ITC to expand dairy beverages portfolio

first_imgMumbai: Tobaccos-to-hotels major ITC is planning to expand its dairy beverages portfolio to the rest of the country by the next summer and is eyeing a 5-10 percent market share in the first year of operations. ITC’s food division already offers fruits-based beverages for the past four five years and also dairy-based beverages which have been soft-launched in the South last December. The company entered the ready-to-drink milk-based beverages market with the launch of Sunfeast Wonderz Milk last December. The milkshake market is around Rs 1,000 crore. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We would be extending our dairy beverage business and will be launching across the country by the next summer. We expect to clock 5-10 percent of the Rs 1,000-crore market in the first year of operations,” Sanjay Singal, chief operating officer for dairy and beverages unit at ITC said here. Kolkata-based company is also planning to export its dry fruits-based dairy beverages badam milkshake to Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The company had also rolled out packaged milk and curds under its Aashirvaad brand in Kolkata and Bihar. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysSingal said the company would focus only in the Eastern markets for the packaged milk business in the foreseeable future, where there is less competition. ITC Friday launched three fruit beverages under its B Natural brand in PET bottles. It currently sells nine flavours of fruit juices in tetra packs and has a market share of 9-10 percent in the Rs 2,000-crore fruit beverages segment. Singal also said within a month, it will launch vegetable juices and is evaluating opportunities in the water segment.last_img read more

Tourism can play key role in preserving worlds wetlands UN agency says

2 February 2012Responsible, sustainable tourism can play a valuable role in conserving and protecting the world’s often fragile wetlands, the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said today. “Wetlands, their wildlife, and the human communities in and around them can benefit directly from tourism through entry fees, sale of local products, and so on,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO.“At the same time, the ‘use’ of wetlands as tourism locations comes with certain risks,” he added. “The challenge is to ensure that sustainable tourism practices are being implemented and bring benefits for wetlands, their wildlife and people… We would emphasize that tourism businesses, if well informed and prepared to adapt their operations, can certainly promote and support wetland biodiversity and the natural beauty of wetlands.”UNWTO today marked World Wetlands Day, which this year has the theme of wetland tourism, by saying it will join forces with the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, to promote responsible tourism and recreation in wetlands worldwide.Many wetlands, from the Okavango Delta in Southern Africa to the Danube Delta in Eastern Europe and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, are in a fragile state as a result of both human and natural forces. read more

India and Lanka disagree on some changes in ETCA

The Indian side resisted these moves on the grounds that trade pacts are too serious, too far reaching and wide-ranging in their impact to be tailored to suit short-term political requirements. Negotiations between India and Sri Lanka on an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) hit the hard road at an officials-level meeting held in Colombo on January 4 and 5, the New Indian Express reported.Informed sources told Express that the Sri Lankan side was pressing the Indians to make certain concessions explicitly to enable it sell the pact to the Sri Lankan masses who tend to imagine that ETCA would be a rank give away to the Big Brother across the Palk Strait. There were differences over priorities. The Sri Lankan side lay great stress on correcting the flaws or removing the irritants in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which became operational in 2000. The Sri Lankan side has been seeking the removal of a plethora of Non Tariff Barriers (NBTs) which impede the entry of Sri Lankan goods into the Indian market. Sri Lankans feel that if the NTBs are not there, the trade gap would not be as big as it is now.But the Indians have had difficulty in removing many of the NTBs. Or, as the Sri Lankans allege, they have been tardy and reluctant.At any rate, Indians think that pegging the signing of ETCA to removing the flaws in the FTA is neither warranted nor practical because the two are different kettles of fish. FTA is about trade in goods while ETCA is about investment, services and economic cooperation. It is to be a re-designed reincarnation of the now abandoned Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CEPA). Above all, there were differences over the time period to end the negotiations and sign the pact. Not having been able to sign it by December 2016 to time with the second anniversary of the Sirisena regime, the Sri Lankans wanted the talks to be wrapped up fast by mid 2017 before the local bodies and provincial elections. But the Indians would not be hustled as trade talks are complicated affairs and take years to conclude internationally.India was not averse to holding meetings often, say once in a month, but it was against rushing through as both sides have vital interests to be safeguarded or pursued. As the Indian Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during her visit to Colombo last year, both India and Sri Lanka have concerns, interests and issues to address, and that India is not in favor having a strict timeframe to wrap up the talks.While no date was fixed for the next round of talks, it is likely that the next round could be held in February. (Colombo Gazette) With the opposition, led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, backing the anti-ETCA campaign, the pact is expected to be an issue in the forthcoming local bodies and provincial elections scheduled for June-July and September respectively, unless it is tailored to suit the electoral agenda of the ruling coalition.But tailoring it to an electoral agenda might mean India’s giving in to Sri Lanka in ways which could adversely affect the interests of its own private sector. This aspect has to be borne in mind as the primary driving force in the liberalized Indian economy is the private sector. However, the Sri Lankan side had good reasons to pursue a political goal. Even as the talks were on in the city, posters against ETCA, describing it as “aggression”, appeared in parts of Central Colombo. At any rate the Sinhalese language slogan “ETCA EPA” (No to ETCA) has caught the imagination of the people. At official level trade talks, the minutiae tend to get a lot of attention. Discussions take place over every sentence and paragraph and the order in which they are written. It is said that the Sri Lankans wanted some things to be stated not only in the introductory statement but also in the main body of the agreement as a clause which the Indians resisted. read more

