• Military TBI and Family Caregiving 2-Part Webinar Series

    first_imgJoin the eXtension Family Caregiving and Military Families Learning Network Communities of Practice as they host a two-part webinar series beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST on Thursdays, May 9 and May 16, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.Each of the conference times for the two-part webinar series is 75-minutes in length and will cover specific TBI information for military families:Part I (May 9, 2013) – TBI: What Families Need to KnowPart II (May 16, 2013) – Be An Expert Problems Solver: Caregiving & Coping with TBIMilitary TBITBI is known as the signature wound of war during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The number of those wounded with TBI and accompanying complications has necessitated major changes in the ways in which the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs treats these injuries. Although family caregivers are to receive education about TBI as early as possible, many families find they need additional and ongoing support.In this two-part presentation the presenter will review basic information about TBI, its complications and issues family members face living with TBI. The presentation will also provide information about coping and specific problem solving strategies that have been useful to other caregivers living with TBI and additional resources to further enhance caregiver knowledge.PresenterTimothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.  He holds a joint faculty appointment with the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987. After his internship at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle, WA, he served on faculty with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has also been a faculty member with the School of Medicine and with the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.His research has examined adjustment processes among persons living with chronic and disabling health conditions, with particular emphasis on the role of social problem-solving abilities and other factors that predict adjustment following disability.  This work has resulted in over 200 professional publications and federal grant funding for over 15 years (including support for five randomized clinical trials). His research team pioneered the use of long-distance technologies in providing problem solving training to family caregivers of persons with acquired disabilities, including the first randomized clinical trials of a psychological intervention for family caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries, and for family caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injuries.  In 2006, he was featured in the instructional DVD entitled, Caregiving, as part of the Psychotherapy Video/DVD Series on Relationships published by American Psychological Association.He has recently been appointed to the Defense Health Board’s Neurological/Behavioral Health subcommittee to provide advice on psychological/mental health issues and neurological symptoms or conditions among service members and their families. He served as Editor for Rehabilitation Psychology (2006-2011), published by the American Psychological Association. Currently, he is the Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He was co-editor of the first edition of the Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (2000).  He is a Fellow of three APA divisions and holds board certification (ABPP) in rehabilitation psychology.No registration is required to join the web conferences, simply go to each of the following webinars to attend.Part I – TBI: What Families Need to KnowPart II – Be an Expert Problems Solver: Caregiving & Coping with TBIThe sites will provide handouts associated with each presentation and a direct link to join the event.This post was written by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img read more

