A Good Enough Malaria Vaccine?

first_imgThe perfect should not be the enemy of the good, especially when it comes to fighting a devastating disease like malaria. A new vaccine, which prevented symptomatic disease in less than half the older children who received it, is rapidly moving toward the marketplace in a field desperate for good news. Given that more than 200 million people fall ill with malaria each year, even a partially effective vaccine could spare huge numbers of people from the debilitating and sometimes fatal effects caused by a bite from a mosquito that transmits the malaria-causing parasite.“The results are encouraging and perhaps more positive than some were expecting,” says Richard Feachem, a malaria specialist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who was not involved with the work.The large-scale study of the vaccine, known as RTS,S (an acronym for its ingredients), began in March 2009. Preliminary results reported in 2011 suggested that the product was somewhat effective in combating malaria in children given shots between 5 and 17 months of age. Researchers running the placebo-controlled trial—which is taking place in more than 15,000 children at 11 sites in seven sub-Saharan countries—found a 56% drop in cases of “clinical,” or symptomatic, malaria in the youngsters, and a 47% reduction in “severe” disease such as anemia, neurological problems, or even death. This analysis was done 1 year after the kids received their third dose, and, because vaccine-induced immunity wanes over time, some worried that meaningful protection might soon evaporate. A subsequent report that focused on infants who received their first shot at 6 to 12 weeks old disappointingly found that the impact on clinical malaria dropped sharply to only a 31% reduction in cases.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The new study, presented today at the 6th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African Malaria Conference in Durban, South Africa, looked at the older group of children 18 months after their last shot and discovered that the immunity had not waned as much as some had feared: There were 46% fewer clinical cases and a drop of 36% in “severe” disease. Vaccinated children in this group required 42% fewer hospitalizations than those who received the placebo. The younger infants had 27% fewer cases of clinical malaria, but rates of hospitalization were the same as unvaccinated infants in a control group.The vaccine’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of Brentford, U.K., says it plans to seek regulatory approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO), which offers influential policy advice about vaccines, said it could recommend its use as early as 2015 if EMA determines that RTS,S is safe and effective. UCSF’s Feachem says that seeking regulatory approval now is a good idea. “The sooner we start, the more lives will be saved.”Although the vaccine’s efficacy is far from ideal, some researchers contend that it could add a critical new tool to malaria prevention efforts. “The vaccine efficacy alone only tells part of the story of the public health impact it can have,” says David Kaslow, who heads the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which helps run the trial with substantial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In particular, a modestly effective vaccine combined with insecticide-treated bed nets, spraying efforts, and improved diagnostics could have an important additive effect. He notes that the trial data show there were 941 clinical malaria cases averted per 1000 vaccinated kids—many get the disease more than once—in settings in which 78% used insecticide-treated bed nets. “That’s the new and important data,” Kaslow says.The latest analysis also shows for the first time that the vaccine worked at each of the 11 sites, cutting disease by 40% to 77% in the older kids. A fourth booster dose being given to participants at 18 months of age in the ongoing study might also bolster vaccine efficacy, notes Vasee Moorthy, the lead person for malaria vaccines at WHO. “A really important point is we don’t know what’s going to happen with the booster dose,” he says, adding that it may even increase efficacy rates in the younger group. “How those booster doses pan out is going to be critical for our policy recommendations.” Final trial results, which will include an evaluation of the booster shot, are expected by the end of 2014.UCSF’s Feachem says that even if the vaccine clears regulatory hurdles and has a WHO endorsement, cost-effectiveness studies will have to determine where its use makes the most sense. “My hunch is that models will show adoption of the vaccine is attractive in some circumstances, but not in all,” he says. GSK has committed to selling the vaccine at cost plus about 5%, but no dollar amount has been announced. Then there’s the thorny question of who is going to pay for the vaccine in the many low-income countries that have a heavy malaria burden. Says Feachem: “That’s a very important international health decision that has to be arrived at sooner rather than later.”last_img read more

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At Oxford, a stereotype on Partition is busted

first_imgThe motion that “This House Regrets the Partition of India” has been carried by the Oxford Union Society by 108 votes to 76.The debate took place nearly three years after Shashi Tharoor’s sensational speech in May 2015 in support of the motion that “This House believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies”.This time both sides expressed sorrow at the horrors that accompanied the Partition of India.Read it at Telegraph India Related Itemslast_img

