Raynauds phenomenon

first_imgDefinitionRaynauds phenomenon is a condition in which cold temperatures or strong emotions cause blood vessel spasms. This blocks blood flow to the fingers, toes, ears, and nose.CausesRaynauds phenomenon can be linked to other conditions. This is called secondary Raynauds phenomenon. Most people with the condition are over age 30.Common causes are:Diseases of the arteries (such as atherosclerosis and Buergers disease)Drugs that cause narrowing of arteries (such as amphetamines, certain types of beta-blockers, some cancer drugs, certain drugs used for migraine headaches)Arthritis and autoimmune conditions (such as scleroderma, Sjogren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus)Repeated injury or usage (such as from typing, playing the piano, or heavy use of hand tools)SmokingFrostbiteThoracic outlet syndromeRaynauds phenomenon canalso occur without another cause. This is called primary Raynauds phenomenon. It most often begins in people younger than age 30.SymptomsStrong emotions or exposure to the cold bring on the changes.First,the fingers, toes, ears, or nose to become white, then turn blue.When blood flow returns, the area becomes red and then later returns to normal color.The attacks may last from minutes to hours.People with primary Raynauds phenomenon have problems in the same fingers on both sides. Most people do not have much pain.People with Raynauds phenomenon that is due to other medical conditions are more likely to have pain or tingling in the fingers. The pain is rarely severe. Ulcers may form on the affected fingers if the attacks are very bad.advertisementExams and TestsYour health care provider can often detect the condition by doing a physical exam and asking you questions.Tests that may be done to confirm the diagnosis include:Vascular ultrasoundCold stimulation test for Raynauds phenomenonBlood tests may be done to diagnose arthritic and autoimmune conditions that may cause Raynauds phenomenon.TreatmentTaking these steps may help control Raynauds phenomenon:Stop smoking. Smoking causes blood vessels to narrow even more.Avoid caffeine.Avoid taking medicines that cause blood vessels to tighten or spasm.Keep the body warm. Avoid exposure to cold in any form. Wear mittens or gloves outdoors and when handling ice or frozen food. Avoid getting chilled, which may happen after any active recreational sport.Wear comfortable, roomy shoes and wool socks. When outside, always wear shoes.Your health care provider may prescribe medicines to relax the walls of the blood vessels. These include topical nitroglycerin cream that you rub on your skin, calcium channel blockers, sildenafil (Viagra), and ACE inhibitors.It is vital to treat the condition causing Raynauds phenomenon.Outlook (Prognosis)The outcome varies. It depends onthe cause of the problem and how bad it is.Possible ComplicationsGangrene or skin ulcers may occur if an artery becomes completely blocked. This problem is more likely in people who also have arthritis or autoimmune conditions.Fingers may become thin and tapered with smooth shiny skin and nails that grow slowly. This due to the poor blood flow to the areas.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:You have a history of Raynauds phenomenon and the affected body part (arm, hand, leg, foot, or other part) becomes infected or develops a sore.Your fingers change color and you do not know the cause.Your fingers or toes turn black or the skin breaks.You have a sore on the skin of your feet or hands which does not heal.You have a fever, swollen or painful joints, or skin rashes.ReferencesJames WD, Berger TG, Elston DM. Cutaneous vascular diseases. In: James WD, Berger TG, Elston DM, eds. Andrews Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 35.Bakst R, Merola JF, Franks AG Jr., Sanchez M, Perelman RO. Raynauds phenomenon: pathogenesis and management. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;59:633-653.Ferri FF, ed. Ferris Clinical Advisor 2011. 1st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010.Swanson KE, Bartholomew JR, Paulson R. Hypothenar hammer syndrome: A case and brief review. Vascular Medicine. 2012;17(2):108-15.Review Date:4/20/2013Reviewed By:Gordon A. Starkebaum, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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Speculation mounts over Tiger Woods’ possible PGA Tour return

