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Chetan Chauhan leaves NIFT job to join as Uttar Pradesh sports minister

first_imgCricketer-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan has been replaced as National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) chief by Rajesh V Shah. Chauhan, a former BJP MP, was appointed on the post in June, 2016. Chauhan was recently made Sports Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.”The Union Government (M/o Textiles) has appointed Shri Rajesh V. Shah as Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology up to 31.03.2019 in place of Shri Chetan Chauhan as per the provisions of the National Institute of Fashion Technology Act, 2006,” an official statement said.As per the NIFT Act 2006, the Chairperson of its Board of Governors shall be an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional, who is to be nominated by the Visitor, in this case the President of India.Set up in 1986, the institute which has centres across the country comes under the Union Ministry of Textiles.Chauhan’s appointment as NIFT chairman in June last year had triggered a massive controversy with political parties and fashion designers questioning the government’s decision.The then Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar had defended the Chauhan’s appointment, saying the NIFT board has 11 members belonging to different walks of life, including businessmen as well as designers.ALSO READ:Twitter has a lot to say about Chetan Chauhan being named NIFT chairmanControversy over appointment of Chetan Chauhan as NIFT chiefWATCH: BJP faces heat over appointment of Chetan Chauhan as NIFT chieflast_img read more

Camp (or Ride Out the Apocalypse) in this Self-Sufficient Camper

first_imgThe exterior walls pop out to reveal a large (for a camper) indoor/outdoor space that includes a full kitchen, two bedrooms (one of which is a 77.5-square-foot master), and a dining area that doubles as a third sleep space. There’s also a dry bathroom with a sink, toilet, shower, and an ultra-efficient compact washing machine. A large, rotating bubble window guarantees plenty of natural light, and two rose-shaped windows integrated into the bedroom roofs allow those inside to control the flow of light. The entire interior space opens to a spacious, 140-square-foot walk-out deck.Living area aside, one of sCarabane’s best assets is its sustainability and self-sufficiency. Hardcore road-trippers know that going off-grid is the best way to travel just about anywhere overland. A custom parabolic mirror atop the unit tracks the sun while a telescoping, vertical-axis wind turbine generates 500 watts of renewable energy. The included supplementary solar cells provide another 500 watts. What’s more, the entire unit sits on a 360-degree track to allow it to rotate for maximum wind and solar energy capture. All of these features provide near-limitless sources of hot water, heat, and electricity to allow you to venture as far off the beaten path as you like.The sCarabane is currently under development. While it still relies on bottled propane for cooking, the company’s goal is to release a model that’s entirely self-sufficient. This includes designing systems that can harvest and filter rainwater indefinitely. Unfortunately, no price or release date has been set, so campers will need to wait. For those seeking a bug-out pad to ride out the zombie apocalypse, however, these 3D-printed homes from PassivDom should do the trick. Next The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Green, sustainable living (think tiny houses) is a trend that’s thankfully here to stay. Today’s homes aim to do more with less, and such forward-thinking design has extended to the realm of camping. To that end, French innovator Green Cat Technologies has unveiled plans for the forthcoming sCarabane. The one-of-a-kind caravan is not only beautiful, but designed to be an almost entirely self-sufficient camper.Like many campers, the sCarabane is easily towable with just about any mid-size SUV. But its remarkable slide-out features differ from anything on the market today. The Transformer-like design folds up to a compact 25.6 feet long, 9.2 feet high, and 8.2 feet wide, belying the clever engineering origami within. Once deployed — which the company promises can be handled by one person in about 30 minutes — it resembles a retro-futuristic getaway pad like those envisioned by progressive architects of the mid-20th century. 1 of 17 Previous Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts last_img read more

ITCs Q1 profit grows 1269 to Rs 3437 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Diversified conglomerate ITC Ltd on Friday reported a 12.69 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 3,436.51 crore for the first quarter ended June 2019, driven mainly by FMCG and agri-business segments. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 3,049.38 crore in the April-June quarter of the previous fiscal. Net sales during the quarter under review stood at Rs 12,532.31 crore as against Rs 11,745.68 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, higher by 6.69 per cent, ITC said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The company posted a steady performance during the quarter amidst sluggish demand conditions. Gross revenue for the quarter stood at Rs 11,361.35 crore, representing a growth of 6 per cent, driven mainly by paperboards, hotels and FMCG-others (excluding the lifestyle retailing business),” said ITC. Total expenses for the said period were at Rs 8,113.67 crore as compared with Rs 7,667.62 crore, up 5.81 per cent. During the quarter, revenue from total FMCG business was up 6.76 per cent to Rs 9,209.99 crore as against Rs 8,626.61 crore in the year-ago period. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTotal FMCG business comprises segments like cigarettes and FMCG-others. Revenue from cigarettes stood at Rs 6,141.92 crore in the April-June quarter, up 6.83, as against Rs 5,748.86 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. While revenue from FMCG-others segment rose 6.61 per cent to Rs 3,068.07 crore as against Rs 2,877.75 crore. “The FMCG-others segment delivered a resilient performance during the quarter amidst a marked slowdown in the FMCG industry across urban and rural markets, ” said ITC. FMCG-others segment of ITC consists of branded packaged foods as staples, snacks, meals, dairy and beverages, confections, apparel, education and stationery products, personal care products, safety matches and incense sticks. ITC’s hotel business was up 13.90 per cent to Rs 411.60 crore during the quarter as compared to Rs 361.35 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. “The business recorded a steady performance with segment revenue growing by 15 per cent during the quarter driven by the recently commissioned hotels,” said ITC. However, it also added “the performance of existing hotels was relatively subdued due to slowdown in the conferences and banqueting segment”. Revenue from agri-business segment moved up 14.58 per cent to Rs 3,622.40 crore as against Rs 3,161.39 crore in the June quarter of the previous fiscal.last_img read more

