Parupalli Kashyap, Harsheel Dani lose in pre-quarters of China Masters

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Parupalli Kashyap fought hard before going down in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the USD 150,000 China Masters Grand Prix Gold, here on Thursday.Kashyap lost 10-21, 22-20, 13-21 to former World No. 6 and third seed Qiao Bin of China in a contest which lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Olympic sports center.The tournament was Kashyap’s return to competitive badminton after recovering from a shoulder injury. He had suffered the injury during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) in January.Harsheel Dani was also eliminated in straight games 17-21, 18-21 by Sun Feixiang to bring an end to the Indian campaign.India’s campaign in women’s singles has already ended with the ouster of Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

BCCI Secretary-CoA exchange notes, Champions Trophy boycott ruled out

first_imgIt is now certain that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not raise the issue of boycotting from the upcoming Champions Trophy at the International Cricket Cricket (ICC) meet next week.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary at a suburban hotel in Mumbai on Friday to share notes before Choudhary departs tonight for the important ICC meet.A BCCI source told India Today that Choudhary communicated to the CoA that India pulling out of the Champions Trophy was not an option.The Choudhary-COA meet lasted for an hour where the committee representative Vikram Limaye gave the acting secretary a low down on why they contend that the revised ICC revenue sharing model was unscientific.”Fortunately the office bearers seem to be on the same page as us on this issue. We also shared with Mr. Choudhary the discussions we have had with various member nations between the last ICC meeting and the upcoming one,” a CoA source told India Today.The BCCI is banking on Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka to back their position and oppose the revised revenue model that was passed in the February meeting by ICC.During the meet, the Big three formula which assured the BCCI 21 percent proceeds from ICC’s revenue was scrapped. While the BCCI would have earned around $450 million as per the Big three deal, the revised renevue model will bring its share down to approximately $260 million in the 2015-23 cycle.While the old guard as well as the court-appointed men in the BCCI would now know that getting swinging votes in ICC was no longer easy, Choudhary’s primary task would be to convince enough member boards to at least delay a vote on the matter till the annual conference in June.advertisementMeanwhile, former BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar’s stance at the meeting remains crucial, with him being the central figure in the revenue redrafting decision.last_img read more

G E Shipping Adds Secondhand Supramax

first_imgzoom Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has taken delivery of Jag Radha, a secondhand Supramax dry bulk carrier bought in October 2016.The 58,100 dwt Jag Radha, previously known as Star Manx, was purchased from the Isle of Man-based shipping company LT Ugland Shipping, VesselsValue’s data shows.The dry bulk carrier, which was built by China’s Tsuneishi Zhoushan, was bought for USD 10.7 million, according to VesselsValue.The 32,354 gross ton vessel features a length of 190 meters and a width of 32.3 meters.Including Jag Radha, the company’s current fleet stands at 38 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 14 dry bulk carriers, with an average age of 8.9 years and an aggregate tonnage of 2.94 million dwt.Additionally, G E Shipping has one newbuilding Kamsarmax on order and expects the delivery of two secondhand Aframaxes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Lalus son Tej Pratap to launch Tej Sena

first_imgPatna: Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav on Thursday announced that he will launch his new online platform “Tej Sena” here on Friday. Tej Pratap launched the political outfit, ‘Lalu-Rabri Morcha’, two months ago and had fielded candidates to contest the Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. “Join Tej Sena — an online platform for change makers. Launching on June 28,” the state’s former Health Minister tweeted. During the general elections, Tej Pratap had expressed dissatisfaction over his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav’s decision to not field candidates of his choice from the Sheohar and Jehanabad Lok Sabha seats.last_img read more

