Eight injured after building collapses in Pune

first_imgEight persons, including two minors, were injured after a two-storey building caved in at Pune’s Mundhwa area on Saturday noon.All injured were safely evacuated from the debris and are presently undergoing treatment at the city’s Sassoon General Hospital, police sources said.The mishap occurred at Mundhwa’s Keshavnagar area between 12 and 12.30 p.m. when the house, belonging to one Kailash Subhash Bhandwalkar (in his 50s), suddenly collapsed.Mr. Bhandwalkar, along with his wife Aruna, and his two daughters were living on the first floor, while the ground floor was inhabited by tenants.“While Fire Brigade officials rushed to the spot, alert passersby immediately alerted the 108 Ambulance (State Emergency Medical Services) which promptly dispatched three vehicles to transport those trapped to hospitals within an hour of the mishap. A police team, too, immediately joined in the rescue operations. All injured are out of danger,” said senior Police Inspector Anil Patrudkar of the Mundhwa police station, speaking to The Hindu.Mr. Patrudkar further said that a five-year-old child, who was trapped for a while, was safely brought out.It is believed that Mr. Bhandwalkar had a dairy business. The rescue teams are in the process of bringing out some of the animals trapped inside.Mr. Patrudkar further said the Pune Municipal Corporation had recently given a warning to the building’s occupants to evacuate the premises as the building was in a decrepit condition. “A notice issued by the PMC was apparently ignored by the inhabitants, who continued to reside despite the parlous condition of the building” he said.last_img read more

ACL injury

first_imgAnterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries may occur from coming to a quick stop with a directional change while running, pivoting, landing, or overextending the joint in either direction.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

‘Alisson’s smart enough not to do it again!’

first_imgFormer Liverpool winger Harry Kewell expects goalkeeper Alisson Becker to recover from the mistake which led to Leicester City’s goal during the Premier League win at the King Power Stadium.Kelechi Iheanacho pick-pocketed the dithering Brazilian in the penalty area before Rachid Ghezzal eventually turned the ball into the empty net.Though the error proved inconsequential as the Reds secured a 2-1 victory, it was the first blunder committed by the £66.8 million ($86m) summer signing since his arrival from Roma. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Manager Jurgen Klopp was ” really happy ” with the mistake on just Alisson’s fourth outing for Liverpool and Kewell sees no reason for concern ahead of the remainder of the campaign.”The problem that Liverpool had last year was who was going to be the goalkeeper but Alisson has done excellent,” the new Notts County manager told Sky Sports .”He has made a mistake, but it’s a team game and the boys stuck by him and got him through it and I’m sure he’s smart enough not to make that mistake again.”Ghezzal’s goal was unable to prevent Liverpool remaining top of the Premier League table as they completed a fourth win from as many games.Klopp’s side have already plundered nine goals during that period, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and last season’s top scorer Mohamed Salah having already registered.The trio netted 91 times between them last term and Kewell has sympathy for any defence faced with trying to stop Liverpool’s attacking triumvirate.”They [Salah, Mane and Firmino] are exciting and you look at the players he [Klopp] has on the bench to come on… You look at their front three: it’s frightening,” the ex-Australia international added.”We always talk about Liverpool and think ‘do they need that 30 goal a season striker?’ But, for me, Firmino has been excellent, I can’t fault him. He works so hard in positions on and off the ball which is fantastic.”Then you have Mane and Salah driving at you at any given moment and both of them seem to have a little competition with each other to see who can score the most goals. It’s just excellent.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ata-ur-Rehman threatens legal action against Pakistan Cricket Board

first_imgFormer pacer Ata-ur-Rehman, who was banned for life by a match-fixing inquiry commission, has threatened to take the Pakistan Cricket Board to court for double standards while dealing with players involved in corruption.”I have told a high-ranking board official today that if chairman Najam Sethi does not want to hear me out then I will have no option but to go to the high court for justice,” Ata said.Ata, who played 13 Tests and 30 ODIs between 1992 and 1996, was banned for life in 2000 by the Justice Malik Qayyum Commission for committing perjury during the investigations into the match-fixing allegations against Pakistani players in the 90s.Ata had the ban overturned in a high court and also got clearance from the International Cricket Council to resume his cricket activities.”I have been told by PCB officials that I can’t be given any job or coaching assignment because of my background. Why did they appoint me as regional coach four years back,” Ata said.The tall pacer, who had accused former captain Wasim Akram of offering him $100,000 for under-performing during a one-day series in New Zealand in 1994, later changed his statement before the Qayyum commission and was sanctioned for committing perjury.”I have told the board official today that if they don’t give me a fair hearing I will take them to court and also challenge the Qayyum report. At least three players, Wasim, Mushtaq Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who the commission recommended should not be given high-profile assignments by the board, are enjoying with well-paid jobs and assignments, so why should I be made to suffer?”advertisementAta also questioned the board’s refusal to hear him out and give him a coaching assignment when it had allowed Mohammad Aamir to come back into the Pakistan team. “Aamir served a five-year ban for spot-fixing. I didn’t even commit any fixing and was punished for not speaking the truth. Yet they say they can’t employ me,” he questioned.last_img read more