BCCI polls NADA to be discussed at CoA meet

first_imgMumbai: The BCCI coming under the ambit of NADA and its elections will dominate the Committee of Administrators’ meeting here on Tuesday, the first after last week’s landmark development. The CoA members are likely to discuss how the new development could be incorporated in the BCCI constitution. Ending years of defiance, the BCCI last Friday agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency following its CEO Rahul Johri’s meeting with top sports ministry officials in New Delhi. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt is expected that the CoA, with its stated “zero tolerance” approach for doping, will discuss the matter at length. The CoA, comprising chairman Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Thodge, will also be taking stock of the situation with regard to elections of the state associations and the subsequent BCCI polls, which are scheduled to be held on October 22. The trio will take into account how many state associations have fallen in line with the Lodha reforms and how many are still left to comply with and act in accordance. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe state associations have to complete the elections before the second week of September. Another issue that could come up for discussion is short-listing the candidates for interviews for selection of the national team’s head coach by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), led by former captain Kapil Dev. Having received several applications for the top post, the CoA would be short-listing the candidates, who would then appear for the interviews, which are likely to be held on August 16. Apart from incumbent Ravi Shastri, some of the other candidates are former India players Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.last_img read more

Mario Lopez And Komen Chicago To Celebrate 20th Anniversary At Ignite The

first_imgSusan G. Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Westin River North, celebrating 20 years of funding global research and providing critical breast health services for the underserved in the Chicago area.Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Oct. 21The anniversary celebration will feature Mario Lopez, Emmy-winning host of “Extra,” as the Celebrity More than Pink Ambassador, as well as 20 More Than Pink Heroes, who will be honored for their exceptional compassion, bravery and leadership in the fight against breast cancer.The Gala will kick off with the Dearborn Street and Clark Street bridges over the Chicago River being illuminated in pink. The lighting ceremony, led by Ed Wehmer, president and CEO of Wintrust, will celebrate extraordinary people who have “bridged the gap,” by fighting to even the playing field for those who lack resources.More than 1,000 people in the Chicago area die from breast cancer each year, and there is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than Caucasian women, according to Komen Chicago executive director Bonnie Gordon. Many of those deaths could have been prevented, with an earlier diagnosis and optimal care. Komen Chicago has distributed $17.4 million in community grants over the past 20 years, to ensure the underserved throughout the Chicago area get the care they need.The bridge lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and dancing. Pink ties and pink cocktail attire encouraged. Tickets are now on sale at www.komenchicago.org/gala.“All of us have been touched by cancer. Wintrust is excited to help give everyone a fighting chance for survival as we partner with Komen Chicago’s incredible 20th anniversary celebration,” Wehmer says. “We’re honored that so many inspirational people are lending their voices and sharing their stories to help Komen Chicago achieve the goal of providing Quality Care for All in Chicago.”In addition to Lopez, an appearance client of Esterman.com, special guests and More Than Pink Heroes include Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. Other Heroes include those who have faced the disease or lost loved ones, volunteers and caregivers. Gala co-chairs are the mother/daughter team of Marcy and Katie Twardak.last_img read more

Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp of Hee Haw dead at 94

first_img Login/Register With: Tapp eventually took his act south of the border to the popular American variety series “Hee Haw,” inspiring other Canadian performers to follow his lead.Earlier this year, comedian Colin Mochrie visited the Lasalle Park Retirement Living Community facility, where Tapp and his wife Helen lived, to pay tribute to the entertainer.During an onstage chat with Tapp, Mochrie said his career was influenced in part by “Hee Haw.”“For me, it was the first show where I realized that Canadians could make it big in America,” Mochrie said. “It was sort of an inspiration.”Despite his successes with “Hee Haw,” Tapp was resolute about staying in Canada, said his daughter Kate Tapp Mock.“We were all up here and Dad didn’t really think of himself as American. He was very proudly Canadian and he had enough work here,” she said. “He was a good family man.”Tapp also had an undercover role that brought much joy to radio listeners: playing Santa for Hamilton radio station CHML.“We kids used to have to stay out of my parents’ bedroom because he would use that phone and they would make it sound like he was calling from the North Pole. And for hours he would have to sit there and listen to all the kids and what they wanted for Christmas,” Tapp Mock said.In more recent years, Tapp was also known for appearing in TV commercials for Ultramatic beds, and was a committed philanthropist, raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Easter Seals Society.He is survived by his wife and his children Kate, Jeff and Barbara. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp, a comedian, musician, script writer and pitchman, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia at age 94.Born in London, Ont., the member of the Order of Canada and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee kicked off his career in radio before moving into TV.During the 1950s, he was a founding member of “Main Street Jamboree,” a radio and TV show out of Hamilton, and hosted the CBC music-variety program “Country Hoedown” from 1956 to 1965. Twitterlast_img read more

