Need permanent solution: Pawar

first_imgIf waters from the Almatti dam in north Karnataka had been released on time, people of Kolhapur and Sangli would not have had to endure the the devastating floods, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar on Wednesday, while stressing that a permanent solution to the problem must be found through proper coordination with the neighbouring State.Mr. Pawar was on a tour of the worst-hit talukas in Kolhapur and Sangli district. “There is an urgent need for the Central government to hold talks with both States on this matter. There was no proper communication and coordination between the two governments this time,” he said, speaking in Kolhapur’s Shirol taluk.The NCP chief said the magnitude of the floods was unprecedented and that it was a mistake to take the water level of the 2005 floods as the ‘danger mark’. He urged the government to undertake a massive construction drive of building new and durable houses for the flood-affected population akin to the rehabilitation efforts post the 1993 Latur earthquake. “Thousands of homes and structures have been weakened by the floods, even at a higher altitude. With the onset of summer, these structures will crumble under the severe heat. So, new houses must be built by the State under Central government schemes,” Mr. Pawar said.He pushed for a complete overhauling of village infrastructure in terms of roads, water supply, electricity — all of which had been thrown awry by the deluge.Expressing concern for farm labourers, The NCP chief urged the government to ensure that they received work through employment guarantee schemes. He also reiterated on the need for a complete loan waiver, as the two districts are the most important sugar-producing regions in the State.“The factories will have to decide what to do with the destroyed sugarcane crop. They will also have to arrange to pay for seedlings as the farmers will have to plant a fresh crop,” he said.“We urge the State to grant a complete loan waiver for farmers for the present fiscal. We demand that a fresh crop loan be granted so that agriculturists can undertake cultivation in the affected areas,” he said, adding that the condition of the flood-affected people is taluks like Shirol was pitiable despite the large-scale relief efforts.Mr. Pawar said that as the deluge had hit everyone — from farmer to the small trader — loans must be waived off for all of them.He also rebuked the governement and administration for failing to fulfill its task of distributing flood aid. “A lot of aid is being sent by individuals, outfits, trusts, political parties from all over the State. But it appears that this help is not reaching the flood-affected people. In some instances, relief trucks were being stopped and the aid was being siphoned off,” Mr. Pawar said.Saying that the floods were not an occasion for playing politics, the NCP chief took potshots at the ministers and leaders of the BJP government, saying that it was deplorable that elected representatives of the government were holding ‘token 15-minute meetings’ in flood-hit areas.last_img read more

IPL: Bangalore to clash with Delhi in virtual knockout

first_imgcricket COMMENT Published on COMMENTS May 21, 2016 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2016 Stage is set for a virtual knockout as a rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by inspirational skipper Virat Kohli, lock horns with an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in their final IPL Twenty20 cricket match, here tomorrow.After 13 matches, RCB are at the third spot with 14 points, while Delhi have as many points but are placed sixth in the table, lagging behind RCB only in net run—rate.In fact, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians too have 14 points each with just one match to go in their league stage.With a hattrick of wins, Bangalore have been on a roll with skipper Kohli enjoying one of the best phases of his career as he has four centuries under his belt. He is the only batsman to score more than 800 runs in a single edition and has 865 runs from 13 matches thus far.Despite sustaining a split webbing in his left hand while fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli has shown no signs of relenting.His teammates AB de villiers and Chris Gayle also dished out some sizzling batting display as RCB’s much vaunted batting line—up gave nightmares to their opposition by rattling up three of the four 200—plus totals this season.In bowling department, spin—pace duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson have served Bangalore well with 16 wickets each so far in the season.On the other hand, Delhi, after back—to—back losses, notched up a last—ball six—wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad last night to keep their Play—off hopes alive.Zaheer Khan’s men have been inconsistent but they still somehow managed to keep themselves in contention and will hope to pull the rug from under the feet of RCB one more time like they did on April 17.Delhi’s batting has revolved much around Quinton de Kock, who has been the most consistent batsman for them. Karun Nair and Sanju Samson too have contributed and team’s fortunes would depend on them.Other domestic players like Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant and Pawan Negi have been inconsistent and mentor Rahul Dravid has his task cut out to spur them.last_img read more

