A New Journal for Translating Biomedical Discoveries

first_imgMoving discoveries out of the lab and into clinics has become one of the top goals of biomedical research leaders. They’ve called for programs to deploy research findings more rapidly and get young investigators interested in the nitty-gritty work of developing a new drug or treatment. Today AAAS, publisher of ScienceInsider, is stepping into this area with a new journal called Science Translational Medicine. The journal’s home page explains that translational medicine “builds on basic research advances – studies of biological processes using cell cultures, for example, or animal models – and uses them to develop new therapies or medical procedures.” Science Translational Medicine will publish research and commentary every Wednesday, and selected papers will appear in a monthly print edition. The journal’s Chief Scientific Adviser is Elias Zerhouni who, as director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002–2008, pushed to make translation a bigger part of NIH’s mission. Among the journal’s first papers: a tiny device for measuring breast cancer risk, a strategy for improving bone marrow transplants, and a study on potential new drugs for osteoporosis.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Win some, learn some

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH As the Vietnamese celebrated on the streets of Hanoi, waving flags, blowing horns and dancing to disco beats, following the home side’s 2-1 victory late Thursday night in the second leg, completing a 4-2 aggregate win, the Azkals were left to ponder what might have been in their hotel near My Dinh Stadium.The Azkals entered the tournament determined to at least reach the finals after getting to the semifinals in three of the last four editions of the Suzuki Cup.“The players left it all on the field, they can’t complain about that,” said defender Carlie de Murga. “It’s really hard to play like this after so many travels and changing hotels.”The Vietnamese also took the physicality to the Azkals, one of the perceived strengths of the Filipinos in the region. A 2-1 win at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last Sunday left the Azkals needing to replicate the Miracle in Hanoi eight years ago.But Vietnam also showed it was incisive and clinical when it mattered. The Azkals held their ground until the last 10 minutes when they conceded twice in quick succession, allowing the Vietnamese to seal the win before James Younghusband, playing his 100th match for the country, scored a consolation goal a minute from time.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy LATEST STORIES In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Kevin Ingreso fights off the challenge of two Vietnamese players in their match last Thursday night.—CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LAGARDERE SPORTSHANOI—There have been tougher defeats in recent years, but for the Philippines, the semifinal exit in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup had a familiar feeling that came with the result.Vietnam was a different opponent from the Azkals’ three previous trips to the knockout stage, but the outcome remained the same for a side that will now have to wait two more years for a crack at Southeast Asian football’s biggest prize.ADVERTISEMENT Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Valdez wants to capture Open crown at home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Obviously, we are all disappointed with the final result but every player really stepped up and played their hearts out,” said James. The period of evaluation will be quick with focus shifting immediately to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates a little less than a month away.But as far as the players are concerned, this year’s Suzuki Cup, with its new home-and-away format, should serve as an example that nothing less than the best preparation and the best ways to lessen the stress of traveling from one country to another should also be a priority.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“The players gave everything on the pitch tonight,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer as he slowly walked to thank the Filipinos who showed up at My Dinh Stadium to support the team.“We expect to always be playing in these type of games. But if we want to take the next step, we have to be better in all aspects. The support has to improve. The quality of the team can only get us so far.” Read Next MOST READ You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View commentslast_img read more

CCEA okays formula to pay production subsidy to sugar mills

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a new formula to calculate production subsidy to sugar mills for the ongoing 2015-16 season after taking into account lower sugar production and exports.To address liquidity stress in the sugar industry and facilitate timely payment of cane arrears, the Centre last year had announced a subsidy of Rs 4.50 per quintal of cane crushed during October 2015-September 2016 season with a condition that mills meet the export quota of four million tonnes and ethanol blending target.The subsidy scheme has now been discontinued and the government is yet to make payments to mills. “The CCEA today approved the revised formula to determine the production subsidy to sugar mills for 2015-16 season taking into account lower cane crushing, sugar production and exports in view of drought in parts of Maharasthra and Karnataka,” a senior Food Ministry official said. As per official statement, the CCEA has approved the revision in the export quota and ethanol supply target for calculating the production subsidy. “This has been done to offset cost of cane and facilitate timely payment of cane price dues of farmers,” it said. With the revised formula, the production subsidy outgo to sugar mills would come down to Rs 600 crore as against previously estimated Rs 1,147.5 crore, sources said. As the production subsidy scheme was withdrawn before time, sugar mills which have exported at least 50 per cent their export target and in case of mills having distillation capacity have supplied ethanol as per revised schedule would be eligible for production subsidy, an official statement said. “However, production subsidy on actual cane crushing would be provided to sugar mills proportionate to their achievement on export and ethanol supply targets with equal weightage,” it clarified. The production subsidy was initially calculated based on the estimated cane crushing of 255 million tonnes in the 2015-16. But the cane crushing has come down due to drought. Consequently, sugar output is also estimated to be lower at 25.2 million tonnes this season. (MORE) PTI LUX MRadvertisementlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger reiterates commitment to Arsenal despite Barcelona link

