Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission Bill

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Medical Commission Bill for replacing the corruption- plagued MCI with a new body, in what was described by the government as one of the biggest reforms for medical education in the country. It was passed on a day when doctors are on a countrywide strike against the proposed legislation. The bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was approved by a voice vote in the Upper House, amid a walkout by AIADMK. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bill will now go to the Lok Sabha again as two amendments need to be approved by it. The Lower House had already passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019. In his reply, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said “in no way the bill intends to promote quackery” as apprehended by a few members and added NEET is already an institutionalised body which is conducting examinations in 13 languages. He said quacks are not being promoted and the legislation has strong provisions against wrong practices that include one year imprisonment and Rs 5 lakh fine as against a nominal fine by the MCI. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Once the NMC Bill is approved, exit examination will be implemented in the next three years,” the Minister said. He said 40,000 of the total 80,000 of MBBS seats are under government institutions and there will be a cap on fees too. “The 40,000 seats under government has nominal fee…MCI had no provision for regulating fee or cap for private sector but now 50 per cent of the 40,000 seats with private colleges will be regulated with cap,” he said. The Minister said state governments can regulate the remaining 50 per cent seats. He added: “MPs said the representation of states is less in the NMC. Of the 25 members of the council, 11 are state representatives. He said: “Syllabus takes into consideration the syllabus of various boards”, adding National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Counselling is completely transperant. He also thanked senior Congress leader Ghulab Nabi Azad for his valuable suggestions and said that the good ideas of the previous govenrment have been implemented.” Harsh Vardhan said: “National Medical Commission Bill is a major reform and is scripting a new history for medical education.” The bill also has a provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries. This exam, called the National Exit Test (NEXT), would ensure that the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) moves away from a system of repeated inspections of infrastructure and focuses on outcomes rather than processes, Vardhan said. Allaying doubts of MPs on the Bill, the Minister said that community health providers is a concept which has been adopted by even developed nations. “Twenty one of the 25 members of the NMC are doctors and they will decide what will be the minimum qualification required to be a community health providers. This is a WHO- approved practice,” he said. The bill was brought in the wake of allegations of corruption against the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) and shortcomings in the process by which it regulated medical colleges. Vardhan said by bringing the bill, the basic intention of the government is to ensure and restore utmost standard of integrity in medical education. Participating in the debate, D P Vats (BJP), who is a former director of Armed Forces Medical College, said that MCI inspections used to be a nightmare even for government colleges and had resulted in closure of good medical institutions. AIADMK’s Vijila Sathyananth said the medical entrance examination was a burning issue in her state Tamil Nadu. “Our children are forced to attempt the exam in the CBSE syllabus. Bring a common syllabus for whole India and then have a common entrance examination. So, we completely oppose, we reject the already institutionalised National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in our country,” she said. Sathyananth said NEET and NEXT (National Exit Test) should not be enforced in the country. Sasmit Patra of the BJD proposed setting up of a National Medical Education Scholarship Fund to be operated by the Centre and states in conjunction to ensure that meritorious students are not deprived of their rightful share of attaining medical education. In his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha, Santanu Sen from All India Trinamool Congress said the entire medical fraternity was on roads since last two weeks to oppose the “draconian” Bill. He said the provisions of the Bill are such that it will lead to complete corporatisation of the medical education in the country. He demanded that the Bill be sent to a Select Committee. Ram Nath Thakur of the JDU supported the Bill and said the number of medical colleges in the country should be increased so that more doctors can be produced. Manoj Kumar Jha of the JDU said lakhs of doctors are on strike against the Bill and their concerns should be looked into. He said the Bill will lead to brazen privatisation of medical education in the country. Tiruchi Siva of the DMK claimed that the government initially attempted to encroach upon the powers of the states, and now it was taking away the powers of the states. He demanded that every state have a representation in the Commission. He stated that after introduction of NEET, students belonging to backward communities were not able to get admission in medical colleges, saying they cannot afford to pay the high fee charged for enrolment in coaching centres. Nominated member Narendra Jadhav supported the Bill. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also strongly opposed the provision in the bill that aims to provide license to 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practise modern medicine. He said,”I strongly opposed this clause. You are replacing the earlier Cabinet decision of a three and a half year science course (for medical practitioners) by a mid level health professionals (like nurse, blood sample collector, compounder.” Criticising the government,he said: “Are we making 70 per cent of population Guinea pigs.” Earlier the Congress as well as Samajwadi Party on urged the government to withdraw a provision in the Bill which aims to provide license to 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practise modern medicine, saying it will “institutionalise quackery.” On the exit test, Azad asked,”If a students qualifies the EXIT test but does not come on merit for post graduation course then what would he do? Whether he would again appear for the test to qualify the entrance for PG course.” He also expressed concerned over lower than expected rise in medical seats in the country despite some administrative decision taken by erstwhile UPA government. K K Ragesh CPI (M) said education is in the concurrent list and this bill will take away the right of states for fixing fee and registration of medical colleges. He said,”You are making the body as central government department…send it to select committee.” S K Gupta of AAP described it as undemocratic bill. A Navaneethakrshnan (AIADMK) also strongly opposed the bill. Sanjay Raut (SS), Ashok Siddharth (BSP), Gopal Narayan Singh (BJP) and K Keshava Rao (TRS) alsdo participated in the discussion on the bill.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Norah Sadava, from left, Patricia Rozema and Amy Nostbakken answer questions following an April 2018 performance of the play Mouthpiece in Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. (CBC)center_img Patricia Rozema laughingly admits it was crazy for her to think she could turn Mouthpiece, the award-winning experimental play, into a movie.“I don’t know what possessed me to think that it could be a film,” she admitted.Even the two Toronto actresses who created the stage production — Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava — laughed when the Canadian filmmaker first suggested the idea to them. After all, Mouthpiece is unconventional for many reasons, including the central fact that the two performers appear together onstage as two sides of the same character. On top of that, neither Nostbakken nor Sadava had ever done any film acting or writing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Alberta spending more but saving more thirdquarter fiscal update