Shah challenges Mamata to throw out sting-tainted TMC leaders

first_imgKolkata, Mar 29 (PTI)Mounting a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah today dared her to throw out from the party Trinamool Congress leaders who are seen purportedly accepting bribes in lieu of undue favours in the Narada clips.Shah also refuted allegations of match fixing between BJP and TMC in the Saradha scam, saying CBI investigation is taking time as the West Bengal government-created SIT has made a mess of the entire thing.”Mamata Banerjee had earlier pledged to fight against corruption. Mamatadi on moral grounds should throw out those party leaders seen on camera accepting bribes. If Mamatadi is so confident that her party leaders are innocent then why she is not requesting a CBI inquiry into the Narada sting operation,” Shah said at a press meet here.Rubbishing the allegation of match fixing also in the Narada case, he said,”Some people in the media are asking what is BJP doing? What will the BJP do in it? The leaders belong to TMC. Mamatadi should throw them out of the party on moral grounds.”In Lok Sabha we had a majority so we had sent the matter to the Ethics committee, but in Rajya Sabha we dont have a majority. The Congress and Communists have a majority in Rajya Sabha why are they not sending it to Ethics committee,” Shah asked.When asked why is the BJP government not taking initiative to get the CDs of the Narada sting probed, Shah said, “There is a federal structure. As soon as Mamatadi asks for CBI investigation in Narada sting, we will get the CDs investigated,”.advertisementTold about the instance of Uttarkhand sting operation where the BJP had taken initiative to get the CDs probed, Shah said,”It was Uttarkhand Governor who had sent the CDs. Let the state government ask for CBI investigation, we will then investigate the CDs,”.Shah also said that the Election Commission should remove the police officials seen in Narada sting and also the police commissioner of Kolkata police. MORE PTI PNT SUS VMN VMNlast_img read more

Advantech reveals Edge AI Solutions powered by Intel technologies

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: all RTE, RTO and RTP oscilloscopes now with 16-bit HD mode standardNext Red Pitaya: STEMlab platform tailored for faster data, larger bandwidth applications Advantech reveals the industry’s first hardware and software integrated edge AI solutions powered by Intel Vision Accelerator Design with Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU and Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit. According to ABI Research, shipments of devices with edge AI capabilities will grow by 15x to 1.2 billion units by 2023. AI at the edge enables real-time decision making without the limitation of latency, cost, bandwidth, power consumption, and other considerations. Advantech offers industry-first integrated solutions for edge AI applications ranging from VEGA-300 series AI acceleration modules, inference systems, to ESRP series domain focused solution packages. All of our solutions come with Advantech Edge AI Suite which combines Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, pre-trained models, and edge management with easy-to-use UI to accelerate AI inference at the edge.Advantech Edge AI Suite is a software development kit for edge AI inference acceleration. With Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit integrated, Edge AI Suite provides a deep learning model optimizer, an inference engine, pre-trained models, and remote monitoring with a friendly GUI. Customers can use Python-based API to quickly import their existing Caffe, TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, and ONNX trained models and deploy them to edge devices. Edge AI Suite also integrates VPU/CPU/Memory real-time status monitoring and model update functions for managing distributed edge devices.Advantech Edge AI modules provide compact, low power plug-in modules in two form factors: VEGA-320 series m.2 modules with one Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU onboard, and VEGA-330 series miniPCIe modules with two Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs onboard. Together they help accelerate computer vision and deep learning on your edge systems for a wide range of AI-based vertical applications.With software partner alignment, the Advantech ESRP-LPR series provides an integrated solution for smart traffic applications. The solution includes an inference system, pre-trained models such as license plate recognition, vehicle classification, vehicle counting, and pedestrian detection. Plus, edge management software for fast development in AI-based smart traffic applications is included to help speed your application deployment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni could have batted at No. 5 instead of Hardik, says Sachin Tendulkar after India’s defeat

