PM lauded for making yoga global event, no programme in Bihar

first_imgPatna, Jun 21 (PTI) No official programme was organised by the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar on the occasion of International Yoga Day today, even as Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making yoga a “global event”.Ravishankar Prasad, Giriraj Singh, Ramkripal Yadav were among the Union ministers who led thousands of people in observing the fitness regime in separate programmes in the state today.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the yoga session at Gandhi Maidan in the state capital, Prasad, the Union communications and IT minister said organising the ancient fitness regime on a mass scale fostered unity among the people.He also lauded the Prime Minister for making yoga a global event with hundreds of countries organising World Yoga Day celebrations.Union Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh joined the people in participating in a yoga session at a function in Kankerbagh locality in Patna, while his ministerial colleague Ramkripal Yadav did so at Muzaffarpur.Speaking to reporters, Giriraj Singh lashed out at Nitish Kumar government for opposing yoga on the ground that it was a publicity drive by the BJP and the NDA government at the Centre.”I can understand your (Nitish Kumar) annoyance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but not so with yoga,” he said.Union minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ramkripal Yadav, participated in a yoga session at Muzaffarpur. PTI KDK MM BSAlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) The following are PTI topNew Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) The following are PTI top stories at 1730 hours:DEL11 UP-LD ADITYANATH-TARGETS RAHULGorakhpur (UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath targets Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his visit here, saying the yuvraj (prince) sitting in Delhi cannot make Gorakhpur a picnic spot.MDS1 TN-AIADMK-LEADERSChennai: Talks on the merger of the two AIADMK factions are going on smoothly and a positive result is expected in a day or two, former chief minister O Panneerselvam says.DEL5 SPO-AWARDS-MINISTRY (RPT)New Delhi: The Sports Ministry drops para-sports coach Satyanarayana from the list of this years Dronacharya awardees due to a criminal case pending against him, but makes no changes to the names recommended for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards.DEL7 BIZ-INFOSYS-LD BUYBACKNew Delhi: The Infosys board approves the share buyback plan of up to Rs 13,000 crore to reward shareholders, a move that comes a day after CEO Vishal Sikka resigned citing slander by company founders.DEL1 RUSSIA-INDIA-ENVOYNew Delhi: Career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev appointed as Russias new ambassador to India, the countrys embassy here say.BOM1 MP-SHAHBhopal: BJP president Amit Shah says his party has not come to power for mere 5 or 10 years, but at least 50 years and calls upon workers to strengthen the party and take it to every part of the country.DEL10 BIZ-INFOSYS-US LAWFIRMSNew Delhi: Four US law firms say they are investigating potential claims on behalf of Infosys investors on whether the Indian company and some of its officials and directors have violated federal securities laws.advertisementCAL6 BH-POL JD(U)Patna: The JD(U) headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar passes a resolution at its national executive meeting to become part of the NDA.CAL3 WB-GJM-BLASTDarjeeling (WB): A high intensity blast shakes Darjeeling in the early hours, the first such incident since the indefinite shutdown to press for separate Gorkhaland state began over two months ago.BOM5 BIZ-LD PATELMumbai: The Reserve Bank and the government will come up with a recapitalisation package for state-run banks, which have been hit by higher provisioning for mounting bad loans, RBI Governor Urjit Patel says.FGN7 US-CHINA-LD TRADEWashington: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally initiates an investigation of Chinas intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which will seek to determine if Americas largest trading partner has been engaging in unfair practices. By Lalit K JhaFGN18 PAK-NUN-FUNERALKarachi: Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, a German physician and nun known as “Pakistans Mother Teresa”, accorded a full state funeral, a first for a Christian woman in the Muslim-majority country. PTI ARKlast_img read more

South Africa vs India, 1st Test Highlights: How rain played spoilsport on the third day