first_imgEDMONTON – New numbers show Alberta’s economy continues to dig itself out of the deep hole caused by crashing oil prices as Premier Rachel Notley’s government both spends and saves more.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is on track for a $9.1-billion deficit when the budget year ends March 31. That’s $1.4 billion lower than the deficit expected when Ceci tabled this year’s budget last spring.Ceci notes forecasts also point to an economic rebound as production goes up and unemployment falls.“Nearly 90,000 full-time jobs were created over the last year and Alberta’s GDP growth led the country at 4.5 per cent in 2017,” Ceci said in a statement Wednesday after releasing the third-quarter update to the 2017-18 budget.“We will continue to work hard to ensure this recovery reaches all Albertans.”The province is expected to take in an extra $1.9 billion this year for a total of $46.9 billion in revenue — mainly due to higher than expected oil revenue and returns on investments.Spending is also rising to $55.9 billion — about $1 billion more than projected at budget — to cover increases in services for children, people with disabilities, and for employment and income supports.The debt is going to hit almost $42 billion this year. Debt payments will be $1.4 billion.Alberta anticipates $883 million from crude oil royalties, almost double what had been expected, although revenue from bitumen royalties will be $2.4 billion — about $188 million less than projected.Oil revenues were hampered this year by the price discount Alberta’s blended bitumen sells at compared with the benchmark North American West Texas Intermediate price.The discount is tied mainly to pipeline bottlenecks that drive up the price of getting Alberta’s heavy oil to U.S. refineries and ports.The NDP has been running high deficits throughout its term in government. It says slashing budgets and jobs would only worsen the situation and kill an economic recovery.The province has been saving money by negotiating contracts with zero pay increases for teachers and nurses and other health professionals. It has also axed redundant agencies and committees and consolidated other programs and services.Alberta has been hit with multiple credit downgrades, however, which have increased the cost of borrowing. Ceci has promised to present a more detailed plan to get the budget back in balance by 2023.The update says investment in the province, apart from the conventional energy sector, is still lagging, especially in construction.Total real business investment is forecast to fall 1.9 per cent this year after a one per cent increase in 2017.Drew Barnes, finance critic for the Opposition United Conservatives, said the NDP’s fiscal policies and red tape in areas such as revised labour standards are to blame.“Capital is mobile,” said Barnes. “If you have your option to put your investment dollars in a jurisdiction with a more favourable regulatory burden (and) a likelihood of getting a higher return, a lot of businesses are going to do it.”New Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel said the extra $1 billion in spending has laudable aims, but he suggested it’s poor fiscal management to spend and fund on the fly.“I find it quite amazing that each time we have an update it’s like a new budget,” said Mandel.“(And) in a government that focuses on low carbon attitude, low carbon vision — every time we get more revenue from the energy industry, they find a way to spend it.”The house resumes sitting March 8. Ceci is to bring in the 2018-19 budget on March 22.last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis investing 10 million in marijuana retailer High Tide

first_imgEDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a deal to invest $10 million in High Tide Inc., a privately held company with cannabis and cannabis accessory retail stores.Under the agreement, Aurora will hold debentures that will bear an annual interest rate of 8.5 per cent.The debentures will also be convertible into shares of High Tide at a price of 75 cents per share.High Tide has four cannabis retail stores in Alberta under the Canna Cabana banner, and a majority stake in KushBar Inc.It also has plans to open more stores in Alberta as well as expand into Ontario and B.C.In addition to the retail side, High Tide has two wholesale businesses — Famous Brandz and RGR Canada — and 19 Smoker’s Corner retail locations. Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB) The Canadian Presslast_img

New Zealand PM pays grocery bill of woman

first_imgWellington: New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid for a mother-of-twos grocery bill at a supermarket after the woman forgot her purse at home. Ardern, whose compassionate response to the Christchurch mosque shootings last month was praised around the world, confirmed making the payment and said during a press conference on Thursday that she paid for the woman’s shopping “because she was a mother”. “Just when you think Jacinda Ardern couldn’t get any more lovely, low key and authentic…. she goes and pays for your groceries at the supermarket, because you’ve got your shopping, have two kids with you and are about to put it all back as you forgot your wallet,” the unnamed mother wrote in a now deleted Facebook post, stuff.co.nz reported. In the post, the woman also said she tried to explain to her children how the Prime Minister had just bought their groceries. “All they cared about was how silly mummy was forgetting her wallet. Totally lost on them,” she was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. The woman’s friend, Helen Burness, took to Twitter to reveal the Prime Minister’s good deed. “Like we didn’t love her enough, Jacinda Ardern paid for my friends’ shopping in the supermarket the other day when she had forgotten her purse and had two screaming kids in tow.”last_img read more

