Unique variety of pumpkin developed

first_imgThe Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University has developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have a hard seed coat. “Plants of cucurbit family have a thick and leathery seed coat. Decorticated seeds of muskmelon, watermelon, longmelon and cucumber are commonly used for confectionery and home preparations in India. We have now developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have the hard seed coat and can be used as it is. The Research Evaluation Committee and the State Varietal Approval Committee has approved this variety for cultivation in Punjab,” said Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Head of Department of Vegetable Science at PAU. Mr. Dhatt said it is the first variety of ‘soft’ seeded pumpkin in India and its cultivation at commercial level will meet the domestic requirement of snack seed and bakery industry as well as offer opportunities for exports. “Raw or roasted pumpkin seeds are used as snack food in many parts of the world. It is also used for cooking, baking, nutrient supplement and functional agent. Oil of pumpkin seeds is used in cooking and salad dressing, particularly in Europe and America,” he said, adding that export possibilities of this seed could help farmers in boosting their income.last_img read more

US Offers Big-ticket Military Tie-ups With India

first_imgThe US has now proposed joint development and production of futuristic military helicopters as well as infantry combat vehicles in the first such big-ticket programmes under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative Related Itemslast_img

Christian Pulisic Becomes Youngest Chelsea Player to Score Premier League Hat-trick as They Thrash Burnley

first_imgBurnley: Christian Pulisic hit a hat-trick to inspire Chelsea’s impressive 4-2 win at Burnley as the US winger enjoyed his Premier League breakthrough moment on Saturday.After going nine games without scoring for his new club, Pulisic tore Burnley to shreds at Turf Moor to notch the first treble of his career. Pulisic had endured a slow start following his move from Borussia Dortmund as the heir to former Blues star Eden Hazard, but this virtuoso display suggested he could live up to the hype.The £58 million ($74 million) signing, who spent the second half of last season with Dortmund after agreeing the Chelsea switch in January, had started only one match since the end of August and that was against Grimsby in the League Cup.But Frank Lampard admitted this week the 21-year-old “deserved” a chance to start after he came off the bench to set up Michy Batshuayi’s winner against Ajax in the Champions League.Pulisic replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi as Lampard made one change to the team that won in Amsterdam and he seized his chance, becoming the youngest Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick.Pulisic’s spotlight-stealing contribution was followed by a goal for Willian as Chelsea set a new club top-flight record of four consecutive away victories with three or more goals in each game.A souvenir for the hat-trick hero – @cpulisic_10! ⚽️#BURCHE pic.twitter.com/DCI0modqzu— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 26, 2019 Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil reduced the deficit for Burnley, but Chelsea are fourth in the league after a seventh successive win in all competitions.Pulisic quickly illuminated a dank evening in Lancashire when his incisive run set up Mason Mount’s blocked shot.It was a warning that Burnley failed to heed and Pulisic put Chelsea ahead in the 21st minute.When Matt Lowton dithered in possession near the centre circle, Pulisic pounced to rob the Burnley defender as he stumbled to the turf.EYE-CATCHING PULISICPulisic accelerated into the penalty area and kept James Tarkowski at bay with a step-over before drilling a left-foot shot across Burnley keeper Nick Pope and into the far corner.It was a landmark moment for Pulisic as he became the first American to score for Chelsea in the Premier League.Pulisic was a constant menace and he tested Pope with a snap-shot, but Burnley should have been level moments later.Ben Mee’s header reached Ashley Barnes at the far post, only for the striker to nod wide of the empty net from virtually on the line.Pulisic’s direct, pacy thrusts were proving impossible for Burnley to subdue and Tammy Abraham fired just wide after another eye-catching run from the American.On the stroke of half-time, Pulisic doubled Chelsea’s lead with a fine solo effort.Willian intercepted Tarkowski’s wayward pass and found Pulisic, who raced towards the Burnley area and drilled a low strike that took a deflection off Mee on its way past Pope.Barnes and Rodriguez forced saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga after the interval.But as they did against Ajax in midweek, Lampard’s men kept their composure before Pulisic delivered the knockout blow in the 56th minute.Mount’s cross was cleared back to the midfielder and he curled over a cross that Pulisic met with a well-timed glancing header past Pope.Chelsea were carving through the Burnley defence and Willian made it four in the 58th minute when the Brazilian took Abraham’s pass and slammed a low shot into the far corner.Burnley suddenly came to life in the closing moments and Rodriguez struck with a 25-yard thunderbolt in the 86th minute.McNeil got Burnley’s second with a deflected 89th minute effort, but that failed to take the gloss off Pulisic’s day to remember. BurnleychelseaChristian PulisicEPL First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:31 AM IST 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.last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag ‘ready’ for challenge if chosen as next Gilas coach