Indian boats to be released on conditional basis

The Government says some Indian boats will be released on a conditional basis.Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that local fishermen had agreed to requests to release Indian boats. He said that so far no Indian boat has been freed but since local fishermen have no objections, some boats will be freed under some conditions. He said that Sri Lanka will continue to have talks with India to resolve the fishing issue. He said that bottom trawling by Indian fishermen has had a negative impact on fishermen in the North.Amaraweera said that following talks with the Indian Government, India has taken steps to discourage bottom trawling by Indian fishermen. The Minister said that the Government has been very firm on taking action against poaching in Sri Lankan waters. read more

Body of British national found in Maligawatta area

The body was found with wounds caused by a sharp object.According to reports, the British national had arrived in Sri Lanka in November and was scheduled to leave the country this week but he had extended his visa until January 25. (Colombo Gazette) Investigations have been launched into the death of a British national whose body was found in the Maligawatta area today.The Police said that the 38-year-old British national was found dead at Araliya Uyana in Maligawatta.

Stocks slump on Wall Street giving the Dow average its first threeday

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2013 4:22 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is ending lower for the third day in a row after an early morning rally faded away.The Dow Jones industrial average ended with a loss of 126 points, or 0.8 per cent, at 14,995 Wednesday. The Dow had its first three-day loss of the year and its second close below 15,000 in the past month.The Dow was up as much as 119 points in the first few minutes of trading, then drifted lower throughout the day.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,612.The Nasdaq composite fell 36 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 3,400.Four stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than average at 3.2 billion shares. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks slump on Wall Street, giving the Dow average its first three-day loss this year read more

Ohio State mens soccer captures Big Ten regularseason title after 31 win

OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) during a game against Michigan on Nov. 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Laurie Hamame | Lantern PhotographerAnother title is coming to Columbus, this one by way of the Ohio State men’s soccer team, which captured the regular-season Big Ten crown on Wednesday after defeating Michigan 3-1.The Big Ten championship is the third for the program and first since 2009. Senior midfielder and captain Zach Mason said he knew this year’s team would be special.“We have a team full of winners, a winning mentality,” Mason said. “I knew something special would happen this year, and I’m glad it came to fruition.”After a rocky 1-4 start, the Buckeyes finished their regular season with an overall record of 11-5-2 and a conference record of 5-2-1. OSU coach John Bluem said the team’s turnaround is a testament to its mindset.“Even when we were 1-4, the guys didn’t lose confidence. They thought that we were a good team and that we had just been unlucky,” Bluem said. “The fact that they didn’t give up and realized that if we could just get it going, we would be fine, and obviously we did get it going.”The Buckeye seniors, who were honored prior to the game for senior night, were the stars of the night. Mason and midfielder Kyle Culbertson combined for the Scarlet and Gray’s three goals. Mason’s tally was the first of his collegiate career.“Senior night, a couple seniors getting some goals, getting a win, the Big Ten title, I mean it’s a dream come true,” Mason said. Culbertson’s first goal of the evening, and his fourth of the season, occurred at the 25th minute of the first half when the ball bounced to him off a Michigan player 12 feet in front of the net. The strike gave OSU a 1-0 lead.Shortly after, in the 32nd minute of play, a corner kick from senior defender Liam Doyle found Mason on the ground after a deflection, redirecting into the net for his first goal in scarlet and gray.“I went up for the header and I missed it. I fell down on the ball and it went in. It was worth the wait though,” Mason said. “I just started laughing instantly. It’s ironic that I never scored, and it wasn’t a good goal, but it went in.”Culbertson got his second tally of the match in the 55th minute following skillful passing by junior forwards Danny Jensen and Yaw Amankwa. The goal swelled the OSU lead to three goals.“The front four played fantastic, that last goal was just a testament to that,” Culbertson said. “I think everybody touched it, all the front four guys. It was just a great combination play.”The Buckeye defense did its part as well, keeping Michigan off the scoreboard until the 85th minute of play when senior goaltender Chris Froschauer’s bid for an eighth shutout was snapped by Wolverine senior forward James Murphy.“The performance speaks for itself, we’ve given up four goals in our past 11 games,” Bluem said. “Our defense has really been doing the job for us, they’ve been fantastic all year long and we’re playing well at the best time of the season to be playing well.”With the Big Ten regular-season title under its belt, OSU will move on to the Big Ten tournament, where it enters as the top seed. Culbertson said that despite the Big Ten title, the competition is still intense.“Every team in this conference can beat anybody out there, so we are definitely getting prepared and making sure that we know the opponent that’s coming in, and making sure we’re ready to work,” Culbertson said.Bluem said there is still a lot of soccer to be played.“We’ve got the Big Ten tournament in front of us, and it would be great to win that as well. We know that after that, we’re going to advance and play in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “This isn’t the last game of the season, there’s a lot of games left in front of you, let’s just one win at a time and do what we did tonight and if we do it well enough, we’ll win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to host their first Big Ten tournament game Sunday against the winner of Michigan State and Penn State. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Schoolgirl who drowned didnt stand a chance her parents say as they