first_imgArsene Wenger has played down speculation linking him with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona at the end of the season, saying his first preference would be to extend his stay at Arsenal.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the current campaign and Wenger is among the bookmakers’ favourites to replace him.Sevilla’s Jorge Sampaoli, Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and Everton’s Ronald Koeman are the other leading contenders.”No, my preference is always the same, it will remain the same,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday when asked if he was interested in the Barcelona job.”I’ve been here 20 years and many times had the opportunity to leave. I don’t have to convince you my preference has always been Arsenal.”I am not looking for jobs of other clubs or jobs of other people. I am just focusing on getting to the next level and try to improve. Competent managers always try to get better, to reinvent themselves.”The annual outcry for Wenger’s head has grown louder than ever this season following Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 clash in the Champions League last month.Wenger, who is out of contract at the end of the season, gave his strongest hint in years that he could leave Arsenal in the wake of that defeat, saying he would definitely manage next season, but did not know if it would be “somewhere else”.advertisementArsenal, who are fourth in the Premier League, visit fifth-placed Liverpool on Saturday after a break of almost two weeks, and Wenger said his players needed to find their rhythm fast to avoid losing at Anfield.”For us, after a little break, it’s important to switch on quickly,” he added. “After a break, it’s important you are ready from the start. For us, it’s vital to start strongly at Liverpool.”Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be in the squad after recovering from a calf strain, along with defender Laurent Koscielny, who missed Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Sutton United last month with a hamstring problem.Midfielder Mohamed Elneny is out for three weeks with an ankle injury.last_img read more

Steve Smith, Joe Root and Trent Boult: The men who challenged India in their own den

first_imgTeam India under Virat Kohli conquered everything that has been thrown at them. From starting at No.7 in Tests in Australia back in 2014 to No.1 two-and-a-half years later, is not an easy feat and India have done that with great swagger. They are now the only team other than Australia and South Africa to have won their last Test series against every other opposition.India started their home season by whitewashing New Zealand 3-0, followed by a 4-0 hammering of England in the five-match series. They continued the good work in the one-off Test against Bangladesh as they beat the young and hungry Tigers by 208 runs, which was followed by the recently concluded thrilling four-match series against Australia, which India won 2-1 to end the season on a high.However, even in this run of domination, a few visitors stood up and provided stern resistance to the home side with both bat and ball.Here are the top five overseas batsmen in the 13-match long Test season:STEVE SMITHThe Australia captain finished the four-match series with 499 runs from eight innings at an average of 71.28. He lead from the front right from the word go. He scored a fighting 109 in Pune as Australia won the Test by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead. Although he didn’t have much of a say in Bengaluru, a match Australia lost by 75 runs, Smith came back strong to hammer another big hundred, scoring 178 not out in Ranchi under tremendous pressure which came towards him from all corners after the DRS row.advertisementThe 27-year-old came to Dharamsala being a man on a mission to lead his team to victory and that resulted in another captain’s knock as he scored 111 in the first innings, his third century of the series.The New South Wales batsman was not only the star batsman for the visitors but he also finished as the highest run-getter of the series and 94 runs more than the second placed Cheteshwar Pujara, who has 405.JOE ROOTJoe Root has been the backbone of the England batting for quite some time now. He continued from where he left off in India five years back. He scored 73 in his debut Test back in Nagpur in 2012 and only consolidated his position as one of the best players of spin in these conditions.The newly appointed England captain finished the five-match series with 491 runs from 10 innings, which included one century and four fifties.Reuters PhotoThe 26-year-old n held the key for England before the Three Lions stepped a foot in the country and he did not disappoint in an otherwise very disappointing series for the Englishmen. He started the series with a 124 in Rajkot and followed on from there. He has a fifty plus score in each of the five matches showing complete consistency and why he has always been the most dependable batsmen in the recent past.MOEEN ALIThe England all-rounder became a thorn for the Indians with the bat. Although he was seen more of a player, who can hurt with his bowling, Moeen’s batting impressed everybody in the five-match series.Moeen finished with 381 runs from nine innings with a best of 146 in the last Test in Chennai. He started off the series with a 117 in Rajkot and kept being a headache for the hosts till the last Test. He scored two tons and one half century at an average of 42.33.He provided great resistance along with Ben Stokes in the middle-order and more than made up for just taking 10 wickets in the series with the willow.ALASTAIR COOKThe former England captain finished the series with 369 runs and the fifth highest run-getter of the series.Cook scored just one century and one half-century throughout the series with an average of 43.92 but he kept providing England with good starts with different opening partners through the cource of the series.He started the series off with a 130 in the second innings in Rajkot, allowing the visitors to draw the Test before they went on a losing spree.Reuters PhotoThe 32-year-old was heavily criticised for the series defeat in India and he also quit but his performances with the bat was something that allowed England to at least provide some resistance in an otherwise very disappointing series.JONNY BAIRSTOWJonny Bairstow had a tremendous season coming onto the five-match series. He finished as the second highest run-scorer with 1470 runs in 2016 and that was also the highest run scored by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year.The wicketkeeper batsman carried on the good work and played some gritty innings in the middle-order for England.advertisementThe Yorkshire keeper scored 352 runs from nine innings at an average of 44.00, which included three fifties. His best was 89 in the third Test in Mohali, which was an innings of great character and maturity.While the batsmen had a better time overall in terms of performances, the spinners also made the most of the turning tracks at display in India.Here are the top five bowlers out of the four Test series India played in.And now, the bowlers who troubled Kohli & Co.ADIL RASHIDAdil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers among all the teams, claiming 23 wickets from five matches with a best of 4/82 in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.The leggie is the only overseas player to have picked up more than 20 wickets out of the 13-Test long home season of India.Rashid was often criticised for not being effective or being able to pick wickets at crucial points but he still came out on top of with a handy wicket tally at an average of 37.43 in the five-Test series.NATHAN LYONNathan Lyon has been a much improved bowler over the last couple of years and that showed in the two-match Test series versus India.Lyon picked up 19 wickets from four matches at an average of 25.26 and looked the most dangerous bowlers with his consistent line and length, troubling the Indian batsmen throughout the series.He picked up his carrier best 8/50 in the first innings of the Bengaluru Test, that India won by 75 runs. He again picked up an important five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Dharamsala Test, to bowl out India with a small lead of 32 runs but Australia failed to capitalise on that and lost the match by eight wickets and series 2-1.STEVE O’KEEFESteve O’Keefe picked up 19 wickets and one of Australia’s leading wicket takers in the recently concluded series.He was India’s tormentor in-chief as the Australians announced themselves in Pune with a thumping victory of 333 runs in the first Test in Pune.Reuters PhotoO’Keefe picked up 6/35 in each of the innings and destroyed India’s batting in the process, finishing the match with career-best match figures of 12/70.His stock fell after that however as he struggled to replicate his performance but he did pick up a wicket here and there to end up with the same wickets as his spin partner come the end of the series.TRENT BOULT, MITCHELL SANTNER AND MOEEN ALIEach of them finished with a tally of 10 wickets each in the respective series.Boult and Santner were the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand picking up 10 wickets from three matches at an average of 33.30 and 52.40 respectively.The lack of ability to strike showed why the Kiwis failed to win any of their matches or put any strong performances.Moeen also picked up 10 wickets from five matches with a best of 3/98. He failed to support Rashid properly but that was again because of Cook giving him very less overs to bowl. He was expected to be the leading spinner, especially after his fantastic performances against India in England back in 2014 but he failed to replicate that in favouring conditions.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Statue of Liberty stamp mistake to cost US postal service USD 3.5 mln

