CAG pulls up Odisha govt over deaths of newborns

first_imgOdisha has not bothered to find out causes behind the deaths of newborns even though neonatal mortality rate in the State is the highest in the country, says the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in a report placed in the State Assembly on Saturday.“Though the neonatal mortality rate (37 per thousand) of the State was highest in the country and there were 16,651 deaths of neonatal and paediatric patients in the Government Medical College Hospitals (GMCHs) and district headquarter hospitals during 2013-16, the GMCHs had not conducted any death review to identify the causes of death,” says CAG.The Health Department had constituted a committee in 1984 to review the causes of death occurring in the GMCHs, which was to meet regularly, at least once in a month, and submit the proceedings to the Director of Medical Education and Training.Prescription audit “During 2013-16, the committee did not meet at all. The State government did not ensure sitting of the committee at regular intervals,” it says. Moreover, the health administration had not conducted prescription audit till July 2016.In another damning finding, the CAG found that the government had not given priority to infection prevention and control in paediatric units of hospitals.During 2013-16, as many as 427 neonates of the 27,804 babies born in checked hospitals, succumbed to infectious diseases like sepsis and pneumonia. Overcrowding of wards, unlimited entry of attendants and inadequate training to health personnel were the causes of infectious diseases, the CAG points out.As per the last Sample Registration System bulletin, 2013, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Odisha was 51 per thousand in comparison to the national average of 40 and Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) was 37 per thousand against the national average of 29.The minimum bed occupancy rate of the medical college hospital should be 75% while the Indian standard says the BOR should not exceed 90% for providing quality service to in-patients.last_img read more

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Tripura CPI(M) protests against attack on office

first_imgThe Opposition CPI(M) on Monday staged a protest across the State after the party’s Dhalai district office was attacked by miscreants. The incident happened when Member of Parliament from East Tripura (ST) constituency Jitendra Choudhury was chairing a meeting at the party office in Ambassa, the district headquarters.Mr. Choudhury and other senior leaders blamed the ruling BJP for the attack, a claim the latter rejected. The CPI(M) leaders alleged that the top brass of the ruling party had been orchestrating politically motivated incidents since it came to power in February last.The miscreants attempted to enter the CPI(M) office, threw stones at the building and created a ruckus. No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the incident.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, when briefed about the incident, directed police officers to initiate stern action against the culprits. He also directed the police to restore normality in Ambassa.The CPI(M) workers staged a protest against the incident. The rally organised in Agartala was attended by senior leaders including Pabitra Kar.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid vs Club Brugge LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_imgAfter a disappointing start to their UEFA Champions League campaign, Real Madrid will take on Club Brugge in the second match of Group A at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Zinedine Zidane may have won three Champions League in a row during his first spell as Real Madrid coach, but his first match back in the competition saw an injury-hit Los Blancos thrashed 3-0 by PSG in Paris. But they have been impressive since then, taking seven points from a possible nine available in La Liga and grinding out a 0-0 draw against rivals Atletico Madrid to move top of the La Liga table. Zinedine Zidane will hope that form translates over to the Champions League as his side will be bolstered by the returns of Luka Modric and Marcelo. Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have not been included in the squad, however, with both injury-prone players being given a rest. Brugge had drawn with Galatasaray in their Champions League Group A opener, and while the Belgians could prove tricky customers, Real Madrid should have enough talent to take all three points.What time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 10:30pm local time. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.30pm slot and six that will start at 12:30 am on October 2. What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season.Real Madrid vs Club Brugge will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Real Madrid vs Club Brugge live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. First Published: October 1, 2019, 3:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Virtual reality: game-changing revolution in eSports