Fracking causing minor earthquakes in BC regulator

CALGARY — A spate of small earthquakes in B.C.’s remote northeastern corner were caused by a controversial technique used to extract natural gas from shale rock, says a report by the province’s energy regulator.The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission launched its probe after a “number of anomalous, low-level seismic events” were detected in the Horn River Basin, a gas-rich shale formation that’s attracted some of the industry’s biggest players.“The investigation has concluded that the events observed within remote and isolated areas of the Horn River Basin between 2009 and 2011 were caused by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing in proximity to pre-existing faults,” the agency said.[np-related /]In order to break the rock and free the gas trapped inside of it, companies inject a combination of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure.The process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has drawn concern from environmentalists and landowners for the amount of water the process requires and for potential contamination of groundwater.Studies have also linked fracking to earthquakes around shale formations in England and Oklahoma.The 38 events detected by Natural Resources Canada ranged between magnitudes of 2.2 and 3.8 on the Richter scale. A quake of between 4.0 and 4.9 is considered “light” and may cause a noticeable shaking of indoor items and rattling noises.Only one of the quakes was felt at the surface by “workers in the bush” on May 19, 2011 and there have been no reports of injury or property damage.“In undertaking the investigation, the commission notes that more than 8,000 high-volume hydraulic fracturing completions have been performed in northeast British Columbia with no associated anomalous seismicity,” the report said.The report said no quakes were recorded in the area prior to April 2009.It said all of the events began after fracking took place. The quakes happened within five kilometres of fracking operations and within 300 metres of the depth at which the rock was being fractured.Among other things, the report recommends improvements in seismic detection in the area, further study to identify pre-existing fault lines and stronger monitoring and reporting procedures.It also calls for an examination of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing parameters and seismic activity. For instance, lower pump rates or injection volumes may be considered.“It is essential to take pre-emptive steps to ensure future events are detected and the regulatory framework adequately provides for the monitoring, reporting and mitigation of all seismicity related to hydraulic fracturing, thereby ensuring the continued safe and environmentally responsible development of shale gas within British Columbia,” says the report.The Canadian Press read more

WatchTSX Wall Street move higher as oil Canadian dollar fall

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher as both the mining and health-care sectors found strength from two high-profile deals — one made official and the other later denied by the company involved.The S&P/TSX composite index ended ahead 95.97 points at 14,908.39.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) shares jumped more than 14%, sending the mining and metals sector ahead amid a news report that the Vancouver-based company was in talks about a possible merger with Chilean copper miner Antofagasta. Teck later denied the report, saying it was not in talks with Antofagasta in relation to any form of transaction.Meanwhile, the lightly weighted health-care sector got a rare boost of seven per cent after U.S. health insurance company UnitedHealth Group agreed to buy TSX-traded Catamaran Corp. for more than US$12 billion.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 263.65 points to 17,976.31, while the Nasdaq was up 56.22 points at 4,947.44. The S&P 500 index advanced 25.22 points to 2,086.24.The Canadian dollar was down 0.59 of a U.S. cent at 78.78 cents US. read more

Noting Yugoslavias cooperation Annan suggests lifting arms embargo

“The new authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia are cooperating constructively with the international community in efforts to bring peace and stability to the Balkan region,” the Secretary-General writes in a letter to the President of the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters in New York. In 1998 the Council adopted Resolution 1160, which said that the Council would “reconsider the prohibitions” against arms sales to Yugoslavia if the Belgrade Government began a substantive dialogue with the leadership of the Kosovar Albanian community, withdrew the special police units and stopped the activities of security forces against civilians. The resolution also required Yugoslavia to allow humanitarian groups and diplomatic representatives access to Kosovo; accept a mission by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that would include a new and specific mandate for addressing the problems in Kosovo; and facilitate a mission to Kosovo by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights before the restrictions would be lifted.In his letter, Mr. Annan expressed the belief that Yugoslavia had complied with the provisions of the Council’s resolution, which was adopted in response to the situation in Kosovo. The Secretary-General also notes that the Council President, in a statement earlier this year, welcomed the close contact between the Yugoslav Government, the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the international security forces. That statement also stressed the importance of the substantial dialogue initiated by Kosovo political leaders and the Yugoslav authorities.Yesterday, a draft resolution on lifting the arms embargo on Yugoslavia was introduced to the Council, where members were considering it before a scheduled vote on Monday. read more