first_imgNew York, Jul 6 (PTI) A 2010 US Postal Service stamp mistakenly bearing the image of a Lady Liberty replica will cost the American post office a whopping USD 3.5 million for the copyright violation, according to a media report.In a 2010 stamp design, the United States Postal Service mistook a Las Vegas-based replica for the real Statue of Liberty.Now a federal court has ruled that the post office must pay the replica’s sculptor USD 3.5 million for violating his copyright, The New York Times reported.The statue by the artist Robert Davidson sits at the New York-New York casino in Las Vegas, thousands of kilometres away from the mint-green figure in New York Harbour.Yet an image of his sculpture made a surprise appearance on the post office’s Lady Liberty “forever” stamp in 2010.Davidson filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the post office in 2013, claiming it illegally used the image of his piece, and a federal court agreed, awarding him damages after he established that his piece was different enough from the original to be protected, the report said.Made of plaster mud, acrylic-based coating and foam, the replica is half the size of the real Statue of Liberty and sports more defined eyes and lips. Davidson argued in court that his mother-in-law’s face inspired the Las Vegas sculptures design. He said he made the statue’s appearance “a little more modern, a little more feminine” than the original’s “masculine” features. The post office had originally picked the photo by searching Getty Images, the stock-photo agency, and believed it showed the real statue. After sizing and cropping the photo to fit on a stamp, the post office released it to the public in December 2010.advertisement The post office, however, declined to comment on the case’s outcome, the report said. PTI AMS AKJ AMSAMSlast_img read more

Iowa Lands Arizona State Transfer Michael Sleep-Dalton

first_imgiowa players line up to run onto the field against nebraskaLINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa has bolstered its special teams, with the addition of Arizona State punter Michael Sleep-Dalton as a punter.The Australian punter, who has continuously improved over the last few years, has been interested in a move to the Hawkeyes for a few weeks.He raved about Iowa special teams coach LeVar Woods in a previous interview with Hawkeye Nation:“I really like coach Woods. He’s very relatable and knows what it takes to get from college to the next level. We get along very well,” he said.On Friday, he made the announcement official.Proud to be a Hawkeye! 110% committed, and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing program. Thank you to @LeVarWoods @ProkickAus @JohnnyPKA, & all the Hawkeye fans for believing in me & showing their love. Can’t wait to put on the black and gold! #swarm19 pic.twitter.com/QXYAHbSwgj— Michael Sleep-Dalton (@mjsleepdalton36) February 1, 2019New Iowa punter Michael Sleep-Dalton was very productive for the Sun Devils last season.He averaged 43.9 yards per punt in his second year at ASU, with 10 punts of 50 or more yards.Sleep-Dalton began his college career at City College of San Francisco, and became the top junior college punter in the country, ahead of his move to Arizona State.He will compete for the starting job, with incumbent starter Colten Rastetter, who averaged just under 39 yards per punt last season.Redshirt sophomore Ryan Gersonde is also expected to compete for the job. He sat out 2018, after averaging 42.5 yards on 13 punts as a true freshman in 2017.Iowa football is coming off of a 9-4 campaign, which culminated in a nice Outback Bowl win over Mississippi State. The Hawkeyes finished with the 44th-ranked special teams, according to the S&P+ analytics system.last_img read more

Seaway Secures Transportation Contract for Dudgeon OW …

first_imgzoom Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited has awarded Seaway Heavy Lifting the contract for the transportation and installation of 67 foundations and 1 substation as part of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project.The contract will cover storage, transportation and installation of monopiles, transition pieces, jackets and the offshore substation jacket and topside.The installation work will commence between March and May 2016 and be completed in August 2016.Seaway Heavy Lifting, March 21, 2014last_img read more