Auto cos cut Q1 output by 11 amid sliding sales

first_imgMumbai: Automobile manufacturers in the country slashed production by 11 percent in April-June period this fiscal over the year-ago period amid the industry facing the worst slowdown with sales declining month after month, said a rating agency’s report on Wednesday. Vehicle sales across all categories declined by 12.35 percent to 60,85,406 units in the April-June period against 69,42,742 units in the same period of last year.Domestic automobile industry’s sales volume fell 12 per cent in June 2019 over the same month last year on weak consumer sentiments owing to the slowing economy amid delays in the onset of monsoons. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The auto industry undertook a production cut of 11 percent in the June quarter over the year-ago period on account of production cut in passenger and commercial vehicles as well as two-wheeler segment, which stood at around 12 percent, 14 percent and 10 percent year-on-year, respectively,” rating agency India Ratings and Research said in its report. The production cut in the PV segment was as higher as 15 percent y-o-y while in the utility vehicles (UVs) segment it stood at 2 percent y-o-y, it said. According to the rating agency, the market leader Maruti Suzuki slashed production by 15 percent following the slowdown in the industry to reduce inventory at the dealer level. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe average inventory for PVs declined to 30-35 days in June from 35-40 days in May, the report said, adding contrary to industry-wide production cuts, Hyundai Motor increased production by 3 percent over April-June 2019. In the commercial vehicle segment, the top two players Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra curtailed production by 12 percent and 25 percent respectively, due to high existing inventory levels with the average inventory for CVs increased to 55-60 days in June from 45-50 days in May, it said. In the two-wheeler segment, Hero MotoCorp cut production by 11 per cent during the period while rival Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India took a substantial cut of 23 percent year-on-year over April-June. The 2W inventory at dealer level increased to 60-65 days in June , up from 55-60 days in May, the report said adding the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations has requested the auto industry to bring down dealer inventory of 21 days by September. Therefore further production cuts are likely to continue in July as well, given the existing high inventory levels, it added.last_img read more

Entertainment Industry Foundation Celebrates 75 Years Of Success

first_imgHollywood observed an important anniversary last week – 75 years of charitable giving under the aegis of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).Entertainment Industry Foundation 75th Anniversary Party hosted by Tony and John GoldwynCredit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationTony and John Goldwyn hosted the 75th anniversary celebration for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, one of Hollywood’s leading charities, which their grandfather Samuel Goldwyn helped found.EIF was founded in 1942 by Hollywood luminaries Samuel Goldwyn, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Gene Kelly, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, and the Warner brothers, to leverage the voices and creative talents of the entire entertainment industry to raise funds for vital causes. With the support of actors and executives; guild and union members; and employees of studios, networks and talent agencies, more than $1 billion has been pledged since its inception for EIF initiatives addressing important health, education and social issues.“For 75 years, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has played an instrumental role in galvanizing the power of the industry to give back with the help of champions like Samuel Goldwyn,” said EIF Board Chair Chris Silbermann. “I am proud of our industry’s philanthropic commitment to making huge differences to those in need and thank Tony and John Goldwyn for honoring their grandfather’s legacy.”“EIF could not have touched so many lives without the incredible support of the entertainment industry, media partners and countless donors. The organization is proud to serve as an industry resource and looks forward to 75 more years of supporting inspirational and impactful programs that enrich and transform our communities,” said EIF President and CEO, Nicole Sexton.What started initially as an employee charitable payroll deduction plan has expanded into multiple tentpole programs including Stand Up To Cancer, EIF’s major division that has transformed the way cancer research is conducted, and Hunger Is, which benefits children struggling with hunger in America.“I am honored to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and help EIF celebrate 75 years of impact,” said Tony Goldwyn. “I have worked with EIF over the years on various initiatives and it is truly incredible to see how the organization has grown and the significant difference it has made in the lives of so many.”“My grandfather had a vision when he helped found this organization and I know he would be proud to see all the milestones EIF has reached,” said John Goldwyn.At 75, EIF aims to grow its impact in arts education and workplace mentoring by developing programs that will help youth from all backgrounds cultivate and hone their creative skills, providing them with access to industry leaders who will foster and facilitate meaningful learning experiences.“EIF has created a legacy, utilizing the voice and creative power of Hollywood to help those in need,” said current EIF board member (and former chair) Sherry Lansing, a Co-Founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “It has been incredible not only to help shepherd EIF, but to watch its charitable impact grow each year. Here’s to 75 more years of changing lives!”The anniversary party included a salute to the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) — in addition to Lansing, Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb — who in 2018 mark ten years of supporting an innovative research model that has brought new, more effective treatments to cancer patients at an unparalleled pace. Members of the CFA, along with SU2C President & CEO Sung Poblete, Ph.D. R.N., were presented with the Samuel Goldwyn Legacy Award for their leadership. Over the past decade, more than $480 million has been pledged, funding 71 team grants, including 22 signature SU2C Dream Teams as well as 46 individual Innovative Research Grants comprising more than 1200 scientists at over 140 institutions in seven countries. The work of SU2C brings real health benefits to cancer patients and has contributed to FDA approvals of five new cancer treatments in record-breaking time.People from every facet of the entertainment community have volunteered their time and talents to help EIF reach significant milestones: • In the 1940s, Samuel Goldwyn, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, and the Warner Brothers, as well as many others, recognized that uniting the resources of the entertainment community could positively impact World War II relief efforts. A “United Appeal” payroll deduction — a first for any U.S. industry — launched with $1 million raised.• Over the ensuing years, the organization engaged celebrity support and raised funds for President Roosevelt’s awareness campaign to eradicate childhood polio. The introduction of the first coronary care ambulance, which became the cornerstone of the LA County Paramedic program, was also funded.• In the 1990s, EIF’s major inroads in the fight against cancer began. Grassroots fundraising led to “fast track” FDA approval of Herceptin, a breakthrough breast cancer therapy.• In 2000, EIF and Katie Couric launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), a colon cancer initiative focused on funding research and raising awareness of the life-saving potential of colon cancer screening. This work is widely perceived in the colon cancer advocacy community as having contributed significantly to a 30% reduction in the overall colon cancer incidence and death rates in the time it has been underway.• In 2008, EIF and several cofounders established Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and launched the Stand Up To Cancer telecast, the first pro-active network roadblock of its kind. The show has aired biennially since then.• In 2009, EIF launched the iParticipate initiative designed to inspire a new era of service and volunteerism. EIF worked with ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC to integrate the message of volunteerism into more than 100 shows during a weeklong television event.• EIF has also collaborated on disaster relief telecasts such as “Hope for Haiti Now,” “SOMOS UNA VOZ,” and “One Love Manchester” to raise funds to help people living in affected areas.For more information about the history, accomplishments and current initiatives of EIF, visit read more