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Star ideas on vacation

first_imgCheck out how the celebrities do it. Swati Gupta, 28, Creative Director, Body Craft Salon and Spa”For clothes, I usually go to Evoluzione. They have some great pieces by Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Gaurav Gupta and other designers. I also frequent Ffolio and Samsaara at UB City because they have very,Check out how the celebrities do it.Swati Gupta, 28, Creative Director, Body Craft Salon and Spa”For clothes, I usually go to Evoluzione. They have some great pieces by Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Gaurav Gupta and other designers. I also frequent Ffolio and Samsaara at UB City because they have very good collections. For home accessories, I usually go to Raintree or Good Earth. I recently came across OMA and really liked their products too.”Nimirta Lalwani, 33, Fashion designer”Bangalore is a great city for shopaholics. For bridal, designer or high end clothes, Evoluzione is a great bet. For clothes and shoes by international brands, I go to Maison and Zara. And of course, I also like to sport a lot of my own designs.”Nisha Millet, 30, Professional swimmer and former Olympian”I like Mango for casual wear and Avirate has really nice formal dresses. I usually shop in Indiranagar because there are so many places to choose from. My favourite shop in town is the Speedo store which has the best swimsuits ever.”last_img read more

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WWE: Ring collapses in Brawn Stawman and Big Show fight on RAW

first_imgWWE creative have been constantly booking Braun Strowman in the recent past as the next big tough man of the network to push his feud with company baby face, Roman Reigns. Braun Strowman was set up with a match against resident strongman Big Show as the main event on this week’s Monday night RAW, ahead of his match against the ‘lone dog’ WWE Payback.THIS. JUST. HAPPENED! #Raw @BraunStrowman @WWETheBigShow pic.twitter.com/d778FsBeXR- WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017After exchanging blows in the center of the ring for some time, the Big Show landed a less than impressive knockout punch on Brwan Strowman. On recovering, he led the Big Show up onto the top ring and slammed his onto the mat, causing the entire ring to collapse, the ropes to come loose and the foundations to fall away.Through a #KOPunch, a #Chokeslam, and a RING COLLAPSE, The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman manages to stand tall on #RAW! @WWETheBigShow pic.twitter.com/SVrP6y47oW- WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017The match ended with no resolution being reached, but Brawn Strowman was the sole person left standing in the middle of a destroyed ring.RAW general manager Kurt Angle told Strowman that he will meet Roman Reigns at WWE Payback, earlier in the night.He had attacked Reigns last week, tipping over the ambulance Reigns was being taken to the hospital after being attacked backstage.WWE confirmed Reigns had suffered a separated shoulder and cracked ribs.last_img read more

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It’s Brady v. Manning, Take 17

first_imgNEW YORK — The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots went to Denver, Peyton Manning watched the game on television from inside the locker room.Not on Sunday, though. The Broncos quarterback will take his customary spot in the huddle.Manning meets Brady for the 17th and likely last time, with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.Straight after their AFC title game will be the NFC’s, in which the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals in what could be a high-scoring matchup. The Panthers averaged more than 31 points this season, and the Cardinals were a close second at 30.5.Manning didn’t suit up against New England on Nov. 29 because of a foot injury. That game was a thriller, too, with Brock Osweiler leading the Broncos to a 30-24 overtime victory.Manning’s foot is as healed as it’s going to get for now, and after the six-week layoff he’s well-rested and really come through in Denver’s past two games. But this is hardly the same Manning anymore. He doesn’t rely on his arm nearly as much as his ability to decipher schemes. He also leans heavily on the running game, and Denver’s top-ranked defense.While he has only a 5-11 record against Brady, they’re 2-2 in the playoffs, including a win by Manning two years ago in the same Mile High Stadium.The quarterbacks deserve to be a focal point, but there’s a lot more to this matchup than them.Brady is the master of these situations, in his 10th AFC Championship game, seeking an astounding seventh Super Bowl appearance. As he displayed in last week’s win over Kansas City, his ankle is little or no issue, and when given time — as a timid Chiefs defense afforded him — he’ll pick you apart.He has the weapons now that wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, plus tight end Rob Gronkowski, are healthier. Because the running game is sub-par, Brady is going to throw often, leaving the onus to stop him on Broncos pass rushers DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, and Derek Wolfe, plus whatever schemes coordinator Wade Phillips designs to pressure Brady.What could change the flow of New England’s offense is if the oft-jumbled line can’t protect Brady. Injuries have plagued that unit all season.Where the Broncos could have an edge is in the running game through C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman. Unlike the Patriots, Denver always tries to establish the ground attack. Not that the Patriots are easy to run against, although they’re undermined by the absence of injured linebacker Jerod Mayo, and a back issue hurting their best linebacker, Jamie Collins. But Denver must try to lighten the burden on Manning, whose team will start 3 1/2-point underdogs.The Panthers are favorites by a measly three points against the Cardinals, in their first meeting since the Panthers won their first-round playoff a year ago when the Cardinals were racked by injuries.The Panthers are 1-2 in their previous three NFC title games, reaching the Super Bowl in 2003 before losing 32-29 on a late field goal to New England. Arizona won in its only other NFC Championship game in 2008 before losing to Pittsburgh 27-23 in the Super Bowl.Quarterback Cam Newton was involved in 45 touchdowns this season, and he must be accounted for first and foremost by Arizona. Newton didn’t do much as a runner last week in the win over Seattle because he didn’t have to, as running back Jonathan Stewart set the tempo with his 59-yard burst on the first snap. But Newton can control a defense with his size, strength, speed, and savvy as both a passer and runner.The Cardinals need to keep Newton in the pocket while forcing him to throw before he wants to. That means they will keep bringing the blitz.Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has had perhaps the best season of his 13-year career, and is in the conversation for league MVP. But he comes off a mediocre performance against Green Bay in which his decision-making came into question. Perhaps he was nervous because he’d never won a playoff game.Now that he has, Palmer might go back to being the passer who can withstand the heavy pass rush he will get from the Panthers. Few teams have as versatile or deep a front seven; Carolina had five sacks against Seattle.When Palmer gets time, he’ll first look for venerable wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who had a sensational game against the Packers of eight catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Josh Norman is likely to get most of the coverage assignments against Fitzgerald, and that will be a highlight matchup on Sunday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Barcelona 2 Espanyol 0 (2-1 agg)