first_imgWith Tiger Woods hitting golf balls at a juniors clinic in South Carolina earlier this week, media speculation has been mounting that the former world number one could make his PGA Tour return within the next month.The 14-time major champion has been sidelined from competition since August as he continues his recovery from back surgeries, but has been ramping up his practice routine while at home in Florida.Some analysts suggest that Woods could make his PGA Tour return as early as the May 5-8 Wells Fargo Championship, but his manager Mark Steinberg said on Friday there was “nothing new to report” with regard to a timetable.Woods’ long-time friend Notah Begay III, a 43-year-old Native American golfer who won four times on the PGA Tour, was wary of getting “too carried away” with media speculation.”What I can say is that I have seen his progression throughout its entirety,” Begay said on Friday in his role as a television analyst with Golf Channel, a day after teaming up with Woods for the juniors clinic at Sage Valley.”I started seeing him engage in different areas on his rehabilitation … started seeing him hit pitch shots and then being able to host a clinic with him and walk him through his entire bag from the wedges all the way to the driver.”So if I were to evaluate this from a beginning point to an end point, with the end goal being a PGA Tour start, Tiger Woods is on the back end of this rehabilitation process.”advertisementNO SPECIFIC TIMELINEBegay, who played with Woods on the Stanford University golf team, offered no timeline.”Now is that 60, 70, 80 percent through the process? I’m not sure but I can say from what I saw yesterday and from where I saw this thing begin, he is in a much better place,” said Begay.”The strike was good on the ball, he was able to shape it in a variety of different directions and when the junior golfers were screaming out for him to hit the stinger, he did not disappoint.”He hit a couple of lasers out there that landed at about 240 yards, so definitely power is not a question at this point.”Now aged 40, Woods has not won a major title since he clinched the 14th of his career at the 2008 U.S. Open and his form has slipped dramatically in recent years due to injuries and the mastering of a new swing.A tie for 10th at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in August, following a dismal season in which he missed three cuts in the majors, gave him encouragement before his health again intervened.Three weeks later, he had a second microdiscectomy surgery to alleviate pressure on a disc in his lower back, before needing another procedure on Oct. 28 on the same area.He has since been recuperating and in late February he posted a video of himself swinging a golf club in an effort to shoot down reports that suggested he had endured setbacks.Woods’ world ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 486th and earlier this month he missed the Masters for only the second time since his tournament debut in 1995.last_img read more

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1.30 lakh children apprehended from 2012 to 2014 for crimes

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) Over 1.30 lakh children were apprehended between 2012 and 2014 for various crimes and around 27,000 of them were sent to observation and special homes, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”According to National Crime Records Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, the number of juveniles apprehended for various offences including heinous offences under IPC and special and local laws during 2012, 2013 and 2014 were 39,822, 43,506 and 48,230 respectively. Out of these 9677, 9549 and 8700 were sent to observation homes and special homes during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively,” Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said in a written reply.The minister said the government has enacted Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, which has come into effect repealing the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.”Further, under the Centrally Sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme the financial norms were revised with effect from 1 April, 2014. Some of the key features of the revised scheme are increased maintenance grant for children in homes, from existing Rs 750 to Rs 2000 per child per month, enhanced cost of construction from existing provision of Rs 600 to 1000 per square feet and flexibility in staffing pattern in service delivery structures, depending on the size and need of States/UTs,” Gandhi said. PTI HC DVlast_img read more

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LG V40 ThinQ specs leaked online, Snapdragon 845, Boombox speakers on the cards

first_imgLast week, we got a clear picture of the rumoured LG V40 ThinQ smartphone thanks to the 360-degree video leaked online. And now, just days after the leaked CAD renders, the alleged specs sheet of the upcoming smartphone has been spotted online.According to a report by Android Pit, LG V40 ThinQ is likely to sport a 6.4-inch quad HD P-OLED display and it is likely to come with IP68 dust and water resistant technology. It is likely to measure 158.7×75.8×7.79 mm -a detail which is line with the previous leaks.In terms of specifications, the upcoming smartphone is likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor consisting of four 2.8GHz and four 1.7GHz cores. The device will support 6GB RAM along with either 64GB or 128GB internal memory and it is expected to run on either Android Oreo or Android 9 Pie.In terms of the camera, the rumoured device would come with a triple camera setup at the back with a 12MP lens with focal length of f/1.5, a 16MP sensor with a focal length of f/1.9 and a 12MP with a focal length of f/2.4. So far, rumours about the triple camera setup have given out no details about the camera specifications. However, the latest leak gives us some insights about the camera details. As far as the front-facing camera is concerned, the phone is likely to sport an 8MP and a 5MP sensor in the front along with the Smart CAM feature.The leaked specs suggest that the LG is keen on giving its users an out-of-the-box audio experience. Just like G7+ ThinQ, LG V40 ThinQ is likely to feature support for Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies and it is likely to be backed by a 3,300mAh battery.advertisementALSO READ: Leaked 3D images of LG V40 reveal large and near bezel-less displayMeanwhile, previously leaked details suggest that the phone will sport a fingerprint scanner which will be placed below the vertically stacked triple camera setup at the back of the phone. It will come with a 3.5mm jack and sport a notch on the top. Besides this, the leaked 3D renders have also revealed that the Korean electronics giant’s purported new phone will come with a button dedicated for Google Assistant on the left of the phone.last_img read more

