelines state that the previous benchmark for cervical dilation rate at 1 cm/hr during the active first stage of labour (as assessed by a partograph or chart used to document the course of a normal labour) may be “unrealistic” for some women and is inaccurate in identifying women at risk of adverse birth outcomes.The guidelines emphasize that a slower cervical dilation rate alone should not be a routine indication for intervention to accelerate labour or expedite birth.Furthermore, while most women want a natural labour and birth, they also acknowledge that birth can be an unpredictable and risky event and that close monitoring and sometimes medical interventions may be necessary.When a medical intervention is wanted or needed, “the inclusion of women in making decisions about the care they receive is important to ensure that they meet their goal of a positive childbirth experience,” said Ian Askew, the head of WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research.High quality and dignified care for all womenThe UN agency also noted that with more women give birth in health facilities with skilled health professionals and timely referrals, they deserve better quality of care.Estimates show that about 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day – the majority of which can be prevented with high-quality care.Additionally, disrespectful and non-dignified care is prevalent in many health facilities, violating human rights and preventing women from accessing care services during childbirth. In many parts of the world, the health provider controls the birthing process, further exposing healthy pregnant women to unnecessary medical interventions that interfere with the natural childbirth process.“Achieving the best possible physical, emotional, and psychological outcomes for the woman and her baby requires a model of care in which health systems empower all women to access care that focuses on the mother and child,” underscored WHO. read more

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Ireland Under19s suffer disappointment in Euro semifinal

first_imgRepublic of Ireland 0Netherlands 4THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Women’s Under-19 team missed out on a place in the UEFA European Championship final after losing 4-0 to the Netherlands in Mjondalen, Norway.Dave Connell’s team hardly had a chance to settle into the game when they fell behind following a shot from Vivianne Miedema after she controlled a long pass from Danique Kerkdijk.There were only five minutes on the clock when the ball somehow trickled over the goal line. But Ireland rallied back with Lauren Dwyer shooting just wide of the target after a superb solo run. Ireland’s Lauren Dwyer battles for possession with Inessa Kaagman of the Netherlands. Source: ©INPHO/Anders HovenIt was clear that the Netherlands were a top class team, although the work-rate of Ireland’s players was hugely impressive as they closed down space and hassled their opponents at every opportunity.The industry of Clare Shine also saw Ireland move into goalscoring positions with the Raheny United striker twice firing shots over the crossbar after initially losing her marker in open play.The Netherlands, however, were quick breaking forward and saw Miedema set up Jeslynn Kuijpers for their second goal on 34 minutes. Picking up a slide pass, she blasted in off the inside of the post.Trailing 2-0 at half-time, it got worse for Connell’s team on 48 minutes when Miedema got her second goal of the game when she converted from close range after good play by Kuijpers.It was 4-0 to the Netherlands on 55 minutes when Miedema completed her hat-trick. Controlling a high ball, she turned past her marker before drilling a low shot past goalkeeper Brooke Dunne. Vivianne Miedema grabs one of her three goals against the Irish. Source: ©INPHO/Anders HovenSubstitute Katie McCabe did give Ireland hope of completing another remarkable comeback as she twice went close with efforts, but she just couldn’t find the finish required.Despite losing this game, and missing out on a place in the final where the Netherlands will meet Spain, the achievements of this Ireland team should not be underestimated as they made history.Connell will have 12 members of his squad eligible for the next campaign and the performances of these girls will surely give women’s football around the country a massive lift.Republic of Ireland: Dunne; Keenan, O’Connell, McCarthy, Wright; Mustaki (Nolan 60); Dwyer (McLaughlin 66), Connolly; Rowe, Shine, O’Connor (McCabe 50).Netherlands: Vreugdenhil; Akkerman, Janssen, Kerdijk, Kuikstra (Peels 75); Mourmans (Bruinenberg 77), Roord, Kaagman; Kuijpers, Miedema (Beerensteyn 84), Strik.Referee: Marija Kurtes (Germany)‘I’d say I’m more successful than him now!’ – McCabe following in big bro’s footstepsLisa Kearney wins bronze medal at the Commonwealth Gameslast_img read more