first_imgBarcelona 2 Espanyol 0 (2-1 agg): Messi turns tie around as Coutinho debuts Jamie Smith 06:25 1/26/18 Lionel Messi Getty Images Philippe Coutinho made his Barcelona debut as a substitute as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi goals booked a Copa del Rey semi-final spot. Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over Espanyol, sealing a 2-1 aggregate success and a place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey as Philippe Coutinho made his debut off the bench.Barca trailed 1-0 from the opening leg after Oscar Melendo’s late finish, but there was little danger of Ernesto Valverde’s men following Real Madrid in crashing out of the tournament.Almost 80,000 fans at Camp Nou waved goodbye to Javier Mascherano pre-match, and Barca made a terrific start in the Catalan derby – Luis Suarez swiftly erasing the first-leg deficit with a header from a fine right-wing Aleix Vidal cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Espanyol wasted chances to reclaim the initiative and Messi came up with the key goal, although his shot needed a touch off Naldo to wrongfoot goalkeeper Pau Lopez, before Coutinho was introduced by Ernesto Valverde for a bright 22-minute cameo.Messi hit the post late on, but Barca – winners of the Copa del Rey in each of the last three seasons – remain in with a chance of matching the four straight titles won by Athletic Bilbao in the 1930s.With both Real and Atletico Madrid having gone out in the quarter-finals, Barca will now compete with Sevilla, Valencia and Leganes for a place in the Copa del Rey showpiece. The draw for the semi-finals will be made on Friday.Prior to kick off at Camp Nou @Mascherano said farewell to the fans #ThankYouMasche pic.twitter.com/K8Uka7XeBb— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018Barca needed only eight minutes to get level on aggregate, surprise starter Vidal sent clear by Messi to provide a perfect cross for Suarez to head home at the back post, the striker’s eighth goal in his last six appearances against Espanyol.But Espanyol immediately fired a warning shot of their own, Gerard Moreno shooting straight at Jasper Cillessen after being picked out by Sergi Darder.The visitors continued to threaten and Esteban Granero should have hit the target from a Victor Sanchez cross, the former Real Madrid man sending his first-time shot wide.Barcelona punished that error by taking the lead in the tie after 25 minutes, scoring their 4,000th goal in official competitions at Camp Nou.Leo Messi’s goal was number 4,000 for Barça at Camp Nou in official competition #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/z3wGBqxkxI— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018Persistence from Vidal won the ball on the edge of the Espanyol box, with Messi driving into space and hitting a firm 20-yard strike that beat Lopez with the aid of a deflection off Naldo.Messi missed a chance to put the tie beyond Espanyol just before the break, brushing the side netting after Andres Iniesta sent Jordi Alba clear down the left to deliver a low cross.Lopez denied Messi a second with a fine save after 55 minutes before record signing Coutinho – wearing Mascherano’s old number 14 shirt – was introduced for his Barca bow.It’s @Phil_Coutinho time!  pic.twitter.com/3sXqyGJNM7— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018With Quique Sanchez Flores’ men committing more men in attack, Barca were increasingly dangerous on the break and Lopez had to make a superb double save from Suarez and Ivan Rakitic after Messi had played Coutinho into space on the left.Espanyol were only ever a goal away from shocking Camp Nou but Moreno’s hopeful penalty appeal after a tangle with Alba on the edge of the box was the closest they came as Coutinho’s debut – against the club he represented on loan in 2012 – ended in a Copa derby victory, with Messi thumping a header against the post with two minutes left, denying him a deserved final word. read morelast_img read more