Empire Q3 shows lower revenue from Sobeys weaker adjusted earnings

STELLARTON, N.S. — The parent of Sobeys is reporting lower adjusted earnings and revenue for its third quarter, but managed to recover from a huge loss reported a year earlier as it wrote down the value of its western business.Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) had $30.5 million of net income for the 13 weeks ended Feb. 4.That compared with a loss of $1.37 billion reported a year earlier, mostly due to a writedown of the Safeway chain after years of underperformance since it was acquired by Sobeys.After adjustments that exclude the writedowns, however, Empire’s earnings fell by 58.1 per cent to $34.6 million.How Sobeys screwed up Safeway in a messy takeover that left empty shelves, massive losses, and drove customers awayEmpire’s revenue fell by $137.4 million to $5.89 billion, mostly from the Sobeys grocery business.Net income was equal to 11 cents per share and adjusted earnings amounted to 13 cents per share.It’s the first quarterly report issued by Empire since it hired former Canadian Tire executive Michael Medline to be its president and chief executive officer in January. read more

Sri Lanka calls for collective defence strategies among nations

He was speaking at the opening of an international defence conference, ‘Colombo Defence Seminar which was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, local defence chiefs and defence officials from several other countries, including China. “This situation is seen increasingly interconnected and unpredictable in posing threats to national security. Electronic technology and connectivity further aggravates the situation. No country in solitude could counter the situation. Collective defence strategies among nations are vital to reach a pragmatic and appropriate response to a highly dynamic global security environment and anticipated future operational requirements. This calls for all nations to work together and formulate consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose actions are brutal, unpredictable and highly technological,” he said.Since its inception in 2011 with the participation of more than 160 distinguished scholars from 60 countries, the island nation’s annual international defence forum has grown into an internationally accepted round-table for interaction on matters pertaining to national, regional and international security. Sri Lanka on Monday called for collective defence strategies among nations to address global security concerns, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) reported.Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne said that all nations must work together and formulate consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose actions are brutal, unpredictable and highly technological. Waidyaratne said that the world is experiencing a diverse range of violence causing upheaval and distress among nations. The conference followed Sri Lanka’s successful defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 after 30 years of war. read more