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Several names have been floated around as Guiao’s replacement including the likes of Tab Baldwin, Tim Cone, Ryan Gregorio, and Jimmy Alapag.Alapag has been in the program the longest since he played in the earliest iterations of the team in the late 2000s and was also a part of the coaching staff during his post-playing days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Alapag, who’s now a member of the Fiba Players’ Commission and an assistant coach with San Miguel, said he’d be ready to replace Guiao if he’s given the chance to call the shots for Gilas.“I would be ready,” said Alapag Tuesday at Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here during the press conference for the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12. “It’s been very humbling and I feel very honored that people have thrown my name into consideration.” Alapag won three medals, two silvers and a bronze with Gilas and his most iconic stint was the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship in Manila where the team’s second-place finish booked them a slot to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Greece.It was in Greece that Alapag captained Gilas to a 1-4 finish in the tournament with their lone win being an 81-79 victory over Senegal.Alapag, though, knows the gravity of his potential employment since he doesn’t have control over his fate.“It’s a unique opportunity but it also comes with a huge responsibility,” said Alapag. “We all know how passionate we are for the game of basketball. Obviously I wouldn’t go into that position by myself.”“Whoever is the future coach would need help going forward especially we’re hosting the 2023 World Cup.”ADVERTISEMENT Senate panel ready to craft report on ‘dissolution of marriage’ PLAY LIST 01:53Senate panel ready to craft report on ‘dissolution of marriage’00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Taking his shot: Michael Jordan, NBA owners, enter tequila business This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MACAU—The Philippine national basketball team is still looking for a coach after Yeng Guiao resigned from the post after Gilas’ 0-5 campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Triumph launches Street Triple RS in India

first_imgTriumph Motorcycles India has launched the Street Triple RS at a price of Rs 10.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The RS is the second variant of the latest generation Street Triple to be launched in India after the Standard Street Triple S was launched earlier this year. The two motorcycles share the same liquid cooled 765cc, 12-valve, in-line 3-cylinder engine and the chassis but the RS version chugs out 121bhp at 11,700rpm and a peak torque of 77Nm at 10,800rpm. The RS also gets dual 310mm Brembo discs at the front and a single 220mm fixed disc at the back.  Furthermore, the Street Triple RS gets a 5-inch full colour TFT screen which works as an instrument console and can be programmed in three different styles, and contains two different themes with adjustable contrast. The Street Triple RS also gets switchable traction control and ABS and ride-by-wire tech. Also, the RS gets five riding modes – road, rain, sport, track, and individual. The Street Triple RS will be available in two colour options – matt silver ice, and phantom black. The bike will also get a body coloured cowl for the pillion seat. Triumph will be offering over 60 custom accessories for the RS which includes Arrow exhausts, swingarm protector kit, and so on. The rivals for the RS would be the Ducati Monster 821, and the Kawasaki Z900 in the naked sports middleweight segment in India.last_img read more


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BlackBerry Key2 Lite leaked in live image, tipped to launch at IFA 2018

first_imgIt has been only a little over a month since the BlackBerry Key2 was announced, but we’re already starting to hear some details regarding a “Lite” version of the phone. Noted tipster Evan Blass has been taking some interest on BlackBerry’s plans for a while now. A few hours ago, the tipster tweeted a live image of the alleged BlackBerry Key2 Lite, which is codenamed Luna, from the back along with a few details.The live image shows the BlackBerry Key2 Lite from the back. You notice the textured back, but it’s not the kind of diamond patterned textured back as we have seen on the Key2. The frame is in red which is one of the three colour options that the Key2 Lite is tipped to come in, the other two being blue and copper, as per Blass’ tweet. The tipster does not provide any more details regarding the phone or what it will be packing inside, apart from the fact that it will sport a form factor similar to the Key2, which means you can expect a 4.5-inch display on the top and a QWERTY keypad on the bottom half of the device.Alleged BlackBerry Luna, a.k.a. the “KEY2 Lite” (Lite and not Mini ‘cuz they supposedly have the same form factor). Said/shown to come in red, blue, and copper. pic.twitter.com/fMza9pAAZCEvan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2018Blass adds that the BlackBerry Key2 Lite may see a late August or early September launch, which could mean an IFA 2018 unveiling is on the cards. It will be interesting to see the kind of hardware the BlackBerry Key2 Lite will bring considering the Key2 does not pack flagship specs itself. At around $650, the Key2 offers a Snapdragon 660 chipset combined with 6 gigs of RAM. That’s a pretty steep pricing for a phone that does not offer a flagship-level chipset. The Key2 Lite is expected to be a toned down version of the Key2 so one can expect a downgraded chipset and lesser memory, among other things.advertisementEarlier this week Blass also tweeted that the rumoured BlackBerry Ghost and Ghost Pro from India’s Optiemus will be called BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X when it starts shipping. One of the models is also tipped to a large 4,000mAh battery and the dual rear camera system will feature low-light enhancements and optical zoom.last_img read more