first_imgNo play was possible on the third day as rain played spoilsport at Newlands.Updates:19.05 IST: Strangely, no early start over the remaining two days. Play begins at normal time – 1030 local (14.00 IST) but 98 overs are scheduled on both days.19.01 IST: Play has been ABANDONED for the day. Sensible decision, given that the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening. The good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.Rain or no rain. Never short of the love #TeamIndia #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 201816.47 IST: Indian players are finally making their way to the Newlands stadium now. We can expect play very soon now if the rain stays away.Getting slightly better here in Newlands as #TeamIndia make their way to the ground #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 201816.33 IST: Good news folks, the covers are being removed as the sun breaks through at Newlands for the first time this morning.16.05 IST: Regarding Dale Steyn, an official statement has just been released that he will not bowl in this Test match but can bat if needed. Not sure whether that means any sort of convenience for the Proteas but they will take it for now16.00 IST: Lunch has been taken. Slightly better news. The rain has reduced considerably to a drizzle and the skies are clearing up as well. Hopefully, we should have some resumption news by the next update. Please be tuned… South Africa 286 & 65/2, lead India (209) by 142 runsadvertisementReserve Umpire, Bongani Jele is out on the field as the Newlands weather clears up. Looks like we might have some action after all. #ProteaFire #SAvIND Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201815.00 IST: It is raining, it is raining, it is raining… fact it has gotten a bit heavier as well. Some puddles have also started to form on the outfield. You can continue doing whatever you were doing till now. Doesn’t look like we are going to start anytime soon…With the rain still coming down here at Newlands, let�??s take a moment and hear from Proteas batting coach on what is more important to him besides the game of Cricket #ProteaFire Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201814.28 IST: The light drizzle has turned into a heavy downpour now at Newlands. The good thing is that the match has moved at a frenetic pace with two innings done in just 2 days. So hopefully, this time lost should not prove too costly. Stay tuned for updates.13.50 IST: Sunil Gavaskar informs on air that the ‘SITUATION IS REALLY BAD.’ He says that it has been drizzling throughout the morning and the pitch has been covered since last evening. The outfield dries out pretty quickly but looking at the overhead conditions, he reckons that there does not look a sign for the clouds to move away.Under covers at the moment is Newlands. Raining down here heavily! Expected delay in start #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2018Firmly states that there will not be any play till Lunch at least and for maybe, even a while after the break. One positive sign is, he says, only the pitch is covered. Even the bowlers’ runups are not covered. So once the rain stops, the play should not take long to resume. But for that, the sun has to come out. On India’s bowling chances, he says that the conditions could help the tourists now but they need to bowl well. There will be moisture underneath the surface as it has been covered for a long time but like yesterday, if they continue to be on the shorter side, then they will struggle. Reckons that something seems to be wrong with Mohammed Shami’s fitness because he looks flat.13.45 IST: Here are some more pictures of the Newlands ground which is completely covered at the moment.PPC Newlands Cricket Ground ahead of Day 3 of the #SunfoilTest between #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201813.45 IST: Start of play will be delayed due to rain at NewlandsEarly morning showers here at PPC Newlands Cricket Ground. Start of Day 3 could be delayed #SAvInd #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 2018Match summary:Hardik Pandya starred with both bat and ball on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday.advertisementAfter scoring a counter-attacking 93 off 95, Pandya got rid of the South African openers as the hosts reached 65/2 at the close of play to take a substantial lead of 142 runs.Hashim Amla (four not out) and night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (two not out) will seek on day three to extend the home side’s advantage of 142 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining after they bowled India out for 209 on a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance for the bowlers.South Africa, however, were sweating over another potential injury blow for experienced seamer Dale Steyn.Steyn (2-51) left the field during the innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — is in doubt.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 14 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.South Africa’s Aiden Markram (34) was the first wicket to fall in their second innings, having looked fluent at the crease until he top-edged a rising delivery from Hardik Pandya (2-17) to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at a deep point.Dean Elgar (25) was scratchy throughout his stay at the crease and became Pandya’s second victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Earlier, Pandya defied the odds to smash runs all over the park on a pitch where top Indian batsmen struggled to score runs. Pandya struck a 93 off just 95 balls on the second day an innings studded with 14 fours and a six. His valiant effort helped India score 209 in reply to South Africa’s 286, who took a crucial 77-run first innings lead.Pandya was also involved in a 99-run stand  Bhuvneshwar for the eighth wicket to help the visitors cut down the first innings deficit.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Madrid ‘totally trust’ Benzema – Solari

first_imgSantiago Solari insisted Karim Benzema has the complete trust of Real Madrid’s squad after the striker produced an inspired performance against Espanyol.Benzema ended a three-match scoreless streak when he tucked in from close range four minutes into Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga victory, before doubling his tally with a slick first-time finish on the stroke of half-time.He also played a crucial role in Madrid’s fourth, dribbling his way in from the flank before combining with Lucas Vazquez to tee up substitute Gareth Bale on his return from injury, and was unfortunate not to claim an assist when Dani Carvajal struck wide moments later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Solari was quick to praise the 31-year-old Frenchman, who now has nine Liga goals to his name this season.”He always makes complete performances, but he has also scored two beautiful goals,” Solari told a news conference. “We totally trust in him and he is demonstrating all of his quality more than ever all this season.”Benzema’s Madrid team-mate Vazquez echoed Solari’s thoughts, adding that the Frenchman has to be considered as the world’s most complete centre forward.”I think Benzema has proved to us all that he’s the best number nine in the world,” Vazquez told reporters. “Working hard for the team, combining with his team-mates, he’s wonderful.”Bale’s goal – a venomous strike following a clever turn – ultimately proved decisive for Madrid, with Raphael Varane’s red card handing Espanyol hope before Roberto Rosales volleyed home to make it 4-2.The former Tottenham forward has endured another injury-hit campaign, but Solari is confident that Bale will recapture his best form soon enough.It’s great to be back! +3— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 27, 2019″Gareth is a decisive player, he’s always capable of scoring a goal. He scored as soon as he came on and that was good for the game and his confidence,” Solari told Real Madrid’s official TV channel.”Step by step he has to regain the form from before the Club World Cup when he scored three goals.”This is the Gareth we want to see all the time, like today when he was hungry to score.”last_img read more

Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures out

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 16:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonda Civic’s petrol engine will be mated to a CVT.The company is claiming a mileage figure of 16.5 kmpl for the petrol variant.The car gets a 47-litre fuel tank and a 430-litre boot.Honda Cars India is all set to introduce the tenth-generation Civic in India. Speculations are rife that the launch may take place towards the end of this month or at the beginning of March. However, nothing is official yet. The car is expected to take on the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.Ahead of the car’s much-awaited launch, its engine details and mileage figures are out. The all-new Honda Civic will be available in India in both petrol and diesel motors. The car will get a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 141 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. It will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). There will also be a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain churning out 120 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. This engine will get a six-speed manual transmission.As regards the fuel efficiency of Honda Civic, the company is claiming that the petrol variant will return a mileage figure of 16.5 kmpl, while the diesel one will be good for 26.8 kmpl. The tenth-generation car will have a length and width of 4,656 mm and 1,799 mm, respectively. It will be 1,433 high and have a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. It gets a 47-litre fuel tank and a 430-litre boot. The kerb weight of the petrol variant is 1,300 kg, while the diesel one will weigh 1,353 kg. Honda Civic will have 17-inch alloy wheels with discs, both at the front and rear.It is being speculated that Honda Civic will be priced in India between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). While Octavia is priced between Rs 15.99 lakh and Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Corolla Altis ranges between Rs 16.45 lakh and Rs 20.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Elantra is priced between Rs 13.81 lakh and Rs 20.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).advertisementIt has been a busy year for Honda Cars India. While the company has discontinued the production of hatchback Brio, it has recently introduced exclusive editions of compact sedan Amaze, premium hatchback Jazz and compact sports utility vehicle WR-V.ALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A detailed comparison between their technical specificationsALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Ahead of its launch on February 14, everything you need to knowALSO READ | Kawasaki Versys 1000 introduced in India, priced at Rs 10.69 lakhGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Honda car revealedFollow Car launchFollow New car launchFollow Car mileageFollow car engineFollow New car specifications Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures outThe car will get a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 141 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain churning out 120 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Northern Nova Scotia Property Assessment Notices in the Mail

first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Northern Nova Scotia Property Assessment Notices in the Mail More than 565,000 assessment notices are in the mail today, Jan.12, to Nova Scotia property owners. Provincially, the total valueof property assessments in Nova Scotia is up by five per cent to$52.7 billion. The total assessed value of residential propertiesis up by 6.1 per cent while commercial properties have increasedby 2.4 per cent. In the Northern Region — which includes municipalities withinthe boundaries of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictoucounties — total residential assessment values are up by 4.1 percent to just over $5.1 billion. Total commercial assessmentincreased by 4.6 per cent to nearly $2 billion. The 2004 propertyassessments are based on market value at Jan. 1, 2002. “Market value is the most equitable and widely accepted approachto property assessment in North America. Every province in Canadaand more than 120 other countries around the world use marketvalue as a standard for property assessment,” said TerryHartling, regional manager of the Northern Regional AssessmentOffice. “The market value is easily understood by most property owners.It is determined by the buyers and sellers of the real estatemarket. That makes it easy for property owners to test fairnessbecause they can compare their assessment to sales of similarproperties. It also means that the same appraisal standards andprinciples can be applied to all residential properties acrossNova Scotia,” said Mr. Hartling. Each year the assessment services division reassesses allproperties within Nova Scotia to establish an estimate offairmarket value. Factors used to determine assessments includeanalysis of sales and building permits, local market conditions,depreciation, renovations and new construction. Values are thentested for statistical validity using internationally acceptedassessment standards. In response to feedback received from Nova Scotia propertyowners, the assessment services division has added a new serviceto its website. Residential property owners can now obtain detailed information about their property by entering a personalidentification number (PIN) and their assessment account number(AAN) at . The PIN and AAN are printed onindividual assessment notices. “Not everyone has Internet access, so property owners can alsoget that information and answers to their assessment questionsby calling our toll-free number at 1-800-667-5727,” said Mr.Hartling. Property owners who disagree with their assessment have theopportunity to appeal. “Property owners should ask themselves if their assessment is a reflection of market value,” said Mr.Hartling. “If they don’t think it is, they may appeal.” All appeals must be filed no later than midnight, Feb. 2. Once anappeal is received, an assessor will review the propertyvaluation and then notify the property owner with the result ofthe review.last_img read more