Suncor asks NEB to close down Enbridge open season on Mainline crude

CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on regulators to close down an open season launched by Enbridge Inc. to gauge support for a fundamental change in how it assigns space on the pipeline system responsible for 70 per cent of Canada’s oil transportation.Calgary-based Suncor, Canada’s largest oil and gas producer by market capitalization, joins oilsands producers Shell Canada and MEG Energy Corp., along with the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, in opposing the plan for Enbridge’s Canadian Mainline system.Enbridge announced the open season on Aug. 2, saying it will accept bids until Oct. 2 from shippers who wish to enter into contracts of up to 20 years for priority transport on the Mainline, with discounts available based on contract length and volumes.Only 10 per cent of capacity is to be reserved for uncommitted volumes, down from 100 per cent available to shippers now under a tolling agreement that is set to expire on June 30, 2021.In a submission to the NEB dated Friday, Suncor says the open season effectively compels shippers to bid for contracted space even if they consider the terms and conditions of service and tolls to be “unclear, uncertain, inappropriate, unfair or unjust and unreasonable.”It asks the NEB to declare that Enbridge cannot offer contract carriage, or require binding contracts be signed, until the terms and conditions of the new system, including tolls, receive regulatory approval.The NEB is to be transformed into the Canada Energy Regulator on Wednesday under recent changes by the federal government. Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:ENB, TSX:MEG)The Canadian Press read more

Protestors gather in the Beltline to boycott Tim Hortons

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protestors gather in the Beltline to boycott Tim Horton’s About a dozen men and women, some with signs, protested outside a Tim Horton’s coffee shop in downtown Calgary over the lunch hour.It was peaceful and without incident, although there was a small police presence just in case.The group was upset that the chain had pulled a series of Enbridge ads, which were running on internal TVs, promoting the Calgary-based company’s pipeline projects.Tim’s pulled the ads in response to an on-line petition from an American environmental group.One of the organizers of the protest, Caitlyn Madlener, said Tim’s should apologize to Enbridge and re-instate the ads or face a boycott.Madlener said the oil industry is vital to Canada’s economy and the company should support it rather than bend to political pressure.660News has reached out to Tim Horton’s for comment but so far the company has not responded. by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jun 5, 2015 5:20 pm MDT read more