In talks with Palestinian officials UN labour agency advances jobs plan for

Urgent plans for technical assistance, especially the establishment of a Palestinian Fund for Employment and Social Protection, were high on the agenda during discussions among the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, the Palestinian Minister of Labour, as well as officials representing employers and workers.Samir Radwan, Mr. Somavia’s Special Adviser on Development Policies and the Arab World, said today’s meeting was the culmination of the agency’s long commitment to improving conditions for workers in the region. “The ILO has been giving a lot of priority to this issue – we’ve been doing an annual report on the situation for 18 years – but this year the situation is very special,” he told the UN News Service, noting that the unemployment rate among Palestinian adults hovers around 78 per cent.In addition to agreeing to create the Fund, the officials also concurred on the need for “some emergency schemes, because the situation cannot wait until the Fund is set up,” explained Mr. Radwan.He added that today’s discussions also addressed fostering a dialogue aimed at helping Palestinians return to work in Israel. The ILO has also taken this matter up with the Israeli side, including with the country’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. “If the situation calms down, their preference is to employ Palestinian workers,” he said, adding, “They basically come ‘just across the street'” to work.Explaining the ILO’s motivation in focusing on the region, Mr. Radwan said, “It is in nobody’s interest that the situation continues – neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis nor the region as a whole.”Mr. Somavia met today with Ghassan El-Khateeb, Minister of Labour in the Palestinian National Authority, Shaher Sa’ed, Secretary-General of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, Ma’az Nabulsi, President of the Nablus Chamber of Commerce, and Ambassador Nabil Ramlawi, Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine in Geneva. read more

Canadians want more information about fat sodium at all restaurants survey

Canadians want more information about fat, sodium at all restaurants: survey AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 18, 2012 4:10 pm MDT TORONTO – Canadians want more nutritional information about menu items at all restaurants, not just fast-food eateries, according to a recent survey.Two-thirds of Canadian adults said they liked the idea of seeing information about fat and sodium levels at all restaurants. And women were most likely to indicate such a preference, the Harris/Decima research showed.“Right now, in fast-food restaurants especially, you can request the nutritional information or some places, space permitting, will post it. And in the U.S., my understanding is they are making a more stronger push to try and have this type of information available at more restaurants,” said Susan Sanei-Stamp, vice president of Harris/Decima, in an interview on Wednesday.“So I thought it would be interesting, given what we were seeing, if Canadians would be interested and receptive to having that available. It’s not just focused on quick service but perhaps the restaurant industry as a whole.”About 65 per cent of the Canadians polled between the ages of 35 to 44 supported having the information, as did 71 per cent of those 45 to 54, and 53 per cent of those aged 55 to 64.Respondents of the Harris/Decima telephone poll were also asked whether they were aware of a proposed ban on large orders of pop and other sugary drinks made by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.He wants to stop restaurants, movie theatres, sports arenas, food carts and delis from selling sodas and other sugary drinks in servings larger than half a litre. Bloomberg says it’s a way to fight obesity in a city that spends billions of dollars a year on weight-related health problems. People would be free to buy another round, but restaurants couldn’t serve drinks in large containers to begin with.Opponents to the plan say the government is overstepping its bounds and infringing on personal freedom.Half of the Canadians polled by Harris/Decima were aware of Bloomberg’s proposal and two-thirds said they would support a similar ban in their area.Nearly half of those who believed Bloomberg’s proposed ban could have an impact also thought it could raise awareness about how much pop people consume in general. About a quarter believed it could help people rethink the number of calories they consume in a given day.The research showed people felt “it’s one thing to have a ban in place, but give us the information so we can be aware of what we’re doing and raise our own awareness levels and take it from there,” said Sanei-Stamp.Each week, Harris/Decima interviews just over 1,000 Canadians through teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey. This poll was conducted between June 27 to 30 and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse gears up for Big Ten opener against Penn

OSU senior attacker Ryan Hunter (16) celebrates with teammates after a goal during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 12-8.Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is hoping to end its four-game losing streak on Sunday when it is set to kick off the Big Ten portion of its schedule against No. 18 Penn State.OSU senior defenseman Chris Mahoney said the team is not trying to change too much in the midst of the four-game slide, which all came against top-20 opponents.“It’s really just getting back to the basics and focusing on the early days in the week,” Mahoney said.After a grueling end to the nonconference portion of the schedule, a return to conference opponents is something some players on the team said they are looking forward to.“We’re so late in the season that people are starting to deteriorate physically and mentally, and as soon as you hear that we’re back in Big Ten’s it’s … a whole big rush of emotions and feelings, especially for the older and experienced guys,” Mahoney said.However, OSU coach Nick Myers said the focus has to be on the game ahead.“You’ve got to kind of put that aside and just prepare yourself and make sure that your team is ready to go, then take a hard look at (Penn State’s) strengths,” Myers said. “They’ve got a very good offense. They’re shooting the ball particularly well, they’re getting a great effort at the faceoff X, and they’re very well-coached defensively.”Penn State (6-3) heads into the matchup coming off a 15-10 win against then-No. 1 Denver, one that Myers called “certainly a big win.”The Nittany Lions offense currently ranks 12th in the nation with an average of 12.67 goals per game. The attack is spearheaded by freshman Grant Whent, who leads the team with 20 assists, and senior T.J. Sanders, whose 20 goals is tops on the team.Although game film and preparation are components of the Buckeyes’ overall game plan this week to stop Penn State’s offense, senior defender Robby Haus said the main focus comes internal.“Right now we’re focusing on ‘chasing us,’ is what coach calls it, and it’s basically just trying to play our best lacrosse of the year this Sunday,” Haus said.Offensive slumpThe Buckeye offense has struggled as of late, failing to score double-digit goals in each of the last five games.The Scarlet and Gray have been without sophomore attacker Colin Chell the last four games and junior midfielder John Kelly the last six. Even so, players on that side of the ball have not given any excuses, Mahoney said.“Guys really don’t put any blame on that and they really put a lot of pressure on themselves, which is awesome to see as competitors and teammates,” he said. “It’s finally nice to start seeing some results, as we are seeing in this week’s practice so far.”Myers emphasized the need for different players on offense to fill the roles vacated by Chell and Kelly.“We need some other guys to continue to step up. It was nice to see Johnny Pearson step up on Saturday versus a stingy Notre Dame defense, and I think efforts like that are going to be important for us moving forward,” Myers said.Pearson almost matched his season total of five goals in the 9-8 loss to the Fighting Irish, as he scored four times. “We’re going to have to get to 10 (goals) to be able to win this game Saturday,” Myers said.What’s nextThe Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to continue Big Ten play on April 9 in Baltimore against No. 9 Johns Hopkins. The game against the Blue Jays is set to begin at 2 p.m. read more