Nepal UN official calls for release of children in Maoist cantonments

25 August 2008A senior United Nations official today called on Nepal’s authorities and the country’s Maoist forces to immediately free nearly 3,000 children who have still not been formally released from the Maoist cantonments, despite the end of the armed conflict in the Asian nation. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement stressing that the comprehensive peace agreement which ended Nepal’s conflict called for the immediate release of the children once they entered the cantonments.Yet although many children have been released informally, there has been no progress in securing their formal discharge, Ms. Coomaraswamy said.Last year the UN Mission in Nepal and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) identified that there were 2,973 under-age members of the Maoist forces as of May 2006.“UNMIN child protection advisers, UNICEF and its partners should have access to these children to make sure that they receive their rights to recovery and reintegration,” the Special Representative said.Ms. Coomaraswamy added that the recent successful staging of national elections in Nepal indicates that the country is “entering a hopeful phase for peace and prosperity. However, the promise of peace has not come to fruition for these children, whose lives have been adversely affected by the conflict.”She said a key element of the peace is to ensure children associated with armed groups can share in the dividends and receive support for their reintegration into regular society. read more

Over 70 houses damaged in Batti

The DMC said that around 100 people were displaced by the incident and one child sustained injuries and was admitted to hospital.Temporary shelters have been erected for the displaced families in the area and dry rations have also been provided. Strong winds lashed through Batticaloa last evening damaging at least 73 houses, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.Of the houses damaged some 20 houses were completely destroyed by the winds displacing several people. Efforts are underway to repair the damaged houses, the DMC said. read more

Man whose UK wife died banned from leaving Sri Lanka

They were rushed to hospital but Usheila was pronounced dead. Usheila’s parents said: “Two healthy newlyweds left for their honeymoon and days later our beautiful daughter has left us.“From cloud nine to a living hell. Just want to see our beloved daughter one last time.”The couple married in Brent, North London, on April 14. Devastated Khilan has not been arrested or charged but cannot leave until more tests are carried out. He said: “The authorities are not treating me as a culprit but aren’t treating me like a victim either. I don’t want to leave without her.“I still talk to Usheila at night when I look at the stars. She was supposed to be with me for the rest of our lives.” A newlywed whose British wife died on their honeymoon has been banned from leaving Sri Lanka by the Police, The Sun reported.Khilan Chandaria, 33, and bride Usheila Patel, 31, fell ill after food and drinks. After learning they would need to get a taxi to hospital they tried to see off the illness in their room. But within hours both deteriorated.Khilan added: “We were feverish and vomiting blood. We phoned for help. It must’ve been after 3am. Three staff came with a wheelchair.”The pair were rushed to the Co-operative Hospital. Massage therapist Usheila was then switched to the city’s Karapitiya hospital.Phone shop boss Khilan said: “A post-mortem said she died from dehydration, obviously from vomiting.”Previous reviews of the Amari talk of food poisoning. But Russell Cool, from the hotel, said it was recognised for its food safety last month.He confirmed the pair ate inside, adding that other items they “obtained from outside and consumed” have been handed to investigators.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Sri Lanka . . . and are in contact with the Sri Lankan authorities.” At £100-a-night Amari hotel in the coastal city of Galle they each drank a Sprite with vodka bought at Heathrow.Next day they noticed a smell in their room. After a cleaner left they shared a sandwich and chips.At 6pm they had another vodka and Sprite. But before dinner Khilan fainted. By the time he came round, Usheila felt sick too. They spent £6,600 on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from April 23. read more

