Residents of Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) now have improved access to eye care, with the recent opening of a new Optometry Unit at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat (centre); Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell(second from left); Regional Chairman Renis Morian (right); Councillor Denise Belgrave (second from right) and Optometrist Zola Layne in a section of the new facilityThe facility, which is situated inside the compound of the former LHC building, just next door to the state-of-the-art hospital, will cater for surgeries as well as eye exams and prescription glasses.Its doors were opened to the public a few months ago. Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell and Regional Chairman Renis Morian were recently given a tour of the facility by LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat.During the tour, Dr Riyasat outlined that the facility would cater for eye surgeries, including cataract removal. He said surgeries would be conducted in a sterile area (sterilisation unit). Within the Unit are also a pre-anaesthetic area, operating room, post-surgery department (recovery area), and eye examination room, among others.According to Dr Riyasat, following surgeries, patients will first be taken to the hospital ward for observation.The Optometrist attached to the Unit, Zola Layne outlined that the facility conducted free-eye testing, but patients were required to “pay a small fee for the glasses”.“We accept NIS vouchers also. This is our new department which we moved over to just a few months ago and we’re very happy…,” she stated. The Regional Chairman commended Dr Riyasat and his team, the Public Health Ministry and Government for bringing the facility on stream as he encouraged the use of the former hospital building for various other health purposes. He also urged Lindeners to make full use of the facility. “I guess a lot of people in Linden still don’t know (about the facility), and I’m hoping that today (with) our visit here … Lindeners will be aware that this facility is here that they can access it .. .I am happy that Upper Demerara-Berbice and primarily Linden will enjoy this kind of facility. I want to encourage residents to make full use of this facility…,” Regional Chairman Morian said.The facility is headed by Lindener Dr Romesa McDonald.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels.Under the agreement, the company’s 179,362 dwt Capesize Seattle would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 16,000 per day.The 2001-built ships would work for a period of sixteen to nineteen months. The charter is expected to commence on December 25, 2018.Diana Shipping said that this employment would generate around USD 7.68 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The vessel is currently employed with Singapore-based Koch Shipping at a charter rate of USD 24,000 per day. read more
APTN National NewsQuebec’s provincial election is set for April 7th. And over the next several weeks, five parties will debate the issues facing la belle province.The economy, health care and education are all on the agenda.But overshadowing all these topics, hints from the Partie Quebecois that a referendum on Quebec sovereignty is on the horizon, if they form a majority government.What could this mean for First Nations people in the province?APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.
Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina. Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 read more
Pippo Inzaghi thanked Bologna fans after he was axed to make way for Sinisa Mihajlovic suggesting he is now an extra supporter.The Coach was dismissed after managing just two wins, eight draws and 11 Serie A defeats this season.“A very important professional experience for my career has concluded,” wrote Inzaghi on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“It really saddens me to leave Bologna, where over the last few months my staff and I felt great affection and respect.“Now within me I feel the regret and disappointment at not being able to avoid this situation, but I really wish to thank the Bologna fans for their support throughout a difficult and hard-fought season.Mihajlovic is coaching Bologna from his hospital bed Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy after his leukemia diagnosis, but assistant coach Emilio De Leo is helping take care of everything.“I wish you with all my heart the best for the future. From now on, Bologna have an extra supporter.”However, the new manager is confident the team can avoid relegation despite their current predicament.“I am convinced Bologna can avoid relegation,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“It’s a difficult task, but I am confident and believe the players are too. If they aren’t, then I’ll find a way to convince them. If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t have even come here. I spoke to the squad, we’ll have to rush through some stages, so I asked them for concentration.” read more
