4 die in Rajasthan clash; no FIR as police fight over jurisdiction

first_imgFour persons died while 14 others were injured on Tuesday in a clash between two groups at the border of Alwar and Bharatpur districts of Rajasthan, even as the police failed to register an FIR stating that the incident did not take place under their jurisdiction. The warring groups had resorted to firing leading to the death of three persons, said Nemi Chand, Station House Officer of Nadbai in Bharatpur district. A person later succumbed to injuries, taking the toll to four, he said. The injured have been admitted to a hospital, police added. According to the police, the groups clashed over a piece of land. However, no case has been registered in the incident as the police in the border districts of Alwar and Bharatpur are unable to figure out the exact location where the incident took place. Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said the incident took place in Nadbai police jurisdiction in Bharatpur. “So a case will be registered there itself,” he said. On the other hand, Bharatpur police control room said the incident took place in Alwar district.last_img read more

U.P. shocker: man rapes daughter

first_imgIn a shocking case, a man has been booked for raping his 35-year-old daughter along with two of his friends in Sitapur city in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday.Additional SP (South) Martand Prakash Singh said the woman was raped by the men in Kamlapur area on April 15. She filed the police complaint the next day.One arrestedWhile one of the accused has been arrested, the victim’s father and another accused are absconding, he said.“The woman has a son. She married almost 20 years ago. However, she separated from her husband and was living with her father,” the Additional SP said.On April 15, the man took his daughter to a fair, an annual feature in Kamlapur, around 70 km from State capital Lucknow. There, he called up his friend Maan Singh and asked him to join them, police said. The two men then convinced the woman to ride with them on a motorcycle to the residence of their friend Meraj. There, the men locked her up in a room for nearly 18 hours and took turns to rape her, police said.Case registeredThe victim somehow managed to escape and reached home. She narrated her ordeal to her mother and the complaint was registered, police said.In November last year, the victim’s father was accused by the village panchayat of having illicit relationship with his daughter. He was arrested but released on bail in February.last_img read more

After Pune varsity backs out, Bhopal to host History Congress

first_imgAfter Savitribai Phule Pune University allegedly backed out, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to host the 79th Indian History Congress here beginning February 26, an IHC official said on Monday.The 79th session was earlier supposed to be held at the SPPU from December 28.‘Financial reasons’“However, it was cancelled by the local hosts apparently due to financial reasons,” said IHC secretary Mahalakshmi Ramakrishnan.She was speaking at a joint press conference with Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Minister P.C. Sharma.“As an organisation, this cancellation was unprecedented in the history as the only time we had not held the congress session was in times of national need like ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942 and the wars in 1962 and 1971,” Prof. Ramakrishnan said.“In the moment of crisis, the Madhya Pradesh government has come forward to support the IHC. Bhopal’s Barkatullah University will be hosting it at such a short notice,” she said.Prof. Ramakrishnan, however, evaded a reply when asked if there was any political reason behind the Pune university’s refusal to host the IHC.Savitribai Phule Pune University had then said that the session had been “postponed until further notice”. The varsity had drawn flak over the decision.Over 1,000 delegates, including prominent historians, are expected to participate in the IHC in Bhopal, Prof. Ramakrishnan said.last_img read more

Researchers Defend Japanese Alzheimer’s Study

first_imgTOKYO—The scientist at the center of allegations of data manipulation in a large Alzheimer’s study is staunchly defending the integrity of the data, though he acknowledges shortcomings in managing the project.In its 10 January morning edition, the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers, claimed that researchers involved in the ongoing $31 million Japanese Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (J-ADNI) changed certain details of memory tests long after data were collected and that some participants were improperly included in the study.”The Asahi story is completely fake,” says Takashi Asada, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of Tsukuba who is in charge of clinical aspects of the study. In an interview with ScienceInsider, Asada explained that a standard prepublication check of data submitted to the project data center turned up suspected inputting errors—the incidents reported by the Asahi. 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Asada says there are a few such cases, which resulted from human error. For example, he says, only patients up to age 85 were to be included, yet some older patients were enrolled in the trial either because the researchers misunderstood or didn’t follow the study protocols. Data from such patients will be omitted from analyses and publications, Asada says. J-ADNI directors were discussing how to deal with data-handling problems when the Asahi story appeared, Asada says. The study’s management missteps, he says, stemmed in part from a lack of experience in handling large clinical trials in Japan.Asada claims he was misquoted by the Asahi and says that he and his university have demanded that the newspaper run a correction. The Asahi stands by its report. “The article is based on reliable reporting,” the newspaper’s public relations department wrote in a statement faxed to ScienceInsider. Despite his contention that the Asahi charges are based on misunderstandings, Asada acknowledges that they must be put to rest. The University of Tokyo, where an ethics committee approved the project protocol, has agreed to a health ministry request to investigate, though just how and when is yet to be decided, according to a public relations official at the university. “We are confident that further investigations will find no deliberate falsification in J-ADNI data,” says Takeshi Iwatsubo, a neurologist at the University of Tokyo who leads the J-ADNI effort. Several U.S. Alzheimer’s researchers have voiced support for their Japanese colleagues on Alzforum.Funded by the government and a consortium of pharmaceutical firms, J-ADNI involves 38 institutions around the country. It’s modeled on the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and several pharmaceutical firms and foundations. Asada says the Japanese effort is following the same protocols as the U.S. study, so data can be merged. One objective, he says, is to establish a baseline of Alzheimer’s disease progression to test drug efficacy.last_img read more