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‘Our sin? We appeared to take our task at Fifa too seriously’

first_imgIt was a cause for great optimism after years of scandal and corruption at Fifa, when in 2015 the US authorities initiated criminal prosecutions against some of the worst alleged offenders, and a new top leadership took office with sweeping promises of reform.We, the chairman and two independent members of the new governance committee were part of that reform effort. We took seriously the task entrusted to us, of implementing reforms, enforcing rules on candidates’ eligibility for Fifa positions, supervising elections and the furthering of social responsibility and human rights in football. Today, none of us is any longer in office. Our sin? We appear to have taken our task too seriously.We knew, of course, that changing an institutional culture would be a long process; two steps forward, one step back. We were dealing with a game, and its organisations, including national football associations, generally extremely resistant to independent scrutiny, lacking real democracy and integrity, dominated by a small group of people resistant to public accountability, in a context of huge economic stakes and endemic political interference.There is a huge structural conflict of interest at the heart of Fifa: its leaders depend for their survival on those whom they ought to reform; power in Fifa is a political cartel. This is why the leadership of football survived for so long despite the many scandals surrounding it. With a little help from the FBI, and the independent Fifa ethics committee, whose two chairmen also had their tenures ended at the Bahrain congress in May, it might be that some bad apples have finally been removed. But the system remains largely unchanged. The leadership of football does not answer to the court of public opinion; it responds to its own constituency that would replace leadership which seriously tried to reform football.All of us, united in our love for the game but with no ties to it, and with considerable experience in law and governance, accepted our appointment having received solemn promises regarding our independence.Understanding that reform would not happen overnight, we showed flexibility when we thought it was proper. But we drew some red lines. We tried to effectively and impartially enforce Fifa’s stated principle that members of the Fifa council must be politically neutral. Our decision, in that context, to ban the Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko from elections led to a backlash from the new Fifa leadership against our independence. We also tried to enforce gender equality, human rights, and regulate the integrity of Fifa elections, and faced resistance on all of them. Ultimately it became clear to us that the leadership, in order to secure its own survival, could no longer support our independence.We have concluded that Fifa cannot reform from within. Those responsible for leading such reform are politically dependent on the associations and officials they need to reform, and may remove members of the judicial and supervisory independent committees at a whim. Sport is one of the most important areas of social and economic life, representing around 2% of the world’s GDP, yet it is governed by transnational private organisations. They regulate access to sports markets, and define and enforce their rules. Yet this regulation is not open to public participation, nor to any effective form of public scrutiny and accountability. What can be done? We advocate decisive external action. Parliamentary inquiries are good starting points, but it is necessary for them to produce concrete results. No country on its own – including Switzerland which hosts many of the world governing bodies – has the effective power to regulate such transnational organisations. The European Union is, though, in a privileged position: it brings together 28 member states – while the UK is still a member – which, collectively, these governing bodies cannot ignore. We believe the EU should take the lead.The European Commission is entitled to act under competition or internal market powers, and the European Parliament could seize the issue by demanding effective action from the commission and the council. One initiative, which we strongly support, is now in a draft resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, following a report by the former Luxembourg sports minister, Anne Brasseur. It calls on the EU to create an independent agency, which would not govern sports itself, but have the authority to review and supervise ethical issues and structures, to guarantee that transnational sports organisations conform with good governance. A second initiative would be to make the criminal investigation and prosecution of transnational sports-related criminal activity a priority for the forthcoming European Public Prosecutor.Billions of people are passionate about sports, yet they have no effective scrutiny of the organisations that control them. Someone must act on the people’s behalf to protect the integrity of our sports. We cannot let the beautiful game remain in the hands of an ugly organisation.• Miguel Poiares Maduro: the former chair of Fifa’s governance committee, is the director of the School of Transnational Governance in Florence.• Navi Pillay is a former UN human rights high commissioner and judge at the International Criminal Court. • Joseph Weiler is professor at New York University School of Law, and former president of the European University Institute. Share on Twitter comment Topics Doctor sacked by Fifa was investigating alleged Russian football doping Share via Email Gianni Infantino Share on Messenger Fifa Share on Facebook Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Football politics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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9 months agoEx-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward together

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he’s joined AS Monaco to help the club’s young players.Cesc is in line to make his debut tonight against Marseille.He said, “It’s a great pleasure to join the Monaco, it’s a new project for me with a team of young players and a new coach, there was a lot of discussion, obviously I spoke with Thierry Henry, he really wanted me to come and make a difference, now I’m here and we’ll take this challenge together.”I think my experience can help the young players to grow and progress to the highest level, I am a patient player with them because I was in their place. “This group has a huge potential, so I can help them and if we can win something together even this year, it would be perfect, I am now part of the team and I cannot wait to start. We’re currently in a delicate situation, but we all want to improve, we’ll do everything to change things quickly.” last_img read more

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a month agoKeylor Navas assures PSG fans no split loyalties facing Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Keylor Navas assures PSG fans no split loyalties facing Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas has assured PSG fans there’ll be no split loyalties tonight.Keylor will be between the posts against former club Real Madrid for their Champions League opener.And he took to social media, stating: “Many memories, many experiences and much love, but only one goal: WIN”.Significantly, the goalkeeper posted the message in French and Spanish.Muchos recuerdos, muchas vivencias y mucho cariño, pero sólo un objetivo: GANARBeaucoup de souvenirs, beaucoup d’expériences et beaucoup d’amour, mais un seul objectif: GAGNER#icicestparis#PSGRMpic.twitter.com/bhtbySOlWP— Keylor Navas (@NavasKeylor) September 17, 2019 last_img read more