Softball Alex Bayne ready for special senior season

OSU then-junior outfielder Alex Bayne (left) high-fives then-junior pitcher Shelby Hursh during the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Ohio State senior right fielder Alex Bayne started playing softball, it was because her dad, a former baseball player himself, wanted to see his daughter take up the sport that he so dearly cherished. Little did Bayne’s father know at the time that his influence bred one of the Big Ten’s most dominant players.Alex Bayne’s first start came in 2015, but she really made a name for herself the following year. She tied OSU’s single-season home run record with 19, led the team in RBIs (49), runs (53) and OBP (.461), and was even named first-team All-Big Ten, as well as first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region. While Bayne’s breakout season was certainly one for the history books, softball hasn’t always come so naturally to the Manvel, Texas, native.She originally began her college career at Marshall University, eventually transferring to OSU, making the team as a walk-on.“Marshall wasn’t a good fit for me personally, so I took the year off and contemplated whether I wanted to play softball still,” Bayne said. “My boyfriend — now fiance — was going to OSU, and I’d come to visit him. I fell in love with OSU and knew I wanted to play softball again, so I started getting ready for tryouts to show that I was worth it.”Despite proving that she was worth it during tryouts, Bayne was still anything but a refined softball player. It was through the guidance of the coaching staff and some former teammates that helped Bayne realize her full potential.“The coaching staff has developed me exponentially,” Bayne said. “I came in a wide-eyed sophomore who was a walk-on coming from tryouts. My coaches saw potential in me that I didn’t even see yet, and they developed my talents. Also, the leaders of the team back then took me under their wing and allowed me to really grow.” Not only is Bayne one of the top softball players in the country, she’s now a leader for OSU. Senior pitcher Shelby Hursh said it’s Bayne’s reliability that sets her apart from the pack. “It’s the best feeling to have players like Alex behind you,” Hursh said. “Especially as a pitcher, you know that if you give up a couple runs, we have a hitter like her and we’ll be able to get those runs back.”Bayne has picked up right where she left off through OSU’s first eight games this season. She has already hit six home runs, scored 11 runs, and has a .407 batting average. In order to attain such consistency, a player has to be willing to work hard and be coachable, OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said.“What I appreciate so much about Alex is that she learned from the leaders during her first year on the team,” Schoenly said. “Alex purposely attached herself to them so she could learn from the very best. She was never bitter, and Alex learned that if you want to get in the starting lineup, you have to put in the extra work, and she started doing it.”In her final year of eligibility, Bayne has not begun to seriously reflect on her time as a Buckeye. Although she’s been a part of some memorable moments in the last two seasons, the best is yet to come, as far as Bayne is concerned. “I definitely think this season’s up for a lot of special memories,” Bayne said. “Obviously, going to the postseason last year and being one of the qualifying teams in the NCAA Tournament is probably at the top. I still think there’s more in store this year. There’s room for pretty great memories.” read more

Rio Tinto strengthens presence in Mongolia

first_imgRio Tinto is further strengthening its presence in Mongolia, underscoring its commitment to the country. The company will establish a new office in Ulaanbaatar and expand its national employee numbers to around 80 through the course of 2018. The new Rio Tinto office will support the company’s exploration program and technology centre and have a sharp focus on growing relationships with all partners in Mongolia.Munkhtushig Dul has been appointed as Rio Tinto’s country director and will lead the new Rio Tinto office. Munkhtushig will work in coordination with the Oyu Tolgoi team, led by managing director Armando Torres.The new office, which will be separate from Oyu Tolgoi, will house Rio Tinto’s Exploration (RTX) team and the Mongolia Delivery Centre (MDC), the local branch of Rio Tinto’s Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) team. The MDC team will help service Rio Tinto’s global operations.Rio Tinto Chief Executive J-S Jacques said “Mongolia is one of Rio Tinto’s most strategically important markets and we are here to stay. We have invested more than $7 billion in Mongolia since 2010, including salaries, supplier payments, investment in the community, and $1.5 billion in taxes, royalties and other payments to the government of Mongolia.“Today we are demonstrating the deepening of our commitment to Mongolia through the establishment of a new country office under new Mongolian leadership to support our exploration, global technology services efforts and relationships in country.“We are proud to partner with Mongolia to build one of the best copper and gold mines in the world, suppling the essential materials used in everyday life.“Rio Tinto’s commitment to Mongolia extends beyond Oyu Tolgoi and is a testament to our talented Mongolian workforce who have propelled our operations inside Mongolia and globally forward. This is especially true of the MDC – where Mongolians support Rio Tinto’s global IS&T operations. By investing more in Mongolia we are creating future leaders for our global business and exporting Mongolia’s intellectual capacity around the world. This is a true win-win.”Munkhtushig Dul said “I am excited to join a company that is dedicated to being a strong partner with Mongolia. Through its shareholding in Oyu Tolgoi, Rio Tinto has invested heavily in Mongolia and is committed to evolving this into a deep and mature partnership for the long-term. I am looking forward to helping shape the pathway for Rio Tinto’s growing investment in our country.”Munkhtushig has more than 20 years’ experience in public service, mining and the commodities industry and has previously worked in senior roles within the Noble Group’s Mongolian operations, with the Mongolian Stock Exchange and the Executive Office of the National Security Council, as well as a number of leading Mongolian corporations. His responsibilities will include managing Rio Tinto’s day-to-day activities in Mongolia, engaging with stakeholders and serving as the head of Rio Tinto’s office in Ulaanbaatar.last_img read more