  • A Higher Power

    first_imgOnce upon a time, a Baba was perceived as a sadhu, a spiritual guru, offering divine solutions to troubled, lesser mortals, seeking light at the end of the tunnel. Today, in an age when everything is branded and advertised, bought and sold and life itself appears market-friendly, the temptation of spiritual leaders to invade the market shouldn’t really come as such a shock. To gasps of “My god, what next” from purists, the response has to be: Finally the answer to the million dollar question, Holy ke peechhe kya hai? (what’s behind holy?) is here …. A sharp marketing brain with a selling pitch that is unique, and different, light miles away from what-they-taught-you-in-Harvard, targeting the desi and swadeshi sentiment to hard-sell a whole new approach to brand extension!Actually, Baba Ramdev has all the ingredients that go into the making of a super brand. An amazing back-story, a charismatic personality with the right dose of controversy, a very sharp and media-savvy brain, loads of charm, excellent oratorial skills, spiced up with sharp wit — remember his first controversy when he compared carbonated drinks to toilet cleaners at one of his Yoga sessions, firing, inadvertently, his first salvo against multinationals? — and clearly a formidable, ground-breaking desire to change the rules of the game.One market analyst explained: “Audaciously altering the revered paradigms of traditional marketing wherein product awareness comes first with solutions to problems following, Baba Ramdev put this model on its head. He instead first created awareness about various health problems through his mega-popular and hugely attended Yoga sessions and then went on to introduce his products as solutions.”Today, his Patanjali Ayurveda Limited products reach everybody, everywhere, less by virtue of advertising, more by his mass following. A whopping $300 million empire (with revenues projected to top $1.5 billion in 2015-2017) covering an impressive range of consumer products, the brand that Baba built is today giving all fancy suited-booted domestic and international consumer businesses in the country a run for the money!Baba Ramdev’s strategy — through design or accident — pursues a very powerful advertising concept called “Disruption.” Its basic aim is to reframe the brand so that the market sees it differently. Consumers are made to suddenly see and notice brand characteristics they had ignored before. The result is an invaluable gush of renewed interest, because of the new introduction of surprise and delight. This method, when executed smartly, is at once both strategy and action.From ghee, oil, biscuits, honey, juices, noodles, even cosmetics and personal care products, Pantanjali sells them all, promising good health at prices that are giving the competition a coronary! Analysts believe that Pantanjali successfully found a gap in the sea of multinationals and filled it with an Indian brand of high quality, good pricing, re-enforced by the Baba’s assurance of Ayurvedic-friendly good-health.Controversy has helped too, as has the swadesh positioning and price-point advantage. Pantanjali, say its dedicated watchers, first caught mass attention during the time of Nestle’s much publicized Maggi controversy by quietly slipping in its Atta noodles to fill the gap with the bestselling slogan “Jhatpat banao befikar khao” (make quick, eat fearlessly).Just as the market was responding, Patankajli itself was entangled in controversy, first accused of violating norms and later after worms were discovered in some of their product packets. The Baba flamboyantly dismissed these claims as a conspiracy from insecure competitors and blazed ahead, expanding product brands in the baby care and beauty categories. No baby steps for this Baba — only solid exciting leaps to explore new markets!All this face-off stuff with a David versus Goliath narrative was fantastic masala for both mass media amd business publications and fetched Patanjali millions of free publicity, something no ad guru or brand specialist could dream of strategizing. For an underdog brand this is a huge push in public awareness and Patanjali struck in the right place, at the right time, with the right product and most important, right attitude. It was infotainment for free and the junta lapped it up.Patanjali is an amazing and unmatched brand story and case study for several reasons. Never has a spiritual guru and Yoga icon moved into launching and marketing consumer brands with such passion, purpose and success. Seldom has charisma and mystique of the spiritual kind translated so seamlessly into converting devotees into customers. Seldom has a totally unknown, new debutante entered this fiercely competitive consumer market and taken on big multinational players, intimidating them, rather than be awed by their established global back story, aura, scale, professional status, success strike rate, etc. Seldom has a disruptive brand blasted the swadeshi mantra with cool price points and personality cult to zoom sales at an unprecedented 70-80 percent monthly growth. Seldom has a desi company forced its well-heeled global competitors to bow before Ayurveda and herbal products. Emami’s acquiring King Kesh and Hindustan Unilever scooping up Indulekha and reviving its Ayush portfolio are only two interesting examples. And of course, seldom has a Baba-turned-Brand inspired other spiritual leaders to diversify into non-spiritualm, filthy lucre.If elevated souls like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Arogya, Shri Shri Ravi Shanker’s Sri Sri Ayurveda and Baba Ram Rahim Singh’s MSG brand are any indication, Baba Ramdev has indeed created a chamatkar that no communication, marketing, advertising or branding guru can hope to match. Related Itemslast_img read more

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  • Shiv Sena seeks more aid for rain-hit farmers in Maharashtra

    first_imgThe Shiv Sena on Monday said the intricacies of government formation in Maharashtra should not push rain-hit farmers towards existential crisis and demanded that they be provided relief package of about ₹30,000 crore.Farmers in the State need to be saved at any cost, it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, while terming as inadequate the ₹10,000 crore aid announced by the State government for crop damage due to unseasonal rains.The country is already facing economic slowdown resulting into lakhs of people losing jobs, and at such a time those dependent on agriculture are also suffering due to the untimely rains, it pointed out.The Sena’s comments have come at a time when it is locked in a bitter tussle with senior ally BJP over government formation in the state.“Farmers should not be pushed to face the existential crisis due to the untimely showers in Maharashtra, which is also going through political intricacy,” it said.The Government’s priority should be to extend assistance to cultivators, the editorial said, adding that “farmers should be saved, whatever may be the cost for it.”“The already announced amount of ₹10,000 crore is inadequate. Farmers should have been provided an assistance of of ₹25,000 crore to ₹30,000 crore,” it opined.As per an initial evaluation, crops on 54.22 lakh hectares across 325 talukas in the State have been damaged.“The woes of cultivators should be addressed. Whatever may be the form of the current government in the state, it should offer ₹25,000 per hectare to the affected farmers,” the Marathi publication said.Farmers have nowhere to go, as their major crops like soybean, grapes, cotton and sugarcane have been severely affected, it noted, adding that horticulture and floriculture have suffered a setback due to untimely showers last month.The Sena cited the case of 50-year-old farmer Dharma Jadhav who recently committed suicide after being depressed as unseasonal rains flooded his paddy field in Palghar district.“He was not debt-ridden, but his crop was damaged due to heavy rains following which he ended his life,” it said.“The government’s priority should be to extend the assistance to farmers. It should not waste time in technicalities of damage assessment, but ensure that farmers are the direct beneficiaries of its assistance, it said.The Sena said around 50 lakh farmers have taken crop insurance, and asked the insurers to not create any hurdles in clearance of the claims of cultivators.“If the crop insurance companies create trouble for farmers, they should understand that they will have to face the Sena,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party warned.last_img read more