first_imgA schoolgirl who drowned when her ill-fitting buoyancy aid snagged on part of an overturned speedboat didn’t stand a chance, her parents have said as they launched a safety code aimed at preventing future tragedies. Emily Gardner, from Gloucester, was just 14 when she died in Brixham, south Devon, on May 2, 2015.Her death prompted her parents, Clive and Debbie Gardner, to launch Emily’s Code, which highlights safety issues for small boat owners and users, at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Suzuki Dinghy Show in London.Speaking on Saturday at the launch, the couple said something as simple as checking that your buoyancy aid or lifejacket fits properly could save your life. “I was proud to call Emily my daughter and I know she was also a loyal and valuable friend to many. We both had so many hopes and dreams for her. She was planning her prom and her first car which she hoped to be a red mini.”Emily was taken on a 16ft speedboat by Paul Pritchard, the father of her 15-year-old best friend Holly, who was also on the boat with another friend, when a wave hit the vessel causing it to capsize.An inquest into her death heard how all four were thrown into the water. One of the straps on her buoyancy aid caught on a cleat and Emily became trapped underneath the boat.Lifeboat crews freed Emily 25 minutes later, after winching the speedboat up, but she was pronounced dead at hospital.The code, which was debated in Westminster this week, lists a number of factors that could have prevented Emily’s accident and has the backing of the RYA, HM Coastguard, British Water Ski and Wakeboard, and the RNLI. From the catalogue of errors that took place we now know Emily didn’t really stand a chanceClive Gardner Mr Gardner added that he and his wife have come to terms with the fact that due to a “catalogue of errors… Emily didn’t really stand a chance”. “Many parents like us have no awareness of recreational boating safety guidelines and have never used a boat before,” they said.”When Emily went on a day trip with her friends we were reassured that safety was paramount and that the equipment was top notch.”If just one family sees this and takes action to protect their children on the water then Emily’s Code will have succeeded and Emily’s name will live on.”Mrs Gardner described her daughter as a “real thrill seeker” who was her “best friend” and a “beautiful girl” as she launched the code. RYA director of training and qualifications, Richard Falk, added: “We have been working to spread safety messages for many years, including making sure that you have a radio to call for help, which people can easily forget.”Emily’s story and now her Code will help people to understand that forgetting key safety points can have serious consequences.” The Gardner family at the launch on Saturday center_img The Gardner family at the launch on Saturday Credit: Paul Wyeth Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Emily was my best friend, a beautiful girl with model appearance who always maintained a high standard,” she said. “She was very protective of her siblings Katie and Todd and loved her cousins and her beloved dog Archie. It aims to encourage people to get trained, make a plan and know their limits, as well as telling them to use a kill cord and a radio. Gloucester MP Richard Graham helped launch the code on the main stage of the dinghy show, saying Emily’s parents had been “determined to create something positive” from the tragedy.He said: “Emily’s Code can improve safety awareness and prevent accidents at sea, a vital message. If you’re going on a boat at sea this summer please stop and think about Emily’s Code first.”last_img read more

90s Rock Band Plays for Space Shuttle Discovery

first_imgRemember Big Head Todd and the Monsters? They were kind of a thing in certain areas of the country for a brief period in the 90s. Well, it seems that they’ve finally broken into that most impenetrable of locales: outer space.The band served as an alarm clock for astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery, rousing the crew at 3:23 a.m. ET this morning, to begin their last full day day in space. The group roused the astronauts with a song called “Blue Sky,” a track apparently inspired by Discovery, which end its 27 years of spaceflight today.“That was terrific,” the ship’s commander Steve Lindsey told the band via space radio. “We really appreciate it, and congratulations on winning the contest.” I hope they passed the audition. I guess a command performance is out of the question, thoughAdChoices广告last_img read more

