Rajasthan doctors call off stir as govt. accepts demands

first_imgThe agitating doctors of government hospitals in Rajasthan have called off their 11-day-long strike following an agreement with the State government that has addressed their concerns. Over 80 doctors were arrested during the strike when the Essential Services Maintenance Act was invoked.The strike ended late on Wednesday night, just two days after the Rajasthan High Court directed the government to proceed “in accordance with law” to bring the in-service doctors back to work. Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf said there were “some misunderstandings” that had been resolved through the agreement.The government has accepted the doctors’ demand for appointment of a medical expert to the post of Additional Director (Gazetted) in the Directorate of Health Services by replacing an Administrative Officer. On the demand for revocation of transfer of 12 doctors after the earlier strike last month, the government has agreed to post them at places convenient for them.The doctors had gone on mass leave, demanding implementation of an agreement on the issues of dynamic accelerated career promotion, increasing rural allowances of doctors, among others.last_img read more

Mahindra Quanto to be launched on Sept 20

first_imgIndia’s auto major Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is all set to launch its much-awaited multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) Quanto on September 20. The new car expected to pitch in the same space as the Premier Rio SUV is likely to have a price tag of Rs 5 lakh.According to reports, Mahindra’s Quanto SUV ( mini-Xylo) is based on the Xylo platform, and will come with a new three-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine producing 65PS and wear the same tyres as the Toyota Innova in size. In a media interaction, M&M president, Automotive and Farm Equipment sectors, Pawan Goenka said: “The company is expecting volumes to be around 1,500 to 2, 000 units per month to start with.  Capacity wont be a constraint because it could come up on the same line as Scorpio and Xylo. We will have flexibility on what we can produce. It is very unlikely that we will run out of capacity.”About the pricing of the Quanto, Goenka reportedly said that expectation should be realistic as the car is not a small hatchback. “It is after all a sports utility vehicle (SUV),” he added.We are confident that with its unique value proposition, the Quanto will carve out a segment for itself in the market. The Quanto will cater to the needs of young urban India which enjoys an active lifestyle. We expect the Quanto to offer an exciting upgrade at a premium to customers who are otherwise looking for premium diesel hatchbacks or entry level diesel sedans. Trade analysts, who refer to the yet to be launched Quanto as the mini Xylo, expect the pricing of the vehicle to be very competitive.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma to India’s Rio-bound athletes: Go for Gold

first_imgIndia batsman Rohit Sharma, who is leading the defending champions Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League 2016 urged the Rio-bound athletes to ‘Go for the Gold’.Rohit wished luck to the Indian sports contingent which will take part in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games from August 5-21 by presenting an autographed bat to ace marksman Gagan Narang, who is a bronze medallist in the men’s 10m air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics.The bat was presented to Narang by Rohit after the duo had inaugurated the Pune International Sports Expo (PISE) at the College of Agriculture Grounds, said a media release.Narang spoke about the challenges the Olympic athletes face to achieve their goals.”Winning medals for India is my job, but while I pursue my dream of yet another Olympic medal, this time in Rio, I want to reflect on the challenges that we face,” said the 32-year-old Hyderabad-based Narang, winner of eight gold medals in the Commonwealth Games of 2006 and 2010.”We often talk about level playing field. While in corporate boardrooms this still is an Utopia, but in sports this is what we strive for. However, in a country like ours democracy or level can only come once we think of opportunity or playing fields,” said the ace rifle shooter.Recently, the Parliament was told by the Sports Ministry that the Government expects 10 medals from Rio, while the target is 25 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Speaking about the figure that has been projected by the sports ministry, Narang said whether or not that figure was achievable, it was more important to view the efforts that go behind the final results.advertisement”Surely that is a number that Government wants to achieve given the grants they give. But is it practical? It can become practical if there is democratisation of sports and if Indian sports had many more stake holders,” felt Narang.”In that backdrop, I see there is a great initiative here to give a shot in the arm to Indian sports at this sports exhibition as we need people like these to partner sporting needs of people who are not only at the top, the elite athletes… but the ones starting out as well,” he said.Rohit pointed out that Pune has a special place in his career as after playing his Under-14 and Under-17 cricket in the city, it was here that he was selected for the India Under-17 team.”Being a sportsperson, we all know it is not easy to excel. Lot of dedication and hard work is required and lot of willingness to improve every time you go out on the field.”That’s what we all have been doing. I am talking about cricket as I am a cricketer,” said Rohit.”I can see a lot of kids sitting here and I am sure their goal is to represent India at some stage of any sport. I wish them all the best,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J5, J7 2016 editions quick review: Same old feeling back again