Volvo expresses intention to set up unit in Bengal

first_imgKolkata, Sep 15 (PTI) A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited the Tatas to set up a car factory in the state, Swedish automobile giant Volvo has expressed intention to establish a unit.”I spoke with Volvo (representatives) today. We will give them 25 acres in Panagarh industrial park,” Banerjee told reporters here today.”They will have a setup there. We have given them land,” she said, adding details will be shared later.Bengal has a land bank and policy ready for investors, she reiterated.The Swedish multinational approached the government for land to set up a base in the state.The chief minister, who recently visited Germany and Italy seeking investment from global giants like BMW, however, did not specify what Volvo would do with the land at Panagarh.During the day, the state government signed an MoU with Tata Metaliks to impart skill training in ITI, Midnapore.”It would have been an expensive proposition to set up buildings and infrastructure but the government was very forthcoming. So we are focusing on the software part rather than the hardware part,” Tata Metaliks managing director Sanjiv Paul said.While infrastructure with respect to classrooms and workshops would be provided by the department of technical education, training and skill development, Tata Metaliks will take care of procurement and installation of machinery and equipment, training along with management of the centre.Paul said 1,200 youths will be trained annually and the number would increase gradually.Training would be given in plumbing, electrician, carpentry and scaffolding, beauty and wellness, hospitality and housekeeping and security.advertisementBanerjee said the governments target is to prepare a workforce of six lakh skilled workers every year.”If you want to take charge of other districts also you can do it. Our infrastructure is ready. The government will give full help. If there is any problem we will help,” she said. PTI NIK KK SMNlast_img read more

Wanted to show that one can run even in pollution: Kipchoge

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) If a Kenyan Olympic champion can risk his lungs competing in severe pollution, so can the Delhites feels Airtel Delhi Half Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge posed for the sceptics at the end of the race. “The first reason that I came here is to run in a city that is polluted is to inspire a whole generation, a country to take up sports. In this way, the Indians can train openly in the morning, afternoon and there is no harm. If you train well, the job is done,” the Rio Olympic gold medalist said after winning the USD 270,000 event. “I came here purely for running in a polluted city. For the past 4 days that Im here, Ive been reading on twitter about the pollution scare but I told them its not an issue. One of them told me “I dont allow my kids to run for more than an hour”. I showed them that its okay by running for an hour today,” the Kenyan added. The other two podium finishers also remained unaffected by the pollution, both recording new personal best timings. But the Indian athletes complained about irritation due to the pollution.”The pollution level caused a little irritation in the eye. The pollution level was 2-3 percent more than last year, people burst too many crackers this time on Diwali,” second place winner of the Elite Indian mens category, Mohammed Yunus said in jest.Pollution was not the only factor causing trouble to the Indian athletes, they also faced trouble by the water sprayed on roads.advertisement”The water sprayed on the road was a bit problematic, I was slipping because of it” winner of the Elite Indian mens category G Lakshmanan said. “The water on the road was causing us to slip. Our body pushes forward but because of the water it was not able to pull itself,” third place winner of the Elite Indian mens category, Man Singh added. On questioning about the gap between the foreign athletes and the Indian athletes Yunus was quick to defend.”If we are given a chance to train outside with the international athletes, than we will also be at their level. They train at an higher altitude than us, hence they have a better lung capacity than ours,” he replied to the query. PTI APA KHS KHSlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray reaches quarter-final for 10th straight year

first_imgDefending champion Andy Murray eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 10th successive year with a 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Benoit Paire on Monday.Murray was not at his best against Paire and his faltering serve was frequently exploited by the 46th-ranked Frenchman, who caused the Briton trouble without being able to inflict any lasting damage.He broke Murray twice in a row in the first set, which ended up going to a tiebreak that the top seed won comfortably.Murray, who came into the championships with a niggling hip injury, still seems occasionally uncomfortable and lacking his usual zip around court.He had too much guile for Paire, however, and wrapped up his 26th successive win against French opposition in two hours and 21 minutes.last_img