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The NCAA Is Considering A Major Rule Change After What Happened Saturday

first_imgnorth texas punt returner scores a touchdownThe NCAA is reportedly considering a major rule change in college football after what happened during a game on Saturday afternoon.A North Texas punt returner, Keegan Brewer, pulled off one of the coolest trick plays we’ve ever seen. He tricked defenders into thinking he was taking a fair catch, stood still in front of those defenders for a couple of seconds, and then took off when they believed the ball was dead.The result: A 90-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter of the 44-17 upset of Arkansas.Greatest punt return in the history of football? pic.twitter.com/f2lVpDyPAd— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 15, 2018Plays like this might be prohibited from happening in the future, though. There were some injury concerns noted regarding the dangers of “faking a fair catch” following this play.Tommy Craft reports that the NCAA is considering implementing a new rule.“Was told earlier today that NCAA FB Rules committee is considering a rule amendment possibly as soon as this weekend to close any loophole that would allow a Punt Return similar to UNT’s 90 yd score vs ARK,” he reports.Was told earlier today that NCAA FB Rules committee is considering a rule amendment possibly as soon as this weekend to close any loophole that would allow a Punt Return similar to UNT’s 90 yd score vs ARK— Tommy Craft (@tommycraftespn) September 17, 2018As fun as that play was, there are some real safety concerns regarding plays like this, so a new rule is probably the right move.last_img read more

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Injury Update For Washington RB Myles Gaskin

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)In what could be the biggest game of the season for the Pac-12, No 7 Washington traveled to Eugene to take on No. 17 Oregon. The winner of this afternoon’s game is likely the last hope to represent the conference in the College Football Playoff.After a quarter and a half of play, Washington holds a 17-10 lead. It’s been a defensive struggled through much of the first two quarters as the offenses have yet to find a rhythm.The Huskies received some bad injury news during the second quarter that could have a significant impact on the rest of the game.Star running back Myles Gaskin left the game in the second quarter. According to local reports, Gaskin suffered a shoulder injury during the game and had his pads off as he went into the locker room.Myles Gaskin emerges from medical tent. His pads are off and he jogs back toward Oregon locker room/training facility.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 13, 2018Sophomore running back Salvon Ahmed has come in to replace Gaskin.We’ll update the star running back’s condition when it becomes known.last_img read more

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Parents Encouraged to Take Advantage of Options in Purchasing Textbooks

first_img Speaking with JIS News, Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, outlines some of the options that parents can explore to ensure that their children are equipped with the necessary books for the new school year. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging parents to take advantage of the varied options to minimise expenses for the purchase of textbooks for the 2018/19 academic year. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging parents to take advantage of the varied options to minimise expenses for the purchase of textbooks for the 2018/19 academic year.Speaking with JIS News, Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, outlines some of the options that parents can explore to ensure that their children are equipped with the necessary books for the new school year.Among the options are school-book rental schemes and using social media platforms to facilitate book exchanges or buying books advertised on these platforms at a discounted rate.Another option, she recommends, is the purchase of books from independent distributors who have established relationships with schools to supply textbooks at a reasonable cost.Ms. Campbell is advising parents to check that these online books have the current information that is being used by the teacher.“The CAC is all about ensuring that parents are empowered with whatever information or tools are available, so the online access is very important. However, I would caution that students who may choose to use online versions of a textbook to ensure that it is the correct edition, because sometimes there are slight revisions or very significant revisions that will entail an entire chapter being inserted, or the text may be time-sensitive,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Campbell also recommends that parents check whether the books are under revision. This can be done by comparing the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) with that of the most recent edition.The ISBN is a 10- or 13-digit number that identifies a specific registered book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audio book).“Check to make sure that they match, because a book may carry the same writer, same title – everything – but that critical line …which says revised edition (with the year) is vital, as it may impact critical material,” she explains.Ms. Campbell notes that an important part of planning are the orientation exercises hosted by schools, and urges parents to attend these sessions as they can give parents valuable information to assist in managing back-to-school expenses.“Ensure that you participate in the orientation sessions and that you take notes. If the opportunity arises, ensure that you meet your child’s homeroom teacher, and network with other school officials and parents to find out what are the critical items that you need to get,” she says.Students are also encouraged to take note of any information from the schools during the first week about books that may no longer be relevant for the course or will not be used in the first term.“The teacher will be able to tell them if they need ‘literature book A’ for the first term, but don’t need the other two until later down in the year, so you only need to purchase one instead of three at once. You can delay buying those until you are in a position to do so. It is important that you talk to your child. We want parents to exhaust these opportunities before they go off and purchase new books in stores,” Ms. Campbell says.She also advises parents to check with community civic groups, including churches and parent-teacher associations (PTAs), for any opportunity to access used books at special prices.Additionally, Ms. Campbell is also encouraging parents to use the Price Inquiry Tool Portal on the CAC’s website in their planning and management of purchases.“What we are asking parents to do is, if they have access to the Internet, they can visit our website at www.cac.gov.jm and use the price enquiry tool to select the store from one of the 90 outlets.They will see the prices, and they can plan for the amount of money they have to spend, what they can purchase now, versus what they can purchase in a couple of weeks,” she says.Parents can also use the CAC Annual Textbook Survey on the website as a shopping guide.This year’s survey indicates that there is an overall two per cent increase in the average price islandwide for all texts out of 90 retailers surveyed.Of the 90 bookstores visited between July 23 and 27, some 26 are located in the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Area (Kingston, St. Andrew, Portmore and Spanish Town) and 64 from other urban and rural towns of all the parishes, including St. Catherine.A total of 133 popular textbooks were surveyed, consisting of 90 secondary-level, 30 primary-level and 13 infant-level textbooks covering 17 subject areas.The results of the survey revealed the following: a five per cent increase in prices for infant-school texts, with an average cost of $1,224.95 in 62 per cent of the stores; a four per cent price increase for primary-school texts, with an average cost of $1,566.73 in 64 per cent of stores; a one per cent decrease in grades seven to nine texts, with an average cost of $1,795.85 in 39 per cent of stores; and a one per cent decrease in CSEC/CAPE texts, with an average cost of $3,578.36 in 23 per cent of stores surveyed. Story Highlights Among the options are school-book rental schemes and using social media platforms to facilitate book exchanges or buying books advertised on these platforms at a discounted rate.last_img read more