first_imgNew Zealand survived Ravindra Jadeja’s blistering knock to beat India in World Cup 2019 semi-final by 18 runs at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking exclusively to India Today on Wednesday stressed on the fact that maybe Dhoni coming in at No. 5 would have made a difference for India.”In a crunch moment like this would you think of promoting Dhoni and control the game. Towards the end he was talking to Jadeja and controlling the proceedings. Very smartly he was rotating the strike,” said Sachin.”Instead of Hardik, maybe Dhoni coming in at No. 5 would have made a difference. Dhoni would have for sure done something and made sure on either side of him.”India’s top-order imploded to leave the two-time World Champions reeling at 24-4 in their chase for a modest victory target of 240 against New Zealand.Much to the surprise of quite a few in the cricket fraternity, India sent Dinesh Karthik in at No. 5 when their most experienced batsman in MS Dhoni was still waiting in the dressing room. Karthik fell just at the stroke of the 10th over with Matt Henry getting his 3rd wicket.There were no signs of MS Dhoni even after Karthik’s departure as Hardik Pandya was sent ahead of the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.Dhoni, who came to bat at No.7, kept India’s hopes alive with a solid 106 runs partnership with Jadeja for the seventh wicket.New Zealand reached to their second successive final, thanks to a magical performance for their pacers-Matt Henry (3/37) and Trent Boult’s (2/42) — deadly opening spell.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso See:last_img read more

WATCH: Gundy, Rudolph Take Photos With Coaches Vs. Cancer Children After Game

first_imgWhat it looks like when you play for something bigger than yourself #okstate #GoPokes— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 8, 2016A great way to showcase something as being much bigger than yourself. Also my favorite part of the game on Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! What a great day. Cowboys win! And then there’s this…. @CowboyFB @osucvc— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) October 9, 2016 If you’re worried about OSU’s Cover 2 defense right now, you should go scroll through this Twitter account for a little while. It’s the OSU Coaches vs. Cancer account, and it highlights a whole host of children who are going through unimaginable nightmares as they battle cancer.A handful of them were on hand on Saturday to hang with Mike Gundy and Co. as they got their fourth win of the season. To highlight the sobering aspect of all of this, here is one who did not get to go through the festivities on Saturday.Our buddy Josh was supposed to be with us today. He passed away last week but he will be with us in spirit. We love you Cowboy. #FlyHigh— OSU CoachesvsCancer (@osucvc) October 8, 2016Anyway, the kids got to walk with Gundy to the stadium and take photos with QB1 on the field after the game. The whole scene was pretty spectacular. Ashton Lampkin and Zach Crabtree got in the mix as well. The video at the bottom is especially poignant. Awesome photo here of Ashton Lampkin showing what matters.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 9, 2016center_img Very special “Walk” today for @CoachGundy @CowboyFB. @osucvc— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) October 8, 2016 #okstate keeps having wacky final plays but this moment was the perfect ending. @zcrabs and Keaton celebrating with fans @osucvc— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) October 9, 2016last_img read more

Five duFC players invited for La Liga trials

first_imgFive UAE du LaLiga players invited for trials at La Liga clubs Malaga, Cadiz and Almeria Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:39 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) duFC LaLiga HPC duFC LaLiga HPC Five other du LaLiga HPC players on the radar of major LaLiga clubs including Barcelona FC du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC) announced last week that five of its players from the U18 and U16 squads have been awarded trials by La Liga’s top youth clubs, following their 21-day La Liga Scouting Camp in Spain.Malaga FC selected U18 wingers Ahmed Salam and Yahia Iraqi and U16 striker Mehdi Elkhamlichi, whereas U18 player Mohammed Rajeh and team captain Mohammed Bouherrafa were invited for trials at Cádiz FC and UD Alméria respectively, in preparation for landing professional contracts with these LaLiga Clubs at the age of 18, after establishing a good fit.In addition, five other du LaLiga HPC players, including U16 defender Abhinav John and U18 striker Rami Hatem are on the radar of major La Liga clubs, including Barcelona FC. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Fernando Sanz, La Liga General Director MENA and Head of International Sports Projects commented on the trials saying, “I have been following the U18 team over the last year and have witnessed their development first hand. They have come a long way with a superior performance here in Spain this year. These young men have worked hard to make it to this point and earned their trials with La Liga youth clubs.The du Football Champions in partnership with La Liga has created the only international scouting platform to enable youth from across the UAE to pursue international football careers. Scouted talents are invited to join the du LaLiga High Performance Centre where they are trained by LaLiga coaches yearlong in preparation for professional football careers nationally and internationally.last_img read more

