Belinda Bencic Calls Out ‘Terrible’ Court Conditions at WTA Finals After Retirement

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ashleigh Bartybelinda bencicelina svitolinakarolina pliskova First Published: November 3, 2019, 10:30 AM IST Shenzhen: Belinda Bencic was unhappy with the court conditions at WTA Finals in Shenzhen after she had to retire mid-way through her semi-final against Elina Svitolina on Saturday.Svitolina won her 10th straight WTA Finals match and advanced to her second straight final as Bencic retired with the defending champion leading 5-7, 6-3, 4-1. The Swiss struggled with cramping from late in the first set but gamely fought on before retiring hurt.”I was cramping,” Bencic said after the match. “I started to feel it at the start of the second set, my hamstring. I called the physio. I started cramping in my foot and again in my hamstring.”I really didn’t want to retire. I wanted to finish the match. It was not possible. I’m really disappointed about how my body failed me.Bencic became the third player this week to retire mid-match in Shenzhen following the withdrawals of Kiki Bertens and Bianca Andreescu. While Bertens said she felt some problem with her stomach, Andreescu got her knee injured while stretching to get a shot back and had to retire.World number three Naomi Osaka withdrew from the year-ender before her second match against Barty citing shoulder injury.Bencic, however, did not mince her words and had scathing criticism for the court conditions that she felt were not good for the movement of players.”I think these courts are really not ideal. You can see there were four retirements this week.”I think these courts are terrible for movement of players and for the muscles,” Bencic said of the indoor hard court.”You stop immediately, and it goes directly into your muscles. I think since the first practice, you can feel that in your body,” said Bencic who described it like “playing on sand”.Earlier in the week, Wimbledon 2019 champion Simona Halep had also complained of the slow court conditions. “We have to do extra work on the shots and the points on this surface. This court is too tough for me,” said the Romanian.In the final on Sunday, Svitolina will look to defend her title against world No.1 Ashleigh Barty.(With AFP inputs) last_img read more

Football : West Ham sign Lazio’s Felipe Anderson for a club record £42m.

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWest Ham United add the services of Lazio’s attacking midfielder to their arsenal as they paid a club record £35m to Lazio but the deal could potentially rise to £42m with performance-based add-ons in the contract. The 25 year old Brazlian has made 137 appearances over the span of 5 years for the Italian side scoring 25 goals in the process.This pacey, technically gifted playmaker has the ability to create and score goals all with a high work- rate and a not so commanding physique. His versatility is one of his biggest strengths as his skills and tactical awareness allow him to play in any position in the midfield.“I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United. West Ham is a club with a lot of tradition, lots of great players have played here, like Bobby Moore, Carlos Tevez and Di Canio.”“They were great players and idols here, and I’m aiming big, who knows, maybe I could hit their heights and be a legend here too. I’m really happy to be here. It’s a dream come true.”“I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games.” – Anderson told whufc.com.We’ve got #ThatFelipeFeeling! pic.twitter.com/QbaxJI3ZP5— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 15, 2018The Brazilian midfielder is the Hammer’s seventh signing of the summer under Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham have already signed Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop. The addition of Anderson will make the Hammers a much more stronger unit to compete with as they have signed some talented and young players that could increase the standard of competitiveness of the Premier League. The London club will look to comeback stronger after the dismal peformance under David Moyes last season in the league.Read also :Football: Everton demolish ATV Irdning 22-0 in Marco Silva’s first gameFootball : Chelsea sign former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri on a three year deal.last_img read more