South African Reeza Hendricks smashes fastest ODI hundred by a debutant

first_imgSouth Africa’s Reeza Hendricks etched his name in the record books on his one day international debut against Sri Lanka in the third match of the series in Kandy.Hendricks smashed the fastest century by a debutant off just 88 balls at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Sunday.Hendricks blasted 102 off 89 balls to become the third South African and 14th overall to score a hundred on debut. The two other South Africans to previously achieve the feat were Colin Ingram in 2010 and Temba Bavuma in 2016.Hendricks’ sizzling century helped South Africa take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with a 78-run victory.The No.3 batsman was one of the four South African batsmen to post a 50-plus score as they amassed 363/7.READ – 3rd ODI: Reeza Hendricks hundred helps South Africa win series vs Sri LankaThat was about as perfect as you get for a debut @reezahendricks tries his best to sum it up #ProteaFire #SLvSA #Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/lDp746KQTOCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 5, 2018The tourists then returned to bowl out Sri Lanka for 285 in the 46th over to record their third successive victory in the series.Put into bat on a flat track, Hendricks and Hashim Amla, who made a run-a-ball 59, took South Africa past the 100-mark following opener Quinton de Kock’s early dismissal.Thisara Perera (4/75) removed Amla and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis (10) but Hendricks and JP Duminy kept the scoreboard ticking with their 78-run stand.Hendricks, who turns 29 this month, hit eight boundaries and a six in his breathtaking knock before falling to Lahiru Kumara in the 35th over.advertisementDuminy clobbered four sixes in his 92 off 70 balls as he and David Miller, who made 51, continued to punish the hosts.The tourists really accelerated towards the end of their innings, plundering 71 runs in the last five overs, to post their highest total in Sri Lanka.To accomplish the chase, Sri Lanka needed their top order to fire but that did not happen as Lungi Ngidi (4/57) removed both the openers in his successive overs.Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka alive with a belligerent 84 but once he fell in the 42nd over, a ball after smacking his third six, the contest was truly over for his team.The fourth ODI will also be played in Kandy on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Motorola P30 renders leak, shows a very iPhone X-like design

first_imgReports have been coming in hot about a new series of Motorola smartphones in the works. The Motorola P30-series is being tipped to launch soon, but there is very little that we know about the phones right now. This week, some promo material was spotted along with some specs that have made things clearer. We also have some new renders that reveals the P30 from all angles, and it looks like we should expect a very iPhone X-like design.AndroidPure claims to have had access to official renders of the Motorola P30, and we cannot verify whether these renders are legit or not. The renders show that the device will bring an edge-to-edge display with a notch on top and a chin on the bottom, much like every other Android phone this year. Notably, the notch is pretty wide, almost iPhone X-like wide suggesting some additional sensor apart from a front camera and earpiece. The chin will keep the Motorola branding. If the renders are true, this will be Motorola’s first notched smartphone.The iPhone X-like design inspiration doesn’t stop there. On the back, you see a vertical dual camera setup that once again reminds us of the iPhone X. The Moto logo on the back will likely house a fingerprint sensor as well. The renders show the device with a white-coloured back which could be the Ice Jade White coluour reported previously. Some promo images have teased the phone in a Aurora-like gradient colour design similar to the Huawei P20 or Honor 10.advertisementAs for the specs, promo materials have reveal the Motorola P30 will be offered with 6GB of RAM with a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. There is also a Motorola P30 Note in the series that is tipped to come in 4GB and 6GB RAM options while the Moto P30 Play will come in only one option with 4GB of RAM. Another teaser hints at a 5,000mAh battery, which we assume will be offered with the Motorola P30 Note model.Additionally, the Motorola P30 will sport a 6.2-inch display with an octa-core processor. Cameras on board may include a 16MP + 5MP with f/1.8 aperture, and an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The cameras will get some AI and AR support as well. The device will house a 3,000mAh battery with no mention of fast charging support.An official listing on the company’s Chinese website revealed pricing details of the Motorola P30 phones this week As per the site, the P30 and P30 Note will be priced starting at CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 20,000) while the P30 Play will cost CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 18,300). There is no word yet on whether Motorola is planning to bring the Moto P30 phones outside China. We should know more about the phones in the days to come.last_img read more

Labour Day Message by Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Andrew Holness

