The 2012 Queensland Touch Association (QTA) State Championships will be played this weekend, from Friday, 19 October until Sunday, 21 October. This year’s event will be held at the Palm Beach Touch Fields on the Gold Coast and will see 26 teams compete across five divisions, including Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open as well as Women’s 20’s and Men’s 50’s. All six of Queensland’s regions – Central Queensland Bulls, South Queensland Sharks, South West Queensland Swans, Sunshine Coast Pineapples, North Queensland Cyclones and Brisbane City Cobras – will be represented at the event. The South Queensland Sharks will be hopeful of taking out consecutive Regional Championships titles following their win in 2011. The event will also see a referee and coach forum on Saturday afternoon of the event, coordinated by Queensland Referees Director, Dave Field and Queensland Coaching Director, Greg Jones. It will be the first forum of its type at the event in a number of years and will see Level 6 referees Luke McKenzie and Dale Lawrence as well as Queensland Men’s Open coach, Pat Grehan, present at the forum. This year’s event will be used as a selection medium for the Queensland teams competing in next year’s Elite Eight tournament, to be played in conjunction with the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour in March. For further information, news and results, please visit the event’s website below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-8575-0-236534-0&sID=223200 Related LinksQLD State Championships
October 26, 2019
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jimbo Fisher thought he landed an elite wideout for his offense in the class of 2019, as Christian Harris originally announced his commitment to Texas A&M. Unfortunately for the Aggies, the four-star recruit just had a change of heart.Over the weekend, the Aggies won an absolute thriller over the LSU Tigers, showing the college football world that they’re officially back. However, this latest development revolving around Harrison will certainly sting.Not only did he decommit from Texas A&M, but he also announced he’ll take his talents to Alabama.“There is no love lost for the Aggie family and I am forever grateful for the relationships that I’ve built with them,” Harris tweeted. “After much thought and consideration, I have made the decision to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama.”Here is the full post:pic.twitter.com/GUmQwTYbzw— Christian Harris (@Charris_36) November 29, 2018The four-star wideout grew up in Baton Rouge, and he is currently the No. 145 recruit in the nation, per 247Sports. He also played defense in high school, lining up on the outside as a defensive back.Once again, the rich get richer, and in this particular case, the Crimson Tide continue to load their roster for years to come.
October 23, 2019
Image Courtesy: Stena BulkSwedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has named Stena Impeccable, the tenth of thirteen IMOIIMAX tanker newbuildings.The christening ceremony took place at the Port of Rotterdam on June 28 where the 50,000 dwt vessel arrived at the beginning of this week.“The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and our fleet often calls there. That’s why we also have many business contacts in the area and we took the opportunity to gather them in conjunction with this naming ceremony,” Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, commented.Following its delivery in early March, Stena Impeccable sailed from China to Australia. The newbuild then sailed from New Guinea via Singapore and the Suez Canal to Rotterdam.After the naming ceremony, the vessel left Rotterdam for Brake in Germany.Stena Impeccable was built at the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) like all the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk – both delivered and under construction.The vessel is wholly owned by Stena Bulk, operated by Stena Weco and sails in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs around 60 vessels.Six of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, four together with Singapore’s palm oil company Golden Agri Resources (GAR), two by Stena Bulk’s sister company Concordia Maritime and one in partnership with Weco.So far, ten tankers have been handed over to Stena Bulk and its partners, with the remaining three expected to be delivered by 2018.