RTÉ has been dragged into the Garda whistleblower mire

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3229970 Source: RollingNews.ieIRELAND’S STATE BROADCASTER has been namechecked in the just-published (though heavily-redacted) O’Neill report into Garda whistleblowing.On foot of Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill’s report regarding allegations that a smear campaign had been carried out against whistleblower Maurice McCabe, a further commission of investigation has been established to investigate the circumstances surrounding two protected disclosures made by McCabe and one other whistleblower.That new commission is to be chaired by Justice Peter Charleton.O’Neill’s report was so heavily redacted upon publication that in fact only the terms of reference of the new commission of investigation have been published.Those terms of reference, which can be viewed here, include allegations that the former head of the Garda Press Office David Taylor was directed to focus journalists’ attention on allegations of criminal misconduct made against McCabe, and a licence to investigate any knowledge that former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and O’Sullivan may have had regarding that matter.One of the more interesting of the nine terms of reference however is a mandate to “investigate whether Commissioner O’Sullivan, using briefing material prepared in Garda Headquarters, planned and orchestrated broadcasts on RTÉ on 9 May 2016, purporting to be a leaked account of the unpublished O’Higgins Commission Report, in which Sgt McCabe was branded a liar and irresponsible”. Nóirín O’Sullivan Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThis alludes to, among other broadcasts on that date, an edition of RTÉ’s Morning Ireland broadcast in which alleged details of the then as-yet-unreleased O’Higgins Report (which investigated goings on in the Cavan / Monaghan Division of the gardaí in and around 2008) were summarised for listeners.That broadcast can be listened to here (direct link here) – the relevant section, which runs for 15 minutes, can be heard from 1 hour 23 minutes into the recording.The publication of the O’Higgins Report served chiefly to ramp up the pressure on Nóirín O’Sullivan, who has been fire-fighting the ongoing whistleblower saga since first taking over from Callinan on an initially interim basis in March 2014. Maurice McCabe Source: Laura Hutton/Rollingnews.ieEarlier today, O’Sullivan strongly refuted allegations made against her by Labour leader Brendan Howlin under Dáil privilege in Leinster House this morning.Howlin, together with Sinn Féin, earlier this evening called for O’Sullivan to stand aside from her role while the Charleton inquiry is carried out.Read: Nurses and midwives will strike from the 7 MarchRead: Man who punched and kicked victim in head over disputed taxi given community service Short URL Feb 8th 2017, 10:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share191 Tweet Email 17,831 Views RTÉ has been dragged into the Garda whistleblower mire A new commission of investigation into the saga is to probe whether or not the Garda Commissioner “orchestrated” broadcasts on RTÉ in May 2016. 38 Comments By Cianan Brennan Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 10:06 PMlast_img read more

