This post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTMixon, K. (2013). Did you know? Kacy Mixon gives eXtension permission to use this photo.Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization founded by military spouses in 2009 to raise awareness of military family struggles, spearheaded an online survey in November 2012 to examine major obstacles that military families may face. Today’s “Resource Discovery” features the website that houses the findings of this survey in which over 5,100 military family members participated.Blue Star Families (2013). Retrieved fromhttps://www.bluestarfam.org/The major themes covered included pay/benefits, retirement, military spouse employment, effects of deployment on children, and education of military children. The survey revealed financial as well as health and wellness concerns as the top military family issues. Below are a few of the other findings:35% of respondents listed pay/benefits as their top military family life issue.77% of respondents indicated having 1 or more children living at home.30% of respondents participated in mental health counseling to assist with the negative impacts of deployment.24% of spouse respondents reported post-traumatic stress symptoms in their service member.72% of participants reported that social media was important in communicating with their service member during deployment.Of the service members who contemplated suicide, 30% reported not seeking suicide support services.The Blue Star Families website provides not only the comprehensive survey results, but also an abridged version supplying the highlights in PDF format. It is accessible to the public and can be used by professionals providing services to military families to explore unique concerns that these families they may have.
A software engineer, along with his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in an apartment in Baner-Pashan area in Pune in a case of suspected suicide, said police on Friday.The bodies of Jayeshkumar Patel (34), his wife Bhumika (30) and son Akshay were found in their home on the Baner-Pashan link road, said the Chaturshringi police.Rope marks were discerned on the necks of the husband and wife, while the child appears to have been administered with poison, said the police.Patel worked with a reputed IT firm while his wife was a homemaker. According to sources, the victim’s house was locked from inside for past couple of days.“When the family did not answer repeated calls by anxious neighbours, they alerted the police late on Thursday evening. Patel’s apartment was broken into from the balcony of an adjacent building, only to find the family in a deceased state,” said the investigating officer from Chaturshringi police station.“Either the husband and wife hanged themselves after killing the child or the husband killed his wife and son before taking his own life. We are ascertaining what prompted Patel to take this extreme step and the time of the deaths,” said the officer.The bodies have been sent to the Sassoon Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on.Suicide spree in cityThe Pashan deaths add to a growing surge of suicides across Pune in the last 48 hours.On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh were found dead in their room in the city’s Bhosari area. In another incident, the body of a 31-year-old nurse was found in a decaying condition in her hostel room at Bhosari on Thursday evening.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed “harsh punitive action” against seven officials after a preliminary probe observed several flaws in the construction work of the Varanasi flyover, a portion of which collapsed on Tuesday killing at least 15 persons.Over a dozen people were injured and at least seven vehicles, including a mini-bus and a tempo, were crushed when a girder of the Lehartara-Chauka Ghat flyover crashed during peak traffic hours. Action against ex-MD The three-member probe team of senior officials led by Commissioner of Agriculture Production Raj Pratap Singh noted several “irregularities” in the construction work of the flyover. The Chief Minister has directed action against seven officials, including the managing director of the U.P. State Bridge Corporation, Rajan Mittal, who was removed from his post on Thursday. “Appropriate” action has also been directed against chief project manager H.C. Tiwari, former project manager Gendalal, project manager K.R. Sudan, assistant project manager Rajendra Singh and junior project managers Lal Chand and Rajesh Pal.State Public Works Department Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has appointed J.K. Srivastava as the new MD of UPSBC. Mr. Maurya had already suspended four officials, including Mr. Sudan and Mr. Tiwari, hours after the incident, holding them “prima facie” responsible.According to Awanish Awasthi, principal secretary, information, the preliminary probe report found at least six irregularities in the construction of the flyover. The report noted that not only were “the drawings used in the construction not approved by a competent authority”, the “support beams put in between the columns were also not tied to the cross beams”.No recordsThe construction unit “did not maintain the record” of the batch mix plant which has made it tough to ascertain if cement, sand and stones used to construct the support beams were mixed in the right proportion as per laid-down standards. It is also not clear if they were being checked from time to time by competent authorities. The report notes that the construction unit did not have a checklist of the concrete mixture used at the site, nor did inspecting officers record their comments after the inspection.