first_imgWhen Samsung launched the Galaxy J3 2016 edition in April, it rested its laurels on the S-Bike Mode; a “hardware and software solution to not only propagate responsible riding but also ensure a tension free ride.” Developed inside Samsung’s Indian R&D centres, the S-Bike Mode was geared towards bringing biking and mobility together. On Monday, the company expanded its J series portfolio with the launch of the new Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 2016 editions. Technically, these phones are superior to the Galaxy J3 2016 as well as the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 of last year, and yet they don’t stand out — in any way — in the ever-expanding universe of mid-range smartphones. The Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 2016 editions give out the same old feeling back again and that’s not necessarily a good thing.Also Read: Samsung launches Galaxy J5, J7 2016 editions, prices start at Rs 13,990 Samsung has undoubtedly been making some good-looking phones ever since the Galaxy S6 came up. It’s nice to see Samsung continuing with the trend in its mid-range and affordable smartphone segment as well. This means, Samsung’s upper mid-range Galaxy A and lower mid-range Galaxy J line-up phones look just alright, nay better as opposed to say its phones from two years ago. It’s safe to say that the Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 editions retain Samsung’s new-found feel-good factor. Both the phones look (and feel) way better than the Galaxy J3 2016 in every sense of the word.Boasting of an all-plastic body, the rear of these phones comes with a brushed metal finish, which appears metal from afar. While in the hands, the finish adds a much-needed comfort element to them. The Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 editions appeared quite sturdy and well put together in our brief usage. The rear panel is removable, but the battery isn’t. The outer-frame is made of metal which adds ups to the phones’ premium quotient. The back sort of eases into the frame, while chamfers on the front ensure the device stays put in your hand.advertisementThe build quality (and materials used) may not be in the same league as say the LeEco Le 1S or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but it’s definitely out there somewhere with the best in the business. The right edge houses the power button while the left edge has the volume rocker, in line with typical Samsung fashion.Both the phones sport 720p Super AMOLED displays. But, while the Galaxy J5 2016 has a 5.2-inch screen, the Galaxy J7 2016 has a larger 5.5-inch one. Samsungs Super AMOLED panels are among the best in the business. Sadly, they do little justice in the case of these new phones, even more so on the larger 5.5-inch display of the Galaxy J7 2016. Colours appear slightly washed out and brightness levels are well below phones like the Le 1S and the Xiaomi Mi 4i.The Galaxy J7 (2016) is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. The Galaxy J5 (2016) on the other hand comes with a humble 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Internal memory stays put at 16GB and expandable storage is supported. Both the phones support dualSIM (dual standby), 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options. Software-wise they run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz user interface which is a first for any Samsung lower mid-range phone.The new Samsung phones do seem less potent when compared to rival phones in and around their price point. Without taking anything away from them for now, let’s just say we found the phones pretty nippy and responsive in our brief usage. We however reserve our final verdict on the same for our full review.The Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 editions sport similar camera hardware, which is a 13-megapixel shooter on the rear with f/1.9 aperture, LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie shooter with LED flash.While the Galaxy J5 2016 is backed by a 3,100mAh battery, the Galaxy J7 2016 uses a bigger 3,300mAh battery.Additionally, the phones also include the S-Bike Mode along with key Samsung take aways like Ultra Data and Ultra Power Saving Mode.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) quick review: One for the roadComing to the pricing. The Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) phones have been priced at Rs 15,990 and Rs 13,990 respectively which kind of puts them in a tight spot. This is because, unlike the Galaxy J3 (2016), these phones are lacking on any compelling feature that would make them stand out. There are better phones that are priced lower than them, which doesn’t speak well of them. Besides, the Moto G4 is on its way. The way we see it, things do look a tad out of place for the Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016). Watch this space for our full review of the Samsung Galaxy J5, J7 2016 editions.advertisementlast_img read more

Gurpreet Sandhu first Indian footballer to start in Europe’s top division club

first_imgGoalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Sunday created history by becoming the first Indian to start in a top division league. India’s national team goalie made his debut for Stabaek Football Club in Tippeligaen, the Norwegian top division league. (Latest Football stories)Sandhu was brilliant in his first outing as he kept a cleansheet in his team’s 5-0 thrashing of Idrettsklubben Kristiansand Start (IK Start).Stabaek registered their third win and still remain in the relegation zone.Sandhu started his career with East Bengal in 2009-10 I-League season. He was then signed by Norwegian club Stabaek in 2014.Sandhu is expected to join the Indian team in Vientiane to face Laos in the first leg of their 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualification play-offs on Thursday. Guwahati will host the return leg on June 7.last_img read more