IOC Adani to invest Rs 9600 cr in city gas projects

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Adani Gas Ltd will invest about Rs 9,600 crore in rolling out infrastructure for retailing CNG to automobiles and piped natural gas to household kitchens in 10 cities for which they recently won licences for, the state-owned firm said on Monday. The two firms in 2013 had incorporated a 50:50 joint venture company, IndianOil-Adani Gas Pvt Ltd (IOAGPL), for implementation of city gas distribution (CGD) projects in various cities in the country. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Over the years, IOAGPL participated in various bid rounds for city gas licence conducted by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). It as on date has licences for 19 geographical areas (GAs), IOC said in a notice to shareholders. The notice was to seek shareholder nod for providing corporate guarantees to banks on behalf of IOAGPL furnishing of performance bank guarantees to PNGRB to fulfil the licence conditions. “In line with PNGRB regulations, authorization to the successful entity is issued by PNGRB only after the entity submits Performance Bank Guarantee (PBG) from any scheduled bank for a pre-determined amount for specific GA,” IOC said in the notice. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Shareholders will vote on the proposal at IOC’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on August 28. City gas distribution (CGD) projects, which entail retailing CNG to automobiles and marketing piped natural gas to household kitchens for cooking as well as to industries for use as fuel, are typically long duration projects wherein demand build-up is gradual and revenue generation becomes appreciable only in the later years. “IOAGPL is still in process of development of CGD Projects in its authorized GAs,” IOC said. “Currently, projects in 8 GAs have been commissioned (viz. Chandigarh, Allahabad, Panipat, Daman, Udhamsingh Nagar, Ernakulam, Dharwad, and Bulandshahr) and South Goa GA will be commissioned shortly. During 2018-19, IOAGPL won 10 more GAs and development of CGD Project in these GAs would require capital expenditure of Rs 9,600 crore (approx.) to meet the committed bid numbers.” The funding required for capital expenditure has to be met from equity contribution/debt financing, it said. “The revenue from the commissioned GAs is currently insufficient to handle huge financial commitment in the form of capex to achieve committed targets. IOAGPL would continue to participate in bidding for CGD Projects in the future, and in the event of emerging successful, it may seek promoters’ assistance to provide required corporate guarantees (CGs) in favour of banks for issuance of PBGs to PNGRB on behalf IOAGPL,” the notice said. Considering an estimated average value of Rs 25 crore for PBG per GA, IOAGPL may require promoters’ support for the issuance of CGs worth Rs 200 crore. IOAGPL being a 50:50 JV, IOC’s share for extending such CGs would be Rs 100 crore, the company said. “Considering the anticipated growth in activities of IOAGPL, it is proposed to appoint one of the whole-time Director of IOC as a part-time nominee director on the Board of IOAGPL,” the notice said. As per provisions of Section 185 of the Companies Act, 2013, if a Director on IOC board is also a Director on Board of IOAGPL, which is a private limited company, then the state-owned firm can provide loans or issue CGs in favour of banks on behalf of the joint venture. This, however, is possible only upon approval by the shareholders of IOC through a special resolution passed at a general meeting. “Accordingly, as required under section 185 of the Companies Act 2013, the approval of Members is sought through Special Resolution to provide CGs in future in favour of banks on behalf of IOAGPL for issuance of PBGs in favour of PNGRB for CGD Projects in various GAs, up to a limit of Rs 100 crore,” the notice said.last_img read more

Central Alberta RCMP officer charged with sexual assault pleads innocence

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta RCMP officer charged with two counts of sexual assault as well as breach of trust has pleaded not guilty.The plea on behalf of Const. Jason Tress was made by an agent in Red Deer court.Tress, who is 30 and an eight-year member of the force, faces three separate accusations by different women between 2012 and 2016.Two of the alleged cases happened while he was on duty — one at the Red Deer RCMP detachment and the other in rural Alberta.Tress was suspended last August, a month after an investigation began, and will remain off-duty until his charges are resolved.He has been elected to be tried by judge alone, and a preliminary hearing is set for next May.There’s been no indication whether the charges involve women who were being held in custody.Tress was charged in March after an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team police watchdog.(RD News Now, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Niki Taylor Visits NewYorkPresbyterianMorgan Stanley Childrens Hospital‏

first_imgSupermodel Niki Taylor visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital yesterday to talk with parents of newborns and support this month’s “March of Babies” events, the March Of Dimes signature fundraiser, which helps fund research to find the causes of premature birth and prevent other maternal and infant health problems.Kari Mastro, Dr. Helen Towers, Niki Taylor, NadiaCredit/Copyright: Jennifer CoateTaylor visited with Briana and Matthew Tortoso, parents of JohnCarlo, a recent graduate of the NICU, who is featured in this year’s March for Babies marketing campaign, and Kari Mastro, VP of Nursing & Patient Care Services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.Niki Taylor, Nadia Jean, JavierCredit/Copyright: Jennifer CoateA tour was led by neonatologist and perinatologist Dr. Helen Towers of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.Niki Taylor; Briana, John Carlo, and Matthew TortosoCredit/Copyright: Jennifer Coatelast_img read more