October 18, 2019
Kolkata: Harping on the need for efficient solid waste management, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said the Urban Development department and Panchayat and Rural Development department have collaborated to launch cleaning operations in the semi-urban and rural areas, while addressing a one-day workshop on solid waste management at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Wednesday afternoon.Krishna Chakraborty, Mayor, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and chairmen of all the municipalities were present at the meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDebashis Sen, chairman, NKDA, Subrata Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Development department, Kalyan Rudra, chairman, Pollution Control Board, senior officials of Panchayat and Rural Development department and senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Solid Waste Management department attended the workshop as well. Hakim said because of high cost of land it has become difficult to get land to set up trenching ground and offloading garbage has become a major problem with the civic bodies. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAwareness drives have been conducted to ensure that people keep dry waste in one bin and organic waste in another bin for efficient solid waste management. Meanwhile, the 4th session of ‘Talk to Mayor’ was also held on Wednesday, where Hakim asked KMC officials to remove garbage from the buildings that have been lying unfinished for many years. He also instructed the civic officials to take measures to clean the roadside toilets that are stinking.
October 18, 2019
Kolkata: The guardians of The New Town School have strongly protested against the decision of the authorities to not to allow non-vegetarian food inside the premises.This comes at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been stressing on the fact that the saffron party has been trying to control the food habits of the people of this state. The school is affiliated with the CBSC Board. Recently, the school authorities have issued a notice banning non-vegetarian food inside its premises. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanglar Pokkhe, a civil society group, has written to the principal of the school urging her to withdraw the order. In an email communique, the group wrote that 98.4 percent people in Bengal take non-vegetarian food after Andhra Pradesh. “In Bengal, people take both non-vegetarian and vegetarian food for ages. There has never been any conflict between the two groups. The attempt to force the students to take vegetarian food is uncalled for,” the letter said. It also added: “This affects the fundamental rights of the students as the Constitution guarantees choice of food.” The guardians were shocked to receive such a notice asking them not to give any non-vegetarian food to their children. “We enjoy vegetarian food but a blanket ban on non-vegetarian food cannot be supported. This will unnecessarily divide the students into two groups and those taking non-vegetarian food will be looked down upon,” said a parent on condition of anonymity.
October 17, 2019
PHILADELPHIA – The steady footsteps heard coming from the physiotherapy room at Philadelphia’s Shriners hospital belong to paralyzed Humboldt Broncos hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki.“It’s just hard to keep my neck up,” he said during a session this week.Straschnitzki clenched his fists as he took a stroll on the TheraStride — a device that puts him in a harness while his feet touch a treadmill below. Staff move his legs and feet forward to simulate walking.“Wow, my legs are really red,” he said during a break. “I feel like I’ve just done one round of boxing.”“Ready to go for Round 2?” asked his father Tom.“Yeah,” Ryan said.Straschnitzki, 19, was paralyzed from the chest down after a fatal bus crash involving the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi trailer in April. Sixteen people died and 13 others, including Straschnitzki, were injured.He has been in Philadelphia for about a month for therapy to improve his mobility and independence.“He’s just driven and motivated,” said physiotherapist Christin Krey. “He did great today so our intention is to keep moving with that.“The ultimate goal over time for him is to potentially see some improvements and some muscles that aren’t working right now or some sensory changes or some balance improvements.”Straschnitzki seemed exhausted but excited by the new therapy.“My legs feel great,” he said. “It’s like they’re tingling.”Straschnitzki suffered a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a punctured lung and bleeding in his head and pelvis in the crash. He got some good news after a meeting with his doctor.“We talked about a discharge date depending on how things go this week. I’m hoping to go home next week,” he said, beaming.“Good things happen when you work hard I guess. I’m pumped.”Straschnitzki is focused on life after Philadelphia. He spent an hour this week lifting himself from his wheelchair to a raised platform, simulating moving into the seat of an SUV, which would allow him to hang out with his friends.His final attempt saw him successfully pull himself up nearly 22 centimetres onto a bed.“That was tough,” Ryan laughed, leaning back and putting his hand over his heart. “That was the hardest thing I’ve done … that, and showers.“I just want a normal way of life again … doing ordinary things that I used to do — just in a different way.”Dr. Bethany Lipa, Straschnitzki’s doctor, said most people in his position don’t realize they have to learn how to do everything again. Straschnitzki has made great progress, she said.“There are still challenges ahead but he’s a great, really motivated young man and he approaches all the challenges with everything he has,” she said. “He’s going to do a fantastic job.”Tom Straschnitzki says his son’s imminent return home to Airdrie, Alta., just north of Calgary, could be put on hold if the family doesn’t have new living arrangements soon. Their home is being renovated and they are waiting to see if they can move into a vacant show home or a local hotel.“They won’t release him until we have a place to live,” he said. “We’re looking into it.”Straschnitzki said he’s willing to stay in Philadelphia and continue working on his rehab until a place is ready. He’s thinking about getting a job, earning a business degree or pursuing a career in broadcasting.He’s simply glad to be alive.“I’m not looking at this as a negative,” Straschnitzki said. “It’s just a different curve that maybe God has chosen for me, but I’m willing to accept the challenge and live my life to the fullest.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous version had device as TheraSlide.