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Bad Weather Could Affect The Florida State-Boise State Game

first_imgA view of the back of a Florida State player's football helmet.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Florida State-Boise State game is one of the more anticipated contests of college football’s opening weekend. But projected severe weather could potentially impact the Seminoles’ season opener.Tropical storm Dorian could potentially to develop into a hurricane by the weekend. The storm’s projected path currently includes the Jacksonville area.FSU officials are tracking the storm’s outlook. Fan and player safety remains a top priority.“Our game operations staff monitors potential weather impacts for all of our contests on a regular basis and will continue to do so,” an FSU spokesman said, via Orlando Sentinel. “If severe weather presents any issues, we will make appropriate adjustments.”Florida State athletic director David Coburn also released a statement regarding the situation.“We are monitoring weather projections for the potential storm, as are the officials in Jacksonville, at Boise State, and at ESPN and the ACC,” Coburn said, via Idaho Statesman. “It is too soon to make any decisions, but when they are made, the safety of the student-athletes and the fans attending the game will, as always, be the top priority.”The Seminoles and Broncos hope the weather doesn’t cancel their season opener. If weather plays no impact, the two schools will kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.last_img read more

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Schools Embrace Jamaica Moves Initiative

first_imgThe Ministry of Health is reporting that the Jamaica Moves in Schools initiative has been well received by 33 schools across the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew,   St. Thomas, and St. Catherine.Members of the Ministry’s health promotion team across the parishes have been working closely with schools to promote the ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme, aimed at influencing students and teachers to partake in healthy lifestyle practices, in order to reduce the onset of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).The initiative was introduced as a pilot at 18 high schools, 12 primary schools, 2 primary and junior high schools and a special needs school last year.Meanwhile, the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, implemented Phase 1 of the capacity-building residential camp for high schools.Fifty-seven students and 14 teachers were trained as ‘Jamaica Moves’ ambassadors.The two-day camp, which took place from November 23 to 25, 2018, focused on the three key areas of the Jamaica Moves programme – healthy eating, physical activity and age-appropriate health checks.The participants were exposed to presentations aimed at sensitising them about some of the major NCDs, such as cancer, diabetes, heart attack and hypertension.Additionally, the teachers and students were educated about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating, and are now empowered to develop good health practices.Phase two of the capacity-building residential camp for high schools is scheduled for April 2019 and the one-day camp for primary schools is slated for March 2019.Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry of Health, Takese Foga, told JIS News in a recent interview that the initiative seeks to promote healthy eating at an early age.“The aim of the camps is to have a number of students and teachers who appreciate and understand areas of healthy eating and physical activity promote the importance of NCD prevention,” she said.“For children of primary-school age, we want them to be practising the habit of healthy eating and physical activity and also being able to share with their peers. The aim is to empower the children and teachers with some key messages and help them to encourage children to practise healthy lifestyle behaviours,” Ms. Foga said.The 2017 Health and Lifestyle Survey revealed that 82 per cent of Jamaicans were engaged in low levels of physical activity; 16 per cent engaged in moderate activity, and two per cent in high-level activity.Ms. Foga noted that the initiative is very important as data show there have been increased levels of childhood obesity.“It is very important that at this age, children understand or they begin to practise healthy lifestyle habits, such as the reduction of sugar in their beverages, drinking water more, and the different healthy eating tips that we give them. If they start doing that now, in conjunction with the physical activity, then there is a much greater chance that the risk for obesity will be significantly less,” she pointed out.last_img read more

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Caley Provides A-Frame System for Ndurance Cable-Laying …

first_imgzoom Caley Ocean Systems has supplied a high performance, A-frame handling system to Boskalis Offshore for launching trenching vehicles and ploughs from the company’s first ‘N Class’ cable-laying vessel Ndurance.Mounted on the stern of the Ndurance, the Caley A-frame is capable of handling loads of 70 tonne with a maximum lift and reach of 21m up to Seastate-5. The A Frame structure is manufactured in three sections, two leg sections and a top crossbeam. The crossbeam includes the pivot mountings for A-frame’s telescopic swinging beam assembly mounted on a dampening frame, allowing the lifting system to handle a wide range of equipment.The A-frame includes an anti-pitch system incorporating two double acting hydraulic cylinders trunnion mounted to the crossbeam, together with hydraulic power unit (HPU) and winch, for maximum operational flexibility. In addition to cable-laying, the Ndurance’s A-frame will be used for a range of other tasks, including launch and recovery of tools and equipment associated with offshore construction projects.The Caley A-frame is widely used in offshore and ocean science applications where several systems have been in continuous service for over 30 years with many thousands of successful deployments.The Ndurance will undertake worldwide activities on joining the Boskalis fleet.Caley Ocean Systems, March 27, 2014last_img read more