Warriors Await Word on Top Defender Iguodala as LeBron looms

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his “2018 NBA FINALS” hat during a locker-room photo.An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala.In a postseason defined by uncertainty for the defending champions, Golden State could be without one of its top defenders as the Warriors chase a repeat title — taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a fourth straight NBA Finals matchup.Iguodala’s status for Game 1 on Thursday night is a question as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee, which caused him to miss the final four games of the Western Conference finals against Houston. Cleveland’s Kevin Love is in concussion protocol, so he might not be ready, either.Coach Steve Kerr has said Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, will return when he can run without pain. The Warriors sure could use his presence against King James, who is making an eighth straight Finals appearance.“We’re still without Andre, which is a big blow for us,” Kerr said before Monday’s Game 7 at Houston. “In a different way. He’s not a scorer for us as Chris (Paul) is for Houston, but a huge component. So you go through the playoffs and things happen, and you’ve got to be able to bounce back no matter what and keep going.”FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)Last month, Kerr became concerned his team’s defense wouldn’t return to its top form after Golden State struggled late in the regular season and even endured a particularly poor stretch in which the Warriors dropped seven of 10 games.Yet here they are in a familiar spring spot as June approaches.Once the buzzer sounded and the 101-92 Game 7 win over Houston was official, the Warriors could exhale. It hasn’t been pretty for much of these playoffs, a far cry from that remarkable, record-breaking 16-1 romp through last year’s postseason.There is clearly some relief to be back where this All-Star group expected to be all along.Stephen Curry kept the game ball tucked under his left arm long after Monday’s game, toddler daughter Ryan held in his right arm.Kevin Durant hugged general manager Bob Myers, while always-animated Nick Young beamed wearing his Finals hat and “Champions of the West” T-shirt, then enjoyed hoisting the shiny trophy.Draymond Green smooched his 1-year-old son, Draymond Jr.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with teammates as they receive their trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James.“There’s a lot of just built-up anxiety, I guess, about this moment. When you walk off the court with a win and get this fancy hat, it’s a good feeling,” Curry said. “We had to work for it, and you’ve got to appreciate the moment. Somebody asked, ‘It’s four years in a row getting to The Finals, do you appreciate it?’ Yes, because it’s really hard. So all the smiles and embraces you have with your teammates, your coaches, it’s well deserved.”Golden State struggled to hit shots for stretches. The stars went through funks and the Warriors had to play catch up time and again — including from double-digit deficits in the final two games to beat James Harden and the 65-win Rockets on their home court after settling for the second seed in the West.James has willed his Cavs this far, saying, “I don’t know how I can compare it to other seasons because I can only think about this one in the present.”“Definitely a different team but we know everything goes and stops with LeBron James with them,” Green said.—By JANIE McCAULEY , AP Sports WriterFILE – In this June 1, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers is Thursday, May 31. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)FILE – In this May 26, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, in Oakland, Calif. The odds are longer than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer. The Cavaliers are being given little _ or no _ chance in their fourth straight NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who have been installed by Las Vegas as the biggest favorites in 16 years. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bangladeshi cricketer Mosaddek Hossain accused of torturing wife over dowry

first_imgBangladeshi cricketer Mosaddek Hossain Saikat has been accused by his wife of torturing her over dowry. Mosaddek married his cousin Sharmin Samira Usha six years ago.Sharmin Samira Usha has also alleged that her cricketer husband drove her out of their home earlier this month and demanded 1 million taka (INR 840133.09, USD 12,003).According to a report in bdnews24.com, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rosina Khan admitted the charges brought by Usha against the middle-order batsman and ordered the Sadar Upazila executive officer to investigate the case.Mosaddek has been torturing Usha for dowry for a long time, her lawyer Rezaul Karim Dulal alleged. “He (Mosaddek) tortured her and drove her out of home for 1 million taka (USD 12,003) in dowry on August 15,” the lawyer claimed.The report said that the cricketer did not immediately respond for comments on the case.”They have been in disagreement since they married,” the cricketer’s brother Mosabber Hossain Moon said.Mosaddek sent her a divorce letter on August 15 but she demanded more money than mentioned in the marriage documents, the brother claimed.”She has started the case after spreading false and misleading information as she did not get the money,” Mosabber alleged.Mosaddek, 22, has been included in the Bangladesh squad for the upcoming Asia Cup to be held from September 13-28 in the UAE.last_img read more