Forever 21 fashion chain closing all Canadian stores in global restructuring

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.— With files from The Associated Press in Toronto.The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a once-hot destination for teen shoppers, will close all 44 of its Canadian stores and up to 178 locations in the United States while restructuring its global business under bankruptcy protection.The Los Angeles-based company announced Sunday that it had filed for protection under U.S. and Canadian laws and confirmed Monday that it plans an “orderly wind-down” of the entire Canadian business.“After years of poor performance and challenges set forth by the headwinds facing the retail industry today, our Canadian operations are simply no longer economically viable,” said Bradley Sell, Forever 21 Canada’s chief financial officer, in a statement.The company considered “numerous options” before it came to the “difficult decision to discontinue operations in Canada,” he said, adding it believes the choice to be the right one for Forever 21 Canada.Forever 21 was granted protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, the company said. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. will serve as its monitor in proceedings.The retailer operates 44 stores in Canada with locations in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. These stores, which employ about 2,000 people, will stay open during the liquidation process, the company said, but will close before the end of the year.“We have plans to liquidate our store inventory in the near-term,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Canadian customers can continue to shop our curated assortment of merchandise on our U.S. website.”The company said it would focus on maximizing the value of its stores in the United States, where it had 500 locations prior to the downsizing.Forever 21 will also close most of its locations in Asia and Europe but will continue operating in Mexico and Latin America.The numbers show the crisis facing traditional retailers. So far this year, publicly traded U.S. retailers have announced they will close 8,558 stores and open 3,446, according to the global research firm Coresight Research. That compares with 5,844 closures and 3,258 openings in all of 2018.Coresight estimates the store closures could number 12,000 by the end of 2019.The Canadian retail scene has undergone similar trends but hasn’t been an exact copy of the United States.Payless ShoeSource closed its 248 Canadian stores after filing for bankruptcy in February. However, Toys R Us Canada continues to operate as a separate business despite the closure of its American and British counterparts.Forever 21 was founded in 1984 and, along with other so-called fast fashion chains like H&M and Zara, rode a wave of popularity among young customers that took off in the mid-1990s.Their popularity grew during the Great Recession, when shoppers sought fashion bargains.But over the last year or so, fast fashion has fallen out of style. Young customers are losing interest in throw-away clothes and are more interested in buying eco-friendly products. They’re also gravitating toward rental and online second-hand sites like Thredup, where they see clothes worn again instead of ending up in a landfill.These trends are happening while discounters like Target have spruced up their fashion assortments, stealing away customers.Forever 21 has also been more vulnerable than some other chains because of its large footprints in major malls, which are attracting fewer shoppers. read more

In Iraq UNESCO chief says education culture key to countrys future peace

“Education is a human rights imperative for you and for all Iraq – it is also a development imperative and a security imperative,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said yesterday during a visit to the Baharka Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), near the city of Erbil, in the country’s Kurdistan region. “Education is a hidden crisis and I have come to stand with you, to support you, to reject the terrible human rights violations you have suffered.”Since January, some 1.8 million people – half of them children – have been displaced in Iraq, and hundreds of thousands more have been forced to find shelter in unfinished buildings, public spaces and informal settlements. In total, there are 5.2 million Iraqis in need of assistance amid rising instability across the country.According to UNESCO, as the IDP crisis continues to stretch Iraq’s resources, Iraqi children are increasingly deprived of access to education, potentially jeopardizing their futures. Many Iraqi youths, for instance, were unable to attend the public examinations held in June 2014.During her visit to Baharka, Ms. Bokova marked the beginning of construction on the camp’s second UNESCO school, slated for completion in December 2014, and one of four UNESCO-backed schools to be built in three IDP camps throughout the country. She noted that education would provide displaced youth with “a sense of normalcy, stability and hope for the future” and “minimize the risk of vulnerability resulting from violence, abuse or ideological manipulation.” “We cannot let you and an entire generation of young Iraqis to be deprived of their right to education, because this would throw a shadow over the future of the country as a whole,” the Director-General continued, adding that education was essential to the future stability of Iraq as well as the prospects and rights of Iraqi men and women. “We must ensure that you learn so you have the chance to become everything you wish,” she added. Meanwhile, in a ceremony later in the day at the Erbil Citadel, a site recently inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Director-General paid tribute to Iraq’s millennial cultural legacy, handing over the certificate of inscription to Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani. “Saving the past of Iraq is essential to saving the future of this country and to our collective history,” Ms. Bokova told those gathered. “That is what this inscription means.” At the same time, she denounced the ongoing attacks against the country’s cultural heritage, warning that Iraq was experiencing “cultural cleaning, cultural eradication and cultural looting.”Most recently, the Imam Dur shrine in the governorate of Salah-e-Din in Iraq was destroyed by radical elements as part of a widening and unprecedented campaign against Iraq’s cultural, religious, and historical monuments. “The terrorists are attacking culture because they want to attack the soul of the Iraqi people, to weaken the ground for future reconciliation,” she continued. “We must stand up against forces that seek to divide Iraq because they attack the humanity we all share.” read more

Knicks to be Without Services of Amare Stoudemire

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will miss up to the season’s first three weeks with a left knee injury, a blow to a team with aspirations of making a mark when the year begins.Stoudemire returned to New York on Sunday for an MRI, which revealed a ruptured benign cyst. He had sat out the first two game of the preseason with a left knee bruise.He only played in one exhibition game so far. In Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors he scored 18 points in 27 minutes, then sat out against Boston on Saturday.The Knicks will move Carmelo Anthony to the power forward position until Stoudemire can return.  They could also use 40-year-old Kurt Thomas in Stoudemire’s spot.This is not Stoudemire’s first injury, who who had microscopic surgery on his left knee in 2005 and arthroscopic surgery on his right knee the following spring. The Phoenix Suns refused to offer him a fully guaranteed maximum contract in 2010 because of his injuries.  The Knicks did not even insure his contract in 2010, when he signed for $100 million.Last season Stoudemire was limited to 47 games last season and averaged just 17.5 points, his worst total since his rookie season of 2002-03. He missed 15 games because of injury, though none because of knee problems.Long time friend Nets guard Deron Williams knows Stoudemire’s injury history, but had positive words for him.“That’s tough. I hope he gets better,” Williams said. “He’s had some struggles with injuries, but it doesn’t change how we think about the Knicks. They still have a good team.”The Knicks overcame the trials to finish 36-30 last season, losing in the first  round of the playoffs for the second straight year. Anthony played some of his  best ball when Stoudemire was injured and he moved to the power forward spot,  but both have said they can flourish in tandem after finally having a training  camp together.That will have to wait until Stoudemire gets healthy.  T\\\ read more