The Attorney Generals advice NOT to introduce prolife constitutional amendment

first_imgIT WAS NO secret in 1983 that the Attorney General foresaw problems with the wording for the proposed amendment to the Constitution to prohibit abortions in Ireland.Peter Sutherland described the amendment, as written by the previous Fianna Fáil-led government, as “ambiguous and unclear”.In his advice, given to the Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald on 15 February and 1 March 1983, he explained that the Pro-Life lobby’s requirements could not be “complied with by any formula of words”. The answer to the dilemma, he said, was either to give the Supreme Court the power to interpret or allow the legislature to retain that power.He also pondered the question of what “unborn” means, explaining that its definition could not be stated “with certainty”.He gave his advice “in the light of this background” which led to the Fine Gael government seeking a change to the wording – a vote they ultimately lost in the Dáil.The original wording -The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.- was then put to the public in a referendum in September and passed into law the following month.Here are just some extracts from Sutherland’s 33-page document, a number of which predicted some of the issues that have pervaded Irish society over the past three decades.The following extracts are from a memo to government on 15 February 1983First ThoughtsIn summary: the wording is ambiguous and unsatisfactory. It will lead inevitably to confusion and uncertainty, not merely amongst the medical profession, to whom it has of course particular relevance, but also amongst lawyers and more specifically the judges who will have to interpret it.Far from providing the protection and certainty which is sought by many of those who have advocated its adoption it will have a contrary effect. “Any attempt to achieve the dual objectives apparently now sought by some, of tying the hands of both the Oireachtas and the Courts carries grave risk not merely for the health of mothers but for their unborn offspring.”The Complexities of LanguageThe overall reason, which crops up in almost every facet of any attempted solution is that the subject matter of the amendment sough is of such complexity, involves so many matters of medical and scientific, moral and jurisprudential expertise as to be incapable of accurate encapsulation into a simple constitution-type provision.“Words which one would expect in normal usage to be quite clear in their simplicity, in the context of a proposed amendment, take on complex but vital ambiguities which make their use in a constitution not only undesirable but dangerous in their uncertainty…“A good example of this is the word ‘life’….Any positive statement of an undefined right to life will not bring finality but rather confusion.”The 1861 ActIt would appear that few if any illegal abortions are performed in Ireland, to judge by the almost complete lack of prosecutions for the crime of abortion. Given the availability of abortion in Britain that is what one would expect. There are no judicial decisions in relation to a number of grey areas where the legality of operations which may affect the life of the unborn are concerned.One assumes that where doubts exist about the legality of treatment the medical profession in Ireland adopt a caution approach – given that the penalty under sections 58 and 59 of the Act is penal servitude for life this is what one would expect – and the treatment involved may be easily available abroad. Confusing Doctors“The proposed Amendment will in my view tend to confuse a doctor as to his responsibilities rather than assist him and the consequence may well be to inhibit him in making decision as to whether treatment should be given in a particular case.”Uncertainty as to its meaning and effect could have the most serious consequences. These ambiguities and uncertainties are inherent in any statement of a general right since the scope and extent of such a right must be settled by the Supreme Court, and often this will become definitive only after perhaps a number of references to the Court.The following extracts are from a memo to government on 1 March 1983Balancing PowersThe proponents of the amendment originally sough to prevent the Courts from legalising abortion in any circumstances. They now seek also to prevent the Oireachtas from doing so. The two aims are incompatible, because the rights concerned by their nature cannot be absolute and may have to be balanced. To take the matter out of the hands of the Oireachtas by a positive statement of rights inevitably gives the decision on interpretation of these to the Courts and increases the risk of the type of finding which was initially used to justify seeking the amendment.” [Editor’s note: the reference here is to the US Supreme Court decision in Roe -v- Wade] “Further having regard to the equal rights of the unborn and the mother, a doctor faced with the dilemma of saving the life of the mother, knowing that to do so will terminate the life of “the unborn” will be compelled by the wording to conclude that he can do nothing. Whatever his intention he will have to show equal regard for both lives and his predominant intent will not be a factor. In these circumstances, I cannot approve of the wording proposed.”The ‘Unborn’The use of the word ‘unborn’ in the proposed Amendment is significant because it has not to my knowledge been used in a similar context, that is as a noun standing on its own. The word is usually taken in association with ‘child’, ‘person’ or ‘human being’. The word, used as a noun, is not in fact defined in any of the standard English dictionaries. The reason why it is used in the proposal, without any supporting noun, deserves detailed consideration as this is the word which defines the class to be afforded protection.Incorrect Opinion“The meaning of ‘with due regard to’ is entirely unclear. These words are generally perceived to allow for, at least, termination of the life of the foetus in the cases of ectopic pregnancy or cancer of the uterus. The words ‘with due regard to’ have been understood by many to suggest that the right to life enjoyed by the unborn was to be confined in some way. That interpretation is in my opinion incorrect…“…The right to life of both the unborn and the mother is stated in the proposed text to be equal and in these circumstances I cannot see how it could be possible to knowingly terminate the existence of the unborn even if such termination was the secondary effect of an operation for another purpose.”The issue of intention does not arise in the proposed Amendment, and thus, it seems to me, that even if the termination of the pregnancy is an incidental consequence of an operation to save the life of the mother it would be prohibited.The correct logical interpretation is that the right to life provided for the unborn is absolute. If a doctor were to be faced with the choice as to saving the life of one, and thereby terminating the life of the other, then I believe that the only lawful conclusion to this dilemma would be that he could do nothing, absolutely nothing, which infringed on either right. It is only where there is no possibility of the foetus surviving even without the doctor’s intervention that no difficulty will arise. “Before discussing the areas of doubt which exist in the 1861 Act, I should emphasise that the Act absolutely prohibits abortion for social convenience, or the type of abortion which is normally considered when one is talking about ‘abortion on demand’. In such cases, there is no reason to believe that the Act is in any sense ineffective or that any problems would arise in prosecuting persons who procure abortions in such circumstances.”Again I should emphasise that where legal doubts exist, in the light of the serious penalties provided for in the Act it seems likely that where a doctor considers that an abortion is justified but that it might be illegal he would probably not operate himself. The result may be that the mother would go abroad.“It is a novel idea to ensconce an Act in the Constitution in such a manner, and one which could have unforeseeable and perhaps undesirable consequences, and which could set an unfortunate precedent in other areas and ultimately even provide a means whereby the fundamental rights guaranteed in our Constitution could be undermined.”The most important reason for opposing the ensconcement of the 1861 Act in our legislation is, however, its uncertainty. It is not merely undesirable, but entirely unacceptable to me that legislation whose extent and import is not entirely clear should be ensconced in the Constitution.Alternative WordsOn receipt of the advice from the Attorney General’s office, Fitzgerald moved to change the wording of the proposal to be put to the people. During committee stage, the alternative wording -Nothing in this Constitution shall be invoked to invalidate, or to deprive of force or effect, any provision of a law on the ground that it prohibits abortion.- was suggested. Commenting on that, Sutherland said it was marginally more favourable but he could still pick holes.“One thing can be said however and that is that right of the unborn is not absolute under this proposal. The Court will define how the balance is to be struck between conflicting rights to life,” he concluded.For further study, see the National Archives Ref 2013/100/557-5691982: Government was warned of pro-life amendment’s clash with ECHRExplainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change?last_img read more