Prime Minister says Future of Petrojam is Secure

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the future of Petrojam is secure, as governance systems have been established at the entity that must be followed. He said the Government has had to make several decisions about the oil refinery, but the most “significant” one was the buy-back of the shares held by Venezuela, which has cleared the way for Jamaica to make “strategic decisions about its energy security without encumbrances”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the future of Petrojam is secure, as governance systems have been established at the entity that must be followed.He said the Government has had to make several decisions about the oil refinery, but the most “significant” one was the buy-back of the shares held by Venezuela, which has cleared the way for Jamaica to make “strategic decisions about its energy security without encumbrances”.The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.“Petrojam has a secure future in whatever form we may choose to continue the business. Without that action, credible investment in the refinery would have been limited if not impossible to obtain. Without this action, it was clear that it would have become increasingly difficult to do business with suppliers and bankers, once sanctions remained in place,” he told the House.Mr. Holness said the Petrojam Review Commission, which he appointed last October, will submit its report in June, and notwithstanding its finding, he has directed the Board and management of the entity to ensure that it continues to pursue opportunities and take decisions that will preserve and enhance the existing value of the business, that going forward, “it will have significant commercial value”.He said Petrojam has been mandated to pursue markets in CARICOM to sell heavy fuel oil (HFO) that will not be used by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), when that company transitions to liquefied natural gas (LNG), and to supply the bunkering market.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that under new governance rules, Board chairmen will have to notify and get the approval of Ministers before they travel; Board members will have to disclose residency to Ministers and the Cabinet; a system now exists for detailed procedures on how public bodies can make donations, which include limits to be set by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.He outlined that there are now “tighter procedures” around the use of retainer contracts, which require that all such contracts that are to be sole source must get approval of the Cabinet, and that connected party interests with the Board or management must be declared to the Cabinet and in annual reports.On the issue of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses in human resource (HR) settlements in public bodies, they cannot be concealed from the Parliament, and the monetary value cannot be subjected to confidentiality, the Prime Minister said.last_img read more

Darce Fardy Leaving Review Officer Post

first_imgDarce Fardy has announced he is retiring as Nova Scotia’s freedom of information and protection of privacy review officer, effective Monday, Jan. 23. Ombudsman Dwight Bishop, a former RCMP assistant commissioner, will assume Mr. Fardy’s duties on an interim basis until a full-time successor is chosen. Mr. Fardy has provided independent oversight over the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation since Jan. 24, 1995. “I would like to thank Mr. Fardy for his service,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker. “We became known across Canada for out great strides in freedom of information and privacy laws. The review office fills an extremely important function for all Nova Scotians.” Mr. Fardy was a veteran CBC journalist before taking the review officer’s position. He started as a reporter in Newfoundland in 1952 and completed his journalism career in Toronto as the head of network television current affairs. Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to enact a Freedom of Information Act, in 1977. Since that time, all other jurisdictions in the country have followed suit. The act was replaced in 1993 by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.last_img read more