You dont want to have to look at your mothers face when

first_img“I didn’t have to have any chemo, surgery did the job so I didn’t have to have any unpleasantness on top of it all.” Kennedy and the other members of the Cork county board at the 2011 GAA congress. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOThe experience naturally brought memories of her father’s diagnosis to the service, and she made the decision not to tell her family about the cancer until after she was told that her prognosis wasn’t fatal.I have my mother and my sister and I would say if for no other reason, go for your smear test, because you don’t want to have to look at your mother’s face when you tell her that you’ve cancer.“It was horrific for my family, particularly my mother because she would be the type of the person who would be very strong and wouldn’t want me to know she was worried and wouldn’t want me to know she was upset. She would never show that to me.But I know from chatting to friends of hers how difficult it was for her to hear that even though I didn’t tell them until I knew that it was going to be ok. But telling my sister and her husband was very difficult, probably the worst part of it.”Kennedy is an English and French teacher, but her diagnosis exposed her to a whole new world of words and medical terminology. She was privately Googling her situation as well and discovered that she might require a hysterectomy.Such a procedure would compromise her ability to have children, and she can appreciate that that would be devastating news for someone who was planning on starting a family. But her immediate concern was getting herself cancer-free.“We had a couple of meetings about what the options were because I was young enough and I didn’t have children. They were kind of wondering about preserving my fertility but I suppose when it becomes a choice about possibly having children at some stage and maybe getting worse cancer, it was a relatively easy decision even though it sounds like it wasn’t.“I wanted to make sure the cancer was gone and that it wasn’t going to come back. So I went to get a hysterectomy. It was a big operation because I’d never had surgery of any kind, I’d never spent a night in a hospital.I’m probably lucky in that at that stage of my life, it wasn’t really a priority. Some time I may regret not having children but it wasn’t a priority for me at the time. I’m very lucky, my friends have beautiful children that they allow me to share.”There was a time in her life when she rarely had conversations about smear tests or cervical cancer with her friends, and she feels that society still has more strides to take before the subject becomes more normalised.Kennedy has paired up with a friend to remind each other to book their tests and they always get in touch with each other after to let them know when they have made the appointment.Some women avoid the smear test out of embarrassment, while others are afraid of the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. Kennedy cautions any woman in that frame of mind to park those concerns and book that appointment.“I would advise any woman [to get the test],” says Kennedy.“The screening is there for women between the ages of 25 and 60 – go. You can have it done by a nurse, so even if your GP is a male and you’re not comfortable about it, they all have nurses now and the nurse will do the test.I can understand people don’t want to get bad news or whatever, but the amount of diagnosis is relatively low. It’s a very curable cancer if it’s caught early.“I just find it difficult to imagine that people don’t want to know. There’s obviously some reason why one in four women don’t go regularly.”Kennedy is the vice principal of the Carrigaline Community School and is organising exams at the minute, having stepped away from her teaching work in the classroom. She also has her new role of chairperson of Cork GAA, which she is still settling into after taking office in December. The redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOKennedy never played Ladies Football or camogie, and as she puts it, she didn’t quite have the skillset for the games.“I always use that song, ‘All God’s creatures gotta place in the choir.’ And I’m the one who just claps their hands,” she says with a smile.But the GAA club in Killeagh was always at the centre of her life growing up. She even used to chill out with friends on the pitch.After starting out as a secretary at the juvenile level of the club, it was never Kennedy’s ambition to one day become county chairperson. She simply loved the administrative side of the GAA, and was eager to stay involved for as long as she could.She eventually went on to succeed Ger Lane as the first female county PRO for Cork before progressing into the position of vice-chairperson after another election three years later.“You can’t go into a sideways position in Cork [GAA],” she explains, “you have to [go up]. At the time, that position was becoming vacant, Ger Lane was going to head for the chair. I went for that because I liked being involved. I just wanted to stay involved.“I did my three years and during my last year, it became apparent that it was unlikely I would be challenged for the chair so it happened, I didn’t have to fight any election this time, I was elected unopposed.”As well as becoming the first female chairperson in Cork GAA, Kennedy was also the second woman in Ireland to land the role after Róisín Jordan was ratified for the top job in Tyrone in 2014. Jordan has since been replaced by Michael Kerr of the Carrickmore club, making Kennedy the only active female chairperson at the moment.One of the expectations placed on Kennedy’s shoulders as the new chairperson is to rectify the fact that the 11-time All-Ireland winning Cork Ladies team have yet to play in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Cork Ladies team after winning the TG4 All-Ireland senior title in 2016. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOIt wasn’t possible to achieve that during the league, but there are efforts being made to review the situation and look for a possible fixture to host at the county grounds during the championship.Kennedy’s gender adds a bit more pressure to the role in that respect, but she accepts that.I’m certainly getting more pressure than any previous Cork GAA chairperson on this, and that’s fine, that’s ok. It is something that should happen and it’s something we all want to see happen.“It’s nothing to do with any inherent opposition to it. Camogie has been played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh for a long time now. It’s possibly that the relationship just goes back further because camogie has been established longer.”Kennedy doesn’t want to make any drastic changes during her time as chairperson, and feels that a lot of things in Cork GAA are working quite well. Establishing a relationship of trust among the clubs is something she wants to achieve, and with 167 of those dotted around Cork, she has a mammoth task ahead of her.Having more women follow her path in GAA administration is something else she wishes for in the future.I’ve said it in a few speeches that there’s no point being the first one if you’re the only one,” says Kennedy.Somewhere in the back of her mind though, among all those thoughts about Cork GAA and the needs of her students in Carrigaline, are her lingering worries about cancer.European Cervical Cancer Prevention week was celebrated once again recently (Jan 28– 3 Feb) and it coincided with Kennedy’s most recent smear test.Although she is completely free of the cancer symptoms, those concerns will always be there. Getting the test done is what rescued her, and it’s also the only thing that can really allow her to keep moving on from it.“Yes, it is [still on my mind]. I’m still waiting on my result of my most recent one-year test and everyday that goes by and I haven’t got a call is brilliant because the longer it goes before I get the results, the better it is.I know from talking to other people who have had cancer, I think that fear will always be there. I don’t think I’ll ever be free of that fear because nobody thinks they’re going to get cancer. You always think that it’s not going to happen to you and it’s going to happen to someone else.“When it does, it’s a real confidence knocker. You realise you are mortal after all.”You can find more information about how to book a smear test at cervicalcheck.ieThe 42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! But yeah, there’s something about the word cancer and my father had died from cancer. So, our experience in the family was not a positive one. But the overwhelming feeling I had from very quickly on was how relieved and lucky I was. If I hadn’t gone for the smear test… And I still feel that, how lucky I was not to be much further advanced when it was discovered. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 10:03 AM By Sinead Farrell Source: Tracey Kennedy/Twitter ‘You don’t want to have to look at your mother’s face when you tell her that you’ve cancer’ Newly appointed Cork GAA chairperson Tracey Kennedy speaks to The42 about her experience with cervical cancer and her new role in the county board. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is now on. 3 years ago, this campaign prompted me to go for the check that eventually led to my early cervical cancer diagnosis. If I hadn’t gone, where would I be now? Register on or talk to your GP #sharethewisdom— Tracey Kennedy (@Tracey_Cork) January 28, 2018 Follow us: the42.iecenter_img Feb 11th 2018, 10:03 AM Kennedy has always felt welcomed while volunteering at administration level in the GAA, and worked alongside many women in her club Killeagh. But as she moved up towards the inter-county ranks, she found that she was often surrounded by men at meetings, which she admits felt somewhat ‘isolating’ at times.She went to see the movie ‘The Post’ recently, where Meryl Streep plays the former publisher of the Washington Post Katharine Graham, who had to decide whether or not to publish a story exposing US Government secrets about the War in Vietnam, thus putting the newspaper at risk. Source: 20th Century Fox/YouTubeAs Kennedy watched Streep’s character in board room meetings filled with men, she thought to herself, ‘yeah, I can identify with that.’But whatever obstacles she had to overcome in that regard, this challenge was of an entirely different scale.Her condition was caught at an early stage and it was officially labeled Stage 1 A1 cancer. Death was never a potential outcome in her case, and ironically, A1 was exactly what she later become after undergoing surgery.But when the news was delivered to her initially, she couldn’t help but succumb to panic for a short while.“There were tears for a few minutes until I sort of got my act together and realised I wasn’t going to die. I can only imagine what it’s like for people who get the diagnosis much later on.“At least I had that reassurance, whatever happened to me the likelihood was that I was going to come through it. IN JANUARY OF 2015, Cork GAA vice-chairman Tracey Kennedy booked an appointment for a smear test. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe Killeagh woman was already in the groove of getting these tests done regularly, as per the medical advice for women everywhere in relation to cervical cancer. Not every woman has learned the importance of adhering to the instruction, despite the fact that 300 women get diagnosed with cervical cancer annually in Ireland.More worryingly, 90 women die from the condition every year in this country.Kennedy was already sold on the idea of getting regular smear tests. Her father had been taken by cancer, and she was intent on following any protocols that would ensure her family never had to endure another diagnosis.Unlike breast screening examinations which detects cancer, a smear test can uncover pre-cancerous cells and have the patient monitored more closely before their condition worsens and develops into cancer.Kennedy had delayed this particular test by about a month. It wasn’t intentional, and like many others, life had intervened to distract her from getting it done. There was a letter hanging up on her fridge reminding her to book it, but it wasn’t until European Cervical Cancer Prevention week kicked in that she was spurred into action.Usually, patients don’t hear anything about the test until a few weeks later, but the results of Kennedy’s examination were a cause for concern.“I got a call fairly quickly,” she tells The42, “like normally you get a letter to say everything is fine after six to eight weeks. I got a call after about three weeks to say that I had these pre-cancerous cell and that I needed to go for further exploration. That was scary.“I was referred to the colposcopy clinic in St Finbarr’s and all these new words [came up] and I was Googling [the condition] of course, as you do. It was fairly scary, but I went for the colposcopy, which is just like a smear test except that they use a fibre-optic camera to examine your cervix more closely. At that, they said there was definitely pre-cancerous cells there.“It’s usually just abnormalities, but mine was a bit further down than that. They took a biopsy and they came back to say they were CIN 3, which is the most advanced stage of pre-cancerous cells.“Then I had to have those cells removed and these are all day procedures. Not pleasant at all but when they did the cystalgia analysis on those cells, they found there was actually cancer there.”There’s no sense of anguish or fear in Kennedy’s voice as she recounts these events to me in a hotel restaurant in Cork. She knows of other survivors of cancer who don’t feel as comfortable talking about their experiences, but Kennedy understands that she has a profile which extends from her involvement in Cork GAA, and she’s happy to share her story in the hope that more women will commit to getting the test done.A glance at her Twitter feed confirms as much. Amidst the many tweets pertaining to local and national GAA news among other things, she also uses her account to raise awareness about Cervical Cancer and how the smear test saved her. 3 Comments Healy shines as Dublin achieve first ever victory over Cork at Croke ParkLIVE: Dublin v Donegal, Division 1 football league Short URL 33,214 Views Share50 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Un violent séisme ébranle le Japon