Board Dismisses Sydney Mans Agerelated Human Rights Complaint

first_imgA complaint of age-discrimination filed by a Sydney man has been dismissed by an independent human rights board of inquiry. William Talbot filed a complaint in 2004 with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. He alleged he was discriminated against by his employer when he was required to retire from his job at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and CUPE Local 759 because of his age. In her decision, board chair Cynthia Chewter concluded that the pension plan of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality was a legitimate plan. Therefore, mandatory retirement according to the plan was allowed under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and Mr. Talbot’s complaint was dismissed. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the commission’s website at .last_img read more

Train bus collision in Beruwala

He said that the bus was heading back to Kandy with a group of people after a function when the accident took place. The police said that four of those injured were in serious condition and were transferred to the ICU. SSP Jayakody said that the injured people were admitted to the Nagoda hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) A train rammed into a bus at Rockland junction in Beruwala late this evening injuring at least 23 people.Acting police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the accident had taken place at an unprotected level crossing. The train was heading to Galle from Colombo when it crashed into the bus at the level crossing. read more

Chronic illnesses UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per

That was the scene on Thursday, at UN Headquarters in New York, when around 500 people gathered to talk about the prevention and control of chronic illnesses – officially called non-communicable diseases, or NCDs.Every year, 41 million people are killed prematurely by preventable chronic illnesses, which Dr. Ghebreyesus declared a “needless suffering, expense and death.” The figure represents 70 per cent of all deaths globally.What’s more, NCDs affect mostly the poor. Of that 41 million total, 85 per cent are in developing countries. “With an increasingly globalized world, longer life expectancy, a rapidly changing climate and increasing levels of urbanization, we are witnessing shifts – demographic and otherwise – that see the burden of NCDs rising in all nations,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, who was speaking on behalf of UN chief António Guterres.In addition to explaining the importance of tackling climate change and pollution given their effects on public health, the Deputy Secretary-General insisted on the importance of tackling mental health disorders, including through suicide prevention; the harmful use of alcohol and drugs; as well as issues of under- and over-nutrition.The issue has gained such importance that – while overlooked in the Millenium Development Goals adopted in 2000 – it is now a major target of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with Target 3.4, to “reduce by one-third pre-mature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and wellbeing,” by 2030.“I am here to tell you that we are dangerously off course,” warned WHO’s chief. “At the current pace, less than half of the world’s countries will meet that target.”“But we can change course,” he added. “We could prevent 10 million of these deaths by 2025,” he explained, referring to WHO’s “Best Buys”, a set of 16 practical interventions that are “cost-effective and feasible for all countries including low- and middle-income countries”. The list includes tobacco control measures, vaccination campaigns, and the production of food that contains less sugar, salt and fat.   Stressing that the “benefits go beyond health,” Dr. Ghebreyesus noted that “every dollar invested in the Best Buys, will yield a return of at least seven dollars”.He proposed the creation of a “coalition of champions” that would spearhead a three- to five-year commitment for the quick and intense implementation of the WHO interventions, and showcase their potential impact.Closing his remarks, the head of WHO said that three key things are needed in every country to “win the fight against NCDs” and achieve SDG Target 3.4: political commitment, domestic investment and universal health coverage so everyone can benefit from health care “without worrying about whether they can afford them.”To help advocate for the prevention and control of chronic illnesses worldwide, WHO also announced on Thursday that it had renewed the appointment of billionaire philanthropist and former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and injuries, for another two years. read more