WC final England New Zealand a win away from immortality

first_imgLondon: The world order in cricket will witness a new dawn when a title-starved England, led by an Irish, meet their match in New Zealand’s feisty Black Caps in a World Cup final that will produce a new champion come Sunday. England’s global ambitions have never been fully realised since Sir Alf Ramsey’s team won the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Whether it is Gary Linekar or Hary Kane, the ‘Cup’ that they desperately want never came home during the last five and half decades. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Even the ‘Three Lionesses’ England’s women football team under their mercurial manager Phil Neville — had insane following during their World Cup campaign that ended in a heartbreaking semi-final defeat. This was at a time when Eoin Morgan’s men were going through a roller coaster ride but were hardly followed. Parched for success, in this backdrop arrives a cricket team, which on other days can’t be followed because the sport in UK is no longer free to air. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open But on Sunday, as all roads would lead towards Saint John’s Woods, for a day, football will take a back seat. Never ever had an England limited overs team fired the imagination of cricket loving public in general with their aggressive brand of cricket like the current one, the turnaround that started after their exit at the group league stage of the 2015 World Cup. New Zealand, on the other hand, have banked on a committed bunch of individuals with a quiet yet assertive leader in stylish Kane Williamson, who would like to go one better than his predecessor Brendon McCullum during the last edition. At the hallowed Lord’s, England will certainly start as favourites with perhaps the most destructive 50-over batting line-up comprising Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. The ‘Famous Five’ of England’s ’50-50′ line-up would like to ensure that they are fourth time lucky after missing out in 1979, 1987 and 1992. They are way superior in quality from the batch of 1979 that played final against the mighty West Indies. The legend has it that Mike Brearley (64 off 130 balls) and Geoffrey Boycott (57 off 105 balls) during their 129-run stand in pursuit of 287 off 60 overs (quite an ask in those days) were so defensive in their approach that West Indies didn’t want to get them out. In 1987, England captain Mike Gatting played the most infamous reverse sweep off his opposite number Allan Border in the history of the game which cost them the final at the Eden Gardens. The 1992 though was more about a genius called Wasim Akram, who bowled a couple of deliveries to Ian Botham and Allan Lamb that one could dream of but would find extremely difficult to execute. However those were the teams of different eras where Test players also played 50-over cricket. This team has Test players who are also game changers in ODI cricket with their explosive power-hitting skills. Roy (426 runs) and Bairstow (496 runs) have been intimidating in this tournament and Trent Boult and Matt Henry would love to repeat their semi-final show in the final too. Joe Root (549) has exactly been what England needed in the tournament, a stable man holding the middle-order yet playing his strokes. Ben Stokes has teed off whenever he got a chance and perhaps Buttler is the only who is due for a big knock. Whatever the condition of the pitch is, England wouldn’t mind bowling first as Joffra Archer (19 wickets), Chris Woakes (13 wickets) and Liam Plunkett (8 wickets) have been phenomenal. Even Mark Wood (17 wickets), despite some inconsistencies, has been good and Adil Rashid (11 wickets) has fired in the semi-final when it mattered. New Zealand, despite their final loss to Australia at an imposing MCG, wouldn’t carry much of a baggage even though they have six players with the experience of playing a big final unlike England which has none. Williamson (548 runs), possibly the most loved and respected cricketer (even if his twitter following is remarkably less than any average India player), will like to play one good knock and expect a bit more support from Martin Guptill (167 runs) and Ross taylor (335 runs). Then a bit more support from a disciplined Mitchell Santner or the real ‘three-dimensional’ players like Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme, the Black Caps could suddenly look more menacing than what they seem on paper. In the end however, even if England win, cricket will never ever topple football. Ditto for New Zealand where ‘All Blacks’ the world beaters in rugby has captured the imagination for years now, and a cricket World Cup is unlikely to change that. But it will still be a refreshing change as 50-over format will enjoy a breath of fresh air. Teams (from): England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Mitchell Samtner, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi. Match starts 3 PM IST.last_img read more

Moroccan Victims of Arbitrary Deportation Sue Algeria in International Court of

Rabat- The victims of arbitrary expulsion from Algeria have asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to take action against Algeria over crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Algerian regime in 1975. A statement issued by the Association for the Defense of Moroccan Victims of Expulsion from Algeria (ADEMA), said that it has filed a lawsuit against the Algerian authorities in the International Court of Justice The complaint comes after Algeria refused to implement the United Nations’ recommendations that call for the recognition of Moroccans’ rights and the recovery of their property in Algeria.In a press conference held on Thursday in Rabat, ADEMA’s president, Miloud Chaouch stated that “the arbitrary expulsion of about 350,000 Moroccans from Algeria and the theft of their property, is one of the most odious crimes ever perpetrated against humanity committed by this regime.” The Moroccan government has been calling upon the Algerian government to discuss the situation of the displaced Moroccans who were expelled from Algeria in 1975.Last month, Mbarka Bouaida, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, ratified a call to the Algerian authorities to convene a meeting of the Moroccan-Algerian joint committee to address the rights of the Moroccan victims of expulsion from the country.However, Algiers has not shown willingness to discuss the matter, continues to ignore its responsibility for injustice, and refuses to give the victims a satisfactory explanation for its actions.ADEMA’s president, Miloud Chaouch goes so far as to accuse the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of avoiding the subject. He called upon the Ministry to do more than just calling for the Algerian authorities to discuss this matter.In December 1975, the government of the late Houari Boumediene and his assistant at the time, current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, expelled over 45,000 Moroccans from Algeria.Miloud Chaouch said that despite Moroccans’devotion and sacrifices during Algeria’s strides toward independence, “they were bused to the Moroccan borders and left without food or shelter.”“Once independence was achieved, the Algerian regime dropped the mask and attacked the real fighters and sons of martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for a free, democratic and independent Algeria,” Miloud Chaouch concluded.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