first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress View comments Rice industry paralysis This photo taken on October 20, 2019 shows a visitor trying a virtual reality (VR) headset during the 2019 VR/AR Product and Application Exhibition in Nanchang in central China’s Jiangxi province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTEncased in headsets and carrying electronic replicas of weapons in their hands, the players prowl around the arena, ducking behind virtual obstacles before emerging to shoot at the enemy.All around, screens allow an enthralled public to follow the action live at Paris Games Week, where the company SmartVR studio has installed an immense arena to hold the first virtual reality (VR) competition in its popular game After-H.ADVERTISEMENT Gau said he expected the adoption of VR to be limited in scale, at least for now.“We were already expecting a revolution with the mobile phone but in the end eSports players stayed on their consoles and PCs. When we have connected armor and gloves then yes but for now it (VR) will remain a niche market,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “It will become even more spectacular and will allow a player to really express his or her own personality, which will allow a better identification with the game.”‘Better for spectators’Spectators, meanwhile, can enjoy a completely different experience compared with the standard eSports tournaments.Not only can they follow the action on screen, they can also see the players moving around an arena, not simply sitting in front of their screens.“They have LED lights on their headsets according to the colors of their teams but also you can see the number of lives that remain for every players,” said Mariotte.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES Industry participants agree that such groundbreaking VR technology is going to be crucial to the future of eSports, although it remains unclear how radical the revolution will be and whether it will change the nature of eSports for good.“The future is going to be VR,” said Jean Mariotte, cofounder of SmartVR Studio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The ‘in-game’ experience is, to a certain extent, the dream of every player. To feel oneself move inside a game and this way experience it more intensely,” he said.“There will be eSports before and after VR,” added Laurent Michaud, director of research at Idate, a consultancy specialized in the digital economy. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Steph Curry undergoes tests on broken hand This is by no means the first technical great leap forward for eSports.The arrival of high-speed internet paved the way for players to take part in hugely sophisticated games in stadiums that are broadcast live.But VR could profoundly transform eSports, allowing players to interact with each other on two levels during the games — on- and off-screen.“This will be the new way of playing, that’s for sure, and in marketing terms, it’s a revolution,” said Frederick Gau, head of Gozulting, a consultancy specialized in eSports.But he also expressed skepticism over whether VR would take over eSports, saying the cost of the devices could prove prohibitive for many gamers, as could a lack of bandwidth, “even with 5G.”‘Niche market’ But VR could also put an end definitively to the debate about whether eSports can really be considered a sport, by getting players to be physically active.“Virtual Reality can bring eSports closer to sport but it could also drive them further apart,” said Gau.“Playing at simulating (actions) does not involve the same sense of risk or fear of injury that there is in the same situations in reality.”How it evolves will also depend on whether developers choose to highlight the physical aspect of the games. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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French Open: Resilient Stan Wawrinka outclassed Gael Monfils to reach last eight

first_imgStan Wawrinka’s array of shots was too much to handle for a resurgent Gael Monfils as the 2015 champion reached the French Open quarter-finals with a 7-5 7-6(7) 6-2 victory on Monday.The third seed from Switzerland was a break down in the opening set but played tighter when it mattered while Monfils, who had been struggling with injuries this season, looked suddenly out of sorts.Wawrinka, who will take on Croatian Marin Cilic for a place in the last four, squandered three set points in the second set tiebreak but prevailed on his fourth attempt.Monfils, the 15th seed, had nothing left in the tank in the third set and could only watch on in frustration as Wawrinka reached the last eight without dropping a set in the tournament.Mofils’s exit means France’s hopes of ending their 34-year-search for a men’s champion at Roland Garros will extend into at least 2018.last_img read more

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Cadence and NI collaborate to simplify next-generation semiconductor and RF development