England must adapt to beat the best

first_imgEngland played their first competitive match since the World Cup in front of 81,000 fans on Saturday night. The familiar chants from the summer could be heard throughout the game as the Three Lions supporters let manager Gareth Southgate know ‘he’s the one’ and that ‘football is coming home again’.On this occasion at Wembley it wasn’t to be however, as Saul and Rodrigo cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s impressive early opening goal to win the opening match of their Nations League Group A clash for Spain.Sergio Ramos was met with boos while Luke Shaw was stretchered off with a serious-looking head injury in the second half, although the latest reports suggest that the Manchester United defender is awake and communication in the dressing room. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was a packed 90 minutes for England’s opening Nations League match, with games against Spain and Croatia – both home and away – yet to come. From a tactical viewpoint it’s evident that England suffer against the big sides when they play Jordan Henderson as a sole defensive midfielder. The Liverpool midfielder was left exposed in the middle of the park against a technically astute Spain midfield who completely overran him.Former England assistant coach Gary Neville recently suggested that Southgate should alter the formation and play a 3-4-3 in games against the top sides.That extra man playing in a central/defensive midfield role with inside forwards supporting Harry Kane upfront provides a better balance than the current formation – and with one clean sheet in seven games, a change of system is something that has been much needed for a long time.With Jose Mourinho watching on in the stands, the likes of Rashford and Shaw showed their potential by linking up for the first goal.The seven-minute delay due to treatment of Shaw’s injury counted for nine minutes stoppage time and England will certainly feel robbed by the decision to disallow Danny Welbeck’s late goal after he was deemed to have fouled his former United team-mate David De Gea as he challenged for the ball.Saul Niguez Inglaterra España England Spain Nations League 08092018Replays showed that Welbeck won the ball fairly and Southgate on the sidelines was rightly fuming with the decision.Despite the disallowed goal, England will need to improve going into next month’s match against World Cup finalists Croatia – a team whose technical and tactical nous is able to compete against any side in the world.last_img read more

IOA meet to discuss Ministry’s proposal on relaxing Asiad selection criteria

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has called a meeting of its Core and Legal Committees tomorrow to decide its future course of action after the Sports Ministry asked it to relax the Asian Games selection norms for better medal prospects. The sports ministry yesterday urged the IOA to relax selection norms in specific cases “in the larger interest of the sports and sportspersons” after concerns were raised by various athletes and teams that have missed the cut. The ministry said the Olympic body in consultation with particular federations may reassess the earlier decision on sending entries if those ineligible disciplines have performed consistently for six months but not made it due to lack of exposure and at the same time have strong chance of finishing in the top four. The recent circular has put the IOA in a dilemma and the Olympic body has decided to discuss the matter with its Core and Legal Committee before responding to the sports ministry. “We have called a meeting of out Core Committee and Legal Committee tomorrow morning at 11 am to discuss the matter and see how to take forward the Ministry’s proposal,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told PTI. “The meeting will also be attended by IOA president (Narinder Batra) and chairman of Preparation Panel (Lalit Bhanot). We will have to discuss the matter extensively and see what can be done.” The IOA official, however, admitted that it would be tough to convince the Asian Games orgainsers for late inclusions as the last date of entries by name was June 30.advertisement “We will have to take a decision on the Ministry’s proposal. But it has come too late. If we decide on sending more athletes, whether to accept our request or not, rests on the Asian Games Orgainsing Committee,” he said. To make matters worse for the IOA, the draws of some sports, including football, have already been announced and it is highly unlikely that the Indian contingent will be accepted at this juncture. The IOA had named a 524-member contingent earlier this month leading to a massive controversy as they left out football fr low rankings and the entire four-member triathlon team for furnishing “misleading information”. The IOA then dropped 20 athletes from the Pencak Silat team, alleging fake credentials, prompting the national federation to threaten legal action. The men’s handball team was cleared at the expense of Pencak Silat athletes after the federation knocked the doors of Allahabad High Court. In the original squad announced by IOA, six Sambo athletes – two male and four female – were included but the number was later cut to just one. PTI SSC PM PM PMlast_img read more

Belgium have the squad, Spain the swagger – but who will win in Russia?