A U.S. House of Representatives investigative committee today grilled Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden about an accident last month with anthrax and other biosafety problems with dangerous pathogens in his agency’s labs—including some revealed years ago that supposedly led to reforms. Frieden explained that his agency failed to see “the pattern” that the latest incidents have exposed.The hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigations subcommittee came in response to a June incident in which CDC scientists in Atlanta moved anthrax samples they mistakenly thought were inactivated from high-containment labs to less secure ones, potentially exposing dozens of workers. Last week, two more problems came to light: a recent CDC shipment of flu samples contaminated with the deadly H5N1 avian influenza and the discovery of smallpox vials from 1954 in a government lab at the National Institutes of Health. 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The inspectors, from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), found additional problems, including expired disinfectant, anthrax stored in unsecure freezers and labs, samples stored in Ziploc bags, and a lack of preparation at CDC’s clinic for a large anthrax exposure.The incidents “have raised very serious questions about the CDC’s ability to safeguard properly select agents in its own labs,” said subcommittee chair Tim Murphy (R–PA), asking whether CDC’s description of them as a “wake-up call” is adequate. Several legislators noted similar incidents at CDC over the past decade and a long list of reports finding broad problems with biosafety at CDC from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general.CDC responded adequately to the earlier incidents, according to Frieden, but failed to appreciate the extent of the problem. “We recognize the pattern at CDC where we need to greatly improve the culture of safety, and I am overseeing sweeping measures to improve that culture of safety,” he said.Frieden said part of the problem is that scientists who have spent years studying deadly pathogens in nature can become “inured to that danger” in their own labs. Both he and an APHIS associate deputy administrator testified that the existing rules are adequate to deal with the problem and that no new legislation is needed.Lawmakers asked how the moratorium on shipments will affect CDC’s ongoing work. Frieden said the halt has raised concerns from researchers working on drug-resistant tuberculosis, the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and preparations for next season’s influenza vaccine. CDC has made it a priority to quickly resume shipments from labs involving patient health and public health emergencies, he said.Some members wondered if the proliferation of labs working on select agents not just at CDC but at other agencies and universities since the 2001 anthrax attacks has increased the risk of an accidental release. One witness, GAO researcher Nancy Kingsbury, noted that there is no single entity that overseas biosafety and biosecurity or decides how many labs are needed. “The more important issue is, … How many of these laboratories do we really need for what purpose against what threat?’ ” Congress may need to mandate a national strategy for these labs—although it is not clear which agency would conduct it, Kingsbury said.CDC’s internal anthrax investigation concluded that minimizing the number of labs and staff at CDC working with select agents would improve safety. Asked for his view of the growing overall number of U.S. biocontainment labs, Frieden responded that “this is a complicated topic. … But just logically, the more places where work with dangerous pathogens goes on, the more possibility there is of accidents or accidental releases.” Microbiologist Richard Ebright of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, urged the panel to consider moving oversight of select agent labs from CDC and USDA to another agency that does not fund or conduct such work itself as a way to avoid conflicts of interest. Ebright has long pushed for reducing the number of U.S. labs doing select agent work, and he told the panel the number should be whittled from the current more than 1000 to fewer than 50.
Newly appointed Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia on Tuesday said the State will be “freed” from the Congress after 2023 and it will become an “invincible fortress” of the BJP. Targeting the Congress government, he said it has “betrayed” the people of the State in its 10-month rule. The next Assembly elections in Rajasthan are scheduled in 2023. Addressing the party workers after formally taking over the charge as the State president, Mr. Poonia exhorted them to work hard for the BJP’s “mission Congress-free Rajasthan”. He claimed that anti-incumbency has started developing against the Congress in the State as it has “failed” to deliver.