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Free attention aux tentatives de phishing

first_imgFree : attention aux tentatives de phishing France – Hier et encore aujourd’hui, un problème dans le système de facturation de Free a empêché de nombreux abonnés de se connecter à Internet et d’utiliser leur ligne téléphonique. L’occasion pour plusieurs pirates de lancer une vague de phishing, et tenter de récupérer les données bancaires des clients du fournisseur d’accès.Le système qui permet à Free de couper l’accès Internet des clients en cas de défaut de paiement a connu une défaillance entre lundi et mardi. De nombreux abonnés n’ont en effet pas pu profiter de leur connexion Internet, se trouvant devant une page leur réclamant à tort de régler leurs factures impayées.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Si le problème a été rapidement corrigé par Iliad, dont Free est une filiale, certains clients ont tout de même payé la somme qui leur était réclamée. Et si Free a prévu de rembourser ces abonnés via un avoir sur leur prochaine facture, certains pourraient avoir moins de chance.Des pirates ont en effet profité de l’aubaine pour lancer une vague de phishing visant à récupérer les coordonnées bancaires des clients en leur demandant de se connecter sur un faux site Free, pour payer la sommé réclamée et ainsi retrouver leur connexion. La plus grande prudence est donc recommandée aux abonnés qui verraient apparaître un tel message à l’écran.Le 4 mai 2010 à 15:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Cardano Group to acquire Now Pensions

first_imgPensions risk and investment management firm Cardano Group has agreed to acquire workplace pension provider Now: Pensions.Cardano Group, which previously acquired covenant advisory organisation Lincoln Pensions in October 2016, will acquire 100% of Now: Pensions from Danish pension fund Arbejdsmarkedets Tillaegspension (ATP). This is due to complete later in 2019, after Now: Pensions has been authorised by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) as part of the ongoing master trust authorisation process.Now: Pensions is the UK’s third largest auto-enrolment provider, serving more than 30,000 organisations and 1.7 million pension savers.Following completion of the acquisition, Now: Pensions predicts transferring its investment management mandate from Now: Pensions Investments (NPI) in Denmark to Cardano Group’s UK-based fund management team, subject to due diligence by the trustee.The acquisition has been designed to combine Cardano Group’s investment expertise in the defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) markets with Now: Pensions’ auto-enrolment platform and administration capabilities. This will create a full-service platform which can accommodate an evolving pensions market, such as multi-employer master trust environments.The acquisition will award Cardano Group over £25 billion of assets to manage, and the business will employ 350 staff across its core markets in the UK and Netherlands.Theo Kocken (pictured) and Michael De Lathauwer, co-chief executive officers at Cardano Group, said: “In a short space of time, Now: Pensions has grown to become one of the leading players in the auto-enrolment market. Bringing Cardano and Now: Pensions together is transformational for our group. It is an investment in the future of UK pensions, enabling us to grow and diversify our client base. We believe our combination of pensions risk management and investment skills, together with Now: Pensions’ enormous potential creates a new force across the UK pensions landscape.”Troy Clutterbuck, chief executive officer at Now: Pensions, added: “In Cardano, we have found a like-minded organisation with a long-term commitment to the UK pensions market that offers a great fit with our business. Workplace pensions in the UK are gathering greater momentum as the auto-enrolment regime matures. Being part of the Cardano Group will bring significant benefits for our clients and members, giving us a fantastic platform to reach our full potential.”Nigel Waterson, chair of the trustee at Now: Pension Trust (NPTL), said: “This is an exciting time in the development of Now: Pensions. As well as gaining access to their expert investment team, our members will benefit from Cardano’s wealth of experience in technology and aligned commitment to good governance.”last_img read more