Archbishop of York ordains his wife in first ceremony of its kind

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has ordained his wife in the first service of its kind in Britain. Mrs Sentamu was ordained alongside 11 others in York Minster on Sunday and said it felt right to explore her calling, ahead of her husband’s retirement next yearIt is the first time an Archbishop has ordained his wife, although the ceremony has been performed in the past by Bishops.Speaking to the Telegraph, a clearly overjoyed Mrs Sentamu said her path to ordination had been a 20-year journey.“It’s about connecting the church and society and executing a public role in my own right, not just through the person I’m married to!” she said.“With my husband retiring next summer, it felt right to explore a calling. She delighted in the varied backgrounds of those joining her in Sunday’s service: “It’s the tapestry of life,” she said. “God calls from all walks.“I know it’s not going to be all plain sailing – Jesus said life wasn’t going to be easy – but I know what I’m stepping into”. The new deacons will serve in the Diocese of York, a grouping of 607 churches, and will assist in leading worship as well as working in the local community. They will also serve as assistant curates in one of the 470 parishes in the diocese.The Sentamus’ roots are in Uganda, although they have lived and ministered in the UK for most of their adult lives.Dr Sentamu, who was born in Kampala, is the most senior black and minority ethnic cleric in the church.The sixth of thirteen children, he was educated by English missionaries and teachers in Uganda and practised Law in the country before being briefly imprisoned for speaking out against Idi Amin’s regime. He fled to the UK in 1974 with Margaret, whom he had met at university in Kampala.Mrs Sentamu worked for a number of years in the private, public and third sectors which included a period as Senior Selection Secretary, overseeing the team responsible for the recruitment of future clergy for the Church of England.She has also acted as a Non-executive director of the Leeds & York Mental Health Trust and  Lay Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. She is currently a curate at St Chad’s in York.She is trustee and patron of a number of charities mainly to do with education, health and poverty and domestic abuse. From 1997 to 1999, Dr Sentamu was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry. He also chaired a review of the police investigation into the death of Damilola Taylor, a 10-year-old schoolboy who was stabbed to death in south London in 2000.In 2007, he removed his clerical collar and cut it into pieces during an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show in protest at Robert Mugabe, saying he would not replace it until the Zimbabwean president was gone. Ten years later he put a new collar round his neck in another appearance on the show, days after Mugabe was forced out.Dr Sentamu has been Archbishop of York and a member of the House of Lords for 14 years. His departure from the number two position in the Church of England next year will leave a vacancy some have hoped would one day be filled by a woman.When he announced his retirement last year, Dr Sentamu said: “I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen for graciously allowing me to continue as archbishop of York until June 2020 in order to enable me to complete the work to which I have been called.” 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. read more

Delo products performance highlighted in PTNNT mine case study

first_imgChevron Products Company, a division of Chevron and the maker of Delo brand technologically advanced engine oils. lubricants and coolants has released a new case study highlighting the performance of Delo 400 Multigrade SAE 15W-40 and Delo Extended Life Coolant at PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT) copper mines, located on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa.PTNNT operates a fleet of 111 Caterpillar 793 Haul Trucks, which run 24 hours a day, seven days a wekk, under harsh mining conditions. The trucks are powered by Cat 3516 engines and typically experience 500 hours oil drains and 12,000 coolant service cycles. PTNNT uses Delo 400 Multigrade SAE 15W-40 and Delo Extended Life Coolant to protect its engines. After a complete engine teardown and inspection of one of the Cat 3516 engines following 18,600+ hours of operation, PTNNT found the engine components to be in “pristine condition” with minimal wear.last_img read more

Slants Redskins get boost from trademark ruling

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment.“It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito said in his opinion for the court.Slants founder Simon Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that it disparages Asians. A federal appeals court in Washington later said the law barring offensive trademarks is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court agreed.The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office ruled in 2014 that the name offends American Indians and canceled the team’s trademark. That case, before a federal appeals court in Richmond, had been on hold while the Supreme Court considered the Slants case.last_img read more

Tcig Strengthen Ability To Respond Through Mass Casualty Training

first_img First Responders to get CDEMA training Hospital to take on nine to spurn interest in Healthcare Careers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, The Ministry of Health and Human Services through its National Health Emergency Management Unit hosted a training exercise on proper procedure in handling a mass casualty on Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14 2015 in Grand Turk at the Turks and Caicos Community College. The Facilitators were Mrs Mary Forbes, Health Disaster Coordinator and Ms Charlene Higgs, Health Educator; our own locally trained Mass Casualty Instructors who successively completed the “Train the Trainer Course” with Pan American Health Organization under the direction of Mr Delvin Ferguson who is currently the Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).Ms. Higgs stated “The Mass Casualty management Course is a didactic, multisectoral training course consisting of five days of lectures, field exercise and roleplaying, designed to sharpen the response skills of mass casualty responders, to effectively manage events in Human and/or other resources-challenged areas. It will culminate in a series of practical field exercises held at night to underscore nocturnal challenges.“The Turks and Caicos Islands must be in readiness for adequate response as we are not only in the hurricane path, but also have significant air traffic locally and internationally. Further TCI is in the flight path for many Trans-Atlantic and Caribbean flights.”The Objectives of the Course were as follows:To strengthen the capacity of the Turks and Caicos to respond to natural and man-made disasters.To ensure health sector procedures, roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood within the current public/private health care systemTo enhance Intersectoral co-operation and collaboration. “It was a great benefit to be a part of this exercise, particularly for Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies (DDME) where this level of preparation benefits the whole country” stated Rikardia Pardo, Hazard Mitigation Officer, DDME. “I am glad to see a continued investment in ensuring that TCIG is prepared in the event of any kind of substantial emergency”Participants were drawn from amongst the various response agencies in the TCI that would be front line responders in any mass casualty situation. On successful completion participants received a certificate in Mass Casualty Management through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pan American Health Organization. Recommended for you Related Items:ational Health Emergency Management Unit, Charlene Higgs, Health Disaster Coordinator, Mary Forbes, training Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RBDF Commando Squadron Infantry Traininglast_img read more