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US Port Performance Act Would Not Cost an Arm and a Leg

first_imgzoom The implementation of the Port Performance Act, a program to collect statistical information on the largest 25 ports in the United States, would cost USD 9 million over the 2016-2020 period, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.The Act was drafted following the recent nine month labor dispute at 29 West Coast container ports, and is expected to provide earlier warning of disruptions to various sectors of U.S. economy.It requires the director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to establish a port performance statistics program and report annually to Congress on the performance and capacity of key U.S. ports. The U.S. port authorities that are subject to federal regulation or that receive federal assistance would report annually to BTS.The Act also requires the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Commerce, to report to Congress on a port’s performance before and after the expiration of maritime labor agreements to help indicate whether labor discussions have impacted operations, the estimated economic impact of such disputes and roughly how long it will take for shipments to return to normal.The legislation would also establish a working group to develop recommendations for specifications of port performance measures and determine what additional information would be needed.Based on information from the Department of Transportation and industry experts, some of the information is already collected by ports, and CBO expects that the cost of supplying that information to BTS would be small.Ports may incur additional costs to collect new information, but CBO estimates that the cost of collecting the additional information would not be substantial.Consequently, CBO estimates that the cost of the mandate would fall below the annual thresholds established in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) for intergovernmental and private-sector mandates (USD 77 million and USD 154 million in 2015, respectively).last_img read more

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BIMCO Lowest Level of Newbuilding Contracts in 20 Years

first_imgzoom Shipyards become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to BIMCO.After a decline from 2010 to 2012, shipbuilding had a rebound in 2013 and was expected to level out over the next few years. The reality was a slight decline in 2014 and 2015, but still high levels of contracting measured by compensated gross tonnage (CGT).BIMCO said that since then, shipyards have crashed, as the contracted CGT globally has reached its lowest level since on record.“Since the high contracting in 2013, BIMCO expected the shipyards could come under pressure. This expectation became a reality at the start of 2016, with Q1 contracting the second lowest CGT in 20 years,” Peter Sand Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, said.“A low level of contracting is exactly what the shipping industry needs in order to eventually restore the fundamental balance between supply and demand,” he added.Japanese and South Korean contracts down by 86%The shipyards in Europe were the only ones to see an increase in contracting in the first eight months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Europe contracted 2.52 million CGT, an increase of 45.3% compared to the previous year.Japan and South Korea have had the biggest decline in contracting, down by 86.7% and 86.5% respectively, compared to the same months the year before, while China contracted 49% less CGT in that period.“Globally, the tanker and container segments are the main reasons for diminishing new orders by percentage as well as in CGT in 2016. Combined, they were responsible for 67.7% of the total contracted CGT in the first 8 months of 2015. This year, tanker contracts are down by 80.1% and container contracts are down 84.1% compared to the same eight months last year,” according to BIMCO.Alarming order cover due to overcapacity at shipyardsThe effect of declining contracts and continuing shipyard overcapacity has put pressure on the shipyards order cover. The order cover is the number of years it will take to deliver the scheduled order book, based on the capacity of the shipyards. Therefore, a low order cover can be a result of high capacity at the shipyards, as well as a decreasing order book.Shipbuilding in South Korea is suffering the most, as they hold orders for less than two years of building. Europe continues the positive trend seen in contracted CGT, with increasing order cover. This shows that additional contracting orders are not being absorbed by new shipyards entering the market.“There is a declining trend for Japan, China and South Korea and with such low levels of newbuilding contracts being placed, this will look even more severe next year. However, the order cover could have been even lower, if capacity had been taken out due to shipyards cutting down on operations or closing entirely,” Peter Sand said.last_img read more