  • Bihars secular alliance “incompetent”: Owaisi

    first_imgRamnath Shenoy Hyderabad, Sep 20 (PTI) AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, whose decision to foray into the Seemanchal region of Bihar in the state assembly polls is giving anxious moments to the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance over fears of split in minority votes, has trashed accusations of being propped up by the BJP. Calling the anti-BJP secular alliance “incompetent and discredited”, he said it failed to usher in “development and justice” in the four backward northeastern districts of Seemanchal during its constituents long stint in power. “…Now they are incompetent and they are discredited. And that?s why all these allegations are being made against me,” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad said reacting to insinuations by some leaders of the secular alliance that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to enter the fray at BJPs bidding to split the minority votes. “Similar allegations were made against Kanshi Ram when he floated the BSP. I don?t mind it. They are honouring me by making all these allegations,” he said. “They (the three-party alliance) have not done justice or development and their track record clearly shows that the real prosperity or justice has not been done. We have decided to limit ourselves only to Seemanchal area and that too we are yet to take a decision on how many seats of 24 (in the region) we are going to contest,” Owaisi said. In constituencies where the AIMIM is not contesting, the party has requested the people of Bihar to defeat BJP and to vote for any secular candidate or secular combination, he said. “Despite that, they are fully drunk in arrogance and they don?t want AIMIM to participate,” Owaisi told PTI in an interview, attacking the “Mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) of JD(U), RJD and Congress. AIMIM?s stand, he said, is very clear that it wants to contest on the plank of development and justice for Seemanchal region and “wherever we are not there (not contesting) in Seemanchal or anywhere in Bihar, we request the people of Bihar to vote for secular candidate or secular combination”. The Seemanchal region comprising Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia and Araria districts on the states border with West Bengal has sizeable population of Muslims, who have been voting for Lalu Prasads RJD after they shifted their allegiance from Congress in the aftermath of the Bhagalpur riots. After Chief Minister Nitish Kumars open criticism of Gujarat riots and Narendra Modi, a section of Muslims has also been voting for JD(U). Contesting together, the secular alliance should have been comfortably placed in the region, but AIMIMs presence in the fray might queer the pitch for them. More PTI RS ZMN SK SKadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Euro 2016: Italy through to knockouts after dramatic win over Sweden

    first_imgItaly moved into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and continued to defy their doubters as Eder scored two minutes from fulltime to secure a 1-0 win over a shot-shy and unadventurous Sweden on Friday.Eder ended a great run by firing home to move Italy clear at the top of Group E on six points after two matches following their 2-0 victory over Belgium in their opening encounter.The result left Sweden in an uncomfortable position with one point after two games ahead of their final group clash against Belgium next week.Sweden were well organised at the back but toothless in attack, with their danger man Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking a shadow of his brilliant best and hardly creating a chance.Italy, who came into the tournament with questions surrounding the strength of their squad, but surprised many with their superb performance against a highly-fancied Belgium side, relied on their trademark, tight defence against the Swedes.They rarely threatened up front, however, until Marco Parolo hit the crossbar with a header shortly before Eder netted the winner.”It was a difficult game,” Italy coach Antonio Conte told Rai Sport. “We struggled in the first half.”The boys did well to ride the storm and hurt Sweden when we needed to.”Italy had been praised for their unity and work rate in their opening win over Belgium, but appeared to have no answer to Sweden’s organised rearguard until Eder’s late intervention.Sweden coach Erik Hamren had criticised their lack of attacking vitality following their opening 1-1 draw with Ireland, and while there was an improvement in their overall performance, Ibrahimovic once again failed to provide a cutting edge and live up to his billing.advertisement”We were much better than the Italians for periods, but we didnt create really dangerous chances,” Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal told Swedish broadcaster SVT.Sweden are still without a shot on target at the tournament, although Martin Olsson proved a menacing threat down the left, sending an effort just over the bar on 18 minutes having set the tone with an early cross that prompted a nervous clearance from Giorgio Chiellini.Olsson’s frequent forays left space for Antonio Candreva, but Andreas Isaksson and Erik Johansson combined to clear his testing deliveries, while Ibrahimovic flashed a close-range header wide towards the end of the first half.Having masterminded victory over the Belgians, Conte’s tactics were completely neutralised during the opening 45 minutes in Toulouse and his side appeared unsettled as a result.”At halftime Conte told us we were too slow and he was right,” Parolo told Rai Sport.”We changed the tempo after the break and we deserved our victory.”Conte introduced Simone Zaza in the 60th minute and he had a decisive role in the winner, heading a Chiellini throw in into the path of Eder.The forward then cut in from the left – evading Andreas Granqvist’s attempted tackle – and sent a curling right-footed shot round Isaksson to take Italy through.last_img read more