Whiskey Wild: 3 Unique and Delicious Spirits

first_img The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour This is an admittedly odd grouping: a reinvented rye whiskey, an homage to 18th century American rye whiskey, and a bold Japanese rice whiskey. But they are united by their deliciousness. If whiskey is your game– hell, even if it’s not, Redemption, Old Potrero, and Kikori are must tries.Redemption Rye:You can now walk into a bar looking for redemption and actually find it. Redemption is a rye whiskey, made by rye lovers, for rye lovers. And non-rye lovers for that matter. It’s a rye die hards can get excited about while not intimidating newbies.Rye whiskey was the traditional go-to booze for cocktails, but it took at hit during Prohibition and was quickly replaced by the easier-to-produce-in-secret, bourbon. Now, thanks to guys like Redemption founder Dave Schmier, rye is back like it’s 1919.In 2010, Schmier purchased some whiskey from MGP and took it to the Redemption facility in Kentucky where it’s bottled in small batches. Since rye is only just beginning to make its grand comeback, Redemption Whiskey uses its labels as a chance to bring new rye-lovers into the fold: batch and bottle number written on the label, as well as the mash bill. The bottles give insight into what you like and perhaps what you don’t, making rye exploration a little less difficult.Currently, Redemption offers three varieties, with Redemption Rye as the flagship, packing a whopping 95% rye and 5% barley malt mash. It is aged about two and half years in new charred oak, and is perfectly at home in an Old Fashioned. Arguably, cocktails are its natural habitat; its spicy citrus flavor makes a brighter, livelier version of the drink. But while it’s perfectly suited for your cocktail, it is incredibly smooth neat. At around $30 a bottle, you can’t beat it.For those still working up to rye, fret not. A great middle ground is Redemption High Rye Bourbon: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley malt and aged around a year in new charred oak. It’s got the silkiness of bourbon with a bracing punch of rye that makes for a complex and delicious option. But if you’re not yet convinced rye is the new black, they’ve got you covered with an equally good two-year aged Straight Bourbon.“Redeem” your Manhattan with Redemption Rye’s recipe:1 oz. Redemption Rye0.5 oz. sweet vermouth3 dashes aromatic Bitters1 cherryStir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.Old Potrero: 18th Century-StyleFritz Maytag, the guy behind the micro-brewery Anchor Steam, decided he wanted to make a traditional American rye whiskey, so he bought a copper pot still, (possibly a powdered wig and tricorn hat) and set about to make a whiskey early distillers like, say, George Washington, would recognize. Maytag chose to use only one grain, rye, instead of a mixed mash. He apparently has zero time for bourbons. It’s rye or die.Instead of charring the barrels like so many distilleries do, Anchor Steam does what they call “toasting,” which comes from an old barrel making process. The wood is heated enough to be shaped, but not so much the wood catches and becomes charred. The result of aging for about two years in this kind of barrel means the whiskey doesn’t have that sweet, oaky flavor often found in bourbons and is lighter in color. Old Potrero is an intense rye whiskey that is not the best option for new rye drinkers. Fans of the grain, however, will flip for this peppery, powerful drink. Yet again, Maytag is proving to be a visionary in the spirits world.Old Potrero is one of the most unique whiskies on the market and will probably make you want to wear your own tricorn hat and powdered wig. Drink this artfully crafted liquid nostalgia over ice or with just a splash of water. It’s currently only available in California.Kikori Whiskey: Kikori Whiskey is coming out of Japan’s ancient rice paddies and into your booze-soaked heart via a tumbler. Co-founded by Ann Soh Woods and Mel Woods, Kikori is a beautiful blend of East and West, creating something that’s familiar and altogether entirely unique at the same time. Visu, their logo, is a woodsman from a Japanese folktale that urges people to find balance in their lives. If they want us to learn from Visu and moderate our whiskey intake, they shouldn’t have made Kikori so damn good. Kikori is made from 100% rice, grown in centuries-old paddies on Japan’s Kyushu Island, mixed with the island’s naturally purified water. It then ages in American oak, French Limousin, and sherry barrels, anywhere from three to ten years. This whiskey a lot lighter in color than others: it’s almost the color of white wine and packs a powerful punch of flavors with incredible subtlety. It is immensely enjoyable anyway you want it: Kikori holds its own in a cocktail (jazzing up perennial favorites like the Old Fashioned) but is satisfying, silky-spicy and bold, on the rocks or neat. The whiskey can also be enjoyed during a meal, complementing and enhancing flavors instead of overpowering them. Did we mention it’s gluten-free?Perhaps the greatest part of Kikori is its versatility. It can be used in a variety of drinks you would never associate with whiskey. Kikori has a fantastic list of cocktail recipes, putting a Japanese twist on classics like a Whiskey Sour, but they’ve also invented the Kikori Coffee. Your (morning?) coffee will never be the same.Retailing at about $40, Kikori is priced perfectly for an everyday whiskey for yourself, but also feels special enough for a gift. It’s currently available in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii.Kikori Coffee:2 oz Kikori Whiskey1 oz cold brew coffee½ oz agave syrup½ oz heavy creamFreshly grated nutmeg & cinnamonMethod:Add all liquid ingredients to your shaker tin, starting with the cold brew followed by the heavy cream, agave, and finally Kikori. Freshly grate the nutmeg and cinnamon into your shaker then add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into Collins glass over ice. Finish with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon. The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