Tropical Depression in Five Days Bahamas TCI on Alert

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 16, 2016 – The National Hurricane Center is saying that in five days, the region could again be looking at a Tropical Depression due to a large area of cloudiness and showers in the southwestern Caribbean Sea.Development will be slow for this low pressure system which will move either north or northeast.  We will keep an eye on it and keep you posted; the DDME issued notice yesterday morning of the weather system and a reminder that we are not yet out of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.   It ends on November 30th… at least officially. Related Items:last_img read more

Exclusive John Prine On The Tree Of Forgiveness Protest Music More

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 29, 2018 – 10:42 am John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ Twitter Riding high on the widespread success of his latest album, the folk icon reveals a songwriting secret or two backstage at Newport Folk FestivalNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2018 – 7:20 am John Prine may not be a household name – unless you’re a songwriter. Since Prine released his groundbreaking self-titled debut album in 1971, he’s written some of the most heartfelt, clever, quirky, and enduring songs of his generation. In April of this year, the 71-year-old unleashed his first new batch of original tunes in 13 years with The Tree Of Forgiveness. The songs feel as natural and essential as Prine’s classics, and to no one’s surprise — except maybe his own — the folk and country music communities have taken quite a shine to his new material. Facebook News Prine stopped by backstage at the Newport Folk Festival to talk with us about how the album came together, the importance of imagery in lyrics, folk music’s power of protest, and a few of his songwriting secrets.The new music video for “Knockin’ On My Screen Door” features tons of all-star cameos, [including Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Dan Auerbach, and more]. How did the video collaboration with all of those folks come together?I’d worked with everybody in the video, and some of them were really good buddies of mine. It just felt like a normal day for me because I go to lunch with half of those people, and I co-own a studio with Fergie [David Ferguson] and that’s where Sturgill cut his record, and we cut Tyler Childers over there, felt like old home week. The fact that we got a video out at the end of the day, I thought that was pretty good.Your latest album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, felt like a gift to your fans; to get all-new music from you was a real treat. How did it feel to write and record a new collection of songs for the first time in quite a while?It was actually one of the easiest records I’ve ever made. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in all the songs, I just I thought I was going to the studio to get maybe four songs that I liked, get them recorded, then take a break and write some more. But things were going so good. I kept remembering songs I hadn’t done … and that would turn out great, one after another. But the big surprise for me is that my records usually get received by my audience really good, but this record is something that’s crazy. It’s got stardust on it or something. It just keeps [going]. It’s got legs and it keeps on running around, and we do all 10 songs every night in our show. … It’s just a great feeling.I’ve noticed a lot of younger songwriters are using tools out of your toolbox, and you can hear it in the songs of Kasey Musgraves and Margo Price, who both name you as an influence. What does it feel like to influence this next generation of songwriters?Both these people that you’re talking about are so good anyway, and then when they tell me that they took certain things from the way I wrote, it’s such a huge compliment. It takes me awhile to hear what it is that they think is like John Prine that they put in their song, but after a while, I can tell. And it’s just a big compliment really.One of those devices I’ve always loved about your writing is your incredible use of imagery.Thank you. I try to include stuff that everybody can relate to. If you’re talking about a subject or an emotion that’s hard to put your finger on while you’re talking about it. If you mention there’s a chair and an ashtray in the song, then everybody starts relating to the ashtray and the chair, and pretty soon they get caught up in the emotion, and boom you got them.We’re learning all the secrets here today.That’s it. That’s my one secret. [laughs]It’s a good one. When we were driving to the festival today here in Newport, we saw a billboard with you and some lyrics from “Summer’s End.” Can you talk a little bit about writing that song?I wrote it with my good buddy Pat McLaughlin. Pat and I have been buddies for going on 35 years, and we didn’t write together maybe the first five years we knew each other, we were just buddies. And then, with The Missing Years, we started writing together. By the time we got around to just writing “Summer’s End,” when we go to write, we almost finish each other’s sentences. So, it’s hard to tell even after you sing the song where my mind left off and Pat’s came in or vice versa. … On that particular thing, we were throwing images back and forth and we both liked them so much. The only thing we had to stop for was to see if they phrased or occasionally rhymed. We went for this general mood. We didn’t talk about what we were going for, we just kept throwing images back and forth at each other to see if we were on the same plain, and it just worked out to be a really beautiful song.Folk music has always had a mainline into the protest sentiment. What does the song “Caravan Of Fools” mean to you?I wrote it with Pat McLaughlin, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and our good friend David Ferguson that has the studio that I was talking about. We wrote six songs in two days. We were just hanging out. … They could have said, ‘Come on over, we’re gonna play cards.’ Instead, they said, ‘Come on over we’re gonna write songs.’ … I knew Dan Auerbach was getting ready to do his first solo record, and so I thought that the songs were supposed to be for Dan. And we wrote, like I say, six songs in nothing. I made everybody break for an hour to go get White Castle hamburgers, and then we went back to writing.The reason that I’m saying that about “Caravan Of Fools” being taken as a political song is to me when I sing it. But I never asked any of those guys if they were writing about anything [in particular] or what their politics were or anything. It’s just that the song to me has a connotation I would say of what’s going on. And it’s got more verses then there are original members of Trump’s cabinet too. … When I’m singing it, it’s a protest song.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Exclusive: John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness,’ Protest Music & More Exclusive: John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ exclusive-john-prine-tree-forgiveness-protest-music-morelast_img read more