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IRClass Starts Issuing Electronic Certificates

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has started issuing electronic certificates to all of its classed vessels.As informed, the e-certificates are available on the IRClass website through a secure platform — giving ship owners, regulators and charterers a real-time access to the latest class and statutory certificates.Commenting on this initiative, Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass, said: “The implementation of IRClass e-certificates are expected to reduce administrative burden and document handling costs for ship owners, coupled with increasing operational efficiency.”The e-certificates have a digital signature and a tracking number for online verification purposes. This allows the user to determine the validity of the certificates — to ensure that they have not been falsified or tampered with. The authenticity, originality and traceability of the e-certificates can be verified through the IRClass Verification Portal, according to the classification society.“We have started issuing e-certificates (provided the flag state has approved its use) to all newbuilding vessels on delivery as well as existing vessels on completion of their upcoming renewal survey,” Arora explained.“We are looking towards stepping up on our digitalisation efforts in various other areas in the near future – as technological advancements continue to transform the industry at a rapid pace,” he further said.last_img read more

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Hospital Foundation raises 80000 on Bluey Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s cancer care and treatment fund got an $80,000 boost over the weekend.Thirty five residents decided to “be brave and shave” at this year’s Bluey Day fundraiser, which took place last Saturday. The Foundation said that enough hair was collected from the shaves to make eight wigs.The Foundation’s events coordinator Colleen Fraser said that one of the highlights of this year’s Bluey Day was seeing councillor Larry Evans, as well as his son Neil and grandson Linden all shave their heads for the cause. Since 1998, Bluey Day has raised over $1.7 million for the Hospital Foundation.last_img read more

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Barca carry Clasico momentum into Celta clash

first_imgMadrid- Barcelona can build on their win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday by moving nine points clear of Los Blancos when they travel to Celta Vigo on Tuesday.The Catalans’ 2-1 win gave them a healthy six point cushion over Madrid with Atletico Madrid just a point behind in second.However, despite dropping just two points in their first 10 La Liga games, Barca coach Gerardo Martino refused to concede that his side are already well on their way to retaining their title. “There is still 60 percent of the league to go and Madrid and Atletico are close. They can still cut the gap.“Right now it counts for our confidence more than mathematically.”Neymar was the star of the show for Martino’s men at the weekend as he scored the opening goal and then teed up Alexis Sanchez to seal the points with delightful chip over Diego Lopez 12 minutes from time.Lionel Messi’s impact on the game though was somewhat restricted by his positioning on the right side of the Barca attack.The World Player of the Year is expected to return to his normal role as a false nine at Balaidos with Cesc Fabregas dropping back into midfield.Sanchez is also expected to start after his positive impression as a substitute and with the Catalan derby against Espanyol just three days away, Martino is likely to rotate his side heavily with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique likely to be handed a rest.Celta enjoyed arguably an even better weekend as they picked up just their second win of the season by hammering Malaga 5-0 away from home on Saturday.The Galicians are coached by ex-Barca favourite Luis Enrique, who was linked with the Barcelona job when Martino was hastily appointed following Tito Vilanova’s unfortunate resignation due to ongoing cancer treatment in July.And another former Barca man Andreu Fontas believes Celta have nothing to lose against his former club.“The Malaga game was one we all needed, just as much the team as the fans. This victory boosts our confidence and helps us to believe in what we are doing.“Now we have to think about the game on Tuesday against Barcelona, they are a very difficult opponent but we have to try and surprise them. We have very little to lose and a lot to gain.”Real Madrid will have the chance to make up some ground on Wednesday when they host Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu.After a disappointing first-half display at the Camp Nou, Madrid improved mightily after the break and could count themselves unfortunate not to come away with a point as Karim Benzema struck the bar and Cristiano Ronaldo had a strong penalty appeal waved away.Coach Carlo Ancelotti was encouraged by his side’s response after the break and believes it was a sign of their continuing improvement after positive displays against Malaga and Juventus.“We obviously wanted to win that match, you never like to lose, and it was an important game.“But we are improving, the Barcelona game showed that again.”Gareth Bale made just his second start in a Madrid jersey at the Camp Nou but was largely ineffective before being subbed by Benzema on the hour mark.The Welshman is though expected to get his first start at the Bernabeu as he tries to build on his match practice after a series of niggling muscle injuries.Atletico, meanwhile, have to wait until Thursday until they are back in action as they travel to Granada.Diego Simeone’s men recovered from their first defeat of the season last weekend by smashing struggling Real Betis 5-0 at home on Sunday with La Liga’s top-scorer Diego Costa once again on target.Fixtures (all times GMT)TuesdayEspanyol v Malaga (1900)Celta Vigo v Barcelona (2100)WednesdayValladolid v Real Sociedad (1900)Valencia v Almeria (1900)Real Madrid v Sevilla (2100)Osasuna v Rayo Vallecano (2100)ThursdayVillarreal v Getafe (1900)Granada v Atletico Madrid (1900)Real Betis v Levante (2100)Athletic Bilbao v Elche (2100)last_img read more