The Technoimpulse Rocket Z Is an Apocalypse-Worthy Beast of an SUV

first_img Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Next Previous Under the hood, the Hyundai mid-engine diesel puts out a modest 100 horsepower, but this isn’t a go-fast vehicle. It’s designed to get you wherever you need to go reliably and predictably. Twin 100-liter fuel tanks guarantee plenty of range which you’re going to want in an apocalypse scenario.Inside, the Rocket Z provides enough room for nine passengers, including the pilot. The seating layout is designed to maximize flexibility. Adjacent the pilot’s permanent seat is a fold-down jumpseat for someone to ride shotgun. Behind that is a wide bench seat, then two wall-mounted seats at the rear — all of which collapses down to turn the entire rear cabin into a makeshift sleep space. Editors’ Recommendations The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Next 1 of 7 The Technoimpulse Rocket Z SUV starts north of 6,050,000 Russian Rubles (approximately USD $90,000) and gets a whole lot pricier based on the options you choose. If the entry-level 210-91 isn’t Armageddon-worthy enough for you, Technoimpulse offers the beefier 6×6 Rocket Z 310-91 which is marketed for border patrolling and other military-grade expeditions. Take heart, though, because whichever model you choose, the company offers “shop now, pay later” layaway-style options. Previous The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities You know the drill: The zombie apocalypse is upon us and you desperately need to disappear into the wilds of northern Russia. Assuming you’ve readied a proper bug-out pack, what’s your plan to get the hell out of dodge? You need a legit, go-anywhere, all-terrain vehicle. Enter the Technoimpulse Rocket Z 210-91 4×4 SUV.Let’s sidestep the Rocket Z’s cheesy moniker because, clearly, the Technoimpulse marketing department is still digging the 90s-era love of buzzwords like “cyber,” “techno,” and “eat my shorts!” Regardless, this is one seriously capable off-road machine. The short, stubby design with all four wheels pushed to the corners is purpose-built for steep approach and departure angles (52 degrees to be exact). The lack of any forward, rear, or aft overhangs make it easy to keep the Rocket Z off the rocks.A long list of off-road-centric features — full-time 4WD, a limited slip differential on both axles, a two-speed transfer case, and high-powered Hella lighting to light up your approach — ensures you’ll have a hard time getting stuck. If you do, a built-in commercial winch will help remedy the situation. Plus, the massive, all-terrain tires are inflatable via an onboard system that means you needn’t leave that cab in a flat-tire situation. 1 of 10 The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The Best Anti-Aging Creams and Skincare Products for Menlast_img read more

Candidatures invitées aux Prix dexcellence Bonjour pour les services en français

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais peuvent contribuer à reconnaître les fonctionnaires provinciaux qui font preuve d’excellence dans la prestation de services en français à la communauté acadienne et francophone. La période de mise en candidature aux cinquièmes Prix d’excellence Bonjour! pour les services en français débute aujourd’hui 19 septembre. Les prix reconnaissent les contributions remarquables des employés du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse au développement et à la prestation de programmes et de services en français. « Les Prix Bonjour! sont une excellente façon de promouvoir le travail et le dévouement des fonctionnaires néo-écossais qui connaissent la valeur de la prestation de services en français à la communauté acadienne et francophone, a dit Laura Lee Langley, sous-ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Nous souhaitons promouvoir ces services en reconnaissant les gens qui les rendent possibles. » Les membres du public et les employés du gouvernement peuvent soumettre une candidature dans trois catégories : Excellence en matière de prestation de services au public, Excellence en matière de leadership et Excellence en matière de développement de programme. L’année dernière, les récipiendaires ont été reconnus pour l’amélioration des services offerts par les bibliothèques publiques en français, l’appui du développement de programmes de littératie à l’intention des adultes acadiens et néo-écossais, et l’appui de l’équipe de transformation d’Emploi Nouvelle-Écosse dans la prestation de services à la communauté acadienne et francophone. Les candidatures seront évaluées par un comité de sélection formé de représentants de la communauté acadienne et francophone ainsi que de la fonction publique provinciale et fédérale. Pour télécharger ou soumettre un formulaire de mise en candidature en ligne, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/acadien/excellence. Pour obtenir plus d’information, composez le 1-800-670-4357 ou envoyez un courriel à l’adresse bonjour@gov.ns.ca. La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 31 octobre. Les candidatures retenues seront annoncées en février 2014. Abonnez-vous au compte Twitter en français du gouvernement provincial @gouvNE.last_img read more