E-media is the fastest growing part of the business for consumer publishers in 2010, according to the FOLIO: 2010 Consumer CEO Survey. While that isn’t much of a surprise (e-media has been the fastest growing revenue stream in the survey since 2005, the second year FOLIO: started offering the survey) the second fastest growing revenue stream may raise some eyebrows: events. Live events have long been part of the consumer-publishing stable, but have typically been positioned as value-adds designed to boost or lock-in the print buy. While events are the second smallest revenue stream, in front of only data and market information sales (which actually lost ground as a revenue generator in 2010), consumer publishers are finding success in converting their events to a sponsored model. Print advertising has fallen to an average of 40 percent of overall revenue for consumer publishers, but it remains the third fastest growing revenue stream. While publishers such as The Atlantic and Financial Times earn headlines for their aggressive digital push, both publications are seeing surprisingly large print gains as well. 2010 Revenue Ratios for Consumer PublishersPrint Advertising: 39.8%Paid Subscriptions: 21.5%E-media: 11.6%Newsstand sales: 9.2%Events: 6.6%Data/Market Information sales: 0.6% [Source: 2010 FOLIO: Consumer CEO Survey] However, 55 percent of respondents say print growth is coming from new advertisers in 2010, compared to 36 percent of respondents who say growth is being driven by existing print advertisers. For a full look at the 2010 Folio: Consumer Survey, including specific revenue breakdowns, technology investment and executive salaries, look for Folio:’s October issue, available October 1. Consumer Publishers Top Lines for 2010RevenueIncreased: 29%Decreased: 36%Stated the same: 29%Newsstand Sales Increased: 21%Decreased: 6%Stay the same: 31%Distribution CostsIncreased: 30%Decreased: 12%Stayed the same: 51% Market ShareIncreased: 38%Decreased: 9%Stayed the same: 46%Number of Direct CompetitorsIncreased: 14%Decreased: 31%Stayed the same: 49%Paper QualityIncreased: 5%Stayed the same: 78%Decreased: 8%Staff SalariesIncreased: 14%Decreased: 24%Stayed the same: 57%Staff SizeIncreased: 12%Decreased: 43%Stayed the same: 40%Travel/Entertainment BudgetIncreased: 9%Decreased: 47%Stayed about the same: 39%CEO CompensationIncreased: 6%Decreased: 30%Strayed the same: 58%[Source: 2010 FOLIO: Consumer CEO Survey] read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Attention all 5th graders living in Wilmington! Have you heard about the Wilmington Youth Center? Are you curious as to what the 6th, 7th and 8th graders are doing? Are you waiting anxiously until you become a member?The Youth Center Board invites you to a Preview Night on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm, to give you the opportunity to come by and check out the Center! The Center is located in Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), behind St. Thomas Church.The Youth Center offers a variety of activities, including:Board GamesJuke BoxFoosballPing PongBilliardsVideo Games for: PlayStation 3 / PlayStation II / WII / X-Box KinectVideo Arcade Room and Arcade-Style BasketballThrough the season, the Center sponsors craft nights, whiffle ball, and DJ dancesPizza, soda and candy are also available for purchase each weekThe Wilmington Youth Center has responsible adult supervision on duty from the time the Center opens until after the children have been picked-up. There is no registration fee for this “Preview Night.” Parents are asked to accompany their children in on this evening to leave a contact number with the Center. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Center To Hold Preview Night For 5th Graders On March 4In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, March 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON GIVES: Wilmington Youth Center Seeks Video Game DonationsIn “Community” read more
Warren Buffett, the billionaire philanthropist, has reportedly donated $25,000 to “Ready for Hillary” – a Political Action Committee (PAC) group that is raising money to support Hillary Clinton’s run for presidency in the 2016 elections.The amount is the maximum the group accepts in donations. Warren Buffett has donated money to several candidates for their election campaigns but why is this particular donation making headlines?Buffett has always shunned away from PACs but Clinton’s support group seems to have attracted his interest. In previous interviews he strongly voiced his opinions against donating to independent political groups. But this time, it has got more to do with the candidate than the group.In October, at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Buffett said that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election and he would definitely bet his money on it, Bloomberg reported.That’s not just it. Clinton had Buffett’s support for quite a long time.”I don’t see how you could have anybody better qualified. I like what she believes in … I think she’s extraordinarily able and energetic for that matter in pushing those beliefs,” Buffett told CNN in a 2012 interview adding that he thinks there is no one better qualified than Clinton for the post .Buffett also welcomed Clinton to Twitter when she joined the social media website in June 2013. The welcome tweet was one of the “five” he has posted till date.”Hello @Hillaryclinton! Happy to welcome one of my favorite women in the world to twitter. #45″”Ready for Hillary” is not officially connected to Hillary Clinton, but will ensure all support for her presidential campaign if she decides to run for the post.The former secretary of state is expected to announce her decision by or after January 1 2015. On Thursday, she told an audience in Boston that the job of a president is “stressful” and also forces the head of the White House to make snap decisions even when one needs to “sleep on” a decision.”Here’s what I worry about. The stress on anybody in a leadership position, multiplied many times over to be president. The incoming never ends,” she said according to The Washington Post.”Maybe you need to sleep on it. Maybe you need to bring in some people to talk to about it. But the pace of demands is so intense that you feel like you’ve got to respond,” Clinton added.Clinton also asserted that the job is “unforgiving” irrespective of gender and one can lose touch with what’s real, what’s authentic.” read more