Carr lobbied on FYROM name

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr last week heard the case for Australia to officially recognise FYROM as ‘Macedonia’, and said, “we hear you, we understand the arguments, and we’ll get there,” according to Fairfax Media’s Illawara Mercury newspaper. Seanator Carr attended the Macedonian Orthodox Community of Wollongong Street Dimitrija Solunski church during a visit to Sydney. Reportedly surrounded by lobbyists on his arrival, after a tour of the church, the group retired to a nearby function centre where Dr Vasko Nastevski from the Victorian ‘Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee’ (AMHRC) appealed to the government to recognise FYROM as ‘the Republic of Macedonia’. Dr Nastevski told the minister that the current terminology of FYROM used by the United Nations – which is adhered to by Australia – was “demeaning” and “inconsistent with the prevailing international practice”. “Since 1994, when Australia first considered its approach to the Republic of Macedonia, there were only a handful of states which recognised the independence of [the country], even fewer which recognised its official name,” he said. “However, since then, in the following 18 years, the Republic of Macedonia has entered into diplomatic relations with about 160 states and over 130 of these states … do so under its official name, the Republic of Macedonia.” Nastevski said the UN reference was not binding, noting that nations including the US and the UK referred to the ‘Republic of Macedonia’ in bilateral relations. “There is no reason why Australia cannot do the same,” he said, to applause from the reported 200 people at the event. Nastevski added that Australia’s approach was “totally in line with the Greek government’s position”, adding that recognition would not “inflame” community relations in Australia because it had not done so overseas. In addition, he argued that FYROM had supported Australia’s successful bid for a place on the UN Security Council. Senator Carr was reported as saying the presentation was “powerful and persuasive”. “[The arguments] are under active consideration and we hope we can clear up this whole nomenclature challenge before long,” he said. Consistent with his predecessor Kevin Rudd, Senator Carr told Neos Kosmos when he became Foreign Minister that there would be no change of Australia’s policy in relation to the naming of FYROM, and that only when a naming solution is found and agreeable between FYROM and Greece would the government reconsider its position.last_img read more

24 of divorced women are unable to save into a pension

first_imgUnder a quarter (24%) of respondents who are divorced women are unable to save into a pension, compared with 12% of divorced men who are not able to save in their pension pot, according to research by Scottish Widows.Its Women and retirement report, which surveyed 5,314 UK adults in April 2017 and 5,000 UK adults in September 2017, also found that 52% of female respondents are saving adequately for the future, compared with 59% of male respondents.The research also found:49% of respondents who are divorced women are saving adequately for the future.40% of divorced female respondents think their retirement prospects have become worse as a result of splitting with their partner, compared with 19% of male divorced respondents.16% of female respondents who are divorced lost access to any pension pot when they split from their partner, and 10% were left to rely completely on the state pension.48% of female respondents do not know what happens to pensions when a couple gets divorced; 22% think each partner gets to keep their own pension, and 15% believe pensions are split equally no matter what the circumstances.71% of divorced respondents did not discuss pensions during divorce proceedings, and 9% state they want a fair share of pensions when deciding their divorce settlement.Catherine Stewart (pictured), retirement expert at Scottish Widows, said: “Generally speaking women’s retirement prospects are worse than men’s. The persistent gender pay gap, maternity leave and career breaks can all hold back women’s earning potential and this often impacts pension savings. Relationship breakdowns can leave people really vulnerable but, quite simply, they’re also throwing significant sums of money down the drain.“It is important that everyone, whether single, married or divorced, takes steps to understand their finances and prepare for their independent future should a relationship break down. We would urge men and women to better understand the legalities around what happens to pension pots during divorce proceedings, as often they are the second largest, if not the largest asset a couple owns.”last_img read more

WHS Lacrosse Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburns Jake n Joes On

first_imgWOBURN, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The Wilmington High School Lacrosse program is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 11:30am to close (10pm).Bring the flyer below and 20% of your bill will be donated to the WHS lacrosse teams. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”Wilmington Youth Lacrosse To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes TODAY (May 17)In “Community”WHS Baseball Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On May 31In “Community”last_img read more