first_img Today, as we celebrate Labour Day under the theme: ‘Restore, Preserve, Beautify’, we honour our workers whose glorious history of struggle for justice led to a broader victory for Jamaican society. Story Highlights The 1938 labour revolts on the Kingston Waterfront and in other parts of the island led to the establishment of a Royal Commission of Enquiry, and in that very year the Commission made a trip to Jamaica. Today, we salute the members of our working class whose refusal to accept the status quo of inequality, bequeathed to us a set of freedoms which we all cherish. Indeed, as our Labour Day theme admonishes, we have to “Restore…Preserve… Beautify”. Today, as we celebrate Labour Day under the theme: ‘Restore, Preserve, Beautify’, we honour our workers whose glorious history of struggle for justice led to a broader victory for Jamaican society.The 1938 labour revolts on the Kingston Waterfront and in other parts of the island led to the establishment of a Royal Commission of Enquiry, and in that very year the Commission made a trip to Jamaica.One of the pivotal recommendations of the Moyne Commission was for the adoption of Universal Adult Suffrage and a new constitution for Jamaica.As a result of that cry against oppression coming from our workers in the 1930s, Jamaica adopted a new constitution in 1944 which granted the right to vote to Jamaicans who had no property outside of their labour.The struggle for Human Rights is indivisible. Each generation has a sacred obligation to advance that quest, building on the sacrifices of the past.Today, we salute the members of our working class whose refusal to accept the status quo of inequality, bequeathed to us a set of freedoms which we all cherish. Indeed, as our Labour Day theme admonishes, we have to “Restore…Preserve… Beautify”.We have to restore not just our historical monuments, but our historical memory. We are a great people and we must be mindful of their history and the burden of responsibility it imposes on us.We must preserve our historical heritage, making the relevant links so our young people can draw inspiration from the courage, tenacity and resilience shown by their forebears. And we must beautify not only our physical environment but our spirit; with the fragrance of optimism, faith, resourcefulness, dignity and good neighbourliness.We must never succumb to the spirit of defeat. We must meet fear with faith as we pursue economic prosperity. Martin Luther King Jnr was fond of quoting these lines: “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered.There was no one there”. Our history has taught us that lesson very well. Whenever our faith has responded to the presence of fear, fear has taken flight. Let us never doubt our ability to overcome our challenges.On this Labour Day we remember those whose examples of courage fortify our spirit and we recognize those who display that same courage today.I have seen it in action during the recent flood rains. Jermaine and Jamauno Riley and their friend Ramone Peart of Sunnyside, St. Catherine, have shown the true spirit of courage and community, rescuing their neighbours, from ravishing flood waters, in their time of greatest need.As a people we salute them. Together, we have a duty to reach out to our neighbours, and those in our communities as they put their lives and properties back together.The thrust of the Government’s Economic Policy is to advance the welfare of our workers and to improve people’s standard of living. In January, this year there were nearly 22,000 more persons employed than there were in January 2016. Unemployment today is lower than it was a year ago.We are opening up more employment opportunities to our people. I recently announced the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme which aims to provide employment to some 15,000 of our unattached, at-risk young people.There are significant employment opportunities opening up in the BPO sector, in Tourism and in the Mining Sector; we are expecting an additional 3,000 persons to be employed as a result of some $2 billion in investments being poured into that sector.Employment in our Special Economic Zones and Logistics-centered activities will further boost employment.On this Labour Day, workers can have confidence that they have a bright future and that things are aligning in their interests. Last year, the economy grew by 1.4%, the highest in four years. Workers benefit when the economy grows. Economic stagnation hurts workers.The fact that we are having historically low inflation rates is also a significant benefit to workers. That there has been a 14.8% expansion in bank credit to the private sector in 2016 compared to 9.6% in 2015 is a plus for workers’ interests. The interests of workers have also been advanced by initiatives the Government has taken in healthcare and education.We recognize that to keep faithful to the mandate of the workers movement which blossomed in the 1930s, we have to put in much work today. As heirs of National Heroes Sir Alexander Bustamante and Norman Washington Manley, we can do no less.I call upon you, fellow Jamaicans, to recapture that spirit of self-sacrifice which motivated those men, and men like St. William Grant, AGS Coombs as well as women such as Aggie Bernard, Lady Bustamante and Edna Manley. Let us go out into our communities today and display that spirit of volunteerism that Jamaica needs.Plant a tree…Refurbish a building…Help preserve a monument…Help your neighbour clean up from the recent floods….See what needs to be done and give a helping hand.Our two national projects will involve the refurbishing of the Ward Theatre and the Central Police station. Culture and security have a synergy that might not be immediately evident. But I believe, fellow Jamaicans that a kinder, gentler, more cultured Jamaica, proud of its heritage, is one that is organically secure.Our culture should deepen our bonds and reduce our tensions. Culture uplifts and inspires, and clears away the fog of divisiveness and bitterness. It nurtures that spirit of love and caring that really represents the quintessential Jamaican.As we prepare to celebrate Jamaica 55—and there is much to celebrate—let us use this Labour Day to “Restore. Preserve…Beautify”. We owe it to Jamaica, land we so love.last_img read more

