Launching a sharp attack on the ruling NDA government at the Centre, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav said here on Tuesday that the 2019 elections would be a fight between Mandal, Ambedkar and Gandhi on the one hand and Nathuram Godse and M.S. Golwalkar on the other.Painting a grim picture of freedoms and social justice under the present government, he said at an event on the role of youth in contemporary politics that only Bahujans and the discourse of social justice can challenge the Narendra Modi government.The Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly took digs at both State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 18-minute address, exhorting the youth not to be afraid and defend the “Constitution, country and reservations”.“If I had known chacha (uncle) was such a coward, we would not have gone for the Grand Alliance in the last Bihar Assembly polls. My father was never afraid. He had arrested [Lal Krishna] Advani ji during the Rath Yatra. He fought for reservations. He always fought like a lion,” he said, unfavourably comparing Mr. Kumar to his father and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. “My father never went back on his ideology. He never compromised with Manuvaad and communalism.”Taking a dig at the Prime Minister’s reported statement that selling pakodas was also a form of employment, Mr. Yadav said, “Modi ji says the youth should sell pakodas. We respect the youth selling pakodas, but even that requires some money. If not ₹15 lakh, please make a start by giving people ₹1-2 lakh, so that they can sell pakodas.” He then added, “But if all people start selling pakodas, who will buy the pakodas?”The interactive session organised by Forum of Students and Teachers of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia saw the presence of some academics on stage, including DU professor and RJD Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha, JNU political scientist M.N. Thakur and DU political scientist N. Sukumar.Asked in the question and answer session who the RJD’s candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls would be, Mr. Yadav said it was too early to comment on this, adding that the present priority was a united front to take on the government.
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All it took was “one stupid move” for Roger Federer’s season to fall into an abyss. (Latest Sports stories)For much of his career, the seven-time Wimbledon champion had been blessed with a body that seemed bullet-proof against the aches, pains and injuries suffered by most top athletes.But one false move by the man usually known for his gliding footwork while running a bath for his six-year-old twin daughters sparked a chain of bad luck that has left Federer in a situation that is completely alien to him.For the first time since 2000, the 17-time grand slam champion, who required surgery on his left knee in February to repair a torn meniscus, arrived at Wimbledon without winning a title in the first six months of the year.ONE STUPID MOVE”I was very, very sad, just because I thought I was going to be lucky not having to do surgery in my career. I was doing so well all of last year,” the Swiss third seed, who reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals last year, told reporters on Saturday.”I was great at the Australian Open. Felt good throughout,” added Federer, who was beaten by world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.”After that, everything changed.”The next day, one stupid move, the season’s been completely different than what I expected it to be.”TOUGH SEASONComing into grasscourt major last year, Federer had won four titles with a 34-6 win-loss record from 10 tournaments.Twelve months on and the 34-year-old has played only six events in 2016, and his 16-6 win-loss record will raise doubts about his ability to last five sets in a season beset with injury and illness.advertisementNot only did the knee surgery throw a curve ball into the season, Federer has also been laid low with a viral illness and he was forced to pull out of the French Open with a back injury.”Going into surgery was difficult. That’s when it hit me,” said Federer, whose absence from Roland Garros ended a streak of appearing in a record 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments.”I got really disappointed and sad about it because that’s when I understood what the road was going to look like.”ON WIMBLEDONWhile the back injury was a nuisance, the enforced absence from Paris allowed Federer to concentrate on his favourite time of the season and he played an extra grasscourt tournament in Stuttgart in addition to his traditional Wimbledon warm-up in Halle.”I felt I had to stop everything by not playing Paris… just reset from there and make another push for Wimbledon, which was great,” said Federer, who was sporting a white t-shirt emblazoned with a red double-decker bus sandwiched between SW19 lettering.”This back has won me 88 titles, so I’m okay with that back. It’s okay if it messes around with me sometimes,” he added.”That’s why the decision not playing Paris was very easy to take because it was for Wimbledon, it was for the rest of the season, it was for my life, it was for the rest of my career.”
New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has urged the Tourism Ministry and the Maharashtra government to consider a proposal for the development of scuba diving and aquarium in Sindhudurg to promote marine tourism. The commerce ministry has received a proposal from the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and the Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports (IISDA) Malwan, Sindhudurg, for setting up of these facilities under a comprehensive plan to encourage marine tourism along the coast of Maharashtra, according to a letter by Prabhu to the tourism department and the state government. In the letter to Tourism Minister K J Alphons and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the commerce minister noted that the marine leisure sector is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry. The proposal includes development of scuba diving and domestic cruise tourism destinations at Angria Bank, submarine tourism in Sindhudurg, setting up India’s largest aquarium in Sindhudurg, the commerce ministry said in a statement quoting Prabhu. Prabhu has requested the tourism minister and the chief Minister to consider the proposal for early action under the champion sector initiative of the commerce ministry.In February, the Union Cabinet had decided to give focused attention to 12 champion services sectors and mandated the identified nodal ministries and departments to formulate sectoral action plans under the dedicated fund of Rs 5,000 crore. PTI RR MRMR
zoom Rosmorport’s Murmansk Branch has successfully undergone certification of the branch quality management system in accordance with the international standard ISO 9001:2008.The field of activities under certification were the Murmansk branch’s services with the use of the Kola Bay vessel traffic system, including: information service of the vessels; control over the navigation and vessel location in anchoring areas; navigation arrangement and regulation, and navigation assistance.The quality management system of the Murmansk Branch was assessed by auditors of Certification Association “Russian Register”.During the assessment the experts reviewed the operational processes of the branch’s VTS divisions, and also visited a number of facilities of the Kola Bay VTS, such as the VTS Central Post, the Mishukovo automated radiotechnical post, and the Obzor radio locator post situated in two cablets to the north from Cape Lagerny.As a result of the assessment the Murmansk Branch quality management system was found to be in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 in the designated fields of activities and, according to the established procedure, the branch received a certificate dated April 17, 2014, No. 14.0333.026, valid for three years.June 6, 2014
zoomImage Courtesy: Nakilat Qatar-based Nakilat has established a new joint venture with shipping company Maran Ventures, expanding its fleet to 74 vessels.Under the deal, Nakilat would hold a 60% stake in the JV, while Maran Ventures will have the remaining 40%.With 4 LNG vessels managed and marketed by Nakilat under the new JV, the company’s fleet will increase to 74, representing 11.2% of the global LNG fleet in carrying capacity.Currently under construction in South Korea, the four vessels each have a cargo carrying capacity of 173,400 cbm. They are equipped with some of the most advanced technology in the market today, with two of them featuring ME-GI, and the other two X-DF propulsion systems.“This agreement is a step forward for the company as we expand our fleet with additional capacity to meet the growing international demand for clean energy. This has subsequently led to a significant increase in demand for LNG shipping, which we hope will have a positive effect on charter rates,” Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Nakilat’s Chief Executive Officer, said.