Coat of Arms is Revealed for the New Duchess of Sussex

first_imgBy The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility.The Coat of Arms for the Duchess of Sussex, as she is now formally known, includes symbols that invoke the former actress’ background and look to her future.This generated image made available Friday, May 25, 2018 by Kensington Palace shows the newly created coat of arms of Meghan Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married on Saturday, May 19, and are now known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Kensington Palace/PA via AP)It features a blue background that represents the Pacific Ocean and golden rays of sunshine reminiscent of California, her home state in America. The shield includes three quills representing the power of words — a nod to her former website, which was used as a forum to discuss social issues.A collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, sit on the grass beneath the shield together with wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.last_img read more

Proteas crumble after Amla AB depart

first_imgIndian bowlers led by Ravichandran Ashwin showed outstanding perseverance to end South Africa’s dogged resistance and register a comprehensive 337 run victory in the final cricket Test, winning the four-match series by a historic 3-0 margin.Needing a mammoth 481 to win, South Africa depended on their ultra-defensive strategy before being bowled out for 143 in 143.1 overs, the last five wickets falling for a mere seven runs in a dramatic collapse.The 3-0 series win also enabled India to climb upto No 2 in the ICC Test rankings. Also Read – A league of his own!Fittingly Ashwin (5/61 in 49.1 overs) got the final wicket with an angular delivery that Morne Morkel left and was bowled, triggering scenes of celebration in the Indian dressing room and among the players on the ground.Skipper Virat Kohli and Man of the Match Ajinkya Rahane picked the souvenir stumps as players engaged in hearty celebrations and also thanked the spectators who gave them a standing ovation.The Proteas, courtesy AB de Villiers’ 43 off 297 balls, looked like pulling off an improbable draw from the jaws of defeat before the Indian bowling came to life in the final session courtesy pacer Umesh Yadav’s fiery spell and Ravichandran Ashwin ending the stodgy De Villiers’ near six- hour battle. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachAshwin produced a magical delivery a sharp bouncing off-break that de Villiers played awkwardly and the resultant catch was taken by Jadeja at leg-slip.The emphatic Test series victory more than made up for the losses in the ODIs and Twenty20s played earlier.Credit should also be given to Umesh Yadav (3/9 in 21 overs) for starting the slide in the final session by rattling Dane Vilas and Kyle Abbott’s stumps. Dane Piedt was gone when Wriddhiman Saha took a stunner. The visions of victory were raised in the post-lunch session, Faf Du Plessis’ (10, 97 balls) resistance ended when Ravindra Jadeja bowled an armer which the right-hander intended to play for the turn. It hit plumb in-front much to the delight of Jadeja.India’s most successful bowler in the series, Ravichandran Ashwin got his 30th victim when JP Duminy (0) was caught plumb on the backfoot having played a dozen of deliveries.Having got a couple of wickets, the drooping shoulders of the Indian fielders suddenly had some life in them.The Proteas, who continued with their ‘Blockathon’ added only 21 runs in the first session of the final day consuming another 35 overs while the post lunch session produced 42 runs in 31 overs.With a session left, it looked as if South Africa were inching towards one of their most creditable draws in Test history.However, the Indian bowlers ensured that the hosts wrapped up the series in style.While the pitch made it easier for the South Africans but no credit can be snatched away from currently the world’s best batsman, De Villiers, who showed that a class player can change and adapt his game according to adverse situations.De Villiers was in that zone where he did have only one thing in mind. Defend dourly and destroy the opposition’s confidence.It was not destructive T20 batting for which he is so revered but slow disintegration of a team that has been on top on 10 out of the 12 days of Test cricket that has happened during the series.There were times when the odd boundary was hit and the players carried out the formality of picking the ball from the boundary and throwing it back to the bowler.In the morning session, Jadeja ended Hashim Amla’s dogged vigil with a beautiful delivery but de Villiers frustrated the Indian bowlers no end.  Amla faced 244 balls for his ‘epic’ 25 before Jadeja bowled him with one that drifted in and then straightened knock the off-stump.If Amla was not enough, in came Du Plessis, who surpassed his skipper’s South African record, set on Sunday, of playing 46 dot balls before opening his account.Du Plessis played 52 dots before taking a single of the 53rd delivery. He in fact also surpassed Grant Flower (51 balls vs New Zealand in 2000) to become the third slowest player of all time to open his account.Make no mistake, Du Plessis has done this kind of defending earlier in Adelaide (2012) when he batted close to eight hours (7 hours and 46 minutes) to score 110 and denied the Aussies what looked like an inevitable win.And his partner in crime was none other than de Villiers, who had played 220 balls for his 33 in that particular match. Amla’s strike-rate of 10.44 might have put everyone to sleep but his was a perfect example of how to save a Test match from a miraculously hopeless position.Amla’s innings might set future templates on how to save a match as the art of drawing a Test match has become virtually extinct.Obviously the drab Kotla wicket which became literally lifeless on the final morning did help but it is never easy to save a Test match by batting out more than 160 overs but South Africa nearly did the unthinkable.India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was at his jovial best as he took a dig at the media stating that his team always “had answers” when it came to winning matches irrespective of the playing conditions.Kohli has had to answer the maximum questions on spin-friendly tracks provided at Mohali and Nagpur where the Test matches ended inside three days.When asked if he has replied to all those who were seeking an answer on how the team plays in adverse conditions, Kohli gave a tongue-in cheek reply.“We always knew the answer. It is you people, who perhaps did not get the answer but today I guess you got the answer. I was waiting for this question (laughs), 5-6 questions and no questions on the pitch. No questions on whether the ball was turning,” he had that wry smile on his face as everyone presented started laughing.He then explained that what is being written is not in his hands but terming victories on basis of pitches prepared was something that he found unfair.“The articles that are being written and what people read is also a sort of reaction. You watch something and you write an article. So when you ask a question on a specific issue, you will get a specific answer (from me). It’s not that you will ask a question and I will say ‘Next question’. Obviously I will answer that but I have a way of explaining while giving an answer,” the skipper said.“We believe we can win against any opposition at any place in the world. Now how that will be presented (by you) is not in our control. We can only control our performance with the bat and the ball. We can’t control what people hear and read.“Now, I can’t sit and vouch about how good a team we are. You are free to write whatever you want. All we can do is to perform. If we do well, you will write good things, if we falter, our weaknesses will be pointed out which is fair. But if it’s written that pitch is a factor in victory, then it’s unfair,” Kohli in a polite yet firm manner put across his point on the entire debate about the tracks.Kohli also lauded the dogged defending by the Proteas and called it a “difficult skill” as it also tested the ability of his bowlers.last_img read more