EGC Diaspora Engagement Task Force To Give Update At Upcoming Conference

first_img Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month.Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’.Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives.“The fundamental purpose of Glo-Jam is to invite successful and prominent members of the Jamaican Diaspora, as well as friends of Jamaica, to leverage their knowledge, experience, relationships and skills in assisting with the identification and implementation of specific projects that will assist in the economic growth and development of Jamaica, with a particular focus on investment,” he explained.Dr. Panton said that the Task Force is now “formalising a structure, and creating a new Glo-Jam Advisory Board comprising distinguished and successful members of the Diaspora, with the patron being the Prime Minister.”Another sub-initiative is to encourage the Jamaican Diaspora to invest and become more engaged in Jamaica, and to establish a special financing agency under Glo-Jam to issue bonds, targeting the Diaspora, and mobilising resources.“There are also plans to establish a fast-track, one-stop coordinating agency of all the major Government agencies to address all Diaspora and investors’ requests and initiatives,” he said.The final sub-initiative is to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to increase Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls by more than 100 per cent worldwide, particularly in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.He said that the process of identifying additional cities has already started and they are also strategising on how to recruit additional Consuls.Dr. Panton pointed out that Jamaica now has approximately 80 Consuls, while other countries with tourism as a large part of their GDP have 300 to 400 Consuls.The Consul’s role is to assist Jamaicans abroad with their consular affairs, as well as to act as an Ambassador for the country, promoting the island to visitors and investors, and ultimately raising the profile of the country. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month. Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Pension Review Panel Delivers Final Report

first_img Requiring all pension plan promises to be properly funded. In the current environment, some promises such as indexation of pensions are not funded, and some sponsors are partially exempted from full funding. Simplifying rules and permitting greater flexibility in plan design. Replacing going concern and solvency funding standards with a single standard. Improving governance and requiring greater transparency for employees and representatives. Involving employees in governance is strongly encouraged. Having an agency to administer a provincewide plan and to promote pension knowledge. The review began with a discussion paper last May. By September, the panel had received 51 written submissions and met with key interested parties. A position paper in October responded to the feedback and asked for additional input. There were 42 written submissions and additional meetings with interested groups. “The available data show that pension plan participation is dropping and employee understanding of its importance is low, especially among younger workers,” said Mr. Black. Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent received the final report of the Pension Review Panel today, Jan. 27. The panel — chaired by former Maritime Life president and CEO Bill Black, labour lawyer Ron Pink and former president of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries Dick Crawford — was established in February 2008 to determine if the Pension Benefits Act should be updated. It has been 20 years since the act was last substantively reviewed. “I wish to thank Mr. Black, Mr. Crawford and Mr. Pink for this substantial piece of work and for their efforts on behalf of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Parent. “Over the next several weeks, staff will review and evaluate the report’s recommendations with a view to what is underway in other jurisdictions and what is in the best interests of the people of Nova Scotia.” Key recommendations in the final report include:last_img read more

Kiara celebrates Kabir Singh success thanks director for giving her a flawed

first_imgMumbai: Kiara Advani is on cloud nine following the golden box office run of “Kabir Singh” and the actor has credited her director Sandeep Reddy Vanga co-star Shahid Kapoor for their passion and conviction towards the film. In a lengthy Instagram post, Kiara thanked the team and the audience for believing in Kabir and Preeti’s love story. “A year ago I stepped into the shoes of Preeti, shy, demure, and basically the complete opposite of me. But I also saw her strength, conviction, her love and her passion and couldn’t help but feel for the love story that you all rooted for with me,” she wrote alongside a poster of the movie. The actor feels lucky to have got the opportunity to work with Shahid, who she said was her confidant and friend on the sets. “Kabir, aka @shahidkapoor my co-star… who completed and made this story so real and believable. Already missing your craziness mama, couldn’t have been luckier to work together on this special film.” Even though helmer Sandeep has received a lot of flak for his projection of romance in the movie, Kiara said he made the film “unapologetically”. “… His passion for films, his craziness and honesty gave us the opportunity to play characters that were flawed, imperfect and so real that you can’t stop yourself from feeling for them,” she added. The actor also thanked the producers, the director of photography, singers, music composers and her personal team for contributing to the project. The film has been in the headlines since its release with many calling it “misogynistic” and “toxic”. “Kabir Singh” has minted over Rs 270 crore in its five-week-long run in the cinemas.last_img read more

Amid Jerada Protests, El Othmani Promises New Opportunities, End to Illegal…

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani announced on Saturday the suspension of illegal mining operations in the city of Jerada, home to ongoing protests since the death of three local miners.While on an official visit to Oujda to meet regional and local leaders, El Othmani pledged several measures that will be taken to support the economic and social conditions of Jerada’s residents.El Othmani said that the government has conducted a technical survey on ground composition and minerals in the area. The survey, according to El Othmani, has shown the existence of new unexplored and unmined minerals: lead, zinc and copper.“In light of this study, the opportunity will be allowed for the legal exploitation of these various types of minerals existing in the region of Jerada,” said El Othmani who was quoted by several Moroccan news outlets. These new mining and exploration opportunities will benefit the population of the region, and will offer the region’s inhabitants new employment opportunities, added El Othmani.El Othmani has also promised the suspension of illegal mining activities in the region, which led to the deaths of three local miners recently.During the meeting, the head of government announced the launch of an industrial zone for Jerada, which will provide young entrepreneurs in several business sectors with the opportunity to carry out their projects.El Othmani also announced that 3,000 hectares will be made available for agricultural activities. One thousand hectares will be for the benefit of land title holders, while 2,000 hectares will be for the sake of new young farmers. According to El Othmani, this measure is aimed at improving responsible environmental development in the region while supporting sustainable economic activities. read more