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Strengthen RTI Act Forum

first_imgSrikakulam: Right to Information Act (RTIA) needs to be strengthened more to prevent corruption in public domain, said RTIA United Forum State secretary K Sivaprasada Rao. Speaking at district-level united forum awareness meeting on RTIA here on Sunday, he strongly objected to proposed changes in RTIA which will defeat main aim of the Act. He appealed to people to be active to prevent anomalies in administrative system which is a root cause for corruption. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us United Forum vice-president V Raghura said that the officials were intentionally delaying in providing information which is leading to pendency of cases and people may lost confidence on the system. On the occasion, the United Forum passed several resolutions like to arrange a help desk at Collector’s office on every Monday at ‘Spandana’ venue to guide the people on RTIA and create awareness on massive scale among public at village and mandal-level.last_img read more

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Netflix Tweets Creepy Teaser for Upcoming Thriller Series The OA

first_imgSo what is the actual show? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and see if we can figure out what it’s about.Trust the unknown. @The_OA. Friday. pic.twitter.com/N4FjGIAczz— Netflix US (@netflix) December 12, 2016It doesn’t give us a whole lot of information, but is anyone getting a slight Stranger Things vibe from that? With lost children, secret experiments and a hint of the supernatural, this may be just the series to tide us over until the Duffer Brothers finish season two. Anyway, all we know for sure is that a missing girl turns up after seven years. When she disappeared, she was blind, but she is now able to see. It looks like the series will partially revolve around the strange things that happened to her while she was gone.The trailer is full of unsettling imagery and tells us little more than the show’s mysterious social media accounts. If their goal is to creep us out before we’ve even seen a single episode, they’re doing a pretty good job.The OA premieres this Friday on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/0mHpjjeuvQ— Netflix US (@netflix) December 12, 2016That’s not the only weird thing Netflix’s social media team has done to promote the show. The set up a SoundCloud account consisting of a text-to-speech program reading cryptic phrases. Some are creepy, like “Your children are not your children,” or “This is a dream, but you are wide awake.” Others are comical, sounding like something out of the podcast Welcome to Nightvale (e.g. “Spoiler: Everyone dies,” or “Reach for the stars. You won’t get them, but stretching is healthy.” The OA‘s official Twitter account has been using those Soundcloud files to reply to people tweeting about the show.They’ve also set up an Instagram account whose photos, when viewed together in a grid, form a massive collage. Here’s a small, but potentially revealing part of it. December can be a grim time for those wanting something scary from their TV series. American Horror Story is done for the year, and The Exorcist wraps up this week. After that, it’s all cheerful holiday specials until Syfy’s New Year’s Day Twilight Zone marathon. (They still do that, right?) If you’re looking to indulge your inner Grinch with a little horror this holiday season, it appears Netflix has us covered.The streaming service put out a teaser for their upcoming original thriller series, The OA. The promotion started with some cryptic tweets to set the tone.Have you seen death?— Netflix US (@netflix) December 12, 2016center_img Have you seen the light?— Netflix US (@netflix) December 12, 2016Netflix’s Twitter account followed up… whatever that was with two short, unsettling clips.pic.twitter.com/90LHgMYW8N— Netflix US (@netflix) December 12, 2016last_img read more

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NASA offers benefits for humanity

first_imgNASA is set to release a new book Benefits for Humanity that will showcase how research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is helping improve lives on the Earth, while advancing NASA’s ambitious human exploration goals.It highlights benefits in a number of key areas including human health, disaster relief and education programmes to inspire future scientists, engineers and space explorers.“Some 250 miles overhead, astronauts are conducting critical researches, which makes tremendous advances in our lives while helping to expand human presence beyond low Earth orbit,” said William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“In the next few years, SpaceX and Boeing will send our crews to orbit from the US, increasing the size of space station crews to seven, doubling the amount of crew time to conduct research for all of humanity,” he said.The space station, which has been continuously occupied since November 2000, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft.In a partnership between five member space agencies representing 15 countries, it advances a unified goal to utilise the orbiting laboratory for the betterment of humanity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“People do not realise how much their lives today have been made better by the space station,” said Julie Robinson, ISS chief scientist,” he added. Scientists use the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), also known as Kibo, to research effective drugs that may improve the lives of patients suffering around the globe.The ISS with its European Columbus laboratory is steadily producing lots of important research results, which are relevant for many areas of life on Earth.last_img read more