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marinero trailed by 10 points with 3:07 left but answered back with a commanding 11-0 run, including two big triples from Joseph Marata and a three-point play from Iñigo.Iñigo led Marinero with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A more confident Von Tambeling showed up as Tanduay crushed Batangas, 111-86, to move to solo third place in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Urdaneta leg kicks off Milo 42k series Tambeling scattered 28 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Lester Alvarez added 20 points, six boards, and six assists as the duo captained the Rhum Masters’ third quarter breakaway.“[Coach] said he got me for my scoring and for my effort, so I had to do my part,” said Tambeling, who was once an upstart guard for Letran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We know the implications and the impact of this game to the standings,” said coach Lawrence Chongson as Tanduay improved to a 5-2 record.In the second game, Jeffrey Javillonar found Achie Iñigo inside the paint for the go-ahead basket with 44.2 ticks left as Marinerong Pilipino slipped past Racal Motors, 72-71. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Canadian Andre De Grasse ran down South African Akani Simbine to win the 100 metres in his fastest time of the year at Berlin’s ISTAF meeting on Sunday.De Grasse, the Olympic 100m bronze medallist, came on strong in the final 30 metres to take a confidence-boosting victory in 9.97 seconds. Commonwealth Games champion Simbine was second in 9.99. “This was like a comeback for me,” said De Grasse, who missed the 2017 world championships with a hamstring injury that lingered last year.”These were my last 100m before the world championships and this race gives me a good time before I race in Doha.”Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica also ran his best time of the year to take victory in a time of 13.07 seconds.The men’s pole vault brought together the three top medal contenders for Doha with American-born Swede Mondo Duplantis edging U.S. world champion Sam Kendricks on misses as both cleared 5.80m in windy conditions. Poland’s Piotr Lisek was third at 5.70m.Germany’s women ran the fastest 4x100m relay of the season, 41.67 seconds, and the host nation’s Gesa Krause shattered the world best in the infrequently run women’s 2,000m steeplechase, clocking 5.52.80, nearly 10 seconds faster than the previous mark. 100mAndre De Grasseberlingold medal First Published: September 1, 2019, 11:37 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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.
Honda Motor Co Ltd on Wednesday said it aimed for new-energy vehicles to account for two-thirds of its line-up by 2030 from around 5 per cent now, as increasingly stringent global emissions regulations prompt automakers to make greener cars.Japan’s third-biggest automaker by sales said in its latest strategy update that its petrol-battery hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell vehicles (FCV) would collectively outnumber its petrol-only offerings in less than 15 years’ time.ALSO READ:Honda Cars India to launch new generation Amaze on March 3Plug-in hybrids – which can also be recharged via household wall sockets – will be “at the core of electrification in the future” for Honda, said Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo.Honda will release a plug-in hybrid in North America by 2018 that shares the same production platform as its Clarity FCV announced in October, Hachigo said. It will then make plug-in versions of its major models and raise model numbers, he said.The announcement makes Honda the latest automaker to set dramatic long-term emissions-related targets. In October, Toyota Motor Corp said it aimed to cut new vehicles’ average carbon dioxide emissions by 90 per cent from 2010 levels by 2050.Behind the push are governments globally rapidly raising emissions standards. But limited infrastructure such as charging stations make some green cars a hard sell, while low oil prices have sparked demand for sport utility vehicles and other petrol-guzzlers.ALSO READ:Honda inaugurates its 4th two-wheeler plant in IndiaR&D FOCUSHonda’s new-energy target featured in the automaker’s strategy update, the first under Hachigo. The CEO, who assumed the job almost a year ago, has restructured personnel and operations to revitalize research and development (R&D).advertisementOn Tuesday, Honda said managing officer Yoshiyuki Matsumoto would direct R&D, moving on from leading automotive operations.”Our appointment of a new head of the R&D centre is intended to position R&D at the centre of all product development, and make it responsible for the design and performance of each and every vehicle,” Hachigo said on Wednesday.The strategy update also included a shift to standardized vehicle platforms to increase production flexibility – in line with an industry trend – and a focus on global models such as the Fit compact, Civic and Accord sedans.ALSO READ:Honda to recall 57,676 units of City, Jazz, Civic in India”The key to improving sales is our global models … which are so central to the company’s brand. If we develop these models to raise their appeal, it will translate into higher sales,” Hachigo said.Separately, Honda repeated at the strategy update that it did not plan to offer further financial support to long-time supplier Takata Corp, whose airbag inflators are at the centre of a deepening global recall.