Mens hockey Ohio States 201617 success due to senior class

Ohio State senior goaltender Christian Frey stretches out to make a save against Michigan at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 25. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor650 games, 119 goals, 320 points and nearly 4,000 saves. These statistics represent the accomplishments of the members of the Ohio State men’s hockey class of 2017.The seven seniors — forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, defensemen Drew Brevig and Josh Healey, and goaltenders Christian Frey, Matt Tomkins and Logan Davis — have recorded 63 victories in 140 games and, collectively, put Buckeye hockey on the map.This unit’s efforts and accomplishments on and off the ice have been recognized over the last four years, as they have racked up a combined eight All-Big Ten honors, 24 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete awards, 21 Big Ten Star of the Week accolades, and four Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recognitions.Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey winds a wrister from the left slot against Minnesota on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWith that being said, coach Steve Rohlik said this group is the reason why OSU hockey has reached the success it has had since the 2013-2014 season began.Two regular season games remain on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray after Saturday, and Rohlik’s team currently sits on the edge of its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009. With that, Schilkey said OSU expected to make the tournament from the beginning of the year and that an appearance this season would be “icing on the cake.”“These seven guys have put this program where it needs to be on and off the ice,” Rohlik said. “They’ve done an incredible job, they’re what it is to be a Buckeye. You look at those seven guys, and that’s exactly what it takes.”Surprisingly, not every player in the graduating class joined the Scarlet and Gray roster at the same time. Frey signed his National Letter of Intent with the Buckeyes in Dec. 2013 after playing two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League.After arriving in Columbus, Frey said he wasn’t sure what to expect by coming into a squad in the middle of the season, besides that he was entering an “awkward situation” with two other goal stoppers on the roster. Now, more than four years later, Frey said he still remembers his first experience in an OSU uniform — a 25-save performance in a 6-3 home win.“I remember it was against Mercyhurst, and I was just so nervous playing college hockey for the first time,” Frey said. “I came in like a week before that, and then I was playing my first college hockey game. So it was just crazy for me.”Ohio State senior defenseman Drew Brevig waits for the faceoff in a game against Robert Morris on Nov. 4. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAdditionally, Frey said he enjoyed meeting the other six members of his class after joining the Buckeyes, though they even gave him a hard time on occasion.“They were all here before me, so they were all buddies and I just kind of came into their group. I remember sophomore year we had a group chat that was, like, ‘sophomore six plus Freyzie,’ so I was just kind of excluded,” Frey said jokingly. “But, it was awesome meeting those guys, and I think we have a really good group of guys in (the locker room).”Among the other seniors, Schilkey has been key to the Scarlet and Gray’s success in the last four seasons. As a two-time captain, the Marysville, Michigan, native has notched 125 points on 66 goals and 59 assists in 135 games played. The Buckeyes’ forward will play his final game at the Schottenstein Center Saturday night, and said he is proud of what this group of seniors has accomplished.“I think we’ve worked hard over the last four years, and it’s special to us to be able to say that we’re trying to leave this program in a better place than we found it; and I think we’ve done that,” Schilkey said. In light of the Buckeyes’ senior night on Saturday night against Michigan State, Schilkey said that emotions will be high for himself and the rest of the senior class, but the team’s collective attention is set on three Big Ten points.“Everything about (Ohio State) has been great to me, it’s been great to the rest of the seniors,” Schilkey said. “We’ve just got to win games, and that’s really been the focus. Whatever Saturday (brings), leaving on a good note or whatever that is, it’s a matter of that we’ve got to win that game.” read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State prepares for clash with Lewis in MIVA semifinals