first_img Continue Reading Previous Toshiba releases new three-phase brushless fan motor driver ICNext Ikalogic builds first wifi oscilloscope probe Cadence Design Systems and NI announce a broad-ranging collaboration to improve the overall semiconductor development and test process of next-generation wireless, automotive and mobile integrated circuits and modules. To meet customers’ needs for a streamlined and comprehensive solution, Cadence and NI have pursued projects that integrate key design tool technologies into a common user environment toimprove the design, analysis and testing of analog, RF and digital ICs and system-in-package modules spanning from pre-silicon design to volumeproduction test. To further enhance RF development, Cadence has also launched the new Virtuoso RF Solution, which enables RF engineers to design, implement and analyze entire RF modules and RFICs from within the Virtuoso custom IC design platform.Traditionally, each major stage in the IC development process has operated in isolation supported by a unique and dedicated set of design tools, models, languages and data formats, which can cause design failures due to the manual translation of data between numerous disjointed tools. To address this issue and streamline the RFIC and RF module design flow, Cadence delivered the following capabilities within the new Virtuoso RF solution:RFIC and RF Module co-design: Provides a robust design environment enabling simultaneous editing of multiple ICs on a complex RF module while streamlining design to manufacturing tasksSingle “golden” schematic: Offers schematic-driven layout implementation, EM analysis and simulation and physical verification checks of RFIC and RF module design through a single schematic source, reducing design failuresSmart electromagnetic simulation interface: Includes an integration between the Cadence Sigrity PowerSI 3D EM Extraction Option and the Virtuoso RF Solution, which automates hours of manualwork required to run critical passive component and interconnect EM simulations so users can run multiple in-design experimentsAs part of the collaboration between the two companies, the Cadence interface has been extended to include an integration with the AXIEM 3D planar EM simulator, within the Cadence Virtuoso RF Solution design environment. The AXIEM software’s fast solver technology readily addresses passive structures, transmission lines, large planar antenna and patch array problems with more than 100,000 unknowns, providing the accuracy, capacity and speed engineers need to help them ensure design integrity upon the first attempt. It also incorporates NI’s proprietary full-wave planar Method of Moments (MoM) technology that enables discrete- and fast-frequency sweeps.The integrated Cadence and NI EM solutions equip engineers with a variety of EM analysis methods for designing RFICs and RF modules. Compatible models are critical to ensuring correlated results across different simulation tools. Cadence and NI are jointly working to deliver common transistor models, ensuring consistent simulation behavior of gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon transistor models between Microwave Office circuit design software and the Cadence Spectre simulation platform.The new Virtuoso RF Solution with the integrated AXIEM 3D planar EM solver technology will be sold and supported exclusively by Cadence to leverage years of development and customer deployment expertise.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Dining closed before our match got over: Sharath Kamal on Asian Games food controversy