October 13, 2019
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 3.5 per cent in the July-September quarter as the strongest burst of consumer spending in nearly four years helped offset a sharp drag from trade.The Commerce Department said Friday that the third quarter’s gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, followed an even stronger 4.2 per cent rate of growth in the second quarter. The two quarters marked the strongest consecutive quarters of growth since 2014.The result was slightly higher than many economists had been projecting. It was certain to be cited by President Donald Trump as evidence his economic policies are working. But some private economists worry that the recent stock market declines could be a warning signal of a coming slowdown.They noted that Friday’s GDP report showed business investment slowed dramatically in the third quarter, growing at an annual rate of just 0.8 per cent, the weakest in nearly two years, after a much stronger 8.7 per cent gain in second quarter.Analysts said the slowdown could be an indication that last December’s tax cuts, which offered special breaks for business investment, were beginning to wane. There was also concern that the slowdown could reflect adverse impacts from rising trade tariffs with businesses less reluctant to invest under the threat of a trade war between the United States and China.Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist for Oxford Economics, said he expects more modest GDP growth in coming quarters, citing the fading impact of the tax cuts, higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve and increasing trade tensions.The GDP report along with next week’s unemployment report for October are the last major looks at the economy before voters go to the polls in the mid-term elections.Mick Mulvaney, head of the president’s budget office, said in a CNBC interview that while business investment was flat this quarter, it followed several quarters when investment has been “fantastic.” He also said the administration was not concerned about the stock market sell-off this month.“The stock market is going to go up and down,” he said. “Certainly we follow it, but we don’t use it as an indicator of where we are headed.”For this year, economists are projecting the momentum built up should result in growth of 3 per cent, the best annual showing in 13 years. But they believe the impact of Trump’s trade war with China and rising interest rates will slow growth in 2019 to around 2.4 per cent, with a further decline to under 2 per cent in 2020.“I think we will see a significant slowdown, in part because economic growth has been raised to an artificially high level by the tax cuts,” said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics in Los Angeles.Trump in recent weeks has accelerated his attacks on the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, contending that the higher rates by slowing the economy will work against his efforts to speed up growth through the $1.5 trillion tax cut package Trump got Congress to pass last year.“Every time we do something great, he raises interest rates,” Trump said in an interview this week with the Wall Street Journal in which he again said he viewed the Fed as the “biggest risk” facing the economy “because I think interest rates are being raised too quickly.”The central bank has raised rates three times this year and signalled it will raise rates one more time this year and expect to raise rates three times in 2019. Those moves are being made to ensure that tight labour markets, with unemployment at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent, and strong growth don’t trigger unwanted inflation.The GDP report Friday was the government’s first of three reviews of overall economic activity for the July-September period.The report showed that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, surged at an annual rate of 4 per cent in the third quarter, even better than the 3.8 per cent gain in the second quarter and the best showing since last 2014.Trade, which had boosted second quarter growth by 1.2 percentage points, shaved 1.8 percentage points off growth in the third quarter. Exports, which had surged at a 9.3 per cent rate in the second quarter, fell at a 3.5 per cent rate in the third quarter. Analysts had forecast this turn-around, saying it reflected the surge in exports of goods such as soybeans in the spring as producers tried to beat the higher tariffs being imposed by China in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs.Another big swing factor in the third quarter was business restocking of their shelves. Inventories had trimmed 1 percentage point off growth in the second quarter but boosted growth by 2 percentage points in the third quarter.Housing continued to be a drag, falling for a third straight quarter. Business investment, which had surged at an 8.7 per cent rage in the second quarter, slowed to a small 0.8 per cent gain the third quarter.