State Minister of Defence says triforces not for political work

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardane says the tri forces are there to protect the country and to ensure National security and not to fulfill any political agendas.Wijewardane said that President Maithripala Sirisena as the Defence Minister is continuously offering guidance and instruction to ensure and further strengthen National security. He said this at a ceremony to distribute Virusara privilege cards among the Virusara beneficiaries of the Western province, held at the Regimental Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry in Panagoda today. Wijewardane said the Government will not allow any person or any organization to impact or influence National security.  During today’s ceremony a total of 1724 beneficiaries including 1362 beneficiaries from the Army, 283 from the Navy, 45 from the Air Force, 24 from Police and 10 from the Civil Security Department received Virusara cards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Outpouring of support for family

The four-year-old Townsend girl run over by a car in Hagersville earlier this month remains on the long road to recovery.Her story has caught the attention of hundreds of well-wishers who have opened their hearts and their wallets to her family’s predicament.A GoFundMe page was set up soon after Maeve Field and her brother were hit on the sidewalk by an out-of-control motorist in downtown Hagersville March 9.The initial goal was $25,000. Proceeds were to help the family defray the extraordinary costs of attending to their daughter’s prolonged stay at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.Eight days after that posting, the goal was expanded to $100,000. As of Thursday afternoon, 1,345 people had contributed $102,531 with more yet to come.In an update on Maeve’s condition posted on the internet, mother Gloria Field says the youngster is holding her own and that the road to recovery will be a long one.“Maeve is an absolute miracle,” Field says in a video posted on the GoFundMe page.“We continue to walk the path toward healing one step at a time knowing our care circle keeps on growing. There are still more surgeries and procedures to endure. With that will come much patience and faith, and with it positive forward momentum.”The youngster was put into a medically-induced coma soon after her arrival in hospital.Last week, the family reported that Maeve suffered “extensive, life-threatening, devastating injuries from head to toe” and that – after multiple surgeries lasting more than 20 hours – “her life is forever changed.”Maeve and her family had just purchased gardening supplies at a hardware store in Hagersville when a motorist parked on the other side of Main Street shifted into reverse and careened across the road onto the sidewalk. The vehicle and its 80-year-old driver came to rest against a building.Maeve’s 13-year-old brother was hit and injured while the vehicle came to rest on top of the four-year-old. Her brother is expected to recover.Maeve’s father Ian Field managed to extricate the child. A passer-by drove father and daughter to West Haldimand General Hospital nearby. Once she was stabilized, OPP escorted an ambulance containing the injured girl to Hamilton.“We thank God for his grace and enduring love,” Gloria Field says in the video. “His eye is on the sparrow and we know He’s watching over Maeve.”As a tribute to first responders, Domino’s Pizza in Simcoe will devote the proceeds from selected pizza sales to the Maeve Field fund on Saturday, March 30. read more

Warm weather trips up retailers but shoppers will see more fat deals

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping.Rosemarie Nowicki, who lives in Berkeley Heights, N.J., finally spent some of her holiday budget last weekend buying coats online for her family because she hated the thought of being stuck in a store with such mild temperatures outside.“It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit; I’ve been walking around in short-sleeve shirts and capri leggings,” Nowicki says. “I was certainly not going to the mall.”Turns out, lots of shoppers feel the same way as temperatures in cities across the country, including New York and Philadelphia, near record levels for December. The balmy weather hasn’t done anything to entice Americans to venture out and shop, which has hurt sales at stores that depend on the holiday season for up to 40 per cent of their annual revenue.Planalytics, a weather forecasting firm for retailers, estimates so far this season mall-based clothing stores have lost $343 million in sales compared with last year. That’s the largest weather-related loss since 1998 when a devastating ice storm hit parts of the Northeast.Sales of cold-weather items have been particularly icy. Sales of women’s boots in New York, for instance, are down 24 per cent for the first half of December, according to Planalytics. And First Data, which analyzes payments at stores and online, said fur sales fell 20 per cent from Oct. 31 through Monday.“Winter didn’t happen and so the clothes, the scarves are not selling,” said Ron Friedman, head of the retail and consumer products group at accounting firm Marcum LLP. As a result, he says shoppers will see discounts of 75 per cent in after Christmas.The fair-weathered shopping challenge underscores how U.S. consumers, still affected by the Great Recession, remain strategic in their buying patterns. It’s a habit they picked up during the economic downturn that’s remained ever since.Many shoppers only buy what they can wear, so it stands to reason that they’re not buying coats, boots and hats this year. And since cold-weather items are also hot gifts during the holiday shopping season, many of those items are left on store shelves. C. Britt Beemer, America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm, estimates that cold-weather items account for 26 per cent of overall holiday clothing sales.The National Retail Federation, nation’s largest retail group, is still sticking by its prediction earlier in the season that sales in November and December will rise 3.7 per cent to $630.5 billion. That would mark a slowdown from the 4.1 per cent growth last year.And figures from First Data show higher overall sales growth for the period from Oct. 31 through Monday compared to the year-ago period. Analysts believe that online businesses are actually benefiting from the warm weather, offsetting sluggish traffic at the stores.“Warm weather has helped online shopping rather than hurt it,” said Beemer, adding that people who don’t want to be stuck at a mall are buying gift cards online.Still, the unusually warm weather is a concern.Marc Kaufman, CEO of the upscale furrier that operates one store in New York City but mostly sells online, says business is down 5 per cent. The decline in its Northeast business has been partially offset by its online operations. But Kaufman figures if the weather was colder, sales for the holiday season would be up 30 per cent.“If it weren’t for online, I would be in severe trouble,” he said.The cold reception by shoppers is forcing retailers to be creative to try to lure them into stores.Some stores are offering bigger discounts than they ordinarily would. Macy’s, for example, is advertising 70 per cent off some men’s sweaters and 75 per cent off children’s outerwear this weekend, while Kohl’s is slashing prices of puffy jackets to $39.99 from the original $100.Sears is relocating its grills to the front part of its outdoor living sections in the Northeast, where it’s been unseasonable warm.And Overstock.com is featuring resort wear like swimsuits on its website before Christmas. Overstock.com, which doesn’t own the inventory, said it’s directing shoppers to what they need now.“When there’s no snow, we don’t advertise coats,” said Amy Browning, merchandise manager of Overstock.com. by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2015 10:34 am MDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2015 at 11:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Warm weather trips up retailers but shoppers will see more fat deals FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2015 file photo, shoppers carry bags as they cross a pedestrian walkway near Macy’s in Herald Square in New York. The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping. Sales of cold-weather items have been particularly icy. Sales of women’s boots in New York, are down 24 percent for the first half of December, according to Planalytics, a weather forecasting firm for retailers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) read more