  • Amazon Great Indian Sale: iPhone 5S for 15,999, iPhone 6 for Rs 26,499 are among top deals

    first_imgApple’s iPhones cost a bomb in India. But, if there ever was a good time to buy an iPhone, well, the time’s now. This might seem like a marketing pitch to you, but remember, there are people who keep sifting through online retail stores to find the best deals on iPhones, for we most definitely understand the phrase bang for the buck like no other.Problem is, there’s always never a good time to buy an iPhone. Unless of course, you have the money to spare, or, you’re patient enough to wait for e-retailers to offer them on discounts. For the latter, Amazon has its Great India Sale promotional campaign up and running. And here are a few notable buys.Apple iPhone 5s (Space Grey/Silver, 16GB) for Rs 15,999″Apple iPhone 5s is the top premium smartphone in India across all the states on the cumulative installations basis as of March 2017,” according to CyberMedia Research. Clearly, a lot of people in India, are still buying the iPhone 5s, an iPhone that Apple launched in 2013.Also Read: Amazon Great Indian Sale begins: OnePlus 3, Moto G4 Plus, iPhone 6S available on discountNow that the iPhone 4S and 5C are out of the picture, the iPhone 5s is the cheapest iPhone available in the Indian market right now. The 16 gig model of the iPhone 5s is available for buying at a reduced price of Rs 15,999 (down from Rs 25,000) on Amazon India. The iPhone 5s may be a four year old smartphone, but come to think of it, it isn’t such a bad deal. Especially for someone looking to switch to Apple’s ecosystem. For others, the iPhone 5s could mean a no-hassle smartphone that gets the job done.advertisementThe only reason to not get the iPhone 5s would be its 4-inch form factor and 16GB of on-board storage. Apple iPhone 6 (Space Grey/Silver, 32GB) for Rs 26,499Apple silently announced the 32 gig model of the iPhone 6 in India recently. To begin with, it cost Rs 28,999. Considering that the OnePlus 3T retails around a very similar price, the iPhone 6 was most definitely not an instant recommendation — unless for those invested in Apple’s ecosystem — but at Rs 26,499 Apple’s three year old smartphone still has some room to breathe.In fact, the iPhone 6 makes a little more sense than the iPhone 5s because it comes with a respectable 4.7-inch screen and 32 GB of on-board storage. It may be powered by Apple’s two-generation old A8 mobile processor (Dual-core 1.4 GHz Typhoon) clubbed with PowerVR GX6450 GPU and 1GB of RAM, but, just like any other iPhone the iPhone 6 can make the best use case of its available hardware all thanks to in-class software optimisation.The only reason to not get the iPhone 6 would be the presence of the iPhone 6s.Apple iPhone 6s (Space Grey/Rose Gold, 32GB) for Rs 34,999The iPhone 6s is simply a turbo-charged iPhone 6, getting a boost in both the hardware as well as software departments. Not to say there’s no cosmetic revamp at all. While the iPhone 6 was marred by the infamous bend-gate syndrome, the iPhone 6s brought in a slight reshuffle in ‘make material’ to overcome that weak (and embarrassing) spot. The iPhone 6s uses 7,000 series aluminum first introduced with the Apple Watch Sport that is roughly 60 per cent stronger than standard aluminum alloys, according to Apple.The USP of the iPhone 6s is Apple’s new touchscreen technology called Force Touch, err…3D Touch. It gives you a pressure-sensitive screen that responds differently to different kinds of taps. You get two gestures, a ‘peek’ and a ‘pop’. While a light tap gives you a peek into an app or widget (blurring the background) from anywhere on the screen, tapping it harder pops out more details concerning it.Apple’s ‘Taptic Engine’ meanwhile lets you know what you’re doing all the time by giving you a different tactile sensation for each kind of interaction.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A goes on sale in India exclusively on Amazon, but has limited stockThe iPhone 6s is be powered by Apple’s A9 processor that is 70 per cent faster and has a 90 per cent faster GPU as compared to the previous generation A8 chip found on the iPhone 6.The iPhone 6s comes with a hugely improved 12-megapixel iSight camera that can record 4K videos and an 8-megapixel FaceTime camera with ‘Retina Flash’.The iSight camera can take something called as ‘Live Photos’. Basically, it’s the camera recording some footage before and after you’ve clicked a photo. Imagine GIFs with sound. There’s also an option to use Motion Wallpapers (like in the Apple Watch) and you can use Live Photos as wallpapers too.advertisementErstwhile, the iPhone 6s’ Touch ID 2.0 fingerprint reader is two times faster than the first generation version on the iPhone 6, according to Apple.The iPhone 6s has got the most discount and is now selling for Rs 34,999 (down from Rs 50,000) making it one of the best buy options on the e-retail website right now. It’s not a dated phone, by any means, and it is currently the second best in the business, next only to the next-generation iPhone 7.The only reason to not get the iPhone 6s would be the OnePlus 3T, and other like-minded Android counterparts.last_img read more