American carmaker Jeep has just revealed their India-spec Compass. It will be launched in India in the third quarter of 2017 but the big news we have stumbled upon is the Renegade coming to India. According to reports, the Renegade is headed to India and will most probably be revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo.The Renegade is the smallest offering from Jeep and is offered in both, 4×2 and 4×4 setups in the international market. It is sold in four trims – Sport, Latitude, Altitude and Trailhawk. While the first three trims are powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine which is capable of churning out 160PS and 250Nm torque, the Trailhawk which is the most capable trim of the Renegade has a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated MultiAir petrol engine that makes 180PS and 237Nm torque.Also Read:Jeep Compass revealed in India: See full specs and pictures hereAs of now, Jeep has not revealed anything officially and thus it cannot be confirmed what avatar the Renegade will come to India in, however it will be slotted underneath the Compass and could become the second Jeep car to be built in India.The Renegade will be an ideal vehicle for Indian conditions, small and nimble, but powerful enough to go anywhere.Also Read:Jeep reveals India spec Compass SUV in online video
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique urged the club’s fans to create a wild atmosphere in Camp Nou to help the team complete another improbable comeback in the Champions League, this time against Juventus. (Neymar confident of leading FC Barcelona to second miracle comeback)The Spanish coach insisted his team will try to score five goals on Wednesday night against the visiting Italians, who have a 3-0 lead from the quarter-final first leg in Turin.After Barcelona overturned a 4-0 deficit against PSG in the last 16 in the biggest comeback in Champions League history, Luis Enrique believes supporters can play their part as the team tries to obtain another shock result.”If we score the first goal, the second will be scored by Camp Nou and the third will come by itself,” he said in a news conference on Tuesday.”Our objective is to score five goals. (We have to) attack, attack, attack. And when we relax a little bit, we have to start attacking again.”A handful of fans left with Barcelona 3-1 up against PSG on March 8, missing the stunning finale as Barca netted three goals in the last few minutes to knock their opponents out of the competition.Luis Enrique said they should stay until the end this time, with the team planning to fight until the final whistle to turn the game around.”I hope they don’t go in the 80th minute. We will try right until the end,” he said.”Those who experienced the night against PSG at Camp Nou will have another chance to enjoy an historic evening. Right until the 95th minute we have to be united.”advertisementThe coach confirmed that Javier Mascherano would be back from injury for the game and said he was happy to have Sergio Busquets available after the defensive midfielder missed the first leg.”Getting (Busquets) back is always great news,” he said.”He is one of the most tactically intelligent players there is and a key man for us. The more he can do, the better for us.”Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said the team needed to put in its best performance of the season.”We have to play a perfect match. We have to create the maximum number of chances and score goals. We probably need to play our best match of the season,” he said.