first_imgIndian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal described what happened at the Asian Games 2018 where a controversy has erupted over a photograph that he posted of him eating only “bread, nutella and museli”. Sharath complained and the Indian table tennis who had played for over three hours that particular day could not have proper food and had to make do with little food.”At the Asian games, the dining was closed after 11 pm but we finished our matches only by 11.30. So all we had to eat was bread, nutella and muesli after playing for 3 hours that night,” Sharath Kamal told”Diet is a very important and integral part of our routine and its helps us to keep ourselves fresh, active and strong,” Sharath Kamal added.On August 26, Sharath Kamal and the men’s team had begun their Asian Games campaign in the Team event with a 3-0 win over UAE where, Sharath Kamal registered an 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 win over Abdulla Albalooshi. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai also won their respective matches.On the same day, they played another tie against Chinese Taipei that they ended up losing despite a close fight. Sharath Kamal played two matches in the tie and won one while he lost the other. Harmeet won his match while Sathiyan lost both his matches as India went down.It was after that Sharath Kamal posted an Instagram story on his dinner, that created ripples. It bubbled into a controversy also because ahead of the Games, there were reports in the media that Indian athletes were not happy with their rooms and had complained about the food. However, India’s chef de mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had rubbished the reports.advertisementFurthermore, Sharath Kamal also spoke about how there needs to be done a lot more work towards the popularisation of table tennis in India and telecast of the various tournaments they play throughout the year.”Table tennis still has to get it’s due with regards to popularity and active steps have to be taken for that. Of course yes, the matches have to be shown on TV or atleast internet streaming, so that people can watch and follow it,” Sharath Kamal said.However, Sharath Kamal did say that things are getting better and since the time he began playing to today, things have been on the upwards.”A lot of things have changed, firstly sport is taken up seriously as a profession. Not only the players but also people surrounding the sport are thinking professionally about sport. And Indians are performing well on the international circuit, thanks to the exposure of training and tournaments.”Sharath Kamal recently broke the long-standing record in Indian table tennis by Kamlesh Mehta as he won his ninth national title after defeating Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. Achanta Sharath Kamal won a record 9th national title last week. (Ultimate Table Tennis Photo)Sharath Kamal is 36 years old and only recently he reached a career-high of 30 in the ITTF world rankings. On being asked what is his motivation to keep going, he said it was down to just wanting to be better.”I have been one of the best players from India for the last 15 years and played 13 national championship finals. I am always trying to be better and win on the international arena and that is the reason for winning that historic bronze medal at the Asian games in 2018. The motivation is to keep getting better and improving myself.”2019 has arrived and a little over a year later, 2020 Tokyo Olympics will arrive. For all Olympics sports, this is a big year and Sharath Kamal said it will be important to focus on both tournaments and training for next year.”2019 would be the year for Olympic qualification, so we will have to focus on both tournaments and training. With a good plan and strong training programme, we should be able to qualify for the Games.”Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal get bronze in mixed doubles table tennisAlso Read | Asian Games 2018: Maiden table tennis bronze for IndiaAlso Read | Work on fitness, change in playing style: Manika Batra has begun Olympic preparationslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has said Shikhar Dhawan’s injury which could force him to sit out 2 or more India matches will not hurt the team’s morale. Gavaskar added that he believes Virat Kohli’s men are prepared for all eventualities at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Sunil Gavaskar said it will be “fantastic” to see Shikhar Dhawan back in the squad towards the business end of the tournament if he manages to recover from the thumb injury he sustained during India’s win over Australia in London on Sunday.”I don’t think so (will not impact the spirit of the team). I think this team is prepared for any eventuality in terms of injuries. That’s the hardest part of being an opening batsman. The ball will seam and bounce a lot more when it’s hard and new,” Gavaskar told India Today from London on Tuesday.”However, KL Rahul has come good in the last couple of games. He will be replacing Shikhar Dhawan for hopefully only the next couple of games. If it’s a fracture and if Dhawan can recover in the next 3 weeks hopefully for the game against England [on June 30], then that will be fantastic,” Gavaskar added.Shikhar Dhawan has suffered a minor fracture and is currently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The apex body of India cricket said it has not named any replacement as on Tuesday.Dhawan was hit on the thumb as early as the 9th over of the Indian innings vs Australia on Sunday but he carried on and went on to make a match-winning 117.advertisementGavaskar pointed out that Dhawan has been one of India’s star performers in ICC tournaments and thus the team management will not be looking to make a hasty decision, considering a player can’t be brought back once his replacement is announced for the World Cup.Temperament makes Dhawan a special player in ICC tournaments: Gavaskar”If you replace Shikhar Dhawan, then he can’t be brought back even if he gets fit. That’s what the team management will be looking to assess. I also think the team management will be having a world with Dhawan. The man would himself want to play the World Cup. It comes only once every four years. He wouldn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. He has got a hundred already and is looking good.”With Shikhar Dhawan, there is no such thing as form. He could be batting ordinary way. Just before the Australia game started, people were talking about ‘how is he going to handle Starc and how is he going to do this that’. But he showed us.”Shikhar has an amazing temperament. At the end of the day, temperament is what separates the men from the boys.”When you playing for your country, you should be able to bear a little bit of pain. You have got to sacrifice a bit when playing for your country at this stage.”Having beaten South Africa and Australia to get their World Cup campaign off to a strong start, India will next face New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday before the big-ticket clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan’s pain threshold is incredible, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant ideal replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane not a bad option too: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more

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Nick Saban Reveals Which Alabama Team He’s Most Proud Of

first_imgNick Saban speaking at a press conference.SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 05: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at SAP Center on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Nick Saban has coached several great teams during his time as the coach of Alabama. While it’s hard to say which roster was his best over the years, the six-time champion revealed which he’s most proud of in his career.Although his answer might surprise some fans back in Tuscaloosa, Saban couldn’t have gone wrong with any team that he picked.Out of all the teams that Saban has coached in his career at Alabama, the 2011 team is the one that he’s most proud of thus far.He revealed this when he sat down with Mike Tyson earlier this week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “I can’t say it was the best team, I would say it’s the team that I’m most proud of,” Saban told Tyson. “The team that lost to LSU and then beat them in the national championship.”Check it out:Mike Tyson turned reporter on Nick Saban and asked him who his best team was at @AlabamaFTBL. Saban wouldn’t go there, but said the team he was most proud of was the 2011 team that lost to LSU at home and then came back and beat the Tigers in the national title game.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 10, 2019 In 2011, Alabama lost to LSU in the regular season by a field goal. The team thought the loss would jeopardize its chances of making the BCS National Championship.Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, they were given another chance to defeat the Tigers. Alabama dismantled LSU in the rematch, keeping LSU scoreless in the championship game.Saban had quite the roster in 2011, which featured AJ McCarron, Trent Richardson, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw.Alabama fans – which team are you most proud of?last_img read more