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ICBC Reveals Builders of Its Valemax Series

first_imgzoom ICBC Financial Leasing Co has disclosed the names of builders of its ten 400,000 dwt VLOCs intended to transport iron ore from Brazil to China under a recently sealed deal with Brazilian mining conglomerate Vale.Six Valemaxes are to be built by China’s privately-owned Yangzijiang Shipbuilding whereas the remaining four VLOCs are to be constructed by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.The ships are to start their respective deliveries from 2018.ICBC Financial Leasing confirmed on Monday signing of the contracts of affreightment with Vale for a 27-year period on April 8th. Under the COA, ICBC will transport about 16 million tons of iron ore annually for Vale from Brazil to China starting from the first half of 2018.On the same day, ICBC closed the construction contracts for the new ships.Chinese shipping companies Cosco Group, China Merchants Group and ICBC Financial Leasing Co. have together stacked up orders for 30 Valemax ore carriers worth a total of USD 2.5 billion at local yards.The shipyards entrusted with the construction also include Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, Beihai Shipbuilding, CIC Jiangsu and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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83 makers have plans for film if India wins 2019 WC

first_imgMumbai: Madhu Mantena, co-producer of upcoming Bollywood film ’83, says if India wins the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, they would like to make another movie on the victory. The shoot of the film ’83, directed by Kabir Khan, is on in full swing in England. Mantena said in a statement: “We are making the film (’83) to mark the iconic 1983 victory. After ’83, if India wins the World Cup this year in 2019, we would like to make a film on the win.” According to a source close to the production, “The talks for the movie have already begun. Madhu is super excited to get the movie going. He has started further talks on this new project as well.” ’83, which stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, will hit the screens on 10 April, 2020.last_img

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Respect Indigenous Peoples who dont want to celebrate Canada 150 Trudeau urges

first_imgOTTAWA – An indigenous demonstration teepee was moved onto Parliament Hill Thursday evening after a man was arrested for assaulting at least one of the activists.The Bawaating Water Protectors from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., arrived Wednesday night on Parliament Hill with plans to erect a teepee and engage in four days of ceremonies they’re calling a “reoccupation” to draw attention to the history of indigenous people in Canada during 150th birthday celebrations this weekend.“We’re here to make people aware of the genocide that went on, the assimilations that went on,” said organizer Brendon Nahwegezhiche.“That is a part of the history and that is the truth of Canada, unfortunately.”Originally the group clashed with police, who arrested nine people and told the group they couldn’t set up the teepee.However within a few hours all nine were released without charges and the teepee was set up on a slope near the eastern entrance to the Hill.It wasn’t where the group wanted it to be but was an initial compromise until it was moved to a location onto the Hill close to the main stage where Canada Day festivities will take place on Saturday.The move came after RCMP arrested a man who caused a scene at the demonstration and allegedly knocked a cell phone out of the hands of one of the activists. He was to be charged with mischief, one government source said.Following the incident, negotiations began to move the teepee up onto the main lawn near the West Block.The Bawaating Water Protesters are just one of many indigenous groups planning protest events and demonstrations this weekend to draw attention to the fact that for them, there is nothing to celebrate.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at an event in Charlottetown, said their position is understandable and must be respected.“We recognize that over the past decades, generations, indeed centuries Canada has failed Indigenous Peoples.”He said there has to be a compromise to ensure the safety and security of huge crowds on Canada Day on the Hill as well as respect for the demonstrations.“That’s what I expect of our security services and that’s what I am expecting to see,” he said.Trudeau’s office wouldn’t say if he intervened to stop the possibility of a large confrontation ahead of the big event July 1.However there were signs the government was trying to do what it could to keep tensions down, including working to move the teepee to a location that is safer for everyone involved.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is hosting a picnic in her riding Saturday at which another reoccupation event is planned. On Thursday afternoon, she issued an invitation on Facebook and her MP website, making note of why many indigenous people won’t be celebrating and inviting them to have their voices heard at her picnic.“While many Canadians will be celebrating on Canada Day, for far too many it is a reminder of our colonialist, racist past,” she said in the invitation.“As we mark 150 years since Confederation, it’s important for us to remember and reflect all aspects of our collective history. We need to remember that we are all #treatypeople and that Reconciliation isn’t an Indigenous issue – it is a Canadian imperative.”The Parliament Hill event and the protest planned at Bennett’s barbecue are but two of many such events scheduled for Canada Day festivities across the country. There have been numerous social media campaigns using hashtags such as #UNsettleCanada150 or #Resistance150 and a call from Idle No More to rise on up July 1 with a “National Day of Action — Unsettling Canada 150.”Sen. Murray Sinclair, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will be on hand for Canada 150 events in Ottawa on Saturday as a gesture of reconciliation from the indigenous perspective.“Celebrate is not the right word,” he said. “I will be attending events.”Sinclair said he is in full agreement with the Bawaating Water Protectors’ attempt to draw attention to the history and present for indigenous peoples, and said there is “still a long way to go” before Canada achieves reconciliation.Sen. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas said in a statement Thursday that, as an indigenous woman from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, she is not celebrating this weekend.“We are of the opinion that we will celebrate when all treaties are settled, all First Nations children enjoy equality in education, health care, safe drinking water, quality housing and governance in our own land.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