Iraq UN fears new wave of displacement as fighting escalates in Mosul

“As many as 250,000 Iraqis could be displaced from their homes with the anticipated escalation of conflict in densely-populated western Mosul,” Matthew Saltmarsh, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. The military operations to oust ISIL began on 17 October last year in eastern Mosul, which, according to UN agencies on the ground, is now under the Government control.Mr. Saltmarsh said UNHCR has seven camps completed and two under construction. UNHCR is currently able to provide some 11,000 families, or 66,000 people, with shelter as part of the Mosul response, a figure which should expand to 20,000 families, or 120,000 individuals, in the near-term, once land is allocated. The refugee agency continues to seek additional land for new camps, reception and transit areas, to assist people closer to Mosul. By the end of March, it is anticipated that the Government of Iraq, working with UNHCR and its partners, could potentially host 41,155 families, or 246,930 people, in camps and emergency sites.Some 161,178 people have been displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military offensive began in October, but nearly 30,000 of them have returned to their places of origin.Returnees are keen to resume their lives and told UNHCR that the re-opening of schools and government offices was a factor in their decision to return. In some areas, security and the lack of food and water remain a concern. Some returnees continue to rely on emergency relief items, including kerosene, which they received while in camps. UNHCR is also assisting increasing numbers fleeing Hawiga, 130 km south-east of Mosul, due deteriorating living conditions and the expected intensification of military operations. Inter-agency planning estimates predict that up to 114,000 individuals could be displaced from Hawiga. So far, 82,128 people have fled since August 2016. Until recently, people had been leaving Hawiga in smaller numbers but hundreds are now fleeing eastwards daily towards Salah al-Din and Kirkuk. UNHCR’s 2016 Mosul emergency response appeal for $196 million was 57 percent funded. For 2017, it is seeking $578 million for its work with Iraqi internally displaced persons and Iraqi refugees in the region. UNHCR has distributed emergency items, including quilts and blankets, to more than 178,000 people, and provided nearly 53,000 people affected by the Mosul conflict with protection assistance. read more