NBA: Carmelo Anthony Gets One Last Parting Gift From the Hawks

first_imgAdvertisementThe Hawks have granted Carmelo Anthony’s wish and sent him his own Atlanta jersey, despite never suiting up for the team.A few weeks ago, Anthony let it be known that he wanted to immortalize his Hawks tenure by getting ahold of the jersey that he never actually got to wear for the team.The team, which came to terms on a $25.5 million buyout with Carmelo Anthony five days after acquiring him from the Oklahoma City Thunder, tweeted out a photo of the never-worn jersey they’re sending to the 10-time All-Star in response to a request he made last month.Atlanta posted a picture of the never-used uniform on Twitter:Hey @carmeloanthony your jersey is on it’s way…good luck, fam! pic.twitter.com/Yzh04ZUzSp— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) August 9, 2018LeBron James had fun with Anthony’s tenure with the Hawks after the post:🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Helleva run in the A my brother @carmeloanthony! 🤷🏾‍♂️💪🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2018An underrated interesting part of this is how the Hawks decided to give Melo his old No. 15, which he wore in Denver. That number was retired in New York and then taken by Kyle Singler in Oklahoma City. Clint Capela wears No. 15 for the Rockets, so Melo will likely be wearing No. 7 again when he signs with Houston.Also Read-NBA: Dallas Mavericks sign Donte Ingram to a deal Advertisementlast_img read more

Here’s How Urban Meyer Will Be Spending His Bye Week

first_imgUrban Meyer speaks to his team after Summer practice.Urban Meyer/TwitterUrban Meyer has a rare fall weekend off. How will he be spending it?Urban Meyer will almost surely be spending a lot of his bye weekend at Ohio State’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center, preparing for the games to come, but he will be taking advantage of the rare off day.Ohio State’s head coach said on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference today that he’ll be watching his son, Nate Meyer, play football for his high school on Friday night.Urban Meyer: “I get to watch a little Nate Meyer football on Friday.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 22, 2016Nate Meyer is a class of 2018 safety at Bishop Watterson in Columbus, Ohio.He’s a pretty decent player. Nate Meyer participated in Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights recruiting camp this past summer.Here’s Nate catching a pass from J.T. Barrett.J.T. Barrett to Nate Meyer pic.twitter.com/fvD9l3rBD4— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) July 23, 2016Nate Meyer could end up walking on at Ohio State and playing for his dad.The Buckeyes return to action Oct. 1 against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium.last_img read more

Wagenborg Orders Second EasyMax Handysize

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Niestern Sander/Flying Focus Dutch shipowner and operator Wagenborg has ordered a second EasyMax type carrier from compatriot builder Royal Niestern Sander.The new vessel is scheduled to start construction soon, according to an announcement from Royal Niestern Sander.The open-top, ice-classed vessel will be a future sister ship to the Egbert Wagenborg, which started operations in 2017.Developed by Wagenborg and Niestern Sander, the 149-meter-long EasyMax concept is a Handysize multi-purpose vessel with a load capacity of 14,000 tons and a hold capacity of 625,000 cft.Egbert Wagenborg is also the largest vessel ever built by Royal Niestern Sander shipyard.Thanks to its low resistance due to optimal hull shape, the vessel consumes 9 tonnes of fuel a day at 11 knots, according to Wagenborg.last_img

Small Business Tax Rate Dropped Again

first_imgThe province is putting another $10 million back into the hands of small businesses, with the third tax rate reduction in as many years. Finance Minister Graham Steele announced today, April 2, that Budget 2012 will lower the corporate income tax rate for small business half a percentage point to 3.5 per cent. The announcement took place at the Mahone Bay Trading Company’s Halifax Historic Properties store. “We took a tax rate that hadn’t changed in 20 years, and lowered it three years in a row,” said Mr. Steele. “Supporting entrepreneurs across Nova Scotia will help boost our economy and help the small business community continue to grow.” This reduction, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, will save small businesses $10 million in the 2013 tax year. “Tax reductions will always be welcome news to small businesses, who want to maintain and create jobs for Nova Scotians,” said Leanne Hachey, vice-president Atlantic for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “Those that work with the small business community know savings will be funneled right back to those businesses and in communities throughout the province.” The small business tax rate, which was five per cent in 2010, was lowered half a percentage point in both 2011 and 2012. The combined impact of the rate decreases will save small businesses an additional $30 million annually by 2013-14. Small businesses are eligible for the reduced rate on the first $400,000 of taxable income, if they are a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation with taxable capital of $10 million or less. The province is encouraging unincorporated small business owners to take advantage of this lowered tax rate by incorporating their small businesses. This tax reduction is in line with the government’s jobsHere plan to create good jobs and grow the economy.last_img read more