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Combating terrorism organized crime among UN police work says top adviser

“The threats faced by the global community include not just international wars and conflicts but civil violence, organized crime and terrorism,” Police Adviser Andrew Hughes, who heads the Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), told a recent gathering of the UN’s top police officials.“Law enforcement is a key element in facing many of these challenges to international peace and security and support to national policing services is essential for peace security, human rights, development and democracy,” added Mr. Hughes at the opening of the Fourth Police Commissioners and Senior Police Advisers Conference at UN Headquarters in New York.Participants at the three-day conference, comprising of Police Commissioners (PCs) and Senior Police Advisors (SPAs) from 13 UN peacekeeping operations, shared information and strategies on how to improve host countries’ internal security systems.Assistant-Secretary-General for the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Dmitry Titov, told the gathering that although not all post-conflict challenges are resolved, “peacekeeping operations certainly can play a central role in reducing the likelihood of future conflicts and creating a framework in which normal sustainable development can resume.”He added that the UN has helped to improve the lives of millions of people “living in or emerging from brutal and devastating conflicts,” which he described as a significant achievement, especially by the UN police components.In a meeting with PCs and SPAs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to them for their efforts in strengthening the ability of national security services to promote and protect basic security needs in their host countries.In his address to the conference which ended yesterday, Assistant-Secretary-General for DPKO, Edmond Mulet, also underscored the importance of the increasingly complex work performed by PCs and SPAs in 18 peacekeeping operations deployed across five continents and 12 time zones. 12 February 2009United Nations police units supporting peacekeeping missions worldwide not only play a key role in reforming and rebuilding national law enforcement agencies in post-conflict countries, but also have a significant hand in combating larger global threats, the world body’s police official said. read more

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Mahindananda Aluthgamage makes statement to PRECIFAC

Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today.The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian was asked to appear to make a statement over ongoing investigations into a property belonging to the Railway Department in Nawalapitiya. (Colombo Gazette)

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BoC deputy governor says Canadian economy not growing as quickly as thought