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Stars Attend 2017 UNICEF Snowflake Ball

first_imgOn November 28, UNICEF USA hosted the 13th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street, celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world and honoring L’Oreal’s Carol Hamilton and Special Olympic gold medallist Lucy Meyer.Host Harry Connick Jr. speaks on stage during 13th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball 201Credit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for UNICEFPresented by Mariner Investment Group, the black-tie event raised $3.7 million for UNICEF’s work to put children first, contributing to a total of $34 million raised since the inaugural event in 2005. Hosted by Emmy and Grammy Award winning and Tony Award nominated musician, actor and television host Harry Connick Jr., the evening featured a special performance by Grammy Award winning artist Diana Ross and a live auction hosted by Kate Chertavian.Jake Gyllenhaal attends 13th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2017Credit/Copyright: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for UNICEFGuests included Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Wintour, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Dikembe Mutombo, Sandra Lee, David Villa, Jessica Nowitzki, Dayle Haddon, among others.Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke about the partnership between UNICEF USA, UPS and his Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, following the devastation caused by the hurricane earlier this year. To mark the festivities, Governor Cuomo, together with five UPS drivers who delivered vital supplies, lit the UNICEF Snowflake, which hangs each year at the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion for vulnerable children around the world.Group President, L’Oréal Luxe USA and philanthropist Carol J. Hamilton received the Spirit of Compassion Award for her dedicated commitment to make the world a better place for children. Carol serves on UNICEF USA’s National Board, as well as the New York Regional Board. As a longtime supporter of UNICEF’s lifesaving work, she spearheaded L’Oréal’s Giorgio Armani Acqua for Life partnership with UNICEF, which is now in its 8th year.“I am truly humbled by this honor. More than any other honor I have received,” said Carol Hamilton. “UNICEF is not only providing aid in emergencies or providing developing nations with the programs they need for children to live healthier lives. UNICEF has become the world’s thought leader on the state of children everywhere, working tirelessly to understand what it will take to give every child the right to a brighter future.”Jake Gyllenhaal presented the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award to Special Olympic gold medallist Lucy Meyer for her work to ensure that every child has opportunities to play and learn. In her role as Spokesperson for the Special Olympics – UNICEF USA Partnership and UNICEF USA Spokesperson for Children with Disabilities, Lucy has traveled around the United States and to several countries to bring attention to UNICEF’s work to advance the rights of children with disabilities.“UNICEF has given me the amazing opportunity to speak and bond with children with and without disabilities in other countries. The 93 million children with disabilities around the world are often the most marginalized of their society. We need to help them by raising awareness, encouraging inclusion, and providing assistance,” said Lucy Meyer. “I am proud to share this award with all of the amazing members of the UNICEF team, who do amazing work every single day.”Desiree Gruber, Elizabeth Smith, and Marjolein Steenbergen chaired this year’s UNICEF Snowflake Ball, with Jaime Jiménez serving as Project Chair and Sterling McDavid and Daria Daniel as NextGen chairs. UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip designed the décor for the event, and guests dined on a custom menu designed by chef and UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson. A live auction hosted by Kate Chertavian featured VIP packages including a Paris Fashion Week package, an Oscars experience and an Asian Oasis vacation package. The production was made possible by Scott Mauro Entertainment.For more information about the 2017 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, visit read more

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Precision Drilling reports 1983M Q4 loss due to one time charge

first_imgRevenue for the quarter totalled $427 million, up from $347.2 million.Precision Drilling says it took the goodwill impairment charge due to a decrease in oil and natural gas well drilling in Canada and the outlook for activity in Canada and in its directional drilling division in the U.S.Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, the company says it would have earned $1 million for the quarter. CALGARY, A.B. – Precision Drilling Corp. reported a loss of $198.3 million in its fourth quarter as it was hit by $208 million in goodwill impairment charges.The oilfield services company says the loss amounted to 68 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared with a loss of $47 million or 16 cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.last_img

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UK leader under pressure as rivals push for the end of May

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing an uncomfortable meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers who are demanding she quit within weeks.Executive members of a committee that oversees party leadership contests are meeting May Wednesday. Committee member Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said members wanted May to “set out a timetable to trigger a leadership contest.”Pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious that Britain has not yet left the European Union, almost three years after voters backed Brexit in a referendum. Many blame May for the impasse.May argues that she struck a divorce deal with the EU, but it has been rejected by Parliament three times.The prime minister plans to make a fourth attempt next month to get lawmakers’ backing for Brexit terms.Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31.The Associated Press read more