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn France The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Sportblog If only they had had this team four years ago. A better balanced and more accomplished side, with a shrewder manager, there is a refreshing verve to Tite’s team and, perhaps more important, one that is not so reliant on a single player. With Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino around there is less likely to be a national meltdown if Neymar is absent. Their No 10’s fitness – he has barely played since breaking a toe in February – will be enough to keep them nervous, but they qualified in style and have lost once in 20 games under Tite.4) France – 13-2You could make a competitive team from those France left out of their squad, never mind the 23 heading to Russia. There are a few questions to consider: will Paul Pogba perform? Will the team get the most from Antoine Griezmann? Will Hugo Lloris cut out the troubling number of errors he makes for Spurs? But this is an absurdly talented group and other than the complacency that led to them drawing with Luxembourg in the qualifiers perhaps their biggest obstacle to success is Didier Deschamps, a coach who has rarely convinced in the role.5) Germany – 5-1It is worth remembering that Germany’s worst World Cup finish since 1938 is the last eight. There is little to suggest generations of consistency will stop this time, and they travel with a squad that is somehow both reasonably youthful – with two outfield players over 30 – and pretty experienced, just two with caps in single figures (and one of those is the reserve goalkeeper). You could point to Manuel Neuer’s fitness, the possibility that Joachim Löw has stayed for too long or some limp performances in friendlies, but that would be splitting hairs.6) Spain – 13-2Spain look more like themselves again. After the ignominies of 2014 and 2016, Julen Lopetegui’s side qualified with a swagger and a new generation of talent is combining nicely with the remaining favourites of the old. The only real position you can fault is centre‑forward: likely starter Diego Costa scored a modest seven goals in a fractured domestic season and has sometimes struggled at international level. You might also wonder how a team similar to the one that failed before can succeed now – but there’s enough difference to think Spain can return to glory. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp 3) Brazil – 9-2 Topics World Cup 2018 Belgium Read morecenter_img Argentina 1) Argentina – 10-1How do you build a team around a player without being reliant on him? The tightrope that Jorge Sampaoli has to tread with Lionel Messi is made of a spider’s silk but if he manages to strike the right balance this could be Argentina’s time. It is 32 years since they won the World Cup, 25 since they won a major tournament, an implausibly barren run for a generation that has included some of football’s great talents. Ángel Di María and Paulo Dybala could do with stepping up to help Messi, as they can, but have not yet. If they do, Argentina will be among the contenders.2) Belgium – 11-1No longer the shrewd punter’s tip as dark horses, the Red Devils are now among the genuine challengers. They certainly have the squad: probably the Premier League’s best all-round player in Kevin De Bruyne; Dries Mertens, one of Serie A’s top players; and then there is Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. The concern must be Roberto Martínez trying to shoehorn his team into a 3-4-3 system without any real wing-backs. Limp exits in the past few tournaments will also temper optimism, but – if all the moving parts click – they will be formidable. features Reuse this content Germany World Cup Share on Twitter Share via Email Brazil World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Facebooklast_img read more

SEC QB Suspended For The Entire 2018 Season

first_imgA general view of Vanderbilt's football field.NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)An SEC team just got a little more thin at the quarterback position. Vanderbilt will be without backup quarterback Deuce Wallace for the entire 2018 season.Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason announced the news at fall camp on Thursday. The nature of the suspension is not known at this time.Wallace’s suspension leaves the team with two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in starter Kyle Shurmur and true-freshman Alan Walters.The team also has junior college transfer Mo Hasan in as a preferred walk-on.Vandy backup QB Deuce Wallace will not play this season due to suspension, violation of university policy – Derek Mason says— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) August 2, 2018Wallace saw action in four games during the 2017 season. He played against Alabama A&M, Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Wallace finished the season completing 11-of-22 for 94 yards.It’s tough news for the Commodores. The team has to hope Kyle Shurmur does not get injured during the season, or they’ll have to field a true-freshman or JUCO transfer under center.We’ll update this post when more becomes known about Wallace’s suspension.last_img read more

Andy Murray wobbles but roars back to win Shanghai Master opener

first_imgAndy Murray wobbles but roars back to win Shanghai Master openerAndy Murray, who is on a comeback trail after undergoing hip surgery earlier in 2019, fended off a stiff challenge from Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero to advance to the 2nd round of Shanghai Masters.advertisement Next Reuters ShanghaiOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 21:18 IST Murray will next face 10th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the 2nd round of Shanghai Masters (AP)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray beat Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the 1st round of Shanghai MastersMurray will next face 10th-seeded Italian Fabio FogniniMurray had lost a quarter-final to Dominic Thiem in Beijing last weekFormer world number one Andy Murray recovered from a slow start to beat Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters opening round on Monday.Murray, who is competing in Shanghai for the first time since his title run in 2016, improved after being broken twice in the opening set by Londero.The three-time Grand Slam champion claimed the second set after converting break points in Londero’s first and last service games, before switching gears to take control of the match in the decider.Murray sealed a crucial service break in the sixth game with a booming forehand winner and went on to set up a second round meeting with 10th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini.The Scot is looking to build his form on the Asian swing this season after undergoing career-saving hip surgery in January.He worked his way to a first quarter-final appearance of the season in Beijing last week, where he lost to eventual winner Dominic Thiem.”I got better as the match went on – I had to start going for my shots a bit more,” said the 32-year-old Murray, who was awarded a wildcard entry to the tournament.Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov dropped two points on his first-serve as he eased past American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2.Shapovalov will next face newly-crowned Tokyo champion Novak Djokovic, who has won their previous two meetings this season.Also Read | Sumit Nagal jumps 6 spots to be at 129 in latest ATP singles rankingsAlso Read | Sania Mirza’s sister Anam to marry Mohammad Azarhuddin’s son Asad in DecemberadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Shanghai Masterslast_img read more

Drug racket operating on WhatsApp busted one arrested

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Police’s anti-narcotics cell has busted a drug racket being operated through mobile messaging application WhatsApp and arrested one person, an official said on Tuesday. As part of the racket, peddlers used to take drug orders from college students through WhatsApp, he said. The anti-narcotics cell got the information sometime back that some drug peddlers had switched over from their conventional mode of communication to app-based services. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “During the probe, it found that drug peddlers were using social messaging platforms to sell marijuana to college students,” he said. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a trap on Monday evening and nabbed Sunil Rajdev Das (29) near Navinchand Popatlal Kapadiya Vidya Mandir in Vile Parle and seized 9 kg of marijuana worth Rs 1.8 lakh from him, Deputy Commissioner of Police (anti-narcotics cell) Shivdeep Lande said. “Following the interrogation of Das, the police came to know that his gang was using WhatsApp to sell drugs to students, mainly in suburban colleges,” he said. Search was on for the other gang members, he said, adding that the accused was booked under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Last week also, the anti-narcotics cell seized 16 kg of ganja worth Rs 3.2 lakh from another person, Arman Shaikh (20), and arrested him from P D’Mello road, he said.last_img read more