Whats Canada without backyard hockey rinks

first_imgOf all the ways climate change will impact us, this is one that will kick us right in the national pride. In order to make a good outdoor hockey rink, you need the temperature to get below freezing and stay that way consistently for a while. If you’ve been paying attention the past few winters, you may have noticed that’s not as common as it once was. So is the outdoor rink doomed over the next few decades?Hockey will always be a part of the Canadian myth, and it and other winter sports aren’t going to vanish. But what happens when the only Canadians who can play them are ones who can afford indoor ice time, or admission to ski hills that make their own powder? If we don’t have the weather to play and practice, how will Canadians dominate the sports we’ve come to associate with national pride?GUEST: Stanley Kay, Sports IllustratedAudio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_05142019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

First Nation chiefs meet with Prince Charles

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of the Royal family are currently touring Canada as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour.Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, arrived in Canada this past weekend.The three-province Royal visit marks the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.Their second stop was in Toronto where Prince Charles met with the Assembly of first Nations.last_img

Tornado rips through Long Plain First Nation leaving trail of destruction behind

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsSome people from a Manitoba First Nation say they feel lucky to be alive today.Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down in Long Plain First Nation last night, leaving a path of destruction behind.last_img

Moroccan Purchases of Spanish Homes Increase by 28

Rabat – Moroccans account for 7 percent of the real estate transactions in Spain. British and French buyers acquire 14 percent and 8 percent, respectively.The volume of transactions by Moroccans increased significantly in the first six months of 2018, up by 28 percent compared to the same period in 2017, making it the largest increase observed among foreigners, according to statistics from the General Council of the Spanish Notary.The average real estate price acquired by Moroccans in Spain amounts to €693 per square meter for residents and to €1,606 per square meter for non-residents. Foreigners made 18 percent of the total number of real estate transactions recorded in Spain between June 2017 and June 2018.Read also: Moroccans 2nd Non-European Investors in Spanish Real Estate MarketOther EU citizens made two-thirds of the foreign transactions. Moroccans made 7 percent of the total transactions, Chinese 4 percent, and Russians 3 percent.The region of Aragon saw the largest increase in real estate purchases, up by 31 percent. Other regions also saw large increases, including Extremadura (27 percent), Murcia (21 percent), and Castilla La Mancha (20 percent).However, the largest decreases were found in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, both down by about 11 percent.The General Council of the Spanish Notary explained that Spain’s low-interest rates and the low prices in most parts of Spain attract foreigners to buy real estate. read more