Prez Xi Jinping to make maiden visit to N Korea ahead of

first_imgBeijing: President Xi Jinping would make his maiden visit to Pyongyang this week – the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years – in a big boost to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is under heavy pressure from the US to give up nuclear weapons programme. Xi will visit Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – the official name for North Korea – from June 20 to 21, at the invitation of Kim, the spokesperson for the International Department of the ruling Communist Party of China, Hu Zhaoming, announced here. His visit coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Xi’s visit, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years to the internationally isolated country reeling under UN sanctions for pursing nuclear weapons programme, comes ahead of his proposed meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G-20 summit scheduled to be held on June 28-29 in Tokyo. The last state visit made by a Chinese president to North Korea was in 2005 by then Chinese president Hu Jintao at the invitation of the former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Kim, who had two summit meetings with Trump, is under immense pressure from the US president to give up the nuclear programme. Their summit at Hanoi, Vietnam in February failed and Trump staved off pressure to agree to lift crippling UN sanctions. Kim, who shares close ties with President Xi, has travelled to China ahead of his proposed meetings with Trump, prompting the US president Tump to allege that the Chinese President was negatively influencing the North Korean leader from clinching a deal to give up the nuclear programme. The North Korean leader has visited China four times in recent years. Commenting on Xi’s visit, Chinese strategic experts said that making such a significant visit before the G20 summit shows that China is trying to further highlight its unique influence to push forward the peace process on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. Zheng Jiyong, director of the center for Korean studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the Global Times Monday that Xi’s visit will further improve the traditional friendship between the two countries and will also promote the peaceful solution of the Korean nuclear issue as North Korea and the US continue to face a deadlock following their failed summit in Hanoi. “Due to sanctions based on UN Security Council resolutions and unilateral sanctions launched by the US and Japan, the North Korean economy and people’s living conditions have been seriously damaged. North Korea desperately needs assistance from its most reliable neighbour to boost economic cooperation without violating UN resolutions,” Zheng noted. North Korea is also interested in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and discussing concrete plans to include North Korea in the BRI and encouraging Pyongyang to insist on denuclearisation and focus on economic development could also be a key topic at the upcoming visit, Zheng said. Chinese observers believe that by making such a significant diplomatic move ahead of the G20 meet China is trying to further highlight its unique influence in mediating between the US and North Korea, the Global Times report said.last_img read more

Boeing says dispute with Bombardier still on despite Liberal plan to buy

OTTAWA — Boeing has weighed in on the Trudeau government’s plan to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia, saying it respects the decision. but has no intention of abandoning its trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier.The U.S. aerospace giant was primed to sell 18 of its Super Hornet fighters at an estimated cost of $6 billion to temporarily augment Canada’s fleet of aging CF-18s until they can be replaced. But the Liberals are scrapping that plan over Boeing’s fight with Bombardier and will announce next week its plan to buy used F-18s from Australia — despite having previously expressed reservations about buying old jets.Boeing, noticeably silent in recent weeks as talk of the Australian fighters heated up in Ottawa, finally broke its silence Friday in a carefully worded statement.Citing media reports that the government would choose the used jets, Boeing said it “respects the Canadian government’s decision” and will continue to look for ways to work with Canada.Bombardier’s Aerostructures division chosen to supply Airbus for new engine programEuropean Union backs Bombardier in trade spat with BoeingRenewed confidence in CSeries helps Bombardier land EgyptAir order“Although we will not have the opportunity to grow our supply base, industrial partnerships and jobs in Canada the way we would if Canada purchased new Super Hornets,” the company said, “we will continue to look to find productive ways to work together in the future.”But Boeing also made clear that it had no intention of dropping its dispute with Montreal-based Bombardier, which it accuses of having broken trade rules when it sold dozens of C-Series passenger planes to a U.S. airline.“Our commitment to creating a level playing field in aerospace remains,” Boeing said. “We will continue to support all efforts to build an environment of free and fair competition marked by compliance with agreed-upon rules.”The Liberals said in November 2016 that they would buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets to fill a critical shortage of fighter jets until a full competition to replace the entire CF-18 fleet could be held.The government said at the time that the Super Hornet was the only aircraft able to meet its immediate needs and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan rejected suggestions Canada buy second-hand aircraft instead.“Yes, there were options for buying old ones,” Sajjan told the House of Commons on May 29. “No, we do not want to buy used equipment; we want to invest in new planes.”But that was before Boeing complained to the U.S. Commerce Department that Bombardier had sold its C-Series jet liners to Delta Airlines at an “absurdly” low price with assistance from federal government subsidies.Commerce officials have proposed a 300 per cent duty on all C-Series planes imported into the U.S., though the penalties won’t be official pending a separate ruling on whether Bombardier hurt Boeing’s business.Paris-based Airbus has since proposed to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s C-Series commercial planes, in the hopes that it can skirt any duties by building C-Series planes for U.S. customers at its plant in Alabama. read more