Group of German Muslims Running Sharia Police To Stand for Retrial

Rabat – After a German court acquitted a group of German-Muslims for creating a team of “Sharia police,” a higher court announced on Tuesday a retrial for the group on charges of patrolling the streets and demanding people in clubs to stop selling alcohol and listening to music. The group, led by a German Salafi organization, caused widespread anger after the unofficial police force made rounds in the city of Wuppertal in western Germany. The “officers” also raised signs in English declaring a “Sharia Controlled Zone” as part of their call to end gambling.A local court had ruled in December that it will not pursue charges against the organization for its violations, but a higher court overturned the decision, according to Huffington Post Arabic. Eight of the nine members of the group – all male and between the ages of 24 and 35 – will be prosecuted in the case, which does not yet have a scheduled hearing. When the real German police arrested the group in September 2014, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “no one had the right to do the police’s work for them.The court that cancelled the previous decision upheld arguments raised by the prosecution’s lawyers, who said the group – known to don orange vests that say “Sharia police” on the back – violated “laws against wearing uniforms with political messages.”The Dusseldorf court said another law, intended to stop militant movements from operating in German streets, could also be applied to this case against the group. It said the “police” uniform signaled a “joint political opinion” for the group, which entails enforcing Sharia law in Germany.The court said the group resembles the “extremist” religious police present in many Islamic countries, without specifying which states it referred to. read more

Wynne calls Ontarians very bad actors when it comes to greenhouse gas

Wynne calls Ontarians ‘very bad actors’ when it comes to greenhouse gas produced NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending the Liberal government’s decision to introduce a cap-and-trade program next year to combat climate change, calling Ontarians “very bad actors” when it comes to creating greenhouse gases.Wynne admits Ontario led the way in fighting climate change by shutting down its coal-fired electrical generation stations, but said the province must do more even though it produces only fraction of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.“Even though we’re a small percentage overall of the global greenhouse gas emissions, we’re very bad actors in terms of our per capita creation of emissions,” she told the Niagara Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.“Our carbon footprint is quite high for the number of people that we have.”The Liberal government predicts cap-and-trade will add about $5 a month to home heating bills and about four cents a litre to the price of gasoline at the pumps when it kicks in Jan. 1.Business groups have expressed concerns about the economic impact of cap-and-trade, which will require polluters to buy emission credits that they can sell if they come in under their limit or buy from others if they can’t meet their targets.“I know there’s some anxiety in the business community,” Wynne said.The Liberals chose cap-and-trade over a carbon tax because the money raised from emission auctions will be used to help businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, in part by developing new, clean technologies, she added.“It’s not just a financial burden,” said Wynne. “They actually get money back in order to innovate, so that’s how they will reduce their emissions and be supported by the system.”The world is seeing more severe storms because of climate change, said Wynne, who insisted the cost of doing nothing would be much greater than cap-and-trade.“We are developing the capacity to develop clean technologies that we can obviously use here in industry to reduce greenhouse gas emission, but we can also export that technology,” she said. “That’s the kind of combined motivation.”Wynne insisted she wasn’t worried that two auctions for the cap-and-trade market with Quebec and California that Ontario is set to join next year sold just a fraction of available emission allowances.Only 35 per cent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in California and Quebec’s latest joint auction in August, and that was up from just 10 per cent in the previous round.“It is a market and it goes up and down,” said Wynne. “Overall it has been a very productive market. The key thing is that we set targets and we see those greenhouse gas emissions go down.”Money raised from the emissions auctions will be used to help Ontario companies reduce their greenhouse gases, added Wynne.“That money will be reinvested in businesses to help them to make the transmission and to develop innovative strategies,” she said. “We’ll be measuring the reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions and … giving people clear insight into how that money is being invested.”Ontario will cap emission allowances at roughly 142 metric tonnes per year in 2017, and the cap is expected to decline 4.17 per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.— Written by Keith Leslie in Toronto—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2016 12:18 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bay of Fundy tidal turbine to be removed later this month for