Salmonella warning over bagged salad leaves

first_imgExperts warned consumers to avoid ready-cut salad if possible, to rinse bagged salad thoroughly, and not to let it get warm.The scientists did not measure levels of salmonella in bought salad but investigated the way the bacteria grew on damaged leaves and attached itself to plastic bag surfaces.Cos, baby green oak, and red romaine lettuce, spinach, and red chard obtained from commercially available bag mixes were all used in the tests.The experiments showed that juice from broken leaves increased salmonella growth in water by 110%. When the juice was added to a nutrient medium supporting salmonella, the bacteria’s growth was boosted more than 2,400-fold. Chicken Lead scientist Dr Primrose Freestone, from the University of Leicester’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, said: “Salad leaves are cut during harvesting and we found that even microlitres of the juices (less than 1/200th of a teaspoon) which leach from the cut ends of the leaves enabled salmonella to grow in water, even when it was refrigerated.”These juices also helped the salmonella to attach itself to the salad leaves so strongly that vigorous washing could not remove the bacteria, and even enabled the pathogen to attach to the salad bag container.”This strongly emphasises the need for salad leaf growers to maintain high food safety standards as even a few salmonella cells in a salad bag at the time of purchase could become many thousands by the time a bag of salad leaves reaches its use by date, even if kept refrigerated.”Even small traces of juices released from damaged leaves can make the pathogen grow better and become more able to cause disease.”She said the research, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, also served as a reminder to consume bagged salad as soon as possible after opening.”We found that once opened, the bacteria naturally present on the leaves also grew much faster even when kept cold in the fridge,” Dr Freestone added.As part of the study, plastic bags were cut into 2cm long sections and tested to see how well salmonella formed clinging “biofilms” on their surfaces. The presence of juice enhanced the bug’s ability to attach to the plastic, researchers said. Even small traces of juices released from damaged leaves can make the pathogen grow better and become more able to cause diseaseDr Primrose Freestone 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. Broken leaves in bags of prepared salad may dramatically increase the risk of salmonella, a study has shown.Juice from damaged leaves can boost growth of the food poisoning bug more than 2,400-fold, scientists discovered.It also has the effect of increasing the bacteria’s virulence, making it more likely to cause an infection.center_img Each year more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning are recorded in the UK, according to a recent report from the Food Standards Agency.While poultry meat was the most common source of infection, some 48,000 cases were linked to fresh non-meat produce including vegetables, fruits, nuts and sprouting seeds.Dr Kimon Karatzas, Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology at the University of Reading, said: “The interesting element is that chopped fresh produce provides an environment rich in nutrients which can support pathogens such as salmonella.”On the other hand, consumption of fresh produce is important for health too and consumers need to strike a balance between the two.”Consumers seem to be more preoccupied with nutritional facts, but they should not forget that food-borne pathogens can be deadly.”Avoiding fresh produce is not a solution, but if possible, it would be preferable to buy uncut fresh produce over chopped, and to always wash it before you eat – even the ones that are already washed.”Furthermore, keeping these foods in the refrigerator is important.” Poultry meat was the most common source of infectionCredit:Alamy Food microbiologist Professor Martin Adams, from the University of Surrey, said he was concerned to hear that the salmonella strain used in the study could grow at refrigeration temperature, minus 4C.He added: “If salmonella did manage to gain access to a prepared salad then the food would obviously be a risk to the health of consumers but if it were able to grow at chill temperatures then that risk would increase over time.”It is very important that salad vegetables are washed thoroughly before consumption.”This is good advice that goes back many years. Although prepared bagged salads have already been washed, another washing before use would give an added level of reassurance.” It is very important that salad vegetables are washed thoroughly before consumptionProfessor Martin Adamslast_img read more

Bewleys signs to remain on Starbucks café for now

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has put the brakes on a plan to remove signage from the old Bewley’s café in Dublin city centre.Bewley’s Oriental Cafes wanted to remove a mosaic from the outside of the building and floor tiling with the name Bewley’s on it from the interior of the café as it is now occupied by a Starbucks. However Dublin City Council has ruled that the removal will require planning permission.Bewley’s also sought removal of a glass panel at the entrance, which has been given the go-ahead.A spokesperson for An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, welcomed the decision and said the group was happy that the original signage will be remain for the time being.The BBC says that despite reports about the age of the signage, the mosaics date back to the 1970s and the stained glass to the 1990s.An Taisce said that the signs maintained the long-established association of the Bewley’s name with the premises.Read: Deenihan to undertake assessment of Moore Street 1916 site > Read: “Still the battle rages”: Dublin mother’s WWI diary goes online >last_img read more