Saracens crush Munsters European dream as van Graans side bow out

first_imgSaracens crush Munster’s European dream as van Graan’s side bow out The English side were too powerful, too clever and too controlling in Coventry. Saracens 32Munster 16Murray Kinsella reports from the Ricoh ArenaTHERE WAS A brief glimmer of a comeback in the second half but, in truth, Munster were well beaten by a better team as they fell to a seventh consecutive semi-final defeat in the Heineken Champions Cup. Saracens were worth their 16-point winning margin as they delivered a largely dominant showing in front of a disappointing crowd of 16,235 in Coventry – a crowd that mainly consisted of travelling Munster fans.  Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOMunster’s defence was superb at times but Saracens’ power, handling skill, clever running lines, accurate kicking, relentless pressure and nous off the ball were simply too much to handle.  As with the semi-final defeat to Saracens two years ago, Munster were unable to create genuine attacking chances – their only score coming from a scrum against the head close to the Sarries tryline.Shorn of Joey Carbery and Keith Earls by injury, van Graan’s side lacked any attacking spark.There is no doubting the application they brought to the tackle but with Saracens enjoying dominant shares of possession and territory, the Irish side were unable to cling on for eighty minutes.A half-time scoreline that had Munster trailing 12-9 was actually a fine return from a half that had seen them concede four linebreaks and narrowly avoid letting Saracens in for a score, but they couldn’t resist thereafter.With halfbacks Ben Spencer and Owen Farrell guiding them with composure and the powerhouses up front led by man of the match Billy Vunipola, booed throughout by Munster’s fans, van Graan’s team simply didn’t have the answers.Saracens march into the final in Newcastle, where they will meet the winner of tomorrow’s clash between Leinster and Toulouse, with Mark McCall’s men looking like a decent bet to secure their third European title. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSaracens’ opening play was thunderous, as they regained two consecutive Spencer box kicks over Munster fullback Mike Haley, the second of which brought a penalty as CJ Stander failed to roll away, allowing Farrell to fire over three points in the second minute.Facing into the strong sun, Haley’s struggles continued as David Strettle – in as a late injury replacement for Sean Maitland – won a Farrell bomb back, although the Saracens playmaker was wide to the right with his subsequent drop-goal attempt.Munster held on against the early pressure and were able to level when Mako Vunipola went off his feet at a defensive breakdown, out-half Tyler Bleyendaal stepping up to slot the penalty for 3-3.Jack O’Donoghue and Chris Farrell set the physical tone for Munster with some huge tackles, before Andrew Conway diffused another Farrell bomb with a stunning overhead catch and mark close to his own tryline. But the aerial bombardment continued and yielded another penalty for Sarries, with Farrell emptying Haley in the same split second as one of his feet landed after fielding a Spencer box, the Munster fullback holding on as Liam Williams jackaled.Farrell pushed his side 6-3 in front off the tee and extended the lead in the 27th minute after Munster were caught offside, only moments after they required a try-saving tackle from Darren Sweetnam on Strettle wide on their left. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe half-hour mark finally brought some respite for Munster as they strung together some promising attacking phases before Maro Itoje went off his feet and allowed Bleyendaal to make it 9-6.With the brilliant Munster defence then forcing a knock-on from Mako Vunipola and Williams knocking-on a Haley kick for Itoje to get pinged in an offside position ahead of him, Conor Murray took over from the tee to hammer over a remarkable 47-metre shot at goal.It appeared that Munster would somehow head into the break level but two frustrating penalties against Murray for blocking and captain O’Mahony for a deliberate knock-on left Farrell in position to successfully make it 12-9 with the clock in the red.It was clear, however, that Munster needed to create attacking pressure on Saracens early in the second half. Instead, they were forced onto the defensive once again and finally they cracked on the 22nd phase of a punishing Saracens passage that featured a clever Farrell offload before Alex Goode’s wonderful skip pass sent Titi Lamositele bursting up the left.From the recycle, a clever running line from Williams close in to the ruck lured Haley into biting in and Spencer’s pass instead found flanker Michael Rhodes, who burst through on the inside of John Ryan to score, Farrell converting. Source: James Crombie/INPHOA tough afternoon for Haley continued as he knocked-on a scrambled offload by Murray, Saracens winning a penalty at the resulting scrum that saw Farrell extend them out to a 22-9 advantage.The out-half added another three in the 54th minute as more pressure resulted in Niall Scannell using his hands in a defensive ruck, Munster left facing a daunting 25-9 deficit.But with van Graan springing his bench into action, the Irish province fought back into the contest, going close from a five-metre lineout only for centre Farrell to be held up in a choke tackle just in front of the Sarries tryline.It looked like a missed opportunity, but Munster managed to turn it into a try-scoring opportunity as Jack O’Donoghue cleverly got a foot to the ball at the base of the Sarries scrum, knocking it loose for Murray to scoop off the ground.The scrum-half swiftly passed to his right, where Scannell fed Farrell for a beautiful catch-pass to Sweetnam, the Munster wing standing up Goode and bursting to his outside to cross for a try.JJ Hanrahan, only on the pitch for 10 minutes after replacing Bleyendaal, slotted a superb conversion from wide on the right to bring the scoreline to 25-16. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOTadhg Beirne was harshly penalised for what looked like a legal turnover in the 66th minute, though it seemed rather just that Farrell erred from the tee for the first time, leaving Saracens nine points to the good.And the Munster revival was shortlived as Saracens finished over the top of them, breaks from Williams and Strettle setting them into another powerful passage of phase play that ended with Billy Vunipola reaching out to score.The visiting fans roundly booed him again but the Saracens number eight had the last laugh in being named man of the match as Munster bowed out of the competition. Saracens scorers:Tries: Michael Rhodes, Billy VunipolaConversions: Owen Farrell [2 from 2]Penalties: Owen Farrell [6 from 7]Munster scorers:Tries: Darren SweetnamConversions: JJ Hanrahan [1 from 1] Penalties: Tyler Bleyendaal [2 from 2], Conor Murray [1 from 1]SARACENS: Alex Goode; David Strettle (Alex Lewington ’74), Alex Lozowski, Brad Barritt (captain) (Nick Tompkins ‘HT), Liam Williams; Owen Farrell, Ben Spencer (Richard Wigglesworth ’74); Mako Vunipola (Richard Barrington ’63), Jamie George (Joe Gray ’74), Titi Lamositele (Vincent Koch ’59 (yellow card ’77)); Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Mike Rhodes (Schalk Burger ’74), Jackson Wray (Will Skelton ’59), Billy Vunipola.MUNSTER: Mike Haley (Dan Goggin ’51); Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Tyler Bleyendaal (JJ Hanrahan ’54), Conor Murray (Alby Mathewson ’74); Dave Kilcoyne (Jeremy Loughman ’61), Niall Scannell (Rhys Marshall ’67), John Ryan (Stephen Archer ’51); Jean Kleyn (Billy Holland ’61), Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (captain), Jack O’Donoghue (Arno Botha ’67), CJ Stander.Referee: Jerome Garces [FFR].Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4600798 center_img By Murray Kinsella Apr 20th 2019, 4:55 PM 102 Comments 40,884 Views Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 4:54 PMlast_img read more