Considered as a limited-overs specialist even five months back, Jos Buttler’s return to Test cricket has been nothing short of remarkable till now.Making a return to the England Test team after a sensational Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals, Buttler has most tasted success in the four Test matches he has played so far.Buttler has scored two fifties and one century in the eight innings he has played since his return to Tests earlier this year and accumulated 331 runs.He returned to Test cricket after a gap of a year and a half against Pakistan in May and played two Tests against them. He scored 161 runs from three innings against Pakistan and was supposed to be England’s key batsman against India in the five-match series that was slated to start in August.Also read – Jos Buttler, dropped on 1 by Rishabh Pant, slams maiden Test hundredHowever, after a decent limited-overs series (T20Is and ODIs) against Virat Kohli’s men, Buttler’s form fizzled away in Tests and some people even called for him to be dropped from the side. But, the English management stuck to their guns and he was retained and he rewarded them with a gutsy hundred with his team’s back against the wall.Buttler’s maiden Test ton might have come for a losing cause as India are just one wicket away from victory in the third Test with a whole day’s play left but his knock will provide much needed comfort to not only him but the team as well.advertisement”It’s really satisfying. It has been a long time coming. And it was, a few months ago, a million miles away so it’s a huge moment for me. I don’t think I can underestimate that feeling. I’m obviously personally delighted. A little bit lost for words but delighted.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah savours ‘patient’ second five-wicket haul”I think definitely to prove you can do it in the middle, that’s a huge part of the feeling of it. Not just for yourself or anyone else, but to show you can do it for your team as well is maybe the biggest thing. And to feel like you’ve done something for the team and you hopefully belong. But it’s more about backing it up and doing it again because it’s not easy,” said Buttler. Jos Buttler made his Test debut in 2014 against India (Reuters Photo)A regular in England’s limited-overs side, Buttler has failed to nail down a spot in the Test side despite making his debut against India in 2014. He has only played 23 Test matches so far and scored 1115 at an average of 34.84. However, after grinding it out there and playing a long knock for his team, Buttler said that he is getting there slowly and is playing well in the longest format of the game.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah returns to Test cricket with 2nd successive 5-wicket haul”I’m getting closer I think. It’s something I try to do is read the situation and play accordingly so it’s pleasing to know that I can do that. There will be different times that different innings are required. That’s all I try and do in cricket is try and read the situation and play as I feel like should do.”I think it shows in Test cricket how it ebbs and flows. For twenty minutes it feels impossible and then for twenty minutes you feel like you’re in control and playing well. You can’t underestimate how much luck plays a part. Human error, dropped catch and I wouldn’t be sat here today either. So I think trying to focus in the moment and stay in your zone and your bubble and play each ball on its merit and within your game plan is all you’re trying to do, I think, for that period of time. And if that means they bowl well and you play out four maidens you’re trying to trust your defence to get through that,” Buttler said.He also reitierated that he thought that he will never get to play Test match cricket and therefore, this century has given him lot more confidence and satisfaction than any of his ODI or T20 exploits.Also read – Rishabh Pant sets new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut”I was never sure if I’d ever play Test cricket again. All those thoughts go through your head while you’re out there as well and you start to get close and you’re trying to concentrate on the ball. I never thought this would happen so to try to make sure it does. Definitely times when I thought that race was run.”advertisement”A lot more fulfillment probably. It’s just been a longer time coming I think. A hundred in any red-ball game – I think it’s the first one I’ve scored for five years probably – so it’s definitely a big moment for me and it means a lot and it just proves to me I can do it and the hunger to go and do it again. I’ve definitely remembered how hard Test cricket is having come back into it. It’s really tough. It’s tough cricket, it tests you in all sorts of ways and yeah, it’s definitely the proudest moment in an England shirt.”
Kylian Mbappe’s chance to impress as France’s starting centre-forward came to an early end after an ankle knock curtailed his involvement at half-time of Sunday’s friendly against Bolivia.Given the chance to lead the line in Olivier Giroud’s absence, the Paris Saint-Germain star saw little of the ball before sustaining a seemingly minor injury in a tangle with Raul Castro.Mbappe, 20, made way for Wissam Ben Yedder at the interval and is now in at least some doubt for the Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps will hope the young forward can recover in time for what is his team’s toughest assignment in Group H, though the manager said after the match that the injury was “nothing serious”.Following the game against Turkey, France will travel to face Andorra three days later at the Estadi Nacional.The World Cup champions began qualification for Euro 2020 with a pair of wins in March, a 4-1 victory over Moldova followed by a 4-0 shutout of Iceland. Mbappe is coming off a stellar season with PSG, having won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award and finished the campaign as the league’s top scorer with 33 goals. The forward’s stellar performances have let to constant speculation over a move, with Real Madrid among the clubs linked.Mbappe himself has fanned the flames of that exit talk, hinting at a move away from Parc des Princes last month. “I come to a first or a second turning point in my career,” Mbappe said after collecting the Ligue 1 Player of the year award.”I discovered a lot of things here. I feel it’s time to have more responsibility. I hope it may be Paris Saint-Germain, it will be with great pleasure, or it may be elsewhere for a new project, but I would like to say thank you.”Mbappe joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco, having won the league with the principality club as well as reached the Champions League semi-final. Since joining PSG, Mbappe has won the league twice while also claiming a Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue title.On Sunday, France would go on to defeat Bolivia 2-0 in Nantes following goals from Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann.