Video: Two Kentucky Fans Recorded “Big Blue Train,” A Bluegrass Ode To The Undefeated Wildcats

first_imgKentucky fans play bluegrass song about Wildcats.When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]last_img read more

Students Celebrate Renewable Energy Projects

first_imgA student showcase about renewable energy is allowing the minds and talents of Grade 9 students to shine on the province’s green energy future. Grade 9 students from across the province are displaying renewable electricity projects today, June 7, to family, educators, and elected officials in Truro. The projects include a solar powered drawbridge, video and power points, and a wind power debate. The student showcase is part of The Energy Around Us, a pilot program developed by the Departments of Education and Energy to encourage learning about renewable energy, its potential uses, and the role it plays in the province’s electricity and environmental sectors. “Government understands decisions made today will impact future generations,” said MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks and Education Minister Marilyn More. “Educating our young people about the importance of renewable energy in creating good jobs and a greener province is the right decision for today and for the future.” By 2020, Nova Scotia intends to supply 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. Today that number is 12 per cent. The Energy Around Us program encourages students to use science, math, social studies and art to explore the world of renewable electricity through hands-on projects. The program connects to social studies, science and language arts outcomes within the Grade 9 curriculum. Kathryn Creaser, a teacher in New Germany, said the program encouraged students to look at how renewable energy affects their daily lives. “The students really embraced the opportunity to research the topic of renewable energy and how it relates to them and their community. They enjoyed the freedom to explore the subjects that mean the most to them when it comes to renewable energy, and they made a real effort to present their findings in a creative and informative way,” said Ms. Creaser. “It’s wonderful that students will have a chance to share what they’ve learned, see projects from other schools and meet peers from other parts of the province, especially with a shared focus on greener energy and a stronger economy for their future.” Schools participating in the showcase are: Park West School; Pugwash District High School; Shelburne Regional High School; New Germany Rural High School; Canso Academy; Central Kings Rural High School; Inverness Education Centre/Academy; Advocate District School; Rockingstone Heights School; and Digby Regional High School.last_img read more

Budget and beyond

first_imgHow does one determine the finances of a country where the growth rate is slowing, banks are sceptical to lend and tightening fiscal space leaves little scope for adventurism? That is the impossible conundrum facing Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first woman Finance Minister in the Modi government’s new Cabinet. It will be interesting to note how she addresses these pertinent issues facing the Indian economy when she rises in Parliament on July 5 to deliver her Budget address. Also Read – A staunch allyIt would not be a stretch to argue that Sitharaman is facing the toughest task of all ministers in the Modi cabinet. The two significant hurdles currently ailing the economy are that of growth and employment. As soon as the new government was sworn into power, the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed that the GDP growth had fallen to a 5-year low in the last quarter of the previous financial year while another report released by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) stated that the unemployment in the country had touched a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. Although the government has said the latter figure is not comparable to previous years, it is still an issue that Sitharaman will look to address in her first budget. Also Read – Cuban pathosAt first glance, it might seem that issues of growth and unemployment are linked and solving the former would address the latter. However, this would be a dangerous assumption to make for the Indian economy. India has had an infamous trend of jobless growth due to its economy being primarily service-led. In fact, even during its fastest-growth period between 2004 and 2009, only a million jobs were created in the five-year period when more than a million jobs were needed on an annual basis. This only goes to show that both issues need to be resolved independently and, at least for the latter, the problem is more structural in nature. So, solutions must be a combination of short-term and medium-to-long-term. Even though these solutions will pertain to policy decisions that extend beyond the Budget, allocating finances in the right places of the economy is a good place to start. No electoral compulsions are also tied to this Budget, so it has the potential to be bold and as target-oriented as possible. To address the issue of a growth slowdown, it is necessary to go to its root cause. There are two sides to the story: supply and demand. In the supply side, to put it simply, India’s credit system is clogged. The capital of Indian banks is locked up in Rs 14 lakh crore of stressed assets and, despite all efforts to the contrary, the resolution mechanism is still slow. The public sector banks (PSBs), which account for two-thirds of the banking system, are facing serious capital shortages, which has made them risk-averse and, thus, wary of lending. As credit availability dries up, the fuel that drives investment vanishes, slowing the latter. Gross fixed capital formation, or investment in plant and machinery has dipped to 31 per cent from 34.3 per cent of the GDP in 2014. Meanwhile, the demand side of the issue lies in falling domestic consumption as evidenced in the latest data provided by the Ministry of Finance, which shows the growth in the sale of two-wheelers falling into negative territory. However, this is only a sign of the slowing economy as people are left with less disposable income to spend on goods. Once investment revives, the money will flow through the system and consumption will pick up. So, the Budget needs to focus on reviving investment and the obvious tool of boosting public investment is also not available as the fiscal deficit is well above its target already. Moreover, history shows that governments have a tendency of reducing expenditure post-elections. And the target to revive investment should be to allay the prevailing risk aversion of banks. One way is to use the surplus RBI capital for bank recapitalisation. There will be more clarity on this front once the Bimal Jalan Committee submits its report later this month. An additional solution, which is also more structural in nature, would be to implement the recommendation of the PJ Nayak Committee to set up a Bank Investment Company as the holding company for various state-owned banks. This would create a certain autonomy in operations of public banks without government interference and improve their lending behaviour. The second issue of job crisis is a long-standing problem for India and cannot be resolved in a Budget or two. The Budget can only provide a fiscal stimulus package like the one India saw implemented in 2009 as a response to the financial crisis. But a more long-term redressing of the problem is crucial as I’ve argued through these columns before. Improving the productivity of India’s labour through education and skilling is indispensable. Beyond that, a data-based approach towards policymaking can also prove helpful here. Employment elasticity, a measure of how employment varies with economic output, can be measured for the economy and each sector within it. Targeting investment within sectors with the highest employment elasticity can maximise the job-creating capacity of the economy. India is in dire need of such novel ways to resolve its most challenging facets of the economy. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Manisha Kapoor, a senior researcher at Institute has contributed to the piece. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Dr Jill Biden Responds To Attack On Save The Children Office In