Price Native to Exhibit Work in Gallery East

USU Eastern Press ReleaseThe son of renowned sculptor and long-time art instructor at College of Eastern Utah, James L. Young, returns to Price for a month-long ceramic and sculpture exhibit in Utah State University’s Gallery East from Feb. 11-March 8.Todd Young grew up in Price and studied under his father, James. After graduation from CEU, he attended Brigham Young University, majoring in industrial arts. While at the Y, he worked at Wasatch Bronze foundry in Lehi and decided to become an art educator like his father.He transferred to USU, where he received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree, and started teaching art at Northridge High School and moved to the new Syracuse High School, where he also teaches art.“The nature of my art experience started at a very young age,” Young said. “I was blessed to have been mentored by my father for 44 wonderful years. It was over that period of time that I was able to develop an art experience of collaboration and self-discovery.“In one sense the last 10 years, my artwork has been a very personal journey in search of order, minimalism, form and texture. In another sense, it has become a very public act in the attempt to express and share, with others my realization and discoveries.”“In my view, each ceramic vessel and sculptural form represents a unique social and spiritual connection and an association to all people,” Young explains. “It is my hope that each piece, whether it is a ceramic vessel or a sculptural form, creates a timelessness and universal connection to the very sense of humanity.”In addition to Young’s ceramics and sculptural pieces, the gallery features a traveling exhibit of paper collage, sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM). The exhibit, titled “Arrangements, A Survey of Utah Collage,” combines collage works from the state of Utah’s Fine Art Collection as well as artwork from some of Utah’s finest collage and mixed media artists. Collage, assemblage, photomontage and mixed media artists in Utah have a long and rich history of practice in the state.The exhibit includes artworks by Trent Thursby Alvey, Erin Barrett, Gary Barton, Ed Bateman, Namon Bills, Liberty Blake, Noel Carmack, Jane Christensen, Wayne Chubin, Deborah Durban, Maury Haseltine, Jim Jacobs, Jason Lanegan, Bill Lee, Dennis Martinez, Dottie Miles, Jenny Ostraff, Bruce Robertson, Chauncey Secrist and Sam Wilson.A statement by the UDAM read, “We wanted to bring together the work of modern-day professionals and earlier practitioners of various forms of collage together in an exhibition we could share with people across the state. We hope that this assortment of works will inspire viewers to consider creating collage of their own, to explore their worlds and to think about the everyday materials around them that could be incorporated into their art-making.”Located in the Central Instruction Building, Gallery East is free and open to the public during the academic year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed weekends and holidays. The artist’s reception is Friday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m.For more information, contact Noel Carmack at (435) 613-5241 or email noel.carmack@usu.edu. read more

MT Melsungen signs Momir Rnic for next season

Frisch auf Goppingen will have to give one of their best scorers from the past season and this one so far to rivals MT Melsungen. The Hessen club signed Momir Rnic on a three-year contract, and he will be joining his new club next summer. Playing previously for Gorenje Velenje and RK Celje, he joined his current club in 2011. CeljeFrisch Auf GoppingenGoppingenGorenjeMomir RnicMT Melsungenrk celje ← Previous Story Matthias Rudolph no more HSV Hamburg president! Next Story → SPR Wisła Płock builds scouting network

Ireland got a B grade for its last European presidency

first_imgEven though the Irish are a small country Presidency with a very stretched Brussels presence, they have been attentive to transatlantic relations.According to the “home-stretch” report document, which was originally classified as ‘Secret/Not for Foreign Dissemination’, the Irish were “quite good” about ensuring US views were considered at EU level.“For example, under the Irish Presidency’s leadership, a French-led “rush” to lift the EU arms embargo against China was successfully slowed down. The Irish have been working to kick this issue down to the Dutch presidency or possibly later. This has been in the US interest and the Irish deserve credit for their efforts (as does the lobbying of our embassies in member states).”“The Irish cut a deal with the Palestinians…”The embassy was less impressed with Ireland’s stance on the 6 May Palestinian UNGA resolution on the status of the occupied Palestinian territory.“The Irish cut a deal with the Palestinians, railroaded some member states (eg the Netherlands) with an end result that isolated the US,” reads the cable.“While we can appreciate that the Irish have not picked transatlantic fights over the Mid-East, they (and most other members) have been hesitant to embrace a Greater Mid-East Initiative too warmly.“The Presidency has been virtually invisible in Brussels so far, letting the Commission take the lead in discussing GME with the US. However, under Irish leadership, the Irish led an effort to forge a new EU strategy to the region, crafting helpful language on the need for political and economic reform and an enhanced role for women in the region, as well as on EU readiness to achieve ‘complementarity’ with the US.”According to European counterparts, Ireland also compared favourably with the more “erratic” Italian presidency.“The Irish have been relatively successful at being a good ‘European’ presidency. In particular, the Irish worked quite hard to ‘celebrate’ EU enlargement, and have tried to move the EU constitutional process forward – despite deep member-state disagreements. As a result, as the Irish seek to exercise their ‘political will’ to move US/EU summit deliverables through the EU political process, they should be in a better position to deliver than the Italian Presidency,” the commentary concluded.Read: 400 events promoting Irish arts organised across Europe for Ireland’s EU Presidency IRELAND’S CURRENT PRESIDENCY of the European Union is being hailed as a massive opportunity for the periphery economy to make its mark on the continent.But how did the nation do last time around?According to the US, we scored a “tentative B” for the 2004 presidency of the EU.In a cable released by Wikileaks, the US embassy in Brussels told the White House that the Irish were “reactively helpful honest brokers” on most issues of concern to America, including the war on terrorism, the Balkans and a common asylum policy.The Bush administration also praised Ireland for its role in counter-terrorism following the 11 March Madrid train bombing, something it described as a “significant achievement for a presidency with so little bureaucratic capacity for dealing with such a complex and sensitive policy area”.However, Ambassador Foster said the country “pushed its own agenda on the mid-East and Africa even if this means isolating the US”. He also believed Ireland was not “particularly forthright in tipping [US government] off about potential problems”.Overall, the report card stated:last_img read more