Next Reuters CincinnatiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 10:10 IST Novak Djokovic faces a tricky test in the semi-final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDjokovic defeated Lucas Pouille 7-6(2), 6-1 in the quarter-finalDjokovic needed nearly an hour to win the first set against PouilleMedvedev has made two finals in the past two weeksNovak Djokovic wore down Lucas Pouille after an even first set, dispatching the Frenchman 7-6(2) 6-1 in a Cincinnati Masters quarter-final in Ohio on Friday.The match was much closer than when the pair met in the Australian Open semi-finals in January, when Djokovic conceded only four games before going on to win the title.It took Djokovic nearly an hour to prevail in the first set but he closed out a one-sided tiebreak with a deft backhand passing shot.The second was one-way traffic as the world number one played with relentless efficiency against an opponent who ran out of answers.Perhaps the only concern for Djokovic with the US Open looming in less than two weeks was a sore elbow which required brief treatment by his trainer late in the match.”I managed to finish the match, had a little bit of tightness in my elbow but hopefully everything will be fine for tomorrow,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview.He will have less than 24 hours to recover for a semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, who continued his recent hot form, ousting Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev 6-2 6-3 in barely an hour.Medvedev, a career-high eighth in the rankings, faced only one break point.He has made two finals in the past two weeks, losing to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafa Nadal in Montreal.In other quarter-final action, Frenchman Richard Gasquet continued his comeback from groin surgery by defeating 11th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(2) 3-6 6-2. Gasquet, who defeated Andy Murray in the opening round, set up a semi-final clash on Saturday with Belgian 16th seed David Goffin.advertisementGoffin advanced when his quarter-final opponent, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, pulled out before their match on Friday due to illness.Gasquet underwent groin surgery in January and returned to competition in May.”I didn’t play for six months, so it’s great to be back here and reaching the semi-finals aged 33,” Gasquet told ESPN in an on-court interview.”Goffin is a tough guy, one of the fastest from the baseline, so I will be prepared to battle and to fight.”Also Read | Knee injury puts Naomi Osaka’s US Open title defence in doubtAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Danill MedvedevFollow Lucas PouilleFollow Cincinnati Masters Novak Djokovic to face in-form Daniil Medvedev in Cincinnati Masters semi-finalWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final of Cincinnati Masters. The Serb will have less than 24 hours to recover and face his in-form Russian opponent. advertisement
Story Highlights More than 2,300 young people are to be employed under the National Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will be officially launched today (August 10) at the Jamaica College Auditorium, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew. The exercise, spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be implemented through the municipal corporations, which will see to its effective operation. More than 2,300 young people are to be employed under the National Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will be officially launched today (August 10) at the Jamaica College Auditorium, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew.The young people, from across the island, will be engaged in the auditing of street lights and identifying vulnerable persons within communities who may require assistance during periods of natural disasters and other forms of emergency.The exercise, spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, will be implemented through the municipal corporations, which will see to its effective operation.It will kick off during the third week in August and run throughout the remainder of the month into September.The programme is designed to meet one of the Government’s key priorities, which is to facilitate the empowerment of Jamaican youths by creating opportunities for them through employment.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said that the seven-week initiative is expected to reap tremendous benefits.“These young people would have further developed their knowledge base and skill sets and the municipal corporations will have improved records on street lights and vulnerable persons,” he noted.