first_imgUn violent séisme ébranle le JaponUn séisme de magnitude 8,9 sur l’échelle de Richter s’est produit ce matin au large des côtes nord-est du Japon, suivi d’un tsunami de 10 mètres de haut. Quatre morts sont à déplorer pour le moment et de nombreuses personnes seraient blessées.Les vidéos et premières images du Japon ce matin sont impressionnantes. De nombreux immeubles ont été secoués pendant au moins deux minutes à Tokyo, la capitale, et la plupart des occupants se sont précipités dans la rue. Les gratte-ciels ont littéralement bougé.  La ville la plus concernée est cependant Sendai, sur l’île de Honshu. Le tremblement de terre s’est produit à 130 kilomètres à l’est de cette ville, à une profondeur de 25 kilomètres.Aujourd’hui, les liaisons ferroviaires express vers le nord du pays ont été interrompues, et l’aéroport de Tokyo-Narita a été fermé. Un énorme tsunami de 10 mètres a frappé le port de Sendai il y a quelques minutes et un deuxième train de vagues est en train de déferler sur la côte nord-est du Japon, selon la chaîne japonaise NHL. Par ailleurs, quatre millions de bâtiments sont privés d’électricité à Tokyo. Pour le moment, quatre morts sont à déplorer et le tremblement de terre a fait de nombreux blessés. Malheureusement, le bilan risque de s’alourdir.Le pays est régulièrement frappé par  des séismes et tsunamis. Mercredi, deux tremblements de terre s’étaient déjà produits, dont un de magnitude 7,2.D’une très grande violence, un séisme de 8,1 sur l’échelle de Richter avait fait plus de 3.000 morts dans la région en 1933. Le 11 mars 2011 à 09:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le rover Curiosity se prépare à partir vers le Mont Sharp