October 12, 2019
New Delhi: In an attempt to boost organisational morale and the working environment within the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country’s premier investigative agency has started a unique exercise to take note of and deal with issues that employees across the agency might be facing.The move comes in the wake of major reshuffling exercises that CBI undertook during the turmoil that ensued after the removal of former director Alok Verma earlier this year. More than 20 officers were transferred by interim director Nageswara Rao, who was at the helm of the agency until the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla by a Narendra Modi-led selection committee. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Following the scurrying transfers that were made, reverted, and re-enforced during the Asthana-Verma tussle, several officers were reportedly unhappy with the way leadership in the organisation was pushing them around and some have also filed court petitions in this regard. Sources here told Millennium Post that this new exercise has been put in place so that the “organisational needs and employee needs are met”. Communication lines to CBI Director Shukla, who took charge on February 2, have been opened for all employees to reach out to him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources said that now employees will be free to reach out to the Director’s office with issues they might be having, regardless of rank; and that many of them have already done so. They added that Director Shukla meets these employees on Friday every week and that he has already met more than 30 such employees and discussed issues they have been coming to him with. When asked what kind of issues are being discussed during these meetings, sources said that they tend to go over any problem that the employees might be facing within the organisation.
October 12, 2019
Rabat – An observatory at a Spanish university recorded a meteor flying over the sky of Morocco at dawn on Sunday, April 14. The Spanish University of Huelva video-taped the meteor crossing the Mediterranean at a speed of between 40,000 to 65,000 kilometers per hour.Detectors set up by the SMART project (Spectroscopy of Meteoroids in the Atmosphere with Robotic Technologies) that captured the fireball.Observers could see the meteor as far as 500 kilometers away. Astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo, professor at the University of Huelva, told Morocco World News, “The event began at an altitude of about 84 km above the sea, in front of the coast of Morocco. From that point it moved northeastward, and finished at an altitude of 31 km over the sea, at a distance of about 25 km from the coast of your country [Morocco].”Sucedió a las 3:00 de esta madrugada (14 de abril). La imagen muestra la trayectoria que siguió la bola de fuego. @EFEciencia @abcdesevilla@elCorreoWeb @malagahoy_es @opiniondemalaga @DiarioSUR @elsegundoluz @AstroHita @ideal_granada @miangulo_95 pic.twitter.com/93U6ONm3N2— Jose Maria Madiedo (@jmmadiedo) April 14, 2019The meteor disappeared into the Mediterranean in the Strait of Gibraltar, but nearer to Morocco than Spain. The fireball, Madiedo added, was produced by a rock fragment of an asteroid. The high speed at which the meteor hurtled through the air caused its temperature to rise to 4,000 degrees Celsius, turning it into a fireball, Madiedo told MWN.It is likely that small fragments of the fireball, weighing between 10 and 25 grams, have survived. Another fireball crossed the sky over the Spanish city of Caceres early on Friday, April 12, at a faster speed at 65,000 kilometers per hour, only to fly apart 35 kilometers above Avila, northeast of Madrid, the same observatory said.