BMW and regulator failed to recall faulty cars which led to death

Because it was before sunrise, Mr Gurung was unable to see the vehicle until the last moment, when he swerved and hit a tree.  Transport Secretary Chris Grayling BMW and the Government’s driving regulator have been condemned by a coroner after their failure to recall faulty cars was blamed for the death of a Gurkha veteran.  The German manufacturer and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) had forseen the “exact circumstances” of Narayan Gurung’s death ten months before it happened, but failed to warn customers or recall a single one of the 370,000 cars across the UK.   The 66-year-old died driving his Ford Fiesta into a tree on a dark road in Hampshire on Christmas Day to avoid a car that had cut out because of a total power outage caused by an electrical fault. Anna Loxton, Assistant Coroner for Surrey, said that BMW was “negligent” in its actions and the DVSA expressed “indolence”, but she could not conclude the father-of-three was unlawfully killed because there was insufficient evidence of corporate manslaughter. In February 2016 the car manufacturer, its UK importer and the agency discussed the risk of a power outage on an unlit road, with one engineer noting “we do not want a fatality”. “Despite recognising this risk, the DVSA failed to call for, and BMW AG and BMW UK failed to initiate, a recall until after Mr Gurung’s death,” Mrs Loxton said in her narrative conclusion.   “We have been addressing this as a matter of urgency and have already made a number of significant changes, ensuring that all reported safety defects are assessed quickly and thoroughly.”Where a manufacturer does not address a safety issue promptly, DVSA will publish its safety defect assessment, in parallel with taking action against the manufacturer, to ensure the public are aware and can make an informed choice.” BMW were criticised during the inquest A prevention of further deaths notice will now be issued in writing to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn over her “serious concerns” with the agency.The DVSA had been aware of a fault since October 2014 when it started to receive an “unusually high” volume of complaints from drivers, around two a month.  But Woking Coroner’s Court heard that the agency accepted BMW’s case that drivers would get a prior warning before a complete outage and the glitch was not “critical” because drivers were still able to steer and brake despite headlights, hazard lights and brake lights not working. The DVSA even closed down investigations into the complaints before Christmas Day 2016, when Mr Gurung, who served with “exemplary” conduct in the British Army regiment for nearly 20 years, was driving with his wife to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, where they both worked as housekeepers. A colleague’s 2011 BMW 318i saloon had stalled on the Hogs Back road ahead after suffering a “total electrical failure”.  Resham Gurung, who is unrelated but also works as a housekeeper, tried to put on his hazard lights but they failed because of the lack of power.  BMW were criticised during the inquestCredit:John Keeble/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Transport Secretary Chris GraylingCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty He was pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries and his wife was seriously injured. The family’s solicitor Emma Potter said the case raises “critical questions” about vehicle safety in the UK and hit-out BMW for failing to recall the cars sooner. “This delay ultimately contributed to Mr Gurung’s death,” she said.BMW said it would “reflect” on the coroner’s criticisms, adding: “Safety is of paramount importance to BMW – nothing comes before this.”Last month, the company widened its recall of vehicles at risk of electrical faults to include 312,000 UK cars, including BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel made between March 2007 and August 2011.The Government agency previously claimed its response to the issue two years before Mr Gurung’s crash “might have been different” if the German manufacturer had passed on details of the flaw.DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn has admitted the agency’s processes were not sufficiently “robust” or “efficient”, in the wake of a coroner’s damning finding over the death of a Gurkha veteran.Mr Llewellyn said: “We accept the coroner’s findings that, in the past, DVSA’s processes may not have been as robust or as efficient as they needed to be. She criticised the DVSA for having no protocol for investigating safety-related defects quickly, having no guidance to interpret its own codes of practice over safety defects and for lacking critical analysis of the defect.  read more