Bay of Fundy tidal turbine to be removed later this month for modifications by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 4:27 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARRSBORO, N.S. – The owners of the demonstration tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy says the massive device is coming out of the water later this month.Cape Sharp Tidal says the 1,000-tonne turbine is working as expected, but modifications are needed for some components and repairs and adjustments are needed for some of its monitoring equipment.The work involves an electrical component sub-system attached to the subsea base and connected to the turbine which transforms the raw power from the generator into grid-compatible AC power.The component also sends operational and environmental sensor data to shore in real time through a subsea cable.The turbine, which began producing electricity last November at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre near Parrsboro, N.S., will be taken by barge to Saint John, N.B. where the work will be done.Cape Sharp Tidal says the first tidal window for the operation is April 15 to 20, and then about every two weeks thereafter.The company says the turbine, which is a joint project between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, will be redeployed once the work is completed. read more

In Honduras senior UN official urges protection of human rights defenders

“They are doing a tremendous service for the long-term future of Honduras and should never be attacked, punished or stigmatized,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, at the end of a three-day visit with Government officials, civil society representatives and members of the UN and diplomatic communities. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Gilmour brought up “widespread impunity, horrific levels of violence, increased militarization of public security, restrictive access to family planning, as well as a disturbing increase in femicide and violence against women” in his discussions.Mr. Gilmour added that he was “particularly troubled” by the violence “courageous” defenders face.Among the groups with whom he met was the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), as well as the National Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Gilmour underlined the essential work they are both doing and their key partnerships with the UN Human Rights Office.  “We are glad that the direct link between corruption and human rights abuses is increasingly recognized – for example, when concessions for land or natural resources are wrongfully granted and without consulting indigenous communities,” he said. In his official visits, Mr. Gilmour highlighted the essential work that officials and the UN Human Rights Office are both doing. Mr. Gilmour reiterated that opening space for dialogue, access to information and meaningful participation in policy-making are key elements of a democratic society. He encouraged State officials to see human rights defenders as allies and useful agents of change. He also warned against a reliance on harsh penal policies for juveniles and security-only approaches. “Social investment and rehabilitation options would be far more likely to address the root causes of violence in Honduras,” Mr. Gilmour said. In 2016, an independent human rights expert spoke out about violence targeting rights defenders in Honduras.At that time, the special rapporteur cited reports which said Honduras had become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders, particularly those promoting rights related to environment and land issues. read more

UK new van market grows with strong demand for smaller vans

UK new van registrations up 5.4% in May, the fifth consecutive month of growth.Strong growth for smaller vans, demand up 14.0%, but pickups stall, down -1.8%.Year-to-date, market remains robust with more than 156,000 new LCVs registered.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew in May, up 5.4%, as 29,142 new vans were registered on British roads, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). May marked the fifth consecutive month of growth for the LCV sector, as buyers responded to new models and competitive offers on the market.Wider trends seen throughout 2019 continued, with demand for smaller vans weighing less than2.0-tonnes rising most in the month, up 14.0%. Registrations of mid-sized and larger vans weighing 2.0 to 2.5-tonnes and 2.5 to 3.5-tonnes also rose, up 10.2% and 5.3% respectively.Elsewhere, pickups and 4x4s stalled, down -1.8% and -26.3% respectively. Year-to-date, however, the UK’s LCV market remains robust, up 7.5% with 156,489 new units sold and all segments posting rises.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another month of growth for the UK’s van market is welcome news, evidence that investment by manufacturers into new models is continuing to help attract buyers. Vans today are more high-tech than ever, with impressive fuel economy, safety features and performance. However, business purchasing is cyclical in nature and for the market to stay strong we need the right economic and political conditions.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jameis Winstons Character Concerns Are No Concern For Buccaneers

Jameis Winston’s arc to the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft is more like a trek through dangerously rugged terrain. That he made it to the other end, smiling, is as much an accomplishment as being taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall.Winston’s talent was never in question—it was all about his character. And in today’s NFL world of multi-million-dollar investments and politically correctness, character concerns are more damning than if he can read a “Cover 2.”The Bucs insist they exhausted themselves looking at Winston’s past: the sexual assault allegations, the “stealing” crab leg saga, the yelling an obscenity on campus situation. . . and the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback came out clean.This is major. Usually, once a player projects the perception that he is drama, it becomes a label, a tattoo, a permanent fixture. Winston has not breached the label plateau, but he hovers on the precipice, especially when he does what he did Thursday night.After being selected, he posted a photo posing with crab legs, a dig at the naysayers, no doubt. He can take photos with whom he wants. But considering his background, that probably was not the tactful thing to do.“I’ve got to work,” Winston said Thursday night. “Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have heard. It’s about your actions. Whatever is in the past is in the past. I look forward to gaining everyone’s trust.”Winston was accused of sexual assault during his freshman season at Florida State but never was charged. “I have been cleared six times,” he said. “I’ve been cleared six times on that situation. So I took that situation so seriously. But, at the end of the day, I’ve got to keep moving forward. That’s why I’m so thankful.”Jason Licht, the team’s general manager, said they gave Winston the once-over more than once. His take away?“Not only were we comfortable with him and his character, we were confident with his character,” Licht said. “We think that his character that he brings to the locker room and the building is a strength. That’s one of the things that makes him a great player.”Lovie Smith, the coach, said he considers Winston a typical young man off the field and extraordinary on it.“I know a lot of things have been said about him,” Smith said. “He’s made some mistakes that young people make from time to time when they’re young. I definitely don’t think that I’ve seen a pattern. Once you get to know him, I just really believe in him. I trust my instincts on people to know who we’re getting.”They’d better be right. Using the No. 1 pick on a failure can be catastrophic to a franchise. Winston, however, showed something that is hard to measure: With all the questions about his character and legal drama swirling around him, he did not flinch on the field.He played outstanding football in rallying the Seminoles. He was a leader. He was tough. He was a supportive teammate. He won.“He’s a champion,” Licht said. “He’s a leader. He’s a winner. He’s got tremendous football character and tremendous intelligence and work ethic. His work ethic was one thing that really put him over the top for us, combined with his leadership and his ‘it’ factor, as well as his ability on the field.”Cleared of the difficult terrain, maybe now Winston can craft an NFL arc that is devoid of scandal. It’d be nice to see him play without distraction. What a novel idea. read more