  • Capitals Shut Out Devils, 1-0

    first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The Washington Capitals got a missing piece back and it helped them move within grasping distance of the Presidents’ Trophy — and the top seed when the playoffs start next month.Defenseman John Carlson scored at 2:17 of overtime in his return to the lineup, Braden Holtby made 22 saves and the Capitals all but clinched the NHL’s best record in the regular season with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on March 25.“He looked a lot more like he did the first stint of the year,” Holtby said after Carlson played for the first time since Feb. 24, his second injury stint this season.“When he came back (earlier) you could tell there was something still going on. It’s a good sign for us. He looks like he’s moving better, not favoring a leg at all.”The win gave Washington 111 points. They can clinch their first Presidents’ Trophy since 2009-10 and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs with a point against the Blues on March 26 or Dallas losing earlier in the day.On the winner, Carlson took a pass from Jason Chimera and ripped a shot from the right circle that beat Scott Wedgewood.“It was a quick play. I saw him walk down the wall and I had my eye on him and I tried to follow the pass,” said Wedgewood, whose shutout streak was stopped at 159 minutes, 34 seconds. “He put it in a good spot. Take nothing away from him but it would have been nice to keep them off the board for a shootout opportunity.”Wedgewood, who shut out Pittsburgh on March 24, has given up two goals in three NHL starts. He stopped 25 shots March 25.Chimera took a pass from Marcus Johansson on the winning play, circled the Devils’ net and found Carlson in the circle for his seventh goal of the season.Carlson sensed that the three Devils on the ice were very tired and he considered not shooting the puck right away to wear them down more, then changed his mind.“When you score, the net seems a little bit bigger,” said Carlson, who was sidelined 13 games this time. “You feel a little bit better about your game. Maybe it gives you a little bit of pep in your step and that wouldn’t hurt me right now.”Both goaltenders came up big in the overtime.Holtby, who picked up his third shutout of the season and his 45th win, fought off Travis Zajac’s shot from between the circles at the start of the 3-on-3.“It was a weird read,” Holtby said after moving to within three wins of tying Martin Brodeur’s NHL single-season record of 48 wins. “I don’t know if it went off a stick or not. I misread it a little bit. There are a couple of guys on that team that can shoot it.”Wedgewood stopped a blast by Alex Ovechkin and a breakaway by defenseman Nate Schmidt, although it was unclear whether he made the save or the shot missed the net.Wedgewood made his NHL debut against Columbus on March 20 and gave up a goal to Jared Boll at 2:43 of the second period in a 2-1 win. He shut out the Penguins 3-0 and blanked the Capitals until the overtime.“He’s played great since he got here,” Devils forward Kyle Palmieri said. “Hopefully he can keep that going. It makes it a lot harder on other teams. They come in and see that he’s only had three NHL games and they think it’s going to be point night. He goes out and surprises them.”At least four times in the opening two periods, the Capitals had chances to score and could not find the net.Ovechkin probably had the best chance on a first period power play, but his shot at an open net hit a player in front and missed the net.The power play was set up when Devils defenseman Vojtek Mozik tripped Evgeny Kuznetsov with the Capitals center about to deposit a rebound into an open net.Jay Beagle of Washington hit a goal post in the second period, while Holtby fought off a backhander by Adam Henrique with less than four minutes left in the second period.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Look: OU Beats Tennessee, Safety Gives Tennessee Fans Middle Finger

    first_imgNo, I mean literally Neyland Stadium got the middle finger as OU exited after its double OT win on Saturday night. good job, OU. Good job, Hatari Byrd. It’s ugly— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015Eric Striker was pretty fired up as well.Erik Striker congratulating Tennessee fans on a well-fought game and letting them know how much he respects the SEC— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 13, 2015AdChoices广告Also, Bob Stoops called this his favorite OU win ever.“Maybe my favorite win. The Sooner Magic came back out.” -Bob Stoops— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 13, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • Epic Gas Adds Final LPG Newbuilding

    first_imgImage Courtesy: Epic GasSingapore-based owner and operator of pressurized gas carriers Epic Gas has taken delivery of the 11,000 cbm LPG carrier Epic Salina.The final vessel in a series of eight pressurised LPG newbuildings, constructed by Japanese shipbuilder Kyokuyo Shipyard, joined Epic Gas’ fleet on March 29.In January 2017, the company took delivery of the seventh newbuilding from the series, Epic Sardinia, which is under a long-term bareboat charter with purchase option. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is owned by Japan-based shipping company Kumiai Senpaku.“Since the first quarter of 2013 we have grown from 22 vessels of total capacity 99,500 cubic metre, to 41 vessels and 268,900 cubic metre today, a 270% increase. Our average vessel size has increased from 4,523 to 6,559 cubic metre,” Epic Gas said.The company added that it remains committed “to providing a high-quality fleet of long term controlled assets across the fully pressurised sector of 3,300 – 11,000 cbm.”last_img read more