Arctic Subsea Fiber Optic Cable Project Begins Summer Marine Surveys

first_imgThe proposed network map for the the fiber optic cable. (Image via Arctic Fibre)A Canadian telecommunications company is implementing plans to lay a fiber optic cable from London to Tokyo by way of the U.S. and Canadian arctic, and is readying summer marine surveys to map exactly where it will lay the cable.When complete, several spurs off the main fiber line could mean high-speed broadband internet for many communities in northwest Alaska.Arctic Fibre is the company building the fiber backbone. Anchorage-based Quintillion Networks is the “middle mile” provider in Alaska who will link the fiber optic pipeline to local telecommunications providers in Nome, Kotzebue, and other communities in the Bering Strait and along the North Slope.Despite international complexity and an approximate $650 million price tag, Quintillion CEO Elizabeth Pierce said during a visit to Nome this week that the project is far enough along for marine surveys to start this summer, “which is actually ships in the water using sonar and video to map the whole route of the cable,” she said.“The cable will be built this winter to exactly match that route,” she added, with a timeline of laying the fiber in the arctic by summer 2015.Pierce’s presentation highlighted the sonar equipment Quintillion and Arctic Fibre intend to use in its surveying this summer. The company’s presentation showed the equipment to be similar to what some oil companies use in their undersea mapping process. While the risks mentioned in Quintillion’s presentation in Nome discussed issues that could negatively impact the fiber project, the company did not note what, if any, impact the sonar surveys and eventual subsea construction work could have on arctic ecosystems. The report also made no mention of potential impact on subsistence species.last_img read more

Brazils Bolsonaro open to hosting US military base

first_imgBrazil`s president Jair Bolsonaro is greeted by Augusto Heleno, Minister of Institutional Security, before meeting at the Secretariat of Security and Coordination presidential Cabinet in Brasilia, Brazil on 3 January 2019. Photo: ReutersBrazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he would be open to the possibility of the United States operating a military base on his country’s soil, a move that would form a sharp shift in direction for Brazilian foreign policy.Bolsonaro, who took power on Tuesday, said that Russia’s support of president Nicolas Maduro’s “dictatorship” in neighbouring Venezuela had significantly ramped up tensions in the region and was a worrying development.Asked by the SBT TV network in an interview taped on Thursday if that meant he would allow US military presence in Brazil, Bolsonaro responded that he would certainly be willing to negotiate that possibility.”Depending on what happens in the world, who knows if we would not need to discuss that question in the future,” Bolsonaro said.He emphasised that what Brazil seeks is to have “supremacy here in South America.”The far-right leader is upending foreign policy dating back over a decade, which saw the leftist Workers Party emphasising South-South relations and sometimes tussling on the international stage with the United States.Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former Army captain and admirer of both Brazil’s 1964 to 1985 military dictatorship and US president Donald Trump, has quickly deepened ties with the Unites States and Israel.Bolsonaro’s national security adviser, retired Army General Augusto Heleno, confirmed earlier on Thursday that the president wants to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but that logistical considerations were standing in the way.Heleno did not elaborate. But the country’s powerful agriculture sector is opposed to moving the embassy from Tel Aviv and angering Arab nations that buy billions of dollars worth of Brazilian halal or “permissible” meat each year.Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil this week when he attended Bolsonaro’s inauguration. After a private meeting, Netanyahu said that Bolsonaro told him that moving the embassy was a matter of “when, not if.”Heleno said on Thursday, “there is a clear desire that this happens, but there has been no decision on a date.”He said he did not think exports would be threatened, arguing that Brazilian diplomats would work with Middle Eastern trading partners to ease concerns.Bolsonaro and some state governors in Brazil are looking to purchase drones and lean on the United States and Israel for other technology and know-how as they seek to dismantle powerful and heavily armed drug cartels.Separately, Bolsonaro met with the head of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, who said the government’s sharp rebukes of globalism were shared by many other countries and that the trade body was making changes.On Wednesday, Brazil’s new foreign minister Ernesto Araujo said that under his watch the country would fight for change at multilateral institutions like the WTO.Araujo’s words were not a threat, Azevedo said.”To the contrary, I think it was very propitious and compatible with what is happening,” he said after meeting Bolsonaro. “The World Trade Organisation itself is beginning the process of reforms.”Pension PendingOn the domestic front, Onyx Lorenzoni, Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, said after a first full meeting of the cabinet that the new administration was committed to an ambitious pension overhaul, and that a privatisation programme was still under evaluation.By early next week each minister should announce their top priority, Lorenzoni said.Bolsonaro’s economic team has promised to liberalise Brazil’s hidebound economy, rid the country of “socialism,” and enact conservative social measures in areas like education.On Wednesday, Bolsonaro unveiled plans to step up privatisations, toughen prison sentencing guidelines and hand control over indigenous land claims to the powerful agriculture ministry. Brazilian markets soared on promises to shrink government.Bolsonaro’s administration is made up of free market economists, statist former military generals, and religious ideologues, and it remains to be seen just how committed he is to liberalising the economy.Nonetheless, Bolsonaro tweeted on Thursday morning that privatisation of 12 Brazilian airports and four ports should attract 7 billion reais ($1.85 billion) in initial investment. He did not give further details.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed August 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: of the nation is watching Baltimore after the city’s four Confederate monuments were removed overnight. We’ll discuss the implications with Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP and Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, former Baltimore Chapter president of the NAACP and CEO of the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation and community activist Owen Andrews. Plus, we’ll discuss tonight’s DOJ monitor candidates hearing at Morgan State University, with Lawrence Grandpre and Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, as well as The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.…last_img read more