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada has lowered its forecasts for economic growth in the second half of 2013 and possibly for next year, citing a more prudent consumer and an export sector that has yet to fully recover.Senior deputy governor Tiff Macklem said Tuesday that the central bank no longer expects the July-September period to grow at a rate of 3.8 per cent as previously forecast.Instead, the bank says the third quarter will likely show an economy that advanced at a more moderate pace of 2.0 per cent to 2.5 per cent, the same speed it now expects will continue in the fourth quarter. Previously, it had penciled in a 2.5 per cent expansion for the last three months of the year.The Canadian dollar dipped on the news and closed down 0.21 of a cent at 96.85 cents US on Tuesday.The new projections were unveiled in an advance copy of a speech delivered by Macklem to a business audience in Toronto.It was an unusual occurrence for the central bank, which normally issues new forecasts during its quarterly monetary policy reports. The next report will be issued Oct. 23.It was unclear why the bank decided to jump the gun, other than that early indicators have pointed to a more subdued bounce-back for the third quarter.A report Monday on gross domestic product from Statistics Canada found the economy advanced by 0.6 per cent in July, a good monthly number but less than would be necessary to jump-start the quarter to a near four per cent surge.In the speech, Macklem explained that Canadians had become more cautious about spending, a welcome development giving that debt levels are already at record highs in relation to income.“This is good news,” Macklem said. “But this new-found and welcome household prudence is dampening growth. To replace this growth, we need a rotation in demand toward exports and business investment.”“Unfortunately, this rotation has proven elusive.”Macklem said the central bank still believes a revival in the U.S. economy will eventually lead to an increase in demand for Canadian products, but due to competitive pressures and continuing weak demand, it is taking longer than expected.The delay has also restrained businesses from stepping up investments, a vicious negative cycle that is keeping the economy from returning to its potential.Although Macklem did not specifically refer to 2014, the analysis suggests that the bank may also be preparing to revise downward next year’s 2.7 growth estimate, which many economists already consider overly rosy.In an initial reaction to the speech, CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld said the bank may keep interest rates on hold until 2015.Macklem made no mention of the U.S. government shutdown and pending debt limit deadline, which economists say could sap as much as 1.5 per cent from U.S. growth if the crises persist. Such a scenario could also rebound on Canada, particularly in the key export sector.Capital Economics has calculated the immediate hit to Canada would be in the range of three-tenths of one per cent, but that the consequences would be more severe if the impasse lasts and if Congress refuses to pass legislation to raise the U.S. debt limit by Oct. 17, causing a technical deft default.In a statement, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty also expressed concern with developments south of the border.“This is a reminder that while Canada’s economy remains strong, we are still vulnerable to uncertainties outside of our borders, especially in the U.S. and Europe.”Macklem’s speech, his first since losing out to Stephen Poloz for the top job at the central bank in June, hardly painted a picture of a strong economy.Rather, the assessment was of an economy struggling to achieve liftoff, with a growth rate below the 2.5 per cent needed to return to full capacity.Some analysts contrasted the speech to the more hopeful address made by Poloz only two weeks earlier.“The overall tone of Macklem’s comments seem to be sobering, if not simply dovish, particularly when compared to governor Poloz’s recent assessment that Canada is near a tipping point for improving confidence,” David Watt, chief economist with the HSBC Bank in Canada, said in a note to clients.Still, Macklem said the central bank is holding out hope the a revival in U.S. demand will set the wheels in motion for stronger exports and beefed-up business investment, which in turn should lead to great productivity and competitiveness.“Some recent surveys and other evidence, including the pickup in firm creation, suggest that firms are becoming more optimistic,” he said. “And once the sequence of stronger exports, rising confidence, increased investment and stronger productivity is launched, it could well gain traction faster than expected.” by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 12:07 pm MDT BoC deputy governor says Canadian economy not growing as quickly as thought read more

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Nominations open for Brocks Accessibility and Inclusion Recognition Award

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, Brock University will be presenting an Accessibility and Inclusion Recognition Award that reflects the great work being done here to make the community more inclusive for all. Nominations are now open for faculty, students, staff or  Brock volunteers that have made a great contribution in this area.  Nominations will be reviewed by the Brock University Accessibility Advisory Committee and the successful nominee will be presented with the award on Dec. 2.  The nominee must show considerable work or innovation in the field of inclusion and accessibility. All entries can be sent to clytle@brocku.ca.Nomination requires:Name of personContact person and contact informationTitle of programDescription of outstanding service to accessibility or inclusive practisePlease Note:Nominations must be accompanied by two (2) letters of supportNominations must be received by Nov. 18Nomination & Selection:This award will be given on the  Dec. 2Nominations are voted on by the Brock University Accessibility Advisory Committee (BUAAC)All information will be used in the selection process only and will be confidential throughout. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball tops James Madison for 5th straight win