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Moroccan Woman Arrested Trying to Smuggle SubSaharan in Her Suitcase

Rabat – A 22-year-old Moroccan woman was arrested December 30th for trying to smuggle a 19-year-old sub-Saharan migrant into Ceuta inside a suitcase in her car, according to Spanish media reports.According to a report from the Spanish Civil Guard, the arrest occurred at 04:30 PM, when the service agent at Moroccan customs in Tarajal observed the woman, carrying a suitcase in her car intending to cross the borders.“The officers were alerted by the nervousness of the detainee at the crossing. They then examined the car and they found the migrant inside the suitcase. He was referred to a hospital in the city to receive the necessary medical treatments,” the report said. Spanish police report that the migrant is undocumented but, according to his statements, he said that “he is from Gabon.”A court date will be set in the near future so that the Moroccan detainee can answer the charge of “allegedly abusing the rights of foreign citizens.” read more

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Dow plunges over 300 points TSX drops more than 200 as emerging

North American stocks dropped sharply on Friday as a selloff in emerging market assets fed through to wholesale pullbacks in equities, with the Dow falling more than 300 points, the S&P 500 posting its worst week since June 2012 and the Toronto stock exchange plunging more than 200 points.[np_storybar title=”The stock market correction is here, strategist says” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/24/the-correction-is-here-strategist-says/”%5DThe correction many have been waiting for appears to have arrived, according to Tony Dwyer, U.S. portfolio strategist at Canaccord Genuity. Read his explanation. [/np_storybar]The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 215.21 points to 13,717.76 in a broad-based sell-off.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.21 of a cent to 90.31 cents US as Statistics Canada said the annual inflation rate rose to 1.2% in December, compared with 0.9% in November, largely because of higher gasoline prices.Losses were even steeper in New York where the Dow Jones industrials racked up a sizable triple-digit loss for a second day, falling 318.24 points to 15,879.11 after plunging 176 points on Thursday. The Nasdaq was 90.7 points lower to 4,128.17 while the S&P 500 index was down 38.17 points to 1,790.29.Investors have been worried about sharp drops in the values of currencies in several emerging markets, including Turkey, Russia, South Africa and Argentina.These drops were sparked by moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut back on its massive bond purchases, a key stimulus measure that fuelled a rally on stock markets last year and also kept long-term rates low. But U.S. bond yields have risen as the Fed moves to taper its purchases.“If the expectation is in the U.S. that yields start going up, I think the investors who are now overseas in the Turkish, Argentinian, South African or Venezuelan bond markets don’t see the need to stay there anymore — so they repatriate their money,” said John Tsagarelis, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“So there’s a pretty quick outflow and you’re seeing that through the transmission mechanisms of the currencies first and then obviously the bond market and then things follow from there.”The rout in emerging market assets began a day earlier following signs that manufacturing was contracting in China, a major driver of global economic growth.Also weighing on markets has been a slew of fourth-quarter earnings reports out this week that have disappointed on revenue growth.“Many companies last year were coming in line or just coming in slightly below revenue expectations and then beating on EPS because of cost cutting and issues related to maintaining margins and so forth,” Tsagarelis said.“But I think if you don’t have topline growth, cost reductions can only go so far.”Investors are wary of a U.S. market that hasn’t experienced a serious correction in almost 18 months. The S&P 500 soared about 30% last year.Much of last year’s rally was made possible by Fed stimulus in the form of massive bond buying. But the central bank announced last month it was cutting those purchases by US$10 billion a month to $75 billion.The Fed holds its next interest rate meeting next week and traders will be anxious to see if the Fed reduces its asset purchases further.In earnings news Friday, Procter & Gamble said its second-quarter net income fell 16% to US$3.43 billion, or $1.18 per share as the world’s largest consumer products maker faced tough comparisons from a year ago, the stronger dollar and flat sales globally. But its adjusted earnings still beat expectations. Revenue was flat at $22.28 billion, short of the $22.34 billion in revenue analysts expected but its shares headed up 1.2% to $79.18.North American indexes fell sharply during the week with the TSX down 1.23% while New York’s Dow industrials gave back 3.52%.The industrials group led decliners on Friday, down 2.55% with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) losing $1.77 to $57.93 while Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) dropped $7.22 to $156.88.The base metals sector was close behind, down 1.98% as March copper declined a cent to US$3.278 a pound following a five-cent retreat Thursday on the China manufacturing data. Teck Resources lost 54 cents to C$26.61 and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) lost 37 cents to $8.93.Financials were also a weight, down 1.61% with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) 94 cents lower to $20.86, while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 93 cents to $70.49.The energy sector lost 1.38% with the March crude oil contract down 68 cents to US$96.64 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) fell 71 cents to C$35.47 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shed 89 cents to $36.91.The February gold bullion contract rose $2 to US$1,264.30 an ounce as the gold sector lost early momentum and turned down about 0.7%. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) lost 38 cents to C$21.05 and Kinross Gold (TSX:K) faded nine cents to C$5.15.The tech sector was the main advancer, with shares in business software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) running ahead $10.81, or 10.79%, to $111 as it posted a quarterly profit of US$53.5 million or 90 cents a share, down from $61.1 million a year ago. Revenue increased to US$363.5 million from $352.2 million. Open Text also said that it will split its stock two-for-one next month. read more