Number of tickinfested dogs doubles in a year

first_imgChris Packham has promoted the Big Tick ProjectCredit:Rex Features  “As there seems to be a rise in tick numbers, we need to be concerned and be aware of the potential for increasing problems.”Pet owners in urban areas need to be as concerned as people walking dogs in more rural areas.”We did a survey recently where we looked at tick abundance in parks in cities and we found about 30 per cent of parks had ticks.”Particularly where there is woodland or areas of areas of long grass, there is a risk.” The Ixodes ricinus tick carries Lyme diseaseCredit:Scott Camazine /Alamy The team of scientists also identified a number of Dermacentor reticulatus ticks, which can transmit the potentially fatal disease canine babesiosis. These were collected from dogs in Wales and South West England.TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, who has championed is part of the project, said: “The first thing that is striking about the results is that almost one in three dogs that were taken into vets and randomly tested were carrying ticks, which is shocking.”Also, these ticks were not just found in isolated parts of the UK, but all over the UK. “I would say that this is a tremendously significant project. It’s the largest of its kind ever conducted in the UK and it has been extensive. Dogs can become very unwell with babesiosis Pet owners in urban areas need to be as concerned as people walking dogs in more rural areasProfessor Richard Wall An engorged tick The number of dogs suffering tick bites has doubled in a year as vets warn 90 per cent could carry Lyme and other deadly diseases.Vets taking part in The Big Tick Project studied more than 12,000 dogs over a 16 week period in Spring 2015. Almost one third of the dogs, 31 per cent, were found to be carrying a tick, up from 15 per cent on a study in 2014.In the study, 89.2 per cent of the dogs with ticks were found to be infested with the species Ixodes ricinus which is the principal carrier of Lyme disease and Anaplasma. Dog at the vet I’m on @WimbledonCommon tomorrow to launch #Tickawarenessmonth with @BigTickProject –— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) September 1, 2016 Chris Packham “It was well supported by vets and dog owners too and the data has been rigorously analysed by the University of Bristol.”This is good solid hard data which revealed some very shocking and surprising things about the distribution, the population and potential that ticks have to give diseases to our pets and ourselves.”The advice is very clear, go to your vet and speak to them about the most effective tick control for your pet.”Lyme disease in dogs can lead them to being lethargic, have swollen joints and nodes and can result in fatal kidney disease. Professor Richard Wall, from the University of Bristol said: “The work that we have carried out shows that ticks are extremely widely dispersed.”Everywhere across the UK we are likely to get a fairly high abundance of ticksat particular times of the year.”The records that we have got appear to show that we have had an increase intick numbers right across the country.”What we are primarily concerned about is the diseases that ticks carry. In the UK we have relatively low rates of the prevalence of these pathogens at the moment and in contrast in continental Europe they have much higher rates of disease. Symptoms for babesiosis, which is more serious, include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, anemia, pale gums, an enlarged abdomen, weight loss and jaundice.Dogs which had died from babesiosis had previously been abroad, but the disease has now hit animals which haven’t left the British Isles. One of the dogs checked by vets during the study had 200 ticks.As part of The Big Tick Project, scientists from the University of Bristol mapped the ticks collected to build a picture of the current geographical spread of ticksin the UK and the resulting interactive map, searchable by postcode, shows the risk across the country on a scale of one to five.The data shows the highest prevalence of tick infestation is in South West England, East Anglia and Scotland, but levels are high throughout of Central and Northern England. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Climate change not Arctic drilling drives Obama trip to Alaska video screenshotPresident Barack Obama is coming to Alaska later this month.Download AudioThe White House released a video Thursday morning to explain why he will be the first sitting president to visit Alaska’s Arctic.The folksy video (it starts with the President of the United States saying, “Hi, everyone”) features dripping glaciers, raging wildfires and Alaska Natives hanging salmon to dry.“As Alaskan permafrost melts, some homes are even sinking into the ground,” Obama says in the video. “The state’s God-given natural treasures are all at risk.”In the video, the president says he’s coming to Alaska because it’s on the front lines of climate change, with lives and communities already being disrupted.“What’s happening in Alaska isn’t just a preview of what will happen to the rest of us if we don’t take action. It’s our wake-up call,” Obama says. “The alarm bells are ringing. And as long as I’m president, America will lead the world to meet this threat — before it’s too late.”In Anchorage, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said she hopes President Obama will keep his eyes open during his visit rather than come to Alaska with a predetermined agenda.“I think we’re all looking forward to welcoming the President of the United States to Alaska, his first official trip to see our state,” Murkowski said. “It is somewhat disappointing, though, that he apparently intends to use this as nothing more than a backdrop for climate change.”Murkowski’s fellow Republican, Rep. Don Young, used less diplomatic language in his press release.“It is my hope that the president will use his visit as an opportunity to learn about the many challenges we face and not as a platform to pander to extreme interest groups using Alaska as a poster child for their reckless agenda,” Young’s statement said.Young’s statement described that agenda as locking up critical resources like oil, gas and minerals.The White House video does not mention the administration’s Alaska- and climate-related policy that has been making national headlines this summer: its approval of exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.With the Obama administration’s blessing, Shell Oil began drilling last month in the Chukchi Sea. The company is hoping the Interior Department will approve deeper drilling into oil-bearing rocks any day now.Environmental groups say the administration’s green-lighting of Arctic drilling just doesn’t square with Obama’s stated aim of leading the world in fighting climate change.“It’s a pretty evident contradiction,” Margaret Williams with the World Wildlife Fund in Anchorage said. “It is absolutely clear that greenhouse gases are driving change in the Arctic, and to solve the climate problem, we have to be stemming the source of greenhouse gases.”Greenhouse gas emissions come primarily from burning fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.International climate negotiators will meet in Paris in December. They’ll try to agree on how fast to reduce those emissions. Their aim: keeping the earth’s climate from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius.A study this year by British energy researchers in the journal Nature found that climate change can only be kept under 2 degrees Celsius by leaving Arctic oil in the ground.Sarah Erkmann with the Alaska Oil and Gas Association said the group has no reaction to Obama’s trip yet, with the details of his agenda still being worked out.“We’ll have a reaction if he has any announcements that would impact the industry in Alaska specifically,” she said.Erkmann said AOGA has no position on climate change, though individual oil companies that make up its membership do.Last week, Shell announced it was ending its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council. A Shell spokesman said the energy giant would be leaving the anti-regulatory group because ALEC’s opposition to action on climate change was inconsistent with Shell’s approach to the issue.last_img read more