Ants in space find it tougher going than those on Earth

first_img Explore further Where ants go when nature calls The Ants In Space CSI-06 investigation looks at how an ant colony responds to the extreme environment of microgravity aboard the International Space Station to solve their collective need for resources. Data gathered from this study may help with algorithms for robotics on Earth. Credit: NASA Last summer, a team of researchers in the U.S. affiliated with several institutions across the country described experiments they were planning to conduct with ants by sending some to the International Space Station—they wanted to know how the ants would change their searching activities to compensate for the lack of gravity. Those experiments have been carried out and the team now reports that the ants showed a remarkable degree of adaptability and tenacity in carrying out their searching activities.Scientists still do not understand how ants band together as a unit to get work done—there is no central leader yet different ants fill different roles and all the things that need to happen to build and maintain a colony happen, most particularly, foraging, where ants check out new territory and then bring back food. Scientists know that the ants communicate by smelling antennae, or chemicals left on trails, but other than that, are baffled. The researchers on this new project were hoping watching ants deal with space conditions might help in understanding how they do what they do.The experiments consisted of having a group of ants start off in a box that served as a nest. At some point, a door would be opened allowing the ants access to new territory—they were filmed as they moved into the new territory and began searching. In watching the video, the researchers noted that the ants were far less efficient than ants in the exact same conditions back on Earth, they spent much more time simply trying to cling to walls, and quite often found themselves slipping and hanging in the air—oftentimes for several seconds, until they found something they could grab onto to bring them back to their task area—the end result was less territory searched or re-searched and more time taken to find resources.Thus far, it does not appear the ants in space experiment has yielded much else in the way of explaining how the ants know what to do and when, but, the team suggests, their ability to adapt to new surroundings and to continue searching might help other scientists looking to develop better computer algorithms for programming robots to do the same sorts of things. © 2015 More information: Collective search by ants in microgravity, Front. Ecol. Evol., 30 March 2015. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00025AbstractThe problem of collective search is a tradeoff between searching thoroughly and covering as much area as possible. This tradeoff depends on the density of searchers. Solutions to the problem of collective search are currently of much interest in robotics and in the study of distributed algorithms, for example to design ways that without central control robots can use local information to perform search and rescue operations. Ant colonies operate without central control. Because they can perceive only local, mostly chemical and tactile cues, they must search collectively to find resources and to monitor the colony’s environment. Examining how ants in diverse environments solve the problem of collective search can elucidate how evolution has led to diverse forms of collective behavior. An experiment on the International Space Station in January 2014 examined how ants (Tetramorium caespitum) perform collective search in microgravity. In the ISS experiment, the ants explored a small arena in which a barrier was lowered to increase the area and thus lower ant density. In microgravity, relative to ground controls, ants explored the area less thoroughly and took more convoluted paths. It appears that the difficulty of holding on to the surface interfered with the ants’ ability to search collectively. Ants frequently lost contact with the surface, but showed a remarkable ability to regain contact with the surface. Citation: Ants in space find it tougher going than those on Earth (2015, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—The results of a study conducted to see how well ants carry out their search activities in space are in, and the team that sent them there has written and published the results in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. They found that while the ants demonstrated a remarkable capacity to adapt to the weightlessness of space, they still found it much more difficult than ants performing the same sorts of activities back here on Earth.last_img read more