October 12, 2019
Rabat – Once an economic flagship, Morocco’s single oil refinery has been in decline since 2015 and now faces permanent closure in less than a month. In 1959, the Moroccan government established the refining company, SAMIR, in Mohammedia. It was sold to the Corral group, a Saudi-Swedish enterprise, in 1997. Unable to honor $4.5 billion in borrowing, the firm was then liquidated by a Casablanca court in 2016. The court has extended the deadline to keep the refinery open a dozen times, with the final extension set to expire on July 18. The refinery once had a capacity of producing more than 150,000 barrels a day, but work at the plant slowed to a stop in 2015. Since then, a self-titled “national front” of employees, economists, and union leaders have been pressuring the government with sit-ins and press conferences to revive SAMIR. Staff representative Houcine El-Yamani has lead the efforts of the “national front” to salvage the plant. In 2018, his team issued a report to Moroccan authorities denouncing the 1997 privatization and sale of the refinery, which was “totally lacking in transparency.” The report accused the Corral group of disrespecting its contract and triggering the demise of SAMIR. The report also claimed that the government has no interest in salvaging the country’s sole national refinery. Minister of Energy and Mines Aziz Rebbah dismissed these allegations. Meanwhile, a trade court has been actively seeking a new owner. Around 30 international groups have expressed an interest in SAMIR over the years, but nothing has come to fruition. Read also: Bid for Morocco’s SAMIR Refinery amid Fresh, Unsettled ControversiesAs recently as June 2019, Exol Lubricants Morocco offered $8.23 million to obtain the assets of SAMIR. However, the offer was not well received by the refinery’s shareholders or by SAMIR employees, who consider the price to be “below market standards.” Other contenders include Swiss-British Glencore and Geneva-based Trafigura, who have offered $14.99 million and $11.70 million, respectively. Earlier in 2019, a report by the International Energy Agency detailed Morocco’s dependency on coal, oil, and gas imports to meet most of its energy needs. “The closure of the country’s only refinery . . . has clear implications for the security of [Morocco’s] oil supply,” the report reads, recommending the development of domestic energy resources. Around 800 employees are still on the company’s payroll, with the upcoming closure of the facility posing a dire threat to their livelihoods.
October 12, 2019
WASHINGTON — Chairman Jerome Powell says the Federal Reserve is prepared to respond to the Trump administration’s trade conflicts to protect the U.S. economic expansion if it decides that would be necessary.Powell is speaking at a conference in Chicago on how the central bank can make its interest rate policy more effective at a time when inflation has remained chronically below the Fed’s target level. Powell calls persistently low inflation the “pre-eminent monetary policy challenge of our time,” because it limits the Fed’s ability to support the economy by cutting rates.The chairman doesn’t specify in his remarks what the Fed might do to help bolster the U.S. economy, which is being buffeted by tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on China and has threatened to impose on Mexico.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
October 12, 2019
PHILADELPHIA — An American lawyer known for winning huge legal awards over deadly construction accidents plans to hold a news conference on the 2017 apartment fire in London that killed 72 people.The BBC has reported that more than 100 people plan to join a product liability lawsuit targeting U.S. companies that make products used at the complex.It’s not clear if lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi plans to announce he’s filing such a case, but he is set to speak in Philadelphia on Tuesday about the Grenfell Tower fire.Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the fire and the usual deadline to seek damages under U.S. law.Mongeluzzi has helped clients win judgments for a 2015 Amtrak train derailment and for a 2013 Salvation Army store collapse.He declined to comment Monday on the case.The Associated Press
October 11, 2019