Deux nouveaux Blackberry tactiles en vente cet été

first_imgDeux nouveaux Blackberry tactiles en vente cet étéRIM, le fabricant canadien des Blackberry, a annoncé l’arrivée de deux nouveaux modèles, plus fins et tactiles, pour l’été prochain.Lundi, le constructeur canadien RIM a présenté ses deux derniers modèles de smartphones, qui sortiront cet été, les Blackberry Bold 9900 et 9930. Ces deux modèles, qui fonctionneront avec une nouvelle version du système d’exploitation, devraient satisfaire des “millions de clients qui veulent la combinaison dernier cri de la performance, de la fonctionnalité et du style”, a expliqué Mike Lazaridis, le président de RIM, cité par L’Expansion. Equipés de la technologie tactile, ils conserveront le fameux clavier si cher aux utilisateurs des Blackberry. Ils sont également de la technologie de connexion sans contact NFC, qui permet notamment le paiement d’achats via son smartphone, sans contact physique.Par ailleurs, de nouvelles fonctionnalités ont été ajoutées à la tablette tactile Playbook, qui avait un peu déçu les observateurs le mois dernier, au moment de sa présentation. Ainsi, l’application Facebook a été optimisée pour la tablette. Néanmoins, RIM a revu à la baisse ses prévisions de ventes pour le trimestre en cours, le groupe canadien s’attendant à ce qu’une proportion plus importante de ses ventes concernent les modèles bas de gamme.  Le 3 mai 2011 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Marcoule le site déjà épinglé plusieurs fois par lASN

first_imgMarcoule : le site déjà épinglé plusieurs fois par l’ASNCet après-midi, l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire a révélé que ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un incident se produit sur le site nucléaire de Marcoule qui regroupe de nombreuses installations. Depuis l’an 2000, l’agence a comptabilisé 18 rapports dont celui d’un incident de niveau 2 survenu en mars 2009.Depuis sa création en 1956, le site de Marcoule situé sur les bords du Rhône dans le Gard a accueilli de nombreuses installations dont le fameux centre de traitement et de conditionnement des déchets Centraco. Mais comme a pu le laisser supposer l’incident survenu ce matin dans le four, l’incinérateur n’est pas comme les autres. Il traite des ferrailles et autres pièces métalliques radioactives issues des centrales d’EDF, des installations du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique mais aussi de laboratoires ou d’hôpitaux, rapporte Le Figaro.fr. Le but est ainsi de fondre les métaux à 1.600 degrés Celsius ou de les incinérer afin de réduire le volume des déchets, jusqu’à dix fois, avant de les expédier au centre de stockage de Soulaines, dans l’Aube qui est géré par l’Agence nationale de déchets radioactifs. Toutefois, les déchets sont de très faible à faible activité radioactive. Lors de sa première année d’activité dès 1999, l’usine avait traité 1.809 tonnes de déchets transformés en 1.832 colis, selon Le Figaro.  Un incident de niveau 2 en mars 2009 Mais comme d’autres installations nucléaires, l’usine Centraco et le site de Marcoule ont déjà connu plusieurs incidents et étaient étroitement surveillés par l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire. 18 rapports d’incidents auraient ainsi été comptabilisés à Marcoule depuis l’an 2000 par l’agence d’après l’Express.fr. Le dernier remonterait au mois de juin lorsque le personnel de l’usine a constaté qu’une alarme incendie de l’unité d’incinération ne fonctionnait plus. Néanmoins, un incident bien plus sérieux, classé en niveau 2 est survenu en mars 2009 sur le site, plus précisément à l’installation nucléaire Melox d’Areva. À lire aussiRisques naturels : un site Internet pour mieux s’y préparerA l’occasion d’une opération exceptionnelle, une masse de matière fissile avait été introduite dans l’usine et avait provoqué un dépassement de la “limite de sûreté-criticité”, autrement dit le démarrage d’une réaction nucléaire non contrôlée, relève le Figaro.fr. Depuis 2010, le CEA s’était donc engagé vis à vis de l’ASN “à réaliser des travaux importants pour améliorer la sûreté de ses installations”. Des progrès et des améliorations constatées par l’ASN qui restait vigilante. Quant à l’usine Centraco, l’autorité avait rappelé le 6 avril 2011 un “constat de lacunes dans la culture de sûreté au sein de l’installation Centraco” durant 2010 mais avait également estimé que les “mesures correctives” commençaient “à porter leurs fruits”, cite L’express.fr.Découvrez les premières images de l’accident nucléaire survenu sur le site de Marcoule Le 12 septembre 2011 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Russian star Golovin in talks with Chelsea