Girl 8 who wrote letter to someone in Paris receives reply from

first_imgIris Corbett The letter Iris received She became so determined to find out more about the country after the lesson ended that she wrote a letter directly to the capital city.Not knowing who to write to, Iris simply addressed the envelope to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” and put it in the post with a first class stamp six weeks ago. Iris was stunned when she received a replyCredit:Dave Evitts / “I didn’t know who to address it to so just put ‘Somewhere in Paris, any house’ and hoped it would be delivered somewhere.”I didn’t know if I would get a reply but was really happy when the Louvre wrote back. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned about.”Iris asked three questions about the capital, including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up each night, what food was popular in France and how it felt after France’s Euro 2016 final loss. An eight-year-old girl who wrote a letter addressed to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” was shocked to receive a reply from the Louvre Museum.Iris Corbett wrote the note, including three questions about the famous city, the food, and its culture, after learning about France at school. Iris, from West Bridgford, Nottingham, said: “I really enjoyed learning about France at school and especially Paris.”I wanted to know more about their favourite food and the Eiffel Tower so wrote my questions out on paper and put it in an envelope. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned aboutIris Corbett The letter Iris receivedCredit:Dave Evitts / She received a letter two weeks ago from the Louvre Museum thanking her for her interest.The letter answered each of Iris’s questions – including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up every night – and invited her to visit with her family next year. 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.last_img read more

Firefighters using 40stone mannequins to practise rescuing obese people

At present, 50kg and 90kg dummies are regularly used in training scenarios, but when used as a dead weight this can feel heavier than the 7.5st and 14st they are supposed to replicate.The introduction of 260kg dummies are therefore a significant challenge for many crews across the country.Sarah continued: “The need for these heavier models doesn’t seem to be waning. We sell them all over the world too, so clearly obesity and bariatric rescue is not just an issue for the UK’s emergency services. “Despite more and more ambulance services investing in specially equipped bariatric vehicles, they often need to call on the Fire Service due to their technical expertise in extricating people from difficult access areas.” The heaviest models are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings to make them weigh up to 40stCredit:Caters News Agency Sarah Hampson, from the company which make the models, said the full-weight dummies are integral for the emergency services as they needed to be able to train for situations that are intense and could escalate quickly.She said: “Events like Grenfell have highlighted the need to come up with a good evacuation plan.”There’s no point in having a plan if you’re not sure you can carry it out. For example, a hospital could have an operating theatre on the fifth floor. Ruth Lee Ltd also produce lighter dummies that weigh 14st and 28st, and provide similar products for funeral parlours, cruise ships and airlines.The cost of the 40st dummy is over £2,000, but they are discounted for the emergency services.Sarah said: “As a company, we aim to make mannequins which provide teams with a realistic challenge. With the obesity levels rising, many businesses can make use of these as they must learn to safely manoeuvre heavier people.”Fire crews across Britain already train with life-size mannequins in a number of practise rescue scenarios, but the introduction of bariatric models reflects the greater need to prepare crews for every eventuality. 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. Firefighters are using enormous 40-stone mannequins in their training exercises to practise rescuing obese people.Bariatric dummies are being utilised by crews to replicate the weight of real unconscious people in response to Britain’s rising obesity rates.Produced by North Wales company, Ruth Lee Ltd, the heaviest models are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings to make them weigh up to 40st.The move comes as the number of morbidly obese people living in Britain has dramatically increased – a quarter of British adults are now said to be obese.Fire crews have been pictured training with the figures for the first time with manufacturers claiming recent major search and rescue operations such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy have provided a need for larger models. Manufacturers said they created bariatric models to reflect Britain's obesity rates Manufacturers said they created bariatric models to reflect Britain’s obesity ratesCredit:Caters News Agency The heaviest models are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings to make them weigh up to 40st “If there’s a fire, the lifts close and you’ve got somebody who’s morbidly obese, what do you do?” read more