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Indebted Canadians will face highest risk in 30 years when rates rise

OTTAWA — The expected, gradual rise of interest rates over the next few years is poised to push the financial vulnerability of indebted Canadian households well above levels seen in the last three decades, warns a new analysis.A report released Tuesday by the parliamentary budget officer predicted that higher rates expected in the coming years will leave households exposed to economic shocks at “levels beyond historical experience.”The study comes amid concerns that rising debt levels — largely fuelled by surging housing prices — have made households increasingly vulnerable to events like a severe recession that trigger job losses or higher-than-expected interest rates.Why does the Bank of Canada suddenly seem in such a hurry to hike rates?Canadians owe $1.67 for every $1 of disposable income and the $27.5 billion we borrowed in Q1 was mostly mortgagesCanada becoming more vulnerable as rising debt and hot housing get worse, bank warnsRising rates threaten to make it harder for Canadians to pay down their debt, the PBO said.The country’s debt service ratio — the household debt payments relative to disposable income — has already climbed above the historical average seen between 1990 and 2017, said Mostafa Askari, the assistant parliamentary budget officer.“That by itself has to be considered alarming because obviously it means that the households will be more vulnerable over time to any kind of shock to the economic system,” Askari said.Askari said the ratio will continue its ascent when the rock-bottom borrowing rates start rising. Some analysts predict the first hike to come as early as this year.Indebted households will no longer enjoy the offset of lower interest rates on their debt payments, he noted.“We project that household debt-servicing capacity will be stretched even further over the medium term as interest rates return to more normal levels,” the report said.As the economy strengthens, the Bank of Canada has been signalling that it’s moving closer to hiking its benchmark interest rate. Its trendsetting rate has been locked at 0.5 per cent since 2015 and hasn’t seen an increase in seven years.The PBO is projecting the central bank’s rate to rise to three per cent by mid-2020.It predicts the household debt service ratio to reach 16.3 per cent in 2021, which would be nearly 3.5 percentage points higher than the 12.9 per cent average seen between 1990 and 2017. The debt service ratio has crept upwards over the last two years to hit 14.2 per cent early this year, the report said. “Based on PBO’s projection, the financial vulnerability of the average household would rise to levels beyond historical experience,” it said. “Households that are required to devote a substantial portion of their disposable income to service their debts are vulnerable to adverse income and interest-rate shocks, and are more likely to be delinquent in their debt payments.” read more

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Puppy Room still a go at Brock

Although the St. Catharines branch of St. John Ambulance recently put its therapy dog program on hold, a pair of puppy rooms scheduled for March 26 and 28 at Brock are still going ahead.Because the popular visits by therapy dogs and their handlers were already scheduled, Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre is working with a number of registered volunteer dog handlers who will bring their canines to campus.The puppy rooms will take place Monday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 28 from noon to 4 p.m. in Pond Inlet. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. read more

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Germany Austria take golds on Day 1 of World Cup luge stop

WHISTLER, B.C. — Wolfgang Kindl of Austria won the men’s singles race and the German team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken prevailed in the doubles race Friday at a World Cup luge event on the track used for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Kindl broke the track record with his second-run time of 49.837 seconds, capping his victory in 1:39.774. Germany’s Felix Loch was second, about one-tenth of a second back, and Austria’s Reinhard Egger took third.Chris Mazdzer of the U.S. was the top North American finisher, placing sixth.Eggert and Benecken won the doubles in 1:16.691, leading a 1-2-3 German sweep of the medals. Robin Johannes Geueke and David Gamm were second, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished third.Tristan Walker and Justin Snith were fifth for Canada, while Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman were seventh for the U.S.Women’s singles and a team relay will be held on Saturday.The Associated Press read more

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