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (21-5, 11-3 MIVA) will continue its march through the MIVA tournament when it battles Lewis University (19-10, 9-5 MIVA) for a spot in the MIVA finals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Arena. Ohio State and Lewis have faced off twice this season and split the pair of matches — each winning at home by a final score of 3-0. The most recent match was March 31 at St. John Arena in which the Buckeyes had the home advantage and redeemed their earlier loss against the Flyers.If history is prepared to repeat itself, the Buckeyes should feel comfortable knowing they have home-court advantage.“That’s a huge advantage for us. Clearly, the last time we played we handled them fairly well,” head coach Pete Hanson said. “It was here in this building and, you know, I think the guys are in a good frame of mind.”Junior setter Sanil Thomas anticipates that this match might not be as easy as the last team the two teams faced off against one another. Unlike last time, both teams have something big for which to play.Not only will the two teams be playing for a spot in the MIVA finals, but the winner will put itself in a good position to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.“We know they’re going to play hard, but we’re going to see if we can match that energy,” Thomas said. “We know that if we play to our level it’ll be a good match. We’re hoping for their best and preparing as much as we can.”The winner of Wednesday’s matchup will advance from the semifinals into the finals to face the winner of the game between No. 11 Ball State and No. 8 Loyola. Like Ohio State and Lewis, Ball State and Loyola split the season series against one another with each winning on their respective home courts. Each team has a drastically different style of play, but Hanson said he expects Loyola to have the upper hand given that it will be playing on its home court in Chicago. “That’s the rubber game between those two teams. Each team won on their own home court and, again, Ball State is at Loyola so you would have to give the advantage to the home team, Loyola, but this is sports and anything can happen,” Hanson said.Thomas said the matchup between the two will be an intriguing one to follow. Though Ball State is a much more defensive team that does not beat itself, Thomas said Loyola will play a physical brand of volleyball that keeps them aggressive most of the time.While Hanson has looked ahead briefly to the potential matchup that could lie on the other side of the semifinal clash with Lewis, he understands the importance of focusing mainly on what is directly ahead of him and his team.Right now, he feels the team will just need to keep its focus on its own gameplay and continue to improve to have a chance against the Flyers.“We lost two five-set matches — one to Loyola, one to Ball State — where we were ahead 2-0 in both of those matches, took a 10-minute break and then kind of lost our momentum,” Hanson said. “I just want to make sure we get to Saturday and we play somebody on Saturday.” read more

Hunt orders review of medical malpractice amid doctors outcry over manslaughter case

first_imgWouldn’t be appropriate for me as Govt Minister to criticise a court ruling, but deeply concerned about possibly unintended implications here for learning & reflective practice in e-journals. Am also totally perplexed that GMC acted as they did: patient safety must be paramount https://t.co/zFTFfe5al8— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) 25 January 2018 He said the watcdog was committed to examining the issues, and to ensure fair treatment of doctors working in situations where the risk of death is a constant and in the context of systemic pressure.”“Doctors are working in extremely challenging conditions, and we recognise that any doctor can make a mistake, particularly when working under pressure. We know that we cannot immediately resolve all of the profession’s concerns, but we are determined to do everything possible to bring positive improvements out of this issue,” he said.The GMC is carrying  out its own review, and would endure the findings from the new review feed into it.Dr Bawa-Garba was struck off over the death of Jack Adcock, aged 6, at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011.The child, from Glen Parva, Leicestershire, was admitted to the hospital in February 2011, his sepsis went undiagnosed and led to him suffering a cardiac arrest. The courts heard Dr Bawa-Garba, a paediatrician, committed a “catalogue” of errors, including missing signs of his infection and mistakenly thinking Jack was under a do-not-resuscitate order.But they also heard the doctor was working amid widespread staff shortages, with IT failures and delays in test resultsAt the time of the ruling, Jack’s mother, Nicola, said: “We are absolutely elated with the decision. It’s what we wanted.”I know we’ll never get Jack back but we have got justice for our little boy.”The Medical Protection Society, which represented Dr Bawa-Garba, said at the time: “A conviction should not automatically mean that a doctor who has fully remediated and demonstrated insight into their clinical failings is erased.”An online appeal set up by concerned doctors has raised more than £320,000 to help pay the legal costs of Dr Bawa-Garba.Agency nurse Isabel Amaro was also convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence relating to the same incident and struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Jeremy Hunt has ordered an urgent review of medical malpractice cases following concerns over a recent manslaughter case involving a doctor.Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was struck off the medical register after she was found guilty of mistakes in the care of a six-year-old boy who died of sepsis.The case has been met with a backlash among medics, with thousands sending letters of support for the doctor, saying the decision ignored NHS failings and staff shortages which contributed to the death.Dr Bawa-Garba was originally suspended from the medical register for 12 months last June by a tribunal, but has now been removed from the medical register following a High Court appeal by regulator the General Medical Council (GMC).The GMC said the the original decision was “not sufficient to protect the public”.Mr Hunt had already expressed unease about the situation, saying he was “totally perplexed” by the actions of the watchdog.In particular, he raised concerns that doctors would no longer be open about errors, and be honest in their self-appraisals.In a statement to the Commons, the Health and Social Care said clarity was needed about  drawing the line between gross negligence and ordinary errors.Speaking in the House of Commons today, Mr Hunt said Sir Norman Williams, former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, will lead a national “rapid review” of the application of such laws.He said Sir Norman will review how “we ensure there is clarity about where the line is drawn between gross negligence manslaughter and ordinary human error in medical practice so that doctors and other health professionals know where they stand with respect to criminal liability or professional misconduct”.Mr Hunt said the review will also look at the role of reflective learning, to ensure doctors are able to open and transparent and learn from mistakes.The review, which is due to report by April, will also consider lessons to be learned by the GMC and other regulators.Charlie Massey, chief executive of the General Medical Council said: “We welcome the announcement today from the Secretary of State to conduct a rapid review into whether gross negligence manslaughter laws are fit for purpose in healthcare in England. The issues around GNM within healthcare have been present for a number of years, and we have been engaged in constructive discussions with medical leaders on this issue.” Jack Adcock, who died in 2011center_img 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. Jack Adcock, who died in 2011last_img read more