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) passes the ball during a game against James Madison on Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 73-56.Credit: Sam Hollingshead / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s basketball team missed back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, but the Buckeyes never relinquished their lead after Marc Loving connected from deep on their third possession.Loving — a sophomore forward — made another long ball less than three minutes later before the Buckeyes (5-0) opened up an 11-point lead just over five minutes into their 73-56 win against James Madison (4-2) on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU led by double digits for the final 34:57 of the contest.But despite the perpetual lead, the Buckeyes allowed the Dukes to move within 10 at the half and struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game after starting off 6-for-10 from 3-point range.Senior forward Sam Thompson said the Buckeyes have to be able to win, even when not shooting well, and proved they have that ability against the Dukes.“Sometimes you’ve gotta win like that,” Thompson said after the game. “You’re not gonna score 100 points every game, shoot 65 percent. We obviously don’t want to play like that, but … gotta find ways to win.”OSU shot just 41.3 percent from the field and missed its last eight 3-pointers while turning the ball over 15 times in the game.Coach Thad Matta said OSU lost energy at times in the game, and added that’s bound to happen from time to time.“I think every now and then you have a game like this, and just a little bit lackadaisical,” Matta said after the game. “And that was the biggest thing we talked about after the game, was just trusting the system and knowing that it works. And everybody has to do what they’re supposed to do.”After allowing the Dukes to inch closer at the end of the first half, the Buckeyes opened up an 18-point lead with 15:44 to play after freshman guard D’Angelo Russell found Thompson for an alley-oop.The dunk moved Thompson past the 700-point mark in his OSU career. His 13 points in the game give him 703 for his time in Columbus.Even though they were shooting just over 41 percent from the field with 9:17 to play, the Buckeyes held a 21-point lead. James Madison worked back to a 16-point deficit with four minutes to play.Despite pulling out to a 17-point lead in the first half, the Buckeyes were only up 37-27 at the break after James Madison closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 15-8 run.OSU finished the half shooting just 46.7 percent from the field. Loving didn’t score in the first half after his early 3-pointers, while Russell led all players with 10 points before the break.James Madison out-rebounded OSU, 19-18, in the first half and forced eight Buckeye turnovers.Thompson said the Buckeyes brought down their energy level after starting fast in the first half.“We got off to a hot start and then for whatever reason we really slowed ourselves down in that last probably 10-12 minutes of the first half,” he said. “And obviously take nothing away from (James Madison), but we thought we stopped attacking, stopped being aggressive on the offensive end.”On a day when his team had an up-and-down performance despite picking up a 17-point win, Matta said one player in particular — freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — brought a spark to the Buckeyes off the bench.“I’d give Jae’Sean Tate the game ball today, just with his energy and just the passion he played with, I thought he was tremendous,” Matta said. “That has to become contagious, we’ve gotta get other guys doing that.”Tate said he’s embraced the role of spark-plug for the Buckeyes five games into his collegiate career.“(I’m a) high-motor guy,” Tate said after the game. “I bring the juice, is what coach would say, and I just try to get us a little kick start when we need it.”Russell scored just four points in the second half but led the Buckeyes with 14 points in the game. Thompson’s 13 made him the only other OSU player to score in double figures. Senior guard Shannon Scott tallied a game-high six assists while senior center Amir Williams led all players with nine rebounds.James Madison junior guard Andre Nation scored a game-high 15 points while sophomore forward Yohanny Dalembert chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.OSU is scheduled to play its first road game of the season against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. Tip is set for 9:35 p.m. read more

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New match added to Saturdays 103 WWE MSG live special

first_img WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Twitter WWE.com has announced that John Cena will defend the WWE United States Championship against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in a Steel Cage Match at this Saturday’s 10/3 live special at Madison Square Garden on the WWE Network. This match is added to the current card that features The New Day defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against  The Dudley Boyz and Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show.WWE.com: Live from MSG: Lesnar vs. Big Show and Cena vs. Rollins inside a steel cage – this SaturdayRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:52 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Erick Rowan John Cena Facebook WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion showlast_img
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Simeone A muchneeded win

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has hailed his side for a “much-needed” win after a late Kevin Gamiero goal sealed the three points for the side, ahead of their return leg against Arsenal in the Europa LeagueLos Rojiblancos rested most of its regular starters on Sunday against 13th-place Alaves with the likes of the departing Fernando Torres being given a rare start.The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner, before Gamiero scored on the 78th minute of the match to maintain their lead over local rivals Real Madrid in the battle for the runners-up spot in La Liga.Forward Angel Correa was sent off with a second yellow card in the final moments of the league encounter“We faced a very tough rival that works very hard and is difficult to beat in their stadium,” Simeone told the club website.“We got a much-needed win here [in Vitoria]”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Argentine coach admitted that their opponents had forced a change in tactics for Atletico.“We changed our system and felt better [on the pitch],” added Simeone.“In the second half, our style of play was much clearer and we had many chances.”The Atletico head coach is ready for Thursday’s return leg against Arsenal in the Europa League.“We’re going to prepare for the match in the best manner,” said the 47-year-old.“Now, we’re going to rest and be united for Thursday’s match.”last_img read more

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Dyche delighted with Burnleys transfer model

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has praised the club’s transfer model despite the obvious financial limits present in the current strategy.The Clarets & Blue were one of the lowest spenders during the summer transfer window with the likes of Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth investing more money in their squad.However, Dyche believes the current transfer model is the right one for the club.“I think the way the club has operated, and continued to do, it’s not throwing money at every situation, it’s finding the right situations to work for now,” he said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.“There has to be a competitive element now, quite obviously, because we’ve got to get wins, but the next layer of player, the next developable player who can grow with the club and be shifted on at some point.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“There’s a lot of boxes that need ticking to make sure they’re the right players for this club, and that makes it difficult, but that’s the challenge we’ve had for six years or so.”“The club is run on a very business-minded level, they know the tight lines that’s about so it’s not new to them.”“They see what other clubs are trying to achieve through the market. But you still have to have people in the market who fit your club, and this club don’t want to break that, and I understand that.”“It just makes it difficult for me as a manager to get the quality in to continue supporting and improving you.”last_img read more

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