first_imgAleksandr Golovin’s mother confirmed that the 22-year-old player is, in fact, in talks with Chelsea, but a potential move can only be completed after the World Cup.This summer’s tournament revealed Aleksandr Golovin to the world and sparked the interest of the Blues. The offensive midfielder plays for the CSKA Moscow, but could be moving to London tight after the end of World Cup.As Goal reported, Golovin’s mother confirmed the rumors of the club’s interest: “Yes, now there are talks between the clubs, but we still do not know the details.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Sacha right now stands only for the Russian team, fully focused on the World Cup. The transition from one club to another will only be discussed after it is completed here.”Juventus is also one potential candidate for signing the Russian star. But Chelsea could top the other clubs’ bids, offering €30 million to CSKA Moscow.last_img read more

Sikuliaq Commissioned Ready to Begin Research

first_imgDownload AudioThe Research Vessel Sikuliaq was officially commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the boat’s home port in Seward. The commissioning marked the end of decades of efforts to design and build it; and the beginning of its mission to research the Earth’s rapidly changing and increasingly important polar regions.last_img

MatSu Borough budget proposals expect over 12M shortfall

first_imgMat-Su Borough LogoFrom Public Safety to Platting, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s various departments have unveiled their latest round of budget requests.Listen nowOverall, the Borough expects a more than $12 million shortfall between proposed spending and expected revenue. That gap represents nearly 10 percent of the budget.The biggest chunk of that deficit is due to the governor’s veto of school bond debt reimbursement, said Borough Manager John Moosey. And further decreases in state funding are inevitable, Moosey said.“We are realizing that this is our new environment, where we can expect very little help from the state and we’re very concerned about operating in this economy, where we’re shedding jobs and business opportunities,” Moosey said.The Borough will be able to use surplus money it has saved from years’ past to bridge the gap, Moosey said. The borough’s tax cap means Mat-Su residents should not expect much of an increase in property taxes, which is its largest revenue source.“On the taxpayer, it’s a great thing. For operation, it just means it’s a little bit tougher, we have to be a little bit more creative and maybe not do everything we want to do,” Moosey said. “So we’re trying to find new and creative ways to kind of meet those needs and prioritize on things that, ‘Yeah, this was great to have in the past, we might not be able to do this anymore, or we might not be able to do as much as in the past.’”The budgets now go to the Borough Assembly for discussion and revisions.last_img read more