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As the business grew from a niche in oncology to other subspecialties, they needed a robust, single platform system that would allow them to become more efficient and achieve Meaningful Use so their radiologists could qualify for financial incentives. In June 2013, Specialty Teleradiology implemented PowerServerTele Plus MU. The new system made it easy for them to achieve MU. Because it captures only the necessary data, there are no additional clicks to the radiologists’ workflow, processes are mostly automated, and reports are generated quickly. In addition to achieving Meaningful Use, Specialty Teleradiology has since enjoyed significant benefits across its facility, such as reduced data entry, elimination of errors, and working worry-free with a real-time database backup. Also, Specialty Teleradiology clients benefit from RamSoft’s PowerServer MU as it facilitates easy access to their patient information through a web-based portal, and provides their referring physicians secure access to patients’ images and reports.RamSoft designed PowerServerTele Plus MU specifically to help radiologists qualify for Meaningful Use and attain specified healthcare IT objectives. The system is a 100 percent Web-based teleradiology solution that streamlines workflow and provides consistent viewing environments for radiologists.Lisa Drazil, Vice president of Specialty Teleradiology, explains the advantages of making the move. “PowerServer Tele MU has made it simple for us to satisfy the requirements of Meaningful Use. RamSoft’s workflow automation helped us achieve Meaningful Use with minimal extra steps for our staff and zero extra clicks for our radiologists,” she says. “RamSoft’s excellent professional services guided us throughout the entire process. Their expertise and knowledge helped us to understand the complexities of the MU program, and how to overcome its challenges. RamSoft was always available for consultation from our initial registration into the program through our attestation and the audits that followed.” “By implementing RamSoft’s Complete EHR Certified PowerServerTele Plus MU, teleradiology providers can achieve MU, and receive financial reimbursements,” says Marilyn Solano, Sales and Marketing Director for RamSoft. “Our PowerServer Tele Plus MU is a complete solution for radiology groups of all sizes.”For more information: www.telerads.us, www.RamSoft.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | October 07, 2014 Specialty Teleradiology attains Meaningful Use with PowerServer MU By adopting RamSoft’s Complete Certified EHR PowerServer, teleradiology provider Specialty Teleradiology LLC achieves Meaningful Use, cuts costs, improves patient care and radiologists receive incentive money. 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Grand DesignsMajestic PrincessPrincess Cruisessoci

first_imgGrand DesignsMajestic PrincessPrincess Cruisessocial mediavideo Developed for Facebook, Princess Cruises with Mediacom have partnered with FremantleMedia Australia to produce a landmark 4-part digital series titled Grand Designs Australia, Offshore.Premiering on Monday, 28 May, the series follows leading Australian architect and host of Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison, as he goes behind the scenes to unveil the intricacies involved in the design of Princess Cruises’ 143,000-tonne 330 metre-long flagship megaliner, Majestic Princess.From onboard the ship, Peter uncovers the science behind some of the most advanced architecture at sea, including The SeaWalk, a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway that extends 8.5 metres beyond the edge of the ship to give guests the sensation of walking on water. The engineering feat was a first of its kind for the cruise industry with the glass walkway offering guests the same view as the Captain would see from the bridge.“We’re delighted to have partnered with Fremantle Media and Mediacom on this ground-breaking series designed to give our guests a unique insight into a truly international world class ship. It was an honour to have renowned Australian architect Peter Maddison onboard to give his expertise on Majestic Princess’ design and architecture features ahead of the ship’s maiden arrival into Australia later this year,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Princess Cruises, Nick Ferguson.Majestic Princess will be the largest Princess ship to sail Australian waters and call Australia home when she makes her maiden arrival in Sydney on September 15 2018. During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.last_img read more

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