Did You Know

first_imgStory Links Did you know…?A student-athlete may practice, but not compete, during the first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled less than full-time, provided the student is otherwise eligible. See Bylaw below for more information. Exception—Practice During First Week of Class. A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

SCUFs Valentines Day Controllers Are Perfect for That Special Gamer in

first_imgStay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you typically think of giving flowers, chocolate, or maybe lingerie to your significant other. If your partner is a gamer, those traditional gifts may not suffice. Thankfully, SCUF is rolling out a new line of limited edition PlayStation 4 and PC controllers inspired by the most amorous of holidays. As you would expect, these controllers not only look good, but they have the same great functionality SCUF’s products are known for.The line consists of three colors: Chocolate, Teal, and Magenta. Folks have a choice between the SCUF Impact or SCUF Infinity Pro variants of the controllers. Like all controllers from SCUF, each of these are highly customizable. Users can add paddles to the back, change out the thumbsticks, and even customize the sensitivity of the trigger buttons. If you’re familiar with SCUF’s products then you know exactly what to expect here.AdChoices广告SCUF is giving a few lucky folks the chance to win all three controllers. Entering the contest is fairly straightforward. Contestants must take a selfie with their favorite SCUF controller or piece of SCUF swag. If they fail to have either, they can record a small video clip explaining why they need SCUF in their life. The funnier the clip, the better the chances are of winning. After taking a picture or making a video, contestants must post them either on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SCUFLove.I’ve been a big fan of SCUF’s products for a while now so I think these Valentine’s Day controllers and the associated contest are pretty neat. You can head on over to SCUF’s website and build your own controller. Yeah, the controllers are decidedly pricy, but they are most certainly worth it for dedicated gamers. If you’re going to enter the contest, I wish you good luck!last_img read more

American man found drowned inside Bacalar cenote

first_imgBacalar, Q.R– UPDATED: The body of a visitor to the Bacalar area has been removed from a cenote after a marine rescue team discovered him drowned. The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old Jason N from Florida. The drowning happened inside Cenote Azul outside the Bacalar Lagoon. La Secretaría de Marina says the man went swimming in the cenote Sunday around noon, but failed to return. Relatives requested help to locate him. A specialized search and rescue team was sent inside the cenote. The specialized rescue team found the man after three hours of searching cenote waters. UPDATE: The young American man drowned after suffering an epileptic attack while in the cenote. He was with his family snorkeling the cenote when the accident happened. He had entered the water without a lifejacket. He was vacationing in Bacalar with his family from Florida. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens

first_imgCosta Rica is enacting a National Surveillance Protocol after confirming two cases of measles, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.The Health Ministry had announced four suspected cases earlier Thursday and had sent specimens to labs for confirmation.The symptoms were reported in children aged between 3 and 10 years old in Cóbano, Puntarenas, the Health Ministry said in a statement. The children were not vaccinated against measles by their parents, who are United States citizens, the Health Ministry said. The Health Ministry believes the virus was imported to Costa Rica by a United States citizen who left the country March 12.“There will not be an epidemic of measles in our country,” said Daniel Salas Peraza, the Minister of Health, citing the country’s vaccination initiatives. “But obviously, we don’t want any child to suffer from measles or face the complications measles can cause.”The children displaying measles symptoms are part of a family with nine children and remain under strict quarantine, the Health Ministry said. The organization is determining who the family may have come in contact with to decide what additional preventative measures are needed. “All parents whose child exhibit symptoms that could be measles […] should consult medical assistance immediately to determine if it’s measles and to take necessary measures,” the Health Ministry said. The Health Ministry believes there is no relationship between the four suspected cases and the French family that reintroduced measles to Costa Rica last month. Those cases, Costa Rica’s first since 2014, also involved an unvaccinated child. “There is a vaccine at one year, three months and another upon starting school, and they are essential to prevent measles in the country,” the Health Ministry said. Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in mucus and can spread through coughing and sneezing. The virus can also survive for two hours in an airspace where the infected person has coughed or sneezed, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).The CDC estimates measles killed 500 people annually in the United States before a vaccine was developed in 1963.The CDC recommends “all children get two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.”This story was updated at 4 p.m. with confirmation of measles from the Health Ministry. ​​​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica studies longevity of its centenarian citizens French family in Costa Rica that had been quarantined for measles leaves hospital Vaccinating children against measles is ‘an obligation’ for adults in Costa Rica Zika virus total surpasses 100 cases in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Rep Triston Cole hosts local office hours