Technology implementation vital for success in Saudi mining sector

first_imgTechnology and its appropriate implementation are essential to achieving the desired gains in resource utilisation, operational efficiency, safety, and security in Saudi Arabia’s mining and minerals sector, according to Dr Peter Stegmaier, Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development at Hexagon Mining, who is speaking at the at Saudi Mining and Minerals 2015 conference in Riyadh this week, representing Atheeb Intergraph Saudi Company (AISC). He  recommends computerising the complete mining lifecycle, from exploration to rehabilitation on all levels, to facilitate more efficient resource utilisation, safety, environmental protection and the transfer of the latest proven technologies and know-how into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.“Equally important, Saudi Arabia needs to work with partners who have international mining experience and a core focus on mining and are teamed with a strong Saudi team mate for in Kingdom support such as AISC. Decision makers within the government have to ensure a clear integration path for all data generated in the mines for consistency and efficiency. With these in place, Saudi Arabia can benefit tremendously from the transfer of technology and knowledge that will help develop its mining and minerals sector,” adds Dr Stegmaier.Other leading mining and technology gurus will be at the conference to share their expertise on the very latest technologies and innovations in the global mining and minerals sector at a special technology panel to be participated in by Emad Al-Saadawi, Director, Exploration Technical Services, Ma’aden (KSA); Mark Campodonic, Principal Resource Geologist & Head of Geology, SRK Consulting Ltd (UK); and Graham Clow, PEng, Chairman, Principal Mining Engineer, RPA Inc (Canada). In addition, more than 50 exhibitors from 10 different countries will also be showcasing the latest technologies and products related to mining and minerals exploration.The Saudi Mining and Minerals show is being held for the first time, “to help plot the Kingdom’s path to become a major global player in the industry.” His Excellency Ali Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, will deliver the keynote address and will be joined by important decision-makers and thought leaders, such as Dr Zohair A Nawab, President, Saudi Geological Survey (SGS); Sultan bin Jamal Shawli, Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources; and Khalid Al-Mudaifer, President and Chief Executive, Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden).Among those who have committed to support the show is the Al Raddadi Group, a leading supplier of silica sands based in Saudi Arabia, which considers its participation in Saudi Mining and Minerals as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy as well as an opportunity to increase its brand awareness in the local and international market. “Silica sands have a large number of industrial uses depending on their characteristics. Al Raddadi factory as a key player in the mining industry supply chain, contributes to the Kingdom’s economy by serving many industries, including the mining and minerals sector,” says Maha Al Yamani, Business Development Manager.The Saudi Mining and Minerals Symposium 2015, jointly organised by MEED Events and Montgomery Star, is supported by Saudi’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and the National Industrial Cluster Development Programme; as well as Ma’aden, Atheeb Intergraph Saudi Company, Outotec, Ali Salem Al Raddadi Factory, Saudi Specialty Chemical Ind Co Ltd, ThyssenKrupp, SRK Consulting, Roscoe Postle Associates, Inc and The Saudi British Bank.last_img read more

Deputy accuses Department of failing to give straight answer on primary care

first_imgThe requests received from the Fianna Fail Office are in addition to a number of similar requests from other sources, all of whom have been advised of a similar extension.The Department said it “regrets the necessity to extend the period for consideration of the requests”. It added that due to the number of requests and the volume of records sought, an extension as allowed for under Section 9 of the FOI Acts 1997 and 2003 was required.Anyone dissatisfied with this can appeal that decision directly to the Information Commissioner.ReactionFianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD commented:Given the series of communications failures that we have seen from the Minister on this issue from day one, it was hard to imagine how he or his department could make matters worse.  Unfortunately, they appear to have managed it. DEPUTY BILLY KELLEHER has criticised the Department of Health, saying it is delaying the release of key information relating to Minister James Reilly’s primary health care debacle for a further four weeks.However, the Department has told TheJournal.ie that this topic has generated very considerable attention, which has led to a significant number of FOI requests being received. In addition the volume of records which require to be examined is very considerable due to the extensive scope and nature of records held.center_img We have tried and failed for weeks to get a straight answer on the simple question of how the Minister decided on the extra locations for primary health care centres.  He has blocked us, misdirected us and evaded a clear explanation at every turn.  In response to comments from the Tánaiste that all documents should be released, we submitted a series of FOI requests to test the sincerity of this view.Deputy Kelleher described the situation as “genuinely shocking” and said he intends “to pursue this issue until the truth of what actually happened is exposed.”Read: Quinn angry at being misled over primary care centres answer in Dáil>Read: ‘No ministerial involvement’ in selecting primary care sites – Gilmore>last_img read more