first_imgLe rover Curiosity se prépare à partir vers le Mont Sharp Neuf mois après son atterrissage sur la planète Mars, Curiosity se prépare à mettre le cap sur le Mont Sharp du cratère de Gale, l’objectif principal de sa mission d’une durée prévue de deux ans. Depuis son arrivée sur mars, Curiosity n’a pas chômé ! Après avoir passé des mois à analyser une zone plus petite qu’un terrain de football près de son lieu d’atterrissage, le rover de la NASA passera bientôt en mode télécommandée pour franchir les 8 kilomètres qui le séparent de la base du Mont Sharp, dans le cratère de Gale. Un véritable tournant pour la mission du Mars Science Laboratory.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais il faudra attendre un peu avant qu’il n’atteigne réellement cet objectif puisque le trajet, en rythme de croisière, pourrait bien prendre plusieurs mois, selon la NASA. “Nous ne savons pas quand nous arriverons au Mont Sharp”, a déclaré Jim Erickson, dans un communiqué de l’agence. Selon le directeur de la mission, ce voyage s’inscrit dans une logique d’exploration. Pour autant, “le fait que notre objectif principal soit le Mont Sharp ne veut pas dire que nous passeront à côté d’études de caractéristiques intéressantes le long du chemin”.Le mont Sharp, officiellement rebaptisé Aeolis Mons par l’Union astronomique internationale, est une montagne située au cœur du cratère Gale. Le gigantesque monticule culmine à près de 5.500 mètres au-dessus du fond du cratère. Le mont se compose de nombreuses couches sédimentaires qui, grâce aux données récoltées de Curiosity, pourraient permettre de mettre en lumière l’histoire de la planète rouge et de mieux comprendre la manière dont l’environnement martien a changé et évolué. (Crédit photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech) Le 6 juin 2013 à 19:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dow nears 20,000 as energy companies climb

first_imgNEW YORK — Major U.S. stock indexes set records again Tuesday as energy companies continued to climb following international deals that will cut oil production. Big-name technology companies like Apple and IBM also traded higher as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,900 for the first time.The Dow finished at an all-time high for the seventh consecutive trading day. The biggest gain went to IBM, while Apple and Exxon Mobil also finished near the top. Energy companies rose for the ninth day out of the last 10 as investors anticipated steadier oil prices and larger profits. Technology companies also jumped. They had mostly lagged the market during its post-election rally, but have moved higher in the last few days.J.J. Kinahan, TD Ameritrade’s chief strategist, said stocks have surged since the presidential election because after a long campaign, investors have a better idea which policies the country will adopt.“The biggest questions hanging over us are gone,” he said. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 114.78 points, or 0.6 percent, to 19,911.21. The blue-chip index went as high as 19,953. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 14.76 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,271.72. The Nasdaq composite climbed 51.29 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,463.83.last_img read more

Cardiff to be active in January window says Warnock

first_imgCardiff manager Neil Warnock has revealed that the club will bring in reinforcement in “two or three positions” when the transfer window opens in January.Warnock has been playing Callum Paterson, a right back in the striker role in recent games, and has identified the center forward position as one of his priorities.“We’re looking at two or three positions,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“We’ve made offers for strikers but it’s not as simple as that. Not only is it the offer that’s got to be accepted but is they better than what you’ve got in January? Are the teams going to let good players go in January?AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“We’re not the market where we can go and spend anything like the top half of the Premier League. We’ve got a certain market and we’ve got to try and get the best out of it.“I don’t think we will be spending silly money – well, I know we won’t. Mehmet Dalman, the chairman, he’s been working hard to bring a striker in. He knows how difficult it is now because it is a bad time to try and get one in.“They’ve always been supportive but for me, if they’re not better than what we are or if it’s ridiculous money I’d rather stick with what we’ve got. I know it sounds silly but I’d rather stick with what we’ve got, because we’ve got a great group.”last_img read more