first_imgIn response to this week’s attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. Board Chair, on behalf of its Board of Directors today issued the following statement:“Our hearts are broken, and our prayers are with the victims, our beloved colleagues, and their families.“While Afghanistan is known to be one of the most difficult and dangerous places to work in the world, Save the Children has been dedicated to improving the lives of Afghan children and their families for more than 40 years. Through community-based education and healthcare programs in 16 provinces across the country, we have reached more than 1.4 million children. And when disaster strikes, our staff is ready to respond, ensuring that we quickly meet the needs of the most vulnerable children.“While we are united in our sorrow we remain determined to honor the legacy of those who lost their lives yesterday through the work of Save the Children. Our mission will guide us through this trying time – we will continue to serve the children of the world with hope and courage, and we will continue to defend the safety of the men and women who heed that call.”last_img read more

April coach registrations well down

‘Comparisons with last April’s distorted market were always likely to be both painful and suspect,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘More operators than many expected tried to beat the 1 May 2006 deadline for digital tachographs, so last month’s figures look a little lame by comparison. The numbers fell from 296 to 136, below the 155 units more typical of April in recent years. Registrations will remain disjointed for a few months, but when these exceptional times pass we expect a return to stability.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Big bus rolling year total of 2,543 at April a respite, but mainly for single deckers. Big single deck buses down 27% for the three months to April. Double deck buses down 60.4% on same three months in 2006. Coaches figures well down by comparison to last April’s distorted performance. read more