Richard Dunne axed by Aston Villa after injuryhit season

first_imgIRELAND DEFENDER Richard Dunne will not be offered new terms by Aston Villa and will have to now look for a new club, according to reports.The veteran Dubliner missed the entirety of the season since returning to the Premier League club with hip and groin injuries in the wake of Ireland’s disastrous Euro 2012 campaign a year ago.Paul Lambert — who has not seen Dunne line out for Villa since his arrival at the club 12 months ago — has now decided to leave Dunne go.The former Everton and Man City man will be 34 in September.More to follow‘We’ll help him earn big money move’ – Atletico Madrid happy to let Falcao leavelast_img

Mental illness on the political agenda

first_imgLast week signalled a number of pivotal mental health schemes in Victoria. The R U OK? initiative celebrated its annual campaign, aimed at growing mental health awareness, which complemented a forum held in Melbourne by various industry bodies aspiring to address key policy issues faced by people living with mental illnesses. The forum, ‘Lifting the Lid on Mental Health 2014’, was a platform that instigated dialogue amongst industry experts and guests about policy issues in the lead up to November’s Victorian election. Present was the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), Tandem and VICSERV, and 17 other bodies involved in the industry. The forum was attended by Victorian Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge, Shadow Minister for Health Gavin Jennings and The Green’s health spokesperson Colleen Hartland. In an outpouring of expertise, despair, and emotional and mental grief, presenters appealed to the parliamentarian’s humanity, and portfolios, in order to put the issue of mental illness on the political radar.Along with reforms that have already been implemented in Victoria in July (as reported in Neos Kosmos last month), the federal National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was on the agenda, which experts claimed could complement the state government’s initiatives, if gaps in both schemes are resolved.VICSERV spokesperson Kim Koop spoke of the overwhelming public perception faced by people with mental disorders. Whilst she was full of praise for governmental actions, she warned against complacency, claiming that both sides of politics “need to start looking for dollars” to ensure people with mental illness, and their families, can be active community members. Her claims did not go unheard, with Ms Wooldridge praising the Victorian system and emphasising the current Liberal government’s actions, which include a 25 per cent increase to funding over four years, and a pledge to broaden mental health prevention activities, along with strengthening mental health services, focusing on decreases in restrictive intervention and increasing women’s safety in mental health services. Ms Wooldridge also made reference to GBLTIQ people who may be susceptible to suicide.The minister’s ALP counterpart Gavin Jennings said that the mental health system is faced with a “precarious situation”, and that the links between the NDIS and recent Victorian reform were “a glass half empty” (or half full, depending on which side of politics you find yourself on). Mr Jennings claimed that “real time” improvements are required, but fell short of suggesting what requirements his party would implement, if it is elected. The Greens’ health spokesperson Colleen Hartland said that her party supported the introduction of the NDIS, claiming she would honour the agreement, whilst pledging $1.67-$2.5 billion to mental health over five years, if her party is successful at the November election. Ms Hartland said proposed gaps in the NDIS and new Victorian legislation may be problematic for mental health sufferers, as inherently strict eligibility requirements posed by both schemes make helping those with illness difficult, especially if a patient’s illness is too episodic or not severe enough. Ms Hartland said that the government must look at securing quality housing for those recovering from mental health issues.Greek Australian mental health consumer advocate Evan Bichara, who was present at the forum, felt very positive about the discussions. “I think Mary Wooldridge presented well. She covered the reform processes and she highlighted the fact that it’s going to take time until we see results from these reforms, and I totally agree with her on that, it’s not something that can be seen overnight.“Reform processes have been written down and they’ve been put into legislation but to see them implemented or to see results coming out of them, it’s going to take a fair while before we see anything. I think that’s what she was honing in on, and I’d agree with that.”He felt that the forum was a step in the right direction in putting the mental health discussion on the political agenda.“I feel that to some extent yes, it aired the reforms to some carers that were there that may have not known of them, and consumers as well, it aired those reform processes.”Mr Bichara urged anybody suffering from a mental illness to speak up and seek help. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more