About 140 pupils from primary and secondary schools, 100 of them Congolese from the Nyarugusu refugee camp in north-western Tanzania attended last week’s course, organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) and the Ujamaa Art Gallery based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.“This is like fresh air for the refugee children. They are excited,” said Belgian art teacher Soline de Laveleye, who conducted the workshop with three of Tanzania’s top artists – Obadia Mbise, Thobias Minzi and Haji Chilonga. “They help each other and are keen to share their experiences. Some are even making new friends,” she said.The initiative is the first of its kind in Nyarugusu refugee camp, but UNHCR and the Ujamaa Art Gallery are considering continuing the project and incorporating other art forms, such as drama, music and literature.“This project has brought the two groups [refugees and Tanzanians] closer together and fostered their interaction,” said Oluseyi Bajulaiye, UNHCR’s representative in Tanzania.Baraka Danford, 16, said: “This is like magic, it is a big gift to me,” adding that he had never used colours before but could sketch.The youngsters painted and drew, experimenting with line, colour, shadow and light. Some depicted the things they saw around them, while many delved into their traumatic past for inspiration, including images of soldiers and guns in DRC.An exhibition of the best works created by the young Congolese and Tanzanians at the workshop will go on display starting 15 February at the Ujamaa Art Gallery.Proceeds from the sale of paintings, drawings and collages will be used to organize more art and educational projects to benefit refugees and host communities.“These kids are hungry for it and we would like to give them a chance to develop their skills and make a positive impact in their life,” Larna Mashiba, the gallery’s director. 1 February 2012In a novel way to impart new skills to children while improving their social interaction, the United Nations refugee agency has sponsored an arts workshop for refugee pupils from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Tanzania, where they were introduced to the basics of painting with water colours, pastels and acrylics and making collages.
October 8, 2019
He also said that with divisions emerging in the government over moves to repeal the 13th Amendment the government seems to have taken three steps back on going ahead with such moves. (Colombo Gazette) The main opposition United National Party (UNP) says it wants the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to be implemented in its current form.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka said that the 13th Amendment came about as a result of the agreement reached between India and Sri Lanka and not the UNP and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Attanayaka said that the 13th Amendment is not aimed at dividing the country but instead one that was approved by the Supreme Court as part of Sri Lanka’s constitution. “If someone says that this is an agreement reached between J.R Jayawardena and Rajiv Gandhi or in other words the UNP and Rajiv Gandhi, that is wrong. This is an agreement reached between the Sri Lankan government and the Indian government,” he said.
October 6, 2019
The two men voluntarily surrendered to police with the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) this afternoon at separate locations and have been taken into custody.Today’s arrests follows the apprehension yesterday of four men who allegedly committed illegal detention and grievous assault against other Kosovo Albanians in 1999 after the conflict in the province had ended.Contrary to some local media reports, none of the suspects have been released from custody, UNMIK said in a statement released in Pristina.“One of the men arrested yesterday was accompanied by two bodyguards, who were detained briefly for reasons of security and who were then released,” the statement said. “However, the bodyguards were not subjects of this investigation.”
October 6, 2019
In a press statement, the 15-member Council added its voice to that of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who warned yesterday that a continuation of the current political crisis in the Pacific island nation would jeopardize Fiji’s international standing.Council members “welcome and support the efforts being made in the region to encourage restraint and to achieve agreement between the parties to the dispute,” Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said.The statement applauded the current domestic and regional efforts to solve the crisis between the military leadership and the Government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, adding that it also backed the efforts of Mr. Annan to use his good offices as UN Secretary-General to resolve the dispute.