Steven Smith David Warner return to Sydney grade cricket

David Warner finds a reason to smile during a club game (Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo– David Warner and Steven Smith, who had been banned from playing international and domestic cricket for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the Newlands ball-tampering incident, marked their returns to grade cricket in Sydney with a 98-ball hundred and a 92-ball 85 respectively on Saturday.Warner, turning out for Randwick-Petersham in the NSW premier cricket competition, reached the milestone when he clipped St George’s Josh Hazlewood, who was returning from injury, behind square leg. He celebrated his century with his trademark leap in front of his family. Smith fell 15 short of a hundred for Sutherland, in his first match after returning from an abdominal strain that had sidelined him from Barbados Tridents’ last three matches in the Caribbean Premier League.Former Australia allrounder Shane Watson was set to team up with Smith at Sutherland but a calf injury forced him to pull out of the game. Watson spoke glowingly of the crowd – reportedly more than 1000 were in attendance at Glenn McGrath Oval.“To be able to see so many people come along to a grade game is incredible,” he told the Canberra Times. “We see the crowds that come along to a Sheffield Shield game or a JLT Cup [game] as well, it’s nothing compared to this. It’s very impressive.“The support he [Smith] got today shows everyone makes mistakes and that people do forgive. How Steve has handled it is how you’d expect from someone who cherishes playing for Australia; appreciates the privilege that he’s had. This is just another step along the way for him most importantly getting back in the Australian team.”Steven Smith clicks a selfie with fans during a club game (Getty Images)Sutherland captain Williams, who shared a 50-run stand with Smith, said: “Obviously it was set up ideally for Steve to come in and control the innings. The atmosphere just kept building up and up as the innings went on.“The noise they made. The anticipation when they were clapping us along. The long pause when the wicket fell for Smithy as he was coming down to the gate is something you’re not used to every week.”Warner and Smith will be pleased to have scored runs after particularly lean stints in the Global T20 Canada and the subsequent CPL. They will continue to play grade cricket and are set to go head-to-head at Coogee Oval in November. They will not feature in the Sheffield Shield, though, after New South Wales opted against challenging the ban imposed by CA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSmith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”Warner and Bancroft to commence returns through NT Strike LeagueMay 29, 2018In “Sports”‘I have come to terms with everything’ – SmithMay 4, 2018In “latest news” read more

International Mining Project News presents its fortnightly round up of global mining

first_imgInvestment and consolidation have been the main priorities for mining projects as they look forward to the end of the year and beyond. Xstrata is one of those looking further ahead with the approval of an ambitious $4 billion development plan that could release lucrative returns on its low cost, and long life, Peruvian copper project. The company isn’t putting all of its eggs into one basket however with over $2 billion invested in Antapaccay and an Australian underground thermal coal mine. Also in Australia Territory Resources has revealed a $4.6 million exploration program after increasing its ore reserves by 50% – guaranteeing iron ore production until 2013.Batavia Mining have been battling with wet season delays to make a strong start to drilling at its own Australian iron ore project – and has been rewarded for its determination with kilometres of continuous hematite iron ore with grades of over 50% Fe. Old hand Rio Tinto has been concentrating on expansion and investment, with the company bringing its Pilbara expenditure up to $1 billion in its drive to push iron ore operations to180 Mt/y within six years. Despite the growing worries of recession Harmony Gold and Newmont’s copper/gold JV won’t find it difficult to discover investors – extended drilling has opened up the project’s mineral resource to almost triple gold and copper resources while doubling its molybdenum resources.Elsewhere Africa’s resources sector continues to heat up with a new country entering the fray to develop its mineral wealth, while Nevsun Resources have almost finished its silver/copper/zinc/gold project bringing Eritrea one step closer to having its first modern day mine. The Minas Moatize mine, in Mozambique, is also making steady progress with the imminent arrival of a mobile wash plant to help produce the projects first trial shipments of export thermal and coking coal.In Mexico SilverCrest Mines is looking forward to its first metal pour after a faultless safety performance at its two thirds operational gold/silver mine and Geologix have found good recoveries at its Mexican copper/gold sulphide resource. After a long wait Kinross Gold has managed to find approval for its Russian gold/silver investment while Vale has released an extensive update on its projects in Brazil, Peru and New Caledonia.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

US officials plan to reduce accidents by proposing talkingcars system

first_imgNEW CARS COULD be required to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems fitted in as US regulators draft a proposal supporting it.By using this system, drivers will be alerted if the car senses it’s going to crash into an object or another car. It’s hoped that introducing this system will significantly reduce the rate of accidents and collisions on roads.Cars will be able to communicate with each other by using short-range radio signals and would be able to exchange vehicle information such as speed, location and the direction they’re travelling.No date was given for when automakers would need to introduce it or what the cost might be, but US officials aim to have a proposal developed before early 2017. Once the regulations are in place, automakers would be required to put in GPS sensors and software into vehicles.The US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said data from a Transportation Department study, which started in 2012, showed that the technology could help prevent 80 per cent of potential accidents from happening.Both automakers and researcher have been working on developing technology to reduce collisions. While advancements have been made, other systems like developing a network which allows multiple cars to communicate with each other will need to be introduced.Read: 54 million self-driving cars to be on the roads by 2035 >Read: Good sign for 2014? Car sales zoom ahead by 33 per cent >last_img read more

Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eightyearold nephew

first_img 14,928 Views A DUBLIN MAN who as a teenager sexually abused his eight-year-old nephew within a “deeply dysfunctional” household will be sentenced next month.The Central Criminal Court heard that the accused man, who was 16-years-old when the abuse began, was also having a “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship with one of the adults in the house.He was convicted of the sexual abuse of the boy following a trial last year.During the trial the victim told the court that his uncle “did what he should not have done to any child.” He said during his evidence that he found it disgusting to speak about it in front of women.The accused man, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, was convicted last November by a jury of eight counts of indecent assault, one count of anal rape and one count of sexual assault on dates between 1988 and 1991.Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing until 20 February next.A local garda told Orla Crowe Senior Counsel, prosecuting, that the accused man had been living with the victim’s family. The boy said that when he was about eight years old the accused man would “feel and fondle” him when he came home from school.The victim said what the accused man did to him “hurt so badly” and would take place in various locations at any time of day. He said he was assaulted physically and threatened that he would be killed if he revealed what was happening.He said the accused man would ask him to have sex “like an adult” and tell him he was “a good little boy.” The abuse eventually escalated into anal rape.The victim made first made a complaint in 2011 and the accused man denied the allegations when interviewed by gardaí.In his victim impact statement he said as a child he felt disgusted about what was going on.He said he had been kicked out of school as a teenager due to his temper. He began drinking and smoking cannabis so he was able to forget the abuse. He said he did not feel safe and sometimes woke up at night thinking the accused man was coming into his room.The man said he was afraid to do normal things with his own children such as change their nappies or bathe them because what had happened to him. He felt angry he was unable to do these things and was also over-protective of the children. He said his whole life had been affected by the abuse.The garda agreed with Mary Rose Gearty Senior Counsel, defending, that a “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship between the accused and an adult in the house had begun when he was 15 years old.Gearty asked the court to take into account the circumstances in which her client grew up and what had occurred in the household in relation to her client. She said it was a “deeply dysfunctional family.”She said that her own client’s early years had been difficult and he had been thrown out of his mother’s home as a young teenager and suffered drug addiction issues.Comments have been closed as the case is ongoing.Read: Court hears father would leave £50 on his daughter’s bedside locker after sexually abusing her Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 6:20 AM Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Short URL Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eight-year-old nephew A “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship between the accused and an adult in the house had begun when he was 15 years old. By Fiona Ferguson Jan 24th 2017, 6:20 AM last_img read more

GOP Ponders Length of FY17 Continuing Resolution

first_imgRepublican leaders to date have not made any decision as to how long a fiscal 2017 continuing resolution (CR) would extend, but House conservatives are making clear their preference for a stopgap spending measure that lasts until March 2017.A CR almost certainly will be needed for most, if not all, spending bills to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins in October, as the regular appropriations process appears to be coming to an end. Conservatives are pushing for a CR that lasts about six months to avoid the last-minute negotiations on an omnibus spending measure that typically take place behind closed doors as the December holidays approach.“The last thing we want to see is some kind of a shutdown scenario in December, and then basically giving the president everything that he asks for,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) told CQ.Other Republicans, especially appropriators, favor a shorter stopgap, including Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.“I would, yeah,” Rogers told reporters. But he added, “It’s just beginning to be talked about.”Discussion of a six-month stopgap has largely taken place only in the House, with at least one Senate appropriator leaning toward finishing work on FY 2017 appropriations before the end of the congressional session.“The problem with pushing these things out too far [is] you’ve got the old year to consider and you’ve got the new year to consider, and you really get into a time crunch,” Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) told CQ.Democrats similarly favor finishing the process in 2016. Placing spending on autopilot for the first half of the fiscal year cheats agencies out of the opportunity to start new programs, said Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the chamber’s Democratic whip and a senior appropriator.“Try to run the Department of Defense on a CR. You know the bottom line or top dollar number, but to put into each one of your agencies, sub-agencies, the same amount of money as last year, is not a good way to govern and it’s certainly not a good way to respect the taxpayers’ dollars,” Durbin said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