The sound sleep guide Move your phone away from your bed tonight

first_img 15,306 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry 22 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3321882 Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month:center_img Share Tweet Email11 The sound sleep guide: Move your phone away from your bed tonight Move it as far from your reach as possible. Apr 20th 2017, 12:50 PM Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 12:50 PM WE’RE ALMOST AT the end of the first week of Live A Better Life.So how are you feeling about things? Have you found monitoring your phone use interesting? Did you get around to doing the quiz?And most importantly – how did your phone-free night (or hour) go last night?Let us know in the comments.Today, we’re going to look at another way of changing up how we use our phone. We’re going to think about where we keep our phone at night time.Many of us keep our phones by our beds. That’s because we use them as our alarms, or we’re in a habit of checking our phones last thing at night and/or first thing in the morning.Tonight, we’re going to try something different: We’re going to move our phone as far away from our bed as is possible (and practical).According to the Deloitte 2016 Mobile Consumer Survey, seven out of ten 18 – 24-year-olds check their phones in the middle of the night.Plus, over half of Irish smartphone users check their devices in the middle of the night. A 2015 survey even showed that in the UK, social media use, specifically night-time use, is linked to poorer sleep quality and lower self-esteem, and higher levels of anxiety and depression.Why are we doing this? Source: Shutterstock/TORWAISTUDIOBefore artificial light was created, we lived our lives by the light of the sun.But now, we can illuminate our surroundings pretty much whenever we want. And while it’s fantastic we can do that, it doesn’t mean staring at a screen any time of the day is good for us.As Harvard Health points out:At night, light throws the body’s biological clock – the circadian rhythm, out of whack. Sleep suffers.To make things even more interesting, blue wavelengths “seem to be the most disruptive at night”. And that’s the type of light your phone gives off.(You can read a more in-depth paper on the health effects – including positive ones – of blue light here.)Now, some phone manufacturers offer a way to reduce the blue lighting on your phone. Check your phone settings to see if that’s an option for you.But says Harvard Health:Even dim light can interfere with a person’s circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion. A mere eight lux—a level of brightness exceeded by most table lamps and about twice that of a night light—has an effect, notes Stephen Lockley, a Harvard sleep researcher. Light at night is part of the reason so many people don’t get enough sleep, says Lockley, and researchers have linked short sleep to increased risk for depression, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular problems.Blue light can suppress melatonin (a hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles) levels even more powerfully than other forms of light.When Harvard researchers and their colleagues conducted an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light to exposure to green light of comparable brightness, they found:The blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours vs. 1.5 hours).Harvard Health recommends avoiding looking at bright screens “beginning two to three hours before bed”, or if you have to use a lot of electronic devices at night, “consider wearing blue-blocking glasses or installing an app that filters the blue/green wavelength at night”.So that’s one major reason for moving our phone away.The second is that it helps us notice our own behaviour around the phone: do we have to use the phone at night?Does it need to be near us while we sleep?Without it, do we find ourselves reaching for a book before sleep, or chatting to our partner more?Does it affect our sleep in a positive way?Just like with last night’s phone-free night, we’re not zealots.Here’s the plan: Don’t let this be you… Source: Shutterstock/Toa55Before we go to bed, we will move our phone as far away from us as is practical.Then, we’ll see what effect that has on our sleep, and our phone behaviour at night and morning time.Do you charge your phone at night?Think about charging it fully before you go to bed, then moving the phone to the foot of your bed before you go to sleep.Have to charge it near your bed? Put it as far away from you as possible. And don’t check it!Have a socket at the other end of the room? Plug it in there.Yes, you’ll have to get out of bed to turn off any alarms.And the benefit of that is you will be awake sooner, so you might find yourself with some extra time in the morning.Tell us how you’re feeling about this in the comments.The Live A Better Life series so far>last_img read more

Astronomers Spot ‘Warm’ Glow of Uranus’ Weird Rings

first_img Uranus could be hard to spot with the naked eye, however, new heat images captured by two giant telescopes in Chile are enabling astronomers to see the “warm” glow of the planet’s bizarre rings.The new images, which were taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) enabled the astronomers to measure the temperature of the rings, 77 degrees above absolute zero (the boiling temperature of liquid nitrogen and equivalent to 320 degrees below zero Fahrenheit) for the first time, according to a University of California Berkeley press release.Images of the Uranian ring system captured by the ALMA and VLT telescopes. (Photo Credit: Edward Molter / Imke de Pater / Michael Roman / Leigh Fletcher/ 2019)This “heated” glow gives astronomers a glimpse of Uranus’ rings, which have been detected only because they reflect some light in the visible range and the near-infrared. These observations, which were published in The Astronomical Journal,  also show that the epsilon ring, Uranus’ brightest and densest ring, is different from other ring systems in our solar system, such as those on Saturn, Jupiter, or Neptune.“The rings of Uranus are compositionally different from Saturn’s main ring, in the sense that in optical and infrared, the albedo is much lower: they are really dark, like charcoal,” graduate student Edward Molter said in the press release. “They are also extremely narrow compared to the rings of Saturn. The widest, the epsilon ring, varies from 20 to 100 kilometers wide, whereas Saturn’s are 100’s or tens of thousands of kilometers wide.”A composite image of Uranus’ atmosphere and rings at radio wavelengths. (Photo Credit: Edward Molter / Imke de Pater)Rings could be former asteroids taken by the planet’s gravity, remains of moons that slammed into one another and shattered, the remains of moons broken apart when they became too close to Uranus, or leftover debris from 4.5 billion years ago. To date, astronomers have determined that there are a total of 13 rings around Uranus, with some bands of dust between the planet’s rings. And, the new images of the “thermal” glow of the rings could lead to more insights on Uranus down the line.“We already know that the epsilon ring is a bit weird, because we don’t see the smaller stuff,” Molter added. “Something has been sweeping the smaller stuff out, or it’s all glomming together. We just don’t know. This is a step toward understanding their composition and whether all of the rings came from the same source material, or are different for each ring.”More on Geek.com:Two New NASA Missions Will Study Solar Weather ESA’s BepiColombo Spacecraft Snaps 3 Epic Selfies on Mercury Trip SpaceX Is Getting Ready for Its STP-2 Mission Falcon Heavy Launch NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more