September 25, 2019
David Cameron said patients would be given access to GPs seven days a week by 2020Credit:Paul Ellis/AFP Long waits are unacceptable as some patients may decide not to seek treatmentKatherine Murphy Partial access could mean anything from one extra 1.5 hour session after 6pm on one day per week, to six extra sessions a week or Saturday opening. Practices can also work as groups to offer the sessions to their patients at another practice if theirs is closed.The figures, first reported by the Health Service Journal, showed that around a third of practices provided extended opening on one or two days per week.Some 975 practices, which provide care to 6.4 million patients, were found not to provide any access to appointments outside normal working hours. Only one in five GP surgeries offer extended hours to patients seven days a week, despite a drive for better out of hours care, official data shows.The Government has committed to improving access to GPs in the evenings and weekends through surgeries putting on extra sessions where appointments can be pre-booked.But only 19 per cent of the 7,000 GP practices surveyed for NHS England offer full extended access across seven days a week, either at their own surgery or another practice within the local group. The survey found that the most common offer from practices was a later opening on one day of the week. The second most common offer was extended access on all seven days of the week.Sunday was the least common day for practices to offer extra appointments.An NHS England spokesman said: “We know just how much the public value a timely GP appointment, so it is encouraging to see from these figures that local GP practices, by working together, are offering evening and weekend appointments to the vast majority.”These figures confirm that the best approach for offering extended access is not for each practice to have to do so on its own, but instead to share appointments across practices.” This is despite a pledge from former prime minister David Cameron that patients would be given access to GPs seven days a week by 2020.Previous research has suggested that demand from patients for weekend appointments is low but the Department of Health says that as weekend opening becomes “normalised”, it expects demand to grow.Katherine Murphy from the Patients Association said lack of access to GPs is a “significant concern”. She told the Daily Mail: “Long waits are unacceptable as some patients may decide not to seek treatment…This may lead to serious illnesses being missed.”The survey found that 6,164 practices (86% of the total) provide partial or full extended access, covering 49.51 million patients in England. 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.
September 22, 2019
The most spectacular goal of the week coming from Serbia, where RK Crvena zvezda lost first position after defeat in away match against RK Samot Arandjelovac 26:27 (14:12). The team of Nenad Perunicic lost points, but certainly the most impressive moment of the match came from their side when line-player Dusan Andrejevic scored goal from 30 meters in the last second of the first half.Brilliant!PHOTO: RK Crvena zvezda ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Magdeburg undefeated in Kolding – GOG take points in France Next Story → SEHA Gazprom Final 4 – The best regional sports event in 2016
September 22, 2019
THE FESTIVELY NAMED sniffer dog at Dublin Port helped Revenue officers land a €300,000 haul of cannabis.On Saturday evening, officers from Revenue’s Customs Service at Dublin Port detained a UK national who attempted to import 15 kilos of cannabis with an estimated street value of €300,000.Revenue’s sniffer dog Holly, gave a positive reaction to a vehicle that had disembarked a late-evening ferry from Holyhead. The vehicle was scanned by the Customs mobile x-ray scanner and found to contain a false floor beneath which officers discovered the drugs.The man was later arrested by gardaí and investigations are continuing.Read: Four held after €100,000 worth of cannabis seized in CorkRead: “Elaborate grow house” in Waterford yields €470,000 worth of seized cannabis
September 21, 2019
If you go out and buy a tablet today with Nvidia’s Tegra system on a chip (SoC) powering it, chances are you’ll be getting a Tegra 3 solution. That’s still a decent solution in terms of performance, offering a 40nm ARMv7 quad-core (plus-1) processor running at between 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz, combined with a 416-520MHz GeForce GPU.But competition is growing from the likes of Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solutions. Nvidia has an answer though, in the form of Tegra 4, and it looks like the spec of the new SoC has just leaked.Tegra 4, codenamed Wayne, will move to a 28nm process and stick with a quad-core plus-1 design. It’s not mentioned, but it is widely expected Nvidia has chosen a Cortex-A15 MPCore processor. The GPU will include 72 cores, allowing for screen resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, and even 4K output if desired. Memory support has also been improved to include dual channel DDR3 (it was single channel on Tegra 3). Other features include support for Secure Boot, USB 3.0, and dual display output.What does all this mean for performance? The leaked slide boasts a 6x improvement when compared to Tegra 3, and 20x improvement over Tegra 2. In other words, if Crysis was released for tablets, Tegra 4 devices would most certainly run it.If Nvidia can provide such levels of performance while retaining similar power levels to Tegra 3, it could find favor with tablet manufacturers and possibly be at the heart of the next Nexus device. As for when we can expect Tegra 4 to arrive, CES next month seems a likely launch pad for Nvidia.Chip Hell (translated), via Engadget