UP Minister Raza wants Muslims to wear saffron

first_imgLucknow: UP Minister for Minority Affairs, Mohsin Raza, on Friday asked all Muslims to wear saffron clothes, saying it is a “gift from Allah”. “Saffron is not a gift from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath but a gift from Allah. The colour symbolizes light. If students and teachers in ”madrasas” wear saffron, their lives will see a new light,” he said on Friday. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us The minister said that people from the Chishti sect also wear saffron and their tradition is older than the BJP. “Muslims should not have a problem in wearing saffron because it is already an established tradition. I will be happy if the clerics discuss the issue with intellectuals because saffron is a symbol of light and energy,” he said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Raza has earlier been in the news for issuing advisory to madrasas on Independence Day, supporting the Triple Talaq Bill and even supporting Adityanath”s stand on the “Ali and Bajrangbali” controversy. Raza, a former cricketer, is now the Muslim face of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and is often seen wearing saffron kurtas.last_img read more

Coca Cola Now Sells Milk Invests in Dairy Brand FairLife

first_imgCoca Cola, famed for its carbonated drinks, is now shifting focus slightly; it is investing in “Fairlife” – a diary products company.At a recent consumer conference, Sandy Douglas, the senior vice president of Coca-Cola North America announced that they will be launching Fairlife in the United States by December and its products will cost double the average price of milk and other dairy products in the market.Why?Fairlife’s products are supremely healthy. Fairlife milk products will carry 50 percent more protein and 30 percent less sugar and will be completely lactose free. They also have a unique filtering system through which they can improve the nutrients in milk.Take a look at this video below:”It’s basically the premiumisation of milk. Our ambition there is to create the Simply of milk,” Douglas said at the conference adding that the test markets have responded extremely well.”…we’ve created a joint venture with a bunch of dairy farmers who are innovative leaders in the dairy industry. So you put that next to Simply and you have a nutrition beverage company with tremendous growth potential,” he said.Douglas also said that the business will take some time to accelerate but when it does pick up, it will “rain money” on the company.”Now to be clear, we’re going to be investing in the milk business for a while to build the brand so it won’t rain money in the early couple of years. But like Simply, when you do it well it rains money later. And we can deliver with our business portfolio before the milk comes on full profit line,” he said.Sexy Ads for Milk? Fairlife has already started advertising in the United states but its campaign seems a little too racy for a milk brand.Fairlife Official WebsiteFairlife has already started advertising in the United States but its campaign seems a little too racy for a milk brand. A few print ads show women dressed in “splashing milk” while captions like “Drink what she’s wearing” and “Milk that Mooves you” are scrawled in bold letters above one of them.The social media is abuzz with these new ads and most think they are ridiculous! But in its defense, FairLife says that the ads were inspired by classic pin up girls. The ads have been created by London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz.”His (Wieczorkiewicz’s) Milky Pin-Ups collection turns real milk into high fashion to recreate the classic mid-20th century pin-ups of American artists like Gil Elvgren (1914-1980),” Fairlife explains on its website.”Wieczorkiewicz’s work epitomizes our fairlife philosophy of embracing the future, with a nod to what’s wholesome and timeless. We hope that our fans recognize an instant classic in our purely nutritious milk,” it added.last_img read more

Full Show Impaired Drivers and Reimagining Houston Streets Sept 19 2018

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: There’s an epidemic of traffic fatalities in Houston caused by impaired drivers, and it’s going unchecked. That’s the Houston Chronicle’s latest analysis on traffic deaths. We learn more.Also this hour: Local experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Houston is a city designed for automobiles, and our massive urban sprawl is not very pedestrian or bicyclist friendly. But is there a way to change that?And some Houston researchers are documenting the history of “Green Books” — travel guides from the Jim Crow era that listed businesses, hotels, and restaurants that would serve black travelers.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video. 00:00 /50:36 Listen We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more