Bientôt une chaîne TNT entièrement consacrée à la science

first_imgBientôt une chaîne TNT entièrement consacrée à la science ?La société Sciences Media SAS s’est portée candidate à l’obtention d’une fréquence TNT HD. Objectif : créer une chaîne de télévision entièrement consacrée aux sciences, aux techniques et destinée à tous les âges. Fans des émissions E=M6 ou C’est pas sorcier, avides lecteurs de Science et vie, adeptes des magazines à la Discovery Channel, voilà une nouvelle qui devrait vous réjouir. Si vous trouviez que l’offre TNT et la télévision en général manquait de science, ce déficit pourrait bien être résolu très prochainement. Le 9 mars dernier, le Conseil supérieur de l’Audiovisuel a en effet auditionné une toute nouvelle chaîne pour une diffusion TNT HD. Sa particularité ? Elle est entièrement consacrée aux sciences et aux techniques. Baptisée Sciences News, elle a été imaginée par la société Sciences Media SAS et a d’ores et déjà reçu le soutien de nombreux professionnels : “des collaborateurs de l’Institut de France (Académie des Sciences), du CIRAD, de l’Institut Pasteur, plusieurs prix Nobels et de nombreuses grandes écoles et universités françaises”, explique un communiqué. Elle a également fait l’objet d’une pétition (lien non disponible) qui a reçu plus de 60.000 signatures de chercheurs, inventeurs, parents ou encore étudiants… car la chaîne entend bien atteindre un public large et s’adresser à tous, de l’enfant à l’expert. Pour cela, ses créateurs ont imaginé une vaste programmation mêlant magazines, documentaires, talk-show ou encore divertissements scientifiques. Sa mission quotidienne sera ainsi “d’éveiller la curiosité des téléspectateurs, les accompagner dans la compréhension de l’actualité et les divertir en même temps, sans oublier la grande question récurrente : “Comment ça marche ?”, indique le communiqué. Les émissions seront animées par des journalistes mais y participeront également des personnalités telles que Michel Chevalet, Nicolas Goldzhal (E=m6), Jacques Peyrache (Temps-X) ou encore les frères Bogdanoff. Les sujets abordés iront ainsi des technologies, à la santé en passant par l’environnement, la robotique ou même l’archéologie.À lire aussiLa télévision ferait grossir dès l’enfanceEt comme les enfants sont particulièrement friands de ce genre de sujets, certaines plages horaires, notamment le mercredi, leur seront réservées avec des émission-ateliers ou encore des documentaires. Toutefois, plus de 50% de la grille sera consacrée aux “News” de la chaîne : “présentés par un binôme de journalistes renouvelés à chaque édition, des journaux réactualisés permettront de retrouver à tout moment l’actualité scientifique et technique mondiale”. De quoi ravir les curieux et autres avides de connaissances, espérons donc que le projet aboutira. Pour soutenir la chaîne ou en apprendre plus, c’est par ici : http://leonardtv.fr/ (lien non disponible)Le 19 mars 2012 à 19:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Registration open for boating safety class

first_imgRegistration is open for a boating safety class scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Clark County Public Works and Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St. Room B-1.The course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. It will cost $10. The class prepares students to obtain a boater safety card in Washington or Oregon and can reduce the cost of boat insurance.U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 along with the Clark County Marine Patrol and U.S. Power Squadron offers the class.To register, call 360-574-5044 or 360-609-2630.last_img

State panel reaffirms Zoning permits oil terminal

first_imgThe state panel reviewing a proposed oil transfer terminal in Vancouver issued an order Friday confirming that the site where it would be built is appropriately zoned for such a purpose. The order issued by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council affirms its 8-1 declaration on July 15 that the proposal is consistent with local land-use and zoning rules.During the July 15 hearing, Bill Lynch, chairman of the evaluation council, said that affirmation of a narrow land-use consistency “does not, by any means, translate into an approval of the proposed project.”In a news release Friday, the evaluation council said the order it issued “is not an endorsement or approval of the proposed terminal.” Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos. want to build an oil-by-rail operation receiving an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day at the Port of Vancouver. The crude would be stored in six above-ground tanks. Each tank would have a capacity of 380,000 barrels for a total storage capacity of up to 2.28 million barrels. The oil would be loaded onto ships bound for U.S. refineries.Backers say the project would produce jobs and increase port revenues. Opponents cite multiple concerns, including oil spills and explosive train derailments.The evaluation council said Friday it expects to issue a draft environmental impact statement on the Tesoro-Savage proposal this year. Eventually, the evaluation council will make a recommendation to the Washington governor, who has the final say over the project.last_img read more