  • Some evacuees settling in for possible long stay in Winnipeg Brandon

    first_imgWINNIPEG – Hundreds of northern Manitoba residents forced to flee forest fires are heading home this week but most evacuees still have no idea when they might return.The Canadian Red Cross says the fire situation has improved near the Poplar River First Nation and 750 or so people who had to leave starting Aug. 11 are being flown back in small groups.But 5,000 others who were evacuated last week from three other Indigenous communities are still in Winnipeg and Brandon.The Manitoba government says a large forest fire burning near their communities is being held back but still poses a threat to the area.The Red Cross says now that the summer tourist season is over, hotel rooms have opened in Winnipeg and Brandon and many people are being moved out of large emergency shelters at a soccer facility and the Winnipeg Convention Centre.Regional vice-president Shawn Feely says about 600 people are staying in the two large shelters overnight.“What we’re finding is, people register and they’re directed to the shelter. Then they find their way to friends and family so they sleep at friends and families’ (homes) and they’ll go back to the shelter for services,” Feely said.The non-profit agency was looking at closing one of the shelters because of dropping numbers, but had not made a final decision Tuesday.The Red Cross has enlisted the help of other social agencies in Winnipeg to help provide entertainment and activities for the evacuees. Shuttle buses are running from the convention centre, which has no shower facilities, to the soccer facility to allow evacuees to clean up.Feely said there was no word on when the remaining evacuees could return to their homes in Wasagamack, Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point, but the convention centre and soccer facility are available for at least a few more weeks“There’s no pressure at this point in time,” Feely said.“If it continues on for a long period of time — and I’m not going to define a long period of time — then there’s obviously events booked in these facilities, so we will have to adjust our plans accordingly.”last_img read more

  • Patricia Arquette To Speak At Texas Conference For Women

    first_imgThe 2015 Texas Conference for Women announced today that Patricia Arquette will appear as a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Conference on October 15, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.Patricia Arquette as Avery Ryan in CBS’s CSI: CyberArquette, an Academy Award winner for her portrayal of Olivia in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, has had a spectacular response to her heartfelt acceptance speech on the gender wage gap in the U.S. Arquette also took home the Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards, along with many others, for this performance. She currently stars in CBS’s CSI: Cyber as Special Agent Avery Ryan. Previous credits include NBC’s hit series Medium, Tony Scott’s True Romance and David Lynch’s Lost Highway. After seeing the destruction left by the 2009 earthquake in Haiti, Arquette founded the charity GiveLove to help victims with sustainable housing and assist with rebuilding the communities. Arquette joins Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die…” project, who will also deliver a keynote at the Conference.“Patricia Arquette and Candy Chang embody the bold, creative action that we encourage and celebrate at the Texas Conference for Women,” said Johnita Jones, President of the Board. “Our attendees will receive great advice and wisdom from strong leaders looking to help all women succeed.”Arquette and Chang are among the 100+ speakers appearing at the Conference, including Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president of New America Foundation; Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and Profounder; Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success; Aliza Licht, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media; Elizabeth Thornton, author of The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are; Azita Ardakani, founder and CEO of LoveSocial; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Take The Lead; Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker; Gloria Mayfield Banks, world-renowned leadership coach and many more.The 16th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by Cisco, Phillips 66, Shell, State Street, United Airlines and United Healthcare.Registration is now open. To register or learn more about the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit read more

  • Moroccan Cleric Calls on Parents to Divide Inheritance Equally Among Children

    Taroudante – Controversial Moroccan Islamist preacher Abdel Bari Zamzami has reportedly came up with a ‘religious’ solution to the current debate over inheritance in Morocco.Following the controversy caused  by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH), which has urged the government to reform the family code in a way that guarantees equality between men and women concerning inheritance, Abdel Bari Zamzami recently called on parents to divide their wealth equally amongst their children before they die.According to Hespress, citing the Moroccan weekly Al Ayam, the preacher said “the only religiously-permissible way out of this problem is that parents give equal shares to their sons and daughters without leaving behind any property that will take the path of inheritance.”The same source added that the Moroccan preacher said that Islam is calling for “equality between sons and daughters in terms of giving,” unlike the case of inheritance, which states that the male should get a portion equal to that of two females. Morocco’s National Human Rights Council recently said that equality is still a long way off in Morocco, and much of the old order remains untouched, including the inheritance law section of the family code.In its report released last month under the title “Preserve the Constitutional Aims and Objectives and Make them Effective,” the Council stressed that women should receive the same inheritance as men, in accordance with the 2011 Constitution, whose Article 19 clearly calls for the implementation of gender equality.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