San Francisco: As the war between digital assistants intensifies, Google Assistant has once again beaten Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri when it comes to answering queries correctly on smartphones. In its annual test, research-driven venture capital firm Loup Ventures found that Google Assistant understood every single query and answered correctly 92.9 per cent of the time. The research team asked the leading digital assistants — Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa — 800 questions each. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Google Assistant was able to correctly answer 93 per cent of them vs Siri at 83 per cent and Alexa at 80 per cent. In July 2018, Google Assistant correctly answered 86 per cent vs Siri at 79 per cent and Alexa at 61 per cent, said the report from Loup Ventures. “We separate smartphone-based digital assistants from smart speakers because, while the underlying technology is the same, use cases vary. For instance, the environment in which they are used may call for different language, and the output may change based on the form factor,” the report added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The research team accounted for this by adjusting the question set to reflect generally shorter queries and the presence of a screen which allows the assistant to present some information that is not verbalized. “We eliminated Cortana from our test due to Microsoft’s recent shift in Cortanaa¿s strategic positioning,” said the report. Testing was conducted using Siri on iOS 12.4, Google Assistant on Pixel XL running Android 9 Pie, and Alexa via the iOS app. Google Assistant was once again the best performer, correctly understanding all 800 questions. Siri misunderstood two questions while Alexa only misunderstood one. Google Assistant was the top performer in four of the five categories but fell short of Siri in the Command category again. “Siri continues to prove more useful with phone-related functions like calling, texting, emailing, calendar and music. Both Siri and Google Assistant, which are baked into the OS of the phone, far outperformed Alexa in the Command section,” the findings showed. Alexa lives on a third-party app, which, despite being able to send voice messages and call other Alexa devices, cannot send text messages, emails, or initiate a phone call. The largest disparity was Google’s out-performanceAin the Commerce category, correctly answering 92 per cent vs Siri at 68 per cent and Alexa at 71 per cent. Conventional wisdom suggests that Alexa would be best-suited for commerce questions. However, Google Assistant correctly answered more questions about product and service information and where to buy certain items. “As measured by correct answers, over a 13-month period, Google Assistant improved by 7 percentage points, Siri by 5 points, and Alexa by 18 points,” said the report.
Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays, which most often comes from the sun, can cause skin cancer in athletes, according to a new study. According to the researchers, limiting the sun exposure and applying sunscreen regularly can protect the skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiations of the sun and keep skin problems at bay. “Sun protection in athletes is especially important as multiple studies demonstrate an elevated risk of skin cancer for those who regularly participate in outdoor sports or exercise,” said study researchers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Surprisingly, fewer than 25 per cent of surveyed athletes reported regular use of sunscreen, so there is clearly more awareness-raising that needs to be done,.” Athletes ranging from hikers, to tennis and runners exceed the recommended ultraviolet exposure limit by up to eight-fold during the summer and autumn months. While regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of most cancers, skin cancer is an exception. For malignant skin cancer, those in the 90th percentile for physical activity have an increased risk of cancer than those in the 10th percentile. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSun protection in these groups is especially important as multiple studies demonstrate an elevated risk of skin cancer for those who regularly participate in outdoor sports or exercise. The ultraviolet radiation spectrum is categorised by wavelength as UV-A (320-400 nm), UV-B (290-320 nm) and UV-C (200-290 nm) and the biological effects vary per type. UV-A constitutes around 95 per cent of ultraviolet radiation that reaches the earth’s surface, with the remainder being UV-B. In the skin, UV-A is able to reach the skin’s blood circulation but most of UV-B is absorbed in the outer layers of the skin (called the epidermis and upper dermis) due to its shorter wavelengths. Skin pigmentation is another factor that affects our response to sun exposure. The study is scheduled to be presented at the Physiological Society’s Extreme Environmental Physiology meeting (02-04 September, 2019) in the UK.
Mumbai: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A 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 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.”
Remember 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
“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. http://the42.ie/3845742 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 https://t.co/P3gUBB4sD1 or talk to your GP #sharethewisdom https://t.co/IKdwq2ggyO— Tracey Kennedy (@Tracey_Cork) January 28, 2018 Follow us: the42.ie 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
Un 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 Perrin