zoom Peru loses over USD 5 million a day due to the dockworkers’ indefinite strike at Callao, underway for over three weeks, according to Peru’s Association of Exporters (ADEX). Thus, the accumulated losses so far total in over USD 100 million.The dockers at Callao port launched a strike on May 13th amid a ongoing dispute with the port’s terminal operator APM Terminals.Dockworkers’ union Sutramporpc has accused APMT of refusing to negotiate over workers’ demands for fair pay.According to ADEX, the strike has been caused by the union’s resistance to implementing an electronic system of nomination of workers. Currently, the union is in charge of distributing tasks among its members, without a criterion of efficiency, which increases the penalties for delays in loading and unloading ships for amounts exceeding one million dollars, the association added.ADEX said that the strike continuation could result in shortage of food supply including bread, chicken, oil and flour, in addition to other industrial products, thereby increasing prices. The strike is also affecting export figures for the month of May, falling for up to 10 percent.Currently there are 26 ships waiting to be handled at the North Pier of Callao, which is operated by the company APM Terminals, and 10 more are expected to arrive next week.Peruvian exports fell 27 percent in April, ADEX data shows.The association’s president Eduardo Amorrortu believes that the crisis will bottom out soon because such a steep decline in exports is becoming increasingly untenable.
N.S. BUSINESS INC.–Responsible Gaming Device To Be Tested inNova Scotia Techlink Entertainment and the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporationhave announced an agreement to field test Techlink’s newresponsible gaming device. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) hasannounced an agreement to provide an equity investment which willaccelerate commercialization of the cutting-edge technology forthe Sydney-based company. “This is an important breakthrough for our company and thetechnology we have developed to empower people to gameresponsibly,” said John Xidos, president and CEO of TechlinkEntertainment. “Nova Scotia has taken the bold step of formallytesting a technology that many gaming jurisdictions around theworld are watching closely.” The responsible gaming device, unveiled by Techlink in November,is an individual console that can be attached to an electronicgaming machine, such as video lottery terminals. It incorporatesthe use of a card to provide players with responsible gamingfeatures. These features allow players to set spending limits,review historical spending and specify times when the playerwants to be limited from gaming. “Techlink is proactive in advancing product-based responsiblegaming features. We’re pleased to be conducting collaborativeresearch to explore the potential of this newest device,” saidMarie Mullally, president and CEO of the Gaming Corporation.”This initiative is in keeping with the Gaming Corporation’sfocus of integrating responsible gaming into its products.” Focusing on the commercialization of the technology, Nova ScotiaBusiness Inc. is providing Techlink with $2 million for theproject. Techlink will use this investment to adapt and refinethe device technology and support further testing. “Techlink has developed innovative new technology which showsgreat potential for niche and international export markets, saidStephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Nova Scotia BusinessInc. supports companies such as Techlink to grow their business.In doing so, we are working together to strengthen the NovaScotia economy, both by advancing the information technology andmanufacturing sectors and by enhancing export opportunities.” Techlink Entertainment is an innovative developer of gamingproducts that enable responsible gaming for the regulated gamingindustry. The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation is a Crown corporationresponsible for the conduct and management of gaming in NovaScotia. It’s businesses include ticket and video lottery andcasinos. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business developmentagency. Private-sector led, the organization works with growth-oriented companies to deliver business solutions. It does so byattracting new businesses to the province and helping thosealready in Nova Scotia expand, through services such as exportdevelopment and financing.