Kamal Haasans Indian 2 to change hands will Sun Pictures take over

first_imgKamal Haasan’s poster in Indian 2.PR HandoutRumours on Indian 2 being dropped by Lyca Productions are growing stronger by each day. It was said that the shooting of the Kamal Haasan-starrer would begin once the Lok Sabha elections are over, but the production house is believed to be not showing much interest on funding the film as they are unsure of recovering the investment.Going by the latest set of speculations, Shankar is planning to meet the bosses from the production house once again soon to convince them, failing which the director will be left with no other option but to find another producer. The production house which has the capacity to fund a movie of such a large scale is none other than Sun Pictures.Sun Pictures is a leading production house in Kollywood and had funded Shankar’s earlier film Enthiran – The Robot. It was believed to be made with the budget of Rs 132 crore.The cost of Indian 2 is rumoured to be over Rs 150 crore.Indian 2 was formally launched in January after Shankar spent over a year preparing for the movie. The plan was to make it in multiple languages and the makers had approached some of the big names to play the villain role.Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan and many other B-town biggies were approached for the movie, but the stars could not take up for one or the reason. Kajal Aggarwal was brought on board to play the female lead and the shooting was commenced.In the first schedule of the shooting itself, the Kamal Haasan-starrer overran its allotted cost which reportedly made the production house to have a second thought about the film.last_img read more

White House Staff Turnover Was Already RecordSetting Then More Advisers Left

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWhite House economic adviser Gary Cohn and communications director Hope Hicks have both announced they are leaving the Trump administration in the coming weeks.President Trump insists his isn’t a White House in chaos, but it’s hard to deny the near constant churn of key aides, including Tuesday’s announced departure of economic adviser Gary Cohn. A full 43 percent of top-level positions in the Trump White House have seen turnover. That is not normal.In fact, the Trump White House has had more turnover among senior aides in the first 13 1/2 months of Trump’s term than his four most recent predecessors had after two years.“After two full years, President Obama was at 24 percent and President Bush was at 33 percent,” said Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution and the White House Transition Project, whose research specialty includes staff turnover. “So, [Trump] already passed them with his first-year turnover. It continues to surge.”In the hours before Cohn’s resignation was announced, Trump foreshadowed a shake-up.“Yeah, there’ll be people — I’m not going to be specific — but there’ll be people that change,” Trump said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “They always change. Sometimes they want to go out and do something else.”One would note he was speaking of “people,” plural, as in multiple expected departures. Trump tweeted much the same Tuesday morning.The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018In addition to Cohn’s departure, several other staffers have recently left or announced their imminent resignations. Communications director Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner advisers Josh Raffel and Reed Cordish have all announced their departures while staff secretary Rob Porter was ousted after allegations of spousal abuse came to light.A big question now is: Who will be next? Cohn had assembled a team of policy aides who helped craft the White House infrastructure plan and tax framework. With Cohn leaving, will they stay? History would indicate that when someone at Cohn’s level leaves, others follow.“It’s a domino effect. When a senior person leaves, there are other people that leave as well,” Tenpas said. “Kind of by necessity because the new person isn’t necessarily going to want to work with them.”And if the swirl of Washington chatter is accurate, Cohn isn’t the only big-name White House official on the knife’s edge. Chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and adviser/son-in-law Kushner are all reportedly earning the ire of the president.As of Jan. 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, turnover in top-level White House positions was off the charts, double that of President Ronald Reagan’s first year and more than triple the rate of President Barack Obama’s first year. Since then, there has been turnover in another six senior-level positions that Tenpas tracks.“This is an environment that is not suitable for governing. You need people with institutional knowledge, you need expertise,” said Tenpas. “There’s vacancies on top of vacancies.”Typically, there is much more staff turnover in a president’s second year in office than in the first. There was some question of whether in the case of Trump, there had been so many departures in the first year that the pattern would be different and the exit door would swing more slowly in his second year. It is now clear that isn’t the case.“It looks as though turnover continues,” Tenpas said. “People are moving to new positions. A lot of people are resigning or leaving. It’s unclear when this will cease or whether it’s just a continuous process with President Trump.”Why so much turnover? Trump admitted his White House isn’t an easy place to work because he fosters an environment of conflict.“It’s tough,” Trump said. “I like conflict. I like having two people with different points of view. And I certainly have that. And then I make a decision. But I like watching it. I like seeing it.”In Cohn’s case, he was often on the losing end of those policy debates. Trump insisted in a tweet that he will be easy to replace. “Many people wanting the job — will choose wisely!” Trump wrote.Tenpas has data going back to Reagan’s presidency and, in an effort to make apples to apples comparisons, only tracks certain senior positions that have equivalents across administrations. In the Trump administration, she is tracking 65 positions. But turnover in each position only counts once, and if someone changes jobs or gets a promotion, they are not counted twice.This means that in Tenpas’ data set, outgoing communications director Hope Hicks is only counted once and the five changes in the position of communications director don’t count five times. In a way, she is undercounting in the name of consistency, and still, Trump’s White House is shattering records.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more