Canadian real estate heavyweights update web technology to meet evolving needs

by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 10:16 am MDT Canadian real estate heavyweights update web technology to meet evolving needs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Royal LePage Real Estates Services came out Tuesday with a revamped property listing website that integrates new Google search features, mobile technology and data supplied through the industry’s main association.The initiative is part of a technological evolution that’s giving home buyers new tools for tapping property and neighbourhood information, regardless of which devices they use or which brokerage has the property listing.Phil Soper, Royal LePage’s president and chief executive, said Tuesday he believes the revamped www.royallepage.ca is the best in the Canadian real estate industry “right now” but expects to be challenged by rivals.“When we’re designing services for market, we benchmark against our competitors and also the service offered by the Canadian Real Estate Association, Realtor.ca, and think we’ve clearly designed something that’s superior.”Soper said he recognizes there’s “no such thing” as a permanent technological edge and is already working on another generation.In fact, one of LePage’s big rivals — Re/Max — came to market earlier this year with an updated web portal giving consumers access to MLS market information by adopting the CREA’s data distribution facility standard.David Brown, executive vice-president for Re/Max in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, said he doesn’t accept LePage’s claim to technological superiority — even now — but added the bigger picture is a change in approach by real estate professionals.“I think that the underlying story is that the industry is leveraging its own data smarter than it has historically,” Brown said.“We’re entering an era now where we’re really accommodating buyers in a much better, more sophisticated way with the tools that we’re developing.”Both Re/Max and LePage use CREA’s Multiple Listing Service to collect other member companies’ listings information and display it through the Internet so consumers have more choice when they’re searching.“Consumers are looking to see all the listings,” Brown said. “Think of yourself. You’re out shopping for a property. You want to see the listings in the area of your interest and you want to see it on any device.”“I think our real success has been in mobile,” Brown says. “Forty per cent of our traffic now is mobile.”He says Remax.ca’s responsive design automatically detects whether the user has a tablet, smartphone or other device and optimizes the format accordingly.RoyalLePage.ca also has mobile features but uses a different technical approach, in partnership with Plastic Mobile. It also takes a different approach to integrating Google’s well-known Maps and Streetview features.Among other things, LePage uses an experimental Google feature to display neighbourhood information such as the location of schools but Soper acknowleges it doesn’t have an exclusive arrangement with the search giant.Royal LePage provides services to about 14,000 real estate professionals in 600 locations across Canada while Re/Max has 19,900 sales associates in more than 700 independently-owned and operated offices in Canada. read more

New UN report reveals urgent need for coordinated systematic approach to youth

While the greatest obstacles to preventing youth violence has been a lack of information on what works, along with the feasibility of implementing strategies in low- and middle-income countries, the report underscored that there is now enough knowledge and experience on the subject for any country to address the problem.The manual discusses “a comprehensive approach for preventing youth violence, [which] includes interventions at all levels…, ranging from economic inequality to maltreatment as a child, to hyperactivity and other child mental health problems.”Programmes – such as on parenting, early childhood development and policies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol – have all shown promise in preventing youth violence in high-income countries, and in some low- and middle-income countries. They provide a good prevention starting point and for possible modification of existing youth violence.The report, produced with the financial support of the Jacobs Foundation, German International Cooperation, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outlined several principles for strengthening youth violence prevention programmes, emphasizing that their adoption would result in significant gains. They include basing policies and plans on scientific evidence from local and global studies; integrating programme monitoring into existing public health infrastructure; and involving different sectors, groups and individuals to build a coordinated systematic response.“An evidence-based approach to youth violence is essential for long-term success in preventing it,” underscored the report, concluding that “rates of youth violence will fall and positive aspects of youth health and social development will be enhanced. As an increasing number of agencies respond to youth violence by adopting the principles outlined in this manual, the evidence base will expand. Scientifically sound information will be at hand to develop policies and programmes and to help resource allocation.” What is youth violence? “Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 homicides occur each year among youth and young adults aged 10-29 years, making homicide the fourth leading cause of death in this age group,” said the WHO report entitled Preventing youth violence: an overview of the evidence.Beyond deaths and injuries, youth violence can lead to mental health problems and increased health-risk behaviours, such as smoking, drug use and unsafe sex.Influenced by risk factors at different levels and stages of life, individual level factors include delinquency, aggressive behaviour and illicit drugs. At the community level, neighbourhood crime, gang activity and unemployment are cited.“Youth violence prevention programmes are designed to reduce the risk factors that give rise to youth violence or else mitigate the negative effects on individuals and communities where the risk factors remain prevalent,” Etienne Krug, Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention of WHO, explained in the report’s summary. We can prevent youth violence. Youth violence is widespread. Youth violence is not inevitable. read more