first_img Categories: Cole News #### State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will host local office hours for the month of September.“Listening to people’s concerns and ideas gives me a better perspective on critical issues in my community,” Rep. Cole said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their needs and interests in Lansing.”The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, Sept. 1Mio: 10 to 11 a.m. at Oscoda County Library, 430 8th St.;Hillman: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Hillman Wright Library, 610 Caring St.; andGaylord: 3 to 4 p.m. at Otsego County Library, 700 S. Otsego Ave. 31Aug Rep. Triston Cole hosts local office hourscenter_img No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact the representative by email at or by calling 1-(855)-DIST-105. Friday, Sept. 8Mancelona: 10 to 11 a.m. at Mancelona Township Library, 202 W. State St.; andCharlevoix: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Charlevoix Public Library, 220 Clinton St.last_img read more

Griffin Repealing irrelevant laws makes government more efficient

first_img Categories: Griffin News 15May Griffin: Repealing irrelevant laws makes government more efficient The Michigan House today voted to overwhelmingly approve state Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to remove an outdated section of the Michigan Penal Code.Griffin’s plan removes a 1931 law which references the criminal sentencing guidelines for committing a false protest. Individuals who injure, deceive or defraud someone today would be charged with fraud rather than making a false protest, therefore making the older law obsolete.“While the majority of our job as lawmakers is to come up with new ideas to help the people of Michigan, we must also look to clean up laws that simply have no relevance in society today,” said Griffin of Mattawan. “Obsolete laws need to be removed to allow for a more efficient, effective government that every Michigander can be proud of.”House Bill 5763 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

Rep Noble secures funds for upgrades to district libraries

first_img Categories: Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Northville, held his monthly office hours last week at the Plymouth District Library. While discussing policy and local issues with constituents, Noble was honored by the library with a t-shirt as thanks for his efforts in securing funds for upgrades.“On top of conquering record funding for our schools this coming year’s budget, we must not forget the importance of what our district libraries do for our communities,” Noble said. “Libraries promote literacy and education for all. I have so much respect for the expert librarians who can help navigate those looking for answers that a simple internet search cannot deliver.”Noble advocated for and secured $96,000 in appropriations for the Plymouth District Library and $81,000 for the Northville District Library. Upgrades will improve technology, enhance software and revamp educational labs to better streamline research.“The goal was to increase educational opportunities for everyone in our community,” Noble said. “Whether you are a child exploring new worlds with your favorite author, or a college student looking for a credible source to include in your research project, or even someone checking out the book your reading club is diving into next, libraries can benefit us all. I pledge to continue my commitment to education throughout our community.”Photo Information: State Rep. Jeff Noble is joined by librarian Sue Stoney as he “rocks” the t-shirt given to him by the Plymouth District Library for his efforts in securing $96,000 for upgrades. 20Jul Rep. Noble secures funds for upgrades to district librarieslast_img read more

Rep Glenn announces district photo contest

first_img16Apr Rep. Glenn announces district photo contest State Rep. Annette Glenn announced today she is holding a photo contest for constituents in Midland and Bay counties. The top three photos will be chosen as winners and receive the following prizes:1st place – a tour of the state Capitol, the opportunity to sit on the House floor during session, and a U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol2nd place – a tour of the state Capitol and a U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol3rd place – a U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol“We are fortunate to live in a beautiful part of Michigan,” Glenn said. “This is an exciting opportunity to highlight the many wonderful things to do in our area during the summer, and I look forward to showcasing the winning photos in my Lansing office.”The contest will run from Monday, April 22 to Monday, June 3 and is open to participants living in the district Glenn serves. Photos may be emailed to All submissions should include the name, address, and contact information of the participant, the date the photo was taken, and where the photo was taken within the district. All photos must be taken by the individual entering the contest.Questions about the contest should be directed to or (517) 373-1791. Categories: Annette Glenn Newslast_img read more