Kino cinema celebrates 30year milestone with 1987 prices

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This weekend marks 30 years since the Kino arthouse cinema at the Paris end of Collins Street was opened by Frank Cox nee Fotis Kokolidis.And despite the common cultural threats to cinemas the world over, starting with the introduction of television in the 50s to current day film streaming, he says “Thirty years on, we’re still going strong, in fact stronger than ever”, especially since joining forces with Palace Cinemas. The partnership gave the cinema the opportunity to expand from four to seven screens and bar facilities, allowing patrons the freedom to enjoy a beverage along with the film. For Cox, cinema holds a particularly special place in his heart. Born in Constantinople in the 50s, he recalls going to the cinema religiously every Sunday.“It was always a family outing every Sunday; go to church, go to lunch and then the movies,” he recalls.Then in 1965 at the age of 14, he migrated to Melbourne and became a rock music film exhibitor and distributor before eventually turning to art films, and has imported some 500 movies for Australia and New Zealand to date.Looking for a venue to exhibit his films, Cox was inspired to open the Kino noting that in 1987 there were not many arthouse cinemas in central Melbourne. “We had the Rivoli, Brighton Bay, The Longford in Toorak Road, and that’s about it,” he recalls. “I think the challenge we had initially was pretty much getting the word around, but we opened with a bang with a beautiful film called My Beautiful Laundrette and since then, which was 30 years ago, we followed it up with some very big hits,” Cox told Neos Kosmos.While he admits that they had “a few flat years”, he’s optimistic in that they have never had a loss year.But the Kino’s success has not been without compromises. Along with the expansion, the programming over the years has changed to include more mainstream options, in a bid to cater to the changing tastes of their audience.“What we found over the years was that the customers that came to us, like me, they also liked to see a great commercial film for example a James Bond film or The Lord of the Rings or something like Philomena, which opens quite wide,” though he notes that they do their hardest to pick out “the good quality ones”.Along with changing tastes, Cox says there has also been a marked change in the audience’s demographic. In the late 80s and the 90s at least a third of tickets were sold to students, while now cinemagoers are predominantly 45 years old and over.While he recognises that young people are still watching movies, just on smaller screens, he says he feels the disconnect. “What I’ve noticed is when I used to come back from the Cannes Film Festival or Berlin Film Festival back in the 80s and 90s, it seemed that my friends or people that I hung out with – and I had a wide circle – seemed to have known more about what’s coming up in the arthouse scene. So I guess I don’t feel it these days,” he said.“Hopefully as they get older they will get sick and tired of the more commercial fare and try and get something a bit more challenging, a bit more thought-provoking, a bit more mind-altering, rather than sit in a cinema and get bombarded with car chases and shoot outs.” (L) Frank Cox at the Kino’s opening night, 25 June, 1987. (R) Frank Cox today. One common argument for those not going to the cinema, which Cox is all too familiar with, is the cost. But the business owner argues that “everything is more expensive.”“Back in the 70s people came to the city with 12 cents return ticket. People use to buy fish and chips for 50 cents. But our average ticket price, because I did some analysis over the last few weeks, is $12.60. So it hasn’t gone up that dramatically – I mean it’s a 30 year period. And I can easily say that our rent has more than doubled, and electricity has quadrupled from what it was back then.”But Cox says there’s still something particularly special about going to the cinema.“People, they love to stay at home, but they also like to go out. An all time film industry guy once said, ‘everybody has a kitchen at home, but people go to restaurants’. Plus I think it’s quite romantic to take your friend or you partner and head to the movies. You’re sitting uninterrupted in a dark room, you go along with the audience if they’re laughing or there’s a lot of excitement on the screen. It’s quite special.”Asked what it means to him to have reached such an impressive milestone in a challenging business, he coyly responds.“Well the first thing that it means to me is that 30 years ago … well I’m a lot older,” he laughs.Now together with his partners, he has his sights set on expanding the space n the near future, with an additional two screens planned, although he is clear that “we’re not interested in going elsewhere; the city location is fine, we just need to find some extra space”. Following Thursday night’s party with past staff and friends, from Friday through to Sunday the focus is on celebrating with patrons.“We’re trying to give back to the public the whole weekend; on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’re selling tickets at 1987 prices as well as popcorn, which is going for a dollar, handmade choc tops $3.00 and we’re also giving away a vintage film poster with each ticket. So that way we can thank our loyal audience of the past 30 years and say, “Hey! We’re still here, we’re doing well and here is something for you,” Cox said. This weekend the special programming will feature four hit films screened at the cinema over the past 30 years, along with the showcase of 10 films that will be released in Australia over the next three to six months. And while Cox admits to having been approached by prospective buyers, when asked whether he could see himself parting ways with his share of the Kino, without a hint of doubt in his voice he is quick to answer.“The Kino to me is like my baby you know. So no, I can’t see myself [selling it]; it’s like selling your child – in a joking way. I don’t see myself getting out of the cinema business.”To view session times and book tickets, visit read more