New free program to capitalise on energy productivity opportunity

first_imgCEEC International has launched the CEEC Energy Curve Program. This is a new benchmarking tool for assessing a mine’s energy productivity potential. Energy productivity has a large role to play in our industry. A declared policy priority for leading governments, improving energy productivity is about increasing the economic value added per unit of energy used and dollar of energy purchased. In a period of rapidly increasing energy prices around the globe, a holistic approach to the way energy is managed and measured can make a major contribution to the mining industry’s overall productivity and competitiveness.Making energy more productive offers a pathway to improved competitivenessMineral resources are critical to future global development; as well as to the performance of the global economies and the living standards of all people. Mining remains a major employer and a large energy user. The response of the sector to improving productivity, including energy productivity, will shape its future competitiveness and, to a large extent, that of all mining nations.Economic productivity in many sectors of the Australian economy, including mining, has been flat or declining in recent years. The long-term decline in base and precious metal ore grade is one of the key drivers of this trend in mining. This also has a direct impact on the energy intensity of production and is therefore the energy productivity of the mining sector.Energy costs represents between 10–50% of operating costs on most mine sites (Energetics, 2014). Sites where the ore is comminuted (crushed and ground in order to extract the mineral) are high energy users; with much of the consumed energy lost in the highly inefficient process. However, energy is a manageable cost, with demonstrable savings of 5–30% in energy use across core processes such as comminution and haulage.The CEEC Energy Curve Program is a tool for mining operators to assess their current comminution (crushing and grinding) operating efficiency, with a view to improving their productivity.The CEEC Energy Curve displays the potential energy savings and cost benefits (productivity gains) of moving down a cost curve into more cost-efficient operating regimes. This approach allows flexibility in the way comminution energy intensity is displayed (e.g. energy per mass of rock milled or mass of metal produced) thus providing a more direct comparison between sites.Confidential data management in the CEEC Energy Curve Program ensures each unique operating profile is known only to its owner, while the raw data is consolidated to provide an illustration of the spread of operating practice around the globe. The CEEC Energy Curve is an effective tool for illustrating energy productivity gains against a baseline, allowing operators to visualise their energy efficiency improvements.Participation in the CEEC Energy Curve Program will assist each operating site to establish a base line assessment of its operating efficiency. Modelling data in the curve will support a strategy to a more productive processing regime. To date, the CEEC Energy Curve Program includes over 40% of the world’s copper production in volume, 20% of global gold production plus six other ore types: in total over 1,300 Mt of rock throughput has been entered into the CEEC Energy Curve Program since its recent launch.The CEEC Energy Curve Program is provided as an industry service, with the support of CEEC’s sponsoring partners. These industry leaders fund CEEC’s activities, allowing the CEEC Energy Curve Program to be offered without any participation fee. CEEC, a global not-for-profit company, is funded wholly by sponsorship from the mineral industry – Anglo American, Barrick Gold, Beacon Events, CITIC-HIC, Antofagasta Minerals, Schneider Electric, Gekko Systems, Ausenco, XT, Outotec, Orica, New Gold Inc, Derrick Corporation, Metso, AMIRA International, Mirabela Nickel, MMG, Weir Minerals, Multotec, Antofagasta Minerals, and Russell Mineral Equipment.last_img read more

IROCK adds rinser to its tracked portable screening plant

first_imgIROCK Crushers, a leader in global sales of mobile crushing and screening equipment, has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant toinclude a rinser. The portable unit gives mines and quarries the convenience to screen and wash materials, such as aggregates, simultaneously for end-use applications. The machine sorts and washes as many as three sized and one oversized products at once, making it suitable for medium to large-scale operations.The unit processes 200 to 300 t/h and features three decks with nine spray bars along the top deck and eight each on the middle and bottom decks. The spray bars’ durable brass heads deliver 25 psi of water pressure each to efficiently and effectively remove dirt and debris from material. Technicians can rotate the spray bars to change the angle that the water hits the material, which can be done to help hold aggregates on the screen longer or force it through the screen media.IROCK designed the TS-522 TD to also include a rinse box at the top of the unit that features two additional spray bars. The spray bars pre-soak material to facilitate faster and easier removal of tough mud and clay as material reaches the screen decks. The rinser’s 14 ft-wide hopper holds as much as 12 cubic yards of material. This provides ample space to accommodate a large amount of aggregates, resulting in optimal production rates. The unit’s 320 square feet of screening area further contributes to the machine’s high output while the two 22 by 5 ft decks and 20 by 5 ft bottom deck media can be changed, giving customers full control over end-product size.The TS-522 TD’s catch box can be lined with IROCK’s optional wear-resistant rubber to withstand the abrasiveness of sand and water as it’s captured during the screening process. The rubber liner can last several years, saving owners thousands in catch box repair and replacement costs. IROCK alsodesigned the machine to power a small sand screw. The TS-522 TD rinser box has discharge pipes for sorting as many as two different sizes of sand products for use in saleable materials, from the bottom deck.“Hydraulically folding side conveyors allow for some of the highest stockpiling heights and capacities in its class today. The conveyors stack material as high as 16 ft, 8 in on the sides. The highstacking conveyors also provide the convenience of running the machine for long periods of timebefore needing to reposition finished material.” The TS-522 TD is 62 ft, 4 in long and 9 ft, 10 in wide. At only 12 ft high, it’s safe and easy to transport on a trailer. Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes thanks to hydraulically powered features, such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls. The rinser’s tracks also allow for fast and easy maneuverability to position the machine when on site.A 129 hp Caterpillar C4.4 engine powers the TS-522 TD to deliver high production rates. “IROCK also offers additional features to enhance productivity even further and provide extra durability. A vibrating livehead, for example, replaces the standard grid over the hopper to screenmaterial and loosen heavy, dirty and sticky debris from product before it enters the hopper. This expedites the screening process and boosts productivity. Catwalks alongside the screeners provide full access to each side of the screenbox for easy maintenance or screen replacements.last_img read more