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Chidambaram slams BJP on Lankan issue

India’s Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday night slammed the Indian opposition BJP for not supporting the the Indian government’s efforts to pass a resolution in Parliament on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and rejected accusations hurled at Congress that it did not “support” the cause.Addressing a public meeting in Chennai, Chidambaram explained the initiatives the Congress took for passing a resolution in Parliament, the Press Trust of India reported. The government convened an all-party meet to discuss the issue, but BJP, Left Parties, Janata Dal, Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, Telugu Desam opposed a passage of resolution. “When we were trying to pass a resolution, BJP Parliamentary Party Leader Sushma Swaraj said there was no necessity to discuss it and there is no need to conduct an all-party meet. Friends, you should understand that there is only one party in New Delhi which is ready to pass a resolution in support of Sri Lankan Tamils. If BJP or some other party was in power (at New Delhi), what would have happened?” he asked during his 90-minute speech. Chidambaram, who outlined the talks Congress held with DMK on the issue, charged that the Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu were trying to make Congress a “scapegoat” over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.“I strongly condemn your statement that Congress is not in support of Sri Lankan Tamils. I respect DMK for supporting the Sri Lankan Tamils. I support the AIADMK. But, I strongly object that Congress is not in support of the Tamils in Sri Lanka”, he asserted. read more

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It is easier to win major literary awards by writing a lead

Eleanor Catton said the point about male protagonists was “definitely true”Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Eleanor Catton Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is easier to win major literary awards by writing a lead character who is a man, Booker Prize-winning authors have suggested, as they warn the tendency to laud with male protagonists is “concerning”.Dame Hilary Mantel, the only woman to have won the Man Booker Prize twice for the first two novels of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, said it “might be observed” that her award success came easier for having a male protagonist than if she had been writing about a woman.Saying the dismissal of women’s historical fiction had “sunk a lot of good writers” in the past, Dame Hilary argued that female writers must be encouraged to be more ambitious to “embrace the totality” of the human experience in their novels.Asked about the success of her own novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which star a man, Cromwell, as their central character, she said: “It might be observed, it might be thought, that it was easier for us to win a Booker Prize writing about men than writing about women’s experience.”–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Asked about her own career, Dame Hilary said she had been met with a “general air of disbelief” when she had announced she hoped to write historical fiction in a publishing world which still assumed it meant a “bodice-ripper”.“I think quite rightly what has happened since then has been quite extraordinary,” she said. “It’s been rescued from genre.“It’s no longer pushed off into the little section of the bookshop and it’s no longer labelled as for women, which I think has sunk a lot of good writers.“This perception that historical fiction was historical romance, thankfully we’ve got passed that.“I think it’s much better now. But I still think women writers need encouragement to be more ambitious and not to section off a part of the human experience as their own but to embrace the totality of it.”Giving an audience a hint as to the long-awaited third novel of her trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, she confirmed it would be published next year and is a “triumph of deletion” after she honed her ability to avoid including all of her research.The Man Booker 50 festival continues on Sunday with talks from authors including Julian Barnes, Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro, Paul Beatty, Michael Ondaatje and Eleanor Catton. Dame Hilary, who appeared in conversation on stage at the Man Booker 50 festival in London, said her own work, and that of fellow award-winner Pat Barker, was “unexpected” for female writers, in that it “embraced the epic”.Barker, who won the Booker in 1995 with The Ghost Road, said: “It does concern me slightly that the vast majority of Orange Prize [now known as the Women’s Prize for Fiction] winners do have male protagonists.“I think when its roughly 50/50 we’ll know things are in a healthier state than they are at the moment.”Eleanor Catton, who became the youngest Man Booker winner in 2013 with The Luminaries and was in the audience at the Southbank Centre, said the point about male protagonists was “definitely true”.“Lamentably, it’s true,” she said. “I hope that is will be untrue at some point. It doesn’t have to be true but I think it still is.“It has made me more determined to write from a female perspective from now on.”Saying she had noticed the effect in retrospect after the success of her own novel, which follows the fortunates of 19th century prospector Walter Moody, she added that the male experience is still seen as “universal” while writing about the female perspective is “exclusively the property of women”.Just two Man Booker Prize winners this century have featured a sole female protagonist, last winning in 2007 with Anne Enright’s The Gathering.The prize, along with other major literary awards, sees a winner selected from books submitted by publishers, reflecting the market of the year. read more