Alaska House rejects repeal of controversial criminal justice law

first_imgLegislators listen to Alaska Court System general counsel Nancy Mead as she answers questions from the House gallery about the logistics of putting court records on line. The impromptu Q&A took place during an at-ease in discussions about amendments to SB 54 on Sunday. If passed, SB 54 would amend Senate Bill 91, a major but controversial reworking of Alaska criminal justice laws passed last year. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska House has rejected a repeal of last year’s criminal justice overhaul.Listen nowRepresentatives voted 13-27 Saturday against an amendment to Senate Bill 54 that would have repealed most of the law that lowered jail terms for many crimes.Anchorage Republican Rep. Chuck Kopp said SB 54 addresses many of the concerns that police and the public have raised about last year’s law, Senate Bill 91.“It remains to be seen if the political process can handle the level of complexity –and the media circus that often accompanies it – to solve problems that are this difficult, that don’t fit on a bumper-sticker slogan,” Kopp said.Wasilla Republican Rep. Cathy Tilton sponsored the amendment.Tilton said the Legislature should return to the laws that were in place before SB 91.“What I do know is that the people of Alaska do not feel safe,” Tilton said.Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett voted to repeal most of SB 91. She said Alaska can’t compare the law with what other states have done, because other states spent more money upfront to rehabilitate offenders. She said there should have been more of an emphasis on public safety in writing the law.“That goes hand in hand with lowering recidivism and making rehabilitation available, but through the lens of, ‘Let’s make the public safe,’” Millett said. “Do no harm.”Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz voted against the repeal amendment. She listed many of the changes in SB 54.“Theft in the second-degree? We fixed it in SB 54. Lightest sentencing in the nation for C felonies? We fixed it in SB 54. Violation of condition of release problems? We fixed it in SB 54. Investing in addiction? We’re doing it,” Spohnholz said.Fairbanks Democratic Rep. Adam Wool also voted no. He said the state runs the risk of having to build another prison if it continues to do the same things that led to a high rate of repeat offenders.“To immediately go back, to turn back the clock and say, ‘Let’s throw this away and go back how it was, the good old days,’” Wool said. “The good old days weren’t that good.”Twelve minority-caucus Republicans supported the repeal amendment, as did majority-caucus Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage.Opponents of SB 91 took to social media Sunday to criticize the 27 House members who voted against the repeal amendment.A post encouraged Alaskans to vandalize the 27 lawmakers’ cars, and said “it’s fair game to shoot thieves on the spot.”The post prompted a statement from Speaker Bryce Edgmon on the House floor.“Any sort of suggestion of retaliation, for lack of a better word, against any member of this body from anybody in the general public will be dealt with swiftly and immediately,” Edgmon said.Edgmon said he forwarded the post to the Capitol’s chief security officer, who contacted the Alaska State Troopers.A spokesman for the troopers said an investigation into the matter is ongoing.The House was in recess through most of Monday, as members prepared more amendments to SB 54.last_img read more

Ratan Tata invests in USbased medical emergency startup

first_imgRatan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested in a United States-based medical emergency startup, MUrgency. According to an official statement released by MUrgency on Tuesday, Tata wanted the global firm to launch its operations in India before taking its services overseas, the Press Trust of India reported.The financial details of the deal were, however, not disclosed.”He (Tata) clearly wanted us to launch and grow the network in India first before taking it overseas. Mr Tata’s investment in MUrgency will help attract leading talent to the company and major partnerships beyond India,” Shaffi Mather, the founder of MUrgency Inc, said in a statement, according to the PTI.MUrgency is a global mobile app company, which claims to make medical emergency available with one tap on a mobile phone in less than nine minutes in urban areas.The company has presence in Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore, San Fancisco, London and Hong Kong. It has a responder network of 36 hospital emergency rooms, over 40 ambulances and more than 350 medical professionals. The mobile app was launched in the Tricity area in Punjab in February this year and would be launching its services in Amritsar and Jalandhar in the last week of this month.MUrgency was founded in 2014 by Shaffi Mather and incubated at Stanford ChangeLabs. Based in San Francisco, the company plans to go pan-India by 2018 and worldwide by 2020.”While our primary goal is to develop emergency medical response network, we are widening our service to be an inclusive and comprehensive medical service platform on your mobile phone. The app is live on iOS and Android app stores and several features are accessible across the world already,” Sweta Mangal, director, global emergency response, MUrgency, was quoted by PTI as saying.MUrgency is currently available for users on Android and iOS. It has won Startup Grind’s Golden Gavel Award, Startup of the Year 2016 award, as well as the SXSW Accelerator contest in health and wearable technologies, among others. It has also raised funding from Axilor Ventures, an early stage entrepreneur fund, according to techinasia.com.In emergency situations, MUrgency can help with providing ambulances or booking home health services from a nurse or a physician. It also helps patients book appointments and chat with doctors.last_img read more