Its all about the supporters Steven Gerrard

first_imgFor the Rangers boss, this victory at the Scottish Premier League derby is for all the supporters who have endured hard times with the clubA single goal by Ryan Jack at the 30th-minute mark gave Rangers a 1-0 victory over Celtic in the Scottish Premier League national derby.This means this is the first Gers’ triumph in the Old Firm since 2012.“This moment is all about the supporters,” said coach Steven Gerrard according to The Sportsman.“They have been through a lot.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We should have it won the game more comfortably – we were superb today,” he added.“We were brave and we played with courage and belief.”“There is still a lot of work to do but the first half of the season has gone really well,” he concluded.After this game, both teams have 42 points in the top of the table, but the goal difference means Celtic is first and Rangers is second.last_img read more

Company stopped from accepting fetal tissue as waste

first_imgPORTLAND — County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.While taking the action, Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson said they were horrified to learn that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in rural Brooks might be burning abortion waste to generate electricity. Both strongly oppose abortion rights. “We’re going to get the bottom of it,” Carlson said. “I want to know who knew, when they knew, how long they had known this was going on.”Brentano, however, noted that the county ordinance that sets the parameters for what can be accepted at the waste-to-energy plant allows for all human tissue. “No rule or law has been broken, but there’s an ethical standard that’s been broken,” he said.The decision came about a month after reporters in the United Kingdom discovered that health authorities there used fetal remains to generate power at medical facilities. The Department of Health quickly banned the practice.last_img read more

No Injuries In Small Plane Crash At Lake Hood Strip

first_imgTwo witnesses pulled the pilot from the plane. The pilot was transported to the nearby hospital as a precaution. This is a developing story- details will be posted as they are made available. The name of the pilot has not been released. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Airport Police in Anchorage responded to an experimental aircraft that crashed near Lake Hood Airstrip, on Wednesday Afternoon.center_img Around 4:45 p.m., officers responded to the scene. One person was onboard the experimental Belite clipper aircraft, and according to reports was uninjured in the crash.last_img read more

Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Google Pay How to choose

first_img Google Pay 99+ $899 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Authentication Best Buy Credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards Now playing: Watch this: 41 countries worldwide 29 countries worldwide Android phones with NFC and HCE support running KitKat (4.4) or higher Availability (see note below) Which one wins? Ultimately, choosing one of these payment systems is tied to your ecosystem and availability in your location. For Apple users, your only choice in the real world is Apple Pay, while Android users must use Google Pay. Samsung owners can choose between Samsung Pay or Google Pay — you can have both on your phone, but you will need to set one as the default and change that setting if you want to use the other. For sheer compatibility across the widest range of terminals, Samsung Pay wins because of MST technology. But paying in supported apps and websites is most seamless with Apple Pay, and Google Pay offers the most flexible way to pay friends, regardless of what phone they use. Editors’ note: This article was previously published on June 12, 2018. It is consistently updated with new information.Best phones of 2018: CNET editors pick the phones with the best cameras, screens and battery life. Mobile payments in the US still suck: Here’s why. iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus: Photos from our comparison Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $899 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier FaceID or fingerprint Now playing: Watch this: Where can you use? Works with NFC, magnetic stripe or EMV terminals, in-app purchases Samsung Galaxy phones since the Galaxy Note 5, Gear Watch and Gear Watch Active, Gear S2 and S3 Comments Credit, debit and loyalty cards 24 countries worldwide Apple Pay 4:32 Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay See It Apple Pay is available for browser payments in Safari, and you’ll need to authenticate with your fingerprint or FaceID. You can do this from an iPhone or iPad; a MacBook Pro with fingerprint support; or a Mac and verify with an iPhone or Apple Watch. Google Pay offers browser payments as well in Chrome, Safari and Firefox, but not many online stores use it yet. Samsung Pay and Google Pay work on the 340,000 sites that use Visa Checkout, if you’re shopping from your phone. Chase Pay users also have the option to link their wallets with Samsung Pay.All three services also work when checking out in several apps. Advantage: All three apple-pay-cashCheck your Apple Pay Cash balance through the Wallet app. Jason Cipriani/CNET Peer-to-peer payments Apple Pay and Google Pay are the only two services that let you pay friends. Samsung Pay does not currently have a peer-to-peer option. With Apple Pay Cash, you can send money to contacts with Apple IDs through iMessage. Unfortunately, that means you’re cut off from anyone who doesn’t have an Apple device. Money can be stored on your virtual card in the Wallet app or you can withdraw to your bank account. Apple Pay Cash is only available in the US for now. You can pay any phone number or email address from the Google Pay app on iOS, Android or from the desktop interface. (This was previously found in the Google Pay Send app.) Like Apple Pay, you can keep a balance or withdraw to your bank account. Paying friends through Google Pay is available in the US and coming soon to UK users.Advantage: Google Pay $611 Fingerprint, PIN, pattern or password See It Wide variety of banks: full list here Apple iPhone X Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Amazon Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Works with NFC terminals, in-app and web purchases Tags Preview • iPhone X: We’ve already got one. Here’s what it’s like. With regards to availability, once you’ve added your cards to one of these mobile wallets you should be able to use them in any country that accepts contactless payments, as long as you would normally be able to use your physical card in that location. In the case of Samsung Pay, that also includes any terminal with a magnetic card reader.When you make a transaction with Samsung Pay, you’ll see a transaction notification pop up. Lexy Savvides/CNET Technology and availability Apple Pay and Google Pay use NFC, or near-field communication, to power contactless payments. Just tap your phone to a compatible terminal and the transaction is complete. Samsung Pay uses NFC and a technology called magnetic secure transmission (MST). When you hold the phone against any terminal, it emits a signal that simulates the magnetic strip on a card. This means it works with pretty much all terminals, without the merchant having to update their point of sale systems. The one situation where MST won’t work is when you need to insert a card into a slot, like at a gas station. Offline payments are also supported on all three platforms, so you can make a limited number of transactions if you have no cell or Wi-Fi signal. You are also able to use these mobile wallets to tap and go on public transit systems in various cities around the world.Advantage: Samsung Pay Security Mobile payment systems use a method called tokenization to keep card details secure. Once you add your cards to the app, it generates a virtual account number and your real card number is never given to the merchant. When you tap your phone to make a payment, it sends the tokenized card number and a cryptogram that acts like a password. The card network then verifies and processes the payment. Apple requires you to authenticate using TouchID (fingerprint), FaceID or PIN before a payment can go through. Samsung requires an iris scan, fingerprint or PIN to confirm purchases. But Google Pay only needs your phone to be unlocked with fingerprint, password, pattern or PIN before transactions can go through. If you lose your phone, all three allow you to remotely wipe the device which will also remove all your card details. Advantage: Apple Pay (though TouchID is still more convenient than FaceID) google-pay-on-three-screensThe Google Pay interface on a phone. Google Other ways to pay You’re not only tied to the phone. Here’s how you can also use them: Apple Pay: Apple Watch (in stores); on the iPad and Mac (for online purchases). Google Pay: on some Android Wear watches. Samsung Pay: Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Gear Sport, S2 and S3 (but MST support is only available on the Gear S3). Mobile payments are a mess. Here’s why See it Review • iPhone X review: This iPhone XS predecessor is still a contender $949 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone X (64GB, Space Gray) Which banks? Samsung Pay Mobile payments comparison See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Compatible devices 7:31 38 Photos Boost Mobile Apple iPhones since the SE, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro with TouchID, iPads since 5th generation, iPad Pro and iPad Mini reading • Apple Pay vs. Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Mobile payments compared Cards Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Fingerprint, PIN or iris Works with NFC terminals, in-app purchases and web purchases in Safari • See All Mobile payments could soon make your wallet obsolete by allowing you to pay with just the tap of your phone or smartwatch. But they’ve had a slow roll-out and not all options are made equal. The three most established systems are from Apple, Samsung and Google, although some wearables from brands such as Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own payment systems. So how do Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay compare, and which one is more widely accepted right now? Share your voice Credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Fitbit Target Apple Pay Garmin NFC Google Samsung Apple Phoneslast_img read more

Trump calls Las Vegas shooter sick demented

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Tuesday described the gunman behind the Las Vegas mass shooting as a “sick,” “demented” individual.”He was a sick man. A demented man, a lot of problems,” Trump told reporters as he left the US capital for Puerto Rico. “We are dealing with a very, very sick individual.”Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant, was identified as the shooter who fired on a huge crowd at an outdoor country music concert, killing 59 and injuring over 500.Investigators are trying to establish a motive for the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, but so far have been unable to pin down what drove Paddock to shoot into the crowds from a 32nd floor hotel room.Police recovered an arsenal of 23 guns, including automatic weapons, from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across from the concert venue. More guns, ammunition and explosives were found during a search of Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada.last_img read more

Vote to end misrule of current govt Moudud

first_imgBNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed addresses a discussion at the National Press Club on Friday. Photo: Abdus SalamBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday urged the voters to get united and cast their votes on 30 December under any situation to free Khaleda Zia from jail and get rid of the “misrule and oppression of the current government”, reports UNB.”I would like to tell the voters that this is your time. You take oath that you’ll cast your votes. This is a struggle of the country’s 100 million voters, not only of the BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, he further said “I call upon all to convince voters that this is the last chance to free Khaleda Zia and get rid of the repression of the current government.”Adarsha Nagarik Andalan and Jatiya Nagarik Andalan jointly organised the programme at National Press Club.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said a mass wave has been created in favour of the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, the electoral symbol of the BNP, across the country and the ruling party will not be able to tackle it, if people can cast their votes.”That’s why we should persuade the voters that they must go to polling stations braving all obstacles, threats and intimidations. We must put up a strong resistance if they (AL) create any obstacles. We have no other alternative to it,” he added.He also asked the BNP leaders and activists not to get frustrated but to make their all-out efforts to get success in the struggle of vote by mobilising people.”I also call upon all to keep in touch with people and organise them to win the election. We have no chance to lose this time as people are with us,” the BNP leader said.He said people are ready to give a befitting reply to the ‘misdeeds’ of the current government through ballots.last_img read more