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Prince Harry leaves Meghan at home with baby Archie as he attends

Her father, Prince Michael, is the Queen’s cousin and regularly represents the Royal family at public engagements.Her mother, Princess Michael, is an author who has been nicknamed “Princess Pushy” for her forthright views Lady Gabriella, who turned 38 in April, is believed to be the oldest first-time royal bride in recent years.Her older brother Lord Frederick ‘Freddie’ Windsor is married to Ms Winkleman – who plays ‘Big Suze’ – and the pair have two children Maud, five, and Isabella, three. She is the 52nd in line to the throne following the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6. Prince Harry has arrived at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor with Lady Frederick Windsor.The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to stay home home with newborn Archie.  Prince Harry entered the chapel accompanied by Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence, the Earl of Wessex and Princess Alexandra.They were followed by the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who is wearing a peach-coloured dress and matching hat. Lady Gabriella, 38, is marrying her financier boyfriend Thomas Kingston, 40, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, almost one year after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed at the same venue.Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank also chose St George’s Chapel for their wedding in 2018.The Queen will lead members of the royal family at the ceremony, but the Duke of Cambridge will instead be watching the FA Cup Final in his role as President of the Football Association.Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor – also known as ‘Ella’ – is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and is the Queen’s first cousin once removed. read more

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DroidLanding Twitter account wakes up new Droid phone incoming

first_imgIt would appear that rumors of the death of the Verizon Wireless Droid branded phones have been greatly exaggerated, as the infamous @DroidLanding Twitter account sprung to life last night to drop some vague hints about a new phone on the horizon.Back in 2010, and even a couple of times before that, Verizon Wireless used a Twitter account that played into the robotic themes of the Droid line of phones to hold contests and announce new hardware. The DroidLanding Twitter account was the home of a nationwide marketing campaign where people could scour major cities looking for new phones that had just landed on Earth.When the Droid Razr was launched in 2010, this account went dormant and hasn’t sent a single message until last night. Now, the account appears to be promoting a new augmented reality game and leaving many to wonder if a new DROID phone is right around the corner.Droid Combat, or D:COM Mission Alpha as the game also seems to be called, is an augmented reality robot game where it looks like you battle robots with the real world as a backdrop. The game is listed on the Google Play store, but can’t yet be installed on anything.The background to the Twitter account shows that this game will also be available for iOS, but the game is not currently listed on iTunes. MunkyFun Inc, the company responsible for the game, were also involved with Verizon Wireless for the release of the Droid Bionic with their Droid Bionic Arena game. The Bionic game was a critical part of participating in the hunt for a free Bionic when the phone was first launched, so it is entirely likely that Verizon Wireless is looking to repeat history with this new title.The big question that comes next is either really easy or difficult to answer as well as possibly being exciting. What is the phone being announced?We know that HTC and Motorola both have phones lined up to be released on Verizon Wireless this summer. The HTC One is expected to only be a few weeks away from appearing in stores, while the Moto X has yet to be officially announced. Both of these phones are expected to be the same as their counterparts on other networks, however, and not some Verizon Wireless exclusive. The Droid line has previously included phones and tablets that are only available on Big Red, and that doesn’t apply to either the HTC One or the Moto X. We know Samsung is a big fan of spitting new phones out every week like it’s nothing, and they have taken part in the Droid line before, but that’s pure speculation at this point.For all we know the phone is called the Droid Combat, there’s really not enough information to go on yet. It is interested that the DroidLanding account is back after sleeping through the Razr M, HD, Maxx HD launch as well as the Droid DNA launch.In a world where the bigger hardware manufacturers seem to have figured out that people really like a phone that is available on every carrier, a Verizon Wireless exclusive is hard to get excited about. Plus, with heavy hitters like the S4, the HTC One, and the Moto X on shelves, this phone would have to be nothing short of extraordinary to convince anyone to go back to a phone line that says its own name every time you get a notification.last_img read more

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