Ronaldo scores first Juve goals in win

Getty image Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first two goals for Juventus as the Italian champions maintained their perfect start to the season.Ronaldo, goalless in his first three games since his move from Real Madrid, tapped in shortly after half-time.The 33-year-old then finished off a rapid counter-attack by shooting into the bottom corner after 65 minutes.Sassuolo pulled one back in added time via Khouma Babacar and Douglas Costa was sent off but the hosts held on.Juve’s Brazilian winger was dismissed after a video assistant referee intervention for spitting at Federico di Francesco, having aimed a headbutt at the same player and appeared to try to elbow him.Ronaldo could have completed a hat-trick late on but missed two easy chances from inside the penalty area. The win is Juventus’ fourth from four games this season. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCristiano Ronaldo fires Portugal into Euro 2016 finalJuly 6, 2016In “Sports”FIFA World Cup: Portugal knocked out despite victory over GhanaJune 26, 2014In “Sports”Ronaldo accepts €18.8m deal over tax evasionJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports” read more

AUMUND transport solution with bucket elevator and bulk receiving unit deployed at

first_imgAUMUND Fördertechnik recently supplied a combination of a chain bucket elevator and a Samson® bulk material receiving unit to French company ERAMET Group, the operator of the Doniambo nickel mine in New Caledonia. ERAMET is a world leader in alloying metals, particularly manganese and nickel, and employs about 14,000 people in 20 countries. The equipment is used for bulk handling of coal at the mine which is used in nickel processing.The AUMUND bucket elevator has an axis-centre distance of approximately 40 m and the Samson bulk material receiving unit 800 (CC 11.5 m) have a capacity of 300 t/h. The Samson unit 800 was completely assembled at the AUMUND production facility in Rheinberg, then sent on the approximately 16,000 km sea voyage to New Caledonia.With the explosion protected version of the AUMUND bucket elevator, the roller bearings were moved to the exterior. For a controlled discharge of the pressure to atmosphere, decompression units like blow-out disks and Q-boxes have been installed. The blow-out disks have been installed with a distance of six metres in between and provide for a controlled discharge of the pressure building up in case of an explosion. That way they protect the load bearing casing construction of the bucket elevator. Since the movement of people cannot be avoided entirely at the foot of the bucket elevator, Q-boxes were installed there as decompression units. They eliminate flames and heat in case of an explosion pressure relief and thus make an ideal placement of the machines possible.The Q-box is a cost-efficient protection of units with little stability and large areas of pressure relief. The rectangular connection profile is adjusted to the dimensions of the standard blow-out disks. The system functions maintenance-free and without running costs. In case of interior installation of conveyors, the Q-box is the more economical alternative compared to blow-off channels.The Samson® bulk material receiving unit provides a more economical alternative to fixed units. The machine is capable to receive the bulk material directly from excavator shovels or tipper trucks. The conveyor with a wide design has a very low loading height, enabling a truck to unload the bulk material directly into the receiving area. The material can be unloaded directly without intermediate storage and will be transported by conveyor directly from the truck to the installation. It can either be conveyed continuously to a downstream conveyor system – in this case the chain bucket elevator – or it can be stockpiled within the installation.last_img read more

Scientists say a pill could be the cure to jet lag

first_imgResearchers said it could be available in five years.Read: Little girl falls asleep on wheely case after a long flight>Read: 7 tricks to waking up earlier> A NEW PILL may be able to cure jet lag and ease the strain of working nights.Scientists at Manchester University found that an enzyme can keep the body operating on a 24-hour rhythm.It also found that when it’s suppressed it can make it easier for the body to be up at night or asleep in the day.Studies have shown that disrupting the body clock has a serious impact on health, raising the risk of heart attacks and strokes.Night shifts are thought to be responsible for 500 women dying from breast cancer each year.Dr David Bechtold led the study which was published in the Current Biology journal, he said,We already know that modern society poses many challenges to our health and well-being. Things that are viewed as commonplace – shift work, sleep deprivation and jet lag – disrupt our bodies’ clocks. “We are not genetically predisposed to quickly adapt to shift work or long-haul flights, and so our bodies’ clocks are built to resist such rapid changes.”Researchers used mice to study how well they coped when their cage lights were turned on and off at times outside their natural day-night pattern.According to the Daily Telegraph “The study found mice lacking CK1epsilon could adjust to a new light-dark cycle much faster than normal, as could normal mice fed drugs to counter CK1″.Bechtold said the findings paved the way for the invention of a pill to inhibit enzyme CK1epsilon in humans.A drug which inhibits the same enzyme could help the body clock adapt to changes, helping people to recover from jet lag and night shifts.last_img read more