Virat KohliIANSHe struggled to get going in the first match against Chennai Super Kings, there were question marks over his fitness and form, and when AB de Villiers walked out to bat against Mumbai Indians, the target was stiff. He was dropped by Yuvraj Singh in the slips when he was not even off the mark, but then the man found his groove.After knocking around in the initial few overs, he found his range, he enamoured Chinnaswamy just like the way he has always done in his career so far. Kohli departed, the chase was getting tricky, but de Villiers stuck to his guns. He screamed to his 50, breached 4000 IPL runs and then took down Hardik Pandya in the 18th over.ABD chants reverberated around the ground as he took guard against Jasprit Bumrah. And Bumrah was absolutely brilliant in the 19th over, mixing his lengths and pace and it even bamboozled a marauding de Villiers. The fast bowler got rid of Colin de Grandhomme in the process.Malinga bowled the final over, he defended 17 runs and even though, the final ball was a no ball which was not spotted by the umpire, MI won the match by 6 runs. This is how Twitter responded:Peak IPL #RCBvMI— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 28, 2019Kohli has started #IPL2019 by losing to teams led by his former captain and current vice captain #RCBvMI— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 28, 2019Sorry.. but umpires are missing too many no balls these days.. time for another umpire on the ground to call no balls! #fedup— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 28, 2019Brilliant from Bumrah. No bowler in the world like him in the ‘death’— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2019Kohli was not pleased after the match and said, “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening.”Drama ? #RCBvMI— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) March 28, 2019Technology should be used much more often in cricket … so many front foot no-balls missed all the time in all formats and only checked on dismissal. Should be as simple as 3rd umpire telling the umpire through ear piece that a no ball has been bowled.— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) March 28, 2019Candid post match talk by @ImRo45 with @sanjaymanjrekar on poor umpiring. Can’t have 3rd class umpiring in a high class tournament. Raise your standards umpires!— shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) March 28, 2019Talking about the game, the RCB captain said, “They should have been more sharp and careful out there. When they were 145 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us. A few more strikes apart from AB could have done the job for us. We need to be smarter at death bowling. Sure they guys will take a lot of learnings from the game. I think the way they bowled, we can learn from their game. The onus is always on each and every member of the team. I got out at a wrong point of time. Shivam was good as well.”The Indian captain also reserved praise for his international teammate Jaspirt Bumrah when he said that the Mumbai Indians pacer is the best bowler in the world at the moment. “I mean Jassi is a top-class bowler. A bit of a mistake from me to take him on at that stage. Mumbai is lucky to have him. And also Malinga. And if Jassi is in good form, it is good for India,” Kohli said. read more
Hit by a slump in global crude oil prices, Cairn India, the subsidiary of Vedanta Group, reported a 99% drop in its net profit to Rs 9 crore for the December quarter.Falling oil prices also dragged its revenue down by 42% to Rs.2,039 crore in the October-December quarter compared to the same period a year ago, according to a statement released by the company on Friday.The company had initiated various measures like renegotiating with vendor and improving operational efficiencies to cut costs in the quarter. Despite these efforts, the price for the oil produced by Cairn at its Rajasthan fields fell sharply to $34.5 a barrel against $68 a barrel in third quarter of previous fiscal year.Global crude oil prices have more than halved in the past one year on account of excess supply.”To ensure timely investment decision in Rajasthan block and realise fair price for our crude, we have approached the High Court to expedite the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) extension process and allow us to export the crude. The matters are subjudice,” the statement said.Mayank Ashar, Managing Director and CEO of Cairn India, said that the world’s largest enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Mangala in Rajasthan is yielding results. The project led to 19,000 barrels per day of additional production in the quarter.”Our unwavering commitment to improve cost efficiency continues to help us to navigate through the weak oil price situation and to generate free cash flow. We are continuously engaging with the Government to take actions to support the oil & gas industry in such a low oil price environment,” Ashar said.On merger of the company with its parent, Vedanta Ltd, the company said that “it is seeking directions of the Bombay High Court for convening meeting of all our relevant stakeholders.” read more