  • UN actions to end Darfur genocide too little too late – Saint

    28 September 2007The killings and violence that have engulfed the Sudanese region of Darfur for the past four years constitute genocide, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today, calling the planned hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force insufficient and too late. The killings and violence that have engulfed the Sudanese region of Darfur for the past four years constitute genocide, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today, calling the planned hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force insufficient and too late.Ralph Gonsalves told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate that the actions of the UN in recent years “have caused the world to wonder about the relative worth of a Sudanese or Rwandan life, versus an Israeli, Chinese, American or European life.”He accused the UN of showing “heartless neglect, in practical terms, of the genocidal campaign being waged in Darfur.”More than 200,000 people have been killed across Darfur, and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes, since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia in 2003.Mr. Gonsalves said today that “what is happening in Darfur is genocide – let us call it what it is. The United Nations must remain committed to alleviating the suffering of the men, women and children of Darfur.”A commission of inquiry appointed by the UN found in early 2005 that the Sudanese Government had not pursued a policy of genocide, but that its forces and the Janjaweed had “conducted indiscriminate attacks, including killing of civilians, torture, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement.”The commission also found credible evidence that rebel forces were responsible for possible war crimes, including murder of civilians and pillage.The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for two suspects: Ahmad Muhammad Harun, who is currently Sudan’s Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (also known as Ali Kushayb). But Sudan has not moved to arrest the two men, who are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.Mr. Gonsalves said recent developments, particularly the authorization of the hybrid peacekeeping force (to be known as UNAMID), and the appointment of its civilian and military leaders, were “somewhat encouraging, let us not delude ourselves: the force on the ground is still insufficient, its mandate ambiguous, and its emerging presence is years too late.”At full deployment UNAMID will have about 26,000 troops and civilian police officers and some 5,000 civilian staff. The mission is tasked with acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to support the “early and effective implementation” of last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement between the Government and the rebels, and it is also mandated to protect civilians, prevent armed attacks and ensure the security of aid workers and its own personnel and facilities. read more

  • Foreign exchange rates

    These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Friday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9900Brazil real 0.3975China renminbi 0.1870Euro 1.4515Hong Kong dollar 0.162310India rupee 0.01968Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01126Malaysia ringgit 0.2952Mexico peso 0.07213N.Z. dollar 0.9298Norway krone 0.1545Peruvian new sol 0.3905Russia rouble 0.02141Saudi riyal 0.3379Singapore dollar 0.9238South Africa rand 0.09717South Korean won 0.001122Sweden krona 0.1522Switzerland franc 1.3134Taiwanese dollar 0.04184Thailand baht 0.03751Turkey lira 0.3582U.K. pound 1.6553U.S. dollar 1.2672Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

  • Treat Alberta companies better Wildrose Shadow Minister

    by Mike Tarasko Posted Mar 31, 2017 6:08 am MDT Treat Alberta companies better: Wildrose Shadow Minister AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Wildrose Shadow Minister for Economic Development and Trade has a simple solution for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley when it comes to an on-going feud with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Visiting Regina Thursday, Prasad Panda met with government members and said if Notley wants to prevent companies from leaving Alberta, she needs to treat them better. “We have to make sure that we create a good business environment for long term sustainability and confidence,” Panda said.Thursday, Notely suggested Wall broke trade rules, under the New West Partnership, by sending letters to Alberta companies inviting them to move to Saskatchewan.Wall argued the letters only highlight the existing benefits of operating a business his province. He said there were no promises of further incentives, so no rules were broken. read more

  • UN postal agency regrets US withdrawal

    In a statement on Thursday, Pascal Clivaz, the Deputy Director General of the UN Universal Postal Union (UPU), established in the 19th Century, recalled the “tremendous and positive contribution” made by the US.“It is, therefore, regrettable that the US has taken this step. We, however, respect the decision because we believe it was taken after careful consideration and reflection,” he said.According to UPU, the official notification on Wednesday, from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said that the withdrawal “shall be effective one year after the day on which [the UPU receives] this notice.”Media reports stated that the US has decided to withdraw on the grounds that international mailing rates set by the UPU, in the view of the US, give an unfair advantage in particular, to China. The Union sets shipping rates for overseas mail, at a lower rate for developing countries, than developed nations.Further in the statement, Mr. Clivaz said that UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein will be seeking to meet with US officials to further discuss the matter, and expressed hope that, “through discussion and a constructive dialogue, we can help to resolve this issue to everyone’s satisfaction.”“The decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the UPU treaties is a serious one, but I believe, with the support of other members, we can resolve the matter amicably.  We will, therefore, continue to seek a constructive dialogue and to try to resolve this situation, while also upholding the UPU Constitution.”He added that UPU remains committed to support international collaboration in the postal sector.“This means ensuring that, by working with all 192 member countries, the UPU treaties best serve everyone, including the US.”Established in 1874, UPU is the primary global forum for cooperation between postal systems. It works with its member countries to bring postal services to everyone on the planet. The second oldest international organization worldwide, UPU became a UN specialised agency in 1948. read more