Xbox One to be playable at LA Microsoft Store on June 10

first_imgBoth Sony and Microsoft have promised to drop more details about their new console at E3, but Microsoft is jumping the gun and allowing the public to get their hands on the Xbox One a day earlier than that.Major Nelson has announced that the Xbox One is set to make an appearance on June 10 at the Microsoft Store, Westfield Century City in Los Angeles. Members of the Xbox team will be there along with a few of the consoles and controllers, and they fully intend on letting you play with them. So, if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and can get to the front of the queue, you may be one of the first to hold the Xbox One controller and play a game with it.It’s a completely open event so you can guarantee a large crowd of gamers will turn up to get a look at the machine. Major Nelson is also promising “one or two other surprises,” which hopefully means there will be a couple of games playing on the console we haven’t heard about yet. The Xbox One already has 11 confirmed games, but I’d like to see a few exclusives unveiled during E3 week.Chances are good that both Sony and Microsoft will have their consoles available to play with at E3, but the queues to get a look and touch are going to be huge. This Microsoft Store event could turn out to be an easier way to secure some hands-on time.last_img read more

Greek and Peloponnesian of the Year announced in NSW

first_imgThe Peloponnessian Confederation of NSW Inc. has announced this year’s winners of the inaugural Greek Australian and Peloponnesian of the year awards. The message she wanted to give to younger people was to never give up.Cancer researcher and academic Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos, was named Greek Australian of the Year, while Vicky Paranomos, a community worker and volunteer, was awarded Peloponnesian of the year. The Consul General of Greece, Vasilios Tolios presented the awards at a gala event in Sydney on Thursday night, when the winners were announced. The awards are part of the Greek-Peloponnesian Festival, which started on September 28 and runs until October 9. Peloponnesian Confederation NSW committee member and festival director, Andrew Kalavritinos described the event as “fantastic”, and said Professor Apostolopoulos’ speech was particularly inspiring. “The message she wanted to give to younger people was to never give up,” he said. Mr Kalavritinos said it was wonderful to see Peloponnesian of the year, Vicky Paranomos, honoured for her 19 years of community service at the Children’s hospital in Sydney. Across both categories, 11 people were nominated. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Chelsea set £50m asking price for Courtois

Chelsea set £50m asking price for Courtois

first_imgChelsea have reportedly set an asking price in the region of £50m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois amid interest from Real Madrid, claims the Daily MailThe Belgium international had previously spent three successful loan seasons at Atletico Madrid and has never hidden his desire to return to the Spanish capital in the future due to his young children currently residing there.Courtois is now entering the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are now considering whether to sell him now or receive nothing next summer.The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Real since the beginning of the year with the European champions looking for an upgrade on Keylor Navas.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I have a certain preference, I already have ideas in my head, but I have moved everything until after the World Cup,” Courtois said recently.“My children are the most important thing for me: I now have one and a half years less contact with Chelsea, FaceTime is beautiful, but seeing them grow up is something else, so my children will play an important role in my decision.”Chelsea have since been linked with moves for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland and AS Roma’s Alisson, who has also been linked with a move to Real this summer.last_img read more

Dyche explains VAR controversy after Cup win

Dyche explains VAR controversy after Cup win

first_imgSean Dyche believes the VAR decision process needs to improve after Burnley’s penalty decision was overturned in their FA Cup third round victory over Barnsley.Matej Vydra’s penalty decision was the main talking point of the game after Simon Hooper’s decision was overturned after a long delay as VAR official Lee Mason ruled that the striker was offside.And Dyche felt the delay was too long, although he acknowledged the decision reached was the correct one.“I am a big fan of the concept of VAR but I did say last year I know it will take time to iron it out,” said the Clarets chief via Lancashire Telegraph.“It was 80-90 seconds and me and my staff looked at it and decided in four seconds it was offside.“That side of it can be delivered quicker.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“If there are some really awkward ones, the referee should hold the ball and take it outside the box, clearly making a statement to everyone, who we know.“It’s definitely a penalty, in that it’s a foul, but we don’t know he’s actually looking at the offside until afterwards, but I am a big fan of it (VAR).“They will iron out problems and speed up the process. The technology is there and it should be used.“Hopefully it will be used for a lot more things.“It’s the first time we’ve had it, I was only frustrated for that little bit. It is offside. It is factually right. My frustration is about the timing. It brought a strangeness to the stadium and everyone was a bit confused.”last_img read more