Trois experts qui examineront le modèle de l’intégration en éducation en Nouvelle-Écosse ont été choisis pour former la Commission sur l’intégration en éducation. Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, a annoncé les membres de la commission aujourd’hui 24 mars. Elles sont : Dre Sarah Shea, présidente indépendante, nommée conjointement par le gouvernement et le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse Monica Williams, nommée par le gouvernement Adela Njie, nommée par le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse Mme Williams et Mme Njie débuteront leur travail immédiatement. La Dre Shea se joindra à la commission le 1er juin. « Cette commission, ainsi que le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe, découle directement des commentaires reçus des enseignants et des parents, indiquant que des changements sont nécessaires, souligne Mme Casey. Il s’agit d’un autre exemple de notre engagement à travailler avec les enseignants et d’autres experts afin d’améliorer les conditions en salle de classe. Nous devons mettre en place les mesures de soutien appropriées pour tous les élèves dans les salles de classe. Ce comité d’experts examinera notre approche actuelle et la comparera aux pratiques exemplaires adoptées ailleurs. » La commission examinera le modèle de l’intégration en éducation pour les élèves. Elle examinera aussi les pratiques et politiques actuelles, et élaborera un plan qui inclura des recommandations d’amélioration, ainsi que des objectifs. Les recommandations aborderont le financement, les ressources, le perfectionnement professionnel et l’amélioration des conditions d’enseignement et d’apprentissage. La commission mobilisera les enseignants, les parents, les élèves et les associations, et évaluera les pratiques exemplaires à l’échelle du Canada. Elle publiera un rapport provisoire d’ici au 30 juin, et un rapport final dans un délai d’un an après sa formation.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the BHEL-installed 4×180 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project at Thimpu, Bhutan in the presence of the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dr Lotay Tshering. Notably, with the commissioning of the last 180 MW unit, BHEL has achieved yet another milestone overseas by successfully commissioning the 4×180 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan. With this, BHEL has demonstrated its high quality engineering and project management skills and a firm commitment to undertake challenging jobs as part of its responsibility towards relation building with neighbouring countries. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) officials have appreciated the efforts put in by BHEL for effective and efficient completion of the project. BHEL has executed the electro-mechanical package for the project which includes design, manufacture, supply, transportation, storage, erection, testing & commissioning of generating units and associated auxiliaries including Pelton Turbines, Generators, Governors, MIV, etc. along with Balance of Plant items i.e. Bus Duct, DC System, EOT Cranes etc. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe equipment has been supplied from BHEL’s manufacturing units at Bhopal, Bengaluru, Rudrapur, Hyderabad, Jhansi and Mumbai, while erection and commissioning on site was carried out by the company’s Power Sector – Eastern Region, Kolkata. The run-of-the-river hydroelectric plant constructed on Mangdechhu river in Bhutan has a gross head of 692 meter, with four numbers Pelton Turbines generating 720 MW from the project. The project has been executed under difficult terrain conditions with limited road connectivity as well as frequent disruptions during monsoons. BHEL has accomplished major milestones with the successful execution of the project. This Pelton turbine is the highest rating vertical turbine, designed, manufactured and supplied by BHEL outside India. The state-of-the-art Valmet DNA-based plant controls have also been deployed by BHEL for the first time for a Hydro Power project outside India. BHEL has already executed major projects like Chhukha, Kurichu and Tala in Bhutan till date and with commissioning of the 4×180 MW Mangdechhu project, its total contribution has gone upto 90 per cent of the installed capacity in Bhutan. BHEL is presently executing export orders for 6×200 MW Punatsangchhu-I and 6X170 MW Punatsangchhu-II hydro power projects, which once commissioned, would take its share to 93 per cent of the total power generation capacity of Bhutan.
Mumbai: After nearly three years, budget carrier IndiGo has decided to hike the salaries of its pilots and cabin crew as well other categories of employees effective this month. The commanders at the largest carrier had last month objected to the hiring of pilots from the now-grounded Jet Airways with additional sops like joining bonus, alleging that their wages remained constant for the past three years. “I am pleased to announce a salary increment for both our crew and non-crew employees effective April,” the airline’s HR head Raj Raghvan said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe pilots and crew will receive an “upward revision” in their pay through invidulaised salary letters, while all the eligible non-crew employees will receive a “merit increase,” based on their performance and market benchmarks, he said. The Gurugram-based airline, which nearly controls half of the market, wiped of nearly three-fourths of its profit at Rs 191 crore in the December quarter. “Last fiscal year was challenging year for the airline. Our profitablity in the first few quarters was significantly impacted because of escalating oil prices and and a weaker rupee. “We, however, went through a high growth inducting new aircraft and opening new international and domestic destinations,” Raghvan said.
Disney is closing its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business in a move set to shake up the media landscape.The deal paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year.By buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention – and dollars.Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, “Star Wars,” Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters.With Fox, Disney could add Marvel’s X-Men and Deadpool, along with programs shown on such Fox channels as FX Networks and National Geographic.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press