15 Tools to Accelerate Your Productivity

first_imgApril 5, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read What happens when you combine technology with productivity? Productivity becomes a breeze. You could easily double or even triple your productivity using the right tools.The problem is, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of apps to check out — everything from laptop and mobile apps to browser extensions. How can you cut through the noise and know the best few to choose from?Related: 10 Productivity Tools for the Sole ProprietorFrankly, it’s hard. That’s why I created this post. I’m sharing the best apps I’ve tested over the past year. Most of these helped me apply the 3-step process to build my business while studying dentistry. Are you ready to tackle these apps?1. Trello.Do you have a team and want to get everyone in sync to move your project along more quickly? Check out Trello ASAP. Your team will know which tasks to tackle first and who’s working on what so that two team members don’t do the same task. Plus, you’ll know what’s done so that you can celebrate it at the end of the week or the end of the project. The free plan is more than enough when you’re starting out, but the company does offer different plans.2. Asana.Want to create a simple to-do list with detailed sub-tasks, and make it easy to know what to tackle next? Asana is your go-to tool. It can also function the same way as Trello for synchronizing team members together. You can test it and find out what’s right for you.3. Google Keep.Want to create notes and have a way to sync them on all your devices? Check out Google Keep. What I like about this tool is its simplicity. Just open the app, take notes, and you’re done. You can color code them, too. And the best part is that it’s available on all platforms.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business4. Pocket.Do you find a lot of great articles in the middle of your work? You don’t want to miss the great info in the articles, but you want to stay focused on your work, right? Then Pocket will help you accomplish this. Again, it’s available on all platforms, and with a click of a button, your article is saved so you can read it later in the day or on the weekend.5. Fantastical 2.Fantastical is a great calendar app that’s built for the iOS platform. I’ve been testing it on my Mac for more than a month now, and I’m in love with it. Want a simple and flexible calendar app? This is the app you’ve been searching for.6. Evernote.One of the most popular productivity apps is Evernote. It’s great for taking notes, organizing them and finding what you want in a matter of seconds. I like the scanning feature. It’s definitely a tool you need to check out.Related: 7 Productivity-Boosting Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs7. Slack.This is another great app to manage your team and increase your efficiency. The best part about Slack is its integration capability and its search functions — and its generous free plan.8. RescueTime.Want to know where are you’re spending your time on your laptop and make sure that you’re not wasting it? Then you need to install RescueTime, and wait for your first report. After using it for three months, I noticed that I spend a lot of time on YouTube, so I blocked that site out for the entire workday. The next month, I got twice as much done.9. Site Block.Remember how I said that I blocked YouTube to get more done without working more? Site Block is the tool I use. The best part is that it shows you how many times you tried to access the site while it was blocked. It confirmed to me that I was right about blocking YouTube.10. Buffer.Updating all your profiles to keep them active and to keep your followers engaged is a time-consuming process. Enter Buffer. With a click of a button, you can schedule posts on different social media platforms. The best part? You can schedule to share posts from within the post itself with the Chrome extension. Definitely check it out.11. WriteRoom.Writing is a task that I need to do more often. What if you could just focus and write more without any distraction? WriteRoom helps you do just that.12. 1password.Do you waste time trying to remember your password for Twitter or keep writing down the password to your Facebook account? You don’t need to do that anymore. With 1password, you only need to remember the master password of 1password, and with a click of a button, you can sign in to any of your accounts on any site. Don’t waste any more time trying to remember passwords.13. IFTTT.What if you could automate a lot of stuff so you wouldn’t have to do it manually? What if you could send an email to yourself with book sales on Apple book every week? Want to turn lights in your room on at specific times? Need to sync Instagram photos with Pinterest without doing anything? Sounds like some kind of sci-fi dream, right?It can be reality with IFTTT, which is an acronym for “If This, Then That.” You can’t imagine what you can automate until you try this tool.14. Sleepyti.me.Are you tired of waking up tired one day and refreshed the next day even though you slept less? Are you aware that there is science behind how much to sleep and when to wake up, but you don’t want to dive deep into this stuff? Then simply use the Sleepyti.me app.It’s a website where you plug in when you want to wake up and it shows you the different times you should go to bed. Don’t wake up tired again.Related: 7 Apps and Programs That Will Reduce Office Stress15. Forest App.I saved the best for last. You know about the Pomodoro technique, right? What about an engaging way to help you apply this technique? That’s what this app is all about. As you start and go through your session, a plant is planted, and it starts to grow as you progress through your session. When you’re done, you have a tree in front of you. As you go through more sessions, you’ll be growing more and more trees. So do it.The Pomodoro technique is essential to get more done with higher focus in less time. That’s why it’s one of the steps in the 3-step process that helped me study dentistry while building my business. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more