  • High school AllStars take Columbus court

    Every year the best high school basketball players in the nation come together to compete in the McDonald’s All-American game. The East and the West teams of high school stand-outs will play in Columbus’ Schottenstein Center tonight.Here are several things to keep your eye on. Future BuckeyesThe Associated Press National Player of the Year and headliner of OSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Jared Sullinger, will suit up for the East squad tonight. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Columbus Northland has the kind of size, athleticism and post presence that the Buckeyes have lacked for the last few years. Although his strength is definitely playing in the low post, he is plenty capable of stepping out and hitting a jump shot, making him a tough matchup for opposing defenses.It is unclear whether he will play center or forward for OSU next season, but either way he will be an impact player from the minute he steps on the floor. If Sullinger is the No. 1 recruit in OSU’s incoming class, his teammate on the East team, DeShaun Thomas, is a very close second. Thomas isn’t necessarily the inside threat that Sullinger is, but for a guy with his size he has an uncanny ability to beat people off the dribble and create his own shot. The 6-foot-7-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., averages an impressive 33.9 points and 16.3 rebounds per game and, like Sullinger, could step in and play right away for the Buckeyes.Big Ten BoundTwo members of the West team in tonight’s game will likely be playing their first of several games in the Schottenstein Center. Michigan State recruit Keith Appling and Illinois recruit Jereme Richmond will both play opposite Sullinger and Thomas tonight on the West team.Appling was the winner of Monday’s skills competition and is a guard in the mold of current Spartan Kalin Lucas. He handles the ball well, can consistently score from the perimeter and, like Lucas, could give Buckeye fans trouble for the next several years. Richmond, who compares himself to NBA star Kevin Durant, is an athletic forward who does his best work on the defensive end. Smith averages more than 11 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game. Roy’s BoysThis past season was a bit of a disappointment for North Carolina and coach Roy Williams. As the defending national champions, the Tar Heels had high expectations for the 2009-10 campaign, but youth, injuries and inconsistency designated Carolina to a rare appearance in the NIT. Its struggles, however, will likely be short lived. Three of the All-Americans in tonight’s game, two from the East and one from the West, will play their college ball in Chapel Hill.The most highly touted of the future Tar Heels is Harrison Barnes. The 6-foot-8-inch forward from Iowa is No. 1 on ESPNU’s list of 2010 recruits and is considered by many to be this class’ most complete player.Joining Barnes at Carolina are the East’s Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall, both guards.Best of the RestBrandon Knight, a guard on the West team, averages more than 32 points a game, and is No. 1 in the 2010 class according to No. 4 on that list is guard Josh Selby, who won Monday’s slam dunk contest. Neither Knight nor Selby has made a decision as to where they will play college basketball, but for those interested Buckeye fans, neither is said to be considering OSU. The biggest player in tonight’s game, and coincidentally the player with the best name, is Fab Melo who stands 7 feet tall. Melo will play at Syracuse. read more

  • Ubuntu 1304 is available to download

    first_imgToday sees the release of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), the last desktop version before Canonical fully integrates support for mobile devices. So this latest version can be viewed as a transitional release, but one that does come with some benefits for the desktop user.The first thing you should notice after an install is that 13.04 is faster (more snappy) while using less memory. This is a welcome side effect of Canonical tightening things up so as to allow Ubuntu to work on the limited hardware of mobile platforms in the near future.There has also been some user interface improvements, including Ubuntu One getting its own sync menu, a new social lens and the ability to control which apps have access to your social accounts in one place. You’ll also notice that the workspace switcher is now hidden by default and that window snapping has a nice ghost preview of the area a window will cover.If, like me, you have multiple browser windows open, Ubuntu 13.04 has made it easier to switch between them. You can now use the scroll wheel on your mouse to quickly flick between them, or click the application’s launch icon and get a list of the windows to select from. Scrolling on the Dash has also been made easier with an overlay scrollbar.The performance improvements and lower memory use alone should get existing users to upgrade, but it may also tempt a few more people to give Ubuntu a go. As always, it’s free to download and works well in a virtual machine if you would like to try it out first. Wubi is no longer included, though.If you want the version that’s fully converged for use with tablets and smartphones, you’ll have to wait for 13.10 that will arrive at the end of October. And if you’re a developer, 13.04 includes the Developer Preview SDK, which allows you to create a single app ready to deploy to all Ubuntu devices through the Ubuntu Software Center.You can grab both desktop and server versions right now from the Ubuntu website.last_img read more

  • Athens condemns Libya tanker bombing that killed two sailors

    first_imgThe Greek government condemned on Monday the bombing of a Greek-owned tanker at the Libyan port of Derna that left two sailors, a Greek and a Romanian, dead.“The Greek government will proceed to all of the necessary representations to the Libyan authorities – in spite of the volatility of the prevailing situation – to make possible the clarification of the conditions under which the tragic incident occurred, the identification and punishment of the perpetrators of the attack, and the payment of compensation to the families of the victims,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement a day after the bombing by an unidentified fighter jet.“To this end, the Greek government is already in contact with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Libya, Bernadino Leon, and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.”The Araevo, owned by Athens-based Aegean Shipping Management, was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil and had 26 crew members on board. Two other crew members were injured.“According to information from the company that owns the Araevo, the vessel was under lease to Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) and for a number of years traveled between the Libyan ports of Marsa al-Brega and Derna without any problems,” the ministry added.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more